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Letter to Parents about Testing

Dear Greenacres Mustangs,

We are getting to the end of an excellent school year and our testing window is starting. Thank you for doing your best this year. While test scores are important for us see how we are doing, they don’t tell us the whole story. Test scores don’t show what makes our students special and unique.

Students: Test scores do not show that you are a good friend. They do not show that your smile can brighten someone else’s day. They do not show that you are good brother or sister. They do not show that despite dealing with bad circumstances, you come to school with a smile and try your best.

Tests don’t show that you can tell a really good story or that you love spending time (baking, hunting, fishing, singing, hiking) with special family members. Tests do not show that you can be trustworthy, kind, or thoughtful. Tests do not show that you try every day to be your very best.

Test scores will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart. You ARE smart! Keep working hard. You ARE enough! You are the light that brightens our day at school. When you see your test scores, remember that there is no way to “test” all the amazing and awesome things that make you YOU! All we ask is that you do your best on these tests.

Parents and Patrons: Please give us your feedback. Please email, call or visit with me in person. I want to work with you to resolve any concerns so that our district can be a place everyone is proud of.

 

Thank you,

Dr. Joel Wilson

Greenacres Elementary Principal

Email

208-233-2575

“Share Courage”

4-H Instructor Uses Hands on Lessons to Teach Life Skills

Utilizing the Igniting Your Spark grant, Holly, as a 4-H Program Assistant, works with the University of Idaho Extension faculty and staff to organize, schedule, and deliver important programming that aids in helping Idaho’s youth acquire knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that enhance their lives. The Igniting Your Spark Grant allows children to participate in hands-on programming that will empower them and provide them opportunities to grow, learn, and become more confident members of their communities. Holly regularly brings STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programming into the classroom through a fun robotics program that helps to teach youth problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, coding, and creativity. The Igniting Your Spark Grant also gives opportunity for Holly to bring in 4-H programming that allows for Idaho’s youth to learn important skills centered around healthy living through simple, hands-on cooking and nutrition lessons.

Jordan B. Jolley, a local author, reads his books to learners

Jordan B. Jolley from Dayton, Idaho came and visited the fifth and second grade classrooms early in February. Jordan enjoys writing book about fantasy and adventure. He has published two books, The Tales of Draco: Rise of the Dragon: Rise of the Dragon and Fables & Other Short Stories. Jordan is currently writing more novels and short stories. During his visit, he showed students how to write on a typewriter and read passages from his book. We are thankful for Jordan coming and visiting our school, inspiring our students, and showing students everyone can be a writer, all they have to do is try. 

District News

C.A.K.E. Awards February 2024 Capri Casper 5th Grade Greenacres and Aubrey Davis 10th Grade Century High School

Congratulations to Capri Casper, a 5th grade learner attending Greenacres Elementary, and Aubrey Davis, an 10th grade learner attending Century High School, who were chosen as the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 February C.A.K.E. award recipients. C.A.K.E. stands for Character, Attitude, Kindness and Encouragement.

Capri was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Aubrey Eldredge. In her nomination letter, Mrs. Eldredge wrote, “Capri is well-known at Greenacres for her incredible character and kindness. In our class, she is known as our class “Hype Girl.” She is always giving out compliments, and words of encouragement to her classmates. She goes above and beyond to make sure everyone in class feels welcome. Capri starts each day with a positive attitude and a huge smile, which spreads to the rest of our class. Her constant positive comments always bring a huge smile to my face, because she is just SO nice. Not only does Capri spread joy and happiness, but she always tries her hardest in class. She’s never afraid to ask for help or say she doesn’t understand something. Capri is a hard worker who puts forth her best effort. Capri has taught me so much as a teacher. She has taught me the power of kindness and a positive attitude. It’s a privilege to have Capri in class, and I will miss her greatly when she goes off to middle school.”

Aubrey was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Jamie Burtosky. In her nomination letter, Mrs. Burtosky wrote, “Ms. Davis has gone above and beyond to create a welcoming and safe environment in our percussion ensemble class. We have several "brand new" musicians to the class, where as most of their peers have been in band since the 6th grade. Aubrey has taken lead, unprompted, to spend time both inside and outside of class to help these students individually with their playing so they feel successful in our ensemble. She is a huge help in promoting the culture of our band program to make everyone feel welcomed and show students that it is a safe space to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Capri and Aubrey were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. McDonald's provides each learner and their nominators with a gift card, along with $50 to purchase books for the school’s media center in the recipients’ names. 

