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Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging Polson Middle School program builds culture of belonging

By Mary Auld for the  Valley Journal POLSON – Teacher Tessa Hupka stood before a class of eighth graders that seemed to be like any class on the first Friday of the school year: full of students chatting, joking, and rifling papers, but Hupka wasn’t there to teach math or reading. Each student in the room was selected as a leader for the Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) program. Each eighth grade leader was selected to mentor a group of sixth graders throughout the year. The goal was for the older students to help the younger students feel included as they adjust to their first year of middle school. According to Hupka, the program is already working. The 29 eighth ...


Child Find scheduled in Ronan

RONAN — Mark your calendars for our annual fall Child Find event on Friday, Sept.14. This free screening will be held at the K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School in the Special Needs Preschool classroom from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Children ages birth to 5 years old, who live in the Ronan/Pablo School District...


St. Ignatius school district finds new bus company

ST. IGNATIUS – The St. Ignatius School District has chosen a new bus company after methamphetamines were found in the buses belonging to the owner of the old company. Superintendent Jason Sargent announced to parents last week that bus routes will resume as usual when the school starts back up from ...


SKC receives language grant

News from The Administration for Children and Families The Administration for Native Americans at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families today announced awards for 18 grant projects, totaling more than $4.8 million, to help preserve Native language...


Genetic differences found in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles Genetic differences found in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles

News from the University of Montana MISSOULA – A University of Montana researcher has discovered that mountain pine beetles may avoid certain trees within a population they normally would kill due to genetics in the trees. UM Professor Diana Six made the discovery after studying mature whitebar...


New cross-country scholarship athletes announced

News from the founders of the Beaverhead Marathon at UM Western  DILLON — Founders of the Beaverhead Marathon Cory Birkenbuel, Dylan Zitzer and Casey Parrott have announced the establishment of a new scholarship for cross-country student athletes. The scholarship will be awarded for the first...


School infrastructure updates detailed School infrastructure updates detailed

Polson Administrators have been working diligently with their insurance company and engineers to develop a plan to fix the unusable Linderman Elementary gymnasium, according to Polson Superintendent Rex Weltz. A parapet wall on the gym’s roof collapsed in January due to heavy snowfall, resultin...


Back to school dates, open houses announced

Polson Cherry Valley Elementary School starts: Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. The first day of school is an early release day. School will end at 2:40 p.m. Staggered start for kindergarten: Sept. 4 for students with last names A-L. Sept. 5 for students with last names M-Z.  The fir...


Dealing with back-to-school butterflies Dealing with back-to-school butterflies

Anxious feelings about the startup of school generally affect both parents and children. Parents may not look forward to stricter bedtime practices and the return of homework routines. Children’s concerns generally center on their clothes, friends, or academic abilities. Fears about new teacher(s) are ...


Glacier Lake School hosts informational events

News from Glacier Lake School Glacier Lake School will host two back to school informational events this week during which the public is invited to learn more about the Mission Valley’s self-directed school.  The first event is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Hangin’ Art...


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