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Eight candidates file for three open Emmett Board of Trustees seats; election is November 2
September 15, 2021, Press Release
Eight candidates, including one incumbent, submitted completed packets to run for the three open seats for the Emmett School’s District’s Board of Trustees.
The three seats are held by Ronnie Weeks, Ross Walker and Zach Higgins. Only Weekes submitted paperwork to run again.
The top 3 vote-getters on November 2 will serve on the Board of Trustees, starting in January.
A candidates forum will be held in conjunction with the Messenger Index in October. Watch for announcements.
The candidates are:
- Mona Barnes
- Heather Chandler
- Janet Hines
- Caleb Hoobery
- Terry Jones
- Carmen Tyack
- Jennifer Standley
- Ronnie Weeks
Qualified candidates were required to meet the following criteria:
- Individuals need to be 18 years old,
- A United States citizen, and
- A resident of the Emmett School District for at least 30 days.
- Idaho Code 33‐507 (3) states, “No spouse of any trustee may be employed by a school district with a fall student enrollment population of greater than one thousand two hundred (1,200) in the prior school year.”
Three Emmett Board of Trustee seats up for election in November; candidate filing deadline is Friday September 3rd
August 12, 2021 - Press Release - PDF
Three of the Emmett School Board’s six seats are up for election in November. The deadline to file your intention to run for one of those three seats is 5 pm Friday, September 3, with the Emmett School Board Clerk.
The three seats are held by Ronnie Weeks, Ross Walker and Zach Higgins and it’s not known if they plan to seek re-election. If more than three people file for the seats, then the three who receive the most votes will be sworn into office in January when the new four-year terms begin.
Because the Emmett School District is a specially chartered school district, established before Idaho became a state, trustees don’t represent zones like they do in other school districts. Emmett’s trustees are elected in a county-wide election and may live anywhere within the Emmett School District.
“It’s one of the most local and powerful positions a person can hold in his/her community because it is all about local control,” Superintendent Craig Woods said. “I have a lot of admiration for our trustees and I appreciate the time and effort they dedicate to the position.”
Qualified candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Individuals need to be 18 years old,
- A United States citizen, and
- A resident of the Emmett School District for at least 30 days.
- Idaho Code 33‐507 (3) states, “No spouse of any trustee may be employed by a school district with a fall student enrollment population of greater than one thousand two hundred (1,200) in the prior school year.”
To be included on the November 2 ballot:
- The prospective Board Member must complete the Candidate Filing Packet-PDF, which includes a petition for candidacy and a declaration of candidacy.
- Candidates must go to the County Elections Department to have signatures (at least 5) on the petition certified. This can't be done after the filing deadline. The county provides a certification page that must be included in the candidate packet.
- Packets are due to District Clerk Angela Mattingly at 119 N. Wardwell Avenue, Emmett, by 5 pm Friday, September 3.
- Contact District Clerk Angela Mattingly at 208-365-6301 for more information.
Emmett trustees OK plan to complete the Middle School new security entrance, approve plan to help retain staff; agree to review government curriculum
August 11, 2021 - Press Release (PDF)
The Emmett Board of Trustees took action on several issues Monday night including the following:
Complete the security system at Emmett Middle School
Trustees approved a plan to complete the front door remodel so security can be improved at the Emmett Middle School. A new entry vestibule would be constructed for $69,805 at the 4th Street entrance to provide better security at the school, requiring visitors to wait to be let in by school staff, Superintendent Woods told the board.
Currently, people can walk into the school building and gain access down the long hallway without any surveillance or control. A similar system has been installed at the High School and Sweet Montour Elementary School.
The new system allows staff to remotely view who is at the door. Students at the high school have key cards that they scan to gain access. At the middle school, only staff would have cards, but the doors would be programmed to be open during peak periods when students arrive on campus.
Security and the safety of students is a priority and although new to Emmett, school districts nationwide and in Idaho have installed similar systems.
Carryover funds will pay for the construction anticipated to occur this fall.
