October 2019

SUPERINTENDENT’S VOICE


October 2019
 
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.

Glitches, Grades and Opportunities
 
Paula Kellerer portraitOne of my deepest privileges is to walk the hallways and classrooms of our schools, interacting with students, teachers, parents, and administrators. On the first days of our school year, our playgrounds were buzzing with excitement, our hallways were full of transitioning students moving from class to class and our classrooms were quickly engaged in learning.
 
Some of my favorite memories from those early days include our very first cohort of full-day kindergarten students learning their routines and procedures and exploring their new school; a high school government classroom where a teacher was engaging students in a thoughtful conversation about the “why” of the class; and watching the energy as students caught up with friends, explored new playgrounds or just settled into a routine of learning.
 
As you are aware, our plans for the school year were interrupted by a cyber attack. Lots of folks use different words in describing or referencing the malicious attempt to disrupt learning: glitch, breach (not accurate as no information was lost to the outside world), “fun,” hack, and opportunity. Although we have experienced a disruption in what we thought the year would bring — it hasn’t changed our purpose or vision.
 
As I walked the halls and classrooms at the end of our first week, I saw kindergarten students who knew their routines and procedures. They were able to find the lunchroom and they knew the names of their principal and teacher. I saw middle school students engaged in conversations around math concepts and applying their skills to real world situations. I saw teachers who, with courage, changed what they had planned to do, but still were creating opportunities for learning. It was challenging as we didn’t have access to our email, our internal documents, virtual curriculum sources, attendance portals, grading portals, typical phone service, etc.
 
I saw students who, demonstrating grit and perseverance, stepped up and found that pencil and paper and shared what they were learning. They continued to come to school because learning was happening.
 
The “glitch” became an opportunity to continue on — to find alternate pathways to the same goal. Students, administrators, staff, and teachers showed up and did what was necessary to continue learning.
 
We are deeply grateful to parents and community members who have stepped up in this time with words of encouragement, with volunteer hours to restore services, and with patience as we work to restore full technology. We are blessed with extremely talented technology staff who protected our information, rebuilt pathways to our information, and who continue to restore services based on our priority lists.
 
There are a few hurdles remaining and we ask your patience as we “fill in the gaps.” First of all, our nutrition service accounts will be delayed in posting accurate account information. While we were without internet access, Nutrition Services collected “analog” information. We now will enter the information into the system, which has been restored.
 
Grades. As many of you are aware, the end of the first quarter is just a few weeks away. Our teachers are working diligently to enter grades — but they have just recently regained access to the grade portal. If you have questions on your student’s progress, please reach out to your child’s teachers through email. Please come to our Parent Teacher conferences and participate with your child’s teacher in examining the progress your student has already made this quarter.
 
Finally, for some of you, your child’s school or classroom is participating in a pilot implementation of standards-based grading. While we are excited about this change, we understand that for some the change comes with uncertainty. Over the next four weeks leading up to conferences, we will send out some updates, common questions and answers, and additional information. Please take advantage of these resources to learn and to dispel myths about standards-based grading. Connect with your child’s teacher or principal if you still have questions.
 
Glitches. Grades. Opportunities. Although challenges have abounded in the first weeks of our school year, we have met those challenges with a hope, grit and determination that keeps students and learning as the priority. Thank you for your continued support of Nampa Schools.
 
- Dr. Paula Kellerer
 
OTHER NEWS
 
Supplemental Levy Election is November 5 
The Nampa School District is asking residents to renew the district’s two-year supplemental levy, which expires June 30, 2020. A supplemental levy fills the gap between state funding and local operating costs and requires a simple majority to pass. The new levy is for $12,075,000 per year for two years. The new rate of $3.35 per $1,000 in taxable value is 73 cents lower than the rate from two years ago and allows homeowners to support the levy at no additional cost, even with an increase in property values, thanks to new growth and increased home values.
 
Supplemental levy funds will directly support our students and teachers and be used to:
 
  • Maintain current programs and services
  • Maintain certificated teaching positions
  • Enhance and update technology and curriculum
  • Provide additional support for activity, athletic, music and performing arts programs
  • Provide for building and playground upgrades
  • Provide for other operational costs
  • Provide for an annual independent audit to ensure levy funds are spent as approved by voters
 
 
Mike Kipp Appointed as Zone 2 Trustee
Mike Kipp portraitThe Nampa School Board named Mike Kipp the new Zone 2 trustee to finish out the final four months of Trustee Janelle Stauffer’s term, following her resignation to attend to family matters. Kipp is a professor of youth and family ministry at Northwest Nazarene University, and a part-time pastor of intergenerational connections at College Church of the Nazarene. 
 
We’re Expanding Standards-Based Grading
The Nampa School District is expanding standards-based grading to all grade levels. The system is being piloted this year at East Valley and Lone Star middle schools and in several courses at the high schools, and will be adopted districtwide in fall 2020. Elementary schools have been participating in standards-based grading since 2014. Standards-based grading measures a student’s mastery of content standards by assessing their most recent and consistent level of performance. Grades more clearly communicates how students are performing on a set of defined learning targets called standards and identifies what a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to the pre-established targets. Learn more about standards-based grading at nampa.school/sbg
 
Community Partners Support Our Schools
We live in an amazing community that offers support in so many ways. In these first few weeks of school, we received a number of much-needed donations for students. A few highlights include:
  • Micron employees, leadership and the Micron Technology Foundation joined together to donate $10,500 to Snake River Elementary School.
  • Idaho Power-Nampa donated $300 and employees donated another $50 and a large collection of shoes, socks and underwear for our Family and Community Resource Centers.
  • The Nampa Association of Realtors donated more than 177 pairs of shoes and socks for the children in our schools.
  • The Wells Fargo Phone Bank Executive Office donated backpacks filled with school supplies, Kleenex, shoes, socks and underwear, snacks and more to the Central Elementary Family and Community Resource Center.
  • Albertsons Intermountain Division employees donated 94 backpacks filled with school supplies, along with miscellaneous classroom supplies.
 
