Caldwell School District Update

From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

December 16, 2022

5th Grade Orchestra

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”― Victor Hugo

Introducing a child to music at a young age provides them with a new language for expressing their experiences. It also broadens a child's perspective for understanding literacy, history, and even math.

Ms. Alysson Lindquist directs the Fifth Grade Orchestra program at Syringa Middle School. Students from Sacajawea, Washington, and Lewis and Clark Elementary School, travel to Syringa Middle each school-day morning to participate in the program. Fifth Grade Orchestra is also offered at Jefferson Middle School for Lincoln, Wilson, and Van Buren Elementary School students and is directed by Mr. Marco Nicol.

"The earlier students start, the longer they have to develop their skills [and] we see dividends paid out at the end of their high school career," said Lindquist.

Have you ever considered the mathematical component of music? "Music has to be mathematically correct. There has to be certain notes in each beat, they have to be placed in the correct spot, and there are things that are similar to addition and subtraction," said Lindquist.

We are thankful to the Caldwell community for their continued support of our music programs in all of our schools.

Blizzard Week

The Caldwell High School Student Council started off 'Blizzard Week' - literally this year. Blizzard Week is like Homecoming Week celebrating winter sports and activities.

Throughout the Blizzard Week, Student Council Members help raise money for Caldwell families in need. The students provide Christmas presents for them. Angel Trees were also set up in the front office of CHS for Caldwell families.

"I love giving back to the community I grew up in, " said Mia Hernandez, ASB Historian. "I know some people aren't as fortunate, so we just want to be that 1% that gives back to the rest."

Students will finish out the week on Sunday, by going shopping for those families and purchasing the presents on their wish list.

Did you know that our Caldwell High School Student Council returned from the IHSAA State Student Council Conference with three awards for their outstanding work.

They earned the following:

Spirit Supreme Award for their extra effort to promote school spirit

Outstanding Student Council Award for their continued work to improve community and school relations

Outstanding Event Award for their "Rock-a-thon" Event

What is Phonemic Awareness?

An essential goal of the Caldwell School District is to improve reading outcomes for every child. We believe that an essential element to improve reading is phonemic awareness. We know that phonemic awareness is essential for children to become successful readers, spellers, and writers. Phonemic awareness is oral and auditory, and the focus is on the sounds in words. Once children have this understanding, we can have them isolate, blend, segment, and manipulate those sounds. These phonemic awareness skills are necessary to becoming a proficient, fluent reader.

To help your child build phonemic awareness, share poetry with them. Poetry is a natural teaching tool for phonemic awareness. Read a funny poem with them or share a story like Fox In Sox by Dr. Seuss. Children love to laugh and giggle at silly antics and sillier characters.


By Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowball
As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet
And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas
And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away,
But first it wet the bed.

Crosswalk Safety Information

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Eat Together Idaho

Eat Together Idaho is an initiative brought to you by Be the Parents. Families are encouraged to eat regular meals together. Studies show that eating together as a family is one of the best ways to build and maintain strong relationships with your kids. Frequent family meals are linked to lower rates of substance use and stress, and increased self-esteem and academic performance, among adolescents.

Download the Eat Together Idaho family meal guide that contains recipes, challenges, conversation starters, family activities, fun food facts, Idaho trivia, and more!

School Transportation Survey

The Caldwell School District is seeking information regarding student transportation to and from school. Please fill out the short survey below regarding your child(ren) transportation to and from school if you haven't already. Click HERE to take the survey.

Student Information System

The Caldwell School District will be getting a new Student Information System for the 2023-2024 school year. The decision came after a nearly year-long process of meeting with committee members, which included administrators, staff, and parents. The transition over to PowerSchool has already started.

A great feature of PowerSchool is the PowerSchool App, which allows parents/guardians to receive information on their smartphone - making communication between teachers much more accessible.

Cold and Flu Information

As we head into the winter months, this is a quick reminder that cold and flu season is upon us. It is important we work together to keep our children safe and healthy. Viruses/Common Colds spread easily among children in schools. Right now, the State of Idaho is very high for the activity level for the flu. While we always want your children in our buildings, we want to limit the spread of the flu, COVID-19, and the common cold.

Working together, we benefit the community as a whole. We appreciate your partnership during this time.

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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.