Superintendent recommends plan to help retain staff
Approved a recommendation to use ESSER III funds, designed to help retain and recruit staff, to fund another step on the certified Salary Schedule for those who are eligible and a 3 percent increase for all other employees.
Woods told the Board of Trustees this action restores the advancement on the salary schedule that was halted last year when Governor Brad Little froze the education salary schedules for the 2020-2021 school year. That step also froze pay for classified employees.
Woods told the board it has been a struggle to compete financially in the Treasure Valley when employers, including McDonald’s, pay more than what the District pays some of its classified employees.
It is even more of a challenge when some employees can find a new job with a significant increase, but also save upwards of $1000 for family insurance, Woods said.
Trustees, voting 5-0, indicated support for the recommendation and recognized the challenges for both the district and the employees.
“You can't keep your help if you don't pay,” Vice Chairman Michael Garner said.
Trustee Ross Walker, who sat in on the negotiations this summer with the Gem County Education Association, said teachers “have done a lot to lift the load and move us forward and we're asking a lot with what we’re doing with our continuous Improvement plan. I think this is a good faith effort to show them that they matter.”
ESSER III funds come from the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act that provides funds to maintain staff, recognizing that retaining staff during the pandemic has been a struggle for most school districts.
Ola School construction on track for completion
Beniton Construction reported to the board that the renovation at Ola School is on track to be completed by October 1. See new photos here.
Approved a request to review the Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum
Authorized both Superintendent Woods to create a curriculum committee to review and provide information regarding a request to review the Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum, a recently released American history and civics curriculum for grades K-12. The goal is to review the material and make sure that it would meet the requirements of state education standards.
Woods told the trustees that the committee would only review whether the proposed curriculum would meet state standards. It would not be considered for adoption at this time.
Idaho Senator Steven Thayn made the request in July with the goal to strengthen the government curriculum and provided the trustees with more names of families who support the Hillsdale curriculum.
“What I have discovered is that we have a very patriotic community,” Thayn said Monday night.
Woods said the district would follow the same curriculum policy review process that it does for any curriculum as defined in the Emmett School District policy, No. 662. The district’s schedule to adopt a social studies curriculum is slated for 2022-2023.
The curriculum is available to the general public for free at K12.Hillsdale.edu.
Important letter from Superintendent Woods regarding school opening and COVID
August 6, 2021
Emmett Parents, Students, Staff and Community,
The Emmett School District is preparing for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Like last year, it’s our goal to keep our schools open for face-to-face learning.
With the updates and recommendations from the CDC there have been a number of questions and concerns raised. I hope this letter will explain the ESD position as we start the new school year.
ESD will continue to meet with Southwest District Health Department, Valor Health, and Local Emergency Agencies biweekly. The focus of these meetings is to look at data specific to Gem County and Emmett School District as we monitor COVID-19 and its variants within our communities and the district.
We will continue to look at data in making determinations as to school closures and we will share that information with parents, staff and the community. We will follow current Reopening 2021-2022 procedures and protocols that were adopted at the July board meeting.
Masks will not be mandated for students or staff. If you recall, the Board of Trustees voted in December to leave any requirements for wearing masks up to a local or state region with the authority to make such decisions.
Furthermore, vaccinations will not be required for staff or students. The decision to be vaccinated is a personal choice and it is not the position of the district to advocate for or against your personal choice.
Students and staff members, who are in close contact with a confirmed case, will be required to quarantine for 5 days before testing; a person with a negative result and no symptoms will be eligible to return to school, but will be asked to self monitor for symptoms.
CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms.
Staff requesting students wear masks when in close proximity to the teacher will continue to be supported. The district will continue to offer PPE for students and staff in those situations. Students who choose to wear a mask will be supported.
Once again, we have a virtual option for parents who prefer to keep their children out of the classroom, but still in the Emmett School District. It is a bit different from the program offered last year. If you are interested, please contact Wade Carter or call 208-365-3016. Learn more about the virtual program.
We do ask that you help us keep schools open because we know that face-to-face learning is the best for our students. Last school year, you did a great job helping with the following:
- Keep your children home if they are sick.
