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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 18:  Valley Visions official unveiling and student reading, 7 p.m., Board Room, District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise. Public is invited to attend.  Valley Visions is the Boise School District's art and literary magazine featuring student work. This is the 14th year of this popular publication.  All the art in the magazine will go on display later this spring at the Idaho State Department of Education and the Idaho Statehouse.  Copies of Valley Visions will be available for purchase for $15.00 during Monday night's event or later at the Boise School District Services Center.  

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 21:  Owyhee-Harbor Elementary School, 3434 W. Pasadena Dr.,  will host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Night for students, their families and school staff members from 6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. A 
series of hands-on STEM activities are planned to encourage  and inspire students to learn more about STEM. Click here for a review of the STEM activities.  

April 21:  District-wide AVID Parent Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Capital High School, 8055 W. Goddard Rd. This is a night where all District high school AVID students (incoming 10th-12th grade), and their parents, can come to Capital High School and gather more information on the following topics:
  • Expectations/Curriculum for your child's AVID class next year
  • Understanding Financial Aid
  • Scholarship Research
  • Finding the College that Fits
  • IDEAL College Savings Plans
The night will begin with an AVID Alumni Student Panel. Then parents will move into the different break out sessions. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a proven college readiness system, established over 30 years ago, that uses research-based strategies and curriculum to help close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

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. 

April 22:  Hawthorne Elementary is excited to be featured as the City of Boise's Arbor Day School and celebrate their new walking path with Mayor Bieter on site at 2401 W. Targhee Boise, ID 83705 on Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2016, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hawthorne Elementary School received significant grant monies from the City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Fund, Boise Urban Garden School, and Whole Foods Boise and the Whole Kids Foundation to expand their education beyond the concrete walls into a school garden and beyond. Click here to learn more. 

April 29:  Lowell Elementary School will celebrate Idaho's Apollo 14 Mission Moon Tree and the unveiling of the Moon Tree plaque created by Lowell students. At 10:30 a.m., students, staff and community members will gather under the Moon Tree located in front of Lowell's Just for Kids childcare program, 1507 N. 28th St., Boise.  News media representatives are invited to attend. 

April 29:  Boise High School Academic Assembly, 9:30 a.m., main gymnasium - Honoring the academic accomplishments of Boise High's seniors.  

May 16:  AVID Senior Celebration Night on May 16th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30  p.m. at Borah High School, 6001 W. Cassia St. This is the night the District celebrates all of our AVID seniors. The recipients of the Bev and George Harad Scholarships and the Endowed Scholarships are recognized during this celebration, as well.

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 top row (L to R): Julie Ekhoff, coach; Anna Green; Grace Liu;  Vanessa Wolf; Jason Gordon, coach; Mathew Mitchell, Henry Zhang; bottom Row: Kendra Hollar; Sandra Siharath; Jessica Liu; Ope Abimbola; Colin Heist; Kyle Lenhart-Wees; Andrew Zhang. Not pictured: Ivan Vazquez;  Rhone Grajmor; Ellie Van de Graff.
Capital High's Winning Science Olympiad Team Seeking Funds to Compete at Nationals:  A fundraising campaign is underway here to help pay for Capital High School 's Science Olympiad Team (pictured) to compete at the National Science Olympiad.    The team of 7 girls and 8 boys won the 2016 Idaho Science Olympiad on April 2, 2016 qualifying them to compete at Nationals. This is the first time in school history that Capital has won the Idaho Science Olympiad. Unfortunately, the team doesn't have the funds to pay for the trip to the University of Wisconsin- Stout where the National Science Olympiad will be held May 20-22, 2016. 

"Competing in the National Science Olympiad with my fellow Science Olympiad team members would be a dream come true," said Jessica Liu, Team Captain. "We worked so hard studying after school preparing for the Idaho Science Olympiad and when we earned 1st Place, our team was so incredibly happy. Some of us, including myself, were crying tears of joy! Representing Idaho in the National Science Olympiad would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would mean so much to all of us, including helping prepare us for success in college, career and in life.  We would be so very grateful to anyone who donates in order to help our dream come true!" 

