Mayor Honors Jeff Hinz
Mayor Ron Jacobson honored Post Falls High School teacher/coach during the annual Post Falls Chamber of Commerce awards banquet held on January 28 at the Red Lion Templin's Hotel. The Mayor's "Spirit of Post Falls" award honors Mr. Hinz's work with students over his 20 years of service to Post Falls School District as a high school Social Studies and football coach. Mr. Hinz has been the varsity head football coach for the past 11 years. Mayor Jacobson stated that "Jeff is a model of Post Falls spirit. He is an inspiration to students, athletes, staff, coaches and the community. He is truly a Post Falls treasure."
Senior Center Honors Alternative to Suspension Program
The Post Falls Senior Center honored the district’s Alternative to Suspension (ATS) Program and its director, Mr. Mark Jones, for outstanding service to their organization. The ATS program allows students who are suspended from school to perform community service in-lieu of being suspended. The students are also required to complete an evening educational program. Under the guidance of Mr. Jones, students volunteer each Wednesday at the Post Falls Senior Center. They serve the seniors lunch, clean up and help in the kitchen. The ATS students also work in the Senior Community Garden.
New School Boundaries To Be Discussed
The Post Falls School District administrative team will present information regarding proposed elementary boundary changes at an open meeting scheduled for January 27th at 6:00pm at Prairie View Elementary School. Thanks to the support of Post Falls citizens, a Bond Levy Election was successfully passed on March 10, 2015 to include the construction of a new elementary school at 1520 N. Bunting Lane. Construction is currently taking place and the new elementary school will be open for students in the fall of 2016.
Please click here to access a map of the proposed boundary.
FREE Dental Care
This February, Idaho Dentists and their staff will be offering free dental care to uninsured children in need. Please see the attached flyer for specific dates and information regarding this opportunity. Click here
PFHS Student Receives Interscholastic Star Student Recognition Award
Five Idaho high school juniors have been named as the 2015 fall recipients of the Interscholastic Star Student Recognition Awards. The awards are presented biannually by the Idaho High School Activities Association and its state championships sponsor, The United Dairymen of Idaho.
Nominees for the scholarships are exemplary students who participate in IHSAA-sponsored sports and activities. Each application includes an essay, recommendations from school administrators, description of athletic and activity participation, and service to school and community. Interscholastic Stars will receive a $2000 scholarship to the college of his/her choice. The IHSAA, with the support of the United Dairymen of Idaho, will also contribute $1000 to the recipients’ schools and $500 to the finalists’ schools.
Timberlyn Short, daughter of Barbara and Timothy Short, participates in cross country and tennis at Post Falls High School. She is also a member of the Post Falls High School choir and drama club. She is involved in the Key and Forestry Clubs as well as being a Link leader, a group of juniors and seniors dedicated to helping freshmen ease the transition into high school.
“Timberlyn is able to effectively juggle multiple activities as well as being a Link leader,” said Post Falls Athletic Director, Craig Christensen.
Ponderosa 5th Graders Serve Veterans and Seniors
Ponderosa Elementary School 5th grade students traveled to the Post Falls Senior Center after their Veterans Day Assembly to serve the seniors and veterans lunch. They also cleaned up after the luncheon. Pictured are some of the 5th graders eating their lunch after the event with Principal Kathy Baker.
Making a Difference at Mullan Trail Elementary
At the regular Board meeting of the Post Falls School District Board of Trustees, Mullan Trail Elementary was presented with a $500 contribution from the Idaho Education Association as second place winner in their Making a Difference Contest. Multiple entries were submitted on behalf of Mullan Trail, including parent Michelle Garrett, who shared the growth experiences of her children over the last nine years and said that “with this prize the school can continue doing what it does best – put our kids first and ensure that Mullan Trail Elementary is maintaining momentum in preparing our children for their continued education”.
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.
Outdoor Classroom at Mullan Trail Elementary
Volunteer students, parents and teachers took part planting over 250 native plants at Mullan Trail Elementary School on Saturday, October 10th as part of the Outdoor Classroom Project. The goal of this project is to create a natural space on the school grounds where students can connect with the outdoors, using it as a classroom to observe, draw, write, question and think critically to incorporate STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts.
Plants and supplies were purchased with funds awarded through the USFWS Connecting People with Nature grant. Thank you to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Coeur d’Alene Tractor, and City of Post Falls for their support.
