Education news from around Idaho

Idaho Falls holds first-ever “hot jobs” career fair

IDAHO FALLS — About 75 students gathered at Compass Academy Wednesday for the Idaho Falls School District’s first annual Hot Jobs Student Career Fair.

The event brought together professionals from some 20 industries, representatives from several Idaho colleges and universities and local high school counselors to help guide students through the ins and outs of obtaining a career.

Idaho Department of Labor economist Hope Morrow helped organize the event and said the “hot jobs” selected reflect careers that have shown recent growth, pay well and exist in abundance throughout the state.

“This is all about helping students do research, be prepared, take chances and work hard,” Morrow said.

The event’s breakout sessions gave kids a chance to spend time with professional currently working in anyone of the fields. Representatives from Idaho State University, BYU-Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, and University of Idaho stood by during the sessions to answer any questions about the education needed for each of the careers.

“Hot jobs” ranged from law enforcement and nursing to engineering and entrepreneurship.

“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” said freshman Tabri Anderson. “I liked the visuals the people used to help us understand the options you have in each field.”

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Tabri’s mother, T.J. Anderson, brought all four of her children to the career fair.

“It’s really never too early for them to start thinking about what they want to do when they grow up,” she said.

School Choice Week at the Statehouse

Hundreds of students, parents, teachers, and community leaders will kick off School Choice Week at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday. Leaders in the school choice community plan to come together to forecast goals for next year and celebrate the opportunities already available to Idaho students.

The event is aligned with National School Choice Week Jan. 22-28, which will feature more than 20,000 events across the country.

“We look forward to turning the state’s attention to the importance of an excellent education. There are so many fantastic schools, teachers, and leaders in Idaho working tirelessly on behalf of Idahoan students, and we use this Week to thank them and highlight their hard work,” said Terry Ryan of Bluum

If your school would like to participate in the event, sign up here.

Event schedule
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – School choice table top displays
9:00 a.m. – Kickoff breakfast, opening remarks from Lisa Graham Keegan, Facebook Live – interviews with teachers, students and parents
12:30-1:30 p.m. – National School Choice Week tweet up (via Twitter)
1:00-1:30 p.m. – Facebook Live of School Choice Celebration at an Idaho School
3:30 p.m. –  Facebook Live -pre-screening footage of the film “Most Likely To Succeed”

Your vote can help Vallivue teens win $15,000

A group of Ridgevue High School students have a chance to win a $15,000 grant — but they need votes to do it. Student created an app and won a $5,000 grant after being named Best in State winners for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The club is now eligible to win the bigger prize.

The app ‘E-App’ allows users to text 911 and send their location to a service.

The students are hoping to win the Fan Favorite Award, which is given to the team with the most votes via text. That award comes with an extra $15,000 and the opportunity to present their app at the annual Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Fla. in June 2017.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN

Vote for Ridgevue High School:

  1. Text EAPP to 22333 to vote.
  2. You can vote once until February 14.

Meet the State Department of Education

The Idaho State Department of Education will offer a public open house on Monday, Jan. 23. The open house will be held on the second floor of the capitol rotunda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. allowing the public to see their return on investment for supporting educational programs for students across the state.

“The public deserves to not only see what programs are being offered by the department, but to also see that they are getting a return on their investment by supporting public education,” Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said.

The open house will feature booths displaying technology such as robotics, mastery-based education and K-3 reading proficiency.

PTA legislative day

Members of the Idaho Parent Teacher Association plan to meet with lawmakers to discuss legislative issues and advocacy on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Statehouse. The group will meet with the House Education Committee and present what the organization is doing in the community. The event is open to the public.

For more information about the event schedule, click here.

Dairy Council, NFL and USDA divvy out 31 wellness grants to Idaho schools

The United States Dairy Council is providing grants to 31 Idaho schools.

Launched by National Dairy Council and NFL and the USDA, the funds provide up to $4,000 to schools that take part in Fuel Up to Play 60, an initiative for preventing childhood obesity and helping kids develop better eating habits.

Hundreds of schools from across the country apply for funding each year. Here’s a list of Idaho’s recipients for 2016-17:

  • Bear Lake Middle School (Bear Lake School District)
  • Bickel Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Burley Jr. High School (Cassia School District)
  • Burley Sr. High School (Cassia School District)
  • Filer High School (Filer School District)
  • Hagerman Elementary School (Hagerman School District)
  • Heritage Middle School (West Ada School District)
  • Hillsdale Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • IB Perrine Elementary School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Idaho Arts Charter School (Nampa School District)
  • Idaho Youth Challenge Academy (Idaho Dept. of Education)
  • Joplin Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Lincoln Alternative High School (Bonneville School District)
  • Mary MacPherson Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Midway Elementary School (Jefferson School District)
  • Minico Sr. High School (Minidoka School District)
  • Orofino Elementary School (Orofino School District)
  • Richfield School (Richfield School District)
  • Rimrock Elementary School (Bonneville School District)
  • Rocky Mountain Middle School (Bonneville School District)
  • Siena Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Silver Sage Elementary School (West Ada School District)
  • Snake River High School (Snake River School District)
  • Snake River Jr. High School (Snake River School District)
  • Snake River Middle School (Snake River School District)
  • Soda Springs School District (application included three schools)
  • Summit Elementary School (Jerome School District)
  • Vera C. O’Leary Jr. High School (Twin Falls School District)
  • Victory Middle School (West Ada School District)

Click here to learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60.