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January 22:   Boise High Girls Basketball is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Pink Zone event occurring on Friday, January 22nd. This very special event is held on a yearly basis to support the local Boise chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The high school gym, fans, players, and referees participate by being dressed in pink and the school holds a raffle to raise money for this great cause. In the first year, this event raised approximately $600. Last year, a raffle raised $1,571, and in this, the event's 8th year, Boise High hopes to set the bar even higher. Every year, ALL money raised goes directly to the Boise chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tickets for this year's raffle are sold at both boys and girls basketball games leading up to the event. Games are at 4:30 p.m.; 6:00 p.m.; and 7:30 p.m. on January 22nd at Boise High School.

January 25:  First day of classes for winter Community Education.  Click here to review specific Community Ed classes beginning this week.  Click here to register. Winter session runs January 25th through March 17th.  You can register up to the day a class begins! 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 25-29:  Washington Elementary School will participate in The Great Kindness Challenge, a national campaign to encourage kindness on school campuses.  Here's a snapshot  of each day's kindness acts planned for Washington:

MondaySay "Hi" to someone you've never talked to before at school.
Tuesday - Leave anonymous post-it notes on doors and desks to say thanks or a kind word. 
Wednesday - Be kind to yourself and exercise! Wear your exercise clothes today.  
Thursday - Make a bookmark for our community.  Finished bookmarks will be donated to a local fire station, police dept. and the Children's Hospital.  Bookmarks will be completed in class.
Friday - Be kind and show your school spirit! Wear red or a Washington T-Shirt.
Also, Washington's sixth grade students plan to collect toiletries for a local women's shelter. 

Contact Washington Principal Wendi Forrey at 854-6420 for more information. 

January 25, 27 & 28:  Boise School District's Math Department will hold brief informational meetings to help parents of 5th and 6th grade students better understand the possible math course placement options for their student.

"The meetings will also review the District's secondary mathematics course sequence so parents understand how their student can meet their mathematics goals before high school graduation," said Dr. Teri Thaemert, District Math Supervisor. 

Click here for complete information on the Math Informational Meetings for 5th grade parents. Click here for complete information on the Math Informational Meetings for 6th grade parents.

January 27:   The Dennis Technical Education Center will be hosting its annual Rigs and Gigs Event during the school day.   Ninth graders from across the district will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on professional technical education (PTE) activities while learning about PTE courses they can take in high school. Contact the Dennis Center for more information at 854-5810.
January 28:  The Dennis Technical Education Center is hosting its first 6th Grade Career Exploration Day, where many 6th grade students across the district will be learning about professional technical careers through hands-on activities. In addition, please plan to join the Dennis Technical Education Center for our Open House Thursday, January 28th from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Interested, future, and current students and their families are encouraged to attend. The Dennis Technical Education Center is located at 8201 W. Victory Road, behind the Boise School District Services Center. For more information, please contact the school at 854-5810.  

February 2: Timberline High School Annual Bands Benefit Concert - Silent Auction & Dessert Night, 6:30 p.m., auditorium/cafeteria. Free admission. Click here to learn more.  

February 5:  2nd Annual Speed Day at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 N. Gary Ln.  At 8:30 a.m., District 9th grade technology education students will be participating in CO2 dragster races competing against other junior high school students.  Students have been working hard at designing, building, testing and modifying small scale dragsters that will be powered by CO2 canisters.  News media representatives are invited to attend. Click here to learn more.  

February 6:  The Boise High Chamber Orchestra will present its 17th Annual Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary of First United Methodist Church (717 N. 11th St, Boise, 83702). This twenty-five member auditioned string ensemble consists of dedicated students in grades 9-12.  Joining the orchestra for this performance are trumpeter Dennis Keck and organist Susan Talley. Mr. Keck teaches in the Boise School District and is a former member of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. Mrs. Talley is a recently retired professional organist, whose numerous church music positions include service to Boise's First United Methodist Church in the 1990's. The concert features works by Shostakovich, Albinoni, Chilcott, Carmichael, and others.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased from a Boise High Orchestra student or by emailing [email protected]. Tickets may also be purchased at the door at no additional cost. 

High School Student Named Finalist in Intel Science Talent Search:  Nate Marshall (pictured), a senior at Boise High School and former Treasure Valley Math & Science Center student, has been selected as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science and math competition.  Nate will travel to Washington, D.C. this March to present a report on Prehistoric Climate Change.  Intel Science Talent Search recognizes the most promising young innovators in the United States who are creating the technologies and solutions that will positively impact people's lives. Finalists will gather to compete for more than $1 million in awards from the Intel Foundation, including three top words of $150,000 each. Click here to learn more.  

Now Accepting Applications for Montessori Program: Boise School District's Public Montessori program is accepting applications from now until February 12th.  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.  

South 9th Grade Girls Win City Basketball Championship:  South Junior High School's 9th grade girls basketball team recently won the City Championship with a win over Fairmont Junior High School by a score of 27 to 26.  South had to be beat an undefeated team in the second round to get to the finals. The South team is coached by Cotton Ward (pictured).

Updated Elementary February Menu Calendar:  Boise District parents should be aware of a change that has been made to the elementary school lunch calendar for February.  Click here to review the revised elementary school lunch calendar which correctly states that school will be in session on February 4th and 5th.  This revised menu calendar lists the planned meals for these days and can also be found on the Food & Nutrition Services Elementary School Menu website here.  

Neighborhood Gyms Open for Weekend Youth Activities : 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
* Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway Ave. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday

* South Junior High, 3101 Cassia St. 1-4 p.m. Sunday
* West Junior High, 711 N. Curtis Rd. 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

For more information, contact Karen Hostetter at 208-608-7652.

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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