November 2018

SUPERINTENDENT’S VOICE
November 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.


Paula Kellerer portraitHappy Birthday! Each of us has a day in the year where we recognize that on this day, “X” number of years ago, we were born. Some celebrate with parties, others let the day quietly slip by. Children often are excited by potential gifts while adults might prefer to “celebrate” with a quiet dinner. Regardless of our patterns of celebration, our “birth” day is a day where we can choose to reflect and remember. It is a time to be grateful for the previous year and the opportunities we have had. In some cases, we are reminded that it was a difficult year, and yet we have made it through to another benchmark. We often are thoughtful of the new year to come, thinking of new things on the horizon or dreaming of new opportunities.

Nampa Schools is celebrating a special birthday this year! It's an odd birthday, not 50 or 100 years old, but 131 years old. We are, after all, Nampa School District #131! As we thought about this opportunity, we didn’t want to miss the significance of celebrating, remembering, being thankful and dreaming.

So, what are we celebrating? Our district and our city have roots that intertwine. In October 1887, the first class of students convened in a warehouse on Front and First streets. Our first graduates walked across a platform at the Dewey Palace Hotel in 1903. The Nampa community passed the first bond in support of Nampa Schools in 1916 to build the original Nampa High School. Since then, thousands of students have walked across a platform in a symbolic gesture of moving onto the next stage in their life. The Nampa School District has grown and expanded and will continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our students.
 
What do we remember? One hundred and thirty-one years later, we remember the reason we are here. Educating all students who come to our doors, creating safe, nurturing environments that equip students for the next stages in their lives. We recognize that our students come to us with a variety of dreams and we take seriously the responsibility to engage them in extraordinary learning experiences that prepare them for the world they enter as they leave our high schools. We are different from that fledgling district of 1887 – we are preparing students for a different world, a different century.

What are we thankful for? We are thankful for the hundreds of teachers and staff members who have followed in the steps of Elizabeth Thatcher, the very first certified teacher hired by the Nampa School District. Our community is blessed with the teaching and support staff members that call NSD home. Our teachers are highly qualified and committed to serving our students in Nampa. Our classified staff serve in support roles that prioritize the student experience through quality nutrition, clean and safe buildings, and smooth operations like payroll, attendance, etc. that allow teachers to focus on students.

We are deeply and sincerely thankful for our community and the many ways we are partnering together. We are making progress in creating aligned, systematic, community-based resources for student mental health; we have partners working with us to provide quality internships and practicums for real-world experiences for our students; many of our patrons are participating in providing resources for our school-based Family Community Resource Centers and the HUB (a safe place for our unaccompanied youth to hang out after school); we are expanding the voices at our table who are learning about our students, our successes and our challenges.

What is next? What are we dreaming about? We are continuing to improve our system to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. We now have students in our system that could see the 22nd century! We are committed to providing a quality education in an environment where students are valued and loved. Dream with us – continue to walk with us as we work to keep improving our system to equip our students to thrive in the century (or centuries) that they will call home.

Nampa School District and our community have a lot to celebrate – we are not done shaping the futures for our students. Thank you for celebrating our birthday with us. Please enjoy this short video clip created in celebration of 131 years strong! You also can access this clip on our webpage at nsd131.org. You can find it near the bottom of the homepage.
 
– Dr. Paula Kellerer

OTHER NEWS

Levy Rate Lowered by 6.7 Percent
Local residents will notice lower levy rates on their next property tax bills. Board trustees unanimously agreed to lower the district’s property tax rate to support schools by 6.7 percent. At the same meeting, trustees approved an emergency levy in light of increased average daily attendance over the same 10-day period a year ago. The levy will provide for $685,184 in one-time funding, which equates to an additional $12.60 per $100,000 of taxable property value. Even with the emergency levy, the overall levy rate will drop by more than $30 per $100,000 of taxable property value, while still allowing the district to meet its financial obligations.

Nampa Bands
Nampa High student band leaders pose with their trophies on the blue field.Congratulations to our high school bands for their amazing performances at the Oct. 27 DIII Marching Band Festival held at Boise State University. Skyview High School took second place in overall sweepstakes, Columbia High took third, and Nampa High claimed fourth. Additional awards recognized color guard, percussion, music and visual performance and overall effect. What a great end to a wonderful marching band season.

2C Spotlight Awards Shine Light on Nampa Educators
Shawn Tegethoff and kids play with a therapy dog at Roosevelt.Two Nampa School District employees were recognized at the recent Idaho Press 2C Spotlight Awards held at the Nampa Civic Center. Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Shawn Tegethoff won the “K-12 Educator of the Year” award for her work to bring two therapy dogs to the school. Snake River Elementary Family Community Resource Center Coordinator Mari Ramos was recognized for her efforts to establish places within district schools to help families with needs such as food, clothing and supplies. In addition, former Columbia High School student Antonio Ballesteros was recognized for heroism in saving a fellow student during an assault.

