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Syringa Middle School Report Card

Pre-Registration Course Selection for 2016-2017

Current Syringa 6th & 7th grade students

Current 6th and 7th graders need to complete pre-registration course selections for next school year 2016-2017 this Friday, May 20th and Monday, May 23rd.  Forms will be handed out to students. Students need to be thoughtful when choosing courses - their schedules for next year will be based on the choices they indicate on the pre-registration forms.

Forms are due by Thursday, May 26th.

If you need additional forms you can click on them below to print. 

Course Descriptions - English

Course Descriptions - Spanish

7th Grade Pre-Registration Form

8th Grade Pre-Registrations Form

If your student wants to be a student aide, the application to do so is available on-line:

District Calendar

Syringa Science Classes partner with Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and the Boise WaterShed

Students visited both Deer Flat and the Boise WaterShed Project on March 28th.

Education specialists from the refuge asked for our help in using scientific processes and critical thinking to solve some of the problems that they are facing right now with algae in Lake Lowell. Each group of students collected data to test their hypothesis about which area of the wildlife refuge would be most likely to encounter an algal bloom later this summer.

Deer Flat taught us how to test water quality and to count the different types of insects that live in water ecosystems. Students looked at abiotic factors like pH and water temperature that might make it difficult for plants and animals to live in the areas around the refuge biotic factors like tolerant invertebrate species that act as clues to how clean the water really is.

Syringa Middle School students and teachers worked in a co-curricular way by having students use their math class to graph and analyze their obtained field data. This coordination allowed students a hand on approach while meeting the academic needs of both math and science.

Syringa Middle School is partnering with Deer Flat National Wildlife refuge to become citizen scientists for this year's 7th grade science fair. The projects will be on display at our science fair May 13th!

Regional National History Day competition RESULTS!

Syringa had several students compete at the regional National History Day competition on Saturday, March 12th. MeiLi O'Bannon and Lydia Beardsley received 1st place marks for their project. Madison Smith received 2nd place for hers. These students will complete at the state level on April 23rd at the College of Idaho. 

For more information on this event, go to the Idaho State Historical Society website.

All six SMS Orchestra ensembles received Division I - "Superior" ratings!

Two of the six groups received perfect scores! Go Panther string players! Woo!

On Saturday, March 5th 2016

Six small ensemble groups from the Syringa Middle School orchestra participated in the District III Solo and Ensemble Festival.

Division Ranking and Score Definitions:
Division I (Superior)
Division II (Excellent)
Division III (Good)
Division IV (Fair)
Division V (Poor)

Pictures Attached:

Callie Mae White (violin) and Katerina Howe (viola) (40/40 points! Perfect score!)

MeiLi O'Bannon (viola solo) (34/35 points!) and Aria Strasser (violin solo) (33/35 points!)

David Burns (violin) and Cyress Wilson (violin) (37/40 points!) and Austin Jones (violin duet w/ Callie Mae White) (37/40 points!)

MeiLi O'Bannon (viola), Lydia Beardsley (violin), Sam Leishman (bass), McKenna Wrigley (cello), Aria Strasser (violin)(40/40 points! Perfect score!) 

Great job PANTHERS!

Aly Pedersen
Orchestra Teacher



What’s Happening at Syringa!
Syringa Facebook Page

Are you a high achieving student?

Do you like challenge?

Are you interested in earning High School credits over the summer?

If so, join us for an:


What: Information regarding earning high school credits during the summer

When: Tuesday May 24th, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: Syringa Middle School Cafeteria

STEM Science Fair

Great Attendance at the 2nd Annual STEM Fair!

Syringa parents and students tried on their inner scientist on Friday night as the gym was filled to capacity with families during the 2nd annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair.  6th, 7th and 8th grade students showed off their science and engineering projects and toured a wide range of community STEM activities.  A big thank you to Micron, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, Dr. Picklestein from Boise State University, Idaho Power, the Idaho Library Association's Gizmo Garage and College of Idaho for providing fun and engaging activities to help Syringa's families explore the world of STEM.  


