CHS Newsletter


Students & Staffulty of the Month

Students & Staffulty of the Month




ACTS OF SERVICE: Sarah Williams

ARTS: Venessa Kudashkin

ATHLETICS: Lauren Baumgartner


ATTITUDE: Jackson McEwan

EAGLE PRIDE: Jalen Martin

STAFFULTY: Lucas Younger & Jason Gordon

Staffulty of the Month Nomination Form

Please nominate any Capital High Staffulty

Attendance Information


Thank you Parents for taking the time to call in your student when they are not going to be in attendance! Please remember that any absences not verified within 48 hours will result in a Truancy which could be followed by disciplinary action. You can call absences in at

208-854-4493. Permits to leave must be called in to 208-854-4494 and Thank you Parents for giving us ample time to get those delivered to your students, it is much appreciated. Our student assistants would like at least 1 hours notice for PTL's to be delivered so please make those calls early and we can have your student waiting for you at front of the school!

Annual Inclement Weather Notice to Parents/Guardians

Education is important and every missed day of school represents lost learning opportunities. However, the Boise School District’s primary concern is for the safety of all students, including students riding busses and walking or biking to school. If students cannot safely travel to school or if schools are not able to operate safely because of city-wide dangerous weather conditions, school may be cancelled. We will not cancel school on days with normal wintery conditions. Light snowfall, cold mornings or areas of ice are not sufficiently dangerous to force the closure of schools. With proper precautions including appropriate clothing, road deicing, and careful driving, students can travel to and from school safely. The Boise School District covers over 450 square miles of Ada County. We recognize that conditions vary throughout the District, even from street to street, in some cases. Conditions may be extremely dangerous in one area, while perfectly safe everywhere else. If parents believe it is too dangerous for their children to travel to school they have the option to keep their children home. If school is cancelled, it will be cancelled for the entire District The most frequent dangerous weather conditions facing Boise schools are: SNOW: Snow levels within the City of Boise are typically light or moderate. However, there is always the potential for a heavy snowfall to make traveling by vehicle or on foot dangerous. Historically, most snowfall only results in slow traffic and minor accidents throughout the City. Normal snowfalls would not result in school closures. COLD: Frigid temperatures are more serious than snow when making school closure decisions. On bitterly cold days our concern is for students walking to school. Extremely cold weather also impairs our ability to get busses running, which causes delays in pickup routes, delays which are much more dangerous to riders because of the low temperatures. ICE: Ice is our most dangerous winter weather condition. Freezing rain and/or refreezing of melted snow make our roads, streets and sidewalks extremely treacherous for pedestrians, and vehicles. Icy conditions may force us to close, even if it appears that no other dangerous conditions exist. How is the decision made to close or not to close school? Representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, the highway district, city and county law enforcement agencies, and school administrators, including the Superintendent, check the roads and monitor information throughout the night and early morning hours. We confer by telephone early in the morning to reach a decision. If school will be closed, we will communicate to local radio and television stations to spread the word. We will also email parents, send a text message, post closure information at, on each school’s website, on our Twitter account @BSDEducation and on our Facebook page. To sign­up for the District’s emergency text messaging service for parents/guardians text SUBSCRIBE to the number 68453. Emergency text alerts are also available for non-parents (for example, District staff members) via the Boise School District's mobile app. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can also view a short video further explaining our Inclement Weather Procedures on our Emergency webpage.

Congratulations to CHS Art Department for winning 1st place at the Festival of Trees

"The Persistence of Christmas" Ode to Dali
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Career Center

PSAT Scores Available

The PSAT scores will be released to students beginning Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Students will be able to access their scores on the Collegeboard website. Some students already have an account on Collegeboard; the students who have already looked at their AP scores from last year or their PSAT scores from their sophomore year will have an account.

If a sophomore or junior is having difficulty looking up their scores, they are encouraged to see Mrs. Cupps for assistance.

