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Posted on 02/22/2024
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Boise School District News

Thursday, February 22, 2024

U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates Announced

Boise School District is proud to announce the following Boise School District high school seniors have qualified as candidates in the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

 

A total of 86 Idaho high school seniors were selected for this recognition. Of those, 24 are from the Boise School District, which represents 28% of Idaho's total U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates. This is an impressive showing considering Boise School District represents 7% of Idaho's total public school enrollment.

Meet Our 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates

Great Student Award: Capital High School’s Sherlyn Mesillas Becerra wants to create a scholarship fund to help students like her

Sherlyn Mesillas Becerra, a senior at Capital High School, is making an impact in the Latino community and beyond.

 

Sherlyn has been selected for BoiseDev’s Great Student Award, which selects one student each week for a $200 scholarship based on their good deeds in the community — from helping others, volunteering, and more.

 

During her sophomore year, Sherlyn founded Boise’s Future Hispanic Leaders of America chapter and is the current president. The FHLA is an Idaho-based organization that pushes Latino youth to reach their academic and life goals. She has also helped raise $500 to support FHLA student activities.

 

Founding and participating in the FHLA was inspired by her mother.

 

“My mother was in FHLA when she was in high school,” she said “And she mentioned to me when I went into high school, so 10th grade, and she told me all about her experiences, about this community, about the jokes, about everything that happened really during that time. I wanted to also have a similar experience. So I connected with my Trio teacher and we met up and made a plan.”

 

She is also a part of the Wassmuth Youth Leadership Program which educates students on human rights issues and is part of the Climate Justice League. Sherlyn has volunteered more than 40 hours in her community. 

 

When Sherlyn graduates, she wants to pursue psychology or health sciences and eventually go to grad school to continue her education. She says she has applied to all Idaho schools so far. 

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Idaho State Academic Championships

The Idaho High School Activities Association is pleased to announce the following Boise School District athletic teams have earned the 2023-24 winter sports Academic State Champions Award sponsored by First Federal Bank. This award is presented to the varsity team in each classification that achieves the highest cumulative grade point average. Congratulations to these student athletes for their academic achievement and commitment to excellence through activities.

With a cumulative grade point average of 3.845, the Timberline High School boys basketball team earned the title of "5A State Academic Champions" for the second consecutive year! The team is coached by Travis Noble.

With a cumulative grade point average of 3.507, the Timberline High School Wrestling Team earned the title of "5A State Academic Champions." The team is coached by Andy DeLoney.

15th Annual Pink Zone Raises Funds/Awareness for Cancer Research

On Friday, January 19th, the Boise High Girls Basketball Team held their 15th Annual Pink Zone event, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Each year, all members of the girls basketball team pitch in to sell raffle tickets and pink shirts leading up to the big day. Final numbers have now been tabulated, and we are proud to report that this year was our MOST SUCCESSFUL PINK ZONE YET. We raised a record-setting $10,707 for the Idaho Chapter of the American Cancer Society. This year brings our 15-year total amount of money raised to $47,500 for breast cancer research!

 

This event would not be possible were it not for the incredible organizational efforts of Assistant Coach Erinn Della, our wonderful volunteers (Peg Luke, Roanna Barclay, Katie Kappel, Amber Tetrick, and Victoria Sanchez), the rest of our Boise High GBB Coaching Staff, and our dedicated players who walked the stands and sold raffle tickets at so many events. The Girls Basketball Program also wants to acknowledge the generous folks at Del Taco who donated this year's pink shirts, allowing the Brave to raise even more funds for their cause.  

The Varsity Boise High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team poses before the Pink Zone game held on January 19, 2024.

Boise High's student section brought the school spirit for this year's 15th Annual Pink Zone game held on January 19, 2024.

