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May 6:  School Lunch Hero Day.  Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Boise School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 6. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by the School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the "Lunch Lady" graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America's students each school day. Click here to learn more. 

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 9:  Boise School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., Boise School District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd. Some of the agenda items include presentation of Red Apple Award to Laura Reynolds, Reading Specialist, Garfield Elementary School; presentation of Golden Apple Award to Susan Carroll, Administrative Assistant, Fort Boise. Complete agenda will be posted here prior to the meeting. Public is invited to attend.   

May 9:  Third week of Community Education classes. 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 to 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 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 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 13:  From 10 a.m. to noon, Koelsch Elementary School 6th grade students will participate in a field trip to the St. Alphonsus' Heart Clinic to learn about:  General anatomy of the heart; causes of heart attack/stroke; common warning signs of heart attack/stroke, ways to stay healthy and disease prevention; role of exercise and diet & nutrition. Students will also explore pig hearts, which are 4 chamber, much like humans.  Contact Corinne Morgan, Koelsch PE Specialist, at 854-5300 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 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.   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.

May 16:  Timberline High School Student Awards Assembly, 10 a.m., auditorium.  

May 17:  STEP Program Graduation, 9:30 a.m. at Boise Senior Center, 690 Robbins Rd, Boise.

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.
May 20-22:  Capital High School's Science Olympiad Team will compete in the National Science OlympiadThe 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 and coaches are grateful for the community's support and thank everyone who donated to the fundraising campaign that is making this trip to Nationals possible!

May 21:  Youth & Young Adult Job Fair, sponsored by the Idaho Department of Labor, at Mountain View High School, 2000 Millennium Way, Meridian, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is an annual event that provides numerous summer job opportunities and career resources for youth and young adults. Click here to learn more.

May 23:  Capital High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.  (Live streaming available on the day of the ceremony here.)

May 24:  Timberline High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.  (Live streaming available on the day of the ceremony here.)

May 25:  Boise High School Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 p.m., Taco Bell Arena.  (Live streaming available on the day of the ceremony here.)

May 25:  All girls in grades 6, 7, 8  & 9 who are enrolled in Capital High School feeder schools are encouraged to attend with their parents a special Girls in the Game Night with a special guest appearance by ESPN's Heather Cox (pictured).  The purpose of this event is to encourage girls to stay active in sports. Information from the Women's Sports Foundation indicates girls participating in sports:
  • Earn better grades
  • Are more likely to graduate from high schol
  • Have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem
  • Have better understanding of teamwork, goal setting and the pursuit of excellence in performance - all critical skills necessary for success in the workplace
May 25:  Third and fourth grade students enrolled in Angela Troy's class at Highlands Elementary School will present their Living Wax Museum starting at 12:30 p.m. in the school's gymnasium, 3434 N. Bogus Basin Rd. For the 5th year, students will research a famous Idahoan and then present their research in a Living Wax Museum where their significant person "comes to life".  Each student is responsible for a paper, museum display and memorized monologue. News media representatives are encouraged to cover this event. Come experience history in action!

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.  (Live streaming available on the day of the ceremony here.)

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

June 2: Last day of school for students in the Boise School District for the 2015-16 school year. Early release schedule for students in grades K-12. Click here for more information about the early release schedule.  

June 6 - July 1:  Secondary Summer School - Semester 1.  Click here for more information regarding Summer School. 

July 5 - 29:  Secondary Summer School - Semester 2.  

Boise High's A Team qualified for Nationals after winning the regional competition at Oregon State University.  Pictured left to right: Karthik Mouli (Boise High '16),  Benjamin Huang (Boise High '16),  Rachel Klopenstein (Oregon State University), Tony Baca, Coach, Nate Marshall, Captain (Boise High '16),  Adelaide Arjona  (Boise High '16) and Annie Xia (Boise High '17).
Defending National Science Bowl Team from Boise High Competes at Nationals: Boise High's defending National Ocean Science Bowl Champions (pictured) recently competed in the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an education competition that tests students' knowledge of ocean-related topics.  The 24 teams competing in the Finals each won their Regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl in February. The Boise High Team took 5th place in the national competition. The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Institute of Marine Sciences and Seahorse Coastal Consulting hosted the Finals, which took place April 21-24, 2016 at Carteret Community College.  

