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Superintendent Message (February 11, 2014)

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Inspiring each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen

February 11, 2014



Team,

March 11 is a very important day to the children in the Kuna School District.

In our January School Board meeting, our Trustees voted to ask our patrons to renew our $3.1 million supplemental levy on March 11. As you know, the term "supplemental" is a misnomer. Supplemental implies extra. In recent years, a better term for the levy might be the "essential" levy. The State's drastic cuts to education over the last five years have totaled a loss of over $9 million to the Kuna School District. The 2012 levy taxpayers passed has helped us offset these losses which enabled the district to continue to provide essential services to the children in our district. Generous taxpayer support for the last two years has allowed the Kuna School District to keep the following essential services to children in place for the last two school years:

• Maintain 52 district positions in order to lower class sizes
• Restore 6 student contact days
• Restore 15% of school supply budgets which provided resources to classrooms
• Eliminate extracurricular and class fees which allowed more students to participate in activities

On March 11 we will be asking our taxpayers to once again invest in the children in the district by renewing the $3.1 million levy in order to maintain essential services to children. More information can be found at our district website, www.kunaschools.org.

Upon reading this, I know many of you will want to know what you can do to help. To remind you, Idaho Code stipulates that school property may not be used to advocate political purposes. This means that you are unable to use district equipment (i.e. phones, email, computers, etc.) or time to advocate for or against the levy. You can volunteer your free time to a community group called the Friends of the Kuna School District. The steering committee is lead by the following community leaders:

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Governor Otter has indicated that it will take up to five years to restore school districts to 2008-'09 funding levels. My hope is that it will take less time in order to take the tax burden off of our local patrons. In the meantime, our local tax payers have continued to fill the funding gap in order to provide the type of education Kuna's children deserve.

In service,

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Leadership Boise Academy

The Leadership Boise Academy sponsored by the Boise Chamber of Commerce recruits 50-55 Junior level students from over 14 area high schools. The program gives students an opportunity to meet community leaders and help determine relevant community issues. Students are select through a competitive application and interview process. Please congratulate our three Kuna High School Juniors that were selected: Kelsea Hurd, Amanda Kleffner, and Sarah Wollan. Great job ladies!


"Truly Spectacular" Music Performance

dragon headMusic Director for Boise State University, Dr. Gregory Springer, had the following to say about the fifth grade performance of "Christmas Around the World" on Dec 13th at christmaschoirTeed Elementary.

"The performance was truly spectacular. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to observe numerous school music programs, and I can say with confidence that it is rare to see students perform with this high level of preparation and musicianship. I was truly impressed with the students' performance.

"Anita's reputation for being a talented musician and effective teacher extends beyond the scope of your school. The high-quality performances demonstrated by the students at Hubbard and Teed Elementary are evidence of her successful teaching. I hope you share my enthusiasm for Anita's terrific work."

Ms. Edwards "spectacular" program was made up of over 90 students from 3 fifth grade music classes and two audition percussion ensembles. During the performance of Light The Candles Around the World the gym lights were turned off and battery operated candles set the holiday tone. The Chinese New Year singing was complete with props, percussion and a routine that included dragons, Chinese fans, umbrellas, costumes and gold and red paper flowers. Students also did a hand glove routine and many were dressed in elaborate costumes.

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History Making Wrestling Team

khswrestling teamOur very own KHS Wrestlers have recently achieved great things, and with the most current national rankings, they have now accomplished something that no other athletic team has done in the history of Kuna sports.

KHS Wrestling is now ranked 44th nationally. This ranking includes all divisions, all states, prep schools, public schools, etc. See the link: http://intermatwrestle.com/rankings/hs/Team

If you see a KHS Wrestler in the hall, please take the time to congratulate them. They deserve your praise. This is an unparalleled accomplishment." ~ Pat Owens, Head Wrestling Coach



Kuna FFA Canned Food Drive
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The KHS FFA department helped local families during December by collecting turkey donations from Paul's Market and putting together food baskets. Students and staff spent the day sorting through donations and getting the baskets ready for delivery. Everyone put in a lot of hard work for a great cause. Way to go FFA!

