#271 News & Notes

2020-21 School Year

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — June 10, 2021

As we celebrate our seniors this week, we want to share some numbers that help tell the story of their accomplishments, and their continuing learning journey.
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CDA Reads coming to you: Imagine Buses to hit the road

CDA Reads will hit the road this summer with Imagine Buses visiting schools and neighborhoods to help elementary students stay connected to reading and build their own libraries at home.

The Imagine Buses will be out in the community from June 28 to August 12. They will stop in at Lakes Middle School, Fernan STEM Academy, Skyway Elementary School, Atlas Elementary School, Bryan Elementary School, Hayden Meadows Elementary School, Dalton Elementary School, the Kroc Center, and several other locations. A complete list of locations with dates/times will be shared on our website and through District email in the coming weeks.

Reading buddies will be available to read with participating students. In addition, each student will receive two free books per visit. Snacks and games too!

Additional focus on summer reading for select students

This summer, elementary students needing extra help in English language arts have been invited to participate in our CDA Reads program at Borah Elementary School. Our elementary schools selected students who would most benefit from this opportunity, and the families were invited to participate.

The summer reading program will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, from June 15 to July 29. Lunch is included. The Coeur d’Alene and Hayden city libraries will participate. District buses are available to transport students to and from the school.

Camp Invention at Northwest Expedition Academy: Think Creatively, Build Confidence

Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with this innovative and fun hands-on STEM experience. Students entering grades K-6 may register for Camp Invention: Recharge this summer at Northwest Expedition Academy. This one-week camp of learning fun will be June 21-25, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Here's what's in store:

CONFIDENCE: Campers find their own unique voice and discover sound waves in action through reverse engineering, then market their extraordinary inventions with friends as creative entrepreneurs.

PERSISTENCE: In this high-energy adventure, kids build and test a launching device to overcome challenges while exploring fun physics concepts like trajectory and velocity.

CREATIVITY: Kids experiment with circuits and energy to create a robotic, solar-powered cricket inspired by biomimicry, then use empathy and creative problem solving to build fun-filled custom habitats.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Children learn how to adapt as they design and prototype a nature-inspired morphing vehicle to submerge, soar or sprint in Super Road Rally!

To learn more or register, GO HERE.

The cost is $235, and scholarships are available for qualifying families. Email bweinberger@cdaschools.org to inquire about scholarship opportunities.

Northwest Expedition Academy, our newest elementary school, is located at 2008 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d'Alene.

Summer learning experiences for high school students

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is offering a variety of summer learning experiences for any high school student in our District. We have 1-week, 2-week and 4-week sessions available between June 28 and Aug. 12. Sessions will be Monday-Thursday at Lake City High School.

4-Week Sessions

  • Math 2 Content Acceleration
  • Math 3 Content Acceleration
  • Precalculus Content Acceleration
  • Visual Journaling

2-Week Session

  • SAT Math Acceleration
  • Your Money, Your Life! Learn about earning, saving, investing, spending, filing taxes and more.
  • Robotics construction (with Gizmo)

1-Week Sessions

  • You're Hired! Preparing to interview for employment, college, scholarships, organizations and clubs
  • Photoshop
  • Robotics construction (with Gizmo)
  • Design Thinking: solve a real-world problem through a creative solution approach
  • AP Calculus Prep
  • AP General Prep

These sessions are not for high school credit, but they are opportunities for students to further explore subjects of interest and accelerate their learning of the content.

Students may REGISTER HERE. Please register no later than June 16.

Summer School for middle, high school students

We have expanded our traditional Summer School to assist more secondary students with identified academic gaps.

Summer School offers eligible high school students credit-recovery courses in math, science, social studies, English and physical education. (June 21-Aug. 12, Monday-Thursday, Venture High School.)

We also are helping address academic gaps for select students in grades 6-8. (June 21-July 22, Monday-Thursday, Lakes Middle School.)

We will see you this Friday at Family Day in the park

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools will be at Family Day in the Park (downtown at City Park) this Friday, June 11, from 12 noon to 6 PM, to celebrate the end of this school year. This annual event features vendors, food, music and fun to celebrate the start of summer break.

Stop by our booth for:

  • Free books for elementary-age kids
  • Summer vacation photo booth
  • Information from our Nutrition Services and Hope on the Homefront teams
  • Freebies

New student enrollment is now online! It's quick and easy

Do you have a student who will be new to our District next fall?

Whether a kindergartener or any grade above, they can now be enrolled online. To begin the process, please visit cdaschools.org/newstudent.

