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What's Happening in Boise School District

November 20 & 21:  Borah High School's Choir and Theater Departments are presenting the musical production of Disney's High School Musical Friday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, and $25 for two adults and two children. Doors open 30 minutes before the show time. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Click here for more information. 

November 21:   A popular holiday tradition returns to downtown Boise. Boise Holiday Parade, 9:45 a.m., starts at 10th and Jefferson in downtown Boise.  For almost 70 years, the Boise Holiday Parade has kicked off the festive season with Santa Claus, dozens of floats, marching bands and fun for the whole family. The theme of this year's parade is "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes,." The co-Grand Marshals of the parade will be children representing groups like the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, the Boise School District, Boy Scouts of America, and many more. Click here for more information, including parade route.  

November 23- 27:  Thanksgiving holiday break. No school for Boise School District students.

Boise Fire Fighters Distribute Winter Coats:  Members of Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 distributed 215 new American-made coats to 8 Boise District elementary schools on November 20th.  BFF Local 149 collaborated with Operation Warm to raise over $7-thousand in generous donations from union members and local businesses. The following local elementary schools received between 20 and 50 coats: Morley Nelson, Taft, Whitney, Hillcrest, Koelsch, Horizon, Valley View, and Lowell. The number of coats distributed was based on the need at each school.   Click here to view photos of the coat distribution.  

Pictured  (L to R) are Kolesch students who won their school's Simplot Potato Sack Race:  Austen Brackley, 4th grade; Hussein Muktar, 5th grade; Alan Fong, 5th grade; and Donovan Price, 4th grade.
Students Compete in Annual Simplot Potato Sack Race:  More than 150 students from Koelsch Elementary, grades 3-5, recently participated in the fifth annual Simplot Potato Sack Race for a chance to qualify for the finals held on the blue turf during the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl In total, approximately 500 students from eight Boise School District elementary schools competed in the semifinals, racing for 10 total slots in the finals. Each of the participants not only had a chance to compete in the finals, but will also received tickets to the bowl game. The eight elementary schools were chosen due to their participation in the Lifetime Mover's program, which is funded through the Boise Schools Education Foundation. Lifetime Mover's schools provide 30 minutes of fun physical activities at lunch three times a week. Kids learn activities and sports that they can use throughout their lives to stay healthy and active.  Click here to view photos taken of the race.  

Winter Weather Procedures - Keeping Students Safe:  When winter weather comes our way, the Boise School District has a plan to keep our students safe.  Click here to learn more about the District's Winter Weather Procedures  or click on the adjacent image to view a video explaining the procedures.  

Music Calendars Posted:  As we enter the holiday season, Boise District's award winning music department is busy preparing to offer the finest in musical performances to parents/guardians and our community.  Find a listing of upcoming performances on the Music Department's website here.    

Honor Music Ensembles Named:   The names of Boise District music students who have qualified for IMEA (Idaho Music Educators Association) All-State Honor Groups and ACDA (American Choral Director's Association) All-Northwest Honor Groups have been released. These students have completed a rigorous application and audition process and have been selected from large pools of applicants. "It is quite an honor for these young musicians and will be an incredible learning opportunity for them," said Rich Lapp, District Performing Arts Coordinator. 
Both the IMEA and ACDA conferences will take place in the spring of 2016. Click here for the list of students who qualified for IMEA and click here for students who qualified for ACDA.  

High School Choir Invited to Carnegie Hall:  In April of 2015 the Boise High High Expectations Choir (pictured) competed in the World Strides Heritage Music Festival in Seattle, WA. At this festival, they received a Gold award with a score of 95 out of 100. They also received a special commendation from the festival adjudicators and were invited to participate in the Festival of Gold concert series held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. "It is a tremendous honor for us to have received this invitation and we are excited to make everyone aware that in April 2016 we will be traveling to New York City and joining 12 other high schools from across the country for this performance," said David Burton, BHS Choral Director. If you would like to support these incredibly talented students, please consider making a donation to the Boise High School Choirs or supporting any of our upcoming fundraising events. Contact BHS Choral Director, David Burton, Phone: 854-4353 or email: [email protected] for information on how you can help.

Boise High Choir's Madrigal Dinner: Tickets are on sale now for the 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinner. Come and be transported back in time to a Medieval Castle and join in the feasting and merriment. The dates of the dinner are December 4th and 5th. Seating begins at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies fellowship hall.  Click here to purchase tickets or contact  David Burton, BHS Choral Director at 854-4353 or email: [email protected]. Tickets are $25 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors.

Local Support Makes New Weight Room Possible for Frank Church Students:   With support from and Boise Fitness Equipment the Frank Church High School weight room went through a recent renovation.  All the older equipment was replaced with brand new machines and free weights resulting in a dramatic change that has students and also faculty amazed.  Also part of the renovation were the installation of two sets of mirrors and a sound system, both of which have made for an exciting start to the second quarter for students who are going through the Athletic Fitness and PE classes at Frank Church High. "This has been a long time in the making but with all the equipment in place and seeing the students faces light up when they first got a look at the improved weight room, it was more than worth the wait," said Athletic Fitness Teacher Luke Gordon.  Watch a pre-renovation video here and a post-renovation video here

Tracking Reading Progress in Idaho: Idaho's assessment of student reading ability is known as the Idaho Reading Indicator. It's been around for 15 years now, and has been revised a couple of times.  In his latest Data Points blog post, Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District, takes a closer look at IRI outcomes and student performance. Data Points is dedicated to providing student achievement and education trend analysis and is intended for parents and patrons interested in an objective, data-driven look at student performance in Boise and across Idaho. Click here to read more.

Neighborhood gyms open for weekend youth activities starting in December: Youth from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in supervised open gym play at eight neighborhood schools this winter. Open gym is a free service provided by the Boise School District and the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. Gyms are open on the weekends from Dec. 5-March 13 (Valley View Elementary and West Jr. High will open on Dec. 12). All gyms will be closed on holidays. Ages, schools and hours are:


Hawthorne Elementary School, 2401 S. Targee St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Koelsch Elementary School, 2015 N. Curtis Rd. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Valley View Elementary School, 3555 Milwaukee St. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday


South Junior High, 3101 Cassia St. 1-4 p.m. Sunday
West Junior High, 8371 W Salt Creek Ct. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday
Les Bois Junior High, 4150 E. Grand Forest Drive. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
Hillside Junior High, 3536 Hill Rd. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday
East Junior High, 5600 Warm Springs Ave. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Librarians Present at National Conference:  Earlier this month Boise School District Teacher-Librarians Mary Karol Taylor (picture - South JHS) and Gregory Taylor (pictured - Hillside JHS) spoke as part of a panel at the YA Services Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The panel presentation, Teen Services Beyond Borders, covered collaborative programs and projects between school libraries, public libraries, and local bookstores. The Symposium is a national conference sponsored by YALSA, the YA division of the American Library Association. Click here to learn more.  

Learn More About District's New Website:  Boise School District has launched a new website. An FAQ webpage, complete with video tutorials, has been created to help you learn more about the features of this exciting new communication tool. Click here to learn more.  

 Substitutes Needed:   Boise School District is in need of both certified and classified substitutes.  
  • Selected applicants interested in substituting as a certified substitute must meet the minimum requirements of having at least a Bachelor's Degree and must attend a teacher training class.
  • Certified positions include elementary and secondary teacher and nurse.
  • Classified positions include tutor, special education paraprofessional, detention monitor, school support, administrative assistant and health technican.

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Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064
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