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Check out this video of Pocatello-Chubbuck School District's PV-TEC Programs.  The video gives you an glimpse of some of the excellent technical programs that are available to the students in the district.

Exciting highlights from Pocatello High School

Check out these exciting highlights from Pocatello High School! Ladies soccer is on their way to State! They ended their regular season undefeated with a record of 14-0-1 placing PHS as the #1 4A school in Idaho. They will play their first game tomorrow night in Boise at 6pm! Good Luck Thunder!

Pocatello High School Science Fair 2023

Pocatello High School sophomore honors biology learners presented their research results at the annual science fair. The evening vent is designed so students can have an authentic experience communicating their research findings after a months-long project.

Marcy Curr and Lisa Delonas Speech and the Debate District Administrator of the Year Award

Twenty coaches from Twin Falls to Teton nominated and voted for Administrator of the Year for the Eastern Idaho Speech and Debate "Idaho Mountain River District." Lisa was awarded "Administrator of the Year" for outstanding support of the speech arts in secondary education in Eastern Idaho.

Affordable Connectivity Program

2 Steps to Enroll:

  1. Go to ACP Benefit to apply today.
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The Affordable Connectivity Program is a Federal Communications Commission Benefit Program. For help via a chat feature or phone, visit Get ACP or Get My Internet.

PHS Teacher Koski speaking with ISU Biologist Pradhan

August 3, 2022

Thanks to a pair of grants from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trusts, two Pocatello High School teachers are getting two summer’s worth of research experience with a couple of Idaho State University professors.

Recently, Devaleena Pradhan and Heather Ray, assistant professors of biological sciences, were each awarded a Partners in Science grant. Through the program, they’ve been joined by Pocatello High School biology teachers Anne Koski and Maygan Sampson, and assisted with the professors’ research on the ISU campus. Pradhan and Koski are looking into how hormone-producing enzymes are regulated and affect reproduction in the Bluebanded goby. The fish is capable of naturally changing its sex as an adult. Humans and fish share nearly all of the same hormones, and their research will help illustrate how these hormones can be different in organs like the brain.

“Working with a fellow teacher has been very different than working with students,” said Pradhan, “Not only have we been doing the research, we’ve been able to discuss different teaching methods and ways Anne and I can get students excited about careers in science.”

Meanwhile, Ray and Sampson are studying how the expression of a pair of genes in frog embryos controls craniofacial development. The two genes, Hypermethylated in Cancer 1 and 2, are also found in humans and are associated with developmental disorders and cancer when the body does not regulate them properly. 

“It’s been a pleasure to help Maygan develop skills that will benefit her and her students, as well as have her help in answering a longstanding research question of mine,” Ray said. “I hope this partnership will lead to more students furthering their biological studies at ISU.”

From here, the teachers will take what they’ve done in the lab and share what they’ve learned with their students. 

“The Partners in Science program has helped me improve my research skills and will allow me to expand the opportunities for students in the microbiology lab at PHS by making connections between the content and the most current, cutting-edge research,” Sampson said. “I knew I wanted to be a science teacher at five-years-old after seeing my mother do research with Professor Trent Stephens right here at Idaho State, and being on-campus this summer has felt a bit like coming full circle in my career.” 

“For the last decade, I’ve been helping students in my honors biology class complete individualized science fair projects,” said Koski. “Yet, I’ve never been involved in doing this thorough of research myself. When I heard about the Partners in Science program, I knew it was for me, and it would give me the chance to ‘do’ science instead of just learning the material and teaching it.”  

For Pradhan and Ray, they both hope that the new partnership will lead to more opportunities to bring real-world research opportunities to high schools in Pocatello and ultimately have more students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math careers. 

“This opportunity opens up ISU to our community and underscores the fact that there is no age limit to learning,” said Pradhan. “The Partners in Science grants allow our local teachers to take the scientific advancements and processes they learn back to their classrooms. In the long-term, we hope this will help students increase their knowledge and curiosity, and be better prepared for college.” 

The group wrapped their research projects for the summer of 2022 recently. Sampson and Koski will return to the lab in the summer of 2023. 

For more information on ISU’s Department of Biological Sciences, visit isu.edu/biology

Story credit: Idaho State University

District News

C.A.K.E. Awards January 2024 Photo Collage Seth Broberg and Addison Taylor

Congratulations to Seth Broberg, a 5th grade learner attending Washington Elementary, and Addison Taylor, an 11th grade learner attending Pocatello High School, who were chosen as the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 January C.A.K.E. award recipients. C.A.K.E. stands for Character, Attitude, Kindness and Encouragement.

