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Idaho Press-Tribune • SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010
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By Tabitha Simenc
The new CaldwellFreshman Academy will takein around 90 high schoolreshmen. The school is theonly one i its kind in Idahoand is designed to cut back on drop out rates. Students who may struggle with thetransition into high school will be helped to adjustsocially and keep better o-cus. The district hopes tocut back on the amount o students who ail and mustrepeat classes, which willnot only help the students,but will also save the districtmoney. The school will havea 15:1 student to teacher ra-tio and will be on a quarter system so students can com-plete 16 credits in a year, asopposed to 12 at CaldwellHigh School. Ater a year atthe Freshman Academy stu-dents will transer to one o Caldwell’s high schools or their sophomore year. Theacademy will be locatedat 1500 Fillmore St., in theold Washington Elementary building, which has beenrenovated this summer.
The old Washington El-ementary has two separatebuildings, one to be usedor the Caldwell Freshman Academy and the other willbe converted to new districtoces.
Canyon Springs Al-ternative High school willincrease its student popu-lation to triple the size o the school. The school willmove to the old Van BurenElementary building at 516N. 11th Ave., which has beenrenovated this summer. Thedistrict plan is to either sellor rent out the old CanyonSprings building.
The New Horizon DualLanguage Magnet School will move into a newly con-structed building at 5226Southside Blvd. This year the school will include Kin-dergarten through thirdgrade and it will continue toexpand each year until it is aull elementary school.
Parkview Preschool will move into the samebuilding occupied by LakeRidge Elementary, 615 BurkeLane.
Scism AlternativeSchool, previously locatedin rural Canyon County, willmove to the old Parkview Preschool building at 60915th Ave N..
Sunnyridge Elementary underwent around $100,000o improvements over thesummer, which included ex-pansion o classroom spaceand the implementation o additional technology.
Rivervue MiddleSchool, a new alternativeschool or seventh andeighth grade, will open thisall at 21985 Dixie River Road, Caldwell, (208) 454-8899. Vallivue purchasedthe building rom the Can- yon Owyhee School Ser- vice Agency; it had ormerly housed COSSA’s Centerpoint Alternative High School.
Additional space or  Vallivue High School physi-cal education and health classes has been construct-ed over the summer and willopen when school starts.
Additional parking hasbeen constructed at CentralCanyon Elementary School.
Construction continueson the new Middleton High School located at 1538 Em-mett Road, Caldwell. Con-struction began spring 2009and the school will open or the Fall 2011 semester. Oncecompleted, the current high school building will becomepart o the middle school.
The distribution o grades will change with anelementary school to houseKindergarten through sixth grade and a second-ary school to house sev-enth through 12th grade.
Construction on anaddition to Maxine John-son Elementary nishedover the summer and theadditional three classrooms will open when schoolstarts.
Construction con-tinues on the new ParmaHigh School gymnasiumand should be completedby December.
Back to School
New schools and renovations across the county 
Changes in Caldwell 
A dress code will be imple-mented in all six elementary schoolsand the new Caldwell Freshman Academy. Canyon Springs AlternativeHigh School already has a dress codein place. Parents can nd dress codedetails at caldwellschools.org.
All school supplies will be pro- vided by the district or Kindergartenthrough sixth grade students this year.
 Skyview High School
New airconditioningand controls in the gym
Resuraced all six ten-nis courts
Installed new track shed
Installed new outdoor drinking ountain
Remodeled two class-rooms or RADD students
Nampa High
Replaced many side- walks
Upgraded locking/key-ing system
Moved both mobilesout
Installed air condition-ing controls
Remodeled two boyslocker rooms
Installed new windowsin gym balcony 
Replaced carpet in 600bldg 1st foor 
Middle Schools
New air conditioningunits in East Valley, South,and West gymnasiums
Additional sound pan-els in Lone Star band room
Replaced lighting with new energy saving upgradesat South and West
Elementary schools
New storage rooms atCentennial
New sound panels inGreenhurst gym
Replaced and paint-ed all ront entry doors atGreenhurst
Storage sheds at LakeRidge, New Horizons
Resealed parking lots atPark Ridge and Sunny Ridge
Remodeled our bath-rooms at Snake River 
Parkview site
Moved Scism Teen Par-ent program to Parkview 
Moved NHS mobile toParkview 
Remodeled three class-rooms and kitchen
Other improvementsto the building to accom-modate high school age stu-dents
Moved pre-school pro-gram to Lake Ridge
 Sunny Ridge
Added partial walls toclassrooms in pod areas
Purchased new com-puter tables and some other urniture
Remodeled many class-rooms
Added electrical wiring
Replaced many white-boards
Added storage units tomany classrooms
New Horizons
New school is com-pleted
New Horizons movedrom Lake Ridge
Greg Kreller/IPT 
 The Caldwell Freshman Academy is slated to house about 100 students starting this fall. The new academy has risen after a 100-year-old section of the old Washington Elementary School was demolished.