- Supporting online learning while your child was home sick or quarantined.
- Keep your students home if they have been exposed to a positive COVID case.
- Report exposures and/or confirmed positive COVID cases to the school’s attendance secretary.
- Remind students that personal hygiene is critical.
We appreciate your cooperation and your interest in the Emmett School District. We really are in this together, and we want to make the 2021-2022 school year successful for everyone.
By the way, the first day of school is Monday, August 23. We have open houses at all our schools on Thursday, August 19.
- Elementary schools: 5 to 7 pm
- Secondary schools: 6 to 8 pm
Look for more details on this and more on our Emmett Schools Facebook Page and in a newsletter that we’ll email out next week.
Superintendent Craig Woods
Emmett School District schedules preschool screening for children with developmental delays
August 4, 2021 - Press Release
The Emmett School District will hold a free screening for children between 3 and 5 years old who demonstrate developmental delays in one or more of these critical areas including:
- Thinking Ability
- Self-help Skills
- Social Skills
- Motor Skills
- Emotional Concerns
- Other Concerns
If you live in the Emmett School District and you have developmental concerns about your 3-5-year-old child, please call Butte View Complex at 208-365-5971 for a screening appointment for either August 30 or August 31.
If your child meets certain criteria, he/she would be eligible for a free preschool program in the Emmett School District.
Emmett summer school programs underway; sessions serve students in grades K-12
July 1, 2021- Press Release
It may be summer break for many, but several Emmett School District educators are working and students are learning. Programs started in June and will end in late July or August with a break this week.
The District has a secondary program at Black Canyon School for middle and high school students who either want to get ahead in classes or who need to make up some credits.
This summer program is held annually and federally funded.
Stu Peterson, who typically teaches Spanish and coaches girls basketball during the regular school year, serves as the summer principal.
He said enrollment, which normally hovers at about 70 each summer, has about 100 this summer and is linked to the shift from trimester to semester scheduling, Peterson said. “Our students are having great success recovering credits this summer. We have a handful of students who have stayed and put in the extra effort to recover multiple credits.”
K-3 Acceleration Program
The K-3 Summer Acceleration Program is federally funded, and is serving just under 100 students. These students were recommended by their teachers to help them to continue to grow and make gains in their learning, Principal Jodie Farnsworth said.
The focus is geared toward STEM and literacy skills in a highly interactive environment for the students. Students get to participate in engaging and fun lessons each day, according to Farnsworth, who serves as instructional coach during the regular school year.
In addition to daily engaging learning activities, students receive free breakfast and lunch.
It’s been a rewarding experience for Farnsworth. The feedback has been positive. She shared one email that she received from a parent.
Cooking Camp at the Middle School
Cooking Camp at the Emmett Middle School is hosted by 21st Century Coordinator Shannon Anderson and Kelley Lankford. The first annual Cooking Camp was held for five days with 30 students split in morning and afternoon sessions.
The Cooking Camp is sponsored by the Emmett Middle School After School Program, which is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center five-year grant and managed by Anderson. Similar programs are held after school during the regular school year. Contact the Middle School for more information. For more information about the grant, read the press release.
The 21st Century will continue cooking and other life skills activities on a weekly basis as part of the EMS after school program, Anderson said.
This grant, which will be funded for four more years, is aimed at reducing achievement gaps by supporting students academically, socially and emotionally, Anderson added.
Jumpstart Kindergarten Camp
The Emmett School District and 21st Century Community Learning Center grants also offered an opportunity for a “Jumpstart Kindergarten Camp" during June. The camp was free of charge and offered to families with children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2021.
A second week of the camp will be held during the week of August 9-13 at Carberry Elementary School. Please contact the director, Shannon Anderson, at email@example.com if you are interested. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The camp is taught by members of the Kindergarten READY teams from Carberry Elementary and Shadow Butte Elementary schools. Enjoyable academic activities and enrichment activities are included on a daily basis, including arts and crafts, friendshipping, alphabet awareness, simple beginning math facts, freeplay, manners, music, and physical activity. There will also be a parent-child together activity offered during the week.
