February 24, 2023
Science and Engineering Fair
Our 6th graders did an incredible job at their first ever Science and Engineering Fair! We are incredibly proud of them and the effort that they put into their work. A big shoutout to Mrs. Paxman for taking this on and leading the way in a new White Pine tradition!
February 10, 2023
She Can STEM-ISU
Mrs. Paxman, Mrs. Smith, and 6th grade girls attended She Can STEM at ISU. This event was sponsored by ISEE STEM. Girls got to participate in labs from the State Crime Lab, Idahoan, Dept of Homeland Security and Idaho Power. It was a huge success and we are so lucky that our students were able to attend.
January 31, 2023
Future City Competition - Boise
Our middle school students attended the Future City competition in Boise this past week and came home with some awards! Brix City won Most Innovative Approach to Overcoming Obstacles and Bristle Cone Pine won the Multimodal Transportation award. Congrats to our students for taking on the ultimate STEM competition as winners and to all our teams who competed. We are so proud!
October 17, 2022
Immersion Week! White Pine begins our Immersion Week initiative, where teachers and students spend a week diving into various interests in STEM Fields! This week our topics are: Cinematography and Film, Ghosts, Spirits & Poltergeists-OH MY!, Investigative Journalism, Medieval Times, Riparian Ecology, and Survival Preparedness.
October 1, 2022
Building Strong Foundations
White Pine teachers wrote down ways to build a strong foundation for success for EVERY student on index cards and built a tower with all of their strategies! We are constantly impressed with our teachers and their abilities to take an innovative approach towards education and meeting their students’ needs!
April 4, 2022
Wednesday for STEMx we welcomed RN, Tonya Rupe from EIRMC, John Collins an air traffic controller and Aelin Allegood an Olympic athlete. Students learned about the dangers of vaping including seriously nasty wounds, what it takes to control 3,500 planes in the sky at the same time and an Olympic athlete asked us what our own Olympic sized dream was.
November 17th, 2021
November STEM Day
Our November STEM day was a hit! We had many stations on this day. The first was a guest speaker, Captain Marty Sattison, who is a retired U.S Navy Captain, and Mr. Dan Hunt, a retired Senior Chief MMCS (SS/SW) at the United States Navy. We also had several labs such as Dream Big: Surviving the Storm Surge, Future City planning and Dissections.
November 12, 2021
Chats with Changemaker
White Pine had special guest speakers from the Idaho National Laboratory to show our girls some examples of strong and smart women in STEM! Girls from 6th-11th grade attended a luncheon with Alyse Benson and Ms. Cary for our first-ever, Chats with Changemakers.
November 11, 2021
Veteran’s Day Assembly
Today the STEM Academy had a special Assembly for Veterans Day! Our Student Council, along with Tammie Smith, a staff member and veteran, planned a beautiful presentation for our visiting veterans and active military members. Thank you so much American Legion and Veterans for The QRF, and thank you for your service.
October 27, 2021
October STEM Day
Today was our second STEM Day! A big shout out to everyone who donated boxes, newspapers, pumpkins and more. We could not have done it without you. We are so grateful to have our guest speaker Chayce Whitworth from MazePlay.com come and talk about what he does as a corn maze designer. This might sound corny but we think you are a-maze-ing Mr. Whitworth thank you!
October 25, 2021
Ammon Pumpkin Walk
White Pine participated in the Ammon Pumpkin Walk this year with three separate displays! Our themes were Alice in Wonderland, STEM Superheroes and Cinderella. A huge thank you to everyone who donated pumpkins, backdrops and time to make this year’s Pumpkin Walk a massive success. Our Creative Writing class even took 3rd place!
September 29, 2021
September STEM Day
For our first ever STEM Day, we had RN Tonya Rupe at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and nursing student Kelby Renfro come to teach our students about the science of stopping a bleed and bystander CPR. The students also participated in making Stockings for Soldiers, began building a trebuchet for CEI’s Punkin Chunkin contest, and competed in an engineering design challenge.