Pictured L to R: Boise High Girls Basketball Varsity Assistant Coach Erinn Della (Lead Organizer for Pink Zone & Boise High Alum); Roanna Barclay (retired Boise High teacher); Victoria Sanchez (Current Boise High Staff Member & Boise High Alum); & Peg Luke (Boise High Alum).

Announcing Kindergarten Registration/Open House Day!

Welcome to the class of 2037! Boise School District is currently accepting Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year. We offer free, full-day kindergarten at all Boise School District elementary schools. You may register your Kindergarten student using our online Kindergarten Registration System.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend our annual Kindergarten Registration Day/Open House at your neighborhood school on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

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Learning About Idaho Agriculture

 

Is It Real? Students Get Up-Close Look at The Big Idaho Potato

The Big Idaho Potato paid a visit to Owyhee Elementary School on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. The visit taught students about Idaho Agriculture and inspired students to learn more about the importance of the Idaho potato to our state. Watch the following video to learn more.

Boise School Board Corner

Trustee Oppenheimer to Step Down from Board

Boise School District Trustee Beth Oppenheimer will be moving to Washington, D.C. this spring to pursue a new career opportunity. She will resign from the Boise School Board of Trustees during the March 11th, 2024 meeting of the Board.

 

“The seven and half years I’ve served the students and families of the Boise School District as a Trustee have been some of the most rewarding years of my life,” said Trustee Oppenheimer. “I will be moving to Washington, D.C. this spring to continue my career in developing education policy and I intend to submit a formal board resignation at the March Board meeting.”

 

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Boise Quadrant Area Director Appointment

Boise School District is pleased to announce the following appointment of Wendy Johnson, a highly-respected and skilled education leader who will be responsible for leading our schools in the Boise quadrant, effective July 1, 2024.

 

Wendy Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the role of Boise Quadrant Area Director, having served Idaho’s public school students in a variety of capacities since 1994. She has a strong track record of success in the education field, having served students as a teacher, administrator and as the current Superintendent of the Kuna School District, Kuna, ID.  

 

Ms. Johnson’s appointment is part of our ongoing commitment to providing a student-focused learning system that ensures the best possible outcomes for all of our Boise School District students.  

 

“My interest-based approach brings together students, teachers, parents, community members and leaders together to listen and create a plan to do what is right for our students and solve complex problems together,” said Johnson. “I believe in the power of educators to transform the lives of the young people they teach and lead, and believe one of my main responsibilities as an educational leader is to help remove barriers so that teachers can focus on teaching and administrators can focus on supporting their teams.”

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Our Schools Care

 

How to Talk to Your Child About Suicide

Parents, have you wondered how to talk to your child about suicide? Find ways to start this important conversation with your child of any age at our Mental Health Resources webpage, where you will also find helpful information about support and resources for all Boise Schools families.

Healthy Relationships - Family Night

Boise School District is partnering with the Women's and Children's Alliance to host a family night for high school students and their parents/guardians to talk about healthy relationships. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and this family night is a great way to learn about strategies to help your teen and help build healthy relationships. 

 

This event could also be beneficial for students entering high school next school year. Parents are welcome to attend without their teen.

 

Parents and teens will go to separate workshops that focus on the following:

 

  • Technology and relationships,
  • Setting healthy boundaries in dating relationships,
  • Tips on how to have conversations about healthy relationships with your teen, and more!

 

Please join us at Capital High School, 8055 W. Goddard Rd., Boise, ID 83704 on February 29th from 5:30-7pm. Dinner will be provided. If you need childcare for younger siblings we will have that available. Please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Nord at [email protected]

February is International Boost Self-Esteem Month

February is 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝑺𝒆𝒍𝒇-𝑬𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒎 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉!

