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               Negotiations Meeting Scheduled

The Post Falls School District and the Post Falls Education Association have scheduled a negotiations meeting for Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  The meeting will be held in the Post Falls High School library at 4:00pm.  This special meeting is called pursuant to Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(c).

PFHS Seniors Offered $3,100,000 in Scholarships

The Post Falls High School Class of 2015 has been offered over $3,100,000 in college scholarships.  The awards were recently announced as part of the Senior Awards Night activity held at the school.  The following are just a few of the scholarships offered to our outstanding senior class:

Kailey Arnone

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

$12,000

Briana Barnhill

Waynesburg College Scholarship

$55,000

Joshua Budd

LSCS Provost Scholarship

$7,500

Brooke Carlson

Willamette University Scholarship

$84,000

Shelby Dirks

Manuel & Gladys Schneidmiller

$32,500

Brian Donahue

U of I Merit Scholarship

$61,264

Justin Farnsworth

Rocky Mountain Athletic Scholarship

$14,500

Drake Foster

U of Wyoming Athletic Scholarship

$92,000

Richard Hauser

PLU Provost Merit Scholarship

$92,000

Samantha Heck

U of I National Merit Scholarship

$61,264

Abby  Hempel

PF Chamber of Commerce

$500

Ryan Hunt

Northwest Nazarene Scholarship

$20,000

Madison King

PF Rotary Club Scholarship

$750

Rory Loe

Gonzaga University Scholarship

$48,000

Thomas Roman

Rocky Mountain Athletic Scholarship

$150,560

Christina Sedgwick

PF Kiwanis Club Scholarship

$1,000

Riley Smasne

Idaho Forest Group

$1,000

Brandon Welstad

Pacific University Scholarship

$80,800

Amanda Westlake

Whitworth Presidential Scholarship

$76,000

RCMS Student Honored for Letters About Literature

Hannah Maag’s letter to author John Green regarding his book, The Fault in Our Stars, was chosen as the Honorable Mention in Idaho’s Letters About Literature.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries honored the Idaho winners of the 2015 “Letters About Literature” contest during an awards luncheon in the Statehouse on Friday, May 1. State Librarian Ann Joslin congratulated Hannah and the other award winners and thanked them for their thoughtful, organized, and heartfelt letters. She also expressed appreciation to family members and teachers for supporting the students’ love of literature and providing encouragement for their writing. “Literature allows us to experience life through another’s eyes, giving us new perspective and developing empathy, tolerance, and insight,” said Joslin.

Idaho author N.D. Wilson, the keynote speaker, talked about his favorite genres as a kid and told the story of how his parents broadened his literary horizons when he had nearly given up reading. The event was also attended by State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra and one of our state-level judges, Dr. Stan Steiner. Each of the twelve Idaho winners received a Visa gift card, a framed personalized certificate signed by Ann Joslin, a new hardbound book, and a signed copy of Wilson's novel Boys of Blur.

Middle School Students Dominate Stock Market Game

Teams from Post Falls Middle School and River City Middle School placed  first and third for all middle schools in the State Stock Market Game Competition.  The game is sponsored by Boise State University and is designed to familiarize students with the workings of the stock market and provide students with a better understanding of finances. All teams start with the same amount of money to invest and the winners are determined by how much their investments grew during the gaming period.   The teams were coach by instructor Ann Cunningham.  Students in picture include: Lance Vasquez, Tyler Arnone, Euriah Borum, Noah Meredith, Dakota Livingston and Sawyer Scarborough.

 

Board Approves RCMS Construction Bids   

The Board of Trustees has awarded the bid of the second-story addition and kitchen expansion at River City Middle School to Contractors Northwest, Inc (CNI).  The CNI bid of $3,049,000 was the lowest of the four bids submitted.  By Idaho Code districts must take the lowest submitted bid.  

Construction will start by the end of April and will be completed prior to the start of school next September.  The addition to the building was planned at the time of original construction in 2004 therefore much of the leg work has already been completed.

The RCMS project is the first of a series of construction projects that will be completed over the next year and a half.  The next project to be developed will be the construction of a new elementary school.  The district plans to receive construction bids on that project in late July.

