"My favorite class this year has been AP Government. Politics is a hot climate right now, and being able to learn how that process works has been very fascinating. Right now, we’re talking about Congress, how a bill becomes a law, and the way the Houses interact with each other. It’s been really cool to see what we’re learning play out in the real world and current events."
The Boise School District is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s leaders. We nurture your child through a high-quality, comprehensive education. Our students grow together and build community at almost 50 neighborhood schools, where all are welcomed and provided the opportunities to become thoughtful citizens of our state and beyond. As a parent, you see your child’s potential. And we see it, too. Everything’s possible.
When I grow up, I want to be an art teacher, a gymnastics teacher, a regular teacher, and a cat trainer because I love my teacher and want to work with kids. And cats need help.
“I think sometimes students forget there are other post-secondary options besides college. There are apprenticeships, there’s military, there are so many opportunities out there. But I certainly let students who have the vision of going to college know it’s possible and help them get there.”
Ms. Michelle has helped us a lot. On International Women’s Day, I got the opportunity to be on the news, which was really inspiring. We met with a senator and a few other women speakers, and it was just a fun day of women’s rights and activities.
“I was home-schooled until 6th grade, then I started going to Treasure Valley Math and Science Center. It was a bit of a transition to have to do real homework in a certain amount of time, but in 9th grade, I decided to go to Riverglen full-time and am now at Capital. I really enjoy it because of the people I get to meet and the classes I get to participate in. I feel like there’s a lot more that I can learn now.
“When students come back to see us, it fuels our fire, fills our cup, and makes our bucket full to just keep going. And even when they don’t visit, we have a book with all their pictures and all their letters over the last 10 years. I know that they’re walking away with a little bit of us, but we’re walking away with all of them.”
“I love to teach reading, especially to 5 year olds, because I like emergent learning. If you can think it, you can say it. If you can say it, you can write it. If you can write it, somebody can read it. And it’s just all so brand new.”
Hillside Junior High
I really like when I can see the difference I’m making in the world. At my school, one thing that I’ve been working on these past few months is getting more compost. So I started a program called The Green Team, and it is a student-led group that meets every other week and we take care of compost bins and doing all the announcements.
This year was my first year at Capital. Our wrestling team had a lot of freshmen and a lot of new guys. I took some pride in being a good upperclassmen, helping them out with technique and making sure they know they can talk to us, the upperclassmen.
“I believe that what I’m teaching in my classroom is the foundation to what they’re going to be learning in the future, so if I can get them excited about learning and get them excited about reading and writing, I feel like I’m setting them up for a future that is positive, and full of growth and excitement.”
Hillside Junior High
My favorite class would probably be chemistry and physical science. We get to use fine chemicals and labs to see how everything reacts. We’ve used baking soda and vinegar to create carbon dioxide. I want to be a biomedical scientist. They help cure diseases. I like using chemicals, I like chemistry and I like helping people.
“I either want to be a Lego engineer or an astronaut. I’ve always wanted to work on space stations and learn if there are other planets or life forms. I want to be an engineer, and I always get these crazy ideas, but I don’t have time to make them so I want to have a job dedicated to making those ideas so other kids can use them.”
Hillside Junior High
I want my students to have integrity. That’s huge for me, and I just want them to show kindness to each other and make this world a better place. I ask them, ‘How are you going to make your community a better place because of what you learned here?’
We believe there are no such things as ability gaps, nor a gap in the capacity for interest and ambition. What we’re really facing is an opportunity gap, which means we need to continuously bring new things into the classroom, provide extracurricular activities, and give kids an opportunity to spark their passion early because that will change the trajectory of their life and launch them into their career paths.
“I moved here from Texas last year, and I was used to a big, crowded school. Roosevelt is the best school ever. It is small and calm. Mrs. Mills is the best teacher that I’ve ever had because she is funny and nice. She has a compost bin with worms in the classroom as a part of our science unit because we are learning about vermicompost. Mrs. Mills has inspired me.”
“I’d like to be a zoologist because the job sounds awesome, and you get to work with animals of all kinds, land or sea, everyday. My goal this year is to keep reading and keep making relationships in my class and continue to keep my grades up and just have a good school year altogether.”
“My aspiration is to be a NASA scientist and guide the first person to land on Mars, and if I do well in math and science I will be able to achieve my goal. I also want to be a creative director or veterinarian because I love art and I would love to help the needy or sick pets and animals in the world.”
“I want to be an automotive engineer because my great, great, great grandpa owned the Studebaker car business, and I want to make it come back alive. I’ve been coming up with a lot of ideas for cars. My goal this year is to improve my math skills.”