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Negotiations Meeting Scheduled

The Post Falls School District Administration and the Post Falls Education Association will hold a negotiations meeting on June 30, 2016 at 9:00am at the Post Falls High School library. This meeting is noticed per Idaho Code 74-206A(3).

Negotiations Meeting Scheduled

The Post Falls School District Administration and the Post Falls Education Association will hold a negotiations meeting on June 30, 2016 at 9:00am at the Post Falls High School library. This meeting is noticed per Idaho Code 74-206A(3).

PVE Students Excel at Math Competition

 

 Prairie View’s fourth grade team consisting of Caden Schneider,    Morgan Baker, Matthew Moler and Tevin Burns brought home a 1st place trophy in their division of the competition, with Matthew Moler placing first in the individual contest!  This trophy follows behind Prairie View’s fourth grade 5th place trophy from a competition attended in April.  



The fifth grade team was filled with veteran
Math is Cool players: Keaton Morgan, Luke
Schutte, Cadence Kyser and Caleb Wagner.  They ended their Prairie View Math is Cool career with a 1st place trophy for their division!  Schutte, who previously received the top scorer for our school as a 4th grader, came in 3rd place out of all fifth graders in the team’s division in the individual contest, while Keaton Morgan, our school top scorer earlier this year, came in 2nd place for their division.  

 

Post Falls Seniors Earn $4.3 Million in Scholarships

The Post Falls High School graduating Class of 2016 have received over $4,300,000 in college scholarship offers.  This year’s graduating class included a National Merit Finalist, Meghan McLeod.  Meghan scored in the top ½ of 1% of all high school students from across the country on the Scholastic Achievement Test (S.A.T.).  The following is a sampling of scholarship awards:

  Ben Gibson Gonzaga University $76,000
  Hannah Flaa Empire Vending $500
  Tayler Ekness University of Idaho $16,000
  Tarin Drapeau Eastern Washington University $40,000
  Emily Davis Post Falls Rotary $1,000
  Emily Danforth Mary Emmett Scholarship $1,000
  Michelle Conn Lewis and Clark State $6,000
  Star Bower McGinley Trust $1,500
  Trevor Barlow University of Utah $80,000
  Samantha Babcock North Idaho College $1,500
  Janie Anderson University of Rochester $45,000
  Emily Allis Schneidmiller Scholarship $38,264
  Hunter Klass Idaho State University $2,500
  Dominick Luby Kiwanis $500
  Blake McLean Post Falls Lions $1,000
  Sarah Mull Idaho Opportunity Scholarship $4,000
  Connor Parks Washington State University $11,000
  Marcy Peterson University Of Idaho $16,000
  Aleah Rogers Northern Arizona University $16,000
  Kirsten Rowley North Idaho College Foundation $1,500
  Katie Schini Ohio Northern University $64,000
  Tanner Short University of Utah $120,000
  Zachary Smith Pacific University $46,000
  Sara Waddell Oregon State University $56,000

 

 Valedictorians Selected

Meghan McLeod and Tanner Short have been selected a co-valedictorians of the Class of 2016. 

Meghan is the daughter of Leroy and Lisa McLeod.  Meghan has been named a National Merit Scholar Finalist.  She is involved in numerous activities including Tennis, Troubadours, Key Club and National Honors Society.  She also is a volunteer at the legal aid office at Fairchild Air Force Base.  She has a 4.30 grade point average.  She will attend the University of Oklahoma.

Tanner Short is the son of Tim and Barbara Short.  He is also involved in numerous activities including Tennis, Soccer, Cross Country, Drama, Key Club, Robotics, Forestry and National Honors Society.  He has a 4.28 grade point average.   Tanner will attend the University of Utah.

 

PFMS Students Win Big in Forestry
 
On May 12, 2016 Post Falls Middle School teacher Sara Pence took three rookie teams, one rookie independent and one junior team to the Idaho State Forestry Competition to compete against 175 other students from around Idaho.  These students were excited to compete and revive the program at the middle school level.  Even more exciting, our Junior Team who participated in 10 categories; Eli Englehart, Isaiah Laguna, Conner Milbrath and Austin Tipton, brought home the chrome plated saw for first place.
 
 
Participants include:
7th and 8th Grade        6th Grade
Team 1:                        Team 1:                  Team 2:                   Team 3:
Eli Englehart               Carter Sorensen      Cole Cooper            Riley Ehrmantraut
Conner Milbrath           Braeden Moss        Hailey Sims             Yvonne Spier
Austin Tipton              James Guyer           Emma Browning      Kaysha Walton
Isaiah Laguna             Sean St. George      Makayla McIntyre    Kaci Thomas
 
Independent:
Bayleigh Martin
 

Awards and Recognition Banquet  

The Post Falls School District and Post Falls Education Association held an Awards and Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 28, to honor selected staff members.

A Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Person of the Year were selected from each of the ten schools to be recognized at the event. 
Congratulations to the following individuals for their dedication to the children of Post Falls:

    Teacher of the  Year Educational Support Person of the Year
  FPK David Hirsch Karen Wilhelm
  MTE Kelly Kiser Keyona Brown
  PES Megan Purcell Chris Murray
  PVE Tony Dinning Michele Moe
  SES Jo Ludiker Beth Schmidt
  WRE Trina Scott Danielle Frame
  PFMS Kristian DeWalt DeAnna Chaney
  RCMS Janey Ortega Melissa Heck
  NVHS Ann Rosenbaum Connie Toal
  PFHS Angela Blair Glenda Kohoutek

 

Seltice After School Science Academy

The Seltice After School Science Academy (SASSA) is a program open to 20 fourth and fifth grade students at Seltice Elementary School in the Post Falls School District.  This is a half year-long laboratory science-based program featuring hands on work with scientific materials in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Laboratory skill-building using real laboratory equipment, research methodology and practice, and societal implications for science will be elements of all activities.  Students apply for admission to the program through an essay process in which they will describe their interest and passion for learning about science.  A faculty panel evaluates essays for expressed science interest, not writing.  There is no cost for families to participate.  All materials and equipment are provided.  This is our seventh year for the SASSA program and we were able to accept 20 out of 37 applicants.  Our group includes students from Title I, Special Education, and Gifted & Talented programs.
  
 

Reverse Job Fair a Major Success

On March 23rd, 225 Post Falls High School, New Vision Alternative High School and Genesis Prep senior students participated in the 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 200 business professionals representing a variety of occupations were on hand to meet with and interview the students regarding their chosen occupation. In turn the students interviewed the adults to gather more information.  The following students were awarded scholarship money generously donated by the community:

James Benson – North Idaho College $1000
Ashley Heitshu – North Idaho College $1000
Jared Gaylord, Hannah Flaa, Joshua Grant, Tommy Williams, Kennedy Harwood and Kimberlee Simpson – North Idaho Higher Education $250 each
Destyni Lari – Kootenai Health $1000
Kennady McComb – Lewis-Clark State College $1000
Jon Gift - Express Employment Professionals  $500
Trevor Roses – Post Falls School District $500
Kylie Wirig – Idaho Forest Group $500
Drew Harris – STCU $500
Sadie Wylie – Post Falls Chamber $500
Samantha Tarkington – River city Leadership $500
Kaitlynn Tomplins – Post Falls Rotary $500
Hattie Hudson – International Association of Firefighters Local 2856 $500
Austin Larson – Mallaurcott Design & Marketing $250
Rachel Dawson – Meldoy Behmer, Realteam Real Estate Center $250
 

Kathy Baker awarded American Legion's
"Educator of the Year"

 

Kathy Baker was recognized on March 18th at an American Legion banquet as "Educator of the Year".  Mrs. Baker is the Principal of Ponderosa Elementary School and an active community member, volunteering time at the Post Falls Senior Center and the Post Falls Historical Society.  The American Legion highlighted Mrs. Baker's efforts of honoring veterans at Ponderosa Elementary.  An extensive Veteran's Day ceremony is held at the school every year.  In his nomination, Superintendent Keane stated, "Kathy has been a champion of educating students regarding the service and sacrifice of our Veterans.  The award is well deserved."

 

 

Congratulations to Post Falls High School BPA State Qualifiers
Over the weekend our Parliamentary Procedure Team of Gabriella Schaffer, Kaitlin Laramie, Katie Rhoads, Kristen Spiros and Sydney Schumacker did an excellent job and will be a tough team to beat next year! James Trayford & Nick Schmidt placed in the top 10 in Desktop Publishing, the team of Jaycey Cooper & Robin Robinson placed 5th in Presentation Management, and a big congrats to our National Qualifier who took first place in Graphic Design, Nick Schmidt. Nick will be competing in Boston in May against the other state qualifiers from around the nation. Congratulations BPA and way to go representing your PFHS Chapter at State this year!

 

Middle School Students Win Big in Robotics and Math Competitions

Robotics:  click here  Math:  click here

 

 

Neer Peers Help Students with Career Counseling

http://www.idahoednews.org/news/college-graduates-mentor-post-falls-students/#.VsTGd0C5LOA

 


Principal for New Elementary School

The Board of Trustees of Post Falls School District have appointed Mrs. Kathy Baker as the principal for the yet to be named new elementary school currently under construction.  Mrs. Baker is our most senior elementary principal and her experience and skills will be highly beneficial as we prepare to open the new school for students in the fall of 2016.  Mrs. Baker has been serving as principal of Ponderosa Elementary since 2003.  Although Mrs. Baker is looking forward to her new opportunity in the district, she will long cherish the memories and relationships developed over the years at Ponderosa.  The district will begin a process shortly to select the next principal of Ponderosa Elementary.

 

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.    

 

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.
                                                                     

 

 

 

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.

Heating Units
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.
 

 

 

 

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