Admin News

Minidoka County School District

Week of May 16-20


Students in the UK are taking their standardized tests this week, and one teacher's "homework" assignment in advance of the testing is going viral, Mashable reports. "It is vital that you use your time this weekend wisely," reads the piece of paper handed out last week, before going on to list some activities the students should complete: ride a bike, read a book, eat some ice cream, watch some TV, go swimming, play with friends, or just relax, to name a few. "Remember," the note reads, "Mrs. Thom is in charge of worrying—you don't need to. You are all amazing and I couldn't be more proud of you." She adds that if students feel they must study, they should do so for no longer than one hour.

Upcoming Dates

May 15-Technology Orders/Tech Plans Due

May 16- Literacy Plan Work Session

May 16-School Board Meeting

May 17-Negotiations

May 18-PPAT

May 24-MHHS Graduation

May 25-Graduation

May 26-Last Day of School

June 2- Cabinet/Admin Meeting 8:00 (breakfast provided)

June 3-Parent Contact Due

Parent Contact

Please don't forget to collect parent contact numbers from staff members. I would suggest giving teachers an early cut-off, maybe next Friday. Parent Contact for 3rd Trimester is due to Ashley no later than June 3.


Classified PD Days for 2016-2017

  • Elementary- August 22, 8:30 DSC
  • Secondary-February 17, Minidoka Tech Day
  • Classified Preschool-October 7 Self-Regulation in Early Childhood Preschool


Dear School Board Members,

I know that it feels like the 2016 legislative session just ended, but now is the time to start thinking about any resolutions that your board might like to bring for the 2017 session. Resolutions may be submitted by any school district or charter school board or an ISBA Region. According to the ISBA Bylaws, resolutions are to be submitted to the ISBA office by July 31, 2016.

Once the deadline has passed, ISBA staff will review all of the resolutions and may call the submitting members with suggestions or proposed revisions. All resolutions are then forwarded to the ISBA Executive Board for review at their September meeting where recommendations are made to the membership. Resolutions will be transmitted to school board members by the end of September.

We ask that boards meet to discuss the resolutions and decide how each school board will vote prior to the Business Session of the Convention in November, by putting an item onto the agenda for your October meeting to review the resolutions. The full membership then votes and establishes ISBA’s legislative platform at the Annual Convention.

Resolutions are a critical piece of ISBA’s advocacy on behalf of public schools so help us help you by submitting resolutions on topics that could improve education in Idaho. If you have any questions on resolutions or the process, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jess Harrison

Director of Communications & Government Affairs

Idaho School Boards Association

Office: 208.854.1476


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