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Students present ‘Wizard of Oz’

RONAN — They’ve been sewing, painting, designing and rehearsing for months, and now Ronan Middle School students are finally ready to present their first musical to the community. “The Wizard of Oz” plays Dec. 10 and 11 at the Ronan Performing Arts Center, and director Rita Tingey couldn’t be prouder of her hardworking cast and crew. Even the orchestra is made up of the seventh- and eighth-grade band. “There are over 80 students involved in some way,” Tingey said. “It’s all student-done.” Students in Tingey’s drama and theater arts classes began working on the play when school started in August, with full rehearsals sta...

Students shine in lip sync show

On the day before Thanksgiving, Ronan Middle School sounded like a jukebox. And while students in the “R” Gobbler Lip Sync Dance Show weren’t making the music, they managed to entertain the whole school with their creative and often hilarious performances. The show was purely for fun, ph...

RHS sends speech, drama teams to Kalispell

KALISPELL — The Ronan High School Speech, Debate and Drama team competed in the Kalispell Invitation/David M. Hashley Drama Tournament on Nov. 19 and 20. Thirty-three other teams from across Montana brought their speech squads, also.  Pantomime was a good event for RHS with Elise Bold placing s...

Polson speech teams grab 4th in drama, speech sweeps

KALISPELL — The Kalispell Invitational/David M. Hashley Drama Tournament drew 34 speech, debate and drama teams from across Montana encompassing Class AA, A, B and C schools.  The two-day tournament took place on Nov. 19 and 20. The Polson High School drama competitors placed fourth in overall ...

Ronan High School reintroduces family, consumer sciences

RONAN — High school students are serious when it comes to literature, calculus, chemistry and … well, sometimes, baking.  And don’t forget the espresso.  After a three-year absence, the Ronan School District has reinstituted a forgotten favorite, commonly referred to as fam...

A vote for fitness

With a budget of $300 dollars, Pablo physical education teacher Darci Nice makes do.  She replaces athletic equipment, buys a few new balls, and can purchase some clearance items. But in a single school year, $300 doesn’t stretch too far.  It’s not enough to purchase fun new progr...

Students spread holiday cheer through crafts

ST. IGNATIUS — Every year for the past seven, St. Ignatius Middle School teacher Valerie Umphrey’s classroom has been transformed into a small version of Santa’s workshop during November and December.  The elves are students, and they fashion crafts like holiday wreaths, Yule logs, ...

Combined band brings dinosaur rhythms to stage

RONAN — One usually doesn’t encounter hypothetical dinosaur sounds in music.  But on Nov. 16 at the first combined high school band concert in the area, consisting of bands from St. Ignatius, Arlee, Ronan, Charlo and Thompson Falls, audience members heard just that during the performance ...

Adult ed class enjoys stained glass work

ST. IGNATIUS — From the giggling coming from the Mission High School art building Monday evening, you might think that some teenagers stayed late after school. But this is an adult education class of six or eight people crafting stained and etched glass Christmas ornaments under the direction of ins...

PHS places 3rd in drama sweeps

HAMILTON — The Polson High School Speech, Drama and Debate Team traveled to the Hamilton High School meet on Nov. 12 where they competed against at least 10 other high school teams from across northwest Montana. Molly Ricketts earned second place in impromptu speaking. Ricketts was provided with a c...

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