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What's Happening in Boise School District

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 8: Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd. Boise. Agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Christy Schwehr, 4th Grade Teacher, Amity Elementary School; and presentation of Golden Apple Award to Anna Morales, Head Custodian, Highlands Elementary School.  Complete meeting agenda will be posted here.

February 8:  Third 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 11:   From 7:00  to 8:30 p.m., Boise School District's Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center (TVMSC) will host the first of three Orientation Nights for families who are considering TVMSC as an educational option for their child. The Orientation Nights provide an overview of the TVMSC program and provide opportunities for addressing questions.  TVMSC is a unique learning community offering a seamless, integrated progression of challenging mathematics and science courses for qualifying students in multiage cohorts from 7th through 12th grades. Click here for more information or click here to acccess the TVMSC website. 

February 18:  Orchestra concert featuring the Timberline High Orchestras, with East Junior High and Les Bois Junior High Orchestras.  Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Timberline auditorium.  There will be a silent auction and bake sale before the concert and during intermission.  All proceeds will benefit the Timberline Orchestra Students' Travel Fund.  Support your Boise  student orchestras, hear great music and enjoy shopping at our silent auction. 

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.

District and Southwest Regional Invent Idaho Competition:    More than 140 students from across the Boise School District recently competed in the District's Invent Idaho Competition with 47 of these students qualifying to go on to the Southwest Regional Invent Idaho Competition last weekend at JUMP.  Several Boise District students also qualified to go on to the state competition in Moscow, Idaho. Young inventors submit entries in 5 different categories at 3 different grade levels. The competition teaches young inventors how to conduct research, follow the scientific process and how to remain committed to a difficult task. 

Understanding the "60%" Goal: In his latest Data Points blog, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an in-depth look at the Idaho State Board of Education's "60% goal" that states:  "Sixty percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25-34 will have a post-secondary degree or certificate of value by the year 2020." 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. Read Dr. Coberly's latest edition of Data Points here.  

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.  

Students Win Art Awards:  Timberline High School senior students Kendall Atkinson and Zach Fishburn both recently won Gold Keys in the Western States Scholastic Art Competition. Their works of art will now go on to Nationals in New York City.   Winners at the national level are treated to an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall, as well as a traveling exhibition of their work to Dallas, Chicago, NYC, and Los Angeles.

Artwork by
Kendall Atkinson

Kendall Atkinson
Timberlilne High School

Zach Fishburn
Timberline High School

Artwork by
Zach Fishburn

Two Students and an Educator Take To Airwaves to Promote Sustainability:  Two Boise High School students (Karthik Mouli and Kaitlyn "Skippy" Lindholm) and Boise High English Teacher Anna Daley were recently featured on a radio program with Radio Boise.  The focus of the program was on Boise High's Sustainability Initiative, which goes hand in hand with the school's campus wide read of Garbology by Edward Humes and the school's Sustainability Summit (April 8). Click here to learn more.  

Anna Daley
English Teacher
Boise High School

Kaitlyn  "Skippy" Lindholm
Boise High School

Karthik Mouli
Boise High School

Educator Named Junior High Athletic Director of the Year:  Chuck Johnson, Athletic Director, East Junior High School, has been named Idaho's Junior High School Athletic Director of the Year by the Idaho Athletic Administrators Association.  The award will be presented on April 13th during the IAAA State Conference Banquet in Boise. Mr. Johnson also teaches Accelerated Reading at East Junior High School. 

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