Wildcat Wire

January 29 - February 4

Semester 1 Grades/NCAs

Please check PowerSchool for your (your child's) first semester grades. This step is vital to verify you (your child) doesn't have any NCA grades (No Credit Achieved). If there is an NCA (more than 5 absences) in any class from 1st semester those NCA grades need to be resolved as soon as possible for them to change to the grade earned. Please connect with our attendance office to confirm opportunities to work time for time or attend Saturday School.

Another important note for first semester grades, is that grades can be improved at the end of 2nd semester in mastery classes only (Summit courses) For example, 1st semester is a C grade and 2nd semester is an B grade - we retroactively replace the 1st semester with a B grade). These retroactive changes will happen at the end of the second grading period.

Parent Feedback - Wildcat Way Survey

Wildcat Families,

A great start to the 2nd half of the 2022-2023 school year, wow, how it’s gone fast. We just finished up grade level assemblies yesterday in the auditorium. We had a little bit of a different message for each grade level; however, our focus was on a few things. Items that we concentrated on were Living the Wildcat Way, Hopes, Dreams, and Focus. The middle point in the school year is a great time of the year to reflect. As a school and staff, we sincerely want to know how we are doing as a school regarding our learners living The Wildcat Way. With this information our team will work together to take action on what we can do to improve in this area. If you could take just a few minutes of your time to complete this survey, this is a survey that we gave and had students complete while they were in the assembly yesterday. It’s great to hear from our students and it’s important to hear from other stakeholders and get your perspective. Thank you in advance.


Community Information Night

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Senior Scoop

Cap & Gown UPDATE: Caps & Gowns can still be purchase from Herff Jones, however, there is a $10 surcharge. Please be sure you/your senior has their cap & gown ordered as soon as possible. Herff Jones

Senior Tributes: PARENTS! It's your time to create a special message to your graduating senior that will appear in our 2022-2023 Yearbook. Use the link below to access the "Creation Space" where you can upload your picture and special message to them. The cost is $40 for an 1/8 page Tribute (the only size available this year). The Deadline to upload is March 1st, so don't delay! Senior Tribute Creation Link

Communication: There will be lots to communicate, please be sure your Parent-Square account is registered/activated. If you are only getting alerts, your account is not registered. Please share this information with friends and parents of CHS Seniors. If you have questions, please contact us at chssecretaries@nsd131.org

Graduation: 2023 Graduation is Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30pm at the Ford Idaho Center

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SENIORS - Entrepreneurship Summer Program - Deadline 2/15

LaunchX Summer Program brings together top aspiring high school entrepreneurs from around the world each summer, supporting them through the process of launching an actual "startup".

LaunchX has been a leader in youth entrepreneurship education, as evidenced by our top speakers, experienced staff, and leading course materials. Plus, we've been acknowledged by a number of established and renowned institutions such as Inc. Best in Business, Digital Education Awards, Wharton Reimagine Education, CNBC, Huffington Post, and many more.

We understand that so much of the value comes from the students, so we look forward to having many more great students in this summer's class and look forward to many great applicants from your school.

To learn more about the program, including the program locations, dates, program fees, and financial need support, visit their website.

FRESHMEN! CTE EXPO Coming February 6 & 7

CTE is happy to announce our annual 9th grade CTE Expo. Our goal is to educate current 9th graders on the different pathways and options offered within the school district, which could in turn help them make educated decisions during course requesting. This event is only for current 9th graders and will occur during their Business Computer Applications (BCA) class period. The expo will occur on all 3 high school campuses.

EXPO Information

Date: Monday, February 6th & Tuesday, February 7th during class hours

Locations: CHS- Aux Gym (upstairs)

NHS- Gym (upstairs- East)

SHS- Gym (upstairs- West)

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Spring Sports begins February 24

It's not too early to start planning on participating in a Wildcat Sprig Sport. First practices are Friday, February 24th. Interested? Please contact the coach and get all the information on current workouts, paperwork and tryouts/first practice. Freshmen & Juniors who have not played a sport this year will be required to have a physical. See required paperwork below.

