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Superintendent expands MAST pilot program, seeks public comment

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is expanding the Montana Alternative Student Testing (MAST) Pilot Program to grades three through eight in math and reading for the 2023-2024 school year. Due to this expansion, the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is seeking a Field Test Flexibility waiver to eliminate an undue burden on students, teachers, and district leaders by preventing double testing. Currently, the districts participating in the through-year MAST program for grades five and seven are also required to complete the federally mandated end-of-the-year summative assessment. The Field Test Flexibility waiver is for one year and is granted to states that are ...

Superintendent Arntzen opens stronger connections grant for healthy students

News from OPI HELENA — Superintendent Elsie Arntzen is opening the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) Stronger Connections Grant Program on March 27 through Montana’s digital Egrants system. In June 2022 the federal congressional BSCA awarded the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) $4.8 ...

Prep PHS students for the present and future

News from the Polson School District POLSON — According to the US Department of Education, a “skills gap among jobs that require either a high school diploma, postsecondary certificate, or associate’s degree ... presents a barrier to American economic competitiveness” as more of ...

Sandpiper Art Gallery opens scholarship

News from Sandpiper Art Gallery POLSON — Sandpiper Art Gallery and Gifts in Polson has opened the application period for their art scholarship program. Each year they offer art scholarships to deserving students from Lake and Sanders Counties.   Scholarships are available to students accep...

P.E.O. chapter in Polson presents workshop, “Ready? Set- Goals!”

News from P.E.O POLSON — Now in its fourth year, P.E.O. Chapter CA, Polson, recently presented their “Ready? Set- Goals!” program to eighth grade girls at Mission Valley Christian Academy and area homeschoolers on March 14 and to Polson Middle School girls on March 16.  “Re...

Ronan School District announces annual kindergarten round-up

RONAN — Ronan School District No.30 is conducting their annual Kindergarten Round Up pre-registration for Ronan and Pablo residents. Registration to pre-enroll for both elementary schools for the upcoming 2023/2024 school year, will be held at: K. Wm. Harvey Elementary School on Friday, April 1, from 8...

$125,000 in Youth Serve Montana scholarships awarded

News from Serve Montana  HELENA — The Governor’s Office of Community Service (ServeMontana), Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) are pleased to announce 100 Montana high school seniors have been awarded Youth Serve Montana Scholarships. This scholarship is offered in...

PHS student to compete in national speech, debate tournament PHS student to compete in national speech, debate tournament

POLSON — Enrolled CSKT Tribal member Kai McDonald, 17, broke new ground for his school’s speech and debate team this month. A junior at Polson High School, McDonald is the first ever to qualify to compete in the event’s National Speech and Debate Tournament.  The Polson speech and d...

Polson student Kilty Edwards helps set university record in international math competition

News from the University of Dallas  IRVING, TX — Seven University of Dallas undergraduate students, including sophomore Kilty Edwards of Polson, ranked 37th overall in the prestigious Putnam Math Competition – a first in university history – out of hundreds of teams across North A...

Think about elementary modular buildings

News from Polson School District POLSON — As you consider how to vote in Polson School District’s upcoming bond election, the Polson School Improvement Committee wants to make sure you have plenty of information. I’m Katrina Venters, a Polson community member and high school teacher wh...

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