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Bonners Ferry FFA chapter of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, named 2 Star Chapter for 2017 National Chapter award by National FFA Organization

INDIANAPOLIS (National FFA Organization) – The Bonners Ferry FFA chapter of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, has been recognized in the 2017 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization.

The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. 

Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 23-28 were recognized at the 2017 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis.

All Star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere.

“Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs.” 

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.



I would like to introduce Bev Heigel as November’s Boundary County School District’s Classified Employee of the Month! Bev is an outstanding individual who makes Boundary County Middle School a better place just by showing up every day. She is a very dedicated, friendly, and compassionate person whom students and staff enjoy being around.

Bev is very dedicated to BCMS. She is almost always at work and on time and spends more time than required just to make sure she is doing a good job. She spends most of her time genuinely trying to help students as best she can and can often be seen taking students aside and giving extra attention to those who need a little extra help with their school work. I have never heard her complain about anything she does at school and is committed to making BCMS the best place it can be.

She is also very friendly. She is able to talk with anybody about anything and treats everyone with respect. The students recognize this and often approach her to discuss their academic and personal concerns knowing she will listen and try to help them in any way she can. The staff respects Bev because she listens and tries to help them when she can as well.

Bev is a compassionate person as well. She often speaks to me and other staff about how we or she can improve a situation for a student or the school. She does not shy away at speaking up for students who need it and she will discuss concerns and suggestions for improvement when she feels she needs to or when she sees something that could be better.

Bev is a wonderful person to have at our school because she is dedicated, friendly, and compassionate. She makes BCMS a better place with her presence. Students and staff alike seek her out for her ability to listen and help when needed.


December 4, 2017

Now that we have come to the end of the first quarter and trimester of the 2017-2018 school year, it is time to reflect on what we have learned and what we still need to do. Starting with good news: our enrollment has remained steady and strong. As of November 30th, our enrollment has increased 139 students over the last three years. To me, this indicates we are doing our job well in the classrooms. Increased enrollment is also reflected by increased state funding and who doesn’t like more money! The management of these funds is overseen by our Business Manager, Board of Trustees, the Financial Understanding Advisory Committee and the BCEA. Ultimately, the budget is my responsibility and I promise to be very careful with the state and community money. With that said, the construction of the H.S. greenhouse cost more than I anticipated--$10,000 more! We have taken this out of Forest Funds; this was money we were planning to use for other facility projects. If anyone out there feels they are in a position to donate to the construction of the green house, please let me know. I truly believe this program will benefit our agricultural science program and FFA. 

Negotiations between the Boundary County School District and the Boundary County Education Association has finally come to a successful compromise. I am pleased to have this arduous process completed but disappointed it took so long. I believe great progress was made this year. I sincerely hope we can come to a more timely agreement next year. Clarity of the budget and a clean push through the audit has placed us in smooth waters. Special note of thanks goes to Cal Bateman through this ordeal! The audit and other items will be discussed at the Financial Understanding Committee today at 6:00 PM in the District Office on Oak Street. This committee meets on the first Monday of every month; the regular meeting of the BCSD Board of Trustees is on the second Monday. Both meetings are open to the public. 

Our Community Thanksgiving Supper was a tremendous success on November 19th! This collaborative meal between the Boundary County School District, the Ministerial Association and the LDS Church served over 600 meals at no cost to the public. Special thanks to the kitchen organizers Tammy Schneider and Lisa Carle. Jacob Hinson, Henry Yoder and a large cast of volunteers donated food and time to make it work. What a wonderful community we live in! 

The next challenge I have presented is to our High School and Middle School Leadership Classes. Who can bring in the most turkeys and hams for the Community Christmas Basket Drive? These will be taken down to the distribution center on Thursday, December 21st. The winning school gets a special treat! The goal is 100 of both turkeys and hams. Remember these need to be delivered frozen on the 21st! Our elementary schools are not to be out done. During the month of January, each school will hold a canned food drive to help replenish the local food banks. This is held in January in part to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. These efforts have two points: to help our needy friends and neighbors in Boundary County and to teach our students the importance of giving back to the community who gives us so much. Thank you students and staff!   

You will see some familiar faces standing by a red kettle and ringing a little silver bell over the next few Fridays from 5:00-7:00 PM at Yoder’s and Super One. All schools, including the Special Education Department and the District Office/School Board are taking a turn at supporting the Salvation Army. All proceeds will stay local! Thank you teachers and staff!  

Some bad news came out of our State Review of the BCSD Food Service Department. Due to a bookkeeping error by a former food service director, we have lost free breakfast at all schools except VVES. We will still have breakfast items available but it will be run how it used to be: at a free, reduced or full price for the students. We are looking into our options and the opportunity to reapply for this program next year. This new regulation will begin when we return from Christmas Break. 

Final note: please expect two surveys to come home with all students at all schools next week. First, a Climate Survey which will let us know how we are doing and second, a Lice Survey. The Board is asking your opinion on how we are handling this nasty critter. Read it carefully and let us know. Please return both surveys to the schools before Christmas Break on December 21st (with a frozen turkey or ham for either BCMS or BFHS!!!)


Gary Pflueger, Supt. BCSD #101

Do you need something to do on Friday? Stop by the Boundary County Library. Every other Friday in December, January, February and March the library staff will offer science programs covering diverse subjects for learners of all ages. Learn about: predatory birds, endangered animals, mammals, Denali National Park, physical science and more! All programs are free! At least stop by and visit with Mr. Anderson! 

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Emergency School Closures

With the winter months at hand, Boundary County School District No. 101 wants to inform patrons that school closures due to weather/road conditions will be announced on the following:

KPND 95.3 FM    
K102 & AM      

Emergency school closure information will be on our emergency telephone line 267-8934.  The District will also be using the power announcement system to notify parents, guardians and staff of any school emergency, including school closures.  It will also be posted on our district’s website at www.bcsd101.com and posted on www.newsbf.com.

Please use these sources to learn of closure information.  Also remember inclement weather may cause buses to be less punctual so dress your children accordingly to meet these conditions.        

CHRISTMAS BREAK: The last day of school before Christmas Break is Thursday, December 21st and is a full day. Christmas vacation will begin December 26, 2017-January 4th, 2018.  School resumes on Monday, January 8, 2018.

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Christmas Break

December 25th-January 4th

Spring Vacation

April 2nd-5th

Memorial Day

May 28th
Last Day For Seniors May 31st
BFHS Graduation June 2nd
Last Day Of School K-11 June 7th
8th Grade Promotion June 7th
Have A Great Year!

Food Service

2017 - 2018

Meal Information

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In the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program



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