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.
prepare students to interact productively and effectively in society.
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:
to college and career readiness
core and the development of creativity and thinking skills with an
emphasis on integration of technology
- A safe
and secure learning environment
and compassionate staff committed to providing the best education for each
and every child
for meaningful parent involvement
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
American Falls School District
Winter Weather Safety Procedures
winter weather like snow or extremely sub-zero temperatures are forecast, the
safety of road conditions, school parking lots and sidewalks for our students
and staff becomes our top priority. Our
transportation, maintenance, and administrative personnel work closely together
in these situations to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions and to
make necessary plans for the safety of staff and students.
these days, we begin monitoring weather conditions by traveling roads and
working with county highway crews to make a safety decision by 6:00 a.m. about
whether to have school that day since our first bus leaves at 6:05 a.m.
it is necessary to close school, we begin notifying TV and radio stations,
faculty and staff. Our decision
regarding school operations and whether roads are safe for travel are made with
SAFETY as the top priority.
procedures also call for temperatures at -20 or below including wind chill to
trigger dismissal of school for the day also for safety of students traveling
to and from school.
on the following TV and radio stations:
Golden Pride Award Winners
2013-2014 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.
Two staff members from Hillcrest Elementary School
were honored at the board meeting February 19, 2014 and presented the Golden
Pride Awards for the month of February for “above and beyond” service for the
students of the schools.
Jeff Blauer has been at Hillcrest Elementary for the past
six years and was presented the Golden Pride Award in the professional
division. His nomination read:
It is my pleasure to nominate Jeff Blauer for the Golden
Pride Award. In his six years at Hillcrest, Mr. Blauer has willingly taken on
multiple responsibilities and made many positive contributions to our school
and district. During this time, he has taught 2nd grade, summer
school and currently teaches 3rd grade and for our afterschool
program. He has also recently completed his Administrative master’s degree and
internship at Hillcrest. During this time Mr. Blauer has been involved in our
District and Hillcrest’s Leadership and Technology Teams, teaches our
district’s Love and Logic Parenting workshops and has completed several school
wide projects and administrative responsibilities.
Mr. Blauer is a shining example of what it takes to start as
a brand new teacher, continually work hard, then reflect and revise one’s
practices to become a highly proficient and respected teacher. He will be the
first to tell you that his teaching and classroom skills have come a long way
in six years. What he may not tell you is that he has persistently asked of
himself and others “what can or should I do differently to support myself in
being a better teacher and in helping my students?” His willingness to ask for, accept and act
upon constructive suggestions helps him continue to be the best teacher he can
From an overall school standpoint, Mr. Blauer is typically
one of the first staff members to enthusiastically try a new initiative or
strategy without grumbling or nay saying. He is perpetually positive in his
work, with his students and in his overall demeanor. In six years, I have never
heard a cross word from him, actually, if anything, I tease Mr. Blauer that he
is sometimes too soft (not a bad character trait in an elementary
Mr. Blauer should be proud of the work he is doing at
Hillcrest. He is a pleasure to work with and his “can do” attitude pushes our
entire staff and students to do their best. Congratulations Jeff.
In the classified division, Pat Lozoya has been a teacher aide for the past seven years. Her nominator wrote:
I would like to nominate Pat Lozoya for the golden pride award. Pat is highly dependable and is always doing what she needs to do in order to benefit the children of Hillcrest. She does everything from wiping tables to teaching students the Linda-Mood Bell intervention program in two languages. She is a vital asset to those who need a little help with technology. She has given of her time to help anyone who needs her touch. Sometimes this is adjusting the projectors, sometimes it is formatting a spreadsheet or
American Falls School District
Tuesday March 11, 2014
- Building Maintenance
- Provide Current Level of Support
- Classroom Equipment
- Computers & Technical Support
- Upgrade Existing Facilities
- Six Year Levy (2014-2020)
On-Going Basic Needs (Yearly):
- Capital Expenditures for Furniture Equipment
- Heating and Air Conditioning Repairs
- Honeywell & EMI Contract-Heating System
- Yearly Maintenance Expenditures
- Computer Equipment & Technology Equipment Repairs
- Lease/Purchase Lawn Mower
Examples of Other Needed Projects:
- Security System at Middle School and High School
- Playground Safety for Hillcrest and Intermediate School
- Replace Carpet in Media Center at Hillcrest and Middle School
- Computer Cabinets for Classrooms at Middle School
- Replacement of Electrical Systems at Intermediate School for Technology
- Wheelchair Lift at Intermediate School Cafeteria
- Sprinkler Systems
- Pavement and Seal-Coat of Parking Lots
- Complete Instruction Area Downstairs for Academy
- Replace Outdated Buses
- Replace Roofs for 4th & 5th Grade Buildings at
- Intermediate School
Proposed Costs of
Plant Facility Levy
The Levy will be
Costs (After Homeowners Exemption)
$100,000 Home ($50,000 Taxable)
$32.18 per year or $2.71 per month
$160,000 Home ($80,000 Taxable)
$51.50 per year or $4.32 per month
**Money cannot be used for salaries
or daily operation of the school district**
Voter Information& Polling Places
Tuesday March 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
- Precinct #1—Power County EMS Building
560 N. Oregon Trail, American Falls
- Precinct #2—American Falls Public Library
308 Roosevelt, American Falls
- Precinct #3—Power County Courthouse Annex
500 Pocatello Ave., American Falls
- Precinct #6—Pocatello Municipal Airport
- Precinct #7—Power County Courthouse (Absentee)
543 Bannock Ave., American Falls
- Cassia County (mail in only)
1459 Overland, Burley ID 83318
Photo ID is REQUIRED to Vote (i.e. Driver’s License)
American Falls School Plant Facility Levy Renewal Information
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American Falls School 2014 Calendar
American Falls Intermediate School
Talent Show Sign-ups
Our school will be having a
Friday, March 21.
Students need to sign up soon.
Sign-up: Student, Talent, Number of people in group, Music (name if they are using music), and grade level.
Practices/rehearsals will be held in the Music Room during the lunch hour when Mr. Torgesen can supervise.
Students may be in one act or two acts – 1 group act and/or 1 solo act.
For their talent, students may sing, lip-sync, dance, play an instrument, perform gymnastics, etc. If your student has another idea, check with the teacher. New ideas are welcome.
The teachers have the sign-up sheets.
Music CD’s must be brought and approved by Mr. Torgesen before they can be performed.
We’re looking forward to a fun Talent Show.