June 2019

Superintendent’s Voice
June 2019

Paula KellererThe end of the school year is a bittersweet time. One the one hand, we’ll miss the fun of students showing up for school and engaging in learning opportunities. On the other hand, we’re excited for all the possibilities summer holds – for continued learning, exploration, reconnection and rejuvenation. We hope you have a safe and refreshing break.
 
Before summer starts, there are a few things we’d like to share with you. First of all, we know that for many students, school is a place where many physical needs are met, including breakfast and lunch. We’re happy to note that Nampa will benefit this summer from Book and a Bite at Sherman Elementary. Free food, books and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for students will be provided every Wednesday starting at 11:30 a.m. 
 
In addition, breakfast and lunch will be served free at the following locations for all kids between the ages of 1 and 18:
 
  • Columbia High School – June 6 through 10; breakfast served at 7 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • Nampa High School – June 10 through 28; breakfast served at 7:15 a.m. and lunch at 11:15 a.m.
  • Skyview High School – June 10 through July 2; breakfast served at 7 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.
  • New Horizons – June 10 through July; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.
  • Union High School – June 10 through July 3; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.
  • Lone Star Middle School – June 10 through 28; breakfast served at 7:45 a.m. and lunch served at 1 p.m.
  • West Middle School – June 10 through 28; breakfast served at 7 a.m. and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • East Valley Middle School – June 10 through 28; breakfast served at 7:15 am and lunch at 12:15 p.m.
  • Willow Creek Elementary – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • Sherman Elementary – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • Snake River Elementary – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • East Valley Middle – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • West Middle – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • Endeavor Elementary – Aug. 5 through 9; breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. and lunch at noon
  • Sherman Elementary – Wednesdays ONLY June 12 through Aug. 12; lunch served at 11 a.m.
 

Second, I am pleased to share some changes for the fall within the district. Treasure Valley Leadership Academy, one of our innovation high schools, will be moving to a new location in the fall. The school will share the campus of Park Ridge Elementary School, moving into a separate wing in the front. This collaboration will allow us to better utilize the facility and provide opportunities for growth.
 
We will welcome full-day, all-day, tuition-free kindergarten for all students at every elementary campus this fall. In addition, we will add an additional pre-school classroom in the district. More than 80 families applied for the lottery for the 28 seats available. We are excited to expand the learning opportunities for our youngest students.
 
In addition, we will begin to pilot standards-based grading in select schools and content areas across the district. Some schools, especially elementary schools, have already implanted key components of standards-based grading. This initiative is designed to bring consistency throughout the district over the next two years. Pilot teachers will be trained this summer. All teachers will be trained throughout the next year. More information will be shared with parents and students as we move through the pilot year.
 
Finally, I’m excited about our preliminary ISAT data. Although we all know that ISAT data captures just one point in time, it can help us see trends and focus our work. While this data still needs to be adjusted for continuously enrolled students, we can report that this year we saw significant growth. Over the last two years, NSD has gained at every grade level in both Math and ELA. We are seeing significant growth compared to the state and our students are benefitting from the work our teachers and staff are doing.
 
Enjoy your summer. We look forward to seeing you in August!

 

Dr. Paula Kellerer 
 
OTHER NEWS

Gordmans made a generous $1,000 contribution to Nampa High May 23. The money will be used to help pay for student mental health services on campus. We appreciate such positive community support, especially for such an important need.
 
Elbie Seibert portraitColumbia High School Valedictorian Elbie Seibert wrote an insightful opinion piece for CNN offering four lessons he has learned through painful experience. The column is framed as the graduation speech he would have given had he not been caring for his dying father. https://cnn.it/2HYeZrH
 
Seniors Ben Smoldon (CHS) and Morgan Wheeler (SHS) served as director and editor for a Public Service Announcement for Drug Free Idaho. The project was part of their CTE broadcasting class for use on KTVB Channel 7. https://youtu.be/_nY6Ror6dlY
 
East Valley Middle School’s Adeline Wimer set a new national record in the 400m run. Adeline currently holds the FASTEST 400m time in the United States for middle school-aged girls.
 
Skyview junior Antonio Reyes was awarded a Congress-Bundestag scholarship. Only 50 of these full-ride scholarships are handed out each year to students who want to spend an entire year of high school studying in Germany. He will attend an advanced German high school in Sachsen near the city of Dresden.
 
Two Columbia High School student-athletes were named to the National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American list. Allamar Alexander and Kekana Fouret are seniors who wrestle for Coach Todd Cady.
 
Eleven Nampa seniors received scholarships from the Nampa Schools Foundation totaling $18,000. Individual awards were $1,000-$2,000. https://www.nsd131.org/apps/news/article/1045422
 
Fourteen high school students and three advisors attended the National Business Professionals of America Conference held May 1-4 in Anaheim, California. Several won awards in categories ranging from computer animation to payroll accounting. https://www.nsd131.org/apps/news/article/1040555
 
The East Valley Middle School Speech and Debate Team won its second straight Idaho middle school state championship.
 
Student’s in Bret Miller’s Residential Construction Program class at Skyview High School participated in the Sound the Alarm project to keep families safe. Volunteers installed 565 smoke alarms for 250 families. The class was the winner of the Golden Smoke Alarm award for bringing the most volunteers to the weekend event.
 
CALENDAR
 
June 5: Last Day of School – 2-hour early release
June 6-July 3: Union High Summer School
June 6-28: Columbia High Credit Completion Summer School
June 10-28: Nampa High Alternative Summer School
June 10-July 1: District Summer School
June 10-July 2: Skyview High Summer Catch-Up Program
Aug. 7-9: High School Registration, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 7; 1-7 p.m. Aug. 8; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9
Aug. 7-8: Elementary School Registration, 1-7 p.m. Aug. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 8
Aug. 8-9: Middle School Registration, 1-7 p.m. Aug. 8; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9
Aug. 15: Elementary Open House, 5-7 p.m.
Aug. 19: First Day of School
Aug. 26: Middle School Open House, 5-7 p.m.
Aug. 27: High School Open House, 5-7 p.m.