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RCMS Addition Will Open for School

The River City Middle School second story classroom addition will be available for students on the first day of school.  Thirteen additional classrooms located on top of the existing west wing were built over the spring and summer.  Due to the tight construction schedule, the student lockers will not be installed until after school starts.  The kitchen expansion project is slated to be open for business on September 8 as well.  The classroom addition was part of a bond levy approved by voters in March.  The addition will increase the enrollment capacity at RCMS from 525 to 750 students.  The district owes a debt of gratitude to our construction team: Architects West and Contractors Northwest Inc.

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.

 

Former Principal Funeral Services are Scheduled

Former Post Falls Middle School Principal, Donald Boyk, passed away on August 10, 2015.  Mr. Boyk was the principal of PFMS from 1994 until 2005.  Don’s career in education spanned over forty years.  Mr. Boyk was known for his sense of humor and his ability to connect with students, staff and parents.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service honoring Don's life will be held Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 2pm at Strate Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 910 W. 5th Suite 256, Spokane, WA 99204 or the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Cancer Association.


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
We are seeing excellent progress on the construction of the second story classroom addition to River City Middle School.  Currently the contractor, CNI, is working on the final stage of the project.  The addition will be ready for students on the first day of school on September 8.

New Elementary School
The district conducted a bid opening on July 28, 2015 and has awarded the bid to Contractors Northwest Inc. (CNI).  The plan is to have CNI on site to begin construction by mid-August.  The new school will be ready for occupation prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. 

Mullan Trail Elementary School Update
Mullan Trail Elementary School is currently going through a major update with the addition of new energy efficient windows, exterior siding, new dropped interior ceilings, new carpet and paint.  The project will be ready for staff and students this fall.

Heating Units
The district is installing new heating units in three buildings this summer; Frederick Post Learning Center, Mullan Trail Elementary School and Seltice Elementary School.  The new units will replace units that are over 35 years old.  The new heating units will be energy efficient models.

High School Auditorium
Once the new elementary school construction has begun 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.

High School Auxiliary Gymnasium
The next project in the queue is the Post Falls High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.  This project will be constructed during the spring and summer of 2016.

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.

 

Madeline Baker Receives Dairyman Scholarship

Madeline Baker, recent graduate and Salutatorian, has been chosen to receive a $5000 Scholarship from the United Dairyman of Idaho.  Each week throughout the school year, four students from each Idaho market (Southwestern, Eastern, North and South Central) are selected as “Distinguished Student Award” winners.  Idaho’s dairyman support this program by recognizing well-rounded senior students who excel as leaders in academics, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Yearly, four students from the winners are selected as “DSA Students of the Year.” Weekly winners earn their schools a $100 scholarship and yearly winners’ schools receive a $5000 scholarship thanks to each student’s achievement. Congratulations Maddy!
 

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

Michael Wolf

NIC Scholarship Foundation

$2,000

Jacob Rhogen Clark

NIC Scholarship Foundation

$1,500

Angelina Silva

Post Falls Kiwanis Club

$750

 

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.

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.

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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