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Haiku on mouse book top ten

Tyler Peirsol, a second-grader in Shelley Woolstenhulme's class at Hillview Elementary, entered the Haiku Contest sponsored by Scholastic. His poem was one of the top ten!

Students wrote haikus on one of their favorite books. He wrote his poem on The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary.

Scholastic had over 10,000 entries and Tyler's poem was one of the top ten. He won a 10-book Springtime Library.

His poem was the only one out of the top ten that was handwritten. We are so proud of him (and his amazing handwriting). Thank-you Tyler for making us look so good!!

Fruits and veggies coming to school

Bridgewater Elementary will receive $17,785 and Falls Valley Elementary will receive $32,064 to provide children with novel and nutritious snacks. They were among 113 Idaho schools that received the grants.

“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a voluntary program that many schools across Idaho have used not only to provide more nutritious options but also as a creative way to teach Idaho students about history, geography, writing or other critical subjects,” Superintendent Luna said.

A press release announcing the grants read, “The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is part of a federal initiative by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer schools a wider variety of fresh produce than would be available through the regular USDA programs, such as the National School Lunch Program.

“The goal is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and making a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.”

Schools were awarded the grants through a competitive application process. The grant funding for these schools will begin July 1, 2013 and last until June 30, 2014.

Science, history changing in a big way

About 150 science and history students at RMMS will be challenged to become investigators of history and science and not just learners, said teacher Jami McLing.

In an unusual subject combination, science and history will be taught in a two hour block course taught back to back with both the history and science teacher in the room with students. Students can learn about anything from the formation of the universe to the present day using investigations, case studies and research projects.

This is because Rocky Mountain is piloting the Big History Project, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the second year of the project, but RMMS’s is the first middle school to be included in the program.

“It is completely student driven,” said McLing. “Teachers will only be there to advise when necessary. It is very research based and so students will be reading material that is challenging, analyzing it, writing about it, and using the information they learn to solve problems.”

Principal Jason Lords said honors students from every team in the school will be able to participate. McLing added that invitation letters were given to students 7th grade teachers recommended and 6th grade teachers from the elementary schools also identified potential students.

“We will not only be looking at A students,” McLing said. “Several different criteria will be looked at when deciding who will ultimately be selected for the course.”

McLing said teachers expect students to progress in research and language arts and reading ISATs. “We will be looking for evidence of growth in their ability to better read, summarize and write about expository text,” she said. “In addition, just their general overall researching and writing schools should improve to prepare them for high school and college.

“This is investigative history, investigative science,” said Lords. “There will be more writing, more higher level thinking. The students will have to explain and give evidence.”

McLing learned about the project from a colleague in Boise who was enthusiastic about the level of learning in students in the Big History project and how easily they were able to make connections between disciplines after taking the course.

McLing emailed the project coordinator and told him the school was interested in being a pilot middle school. At the time, it was only being offered at high schools. After multiple emails and phone calls, an agreement was reached.

The training involved flying six social studies teachers to Washington for state-of-the-art training on Big History. Another training is set up for August and Big History staff members will be coming to Idaho Falls to provide additional individual, specialized training tailored to how RMMS plans to use the curriculum in the school.

A total of 12 teachers will be involved and 150 students will benefit next year. “It’s all funded through the Gates Foundation,” said Lords. “All the professional development is provided through them and it’s not costing us a dime.”

“We are extremely excited about this program,” said McLing. “We often feel we focus on those kids who are low learners and forget about the high achieving kids. This course will show those kids they are not forgotten and they are very important to the future of the country.”

Book fair brings in bucks

Bridgewater Elementary received more than $1,200 from the Barnes and Noble Book Fair. Good job, parents and community! Thanks Barnes and Noble!

Animae, kumihimo at cultural fair

Eating with chopsticks, making origami, and learning karate moves were just a few of the activities at the all-day Japanese Culture Day at RMMS where seventh and a few eighth grade students in Mr. Martin’s elective history class.

RMMS teacher Lisa Olsen said, “The event started with a conversation in the hallway and evolved into a day-long cultural fair for the seventh grade students.”

The students watched Snake River Taiko perform and a Vocaloid presentation created by Cameron Wride. Newxt, they moved to the gym to sample food, make origami, try kumihimo, practice with chopsticks, learn karate moves and learn about animae/manga. Olsen said the activity was very successful and involved the Sister Cities Youth and Adult organization, Snake River Taiko, and the Japanese American Citizen's League from the community.

Because of the success of the experience, the school plans to continue the activity next year.

“We hope to improve each year,” Olsen said.

Senior learns ukulele

If playing the ukulele was on his bucket list, Hillcrest senior Hunter Yorgesen would check it off. Yorgesen chose to learn to play the ukulele for his senior project.

“I like the music,” Yorgesen said. “I have a friend who plays it.”

He received the ukulele for Christmas attended some classes at Chesbros, and then used YouTube tutorials for the rest of it. “I’m pretty good,” he said. “I can play a few songs now.”

Yorgesen said he logged about 30 hours, but probably spent closer to 45 or 50 hours. In the future he plans to keep playing.

One of the biggest things he learned from his project is of life-long value. “I can do new, different things,” he said. “I can do anything if I work hard at it.”

Project assists paralyzed student

A boy in the community who was paralyzed last summer can play computer games with his friends again thanks to Tayler Hawkes’ senior project.

Hawkes put together a potato bar and nachos benefit dinner; and with the funds, the boy’s family was able to purchase a Tobii assistive device that uses eye tracking to enable computer use and Internet access. One of the boy’s favorite activities, playing video games with his friends, is no longer impossible.

Choosing the fundraiser as a project came about because of her future plans. “I am interested in occupational therapy and speech pathology,” Hawkes said. After talking with a local speech pathologist, she was introduced to the need of the boy and his family. She took on the project to help the boy achieve some independence.

The fund-raising effort involved creating flyers, distributing them around Hillcrest, Sandcreek and Rimrock schools, and leading friends at school and church in pre-selling $3,000 worth of tickets. Planning for food and materials for the meal was also an essential part of the project. She depended on help from family and friends to make it a success.

“I learned how to put someone else before myself and never give up,” Hawkes said. She also learned, “I hate being told ‘no’.”

Hawkes said through the planning she kept alternating between stresses. First that no one would show up, and second that too many people would come and they would run out of food. Neither worry materialized as around 700 people showed up and they had food to spare.

Hawkes also has hopes for the future of the boy who benefited from the fundraiser. She said that because he is so young when the injury occurred, his body and nerves are likely to improve over time. She also learned from him. “Even through trials, life still goes on and it can be good again,” she said.

Hillcrest graduates 280

“There is only one success -- to be able to live your life in your own way.” That is the theme for Hillcrest’s 2013 graduating class. It seems to fit the class, which will be graduating 280 students tonight.

Almost 44 percent of students are graduating with honors or higher. Eight are valedictorians, 64 are graduating with high honors and 51 are graduating with honors.

They’ve also earned nearly $2 million in scholarships.

The eight valedictorians who achieved straight A’s and took several advanced classes are Kendall Bean, Cameron Hillam, Karriann Johnson, London Lewis, Shelby Russell, Marko Sterbentz, Henry Thompson and Fiona Weathersby.

Best wishes on continuing successes!

Phippen coaches 4th grade team

Hillcrest senior Blake Phippen loves basketball and his fourth grade little brother. For his project, he decided to coach his brother’s competitive league basketball team.

“It went super good,” said Phippen about his experiences coaching his brother and his brother’s friends. “I knew the kids and I was more comfortable working with them.”

It didn’t take long for Phippen to identify the biggest challenge in the undertaking.

“They’re young and little kids are hard to focus,” said Phippen. “I wanted them to develop a love of the game and not hate it because they could if I get mad at them.”

Phippen has played basketball since about kindergarten and has played on school teams from middle school on. He started playing varsity in high school as a sophomore.

While he enjoyed his experience with his brother’s team, Phippen said, “Coaching could be fun, but I’m not sure it’s worth the effort to do it all the time. As a dad, I will want to coach for my kids, but probably not for a high school or college team.”

Phippen plans to study physical therapy after he returns from a mission to Jamaica.

Life = writing for senior project

Danny Daw wrote a 246 page novel for his senior project. And it only took him 114 hours since January.

“It was pretty much my life for a semester,” he said.

“I always liked to write,” Daw said. But as satisfying as Daw found the task, he said his parents might have been more excited than he was about the project.

Daw learned some things as he worked on his project. “I definitely had to learn how to adhere to deadlines,” Daw said. “I learned it’s important to work with a deadline in sight.”

Then there were the challenges he was up against. “Definitely the immediate distraction of the Internet,” Daw said.

Daw plans to attend BYU-Provo and study chemistry. Ultimately, he has medical school in his sights. He plans to take creative writing and English classes at college.

So far, he’s the only one who has read the book and his parents are reading one of the five copies he had printed at Staples.

“I’d like to edit it myself, have a few other people edit it. I would potentially like to have it published.”

“Overcoming” theme for speeches

RMMS social studies students who won class level competitions gave speeches about A Person Who Has Overcome and a school-wide competition May 20.

Congratulations to Kathryn Berggren for winning 1st place, Reilly Hendrix won 2nd place and Logan Burtenshaw won 3rd place. Each of them received a trophy and a gold award pin.

Gold pins were also given to the other participants, including Katelynn Spencer, A. B., Ashlee Williams, Hannah Britton, Makayla Leonard, S. W., Steven Petersen, Macy Honeycutt, Madison Drefs, Kevin Ker, Aaliyah Poulter, Ashley Seward and Hardy Lopez.

The speech contest was sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization.

BHS graduating class honored

“I know not what the future holds but I know who holds the future,” is the theme for Bonneville High School’s 2013 graduating class. BHS has 268 seniors who will be graduating tomorrow night.

The nine valedictorians for BHS are Tyler Lindley, Marissa Lords, Conner McCall, Rae Miller, Nicholas Myers, Natalie Nix, Jared Rydalch, JoAnne Wadsworth, and Timothy Whiting.

Kelli Nelson and Seth Siefken are National Merit Finalists; 39 students are graduating with high honors (3.75-3.99 G.P.A.) and 41 are graduating with honors (3.5-3.74 G.P.A.)

The class of ’13 has also been awarded just over $3 million in scholarships.

Congratulations on graduating and good luck with future endeavors.

Sandcreek STEM program growing

Take a walk on the south side of Sandcreek and you may find vegetables growing in raised planting boxes and apple trees, thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program.

Sandcreek was selected for the grant, Principal Lyndon Oswald said, because their plan exemplifies a viable, sustainable, and well-supported garden that, most importantly, is able to be integrated into student’s learning for years to come.

The greenhouse and garden program at Sandcreek is part of the school’s STEM program. What is learned by the students there will be shared with other elementary students in the district, as well.

Bikers come from all over District

If your fifth grader came home last week a little tired out, don’t be too surprised. Students from all around the district, including Bonneville Online, took a pretty lengthy bike ride to the Iona City Park. Northern students went May 13, southern students went May 14.

Many riders started from their own schools, but those furthest away got a lift to a school that was a little closer to make sure it wasn’t too far to complete in one day. Upon arrival, the students were fed and could have rested, although most didn’t seem to. Before long, they hopped back on their bikes to head back to their schools.

The annual District 93 bike ride is funded through grants from the Safe Routes to School program which provided t-shirts to all participants with different colors assigned to different schools. They also provided some bicycle helmets and food.

