Superintendent Message (October 20, 2010)
We have started the research stage of reconfiguring the school district as a result of the new elementary school on Ten Mile opening in the fall of 2011. A research committee comprised of administrators and teachers have met twice to begin the ground work. Along with the community members, our employees will have an opportunity to share ideas on how we might best reconfigure the schools to meet the needs of our students.
How to Share Your Ideas
We will be hosting a focus group comprised of three members from each elementary School Leadership Team on Nov. 1 at 3:30 at the Support Services Conference Room. The representatives at this meeting will be tasked with returning to their schools to provide information and generate ideas. All ideas for reconfiguring our schools will be submitted on the district website. The website will allow you to review data about the existing schools so that you will be able to submit your recommendations.
A Challenge for Elementary Students and Teachers: What Should the School Board Name the New Elementary on Ten Mile?
We decided to do things a bit differently this time in naming the new elementary school. The School Board would like elementary students involved in the process. Although all classrooms may be involved in this process, we thought it might be particularly appropriate for third and fourth graders since third graders learn about Kuna history and fourth graders learn about Idaho history.
To get students involved in the naming process, I am encouraging teachers and principals to facilitate a process that would result in classroom recommendations. Each classroom teacher will submit one suggestion on behalf of his/her students and why his/her students think that would be the best name. The submissions will then be presented to the School Board on Nov. 9 for Trustees to make the final decision.
The classroom that submits the winning name will receive a popcorn party as well as a class picture that will hang in the new school. All classroom ideas should be submitted to the following web form: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BCU3F74RS
The form will ask you to complete the following:
- Name of Nominating School
- Name of Nominating Teacher
- What should the new school be named?
- Why is this name the best name for the school?
I am looking forward to the creativity of our students, teachers and community in this process. Thank you for all you do to ensure that Kuna School District is the best place for children to receive a high quality education.
Celebration of Our Superheros!
If you have a celebration that you'd like to share, we encourage you visit our news web site and select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" tab. Congratulations to the following amazing members of the Kuna School District:
- Thank you the following for the excellent partnership that allows the Performing Arts Center to be shared with our community: the Kuna Performing Arts Committee chaired by Marci Durrant and our employees Ben Gleaton and Corey Simpson. We recently received the following message that illustrates the results of their hard work:
I live in Nampa and did not know about your Performing Arts Center until a cousin from Caldwell called me to see if I wanted to join them for the Bar J Wranglers performance…I was very impressed with the center as soon as I walked in. It is beautiful, competes easily with the Center at NNU. We were about midway back slightly off to left of center stage. Once the show started I was impressed with the acoustics. Congrats on a well designed building! …The price was reasonable so that even people on a tight budget could attend. I enjoy musical concerts, but as a widow on a single income cannot afford the concerts at the Idaho Center, etc. Thank you for making a concert of this quality available to everyone.
- Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:
- Math Leadership Conference, Oct. 28
Math teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators are encouraged to attend the Math Leadership Conference which is sponsored by Region III math specialists and the Initiative for Developing Mathematical Thinking. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 – 3:30 at the Meridian School District Training Center’s Salmon Room. The workshop is free. To register, contact Michele Carney at michelecarney @ boisestate.edu.
- Mathematical Thinking for Instruction
Mark your calendars for spring Mathematical Thinking for Instruction courses! The spring schedule will be posted on the following website http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/math/mti.htm on October 15 and registration will open on November 1.
Have You Heard a Rumor and Want to Know the Answer? Post your question at KSD News!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 to visit news web site. Select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" tab.
- Rumor: My understanding of the fed school money was it was not to be used for administrative salaries..only for lower salaried employees..while I think it is great you want to spread the money around and be fair, will there be any repercussions about giving admin. some of their money back(i.e. more days)?
- Fact: According to the Education Jobs Bill Guidance document published by the U.S. Department of Education, the Jobs Bill funds…
Although the Jobs Fund monies are not allowed to be spent on certain employees, the School Board wanted all employees to be treated equally and directed the Business Manager to use general fund to return furlough days for those positions who don’t qualify for Education Job Fund Bill. The approximate cost to the general fund is $24,000.
- May be used “…to pay the salaries of teachers and other employees who provide school-level educational and related services. [This includes]teachers, principals, assistant principals, academic coaches, in-service teacher trainers, classroom aides, counselors, librarians, secretaries, social workers, psychologists, interpreters, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, information technology personnel, nurses, athletic coaches, security officers, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.”
- May not be used on “general administrative expenses [such as] … administrative expenditures related to the operation of the superintendent’s office or the school district’s board of education, including the salaries and benefits of LEA-level administrative employees or … payment of expenditures for fiscal services, district program planners and researchers, and human resource services.”
- Question: Do current students pick out classes in the spring for Fall 2011 or wait until August?
- Answer: Current secondary-age students will register for classes for the 2011-2012 school year in February.
- Question: Are eighth graders allowed to the homecoming dance?
- Answer: No. According to the school policy, “A student may bring one (1) guest of high school age who is enrolled in a high school or a graduate of the age of 19, only when they have secured permission from the administration prior to the dance. No twenty year old adults will be allowed to attend high school dances.”