Tuesday - MAY 5, 2015
State Testing Is Starting
State testing, which is required for all of Idaho's public school students, will begin district-wide on . Each school has a testing schedule which can be found on their website. If you have a high school student, please take a moment to view the BFHS schedule. They will have a few days during this time with an altered rotation of classes. If you have any questions, please contact the building principal or Robin Merrifield at the district office (208) 267-7962 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCMS YEARBOOK RAISING FUNDS
Our yearbook cover has been released to us and we plan to sell it to raise funds for our elective courses. A framed copy will be on display at the Middle School and possibly the high school. Attached is a copy of the order form. Call me with any questions you may have. It is beautiful!!!
Certified Employee of the Month
Jenny Mackey is an exceptional teacher. Walk in to her class anytime to witness for yourself students meaningfully engaged in exploring a math topic and Mrs. Mackey walking around the room stopping often to help students discuss a math problem. You will see students who have not only been taught math but been taught how to discuss math with each other. You will see students who have been taught how to conduct themselves appropriately in a classroom to learn math. Furthermore, you will see students who trust and respect Mrs. Mackey and thus work harder to learn her subject. Mrs. Mackey has embraced the idea of teaching math from multiple perspectives so that students may learn how to solve math problems their own way not just her way. This provides students the opportunity to not just do math but more importantly how to understand math. Mrs. Mackey provides students a solid foundation of math concepts so they will be ready to tackle increasingly harder math concepts in their future. I applaud Mrs. Mackey’s efforts to help students learn math concepts. Thank you Jenny!
Classified Employee of the Month
Mrs. Sarah Binnall, Secretary at Valley View Elementary School.
The frontline impression of a school comes from the administrative assistant and receptionist. An efficient school needs this person to be pleasant, effective, knowledgeable, patient and consistent. Valley View Elementary School has this in Mrs. Sarah Evelyn Binnall. Sarah has served the Boundary County School District for seven years: her first year as the IDLA instructor at Riverside H.S., the second year in the Resource Room at Valley View, and the last five in the Valley View School Office.
Sarah, a native of California, moved to Bonners Ferry in 2001. She was a member of the BFHS graduating class of 2002. Sarah met her husband, Chris, a contractor in Bonner Ferry; they were married in 2008.
Sarah loves the young children and their untouched spirit. She enjoys her colleagues, who regard her with the highest respect. She also enjoys the fast-paced nature of the job. Together with Pam Copeland, the two office staff members take care of a huge array of tasks and emergencies. These include, but are not limited to: monitoring the front door, meeting and greeting all who enter or call, taking roll for 343 students, making sure the lunch count is in, taking messages for students, inputting student and family information, typing schedules and supervision checklists, ordering supplies, completing end of the year state reports, preparing for the next year, and the list goes on forever! One of her most important daily tasks is helping our students when they are in need; this ranges from scraped knees to more serious injuries, the stomach flu and many other illnesses, head lice, and even hurt feelings. This kind of job is not for the idle or the weak of heart. Sarah is organized and efficient. She always has a smile on her face and laughter is often heard in the office area. I know I could not do my job without the office support we all receive!
Sarah is a naturalist; she lives off-grid. She enjoys cooking, gardening, raising chickens and building furniture. Recently, personal misfortune fell upon Sarah and her husband, when their home was completely destroyed by fire. Sarah has continued to stay positive and strong for the students and staff of Valley View. This tremendous inner strength is a testimony to her indomitable spirit. We are lucky to have her with us at Valley View Elementary!
Boundary County School District #101
Zones 3 and 4 Trustee Positions Up for Election May 19, 2015
Zones 3 and 4 Trustee positions are up for election on May 19, 2015. The Zone 3 Trustee position is currently held by David Brinkman and Zone 4 is held by Melanie Staples. Trustees serve four year terms beginning July 1. If interested, Declaration of Candidacy forms are available at the school district office located at 7188 Oak Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho or at the Boundary County Clerk’s office. Completed applications must be filed with the district clerk no later than March 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. If running as a write-in candidate, April 3, 2015 is the last day the declaration of intent can be filed with the district clerk.
The Boundary County Clerk runs all elections. Information can be found at the following website: http://boundarycountyid.org/clerk/voting.htm or to speak to someone in the Clerk’s office call 208-267-2242.
Employees Of The Year & Friend of Education
Certificated: Lisa Iverson
Classified: Jessica Vickers
Friend of Education: Sandy Garner
BIG THANK YOU!
Big Thank You to the Hall Mountain Fire Department for donating and installing a stainless steel counter top in the Mt. Hall Kitchen.
BCSD Awarded Patriotic Employer
On , Dick Conley, Superintendent; Melanie Staples, School Board Member, and Tim Gering, High School Principal were presented with an award which recognizes them as a PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force.
♦ Nominated by Luke Omodt, High School History Teacher and National Guardsman.
♦ Presented by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.