Education news around Idaho

Marsing student wins holiday card contest

A joyful, wintry watercolor by Drew Hanley, a sixth-grader at Marsing Middle School, is this year’s Idaho State Department of Education Holiday Card Contest winner.

“I’m continually impressed by Idaho students’ creativity and the variety of ways they capture the spirit of the holiday season,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra.

Drew will receive a certificate and copies of the holiday card to share with friends and family.

Other winners

  • Kindergarten: Nayeli Morales, Whitney Elementary School, Boise School District
  • First grade: Addison Coats, McSorley Elementary School, Lewiston School District
  • Second Grade: Raney Brooks, Mill Creek Elementary School, Middleton School District
  • Third Grade: Natalie McCollum, Orchards Elementary School, Lewiston School District
  • Fourth Grade: Emily Puckett, Kamiah Middle School, Kamiah Joint School District
  • Fifth Grade: Gabbriella Dias, Whitney Elementary School, Boise School District

View the artwork from all of the winners here.

Chevron raised $250,000 for Idaho schools

This year $250,000 was raised at local gas pumps through the 2017 Fuel Your School program that helps fund STEM programs — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — at Ada and Canyon county schools.

The money will go toward funding 307 classroom projects that will help 35,198 students at 131 schools across the Treasure Valley. A total of $5,898,262 was raised across the United States.

Read more about the program.

Otter declares computer science education week

Gov. Butch Otter proclaimed Dec. 4-10 Computer Science Education Week in Idaho at a Boise school on Wednesday. Otter participated in Hour of Code, a global event to promote coding in the classroom through The event offers a one-hour introduction to computer science and the basics of coding through animated tutorials.

“Coding is so important — not only to this class at Washington Elementary School, but all over Idaho,” Otter said.

Hour of Code coincides with Computer Science Education Week in Idaho, which is playing host to more 400 events statewide.

“It is critical we give students the opportunity to get the hands-on, experiential computer science skills that will be required for our 21st-century workforce,” said Angela Hemingway, the executive director of the Idaho STEM Action Center.


Andrew Reed

Get EdNews in your inbox

Weekly round up every Friday