Caldwell School District Update

From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

May 11, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we approach the end of the school year, thank you for the opportunity to serve your children. It is a privilege to attend year-end events celebrating our youth, and it is also a poignant reminder of what is most important.

Our vision for schools is that every child achieves success, feels safe, and finds joy in learning. We want to create an environment where a sense of belonging and community is fostered and "inspires collaboration". Our goal is to intentionally design experiences that develop student confidence and competence. Ultimately, we are striving to create schools that equip all children with the tools and attitudes necessary for them to make positive life choices, thrive in our rapidly changing world, and contribute to our democratic ideals.

We realize how fortunate we are to be a part of a community that values our youth, their education, and believes in preserving traditions that create cherished memories of friendship and learning. We appreciate all of your support and dedication throughout this school year.

Best wishes for a rejuvenating summer,

Dr. N. Shalene French

CHS Class of 2023 Honors Reception

Congratulations to Caldwell High School's Academic Honors Graduates.

CHS recognizes the "Top 10" senior honor students each year. This year, these graduates have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.05.

Caldwell High School also recognizes high-honors graduates who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. This year, 42 seniors will be recognized for this achievement. In addition, 33 seniors will receive Advanced Placement recognition, while eight seniors will receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) diploma, and nine seniors will receive a Career Technical Education (CTE) diploma.

Principal Wilson says the Class of 2023 has persevered through a lot of trials and tribulations in their four years of high school, yet continued to dedicate themselves to their studies. "The Class of 2023 has shown great resilience," said Wilson. "They had to deal with a lot in their first years of high school, and they have been able to overcome that while still being able to enjoy everything that high school has to offer and getting the most out of their education."

Congratulations to all! The future is bright here in Caldwell.

Summer Bridge Academy

Are you ready for the K-8 Summer Bridge Academy?

The Caldwell School District will be offering extended learning opportunities for students this summer.

The Summer Bridge Academy is an opportunity for students to enrich their learning. Teachers prepare interactive activities for K-8 students. Special classes will also be offered for students transitioning from fifth grade to middle school or from eighth grade to high school in order to give students a chance to learn more about their new school prior to the start of classes in the fall.

Watch for more information from your child's school about the Summer Bridge Academy.

Welcoming Heather Ehlschide

There will be a new principal walking the halls at Syringa Middle School this fall. Ms. Heather Ehlschide has been selected to lead the students and staff of SMS.

Her passion for education has been the driving force to her career for the past 18 years. She has worked in various roles throughout her educational career such as a teacher, instructional coach, mentor, and educational consultant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Murray State University and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.

"As I embark on this exciting new chapter, I look forward to working closely with the Syringa Middle School community to create a bright future for every student," said Ehlschide.

We invite you to celebrate with the SMS students, staff, and families in welcoming Ms. Ehlschide.

Community Schools

The Caldwell School District Community Schools Strategy focuses on creating conditions for kids and families to thrive. Community Schools serves a vehicle for hyperlocal decision-making that responds to the unique needs of each community.

The Community Schools Strategy here in Caldwell helps identify opportunities for kids and families and how to best connect them to one another. It's a way of supporting students, families, school staff, and the community in and out of the classroom.

Caldwell School District Community Schools Strategy

Farmworker Appreciation

Caldwell High School hosted their seventh annual Farmworker Appreciation Dinner in recognition of our farmworker families. This event helps raise awareness about the importance of the significant contribution our farmworker families make in our community and in our economy.

While it may not always be on our minds, farmworkers impact our lives everyday by providing access to healthy food. Their hard work and effort is an example to each and every one of us. We are grateful for their support and for the role models they are to all of us.

Wilson Elementary Digital News Club

We have some up and coming journalists at Wilson Elementary School. This year Wilson launched a Digital News Club. Ms. Ferrell's fifth grade students have the opportunity to help write, produce, film, and edit a monthly news report about events and interesting stories happening at their school.

Click the link below to watch the latest episode of Wolverine News.

Wolverine News Episode 9

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Last week, students at Sacajawea and Lewis & Clark Elementary School had the opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Mariachi Sol de Acapulco band (some of the band members are Caldwell alum). Students were invited to dance and sing along.

Thank you to Caldwell Fine Arts for sponsoring both of these events!

2023-2024 School Calendar

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PBS Kids for Parents

Here are some ideas — for moms, aunties, grandmas, and all the amazing women who help raise the children in our communities — for making the most of the “firsts,” the “lasts,” and everything in between.

Click HERE for ideas on how to celebrate Mother's Day.

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Community Events

Looking for something fun to do? Below are a few upcoming community events happening in Caldwell. To find out about more events happening in Caldwell, visit the City of Caldwell Community Events Calendar.

Monthly Board Report

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Do you want to make a positive difference in a student's life? Caldwell School District has a number of open positions.

If you know someone who would be a good fit for any of these positions, please encourage them to apply online at

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Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

Committed to Caldwell School District's mission, vision, and values to ensure equity and access for all students.