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May 20:  At 8:40 a.m. at North Junior High School, 1105 N. 13th St., in Mr. Ron Scott's class, SUEZ will present the winners of its 2016 Student Conservation Video Contest.  The utility conducted its third annual contest this year, open to 9th to 12th grade students enrolled in the Boise School District and Bishop Kelly High School.  Students were asked to produce a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) promoting water conservation.  The winning entry was produced by three North students in Mr. Scott's class.  A $1,500 donation to their classroom from SUEZ to the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation will be made in their honor.  Media interested in covering the event, should plan on arriving at North prior to the event to register at the front office. 

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 qualifying them to compete at Nationals in Wisconsin. The Capital team 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 thank everyone who donated to the fundraising campaign that is making this trip to Nationals possible!

May 21:  Borah High Horticulture $1.00 Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us in supporting the Borah High School Horticulture program.  Many varieties of flowers and vegetables will be on sale, including heirloom and organic varieties The Borah Greenhouse is located on the south side of Borah's main building, 6001 W. Cassia St.  Click here to learn more.  

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 21:  The Catalpa Quartet, comprised of four Boise High School sophomores, will perform its Third Annual Benefit Concert at the Morrison Center Recital Hall (Room C 200), Saturday, May 21st from 3-4:30 pm. After the performance there will be a raffle of donated items and a reception with the artists. The event is FREE but donations will be accepted.  Since 2013, the string ensemble has raised almost $14,000 for the repair of orchestral instruments at Title I elementary schools in the Boise School District. For more information visit 

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, 6:30 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. 

June 6 - 9:  Capital High School Boy's Basketball program will host a Youth Basketball Camp June 6th-9th at Capital High School, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is one of the Treasure Valley's only all-day basketball camps put on by a high school program. The cost is $90 per participant (All Boise School District families receive $10 off their fee). Click here to learn more.  

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

STEP Program 2016 Graduates: Benjamin Gerber, Courtney Romans, Alaa Shihab, Rebecca Malubeki, Jesse Helton,_Kendall Pearson, CJ Spencer, Dallas Hamilton and Richard Lyon. 
Congratulations to STEP Graduates:  Nine students from the Boise School District's Student Transition Education Program (S.T.E.P.) participated in graduation ceremonies on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.  S.T.E.P. is a safe place where students and staff treat others with respect, given quality care and feel valued as individuals. Students develop friendships and work hand in hand with the community to gain knowledge and experience. The overall goals are to develop vocational, self-determination, self advocacy and life skills to reach maximum independence. 

Hawthorne Earns 2nd Place in Statewide 3D Printing Competition:  A team of students from Hawthorne Elementary School (pictured) 
took home the 2nd place trophy in the 2016 Idaho FabSLAM Showcasee, a 3D design and fabrication competition conducted by the Idaho STEM Action Center and Digital Harbor Foundation at the Discovery Center of Idaho. Hawthorne's ElemEngineers was one of only two elementary schools in the nation participating in the FabSLAM this year.  The team created a trap that hangs on fruit trees to lure and kill fruit flies that destroy soft-skinned fruit crops. Click here to learn more. 

Books Donated to Hillcrest Elementary:  The Will James Society Book Gifting Program recently provided books written and illustrated by Will James in the western genre for Hillcrest Elementary School readers of all ages to enjoy.  The Society donates books to schools and libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. To request a donation of books provided to a school or public library of your choice or to make a monetary donation contact Charlie Nightengale, Director of the Will James Book Gifting Program - [email protected]  or click here to visit the Will James Society website. 

West Junior High School student Abdi Mnongerwa receives the Mayors' Award to Youth. 
District Students Honored with Mayor's Awards to Youth:  A total of 29 Boise School District students were honored May 4, 2016 during the 22nd Annual Mayors' Awards to Youth for demonstrating tremendous character by rising above hardships, serving their communities and consistently exhibiting kindness and consideration for others. Since 1994, principals from Ada County public schools (junior, middle and high school) have been invited to nominate two students to be recognized at the event.  Click here for a complete list of the students recognized.

Borah High Senior Named Idaho's U.S. Presidential Scholar:  Borah High's Phillip H. Cathers has been selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar to represent Idaho.  Cathers will travel to the White House in June.  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. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.  

Boise High Senior Recognized:  Boise High's Christopher Hurt is the winner of the Collaborative Summer Library Program's 2016 Teen Video Challenge. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. Nine entries were submitted, and judges from Idaho Public Television and the library community chose Hurt's entry. You can view Hurt's winning video by clicking the adjacent image or click here Click here for more information. 

Capital Junior Named IHSAA Spring Interscholastic Star Recipient:  Capital High School's Harley Goul (pictured) is one of only five Idaho high school juniors to earn an Interscholastic Star Award, presented presented biannually by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its state championship sponsor, the United Dairymen of Idaho. 

Goul, daughter of Ashley Goul and Ferris Dean Goul, participates in cross country, track and is an on-court facilitator for unified basketball. She is also a member of the orchestra where she plays the cello. Goul serves on the student council and is a member of both the Key Club and the National Honor Society.

For her community, Goul has logged over 200 hours at St. Lukes and was a counselor at the Muscular Dystrophy Association 2015 McCall Summer Camp. She has also participated in Girl Scouts, the Ronald McDonald House and the Idaho Meth Project.