Seth was nominated by his teacher, Ms. Jennifer Durrant.  In her nomination letter, Ms. Durrant wrote, “Seth consistently demonstrates remarkable kindness and compassion towards his classmates. He goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone understands and is ready to lend a helping hand whenever needed. What sets Seth apart is his extraordinary work ethic. Every day his gives his personal best, tackling challenges with a positive attitude and perseverance. Even when he faces difficulties, he remains undeterred and approaches each obstacle as an opportunity to grow. Seth exhibits exceptional integrity and respect in all interactions- whether with peers or adults. His behavior is a testament to his understanding of the importance of treating others with kindness and courtesy. It's a privilege to be part of Seth's learning journey and we are all grateful to have him as part of our learning community. ”

Addison was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Jenni Peterson. In her nomination letter, Ms. Peterson wrote, “Academically, Addie is an amazing learner. She asks questions and critically thinks about topics and focuses deeply on the quality of her writing. The most exceptional trait of Addie is her character. She is incredibly kind, generous, and helpful. She always comes to class with a giant smile on her face. She truly lights up the classroom. Her peers are drawn to her because of the kindness she exudes. Addie is also a phenomenal dancer. She is able to balance high academic achievement, while being successful in her dance career. Addie makes me want to be a better person. She spreads joy and happiness in a world that truly needs it. She is an amazing dancer, friend, and learner. I am beyond proud of the human she is.”

Seth and Addison were recognized at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. McDonald's provides each learner and their nominators with a gift card, along with $50 to purchase books for the school’s media center in the recipients’ names.

PCSD 25 believes a safe, supportive, caring and respectful environment is critical to student learning. The District Education Foundation, in partnership with the local Johnson Family McDonald’s, supports the Learner-of-the-Month C.A.K.E. Award to recognize students who show great character.  The district recognizes one elementary learner and one secondary learner from October through May. Nominations for the C.A.K.E. Award are submitted by a teacher who has observed the nominee’s behavior, and are approved by the school’s principal.

A collage of Caleb Jensen, Clare Earnest, Elijah Buchanan, Elise Wood, Ellie Burnside, Evelyn Brittin, and Josh Agres

With congratulations on this exceptional honor, the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 is pleased to announce that seven local seniors earned recognition as 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists.  

CENTURY HIGH SCHOOL

Josh T. Agres

Evelyn R. Brittin

HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL

Ellie G. Burnside

Elise L. Wood

POCATELLO HIGH SCHOOL

Elijah C. Buchanan

Clare M. Earnest

Caleb A. Jensen

These local seniors join more than 16,000 Semifinalists named in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 320 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

More than 1.3 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2024. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 160 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2024 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly 375,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

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The 2nd annual District-wide Apprenticeship+ Night hosted by the Century, Highland and Pocatello High School College and Career Advisors will be from 6:30-8:00pm in the PHS Commons on Thursday, November 30th. There will be many apprenticeships and hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and possibly pursue after high school. Refreshments will be provided by the PCSD 25 Culinary Arts Program. It's open to all students and families. 

Take Flight You Put the MORE in MORE Together

As the school year winds down, I have reflected a lot on the many accomplishments of our district. We have indeed taken flight this year!

Instructionally, we have learned to adapt in an ever-changing world of technology and yet remain committed to personal learning and interactive experiences. Academically, we strive to meet our learners' needs in our classrooms with engaging, problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative opportunities. Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities continue to flourish with numerous district, state, national and academic championships. 

As with any success, these results do not come without the preparation, drive, hard work, passion and dedication of each team member. These values are the foundation of our culture and I am fortunate to be on a team that exhibits these characteristics on a daily basis. 

In the past couple of weeks, it has been affirmed to me that our district truly embraces our motto of "More Together." In our efforts to adjust to a devastating fire, I watched, listened and facilitated multiple meetings in which representatives of administration, the Board of Trustees, Maintenance & Operations, Food Service, Transportation, Technology and a BLT came together to brainstorm ideas for solutions that capitalized on each team member's valuable input to maintain the continuity of learning and activities while making efforts to minimize disruptions. It was obvious through this experience that this type of problem solving happens continually throughout our district. Please know how much each of you are appreciated as you take part in daily discussions that have the same goals in mind. 

It is with admiration and respect that the Board and your district leadership flight team recognize all of your contributions not only this week, but the entire year. And please, enjoy a fun experience with your gift card.

Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell

#PCSD25 #MoreTogether

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