Funding for the projects will come from the proceeds of a bond sale authorized by district voters.  79% of district voters approved a bond levy measure during an election held on March 10, 2015.

Mark Jones named American Legion Educator of the Year

Mr. Mark Jones was recently named as the American Legion Post #143 Educator of the Year.  Mr. Jones serves as the district’s Alternative-To-Suspension (ATS) coordinator.  The ATS program is designed for students that have been suspended from school.  These students participate in community service opportunities during the day rather than stay home.  Under his supervision, students provide community service to such groups as the Senior Center, nursing homes, the community garden, etc.  These students not only learn about the rewards of providing service to others but learn great lessons regarding communicating with people in need.  The students also complete an academic program after their community service.  Often students continue to volunteer with Mark on weekends and in the summer after their suspensions have been completed.  Mr. Jones has been with the district since 2003.

Reverse Job Fair

On March 25, over 230 Post Falls High School, New Vision Alternative High School, Mountain View High School and Genesis Prep senior students participated in the 8th annual Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Reverse Job Fair. The Reverse Job Fair is an event in which students choose and conduct research for a career field they are most interested in after graduation. The students create a portfolio and display that they present on the day of the event and are given the opportunity to practice their interview skills with professionals in their chosen career field.  Approximately 150 business professionals representing a variety of occupations were on hand to meet with and interview the students. In turn the students interviewed the adults to gather more information.  Several students were awarded college scholarship money.  $9,350 was provided to ten different students that were deemed to have excelled in their presentation and knowledge of their career.

Foundation Raises Money for Teacher Grants

The Post Falls Education Foundation (PFEF) raised over $35,000 at its recent fund raising event.  The 19th annual Wine, Stein and Dine was held at the Greyhound Park and Events Center.   Proceeds will go toward funding grant requests submitted by teachers of all grade levels throughout the district.  The PFEF offers the opportunity for teachers to apply for grant money to be used for creative and innovative classroom material.   During the past eighteen years, the PFEF has awarded more than $450,000.  The major benefactor sponsor for this year’s event was Columbia Bank with grant sponsorship provided by Mountain West Bank.  The PFEF board will consider over 85 grant requests for funding this spring.

Principal Kelly receives Idaho Gem Award

Katrina Kelly, Principal of Mullan Trail Elementary School, recently received the Idaho Gem Award for Distinguished Service from the Idaho Association of School Administrators.  Ms. Kelly is currently the President of the Region 1 Idaho Elementary School Principal Association.  She is a Response-To-Intervention Trainer for the Idaho Department of Education.  She led her staff in writing and applying for one of Idaho’s fifteen technology grants.  Her building received $204,464 to implement a one-to-one technology program for students and staff.  Superintendent Keane stated, “Ms. Kelly’s contributions at Mullan Trail are absolutely endless and she has taken Mullan Trail to new heights of success”.  Ms. Kelly has served as the principal of Mullan Trail since 2008 and has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho.

 

Post Falls Approves Facility and Operation Levies

Post Falls School District patrons approved a $19,500,000 Bond Levy to construct a second story addition at River City Middle School, a new elementary school, a performing arts auditorium and auxiliary gym at Post Falls High School, updates to several buildings, two classrooms at West Ridge Elementary School and school safety enhancement.  The election held on March 10, had over 79% voter approval of the measure. 
The voters also approved a two year supplemental levy in the amount of $4,655,000.  This money will supplement the basic state appropriation to schools.  This amount is $400,000 more than the previous levy amount.  The increase will be used to update curricular materials and school buses.  Over 80% of the voters approved this measure.  District patrons will not see an increase in their school taxes as a result of the approval of either or both levies because of the expiration of a previous bond levy and the refinancing of other district bonds.  Work will begin immediately on the construction projects with a priority of completing the River City Middle School addition in time to open this coming fall and the updating of other district schools this summer.  The new elementary school will be open for students in the fall 2016. 
 

Trojan Basketball takes Championship

   The Post Falls High School Boys
   Basketball team won the Idaho State
   5A Championship this past Saturday
   in Nampa.  The Trojans beat Highland
   High School of Pocatello in overtime
   67-62 to win a second championship
   in 6 years.

