- "Made it to school; first day; excited!" #dadmightcry
The alarm clock rang a bit earlier in thousands of Boise households this morning as the Boise Independent School District rang the bell on its 2015-2016 school year. More than 25,000 students were welcomed in the district's six high schools, eight junior high schools and 32 elementary schools.
It didn't take long for Twitter to begin filling with images of students—many of them first-timers—with an ample supply of notebooks, pencils and optimism. Idaho Education News even has a $100 prize for today's best back-to-school photo.
"There's an excitement that you feel on the first day of school," incoming Hawthorne Elementary School Principal James Best told Boise Weekly. "Yes, it's magical. And from a principal's point of view, it's all about giving the teachers the right tools to work their magic."
Meanwhile, over at Whittier Elementary, another new principal, Dr. Fernanda Brendefur, said she cleared her schedule for the day to enjoy some of that magic.
"You're out in front of the school to greet all the buses," she said. "I'm super excited."
Coming up in this week's edition of BW, Best and Brendefur talk more about their excitement and challenges in their new assignments.
Motorists are again alerted that they need to take extra care to look for students walking to school, waiting at bus stops or riding their bikes. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour and violators face a fine of not less than $75, plus court costs, totaling $116.50. Additionally, motorists must come to a halt when a stop arm is deployed on school buses. Vehicles traveling the opposite direction of a school bus must also stop, unless there are more than three lanes of traffic, such as on Fairview Avenue.
Monday will be an early release for Boise School students, and here are some important dates on the 2015-2016 calendar: Thanksgiving holiday break is Nov. 23-27; winter holiday break is Dec. 21-Jan. 3, 2016; spring break is March 21-25, 2016; and the last day of school is June 2, 2016.
- Getting going at Boise's Garfield Elementary School