Baseball: Coach Phil Diplock - phildipper19@gmail.com

Softball: Coach Wes McCall - wesmmccall@gmail.com

Tennis: Coach Lee Haskill - haskill.lee@gmail.com

Track & Field: Coach Charlie Dotson - cdotson@nsd131.org

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Congratulations to our Athletes & Team of the Week

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College & Career Corner

College and Military Recruiter Visits

  • Tuesday, January 31: TRIO Educational Talent Search

    • Will be here in cafeteria foyer during lunch

  • Wednesday, February 1: Army

    • Will be in the cafeteria foyer during lunch

  • Thursday, February 2: Marines

    • Will be in the cafeteria foyer during lunch

  • Thursday, February 2: Northwest Nazarene University

    • Will be in the cafeteria foyer during lunch

  • Friday, February 3: Idaho State Unive

    • Will be in the college and career center @9:30am

    • Juniors and seniors remember to sign up through link

  • College/Military Recruiter Calendar- click here

Loan Opportunity

Preston Capell Loan- Any graduate of a Nampa School District High School who is continuing his/her education in a state accredited college or vocational program may apply for a loan from the Preston Capell Educational Fund. This fund is named after former Nampa Mayor Preston Capell, who donated $180,000 to the Nampa School District for a student loan fund. This loan fund has now grown to over $300,000.

Loans are granted to students desiring to continue their college or vocational studies. They are awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need and potential for service and achievement. The loans are interest free if they are paid back in a timely manner following graduation from post-secondary education.

Applications are available from high school counselors, the district website or the Nampa School District office. They are due by 5:00 pm on March 31, 2023. For more information, contact Randy Dewey at 468-4600 or Ms. Baeza.

Applications will be available on the bulletin board in front of the career center or have your student check their email for application.


  • Next Steps Idaho Scholarship Listing for local scholarships

  • Idaho Community Foundation Scholarships for local scholarships

  • FastWeb scholarship search engine

  • To get newsletters on different scholarships opening every month click the link below:

  • Nampa Lions Club- Bob Donald Student Scholarship Award The purpose of the Nampa Lions Club scholarships is to provide $500 Scholarships: To help high school seniors attain advanced training and/or higher education. To reward students for involvement in community service. To encourage youth to consider the Lions Club as their Service Organization. To give back to the community with financial contributions.

    • Eligibility Requirements:

      • Include two letters of reference from non-related adults, at least one from an Education professional.

      • Be prepared to be interviewed by members of the Nampa Lions Club or make a short presentation to the Nampa Lions Club at a regular club meeting in March or April 2021.

      • Award recipient(s) will be notified no later than May 1, 2021.

    • Deadline- March 30, 2023

    • Printed applications are available in the bulletin board in front of career center

  • Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship The BeautySchoolsDirectory.com team is proud to offer a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty. If you’re ready to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry, or if you are continuing your education to pursue your next career goal, submit the application form below for the chance to win a $2,500 scholarship toward your tuition and education expenses.

    • Eligibility Requirements:

      • Prospective students planning to an enroll in an eligible program within the next year, this can be part-time or full-time students

      • All US residents, including DACA recipients and international students

      • To be selected, students must be currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in any of the following accredited or state-approved programs:

        • Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Barbering, Electrology, Laser Hair Removal, or Trichology, Hair Design or Hair Braiding, Makeup Artistry or Permanent Makeup, Nail Technology, Salon Management or Cosmetology Teaching, Other relevant beauty industry program, at our selection committee's discretion

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • Gem State Insurance Company Scholarship: Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each will be awarded to winners as selected by the Gem State Insurance Company Scholarship Committee.

    • Deadline- Monday, April 3, 2023.

    • Application was sent in email and there are printed applications are available in the bulletin board in front of career center

  • **The Toyota Nunca Pares Scholarship Supports three Hispanic student scholars from the U.S. who are pursuing their dreams for a better future and their relentless resolve to move forward, because ultimately, their success is their community’s success. Each award is valued at $25,000 and will be applied to Fall 2023 studies.

    • Deadline- by 11:59am PT on February 4

  • Treasure Valley YMCA Civic Engagement Scholarship: Each high school in the service area of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA may nominate one, and only one, candidate for a scholarship each year, so be sure to work with your school counselor during the application process. They typically select no more than 3-5 students to receive this scholarship, with a typical gift amount of $2.5K-$15K.

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

    • Paper applications are also located by bulletin board in front of career center

  • Idaho Governor’s Cup Scholarship

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • **Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Scholarship Application Scholars are selected based on merit. Award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.

    • Deadline- February 15, 2023

  • Student-View Scholarship Program The 2023 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $12,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college or career school. The program includes one ($5,000 scholarship, two ($1,000 scholarships), and Ten ($500 scholarships).

    • Deadline- April 23, 2023

  • Idaho Battle of the Belts Competition 2023 Scholarship Application The Office of Highway Safety, in partnership with State Farm Insurance, is pleased to present the Idaho Battle of the Belts competition! In this competition, we invite high school students across Idaho to develop plans for increasing seat belt use in their high schools and their communities and the opportunity to compete for up to $2,500 in student college scholarship awards.

