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.
Standing in the Gap
The traffic started slowing down and backing up as I drove closer to the school zone. Our community usually does a great job responding to the blinking lights that indicate school is about to start or end for the day.
I could see her standing on the side of the road. She was chatting with a student. The conversation was animated and both of them were smiling as they conversed back and forth. Then, after checking both directions, the crossing guard stepped into the gap. Into the crosswalk. She held up the stop sign, made eye contact with cars from both directions, and then nodded to the student to cross the road. She was creating a safe place for one of the over 14,000 students who enter our schools each day.
This was the first contact of the day for this student. It was a cold morning and I am guessing that there were other things for the NSD staff member to do that day. The conversation was cheerful, it was lively, and it portrayed care for the student. I don’t know what the conversation was about. I do know it had to make a difference to the student who was about to start another school day.
After the student was safely across the street, the woman returned to her post on the side of the road to wait for another student. As I drove by, I rolled down my driver’s side window and just lightly shouted, “Thank you.” I didn’t have time to say why I was thankful; I was hoping she would somehow just know.
It happens many times a day in our schools. Crosswalks, cafeterias, hallways, libraries, front offices, resource rooms, classrooms, nursing offices, counselor offices, social work offices, Family Community Resource Centers, gymnasiums and more become safe places for our students. NSD staff step into the gap and make these places safe and welcoming for students.
Sometimes it looks like a Band-Aid on a scraped knee, sometimes it’s a smiley face on the hall pass, sometimes it’s an acknowledgement as students walk by the front desk, sometimes it’s a short check-in in the cafeteria line, sometimes it’s a brief conversation about a concern expressed by a student, and sometimes it’s a quiet high five in the hallway. These are places where our students and families are greeted with care. It is where relationships that extend beyond academic outcomes are formed and shaped. It is where NSD staff excel – meeting the needs of the whole student.
In this next month, I am wondering if we could be intentional at “rolling down the window” and offering a word of thanks or encouragement. Sometimes these little things are overlooked or are taken for granted, but they are important. These small behaviors pay great dividends in strong relationships with families and safe, caring environments for each student. They are what our community remembers about our schools.
So, thank you for standing in the gap and creating safe, caring communities of learning for our families and students in Nampa.
- Dr. Paula Kellerer
Proposed Supplemental Levy Will Provide Much-Needed Support for Schools
Based on feedback from patrons in the weeks following the November election encouraging the district to rerun the supplemental levy, the Board of Trustees has placed the issue on the March 10 ballot. The $12,895,000 levy will be in effect for two years and will replace our current levy that expires on June 30 of this year. With passage of this new levy, the district will collect $4 million less in the coming year than in the current year due to lower bond payments, while still providing much-needed funds for district operations and critical facilities updates and maintenance. In addition, our overall levy rate will decline to the lowest it’s been in 10 years, saving you $65 per $100,000 in your home’s assessed value.
Can’t make it to the polls on March 10? You can vote absentee by completing and signing an absentee ballot request and submitting it to the Elections Office before 5 p.m. on February 28, 2020. These requests may be mailed, scanned and emailed, or delivered to the Canyon County Elections Office at 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find the ballot request here: https://bit.ly/2RAl0iN
Columbia High School celebrated the official opening of its new baseball/softball indoor hitting facility in January. The building was completed with the generous support of R&M Steel Company (for whom the building is named), Idaho Tractor Inc., Idaho Tractor Rents Inc., CapEd, and dozens more organizations and individuals.
Sherman Elementary School is the latest in a growing list of Focus schools that teach the curriculum through a specific lens to enhance student learning. Sherman’s STEM focus joins programs including arts integration, mastery-based learning, dual language, project-based learning, and blended learning. To learn more, visit nampa.school/focus.
Two Nampa School District educators have been selected as 2020 , a distinguished group of 26 educators from all across North America: Special education teacher Cindy Snyder and instructional Coach Drew Williams. Both teach at Lone Star Middle School, one of two HP Spotlight Schools in the nation.
Fifteen Nampa School District teachers were awarded a share of $15,704 in teacher grants from the Nampa Schools Foundation. About 70 proposals were received for projects ranging from books to technology. To learn more about the Foundation or to donate, visit nampaschoolsfoundation.org.
Five individuals and the 2005 Boys State Soccer championship team were inducted into the Skyview Hall of Fame on January 18. Individual recipients are Matt Kaiserman (Class of 2007), TJ Pearsall (Class of 2005), Carly Dranginis (Class of 2009), Erica Parks (Class of 2009) and Kim Bekkedahl (Distinguished Service Member).
Nampa School District’s early childhood education program was awarded a $60,000 grant by the by Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. The funds from the grant will support preschool expansion at the Nampa Early Childhood Learning Center.
IN THE NEWS
This list represents a sampling of district events. Events are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, visit our individual school websites.
Feb. 1: IMEA All-State Music Festival/Conference at NNU
Feb. 2: Groundhog Day
Feb. 3-7: Counselor Appreciation Week
Feb. 3: Staff Professional Development, No School
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25: Toddler and Preschool Story Time, 1 p.m. at Central Family Community Resource Center
Feb. 5: National Signing Day
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28: St. Luke’s School-Based Clinic, 8-11:30 a.m. at Central Elementary
Feb. 7: Daddy Daughter Dance, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Ridge Elementary
Feb. 7: After-Game Valentine’s Dance, 9-11 p.m. at Nampa High
Feb. 10-14: South Middle School College and Career Week
Feb. 11: West Middle School Band Concert with NHS, 7 p.m. at Nampa High
Feb. 12: FAFSA Night for Seniors and Parents, 5-7 p.m. at the Nampa High Library
Feb. 13: Winter Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m. at West Middle School
Feb. 17: Presidents Day, No School
Feb. 18: Winter Band Concert, 7 p.m. at West Middle School
Feb. 20: 1A State Girls Basketball Tournament at Nampa High
Feb. 21: Family Dance Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Elementary
Feb. 21-22: Advanced Theatre Show, 7 p.m. in the Nampa High Little Theater
Feb. 22: DIII Dance Team Competition at Skyview High
Feb. 22, 24: DIII Vocal Solo/Ensemble Festival at NNU
Feb. 22: Two: Three-0 Cheer Competition at Meridian High
Feb. 22: BPA Dinner Auction, 5 p.m. at Skyview High
Feb. 25: Parent Night, 5:30 p.m. at West Middle School
Feb. 27: STEM and Math Night, 5-7 p.m. at New Horizons Dual Language School
Feb. 28: Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair at Boise State
Feb. 28: Micron Math Night, 5-8 p.m. at Owyhee Elementary
Feb. 28: NHS Band Gala Dinner-Auction, 7 p.m. at the Belle Events Center
Feb. 29: District Dance Competition at Columbia High
Feb. 29: Solo and Ensemble Festival at East Valley Middle School
Feb. 29: State Cheer Qualifier (DIII) at Caldwell High