May 2019

Superintendent’s Voice
May 2019

 

Paula Kellerer portraitI want to take a moment to thank you for helping us continue to move forward in the Nampa School District. In February, almost 8,300 people participated in what we call our “Climate and Culture Survey.” More than 1,160 parents, 940 employees and 6,000 students participated. We asked questions because we are serious about responding to the information you have provided.

 

So, what did we learn? More than 3 out of 4 individuals are proud to be a part of the Nampa School District. When we break this down, 9 out of 10 staff members indicated they are proud to be a part of the district. We have work to do with our parents, however, where only 7 out of 10 responded positively to this question.

 

With the exception of our secondary students, nearly 80 percent of participants rated the overall quality of their specific school or worksite as excellent or good. This exceeds a recent Idaho report conducted by Idaho Ed News where only 40 percent of parents ranked their local school as a quality site. Only 71 percent of our secondary students (grades 6-12) rated their sites as excellent or good – this is an area for us to continue to work on.

 

Safety is on the minds of parents, teachers and students. However, 84 percent of parents indicated their local school is safe. Ninety-five percent of staff believe their school is safe, and three out of four of our secondary students indicated their school is safe. We continue to collaborate with our local police department to maintain the safety of our school sites.

Support for students was an area of relative strength, with nearly 9 out of 10 of students indicating there is a caring adult in their building to whom they could go with a problem. In addition, students responded positively to their access to technology.

 

Although there are other pieces of positive news that we learned from the survey, we also found areas where we can continue to improve. Although 89 percent of staff would agree that bullying is not tolerated in their school, only 56 percent of parents believe this to be true. Ninety percent of our elementary students (grades 3-5) reported that bullying was not accepted in their school, while 72 percent of secondary students agreed with the statement. However, only 40 percent of students indicated that they would themselves try to stop bullying if they saw it occur.

 

Another area the district will focus on is parent involvement. This topic includes using family input to improve education, seeking input from families, and encouraging families to volunteer.

 

What does a survey tell us? It helps us understand more about what is going well and what areas we need to continue to focus on. We appreciated your willingness to participate and we wanted to let you know we are looking at the data, examining the responses and working to make adjustments.

 

In addition to “numbers,” you also gave us a lot of open-ended information that we are working through, searching for patterns and brainstorming solutions. We are working on publishing a more comprehensive view of the survey to post to our website.

 

One final note – May is a month of celebration! We will celebrate nearly 900 seniors who are ready to advance to the next stage of their lives. In May, we celebrate teachers, who along with parents and guardians, have contributed to the journey our seniors have taken over the last 13 years. We celebrate with parents as they enroll their student in kindergarten. A new journey begins for each of these students! NSD is grateful to our teachers, staff, parents and community members who are partnering to make the journey for each of our students very positive and productive.

 

- Dr. Paula Kellerer

 

OTHER NEWS

 

Paul Harman portraitPrincipal Paul Harman Named Outstanding Educator

Dr. Paul Harman, principal of Centennial Elementary School, was named the 2019 L.E. Wesche Outstanding Educator by Northwest Nazarene University. The award recognizes professionals who make a positive impact in the field of education that extends beyond the classroom. Harman, who earned his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University, was a classroom teacher for 30 years before becoming a principal in 2006.

Exchange Club Awards Scholarships, Honors Good Citizens
 
Two Nampa seniors have been awarded Bill Winter Good Citizen Scholarships from the Nampa Exchange Club. Olivia Hamilton, Columbia High, and Alejandra Castaneda, Nampa High, will each receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, the Exchange Club recognized dozens of 6th graders with Good Citizenship Awards.

Sarah TrioloPREP Student Sarah Triolo Named 2019 Miss Amazing Idaho Jr.

Nampa PREP student Sarah Triolo is this year’s Miss Amazing Idaho 2019 Jr. Miss Representative! She will travel to Chicago in August to represent Idaho in the national pageant. This amazing young woman has attended Nampa schools since preschool. Her pageant mentor was PREP teacher Jennifer Randolph. 

Nampa Schools Foundation Awards Teacher Grants

The Nampa Schools Foundation awarded 2019 Teacher Incentive Grants totaling $17,862.66 to 13 educators from eight schools. The grant program is designed to encourage innovation and collaboration and encourage teachers to expand their ability to integrate new ideas to impact student outcomes.

Averi Krall with her awardSkyview’s Averi Krall Honored
 
Skyview High teacher Averi Krall was named Teacher of the Year by the Idaho PTA. Averi is director of bands and an alumna of the school. She is an active member of NAfME (The National Association for Music Education) and IMEA (Idaho Music Educators Association).  
 