Skyview Volleyball Second in State Tourney
Skyview volleyball team poses with district plaque.Two-time 4A state volleyball champions Skyview High School narrowly missed claiming a third straight state volleyball championship (this time in 5A) on Oct. 27. The Hawks fell to Madison in the final showdown after initially beating the team in the first of two games. The Hawks made the jump from 4A to 5A this fall.

Kid-Designed Playground Adds Up to Fun
"Even Steven" sign from math/science playground at Snake River Students at Snake River Elementary can now exercise both their minds and their bodies at recess. Fifth-graders from this year and last worked with Treasure Valley Leadership Academy students to create playground activities that would teach students about geometry, number lines, multiplication, fractions, measurements and more, all while encouraging physical activity. Their ideas were installed recently thanks to the efforts of TVLA, Snake River administration, staff, teachers and spouses, and volunteers from Involve Church. The project was funded by a grant from Idaho STEM Action Center and support from Idaho Electric Signs.
 
And Here’s a Taste of What’s Been Featured “In the News”  
 
Students at Willow Creek Elementary School received free copies of a book titled “The Three Squirrels’ Alphabet Book of Manners.” CBH Homes donated 5,000 of the books, co-written by a CBH employee, to kindergartners across the valley. https://www.kivitv.com/news/cbh-homes-donates-5-000-books-to-kindergartners

Here’s a fun video from the Idaho Statesman highlighting the excitement of creating woodblock prints using a steamroller. You’ll see Nampa High students toward the end. https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/community/article220385285.html

Idaho Education News wrote this feature about Roosevelt Elementary’s two therapy dogs – Chesapeake-Poodle mixes named Coco and Princess Leia. The dogs’ job is to help kids feel calm, confidant and safe at school. https://www.idahoednews.org/features/coco-princess-leia-join-nampas-school-community/


NOVEMBER CALENDAR
This list represents a sampling of district events. Events are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, visit our individual school websites.

Nov. 1: No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nov. 2: No School
Nov. 2: Nampa FFA Scholarship Auction, 7 p.m. in the Columbia High Pro-Tech Building
Nov. 5: Game Night with PTA, 6 p.m. at Park Ridge Elementary
Nov. 6: Election Day
Nov. 6: FAFSA Parent Night, 6 p.m. at Columbia High School
Nov. 7-10: “Noises Off” play, 7 p.m. at Columbia High School
Nov. 7: Veterans Day Assembly, 9 a.m. at Snake River Elementary
Nov. 8: First Grade Music Program, 6 p.m. at Willow Creek Elementary Gym
Nov. 8: Fall Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. at West Middle School
Nov. 8: Second Grade Music Program, 7 p.m. at Willow Creek Elementary Gym
Nov. 8-10: “Arsenic and Old Lace” 7 p.m. at Nampa High School Little Theater
Nov. 10: “Arsenic and Old Lace,” 1:30 p.m. at Nampa High School Little Theater
Nov. 9: Veterans Day Assembly: 9:10 a.m. at Nampa High School
Nov. 9: Veterans Day Assembly: 10:45 a.m. at Columbia High School
Nov. 9: Veterans Day Assembly, 3 p.m. at Owyhee Elementary
Nov. 12: Veterans Day Assembly, 9:30 a.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Nov. 12-13: Canyon County Honor Band, Orchestra and Choir at NNU
Nov. 13: Regular Monthly School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office
Nov. 15: First Grade PBL Exhibition Day, 2:45-3:30 p.m. at Lake ridge Elementary playground
Nov. 15: Fifth Grade PBL Exhibition Night, 5:30 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Nov. 15: First and Second Grade Music Program, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Willow Creek Elementary
Nov. 15: Fall Band Concert, 7 p.m. at West Middle School
Nov. 15: Fall Jazz Concert, Lone Star Middle and Nampa High, 7 p.m. at NHS Little Theater
Nov. 16: Fourth Grade PBL Exhibition Breakfast, 9 a.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Nov. 16-17: Canyon County Classic Speech & Debate Tournament at Nampa High School
Nov. 17: DIII Drama Competition at Skyview High School
Nov. 19-23: Thanksgiving Break (District Office open Nov. 19-20)
Nov. 29-30: DIII Jazz Festival at Capital High School in Boise
Nov. 29: Third Grade and Kindergarten PBL Exhibition Night, 5:30 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Nov. 30: State Drama Competition at Twin Falls High School