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Third graders learn math skills during week-long ‘boot camp’ Third graders learn math skills during week-long ‘boot camp’

POLSON — Linderman Elementary students love boot camp.  For the second consecutive year, the school’s third-graders completed a week-long math boot camp focused on learning multiplication.  “It’s a week of interactive multiplication games and practicing multiplication facts in the form of Army drills,” said third-grade teacher Jon Gustafson. “They love it.” Camo, sweat and ninja days were just some of the days observed during the boot camp.  Teacher Darcie Laud said it is a way to make math skills more interesting.  “It’s a fun opportunity to practice and learn what we learned by drill memorization as k...

Polar Express makes last trip with Sucha Polar Express makes last trip with Sucha

RONAN — Call it the grand finale. After 26 years, Frank Sucha — a kindergarten teacher at K. William Harvey Elementary — hosted his final Polar Express on Dec. 19.  In the holiday-themed performance, Sucha reads from the book, Polar Express, and his students join together to sing...

St. Ignatius school reacts to bomb threat

By Karen Peterson              Valley Journal ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius school locked down the doors and classrooms to protect students after a bomb threat was made on Wednesday afternoon. Superintendent Jason Sargent said administration and law enforcemen...

Foster grandparent program may fold after school year Foster grandparent program may fold after school year

POLSON – Although a local program that benefits seniors and children has received a number of kudos, it may fall victim to a lack of funding come July 2018, the beginning of the next fiscal year.  Nancy Hemphill, the former coordinator and now director of the local Agency on Aging’s Foste...

Making connections Making connections

POLSON – Spreading a little Christmas cheer. That’s what the Polson High School’s Connection Tour is all about. For the second consecutive year, the group of 20 students from the extracurricular choir traveled to Cherry Valley and Linderman elementaries, Polson Middle School and the Pols...

Locals earn degrees from UM

MISSOULA – The University of Montana had 809 students who were degree candidates for fall semester 2017. The Montana students listed below are UM degree candidates or have been awarded their degrees for fall semester 2017. A single asterisk after the student’s name indicates the student is exp...

UM biologist co-hosts new podcast

News from the University of Montana MISSOULA – For those who have ever wondered why we drink alcohol, what is human consciousness and artificial intelligence, where diseases come from and whether Godzilla could actually exist, a new podcast is available.  Art Woods, professor and biologist...

Rocky Mountain College announces honor roll

BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College is pleased to announce the 2017 fall semester dean’s list, which includes students who maintained a 3.60-3.99 grade point average. High honors students who maintained at 4.0 GPA are noted with an *. Students’ hometowns are listed by their names. If a ...

FFA Christmas tree project takes detour FFA Christmas tree project takes detour

RONAN – An annual Christmas season project could have ended in ruin for Mission Valley FFA students when the trees for their annual fundraiser didn’t arrive, but their teacher had a backup plan. Instructor Reese McAlpin had to tell his students the delivery truck bringing the trees wasn’...

Free breakfast, lunch on menu this year at RHS Free breakfast, lunch on menu this year at RHS

RONAN — All Ronan High School students are getting free breakfasts and lunches this year if they choose, thanks to a federal Department of Agriculture program. About two-thirds of RHS students are taking advantage of the program, Ronan Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston said during the Ronan Chamb...

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