Capital High School Newsletter


Message from Mrs. Winters

It is hard to believe it is almost Spring Break and the completion of Quarter 3! The adage "Time flies when you are having fun!" definitely applies in this situation! We are enjoying such an amazing year and we want to take a moment to update you on the progress of some of our goals we shared with you at the beginning of the school year.

Earlier in the year, we shared our three SMART Goals which are building academic vocabulary, embedding the practice of the five phases of focused notes and teaching students the process of setting their own personal and academic SMART Goals.

Recently, we completed a reflection where teachers shared with colleagues their progress in teaching students note taking methods as tools for learning. Personally, I entered college without note taking strategies and how to capture information that I could use in the learning process. I admired my peers who seemed to effectively highlight, circle and mark text to deepen their understanding of complex material. I am confident our students will enter college and career with skills and strategies to help them in their post secondary setting.

As a staffulty, we are learning about the importance of Academic Vocabulary and employing strategies to help students develop a deeper understanding of language. Our goal is by the start of next year to identify key terms across all content areas and domain specific vocabulary essential in learning the curriculum. Our goal is to see an increase in 2020 of our all school April SAT scores with that intentional focus on deepening learning by building strong academic vocabulary.

Finally, students created their own personal SMART (specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic, timely) goal during the month of January by participating in our 30 Day Personal Challenge. We are excited to see the results and have heard several success stories with both students and staffulty! We are looking forward to applying the same strategies as we focus on finishing the year strong by creating an academic SMART goal during the month of March! We will update you on the progress at the end of the year. We have included a couple of the videos we used to kick off both challenges.

Finally, some of you know that my husband returned to his home state of Texas in September to help his family with their ranching business. He has been commuting back to Idaho every couple of weeks so we can spend time together. Our goal was to continue this plan until I could retire but it turns out that as much as I love this district and this amazing school community, I just happen to love my husband more so I am leaving Capital High School at the end of this school year. I absolutely have grown to love this community as I believe we have the best students, staffulty, parents and guardians in the valley! I am looking forward to the new adventure with my family but will greatly miss this amazing place.

We will keep you informed as the new principal will be selected this spring. Thank you again for providing us with such amazing students. We truly are grateful!

Proud to be an Eagle,

Sandy Winters


Each student recognized has one of the top 19 GPA (weighted) in the senior class and represents the best in music, the arts, service to community, athletics and academics in each of our high schools. Our honorees also serve as role models for younger siblings and other students throughout Boise who look to them for leadership and guidance.

2018-2019 Boise Rotary Century Scholars


Students & Staffulty of the Month


ACADEMICS: Hailey Ramsey

ACTIVITIES: Wesley Capps


ARTS: Rose Lane

ATHLETICS: Kade Sorensen

ATTENDANCE: Christian Elliott

ATTITUDE: Susan Littlefield

EAGLE PRIDE: Garrett Heap

STAFFULTY: Robbie Cupps

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Attention Parents & Students, the student drop off zone will now be in the East Parking lot.

Parents and Students will no longer be able to drop off/pickup students at the front of the School, due to continued issues with buses not being able to gain access to the bus pickup/drop off zone..

Thank you for all your help with this matter.

Spring Break

No School March 18-22

Save the Date for Junior & Senior Prom

April 13th

Graduation Important Reminder

Senior Students and Senior Parents,

Those that have not yet ordered need to go to our website – or call the consumer order line – 800-567-8367 to place their order, before March 15th, 2019!

If you are using a borrowed cap & gown and need to order just a tassel and stole, please call jostens directly at 208-343-0175.

Graduation Date

Capital's Graduation Date is May 23rd, 2019 at 7:00 pm Taco Bell Arena

Senior All Night Party Information

To our Capital High School Parents:

The Capital High School Class of 2019 will soon be graduating. A committee of parents has come together to create a memorable graduation celebration that all 450+ graduating seniors are invited to attend. This event will provide a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free environment for the celebrating seniors. It will include food, activities, prizes, entertainment, and FUN!

The graduation celebration will be hosted on graduation night, May 23, 2019 at Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Meridian.

In past years, Capital High School has been fortunate to receive overwhelming support for this event from our parents and our community. This year, we would greatly appreciate your help in making this graduation celebration another success for our graduating seniors. Please consider partnering with us by providing a donation of goods, services, or gift cards for our kids – or encouraging businesses with which you are connected to donate. Prizes will be raffled through the night in order to encourage students to remain at the party, safe and sound.

Below, please find a general list of the types of items we seek for the hourly raffles. Cash donations are also appreciated and will be pooled and used to purchase larger prizes.

Each supporter will be acknowledged in the principal’s Capital High School newsletter to parents. Acknowledgements will also occur at the event through signage and public announcements as prizes are awarded throughout the night.

Please consider helping us provide a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free graduation celebration for the Capital High Class of 2019. Your donation is tax-deductible.

