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.
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!
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
Also, Ben Gibson, Clarinet, was named to the All Northwest Band and to the Idaho All State Band.
MealTime Online Now Available
Post Falls School District School Nutrition Services is proud to announce that MealTime Online is now available in our district. Parents have the opportunity to set up an account for free to view their student’s meal account balance and transaction history. Parents may also sign up to be e-mailed automatically when student balances get low. MealTime Online also provides the convenience of making deposits to student meal accounts using a VISA, MasterCard or Discover card online. Payments made with credit or debit online are subject to a 4.9% processing fee per transaction. It is important to note that payments may still be made by cash or check at the school kitchens or by mail for no additional fee.
Visit the Food Service tab (top of this page) for more information and guidelines for setting up your MealTime Online account. Please feel free to contact the School Nutrition Office at (208)773-1625 if you have any questions regarding MealTime Online.
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 on the home page of this website. 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.
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.