The bike ride began in about 2008 with Ucon Elementary when then P.E. specialist Barbara Croft (who now teaches at Rocky Mountain) worked with the fifth grade classes to teach bicycle safety. The 14+ mile ride to Iona and back was a challenge, but successful. Every year a few more schools would join in the ride. This year, at least a few students from every elementary in the district participated.

After riding to the park, when some of the chaperones lounged about, the fifth graders continued to play football, kickball, red rover, and other activities that kept them moving. Chances are decent that they might slow down a bit this afternoon.

Way to practice safe bike-riding skills at the annual bike ride, fifth-graders, and keep wearing those helmets!

District 93 track athletes compete at state

Several District 93 students placed in events at the state 4A and 5A track meet.

BHS boys placed third in the 4X100 hurdles event and Tyler Holenbeck placed third in the pole vault. Kendra Brown, also from BHS, placed fourth in the 800 meter run.

Hillcrest student Cassidy Cook placed sixth in the 100 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles. Hillcrest girls’ 4X100 hurdles crew placed eighth. For the boys team, Kyler Howell placed sixth in the 300 hurdles, the 4X200 hurdles team placed seventh, and Andrew Austin placed eighth in the high jump.

Bonneville girls had several other students place in the contests. Melissa McMaster placed sixth in the 400 meter event, Brittany Thornock placed seventh in the 1600 meter run, and Taeja Davis placed eighth in the high jump. BHS girls also placed eighth in two hurdles events: the 4X100 and the 4X200.

Well done, Hillcrest and Bonneville athletes and coaches.

93 team academic champs, third at state

The boys varsity golf team at Hillcrest has been named Academic State Champions by the Idaho High School Activities Association for their cumulative grade point average of 3.789 in the 5A division.

Bonneville’s girls tennis placed third in the 4A state competition and Hillcrest’s mixed doubles team of Curtis Calder and Lindsay Hall, placed second in the 5A state tennis tournament last weekend.

Bonneville’s Nacha Narumikluna also placed second in the girls singles championship and their mixed doubles team, Hailey Clayton and Sean Harker placed fourth.

Teacher of the week at Tiebreaker

Tiebreaker’s Steve Dewey, a special education teacher in the SED unit, was selected as teacher of the week by the Idaho Falls Rotary Club after one of his students nominated him. He was honored at a luncheon at Dixie’s Diner.

Dewey was recognized on local news programs for his contribution to children with emotional disturbances.

Principal Kent Patterson said, “He (Dewey) is a very patient and forgiving teacher who is calm with all students even when the situations he finds himself in are challenging and tense. He does a great job of working with the students in his class.”

District golfers place at state

Congratulations to Bonneville’s Taylor Larsen who placed 6th at the State Golf Tournament yesterday with a score of 86.

Hillcrest’s golf team placed 6th at the 5A State Golf championships yesterday. Freshman Andy Hess was the top finisher at 12th place with a score of 150. Spencer Bishop and Carson Biddulph tied at 17th with 158. Well done, Knights!

Monsters defend TCHS English students

If you visit the tech high school any time soon, you might want to watch out for monsters.

Joyce Mackay, Technical Careers High School English teacher assigned reading the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to her seniors. As part of the concluding assignment, the students were assigned to create their own monsters and develop a “story” behind their monsters.

Using scrap metal from the welding shop, the seniors welded monsters, gave them names, descriptions, and a story, and then presented their monsters to the class.

“Throughout the novel, we had discussed the role of the monster, the point behind his creation, the choices he made, and why he made them,” Mackay said. “We talked about judging others before getting to know them and nature vs. nurture.”

Some of the monsters have pretty vicious tendencies, although at least one takes the bad out of others. Anyone who created them is welcome to tell us the monster’s names and stories next to the pictures we are posting.

Hillcrest boys golf district champs

Congratulations to Hillcrest High School’s boys golf team for winning the District Championship yesterday.

They will be competing for state next week on the Lewiston Country Club course.

Congratulations to Andy Hess (69), Spencer Bishop (70), Carson Biddulph (77) and Bentley Sayer (80) who earned a team score of 296.

Stutzman commits to play college ball

Bonneville High School basketball player Jared Stutzman has verbally committed to attend the University of San Francisco when he returns from serving an LDS mission in 2016-2017

The May 4 Post Register article by Michael Lycklama said Stutzman has been recruited by Utah, Utah State, Weber State, ISU, Presno State, Portland, Yale, BYU, Denver, Stanford, Harvard and Hawaii all tried to enlist him, but he chose San Francisco.

Stutzman was quoted explaining his belief that the S.F. coach would best help him develop his guard skills. He also felt the West Coast Conference is a great fit for him.

The Post Register said Stutzman has started every game for Bonneville since since the Bees’ opener his freshman season. He averaged 17.6 points (fourth in the area), 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.7 blocks per game this past season. He was named the High Country Conference Player of the Year and earned a first-team spot on the Post Register’s All-Area team and a second-team bid on the 4A All-Idaho team.

He led eastern Idaho in scoring as a sophomore at 20.8 points per game, grabbed 7.8 rebounds per game and also earned a spot on the Post Register’s All-Area first team.

He averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a freshman.

Fourth graders learn outdoors

District 93’s fourth graders spent Thursday or Friday last week learning about what it takes to live in the wild at the annual Mountain Man Rendezvous, which was held at Iona City Park.

Students were able to learn about tipis and how they are made, fire building and sign language, how animals were trapped for fur and sometimes food, how trappers camped, about local historical figures, and they were able to hear the boom of a black powder rifle being discharged.

As a final activity, they were able to listen to tall tales, one of the more common forms of entertainment in pre-technology days.

All the classes were taught by people dressed like those who lived in the wilder western days.

Fiddling rewarding for Hillcrest senior

Five years ago she picked up her first fiddle. She’s come a long way since then! Hillcrest Senior Shelby Russell recorded a cd of her fiddling skills for her senior project. Her work impressed a Montana radio show host so much he made her album the subject of a Montana Public Radio broadcast May 7.

Russell wrote one of the songs on the album entitled “Little Red.” For the other songs she researched traditional old-time tunes and tried to emulate the style the composers wanted. Then she practiced and recorded them at a studio in Boise.

The process of recording was somewhat of a surprise for Russell. “I couldn’t believe how long it took,” she said. The computer part, the mastering and fade in and outs was time consuming.

“I gained a lot of appreciation for artists and musicians,” Russell said. “It’s not easy.”

Russell has a great love for fiddling and folk music. “It’s becoming a lost art,” she said. “We are losing our history and culture.”

In addition to performing and competing in music competitions, Russell teaches music lessons and plans to continue her music education at ISU next year where she plans to major in music education.

“I love it so much!” Russell exclaimed. “It’s something unique that I can carry on.”

In her fiddling competitions, Russell has raked in a few titles, including Idaho State Champion, Idaho Open Champion, Rocky Mountain Regional Champion and North West Regional Champion.

She will be competing in June at the national fiddling competition and hopes to improve on last year’s fifth place finish. The following link can show you her album.

Bonneville girl’s tennis district champs

Ten BHS tennis players will compete at state after the girls earned their second district title at Pocatello yesterday.

The singles final for the girls’ team was between Nacha Narumikluna and Ashlee Trane. Narumikluna won. Kayla Clements was teamed with Sean Harker for a third place mixed doubles, Morgan and Mackenzie Johnson took fourth in girls doubles.

In addition to Harker, Tyler Lindley and Justin Fullmer finished second in doubles, and Curtis Willis and Austin Jones took third in doubles.

The state tournament will start May 17 in Boise. Good luck at state!

District orchestra first in Seattle

District 93’s combined Bonneville-Hillcrest Orchestra won first place at the Worldstrides Heritage Festival last week in Seattle, Washington. Nearly 50 orchestra students from the two schools attended.

“We placed first in the string orchestra category,” said Lauren Folkner-Belk, orchestra teacher, “and also received the “gold” award, which means we scored 90 or higher. We were one of two groups in the whole festival that received this award.”

They also received the Adjudicator award, which means they scored 92 or higher. District 93’s orchestra scored 92.

“I was very pleased with the professional sound that the students produced and feel that the scores were accurate,” said Folkner-Belk. She added that the high scores and clinician comments helped her feel like the program is on track.

Band earns second in contest

The Bonneville Symphonic Band earned a Silver rating and 2nd place at the Heritage Festival in Seattle Saturday, April 27.

Band director Richard Landauer said, “The students performed well and I feel that this was their best performance this year.”

Congratulations, Bonneville Band!

Students graduate from leadership class

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce just released the list of graduates from the Idaho Falls Youth Chamber Leadership class and several Hillcrest students were included in the list.

They are Austin Anderson, Abby Bohrer, Allie Brabec, Kelsy Brown, Amber Dopp, Kaitlyn Jones, Ibukun Omotowa, Shelby Russell, Leia Velasquez-de la Cruz and Colbie Youngberg.

The Chamber of Commerce program consists of a seven-month course that gives area junior and senior high students information on the inner workings of the Eastern Idaho Community. Classes include Law Enforcement Day, Healthcare Day, Arts & Culture Day, Business Day.

Principal Doug McLaren said these students represented Hillcrest well and are, “A great reflection of the leadership we have within our student body at HHS.”

RMMS walks for health

If it seems like Rocky Mountain Middle School students have been walking in circles half the day, it’s because they have.

RMMS participates in the Fuel up to Play 60 program where the objective is to get students adopting healthier eating habits and increasing their activity. The goal is to get students moving 60 minutes a day.

The final activity for the Fuel Up project is an “All School Walk” and each student was invited to walk for a class period, aiming for six laps. Names of those who completed the six laps were placed in a drawing for healthy prizes.

All participating students received a bottle of water and a cheese stick.

Good moves for good health, Rocky Mountain!

Children donate mountain of shoes

ShoesIf you walk into Cloverdale Elementary, you will see footprints taped to the walls all around the school. Each print represents a pair of donated shoes. The footprints have made it further than all the way around.

Cloverdale children are “walking to Africa” as part of a service project where they have collected almost 2700 pairs of unused shoes to help people in the poor nation Burkina Faso, which ranks as the third least developed country in the world.

The project, called “Shoes for Love” hopes to collect 250,000 pairs of shoes. Those in good condition will be used by the people of the country, and those in poor condition will be recycled, with the proceeds used to help create employment for orphans and to provide relief from malnutrition.

Kristine Pinnock, a teacher at Cloverdale, said, “We started on April 15 and our students and parents have really come through for these people in Africa.”

“I hope that teachers will use this as a huge learning opportunity for the students. It is eye opening to see how needy other countries are and how truly blessed even during hard times we are here in Idaho.”

Every year, Americans throw away 680 million pairs of shoes. Wonderful job, Cloverdale. You’re helping people, and you are keeping thousands of pairs of shoes out of the landfill!

Dinosaur reads for Bridgewater

Some pretty amazing guest readers came to Bridgewater Elementary’s Barnes and Noble Book Fair April 26.

There was a dinosaur, a granny, Belle, Rapunzel, and a Dr. Seuss character, who each read one of several different books including Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Grandma, Is That You? Green Eggs and Ham, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, There is a Bird on your Head!

After they read the books, a lucky member of the audience was able to take the book home.

Another highlight was a featured a Spanish reading of Where the Wild Things Are and at 8 p.m., they read ghost stories and shared s’mores.

In addition to the story times, the school held a raffle for a guitar, American Girl mini dolls, books, movies and toys. Raffle tickets were earned for every item purchased. All the money raised will be used for the school library.

Great job showing children how great reading can be, Bridgewater!