If making a cash donation, please make your check payable to the Golden Eagles Booster Club and deliver contributions, as well as item donations, to Mrs. Alder in the office. If you choose to mail your donation, please send it to the address shown below. If you prefer to have an item picked up, please contact one of the members of our fundraising committee for assistance.

With sincere thanks for this consideration,

Senior Party Donations and Fundraising Committee

c/o Capital High School

8055 Goddard Road, Boise, 83704

College & Career Information for March


Remember there are still scholarships available on Naviance! I encourage you to look at those and commit to applying to them, including the Capital High Heritage Scholarship and the Walter & Lillie Steele Scholarship.

If you have received any scholarships, whether you are accepting them or not, please make sure you send a copy of the scholarship to Mrs. Cupps, either by dropping it by the Career Center or scanning to my email. The awards will be put into the graduation program. We would like to honor all students who have received awards by placing them in the program!!

As of today (Thursday, 2/28), Capital High has had 49% of their seniors complete the FAFSA. Yahoo!!! We would love to get more students to complete their FAFSA. It’s not too late. If you need help completing the FAFSA contact Mrs. Cupps to make an appointment for help! The FAFSA determines financial need and is also used for consideration of many scholarships.

You have until May 1 to make your decision about which college you will be attending but if you know you will not be attending a particular school and would like to stop receiving calls, emails, etc. from them, just give them a courtesy call to let them know you will not be attending and they will take you off their list.


Free SAT Test Prep is available at Capital!

When: March 6, 13, 27 and April 3 from 3:30-4:30

Where: Career Center

Pizza will be provided!

Sign up in the Career Center!

Prepare for the School Day SAT, April 9!!

College Information Night for Students and Parents

When: Monday, March 11 @ 6:30 p.m.

Where: CHS Auditorium

What: SAT/ACT testing, college selection process, college application process, Financial aid/Scholarships

Sophomores and Sophomore Parents are invited to attend this evening session, too!

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Student of the Year

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please click for more information

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Measles Information

What Parents Should Know About Measles has been posted on our District's main web page and is also featured on each of our school websites. This information includes helpful links for parents including Immunization Requirements found on our District Health Services website.

Congratulations Artists!

Capital Art students Amy Ellsworth, Jenna Funk, Ethan Rollins, Blake Herring, Mayra Arellano, Jerimiah Booth, Venessa Kudashkin, Makenzie Laven, Adreona Ruffell, Bella Wildt, and Katie Nieto all had work that was selected from nearly a thousand entries for exhibition in the Annual Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition and will be on display at Art Source Gallery (on Main St. between 10th and 11th) for the month of February. Last evening Blake Herring's The Elephant in the Room, Ethan Rollins' Driftwood Pitcher, and Katie Nieto's Me Hermano (pictured below) were awarded first, second and third place respectively in the 3D and Painting and Drawing categories in the Annual Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition. AND Blake Herring is now the reigning champion in the 3D category as this is his second consecutive First Place award in the category for this particular exhibition.

The Elephant in the Room by Blake Herring

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Driftwood Pitcher by Ethan Rollins

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Me Hermano by Katie Nieto

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Valley Vision Contest Winners

Valley Vision:

Congratulations to the following students for winning entries for the 2019 Valley Visions Magazine!

Katherine Guerrero- A$AP Rocky and Adore You

Vanessa Kudashken- The Derpy Ram

Mayra Arellano- From The Dashboard and Red Luxury

Adreona Ruffell- Glass Half Full

Makenzie Laven- The Kite Shop

Katherine Guerrero also was awarded the inside back cover for A$AP Rocky.

The awards ceremony will be held Monday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the McCleary Auditorium at Saint Alphonsus hospital. Each artist will be recognized individually and a gallery stroll will follow for students and family to view artworks. Each student will receive one free copy of the Valley Vision publication. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the release party for $15.00 each.

A$AP Rocky By Katherine Guerrero

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Adore you by Katherine Guerrero

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The Derpy Ram by Vanessa Kudashken

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The Dashboard by Mayra Arellano

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Red Luxury by Mayra Arellano

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Glass Half Full by Adreona Ruffell

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The Kite Shop by Makenzie Laven

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Higher Ground at Boise Art Museum:

Congratulations to the following winning entries to the Higher Ground exhibit at the Boise Art Museum:

Vanessa Kudashken - The Derpy Ram (pictured above)

Adreona Ruffell - Glass Half Full (pictured above)

Makenzie Laven - The Kite Shop (pictured above)

Bella Wildt-It's Just a Cup of Coffiee

Adreona Ruffell-Glass Half Full (pictured above)

Brianna Myrick-The Size of Someone

Mayra Arellano-Dragon

Blake Herrington-Confused Landscape and Henry

Ethan Rollins-Rolling Waves

This year over 696 submissions from 11 high schools in the Boise and West Ada school districts were received. 355 students submitted entries to be juried by BAM's panel of artists. This year's exhibition will open March 14 and will include 52 works of art by 48 students.