Boise Students Shine at National Science Bowl:  In Washington, D.C., a team of Boise High students made it to the final 16 at the National Science Bowl.  All of the teams reaching the top 16 will receive $1,000 for their school's science departments. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics.  About 9,000 high school students and more than 5,000 middle school students from across the country took part in the annual competition. A team from Treasure Valley Math & Science Center  (pictured) participated in the top tier of the national competition but was eliminated from the competition this past Sunday.  

TVMSC/Borah Student Selected for Prestigious Summer Program:  Treasure Valley Math & Science Center/Borah High 10th grade student Sophie Van Pelt (pictured) has been accepted to attend a highly sought after summer opportunity at Rensselaer this summer.  The Rensselaer PREFACE Program is a two-week, all-expenses paid, residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors, who have expressed a strong, early interest in pursuing a career in the engineering and technological professions.  "Sophie is a very impressive young lady, " said Dr. Holly MacLean, Principal TVMSC. "She is hard working, focused and dedicated to making the most of every opportunity that captures her interest and helps her along the pathway to her dream of becoming a top quality engineer." Sophie is also a veteran member of the District's Robotics Team, Team Tators!

Boise District's FIRST Robotics Team Wins Division; Competes in Final Round of World Championships:  Last week, Boise District's Team Tators traveled to St. Louis to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.  The team made it to the final rounds, one of the few teams to do so.  "Out of more than 3,000 robotics teams supported by over 11,000 students world-wide in 20 different countries, the little team from Boise, Idaho represented our community and state by demonstrating 'Gracious Professionalism' and honorable and exemplary levels of competition," said Dr. Holly MacLean, Principal, Treasure Valley Math & Science Center.  "These are the qualities promoted by FIRST and embraced by Team Tators! We could not be more proud of these hard working and dedicated young men and women." Click here to learn more.  

Borah Musicians Recognized:  Congratulations to the Borah High Jazz Ensemble for an outstanding performance in Reno, NV this past weekend. They received a superior rating from all three judges and Owen Greeley (pictured) received an Outstanding Musician Medal for his performance on the featured ballad.   

West students, back row (L to R): Anna Scott, Annabelle Lloyd,  Anna Jirik,  Savion Bias, Gracie Stamey, Kiana Palic, Elizabeth Quisenberry, Jessica Utley, Felecite Mcdougall, Kyah Hart. Middle row: Brayden Sawyer, Caleb Mason, Aimee Chipman, Adriona Zavala. Front Row: Abigail Dysart, Madison Collins. Not pictured: Tanya Gordon - Advisor
West Junior High Students Recognized:  The West Junior High Green Team has been awarded an Envirogaurd Youth Mini-Grant from the City of Boise for 12 new recycling bins. The bins are placed in the school's cafeteria and around school hallways. "The students have been busy educating students and staff about the appropriate use of the bins to assist in a successful transition and are excited to help their school become more 'green'", said Advisor Tanya Gordon. The Green Team also held a bake sale which raised $250 towards the purchase of a tree (Norwegian Sunset maple) which will be planted on the West campus. 

Karen Harshman of Liberty Elementary Named Idaho's PTA Educator of the Year:  Liberty Elementary School First Grade Teacher Karen Harshman (pictured) has been selected as the Idaho PTA Educator of the Year for 2016.  Mrs. Harshman was presented with this prestigious award during the 111th annual state PTA Convention held in Boise on April 22 & 23.  Click here to learn more. 

Data Points - This & That for May; Our Students Are More Than a Score - Redefining "College Readiness": In his Data Points blog post, Boise School District Superintendent Dr. Don Coberly takes an in-depth look at a new initiative by the American Association of School Administrators to redefine whether a students is "ready" for college.  In addition, Dr. Coberly writes about a number of topics making news for May - Vouchers, Race & Family Income and Borah Scholars. 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.  

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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