Education news from around Idaho

New income guidelines for free-and-reduced meals released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set new income guidelines for federal free and reduced-price meals.

The State Department of Education posted the new breakdown, based on household size and income, to its webpage Friday. Click here to see if you or your family qualify.

Children receiving food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Families in Idaho (TAFI) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are eligible for free meals, the SDE announced. Participants of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may qualify.

Free and reduced-price meals are available for eligible students throughout Idaho. The SDE’s Child Nutrition Program announces new income guidelines each year.

Office of School Safety & Security hosts social media giveaways

The Idaho Office of School Safety &  Security is partnering with  Idaho school resource officers to give prizes to students enjoying  a safe summer. The contest promotes See Tell Now, a student threat reporting system  where kids can share concerns about bullying, but also issues like access to food and personal safety.

Share a photo with the hashtag #STNSummerFun to enter the weekly basket giveaway.

Treasure Valley teacher wins national STEM award

Jerod Morehouse, Timberline High School mathematics teacher

Boise teacher Jerod Morehouse was recognized by the White House this week as one of 107  winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in  Math and Science Teaching.

The award is granted to teachers who have “both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas,” according to a news release from the State Department  of Education.

Morehouse, a math teacher at Timberline High School, will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

In addition to teaching discrete math and AP statistics at Timberline, Morehouse teaches AP Summer Institutes and works as part of a regional Math Teacher Leader Network.

Morehouse has a bachelors from the University  of Alaska Anchorage and a Masters in  Mathematics Education from Boise State University. As a BSU masters student he studied how the “flipped method of instruction” can  impact student achievement and attitudes toward mathematics.

“As an outstanding and innovative math teacher, Mr. Morehouse has helped prepare hundreds of Idaho students for success in college, career and life,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said in the news release. “He should be very proud of this national recognition, and Idaho is very proud of him.”


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