Last Wednesday, Sept. 1, Clearwater Valley Elementary School students arrived for their first day of school. After a quick breakfast, they headed outside to the playground. At 8:10 a.m., the children lined up by class, then followed their new teacher to the classroom. Principal Joe Rodriguez…

      Some were pensive, most had smiles and all seeped some excitement on the first day of classes at Grangeville Elementary Middle School (GEMS) Wednesday, Sept. 1.

      KOOSKIA — “We have the ‘help wanted’ signs out — it’s hard to know what to do,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Todd Fiske said at the Aug. 16 board of trustees meeting.

      COTTONWOOD — Jon Rehder has come full circle. The 1996 Prairie High School graduate is now serving as Cottonwood Joint School District 242 superintendent and Prairie Elementary School principal.

      GRANGEVILLE — “We’re planning on a normal year,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Todd Fiske said. “As normal as possible, considering all that happened in 2020.”

        GRANGEVILLE — A free school supply distribution will take place Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Soltman Center, 600 West Main Street, 5-6 p.m. This is for students K-12. For questions call Jade at 208-507-1471.

        BOISE — Statewide results from the spring Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) show that about two-thirds of all Idaho students in kindergarten through third grade were reading at grade level, despite the pandemic disruptions in the school year, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said.

          KAMIAH — The format was virtual, but the outcome was the same: Kamiah High School students continue to excel at the Idaho HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition. Junior Maya Engledow earned a gold medal for her prepared speech entitled “Unlock Your Full Potential,” Kaitlynn Everett pla…

            Grangeville band camp for middle and high school students was held the week of June 21-25 at Grangeville High School. The camp was the senior project of Ava Forsyth and Brittany Farmer. Both students said they love band and wanted to do something to encourage others to join. The band is unde…

              Grangeville High School FFA students recently competed in state competitions.

              COTTONWOOD — The Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) recently announced its 2020-21 Schools of Excellence.

              Reporter’s Note: This story was written following the board meeting May 17 and prior to the levy vote May 18. With the levy not passing, it is possible COVID-19 funds may be utilized in different areas, as needed, and as guidelines allow. — lp

              RIGGINS — Academic resources, teaching and student engagement at Salmon River High School are all heading in the right direction. SRHS recently received its official written performance review from the accreditation evaluation performed in February, and results are favorable.

              KOOSKIA — “I want to be clear, for the record, these are not bonuses, correct?” trustee Katie Matthews asked at the May 17 Mountain View School District board meeting.

              GRANGEVILLE — “We thank everyone who helped make this year a success, but, mostly, we thank you, the parents and students,” Pete DeSantis, volunteer school administrator at Cornerstone Christian Learning Center (CCLC).

                Grangeville Elementary Middle School fourth graders put on a Lewis and Clark history musical for friends and parents at the school June 3. This was the last of 15 end-of-school concerts for music teacher Carla Astle.

                  GRANGEVILLE — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Grangeville awarded $500 scholarships to five 2021 high school graduates in Idaho County. Receiving this year’s scholarships were: Andrew Douglas, Nezperce; Kaleigh Clark, Grangeville; Devon Wentland and Chase Hunter, Weippe; and Jordyn Pottenge…

                  GRANGEVILLE — After nearly two hours of tense discussion that included raised voices and frustration, the Mountain View School District 244 board voted 4-1 to run a reduced levy in August, this time for $2.2 million.

                    Grangeville High School held its commencement exercises for the class of 2021 Friday night, May 28, at the school. GHS had 51 students in the graduating class this year. Former Grangeville music teacher Kathy Stefani was the special guest speaker.

                      Grangeville Elementary Middle School third graders recently highlighted their musical skills in a concert for their parents. Songs included those about what’s in store for summertime, as well as instrumental, chanting and movement pieces. GEMS’ music teacher is Carla Astle.

                        Graduation commencement was held for the Clearwater Valley High School Class of 2021 last Friday, May 28. Graduates family and friends attended the ceremony held that evening for the 21 students in the CVHS gym.

                        KOOSKIA — On Tuesday May 18, eight Clearwater Valley High School students campaigned for an Associated Student Body (ASB) position. There were five offices up for election, two of which were contested. Gunnar Anderberg was elected ASB president, Rayne Martinez was elected ASB vice president,…

                          Grangeville Elementary Middle School’s band recently competed in the Music in the Parks festival at Silverwood Amusement Park. The band came in third place.

                          GRANGEVILLE — Seven Grangeville High School students recently received their awards at the State of Idaho Science and Engineering Fair the week of March 24. The pile of awards, certificate and medals was huge.

                          KOOSKIA — Clearwater Valley Junior-Senior High School has been busy as the school year winds down. During the weekend, the tennis and track teams competed at districts. The tennis team placed as follows: Josh Francis took first place in boys singles, Gabe Kirish took second place in boys sin…

                          GRANGEVILLE — Shawna Gortsema joined the ranks of a list of prestigious and well-thought-of local philanthropists when she was named the Kids Champion 2020 on Friday, April 30.

                          Seniors Blake Schoo and Zoe Lutz were crowned prom king and queen Saturday, April 24, at the Grangeville High School prom. Schoo is the son of Nolan and Dawn Schoo, and Lutz is the daughter of Genny Lutz and the late Brad Lutz, all of Grangeville.

                            GRANGEVILLE — Cristy Imus, president of PEO Chapter BV, presented Tindy Hunter, of Clearwater, the $1,000 Sharon Clark Nursing Scholarship for 2021.

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