D93 Family Update
May 18, 2023
Bond Election Results & Next Steps
First, I want to say "Thank you!" to everyone who took time out of your busy schedules to vote in the bond election on Tuesday,
Even though 65.2% of voters in D93 voted to support building a new elementary school, the proposal still fell about 150 yes votes short of the 67% super-majority necessary to pass a bond.
This setback means that we will need to seriously consider other short-term alternatives to building a new school.
Even though we don't plan to make any new changes for next year, we do need to start thinking about changes for the 2024 -2025 school year. Unfortunately, most alternatives will have an adverse impact on student learning and families. Some ideas that we must evaluate include eliminating or reducing the option of all-day kindergarten classes as well as busing students away from over-capacity schools to schools that have available classrooms. With the slim margin by which the proposal failed by, the School Board is also discussing whether to propose the bond again in August or November.
May Cornerstone Recognition
In May, we want to recognize individuals who have exemplified all four cornerstones throughout this school year:
Learning & Literacy
Please click the button below, to nominate someone that you believe has gone the extra mile (or more) in exemplifying all four of the cornerstones of our culture.
Great Things Happening in D93
Fifth Graders Enjoy Beautiful Weather during Annual Bike Ride
The annual fifth grade bike ride was a huge success! Student from the north side of the district road their bikes to Iona on Tuesday and students from the south side rode their bikes to Iona on Wednesday. There were fun games for the kids to play once they reach the park in Iona and lunch was served. The students even received t-shirts!
We want to give a huge shoutout to our local police, public works, fire departments and volunteers for helping with the bike ride. The picture below shows students from Ucon and Fairview at a resting spot near Ririe Highway. BCSO Deputies and the Idaho State Police completely shut down the highway each year to allow students to safely cross the road.
Falls Valley Principal has a New Look
Principal Orme made a deal with her students at Falls Valley that she would color her hair purple if they reached a lofty ISAT goal. The students blew that goal out of the water! This morning the school held a special assembly to announce the results and unveil Principal Orme's new look. You can watch the video from this event on our Instagram page.
More School Board News
Gene Smith Named as Black Canyon MS Principal
On Wednesday, the School Board accepted the recommendation of Gene Smith as principal of Black Canyon Middle School next year. Gene joined District 93 in 2016 as an assistant principal at Hillcrest where he worked for two years. In 2018, Gene became the principal of Ammon Elementary School.
As a former middle school teacher social studies teacher, Gene is looking forward to returning to his educational roots. "I am so excited to be joining the Storm team. I can't wait to get to know the staff, students, and families of Black Canyon and look forward to serving as their principal."
Craig Miller, who has served as the principal at Black Canyon since it opened two years ago, has accepted a position in Kuna School District to be closer to family.
Zone 3 Trustee Vacancy
Chairman Chad Dance has resigned his position effective July 30, 2023 as Zone 3 Trustee. He and his wife will be moving to Island Park at the end of the summer. We are so grateful for his service and his dedication to Bonneville School District 93. We are currently taking applications for those individuals who live in Zone 3. If you would be interested in this appointment, please go to d93.org/1140F or click on the button below. The application needs to be submitted to the Board Clerk by June 12, 2023 by 12:00 p.m. If you have any questions please contact the Board Clerk at 208-557-6849 or email@example.com.
Zone 3 includes the following areas:
- Everything west of the railroad tracks between between Lincoln and 1st Street.
- Everything west of Hitt Road between 17th Street and Lincoln Road
Here are a few of the stories you'll find in this week's D93 News
- Mindy Clayton takes the Oath of Office as the new Zone 1 Trustee
- Declaration of Vacancy in Zone 3
- Moving forward after the Elementary Bond falls short to the goal line
- 5th Grade Bike Ride
- EIRMC health minute
Family Events & Resources
Bonneville County Library Summer Reading Program
Opportunities for Students
D93 Offers CNA Certification for High School Students
DId you know that students can earn their Certified Nursing Assistant license in high school? Jacueline Garcia provides this program at Technical Careers High School for students in every D93 high school. Go to d93.org/CNA for more information.
Pine Basin Summer Camps
Elementary Summer Camps
District 93 is inviting 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to get out and enjoy outdoor learning at Pine Basin Lodge! Activities include group games, outdoor classes, hiking, swimming, campfires, visiting Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Playhouse, and more!
To register, please go to pinebasin.com and click elementary application. You may select one of the following weeks for the elementary camp (Please note that some weeks may be sold out):
The cost is $226.42 plus state tax of $13.58 for a total of $240.00 (includes Pine Basin Summer Camp T-shirt and admission to Jackson Hole Playhouse). We cannot guarantee a reservation until it is paid in full. Follow the fee payment portal instructions to reserve your date.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary Eco-science Summer Camp
Guess what! Your 7th - 12th grade student can earn a high school science credit while having a blast at Pine Basin.🙌 They will learn about forestry, water and fish study, dendrochronology and much more. Click here for more information.
- Week 1: July 31 – Aug 4
Week 2: Aug 7 – 11
D93 Get Help Line
Students, parents, and employees can reach out for help with bullying, harassment, suicidal tendencies, self-harm, threats, or to report weapons at school by going to d93.org/gethelp or sending the text @gethelp to 855-528-0074.