Welcome to Our Site

Brian Darcy, Agency AdministratorTo all of our Friends and Families of IESDB out there, welcome to our webpage. We are winding down our school year for our campus program (the ISDB) and schools are preparing for graduation. We have been “in person learning” since January 3rd. We are excited to be ending the year in a more traditional manner than we did last year.

The school year is reaching its close, it does not, however, mean that education is taking a “summer break” as well. We are excited to partner with several other Idaho agencies to offer ongoing educational experiences. Our “Learn to Earn” or “Ready, Set, Go – to work” summer program is in full swing for both populations. This gives students an opportunity to learn what it takes to get a job, maintain a job – and actually go to work and earn some money! We also have our Sawtooth Summer camp for younger Deaf students and our BVI “Experiences” camp being offered this summer. (BVI “Experiences” will be a camp in a box this year – the rest are in person). We are planning on offering most of these camps in person, while following COVID protocols. Summer playgroups – although not as large as in the past, will also be offered in our regional programs. These are great opportunities for our students to interact and families can connect as well. We will be having several professional development opportunities for all teachers and professionals working with our students, so keep an eye out for those, as well.

Lastly, we know this past year has been a burden on many of our families and friends. Although we are not all the way through the tunnel, we see a great ray of hope for return to normalcy. Vaccinations, masking, washing hands, and keeping appropriate distance are going to be the way we continue to battle to provide a solid, in-person, educational experience. Thanks to the support of our Board, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, our families, and all our partner agencies, we believe that we can continue to provide the best educational opportunity for Idaho children. Have a safe and educational summer!Brian Darcy - I.E.S.D.B Administrator

Pin the nose on Voldemort game

We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the publication of J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by going to Hogwarts on Halloween!

ISDB students had a truly magical day playing Quiddich, drinking Butterbeer and eating Cauldron Cakes and Pumpkin Pasties. They stopped by Honeyduke's Candy Shop for a taste of Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Sherbet Lemons, Scamander's Newts and Golden Snitches after being sorted into Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin Houses by the Sorting Hat. They played with potions, read Harry Potter books and cast a few good spells with their magical wands before playing Pin the Nose on Voldemort-protected by a stag Patronus, of course....

We loved learning about the universe that J.K. Rowling created when she wrote these books, and our students all looked forward to reading them if they hadn't before, or leaving the Muggle world behind for another tour of the magical world of Harry Potter.