Rimrock visits all the states – at recess

In just a few leaps, Rimrock Elementary students leave the east coast and head to any state or capital in the country.

Or, from Idaho, they can get to Florida in seconds.

Check out the video under Adventures at Rimrock on the Rimrock school website to see how much fun children can have studying geography.

D93 students win Earth Day contest

Several District 93 students from Hillview, Rimrock and Bonneville High won awards in the Idaho Falls Earth Day Contest. Each student won $25 for themselves and $25 for their classroom. The prizes will be awarded at the Earth Day Celebration Saturday at 12 p.m. in the hockey shelter.

Students were able to compete in three different categories. There was a K-3 poster contest where Hillview Elementary had four winners from Mrs. Tracy’s class. Moriah S. was best overall, Olivia G. won for creativity, Josiah L. won for best use of theme, and Bayli S. won for neatness.

In the Quilt Block contest for grades 4-7 three Rimrock children won awards. Katelin R. from Mrs. Abbot’s class won for neatness, Chase R. from Mrs. Range’s class won for most humorous, and Ladriel W. from Mrs. Abbot’s class won for best message.

In the 8-12th grade essay contest, two Bonneville High school juniors from Mrs. Jones’ class won Outstanding awards. They are Caitlyn Greenig and Tanner Morrow.

Congratulations on your great work!

Band ranked excellent, superior

Hillcrest Symphonic Band earned three excellent ratings and one superior at the Gem State District Large Group Festival last week.

Band Director Megan Busath said they increased their average score from last year by just under two points, a huge accomplishment.

The band was judged by the director of bands and the assistant director of bands at Idaho State University and the director of the University Band at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a retired music teacher from Idaho Falls.

Band director Megan Busath said, “Their hard work in class really paid off. The students conducted themselves professionally and performed well.”

Congratulations on a successful festival.

Hillcrest senior cheers for BSU

A couple of weeks ago Hillcrest senior Kayla Jeppson tried out for Utah State’s cheer team and received a call back for last weekend. That led to serious stress because Boise State’s cheerleader tryouts were the same weekend. And that’s where she really wanted to go.

“I had to choose to go to USU or to take my chance at BSU,” Jeppson said.

It was nerve-racking for her and her mom, but Jeppson picked Boise, and after three days of tryouts against about 60 competitors, BSU picked her, too.

Jeppson will be cheerleading at Boise State next year along with Hillcrest alum Sydney Peery.

“I really like their cheer team,” Jeppson said, “They are well-rounded and really good. I would rather go there than any Utah school because they’re better.”

Her journey to college cheerleader started with gymnastics when she was little until she turned 8 or 9. She spent two years in competitive cheerleading in Salt Lake City and then cheered for Sandcreek before focusing on competitive cheerleading which is more like a club sport. Altogether, Jeppson has been cheerleading for 9 years.

Cheerleading at college is going to involve some advantages and some challenges. One of the perks is she gets to go to all the away games. The challenges involve balancing school and activities.

“I’m excited and I think it’s going to be a great experience,” Jeppson said. “I’ve been doing it for a long time.”

Congratulations and good luck at BSU!

HHS speech wins third at state

Hillcrest speech team took third place overall and had three state champions in individual competitions at last weekend’s State Speech Competition.

Justin Tirrell won state in Serious Interpretation and Savannah Bair was a finalist in Expository and state champion in After Dinner Speaking. Alan Carson and Cameron Bronson placed third in Duo Interpretation and Cameron Hillam placed third in Oratorical Analysis.

Great job, Hillcrest!

BHS students excellent, superior

Three Bonneville students competed in the semi-finals at the State Speech Competition last weekend and several received excellent and superior ratings for their speeches.

Brandon Biggs and Conner Dunthorn competed in the semi-finals of Extemporaneous speaking and both received superior ratings for their speeches. Ridge Maupin competed in the semi-finals in Radio-Broadcast Journalism and also received a superior rating.

Trent Holenbeck and Nicholas Chapa also received superior ratings for their speeches.

Keaton Rodriquez, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Dallin Durtschi, Dalton Stoddard, Tucker Robertson, Scott Miller and Avian Blumhorst each received an excellent rating for their speeches.

Congratulations on your successes, BHS!

Teachers excel in A.R. classrooms

Tiebreaker Elementary has recently been able to certify several teachers within the Renaissance Program for both Master and Model classrooms in the subjects of reading and math.

Carma Allison and Andra Reilly achieved model classroom and Allison also received master classroom in A.R.

In Accelerated Math, Allison, Tonya Cook, Patti Suitter, Ruth Roberts and Andrea Mejia achieved model classroom and Roberts, Mejia and Cook also achieved master classroom.

The teachers achieved the qualifications set forth by Renaissance Learning and include time engaged and accuracy in both the Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reading programs.

Way to go, Tiebreaker!

Senior brings Prom to disabled teens

Hillcrest Senior McKinzie Norman featured in the Post Register yesterday for her senior project. Here’s what reporter J.E. Mathewson wrote:

McKinzie Norman almost never misses a school dance.

As a former dance team captain and organizer of Hillcrest High School's recent Sweetheart Dance, dances are one of the 18-year-old's favorite things about high school.

While getting ready for a semi-formal dance one evening, however, Norman realized not every high school student gets to take part.

Norman's mom, Julie Norman, is a licensed caretaker for people with developmental disabilities. Since McKinzie Norman was a child, her family often had two additional "family members," her mom said.

"(We give) them the encouragement, love and support that they need to be successful and productive," Julie Norman said. "They're part of our family. They're in our family pictures. They go on family reunions. They go on vacation with us. They're just like one of my kids."

McKinzie Norman noticed a similarity in those that stayed at her home: they never had the chance to go to prom. As she was beginning to prepare for her senior project, a requirement for high school graduation, she said she wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on someone else's life.

"Dances for me are so common. Some of these kids have never had the opportunity," she said. "I just wanted to make sure they (those with disabilities) had the opportunity in high school to attend prom."

McKinzie Norman spoke with her adviser, Shauna Crabtree, and told her she wanted to hold a prom for those with physical and mental disabilities. She said she hoped to have five or six people attend.

While organizing the event, however, it grew bigger than she imagined.

McKinzie Norman talked to the schools, which then sent home permission slips. Once parents started calling her, the list of attendees grew to more than 20. She memorized their names, asked if they had allergies and then worked on making sure everyone had a date.

From there, she asked student council members to attend as well, so that it was a "real high school prom" and those with disabilities didn't feel singled out.

Norman enlisted help from four area high schools, her church, as well as friends and family members. The dance was scheduled Friday at a LDS stake center in Ammon.

Between students and chaperones, more than 100 people were expected to attend.

"I went into this not knowing what I was getting myself into that's for sure, but it's been amazing," she said.

Local businesses donated the dinner, flowers and photography, as well as DJ services.

Crabtree said she believes Norman went "above" the requirements for her project.

"She's always going above and beyond in everything she does," Crabtree said. "She just had this plan and she just did (it). She took it and ran with it and she's so excited."

After parents confirmed their son or daughter was attending, Norman began receiving text messages letting her know when someone purchased a prom dress or was fitted for a tux.

"One mother called me, I started bawling. Her son, he can't walk, he can't talk, he's completely un-verbal," she said. "(His mom) is so excited for him to finally be able to do this. It was so emotional for me to know that I was changing some of these kids' lives."


Treasure discovers Cornelison

Hillcrest senior Kaylee Cornelison has found a treasure of a volleyball scholarship.

She signed with Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon and will be continuing her volleyball career with them.

Kaylee was named to the second team of the All-Area Volleyball. The Post Register article from Nov. 24, 2012 said, “Cornelison made herself known among ample right side talent in 5A District 5-6, becoming an unstoppable impact player for the 26-16 Knights.”

Congratulations, Kaylee! Let us know how your season goes in Oregon!

Metal students Medal

Half the TCHS students who went to the State Skills USA competition came home with medals, said Principal Craig Miller. “All of our students competed well.”

Gold Medal winners in the welding fabrication contest were Kade Cook, Bryarlee Williams and Kolton Heaps. Jurgan Thorne earned a bronze in the welding category.

Tyler Longhurst earned a silver in auto refinishing and Cody Carlisle earned a bronze in the auto collision repair.

Great job, Technical Careers students and congratulations to you, your teachers and your school.

Artist wins scholarships, D.C. trip

Marissa Lords, BHS senior, was the overall grand prize winner in the Congressional Art Contest sponsored by Congressman Simpson. She won a trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent and her artwork will hang in the Capitol for the rest of the year.

“Marissa is a naturally gifted 4.0 student,” said Dale Mortimer, art teacher at BHS. “She works hard at everything she does. She’s probably one of the best students I’ve ever had.”

Mortimer said Marissa grew up in an artistic family. “When you are exposed to it, it really does make a difference,” he said.

Between 30 and 40 pieces were entered in the contest, with entries allowed from throughout Simpson’s district.

This is Marissa’s second time winning this contest. Her first time was as a sophomore.

BHS sweeps art contest

BHS students entered 21 senior art portfolios in the Helen Aupperle Scholarship Competition, and walked away with all the top prizes.

The contest, which is only open to seniors, honored Tyler Cunnien with a $500 scholarship for his Best of Show portfolio. Rebecca Thomas received a $200 scholarship for first place, Zach Hong won a $100 scholarship for second place and Ashlyn Smith won $50 for her third place finish.

Bonneville High students who received honorable mentions in the Helen Aupperle art contest were: Donovan Casper, Alex Rosales, Brittany Hannan, Kelly Grandell, Peter Marley, Megan Poulsen, Chad Smith, Skyler Shick, Dakotah Stearns, Joanne Wadsworth, Kirsten Helsing, Rae Miller, Sotera Quiroz, Kaitlin Price, Sam Skinner, Morgan Celner.

Jackson Assistant Principal of the Year

Hillcrest High School’s Heath Jackson is Idaho’s Assistant Principal of the Year and Principal Doug McLaren said he deserves it.

“He takes care of all the tasks assigned him,” McLaren said. “He looks for things that need to be done and everything he does is completed at the highest level.

McLaren said Jackson also has a great relationship with the teachers and with the students.

The website said, “Teachers know that when they bring teaching concerns and student issues to Heath, he will help in finding resolutions. He encourages teachers to collaborate, try new ideas, and explore solutions while offering his support. Teachers respect his knowledge, integrity and support. — Elisa Saffle, assistant principal, Hillcrest High School.”

“Don’t Say it”

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. is the last chance to see Bonneville High School’s “Don’t Say Macbeth,” said drama adviser Johlyn Dunn.

The plot is a student falls asleep in a coffee shop while reading the Macbeth when play and a troupe of actors from a theatre next door simply explain the plot of Macbeth. Then a more experienced actor come in and begins to explain the myth and superstition that surrounds the play Macbeth.

“It is a fun show to perform, and watch,” Dunn said.

Tickets are $4 for the community and $3 for students.

Hillcrest A.P. testing 257 students

Hillcrest students are aiming for college credit by signing up for 257 Advanced Placement tests this year.

Troy Cook, Hillcrest counselor, said 162 students are taking tests this year, an increase of 30 students from last year’s 132.

Most students (100) will take the English Literature and Composition test; 61 will take the US History test; 28 will take Statistics; 23 will take Government; 17 will take Biology; 16 will take English Language and Composition, and 12 will take Calculus.

Great job for being willing to take on challenges, Hillcrest!

Hillcrest performing Les Miserables

Whether you saw the movie or not, next week is a great time to see Les Miserables as performed by Hillcrest High School students in the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 22-24.