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Dig'nIT Camps at the University of Idaho

Dig’nIT engages middle and high school students with hands-on STEM activities and industry experience. The program is the first step in the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene mission to build a pipeline of leaders in STEM fields.

Campers experience the excitement of subjects ranging from chemistry to coding through interactive classes, hands-on experiments and team building.

Space is still available for the following camps:

  • Cosmetic Chemistry, grades 6-9, July 19-23
  • Learning to Love Math and STEM, grades 5-6, August 2-6

Hayden Library offers free summer programs for teens

From drawing to painting, anime to cosplay, Harry Potter trivia to Dungeons and Dragons, the Hayden Library has free summer programs for teens, grades 6-12.

Learn more and register HERE.

Camp All-Stars Summer Camp

Specialized Needs Recreation offers an eight-week Camp All-Stars summer program for ages 8-19. Campers have the opportunity to enjoy games, crafts, theme days, and daily activities such as swimming, bowling, field trips, and more.

Learn more and register at https://snridaho.org/camp-all-stars

Verification of compliance for driver’s ed classes

If your student plans to take a private driver's education class this summer and needs to get their permit, please have them obtain a Verification of Compliance (VOC) from their school office prior to the offices closing for summer. A VOC is required by the DMV in order to obtain a driver's permit.

Meet our 2021-22 student advisory members

We are pleased to announce we have selected students to represent their school as members of the district’s Student Advisory Group for 2021-22.

S.A.G. members will work directly with the Superintendent, School Board, District administrators, advisors and other S.A.G. members to collaborate and learn from each other’s perspectives, and discuss issues and solutions to those who are impacted by decisions made.

They will meet regularly during the school year to discuss the interest, priorities and ideas of students to improve our schools and student learning.

Here are our 2021-22 S.A.G. reps:


Jonah King, Northwest Expedition Academy

Charlotte Dockter, Bryan Elementary

Aaron Eckhardt, Hayden Meadows

Archer Harris, Fernan STEM Academy

Luke Nicholson, Skyway Elementary

Danica Martzall, Borah Elementary

Sierra Jones, Ramsey Magnet School of Science

Jace Sanders, Ramsey Magnet School of Science

Jameson Meyer, Sorensen Magnet School of the Arts & Humanities

Lillian McNamee, Dalton Elementary

Amara Pecor, Winton Elementary

(Atlas Elementary TBA)


Jovie Le, Canfield Middle School

Caleb Torgensen, Canfield Middle School

Caroline Sisk, Canfield Middle School

Jake Hasso, Canfield Middle School

Lilly Davidson, Lakes Middle School

Violet Zaike, Lakes Middle School

Emmaline Dirks, Lakes Middle School

Madelyn Moeller, Lakes Middle School

Kyra Ellsworth, Woodland Middle School

Madeline Gilmore, Woodland Middle School

Alara Nye, Woodland Middle School

Dakota Keyworth, Woodland Middle School


Ainsley Brigham, Chair, Lake City High School

Austin Smith, Vice Chair, Coeur d’Alene High School

Dylan Jones, Third Chair, Coeur d’Alene High School

Lynsey Overturf, Coeur d’Alene High School

Preston Bowen, Lake City High School

Mya Jones, Coeur d’Alene High School

Faith Elkins, Lake City High School

Adeline Smith, Lake City High School

Lexi Jones, Lake City High School

Kennedy Way, Lake City High School

Luke Sharon, Lake City High School

Kamryn Peacock, Lake City High School

Garrett Johnson, Lake City High School

Sophia Olson, Coeur d’Alene High School

Apply to join our Long Range Planning Committee

The district's Long Range Planning Committee, appointed by our Board of Trustees, is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee starting in the 2021-22 school year.

The committee is a group of community volunteers who review and update a long range facilities plan for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. The facilities plan, a component of the district's strategic plan, is available on our website by clicking here.

Any resident of our district is welcome to apply. We especially are in need of residents representing the Canfield Middle School and Bryan Elementary School zones.

Click here to apply to be part of the Long Range Planning Committee. The application window closes July 1. Applications will be reviewed by a LRPC subcommittee.

LRPC Meetings are held once a month, generally on Mondays from 4:30-6 p.m. More information and the application can be found by clicking here on our website.

Family calendar for 2021-22

The family calendar for the 2021-22 school year is now available on our website. Click this link to access the calendar.

Highlights for next school year include:

September 7 - First day of school

Nov. 22-26 - Thanksgiving break

Dec. 20-31 - Winter break

March 28-April 1 - Spring break

June 10 - Last day of school