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March 21 - 25:  Spring break. No school for Boise School District students. 

March 29 - April 2:  The inaugural Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Taco Bell Arena from March 29 - April 2.  Boise's Team Tators (pictured) will be among those teams competing. Last weekend, Team Tators competed at the Arizona North Regional Competition, where they held onto first place throughout most of the competition. By Saturday afternoon, the team ended up as the Leaders of the Winning Alliance. In addition to being the Arizona North Regional Winners, Team Tators was also awarded with the Quality Award that is sponsored by the Motorola Solutions Foundation. Team Tators will next compete in the inaugural Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition Regional that will be held at Taco Bell Arena. Admission for spectators is free! As a result of this past weekend's win, Team Tators has also earned the opportunity to participate in the World FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MO from April 27th - April 30th. To see Team Tators in action, click here to watch  a video of one of the Arizona North Regional matches.  Team Tators is in red on the far left side, #2122.

April 3:  Online registration for Community Education's popular spring session of classes begins at  Choose from a wide variety of lifelong learning classes.  From garden, green living & the great outdoors to culinary arts and kids and family fun, we have classes for all ages! Spring session runs April 25 to May 19. Our class catalog will be posted online at by April 3rd and you may also obtain a printed course catalog in the Sunday, April 3 Idaho Statesman (subscribers only), in your mail by April 8, and in Boise Library branches by April 8.  For more than forty-five years, Community Ed has served as Boise's first choice for lifelong learning opportunities. Continue your lifelong learning journey with us and discover the possibilities!  

April 16:  The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is hosting its annual Treasure Valley College Fair in April. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to explore higher education options. More than 50 colleges from the Northwest and beyond are expected to be represented at this year's Treasure Valley College Fair on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Boise State University's Student Union Building. Hosted by the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling. Register at  Click here to learn more. 

Boise High School Student Wins Third Place at National Intel Science Talent Search:  Nate Marshall (pictured), Boise High Senior won the "Third Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good" at the Intel Science Talent Search held recently in Washington, D.C.  Nate presented a report on Prehistoric Climate Change.   Nate's paper on the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum was submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search competition and was chosen as one of forty finalists from across the nation. His research project was titled Rapid Climate Change in the Prehistoric Greenhouse World: A Foreshadowing of Our Future?

This amazing honor was awarded at the culminating gala after a week of judging interviews by experts, public demonstrations and meals shared with  extraordinary scientists and leaders. The research that was represented at the event was diverse, creative and impressive. "Among the more than 1,200 people attending the gala award dinner and ceremony were former winners, former Presidential Cabinet Members, several Nobel Laureates, politicians, scientists from NASA, FDA, EPA, etc., and many professors," wrote Shannon Marshall, Nate's mom. "What an opportunity he had to shine among the brightest, most successful and powerful people in the country."  Click here to learn more.  

Borah High Students Win Journalism Awards:  Borah High School recently won the Washington State University 2016 Murrow High School Journalism Awards Competition.  The following Borah students earned awards:  

First Place, News Writing:  Hana Krogness 
Third Place, Feature Writing, Natalie Arnold 
Third Place, Photography, Heidi Johnson 

Each year, Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication recognizes the best high school journalism in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.  The Murrow College is proud to support the work of high school journalists and their advisers. Michelle Harmon is Borah's Journalism Instructor.  

Natalie Arnold
12th Grade
Borah High School

Heidi Johnson
10th Grade
Borah High School

Hana Krogness
12th Grade
Borah High School

Timberline High School Student Recognized:  Zach Fishburn (pictured), Timberline Senior,  has won a National level Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art Competition.  This means that he will be traveling to New York City in June to walk out on the stage at Carnegie Hall and receive his medal for one of his ceramic pieces.  His work will be featured in a national show at the One World Trade Center in NYC and then travel on to Dallas, Chicago and LA.  Zach is also expected to have his name published in the NY Times, as well as his work published in their winners publication.