According to a recent psychological research review, having high (vs. low) self-esteem has wide-ranging positive impacts, including better social relationships, more success at school and work, better mental and physical health, and less antisocial behavior. (Robins & Orth, 2022)

Understanding Special Education

Please join us for our workshop that helps guide parents through the Special Education Process! This opportunity will be at Garfield Elementary School, 1914 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, ID 83706 on March 5th from 5:30-7pm. We will share helpful information for parents starting the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process or have gone through it but want to review all of the different components. We will also discuss the role of the parent in this process and share resources. Dinner and childcare will be provided! Please register online. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Nord at [email protected]

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Announcing New Bus Locator App

We've got a NEW school bus locator app launching February 5th with our transportation partner, Durham School Services.

 

On this awesome new app, you can:

  • Create an alert to receive notification when the bus passes through an area.
  • Enable school notifications to receive notification when the bus arrives or departs the school.

 

 

  • 𝗔𝗽𝗽 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗱𝗲 for Boise School District: 𝟮𝟬𝟰𝟴𝗜𝗦𝗗𝗕𝗖
  • Find your student's bus numbers and student ID number in Infinite Campus: https://boiseschools.infinitecampus.org/

 

Find more information in the parent user guide: https://support.zonarsystems.net/hc/en-us/articles/8673470779021-BusZone-Parent-User-Guide

Learn Something New in the New Year!

Community Education - Now Enrolling

Whether you're interested in learning a new skill, enhancing your professional development, or simply exploring a new hobby, we have something for everyone.

 

From hands-on workshops in arts & crafts, cooking, dance, fitness, pets & animal care and gardening to professional development courses in business and technology, our Community Education program aims to empower individuals with knowledge and skills that can enrich their lives and open new doors of opportunity.

 

Together, let's embark on a journey of growth, discovery and community building through education!

 

Enroll today at  www.boiselearns.org  

Gifts. Passions. Dreams. Possibilities.

WE SEE IT, TOO.

Boise School District's Everything's Possible movement shares the dreams, aspirations and experiences of our students and teachers. As a parent, you see your child’s potential. And we see it, too. Everything’s possible.



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Student Device Monitoring 

 

A reminder to parents that Boise School District provides parents/guardians with the ability to monitor your student’s activity on their District-assigned digital device via the GoGuardian Parent App: 

 

National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day

On National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day held on February 15, 2024, we extended a heartfelt thank you to our district's school resource officers for their unwavering commitment to keeping our children safe. Your dedication to our kids is something we will never take for granted. We value our partnership with the @boisepolicedepartment, an important alliance that ensures a secure environment where our students can learn and thrive. Together, we stand strong in safeguarding our community's future.

Keep In Contact

Parents - Sign-Up for Emergency Text Messaging: The Boise School District offers emergency text messaging for parents/guardians. Learn more and sign-up.

 

Non-Parents - Mobile App Available: Boise School District has a mobile app to improve communication to you. The app offers emergency alerts and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Our Commitment to School Safety & Security

Spring 2024 High School Graduation Dates

Boise School District is pleased to announce the following spring 2024 high school graduation dates.

 

Spring 2024 Graduation Dates

ExtraMile Arena, 7:00 p.m.

(unless otherwise noted)

 

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - Boise Online School, 2:00 p.m.; Frank Church High School, 6:00 p.m. (both graduation ceremonies to be held at the Morrison Center)
  • Monday, May 20, 2024 - Boise High School
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - Borah High School
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - Capital High School
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024 – Timberline High School

Dates of Interest

  • February 29: Kindergarten Registration, 3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at your neighborhood school. Learn more...
  • March 3-9: National School Social Workers Week
  • March 15: End of Third Quarter - Early Release K-6, No School Pre K
  • March 18-22: Spring Break - No School Pre K-12
  • April 19: No School Pre K-12
  • May 16: Last Day of School for Seniors, Early Childhood Special Education Programs and Pre K
  • May 17: Early Release K-6
  • May 21, 22, 23: Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release 7-12
  • May 23: Last Day of School - Early Release K-6
  • June 4-28: Secondary Summer School - Semester 1 (19 days)
  • July 1-26: Secondary Summer School - Semester 2 (18 days)
  • July 4th & 5th: No Summer School

 

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