Heritage Health Provides Health Services to Students in North Idaho
The School Based Health Center (SBHC) is a collaboration between the Lakeland School District and Heritage Health. The SBHC is a mobile health center that visits various locations around the school district on a rotating schedule and welcomes students of all ages as well as all community members. This is Idaho’s first School Based Health Center, and a tremendous opportunity for students, their families and relatives to access quality healthcare close to home.
The goal of the School Based Health Center is to meet students and other patients where they are and reduce barriers to healthcare. The SBCH provides important primary, preventative and early intervention healthcare services, as well as comprehensive health assessments, medication, vision screenings, treatment of both acute and chronic illness, health education and mental health.
The SBHC, just like any other Heritage Health Clinic, will bill insurance whenever possible in order to sustain the program. However, students will always receive care, regardless of ability to pay. Click here for a schedule of the Mobile Clinic locations and for phone numbers to make an appointment.
Post Falls High School Coach Makes
Running for "littles" a Passion
Boise State University recently published a newsletter highlighting Post Falls High School teacher Sue Lauer for her work with the elementary cross country program in Post Falls. Please click here to view the article.
District Construction Update
The citizens of Post Falls School District approved a $19.5 million Bond Levy in March of 2015 to fund numerous construction projects throughout the district. The following is an update regarding the progress to complete the approved projects:
River City Middle School Second Story Addition
The River City addition was available for students and staff when school started on September 8. Eighth grade students have occupied the second story classroom addition. The district owes a debt of gratitude to our contractor, CNI, for being able to complete the project on time. The construction timeline was very short considering the size of the project.
New Elementary School
The district conducted a bid opening on July 28, 2015 and has awarded the bid to Contractors Northwest Inc. (CNI). The project construction is underway. Footings have been poured and masonry block walls are being built. The timeline is to have the outer shell completed before winter (“dried in”) in order to allow interior work to continue. The new school will be ready for occupation prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
Mullan Trail Elementary School Update
This summer Mullan Trail Elementary School went through a major update with the addition of new energy efficient windows, exterior siding, new dropped interior ceilings, new carpet and paint. The project was ready for staff and students this fall.
The district installed new heating units in three buildings this summer; Frederick Post Learning Center, Mullan Trail Elementary School and Seltice Elementary School. The new units replaced units that were over 35 years old. The new heating units are energy efficient models.
High School Auditorium
The district architect will begin putting the finishing touches on construction documents for the Post Falls High School Performing Arts Auditorium project. The goal is to put the project out to bid prior to the new year. Upon bid approval and appropriate construction weather, the district would like to begin construction early this spring.
High School Auxiliary Gymnasium
The district architect is also working on the construction design documents in preparation to bid this project at the same time as the High School auditorium project. This project will be constructed during the spring and summer of 2016 as well.
Frederick Post Learning Center Update
The district will update the Frederick Post building during the summer of 2016. This major update will include the addition of new energy efficient windows, exterior siding, new dropped interior ceilings, new carpet and paint.
West Ridge Elementary School Classroom Addition
Two classrooms will be added to West Ridge Elementary School during the summer of 2016.
Ford Receives 2015 District Leadership Award
Assistant Superintendent Becky Ford was recently named the recipient of the Idaho Association of School Administrator’s prestigious “District Leadership” award. The purpose of this award is to recognize practicing Idaho Superintendents or Assistant Superintendents who have modeled positive effects in promoting public school education in the state of Idaho. The recipient of the award is selected, in part, based on their contributions related to: advancing classroom instructional practices, the facilitation of integrating new technology into classrooms, the maintenance of a self-appraising, goal-based management system for principals, and the modeling of professional behavior that promotes the development of positive school climates and respect for the profession.
“Mrs. Ford is an outstanding educational professional and this award is long overdue”, said Board of Trustees Chair, Donagene Turnbow. “The staff, parents and especially the students of Post Falls School District are lucky to have a leader of Becky’s caliber in their lives. She is and has truly made a positive difference for our schools, staff and children”.
Mrs. Ford has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools since 2001. Prior to 2001 she held the position of Director of Elementary Programs and was the principal at Prairie View and Frederick Post Elementary Schools. She holds an Educational Specialist Degree from Washington State University.