 

 

 

 

Trojan Wrestlers Bring Home the Gold

The Post Falls High School Wrestling Team won the 5A State Championship last weekend in Pocatello.  The Trojan scored 256 points as compared to 190 for second place Bonneville.   Coach Pete Reardon, Idaho 5A Coach of the Year, stated that “it was an entire team effort”.   The Trojans had 11 wrestlers place in the tourney that included the following state champions:
126 lb.   Drake Foster
132 lb.   Tyler Wolf
138 lb.  Alius Delarosa
182 lb.  Seth Mcleod
285 lb.  Justin Farnsworth

 

 

Celebrating Reading Evening a Success

Post Falls School District kicked off the Read Across America week by hosting a Celebrate Reading Evening at River City Middle School.  All of the five elementary school Title One Reading Programs come together to provide a fun and educational evening with numerous games and activities for children.  Families that attended were also treated to dinner that was served by the district elementary school principals.  A big thank you goes out to the Title One staff for their effort putting on this event.  A highlight of the evening was the appearance of Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The Hat.

 

 

 

Robotic Teams Take State Awards

Teams of Post Falls Middle School and River City Middle School students recently walked away with numerous awards from the State and Regional Robotics Competition held at the University of Idaho.

Regional Competition:

Post Falls Middle School:
Titanium 7 (6th grade) – second place for their project
Post Falls Elite (7/8th grade) – 2nd place judge’s trophy for robot presentation and 1st place robot design trophy

River City Middle School:
Radiant Robotics (6th grade) – 2nd place robot design trophy
Spectacular 6 (8th grade) – 2nd place Core Values trophy
Post Falls Millennials (7th grade) – won the Grand Championship Trophy!

State Competition:
Post Falls Millennials (7/8th grade) – 1st place mechanical design
Spectacular 6 (8th Grade) – 1st place Strategy and Innovation
Six teams from Post Falls went to state, three from each of our two Middle Schools.
 

  

Snowshoes and Shovels, Area Mountains
Become Classroom for a Day

Post Falls High School students are ditching the classroom and heading to the mountains to learn about snowpack and its effect on water quality and drought. The Confluence Project takes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to the next level, exposing students to the applications of science as it relates to the watershed and their community through field-based experiments.

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, students from Post Falls High School will travel to Mount Spokane and snowshoe a couple miles up the mountain to the Bald Knob shelter. Working in teams, they will dig large snow pits, collecting data about the snow pack and moisture levels.

The Confluence Project is an innovative partnership model of environmental education developed by the University of Idaho’s Waters of the West program in conjunction with the Lands Council and experts from government agencies and the private sector.

Students participate in three field experiences within their watersheds and develop an integrative picture of local water resources and how they affect the community. Students will design projects from these experiences that focus on developing solutions to local water resource problems.

Post Falls High School teacher Cindy Rust received grants from the Captain Planet Foundation and Target to purchase snow science equipment and to fund the field trip.
 

PFHS Vocal Music Students Receive Awards

Twenty one Post Falls High School Choir students have recently received prestigious awards. Nine students were selected to the All Northwest Choir and twelve students were selected as part of the Idaho All State Choir. Only 47 Idaho students were selected to the All Northwest Choir. Students must submit recordings of their vocals and are blindly judged by an expert panel. Post Falls High School Vocal Music Instructor, John Kracht, stated “our students are not only some of the best in the state but in the entire Northwest”.

All Northwest Choir                                                 Idaho All State Choir
Kyra Dean                                                                 Alexis Miller
Mersaides Ellis                                                        Abby Tenny
Robin Graf                                                                Tayor Mindon
Megan Larsen                                                          Timmy Short
Michael MacDonald                                                Sara Wegner
Shelby Risdon                                                          Victoria Evans
Lindsey Roylance                                                    Trevor Barlow
Tanner Short                                                             Jacob Nairn
Kendra St. Pierre                                                     Kurt Roush
                                                                                    Alex Schwartzmeyer
                                                                                    Nick Dorsey

Also, Ben Gibson, Clarinet, was named to the All Northwest Band and to the Idaho All State Band.

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.

 

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