November 2019


November 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.


Paula Kellerer portrait


“Are you the mayor?”


I answered that question several times as I walked with students last week. As part of the Mayor’s Walking Challenge, I was participating with Mayor Kling and our Endeavor Elementary students. The announcement mentioned that the mayor and the superintendent were walking with students on the walking track. Students just didn’t know who was who. 



“Are you the Mayor?”    


“No, she is walking with the other group of students over on the other side of the track in the gold jacket,” I replied. 


The next logical question usually was, “What do you do?” or “What does a superintendent do?” 

“I get to make sure you, and all the students in the district, have everything you need to learn something new every day, so that when you graduate high school you have lots of choices.” 




 Dr. Kellerer walks with children at school    Superintendent Kellerer and Mayor Kling talk with kids.


Now it was my turn to ask a question. “What do you want to do after you graduate from high school?” 


Note the question wasn’t about what do you want to do when you grow up, but rather, after you have finished high school, what are you going to do? The question reinforces that each of our students will graduate from high school and that there is something for them to do after high school. 


Some responded with the careers we read about in basic children’s literature – teacher, policeman, fireman, or plumber.  On this day, their responses included mayor and superintendent. It is important to have these conversations with our students – they need to know that there are many choices after high school that are within reach.   


Yes, we want them to be thinking about becoming teachers, firemen, policemen, and plumbers. We also want them to consider becoming statisticians, agricultural engineers, welders, transportation experts, civic leaders, public speakers, draftsmen, CNAs, translators, security experts, military personnel, astronauts, CIA agents, governors, musicians, child protective agents, video game testers, marketers, retailers, investors, and more. 


Within Reach. Our conversations should lead our children in the direction where they grow in the confidence that the dreams they have for their future, whatever that may be, are within reach. They need to know they are capable of finding the pathway to achieve the dream. When they believe the dream is possible and within reach, they move forward with determination and grit, they make plans, and they make better choices to resist barriers that can deter them from their goal. 


Our new promotional video shares some of our students and their hopes for the future. We hope you enjoy it and share it. You can find the video at 


Dr. Paula Kellerer




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


Learn more at




Lone Star Named an HP Spotlight School

Lone Star Middle School was selected as an HP Spotlight School, thanks to a collaboration between Digital Promise Global, HP and Microsoft. It is one of only two schools in the nation with this distinction. 


HP Spotlight Schools are characterized by their innovative, meaningful, and replicable applications of technology for learning. Lone Star was selected for its exemplary use of technology to provide personalized, authentic learning for students and will serve as a model of powerful teaching and learning for schools and districts nationwide. 


As part of this designation, Digital Promise Global will provide 40 hours of professional development for teacher-leaders at the school. Digital Promise Global also will donate a customized HP Learning Studio outfitted with technology for student-centered media production, VR, digital fabrication and more.


Mayor’s Walking Challenge

October is for walking! Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling visited many of our elementary schools this past month to walk and talk with kids as part of the annual statewide Mayor’s Walking Challenge. The annual event encourages mayors to become advocates for healthy communities. This year, Superintendent Paula Kellerer joined the Mayor at Endeavor Elementary.


Wilson Pathway Interpretive Signs

The City of Nampa teamed up with the Nampa School District to create new interpretive signs for placement along the Wilson Pathway. The signs educate passersby about the importance of the watershed.


Union High Honey Production

Students at Union High School are learning about bee care and honey production. Harvested and packaged honey is for sale at the school for $10 for an 8-oz bottle.


Marching Band Champions

Columbia, Nampa and Skyview high schools all had great marching band seasons and received accolades at the annual DIII Marching Band Competition held at Boise State University.


Columbia (5A Small)

3rd Place Sweepstakes

1st Place Overall

3rd Place Color Guard

Best General Effect

Best Visual Performance

Best Music Performance


Nampa (5A Large)

4th Place Overall


Skyview (5A Large)

2nd Place Sweepstakes

2nd Place Overall

1st Place Color Guard


Veterans Day Program


We appreciate the service of our veterans and active members of the military and invite them to be recognized at a special program at Nampa High School at 9:39 a.m. Nov. 11.




Students from Nampa and Skyview High Schools participated in the Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival at the Morrison Center in late September. More than 1,000 vocal students participated over the three-day festival.


Nampa School District was named one of the 100 best companies to work for in Idaho by Zippia.


The Idaho High School Activities Association approved a petition for Nampa High to continue to play at 4A, but denied a similar request from Skyview High to return to 4A from 5A.


Union High School senior Jasmine Vega spoke at the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and signed a proclamation marking domestic violence awareness month. 


KBOI Channel 2 focused its Leaders in Learning series on Central Elementary. Students in Aubrey Crisp’s fourth-grade class use picture books to support learning standards across the curriculum.


South middle school student Jonnie McQueen was interviewed in a KIVI Channel 6 report on the TechGirlz conference held at the College of Idaho. Twenty South students attended with counselor Chelsea Pelton.


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. 5: Election Day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Nov. 5, 12, 19: Toddler and Preschool Story Time, 1-2 p.m. at Central Elementary FCRC

Nov. 8: Family Dance Night, 7-8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary

Nov. 9: Rake Up Nampa

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Assembly, 9:39 a.m. at Nampa High School Gym

Nov. 12: School Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the District Office Board Room

Nov. 15-16: Canyon County Classic Speech & Debate Tournament at Skyview High School

Nov. 16: District III Drama Competition at Middleton High School

Nov. 18-19: Canyon County Honor Band/Orchestra/Choir at NNU

Nov. 21: Central Elementary 90th Birthday Celebration, 5:45 p.m. in the Gym

Nov. 21: NHS Fall Jazz Band Concert, 7 p.m. at Nampa High School Little Theater

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving Break, No School