Migrant summer programs
Elsa Johnson, coordinator for the Migrant Education Program and Family Liaison, said the summer program operates in three layers for students who meet strict criteria, based on federal guidelines. The goal is to reduce the impact of academic disruptions and receive the same opportunities to meet academic standards. The three layers are:
- Outreach to qualified families to provide educational resources for families and students aged 0-21. Serve secondary students, who need to make up credits via the Idaho Connects School; an online program that meets Idaho State Department of Education standards. Students, who also may be working in agriculture or other related fields, can complete their classwork 24/7.
- Provide elementary students lessons and books to supplement classroom instruction before school resumes in the fall.
ESSER Funding - We want your suggestions
Updated June 30, 2021
Thank you to those who came to these two meetings. They were recorded on You Tube:
Superintendent Craig Woods is scheduled to review community discussions with the Board of Trustees during the regular monthly meeting, set for 6 pm Monday, July 12.
June 16, 2021 - Press Release PDF
As you know, the Emmett School District has received federal funds to mitigate costs related to COVID. We’ve tried our best to use the funds appropriately and gained approval at the state level before spending any of those monies.
ESSER III funds for the Emmett School District amount to just over $4.5 million and can be spent over a three-year period. Like the other ESSER federal funds, it must be spent on COVID-related expenditures. A portion must be spent on learning loss programming. There are 18 buckets or categories where the money can be spent, but again, must be COVID related. We consider this one-time money and won’t consider it for ongoing annual expenses.
We will have two meetings on June 29th - 10 am and 6 pm - at Butte View Complex so we can gather community opinions that will help us determine spending priorities and you are invited.
If you are not able to attend one of the meetings, you are welcome to email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. These meetings will not be livestreamed and we won’t be taking comments from Facebook. You can review the draft here. https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=36030867&AID=19546&MID=704
A few folks have already asked if we can use the funds to complete some of the projects outlined in the May bond. Sadly, we can’t, unless we can justify the project as a way to mitigate future COVID outbreaks. We did find two ways to cover capital projects with earlier ESSER funds:
- By moving the District Office out of the Butte View Complex next week, we free up 5 classrooms and provide ample space to separate students into smaller groups if another virus outbreak occurs. It also restores the school library that is currently used for district personnel and provides a much larger space for students to visit the library. The District Office will move next week to the office building at 119 N. Wardwell Ave. That was purchased for $490,000 or $89 a square foot. The new office space also provides individual space for employees sharing space as they do now.
- Use $400,000 to cover some of the Ola School remodel expenses. The remodel remediates the building, removing dry rot and improving the ventilation system. Students should be able to return to the remodeled school this fall.
We could consider these two projects.
- One possible project - although very expensive and greatly reduces flexibility for the ESSER III funds - is to replace the HVAC system at the Middle School. The new system would improve the ventilation system for students.
- Bacterial resistant doors for an estimated cost is $120,000 and would cover doors in the following buildings: EHS, EMS, Butte View Elementary,and Sweet.
The categories include:
- Federal Title Requirements:
- IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- Adult Family Literacy
- Carl Perkins (Technical Education)
- Coordinate Partnerships
- ELL MV At Risk (English Language Learning and McKinney-Vento)
- Response Local Education Agencies
- Sanitation Training
- Purchasing Sanitation Supplies
- Planning for Long-term Closures
- Technology Purchasing
- Mental Health Services - Community School
- Planning & Implementing Summer Learning and Supplemental After School Programs
- Learning Loss: Students at Risk
- Repairs (Maintenance) ESSER Use of Funds FAQ
- Air Quality Management
- Other Activities
Emmett’s Suzi Morgan named Idaho School Nurse of the Year
Press Release - May 26, 2021
Emmett School District’s nurse Suzi Morgan has been named School Nurse of the Year for Idaho and will be honored next summer at a national conference in Atlanta.
Morgan primarily treats students at Emmett’s Carberry Elementary, but also serves at Emmett and Black Canyon high schools.
