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Dear families,

We are so excited to have you join us at Bonneville Online Elementary this school year! We are looking forward to sharing our exciting program with you and your family. For those who joined us after June 17, 2020, we are delighted to include you as an Online Lion, providing you with access to a specific curriculum to help your family to be successful for the next school year. Here are a few pieces of information we’d like to share with you about that specific curriculum. Some of the things you can look forward to are: 

  • Local certified teachers- All BOES teachers live in Idaho Falls and are able to meet with you at our building or online to strengthen relationships with you and your families, provide training in our curriculum, and provide individualized help with skills.

  • On-site program- Observing the safety recommendations of District 93 and Eastern Idaho Public Health, we will provide weekly activities in our building to give your children opportunities to socialize and build a community with other students in our school. They will also get to participate in ‘specials’ activities like art, music, robotics, and more!

  • Targeted intervention- If your student struggles with an academic skill, whether in math, language arts, science, or social studies, your teacher will be able to provide support. She can meet face to face in the building, or online, whichever place you are most comfortable.

  • Flexibility with accountability- We have an online curriculum that your student will log into during times that work for you and your family. Your teacher will guide you through the essential skills your child needs to continue their education at home. Flexibility is key in our program.

  • Grading- Student grades will be determined by their progress in their courses. Parents will not be required to teach specific content standards because this program has it all built within the courses. Your mentor teacher will be able to provide valuable feedback and encouragement for your students.

  • Field trips- Because physical field trips have been postponed until conditions improve, we hope to be able to provide virtual field trips for your children. Hopefully before the end of the school year, we will be able to provide monthly in-person field trips all over eastern Idaho you can attend if you are comfortable. 

We have found that a gradual transition from traditional brick and mortar schooling to online/homeschooling is best for students (and parents). We are here to help make that transition as seamless as possible.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Thomas Kennedy at 208-525-4422. Go Lions!

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Zoo Field trip- students got to interact with the animals and each other

Testing- We had a great turnout for testing. Parents and teachers were able to access student's needs

Math Magician- Bob Bishop put on an assembly teaching strategies and passions for Math

BOX TOP EARNINGS- We earned $27.80 for the winter submission

Halloween Party- Kids dressed up, and families attended. Thanks to the parent volunteers! 

Thanksgiving Party- students wrote letters to Veterans, and made turkey cookies

Christmas at the Movies- Paramount 5 in Rexburg, bus trip

BOX TOP EARNINGS- We earned $36.10 for the 2nd winter submission

Swim Safety- Bonneville Lifetime Sports class has taught water safety to students

Zoomobile- students learned about many animals, armadillo and snake were just a few 

Valentine's- students learned etiquette, made sacks and passed out Valentine's

Wendy's Fundraiser- We earned $625.00. 

COVID 19- Schools closed down March 16th for the remainder of the year


We are happy to announce our new Principal Dr. Thomas Kennedy. He will be joining us for the 20/21 school year. 

Hello. My name is Thomas Kennedy. I grew up in New York State, mostly in a town called Poughkeepsie which is about 90 minutes north of New York City. I have always loved learning and school, so I had often thought about becoming a classroom teacher while I was in high school. However, when I started college, I began taking classes to become an accountant. Math was my favorite subject in school and accounting seemed very interesting at the time. After one year of college I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and worked as an Arabic linguist. Not knowing what to expect, being a Marine turned out to be a pivotal moment in my life. During over 5 years in the Marines, I met my wife (who is from Idaho), welcomed our first daughter into the world, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, jumped out of helicopters, learned Arabic, and worked with a variety of incredible people doing very interesting work. It was also during this time that I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. When I arrived at the school where I would learn Arabic, I had about 5 months to wait for my class to start. While I waited, a few other Marines and I spent about 500 hours volunteering at a local elementary school. I was assigned to a second-grade class where I listened to students read and helped students with learning assignments. I loved it! 

When my enlistment ended, I moved with my family to Utah, where I earned my teaching degree from BYU in Provo, UT. After graduating, I taught 3rd grade for 2 years in Payson, UT before moving to Rigby, ID. When we moved to Idaho, I began working for District 93 where I taught 3rd grade for another 2 years, followed by 2 years of teaching 6th grade. While I was teaching, I earned my master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Idaho State University. I spent the next 8 years at Rocky Mountain Middle School, 6 years as assistant principal, followed by 2 years as principal. I loved the fast-paced world of middle school. We were able to have such a positive impact on the students and families we served. It was because of my experiences at the middle school that I saw the incredible power of a team of people working to support a student in their learning and well-being. It reminds of a quote from Margaret Mead that reads "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has".  I truly believe that alone we are smart, but together we are brilliant.

As an educator, I continued my own education, earning my Educational Specialist degree from Idaho State University followed by my doctorate from Northwest Nazarene University. As I said above, I love learning and I continue to learn from the books I read and the people I meet every day. On a personal note, I have been married for almost 21 years and now have 6 children ranging in ages 3-18. My family is an incredibly important part of my life. I look forward to working with the BOES community to learn how I can best serve you all as we strive to design success for every student as we help parents educate their children.

Dr. Thomas Kennedy

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