District Launches Emergency Notification System
The Post Falls School District has joined the SchoolMessenger emergency notification system. The system allows the district to communicate via SMS text messages to parents regarding important matters such as a school lockdown, school closure (weather or otherwise) or other issues that affect their students. Parents that currently have a cellular phone number listed with their child’s school received a text earlier this week that allowed them to opt into the notification system. Approximately 3,000 parents have opted into the system at this time.
Any parent wanting to join the SchoolMessenger system should call their child’s school and register their cellular phone number with the school. Directions will be given at that time on how to opt into the system.
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.
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.
District Receives AEDs for Elementaries
Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Chief Warren Merritt spearheaded a recent fundraising effort to obtain funding for the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for Post Falls School District Elementary Schools. AEDs are portable devices used to treat emergency heart patients with electrical therapy. The AEDs were presented to the district during a recent student assembly at West Ridge Elementary School. During the assembly the donors were honored for their contributions. Donors included Ground Force Manufacturing, Greene Idaho Foundation, Cabela’s, Wilson Realty, Burke Klein’s DKI, KCFR Firefighters Local 2856, Post Falls Community Volunteers, Seright’s Ace Hardware, Post Falls Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs. The delivery of the AEDs coincides with Cardiac Awareness Month.
1983 Girls Awarded “Legends of the Game”
The 1983 Post Falls High School state champion girls’ basketball team has been chosen by the Idaho High School Activities Association as this year’s “Legends of the Game” recipients. The team, under the direction of Coach Ron Worley, is the thirteenth recipient of the IHSAA girls "Legends of the Game" award. Using groundbreaking full-court man-to-man defense, the 1983 Post Falls Trojans earned an impressive 21-4 record on their way to winning the A2 State Championship. The Trojans upset two-time defending state champion Moscow and undefeated Preston on their way to the title. Post Falls also earned a runner-up trophy in 1984.
Eligible basketball "Legends" include girls’ teams from at least 20 years ago. Ceremonies honoring "Legends" recipients will take place during halftime of the state 5A basketball championship games at the Idaho Center. The girls’ ceremonies are slated for February 22. The 2013 Post Falls girls basketball team were the 5A state champions.