Caldwell School District Update

Monthly newsletter from Superintendent Shalene French

October 2019

In this newsletter:

  • Make sure to connect with teachers at conferences
  • Caldwell students learn about leadership
  • Districts moving to common emergency response commands
  • Council brings parent voice to district leadership
  • District’s continuous improvement plan updated
  • School Board Elections Nov. 5
  • Speaking of elections, we’re eyeing March 10 for levy renewal
  • Veterans' Day Nov. 11 marked with special events, activities
  • Can you help? We need substitutes
  • Mission focus: Goal - Our students will develop critical thinking skills.
  • What's happening in our schools? Click for our interactive online calendar of events!
  • Read the School Board Report!
Caldwell High School Homecoming 2019

Make sure to connect with teachers at conferences

It is hard to believe that Homecoming has come and gone and the first quarter of the school is done! Teachers and staff are looking forward to connecting with parents the week of Oct. 21 for conferences. Check with your child’s school for details.


Please take time to participate in conferences to build relationships with your child’s teachers and discuss strengths and weaknesses. These opportunities are one of the ways we bring our goal “to respect the voices of students, families, and community in the educational process” to life. And just a reminder that on Friday, Oct. 25 there will be no school for students.

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Caldwell students learn about leadership

One of our goals is: “Our students will value themselves, others, and their community.” It is exciting to see our students out in the community as leaders in activities like the Caldwell Youth Forum and as members of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. These are important real world opportunities for our students to connect what they are learning with their future lives as contributing citizens.

Districts moving to common emergency response commands

School districts across the state are switching to four common emergency response commands. Earlier this month, school leaders and I reviewed these responses together and our next steps for adopting this common vocabulary. You can learn more about this effort in this KIVI 6 on Your side story.

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Council brings parent voice to district leadership

Another district goal we hold dear is “We will respect the voices of students, families, and community in the educational process.” Every month, I meet with the Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council. I appreciate their time and feedback.


The Council includes:

  • Kim Kammerman, Lewis & Clark

  • Michelle Everton, Lincoln

  • Catalina Bautista, Washington

  • Mike Gilbert, Van Buren

  • Crystal Miles, Wilson

  • Gabriela Gomez, Sacajawea

  • Shawna Smith, Caldwell High School

  • Elisa Darrington, Syringa

  • Janeth Calderon, Migrant

  • Livia Mendoza Felix, English Learners

  • Anna Salinas, Canyon Springs High School

District’s Continuous Improvement Plan updated

Each year, we review our Continuous Improvement Plan, update student performance and our strategies to improve outcomes. We make this available on our website.
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School Board Elections Nov. 5

The Idaho Legislature made a change to school board elections. For many years, school board elections were held in May. The Legislature shifted the elections to November of the odd numbered years. The first election under this change will be Tuesday, Nov. 5. Also on the ballot will be City Council races.


Our school district is divided into five zones represented by trustees elected from those zones. In November, three positions are up for election with two races contested:


Zone 2 - Manuel J. Godina

Zone 2 - Daniel Kener


Zone 3 - Travis Manning, Incumbent


Zone 4 - Charles Stout, Incumbent

Zone 4 - Andrew Butler


Only residents of the zones may vote. Here are links to maps of the three zones:


Zone 2

Zone 3

Zone 4


Canyon County also has a "What's on your ballot" online look up tool.


Early voting begins Oct. 21.


Information about the candidates will be published by the local newspaper.


Every election is important, so get out and vote Nov. 5.

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Speaking of elections, we’re eyeing March 10 for levy renewal

Idaho law limits the length of supplemental levies to two years. This means our current levy, which provides $2.5 million a year, expires in June. Our levy supports a variety of needs including school resource officers, safety aides and updated teaching materials.


Our school board will discuss the levy in detail at a meeting Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the district office. Earlier this year, we announced that for the first time in a decade, the property tax rate for Caldwell schools will drop. The district certified its levy with the county at $3.66 per $1,000 of taxable property value, down from $4.19 -- a 12.6% decrease. A taxpayer with $100,000 of taxable value would pay $53 less under the lower rate.

Caldwell High Veterans' Day Ceremony 2018

Veterans' Day Nov. 11 marked with special events, activities

Caldwell schools will be hosting a variety of events and activities to recognize our military service personnel. Contact your child’s school for details about its celebration.
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Can you help? We need substitutes

Do you know someone who would be interested in substituting for our school district? It is a great opportunity for parents who would like to work during the school day while children are at school or for those retirees looking to give back to the community (and get paid.) Learn more here.
Caldwell High School satellite partnership with NNU
Read the School Board Report!

The Board Report recaps what happened at the monthly school board meeting.

Superintendent N. Shalene French

Committed to Caldwell School District's mission, vision, and values to ensure equity and access for all students.