Caldwell School District Update

Monthly newsletter from Superintendent Shalene French

December 2019

In this newsletter:

  • Holidays showcase our fantastic Fine Arts programs
  • What's happening in our schools? Click for our interactive online calendar of events!
  • Read the School Board Report!

Holidays showcase our fantastic Fine Arts programs

The days between Thanksgiving break and Christmas vacation flew by!


This time of year is one of my favorites because it is an opportunity to showcase an essential part of our district, and your child’s education - the Fine Arts.


Chances are you’ve experienced the sounds of the season with our students performing in choirs and bands in our school concerts or out in our community.


Student artwork fills our school hallways and is also showcased in our community.


Our theater students competed in regional and state competitions in November and December and are working toward a February performance.


Thanks to partnerships with the College of Idaho and the Caldwell Fine Arts Series our elementary students have opportunities -- they might not otherwise receive -- to experience the arts such as seeing the “Nutcracker” this month.


As I consider the Caldwell mission: “Empower the whole child to achieve personal goals and strengthen our communities,” fine arts are integral to reaching our mission and goals. One of my spotlights for this month is our middle level arts program - watch the short video below to learn more.


I appreciate the hard work of all our staff and students to ensure that the arts are a substantial part of our District and a meaningful part of your child’s education.

Mission Focused: Our students will be literate

Middle School Community Art Show 2019

This month, another spotlight you will see below is on Caldwell High School’s Annual Farmworker Appreciation evening event.


It’s been exciting to see this celebration grow. Students from Caldwell High School’s Future Farmers of America, Future Hispanic Leaders of America, and Trio/Outward Bound were integral in helping with this event. Agriculture is at the heart of our community and heart of our State economy.


The Annual Farmworker Appreciation celebration is an example of one of our district goals in action: “Our students will value themselves, others, and their community.”


I appreciate School Board Trustee, Marisela Pesina, sharing her farm work experience at the celebration. Her father, Raul Perez’, was then recognized for his lifetime of service to the farmworkers in our area and to the agriculture industry.


As a side note, our agriculture program is getting a big boost thanks to a $25,000 state grant received by our new ag teacher, Justin Ruhl. I’m looking forward to sharing more information about this grant in the new year.

Caldwell High School Farmworker Appreciation Night

Finally, if you have an opportunity this break, look into the night sky.


Up above the earth is a satellite containing experiments created by Caldwell High School students! CHS Engineering teacher, Dennis Zattero, traveled to the satellite launch this month. Here’s a link to a story we shared earlier.


We appreciate the partnership with Northwest Nazarene University and NASA. Caldwell School District students have opportunities to do things that are out of this world! We are so grateful for our teachers who emulate our Caldwell mission: “Empower the whole child to achieve personal goals and strengthen our communities.”


Enjoy the holidays and we look forward to your students returning Monday, January 6, 2020!


Dr. French

Holiday Vacation Dec. 19-Jan. 3 Students return Jan. 6
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.