Grand Prize

1.  MeiLi O’Bannon

2.  Aria Strasser   

3.  Melicah Anderson


Advanced 8th Grade

1.  Aria Strasser

2.  MeiLi O’Bannon

3.  Melicah Anderson

8th Grade

1.  Brandon Calderon, Nick Reyna, Kinley Teichert

2.  McKell Nelson, Annabelle Garcia, Ernesto Lopez

3.  Brian Davalos. Brandon Linze, Raul Hernandez

Advanced 7th Grade

1.  Jeannie Acuna

2.  Abi Soriano

3.  Emily LaGrone

7th Grade

1.  Cameron Everhart, Neredia Alonzo, Anthony (Cesar) Ruiz, Mericruz Cuevaz, Matias Moreno

2.  Jackson Flynn, Abigal Nieto, Brandon Garlock, Arisabeth Villasenor Mora

3.  Manuel Herrera, Damian Chavez, Ben Licea

Advanced 6th Grade

1.  Jesse Waltman, Grace Tish, Ellie Webster

2.  Braden Shippy, Isaiah Smith, Robin Courtright, Izzy Martinez

3.  Olivia Reyes, Fatima Zavala, Addie Staples, Jada Scott

Raffle Prizes

1. Samuel Gragg (Ferro)

2. Lucy Mora (Brooks)

3. Vontella Hanson (Wnorowski)

Science Fair 2016

Syringa students attended E-DAY at Boise State University!

On Saturday April 2, 2016, forty-four (44) students and ten (10) engineering student mentors participated in a free one day engineering camp hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Student chapter at Boise State University.

Eleven (11) Syringa students and four (4) Caldwell High School students attended this event and participated in a day of discovering engineering that included topics like:

·         How to Make a Simple DC Motor

·         Water Works 

·         E-Trash 

·         Rocket Engineering 

·         Edible Aquifer

·         Designer Bridges

·         Amazing Robotics

·         Creative Inventions and more!

This summer they are planning two different grade level camps.

E-CAMP – GRADES 8-9        June 5-7, 2016

Students who are currently in 8th or 9th grade can use hands-on activities and projects involving self-discovery, cooperative learning, critical thinking, and problem solving while living on campus in a college dormitory. All food, housing and recreational activities are provided.

·         Cost – $250 ($300 after May 1) (scholarships available).

·         Application deadline is May 1st.

·         Limited to 40 participants


 E-GIRLS – GRADES 9-10        June 10-11, 2016

e-Girls is a free overnight program for girls currently in 9th and 10th grade. Enrollment is limited to 40 girls. Workshops led by Society of Women Engineers professionals and college students may include: Biomechanics of Footwear, Packaging and the Environment, Virtual Worlds with Alice, Solving Forensic Mysteries, Physics of Rock Climbing/Rope Walking, A World of Career Choices, and more!

·         Application deadline is May 1st.

·         Limited to 50 participants

For more information and applications, please go to the BSU website

Thank you Syringa and CHS for representing Caldwell at e-Day 2016! 

Syringa visits Yellowstone National Park 

over Spring Break!

"Syringa and Jefferson advanced 8th graders spent the weekend on a capstone field-trip to Yellowstone National Park.  While in the park, they studied the geology and ecology of this natural science laboratory.  They tested water from Mammoth Hot Springs; identified skulls based on dental patterns and learned to use snowshoes.  A weekend without technology turned out to be the perfect setting for these outgoing 8th graders to bond together as the class of 2020 and to really get to see the interconnections of humans and ecosystems.

A special thanks to the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunities and to science teachers Melyssa Ferro (Syringa) and Beth Demshar (Jefferson) for making this trip possible."

NEW Syringa Members of 

National Junior Honor Society!

 The Syringa Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony last night, March 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Syringa Middle School cafeteria.  Mr. Swan was the speaker at the event.  Reese Kinney was the master of ceremony and all the current members contributed to the evening in order to welcome the new members. 

 The new members inducted are Xiana Campos-Garcia, Dayna Buitron, Nicolas Esparza, Ruby Glick, Bryson Gowers, Juliana Hurja, Emily LaGrone, Alexis Leeson, and Callie Mae White. Great job students!

 They were chosen through a very rigorous screening process that assessed their qualities of scholarship, leadership, character, citizenship and service.  

Syringa 3D PRINTER!

Students learned about the parts of a 3D printer, the software behind how objects are created, that there are two at the Caldwell Public Library, examples that were created, and were able to ask questions. Some students have already used the CAD program in robotics. If students want to use the 3D printer, they go online and make an appointment. The Library has afternoon classes every day, summer classes, and mini courses to learn and play about 3D printer uses.

Academic Bowl!

Tuesday March 8th, our Syringa Quiz Bowl team played well in our meet against several local middle schools.  Students worked in teams to answer questions about current events, Washington DC landmarks and Goosebumps books as well as a variety of other topics.  These students represented Syringa as citizen scholars and ended up in 4th place.