Hornet Nation News

September 30, 2022

Welcome to another edition of our East Junior High Newsletter. We aim to send this out to you every month this year. Thank you for taking the time to read the information in our newsletter each month. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

October Character Trait

We are working through our Character Traits each month. Our first four months are Excellence Academics Success Teamwork. In October, we will be talking about “Academics.” Academics will be discussed in our daily announcements and used when we are handing out Hornet Cards and nominating our students of the month. Examples of ways to demonstrate the value or principle of academics are:

  • Improving grades

  • Having no missing assignments; or making up late work

  • WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading)

  • Using Google Calendar

  • Being engaged and participating

  • Choosing challenging reading / Reading for Pleasure

  • Completing optional work extensions

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes will be Friday, October 7th! Below are a few tips for retake day:
  • If this is the 1st time you're taking pictures this year, please give your picture order envelope to the photographer - envelopes are available in the office
  • If you are retaking your picture from August, please bring back the photo packet you received - you will get the same packet you originally ordered with your new photo.
  • Student ID cards will not be reprinted with new photos; only students that are having their photo taken for the 1st time will receive ID cards.

Do you need to order pictures?

Find your school’s retake day date and order information on mydorian.com by searching for your school.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 19th and 20th

October 14 is the last day of the First Quarter. We will have Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 19 and October 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in person at East. Our teachers will be in the Cafeteria where you can meet with them to discuss their grades. If one teacher has a long line, we recommend you go to a teacher with a shorter line first. We try to keep each conference to less than 5 minutes since each teacher can have up to 160 students.

If you don’t have any concerns or questions for your student’s teacher at this time, it is not necessary to attend the Parent/Teacher Conference. Please remember that you can schedule a meeting with your teacher at any time during the year.

Due to the two late-night conferences teachers will be attending, there will be no school on Friday, October 21.

Checking Out a Student During the Day

When your child needs to leave school during the school day, please leave a message on the attendance line at 208-854-4740 or email eastattendance@boiseschools.org at least one (1) hour in advance for a permit-to-leave (PTL). Students may not leave class without a PTL. When the student returns to school please remind them to check in at the office.

7th Grade Tennis City Champions

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Tennis Team on winning the City Championship Tournament! Congratulations to Coach Giltzow and all of the East Hornets on the Tennis Team. We are so proud of you!



PTO Announcements

Please let us know if you missed us at registration but would like to volunteer in our East community! We have opportunities on committees and leadership roles! Email Lindsay: lblainbarnes@hotmail.com

Staff Appreciation Committee:

Your East Staff Appreciation Committee has mobilized, and we have a great year planned to spoil our staff! We are dotting the i's and crossing the t's on each of the events planned and will let you know the details so that you may all participate.

The SAC committee only has $700 for the entire year for 80 staff members, so we count on donations. If you own a business interested in sponsoring a lunch or would like to help by making and/or donating food items, contact a SAC co-chair or PTO member or sign up when we push out SignUp Genius with opportunities.

If you have a fun idea to show appreciation for the EJH staff, we are all ears! Let us know!


Your SAC Co-Chairs
Allyson Gatzemeier, Louise Stephens and Catie Wiseman

Freshman Farewell:

Let's send the Freshman off in style! Let us know if you want to help plan the Freshman Farewell Party! Contact Amber: Amberjeanpearson@gmail.com

Chairs: Amber Pearson and Tiffani Bates

School Dances:

School dances are back!! The planning for these quarterly dances will be student-led, but we are looking for a chair(s) to help with communication and be the PTO liaison. Please let us know if you are interested in helping bring some fun back into our school! Contact Lindsay: lblainbarnes@hotmail.com

Open PTO Positions:

The East PTO Board is looking for some great new members to take on leadership roles. These positions require minimal time and are a great way to engage in our East Community.

Vice President: This role helps coordinate volunteers and works on projects with chairs and the PTO Board. This position can be 1-2 years and usually assumes the role of the President.

Treasurer (in training): this role is a co-chair position and will take over sole duties in 2023-2024.

Please contact Lindsay Barnes if you would like more information on either role. lblainbarnes@hotmail.com

East Sign Update:

The installation of our new information sign for the front of the school has been delayed, but we are still hopeful that it will run before the school year ends.

Thank you to those who contributed to the East Sign Campaign last spring. The sign will cost approx. $25,000! It is not too late to donate- Please make your check payable to BPSEF or East Junior High PTO. Donations are tax-deductible!

A HUGE Thank You to Dutch Bros. for supporting East with a very generous donation!!

Upcoming Events


5 - HW Football vs. Les Bois; LW Football @ Les Bois

6 - Cross Country City Meet @ Ann Morrison Park

7 - Picture Retakes, Smile!

12 - College Awareness Day, Wear your favorite College Gear

12 - Girls Basketball Tryouts

14 - End of First Quarter

17 - Wrestling Begins

19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Cafeteria/Gym

20 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Cafeteria/Gym

21 - No School

26 - College Awareness Day, Wear your favorite College Gear

27 - Fall Dance, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - No Costumes!