Welcome to American Falls School District #381
Thank you for visiting the American Falls School District, one of the top school districts in Idaho.
 We invite you to explore our website to tour information concerning our district or any of our schools.
 On behalf of the students, staff, administration and Board of Trustees, 
We stand committed to maintaining and constantly improving the education and services for our students.

American Falls School District #381 Administrative Offices
827 Fort Hall Avenue - American Falls, Idaho 83211 - phone: (208) 226-5173  fax: (208) 226-5754

February 15, 2016 - President’s Day (No School)

February 16, 2016 -Tuesday - Board Meeting for the month of February

 February 17, 2016 - Wednesday -  American Falls Community Health Fair - Wednesday February 17th, 2016
1:00-6:00 p.m.
American Falls High School Gymnasium “Come join us for a day of fun with a healthy snack, wellness information, screenings, activities, free stuff, and a chance to win a raffle prize”

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.

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March 21-25, 2016 -  Spring Break (Dismiss on 3/18; Return on 3/28)*

A message from our Superintendent

Dr. Ronald R. Bolinger

 Welcome to the American Falls School District located in the historic city of American Falls and home to the Five-Star Award winning American Falls High School.  American Falls has been the site of the largest reservoir in Idaho since 1925 when the dam was built and the town was moved to its present site.  We are pleased to provide an outstanding education to our students.

  • To prepare students to interact productively and effectively in society.
  • To teach students the necessary academic and life skills for future education and be job ready.


The nearly 1500 students with approximately 100 staff and 125 classified personnel are here to serve our students and parents in our four schools and one alternative school.  We offer a variety of specialty programs including dual enrollment classes at the high school, gifted and talented programs at elementary, Gear-Up college preparatory for middle school and high school and Professional Technical Education and our award winning FFA program.


 In the American Falls School District, you will find:

  • Commitment to college and career readiness
  • Preparation for Idaho core and the development of creativity and thinking skills with an emphasis on integration of technology
  • A safe and secure learning environment
  • Caring and compassionate staff committed to providing the best education for each and every child
  • Opportunities for meaningful parent involvement
  • Commitment to the arts including band and choir programs beginning in the elementary grades.  The district’s outstanding art program offers course work including ceramics, painting and drawing at the middle school and high school levels

Mr. Lance has graciously volunteered to be the GEAR UP Tutor this year. He will provide tutoring services starting Thursday,
(9/11) from 7am-8am in Room #1. Tutoring will be available Monday-Friday until the end of the school year.


Child Find

Letter to Parents The new Idaho Core Standards

Letter to Parents about The New Idaho Core Standards

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.

safety tips

 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. 

School Supplies

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.

Make the Most of Your Teacher Conference

 Upcoming  Events in our Community 

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American Falls School 

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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Golden Pride Award Winners

2015-2016 School Year

A hearty congratulation to our Golden Pride Award recipients who have been recognized by the American Falls School Board for "above and beyond" services to our district. They represent the professional and support staff that equal excellence for our students.

January 2016
The American Falls High School and the American Falls Academy were highlighted for the Golden Pride Award on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to employees who go “above and beyond” in service to the students of the American Falls School District.

Tony Cade is a new teacher at American Falls High School.  His nominator wrote:  Mr. Cade has been an excellent addition to the staff at American Falls High School; and we are extremely excited to have him as part of the family. He is teaching freshman English; a content area that is new to him.  He as transitioned from middle school History to high school English flawlessly.  He has the unique ability to develop a great rapport with his students. He creates a positive and productive classroom environment where students have high expectations for completing work.  He takes an interest in all students at the high school not just his English students or his football players.  He attends many extracurricular activities both home and away in support of the students.  He has a tireless work ethic; this work ethic has enabled him to teach himself how to be very effective in teaching his students to become better writers at the same time he has generated a great deal of excitement for both our football and track programs. I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient of the Golden Pride award than Mr. Cade. 


David Halverson has been employed at the American Falls School District for the past 36 years.
David has worn many hats for the district during this time.  David currently works in Technology for the district.  His nominator wrote:  David is one of the most helpful people in the district.  Every time I call David he is so cheerful and eager to do whatever is asked of him.  He always fixes, sets up or creates exactly what we need; always on time and with a smile.  He does an amazing job with the school websites and helps me often with presentations.  When he has completed a task he always leaves with a smile and says just call me anytime you need anything.  I wish we were fortunate enough to have a clone of David at every school instead of just one for the district.  David’s eagerness to help and the manner in which he does his work makes him very deserving of the Golden Pride award and I am honored to be able to nominate him.


JoAnn Kopp has been with the American Falls School District for the past 9 years.  She is currently the secretary at the American Falls Academy:  Her nominator wrote:  This is an easy choice for our staff to make about honoring Ms. JoAnn Kopp with this award.  She exemplifies all of the traits and characteristics needed to become a valuable member at the Academy and for the Special Education program. Ms. Kopp’s duties are numerous and she does them all extremely well. 

