The Howler June 19th, 2020

Newsletter for the Shadow Hills Elementary School Community

Principal Point

Summer/June 2020

I hope you are finding ways to enjoy your time away from school! Today is June 19, and I want to wish everyone a Happy Juneteenth/Freedom Day! If you don’t know what Juneteenth is check out this site: Tomorrow is the first day of Summer too, and the weather is finally matching the time of year!

Most of you are curious to know what school will be like when it reopens in August. The Boise School District submitted a plan to the Boise School Board yesterday and it was approved. I have been working on a site specific plan for Shadow Hills, based on the Boise School District plan. I am going to be sharing the Site Plan with the Shadow Hills Leadership Team and the entire Shadow Hills Staff next week. The PTO Board is going to give input on the Site Plan next week as well. While I cannot share all of the details of the Site Plan in this edition of The Howler I do want everyone to know that school will look and feel different in August. On that note, in planning, I want to make sure that school is a safe place for everyone and that learning can take place. That will be a balancing act like none other ever experienced to date. In July, I hope to share the Shadow Hills Site Plan.

Please continue to check the Boise School District website ( for updated information about the Reopening of school under the COVID-19 Response tab.

Take care!

Dr. Z.

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Shadow Hills Elementary School

We are a PK-6th Public Elementary School in Boise, Idaho! We serve the community of NW Boise and parts of Eagle and Garden City. We have excellent community support for our outstanding teachers and staff! Thank you!


Inspiring curiosity and building integrity to cultivate a positive learning community.


We believe the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of Shadow Hills Elementary School is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community. We envision a school in which staff:

  • Inspire curiosity

  • Build integrity

  • Cultivate a positive learning community

  • Unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals

  • Work in collaborative teams

  • Seek and implement best practices that result in student growth and achievement

  • Monitor student progress

  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to the overall success and well-being of all students

(Vision based on P. 135 of the following book - Eaker, DuFour & DuFour. (2002). Getting Started: Reculturing Schools To Become Professional Learning Communities. Bloomington, Indiana: National Educational Service.)


We live the values of: Respect - Dignity - Honesty - Responsibility - Teamwork


SMART Goals updated annually


If you know that your family will be moving over the summer and your child will not be attending Shadow Hills for the 2020-2021 school year, please contact Mrs. Foss at the school and let her know. You can send her an email at or you can call 208-854-6060 and leave a voicemail.

If you moved out of the Shadow Hills attendance area and you would like for your child to be considered for continuation at Shadow Hills, an Open Enrollment form needs to be completed. That form is on the District website. Kris Foss can assist with that process as well.


If you checked out a Chromebook for your student during the online learning phases, please keep it over the summer and stay tuned in August for a plan to return it.
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"Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else." ~ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

2020-21 Boise School District Calendar Contest

Congratulations to two of our Shadow Hills students whose artwork was selected out of 515 entries for the on-line District Calendar!

January: Sydney P., 5th grade, Mrs. Carstensen

October: Sophia R., 6th grade, Mrs. Schwehr

The Calendar Contest winners are already up on-line! To access the Student Art Calendar, head to the district website, click on Parents/Patrons, then Teaching & Learning, then Art, Art Contests, Calendar Contest Winners. Check out the fabulous art by Sydney and Sophia!

Bob Wand Memorial Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to three of our 6th grade students whose artwork was selected out of 602 entries in the Bob Wand Art Contest!

Our talented artists are Chloe H., Landen S. and Kaia M.!

The Bob Wand Memorial Art Contest winning entries are displayed at the District Service Center now through the summer. The DSC is open from 8-4:30 during the summer.


If you have a child who will be attending Kindergarten at Shadow Hills next year, please register them online as soon as possible through your existing parent portal (username and password). If you are unsure of your username or have forgotten your password, please call the office for assistance (208-854-6060). Thank you!


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Is your student up-to-date on immunizations? Central District Health and the Boise School District are teaming up to host a walk-in Immunization Clinic at Whittier Elementary in August.

Please see the attached flyer for information.

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Hey Kids! Remember this?? BOOK FAIR!

Idaho Book Fairs has offered a GREAT deal for you to order books! Please see the attached flyer for information!


GARDEN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY is offering a COMPUTER LAB by appointment! If you are interested in this service, please see the attached flyer for information.


Family Advocates is offering Family Strengthening Support Groups in Boise and Garden City. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration.


If you're looking for an activity this summer, check out these flyers from the Vertical View Climbing Gym!