Funds raised will help pay for travel and expenses to participate in the 2016 National Science Olympiad. This fundraising campaign is from now until May 1, 2016. Click here to donate.  Donation website address is:

Borah High Receives National Recognition:  Borah High School was recently named a Top Global Learning School by AFS-USA and the National Society of High School Scholars. Seventy-four schools from across the country were honored with this award, which recognizes exceptional dedication to fostering global citizenship through intercultural learning-both inside and outside of the classroom.  To further support global competency development, AFS-USA is offering all students at these schools the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship to study abroad. Students can enter to win by answering the question: "What does it mean to be a global citizen?" Click here to learn more.

Boise High Student Invited to Participate in White House Science Fair: Nate Marshall, 12th grade, Boise High was invited to participate this week in the White House Science Fair.  Nate was a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for his project examining prehistoric climate change and what it means for our current climate challenge. For his project, Nate used a marine sediment core to examine the warming effects of two natural pulses of carbon dioxide released 55 million years ago. Nate found that Earth recovered from the first before a second, larger pulse triggered massive warming of the planet lasting tens of thousands of years. Nate believes that his findings indicate that the planet can recover from current warming trends if humankind acts quickly to curtail carbon emissions or remove atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Alexa Swanstrom 
10th Grade 
Timberline High School
Ashlyn Yevchak 
10th grade 
Timberline High School
Timberline Students Receive Recognition:  Timberline students Ashlyn Yevchak, 10th grade, won first place  and Alexa Swanstrom, 10th grade, won second prize in the high school "Letters About Literature" competition sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Idaho Commission on Libraries. Both students now become national finalists in the competition and possible awards of $200 to $1,000. Alexa will receive a $75.00 award and a framed plaque for second place. First prize winner Ashlyn will receive a $100 award and a framed plaque for her first place finish. Both Ashlyn and Alexa are students in David Archibald-Seiffer's Accelerated English class at Timberline. This is the second year in a row that two students of Mr. Archibald-Seiffer have been named winners in this competition. Ahsly's winning letter was to Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent book series, and focused on the personal connection Ashlyn has with the author's vision and theme. Ashlyn will be honored at a luncheon at the Idaho Statehouse on May 6.

Music Students Receive Recognitions:  Congratulations to the Borah High School Jazz Ensemble for receiving a superior rating at the recently held Gene Harris Jazz Festival. Ian Pogue- tenor sax and Parker Burkett - drums  received outstanding soloists certificates. In addition, the Timberline Jazz Ensemble received a superior rating at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and their guitarist, Ian Meyer was selected as an outstanding soloist. 

Meet 2016 Boise Rotary Century Scholars and their Selected Educators:  The 11th Annual Boise Rotary Century Scholars Program was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Boise State University's Jordan Ballroom honoring Boise's top 100 graduating seniors. During the evening, an invited audience of hundreds gathered 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 were profiled and honored by family, friends and representatives of our community's business, government, civic, education and service sectors. 
Pictured in the photo: Borah High Century Scholar Tanner McKinnon with his significant selected educator Heather Ray, Borah High, Choral Music Teacher and Music Department Chair and Borah High Principal Tim Standlee. Click here to learn more about this year's Century Scholars and their selected educators.

Maple Grove Students Treated to Special Music Performance:  The 25th Army Band Saxophone Quintet - May Day - performed for Maple Grove Elementary School students in a rousing concert on Friday, April 8th.  They then met with the 5th and 6th grade saxophone students and completed  master class with them.

Where are They Now? - Timberline Grad Recognized:  Jordan Withers , a Timberline graduate, now graduating from Idaho State University,  is being recognized by ISU as one of twelve students of the Class of 2016 for the Outstanding Student Achievement Awards.  His degree will be from the College of Science and Engineering, Division of Health Sciences. 

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! 

Top Reasons to Teach in Boise Schools: The following brief video features interviews with new and veteran Boise educators explaining the reasons why new-to-the-profession teachers should consider a career with the Boise School District. For more information about teaching in the Boise School District, visit our Human Resources website here

"Yes, We are Moving the Needle with College 'Go-On' Rates!":  In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a look at improving college "go-on" rates for Treasure Valley high schools. 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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