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October 21st, 2011

3 Shelley schools earn state AYP

October 22, 2011

SHELLEY – Three Shelley schools—Shelley High School (SHS), Sunrise Elementary and Hobbs Middle School—received letters of commendation from the Idaho Department of Education. These three schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards set by the State of Idaho.
“All three schools met AYP standards in all 41 categories,” said Superintendent Bryan Jolley.
The football team from SHS was also named academic state champions for fall sports in the 4A division, he said.

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Blackfoot High's Kartchner receives ISJ education award

October 21, 2011

POCATELLO — Blackfoot High School government teacher Holly Kartchner was surprised when her name was left off the program of the Idaho State Journal's Business and Achievement Awards on Thursday.
She was more surprised a few minutes later when she was named as the 2011 recipient of the Education/K-12 award.
"I believe we need to fight the arrogance of ignorance," she said in accepting the award. "It's my responsibility to destroy that arrogance of ignorance and let (her students) become the community members she wants to be."

Moreland students get demonstration from INL firemen

October 21, 2011

MORELAND — In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, firemen from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) spoke to students at Moreland Elementary Thursday.
"In case of a fire in your house, what are you supposed to do?" asked INL fireman Todd Leavitt.
"Get out," was the reply.
"What if you can't get out of your room? Are you supposed to hide in a closet or under the bed?"
"No," the students replied.
"When we come crawling in to find you, slap the floor hard so we can hear you," Leavitt said.
"What if your clothes are on fire?" he asked.

Lloyd resigns from Blackfoot school board

October 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot School Board Trustee Bryce Lloyd submitted his resignation at the board meeting Thursday and Dr. Taylor Johansen was appointed to fill the vacancy.
In tending his resignation, Lloyd said he didn't have the time to devote to the school board and to his professional and personal obligations. Lloyd said he spoke to his constituents in Groveland to receive recommendations on who should be appointed to fill the Zone 4 vacancy. He recommended Johansen, who was approved on a 4-1 vote with Trustee Pete Lipovac casting the dissenting vote.

District 55 denies charter school request

October 21, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot School Board of Trustees denied the charter request for the Idaho STEM Academy at their meeting Thursday and referred the decision to the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. The decision was unanimous.
Mark Fisk, a member of the founding board of the Idaho STEM Academy, said the decision was not unexpected.
"We'll move forward," he said. "We're confident we will be chartered."
Whether the charter high school, which will cater to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will be able to open next year is unclear.

CPS completes two-year project at ISTCS

October 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Crop Production Services (CPS) has completed a two-year project in support of public education. Each year, CPS chooses a service project to benefit the community.
In 2010, the CPS crew first started spraying weeds for the Idaho Science and Technology Charter School (ISTCS) construction site.
The CPS crew continued to kill weeds and hay to make a playground and planted grass in a three acre lot for that playground.
The Rockford brand of CPS donated the chemical and the application of specially blended grass seed needed to plant the lot.

Used book sale Saturday at Blackfoot Library

October 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Public Library is having a fall used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday in the basement of the library at 129 N. Broadway. Annick Kittleman, historian of the Friends of the Blackfoot Public Library, and Cathie Fields, president of Friends of the Library, hold some of the books that are for sale.
Beginning prices for books are 10 cent a copy; 25 cents for a bag and $2 for new books.
"We have something for everyone," said Fields. "If you buy anything, you must take home a book that is free."

Blackfoot High boosters send off soccer team

October 20, 2011

United Way kicks off campaign

October 20, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Shortly before the United Way kickoff in Bingham County, SEICAA program coordinator Bobette Jackson helped an individual in need.
"About 20 minutes ago I helped a gal with some diapers and baby wipes," Jackson said. "Without United Way dollars I couldn't have helped as much."
Representatives of United Way of Southeastern Idaho were at the SEICAA office on Wednesday spreading their agency's message as part of the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce After Hours event.

SR school district audit in great shape

October 20, 2011

THOMAS — The Snake River School District received a grade of A plus in its audit report Wednesday night.
Auditor Tim Folke with Folke CPA in Payette presented the audit report to the trustees.
"When doing a school audit, auditors look at two sets of figures," Folke said. Under compliance, an auditor looks to see all covenants are met and the school has maintained its testing. Folke normally looks for the school district's compliance in June.

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