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April 25:  First day of classes for spring Community Education session.  Click here to register for classes.  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.   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 25-28:  The week of April 25th Boise Schools Food & Nutrition Services, along with Potatoes USA, will hold a Potato Celebration in elementary schools across the Boise District. More than 2,000 pounds of potatoes purchased by Potatoes USA from Southwind Farms (Heyburn, ID) and Wada Farms (Idaho Falls, ID) and donated as part of Potatoes Raise the Bar school food service program will be featured.  On April 26th, students at schools offering the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will have a chance to sample colorful fingerling potatoes as part of an afternoon snack. On April 28th, the lunch menu will feature homemade baked potato wedges or "Homemade Spuds" from Marsh Creek Farms (Declo, Idaho). Several Idaho potato farmers will have the opportunity to serve students on the lunch line. There will be drawings for prizes, including Potatoes USA's 52 Mondays' Potato Recipes Cookbook. At each elementary cafeteria students will find a hands-on potato display showcasing a wide variety of potatoes grown in our state.

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 & 30:  Frank Church High School Annual Horticulture Sale, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 29 and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on April 30. The green house has never looked better - very full and colorful! Click here to learn more. 

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

May 7:  Capital High School Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8055 W. Goddard Rd., Boise. A large variety of hanging baskets, annual and perennial flowers, as well as herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and veggies will be available! Many heirloom varieties available, too! Students also designed and planted a variety of mini-succulent gardens and themed containers, like a salsa pot or Italian herb container. Please come support our program and get your Spring garden starts and Mother's Day flowers! All proceeds go directly back into Capital High's horticulture classes and greenhouse.

May 4:  The 2016 Girls Powered STEM Free camp will be June 7th at Shadow Hills Elementary School, 8301 W. Sloan St. and June 8th at Whitney Elementary, 1609 S. Owyhee St.  Registration will be open on May 4th starting at 8:00 a.m. and the camp will be open to any girl going into 4th, 5th or 6th grade in the 2016-17 school year. Click here to register and for more information on the event.

May 5-7 & 16-28:  Borah High Horticulture Annual Plant Sale, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5 & 6 and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 7.  In addition, the plant sale will continue May 16-27, 11 a.m. to 5:0 p.m., and May 21 & 28, 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here and here for more information. 

May 14:  The historic Bown House will dedicate the Mary Bayles Cowgill Heritage Garden at the Bown House at 2 p.m.  The Bown House is located in front of Riverside Elementary School, 2100 E. Victory Rd., Boise.  Mary was the great  granddaughter of Joseph and Temperance Bown, granddaughter of Franklin Bown.  Mary visited the house on two occasions and was a gardener and loved the outdoors.  Her daughters made a very nice donation and liked the idea of a memorial garden in Mary's name.  In addition, the Bown House will be open on each Saturday in May for free tours from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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 23:  Capital High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.

May 24:  Timberline High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.  

May 25:  Boise High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.

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.  

May 31:  Borah High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.

June 2:  Frank Church High School Spring Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Morrison Center.

Where Are They Now?  Will Stover, 2008 Timberline High graduate, has recently been promoted to Crew Chief for Marine 1. He is pictured saluting President Obama. Stover took advantage of the District's Advanced Placement program during his studies at Timberline High School, which helps prepare students for college, career and citizenship by allowing students to take rigorous coursework that can lead to college credit.  Stover also served as a student leader at Timberline participating on the school's Student Council. 

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, but they don't have the funds to pay for travel and expenses. The team of 15 outperformed 500 students from across the state to win the honor of representing Idaho at the 2016 Science Olympiad National Tournament. 

"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!"  Click here to learn more and click here to donate.

Valley Visions Showcases Student Work:  Click here to review Valley Visions, the Boise School District's art and literary magazine featuring student work. This is the 14th year of this popular publication. All art in the magazine will go on display later this spring at the Idaho Department of Education and the Idaho Statehouse. Copies of Valley Visions are available for purchase for $15.00 at the Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise.

Owyhee's NASA Rover Team Wins Big:  Twenty-one 5th and 6th graders from Owyhee-Harbor Elementary School participated in the Idaho Tech NASA Mars Rover Challenge in Twin Falls this past weekend and brought back six awards for Owyhee! Owyhee's four teams went head-to-head with 23 teams from Eagle, Boise, Mountain Home, Jerome, Notus, and Twin Falls. The teams competed in eight categories: Team presentation, lab notebook, poster display, hill climb, speed test, blind test, rock collection and weight. Click here to learn more and click here to watch videos of the NASA Rover events.  

Borah Music Students Recognized:  Borah High's symphonic band received special recognition for an outstanding performance April 15th at the District 3 Large Group Festival. The festival involved 30 bands performing over 2 days. Borah's symphonic band was one of only 4 bands out of the 30 to receive a SUPERIOR  rating. 

Precision Machining Medalists: Gold - Joseph Doell; Bronze - Shane Traubel.
District Students Receive Recognition During Skills USA Idaho Event: A number of District who are students enrolled in the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center earned a medal or statewide officer position at the SkillsUSA Idaho event held on April 7-8. SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that promotes technical and leadership skills for secondary and postsecondary students.  The gold medalists and statewide officers are invited to attend Nationals, held in Louisville, KY this June. Click here to review complete results. 

Timberline Tennis Wins at Tri City Invite: Timberline High School's Tennis team (pictured) just came off a big win in the Tri-City Tennis Invite, beating many Washington State teams, as well as local teams.  Click here for results.  

The Sky's the Limit:  Idaho Army National Guard Shares Career Options with Students:  Click the adjacent image to watch a brief video of a recent visit by the Idaho Army National Guard to the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center. The visit helped students, including students enrolled in the Tech Center's EMT program (Emergency Medical Technician program) understand the possible career options available to them.

German Delegation Visits Borah's Bridge Program:  A group of delegates from Germany (pictured) visited Borah High School on Friday, April 22 to learn about best practices regarding refugee integration.  The visit was coordinated by the Idaho Office for Refugees. The delegates met with Borah staff members and students, many of whom have come to the U.S. in search of a better life. Borah's Bridge program is  a program-within-a-school program that provides an intensive English language program to limited and non-English speaking secondary students.  Borah Principal Tim Standlee explained to the delegates how the refugees attending Borah help enrich the culture and environment at Borah and make the school a better place for all students.  Click the video image below to hear more from Principal Standlee.  

Boise, Borah, Capital & Timberline Again Make List of America's Most Challenging High Schools:  In this week's Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes a look at the news that all four of Boise District's comprehensive high schools have once again earned the distinction of making the 2016 Washington Post list of America's Most Challenging 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.  

Mayor Calls for Student Applications to Serve on City Boards and Commissions:  Boise Mayor Bieter thas opened the application period for the annual Students on Boards and Commissions program. Boise teens interested in serving on city boards and commissions during the 2016-17 school year must submit their applications by 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. 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. 

District Retirement Function Announcements: Click here to review a current listing of individual retirement functions for employees in the Boise School District.  

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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