Morgan, nominated by peers, has been a school nurse in Emmett since 2008. Nominees were reviewed by the School Nurse Organization of Idaho and then the winner was selected by a committee.
“I didn't know I was nominated so it was a big surprise,” Morgan said. “I am humbled, believe me. It's been a tough year for all school nurses. There's no way I could do my job if I didn't have great office staff to work with and the amazing support from Carberry’s Principal Greg Alexander. School nursing is the best job I could ever hope to have and I absolutely love the challenges and successes as I help students deal with health maintenance and chronic health issues. Healthy students are ready to learn and I do what I can to make that happen.”
Principal Alexander is very proud of Morgan.
“Suzi is an amazing colleague, school nurse and member of our community. She spends most of her time at Carberry but also serves Emmett High School and Black Canyon Jr-Sr High as needed,” Alexander said. “I knew of Suzi before I came to Emmett because of her reputation of getting so many students immunization records up to date. She knows the value of a healthy school and keeping track of her reports is something that is acknowledged at the state level. Before Carberry was a Community School, Suzi was the person whom teachers and staff went to get basic needs met for students.”
But more than that, Morgan has built a reputation as the person to go to when there is a need.
“Whether a bloody knee or a sad heart, Suzi can be counted on to listen and support the person, whether student or staff. If something is going on, Suzi knows about it or is planning it,” Alexander said. “I think she created the term ‘FOMO, Fear of Missing Out.”
Morgan has a long list of accomplishments. She started as a LPN in 1982 and became an RN in 1992. She became a school nurse in 1994. Before nursing, she was a teacher and has a Master’s in Vocational Education.
She just completed a term, serving on the national board as the Idaho Director for National Association of School Nurses. As a Director, she helped write position papers on chronic absenteeism and service animals in schools, among others.
- Serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for NASN School Nurse magazine reviewing article submissions for publication.
- Is the Secretary for SNOI and has served as President for SNOI as well.
- In Emmett Schools, she is the CPR instructor for the district, serves on the Insurance and Wellness Committees, Leadership team for Carberry and Building Rep for GCEA.
- Is a Certified Family Home provider.
- Teaches driver’s education.
Emmett’s bus driver trainer wins state student transportation award
June 24, 2021 - Press Release
The Emmett School District Transportation Department works hard to make sure your children -- our students -- are safe day in and day out.
Bus Driver and Trainer Rachel Crawford started driving a school bus in 1998 when she realized she could quit her night-shift job and work the same schedule as her babies when they went to school.
She drove for a short time in the Meridian School District before moving to Utah, where she also drove, eventually moving to Emmett in 2009 to continue her transportation career.
Even though two of her three children have graduated from Emmett High School, Crawford calls all of the students who ride “my bus babies.”
That’s the kind of commitment the Emmett School District sees in its employees.
Crawford also trains the bus drivers. Crawford keeps up with the proper training so she can teach new drivers.
One of her co-workers suggested that she take on the training role. And later, Crawford urged fellow driver Laura Nitzel to also train drivers. Between the two of them, they train up to six a year.
Crawford’s hard work has paid off. She recently won the Driver Trainer of the Year award at a Student Transportation state meeting.
“We’ve been having a hard time getting new drivers,” Crawford said.
In her nomination, Student Transportation Supervisor Shauna Davis said: "Rachel has a very warm and welcome smile for everyone she meets. All drivers who train under her direction have nothing but complementary comments, saying she is very positive and easy to work with.”
To Crawford’s credit, all the drivers she has taught have passed their tests with “flying colors.”
Even better, Davis said, Crawford is always open to suggestions for improvement and is willing to come in nights and weekends to help new drivers get through the necessary training.
Davis, Crawford and Nitzel recently attended the three-day Idaho Association of Pupil Transportation and State Department of Education Summer Training Conference.
“The award doesn’t surprise me,” Superintendent Craig Woods said. “Shauna Davis does a superb job making sure student transportation operates smoothly and safely. We are proud of what she and the others do, and it’s especially nice to see, Rachel Crawford, has been recognized for her hard work.”
