We can't wait to meet you!

A Message from Principal Cliff Rice

I am beyond humbled to have the opportunity to be the principal of this amazing school and students at Owyhee High School. I have been in West Ada for 20 years. I started as a teacher at Meridian Academy and then moved over to Mountain View High School when it opened in 2003. At Mountain View High School, I taught for 2 years, became the activities director in 2005, was hired as a vice principal in 2011 and then became principal of MVHS in 2017. I loved my time as a Maverick but couldn't pass up an opportunity to build a school from the ground up. We have assembled an all-star team of admin, teachers and staff that will bring energy and excitement to our classrooms! I look forward to seeing the students flooding into our school on the first day, August 26. I hope you all can join us at some of our upcoming events, highlighted in this week's newsletter.

There will be an open house on August 17th from 4-8 p.m. and a ribbon cutting on August 19th at 9 a.m. We hope to see you at these events. The ribbon cutting will include a pep rally to get us all geared up for what is sure to be a great first year at OHS.

Traffic Update

Traffic changes and road construction will be going on during the first few months of school. There will be a signal light at Owyhee Storm and Ustick Road that will be complete in late August or early September. The intersection of McMillian and Owyhee Storm is being widened and will be completed prior to school starting. The intersection of Star and McMillan will widen to three lanes in all directions and will have a signal. The intersection will be constructed in phases and will be complete by the end of November.

We’re following ACHD’s traffic requirements. There are multiple ways to enter OHS, so we’re confident that this area will be able to accommodate the traffic. I am attaching a map of the area so you can clearly see where the work is taking place. This map also shows where student, teacher, and visitor parking areas are. Please click the Road Construction Map link below.

Fall Sports Tryouts

Tryouts for Fall sports are this Monday, August 9th. Please refer to the Athletics home page on the Owyhee High School website for information regarding tryout schedules and important athletic paperwork that must be completed. This site contains current fall sports schedules and coaches' contact information. Click the Owyhee Athletics Home Page link below.

Fall sports tryouts are AUGUST 9th!!

On the turf:

Boys Soccer - 6:00 am - 8:00 am

Football - 8:00 am-10:00 am and 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Girls Rugby - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Girls Soccer - 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

In the gym:

Volleyball - 8:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Cross Country and Swimming - Please contact the varsity head coach (contact information on OHS Athletics Home Page).

Owyhee High School Open House

An open house will be held Tuesday, August 17th, 4 pm – 8pm. Owyhee students and families are invited to stop by and see YOUR amazing new school! Maps will be available, and staff will help guide you around the school. There will be a welcome presentation in the auditorium by Mr. Rice, OHS Principal, every 45 minutes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Important Dates

  • Monday, August 9: Fall Sports Tryouts begin
  • Tuesday, August 17, 4 pm - 8 pm: Open House at Owyhee High School
  • Wednesday, August 18, 12 pm - 8 pm: Device Distribution
  • Wednesday, August 18, 4 pm - 8 pm: Bookkeeper available onsite for fee payments
  • Thursday, August 19, 8 am - 4 pm: Device Distribution
  • Thursday, August 19, 9 am: Owyhee High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - All Welcome!
  • Friday, August 20, 7 pm: First Varsity Boys Soccer Home Game vs. Boise High School
  • Thursday, August 26: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
  • Thursday, August 26, 7:30 pm: First Varsity Girls Soccer Home Game vs. Timberline HS
  • Thursday, August 26, Swimming Coed Varsity vs. Meridian HS - Away
  • Thursday, September 2, 5 pm: Cross Country Caldwell Twilight Invite
  • Thursday, September 2, 6:30 pm: Varsity Volleyball Home Match vs. Centennial HS
  • Friday, September 3, 7 pm: First Varsity Football Home Game vs. Capital High School
  • Tuesday, September 21, 6 pm: Girls Rugby vs. Eagle High School

Device Distribution

Device Distribution will be Wednesday, August 18th, from 12 pm – 8 pm, and Thursday, August 19, from 8 am – 4 pm. We would like to get ALL students their laptops prior to the start of school. Students can come anytime on either day. Students/Parents will park in the north parking lot and enter the doors to the commons area. Devices will be picked up in the commons area.

