Caldwell School District Update
From Superintendent Dr. N. Shalene French
Latinos in Action
Students from Jefferson and Syringa Middle Schools, Caldwell and Canyon Springs High Schools had the opportunity to travel to Twin Falls for the Latinos in Action (LIA) Conference held at the College of Southern Idaho. This was the first LIA Conference held in the State of Idaho.
LIA offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students, working from within the educational system to create positive change. The end goal of the program is to empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness.
"We have a very large Hispanic population at our schools and I think a lot of our students don't feel like they identify with some of the extracurricular activities. If they are not sports or musically inclined, Latinos in Action is another way for them to give back to their community," said Joanna May, English Language (EL) Teacher at CHS.
During the conference students attended break-out sessions where they learned how to apply for college, overcome communication barriers, reflect on self-care, and sing and dance. They met students from Gooding, Jerome, Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, Burley, Teton, Minico, Cassia, and Wood River High Schools.
"It felt like I knew everyone there and the dances made me feel more comfortable because I knew the dances," said Cynthia Linares, a sophomore at Caldwell High School. "I think everyone had a great time!"
Explore Oregon Science Field Trip
Students learned about living and non-living things, gathered water samples, experienced crabbing (fishing for crab) on the Pacific Ocean, visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium, went hiking, and even tried clam chowder. A memorable part of the experience was the lodging - students stayed in yurts.
The Explore Oregon field trip was a chance for our middle school science students to participate in authentic scientific field work as they prepare to tackle future environmental challenges.
A special thank you to Dr. Melyssa Ferro for making this trip possible and for providing our students with this unique learning opportunity.
Students Giving Back
"I love the idea ... that [our] senior students are serving their community," said Lewis and Clark Librarian, Anita Day. "I am just so appreciative that they were willing to come help here at Lewis and Clark Elementary."
These amazing volunteers were able to shift the entire fiction chapter book section, allowing the books to be organized by genre.
Thank you to Daisy Trujillo, Andrew Solorio, Sebastian Arteaga, Fatima Zavala, Grace Tish, Sedrick Call, Daniel Leon, Luis Cervantes, and Fatima Ramirez.
Thank you to all of our seniors who have mentored younger students, helped in our elementary schools, and served the community of Caldwell this year!
Spotlight on Caldwell High School's Fabrication Team
The team competed against ten different schools from around the State. They were tasked with welding a fire pit in just 4 1/2 hours. Each team member was awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the College of Western Idaho, a brand new backpack for welding supplies, and new helmets.
"This team has put the effort in," said Mr. Ivak Cooper, CHS Welding Instructor. "They took it seriously and worked hard and it payed off."
The three person team will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia in June to compete in the National Tournament for the first time in school history.
If you are interested in helping them pay for travel expenses to the National Tournament, please contact Mr. Cooper at CHS.
Celebrating Caldwell FFA
During her role as the reporter, she will run the district's FFA social media pages, plan public information programs with local media, publish a chapter newsletter, and much more.
"There was about nine or ten people and only six roles so it was extremely stressful," said Abby. "When they called my name I was really surprised and excited."
Abby currently serves as Caldwell's FFA Vice President. We are grateful for Abby's leadership and proud that she represents Caldwell!
Caldwell High School Greenhouse Sale
The annual Caldwell High School Greenhouse sale will be held April 27 - 30.
All sales support our CHS Horticulture program.
You will be able to select from ten (10) different types of peppers and more than five (5) different types of tomatoes. Other vegetable plants will be available, as well as, flowers and herbs.
The greenhouse is located between the main building and the tech building. Both credit cards and cash payments will be accepted. Please review the flyer for more details.
In-person Kindergarten Registration will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Students enrolled in Kindergarten will have the opportunity to learn and practice essential age appropriate social, academic, and learner dispositions, which will lay the foundation for a successful school experience.
Summer Reading Celebration
The event will be held at the Reel Luxe Theatre in Downtown Caldwell. All participants can enter into a drawing for a $100 gift card to Rediscovered Books.
There is free parking behind the theater along the railroad tracks. We hope to see you there!
Celebrating the Week of the Young Child
This month we celebrated the Week of the Young Child. This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
"I believe that early childhood literacy is super important," said Marisela Pesina, Chair of the Caldwell School Board.
This is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment at home, at childcare, at school, and in the community that will promote their early learning.
WE ARE HIRING!
The Caldwell School District is looking for kitchen staff/cooks, custodians, special education paraprofessionals, safe school aids, community schools liaisons, substitute teachers, and behavior interventionists for all levels.
If you know someone who would be a good fit for any of these positions, please encourage them to apply online at www.caldwellschools.org.
We provide substitute teacher training through STEDI.org.
Upcoming Optional Vaccination Clinic
TDAP, Meningococcal, Meningococcal B, and HPV vaccines will be available. Students MUST have a signed consent form to receive a vaccination.
There will be no school on Friday, April 22, 2022, to allow for April Break. District Offices will be open. Regular class schedules will resume on Monday, April 25, 2022.
The Caldwell School District Board of Trustees will hold their next Regular Board Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and will be live-streamed. To see the School Boards 2022 Regular Board Meeting Calendar click here.