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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 school year next week will show what progress Montana schools have made in the past school year. It is based on the Criterion-reference Test. In what is being anticipated by school district officials as a barometer of their own progress, the AYP results will help the state determine which schools are meeting the standards of federal education legislation. AYP is based on the CRT. ...

Construction continues as Mission students head back to school

ST. IGNATIUS — With only three weeks to go before school starts Aug. 26, construction workers are putting the pedal to the metal to finish the St. Ignatius School’s new lunchroom, among other projects. Aug. 20 was the scheduled completion date for the elementary school renovation, including a ...

SKC nursing program continues to expand

PABLO — Mary Racine has always wanted to be a nurse, at least since age 11.  “I practically grew up in a hospital,” she jokes, half serious.  A native of Browning, Racine explained that many of her family members were diagnosed with cancer. As a young girl, she spent plenty ...

New superintendent takes reins in St. Ignatius

ST. IGNATIUS — On a peaceful summer morning in St. Ignatius, the school grounds are largely deserted. No students roam the halls; no bells signal the start of classes. Only a few staff members are at their desks, but the peaceful atmosphere does anything but quiet Bob Lewandowski’s enthusiasm for...

Charlo accepts school handbook, activity fees

 CHARLO — At their board meeting on July 20, the Charlo School Board decided to leave the cell phone policy unchanged. School administrators originally decided to amend the cell phone policy to include specific punishments for students caught with their cell phone on the school’s premises...

Area schools could soon feel pain of state budget cuts

A school without extracurricular activities or a fulltime kindergarten and with faculty reductions seems improbable. Students in overcrowded classrooms with limited access to art and music programs, schools with no middle school sports, and teachers overburdened with larger classes also paint a bleak picture...

School board proposes track additions

RONAN — On Monday the Ronan School Board voted to approve the construction of several track and field additions to the new track, field and football field complex.  Superintendent Andy Holmlund explained that he has received two bids for the track event additions, which include additional shot ...

Technology camp provides fun, summer education

RONAN — Summer camps for most kids don’t make the cut without a lake, sports or arts and crafts. But for a few Ronan middle school students, getting wrapped up in computer programs, the construction of toothpick bridges and stop animation was an excellent way to spend a week of summer afternoo...

SKC, University of Montana offer master’s degree program

PABLO — A new master’s partnership with a special education endorsement is available for Native American students in education at Salish Kootenai College.  Dr. Merle Farrier, Ed.d., is coordinating the program through the University of Montana. Students must apply and be accepted for t...

Polson Rotary Club donates to Riverside Park

POLSON — Kids at Riverside Park will be playing on a safer surface thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Polson Rotary Club.  Polson Parks Department head Karen Sargeant said a 12-inch layer of processed wood fiber material will replace the existing sand in the playground. Concrete curbing will...

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