Schedule Information from our Counselors

Hello Storm! The counselors are working hard to ensure all students are appropriately scheduled before the first day of school. We have new students that have not yet submitted course requests. Please know if requests are not submitted prior to Wednesday, August 11th, counselors will choose courses for students. Schedules will be visible in Class Choice by Monday, August 16th. Students will use their West Ada usernames and passwords to log in to Power School, then access Class Choice from there to see their schedules. Counselors will be emailing parents and students if there are scheduling issues or questions. Please make sure to check your email frequently.

Any requests for schedule changes must be submitted through an online form that will be available on the Owyhee High School Counseling webpage. Please know schedule changes will be very limited and only granted in circumstances in which students are incorrectly placed. All requests for schedule changes must be submitted by Tuesday, August 31st at 3:00, in accordance with district policy.

Participation Fees and Optional Fees at OHS

There are no required course fees at Owyhee High School.

All participation fees and activity cards are required to be paid by participants on sport and activity teams, prior to the first competition.

  • Sports Participation Fee $110.00

  • Activity Card (including tax) $44.50

Optional Fees for the 2021-2022 school year are now available on myschoolfees.com

  • Parking Permit $10.00

  • PSAT( for juniors only) $25.00

  • Yearbooks (including tax) $65.00

There will be an opportunity to make payments onsite at Owyhee High School:

  • August 16 & 17, 8 AM – 3 PM

  • August 18, 4 PM - 8 PM

  • August 19 & 20, 8 AM - 3 PM

Interested in Joining Band?

Hello Owyhee Students! My name is Mrs. Seubert and I’m the band director at Owyhee High School. We are starting to get our marching band season underway. If you want to be a part of marching band (even if you haven’t signed up for band yet!), we have some upcoming camp dates that I wanted everyone to be aware of.
Full band camp for all marching students will be August 9th-13th at Owyhee High School from 8 am to 4 pm. If you’re not sure if you want to do band just yet, stop by camp the first day and see if it’s a good fit! We’d love to have you. If you have any interest in dance or being in Marching Band, but you don’t play an instrument, Color Guard is a great option! There is no experience necessary, and we have a great coach, Taylor Witmer. Our awesome percussion instructor is Rebekah Jillson.
If you have any questions at all, my email is seubert.katherine@westada.org. I hope to see a lot of you in the next few weeks!

From the Nurse’s Office

Hello wonderful students, I am excited to serve as your school nurse at Owyhee High School! Just a reminder, all incoming senior students are required to obtain a second Meningococcal (MCV4/Menactra) vaccine or have a parent/guardian complete a vaccine exemption form prior to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you for your assistance! - Tami Desaulniers, RN

Bus Information

Bus information can be found on the West Ada website at www.westada.org. Click on the bus icon in the top right hand corner of the screen.

School Contact Information

Our address is 3650 N. Owyhee Storm Avenue, Meridian, ID 83646

Owyhee High School Phone: 208-350-4620

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday

Head Principal - Cliff Rice rice.clifford@westada.org

11th & 12th Grade - Vice PrincipalMelissa Hampton knueven.melissa@westada.org

10th Grade: Vice PrincipalHeath McInerney mcinerney.heath@westada.org

9th Grade Vice Principal Scott Connors connors.scott@westada.org

Activities Director - Dane Roy – roy.dane@westada.org


A - F Sarah Everett – everett.sarah@westada.org

G - N Dana Knudsen – knudsen.dana@westada.org

O - Z Courtney Bunch – bunch.courtney@westada.org

College & Career Counselor: Rae Peppley – peppley.rae@westada.org

School Psychologist - Teresa Fritsch - fritsch.teresa@westada.org

Special Ed Dept Chair - Tyler Oram – oram.tyler@westada.org

School Nurse - Tami Desaulniers – desaulniers.tami@westada.org

Bookkeeper - Sarah Ingle – ingle.sarah@westada.org

School Resource Officer - Officer Bob Allison – allison.robert@westada.org

Security Officer - Travis Stuart – stuart.travis@westada.org

District Services Center: 208-855-4500 / www.westada.org

Transportation/Routes: 208-229-8500