I encourage students to take a look at all the information available on their PSAT score report, not just the score itself! It will give details as to what questions were answered correctly, what are the student’s strengths and weakness, and it will give them an opportunity to link their scores to the Khan Academy to help them prepare for the next PSAT (for sophomores) and the next SAT (for juniors in April).

Accessing PSAT Scores:

Understanding your PSAT scores:

It’s not too late to complete the FAFSA!

Seniors, there’s still time to do the FAFSA (the financial aid form that gets you money for postsecondary education!). The priority deadline for BSU, ISU, College of Idaho, LCSC, CWI and CSI is still in the future but don’t wait too long; get the FAFSA completed before it’s crunch time!

Remember to show Mrs. Cupps an email that shows you have submitted your FAFSA and you will receive a $5 Dutch Bros gift card!


In addition to the FAFSA, don’t forget to complete scholarships. The list on Naviance is getting updated regularly and I encourage students to continue to log in and look at the list. There’s a scholarship for everyone! As January rolls around, more and more local scholarships will be available. Don’t wait until the last minute…look at the list now!

Priority Scholarship Deadlines:

NNU: January 15

BSU, ISU, College of Idaho: February 15

CWI, LCSC, CSI: March 1

College Visits: All visits are at lunch in the Career Center

Dec. 5: BSU

Dec. 6: NNU

Dec. 13: ISU

Dec. 14: TVCC and UI

Military Visits: All visits at lunch in Career Center

Dec. 5: Marines and Army

Dec. 7: Idaho National Guard

Dec. 11: Navy

Dec. 14: Army

Dec. 15: Coast Guard

Dec. 18: Navy

Dec. 19: Marines

Alumni Day

We are starting a new tradition at Capital: Alumni Day!

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, Capital will host all alums who would like to come and visit faculty and students. We all know past graduates love to come back on Christmas break to visit with teachers and students. To alleviate disruptions to classes and instructional time, alumni are asked to come to Capital High Career Center to enjoy refreshments and to visit with faculty and students throughout the day, including lunch!

We will have treats available all day in the Career Center.

Contact any teachers to find out when their prep time is so they can be available to visit with you in the Career Center. Please note you are also welcome to visit with staff before or after school.

Winter Break

12/21- Early Release K-12 (Capital Release time 12:13 pm)

12/22 - 1/5 No School

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/15 - No School K-12

End of 1st Semester - 1/19

1/17 - Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release *7-12

1/18 - Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release *7-12

1/19 - Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release *7-12

Test Schedule will be e-mailed home closer to the 17th of January

Yearbooks for sale

Talon Media Group/Capital High School 8055 Goddard Boise, Idaho 83704

(208) 854-4498 Hours 7:30-3:30 p.m.

December 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Have you been thinking about the perfect Christmas gift for your son or daughter? If you have not reserved a yearbook for them yet,*


Last chance to purchase at the lowest price of the year at $55!

Price goes up to $60 on DECEMBER 22 (The first day of winter break!)

Then up to $65 after March 1, 2018.

Orders must be placed in our Business Office or online or postmarked

by DECEMBER 21 to get the $55 price!!

We have a long history of selling out our extra books very quickly! We cannot guarantee a copy for your son or daughter unless you reserve one.



Pick one option:

  1. Call Mrs. Tammy Bush at 854 4498 to place credit card order.
  2. Take cash or check made out to CHS TALON to Business Office at CHS.
  3. Purchase online:
    1. Google: “Capital High School web store” and go to “general”


4. Complete this form. Enclose this form and a check for $55

made out to CHS TALON in an envelope and mail to:

Business Office Attn: Tammy Bush

Capital High School

8055 Goddard

Boise, ID 83704

Please fill in: Student’s Name____________________

Student’s grade _____

Your name ______________________

Please write your student’s name on the MEMO line on your check.

*If you are not sure if you have reserved a yearbook yet, please call Mrs. Bush at 208-854-4498 or email: to confirm the purchase. Thank you!

The Talon yearbook staff appreciates your support!!

