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April 11:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd. , Boise. Agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Pam Atkins, AP Literature/Sr. English/AVID 12 Teacher, Borah High School; Golden Apple Award to Nancy Emacio, Registrar, North Junior High School; Strategic Plan Update; and Teacher Mentor Program. Public is invited to attend. Click here to review complete agenda.  

April 11:   #LoveMySchoolDay BSD. Schools in the Boise District are encouraged to share their great news about their schools. Follow the hashtag! (Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram). Last year's event was a HUGE success! Let's make this year's even better!

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 12 - 15:  Boise School District's Madison Early Childhood Center will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child with an Art Gallery featuring student work. Click here to learn more. Madison's Mission is to provide early intervention services to young children with developmental delays. Click here to learn more about the school. 

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 and honored. 

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.  

Pictured (L-R) front row: Kendra Hollar, Vanessa Wolf, Andrew Zhang, Henry Zhang; second row: Ellie Van De Graff, Collin Heist, Jessica Liu, Ivan Vazquez, Ope Abimbola; third row: Kyle Lenhart -Wees, Grace Liu, Sandra Siharath, Winston Lie, Advisor Jason Gordon. Not pictured: Anna Green, Matthew Mitchell, Rhone Grajcar. 
Capital High School Wins Idaho Science Olympiad:  Capital High School 's Science Olympiad Team (pictured) won the 2016 Idaho Science Olympiad that was held on Saturday, April 2 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa. More than 500 students from across Idaho competed, including a team of students from Boise's Fairmont Junior High School (pictured below with the winning Capital High team). Fairmont  took 3rd Place in the junior high school division. The 15th annual Idaho Science Olympiad involved school teams participating in an array of science competitions. The Capital team won 1st Place in the high school division, qualifying the team to compete in the National Science Olympiad that will be held at the University of Wisconsin May 20-21, 2016. The Olympiad National Tournament is the pinnacle of more than 280 regional and state tournaments each academic year. Upwards of 7,000 teams in 50 states compete head-to-head for a chance to compete against some of the brightest and most creative students in the U.S. at the National Tournament.   In 2014, 120 teams were put to the test, launching Helicopters and Gliders, building Boomilevers and Scramblers, matching wits in Water Quality, Chem Lab and Meteorology, and solving world health pandemics in Disease Detectives. This blend of engineering, knowledge, problem solving, technology and process skills makes Science Olympiad unique in the world of science competitions.

Capital High School won 1st Place in the High School division of the 2016 Idaho Science Olympiad and Fairmont Junior High School  (team in pink) took home the 3rd Place Trophy in the Junior High Division.

Pictured L-R front row: Patrick Manning-Floch, Solomon Smith, Minjun Kim; second row: Shad Smith, Camille Casch; third row: Xiola Bagwell, Alexandre Bakarani, Vedant Ranganathan; top row: Becca Anderson, Language Arts Supervisor, Boise School District; Binna Jensen, Idaho Statesman; and Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District. 
Spelldown Results:  Boise School District hosted its annual Spelldown competition at the District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, March 28-31. BSD invited public, private and charter schools to select students in grades 4-6 to participate.

Results of the Spelldown show that two of the top three finishers in each grade level are students enrolled in Boise School District elementary schools.

"We are so very proud of all the students who participated in this year's Spelldown," said Becca Anderson, BSD Language Arts Supervisor. "We know that students who are strong spellers do well academically and are better prepared to take on the academic rigors of post-secondary education, including undergraduate and graduate work."

The following winners were presented with Barnes & Noble gift cards from the Idaho Statesman and a plaque at an awards ceremony held on March 31st at the Boise School District Services Center:

6th graders:
Champion: Camille Casch/White Pine; Winning word(s): stalactite, judicious
1st Runner up: Alexandre Bakarani/Jefferson; Winning word(s): agoraphobia
2nd Runner up: Xiola Bagwell/St. Mary's; Winning word(s): tuberculosis

5th graders:
Champion: Patrick Manning-Floch / Monroe; Winning word(s): homicide
1st runner up: Vedant Ranganathan /Riverstone;  Winning word(s): embellish, quorum
2nd runner up: Shad Smith / Grace Jordan; Winning word(s): pueblo

4th graders:
Champion: Solomon Smith/Cole Valley; Winning word(s): noncombatant, bracken
1st runner up: Shae Stratton/Valley View;  Winning word(s): emulsify
2nd runner up: Minjun Kim/ White Pine; Winning word(s): Stockholm, ordination

Dennis Center Students Recognized for Community Service:  Three students from the Dennis Technical Education Center dedicated six hours of community service at the Idaho Food Bank (pictured) two weeks ago.   Gunner Cook, Kameron Titus, and Joshua Smith are all members of SkillsUSA, a student organization that helps students develop their leadership and technical skills.  Gunner, Kameron, and Josh all volunteered at the Idaho Food Bank as part of their SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference competition.  Together they helped pack over 1,000 pounds of food and sorted an additional 2,800 pounds of food in an afternoon.  The three students feel passionately about the need for volunteers at the Idaho Food Bank, citing that there is an incredible need for food donations as well as volunteer hours to help Treasure Valley families in their time of need. 

Karen Gillette Receives TWIN Award:  At the 23rd Annual TWIN Awards Luncheon held on April 5th Karen Gillette,  was honored for her work as the District's Facilitator & Instructor of the Student Transition Education Program (STEP).  The STEP Program (Student Transition Education Program) is one of three transition programs in the Boise District for students with disabilities who are 18-21 years old. Students have the opportunity to continue their education after walking in graduation with their peers at their home high school. STEP students work on employment, independent living, self advocacy and other important lifeskills. The focus of the program is to teach students with disabilities to become more independent, obtain paid employment and live on their own or in supported living environments. 

The annual Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN):
  • Honors women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to industry in executive, managerial and professional roles
  • Salutes corporations whose policies and practices encourage high achievement by women and provides equal advancement opportunities for women of diverse backgrounds
  • Provides an opportunity for women to network

Learn Something New This Spring:  Online registration for Community Education's popular spring session of classes is underway 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 is posted online at; 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! 

This and That for April:  In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a look at a number of local education-related topics making the news.  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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