Education news around Idaho

C‑SPAN to visit Idaho 

C-SPAN’s newly revamped, 45-foot customized bus will visit Boise and Meridian on April 9 and April 10 to honor students at Mountain View High School and Capital High School for winning a StudentCam video documentary contest. C-SPAN invited middle and high school students nationwide to produce short documentaries on a subject of national importance. This year, students addressed the theme, “The Constitution and You: Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it’s important to you.”

During the visit, C-SPAN will present a StudentCam certificate of merit to the winning students during an assembly. The winning video will also be viewed during the event.

The C-SPAN visit is also part of the “50 Capitals Tour” partnering with Cable One to engage teachers, students, community members and elected officials through interactive demonstrations of C-SPAN’s multiplatform public service resources, the C-SPAN bus will welcome visitors at events over two days. On Monday, parked outside the Capitol building, C-SPAN will host Governor Butch Otter aboard the Bus for a live interview.

Monday, April 9

7:30 – 8 a.m. Live Interview with Gov. Butch Otter aboard C-SPAN bus during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (bus parked at the Statehouse)

Assemblies to honor winning students:

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Mountain View High School

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Capital High School

Tuesday, April 10

8 – 9 a.m.  Open bus event at the Statehouse (0pen to the public)

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Boise State University (bus parked in the liberal arts parking lot)

Visitors will learn about C-SPAN Classroom, a free online educational resource, and C-SPAN’s extensive online Video Library.

College-savings program reminds parents to deduct contributions

IDeal, Idaho’s state-sponsored college-savings program, is reminding parents to take advantage of their 2017 state tax deductions for contributions to their college savings accounts.

“We have found that not all Idahoans are taking their state tax deduction for contributions,” said IDeal executive director Christine Stoll.

Click here for a checklist of what to do to get the deduction. Idaho families don’t have to be IDeal account owners to qualify for the deduction or itemize their taxes, Stoll said.

Full tax refunds can also be deposited into IDeal college savings accounts, Stoll said.

Bonneville seeks bank or credit union to operate in new high school

The Bonneville School District is searching for a bank or credit union to operate in its nearly complete Thunder Ridge High School.

The district posted a request for proposals from licensed firms to lease pre-built space in the high school in order to provide “educational opportunities, financial and job experiences, (and) services typically provided by a bank or credit union to both students and the general public.”

The partnership would be the first of its kind in East Idaho, but not in the state. Idaho Central Union has a branch inside Mountain View High School in Meridian that serves students and staffers.

Interested parties can submit to the district’s office at 3497 North Ammon Road. The Bonneville School Board will rank the candidate’s qualifications and could schedule a round of interviews, if needed, according to the request.

Trustees are slated to make a decision at a May 9 board meeting. The deadline for partnership proposals is April 13.

Students to compete in Science Olympiad on Saturday

Nearly 400 middle and high school students from Boise, Eagle, Caldwell, Nampa, Rigby, Twin Falls and Weiser will converge at Boise State University on Saturday, April 7, to participate in an the Idaho Science Olympiad competition. The event will feature 23 science-related competitions including, testing cars, hovercraft, helicopters, Rube Goldberg machines and roller coasters.

The Science Olympiad is a national competition that has run for more than 30 years. The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boise State University’s Student Union Building and the Bronco Gym.

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