February 15, 2016 - President’s Day (No School)
February 17, 2016 - Wednesday - American Falls Community Health Fair - Wednesday February 17th, 2016
Feria de Salud de American Falls
Miercoles 17 de Febrero del 2016 1:00-6:00 p.m. En el gimnasio de la escuela secundaria ¡Venga a reunirnos para un día de diversión para aprender de su salud! Podra disfrutar un alimento saludable, recibir información y chequeos de salud, y tener oportunidades de ganar un premio de una rifa. Todos recibirán un boleto al llegar a la feria.
A.F Building Needs
A.F. School District Seeks Public Input On Bond
The American Falls School Board is planning to pursue another bond issue and would like as much citizen input as possible from the district patrons according to Board Chairman Bruce Hauber. The election would likely be in May.
As part of the process school district leaders are seeking community input by forming a Citizen Input Committee.
School Board President Bruce Hauber said the need for facility improvements exists despite the bond not passing last November.
“We are currently experiencing a drastic increase in the number of students attending our schools, especially in our elementary grades. Even though the bond failed to gather the needed super-majority in the last election the need to have quality facilities for these students remains,” Hauber said.
The November bond was for $10.4 million and would add six new classrooms, a computer lab and upgraded lunch room and library facilities to the Intermediate School, along with a new multi-use gym facility at AFHS.
According to Hauber the plan is about improving current resources as a way to prepare for the future.
“It is much more economical to renovate what we have to make a safe and conducive learning environment for our younger students and make sure we have the room for those students as they progress,” said Hauber.
The school board plans to ask voters for their approval on the Tuesday, May 17, ballot. Prior to the election school district leaders are asking the community for their ideas and support by forming a Citizen Input Committee.
“We want to hear from our patrons as we move forward. The purpose of the school district is to serve the needs of the community by providing our children with the best education possible and to ensure we are meeting that goal we need to hear from our community,” said Hauber.
American Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Bolinger said meetings of the committee will be starting soon.
“We are eager to hear from the community and will have meetings beginning as soon as possible, but we need people to let us know they are interested so that we can contact them with meeting information,” Bolinger stated.
Anyone interested in joining the Citizen Input Committee should contact a member of the school board or call the district office at 226-5173.
A.F. School District Invites Public Input, Schedules Feb. 3 Meeting
Parents, patrons, and residents of The American Falls School District are invited to attend an open meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
The purpose of the meeting is for the public to provide input, and suggestions about options concerning the need for additional space at Hillcrest Elementary and the renovation of the current buildings at the Intermediate School.
School Board Chairman Bruce Hauber recently announced the plans of the board to seek public input before developing a plan that will be placed on the Tuesday, May 17, ballot.
“There is an immediate need to find space for the increased number of students in our district and we need to address that issue. However this is also a time for us, as a community, to plan for the future and that is why we are asking our patrons to participate in this process,” said Hauber.
The meeting will be the first of several meetings before the school board makes any definite resolutions for a vote. The first meeting will be designed to gain input, field questions, and hear suggestions. Later follow-up meetings will be provided to answer questions and issues and refine the final bond proposals.
“We proposed one solution in November, but there are many ways we can go about addressing our immediate needs and plan for years to come. Those ideas come from the community we serve and so we are asking the patrons to join us at this meeting with their ideas,” Hauber said.
The meeting will be held at the Intermediate School music room, beginning at 7:00 p.m. A translator and child care will be available upon request.
For more information contact The American Falls School District office at 226-5173.
we can all make sure children are safe.
• Slow down. • Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones, always expect the unexpected.
• Be alert for children walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.
• Watch for children on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.
• Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off.
• Do not start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.
• When you approach a school bus picking up a child, it is the law to stop. When the flashing lights come on and the red stop sign extends that means STOP.
Drivers (If you drive your child to school.):
• Allow yourself enough time to get to school and then to work. Leave earlier to avoid the potential “to speed” getting to your destination on time
• Make sure that your child is in their safety seat or restrained properly when you are taking them to school. Every person in the vehicle must buckle up.
• Pay extra attention at crosswalks. Take an extra look to be sure that no students are crossing.
• Obey all signs, safety patrol and officers in your school zone. They are there to make the drop-offs and pick-ups run smoother.
• Drop children off as close to school as possible. If possible, avoid the need for children to cross the street.
• Follow all posted speed limits.
• Does your child ride a bicycle to school? Remember: State law requires anyone under the age of sixteen to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. It is not just the law--it is a good idea for everyone.
• Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus. Drivers in a hurry sometimes try to sneak by buses on the right.
• Make sure they leave home on time so that they can walk to the bus stop and arrive before the bus is due. Running can be dangerous.
• Teach your children to secure loose drawstrings and other objects that may be caught in the handrail or door of the school bus as they are exiting.
• Warn children that if they drop something near the bus they should never ever pick it up. Instead, they should tell the bus driver and follow the driver's directions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the bus pulls away from the stop.
• Go to the bus stop with a young child and have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers because groups are easier for drivers to see.
• If you decide to meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street.
AF Actors Win State Championship!!!
American Falls High School Alumni, Jordan Bowman, with Zachary Buker, founders of the new production company, Opera Elect, http://operaelect.org/ performed on April 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the American Falls High School Fine Arts Center.
Our AFHS Choir performed with Opera Elect.
Everyone enjoyed their wonderful talent and witty & lighthearted banter between well-known works by Mozart, Schubert, and Donizetti.
Jordan and Zach spoke about some fun opera history and the exciting start-up of their company. Jordan was delighted in sharing her work with her hometown. She is thankful for all the support she has received over the years from family, teachers, and friends.
Upcoming Events in our Community
We have implemented a district-wide library program.
It is web-based,
anyone can access the library catalogs anywhere with internet service
by using the link below
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