Boise District Students Fare Well in State MATHCOUNTS Competition:  On Saturday, March 12, at Boise State University, numerous Boise School District students participated in the State MATHCOUNTS Competition.  The Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC team of Calvin Probst, Spencer Butler, Nathan Hartman, and Kevin Yang, representing Riverglen, won the State MATHCOUNTS Team Competition. Catherine Ji, representing North Jr. High, won the individual competition. She attends TVMSC and North. "She was very impressive and as the Top Finisher in the State, she will lead the team in Washington, D.C.," said Dr. Holly MacLean, Principal, Treasure Valley Math & Science Center. Jay Chae, East Jr. High, won second place in the individual competition and Calvin Probst, Riverglen, also earned 3rd place overall and will also participate on the Idaho State team that will compete at the 2016 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C. in May. Spencer Butler placed 8th, Kevin Yang placed 14th, and Nathan Hartman placed 22nd overall in the State Rankings. Reid Spain Strombom (Calculus teacher at TVMSC) is coach of the winning team. The team from East Jr. High earned 2nd place in the competition. 

Spencer Butler
8th Grade
Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC

Nathan Hartman
7th Grade
Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC

Catherine Ji
8th Grade
North Jr. High/TVMSC

Calvin Probst
8th Grade
Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC

Kevin Yang
8th Grade
Riverglen Jr. High/TVMSC

Jay Chae
8th Grade
East Jr. High

South Jr. High Boys Basketball Team Wins City Championship:  Coached by Cotton Ward (pictured), South Jr. High's Boys 9th Grade Basketball Team (pictured) won the Boise City Championship last night with a victory over Hillside Jr. High by a score of 44 to 39.  South was the fourth seed. They won the first round by one point, the second by two, and the final over a team that had beaten them by 20 points in the regular season. South has won the last four ninth grade championships, boys and girls - each team coached by Coach Ward. Coach Ward is retiring this year from coaching and teaching at South - 35 years coaching and 36 years teaching, all at South Jr. High.  

South Jr. High 9th Grade Boys Basketball Team

Coach Cotton Ward

Coach Cary Cada
Borah Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Cary Cada to Retire:  Borah High Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Cary Cada (pictured) has announced his retirement after serving 22 years as Borah's Boys Varsity Head Coach and winning a total of four State 5A Basketball Championships (2004, 2005, 2012 & 2013). Coach Cada also served 10 years as an assistant before taking over as Head Coach at Borah. Coach Cada made the announcement on Thursday of this week after the team held its Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday night. Click here to read more about Coach Cada's coaching career.  

Coach Cada and Coach Cotton - Representing 70 + Years of Basketball Success!

Timberline High Teacher Recognized:  Erin Stutzman (pictured), Timberline High Science Teacher, was awarded the Idaho Environmental Education Association Secondary Environmental Educator of the Year Award for her outstanding contributions to environmental education in Idaho.  While teaching AP Environmental Science at THS, Ms. Stutzman directs her students to be involved in current environmental issues and the outdoors.  She has worked hard the last few years to advance a program that she and Ms. Annette Hanson, fellow Chemistry teacher at THS, developed.  This program provides the basis for biology students to use ecology to acquire real world field work skills.  They evaluate field data from year to year with data they gather and incorporate ecology into different units. Students are also provided opportunities to become leaders by having them teach elementary students and encourage their participation in environmental awareness. 

Those 'Crazy' "College Readiness" Indicators:  In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an in-depth look at the variety of college readiness indicators and how they are providing us with dramatically different estimates of where Idaho's high school college readiness performance stands. 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 Data Points blog post here.  

Volunteer During Spring Break:  The Boise YMCA is looking for high school student volunteers to help out with their SPLASH prgram over spring break. Positions available include: Swim Instructor Aide; Safety room Aide; Registration Assistant; Deck Attendant; and Locker Room Attendant. Click here and here for an application and more information, or call Ashley Schilz, Assistant Aquatics Director at 344-5502, ext. 229, or [email protected]

Spring Break Bogus Basin Camp:  Need something to do during Spring Break? Head up to Bogus Basin to participate in Boise Parks & Recreation's Bogus Basin Spring Break Camp. Click here to learn more.  

Register for Summer School:  The registration form for Boise School District's Traditional Secondary Summer Programs for grades 7 -12 is now available on the District website here.  The District offers a wide variety of summer school classes for students to enhance their educational experiences. Click here to learn more about our Summer Program. 

Wanted:  Donated Vehicles - Running or Not:  The Professional Technical Dennis Education Center is looking for donated vehicles, running or not.  These donations provide educational opportunities for students. Many vehicles are refurbished and sold or disassembled and recycled providing funding for programs. This is an excellent tax benefit from donating that extra vehicle that has been sitting in your driveway. For more information please feel free to Email Norm Markham @ [email protected]

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, food & nutrition services staff and health technician.

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.

Mobile App Now Available: Boise School District has launched a mobile app to improve communication to you.  The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.  

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

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