February 2020

SUPERINTENDENT’S VOICE
February 2020

This newsletter provides updates on Nampa School District news, accomplishments, goals and initiatives. For more information, 
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Paula Kellerer portrait

 

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

 

FEATURED NEWS

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.

 

Learn more about the levy at nampa.school/levy. To see how this lower levy rate will affect the property taxes on your home, try using this easy-to-use calculator found at nampa.school/calc.

 

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

 

OTHER NEWS

 

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 HP Teaching Fellows, 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.

Central Elementary School was one of 12 elementary schools to receive Bucks for Books funding for its library from the Idaho Lottery and Idaho Commission for Libraries. https://bit.ly/36CDXFQ


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

 
Recent Skyview High alumna Toni Goodman has a “pay-it-forward” attitude. Now a realtor, she has pledged to give 10 percent of her commissions this year to the Salvation Army Community Family Shelter. https://bit.ly/3aZLoum
 
Columbia High wrestler Payton Lanningham is bak on the mat after losing her grandfather in a car accident and overcoming a potential career-ending injury. https://bit.ly/2O5yNvO
 
SPC Dylan Duniec surprised his children at Park Ridge Elementary School after returning home from Afghanistan following an eight-month stint. Daughter Chelsie is in first grade and stepson Justyn is a kindergartner. https://bit.ly/2S3e7pw
 
Columbia wrestler Angel Rios has overcome a lifetime of challenges on his way to becoming a champion. https://bit.ly/2Rz4m31
 
Here’s a look back at the first year of the Traveling Table mobile food pantry, a partnership with Treasure Valley Leadership Academy students and local agencies. https://bit.ly/2GvRuob
 
Union High School student Jasmine Vega is defying the odds and succeeding in life, and in her job as a House Legislative Page. https://bit.ly/2U4RnrO

 

FEBRUARY 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.

 

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