Teen Mental Health First Aid Program
Jesse Tangen, Union High School’s school-based therapist from Terry Reilly Health Services, was selected as one of 35 clinicians in the nation to pilot the Teen Mental Health First Aid program. The program will teach high school students to recognize and respond when their friends are experiencing the early stages of a mental health or addiction problem. Union will be the first school in the state of Idaho to offer this training for staff and students.
 
Support Student Scholarships
Nampa FFA’s annual scholarship auction will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 26, at Columbia High School. Tickets are $10 each at the door or from any FFA member, and include a tri-tip dinner with all the trimmings. Last year, Nampa FFA awarded more than $6,000 in college scholarships, $5,000 in Washington DC leadership conference scholarships and sponsored over $10,000 in member travel aid.
 
IN THE NEWS
Nampa High cheerleader Madison York graduated from Idaho National Guard basic combat training this summer, where she served as a squad leader. After graduating high school in May she will attend advanced training before heading off to Boise State University to study criminal justice. https://bit.ly/2lSxc0X
 
A group of Nampa High School football players were recognized for their “kindness, integrity and service” at a Nampa city council meeting. The team members received an outpouring of national and global support after helping make a birthday party special for a local boy with autism. They each received a certificate and a medal. https://bit.ly/2lDy4q1
 
Skyview High senior Anna Tindall was featured in an Idaho Press story about her experience as a competitive swimmer and her hopes of earning a college swimming scholarship. https://bit.ly/2lE735R
 
Huck, a rescued drug-sniffing dog who works with East Valley SRO Serena Tlucek, was featured in this Idaho Press story. https://bit.ly/2mvwR4x
 
KTVB Channel 7’s Larry Gebert focused a recent “Where’s Larry” column on Skyview High School’s pantry. https://bit.ly/2mWCnO4
 
A project by Owyhee Elementary students to spread kindness through painted rocks was highlighted by the Idaho Press during Kindness Week. https://bit.ly/2lfozxP
 
A KBOI Channel 2 News “Leaders in Learning” segment featured Erin Ulibarri, a second-grade teacher at Endeavor Elementary School who uses simple tools like whiteboards and board games to “think outside the box” to make learning math fun. https://bit.ly/2moC0vu

OCTOBER 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.
 
Oct. 1: CHS Boys Soccer vs. Vallivue, 5:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct.1: NHS Girls Soccer vs. Bishop Kelly, 5:30 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 1: CHS Volleyball vs. Caldwell, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 1: SHS Volleyball vs. Mountain Home, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 2: National Walk to School Day
Oct. 2: Jog-O-Thon at Owyhee Elementary
Oct. 2: SHS Girls Soccer vs. Borah, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 3: Family Math Night, 5-7 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Oct. 3: FAFSA Night for Seniors and Parents, 5-7 p.m. in the Nampa High Library
Oct. 3: CHS Girls Soccer vs. Emmett, 5:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 3: NHS Volleyball vs. Ridgevue, 6:30 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 4: SHS Football vs. Mountain View, 7 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 5: CHS Boys Soccer vs. Bishop Kelly, 11 a.m. at Columbia
Oct. 7: SHS Boys Soccer vs. Capital, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 8: CHS Girls Soccer vs. Kuna, 5:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 8: NHS Girls Soccer vs. Middleton, 5:30 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 8: School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office Board Room
Oct. 10: CHS Girls Soccer vs. Middleton, 5:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 10: NHS Boys Soccer vs. Kuna, 5:30 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 10: CHS Volleyball vs. Kuna, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 10: SHS Volleyball vs. Timberline, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 10: NHS Fall Choir Concert, 7 p.m. in the Nampa High Little Theater
Oct. 11: Donuts with Dad, 8 a.m. at Roosevelt Elementary
Oct. 11: Halloween Movie Night, 6-8 p.m. at Park Ridge Elementary
Oct. 14: NHS Volleyball vs. Columbia, 6:30 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 16: CHS Volleyball vs. Nampa, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 17: End of First Quarter
Oct. 17: Fall Festival, 5:30-7 p.m. at Snake River Elementary
Oct. 17: Fall Festival (Festival de Otoño), 5:30-8 p.m. at New Horizons Elementary
Oct. 17: SHS Volleyball vs. Capital, 6:30 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 18: No School – Teacher Work Day
Oct. 18: CHS Football vs. Middleton, 7 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 18: NHS Football vs. Vallivue, 7 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 21-24: Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 21-24: Library Pumpkin Contest at Owyhee Elementary
Oct. 22: Nampa High Fall Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. in the Columbia High Auditorium
Oct. 21-24: Volleyball District Tournament, 6 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 21: Wagons Ho at Lake Ridge Elementary
Oct. 23-24: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5-8 p.m.
Oct. 25: No School
Oct. 25: CHS Football vs. Ridgevue, 7 p.m. at Columbia
Oct. 25: NHS Football vs. Emmett, 7 p.m. at Nampa
Oct. 25: SHS Football vs. Rocky Mountain, 7 p.m. at Skyview
Oct. 26: DIII Marching Band Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium, Boise
Oct. 26: FFA Dinner and Auction Scholarship Fundraiser, 5 p.m. at Columbia High School
Oct. 31: Halloween