Taylor Marrott is Jean Val Jean, Shalane Carson is Fantine, Jessica Worley is Cosette, Abby Sharp is Eponine, Jeremy Green is Marius, Nate Kolsen is Javert, Tyler Drewes is Thenardier, and Laura Sunderlin is Madame Thenardier.

Watch the play live. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

HOSA heads to Nashville

BHS Health Occupations program earned an Outstanding HOSA Chapter and qualified 11 students for the national competition that will be held June 21-29 in Nashville, Tennessee.

In addition, they were honored as the top school in Utah and Idaho raising money for Cystic Fibrosis, with $1,036.68. Katelynn Lopez was the chair of the fundraising efforts.

Amanda Boodry won a Gold Medal in the Job Seeking Skills category. Hailey Robison earned a silver medal in Human Growth and Development, and a bronze medal in Extemporaneous Health.

Tyler Perkes, Daniel Whiting, Elysia Thomas and Craig Staley placed third in Biomedical Debate, Katee Benion earned a Bronze medal for Healthy Lifestyles; Brianna Clark and Kierra Wadsworth placed third for Health Education, and Elysia Thomas placed third in HOSA happenings, newsletter.

More than 1100 students across Idaho competed this year at the state HOSA competition. Congratulations, Bees!

Other winners in the HOSA competition include the following:

Brooke Treutal – 5th place – Dental Terminology

Savanna Bruce – 5th place – Human Growth & Development

Keilei Greer – 6th place – Human Growth & Development

Savanna Maier – 5th place – Medical Law & Ethics

Alema Epperson – 6th place – Nutrition

Tyler Perkes – 4th place – pathophysiology

Amanda Boodry – 10th place – pathophysiology

Laura Waters – 6th place - Medical Spelling

Alex Ball – 5th place – Home Health Aide

Kelly Grandell – 6th place – Home Health Aide

Kali Parkinson – 6th place – Medical Reading

Daniel Whiting – 6th place – Physical Therapy

Ethan Russon – 9th place – Physical Therapy

Zach Nelson and Joel Carter placed seventh in CPR/First Aid

Ethan Russon – 6th place – Extemporaneous Health Poster

Braxton Hunt – 4th place - Extemporaneous Speaking

Jennifer Aleman – 5th place – Extemporaneous Speaking

Kali Parkinson – 7th place - Extemporaneous Writing

Jesus Nevarez – 4th place – Healthy Lifestyles

Victoria Seedall-5th place – Healthy Lifestyles

Samantha Lazalde – 4th place – Medical Photography

Brianna Lish – 5th place – Medical Photography

Katelynn Lopez – 9th place – Medical Photography

Taylor Bybee – 4th place - Researched Persuasive Speaking

Jordan Ackerschott – 10th place – Researched Persuasive Speaking

Savanna Maier and Alee Gibbons place eighth for Career Health Display

Students served Extra Mile Awards

When the 11th annual Extra Mile Youth Awards were announced, 17 of the 26 were District 93 students. And they came from all over the district.

Two elementary students from Iona, Kinsley P. and Jani F. would skip their lunch to help struggling kindergarten students.

Sandcreek Middle School students Kyra K, Brianne L. and Jana F. were also honorees. Kyra volunteers many places, including City of Refuge, PALS at SMS, and Calvary Chapel School. Brianne assists younger athletes, serves on the Fuel up to Play 60 Wellness Committee, student council and Honor Society. Jana volunteers helping younger children in after school band.

Rocky Mountain students Cullen S. and Jessica D. were honored for their thoughtfulness and service. Cullen was recognized for his service to another student with cognitive impairments. Jessica, who serves as student body president, works exceptionally hard at everything she does and lets everyone know their ideas are heard.

Three Hillcrest students were also nominated. Michael Bongianni was nominated for his service on the Bonneville Youth Council. He’s been a team leader for Trapped Sober, an underage drinking prevention program and works on multiple service projects.

Madison Jarvis spent her senior year doing volunteer work at the soup kitchen, collecting food for the food bank, collecting school materials for foster children and visiting the elderly in nursing homes.

Clark Christiansen puts in more than 80 hours each summer helping out at the Tautphaus Park Zoo where he helps feed and clean animals, answer questions from the public, and help with special events. He is also is a dedicated volunteer for the Cedar Badge program.

Bonneville had six students nominated for the Extra Mile awards. Mikayla Vance assisted in creating a Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for Iona, organized a New Year’s Dance, and finds other opportunities to help others.Domingo Harris spends many hours caring for the yard and cars of his elderly grandparents and aunt who suffers from diabetes. He helps a disabled uncle earn money by helping him collect recyclable materials, and he works 25 hours a week to help his own family.

Jeral Tracy has dealt with tough issues in his young life, including being on his own for nearly a year. Now he serves as a teacher, mentor and leader in the Jefferson County Junior Posse. He is always willing to serve others in need.

Morgan Valentine finds many different ways to help others from babysitting for free, to providing transportation, to taking senior pictures and acting as copy editor for the school yearbook.

Luke Lemmon was honored for his dedication to what he chooses to do. He plays drums in the band and often solos, and is working towards his Eagle award in scouting.

Dalton Forman works to build up and support struggling friends. He works 30 hours a week and uses his mechanical skills to fix cars, snowmobiles and dirt bikes for friends and relatives. He continues to assist his grandmother who lives in an assisted living facility.

Alisha Passey, coalition coordinator for the Bonneville Youth Development Council, said, “All youth are honored equally because the committee decided that one service is not better than another service. All service provided to our community is important and beneficial. “

Kudos to District 93 students who give of themselves to the community.

HHS senior to cheer for Utes

Hillcrest Senior Payton Driggs has a family legacy she plans to perpetuate this summer when she heads to University of Utah. One grandfather played football for the Utes. Another played baseball, and her uncle recently played hockey for U of U. “I’m definitely a Ute Fan,” Driggs said.

Starting this spring and summer, Driggs will join those family members in wearing red, but she’ll be at the sidelines cheering for the teams, rather than playing in the games. Last week, she was selected as one of three freshmen who will be cheering for Utah. The Utes have 12 cheerleaders, so being selected as a freshman is definitely an accomplishment.

“The University of Utah has always been where I wanted to go,” she said.

She’ll be heading down to Salt Lake City frequently in the next couple of months to practice with the team and prepare for next fall’s football season. She said the cheer squad teaches safety clinics at Utah high schools, so she needs to attend as many practices as possible, so she can participate with those in the summer. Her schedule will be a bit flexible until she graduates from high school in May.

Driggs has a long history of gymnastics and cheerleading. She was two when she started gymnastics and has cheered with the Idaho Falls Elite All-Stars. She’s been cheering competitively for six years. Her family moved to Idaho Falls her freshman year and she’s attended Hillcrest all four year.

Robotics teacher Woodie Flowers Finalist

Hillcrest High School’s robotics adviser, Curtis Thomas, is a Woodie Flowers Finalist. This is the only award given to mentors at the regional robotics tournament that was held in Salt Lake City last week. Thomas was nominated by his students.

The region included 44 teams, mostly from Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, although some came from Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado and Washington.

His name will be entered into the national competition which will be held April 25-27 and the winner will be selected from the other finalists in the other regions.

Wikipedia says Woodie Flowers is an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“He has been the co-founder of and national adviser to the FIRST Robotics Competition since its inception in 1989. Each year, the Woodie Flowers Award is given by FIRST to one mentor for his or her contributions to the students on their team.”

RMMS students make history . . . projects

Ask Rocky Mountain Middle School students Kiley McMurtrey and Jessica D. if 50 hours of work seems like too much for a homework project. Then ask them how they’re going to like going to Washington, D.C.

Kiley and Jessica placed second in the junior group exhibits at the Idaho State History Competition in Boise last weekend, which qualifies them for the national competition in Washington, D.C. June 9-13. Their project was titled, Title IX: A Turning Point in History.

Kiley’s mom, Chantal, said, “They put a lot of effort into it and they learned a lot about Title IX and how lucky they are to have the opportunities to play the sports they do because of the law.”

It must have been a crazy weekend because Kiley’s volleyball team had a tournament in Boise the same day, so she went to the gym between judging and awards to play and they won that championship and then went back to find out they’d placed second in the history contest. Congratulations Kiley and Jessica!

RMMS had several other successes at the Idaho State History Competition. Third place winners were Elisabeth J., Bailey H., Linda S., Kearn S. and Jackson Wall a freshman at Bonneville.

Great job students and teachers: Jami McLing, Rona Johnson and Ron Piper

RMMS students competes in Geography Bee

Rocky Mountain student Easton R. earned 11th place out of 100 students at the State Geography Bee, which was held last Friday and BYU-Idaho. Fantastic job, Easton!

RMMS students invent winnings

Several RMMS students won at the State Tournament of Innovations, which was held at the Discover Center in Boise last week.

Winning first place were Linda S., Mady M., Kolony P., and A.B. Second place winners were Courtney O., K.G., Marcie C., and Lauren N.

The third place group included C.P., Bailey H., Kayla H. and Lizzy P. Congratulations on creative inventing and good job teachers Rona Johnson and Frances Merrill.

Giving Fair spotlights service

Service, opportunities to work, understanding the needs of others, donations, and empathy were some of the topics students at Falls Valley learned about at their second annual Giving Fair in March.

School Counselor DeAnna White said 23 agencies from the Idaho Falls community were invited to be involved. The activity was invented by Lyndell Bradshaw and the students really benefit from the learning opportunity.

As part of the fair experience, sixth grade students were assigned to visit with the community agencies and get experience with interviewing, planning, preparing, organizing and presenting what they learned to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students in the school.

The Post Register ran an article on the Giving Fair April 2 called, “Ready to Face the World.”

White said, “This year’s Giving Fair was a great success and there are plans to continue it as a yearly event.”

Excellent job, Falls Valley teachers and students and thanks to the community organizations who helped out.

MV students win at invention convention

Mountain Valley students raked in a number of awards at the state Tournament of Innovations last week in Boise. The Best of Category prize went to fourth graders Dallin and Parker for their “Flower Power” project.

In the Working Invention category, third grader Hailey won second for “Polish Off.”

The other competitors won with their science experiments.

In the kindergarten to second grade category, first grade student Abigail placed first for “Birthday Taste Bud Trickery” and second grade student Kacey placed second for “Do I need Sunscreen in the Winter?”

In the third to fourth grade division, third grader Karsten placed second for “Do Colors Affect Temperature.”

In the fifth to sixth grade category, Abriana, a sixth grader, placed first for “Does Vision Affect Taste?” and Emily, another sixth grader, placed third for “Fire!”

Way to go, Mountain Valley students!

BHS Senior Projects

Alajandra Preston chose to do her project working with individuals with special needs. For her project, she did different therapies with the students including physical therapy, art therapy, and occupational therapy.

For her presentation she created an experience for students to feel what it is like to have several different disabilities, including ADHD, autism, auditory processing disorder, and cognitive disabilities.

Preston said she spent many well over 50 hours and her mentor predicts it took more than 100 hours to complete her project and presentation. Preston says she may choose a career in one of the therapy fields.

Imagine the first days of high school as a freshman. Now imagine being diagnosed with a life-long medical condition around the same time. Bonneville senior Jalen Fuhriman found out he was diabetic as a freshman.

“I was just getting into high school,” he said. “It sucked.”

For his senior project, Fuhriman talked to his doctor about who was in charge of the Diabetic Walk in Idaho Falls and then he took over the walk.

