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OPI head Juneau tours Ronan/Pablo Schools

RONAN — When Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau visits school districts, she gleans information from the schools that will assist the Office of Public Instruction in their endeavor for educational excellence. “Is learning happening in the classroom? Are students engaged? Is the school board doing a good job of governing the district?” Juneau listed the questions aloud before a tour of the Ronan/Pablo School District on Thursday.  During her visit, Juneau received feedback on what programs are successful and which programs require more funds. Ronan/Pablo Superintendent Andy Holmlund accompanied Juneau on a tour of Ronan’s campus on Thursday before head...

Students greet OPI head Denise Juneau

POLSON — When Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction, came through the door at Cherry Valley School, she was met by Josiah Nichols. Nichols, 10, was singing and drumming a traditional Indian song.  Nichols, a young member of the Chief Cliff Singers as is his dad, J.D....

SKC inaugurates Luana Ross as new president

PABLO — Along with new students enrolling for fall quarter of the 2010-11 school year, Salish Kootenai College also has a new president, Luana K. Ross. Ross, a doctor of sociology, has been on the job since July 15, but she was officially inaugurated on Sept. 15 in the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo The...

Arlee adds new faces to school staff

ARLEE — Two new teachers joined the Arlee School’s staff this fall: high school science teacher Bill Stockton and third-grade teacher Dustin Keltner. Stockton, who moved to Arlee from Bonner, is filling in for high school science teacher Jeff Padgett while he’s on sabbatical. Original...

District’s plan places 5th-graders in RMS

RONAN — A plan that would move fifth grade elementary students to the Ronan Middle School building solicited concern from Ronan School Board trustees during a meeting on Monday.  “As promised you in July, the process is going forward and the administration team has discussed it and wrestl...

RMS introduces teacher

RONAN — The Ronan Middle school welcomes one new teacher to their staff for the 2010-2011 school year. Claire Hibbs-Cheff replaces Melissa Knabe as the seventh grade English teacher and eighth grade language instructor.  A graduate from Dartmouth College and the University of Montana, Hibbs-...

Mayoral elections held at Linderman School

POLSON — The red, white and blue-striped voting booths were set up, and a line of voters were ready to cast their ballots. No, it’s not already general election day. These voters were fourth graders at Linderman School, and they were choosing a mayor and assistant mayor for each village, or class...

School lunch offers whole grains, fruits, veggies

POLSON — “Lunch dude” Jim Steiner reported on changes in the school lunch program for the Polson school board at the Sept. 13 meeting. “If you don’t know it, I have a great food service staff,” Steiner said. “They work very hard every day.” Steiner and hi...

Three new teachers join Ronan High School staff

RONAN — Ronan High School welcomes three new teachers to the 2010-2011 high school. “I love being involved in the lives of young people,” English teacher Ryan Wells said. Wells replaces Ryan Fisher who recently became the school’s vice principal.  Originally from Hamilto...

Ronan, Pablo schools lead fight against bullying

Last May, a concerned parent of a K. William Harvey student wrote a letter to the editor, informing the community of an issue that she considered grave and worthy of the Lake County’s attention: bullying.  “We need to help out whether they are the bullies or the bullied,” parent Sel...

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