News & Events Archive

Check out the articles below for information on what the BEA has been up to.


Back to School


Welcome Back!

Welcome back members. Did you start setting up your classroom or work space and realize you are OUT of supplies?

Check out the Boise Schools Foundation and their easy to use donation forms.

Boise Public Schools Foundation


BEA Night Out with the Hawks!


BEA Night Out With the Hawks!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Check out this great offer from Hawks Stadium for BEA members.

Click the link below for more information. Better hurry, seats are running out.

Night Out With the Hawks Flyer

Read Across America

The BEA has organized Celebrity Readers to visit schools all across the district this Friday, March 2nd to celebrate Read Across America Day!

BEA Legislative Reception

The Boise Education Association hosted a Legislative Reception at the Cottonwood Grille.


Student Success Grants

BEA Student Success Grants

Each year, the Boise Education Association Public Relations Committee offers Student Success Grants for our members.

This year we are proud to have funded over $5,000 in grants that go right back in our classrooms!

Our students’ learning experience will be enriched with books, supplies, technology, art, music and educational opportunities.

Teacher Workshop Opportunity

“Jewish Refugees and the Holocaust:
Connecting the Past with Today”

Provided by Echoes & Reflections Education Group,

National History Day in Idaho and Boise State University

January 19th from 4:00-8:00 PM at BSU

Click here to register now.

American Education Week 2017

Celebrate American Education Week!

Boise School Board Approves 2018-19 School Year Calendar

Boise School Board Approves

2018-19 School Year Calendar

Trustees of the Boise School District held its monthly board meeting on Monday, October 9th and unanimously voted to approve the change to the 2018-19 school year calendar.

Highlights of the Board-approved 2018-19 School Year Calendar include:

  • August 20th: First Day of School – Early Release K-12
  • October 19th: End of First Quarter – Elementary No School K-6
  • November 19th – 23rd: Thanksgiving Holiday Break – No School K-12
  • December 21st: End of First Semester – Early Release K-6
  • December 24th – January 4th: Winter Holiday Break – No School K-12
  • March 15th: End of Third Quarter – Early Release K-6
  • March 18th – 22nd: Spring Break – No School K-12
  • May 24th: Last Day of School – Early Release K-12

Boise State Writing Project Open House

Summer Sales

Summer Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Don’t forget to check out the NEA’s Click and Save site to see what great deals are available online to help make your summer more frugal and fun!

Read Across America 2017

Read Across America 2017

Check out these amazing photos of students
across the district having a great day with
Read Across America Readers!

NEA's Read Across America 2017

National Education Association’s

Read Across America!

The BEA will again be providing “Celebrity” readers to come out and read to students on Thursday, March 2nd. If you are interested in having a reader come to your class, sign up here now!

BEA's 2017 Legislative Reception

BSD Educator Receives National Award

Boise District Educator Selected to Receive Prestigious National Award

new foundation logo

soniaSonia Galaviz, 5th Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School, has been selected to receive the National Education Association Foundation’s 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence. Galaviz is one of 43 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, DC. The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence are unique: in addition to being recognized for excellence in instructional and professional practice, awardees are nominated by their peers – their National Education Association state affiliate – for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators. Click here to learn more.

*Information and photo provided by Boise School District’s What’s Happening In Boise School District

District Grading Policy

Boise Schools Grading Policy


The BEA learned of the possibility of a grade change policy last spring. Since that time, the BEA is and has been included in the conversations about these changes within the Boise School District.

During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers and schools will be trained in rationale and process.

There is a roll out schedule planned for the preparation, training, and implementation of the new grading policy that was misrepresented in the media.

Current school board policy stipulates full implementation during the 2017-2018 school year.

Red Apple Award


The Boise School District and BEA Joint Insurance Committee honors our consultant, Doug Toschi, with a Red Apple during our May meeting.  Doug is retiring after 30 years of service to our employees and families.

Giving to Teach: Real Estate for Educators



Congratulations to Dennyse Padilla on her First Home!

Dennyse is a Spanish Teacher at Longfellow Elementary and as an IEA member used the Giving To Teach Program to purchase her first home!
As an Idaho Educator and IEA Member you too can save 1% of the purchase price when buying or selling a home!

For more information please call or visit our website:

National ESP Conference 2016


Four BEA members had the opportunity to attend the NEA’s ESP conference in Orlando Florida. Peer to peer collaboration and workshops are just some of the amazing events provided during the event.

Next year’s event will be held in Dallas, TX. Make sure you look for opportunities to attend the 2017 conference by contacting your building rep, the BEA ESP Steering Committee or BEA President, Stephanie Myers. For information about the conference, click here.

