#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson


In this update:

  • Strong relationships make great things happen for our community, kids
  • Idaho Center lifts graduation restrictions
  • Checking in with you to inform next year
  • Proposed secondary science curriculum available for review, feedback next week at KMS, KHS
  • Get to know your middle school May 14
  • Thank you for appreciating our staff!
  • Recognizing school lunch heroes!
  • Thank you to our nursing team!
  • COVID data dashboards

Strong relationships make great things happen for all of us

Kuna families

If you've been by the 4th Street Gym yesterday and today, you've seen a beehive of activity in the unused ground surrounding the building.

Nearly 50 students, most from our district, volunteered to work with area contractors to build 12 "tiny" shops that will become Kuna Market Village. The project a partnership between the City of Kuna and the Kuna School District will create a space for local vendors to sell items.

I visited today and it was thrilling to see our students learning real world lessons from experienced contractors.

In the review of our strategic plan we shared last month, this project was highlighted under our "strong relationships" pillar and exemplifies our commitment to leverage partnerships with businesses, government, churches, and civic groups to make great things happen for our students.

The past two days have been exciting -- and a little bittersweet.

We were deeply saddened by the tragic news that Kuna's Economic Development Director Lisa Holland, her 7-month-old son, and her sister died in a car accident last weekend. The marketplace was Lisa's dream, and we're grateful that it is becoming a reality.

We're grateful for Lisa's partnership on several projects including serving on our Kuna early learning collaborative, our strategic planning team, and more.

In a video message Lisa recorded for us about the strong relationships portion of the strategic plan she said: "(strong relationships are) about integrating partnerships. It's beyond the four walls of a classroom. It's making sure that we get parents, students, educators and also the community members the businesses, the city involved in the way that we do learning." Thank you, Lisa, for providing our students with this amazing opportunity.

Learn more about the project and Lisa:

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Idaho Center lifts graduation restrictions

We're excited that graduations will be held this year.

We've been waiting for final word from the Idaho Center about what restrictions would be in place for Kuna High School's graduation 3 p.m. May 27 at the venue which is located in a different county and health district.

This week, the Idaho Center announced it would remove its eight tickets per graduate limit and there will be no limit on guests. Face coverings continue to be recommended in large gatherings to help reduce the spread of COVID. KHS will live stream the event, too.

We are exploring options to allow the families of our Initial Point High School graduates the same access to their commencement at 6 p.m. May 26.

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Checking in with you to inform next year

Thursday I followed up with the Advisory Task Force 6-12. (This is the group that was charged "to investigate best practices going forward for the current school year (2020-21) and beyond) and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on options for secondary grades to finish the school year.)

We discussed the positives -- and not so positive -- aspects of of the secondary schedule change as well as what might we want to continue in the coming school year. They provided feedback on a survey that we will send out to families next week.

We're asking you to weigh in on what things we did differently that we should keep doing, schedules, masks, as well as areas for investment.

As always, we appreciate your feedback and use it to shape our work.

Proposed secondary science curriculum available for review, feedback next week at KMS, KHS

Our Levy for Learning provides support to update our instructional materials that teachers and students use every day.

This year, we continued work on updating secondary science curriculum.

The public is invited to review the proposed science curriculum for adoption from May 10 - May 19 during school hours.

The middle schools selected resources from Carolina Biological will be displayed in the Kuna Middle School library while the high schools selected resources from Activate Science and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be displayed at the Kuna High School library. A feedback form will be available at each site.

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Thank you for appreciating our staff!

As I visited schools this week, it was wonderful to see and hear about the wonderful staff appreciation events and expressions from parents, businesses, and community groups.

Recognizing school lunch heroes!

Do you remember a year ago, when our amazing nutrition staff shifted to provide meals for families when schools were closed? The team continued to pivot and innovate this year as we shifted schedules and wrested with a staffing shortage.

Thank you to our nursing team!

Wednesday May 12 is National School Nurse Day! We appreciate our team and all their hard work!

  • Angie Finch
  • Rana Brown
  • Alicia Jordan
  • Teresa Berg
  • Tana Morton

Last June, The district's head nurse Alicia Jordan was honored by the School Nurse Organization of Idaho as the 2020 School Nurse of the Year.

Staff & Teacher COVID Data Dashboard

Information about staff and teacher absences in our school related to COVID

Student COVID Data Dashboard

Information about student absences in our school related to COVID.

Superintendent Wendy Johnson

I am a superintendent of an amazing school district in Kuna, Idaho. I love serving children, teachers and families and having an impact on the future. #ksdready&resilient #ksdempower #futureready