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Conductor gets Dixon students tuned for symphony trip

DIXON — If you can’t rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time, you probably can’t direct an orchestra, Dixon students learned last week. In fact, a conductor’s hand movements are much more complicated than most things people do in everyday life. And on top of the coordination challenges, a director has a lot to remember, including telling the musicians when to play, how loud or softly to play, and much more. “It’s like doing a big puzzle,” explained Darko Butorac, music director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra.  In preparation for Dixon students’ visits to the symphony Feb. 27 and 28, Butorac spent about an hour las...


Elvis impersonator entertains at PHS

POLSON — Elvis was in the building on Feb. 18 — the Polson High School building.  Elvis was really Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton. Pelton and his five-piece band rocked the PHS auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. About 425 Elvis fans showed up to sing along and clap their hands as Pelton sa...


SKC language room dedicated to devoted Salish teacher

PABLO — Her students said that such a fuss would have embarrassed the behind-the-scenes, modest Salish language instructor. But last Wednesday afternoon, Salish Kootenai College staff and family, friends and students of Sophie Quequesah Mays gathered to honor the Salish teacher and dedicate a classr...


Charlo, Dixon chosen for new math project

CHARLO — After establishing Reading First practices in the school, the Charlo elementary and Dixon School administrators are now focusing their attention on the improvement of mathematics scores. With the help of a multi-million dollar research grant, they may be able to do just that.  Dixon an...


Polson instructor earns national science teaching award

POLSON — Polson Middle School fifth grade teacher Charles Bertsch was one of two Montana teachers to win a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Bertsch received $10,000 to use as he desires and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. the week of Jan.4 through 8.&n...


Trustees hear presentations, approve MOA

POLSON — Multiple presentations led to a long Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  Head Speech Coach Judie Woodhouse and Assistant Coach Janis Jette donned their new Polson Speech Debate and Drama shirts, grabbed a selection of hardware won this speech season and accompa...


Ronan High School robotics team wins Innovate Award, fourth place

BOZEMAN — The Ronan High School Robotics Team snatched the Innovate Award and took fourth last weekend at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team competed against robotics teams from all over the state of Montana on the Montana State University’...


School board approves superintendent contract

RONAN — At a Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved the contract for Superintendent Andy Holmlund until 2013. Holmlund’s contract was extended from two years to three years. Indian Education Coordinator Leslie Caye presented the Mid-Year Indian Education Report...


Eighth-graders present peer mediation program

POLSON — “Peer mediations are not usually this good,” Wyatt Lytton told the audience at the Superintendent’s Community Council.  Lytton, Alisha and Melina Jore, Sharidan Russell and Claire Bick are all 8th graders at Polson Middle School (PMS), and they were demonstrating how ...


Ronan robotics teams to compete in state tournament

RONAN — The crowd will roar after every move on the field, and teenage emotions will soar in anticipation this weekend in Shroyer Gymnasium on the campus of Montana State University. But it’s not your typical high school competition.  This Friday and Saturday, the Ronan High School and...


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