Foundation Raises Money for Classrooms
Post Falls Education Foundation is hosting its 16th annual Wine,
Stein and Dine event on Saturday, March 8, 7:00pm at the Greyhound Park Events
Center. The PFEF uses the money raised
from the event to fund special classroom projects. This year an emphasis will be placed on
funding classroom technology. The Wine,
Stein and Dine fundraiser provides opportunities for attendees to sample
cuisine from a number of local restaurants, and taste beer and wine from local
distributors. The cost for the event is
$45 in advance and $60 at the door. The
Grand Sponsor of this year’s event is Panhandle State Bank. During the past 16 years, the PFEF has
awarded over $450,000 for classroom programs and materials.
Post Falls Students Show that Math is Cool!
Post Falls School District middle school students were
recently involved in a regional math competition at Mount Spokane High
School. They competed with Division 2 Washington schools.
Congratulations to the following talented students and teachers Lori Stephens
and Ann Cunningham: Ali Carpenter,
Corbin Cockerill, Isabelle Doyle, Colby Gennett, Jackson Headley, Kaydin
Henderson, Carson Jacobsen, Tatum Jones, Madigan Landrum, Alex McCabe, Terrell
Mitchell, Kayla Mueller, Keeley Nelson, Micah Sharples, Laney Smith, Rachel
Taggart, Jacob Vasquez and Mary Wiecks.
Qualifying for Math Counts state competition is Dane Ford, Hannah Maag,
Brock Zeller and Dalynn Kenerson.
Armstrong Selected as a Community Star
Sid Armstrong, Post Falls School District Director of Business Services, was recently chosen as a Community Star for his service to the community. The award, given by Panhandle State Bank, includes $1000 that the recipient can donate to a charitable organization of his/her choice. Mr. Armstrong selected the Post Falls Food Bank to receive the donation. Mr. Armstrong has served several terms as the President of the Post Falls Rotary Civic Club as well has delivering meals on wheels to seniors for over a decade. These are just two of his many long term volunteer activities that has helped make Post Falls a better place.
Winter Weather May Cause School Closures
On occasion it is necessary for school to be cancelled because of inclement weather. The district will provide up-to-date information regarding potential closures at this site. Other emergency information can be found under Current Emergencies on the district website. In most cases, the decision to keep school open or to close school will be made by 5:30am.
The district takes very seriously any safety related issues for students, staff, parents and patrons caused by severe weather. The district Transportation Supervisor assesses the current driving conditions prior to 5:30am and is in contact with the Idaho State Police and officials with the City of Post Falls and the Post Falls Highway District to gather information regarding road conditions. The Superintendent and the Transportation Supervisor will review the available road condition information and will drive various roads to see first hand the current driving conditions.
The Superintendent will make the decision whether to conduct school or not. If the decision is to close school, the local media will be contacted immediately. The district provides the information to KXLY, KVNI, KCDA, KISS, KDRK radio and KREM-2, KXLY-4 AND KHQ-6 television stations. The district will also utilize the SchoolMessenger notification system for parents with texting capabilities on their cell phones who have opted in to the SchoolMessenger system.
Middle School Students Earn High Honors at Robotics Competition
Ten robotics teams and over 70 students from both middle schools attended the Regional competition in December in Sandpoint. Six of these teams went on to the state competition at the University of Idaho, three from each school. Winning teams were:
Hot Shots, a 6th grade team from Post Falls Middle School, won the Core Values trophy at Regionals.
After Shock, an 8th grade team from River City Middle School, won first place Project trophy at Regionals.
After Math, a 6th grade team from River City Middle School, won second place Project trophy at Regionals.
Weather Warning, a 6th grade team from Post Falls Middle School, won Judge’s trophy at State.
Furies Five, a 6th grade team from River City Middle School, won Judge’s trophy at Regionals and Robot Strategy and Innovation trophy at State.
S.A.F.E. (Saving All Families Every Day), a 7th grade team from Post Falls Middle School won the Grand Championship trophy at regionals and the first place Project trophy at State.
Congratulations to all of our talented students!
Congratulations to Invent Idaho Competition Winners
Congratulations to all of the Post Falls School District winning young inventors whose hard work and perseverance was evident in the recent and very successful Regional Invent Idaho competition. Best in Category for grades 1 and 2 are Owen Nederhoed for Glasses Pencil Holder, Ryne Behrens for Winter Wonderland Game, Annmarie Martin for Fire Breathing Elk, Tyler French for Life Saver Bumper, and Logan Lamb for Pinch Protector. Best in Category for grades 3, 4 and 5 are Zachary Adkinson for Multiplication Speedway Game, Skylar Canning for The Silencer, Madison Cleave for The Talented Eyes, Kassie Gardner and Brianna Barnhart for Smart Wallet, and Charles Sharples and Jaxon Anderson for Arms for Care. Thank you as well to the eight volunteer judges who evaluated the inventions. We are proud of all of our young inventors!
Idaho Students to Take Idaho Core Pilot Exam
The Idaho State Department of Education recently announced that all students in grades three through eleven will be required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) field test this spring. The SBAC is replacing the Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT). The SBAC will measure student achievement as it relates to the newly adopted Idaho Core curricular standards in language arts, reading and math. Idaho and 44 other states have adopted the Common Core curricular standards and the SBAC test.
These new assessments are the next generation of assessments and will differ from the previous Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in several ways. Whereas the ISAT measured student knowledge based only on multiple-choice questions, the new test will include different question types such as open-ended responses, technology-enhanced items and performance tasks, to measure what a student knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level.
The purpose of the field test is to “test the test” and help prepare schools, teachers, and students for the full implementation of the new assessments in spring, 2015. Because this field test is similar to a pilot, students will not receive scores. However, taking this field test will still benefit your child because he or she will experience the new test a year in advance and become more familiar with the different types of questions.
To see the different types of test questions that will be on the new assessments, go to https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student/ and click the “sign-in” button or go to http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/itempreview/sbac/ELA.htm
Please note that if your child is in 5th, 7th or 10th grade, he or she will still be required to take the statewide ISAT in science this spring.