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What's Happening in Boise School District

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. 

May 2:  From garden, green living & the great outdoors to culinary arts and kids and family fun, Community Education offers classes for all ages! Click here to review upcoming classes and register.   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! 

May 2 - 6: Teacher Appreciation Week - a perfect time to personally thank your teachers for their support of children throughout the year. 

Here are some great ways to show your support for the tremendous work teachers do every day:
  • Volunteering in your student's classrooms.
  • Thank your Boise School DIstrict teachers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #ThankATeacherBSD
  • Make a tax deductible Thank-A-Teacher donation to your teacher's classroom.  With Thank-A-Teacher donations, teacher's receive 100% of your donation and can access funds immediately to purchase educational materials for their classroom.
May 4:  The 2016 Girls Powered STEM Free camp will be held June 7th at Shadow Hills Elementary School, 8301 W. Sloan St. and June 8th at Whitney Elementary, 1609 S. Owyhee St.  Registration will 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 4: North Junior High School will celebrate National Bike to School Day by joining with schools around the country encouraging students and/or school staff to bike and/or walk to school. Approximately 300 North students are expected to ride or walk to school on Wednesday, May 4th, along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Click here to learn more.  

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 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 10:  The general public is invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the District's outstanding music students and staff at this year's Music Week  School Night event, to be held at Taco Bell Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. No tickets are required. This popular event will feature nearly 2,000 student performers, from 4th grade through 12th grade, performing in honors choirs, bands and orchestras. Click here to learn more. 

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 26:  Marian Pritchett High School Graduation, 6:00 p.m., Timberline High School.  

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.

June 10 & 11:  Boise State University is offering E-Girls, a free overnight program for girls exiting 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls. Workshops led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students may include: Prosthetic Hand Design, Biomechanics, Transportation, Packaging and the Environment, Computer Programming with Scratch, Virtual Worlds with Alice, Physics of Rock Climbing, A World of Career Choices, and more!  Priority deadline is May 1st. Click here to learn more.  

Capital Student Receives 2016 All-American Athlete Award:  Capital High Senior Sam Brixey (pictured) is the recipient of the 2016 All-American Athlete Award.  This award recognizes Brixey's athletic accomplishments and his dedication to strength and conditioning.  Nominated by Capital High Athletic Director Steve Sosnowski, Brixey's determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence is a great role model for all student-athletes at Capital High and the Southern Idaho Conference. Click here to learn more.  

Capital High Science Olympiad team, 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 Headed to Nationals:  Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign to help pay for travel costs and expenses, Capital High School 's Science Olympiad Team will be able to compete at the National Science Olympiad.    The team of 7 girls and 8 boys (pictured) won the 2016 Idaho Science Olympiad on April 2, 2016 qualifying them to compete at Nationals in Wisconsin. 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. Team members are grateful for the community's support and thank everyone who donated!

North Jr. High Jazz Band Recognized:  North Junior High School's Jazz Band recently competed in the CBC (Columbia Basin College) Jazz Unlimited Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 16th.  The band competed against 8 High schools. NJH "A Team" Jazz Band took 2nd place in the "A" High School Division. Five soloists from North were recognized for their outstanding solo performances and the band was given a "special award" that had never been given out before - "The Best Band Without a Conductor Award." "What they were referring to was that my student musicians performed so well that I did not have to direct them," explained Todd Sprague, North Jazz Director.   "The judge said 'we were the best Jr High Jazz Band he had ever heard,' "which was good enough for me."

Two Students from Boise District Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalists:  The national U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has narrowed its search to six semi-finalists for the state of Idaho, including  two students from the Boise School District: Phiilip H. Cathers from Borah High School and Dina F. Lu from Boise High School (below).  The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.  Click here to learn more. 

Phillip H. Cathers 
Borah High School

Dina F. Lu
Boise High School

Idaho Earth Day: Sustainable Water Use Awards Announced:  The Idaho Council on Industry and the Environment has announced the recipients of the Earth Day 2016 Art Contest. Best of Show winner is Sarah Dean, Timberline High School (pictured receiving the award from Cathy Mansell, Retired District Art Consultant along with Timberline Teacher Trish Thorpe.  Dean will receive a $125 gift certificate to Quality Art.  Click here for a complete list of award recipients.  

East Jr. High Students Receive Recognition:  Ten students from East Jr. High were selected out of 500 students nationwide as recipients of the National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award.  Those students include:  Maloree Barbera; Jessica Lambert; Dahsong Lee;
Helen (Hailun) Wang; Logan Woodhouse; Sean Halford; Theo Knoll; Christopher Patrick; Lauren Lloyd; and Megan Marshall. Each recipient will receive a $500 award, which will be placed in a college savings account.  

Pictured L to R: Amy Pence-Brown, School Garden Coordinator; Vista Neighborhood Representative;  Mayor David Bieter; James Bright, Hawthorne Principal; Holly Beck, BLM Botanist/Community Partner; and Tom Willis Boise School District Facilities & Operations.
Hawthorne Receives Grant from City of Boise for Learning Landscape & Teaching Garden: Hawthorne Elementary School has received $30,000 from the City of Boise Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant as part of the Vista Neighborhood Association. The school plans plan to use the money to create an innovative and revolutionary Idaho Native Plants Learning Landscape & Teaching Garden. Click here to learn more. 

Idaho Spud Growers Join Boise Schools' Potato Celebration Week:  Idaho Potato growers team up with Boise School District's Food & Nutrition Services to showcase potatoes in the District's school lunch program the week of April 25-28.  Elementary Schools featured a variety of potatoes during lunch. Pictured is a potato display at Mountain View Elementary School.  At each elementary cafeteria students were treated to a hands-on potato display showcasing a wide variety of potatoes grown in our state. On April 28th, the lunch menu featured homemade baked potato wedges or "Homemade Spuds" from Marsh Creek Farms (Declo, Idaho). Several Idaho potato farmers also had the opportunity to serve students on the lunch line.  Click here to learn more about the celebration.

Collaborating with Industry: Western States CAT recently made a trade with the Professional Technical Dennis Education Center's Diesel program -  a Ford F150 2013 for a 2002 F250. The purpose of this trade was to update the vehicle used by students at the Dennis Center. Originally, Western States CAT donated the F250 in 2007. Western States CAT provides heavy equipment to the Dennis Center allowing students to be engaged with the latest and greatest technology. The Dennis Center and Western States CAT have worked together since fall of 2005. The Dennis Center uses the truck to transport training aids and mock-ups from secondary, post-secondary and industry. On several occasions the truck has been used to transport students to state competitions. The Dennis Center would like to thank Western States CAT for their involvement in making a student's future brighter and giving back to the community.

Morley Nelson Educator Recognized:  Jennifer Keavney, Counselor, Morley Nelson Elementary School (pictured), is one of 15 educators from Idaho public schools to receive a Celebration of Teaching Mentors of the Year Awards as presented by BSU's College of Education.  The award honors those who encourage and support fellow educators in their pursuit of effective teaching and professional growth. Each honoree received a $500 check, blown-glass apple sculpture, gift certificate from Albertsons and other gifts. Click here to learn more.  

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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