Adrianna Regalado, Patti Palmer Kalousek, and Debbie Regalado.Three Generations of Women Graduated from NHS
 
For three generations of women, NHS provided a relevant education, school pride and a sense that every student mattered. Patti Palmer Kalousek graduated in 1963, her daughter Debbie Regalado graduated in 1985, and her granddaughter Adrianna Regalado graduated in 2009. Read their story at https://bit.ly/2ZMS6xU
 
Student Organizations Excel
 
Nampa High School’s Team+S, a STEM club advised by teacher Chris Anderson, excelled at the Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair held at Boise State University on March 15. Four of the team’s five presentations placed.
 
The East Valley Middle School Speech and Debate Team won its second straight Idaho middle school state championship. Members earned several Excellent and Superior ratings.
 
Skyview Theatre Troop 5675 brought home another trophy from the Idaho State University One Act Festival. This year they were awarded Top Three ranking. Caden Sittig was highlighted as outstanding cast member. 
 
Twenty-seven district students involved in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America student organization attended the recent state leadership conference. Nine of them qualified to compete at nationals this summer in Anaheim, California. 

 

Here’s a Taste of What’s Been Featured “In the News”
 
KBOI Channel 2 did a nice job with this story about our kindergarten expansion to all day, every day, featuring Mrs. Hey’s Owyhee Elementary students. https://bit.ly/2V4l8uo
 
And here’s a great KIVI Channel 6 story on a group of fifth graders from Snake River Elementary School who presented their ideas for student safety to the mayor and the Nampa City Council. https://bit.ly/2DBcJnq
 
Nampa High student Sebastian Griffin was in the news for passage of legislation he proposed allowing flexibility for motivated students to graduate early or focus courses on career options. Watch Sebastian’s interview on KTVB’s Capitol Watch. https://bit.ly/2U9vq7n
 
Park Ridge Elementary fifth-graders were featured in a KTVB Channel 7 story about the benefits of STARBASE. The program, offered by the Department of Defense and the Idaho National Guard, offers hands-on STEM learning experiences. https://bit.ly/2vvcvcU
 
KIVI Channel 6 gave us this heartwarming story about West Middle School student James Rine, who helped save the life of an 84-year-old man who fell into a canal. https://bit.ly/2VGMo1L
 
May 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.
 
May 1: Kindergarten Registration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at your child’s school
May 1-5: BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California
May 1-11: FFA Greenhouse Sale at Columbia High School
May 2-3: Band Festival at Caldwell High School
May 3-4: IMEA State Solo/Ensemble Festival in Pocatello
May 6-10: National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6-10: National School Nutrition Employee Week
May 7-8: IVL Middle School Invitational Track Meet at Nampa High School
May 8: National School Nurse Day
May 8: Free Vape Talk for Parents and Teens, 6 p.m. at Columbia High School
May 8: Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m. at the Nampa High School Little Theater
May 9: Evening Exhibitions, 4-8 p.m. at Union High School
May 9: NHS Combined Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. at the NNU Brandt Center
May 10: Carnival, 5-8 p.m. at Central Elementary
May 11: NHS Jazz Band Play-a-Thon, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in Downtown Nampa
May 11: Fiesta Booster Dinner-Auction, 6 p.m. at Nampa High School
May 13: CHS/EVMS Combined Band Concert, time TBA at Columbia High School
May 13: Author Debra Frasier Family Night, 6-8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
May 14: Post-Festival Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m. at East Valley Middle School
May 14: School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office Board Room
May 15: NHS Tribute to Seniors Band Concert, 7 pm. at Columbia High School
May 16: Post-Festival Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m. at East Valley Middle School
May 17: Carnival, 5-8 p.m. at Willow Creek Elementary
May 18: Parade America, 11 a.m.
May 21: Skyview High School Graduation, 7:30 p.m. at the Ford Idaho Center
May 22: Nampa High School Graduation, 7:30 p.m. at the Ford Idaho Center
May 23: Spring Pops Concert, 7 p.m. at West Middle School
May 24: Patriotic Concert, 3 p.m. at Owyhee Elementary School
May 24: Columbia High School Graduation, 7:30 p.m. at the Ford Idaho Center
May 25: YMCA Middle School Invitational Track Meet at Mountain View High School
May 27: Memorial Day
May 28: Union High School Graduation, 7 p.m. at the NNU Brandt Center
May 29: PREP Program Graduation, 6:30. p.m. at the NHS Little Theater