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December 13:   The Barnes and Nobles Book Event to support sending Boise High School's Expectations Choir to Carnegie Hall in New York will be held Sunday, December 13th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Come hear the choir sing, enjoy a caf´┐Ż treat, purchase a Cheese Cake Factory cheese cake, and do some holiday shopping.  A portion of your purchases (including those from the cafe) will be donated to support Boise's trip to New York where they have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall (see article below).  In addition to Sunday's event, student carolers will be entertaining customers Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.; designated purchases made the week of the 13th - 18th will be donated, as well.  

December 14:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Agenda will be posted here.  

December 18:  Early release for Boise School District students. Click here to review early release schedule.  

December 21 - January 1: Winter holiday break. No school for Boise School District students.  

January 3:  Online registration begins for Community Education's popular Winter session of classes.  At that time, you may click here to review classes and register. Winter session runs January 25th through March 17th.  Choose from hundreds of lifelong learning opportunities, from fitness, health, arts and crafts, travel, business and finance and much, much more! For more than forty years, Community Ed has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities. Get out of the house this winter and learn something new with Community Ed!

January 4:  School resumes for Boise School District students.  

January 4 - February 12:  Boise School District's Public Montessori program will accept applications during this time period.  The program, which is offered at Liberty Elementary School, is focused on fostering self-motivated, responsible, lifelong learners by providing an opportunity for students to meet high academic standards using the Montessori Philosophy and methods of education.  A lottery will be held on February 19th.  Families will be notified by mail the week of February 22nd.  Parent Information Night will be in the Liberty Library, 1740 E. Bergeson, on Wednesday January 20th from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 PM. Click here for more information and click here for an application.  

January 25:  Boise School District will provide developmental preschool screening for children ages 3 to 5 years of age.  Please call 854-5520 to set up an appointment by January 20th if you have a child who may have problems in the following areas:  Self Help Skills; Speech; Language; Social Emotional; Concepts; Hearing; Vision and Motor Skills. Services are available for children with special needs through the Boise School District Early Childhood Special Education program.  

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.  

Mihaya Sakai
Student Artwork Selected for Annual Holiday Card:  Riverside Elementary School 3rd grade student Mihaya Sakai's artwork was selected as the winner of this year's Boise School District Holiday Card Contest. Mihaya's depiction of a winter scene complete with decorated Christmas tree and snowman was selected from among one hundred (100) entries submitted by students in grades K-6.  As the Grand Prize Winner, Mihaya receives a certificate of participation, 100 cards featuring her artwork, and a $25 gift card to Quality Art. She will be recognized during the Boise School Board meeting scheduled on December 14th.  

District Students Named Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalists:  A total of seven Boise School District high school students have been named Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalists. Boise Schools' showing represents nearly 30% of Idaho's Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalists - an impressive figure considering the District has only 9% of Idaho's public school students.  Boise Schools students named as 2016 Coca-Cola Semifinalists are listed below in alphabetical order.

Kay Hadrick
 Timberline High School

Winston Lie
 Capital High School

Nathan Marshall
 Boise High School

Daniele Moro
Timberline High School

Abby Orlovich
Capital High School

Pablo Piedra
Borah High School

Vanessa Wong
Boise High School

Since 1989, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has helped dreams come true for more than 5,550 outstanding students. However, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is much more than a program that awards college financial assistance to exceptional high school seniors. The organization connects and continually nurtures an extended family of passionate, motivated, service-oriented leaders. This lifetime connection, camaraderie and sense of family are what make the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation unique among scholarship programs. Click here to review the list of Idaho students named 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars Semi-finalists.
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.    

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.

Timberline Students Attend National Event:  From November 15th to 21st, six students from Timberline High School took part in the Close Up program in Washington, D.C.  The students who participated are pictured left to right - Ryan Battin, Kassidi Petersen, Vanessa Hadlock, Kendall Thiede, Trey Tacher and Julissa Fuentes.  Close Up is a program that strives to get students involved and interested in government in an effort to build political efficacy.  Timberline students took part in various activities from seeing and learning about the monuments on the Capitol Mall to meeting their congressional delegation.  Students returned from the trip inspired and driven to make a change in here Boise.

This and That for December:  In his latest Data Points blog, Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District, takes a closer look at educational issues currently making the news.  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.

Riverside Girls Win Basketball City Championship:  Riverside Elementary School 5th and 6th grade girls won the Girls Basketball City Championship game against Hidden Springs Elementary School on November 19th. Pictured is the Riverside team with coaches John Bale on the left and Jason Shanks on the right.  

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

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.

Parents -  Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging:  The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians.  Click here to learn more and sign-up.

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News Media Contact:
Dan Hollar
Public Affairs Administrator
Boise School District  
(208) 854-4064
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