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What's Happening in Boise School District

January 29:  Idaho STEM Action Center presents STEM Matters! Campaign Kick-Off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Idaho State Capitol Building, 1st & 2nd Rotunda Floors.  Come and get hands-on experience with some of the coolest STEM tools available today.  This educational event will highlight the importance of STEM Education and share the passion for STEM excellence with everyone! Questions? Contact Erica Compton at [email protected] or 208.332-1725.  Click here to learn more.  

January 30:  The Western Idaho Middle School Science Bowl will be held Saturday, January 30 at the BSU College of Engineering Building. Competition starts at 9:30 a.m. and the Finals are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eleven different schools from Western & Northern Idaho will compete this year, including the following Boise schools: Hillside Jr. High; Treasure Valley Math & Science Center; and West Jr. High. The sponsors for the Middle School Tournament include:  Hewlett-Packard, Inc.; Micron Foundation; BSU College of Engineering; and Idaho Power.  On March 7th the Western Idaho High School Science Bowl will be held at the BSU Student Union Building. The winners of the Western Idaho Regional Middle & High School Bowls will win an all-expense paid trip to the National Science Bowl, Washington, D.C., April 28 - May 2.  Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl´┐Ż (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. 

February 1 - 12:  Two Boise District graduates will take to the national stage next week.  Kevin Brown and Niki Peters (pictured - photos courtesy of Jeopardy! Productions) will compete in the Jeopardy! College Championship that begins Monday, February 1st and ends February 12th. Brown is currently a senior at Louisiana State University, and Peters is a sophomore at the University of California at Berkeley. They are among 15 contestants who will compete in the two-week Jeopardy! College Championship. Brown graduated from Capital High School in 2012 and also attended the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center (TVMSC). Peters graduated from Timberline High School in 2014 and also attended TVMSC. Be sure to tune in and cheer Kevin and Niki on as they compete for $100,000.00. Brown will compete on Tuesday, February 2nd and Peters will compete on Friday, February 5th. Jeopardy! airs at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on KBOI-TV, Channel 2. Click here to learn more.   

February 1:  Second week of classes for winter Community Education begin.  Click here to review specific Community Ed classes starting 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!

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:  Boise State University will hold an Engineering & Science Festival for K-12 students and families.  Admission is free.  Last year more than 5,000 people attended the Festival engaging in 75 hands-on activities and demonstrations.  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. 

February 25:  An Information night for Boise School District sophomore and junior students and their parents interested in the health professions programs - CNA (Certified Nurse Assistants) and Dental Assisting programs will be held at Fort Boise learning center (300 W. Fort Street, Boise) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested students must have completed a year-long Health Occupations or Sports Medicine One course to apply. Information will be presented on what the courses involve, transportation and financial requirements of both programs. Contact CNA Instructor Janet Tweedle at 854.3447 or [email protected] for more information.  

February 25 &26:  Students at Koelsch Elementary School will participate in the school's 8th Annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise funds for the American Heart Association.  Jump Rope for Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. Click here to learn more.  

February 25, 26 & 27:  Timberline High School Choir department is going THOROUGHLY MODERN this February! Save the date for Timberline's Annual "Those Were the Days" Dinner Show performance of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE! Feb. 25, 26, 27 at 7:00 p.m.  E-mail [email protected] for ticket information.

Boise Educators Receive Idaho STEM Action Center Grants: The Idaho STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Math) Action Center has released $48,175 in grant funds to 23 Idaho educators, including 5 teachers in the Boise School District.  STEM projects will be implemented this spring in classrooms and school libraries throughout Idaho. Boise District grant recipients include: Erin Kueneman, Cynthia Mann Elementary School; Sonia Galaviz, Garfield Elementary School, Rashelle Mack, East Junior High School; Carol Scholz, Boise School District; and Paul Verhage, Treasure Valley Math & Science Center. Click here for further details. 

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.  

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.  

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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