    • Deadline- February 28, 2023

  • PB&J Scholarship for Current High School Seniors Two ($1,0000) scholarships. The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.

    • Deadline- May 31, 2023

  • Westmark Credit Union Scholarship Westmark Credit Union is offering fifteen $2,500.00 scholarships to 2023 high school graduates.

    • Deadline- March 24, 2023

    • You can apply in the link provided or grab an application by bulletin board in front of career center

  • **McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship The McDonald's HACER National Scholarship Program will offer scholarships to up to 30 outstanding Hispanic students from all over the country. Funds are aimed to help recipients finance their college tuition, and there are three tiers. Tier 1 recipients will be awarded up to $100,000. Tier 2 recipients will receive $20,000 or $10,000 and Tier 3 recipients will receive $5,000. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, personal statement and financial need.

    • Deadline- February 6, 2023

  • Idaho Power Academic Excellence Scholarship The Idaho Power scholarship program provides fifteen (15) $2,000.00 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who live in Idaho Power’s service area. These scholarships are non-renewable grants.

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • Idaho Power’s Douglas E. Sprenger, Kevin M. Whittier and Larry R. Wimer Memorial Scholarship Fund Two $1,000 scholarships will be available to students planning to enroll in engineering or natural resources programs at an accredited college or university in Idaho. These awards are granted on a one-time basis and are not renewable.

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • Auto Ranch Foundation Scholarship The Purpose of the Auto Ranch Foundation is to provide scholarships to deserving high school graduating seniors intending to pursue a course of study at either a two-year or four-year educational institution or trade program, to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a career in automotive, technical, agricultural, mechanical or related fields.

    • Deadline- March 31, 2023

    • Printed applications are available in the bulletin board in front of career center

  • Horatio Alger Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholarship (5 awards at $52,000 each)- The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

    • Deadline- March 15, 2023

  • Horatio Alger Patricia Cole Scholarship (6 awards at $12,500 each)- The Patricia Cole Scholarship Program is funded by Association Friend of Distinction Patricia Cole.

    • Deadline- March 15, 2023

  • Horatio Alger Robert G. Miller – College of Idaho Scholarship (3 awards at $50,000 each)- The Robert G. Miller Scholarship Program is funded by Association Board Member Robert G. Miller, Retired Chairman & CEO of the Albertsons Companies, Inc.

    • Deadline- March 15, 2023

  • Horatio Alger Robert G. Miller – Boise State University Scholarship (5 awards at $16,000 each)- The Robert G. Miller Scholarship Program is funded by Association Board Member Robert G. Miller, Retired Chairman & CEO of the Albertsons Companies, Inc.

    • Deadline- March 15, 2023

  • **Foot Locker Scholar Athletes- $20,000 scholarship, open to any student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities

    • Deadline- January 30, 2023

  • Skaug Law Nampa School District Scholarship -To support the youth of Nampa School District in their efforts to pursue post-secondary education, Skaug Law will be offering a $1000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior.

    • Deadline- April 15, 2023

  • Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023 by midnight

  • Jiffy Lube "What Drives You?"

    • Deadline- March 10th, 2023

  • Idaho Association of Counties Scholarship Fund, Inc

    • Seniors, please check email for application or grab one by bulletin board in front of career center

    • Deadline- February 28, 2023

**Deadline Coming Up


  • Thank you to all the seniors who have completed the FAFSA so far. We have 82 seniors who have completed it.

  • Please make sure to complete the FAFSA for financial aid if you haven’t done so yet.

We have 191 seniors so far who have applied to college/trade/military. Please continue working on those applications. If you need help, please see Ms. Baeza.

FAFSA Competition

  • We are having a healthy FAFSA Competition among our Skyview, Nampa, and Columbia. This is based on the percentage of FAFSA's completed by each senior class at each high school. Meaning the school with the highest completion rate will win. We have extended our deadline to January. The school with the highest FAFSA completion percentage that senior class will get a big prize! Our goal is at least 50%!!!

  • Skyview is still in the lead!

  • Besides the FAFSA competition among all three comprehensive high schools, Ms. Baeza also has a Class of 2023 FAFSA Finish Line for the seniors!

    • All seniors who complete the FAFSA will get a Columbia T-shirt and some other fun Columbia School spirit things. All those who complete the FAFSA will also get their name entered into a drawing for fun prizes.

Weekly Event Schedule

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