“There was a lot of passing out flyers and letters for doctor offices and for donations,” Fuhriman said.

He said he also learned about leadership skills that are necessary for managing such an event.

Fuhriman plans to attend college to study business and that this project helped him learn how to be in charge.

Jacob Cook said some studies show that two million children die every year from illnesses related to bad drinking water.

For his senior project, he worked with a BYU-I professor and planned a trip to Columbia to help teach the people there about a low-tech instrument that can be used to help people know if their water has been heated enough to pasteurize it, or kill disease-causing organisms.

The instrument, called a WAPI (Water Pasteurization Indicator), contains a special soy wax that melts when water has reached pasteurization temperatures, according to While boiling water is known to kill microorganisms, it is possible to heat water to a lower temperature and still achieve pasteurization. This saves time and heating fuel, making it easier and less expensive for families to have safe drinking water.

They had a presentation in Columbia to give the people all the information they needed to have better drinking water for the communities. Around fifty to sixty people attended. Cook said the people were really appreciative of the information. Cook said it is literally saving lives.

Cook chose his project for two reasons. First is because he loves Spanish and Hispanic culture. The second is because he plans to select an occupation in the health care field. He plans to start college next year at BYU-I and plans to become an anesthesiologist.

Brooklyn Hill planned her senior project with the goal of making a difference in the lives of young girls. She held a workshop with 11 elementary aged girls to help them develop healthy self-esteem.

The topics for the workshop included discussions of the girls’ value talents, selecting good friends, how they are beautiful and how important it is to be well groomed, modest and clean.

She included an obstacle course with each hindrance representing the types of challenges the girls are likely to face in their lives. She also showed how media images are manipulated by Photoshop, and that people on billboards have flaws and advertisers use computers to make the models look perfect, even though they don’t look perfect in real life.

The workshop finished with each of the girls receiving a makeover and dressing up. But Hill said her purpose wasn’t to show them beauty comes in a jar or with fancy clothes.

“A smile is the most beautiful thing they can wear,” Hill said.

Mountain Maniacs is a state registered LLC owned by TCHS senior Dalton Forman. He figured out how to start a business for his senior project.

Forman said he interviewed several business owners to learn what it takes to run a business. Then he took what he learned in his research, combined it with his love of motorbiking, and started up what is essentially a club. They have stickers, shirts and hats up for members.

He and some friends hope to create their own version of Action Motor Sports, but their company is Mountain Maniacs.

“I had an awesome time,” Forman said. It was fun hearing about people’s businesses. It turned out well and I had a lot of fun doing it.”

Right now, Forman is considering a career like his neighbor who works for the BLM. But continuing this business on the side is something he may continue.


Rimrock Elementary “wRites” on!

wRiting rocks, at Rimrock Elementary where about 15 students spend 10 weeks working with fifth grade teacher Leslie Cook to better fashion excellent writing for their stories.

The class was taught during and after the Rimrock Young Authors Contest to help their kiddos better fashion excellent writing for their stories.

Cook started teaching the class four years ago and said the class was initially intended to help students prepare for the DWA, Cook said, “Now I just do it for fun and to help the students become better writers.”

Students in the class go on “field trips” around the school, play writing games and share writing with each other. “They learn to love writing and not be afraid of it,” Cook said.

Hillview has two models, one master

Shelley Woolstenhulme has achieved Master Classroom certification and Donna Adcock and Michelle Hammond both received Model Classroom awards for Accelerated Math.

Principal Rex Miller said Adcock and Hammond were rewarded because the students have 30 minutes of engaged time, 90 percent of their students are above 75 percent on practices and 80 percent on reviews.

Woolstenhulme’s students have 20 minutes engaged time and 90 percent of her students are above 75 percent accuracy on practices and 80 percent on reviews.

Lincoln High learns Lincoln

Lincoln High School is one of 15 schools across the country that will be screening Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln on brand new audio-visual equipment in April.

Participant Media, working together with Big Picture Instructional Design, has selected LHS to receive an award as part of their national Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln High School Screening Campaign.

The campaign was developed after a study indicated more than half of Americans think it’s important to learn about Lincoln, but two thirds know little or nothing.

A press release from the sponsoring organizations says, “ ‘Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,’ is designed to use the film to spark educational conversations on the film's themes of leadership, civic engagement and public service. Discussions will be facilitated using Disney's distributed curricula as well as a series of standards-based extension activities and discussion prompts that were crafted by Big Picture Instructional Design.”

BHS makes ballroom success

Bonneville Ballroom waltzed, “swang,” tangoed and rumbaed at the Gem State Ballroom Competition March 22-23 and the results were pretty sweet.

The varsity dancers received a Superior Plus, first place with the Viennese Waltz “Hallelujah;” a Superior Plus, second place in Division I Latin for Paso Doble’ “Sail;” a Superior in Division II Latin for Samba “Vive;” and a Superior in Division II Swing for “Footloose.”

Junior Varsity earned Superior Plus, first place in Novice Latin for doing the Mambo.

In addition to the team dancing, several BHS couples danced to success in individual competitions.

Brandon Eldridge and Shailie Anderson, first, Open Smooth
Brandon Eldridge and IBA, sixth, West Coast
Brandon Eldridge and IBA, fourth, Tango Gold
Emily Mendenhall and Peter Marley, sixth, Silver Mambo
Austin Pugmire and IBA, fifth, Silver Mambo
Dayia Murdock and Chance Russell, fifth, Bronze Rumba
Peter Marley and Shailie Anderson, first, Bronze Rumba
Tate Howell and Emily Mendenhall, fourth, Bronze Rumba
BreAnna Guymon and Chance Russell, fifth, Bronze Rumba
Austin Pugmire and IBA, seventh, Junior Tango
Darrell Call and Chelsey Dye, third, Junior Silver Tango

Congrats on your outstanding performances, BHS!

Football, volleyball players to play college ball

Four District 93 athletes will be continuing their athletic competition at the college level. Two Bonneville High School and one Hillcrest High School volleyball players will be playing college ball next year. Bee Taeja Davis will play middle hitter for Western Wyoming Community college, and Ashlee Trane will play setter at Seattle University. Hillcrest senior Payton Clark has accepted a full-ride scholarship to play volleyball at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington.

Bonneville High School’s Riley Howard has accepted academic and athletic scholarships from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, where he will be playing football in the fall. Good job, Payton, Taeja, Ashlee and Riley!

BHS, TCHS senior projects impress

Bonneville High School and Technical Careers High School seniors have been presenting their senior projects this week and some of them are amazing! Here are some highlights of impressive projects.

Joel Carter, business ownership

Wes Nelson likes to build things. So when he Googled ideas for his senior project, construction of some kind was requisite. Then, when he found plans for making a working hover-board, his project took flight. Or, it did after some work.

First, he cut a 4 foot diameter piece of plywood and cut a hole in the center. He had to cover the whole thing with plastic wrap secured with duct tape to make it air-proof, and then using a leaf blower through the center, he was flying. Except it wasn’t that easy.

“It’s safe if you can balance well,” Nelson said. “You can’t really steer, you just go where the ground takes you.”

Building things is in Nelson’s future plans. He plans to attend Dixie State where he will study to become an engineer.

Lindsey Greenhalgh, a Bonneville High School Senior, selected a project from right next door. She chose to help her neighbor, a severely autistic child, learn to brush his teeth.

While researching autism, Lindsey learned that autistic children struggle with constant sensory overload, as if the t.v. was on full blast with three different songs playing simultaneously in the background.

So, as an additional part of her project, she researched ways to help calm students when they become agitated. She helped design the sensory room at Rocky Mountain Middle School to help other children with autism.

It took two months for her to teach her neighbor to independently brush his teeth. But for someone like Lindsey, who says she’s always had an interest in working with special needs kids, it was something she plans to do long term.

“I hope to pursue a career in dental hygiene serving kids with special needs,” Greenhalgh said.

Logan Hatch conducted a blood drive for her senior project March 28 at the Idaho Falls Stake Center.

She got the idea for having a blood drive after she donated blood for the first time as a junior. She liked the idea of having a project that would help other people.

By working with the local Red Cross office, she was able to schedule the event, contact frequent donors, advertise, and otherwise plan for the drive.

“I really like scheduling. I could see myself working at it as a career,” Hatch said.

School has been a part of Sean Harker’s life for such a long time that, he didn’t have to go far in finding his project. Combining his love of athletics and the fact that his mom teaches at an elementary school, Harker chose to work with young children to see if exercise improves learning. He decided to use the IRI test to see if there was a correlation between activity and improved skills.

He started with three months of IRI testing without any variations in activity prior to testing. The last two months of his project, he created Popsicle sticks with different exercises listed and the students would do the activities prior to testing.

After analyzing the results of the before and after testing, Harker said there was a correlation between improved test results following exercise. He said one of the slowest readers who consistently scored in the low 40’s on tests was able to score 70 after exercise.

Harker said he wants to be an engineer, but the project still provided him with a valuable experience. He learned to be patient and how to stay on task; and he also learned to build a great relationship with kids.

Moms tell kids to make their bed or set the table all the time. How often do they tell their daughter to weld them a backyard swing?

That’s what TCHS student Callie Hill’s mom suggested she do for her senior project, and so that’s what Callie did. She built a bench swing for her family.

Using regular metal, square tubing, and pre-made swiveled bars, Callie spent a lot of time at her brother’s house putting the swing together. She also created a personalized sign out of sheet metal that included a mountain and the family name.

Other students were so impressed with her work, they asked how much she’d charge to make them one.

Take a 40-year-old pick up and you’re likely to find faded colors, fogged up headlights, and outdated interior. Hand that same 1971 Chevy pickup over to Braxton Egbert for a senior project, and little imperfections can disappear.

Braxton chose to resto-modify the truck, which means he can update the features while fixing it up. He visited car shows looking for ideas of how to change out the truck. Instead of dingy headlights, the beam is now more clear.

The truck has black pouches and handles added to the interior to fancy it up, and a cover over the bed of the truck. Braxton also added shiny rims to improve the outside appearance.

The final project was worth the effort, as the students in the class where he presented asked for rides in the spiffed up truck.

Braxton doesn’t intend to do automotive work in his future career, but he does plan to keep it as a hobby.


A different kind of reading goal

Try to imagine your own Terabithia, Doctor Doolittle, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, an Island of blue dolphins, a child who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard, and a society where no animals exist and people are assigned everything from careers and spouses to children.

Or join Rimrock Elementary school’s Newbery Club, and read these marvelous creations of Newbery Award winning authors, and many others, too.

Principal Dan Page said Newbery Club is a club that involves only kiddos focusing on reading the Newbery Award winning books.

About 20 children are involved in the club and they have the goal of reading 10 Newbery books per year until they have read all the Newbery books. They will be honored in the award assembly at end of the year.

Ucon scientists win awards

Where else can you go to see volcanoes, lava lamps, and rockets?

Ucon Elementary held their annual Science Fair Thursday and identified some winning students with some terrific projects. Fifth grade student Kadence C created a fire volcano and demonstrated it outside. Second grade student Daniel A. created a lava lamp using oil, water and alka seltzer tablets.

Ericka Birch, a parent of a second grade student, gave us several demonstrations about electrons, rockets and projectiles, the transfer of energy from a basketball to a tennis ball, etc. The whole school was able to participate.

Kindergarten winners include first place Ava C., second place Bridger H., and third place Jaryn S. Ava’s project involved making salt and sugar crystals.

