Caldwell School District Update

From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

April 14, 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday, our Trustees met to celebrate our outstanding youth and to discuss challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. One of these challenging areas is youth vaping, which is a state and national concern. Every day our building administrators and School Resource Officers meet with parents and their child about vaping.

Awareness is the first place to start in order to begin addressing this problem.

We want to share a very informative documentary: Nic Sick: The Dangers of Youth Vaping. Produced by Idaho Public Television, this film features teens from across Idaho who share their struggles to overcome vape addiction.

Nic Sick is part of KNOW VAPE, a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of youth vaping including free resources, shareable social media, curriculum for educators, and an anti-vape video contest for teens.

Education is key to healthy families and a healthy community.

Caldwell High School Student Council Receives National Award

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community, the Caldwell High School Student Council has been recognized as a 2023 National Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo).

Caldwell High School’s Student Council has a strong commitment to service, leadership, and community. The council received the IASC State Service project award for their contributions to and work with local Domestic Violence Shelters. The council raised over $5,000 this year to help various causes in the community including: Multiple Sclerosis, Chron's disease, and suicide prevention.

Caldwell High School’s Student Council Advisor and leadership teacher, Andi Arnold, states, “I believe we have the best student council in the state of Idaho. These students are committed to not only their school, but to the Caldwell community as well. The passion and dedication that I have witnessed from these students is commendable. I watch them lead, lift, and learn every day and I am so proud of all they have accomplished.”

Advanced Opportunities Summer Program

The Advanced Opportunities Summer Program is not your traditional summer school program. Advanced Opportunities is ideal for those students currently enrolled in grades 6 through 11 who want to accelerate their learning.

Students can earn one to two credits in the summer through a personalized, flexible schedule. Advanced Opportunity Summer Program sessions are offered at Caldwell High School: one session in June and the second session in July.

College and Career experiences will also be offered during the Advanced Opportunities Program. These experiences include college visits, guest speakers, and personalized counseling for post-high school planning.

Please contact your school counselor for more information.

Kindergarten Registration

We're signing up our youngest learners for Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. In-person Kindergarten Registration will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 2:30-6:00 pm at each of our six elementary schools. An immunization clinic, provided by Southwest District Health, will also be held at Lincoln Elementary School for all students coming into Kindergarten next year.

The Caldwell School District offers small classes with caring teachers who provide support for all learners. Students enrolled in Kindergarten will have the opportunity to learn and practice essential age-appropriate social, academic, and learner dispositions which will lay the foundation for a successful school experience.

Generous Donation

During Monday's Regular Board Meeting, Caldwell High School Senior, Stone Stills, presented Trustees with an American Flag he fabricated for the District Office. We are so grateful for his generous donation. The flag will be proudly displayed at the Caldwell School District Office.

We also want to congratulate our welding fabrication team! For the second year in a row, the team won the SkillsUSA State Championships, earning an invitation to compete at the SkillsUSA Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.

Spotlight on Early Learning

This week the Caldwell School District welcomed more than 50 superintendents, administrators, and other advocates from around the United States to discuss the importance of high-quality early education programs.

Participating superintendents in the AASA Early Learning Cohort engaged in meaningful dialogue with their peers, shared innovative solutions, and reviewed emerging research to facilitate necessary change in the nation’s schools.

The AASA Early Learning Cohort visited Lewis & Clark, Sacajawea, and Wilson Elementary Schools. Participants visited pre-school and Kindergarten classrooms. They also learned about our Community Schools model and our positive community partnerships.

Caldwell Teacher Receives VFW’s Top Award

Kelly Garey, Second Grade Teacher at Van Buren Elementary School, was recently awarded the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Every year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects one teacher from the elementary, middle, and high school levels to receive a $1,000 award for professional development and $1,000 for their school.

Mrs. Garey is a retired Navy Veteran and was named the elementary school winner for her dedication to fostering patriotism, and passion for serving her country and local community, and her continued efforts to organize field trips, activities, and services to help her students learn about and recognize America's veterans and their military service.

"I was actually in my classroom when they called me," said Mrs. Garey. "I was very excited to be able to celebrate this award with my students."

Congratulations Mrs. Garey!! Thank you for your service both inside and outside of the classroom!

PBS Kids for Parents

Help your children learn and grow through PBS Kids. Click the link below to get age-by-age tips and activities for emotions and self-awareness, social skills, character, literacy, math, science, arts, and more.

Click HERE to find tips to create life long learners.

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Community Events

Looking for something fun to do? Below are a few upcoming community events happening in Caldwell. To find out about more events happening in Caldwell, visit the City of Caldwell Community Events Calendar.

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Do you want to make a positive difference in a student's life? Caldwell School District has a number of open positions.

If you know someone who would be a good fit for any of these positions, please encourage them to apply online at

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Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

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