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IDeal program allows tax deductible donations to pay for college

"Mary Altimus of Coeur d'Alene wants her children to go to graduate college without having to pay off student loans. She has been saving for their college since they were born.

When she heard about IDeal, the Idaho college savings program, she thought it was too good to be true. She easily navigated the online signup and now has a chunk of money deducted from her paycheck each month to fund her kids’ accounts."

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EXCEL grant helps bring music and art into curriculum

"COEUR d’ALENE — Students at Winton Elementary School made paper turkeys, silhouette portraits and other crafts Monday as part of the school’s efforts to bring more arts into the classroom.

Nancy Mueller, the school’s music teacher, got a grant from the EXCEL Foundation, an organization that funds grants to teachers for innovative classroom projects in the Coeur d’Alene School District.

The “Let’s get STEAMed Up” grant brings arts into focus along with the other STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math."

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The Jingle Books Challenge has begun!

Jingle Books Challenge 

The annual "Jingle Books" book drive has begun! Last year EACH elementary school student got to select THREE books! How many will we let them choose this year? You can help promote reading proficiency by the end of third grade by donating new and gently used children's books to CdA schools K-3 kids to help improve reading literacy. Donate through Dec 8 — collection boxes can be found at the district office, in all schools, and at local libraries, chambers of commerce, and participating businesses.

Read the CDA Press article about this fabulous program.

Mentors needed!

Because of your company’s heart and values, I am asking for your partnership!

Goodwill® GoodGuides is a national mentoring program for youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who are at risk for making harmful choices such as dropping out of school or joining a gang. These youth may also be at risk for delinquency.

The goal of the GoodGuides program is to help youth build career plans and skills, and prepare for school completion, post-secondary training, and productive work.

We are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Mentoring is one of the most important things you can do for today’s youth. Through your guidance and support, you can empower teens to make positive decisions. You can help them stay in school, excel in their classes, or make plans for their future careers.

As a GoodGuides mentor, you will:

  • Offer encouragement and guidance to youth in your community.
  • Help prepare youth for good jobs and careers.
  • Contribute to the well-being and capabilities of youth.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others.

Because consistency is critical for successful mentoring relationships, a minimum of a one-year commitment is required from all adult mentors.

We provide training and a calendar of opportunities for mentors and mentees.

A mentor would have a group of no more than four mentees at an hour each week/four hours per month for 12 months. You would be with other mentors and their mentees in an afterschool setting.

We have youth ready for mentors at:

  • Post Falls High on Mondays from 2:45-3:45
  • Centennial Middle School on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:45
  • West Valley High School on Thursdays from 3-4

Some businesses allow salary exempt employees to leave work early one day a week to volunteer as a mentor!

In addition to mentoring, youth will be touring colleges and businesses for career readiness. Those trips are optional for mentors.

Would you or any of your employees/coworkers/friends like to be a mentor? Contact Sherri Richardson, Program Manager for GoodGuides Youth Mentoring, 509-220-1918 or email


Input for Maintenance/Operations Levy & School Bond - Nov 16 & Nov 30

The School Board wants your opinion as they consider both a Maintenance & Operations Levy and a School Bond. Join us for a "Community Conversation",  a format encouraging all voices to come talk with the School Board, discuss the various needs for a School Board and ask questions prior to the School Board making any decisions.

Wednesday, Nov 16 at CDA High School

Wednesday, Nov 30 at Lake City High School

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Nov 16: Celebrate Career Development Day at North Idaho College

Celebrate Career Development Day November 16th!

Career Services staff will be available at a table in the lobby of the Student Union all day.

Stop by any time to Help Celebrate!

  1. Learn about career assessments and Career Services to help you Discover Your Purpose!
  2. Get answers to questions such as: What would I be good at? 

    What should I major in?  What can I do with my major? 
    Where will I get money to
    pay for college? 
    Where should I transfer?  How can I find a job?

  3. Students and NIC employees alike keep saying, “I had no idea you offered all of this!”  Come find out!!!
  4. Try out the Idaho Career Information System, explore free web resources, and enjoy treats and door prizes.

Please refer your students, come learn about our services yourself, and help celebrate quality career/life planning!  For information contact Gail Laferriere at Ext. 7700.

Students with career goals within their first year are 50% more likely to complete college!

FREE Soft Skills Training offered by North Idaho College, in partnership with Idaho Dept of Labor

FREE Soft Skills Training at North Idaho College ...

NIC, in partnership with Idaho Department of Labor, is offering FREE Soft Skills Training to serve youth, the unemployed, and incumbent workers. The curriculum, the Workplace Excellence Series, consists of ten, flexible modules designed to help people understand and deliver what employers demand today. Each module teaches the employer’s perspective, practical skills, and the “bottom line” on a key topic so participants can increase their company and career success. The modules can be used as stand-alone topics or a series.

Visit NIC's Career Services Page for more info
(The Workplace Excellence Series flyer is under "Quick Links" in the right column.)

October 25: Parent Involvement Night - CDA School District

The Coeur d'Alene School District and the Lake City Public Library are hosting a Parent Involvement night on October 25 at 6:15 p.m.


See attached flyer for full details.

Trustees decide on Hayden Lake school

The empty Hayden Lake Elementary School will open for the 2017-18 school year as an attendance zone elementary school.

The Coeur d’Alene School District Board of Trustees passed the motion 3-2 at Monday night’s board meeting.

Vice Chair Dave Eubanks, Trustee Christa Hazel and Trustee Tom Hearn voted for the motion while Board Chair Casey Morrisroe and Trustee Tambra Pickford voted against it.

The board has been discussing options for the currently vacant Hayden Lake site for quite a while, trying to decide if it would be better to sell it, open it as an attendance zone school or open it as a magnet school.

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Laura Rumpler: ‘Architect for positive change’

Laura Rumpler knows words matter.

Rumpler, the communications director for the Coeur d’Alene School District since 2010, learned that lesson at an early age.

Growing up in rural Oregon, Rumpler came from a small, tight-knit family. Her father, a retired naval commander, and her mother were loving and supportive.

“We traveled often, with my father’s career and my mother being from Scotland. I’ve had an interesting background of experiences and people in different cultures,” Rumpler said. “There wasn’t much fear in my life when I was young.”

Then, when she was around 9 years old, her music teacher pulled her aside and told her she had a horrible voice, that she was singing too loud and ruining the upcoming school performance. The teacher told Rumpler not to sing, to just mouth the words.

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