Parma School District

March 17, 2022

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Message from Superintendent Winston

Hello Patrons of the Parma School District


Welcome Spring! Spring means baseball, softball, tennis and track. This also means we can go from pleasant weather to sleet if any of the mentioned sports happen to be having a contest.


The Parma Board of trustees voted in the March meeting to go to a 4-day school week. I want to thank all of those that completed the survey, those that served on the 4-day exploratory committee and those that helped out with meetings for Spanish speaking parents.


The survey had just over 450 responses to the survey. The results -

69.7% favored a 4-day school week (314 responses)

21.5% favored a 5-day week (97 responses)

9% had no preference. (41 responses)


A lot of the concerns around a 4-day week were the longer days and child care on Friday. Homedale Superintendent Rob Sauer and Federal programs director Christine Ketterling came attended the 4-day committee meeting and shared information from when they switched from 5 to 4 days.


Christine was a second grade teacher at the time. She said the students got into a routine quickly and it probably took the teachers longer to adjust than the students. Test scores held steady and were not impacted negatively with the switch.


We are working on a schedule with PLC to have it available on most Fridays as well as after school. More information to come on that.


The Board had the first reading of the 2022-23 school calendar and we will post it after the final reading.


Other news, we have ordered the reader board that will be going down off of the highway at Old Fort Boise Park. Thanks to a combination of some PIT funds from the middle school, high school and district funds and a generous donation that completed the necessary funds. We want to make sure and inform everyone of events happening at the school and this will aid in that effort.


If you missed the Parma Boosters Dinner, you missed a good time. They raised over $45,000 with auction items. All the boosters did a great job at organizing and making the event so successful. They are all very supportive of the schools and we appreciate them very much!


Once again, thank you all for your support and commitment to the Parma School District. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.


Go Panthers!!

Panther Pawsitives

MORE PAWSITIVES

  • 52 out of 60 students are going to State BPA Competitions in Boise on March 17-19.


  • Mr. Dickeson hosted a movie afternoon for 5th graders. They watched 1776 and all the students enjoyed it.
  • 4th graders had a great time on their bowling trip. Good job being active!
  • Mr. Farner and other teachers took the 8th graders to visit the Idaho legislature and old penitentiary
  • Elementary had a great week celebrating the first 100 days of school and then Dr. Suess's Birthday with a day of reading. It is great to see students excited about reading!
  • Speaking of reading, the middle school took 30 minutes at the end of one day to just stop and pleasure read.
  • The Parma FFA fed over 400 community members and students with their annual FFA Breakfast.
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Parma Choirs had 13 students participate in the Southwest Idaho MS Honor Choir in March 2022. These dedicated students spent 4 Friday evenings rehearsing with schools from all over the Treasure Valley culminating in an amazing concert at Middleton HS on Sat, Mar 6.

(Students from L-R.

Back: Abi Stafford, Mackenzie Libengood, Caleb Woodruff, Liam Sutherland

Middle: Riley Batteen, Lily Ross, Aven Ussing, Cutler King, Jesus Alvarez

Front: Beatriz Orozco, Shay Lungren, Amelia Jensen, Alexis Castro)

Help the Booster Club with Amazon Smiles

The Parma Booster Club has done some great things for the District. We have a new scoreboard at the football field and new weight room equipment for athletes to use and become faster and stronger. They are always willing to add more people to the group.


Don't want to be a member, there is an easy way to still support the Parma Boosters. Do you ever shop on Amazon? Now when you shop, a small portion of your purchase can be donated to Boosters at no extra cost to you. Simply shop through AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com by following this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-1796569 and select Parma High School Boosters Inc as your preferred charity. Same products and services at the same prices. It's an easy way to support Boosters.

Important Dates

  • March 18th - 25th - Spring Break
  • April 6-9th - FFA State Leadership Conference
  • April 12th - Parma Harmonix and Singing Sixlets will perform at

    Nyssa small school chiral festival at Nyssa HS

  • April 15th - No School for students
  • April 18th - MS and HS Choir Concert
  • April 25th - MS and HS Band Concert
  • May 10th - Jazz Night
  • May 18th - Seniors Last Day
  • May 19th - 4th Grade Moving On Ceremony
  • May 20th - Students last day
  • May 22nd - Graduation at 2PM

Go Panthers!!