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Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson


In this update:

  • Celebrating our newest school
  • November: Time change, schedule change, & more!
  • Now you can watch our amazing KHS choirs
  • COVID-19 update
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Celebrating our newest school

Kuna families

It's been another great week serving your children in our schools! This week, we've been celebrating the completion of Swan Falls High School, and we will welcome students Monday!

As with everything with the pandemic and the need to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus, we had to forgo our usual community open house so everyone could come and tour.

We created a series of short videos to introduce you to the experienced veteran teachers who building our new dental assisting, construction trades, and automotive and diesel programs and let you hear from teachers in the CTE programs that are shifting to Swan Falls and what it means for them. We also have a virtual tour and a pretty cool video of all the drone photography of the school construction. Please take a few moments to watch:

Swan Falls will serve students for the first time Monday. In the next few years, Swan Falls will serve as a satellite to Kuna High and Initial Point. Our plan is for it to grow with our community (with a future bond) into a comprehensive high school.

Last night, we held a small ribbon cutting with past and present school board members, staff, community partners, and career and technical education state officials.

A lot of hard work went into planning and building this school -- none of it would have been possible without your vote for the 2017 Bond and the financial support it provided for construction of Swan Falls as well as all the other projects. Thank you!

Speaking of votes, a reminder that Tuesday is Election Day. While there's no school elections on your ballot -- there's a couple other important decision to make!

Please vote, and just a reminder the "I voted sticker" honoring the 100th anniversary of the right to vote extending to women was designed by one of our Kuna High School students. Here's the story from last year.

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November: Time change, schedule change, & more!

As we get ready for November some reminders:

  • Time change this Sunday!
  • Swan Falls begins serving students on Monday. If you travel Linder Road, there's a new speed zone in front of the school. Slow down!
  • Election Day Tuesday! Find your polling place here
  • Middle and high schools alternating Blue Gold Fridays start Nov. 6! Our calendars last week showed secondary with an early release on Friday. There will be no early release for secondary schools on Fridays. We've corrected this on the calendar below. Elementary schools do have early release.
  • Veterans' Day Nov. 11. With the restrictions on gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID, our amazing celebrations won't be held. Our schools will mark the day with a variety of lessons and activities
  • Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-27
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Now you can watch our amazing KHS choirs

Last week, I shared my experience getting to watch our high school choir concerts. Today, we have the recordings to share with you. I encourage you to take time to watch -- and I hope you will be inspired as I was and amazed at our talented students all singing while also wearing face coverings! Enjoy!
Kuna High School's Advanced Women's Choir
Kuna High School's Advanced Men's Choir
Kuna High School's Treble Choir

Start of wrestling, basketball season two weeks; Decision on spectators will come later

The Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) announced today its plan to delay the start of winter sports for high schools in 5A and 4A divisions for two weeks.

“Our goal is to ensure our student athletes can practice and play in controlled safe environments during this time of extensive community spread of COVID in our communities,” said SIC President Wendy Johnson. “We want our athletes to have a season.”

Citing concerns about an increase in the spread of COVID in their communities and the return to Stage 3 in the Gov. Brad Little’s Reopening Plan, the SIC plans to start winter sports on this schedule:

  • Girls Basketball begin practice Nov. 16 and competition Nov. 30

  • Boys Basketball begin practice Nov. 30 and competition Dec. 11

  • Boys & Girls Wrestling begin practice Nov. 30 and competition Dec. 11

Activities for student athletes in the time before the start of practices will vary based on guidance from the members’ respective health districts -- Southwest District Health Department and Central District Health Department -- as well as Gov. Brad Little’s Reopening Plan.

Under the plan:

  • Student athletes in Ada County SIC schools Boise, Kuna, West Ada, and Bishop Kelly will pause with no activities from Nov. 1-15.

  • Student athletes in Canyon County and Gem County SIC schools -- Caldwell, Middleton, Nampa, Vallivue and Emmett will participate in individual conditioning activities under the supervision of school staff also referred to as “open gym” or “open mats.”

  • All activities and practices will follow the safety protocols used for fall sports.

SIC members strongly encourage their student athletes to avoid private group practices to ensure they remain healthy, are able to play, and do not contribute to the spread of COVID.

Conference members will begin working on schedules noting that the number of competitions and matches likely will vary as they did with fall sports depending on the health of its teams.

The SIC will wait to decide about how to handle spectators closer to the start of competitions in mid-November.

“We encourage all of our communities to follow the advice of health and medical professionals to reduce the spread of the virus so health alert levels will drop,” Johnson said. “Please wash your hands, wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and get a flu shot.”

What about middle school winter sports?

Middle schools are not part of the SIC. Currently, boys and girls wrestling and girls basketball are under way. Similar to the start of fall sports which was in a "red" health alert in Central District Department. No spectators are allowed. Middle school boys basketball will begin after the Thanksgiving break.

COVID-19 update

Positive cases in our county, state, and nation are on the rise and you'll see an increase in our numbers, too.

A word about the Hubbard's closure ... some rumors have been circulating around this. We initially shared that the school would be closed for a week because three staff tested positive for COVID and another quarantining. As we worked with Central District Health on close contracts and out of an abundance of caution, three classes of students were asked to quarantine for 14 days. With the number of staff and students quarantining, remote learning was extended a week, and we look forward to the school returning to in-person learning on Nov. 9.

We're adding more information to our weekly reports on positive cases to help put the numbers into better context. Click the button below to review the COVID report.

Superintendent Wendy Johnson

I am a superintendent of an amazing school district in Kuna, Idaho. I love serving children, teachers and families and having an impact on the future. #ksdready&resilient #ksdempower #futureready