The first grade winner, Briley B. made a homemade stethoscope. First grade winners include second place E.B. and third place L.J.

The second grade winner did a project on plant growth. Second grade winners are first place Emma M., second place K.C., and third place Grant A.

Third grade winners are first place J.B., second place A.D., and third place L.D. and M.L. J.B. wanted to find out if hot or cold water boils faster.

Fourth grade winners are first place Milo A., second place K.H., and third place H.J. Milo demonstrated the power of helium.

Fifth grade winners are first place Brock B., second place T.B., and third place K.C. Brock did his display on electricity.

The sixth grade winners created a rainbow in a jar. It was won by S.D. and D.H. D.C. won second place and third place was C.W.

Great job Ucon students and parents!

Bridgewater examines careers

Bridgewater Elementary has had many opportunities to celebrate this week! On Tuesday, they had an “Effort is Everything” reward for all students who brought their homework back to school and didn’t have more than one absence or tardy during the previous month.

March 22 they are having a Career Day. Every class chooses one career and makes a poster about it and puts it in the hallway for classes to tour. Teachers wear alumni shirts to promote higher education. We are focusing on education as a way to reach our goals and dreams.

Students who achieved their third quarter A.R. reading goals were also able to celebrate with a party, as well. Keep it up, Bridgewater! You are doing great!

Fairview acting out history

Fairview Elementary fourth graders performed their “Idaho History” program for students and parents on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Their amazing performance included both songs and dances unique to Idaho, as well as a variety of narratives that told the history of Idaho. The program was both entertaining and informative! Good job, Fairview!

TCHS red hot in welding competition

The top six competitors at the regional welding competition that was held March 15, 2013 at Eastern Idaho Technical College all came from District 93’s Technical Careers High School. The top three will be competing at state.

The three who qualified to compete at state are Tye Cooper, who placed first; Jurgan Thorne, who was second; and Jacob Creech, who was third.

The others who finished in the top six where Kolten Heaps, fourth; Kade Cook, fifth; and Camren Watt, sixth.

Students who placed were awarded gift cards to Air Gas.

Welding teacher Brad Huntsman said in the past students who win at state are offered job positions.

Congratulations on your successes, TCHS!

Rocky Mountain actors perform giant task

“Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum” came to Rocky Mountain Middle School March 21 and will be performed again March 22 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The actors also performed the musical Thursday for the sixth graders who received a tour of the school in preparation for attending the middle school next year.

Principal Jason Lords said, “Thank you to the Transition Team for setting this up and thank you to Alana (Butikofer) and Alane (McLing) for the musical.”

“I am excited to see the musical,” Lords said. “The last time that I watched it, I was amazed by how well the students did. It is a great musical.”

Look who’s talking at BHS

Bonneville Speech team competed in district speech last Saturday and had their best showing yet.

The following students qualified for state. Dalton Stoddard, Sydnie Kremin, Noah King, Avian Blumhorst qualified in Congress; Conner Dunthorn and Brandon Biggs qualified in extemp; Ridge Maupin qualified in Radio, Dallin Durtschi and Trent Hollenbeck qualified in panel; Tucker Robertson qualified in sales; Gage Bottles qualified in impromptu, Elizabet Gonzales qualified in after dinner, and Scott Miller qualified in original oratory.

Seven other students qualified as alternates for the state tournament: Nick Chapa-Congress- first; Aaron Wilson-Extemp- first; Keaton Rodriquez- Expos- first; Elizabet Gonzales-Retold- first, Danielle Stott- Retold- second; Sydnie Kremin-Dramatic-first; Danielle Stott-Dramatic- second.

Hillcrest girls win scholarships

Congratulations to Hillcrest students Amber Dopp and Abigail Sharp who competed in the county Distinguished Young Woman scholarship competition March 16. Amber placed first and collected a $1,500 scholarship, while Abigail was fourth runner-up, netting a $500 scholarship.

The scholarship contest used to be the Junior Miss contest. Students who will graduate in 2014 were able to participate. According to the Post Register’s interview with Local Chairwoman Shana Erikson, all girls compete with the same platform: Be Your Best Self. The contest is aimed at encouraging self-esteem in young people all over the country.

Square dancing around at Ucon

Ucon Elementary’s fifth grade students performed their annual Square Dancing Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Ucon gym. Congratulations to teachers and students who work so hard learning the dances.

Bugs make a visit to first grade

Gwen Schwieder, “The Bug Lady” flew into Tiebreaker Friday to show off her bug collection to the first graders in Debra Whitehead’s class.

“Every year for the past 4 or 5 years we have raised butterflies from larva,” said Whitehead. “We study the life stages of the butterfly and watch and observe it up close and personal.”

To finish up the butterfly unit, Schwieder comes to visit with her collection of insects. Her son collected all of the insect specimens as a young boy and it became a family interest. They call her the Bug Lady, because that is what the children remember about her.

“The students truly love having her come,” said Whitehead. “They look forward to her visit every year.”

Hillcrest students win in debate

Hillcrest debate received the fourth Place overall trophy last weekend at the state debate. Conner Corbridge and Christian Weinrich placed third and finalists were Kayla Empey, Cameron Bronson, and Seth Wetsel.

Debate state champions

The B State Championship title belongs to the BHS Debate team, which managed to qualify three more competitors to the tournament than any other team in the state.

Several students found individual success, as well. Brandon Biggs and Aaron Wilson repeated last year’s first place finish in Policy Debate. Conner Dunthorn and Dalton Stoddard placed second in Public Forum Debate. Freshmen Lizzy Gonzales and Tucker Lovell placed third in Policy Debate.

Several other students were quarterfinalists in Policy Debate, including the duos of Trent Holenback and Kylie Reynolds; Sydnie Kremin and Ridge Maupin; and Gage Bottles and Connor Davis.

Max Doren and Nick Chapa finished in the top ten in Policy Debate and Noah King was in the top 15 of 32 in LD Debate.

Hillcrest’s yearbook received the Gallery of Excellence award for their 2012-13 yearbook. This places their book in the top 5 percent in the nation. Great job!

Master Math teacher at Fairview

Brett Bird, a sixth grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, achieved Math Master Classroom certification. This means his students are spending increasing time on accelerated math, and they are maintaining consistenly high scores on their math tests. Great job Fairview and Mr. Bird!

Yearbook Achieves “Excellence”

Hillcrest’s yearbook received the Gallery of Excellence award for their 2012-13 yearbook. This places their book in the top 5 percent in the nation.

Walsworth Yearbook presented the class with the award and a letter that explained, "As part of this honor, your yearbook is shared with many people. These yearbooks are used by our nationwide sales force as great examples, loaned to schools across the country to serve as idea generators, and displayed at regional, state and national conventions and workshops. Also, covers, spreads and images from many of these yearbooks are used for example illustrations in Walsworth's educational materials and resources such as our Possibilities idea book.

“The selection of your yearbook as a Gallery book recognizes you staff's dedication to producing a high-quality publication by creating a book that will be treasured by your school community forever. We know your work will encourage other yearbook staffs to create their best book."

Well done, yearbook staff!

Nuclear essay scholarship winners

Two Hillcrest students won $1,500 scholarships for their first place entries in the American Nuclear Society essay contest, Idaho section.

Freshman Jason Hale won in the ninth to tenth grade category and junior Anurag Tripathy won in the eleventh to twelfth grade category.

Hale’s essay was titled, “The Advent of the Small Modular Nuclear Reactor.” Tripathy’s essay was, “New Generation Nuclear Reactors.”

Hillcrest to flip classes with grant

A $32,500 grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation will purchase iPad Minis and iPod Touches for Hillcrest High School as they embark as a pilot school for Kahn Academy.

Hillcrest intends to use the technology in primarily English, health and science classes to individualize education. They will do this by “flipping” class instruction.

The concept of a “flipped” classroom refers to a format where students observe or listen to lectures and tutorials at home, but then use class time for practicing content and asking questions of teachers.

“The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is doing more than bringing technology into Idaho classrooms, they're helping teachers reimagine how learning happens with their students,” says Khan Academy founder and executive director Sal Khan, as reported in a press release.

“The educators who have received these grants were carefully selected because they had a vision of meeting every student's needs with a personalized learning experience.”

Principal Douglas McLaren said, “All the credit goes to our great teachers that pushed for the grant: Ashley Clawson, CB Nelson, Annie Reichelt, and Bob Neal. It was also important that the technology framework is in place for us to be considered for the grant.”

Rocky Mountain students take history to state

RMMS students will be taking their history projects to the state competition April 5-6 after placing first or second at the district competition last weekend.

Kearn Smith won first place for group exhibit and Elizabeth Jessmore won for individual documentary. Stephen Miner won second for individual website and Kiley McMurtrey and Jessica Donahoo were second with their group exhibit. Thomas Alexander, Samuel Andrus, Tyler Scoresby and Cullen Smith were second in group documentary.

Other students placed third for their categories: James Cushman and Teagan Jackson for group website, Mady Murphy, Linda Scoresby, Briana Baksis, Kacie Bennett, Brianna Maestas, Samie Trane and Cadee Berrett for group exhibit; and Hali Perez, Rachel Bird, Logan Burtenshaw, Israel Yanez, Josh Clements, and Jared Espiritu for group documentary.

Placing fourth were Kolony Perkes and Kaleb Hemenway for historical papers; Austin Housley, Cole Hansen, and Allen Haroldsen for group website; Calli Nelson for individual performance; Cameron Wride and Coen Haroldsen for individual exhibit; Audriana Belt for individual documentary; Mary Davidson, Brooke Nelson, Morgan Lowry, and Alexis Bradford for group documentary.

Three students from Bonneville also participated and took first place. Nigel Lee, Gage Bottles and Jackson Wall.

Congratulations, RMMS and BHS students!

Sandcreek students win at History contest

Six Sandcreek students earned first place in Group Exhibits, and six others will join them at the state history competition after finishing second in the regional National History Day competition that was held at RMMS March 1.

Jana Freckleton, Natsumi Holmes and Jade Berry; and Ryan Isom, Taylor Jarvis and Alex Afflect won in Group Exhibit categories. McKenzie Wheeler and Ryan Ehnat placed second in Group Exhibit, as did Addy Kirkham and Emma Nelson. Sadie Pollard was second in Individual Exhibit and Tristen Yoder was second in Paper.

Also successful in the competition was Thaonhi Nguyenbui who earned third place for Paper, and fourth place finishers Jacob Brewer, for Paper, Brooklyn English and Taylor Eubanks for Group Exhibit, and Luci Lenderink and Bailey Miller for Group Project.

The first and second place students will represent SMS April 5-6 at the state competition. Good luck!

Geography bee winner finds way to Rexburg

RMMS geography bee winner, Easton Riley, has qualified to represent his school and participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. The Bee will take place on April 5th at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho.

Highest honor achieved by HHS student

Congratulations to Seth Wetsel for earning the degree of Premier Distinction—the National Forensic League’s highest degree of student membership. Fewer than 500 high school students achieve Premier Distinction status placing him in the top half of one percent of league members.

If you see Seth, give him a pat on the back. This is a great accomplishment.

Mayor Scholarship results for BHS, RMMS

Several Bonneville students won Idaho Falls Mayor’s Scholarships. Jordan Likes, Courtney (Cheyenne) Paulk, Jacob Cook, Christie Seedall, and Amy Bennett received Senior Scholarships that will give them $1,500 for college.

Winners were selected from a combination of financial need, school/community involvement, citizenship and future promise. The awards dinner will be April 24, 2013 for winning students and their parents.