  The staff has commented many times that JoAnn has made the difference in the lives of our students by her encouragement to do their best, and her friendly approach in working with all individuals who call or visit are school. Every member of our staff has witness these skills in action on several occasions during the course of the school year with positive outcomes.  She is greatly appreciated by all and is one of the big reasons for the success of our school. 

It is with great honor that we submit Ms. JoAnn Kopp for the Secretary Golden Pride award for the month of January.   

December 2015
William Thomas Middle School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting on December 15, 2015.  Nominated were Counselor Patty Bolinger and, Transportation Center Secretary Valerie Schmidtgall.  The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who go “above and beyond” in their service to the students of the American Falls School District.

Patty Bolinger  is currently in her 38th year at William Thomas Middle School.  She is the best!  As the counselor we can say that Patty truly is the heart and soul of our school.  She does so much to help our students be successful in school and in life.  Patty is the leader of our school PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) team.  She is a critical member of our school multi-disciplinary team.  She works with parents and teachers in developing student’s 504 plans. 
 In addition to personal counseling she holds many group counseling sessions for students with a variety of needs.  

She is the key organizer of our school vocational career fair every fall.  She goes above and beyond in organizing, sending and receiving (often includes personal deliveries) of our Flat Stanley Project. She directs the writing of 8th grade four-year plans and organizing job shadowing experiences.   She has written many grants that help fund school programs and trips, like the 8th grade trip to Boise.

She is an outstanding homeroom teacher.  Students who are lucky enough to get her as their homeroom teacher know that she will take care of their every need at school.  This includes lots of TLC and firm follow through when needed.  Parents know that she is always there to help them when they need it.  

Patty is always willing to do whatever she is asked to do.  During skill exploration she teaches cross-country skiing or tennis depending on the year.  She coordinates our schools Red Ribbon Week activities.  During lunch she hosts friendship groups playing games. She is also an asset to the 7th grade team.

In addition to working at WTMS she spends her afternoons working at the Intermediate School teaching classes to 5th grade students.  

Patty is a state leader for school counselors.  She has served as President of the State Association and has received the Idaho State Counselor of the Year Award.  She organized regional and state events for school counselors.  She normally trains a couple of counselor interns from ISU every year.  She also teaches counseling classes at ISU.

It is impossible to list all that Patty does for our school.  Most importantly the students at WTMS know how much she cares about them and that she will do anything for them.  Thank you Patty for all of your years of service to our school.

Valerie Schmidtgall has worked as part of school transportation system for the past 20 years.  She helps coordinate requests and routes.  She does an outstanding job of providing the best possible “Customer Service” to our schools.  She is always a step ahead of us in meeting our busing needs.  Valerie is always happy.  This time of year we have extra appreciation for her as she organizes all of the routes for our Skill Exploration activities.  She is always calm no matter how soon you need a bus, make a change or have a problem.  Skill Exploration can get pretty complicated transporting and transferring students to so many places.  Valerie is also the driver of the special needs bus.  The staff at WTMS really appreciates all that Valerie does to serve our students and help our school succeed.  

November 2015

The Intermediate School staff was highlighted during the November board meeting on November 16, 2015. Nominated were substitute teacher Lachele Wheeler and teacher assistant, Chelsea Kavanaugh. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to school district employees who exemplify ‘above and beyond” effort in their assignment of service for students in the American Falls School District. 

Lachele Wheeler has been a substitute teacher for the American Falls School District for several years. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Lachele Wheeler as a Golden Pride recipient. In the absence of Hannah Luna who was out on Maternity leave, Lachele took on an often difficult position as a long term substitute teacher for Hannah. Lachele assimilated into our staff quickly and took on her role as ESL Math, Language and Science teacher. Mrs. Wheeler did an outstanding job preparing thoughtful lessons, organizing successful classroom routines, and creating a positive learning environment for her students. I feel that Mrs. Luna’s students had the best care and education possible in her absence as a result of the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Wheeler.

Chelsea Kavanaugh has been a teacher assistant for the American Falls School District for the past two years, first at Hillcrest Elementary and now at the Intermediate School. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Chelsea Kavanaugh for the Golden Pride Award. Chelsea joined the staff at the Intermediate School this fall. She works as a paraprofessional for Marla Egbert in the fourth grade and for Sarah Anderson in the fifth grade. Ms. Kavanaugh has met the challenge of learning the workings of the Intermediate School. She works well with the staff and has been involved with students in the classroom, lunch room, and at recess. Ms. Kavanaugh instructs students individually and in small groups with a friendly, calm, and positive manner. She has done a good job assisting the students with the new Chrome Books during Science and Idaho History. We appreciate her consistent, reliable, and dedicated performance with our students.