Greg Kreller/IPT 
 The former location of Caldwell’s Van Buren Elementary is being renovated and used as the new location of Canyon Springs Alternative School.
Mike Vogt/IPT 
A construction crew works on the exterior of the new Middleton HighSchool on Emmett Road.
Other changes in theNampa School District 
Back to school
2 New charter schools open in Nampa2 Idaho colleges and universities2-4 School directory3 Back-to-school advice or parents4 Nampa, Caldwell, Vallivue new administrators4 Make sure sack lunches are healthy5 Parents should encourage reading5 GED can make a dierence5 Language broadens students’ horizons8 Volunteer service helpul in school8 Scientifc research enlivens textbooks9 Empathy helps give children perspective11 Smart spending in back-to-school buying
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2010 • Idaho Press-Tribune
 School directoryPublic schools
Caldwell School District
Lewis & Clark ElementarySchool1102 Laster St., Caldwell, ID83605455-3345Lincoln Elementary School1200 Grant St., Caldwell, ID83605455-3321Sacajawea Elementary School1710 N. Illinois Ave., Caldwell,ID 83605455-3333Van Buren Elementary School3115 Marble Front Road,Caldwell, ID 83605455-3326 Washington Elementary School2918 Washington Avenue,Caldwell, ID 83605455-3317Wilson Elementary School400 E Linden St., Caldwell, ID83605455-3313 Jefferson Middle School3311 S. 10th Ave., Caldwell, ID83605455-3309Syringa Middle School1100 Willow St., Caldwell, ID83605455-3305Caldwell High School3401 S. Indiana Ave., Caldwell,ID 83605455-3304Canyon Springs Alternative HighSchool516 N. 11th Ave., Caldwell,83605455-3325.Caldwell Freshman Academy1500 Fillmore St., Caldwell, ID83605649-1123
Nampa School District
Centennial Elementary522 Mason Lane, Nampa, ID83686468-4627Central Elementary1415 5th St. S., Nampa, ID83651468-4611Endeavor Elementary2824 E. Victory Road, Nampa,ID 83687468-4629Greenhurst Elementary1701 Discovery Place, Nampa,ID 83686468-4612Iowa Elementary626 W. Iowa, Nampa, ID 83686468-4621Lake Ridge Elementary615 Burke Lane, Nampa, ID83686468-4626New Horizons Dual LanguageMagnet School5226 Southside Blvd., Nampa,ID 83686468-4623
Please see
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 Attention Parents
PreK - 8th Grade Students
 Invest in your child’s future 
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• Low Student/Teacher ratios • Before & After School Child Care • PreK thru 8th Grade Education • Consistent Higher Standardized Test Scores 
Local school districts operate
(ages 3-5) with developmental delays in speech,
language, pre-academic, motor and social/emotional skills.
If you are concerned about a pre-school age child (3-5 years old) and would like him/herscreened for delays free of charge, please call and schedule an appointment at one of theschools listed below. This service is available to ALL resident pre-school age children,including those who attend private schools. The screening takes about 45 minutes tocomplete and includes a brief review of the results with parents. Child should be 3 yearsof age before screening date. Screening dates are for the 2010-11 school year.
Pre-school screenings by appointment only will be held at Wilson Elementary School, 400E Linden, Caldwell, (208) 455-3313.Contact person: Before Aug. 23, Maria Carrillo or Sylvia Garcia (208) 455-3300and after Aug. 23 call Divina Lopez (208) 455-3313.
Screening dates: August 24-26, October 15, 2010; January 21 and February 25, 2011
Pre-school screenings by appointment only will be held at Melba Elementary School,520 Broadway, Melba, 208-495-2508.Contact person: Before Aug. 17, call Candice Hoagland 208 495-2508,after August 17, call Krystina Kennedy 208 495-2508.
