Charter School Teaches Music Classes on Fridays

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Photo and Article by Haley Pijl, The Recorder Herald Fernwaters Charter School is bringing more music to children in the Salmon community. As part of its continuing effort to extend learning to students beyond the 4-day school week, Fernwaters is offering three group music lessons on Friday mornings from 9-12. Classes include beginning piano, intermediate piano, and violin. Fernwaters instructor…

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Idaho’s Charters Are Preparing Students for College and Career, Even During Distance Learning

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Educators across the country are trying to figure out what the new normal will be, but for Addie and Luke, students at Sage International School of Boise, top of mind for next year is not how they will be learning, but the academic rigor of their senior year. Sage is a K-12 public charter school. Charter schools educate roughly 8%…

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5th Grade Student From Ammon Creates Community Garden to Feed Hungry Families

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Sidonah Colvin is on a mission to help feed hungry families in her community. She’s doing this by working with the mayor and other city officials of Ammon, Idaho, to create a community garden, and she’s doing it in the midst of a global pandemic. Sidonah’s project started at school – Alturas International Academy in Idaho Falls. Alturas is an…

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Federal Paycheck Protection Program Offers Loans for Covering Salaries at Nonprofits. That Includes Charter Schools

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Like many employers across America, leaders in the charter school movement are wondering how federal funds can help them maintain their operations, support their staff, and retain necessary staff to transition back to on-campus learning. SBA financing through the Paycheck Protection Program has allowed some Idaho charter schools to keep important adults available to students and families during campus closures,…

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5 Things We Learned from Idaho Charter School Leaders as Their Students Switch to Online Learning — and 2 Thoughts for the Future

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by Kristen McCarver and Josh McCarty As the need to transition to remote learning grew more apparent, many of Idaho’s charter school leaders began to plan their transition from their current teaching methods to remote options. We brought these schools together virtually to talk about how they are working to serve their families, children and communities during the COVID-19 shutdown,…

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Now Hiring: Payroll and Accounting Clerk

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Company:                     Bluum, Inc. Location:                      Downtown Boise, Idaho Employment Status:   Full time (40 hours/week) Starting pay:                $20.00 per hour Benefits:                      Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, HSA account with employer contributions, 403(b) Retirement Plan with 5% employer match, 3 weeks paid time off per year, paid holidays What we do: Bluum is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring Idaho’s…

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How should Idaho Charter Schools think about Fund Balances?

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by Matt Kuzio, Board Chair, Future Public School One of the most important jobs of a board of directors is to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of its school.   This is not an easy task and is commonly the steepest learning curve for a board.  How does the State funding formula work?  Are we insured correctly?  Is our five-year forecast…

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Gem Prep Cuts Ribbon for Permanent Home

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by Max Cohan, Local8News.com POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Although the school year doesn’t begin until next week, dozens gathered at Gem Prep’s newest facility Thursday evening. The new building, which you may remember as a Sears, is now Gem Prep’s “forever home.” “It’s kind of crazy because it doesn’t feel like we’re part of a mall, it doesn’t feel like…

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Create Common Good expands into Canyon County, partners with new charter school

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by Savannah Cardon, Idaho Press CALDWELL — To expand food service training and job placement programs in the Treasure Valley, Boise-based nonprofit Create Common Good partnered with Caldwell’s new charter school, Elevate Academy. Create Common Good provides skills training and job placement programs for people with barriers to employment. Whether they have disabilities, are refugees, veterans, former inmates or women escaping…

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Thousands wait for charter school seats

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Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on September 24, 2018 Thousands of children are waiting for a chance to enroll in one of Idaho’s charter schools. For some parents, getting in feels a little like winning the lottery. “We got lucky,” said Richard Petrus, whose granddaughter Audrey was one of 34 kindergarteners randomly selected to attend Idaho Falls charter Alturas International Academy.…

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