STEM Grants Awarded



Idaho’s STEM Action Center awarded the first round of grants on January 26th totaling over $48,000 to 23 teachers across the state. Several recipients were our own Boise Educators. Check out the full article here and see the list of educators from across the state.

Local Teacher Recognized by National School Band & Orchestra Magazine


Local Teacher Recognized by National School Band & Orchestra

Casey Lindorfer has been teaching at Capital High School for 3 years and was recognized in the 50 Directors Who Make A Difference report from the National School Band & Orchestra issue. Casey was quoted as saying “Watching students succeed at activities in which they are passionate[…}” as his proudest moment as an educator.


National ESP Day

Check out these great photos showing how some schools celebrated and said thank you to their ESP’s.

Educators Making A Difference

Educators Making A Difference


Making A Difference

PamPam Atkins from Borah High will be honored for winning second place in the Making A Difference statewide contest sponsored by the IEA.

Atkins submitted an entry, which praised a program called “Lions’ Den” that keeps the Borah High School library open after school so that students have a safe and productive environment for doing homework. The program helps serve Borah’s students, including the school’s large refugee student population and that more than 40 different languages are spoken at the school. The event will be Nov. 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Borah High School, 6001 W. Cassia St. Click here to learn more.

Counselor Selected to Speak at National Conference


Boise High School’s David Chehey [Counselor and AP Coordinator], has been selected to speak at CollegeBoard’s National Forum [Nov 4-6] in Washington, DC. Mr. Chehey will co-present a session on “New AP Score Reports for Program Enhancement” and is also part of a panel – “To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That Is the Question” – representing a public school counseling perspective in the Common Application/admissions process.

Union Is Strength

Together We Can Accomplish Anything Local Teacher Article


Click here to read the entire article about local Garfield teacher, Sonia Galaviz.


Article credit to Jennifer Swindell (Sept. 25th, 2015)
Photo credit

NEA Representative Assembly


NEA Representative Assembly is the largest democratic body in the world. Approximately 9,000 delegates from every state gather to discuss, debate, and vote on the policies for the next year. This year, 33 delegates from Idaho (13 of them from BEA) met in Orlando, Florida from July 1st through the 6th. Our meetings began at 7:00am and often concluded at 6:00pm… making for very tired delegates by the end of this six day extravaganza! Article on Emily Hammond


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Idaho Education News caught up with Emily Hammond, Longfellow Elementary, to discuss teachers that inspire her and what she hopes to accomplish.

Read the full article here by clicking here.

Children's Literature and Writing Conference

7th Annual Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Literature and Writing

A conference for readers, writers, teachers, and librarians
of youth and children’s literature


The Department of Language, Literacy and Culture is helping to bring well-known children’s and young adult authors and literacy experts to Boise State for the Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Literature and Writing.

April 24 at Rediscovered Books
April 25 at Boise State University, Student Union.

Click here to register.

IEA Delegate Assembly 2015

Idaho Education Association 123rd Annual Delegate Assembly

The Idaho Education Association (IEA) Delegate Assembly is vested with the legislative powers of the Association and has jurisdiction over the policies of the Association. The business of the Delegate Assembly includes matters relating to the general functioning of the Association as recommended by the Board of Directors, Constitutional and bylaw amendments, new business items and resolutions.
~Credit IEA website

As Teachers Leave Idaho - Jessica Robinson, Northwest News Network
Professional Development


Professional Development on using Google

The BEA will be providing training on using GMAIL, Google Drive, Calendar, Forms, Groups, Docs and Sheets. Training will be located at the Idaho Education Association building in the evening.

Snacks will be provided, but room is limited.More trainings will be provided. Check back here for upcoming dates.

Legislative Reception February 2015


We had great success for our Legislative Reception in February.

Take a look at some of the photos  below.

Family Career and Community Leaders of America

FCCLA Banquet FCCLA Gerbert 2015

Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Breakfast

The FCCLA is a national community service and leadership based club that focuses on the family. Activities include community service projects, leadership conferences on the district, state and national levels, and travel. Lisa White, the FCCLA teacher at both Fairmont and South Junior High, was interviewed by Larry Gebhart, Channel 7.  Lisa and her students arrived at Fairmont this morning at 4:30am to prepare breakfast for staff and guests.  Yet another awesome example of BEA members and their dedication to our students!  Thank you!

(Description provided by Boise High School Student Council Organization Page)

John Hooper, South Saves $1600 Thanks to IEA Benefits


Congratulations to John Hooper from South Jr. High
John Hooper
Home Savings of $1600 with IEA Member Benefits!
As an IEA Member you can now save thousands of dollars with your Giving to Teach real estate benefit.

John Hooper
To get started or to learn more please call or email:
Sherry Tarrant, Atova Real Estate, (208) 369-0815 or
Or visit our website at