Smoky Days

With school starting just around the corner, and our communities having to deal with the smoke from the surrounding fires, I want to let you know our plans to assure the safety of all of our students while attending school and participating in school activities. The following actions will be taken by our school officials and staff during the time when a high level of smoke is visible in the air.

  • Check air quality minimally every 2 hours during the times when school activities may be held when there is noticeable smoke and ash particles in the air or when the air quality index continues to be above 100 (See attachment). Our main source of information is the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website
  • Limit time outdoors and allow frequent rest time if the air quality is between 101 and 151 “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Children that have breathing issues may remain inside during outside activities. No outdoor activities, such as recess, PE, or sporting events if the air quality level reaches 151 “Unhealthy” or higher.
  • Keep windows closed and limit the number of access points into the school facilities to keep the air quality within the buildings as clean as possible.
  • Update parents through our website, or our mass communication system when events being held before or after school are postponed, cancelled, or relocated.
  • Encourage parents to transport their children to school if they usually walk, or have them wear a mask if they are required to walk to school or wait at the bus stop.

Our goal is to maintain as much of our school routines as possible, but to take every precaution needed to assure the safety of our students.

Let us all hope for rain and keep the brave firefighters in our hearts and minds as we look forward to better days in the near future.

Update: A Hike Around a Mountain for MOSS



Here is an update on MHS staff members Mark Shipley and Ken Berger’s hike of the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier in 50 hours this past July in their hopes to raise money to help send our 6th grade students to the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS).  This hike  is a 92 mile, 22,000 foot elevation, knee-destroying hike.

Update: Ken Berger and his son, Isaac, and myself walked around MOST of Mt. Rainier this summer as fast as we could…64 miles out of 92 miles total in 32 hours!  We all agree the trek was one of the hardest physical endeavors we have ever attempted.  Many thanks to all who have supported us in this journey and all who have contributed time, well-wishes, and/or contributions to our cause…the McCall Outdoor Science School.  To date, we have raised around $3000 for MOSS!  WOW!  We’re already planning our next trip next summer! 

Thanks again, everyone.

Mark Shipley, Ken Berger, and Isaac Berger

That’s it.  Thanks for supporting us and wishing us luck (You can still donate for this cause if you would like by sending a check to the Moscow School District C/O MOSS Camp Donation, 650 N. Cleveland, Moscow, ID 83843).

Mark and Ken


Watching the Grass Grow


Construction at the new Moscow School District Community Play Fields at Joseph Street is finished.  This cooperative effort between the city of Moscow and the school district will benefit Moscow sports teams and allow us to host tournaments for the benefit of the whole community.  There is also a new walking path that is already being used.  The grass on the play field is green and growing.  So why can’t the play fields be used until Spring of 2016?  The grass is made up of a mix of perennial species of wear tolerant bluegrass, turf type tall fescue, and pseudo-stoloniferous perennial ryegrass.  They get started slower because they are wired to survive for the long haul.  So this first year those perennial grasses are putting down roots and building reserves so that they can fill in, get thicker, and get tough to stick around for many years to come.  If hundreds of kids stomp on those fields before the perennials are ready, we end up with weak turf that we are constantly struggling to replace.  This project was a long time in coming and we know that it’s hard to just watch the grass grow but that’s exactly what is needed for a long lasting set of fields that we can all be proud of.

Kim Garland Campbell

USDA-ARS Wheat Breeding

Moscow School District Board Member


Website Under Construction

Dear Moscow School District Stakeholders,

As you know we are trying to improve our website and it has taken a bit longer than expected. We believe when we get the site up and running at its utmost capability you will see it as a very helpful tool as a parent, community member, or just someone interested in what is happening in the Moscow Schools. Please bear with us during this transition. Thank you.

You can see the summary results of our website survey by clicking on the link below.

MSD 281 Website Survey



Greg Bailey


Your School District Is Planning For the Future


At Moscow School District we have always referred to ourselves as, “The Pride of the North”. With the help of our staff, community, and students we have worked together to develop a school district that is known in Idaho as being one of the best. We know it takes ongoing reviewing, planning, and guided action to allow us to continually improve and we are doing this through a pilot program with the State of Idaho to complete a system-wide accreditation.

We are working with AdvancED services to review stakeholder feedback, student and staff data, and past accomplishments to determine and identify the strengths and weaknesses of our schools and district. Once this information is complete, we will be audited by an outside committee of professionals that will assess our efforts and provide feedback to help us in our desire to provide the best for our community.