PCSD 25 believes a safe, supportive, caring and respectful environment is critical to student learning. The District Education Foundation, in partnership with the local Johnson Family McDonald’s, supports the Learner-of-the-Month C.A.K.E. Award to recognize students who show great character.  The district recognizes one elementary learner and one secondary learner from October through May. Nominations for the C.A.K.E. Award are submitted by a teacher who has observed the nominee’s behavior, and are approved by the school’s principal.

Back to School

When is the first day of school for the 2023/2024 school year?

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2023

When is the last day of school for the 2023/2024 school year?

  • Thursday, May 30, 2024

Will meals be provided free of charge to all learners during the 2023-2024 school year?

No. The USDA has suspended the waiver that provided free meals to all learners during the pandemic. Free and reduced meals will continue to be provided for those learners who qualify during the 2023-2024 school year. To qualify for free and reduced meals, parents and guardians are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application after July 1, 2023. Refer to our Food Services website for more information.

How do I apply for my child to receive free and reduced meals?

When is graduation for the Class of 2024?

  • New Horizon High School: Thursday, May 30, 2024
  • Highland High School: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Century High School: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Pocatello High School: Friday, May 31, 2024

When do I find out about transfers?

  • The elementary transfer meeting is Thursday, August 10, 2023.
  • Secondary schools transfers are notified within 60 days of submission of the application.

How do I transfer my learner?

When is Registration?

  • Students who are new to PCSD 25: Register online by completing the Online Registration. After completing the registration online, call your neighborhood school after August 1 to confirm.

When is schedule pick-up for middle school and high school learners?

  • August 9 and 10, 2023
    • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    • 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where is my Bus Stop?

What time does my child’s school start? What time does my child’s school dismiss?

What school supplies will my child need this year?

Where is the 2023-2024 school calendar located?

What are the upcoming school closure dates? (No School)

  • ALL Grades: Monday, September 4, 2023 - Labor Day
  • Grades K-5: Thursday & Friday, October 5 & 6, 2023 - Parent Teachers Conferences
  • Grades 6-12: School will be in session Thursday, October 5. Closed Friday, October 6, 2023 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • ALL Grades: Tuesday, November 7, 2023 - Election Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, November 17, 2023 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, November 20 - 24, 2023 - Thanksgiving Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Monday, December 18 - January 1, 2024 - Winter Break. School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
  • ALL Grades: Monday, January 15, 2024 - Idaho Human Rights Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, February 2, 2024 - Parent Teacher Conference Grades K-8
  • ALL Grades: Monday, February 19, 2024 - President's Day
  • ALL Grades: Friday, March 1, 2024 - End of Trimester/Record Day
  • ALL Grades: Monday - Friday, March 18-22, 2024 - Spring Break
  • ALL Grades: Monday, May 27, 2024 - Memorial Day
  • ALL Grades: Wednesday, May 30, 2024 - Last Day of School

What is the best way to monitor my child’s progress during the school year?

  • Parent engagement has a direct correlation to student success. PCSD 25 parents can log into the Campus Parent Portal and stay engaged with information at-your-fingertips throughout the school year. Parent favorites include:
    • Access to student grades 
    • Review attendance and absences 
    • Monitor assignments due or upcoming exams 
    • Notifications for School/District Announcements 
    • Lunchroom information 
  • To download the Campus Parent Portal app on your mobile phone. Visit the App or Play Store on your mobile device and search for “campus parent portal.” If you need login information, please contact the Help Desk: (208) 235-3219.
Take Flight You Put the MORE in MORE Together

As the school year winds down, I have reflected a lot on the many accomplishments of our district. We have indeed taken flight this year!

Instructionally, we have learned to adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and yet remain committed to personal learning and interactive experiences. Academically, we strive to meet our learners' needs in our classrooms with engaging, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative opportunities. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities continue to flourish with numerous district, state, national and academic championships. 

As with any success, these results do not come without the preparation, drive, hard work, passion and dedication of each team member. These values are the foundation of our culture and I am fortunate to be on a team that exhibits these characteristics on a daily basis. 

In the past couple of weeks, it has been affirmed to me that our district truly embraces our motto of "More Together." In our efforts to adjust to a devastating fire, I watched, listened and facilitated multiple meetings in which representatives of administration, the Board of Trustees, Maintenance & Operations, Food Service, Transportation, Technology and a BLT came together to brainstorm ideas for solutions that capitalized on each team member's valuable input to maintain the continuity of learning and activities while making efforts to minimize disruptions. It was obvious through this experience that this type of problem solving happens continually throughout our district. Please know how much each of you are appreciated as you take part in daily discussions that have the same goals in mind. 

It is with admiration and respect that the Board and your district leadership flight team recognize all of your contributions not only this week, but the entire year. And please, enjoy a fun experience with your gift card.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell

#PCSD25 #MoreTogether

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