Please visit the FFA page to see more pictures from the food drive.


BPA Going to State!

bpa2014The Business Professionals of America compete against schools of all sizes that are located near Ada County both public and private. This includes: Rocky Mountain, Mountain View, Meridian, Meridian Tech, Centennial, Eagle, Capital, Boise, Mountain Home, Melba, Cole Valley Christian and a couple of others.

18 students participated in the regional competitions on January 18th at the College of Western Idaho in Boise. They represented Kuna well as competitors and future professionals, by wearing professional business attire and being polite and respectful.

Congratulations to the Kuna's Business Professionals of America competitors who are advancing to the state level:

Emily Tippetts
1st Place - Fundamental Accounting
1st Place - Desktop Publishing

Jennifer VanPatten
1st Place - Advanced Office Procedures
2nd Place - Advanced Word Processing

Bella Hernandez
1st Place - Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications

Brooklyn Jerns
2nd Place - Legal Office Procedures
2nd Place - Graphic Design Promotions

Sairra Terriquez
2nd Place - Interview Skills

Sam Feist
1st Place - Extemporaneous Speech

Amber Callister
2nd Place - Human Resource Management

Madison Wheeler, Emily Tippetts, and Aubrey Andrus
2nd Place -Presentation Management Team

extranewsShout outs

• Hooray to Second Grade!! Mrs. Rigsby & Mrs. Thorpe were awarded a $500 grant from Walmart to help purchase an additional document camera for their class! Our Wildcats are super excited! ~Crimson Point

• Congratulations to KMS student Olivia Strickland! She was crowned Miss Idaho Jr. High on January 25th. Be sure to wish her luck as she prepares for the national competition in July.

• Just the other day I was sitting in PE and thinking about how blessed we are to have Shawn as our PE teacher. He goes above and beyond every single time I see him with our CP kids. He does such a good job with all the kids, but I am always impressed with his interactions with our (TLC) kids. He is always kind, and fair, and I always appreciate that! We are really lucky to have him at our school! ~ Jennifer Sanders

• Huge shout to Kim Knudson, Laura Scally, Detective Hudson, Kat Ferguson and Eileen O'Shea for helping out Crimson Point when they needed it!

• Each month Chief set up the chairs and podium for the "Praise" assembly, he didn't ask if he should do it, he didn't wait for me to ask, he simply took that piece, of a busy assembly day, off my plate, and I appreciated that. Yesterday was our new custodian's first assembly experience and Chief came early to make sure that his Wildcat family was taken care of, he showed both the integrity and leadership we were so reluctant to lose. I didn't have an award prepared for Chief, but he sure deserved one, so I wanted to share the story with you. He went above and beyond expectations. ~Tammy Merithew



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 profdevelopmentProfessional Development and Grant Opportunities  

Retired Educators Association Grant

The Boise-Kuna-Meridian Unit of the Retired Educators Association of Idaho is offering for the first time grants for teachers to enhance their classroom activities. The 2014-2015 Teacher Grant Application is now on line.

In this our inaugural year, we are offering one grant of $500.00. It is our hope that we will be able to expand this in the future.

The first application must be submitted for implementation during the 2014-2015 school year by April 1, 2014. The grant award will be announced in May, 2014, so that the award winning teacher can prepare for implementation in the new school year in the fall. We will ask the grant recipient to present the results of his or her program at the May 2015 REA luncheon.

To access the grant application go to www.idahoretirededucators.org and click on Boise-Kuna-Meridian. At the bottom of the page is the Teacher Grant Application on-line-form.

Questions may be addressed to: Charlotte Moore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 362-2133.




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It is easy for rumors to get started in light of all the questions and concerns employees and parents have regarding the future of the Kuna School District.  If you've heard a rumor that you'd like to get an "official" response on, we encourage you visit  http://www.kunaschools.org/. Select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" banner.

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The Kuna School District inspires each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen.

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Working together with parents, community resources and educators, each student who graduates from the Kuna School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to have the future he/she desires.