#271 News & Notes


Coeur d'Alene Public Schools — March 13, 2019

M&O levy is approved

On Tuesday, our 2-year Maintenance & Operations levy was approved, with nearly 70 percent of voters supporting the request. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's election.

Over the next few months our District administration and the Board of Trustees will build a budget for the 2019-20 school year. The $20 million in levy funding is instrumental to this process. The levy includes an additional $4 million annually for school security, mental health wellness, staff training, classroom supplies and employee pay.

The Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold its annual budget hearing on June 17, followed by adoption of the budget on June 24.

New elementary school site prepped

Preliminary work has begun on the site of our new elementary school along Prairie Avenue just west of Ramsey Road. You won't easily miss where the new school will rise over the next year and a half -- just look for the "Opening in 2020" signs on two school buses parked on the property.

The new K-5 school, funded from the 2017 school bond measure, is scheduled to open in September 2020. Our plan is to go out for bid on the project in June and break ground in July.

For now, we have been removing old buildings and some trees on the site, which consisted of three former residential properties on the south side of Prairie. Two houses are being relocated from the site.

Architects West is working on schematic designs for the new elementary school and will refine designs over the next month.

Lakes project to start in April

Our long-anticipated remodel and expansion of Lakes Middle School is set to begin this spring. We are preparing now for over $4 million in work to be completed this summer, in time for the new school year next September.

This project by Longwell + Trapp Architects and Ginno Construction Co. is part of the school district’s 2017 bond measure. We anticipate starting construction in April or May. The work will give us more space and important upgrades to the school, including:

  • A new media center/library at the front of the school

  • A courtyard/outdoor classroom

  • A second gymnasium, matching our other secondary schools

  • Remodel of the locker rooms

  • A new band room

  • A new choir room

  • Flexible classroom space

  • A larger, updated industrial arts classroom/shop

  • A new, more secure front entry and reception area

  • Front office remodel

  • Connected hallways between north and south classroom wings

  • Relocated outside basketball hoops

Now and Next Summit is Monday night: Explore college, career options

High school students and their families are invited to explore career and college opportunities next week at the Now and Next Summit. This event, open to families throughout North Idaho, will be Monday, March 18, from 5-7 PM at Lake City High School.

Please stop by and meet representatives from:

COLLEGES: North Idaho College, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, Carroll College, Grand Canyon University

PROGRAMS: Kootenai Technical Education Campus, Project SEARCH, Vocational Rehab, Workforce Training Center, Dual Credit, Idaho Department of Labor

MILITARY: Marine Corps, Navy, Army, Idaho Army National Guard

EMPLOYERS: Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, STCU, Toni & Guy

ORGANIZATIONS: Safe Passage, Kootenai Health Volunteer Services, Coeur d'Alene Education Partnership, Kootenai County Young Professionals, Goodwill Google IT Certification

We also will offer workshops for students and families to glean additional information. They begin at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 PM, and topics include:

  • Financial Aid
  • Dual Credit
  • KTEC (Kootenai Technical Education Campus)
  • Idaho College Overview
  • Project SEARCH
  • Financial Awareness
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Career Exploration
  • Mindfulness

Questions? Email Adriana DelGizzi at adelgizzi@cdaschools.org

Kindergarten registration coming up

Kindergarten registration will begin April 17 for most elementary schools, and April 25 for Ramsey and Sorensen Magnet schools. If you have a young one entering our district for the 2019-20 school year, registration is available at your zoned, neighborhood school.

Registration will be available April 17 from 9:30 AM to 6 PM at Atlas, Borah, Bryan, Dalton, Fernan, Hayden Meadows, NeXA, Skyway and Winton. After that day, kindergarten registration will continue during normal school hours through May 8.

Registration for Ramsey and Sorensen will be available one day only, April 25, from 9:30 AM to 6 PM at those schools.

For more information about kindergarten registration or to check on your attendance zone, call the District Office at (208) 664-8241.

How to borrow e-Books and audiobooks for spring break

With Spring Break just around the corner, this is a great time to dive into our rich eBook and audiobook library within OverDrive, the school district's digital library, and the Sora reading app for students. Over 3,000 titles, from juvenile fiction on up, are available.

Students may log into OverDrive using their standard district username and password. User names consist of the last two digits of a student's graduation year + their first initial + their full last name + @students.cdaschools.org. For example: 53MTwain@students.cdaschools.org.

You also can download the Sora app from iTunes Store or Google Play. Sora allows you to check out and read titles on your personal device. Go to http://help.soraapp.com for assistance.

1. Find our school district (Coeur d’Alene School District) as the provider upon initial


2. Enter your username (not email address) and password (case sensitive).

3. Browse the “explore” tab and borrow a book. Your book will open in the app so that

you can read right away.

4. Close the book and go to your “shelf” to see all your books including those assigned

to you. From there, tap "Open Book" or "Open Audiobook" to read or listen to the book. Or tap "Options" to renew or return the book, get into your notes and highlights

and more.

Happy reading and listening!

Time for spring assessments

Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is preparing to administer the ISAT by Smarter Balanced in grades 3-8 and 10. The English language arts and math tests will be given between March 18 and May 17. Each student's schedule within that window will be generated by their school administration and teaching staff.

The Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures student learning and growth in English language arts, mathematics and science for specific grade levels.

To assist you, we've provided a Parent ISAT FAQ as well as a link to the public Practice Tests and Sample Items where you can see the specific types of questions that students will encounter and how they can be answered.

You can expect to see student reports by the end of the school year.

Mark your calendar

  • March 18 - Now and Next Summit (college & career resources), 5-7 PM, Lake City High School
  • March 19 - Julie Johnson Jamboree elementary choral festival, 6:30 PM, Lake City High School gymnasium
  • March 20 - K-5 parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 PM
  • March 20 - High school parent-teacher conferences, 4-7:30 PM
  • March 21 - NO SCHOOL, grades K-8 (K-5 parent-teacher conferences)
  • March 22-29 - NO SCHOOL, all students (spring break)
  • April 5-6 - Empowered to Connect, a 2-day training on understanding children from trauma. Anthem Church, 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • April 6, Community Multicultural Faire, Lakes Middle School, 10 AM to 2 PM
  • April 9 - SAT exam day for Grade 11 (NO SCHOOL, Grades 9, 10 and 12 at LCHS and CHS)
  • April 13 - Round Dance for American Heritage Week, 1-5 PM, North Idaho College Christianson Gymnasium
  • May 4 - Family Fun Fair, Silver Lake Mall, 11 AM to 4 PM
  • May 11 - Single Mom's Outreach, Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 10 AM to 2 PM
  • June 1 - Run for 271, McEuen Park, 7 AM
  • June 7 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
  • June 7 - Family Day in the Park, City Park, noon to dusk

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