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Ronan Homecoming Parade

RONAN — Works of art don’t drive … usually.  And normally they’re not in the form of a 1981 Bluebird school bus.  But on Friday afternoon at the Ronan Homecoming parade, a school bus transformed into a stunning piece of art rolled down Main Street. “The bus will drive down Main Street,” Ronan alumnus Monte Jenkins, Jr. said the day before the parade. “Ronan doesn’t know what’s about to happen to it.” A present resident of Missoula, Jenkins designed the bus with the artistic and financial assistance of a few creative friends. On Friday, his goal was to carry the entire graduating class of 2000 on the 45-foot m...


Mission school spirit rewarded with homecoming win

ST. IGNATIUS — Blue and white were the colors of the week in St. Ignatius as the Mission Bulldogs took school spirit to a new level in preparation for Friday night’s homecoming football game.  And their efforts paid off when the Bulldogs blew the Thompson Falls Bluehawks out of the air in...


Learning the ropes

RONAN — Before launching their own newspaper a group of Linderman fourth-grade students decided to take a trip down to the Valley Journal office to get some last-minute advice. The nineteen students in Bonnie Perry’s class got in a bus Tuesday afternoon to travel to Ronan to learn the nuts-and...


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 ...


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...


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