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March 31 - April 2:  The inaugural Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at Taco Bell Arena.  The Opening Ceremonies on Friday morning, April 1,  will feature NASA Astronaut, Steve Swanson. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday morning will include Don Bosse from FIRST, Governor Butch Otter, and Micron's Mark Durcan as Keynote Speakers from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Competition for qualifications begins at 9:00 a.m.on Friday and Saturday mornings. Eliminations begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The eliminations rounds from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday will be intense, as the winning teams go on to World Championships in St. Louis.  Click here for the competition's complete agenda. 

Boise's Team Tators, #2122, (pictured) has already qualified for the World Championships due to their first place finish in the Arizona North Regional earlier in March. The Idaho Regional competition will provide the Boise team with additional practice time.  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. Also competing  at the Idaho Regional will be the Chickadees, an all girls start-up robotics team sponsored by Boise State's Faculty of Engineering.  These are primarily Boise District students, including two students who also attend the District's Treasure Valley Math & Science Center.
 Admission to the Idaho Regional is free! 

April 1:  2016 Capital High School Academic Awards Assembly, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., main gymnasium.  The theme of year's academic awards assembly is based on the movie Star Wars (e.g. "The Pull to the Smart Side is Strong"; "May the course be with you in 2015-16"). Student academic accomplishments for the 2015-16 school year will be recognized.  

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 9:  Timberline High School will host its first ever High School Dance Marathon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is a mini event for Boise State Dance Marathon that just raised over $100,000.00 for St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise. Tickets will be $5.00 and will be sold in the Timberline High music hallway or at the door. This is a fundraiser that will have free Dutch Bros coffee, dodge ball, and other fun activities, not just dancing! Help Timberline support the Children's Hospital and reach our goal of $1,500.00! FOR THE KIDS.

April 12:  11th Annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars Program, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Boise State University, Jordan Ballroom, honoring Boise's top 100 graduating seniors.  During the evening, an invited audience of hundreds will gather to applaud the accomplishments of the top 100 graduating seniors, the Century Scholars, from Boise's public and non-public high schools.  High achieving students from Bishop Kelly, Boise, Borah, Capital, Frank Church, Riverstone, Sage and Timberline high schools will be profiled and honored by family, friends and representatives of our community's business, government, civic, education and service sectors.  

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.  

April 20:  The Army National Guard will be bringing in a display on April 20th at the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center.  The display will include landing a Black Hawk Helicopter outfitted for medial transport on the field between Frank Church High School and the Dennis Center. The helicopter will be on displays at the following times:   8:00-9:20 a.m., 10:20-11:40 a.m., and 12:30-1:50 p.m.

April 22:  Borah High School will hold its annual Borah's Senator's Choice Assembly from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the main gymnasium.  Students' accomplishments for the 2015-16 school year will be recognized. 

May 26:  Boise School District requires a physical exam prior to 9th and 11th grade in order to participate in school sports.  On Thursday, May 26th, at Borah High School, 6001 W. Cassia St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., in partnership with St. Luke's Regional Medical Center and Ada County Medical Society Foundation, high school physical sports exams will be offered to District students.  Parental attendance is preferred. Click here and here for more information.  

STEM Project Targets Students Where They Live:  An exciting project will soon get underway at Garfield Elementary School to encourage and inspire students to learn more about Science, Technology, Engingeering and Math (STEM).  The project is in partnership with Boise State University and is funded from a NASA ISGC Informal Education grant for $10,000.  This grant is for a project called G-FORCES (Garfield Families Optimizing Regional Connections and Encouraging STEM).  To motivate students, backpacks full of STEM activities (pictured) have been created that students can take home over the weekends and do with their families.  "There are 36 backpacks that will start going out this weekend for grades 4 - 6 and we will be creating 66 more for grades K-3 to go out this Fall," said Sonia Galaviz, 5th Grade Teacher, Garfield.  According to Galaviz, the goal of the project is to
to provide additional opportunities for Garfield families to engage with their children in a fun and academic setting, right at home. "Families in Title 1 schools can have limited opportunities for STEM activities and costly science camps. Garfield is thrilled to be able to provide this resource to our students and families," added Galaviz.
The student in the picture is Alexa Rush, 6th grade. She will be participating in the G-FORCES backpack program.

The Best Measure of College Readiness:  In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an in-depth look at Dual Credit and Advanced Placement success in Boise and Southwest Idaho.  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.  

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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