Other Bonneville and Rocky Mountain students are Promise Award recipients, an award worth $500. Included in this category are Fancee Flegel, Curtis Cook, Nancee Berg, Bailey Storms and Cole Flegel. Excellent work, BHS and RMMS students!

Scholarship and Promise wins for HHS, SMS

Three Hillcrest students and four Sandcreek students earned Senior Scholarships or Promise Awards from the Idaho Falls Mayor’s Scholarship program. Jared Sargent, Paige Kohler and Shelby Russell from HHS received $1,500 awards and SMS students Katrina Clary, Quinn Driggs, Kameron Kuckenbecker, and Dylan Roberts received $500 promise awards.

Award winners were selected based on financial need, school and community involvement, citizenship and future promise. Well done Hillcrest and Sandcreek students!

Sandcreek announces VFW essay winners

Sharing their views of democracy for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2146 Patriot’s Pen essay competition has proven rewarding for seventh-grader Jared Jewell and eighth-grader Hannah Papich, both Sandcreek Middle School Students.

Their essays won the 300-400 word essay contest and their writings will be submitted to the state competition where they have a chance to win a $10,000 savings bond and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Other eighth graders who placed in the contest include Tristan Yoder, Ryan Ehnat and Natsumi Holmes who each won $50.

Art students place at Bank of Idaho contest

One BHS student, ninth-grader Maria Hansen, won Best of Show for the Junior High Division, and 20 others won various awards in the Bank of Idaho Art Competition.

The other winners are listed:

1st Acrylic Animal Painting, Tyler Cunnien, 12th Grade
1st Acrylic Portrait Painting, Alejandro Rosales, 12th Grade
1st Acrylic Landscape Painting, Dakota Stearns, 12th Grade
1st Pastel Painting, Marissa Lords, 12th Grade
1st Charcoal Drawing, Laura Janke, 11th Grade
1st Ink Wash Drawing, Maddie Barnes, 10th Grade
1st Pencil Drawing, Maria Hansen, 9th Grade
2nd Acrylic Portrait Painting, Skyler Shick, 12th Grade
2nd Acrylic Still life Painting, Shanntae Baker, 11th Grade
2nd Pen and Ink, Jack Ryan, 11th Grade
2nd Acrylic, Rachael Seedall, 10th Grade
2nd Charcoal, Stephanie King, 10th Grade
2nd Pencil Drawing, Tysen Baldwin, 9th Grade
3rd Pastel Portrait, Peter Marley, 12th Grade
3rd Mixed Media, Rebecca Thomas, 12th Grade
3rd Pencil Drawing, Chad Smith, 12th Grade
3rd Acrylic Painting, Kelsey Hammond, 10th Grade
3rd Charcoal Drawing, Wesley Aldrich, 10th Grade
3rd Pen and Ink Drawing, Brittney Hemsley, 10th Grade
Honorable Mention, Charcoal Drawing, Brenna Park, 10th Grade

The art projects are on display at the Eagle Rock Art Guild downtown behind the Library on Cliff Street

The Art Guild is open every day from 1-5:00 PM and the open house is Saturday from 1-4:00 PM.

No arguing about BHS debate success

Bonneville debate swept up all six qualifying spots for Policy at the district debate tournament Feb. 23, 2013. They also took first place in the B division district championship.

The Policy qualifiers are first, Brandon Biggs and Aaron Wilson; second, Trent Holenbeck and Kylie Reynolds; third, Sydnie Kremin and Ridge Maupin; fourth, Max Doren and Nick Chapa; fifth, Gage Bottles and Connor Davis; and sixth, Lizzy Gonzales and Tucker Lovell.

Noah King place first in Lincoln Douglas and Conner Dunthorn and Dalton Stoddard placed first in Public Forum.

The state tournament will be March 8-9 at Highland High School in Pocatello.

Hillcrest artists awarded in contest

Hillcrest artists competed in the Bank of Idaho Art Competition at the Eagle Rock Art Guild downtown on Cliff Street and several won honors.

Kourtni Rydalch placed third in Multi-Media Sculpture, Brittany Johnson was second and Taylor Beckstead earned an honorable mention in Landscape Painting. Emily Potter received an honorable mention for Colored Markers and Pencil Drawing; Ryan Simpson won the Painting Still Life, category, and Brian Brower earned second in Ceramic Sculpture Relief.

In the junior high category, Raitchele Cornett placed third in painting, and in the Color Pencil contest, Hannah Howard placed first and Kaitlyn Landon placed third.

Great job, Knights!

Future Fridays may bolster plans for students

Rocky Mountain is adding a new component to their academic intervention “Flex time” program that started last November. They are inviting career representatives to meet with students to help them prepare for high school and beyond.

Future Fridays started Feb. 22 with Paul Mitchell Hair Academy and will fill the next three weeks with student tours at Technical Careers High School where students will get to see what happens in the welding (March 1), Auto Body Repair (March 8) and Automotive Technology (March 15) programs.

Flex time is primarily an intervention for students – a time when they get to work with their teachers for classes that they have below 70 percent in or just a time to get extra help.

After implementing the Flex Program in November, RMMS completed the first semester with a total of 39 “F” grades with nearly 800 students taking seven classes each.

Counselor Nikie Bone said, “I’ve been amazed at how many at-risk kids have responded to the flex program and how much harder they are willing to work to get to go to Flex Activities. It has really opened the eyes of many of our “won’t do” students and is helping us identify our “can’t do” students so that we can wrap around them with RTI supports. It’s been a very powerful intervention for our school.”

Technical Careers High offers new programs

Residential Construction, Electronics and Energy Education, Computer Systems Technology and Emergency Medical Technician training will all be offered at the Technical Careers High School Campus in the 2013-2014 school year.

Teachers earn Model Classroom Certification

Several District 93 elementary teachers have achieved Model Classroom certification through Renaissance Learning in either math or reading. In addition, two second grade teachers from Cloverdale, Lafay Oberhansley and Connie Ferguson; certified for Master Classroom in Accelerated Math.

The Model Classroom certified teachers include, fourth grade teacher Teri Hargraves, from Iona; second grade teacher Jeanie Cousin and fifth grade teacher Debbie Bolkcom from Woodland Hills; first grade teacher Lora Vogt, Cloverdale; and fourth grade teacher Julie Abbott and first grade teacher Luann Denning from Rimrock.

Teachers achieve Model Classroom certification by increasing engaged time for students in reading or math, with amounts depending on age of students and content area. Student comprehension test results or level of accuracy in Accelerated Math are also considered.

The levels of student engaged time and accuracy were even higher for teachers who achieved Master Classroom certification.

Other teachers who are interested in earning Model and Master teacher certification can visit for more information.

Cloverdale Principal Jeanne Johnson said, “It is just wonderful that we have so many children working hard and their teachers helping them be so successful!”

Fairview succeeding in Box Tops

The smallest elementary school in District 93 is ranked eighth in Box Tops collected out of 86 schools in the area.

They’ve already cleared their annual goal by nearly 3,000 and it’s only February! So far, they’ve collected more than 18,000 box tops. That means $1,455.40 to help with school programs. Great job, Fairview!

Smith Group, Bonneville give teacher car keys

Teacher of the month at BHS gets more than a pat on the back. He or she gets to drive any previously owned vehicle from the Smith Group for a month.

Assistant Principal Julian Duffey said the coordination with the Smith Group, and efforts to reward teachers with a car and gift cards is, “Communicating between administration and the teachers that we are looking at and recognizing hard work.”

Duffey said they’re working towards a more trusting and open communication between staff and administration.

They are honoring teachers for showing school spirit, and for achievements in school-wide school improvement goals of rigor, relevance and relationships.

Jim Bringman, general manager at Smith Chevrolet, said they’d been looking for opportunities to give back to the community. They selected Bonneville because of their employee ties to the school. After meeting with the athletic director, the idea of honoring teachers with the car came up.

“It’s just a fun way to give back to the teachers,” Bringman said.

In addition to donating a car for each month, the Smith Group has purchased the scoreboard for the baseball field and they have continuing plans to donate funds for athletics.

“It is win-win for everyone,” said Bringman.

The most spirited teacher – teacher most seen at events, dressing up, etc. – is Jeff Trafelet Runner-ups for that award include Lisa Jenkins, Angie LeBlanc, Steve Dresen, and Travis Mitchell.

The Rigor Award honors teachers for academic rigor in teaching, learning, and assessment which promotes student growth in knowledge of the discipline and the ability to analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate the content under study. The winner of that award, and of the car for the month, is Eric Haroldsen. Runner-ups are Brian Broaddus, Zairrick Wadsworth, Carissa Lewis, Mary Flegel, Della Pilgrim and Dale Walker.

The winner of the Relevance Award is Brian Crouch. This award refers to the applicability of what is taught by schools to the needs and interests of students and society. Runner-ups are Laura Child, Ruland Cardon and Frankie Alvarez.

Lori Baldwin received the Relationships Award for developing a dynamic relationship respectful of the student's concerns. The individual, ideally, serves as adviser and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student's self-awareness and fulfillment. This teacher is a positive influence in his or her field who commits time, emotional support, and intellectual strength to encourage growth and development in their peers

Runner-ups were Zairrick Wadsworth, Mathew Pancheri, Dale Mortimer, Jennifer Pickett and Richard Landauer.

Hillcrest prepares for nationals in debate

Hillcrest High School competed in the National Qualifying Tournament for debate at Madison High School with 20 students competing, and qualified six students for the national tournament in June.

The successful students include Cameron Bronson, a senior, who will be making his fourth trip to the national tournament. Bronson will receive special recognition at the national event as a four year competitor.

Other students who qualified for nationals include Zach Skidmore, and Alan Carlson, Justin Tirrell, a junior, and sophomores Conner Corbridge and Christian Weinrich.

The Hillcrest team’s coach is Scott Coats who comes to the district with 18 years of speech and debate coaching experience and is excited to work with this group of talented young people.

BHS debate students qualify for nationals

Six Bonneville’s debate program students will be heading to Birmingham, Alabama, June 15-22 after qualifying for the national qualifying tournament at Madison High School.

“The students representing Bonneville are excellent speakers and debaters who have worked tirelessly all season to have this chance to qualify. It is our first time taking a Duo interpretation, so we are very excited about that,” said Robert Clayton, debate coach.

“We also have Brandon Biggs and Aaron Wilson, who were also Idaho State Champions last year, returning to nationals for their second time in two years. They finished in the top 65 in the country last year at nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana,” Clayton said.

The other students who qualified include Sydnie Kremin and Ridge Maupin in Duo Interpretation, Dalton Stoddard in Congress, and Noah King in Lincoln Douglas Debate.

South side schools donate 23,366 food cans

      Some might think the Ravens vs. the 49ers was the biggest bowl game of the year, but several district schools were in on some scoring with Idaho Falls area’s Soup-er Bowl, a canned food drive that ran from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.
      Following the battle cry of “Fill the Bus!” Hillcrest’s student council led assemblies at local elementary schools, placed flyers on cars, held class contests and raffles, solicited community donations, and worked diligently to collect the cans of food which were donated to the main food bank for the area, said Shauna Crabtree, student council adviser for Hillcrest.
      “Our student council did a great job getting this organized, finding sponsors, collecting cans, securing the bus for ‘Fill the Bus’ and they deserve all the credit,” said Hillcrest Principal Douglas McLaren.
      Hillcrest student council did some full-out recruiting to get their team ready for the tough competition. They enlisted Tiebreaker, Ammon, Mountain Valley, White Pine and Rimrock elementary schools to help collect cans and when combined with Hillcrest’s student and community donations, donated 23,366 cans of food. Tiebreaker alone boosted Hillcrest’s efforts with 2,233 cans of food.
      The Soup-er Bowl contest has been going on for several years between Idaho Falls and Skyline high schools in District 91. This year was the first time they invited District 93 schools to participate. While Skyline won “as usual,” Crabtree said, Hillcrest’s efforts were commendable.
      “This was a great part of the drive,” Crabtree said. “The elementary school kids enjoyed it a so did the high school kids. There were assembly lines of kids loading the bus with cans.” As they did, they chanted, “Fill the bus! Fill the bus!”
      “We did fill a school bus,” Crabtree said. “This was a successful event!”