Preschool screening dates by appointment only will be held at Purple Sage Elementary,25709 Elpaso Road, Caldwell:
Screening dates: August 17, October 15, 2010 and February 4, 2011To schedule an appointment contact Carol Wells at (208) 455-1148
Screenings will be held at Parkview E.C.S.E., located at Lake Ridge Elementary615 Burk Lane, Nampa (208) 498-0560Form more information contact Leti Salazar at (208) 498-0560Screening dates: August 10-11; September 10; October 1, 2010; January 14,February 11, 2011
Screenings by appointment only; to sign up or for more informationcontact Nina Merrick at the Vallivue School District office, (208) 454-0445Screening dates: September 8 and 22; October 27; November 10, 2010;February 2 and 23, 2011
Screening dates: August 27; October 8, 2010 and February 11, 2011 at Wilder HeadStart from 9 am – 12 pmFor more information and to schedule appointments contact:Debbie Delaney, COSSA Pre-School Teacher, (208) 482-7874
Idaho colleges and universities:
North Idaho College
Location: Coeur d’AleneEnrollment: 5,659Public collegeNIC oers associate degrees in variouscollege transer programs and technicalcertifcates in its proessional-technicalprograms.
 University of Idaho
Location: Moscow Enrollment: 11,957Public university U o I oers more than 130 degree op-tions in 10 colleges; campuses in Boise,Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls; and a pres-ence through extension centers in 42 o 44counties in the state.
Lewis-Clark State College
Location: LewistonEnrollment: 4,200Public collegeThis undergraduate college oers in-struction in the liberal arts and sciencesand in proessional and applied technicalprograms.
Boise State University 
Location: BoiseEnrollment: 18,936Public university Undergraduate, graduate and technicalprograms available in more than 170 feldso interest. Largest university in Idaho.
Northwest Nazarene University 
Location: NampaEnrollment: 1,934Private university Christian university — one o eightU.S. liberal arts colleges afliated with theChurch o the Nazarene. NNU oers morethan 60 areas o study and 18 master’s de-grees.
College of Western Idaho
Location: NampaEnrollment: 4,808Public community collegeCWI opened in January 2009 and part-nered with the College o Southern Idahoto oer accredited courses. The collegehas grown rapidly, and added a proession-al technical program last summer.
 The College of Idaho
Location: CaldwellEnrollment: 1,000Private liberal arts collegeThe C o I oers 26 majors, as well asseveral cooperative and pre-proessionalprograms in engineering, law and health-related proessions and master’s degreeprograms in teaching.
 Treasure Valley Community College
Location: CaldwellEnrollment: 620Public community college A transerable two-year liberal arts andsciences curriculum, a comprehensive con-tinuing education program and general ed-ucation opportunities or personal growth. A new campus in downtown Caldwell isslated or completion in time to open or all classes.
Location: RexburgEnrollment: 13,119Private university BYU-Idaho oers a variety o associateand bachelor’s degrees. Guided by its a-fliation with The Church o Jesus Christo Latter-day Saints, BYU-Idaho seeks todevelop students who are aithul disciplesand capable leaders.
Idaho State University 
Location: PocatelloEnrollment: 15,553Public university Undergraduate, graduate and technicalprograms available in more than 280 pro-grams. Much to oer in the areas o health proessions and medical education.
College of Southern Idaho
 Location: Twin FallsEnrollment: 8,516Public community collegeThe two-year college serves an addition-al 572 students with non-credit enrichmentcourses. Courses are also oered through three o-campus centers in Hailey, Burley and Gooding.
Please see
, 4E
By Tabitha Simenc
OWL Charter Academy 
– CrossroadsCommunity Church, 4170 E. Amity Ave.,Nampa, 461-1279.OCA oers another education optionor parents with children who struggle tolearn.“The school really was born out o agroup o parents who really wanted spe-cifc help or their children with learningdisabilities,” Head o School Tony Ry said.OWL Charter Academy will begin theschool year on Aug. 30 with the maximumallowed 180 students and waiting lists or every grade. Students in Kindergartenthrough fth grade will start this year andthe school will continue to add a grade or the next three years.Ry said the school will teach with amodel called Project CHILD, ChangingHow Instruction or Learning is Delivered.
Teachers will be specialists in a sub- ject area and work in cluster teams. Each group o teachers will work with the samechildren or three years.
Socratic questioning will be used asan instructional tool; teachers will ask stu-dents questions to promote critical think-ing.