Just a Cup of Coffee by Bella Wildt

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The Size of Someone by Brianna Myrick

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Dragon by Mayra Arellano

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Henry by Blake Herrington

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Rolling Waves by Ethan Rollins

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CHS Drama Department proudly presents Mamma Mia

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Orchestra Information

District III Solo and Ensemble Festival for Orchestra

Wednesday, March 13

BSU, all day

Band and Choir Information

Band and Choir Spring Tour

March 14-17, 2019

Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA

Highlights include a numerous music clinics, a college visit, Six Flags Theme Park, and a concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Participating Ensembles: Concert Band, A Cappella Choir, Capital Classics

Parents of participating students may contact Joie Cariaga ( for an updated copy of the itinerary.

DECA for their annual Rummage Sale April 6

Spring Cleaning? Please consider donating items to DECA for their annual

Rummage Sale April 6

Help students earn money for nationals

Congratulations to the following DECA members for their STATE DECA competition results:

*Bold means they qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference.

Entrepreneurship Promotion Project

Makayln Ashbaker, Sydney Williams, Lilly Knowles 2nd Place

Business Services Operations Research

Lucy Jacobsen 1st Place

Olivia Dunstan, Brooklyn Lindley, Trinity Poole 4th Place

Buying and Merchandising Operations Research:

Karla Coneche and Lizzy Hansen 3rd Place

Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making

Mckell Walden and Dominique Castell 4th Place

Community Service Project:

Katie Meyer, Joanne Flores, Emma McCarrell 2nd Place

Alec Weber, Caden Johnson, Emily Corbett 4th Place

Creative Marketing Report:

Brooklyn Ashbaker, Maddy Ohanian, Susie Littlefield 4th Place

Learn and Earn Chapter Campaign:

Dominique Walden, Mckell Walden, Betsy Rosales 2nd Place

Public Relations Campaign:

Tegan Maestretti, Charly Weber 1st Place

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making

Emily Corbett and Alec Weber 1st Place

Franchising Business Plan

Bob Hoang, Justin Zedwick 2nd Place

Financial Literacy Promotion Project:

Addie Shepherd, Hope Wheeler, Natalee Skeen 2nd Place

Hospitality Professional Sales Presentation

McCall Bennion 1st Place

Professional Sales Event:

Tanner Perren 2nd Place

Independent Business Plan

Lilli Goller and Jordynn Hausman 4th Place

Restaurant Full Serve Marketing

Emma Connelly 1st Place

Karla Coneche 5th Place

Accounting Applications

Lucy Jacobsen 2nd Place

Betsy Rosales 5th Place

Entrepreneurship Individual Role Play

Lindsey Spero 1st Place

Katie Meyer 6th Place

Finance Operations Research

Gina Dudley, Morgan Cole, Presley McCormick 1st Place

Finance Team Decision Making Event:

Piper Fuhrman and Tanner Perren 3rd Place

Morgan Cole and Gina Dudley 4th Place

Quadias LeBlanc and Jackson Rowe 6th Place

Food Marketing

Aiden Fox 2nd Place

Marketing Communications:

Caden Johnson 4th Place

Marketing Communications Team Decision Making Event:

Elena Johnson and Lizzy Hansen 1st Place

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

Brooklyn Lindley 5th Place

Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Lynnie Ferguison 6th Place

Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making

Makayln Ashbaker and Sydney Williams 3rd Place

Sports and Entertainment Operations Research Project

Mercia Reames and Grace Johnson 6th Place

Integrated Marketing Campaign: Event

Tameeka Hollis 4th Place

Emma Connelly 6th Place

Integrated Marketing Campaign: Product

Rebekah Flannery and Garrett Heap 2nd Place

Integrated Marketing Campaign: Service
Olivia Taylor 1st Place

Aiden Fox, Elena Johnson, Delaney Reed 3rd Place

Kiauna Cardona and Emily Garus 5th Place

Chapter Awards: 3 spots ICDC

Membership Campaign

Promotional Campaign

Community Service Campaign

School-Based Business Recertified

Caden Johnson and Lucy Jacobsen GOLD STATUS

Chapter of the Year Award Capital DECA 2019

Debate & Speech Information

Congratulations to the following debaters who qualified for the state debate tournament:

Wesley Capps Congressional Debate
Isaac Page Congressional Debate
Sarmad Talib Congressional Debate
Natalie Talcott and Jordyn Walhof Policy Debate

We will compete at Century High School in Pocatello on March 8-9, 2019!

Go Eagles #debatelikeaneagle

Spring Break 2020 in Italy

How would you like to send your student on a trip of a lifetime? Mrs Carter is currently enrolling students to travel Italy during Spring Break 2020! (Parents can sign up too!) This is an 11 day trip and includes, Rome, Florence, Venice, Pompeii and Capri! Interested? Send her an e-mail at:

Save the Date ~ BSD Sports Physicals Wednesday May 15th, 2019 ~ More information to follow!