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.

Many Thanks
 to all the patrons of the American Falls School District for voting in the Bond and Levy Elections Tuesday, March 14th. 
 Thanks to the Bond Information Committee for all the efforts to provide details on the new building.

American Falls School District is looking for volunteers to join the Wellness Committee.
 If you are interested in participating in the development, review, update and implementation of the local school Wellness Policy 
please contact: Lisa Krell at 226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364226-7364.

American Falls Superintendent Search Information
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Statement from Board of Trustees:
On February 6, 2017, we are announcing the position opening for Superintendent of Schools due to retirement of our current Superintendent and immediately initiate a nationwide search with the help of ISBA. We look forward to finding the District’s next Superintendent to help lead our District in the best interests of our students and staff. We affirm our commitment We affirm our commitment to thoroughly consider every qualified candidate without bias or predisposition. We are excited to find the next leader of our District who can continue the momentum of world-class educational opportunities for the students in American Falls. 
Board of Trustees, American Falls School District

Spring Break (Dismiss on March 17; Return on March 27)

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A message from our Superintendent
Dr. Ronald R. Bolinger Ed.D

 Welcome to the American Falls School District located in the historic city of American Falls.  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


Child Find

Letter to Parents The new Idaho Core Standards

Letter to Parents about The New Idaho Core Standards


Hillcrest Elementary School principal Tina Fehringer poses with a class of first graders at the school.
She was recently recognized by the Idaho Association of Elementary School Principals as the 2017

article courtesy - Power County Press

Recognizing the veterans on Veteran’s Day     with music The American Falls High School band, directed by Tori Hunter, performs the songs for each of the armed forces on Monday, Nov. 7, in recognition of Veterans Day. Members of each armed force was invited to stand during their song.

 Upcoming  Events in our Community 

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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.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The American Falls High School was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award on January 30, 2017 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. Nominated were Jason Stucki Special Education Teacher and maintenance crew, Greg Harris, Ron Stilwell and Del Alvey. 

Greg Harris, Ron Stilwell and Del Alvey have worked for the American Falls School District collectively for 49 years! Their nominator wrote: These three guys probably work harder than anyone else in the district, especially this time of year. On snowy days when the rest of the district gets that early morning phone call with the news that school has been cancelled, these guys have already been hard at work moving snow. They work long hours through the worst weather conditions so that students, faculty and staff can be safe in the parking lots and on sidewalks. These guys never complain and are always working with a smile on their faces. This is true throughout the entire school year. There has never been a time where I needed something from these guys where they did not complete the task in a timely manner at the highest quality of work. That is remarkable when you consider the amount of work they have to do. With five different schools all the maintenance on the buildings and grounds would be a full time job for a crew twice this size but these guys handle that workload very effectively and with a great attitude. I could not think of anyone more deserving of the Golden Pride Award for a job well done than these three.

Jason Stucki has been at AFHS teaching Special Education for the past 10 years. His nominator wrote: Mr. Stucki has one of the toughest jobs at AFHS. As the only Special Education teacher and the department head he is not only responsible for the growing number of students on his caseload and the mountain of paperwork that comes with that; he is also responsible for coordinating the staff of Special Education paraprofessionals. The Special Education department; under his leadership serves those students extremely well and they work tirelessly to ensure success for each and every one of them. Mr. Stucki is also the testing coordinator for American Falls High School. This too is no easy task; he is responsible for scheduling the STAR test three times per year as well as the ISAT every spring. Because of his efforts these tests run very smooth with minimal disruption to the regular classroom. He has lead professional development meetings for the Math and English departments in order to prepare for these tests which have been very productive and informative. Anytime there is something that needs to be done at the high school Mr. Stucki is one of the first to step up and help out. He is a perfect team member; his efforts and attitude are greatly appreciated.  

Martin Gallegos and Kim Sortor from
William Thomas Middle School were honored at the regular meeting of the School Board on December 20, 2016 for the Golden Pride Award. The award is given monthly to a professional and classified staff member that goes “above and beyond” in fulfilling their duties for the students of the American Falls Schools.

Martin Gallegos’s nominator wrote: Martin is in his third year of teaching technology at William Thomas Middle School. He is a very energetic teacher who relates really well with the students he teaches. He introduces his students to a variety of technology experiences. His students complete many great projects. He works closely with the teachers on his team integrating projects from other curriculum areas into his technology class. He is a great team and staff member always willing to help others with their technology needs. He was a coach for the championship wrestling team and also helps with the high school wrestling program. It is great having one of own students become an outstanding teacher and work at our school. He is a great asset to our school.