Donors Choose shows Hillview unseen world

Hillview      One of the first things children learn in school is how to cover up coughs and wash hands to prevent germs. Hillview students, with the help of a Donor’s Choose grant, will be growing bacteria on purpose.
      Sixth grade teacher Donna Adcock was introduced to the Donor’s Choose organization when her daughter received a gift certificate to Her daughter wanted to use the gift certificate for a project in Adcock’s classroom.
      Adcock had recently been turned down for a grant for a projection microscope, but her husband bought her one for Christmas and that’s when she knew what project she wanted to build for her 84 science students.
      The students will be culturing three types of living, but non-harmful, bacteria during the last week of February.
      “I turned in the project request in early January, and within two days had an approval from the organization,” said Adcock.
      A few days later she was told that for seven days, Donor’s Choose would match all donations dollar for dollar.
      “I sent a letter home to the parents of my students, letting them know about the project and the donation match challenge. After the challenge, our “World Unseen” project was 80 percent funded.” Within 6 weeks, the project was fully funded.
      Donor’s Choose is an organization that works a little differently than most other grants work. Teachers submit projects they’d like funded and following protocol, promote the projects in their schools and communities. The Donor’s Choose website displays the projects along with amounts needed to complete the project. And just like the name says, donors choose which projects they will support.
      Adcock said, “The most surprising donation came from a couple I don’t even know who live on the east coast. They wrote that they donated because they believed that excitement about learning is as vital as breathing.”
      Some major corporations, such as Disney, sometimes fully fund projects they find interesting, so Donor’s Choose really does help teachers and students across the country.
      Adcock had a list of hopes for the value of the World Unseen project. She is hoping that the hands-on experience will make the students more aware of the microscopic organisms all around them; allow them to see the growth of the organisms in the dishes and under the microscope; familiarize them with the use of a microscope; emphasize the importance of good sanitation habits; and give them the opportunity to draw and label the parts of the living cells they observe.

Triple Crown readers anticipate luncheon

     Cloverdale Elementary School’s super readers will celebrate meeting goals at a Triple Crown readers luncheon Wednesday, February 20.
      Principal Jeanne Johnson said 244 students will be honored for meeting reading goals. To participate, students must have met their reading goal for the quarter, they should have read books in their reading range for the quarter, and they needed to score 85 percent or better on all their reading tests for the quarter.
      It is just wonderful that we have so many children working hard and their teachers helping them be so successful,” said Johnson.

STEM Programs win INL grants
Sancreek Icon      Sandcreek Middle School in Ammon, received a $10,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover Grant from the Idaho National Laboratory February 4, 2013. Four other district teachers received smaller grants.
      The mini grant and Extreme Classroom Makeover grant are part of INL's effort to boost STEM education in Idaho. Funding comes from Battelle Energy Alliance, a nonprofit organization that operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
      “With this grant we want to involve all of our students in STEM activities, using current technology to support the inquiry process,” said Trevor Jarvis, one of the team of teachers from Sandcreek who applied for the grant. “Then (the facilities) will be used to offer STEM activities to elementary students. We are combining our greenhouse, alternate energy and other resources to give the students a unique experience.”
       “Getting students excited about STEM is critical to the future of INL, Idaho and the nation as a whole,” said Anne Seifert, INL’s director of K-12 education. “Today’s students are tomorrow's scientists, engineers and technicians. Grants like these provide our teachers with the tools they need to educate, prepare and engage students and give them hands-on experience in STEM subjects.”
      The time line for getting the new STEM center is soon. “We hope to be purchasing the technology devices immediately and have them installed and operational in 4-6 weeks,” Jarvis said.
      Another teacher who helped write the grant, Jared Dotson, said, “Our plan is to have the classroom up and operational by this spring. And to have our students able to teach elementary classes by the fall.”
      In addition to the Sandcreek grant, several other district schools were also given smaller grants. These grants, worth up to $1,000, can be used to purchase equipment and materials for classrooms.

Rocky Mountain Math Counts win 5

Rocky Mountain       Two Rocky Mountain Middle School eighth graders, Rachel Bird and Justin Hales, will be competing at the state Math Counts competition following the regional competition at ISU Feb. 2. Both students also received scholarship awards for their performances.
      The team received some additional honors with a Most Improved Team award, a 5th place overall finish, which included Bird and Hales, and 8th graders Peter Allen and Kaleb Hemenway.
      Two individual students finished in the top 10, and the school was given an award for participating in Math Counts for more than 20 years. “I was really proud of the students,” said Susan Call, the second year Math Counts adviser for RMMS. “Math Counts provides mathematically gifted students to use their talents.”

Rimrock students, teachers honored

Rimrock       Rimrock teachers and students have been recognized for excellence. Dave Guymon, a sixth grade teacher, was awarded $500 for his class’s “Morrill Act Rap.” They placed first place in the contest that sponsored by University of Idaho.
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      When a third grade student suffered serious injuries in a car accident, students and staff at Rimrock Elementary teamed up with Eastern Idaho Technical College to conduct a 5K race to help out the family.
      The race, combined with other fundraising efforts paid off with more than $20,000 raised.
      Fourth grade teacher Julie Abbot was honored as the District 6 Science Teacher of the Year.
      The Soaring Eagles robotics team, the Soaring Eagles competed in the state Lego League Robotics in Twin Falls.
      Liandra Wheeler, a sixth grade student, won the Rimrock Geography Bee.
      Way to go Rimrock!

Mountain Valley teachers recognized for tech use

Mountain Valley       Jennifer Duckwall and her second grade class at Mountain Valley Elementary received first place in Idaho’s 21st Century Classroom Video Recognition Awards Program. The prize of $1000 can be used for classroom supplies.
      Jarom Judy’s third grade class at Mountain Valley Elementary earned second place in the contest and will also receive $1000.
      Carol Scholz, Digital Learning Coordinator for Idaho State Department of Education said more awards will be given for the remainder of the year for teachers who want to showcase how they are using technology in their classrooms.
      Idaho Recognizes Digital Learning Day

District 93’s mini grant recipients are:

      Susan Drouin of Cloverdale Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $972 to buy activity cards and other supplies for hands-on mathematics lessons.

      Debbie Funke of Fairview Elementary School in Idaho Falls received $387 to purchase a document camera to display textbooks, pictures and 3-D objects.

Bonneville High
      Virginia Jones of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls received $979 to purchase telescopes and other equipment to support an astronomy outreach project.
      Dale Walker of Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls received $1,000 to buy an EKG sensor, heart rate monitor, blood pressure cuff and other equipment for a unit on the circulatory system.

Bees promote attributes

Bonneville High       Bee-ing great is bee-ing rewarded at Bonneville High School, where student council members work with faculty to get student’s great behaviors recognized and rewarded.
      Student government members Zach Hong, senior, and Kelsie Williams, junior, have helped implement a Bee Attributes program for that very purpose.
      “Why not get rewarded for doing something cool?” asked Hong.
Krista Bumgardner, student council adviser for BHS says the program is amazing. “It highlights positive characteristics we want displayed from students and staff,” she said. “The idea is to promote those aspects which will be needed within our community from our future citizens and reward those students who display them.”
      Each week, student government selects a positive attribute to spotlight. They remind students in the daily announcements, and with posters. Then, teachers get involved.
      Each teacher is given between 3 and 5 coupons that they give to students when they are demonstrating the attribute.  Students then qualify for a candy bar or pop, or pass to the front of the lunch line, and their coupon is submitted into a drawing for weekly, monthly and semester prizes.
      Last semester’s grand prize was a custom made sports jacket from Action Motor Sports. Other prizes include juniors getting senior parking spaces, a date night pass from the Paramount, a goody basket, a free pass to the prom and next semester’s prize will be an iPod Touch.
      Williams said the consequences of Bee Attributes includes improving the atmosphere for BHS students. “When they get that first ticket, it makes you want to get another,” she said.
      She added that the students really like the idea and frequently show her when they’ve won. “They always come up to me and say, ‘It made my day so much better’.”
Examples of what has been highlighted in the past include:

   Bee Proud          Bee Prepared    Bee Accepting
   Bee Punctual     Bee Ready         Bee kind
   Bee Motivated    Bee Helpful   

    Bumgardner said, “I feel the Bee program is making a difference in our school. Students are encouraged when they receive the cards. It is a way of saying, ‘good job for doing the right things’.” 

D93 students amass food donations

      District 93 students raised more than two tons of food during the Snake River Landing Holiday Food Drive challenge from December.  

      Woodland Hills brought in 2,026 pounds of food for the Idaho Food Bank and Discovery Elementary hauled in 1,519 pounds of food. Ammon Elementary collected 415 pounds of food and Fairview elementary raised 511 pounds. Cloverdale students donated 3,472 food items for holiday food drives as well.

      The amount of food raised equals about 3700 meals. Woodland Hills was awarded $1,000 for their efforts. The funds will be used for library books.

Students collect Coins for Christmas
      Several students around town will benefit from donations gathered by area elementary schools in the annual Coins for Christmas campaign. Rimrock students accumulated $3,078, Hillview gathered $1,083, Iona generated $626, Cloverdale students donated $574 and Fairview collected $358.
      Coins for Christmas proceeds are used to help children by purchasing much needed shoes for children living in the surrounding community.

Population change may alter BHS division
      Bonneville High School may be rejoining Hillcrest and other city schools in the 5A division for athletics and other activities in the 2014-15 school year. The change is expected because of a consistently increasing student population at District 93 schools.
      The Idaho High School Activities Association will need to determine just how Bonneville’s increased size will be accommodated because of the impacts other division changes may have on conference sizes.

Nominate dedicated volunteers
     Nominations for Extra Mile Youth Awards are due Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The awards honor Bonneville County youth who have demonstrated a willingness to go the “extra mile” by performing exemplary service without the expectation of reward.

      Students who provide service, do more than is required, show initiative in providing service, and show dedication to service efforts are ideal candidates for these awards. Principals and staff members who know of someone who meets the standards are asked to nominate individuals. Students who are selected will be honored at a banquet March 21.

      Bonneville Youth Development Council’s Promise award ceremonies are held in conjunction with the Bank of Commerce, and the Post Register. Over the last 6 years, more than 170 students have been honored.

Fifth grader first geography bee champ
      Douglas M., a fifth grade student, won Cloverdale Elementary’s geography bee.

      Following the school competition, Douglas then completed a written geography test that was sent away to be scored. Depending on how he performed on that test, he may be invited to compete in the Idaho Geography Bee at the beginning of April in Rexburg, Idaho.

      If he wins the Idaho Bee he will go to Washington D.C. at the end of May to compete in the National Geography Bee.

      The winner of the National Geography Bee wins a $25,000 college scholarship.

      Congratulations to Cloverdale! This year was Cloverdale’s inaugural year for participating in the geography bee.

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