Register Now For Kindergarten
Kindergarten registration begins March 5 in Idaho Falls School District 91. The district has seen record numbers of kindergarteners in recent years so parents are encouraged to register their child early, which should increase the odds of the child being able to attend their neighborhood school.
Parents should return registration packets as soon as they can to the school they're zoned to attend. Along with the registration packet, parents should bring address verification, a copy of their child's official birth certificate and current immunization records. State law requires children to be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten. Questions? Send them to us. Not sure which school you're zoned to attend? Find Your School
No School on March 10
All schools will be closed Monday, March 10, so elementary school teachers can prepare for parent-teacher conferences and secondary school teachers can prepare for the start of the third trimester. Elementary schools also will have early dismissal on Thursday, March 13, and be closed on Friday, March 14 for parent-teacher conferences.
Job Fair Set for April 12
Idaho Falls School District 91 now is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The district has scheduled its annual Teacher Job Fair for Saturday, April 12. This year, administrators will interview candidates certified in the areas of elementary education (grades K-6 and special education); secondary education (math, science, special education); elementary counseling and speech language pathologists. Learn More
Teachers Focus on Improving Literacy Skills
It is more important than ever that students develop literacy skills. They need to be able to read and think critically. They need to be able to write and conduct research. With this year's Late Start Monday, middle school and high school teachers are using the time to ensure students are developing those skills.
In the past, reading and writing were largely taught in English classes. Now, all teachers, no matter what subject they are teaching, share the same goal: making sure students graduate with the literacy skills they will need to succeed in college or careers. For further information on the literacy initiative go to D91 Literacy Design Collaborative or read the Literacy Skills FAQ. Questions? Send them to us.
Schools Win STEM Grants
Skyline High School recently received a $10,000 Extreme Classroom Makeover grant from Battelle Energy Alliance. The grant will be used to purchase modern lab equipment for physics, energy and engineering classes. The new equipment will allow students to record more accurate and precise data, as well as document their findings in technical laboratory documents. In addition, Jana Wixom of Compass Academy received a mini STEM grant. She was awarded $975.95 to purchase Emission spectra equipment for use in chemistry experiments.
No D91 Driver's Ed This Spring
Idaho Falls School District 91 will not be offering any driver's education sessions this spring because of a shortage of instructors. Students interested in taking driver's education this spring should contact one of the private companies in Idaho Falls. If you have any questions, please let us know.
D91 Prepares For New State Assessments
Idaho Idaho State Department of Education is administering new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts that are aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards. The new Smarter Balanced Assessment or SBAC will replace the ISAT students usually take in math, reading and language in the spring. The state will field test this new test in Spring 2014, and then officially administer it in Spring 2015. The field test will give schools, teachers and students the chance to prepare for the SBAC. Learn More. See a sample of the new assessment.