Kim Sortor’s nominator wrote: Kim has been a cook in the school district for 19 years. She is the head chef at the middle school. She takes a lot of pride in providing students with high quality meals. She really cares that the students like their food and want to eat in the cafeteria. You will often see her out visiting with kids finding out their preferences and if they like or dislike new menu items or recipe changes. She is always happy and pleasant, which makes a big difference in a student's day. She feeds their stomach and their soul. She works closely with our student lunch helpers taking a special interest in them. She plays a critical role in the success of our breakfast and lunch program at the school. We really appreciate how she goes above and beyond in meeting the needs of our students and staff.

The American Falls Intermediate School
was highlighted for the Golden Pride Award during the regular board meeting on November 28, 2016. Nominated were fifth grade teacher Danielle Damrow and Teacher Assistant Kit Tysor. 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.

Danielle Damrow is a first year teacher with the Intermediate School, her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Danielle Damrow as our certified staff Golden Pride recipient. With a limited number of teaching applicants in the last few years, we are finding it more difficult to fill our openings with talented teachers.

Danielle came to us straight out of college willing to take on the difficult task of on the job training while completing her student teaching requirements. Danielle has proven to be an excellent fit for the Intermediate School. She is creative, responsible, and has other attributes that will make her a great teacher.

I appreciate Danielle’s willingness to accept constructive ideas from her peers and me as her supervisor. She works well with students and their parents and is an asset to a young but effective 5th grade team.

Kit Tysor has been with the American Falls School District for the past 26 years. Her nominator wrote: I would like to nominate Kit Tysor for the Golden Pride award. Kit has so many high qualities that it is hard do decide where to start. She is my right hand when it comes to working with our students. She understands that each student is an individual and treats them as such. She is always ready and willing to give extra help to any student when they need it. Kit goes above and beyond what her job exceptions require. I would have been lost my first year teaching here without her support.

The first recipients of the Golden Pride Award for the 2016-2017 school year were presented at the regular school board meeting on October 24, 2016 to third grade teachers Erika Kettl, Jeff Blauer and teacher assistant Marnae Weisenburger. The Golden Pride Award is given monthly to celebrate the “above and beyond” service of our professional and classified employees of the American Falls School District. 
There nominator wrote: It was easy to choose Erika Kettl and Jeff Blauer as the professional nominees for The Golden Pride Award this fall. Both have extraordinary leadership and teaching qualities. Each has also gone the extra mile to help our school and students be the best they can be. 

From a teacher leader perspective, Ms. Kettl has worked the past 2 years as Hillcrest’s Math coordinator. She has helped facilitate and support major mathematical changes in our school. These kinds of changes do not happen quickly or easily and much groaning can occur. Ms. Kettl is resilient and continues to support Hillcrest teachers as they move from one math program to another and add supplemental programs. Her knowledge, modeling and unwavering commitment to Hillcrest’s mathematical instruction presses our staff toward systematic best practices. 

Mr. Blauer
also in has many attributes that make him a teacher leader. He has worked as the technology coordinator in our building the past 2 years and has helped with numerous tech projects. He is the “go to” tech guy at Hillcrest and has been instrumental in setting up most of our progress monitoring tools. He is always willing to provide technology assistance and training to individuals or groups as needed. Additionally, Mr. Blauer has been the 3rd grade afterschool program teacher for a number of years and annually creates and maintains an honorary wall for veterans related to Hillcrest staff or students.

This year, Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer should be applauded for several selfless and beneficial acts at our school. First, each has written and received grants, not for themselves, but to help others at Hillcrest. Second, determining who was to move to portable classrooms was a decision that every teacher at Hillcrest dreaded, yet Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer volunteered to make this move. Both teachers have been creative and positive in a less than optimal classroom situation. The move has and will continue to bring challenges, but these two teachers will make the best of any situation as it comes.

Ms. Kettl and Mr. Blauer are both exceptional teacher leaders at Hillcrest. Their smart work and continued dedication to education is valued and appreciated. They exemplify what Golden Pride was created for.

Marnae Weisenburger has been at Hillcrest Elementary for the past 11 years. Her nominator wrote: Mrs. Weisenburger has been instrumental this year in meeting the requirements of the new state mandated reading intervention program. This past summer Mrs. Weisenburger worked diligently to set up, learn and utilize programs (Milepost and Lexia) vital to Hillcrest’s literacy plan success. She is self-taught and easily the most knowledgeable person in our district in both programs. Her dedication and determination has been pivotal for Hillcrest to determine how to most efficiently plan, implement, write, progress monitor and document over 200 individual reading plans for our struggling readers. Her diligence has saved hundreds of hours of paperwork and technology set-up for our staff providing more intervention time for students. 

Additionally, Mrs. Weisenburger is both a staff and student favorite. Her positive outlook and demeanor is infectious. Even when students have developed skills to exit their reading intervention program, many plead to remain with her. She understands how to press learning in a fun and accelerated manner. 

We thank Mrs. Weisenburger for all she does for our school. She contributes in so many ways it is hard to really express it in one letter. She is a pleasure to work with and an invaluable asset, highly respected and appreciated at Hillcrest. 

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