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Polson introduces new teachers

POLSON — School began on Aug. 30 for students in Polson. Many new teachers have joined the staff of School District 23.  Polson Middle School Polson Middle School’s new Spanish teacher is Melissa Martin.  Martin taught at Centerville High School, Valier High School, Lone Rock Middle School and Libby High School before coming to Polson.  After growing up in Pennsylvania and attending Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., Martin moved to Montana when she married her husband, Logan. The couple keeps busy with their three horses, two cats, and one dog. Martin also likes to play basketball, hike, camp and ride horseback as well as reading and quilting...

St. Ignatius School gets technology upgrades

ST. IGNATIUS — Monday was a little like Christmas at the St. Ignatius School. Superintendent Bob Lewandowski and technology coordinator Matt Lyon spread plenty of back-to-school cheer as they handed out 10 brand new iPads to administrators and school board members — part of a plan to upgrade to c...

Charlo welcomes two international students

Charlo — Imagine it: A mere teenager and embarking on your first international adventure. Bracing yourself for a new culture, a new language, a new family and hopefully a few new friends. This year Charlo has opened its school doors to a few such adventurous teenagers — Azharra Al Farid and Gv...

Flexible teacher proves valuable asset to Charlo School

CHARLO — Charlo teacher Mindy Cox likes to float under the radar, but even as low key as she tries to be, there’s no denying she’s one of Charlo’s most beloved educators. The University of Montana track athlete came to Charlo in 1994, with the idea that she would teach elementary s...

Mod renovation to begin soon

POLSON — School starts on Aug. 30 and so does remodeling on the modular buildings on the west side of Polson High School. The building trades class will be doing the construction work under the guidance of instructor Darin Gunlock. So far, 14 high school students are signed up for the class, as well...

PHS names new principal

POLSON — Rob Hankins, the new Polson High School principal, decided he wanted to be a teacher when he was a senior in high school, sitting in government class. Hankins had a good relationship with his government teacher and saw that the teacher could be with kids all day, coach and make a difference. ...

Charlo trustees vote against secondary insurance

CHARLO — At a school board meeting on Tuesday, the Charlo School Board voted not to re-subscribe to their secondary insurance Northwestern Scholastic Insurers.  “I just think it’s a waste of money,” Charlo Trustee Duane Weible said.  The unanimous vote was prompted by ...

Student athletes should start scholarship process early

POLSON — Like most parents with kids competing in athletics, Wendi Giles thought her kid was really good. As Shad Giles started his senior season on the Polson tennis team, Wendi really felt like he was playing well enough to earn a college scholarship and decided to do something about it.  ...

Romero named Ronan’s newest trustee

RONAN — The Ronan School Board appointed Roger Romero as the board’s newest trustee at a school board meeting on Monday. Romero takes the place of former trustee Jim Blow, who also served as the board’s vice chairperson. “The role of a board member is to really be the voice of t...

Adequate Yearly Progress poses challenge for schools

POLSON — School districts in Lake County are not all making the grade when it comes to meeting the standards for Adequate Yearly Progress, and new data indicate school districts continue to face challenges. According to the Office of Public Instruction in Helena, data coming out for the 2009-2010 sc...

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