Caldwell School District Update
From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French
Message from the Superintendent
Honoring Our Veterans
We have a special opportunity to celebrate Carrie French, who served in the US Army. Carrie was a Caldwell graduate (Class of 2004). She is described as having a "positive nature, fierce loyalty and unique ability to comfort those around her [which makes] her the embodiment of camaraderie and love." On June 5, 2005, Carrie was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in the Idaho 116th Brigade Combat team during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is the first Idaho woman to be killed in war.
In honor of Carrie's service, The Idaho Veterans Garden will be the site of the Idaho Women Veterans Memorial, which is a bronze statue of Carrie - "honoring the camaraderie among those who served." We are grateful to Carrie French for her service to our community and to our nation.
As we remember the men and women who have served, we are thankful for the opportunity to honor those whose sacrifice has shaped the fabric of our country. Their legacy is a testament to the strength and resilience of the American spirit.
Native American Heritage Month
Mr. Chad Maxton is Idaho's 7-12 STEM Teacher of the Year
"The commitment Mr. Maxton has to enhancing STEM opportunities for students goes to lengths most wouldn't," said Mrs. Rudan, 2022 Idaho K-6 STEM Teacher of the Year. "He will do whatever is needed for both staff members and students alike in order to encourage their dreams. He is the prime example of what a growth mindset looks like and what it can do for students."
Mr. Maxton takes on new challenges with excitement and optimism, and for decades he has been supporting STEM initiatives within our District. Mr. Maxton started the middle school PLTW and VEX robotics at our middle schools.
"I am happy to bring attention to STEM programming in our District and around the State," said Mr. Maxton. "I really feel it is something we can do to reach out to all kinds of kids and get them involved in something that could lead to a great career."
Congratulations Mr. Maxton! You are making a tremendous impact. Thank you for serving the students in the Caldwell School District.
Outstanding Student Council
In addition, Caldwell Student Council leaders presented four different breakout sessions covering: Mental Health, Networking, Being an Outstanding Student Council, and Creating Culture in School.
And...our very own Toni Avelino, who serves as the IASC Region III President, helped plan and organize the conference for nearly 1,000 Idaho high school students.
"I think it's very important that we attend conferences like this and represent Caldwell. We are constantly winning awards and being proactive. I think we are making a name for ourselves." said Noely Nunez, ASB Co-President.
Spotlight on Fall Sports
We had an exciting 2023 Fall Sports Season!
Congratulations to all of our fall sports teams on their successful seasons! Thank you to our student-athletes and coaches for representing Caldwell High School and the Caldwell Community.
Did you know that our boy's soccer team won the 2023 4A SIC District Championship for the third year in a row? This marks their 5th District Championship in the last six years. In addition, 11 of our Cougar soccer players were named to All-Conference teams.
Newsflash for Parents
Thanksgiving Break November 20-24
The District Office and schools will be closed during Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 20-24. Enjoy the holiday, and be safe, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 27, 2023.
Monthly Student Safety Tip
Walking To and From School
As the seasons change, here is a good reminder about being safe when walking to and from school:
- Leave early enough to arrive at school at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school.
- Always use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far from the edge of the road as possible, facing traffic.
- We all learned as kids to “look both ways before crossing the street.” This remains important advice, for both children and adults.
- When crossing, make eye contact with drivers and always cross the street at intersections or in crosswalks.
- Parents, please teach your child to recognize and obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
District of Idaho Attorney Joshua Hurwit Issues Letter with Student Safety Tips for Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting
DID YOU KNOW?
Introduction on How to Use PowerSchool
Parent Contributors Sought for Special Education Parent Advisory Panel
The responsibilities of Idaho's SEAP are, as defined in IDEA Section 1412 (a) (21):
- Advise on unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities
- Comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities
- Advise on developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary under section 1418 of this title
- Advise on developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports under this subchapter
- Advise on developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities and individuals with disabilities are vital members that represent a majority of the advisory panel. Parents interested in adding their voices to this space are encouraged to apply now. Click the link below to learn more or fill out the application form at the button below.
New State Parent Corner Website and Student Resource Web Page Designed With Idaho Parents and Families in Mind
Students now have their own personalized webpage, created in response to a suggestion by a member of Superintendent Critchfield's Student Advisory Council. Here students can explore department programs as well as a variety of easy-to-access resources including the Idaho LAUNCH program, information on camps, competitions, specialized scholarships and more.
College & Career Update
Save the Date: New, Streamlined FAFSA Application Coming Soon
Reminder: Idaho students interested in applying for the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship will need to fill out Better FAFSA in order to be eligible. The deadline to apply for the Opportunity Scholarship is March 1, 2024.
Additionally, Office of the State Board of Education staff members are offering free webinars for families interested in learning more about financial aid, Better FAFSA and state scholarship programs:
- December 7, 7:00 pm MT – Click here to register
Please reach out to your school counselor if you have more questions.
"Apply Idaho" Common Application Now Open for High School Seniors
Special Education Parent Training
Screenagers Next Chapter: Youth Mental Health in the Digital Age
Millions of young people experience high stress, anxiety, and depression. On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Caldwell High School, we will follow physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age.
Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
On Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Caldwell High School, we will watch an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.
Health Services Notification
Destination Education is a weekly video series highlighting students and staff from around the District. Each week this segment will bring you fun and exciting news stories. You will not only hear from administrators and educators during this weekly series but from students as well. The videos will be posted to the Caldwell School District Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages every Sunday during the school year.
WE ARE HIRING!
Do you want to make a positive difference in a student's life? Caldwell School District has several open positions.
If you know someone who would be a good fit for any of these positions, please encourage them to apply online at www.caldwellschools.org.
We provide substitute teacher training through STEDI.org.
Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French
Committed to Caldwell School District's mission, vision, and values to ensure equity and access for all students.