Happy Homecoming!

September 15, 2021

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You’re Invited .. State of the District Address

Looking for a chance to learn more about D91’s performance with student learning, finances and facilities? Make plans to attend Dr. Shank’s first State of the District address at 7 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Idaho Falls High School’s Little Theater. “The State of the District address is important because it promotes transparency, knowledge and accountability,” said Dr. Shank.

The State of the District will provide parents and patrons with clarity on the district’s direction, its goals and initiatives. They will learn about D91’s plans to improve student performance, the district’s new targets for growth and achievement and how the district will accomplish goals. In addition, Dr. Shank will highlight the growing needs for facility improvements including new construction. Parents and patrons also have a chance to ask questions and learn more about how school districts operate. “These are our schools and we need everyone to engage for the benefit of our students,” Dr. Shank said.

Board of Trustees Approves HRS/PLC Resolution

In its ongoing commitment to support teachers and staff working to make D91 a system of High Reliability Schools, the Board of Trustees recently approved a resolution in support of High Reliability Schools powered by Professional Learning Communities. The resolution affirms the district’s focus on high levels of learning for all students by having teachers working collaboratively to achieve better results for the students they serve. Read the Resolution.
In addition, at the last board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a $300 one-time payment for all full-time staff helping to make HRS a reality in Idaho Falls School District 91. Part-time staff will receive a prorated payment.

Q&A With Asst. Supt. Coughenour

As assistant superintendent of elementary education, Kelly Coughenour oversees D91’s elementary schools.

  • Why did you get into education? I have always enjoyed working with kids and making a positive impact on their lives. In high school and college, I worked in my hometown’s parks and recreation department. I managed several youth sports programs and a summer camp for ages 4-12. It was during these years I realized I wanted to become a teacher.
  • What is your education philosophy? I truly believe that all students can learn and grow academically and emotionally if provided with quality instruction, kindness, and support.
  • What are you most looking forward to about the 2021-22 school year? I am excited about having students and staff back in school five days a week.
  • What do you like to do when you're not working? I love the outdoors and being with my family.
  • What's your favorite vacation spot? Anywhere with my family.
  • What is your favorite family tradition? I get together with my siblings and their families once a year for a weeklong campout.

Important Dates:

  • This Week!: Homecoming Week at Skyline High School. Go Grizz!

  • Week of Sept. 20: Homecoming Week at Idaho Falls High School. Go Tigers!

  • Sept. 21: School Board Work Session, 4 pm, District Office

  • Oct. 5: State of the District Address, Oct. 5, 7 pm, IFHS Little Theater

  • Oct. 6: National Walk & Bike to School Day

  • Oct. 7-8: State & District Professional Development, No School

  • Oct. 8: 57th Annual Emotion Bowl, Ravsten Stadium, 7 pm Kick Off

  • Oct. 13: Board Work Session, 7 pm, District Office, In-person or LiveStream

D91 Teachers Gearing Up For PD in October

Students don’t have school on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8, but that doesn’t mean learning will stop in D91. Teachers will take part in D91 professional development on those days. Most classes closely align with the district’s key focus areas -- High Reliability Schools framework, Professional Learning Communities and the Art and Science of Learning. This type of professional development is one more way D91 is striving to ensure effective teaching in every classroom. :)

D91 Is Looking For Substitutes

We know there is nothing more important in a classroom than a high quality teacher. When our teachers can’t be in the classroom, we want the very best substitute teachers filling in for them. As a substitute teacher, you can pick the days you work; decide where you want to sub; and create a schedule that works for you and your family.
D91 recently increased its hourly rate for substitutes with an additional increase for those who have a current or expired teaching certificate. There also are incentives for those who substitute a lot. Learn more and apply TODAY at: https://www.d91.k12.id.us/Content/2684. Or, call Maria Chavez at (208) 525-7690.

D91 Improving Safety Around Schools

Safety is always a primary concern in D91, and the district is in the beginning stages of providing and installing comprehensive surveillance systems in and around our elementary schools. As part of this project, we’ll also be augmenting some of the existing systems in our secondary schools. These systems have proven to be a tremendous resource for all school staff leading efforts to keep our students safe. We’ll continue making updates as necessary.

Thank You To Our Bus Drivers

In light of the tragic traffic accident involving a school bus this week in Bonneville County, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and employees of Bonneville School District 93. We also want to give a big shoutout and thank you to all the bus drivers in D91, D93, neighboring school districts and school districts across the state. We appreciate all they do every day to safely transport students from home, to school and back again.

Shout out to the D91 Ed Foundation!

The D91 Ed Foundation is proud to announce more than $90,000 in Maeck Family Foundation grants awarded to D91 teachers and programs. In all, more than 40 grants were awarded for everything from chemistry lab equipment at Idaho Falls High School to STEM toys, games and books at Fox Hollow Elementary School to supplies for coding and videography with drones at A.H. Bush Elementary School to support for the One District, One Book program. The Maeck Family Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the D91 Education Foundation and D91’s students and teachers. We appreciate all they do to enrich learning in our classrooms.