June 2018

Nampa School District 

June 2018


This newsletter provides updates on Nampa School District news, accomplishments, goals and initiatives. For more information, visit our web page, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

For most of our more than 14,000 students, the school bell has rung for the last time this year. That means early morning wake-ups, racing to the bus stop, tests, class projects, and homework assignments will give way to idyllic days marked by swim parties, shaved ice, camping trips, fireworks and hundreds of other summertime memory makers.  

We’re proud of the progress we’ve seen in our students this year and wish them all a wonderful break. But don’t forget that summer also can be a time for continued learning. Encourage a child in your life to squeeze in time to read a book, experience adventuresconduct experiments, and never stop asking questions. We’ll be waiting to hear all about it when they return in the fall.  


Enjoy your summer. 


Dr. Paula Kellerer 




We are very proud of the 865 students who graduated from Columbia, Nampa, Skyview and Union high schools in May: 284 from Columbia, 283 from Nampa, 268 from Skyview and 30 from Union. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish next!  


Celebrating Public Works  


Three Nampa School District fourth-graders won the City of Nampa’s National Public Works Week coloring contest: Irene Mae M. Maximo, Park Ridge; Kacy Hicks, Iowa; and Vanessa Hernandez-Olmedo, Endeavor. Their drawings depicting how public works improves lives was displayed at City Hall. In addition, fourth-graders from Centennial Elementary were treated to a Public Works Fair at the city’s Street Division Yard where they learned about traffic signs and signals, the water cycle, road construction, public safety and more. 


Anchors Away for Jamison Julian 


Recent Columbia High School graduate Jamison Julian accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy as part of the Class of 2022. Jamison was one of only five Idaho students accepted to the prestigious institution. He and his family will be guests at a “Welcome Aboard” reception in Boise later this month that will include alumni, Blue and Gold officers, Treasure Valley USNA midshipmen on summer leave and parents of current midshipmen. Jamison also is on the waitlist at Harvard University. 


Mary Dennis Named an Immunization Star 


Mary Dennis, a school nurse at Centennial and Endeavor elementary schools, has been awarded a 2018 School Immunization Star award from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Idaho Immunization Program. To be eligible for this award, an individual must be a school staff member or a school nurse that goes above and beyond when promoting and fostering immunization in their school or district. Mary was nominated by one of her peers and was one of five awardees. 

Honoring our Teachers of the Year 


Twenty-three teachers were honored as Nampa School District teachers of the year at a reception and ceremony May 10. The event was jointly sponsored by the district and the Nampa Education Association. Honorees are, Centennial Elementary, Bernard GoedenCentral Elementary, Kaylee Verstoppen: Columbia High School, Breanna Carmack; East Valley Middle School, Kate Nakamura-Stein, Endeavor Elementary, Ashlin Uribe; Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary, Desire Roberts; Gateways Elementary and Secondary, Jason Green; Greenhurst Elementary, Terra Hyslop; Iowa Elementary, Kelsey Nails; Lake Ridge Elementary, Sandi Chandler; Lone Star Middle School, Drew Williams; Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center, Tracey Baumgart; Nampa High School, Glenda Connolly; New Horizons Dual Language School, Natividad Alegria; Owyhee Elementary, Desirae Crookham; Park Ridge Elementary, Erik Eilers; Ronald Reagan Elementary, Anita Field; Sherman Elementary, Alex Neiwirth; Skyview High School, Terri Bentley; Snake River Elementary, Teresa Mellen; South Middle School, Jerry Bowen; West Middle School, Patty Neavill; and Willow Creek Elementary, Mary Lou Geraud. 


Clay Long Inducted into BPA Hall of Fame 


Clay Long, assistant director of Career and Technical Education, was inducted into the national Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame. The award is given annually to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to BPA at the local, state and national levels for at least 10 years. 


Foundation Awards Scholarships 


The Nampa Schools Foundation awarded $17,250 in scholarships to 11 Nampa School District graduating seniors. Nampa High graduate Debanhi Aguirre-Jimenez was the first-ever recipient of the new Vern Carpenter Memorial Scholarship to NNU.


Demonte Horton Named to Football Hall of Fame 


Skyview High School senior scholar-athlete Demonte Horton was named to the Hall of Fame for the Southern Idaho Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Horton was one of eight award winners from the state of Idaho and is Skyview’s eighth winner in the last 14 years.  


Seventh-grader Tim Hebdon Competes at National History Day 


A history project from South Middle School seventh-grader Tim Hebdon was chosen to represent Idaho at the National History Day display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Hebdon’s project first won the local History Day competition before advancing to the state competition, and then to the national competition June 10-14. His teacher is Dan Neef. 


And Here’s a Taste of What’s Been Featured “In the News”  


East Valley Middle School students were front and center in a podcast about what it’s like to be a middle schooler in a 1:1 program. http://sospodcast.org/episode54/ 


This article explains the challenges faced by our migrant students. It quotes Alejandra Ruiz, NSD’s migrant graduation specialist, and recent Skyview graduate Violeta Guevara. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/education/this-is-my-american-dream-local-migrant-students-reflect-on/article_197bfd17-5904-500f-ae8a-100b95ba4948.html 


Many thanks to St. Luke’s employees who held a book drive to support a bookmobile benefiting Endeavor and Snake River kiddos this summer. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/book-drive-gets-a-boost-from-st-luke-s-nampa/article_cf2702d6-59ad-512e-af26-196a8bdce968.html 


Sixth-graders from across Nampa were honored at the 40th Annual Bill Montgomery Young Citizens Award luncheon, sponsored by the Nampa Exchange Club. Honorees included students from all four NSD middle schools. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/sixth-graders-honored-caldwell-night-rodeo-shows-power-of-pink/article_71190997-d39a-522b-9a58-9aa65f8767cc.html 


It’s scholarship season, and Nampa students are sharing in awards from the Woman’s Century Club, Nampa Schools Foundation and more. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/scholarships-galore-make-happy-students-and-parents/article_ff2ef101-3cc6-5610-9d88-4de049058e4f.html 


Four Nampa School District students won $2,000 scholarships at the 16th annual Nampa Mayor’s Golf tournament: Hyrum Garner and MaddisunGlauser of Nampa High, and Victoria Gomez and Coby Hess of Skyview High. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/mayor-s-golf-tournament-reports-awards-capital-city-sound-chorus/article_fbcaad91-65de-5248-9b51-f5baab4f8ac5.html 


The Idaho Press offered this story about Superintendent Paula Kellerer’s L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator Award from NNU. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/nnu-wesche-award-presented-and-idaho-students-honored-in-d/article_0a2a4b1d-347e-5db5-bc35-ad6eb2b2c272.html 


Lake Ridge Elementary School third graders starred in this KBOI Channel 2 report. The students designed all ability playgrounds and created scale models of their designs. Next they will share their designs with the Nampa City Council. http://idahonews.com/features/leaders-in-learning/nampa-third-graders-create-scale-model-all-ability-playgrounds 


Upcoming Events 

June 5-8, FFA State Career Development Events in Moscow, Idaho 

June 7-29, Summer School at Columbia and Skyview (credit completion) and Union 

June 8-July 3 and July 9-aug. 1, District Summer School (High School) 

June 11-29, Summer School at East Valley, Lone Star, South and West (held at South) 

June 11-29, Nampa Summer Credit Recovery Program 

June 18-23, National Speech and Debate Tournament, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 

June 20-23, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) International Conference in Dallas, Texas 

June 26-30, SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky 

June 28-July 2, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia