Caldwell School District Update

Monthly newsletter from Superintendent Shalene French

November 2019

In this newsletter:

  • There's much to be grateful for in the Caldwell School District
  • Mission Focused: Our students will value themselves, others, & their community
  • New trustees join the school board in January
  • Work on supplemental levy renewal continues
  • Can you help? We need substitutes
  • Breakfast and lunch are free for all Caldwell School District students

  • What's happening in our schools? Click for our interactive online calendar of events!
  • Read the School Board Report!

There's much to be grateful for in the Caldwell School District

As I reflect on our mission -- “Empower the whole child to achieve personal goals and strengthen our communities” -- I want to share some things I’m thankful for as we enter this season of gratitude and hope.

  • We honor the diversity of our community. I experienced this first hand at the end of October at the Sacajawea Trunk or Treat and other activities in our schools - including the Dia de Los Muertos events at Washington Elementary School and Caldwell High School.

  • We empower our students to take ownership of their learning. I was so impressed at November’s board meeting listening to Caldwell High students Crystal Medina and Elisa Davis share how they are maximizing advanced opportunities and state funding to prepare for bright futures after graduation. It is exciting to see our students earn thousands of college credits while still in high school.

  • We build family and community partnerships to support children in Caldwell. I was honored to share the Caldwell preschool story and our collaborative work with the YMCA, WICAP, and the Lee Pesky Center to provide high quality early learning experiences with members of the Idaho legislature in October.

  • We offer amazing extra-curricular programs music, sports, clubs, and more that contribute to a well-rounded education for our students. Certainly the back-to-back state 4A boys soccer championships help showcase this.

  • We are committed to doing what it takes to support our students. This happens every Wednesday during the Impact Team meetings. And this month, the district office has hosted a variety of professional development opportunities from secondary math, to special education, and strategies for supporting English learners.

I am so grateful for the children and youth of Caldwell! I am thankful to work with dedicated professionals, determined to empower our children with the knowledge and skills to make positive choices for their future.

-- Dr. French

Mission focused: Caldwell Youth Forum

New trustees join the school board in January

Two new school board members will be sworn in January.

Voters chose Manuel Godina to represent Zone 2 and Andrew Butler to represent Zone 4. Travis Manning will continue to represent Zone 3.

I want to thank Trustees Chuck Stout and Tom Briten, who will be leaving the board. Both Chuck and Tom have voluntarily served our children and patrons for eight years.

Work on supplemental levy renewal continues

Our district’s supplemental levy as required by law will expire at the end of the school year. This local contribution provides $2.5 million each year to operate our schools and help fill the gap in state education funding. The plan is to ask voters to consider the levy at the next election March 10, 2020. The Board of Trustees will finalize the amount by January 20, 2020 as required by law.

During the upcoming holiday breaks, I encourage you to use the time to get ready to vote:

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Breakfast and lunch are free for all Caldwell School District students

Our schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) which means that breakfast and lunch are free for students at all our schools. Menus are posted on Child Nutrition website.

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.
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.