Want to be a bus driver?
District Offices closed this week to move to new location. Offices will be open Monday, June 28.
The Emmett School District staff, including Superintendent Woods and Clerk of the Board Angela Mattingly and nine others, will move to its new location, 119 N. Wardwell Avenue, Emmett.
The office at both locations will be closed Tuesday, June 22, through Friday, June 25, of this week.
If you have any questions that need immediate attention, please call the office at 208-365-6301 and leave a message or email us at email@example.com.
The move provides classrooms for the second grade classes, expanding Butte View Elementary to serve kindergarten through second grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
It will also open up the space, currently occupied by five people including the superintendent, so the former library can be restored for the elementary students in the coming school year. Currently, the library is in the school’s attendance and nurse’s office area.
Board of Trustee meetings and special meetings will continue to occur at Butte View Elementary.
The Special Education office will remain at the Butte View Complex.
The new office building at 119 N. Wardwell Ave., is the former medical clinic owned by Dr. Barry Smith. The district purchased the office building for $490,000 or $89 a square foot and paid for it with unanticipated federal funds to provide additional classroom space for Butte View Elementary students and support staff.
David Lileks named 4A SIC Girls Golf Coach of the Year
June 1, 2020
In the first year that David Lileks had a girls golf team, he was named top coach in the 4A SIC league and he’s looking forward to more success with his athletes.
Lileks has been the Head Varsity Boys/Girls coach for three years, the same time that he has taught Political Science and Economics at Emmett High School, but this was the first year he actually had a girls golf team -- and one student, Annika Robins, qualified for state.
Lileks has coached a variety of sports in several districts during the past 20 years, but this year has been special.
“The players on the team are the ones who helped convey a message to the other coaches in the SIC, that Emmett High School has been able to put together a competitive girls golf team in a short amount of time,” Lileks said. “In the future, the Emmett Girls Varsity Golf Team could and should be a fun school to watch. I am very excited to see how they develop individually and as a team!”
Lileks wants others to enjoy the sport, too.
“A message also goes out to those who are interested,” Lileks said. “Come out and enjoy the competition and camaraderie as we will compete and (hopefully) beat some of the finest schools in Idaho! Girls and boys, come hone your skills with the Golf Team!”
It’s that kind of enthusiasm that makes Lileks an excellent coach, Athletic Director Gavin Watson said.
“David's top priority when hired as our golf coach three years ago was to establish a full girls golf team that would compete at a high level and give our female golfers an outlet to showcase their talents. This season saw that goal realized as our girls golf team consistently placed in the top half of the SIC.”
Molly Yates named 4A SIC Boys Track Coach of the Year
June 1, 2021
In her first year as head boys track coach, Molly Yates is being honored as the 4A SIC Boys Coach of the Year.
Yates, who has taught psychology and U.S. History for 15 years at Emmett High School, had been the assistant coach the three previous years.
Yates credits her assistant track coaches for the success.
“I am blessed to have worked with such talented assistant coaches and talented athletes this past season,” Yates said.
Before coming to Emmett, Yates coached track and cross country at Skyview High School in Nampa for six years.
Emmett School District receives $15,000 grant from local Albertsons Foundation to help feed school children during summer
Even though Emmett classes end June 3, the Emmett School District will continue to provide meals for all Gem County children, ages 1-18, on weekdays (no holidays) beginning Friday, June 4th and continuing through August 13.
Albertsons Nourishing Neighbors Foundation just awarded a $15,000 grant to the Emmett School District’s summer program.
“This $15,000 Albertsons grant comes at a perfect time as the Emmett Food Service program gears up for the summer program,” Emmett’s Child Nutrition Director Tyree White. “The grant enables the district to buy two reach-in coolers to help with cold storage of the meal bags that are prepared for curbside distribution this summer.”
The drive-up curbside summer food distribution begins at 11:00 am and ends at 12:30 pm at the Emmett Middle School and will include breakfast and lunch in a brown paper bag.
