#271 News & Notes


Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — February 11, 2019

Our local levy vote is March 12

Fundamentals like school safety, health services, transportation, technology and classroom supplies are funded with the 2-year Maintenance & Operations levy supporting Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Our levy request for the next two school years is on the ballot in the March 12 election. The levy would provide $20 million a year for District operations. We invite you to watch the following short video to learn more about the local levy and how it helps fund our schools.


Public presentations on our levy

Want to know more about the levy? Join us at any of these levy talks with Dr. Steven Cook, Superintendent of Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. He will talk about the levy request on the March 12 ballot, including what the current levy funds in the district and what the proposed $20 million-a-year levy will support. Dr. Cook will answer questions about the levy at each event. Snacks and refreshments are provided. We hope to see you there!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 ... Yes, tomorrow!

Noon to 1 p.m. at the Human Rights Education Institute

414 West Fort Grounds Drive


Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership's State of the District

5:30 p.m., Innovation Collective, 418 East Lakeside Avenue


5 to 6 p.m., cafeteria at Canfield Middle School

1800 East Dalton Avenue

More information is available at www.cdaschools.org/levybond

STATE OF THE DISTRICT, FEB. 19: Celebrating students, sharing updates on key initiatives

The Coeur d’Alene Education Partnership will host the 7th annual State of the District in partnership with Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. The program is sponsored by Northwest Specialty Hospital. This year’s State of the District is a celebration of students who have performed extraordinary acts of kindness. It's also an opportunity to learn more about exciting new programs the District has introduced in support of our students.


  • Update from Superintendent Steven Cook on the 2-year levy and its support of students
  • Students will talk about the impact of several District mental health wellness programs
  • Presentation on Coeur d’Alene Connects, our online career mentoring program that allows students to gain career insights from community professionals

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 19. Social at 5:30 PM, program at 6 PM

WHERE: Innovation Collective, Lakeside Ave. and Fifth St.


Sources of Strength training for students and staff completed

The Sources of Strength teams from our three middle schools and from Lake City and Coeur d'Alene High Schools have been trained in this new program. Sources of Strength seeks to change unhealthy norms and school culture, with the goal of preventing suicide, bullying, violence and substance abuse.

These 250 peer leaders, representing all grade levels, social circles and individual strengths, will work with adult advisors to encourage other students to individually assess and develop strengths in their lives. They will promote positivity and encourage others to connect to someone when they are going through hard times.

Following are photos from the high school training completed last week, plus a Sources of Strength video produced by students at Coeur d'Alene High School.


Preparing for new delayed-start option for severe weather

Within a week or so we hope to be ready with the option of announcing a delayed start to the school day when weather and road conditions warrant it. Soon we will share more details with you about how delayed-start days will work. Until then, we will continue to evaluate road and weather conditions daily, with the options of remaining open on our usual schedule or announcing a full-day school closure.

All of our schools are working to ensure they are ready with revised schedules in the event a delayed start is announced. A modified breakfast would still be available to students who wish to eat before school. The district's School Plus program is planning to accommodate additional elementary students at school sites for students registered with School Plus, even if they attend the program only on delayed-start days. More details about the process will be shared soon.

In an online survey last month, district families indicated strong support for a delayed start option. From 2,571 survey responses, 77.6 percent said the district should consider postponing school start times, such as a 2-hour delay, when the extra time may provide a safer morning commute. The survey also asked what are the primary concerns about pushing back school start times. Of the 1,663 responses to that question, the top concern was impact on work schedules, followed by availability of child care, transportation, and impact on morning preschool or kindergarten.

To make sure your family is ready for a delayed-start school day, think about your morning routines and alternatives for supervising young children until it's time to head to school a couple of hours later than usual.

Measles: Is your child protected?

You may have been following the measles outbreak in Washington and Oregon, where there are now more than 50 confirmed cases. If your child is current on their school immunization requirements, they have had two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. If they are not current or you’re not sure please check in with your school nurse, healthcare provider or Panhandle Health District. For more information please visit www.cdc.gov
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Our spelling bee champs and the words they nailed

Coeur d’Alene Public Schools is proud to announce the winners of the District Spelling Bee on January 30. Students in grades 4-8 will advance to the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee at North Idaho College’s Schueller Auditorium on March 16 at 9 AM. The winner of that competition will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Here are our champion spellers and the words they spelled to win their grade level:

Grade 3 – Lalana Saitta, Ramsey Magnet School of Science

  • maraca (a rattle usually made from a gourd that is used as a percussion instrument)

Grade 4 – Taylor Smith, Bryan Elementary School

  • khan (a medieval sovereign of China and ruler over the Turkish, Tatar, and Mongol tribes)

Grade 5 – Bailey Burke, Ramsey Magnet School of Science

  • cilantro (leaves of coriander used as a flavoring or garnish)

Grade 6 – Ashland Schnell, Canfield Middle School

  • hazard (a source of danger)

Grade 7 – Carter Lingenfelter, Woodland Middle School

  • clementine (a small nearly seedless citrus fruit that is probably a hybrid between a tangerine and an orange)

Grade 8 – Katarina Bried, Woodland Magnet Middle School

  • buccaneer (any of the freebooters preying on Spanish ships and settlements especially in 17th century West Indies)

Invent Idaho winners advance to state competition

Our innovative students had an amazing showing in the Invent Idaho regional competition last month, with 29 of them taking awards! That includes Best of Show winners:

  • JONATHAN GAGLIARDI, Northwest Expedition Academy, Grades 1-4, for “Comic Rush”
  • CALEB TORGENSON, Hayden Meadows Elementary, Grades 5-8, for “The Organ Printer”

Also, four of our students won Best of Category awards:

  • IAN HAMPTON, Hayden Meadows, in Working Models for “Bandage for Boxes”
  • GRETA MCDEVITT, Sorensen Magnet School, in Non-Working Models for “Dog Cookie Maker”
  • LYDIA KIRKBRIDE, Winton Elementary, in Games & Gadgets for “Math Path”
  • CAL MCDEVITT, Sorensen, in Jules Verne for “Hyper Accumulator”

All of the winning inventions are invited to compete at the state competition March 1-2 in Moscow. Congratulations to all our Invent Idaho winners!

Mural art transforms gym, cafeteria at Lakes


Mark your calendar

  • Feb. 12 - School levy presentation, 12-1 PM, Human Rights Education Institute
  • Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL, all students
  • Feb. 18 - NO SCHOOL, all students
  • Feb. 20 - Middle school parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 PM
  • Feb. 19 - State of the District, 5:30 p.m., Innovation Collective
  • Feb. 26 - School levy presentation, 5-6 PM, Canfield Middle School cafeteria
  • March 4 - School Board regular meeting, 5 PM, Midtown Center
  • March 8 - NO SCHOOL, grades K-5
  • March 20 - K-5 parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 PM
  • March 20 - High school parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 PM
  • March 21 - NO SCHOOL, grades K-8 (K-5 parent-teacher conferences)
  • March 22-29 - NO SCHOOL, all students (spring break)
  • April 9 - SAT exam day for Grade 11 (NO SCHOOL, Grades 9, 10 and 12 at LCHS and CHS)