The holiday season offers me a special opportunity to extend my personal thanks to you. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to the children of the Kuna School District. Thank you also for your support of our students, their families, and your colleagues who have been stressed by the tough economy. Thank you for the support you have shown the district as we continue to face economic challenges. Despite the challenges, we know that Kuna School District employees continue to accomplish great things and will continue to do so by working together.
May you enjoy some time to rejuvenate and reconnect with family and friends during the holiday. Best wishes for a happy holiday and a successful 2011!
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:
- Congratulations to KHS Science teacher DaNel Huggins who was recently selected to participate in the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project. The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards highly competitive one-year fellowships to over 40 current and prospective teachers across the Nation. More information about the project can be found at the following website: http://www.us-satellite.net/endeavor/about.cfm
- The FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championship was held last weekend at Kuna High School. Fifty-five teams placed well enough in the regional competitions to be able to compete at this event. Three teams exist in the Treasure Valley..
- Reconfiguration of District
Last night the School Board unanimously approved the reconfiguration recommendation to re-zone our four attendance zones into five.
- Name for the New Elementary School: Silver Trail Elementary!
The School Board reviewed all of our students’ ideas for the name of the new school last night. The Board chose Silver Trail Elementary as the name of our 7th elementary to the Kuna School District. Christa Snyder’s first grade class from Crimson Point and Laura Jenkins’ third grade class from Reed will be the recipients of a popcorn party as well as plaque that will hang in the new school. Both classes nominated the name ?Silver Trail? for its local historical significance. Mrs. Jenkin’s class explained, ?The Silver Trail was the name of the stagecoach route that extended from Idaho City to the Silver City. Kuna was established because the trail brought the railroad and homesteaders to Kuna.? Congratulations to both classes!
- Principal of Silver Trail: Ken LilienKamp
Ken LilienKamp, the current principal of Teed Elementary, was hired last night to be Silver Trail Elementary’s first principal. Congratulations to Ken!
After Christmas break, I will announce the plan to fill the Teed Elementary principal position
||School Board to review and discuss draft of new attendance zones
|Week of Jan. 10
||Staffing transfer procedure and process will be communicated-a committee of administrators and KEA leaders are currently establishing this process
|Week of Jan. 17
||Community meeting to gather feedback on attendance zones
||School Board to make attendance zone decision
|Prior to spring break
||Staffing decisions announced
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Auditions
Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are coming January 24, 2011 at Crimson Point Elementary. Auditions are open to students in kindergarten – 12th grade. Get details by visiting the following website:
- Professional Development Opportunity
Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Institute
Please mark your calendar for February 8-9 to attend this FREE upcoming professional development training. The purpose of this course is for educators and professionals to reach out in a supportive network to the children and families of the National Guard and Reserve. This training is open to guidance professionals, school administration and other caring adults interested in learning more about military children.
The Military Child Education Coalition’s™ Supporting Children of the National Guard and Reserve Institute© is a professional development program for educators and professionals to reach out in a support network to the children and families of the National Guard and Reserve. The conference includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches, two break refreshments and conference materials (no registration, meal, or resource material cost to participants). The curriculum, content, process, and delivery are correlated with the National Staff Development Council’s Standards and the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. Because the Institute is very interactive and participation is required to fully benefit from this training, participants must commit to attend both days. Details about the training are as follows:
February 8-9, 2011
- The Homewood Suites Hilton, 7957 West Spectrum Way, Boise, ID
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.