Caldwell School District Update

From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French

September 15, 2022

Homecoming 2022

Caldwell High School has been the heart of the Caldwell community since 1893! This week the Cougars celebrated Homecoming, a time honored Caldwell tradition.

Class competitions started off with the themed hallway decorations. Competitions continued with the tug-o-war, lip sync, and the powderpuff football game.

"I think it's really awesome to be a part of such a long-standing tradition," said Karina Calderon ASB Co-President. "I remember being in elementary school and watching the parade each year. It's cool to think we are the role models now that the little kids look up to."

The week will wrap up with an assembly, parade, sporting events (including boys and girls soccer Thursday night), the Friday night football game (starting at 7:00 pm vs. Buhl High School), and concluding with the Homecoming dance on Saturday.

We are fortunate to be a part of a community that values our youth, their education, and believes in preserving traditions that create cherished memories of friendships and learning.

Every Day Matters Attendance Campaign

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and the Caldwell School District has launched an attendance campaign called #EveryDayMatters.

The campaign's purpose is to bring a community - wide approach to promoting good attendance, setting attendance expectations, and supporting our students and families to make certain our students are coming to school ready to learn every day.

"We want to be able to make sure that we are aware of why our students aren't coming to school and what we can do to support our families and help them understand the importance of their child attending school everyday," said Hortensia Hernandez, Community School Coordinator.


• Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10%, or about two days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.

When every student is in the classroom every day, the class as a whole learns new material at a faster rate.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. It is essential to start building this habit in preschool and kindergarten so children learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school and college. Our goal is to see every student walk across the stage and receive their diploma. #EveryDayMatters

Summer Board Retreat

This summer, past and future graduates of the Caldwell School District spoke to the Board of Trustees about the Profile of a Caldwell Graduate. The Trustees asked the graduates to share their experiences as a student in the Caldwell School District. Graduates also discussed their insights, suggestions, and successes with Board Members.

We want to thank Stone Stills, Gage Schleicher, Wyatt Felton, Annai Gonzalez, Marielena Rosas, Simi McDonald, Genaro Huitron, Bianca Stevenson, Ashley Green, William F. Gigray, and Garrett Nancolas for sharing their experiences and for being great representatives of the Caldwell School District.

Strategic Plan

In May the Caldwell School District Board of Trustees approved the District's new Strategic Plan. The plan took over a year to create, and multiple stakeholders were involved in the process. We appreciate the time given to this important project that will impact our community in the years to come.

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Spotlight on our School Resource Officer

Last month we honored Officer Oscar Martinez, School Resource Officer (SRO) at Canyon Springs High School, for assisting in the rescue of a near-fatal drowning in the Boise River.

Officer Martinez was one of the first responders on the scene who helped rescue the Caldwell man from the fast-flowing river. The man had been clinging to a tree branch for over 12 hours.

"I just want to thank the staff, my partners, Canyon County Deputies, the fire team, and the medics. We all came together and accomplished the goal as one team," said Officer Martinez.

We are so grateful for the Caldwell Police Department for all they do for our community and the students in the Caldwell School District.

Empowering Parents Grant

Idaho parents and guardians are facing many challenges as they try to help their students recover from learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant support is available to help Idaho students from kindergarten through grade 12 whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic. The Empowering Parents program provides resources to help parents improve their students’ learning.

Empowering Parents is a State of Idaho program funded by federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. It provides Idaho students access to funds that can be used to purchase educational goods and services.

Do you need home internet?

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC program that helps connect families and households struggling to afford internet services.

The benefit provides up to $30/month discount for internet service, up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying tribal lands, and a one-time discount on up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.

Click HERE for more information.

Community Information

The Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is warning Idaho schools and parents about the threat of overdose due to counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 40% of all counterfeit pills in circulation contain fatal amounts of fentanyl. The bulletin below contains guidance for schools and parents.

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.


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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