“The Emmett School District continues to help provide food assistance to those in need and is grateful that Albertsons Foundation Nourishing Neighbors is helping,” Assistant Superintendent Isa DeArmas said.
The grant is part of Albertsons Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.
“With school out for the summer, we want to ensure all students have access to proper nutrition. While the Emmett School District works hard to meet the needs of these children, we need help to accomplish this mission,” DeArmas said. “We’re grateful that Albertsons Foundation Nourishing Neighbors are partnering with us to keep kids fed this summer.”
This will be the 11th year for Emmett’s summer food program, White said.
Nourishing Neighbors summer meals grants help organizations that work to bridge the nutrition gap for students without access to school meal programs during the summer break.
“We’re honored to partner with the Emmett School District to help support their efforts in the fight against hunger,” said John Colgrove, Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division President. “We’re particularly grateful to be able to help fill the stomachs of children in our community so they can enjoy their summer break without the gnawing feeling of hunger. Community partners like the Emmett School District are key in helping us nourish our neighbors.”
‘Emmett High School is very proud to have Gavin Watson as athletic director’
May 21 - view the pdf
Emmett High School’s Gavin Watson has been named Southern Idaho Conference Athletic Director of the Year for the 4A League.
Watson, who has been the athletic director for three years at EHS, is humbled by the announcement.
“We have great coaches here at Emmett High School, and they deserve the bulk of the credit,” Watson said.
For those who know Watson, his reaction is no surprise, because he puts others before himself and always does what’s best for students.
Few people know that Watson also teaches physical education at the high school. But that changes for the upcoming school year when he shifts to being a full-time athletic director. Watson has been in education for eight years.
EHS Principal Wade Carter also credits Watson for his work during the height of the pandemic.
“Mr. Watson worked tirelessly to make sure our athletes had a chance to play during this pandemic,” Carter said. “He cares about the athletes and has taken on the task to make sure students stay on track to graduate. Emmett High Schools is very proud to have Gavin Watson as athletic director.”
“Truly, if it weren't for Gavin and his dedication and time, our students, school, and community would not have had athletics this year,” Assistant Principal Katie Watkins said. “I am so grateful to be on the same team as Coach Watson, and I couldn't be more proud to work alongside him.”
Shadow Butte's Dr. Nava will be recommended as new Principal to replace Todd Adams
Superintendent Craig Woods said today that he will recommend Dr. Christina Nava as the next principal for Shadow Butte Elementary. Nava, who has been an Instructional Coach at Shadow Butte since August 2019, has worked closely with outgoing principal Todd Adams. Adams will be the next principal at Star Elementary in West Ada School District.
“I am honored and blessed to be able to serve Shadow Butte Elementary as principal,”
Nava said. “I am committed to working with staff, families, and the Emmett community to ensure our students receive the best education possible.”
Outgoing principal Adams said this about Nava: “I couldn't be more excited for Shadow Butte students, staff and parents. Dr. Nava brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in how to create the best opportunities for student learning. Shadow Butte will excel and move to new heights under her leadership.”
“This is a great opportunity for Dr. Nava, and I think she is an excellent choice to follow in Mr. Adams’ footsteps,” Woods said. “As Instructional Coach, Dr. Nava has demonstrated the skills necessary to coach teachers and navigate local, state and federal guidelines to ensure that our students are getting the best education possible. We had excellent internal candidates for the vacancy, but in the end, the selection committee chose Nava.”
Woods will recommend Nava be promoted to the principalship at the next Board of Trustees meeting, likely a special board meeting before the end of May.
Before her hire as an Instructional Coach, Nava was the director of the EL/Migrant Program at the Idaho State Department of Education, where she worked for six years.
She held a similar position for the Nampa School District for more than two years. Prior to her leadership roles, she was a teacher for the Nyssa School District and Nampa School District.
Nava stated in her application that teachers must be reflective practitioners and life-long learners, ready to evolve with the advancements in society and technology.
“A principal must balance between being the instructional leader and operational manager of the school to be effective,” she said in her application. Among the characteristics of a good principal, Nava said a principal “sets the vision and goals while building a culture for learning for students and teachers.”