Senior Yearbook Ads

Parents and Students you can place your senior ads in the Yearbook

Golden Eagle Booster Club Upcoming Events & Reminders

Check out the following news items from your Golden Eagle Booster Club.

1) Capital Cares Fund – The booster club is coordinating a gift card campaign to provide our social worker with additional resources (food, clothing, gas, hygiene products, etc.) for our students and their families. Capital High has approximately 50% of its students receiving free/reduced meals. In addition, our school has an average of 30-35 homeless youth each year, many having to be self supporting and living on their own. If you can help, please sign up for a card or two and bring them to the school's main office by Friday, December 8. Your donations are tax deductible.

2) SAVE THE DATE – The booster club will be hosting its inaugural Gold and Black Gala on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the new Boise Centre East, as a fundraising event for the school. We will be recognizing three distinguished alumni at the dinner gala and are accepting nominations through December 31, 2017. If you would like more information about the event, the nomination form, or would like to be part of the planning committee or make a donation for the auction, please send a message to

3) Spirit Wear - The booster club will be selling spirit wear at the following girls’ and boys’ basketball games: December 7, December 12, and January 2. If you would like to be a part of the spirit wear volunteer team, please send a message to

4) Fred Meyer's Community Rewards Program - Family and friends of Capital High School can support our fundraising efforts by linking their Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the booster club’s account (NPO # 90095) at The booster club will receive a donation when you shop using your Rewards Card, and you will still earn your rewards points, fuel points, and rebates. Check the bottom of your Fred Meyer receipt to confirm that you have linked your card to our account. We currently have only 20 households participating in this program with us. Please link your rewards card to the booster club’s account today.

Youth Government Information

Youth Government/Political Action Club recently attended the Frank Church Conference on Refugees, Immigration, and National Security at Boise State University. Fourteen students received tickets to the luncheon where Anne C. Richard, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration was the keynote speaker.

On December 5, thirty club members will attend the Idaho Youth Government Regional Conference at BSU where they will elect state officers and receive training in bill writing and compete in a Co-Counsel competition.

Senior American Government Test Information

All high school seniors will take the Civics Test the second week in December. As required by the Idaho Legislature, every Idaho student must pass this test with a 70% or above in order to be eligible for graduation. Students will study for the test in their American Government classes.

Band Concert Dates

December 12th - Band Winter Concert. 7pm at Capital

December 19th - Choir Holiday Concert. 7pm at Capital

Choir & Orchestra Event

Choir and Orchestra Combined Holiday Concert Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Capital High School auditorium. The event is free, but donations are accepted at the door.

DECA - Daddy Daughter Dance Link

5th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance Save the Date February 17th 7-9 pm, $5.00 per person


Our students made Capital proud, and here are the highlights:

Katie Lotz--3rd place in Editorial Commentary

Robbie Spiers--Double Octafinalist Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate

Rachel Edmondson--Octafinalist JV Lincoln Douglas Debate; 5th best speaker in JV LD

Taylor Hanberg--Octafinalist JV Lincoln Douglas Debate

Drew Holstein--Octafinalist JV Lincoln Douglas Debate

Robert Bratley--finalist Congressional Debate

We will be taking the next few weeks off to enjoy the holiday and break. Our season continues on December 8th and 9th at Columbia High.

Speak_and_Debate #likeaneagle

Swim Team News

Congratulations to the Girls' and Boys' Swim Teams for a great job at State! The Girls' Team finished 13th out of 21 teams. The Boys' Team finished 5th out of 21 teams. The Boys's relays also placed 3rd in both the 200 and 400 Free Relays. Paul Shutt finished 2nd in the 200 freestyle and Culley Shannon finished 2nd in the 100 breaststroke. Special recognition to seniors Dani Rooney, Culley Shannon, and Elliott McCloskey for four years of swimming and finishing out a great swimming career.

Want to join the swim team? Look for information about next year in the Spring!

Capital Athletic Website