May 18, 2021
Solar Oven Cookout
A huge thank you to Mitch Workman and his team at Big Dog Solar! He helped us judge our middle school STEM Solar Oven Cook Out. Mr. Workman did a small presentation about solar energy and brought a solar panel to display for students. Winners of Big Dog Solar merch and treats from Ms. Whitworth were:
Innovation Award: Isaiah
1st place: Andrew
2nd place: Laila
3rd place: Blake
The BIG surprise of the afternoon was a generous donation of $500.00 for the STEM class to “continue doing amazing projects”.
Check out Big Dog Solar’s Facebook page as we sure appreciate their support!
A big thank you to our awesome Community Outreach Coordinator, Mrs. Smith, for arranging this!
March 4, 2021
Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition
Eight White Pine students competed in the Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition in February. All of our mathletes scored in the top half and Ben Xing, a White Pine 6th grader, placed 10th out of 84 mathletes. On Feb. 25, he competed in the second round to see who qualified for state. Results just came in and he took 3rd overall! He now will move to compete in the state competition on March 25. Thanks to Ms. Croft for leading this competition!
February 21, 2021
Invent Idaho WPSA Success
“Invent Idaho envisions a day when EVERY child in Idaho has the chance to follow their natural curiosity, invent creative solutions to problems, and be inspired to achieve their highest level of personal accomplishment. Through these efforts, Idaho’s future will be brighter and its workforce more capable and productive.”
White Pine STEM Academy hosted Invention Convention as a school-wide project where the top 20 projects went to the Southeastern Regional Competition. We had many students place at regionals that are now moving onto the state competition! We are so excited for them to continue on! Check out the amazing awards won
January 22, 2021
Dedicated describes our students perfectly! These top three teams in our eighth grade made it past our school competition to compete at the state level this weekend for the largest engineering middle school national competition, Future City.
Today and tomorrow they are being interviewed by professionals from all over the state! They were not only tasked to create a futuristic city on Earth’s moon at least 100 years in the future but also to utilize two of the moon’s resources.
We are beyond proud and excited for them. Finishing a challenging multi-month national competition with many obstacles in the way was no easy task. These students have grit and determination.
October 16, 2020
Bridges to Prosperity
For the seventh grade Bridges to Prosperity Unit, they learned about strong shapes, the engineering design process and how to design and create something with purpose The end of our project resulted with some amazing bridges that held up to the test! Check them out
April 15, 2020
It’s time to brag about our awesome students and their families! Look at some of the progress made today.
They have been working hard keeping our 3D printers up and going to print these mask clips and ear savers. All students at our school all get the chance to learn how to use and print with 3D printers. They are now putting these skills to solve problems for our amazing community.
March 10, 2020
State Invention Convention
12 students qualified for the State Invention Convention last weekend in Moscow, Idaho. Five students brought home some impressive awards!!!
We had one seventh grade student qualify for Nationals this summer at the Henry Ford Museum!!!! Two ninth graders took home 1st place wins in their category, another ninth grader took home second place. We also had one seventh grade student take home third!
Congratulations to our amazing students!
February 5, 2020
Last night was a blast at the Invention Convention! We appreciate everyone who helped and all of the fantastic ideas and prototypes the students explained to us. We had great participation in all grades and look forward to making this a tradition of using the engineering-design process!
January 27, 2020
Congratulations to Ms. Whit and the Future City team Azai! They won the Best Multimodal Transportation System special award at the state engineering competition in Boise.
A huge thank you to community partners!
*INL’s Kurt Ririe, Nathan Carlson and Quinton Reese
*City of Ammon - Nathan Ribblett
*Keller and Associates - Riley Bradshaw
*White Pine Board of Directors Joni Larson and Mark Duncanson
September 16, 2019
We had a great Community Night and Ribbon Cutting last night. We had former board chairs, some founders, student alumni, teachers and staff from our K-6 and our STEM Academy. We had visits from many prominent business members, parents, ambassadors from the Chamber of Commerce, leaders in higher education, and other community members. Thanks to everyone who were able to help us celebrate!