2022-2023 Idaho Battle of the Books
It's like sports but with books!
Idaho Battle of the Books, or IBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program open to all Idaho students in grades 4-12. IBOB is meant to:
- expose students to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints
- encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading
- share the love of reading with students who have not yet discovered that for themselves
- broaden reading interests
- increase reading comprehension
- promote academic excellence
- promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students
Lists of books are chosen, and questions are written, for each grade level division; elementary (grades 4-6), middle/junior high (grades 6-9) and high school (grades 9-12). Students read the books, discuss them, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a quiz show format. Levels of competition begin at the school or local library level, and continue into regional and state competitions.
Teams are currently being created for the middle/junior high division at Burley Junior High School (grades 7-8) and Declo Junior High School (grade 6). If you are interested in participating at your school, contact your school librarian or reading teacher. Librarians or teachers with questions can contact Cindy Young at BJHS or find more information and the lists of books at the IBOB Website: idahobattleofthebooks.org
Copies of the 2022-2023 Middle/Junior High titles have been added to our Sora collection and are listed here:
- Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Blackbird Girls – Anne Blankman
- The Rig – Joe Ducie
- It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel – Firoozeh Dumas
- Starfish – Lisa Fipps
- The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan
- The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise – Dan Gemeinhart
- When Stars are Scattered – Victoria Jamieson
- OCDaniel – Wesley King
- Bloom – Kenneth Oppel
- Pony – R.J. Palacio
- The Someday Birds – Sally J. Pla
- Peak – Roland Smith
- Loot – Jude Watson
- Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
- Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede
Sora Sweet Reads Summer Reading Resources
All of Cassia County School District is gearing up for summer break. While summer presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine, we want our students to continue to find ways to learn while away from the classroom.
We have an exciting reading service available through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks. What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading?
Running from May 4 to August 17, 2022, the Sora Sweet Reads program offers a collection of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access. You can explore the title offerings and learn more about the program here: https://resources.overdrive.com/sora-sweet-reads/.
Sora provides a quick and easy way to access digital book titles from our school. Students can log in using their school gmail and instantly access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Get started today at https://soraapp.com or download the free Sora app for Android or iOS. Our Sora library is named Cassia County School District.
Do you have questions or need more information? Contact your school librarian.
South Central Public Health will be holding two immunization days for school required immunizations, one at the Twin Falls Office and one at the Heyburn office. These will be walk in clinics and are for high school juniors and seniors, but all school immunizations for any age will be available.
Please share this information. These clinics are a great way to help protect children on summer vacation and take one task off of your back to school to-do list in the fall. Please contact any of the SCPH offices with questions or for additional information. See the attached 2021-22 Guide to School Immunizations from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Heyburn South Central Public Health
Friday, May 6, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
485 22nd Street
Twin Falls South Central Public Health
Monday, May 9, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
1020 Washington St. N
- Immunization Day Clinic Information, English
- Immunization Day Clinic Information, Spanish
- Parents Guide To School Immunizations
There's An App For Us!
In case you haven't downloaded it yet, here is information about our CJSD 151 App. It is how we can best communicate with you!
Use the links or the QR code below to add it so you can...
- View news stories
- View calendar information
- View sports scores
- Access school and staff information
- Receive important alerts
New Books in The Sora Reading App
The librarians throughout the district have been working to add the newest and most requested titles to the Sora Reading App. New titles and additional copies of titles with many holds on them are added every Friday.
Here is a list of the 50 ebook and 20 audiobook titles added during the month of September.
Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
Mini-Cassia PAuSe Suicide Prevention Awareness and Support and a group of Cassia High School seniors are working together to spread awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
Two activities are currently being planned, a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk and a Community event featuring speaker Gabe Salazar.
The Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will be on Friday, September 17 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Riverside Park in Heyburn. Because every life matters! You are not alone! Come walk with us!
The Community Event will be on October 15 at 7:00 PM in the King Fine Arts Center. Gabe Salazar will be presenting "Born on accident, living on purpose, resiliency, hope and finding direction in a hopeless situation."
For more information, see the flyers below or contact PAuSe at email@example.com or www.pauseminicassia.com
Suicide Prevention Resources
Call 911 for an immediate emergency
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Contact the Hotline if you or someone you know is in crisis or emotional distress. The Hotline is available 24/7, TEXT support is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to Midnight, but CHAT support is currently unavailable due to COVID-19.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. It is available to everyone, is free, and is confidential.
Student CONNECT Program
Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. This benefit is free to any Cassia student grades K-12.
This new and easy tool is the quickest and most useful way to see how your school is doing on the points that matter most to you. Also, see how we compare to other schools around the state.You can access the report card online at https://idahoschools.
org/districts/151/profileor go directly to John V. Evans Elementary at https://idahoschools.org/schools/1395