"Harley is an exceptional student-athlete that is a shining example of success at the interscholastic level," said Capital High School Principal Sandy Winters. "Her leadership style is to lead by example. Her peers appreciate her friendly, accepting and hard-working attitude."

Nominees for the awards are exemplary students participating in IHSAA-sponsored sports and activities. Applications include an essay, administrator recommendation, description of athletic and activity participation and an explanation of their service to their school and community. Interscholastic Stars receive a $2000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The IHSAA, with the support of the United Dairymen of Idaho, also contribute $1000 to the recipients' schools and $500 to the finalists' schools.

Goul was the only junior from the Boise School District to receive the award. The other awardees are listed here.

Timberline High Music Students Receives State Recognition: Timberline's Nick McClain (pictured) won first place in the Double Bass Solo State Competition held the weekend of May 7th.  Brooke Mickelson placed 4th in the viola solo competition; Alex Shipp placed 2nd in the Trombone solo competition; Rachel Estrera was 3rd in the flute solo competition; and Oliver Blumenstein placed 3rd in bassoon competition.

Timberline Student Wins New Car/Other Students Win Scholarships:  Friday, May 13th was a lucky day for Timberline senior Kenzi Delmas (pictured).  She was the Grand Prize Winner of a 2016 Ford Fiesta donated by Kendall Ford as part of a "Just Drive" campaign to end distracted driving. Other students won $1,000 college scholarships. Each qualifying student will be graduating with a 3.0 or higher GPA, 15 hours of community service in their senior years, and they signed the "Just Drive" pledge to end distracted driving. Click here to learn more. 

District Log Art Contest Recipients:  Last fall, the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation sponsored a District-wide art contest for students to create their own version of the Boise Schools' logo. Junior High and High School Students submitted more than 120 entries capturing their vision of the District's mission of "Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow".  The student designs will be featured at the District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd.  Below are the first and second place results:
  • First place: Seungyeon Nam, Junior, Timberline High School $250 (pictured below)
  • Second place: Madelenie Ceglecki, Senior, Borah High School/Dennis Professional-Technical Center $150 (pictured below)
L to R:  Amy Kohlmeier, Timberline Area Director; Dr. Ann Farris, Boise Area Director; Trish Thorpe, Timbeline Art Teacher; Seungyeon Nam, Timberline junior, first place winner; and Coby Dennis, Deputy Superintendent. 
L to R:  Madelenie Ceglecki, Borah senior; and Tony Mauer, Graphic Design Instructor, Dennis Professional-Technical Education Center. 

District Athletic Teams Earn Academic State Championships:  Idaho High School Activities Association has announced the Spring Sports 2016 Academic State Championships. The award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average.  Three athletic teams from Boise District high schools earned distinction as an Academic State Champion: Boise High Boys Varsity Golf Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.775;  Boise High Girls Varsity Softball Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.753; and Borah High Girls Varsity Tennis Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.906.   Click here to learn more. 

Boise High School Boys Varsity Golf Team
2016 Spring Sports Academic State Champion
Cumulative GPA 3.775 

Boise High Varsity Softball Team
2016 Spring Sports Academic State Champion
Cumulative GPA 3.753

Borah High School Girls Varsity Tennis Team
2016 Spring Sports Academic State Champion
Cumulative GPA 3.906 

Free Summer Meals:  Boise School District will once again participate in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program.  Summer meals will be provided to children ages 1 through 18 at a number of school sites without charge. Breakfast and lunch are served Monday through Friday beginning June 6th through August 5th.  Idaho Governor Otter will proclaim June 6, 2016 to be Summer Food Service Program Awareness Day in Idaho.   Click here to learn more.  

Free Developmental Screenings:  Boise School District provides free developmental screenings for children ages 3 to 5 with developmental concerns. You may call 854-5520 to set-up an appointment if you have a child who may have possible delays in the following areas:
  • Speech
  • Language
  • Concepts
  • Motor Skills
  • Self Help Skills
  • Social Emotional
  • Vision
  • Hearing.
Screening dates:
  • August 29, 2016 (sign up by Aug. 24)
  • September 19, 2016 (sign up by Sept. 14)
  • October 17, 2016 (sign up by Oct. 12)
  • November 14, 2016 (sign up by Nov. 9)
  • January 23, 2016 (sign up by Jan. 18)
  • February 27, 2017* (sign by Feb. 22) *for children not eligible for kindergarten.

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. 

Want to learn more about money and how to become a billionaire?: The Idaho Council on Economic Education at Boise State University wants to spread the word about the following educational opportunity.  Camp CashEd is geared for youth ages 10 to 14. Attendees assume the role of a secret agent as they participate in an online game and interactive activities to solve a variety of financial challenges. There are several missions where secret agents work to defeat the "Murktide" of financial confusion. Don't let your financial understanding limit your success in managing your money in real life!

Camp CashEd missions include activities to Build Wealth over the Long Term, Investing in Human Capital and Education, Budgeting, Credit, Risk and Return on Investment, Alternative Financial Institutions, Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, Researching Companies, Stock Market Fundamentals, and Forecasting the Future. Topics are presented in a way youth can understand and engage. Accept the mission and attend Camp CashEd to build your understanding of money and how not to limit your growth.

Register here or click on a date below that fits your schedule!
District Retirement Function Announcements: Click here to review a current listing of individual retirement functions for employees in the Boise School District.  

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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