Methodology rom the National Insti-tute or Learning Development will be in-corporated to help students with learningdisabilities become independent learnersin the class room.The school is chartered by the NampaSchool District, rather than the state likemost other charter schools.For the frst year the school has leasedspace rom Crossroads Community Church,and plan to purchase permanent property or the school by next year. Additional details can be ound on theschool website, owlcharter.org.
 Another Choice Virtual Charter School 
– 207 W. Georgia Ave., Suite 160,Nampa, (208) 249-1597Students who search or a personalizededucation can look to Another Choice Vir-tual Charter School, set to open Aug. 23.“Our ocus is on learning dierences,”Laura Sandidge, chairman o the schoolboard, said. “Not just kids who may qualiy or special education but also kids whomight require a gited and talented pro-gram.”The Kindergarten through 12th gradeschool is a virtual school where a variety o dierent curriculums allow teachers topersonalize their approach to each child.“We design a program based on the in-dividual needs o the child,” Sandidge said.“Some kids need a dierent approach tobe successul … We’re a little unique anda little dierent.”Students can use computers providedby the school or computer labs to study.Social opportunities and vocational devel-opment programs will help students to stay connected with their peers.“Our goal is to not be a home school, weare actually a public school with teachersproviding the education service.” Sandidgesaid.The school currently has 150 studentsenrolled, with space or up to 230.“We do have some openings and we would love to have more students,” Sand-idge said.Parents and students can fnd more in-ormation at anotherchoicecharter.org.
New charter schools open in Nampa
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In the days leading up to the starto school, put your children to bed a littleearlier each night until they get used to theregular wake-up time to go to school. A  well-rested and alert student learns better inschool. Doctors say elementary and middleschool aged students typically need 10 to 12hours o sleep, while high school studentsneed between eight and nine hours.
Make sure children eat a hearty breakast o whole grain toast or cereal,ruit, and low-at milk, instead o a sugar-lled breakast. Hungry children do notlearn as well as well-nourished ones, andsugar may make them hyperactive and causethem to actually eat more ood at lunchtime.Schools usually serve well-balanced meals tochildren i you don’t have time to pack thema nutritious lunch. Low-income amilies canalso sign their children up or the ree andreduced-price meal program.
Throughout the school year, keepup all the un physical activities, like bik-ing and jogging, your amily did during thesummer. Studies show that students who arephysically active have a better ability to learnand achieve, and have better classroom be-havior.
Teach your children how to preventthe spread o infuenza viruses. Keeping chil-dren healthy and ready to learn will preventschool dismissals due to a fu outbreak. Tell your children to wash their hands requently  with soap and water when possible, and al- ways cover their noses and mouths with atissue, shirt sleeve, or elbow when coughingor sneezing.
. Pack a fu prevention kit. The kitshould contain tissues or coughing andsneezing, and individual packets o dispos-able wipes. For home, your kit should includea thermometer, decongestants, antibacterialsoap, and ever reducing medications likeibuproen or acetaminophen, but not aspi-rin. Remember, do not pack medications in your child’s fu prevention kit because they may be barred by your school’s drug preven-tion policies.
While you are packing your chil-dren’s fu prevention kits, throw in an extrapackage o tissues, pencils, pens, and note-books and donate them to teachers. Many teachers buy supplies with their own money or students in their classes.
Create a comortable, quiet, well-lit place in your home specically or your children to concentrate on their homework or reading. Plan a consistent time or home- work every day. This will help your childrenconcentrate and absorb more o what they are trying to learn. Make note o any study-ing diculties that may be caused by poor eyesight and may be solved with eyeglasses.
Limit your children’s use o mobiledevices, TV, radio, and the computer. Turnthem o while your children are studying. When they do watch TV, choose programsthat are interesting and educational, such as“The Electric Company” or “Sesame Street”on your local PBS stations. These programsare also online and oer activity and educa-tional resources or children.
In these tough economic times,school budgets have been cut and some par-ents are out o work. To make the best o these dicult situations, consider volunteer-ing at school or starting a booster club i youcan. People can actually gain valuable work experience rom these activities that can beused to get a job. Plus, the school and stu-dents benet rom parents who are actively engaged in their children’s education.
Have high expectations or your children. Expect your children to do their  very best each day. Hold them accountableor doing homework and working hard toachieve in school. When you expect your children to achieve at high levels they willrise to the challenge. I they believe they canachieve, they will achieve and nothing willmake them, or you, more proud.
Back to school tips
Back to School
 Advice for parents from the California Department of Education

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