Written by The Herald-News
Each week, the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School chooses Students of the Week. The honorees for last week are Gage Bostick and Shelby Hanks.
Bostick, 13, an eighth- grader, was selected by the industrial arts and U.S. history classes as the Student of the Week.
He is the son of Tammy and Tracy Bostick. He has five siblings: Tyler, 20; Zaq, 19; Alex, 15; Ashtyn, 3; and Christopher, 3.
His role models are his mother, father and his brother Zaq. His favorite subject is P.E. and all of his teachers are his favorite.
His extracurricular activities are basketball and football. His hobbies are sports, skateboard and hanging out with friends.
He would like to attend college in Minnesota and has an interest in underwater welding as a profession.
Hanks, 15, a freshman, was selected by the chorus and psychology classes as the Student of the Week.
She is the daughter of LaRae and Mike Hanks and has two siblings; Taylor, 19, and Sierra, 16, who is also her role model.
Her favorite subject is math and her favorite teacher is Mr. Denny. Her hobbies are sports and she plays on the volleyball team.
She wants to attend the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and is interested in being a NASCAR racer.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 08:12
Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Safe Routes to School Program is offering a community workshop Friday, Oct. 11, at Northside Elementary School, located at 710 4th Ave N. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This workshop allows participants to spend time together with a focus on the transportation needs of children and other members of the community.
The purpose of the workshop is to familiarize participants with the Journeys From Home Health Enhancement curriculum supplement materials and build a community comprehensive plan. These curriculum materials are directed toward the education of children during the school day. The workshop will clarify what skills can be taught, when they should be taught, and in what ways they might be taught.
The kindergarten through eighth-grade materials accentuate the positive; focus on perception, decision-making and mastering skills. These materials support what children like to do best, learn through discovery and participate in self-challenging activities.
Each developmentally appropriate skill activity is classified by grade level. Every grade level has its own teacher’s manual and series of video vignettes.
Workshop attendees will experience first hand, how children learn by physically participating in lessons, viewing video, practicing skills in the gym, on the playground, in the street on foot and on bike.
Wear loose fitting clothes, tennis shoes, bring a bicycle, helmet and water bottle. Look forward to a busy, fun and informative day.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:50
Written by The Herald-News
Letter to the Editor
I would like to respond to an article that was printed in Wolf Point’s newspaper The Herald-News Oct. 3, which was titled Reports From The Legislature and the article was written by Senator John Brenden from Scobey.
Mr. Brenden stated in the article that a Bison Summit was held in Lewistown. The supposed purpose of this meeting was to figure what to do about the translocation of Yellowstone buffalo and the free-roaming of these buffalo.
However, the real reason this meeting was held was to provide a discussion opportunity to better inform and clarify public issues related to efforts to create a long-term bison conservation and management plan, not what Brenden claims.
Mr. Brenden also needs to realize that the State of Montana has only translocated three groups of brucellosis-free Yellowstone buffalo in this state. The first one was taken to Mr. Ted Turner’s ranch in western Montana. The second one was to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and 34 of those buffalo were taken to the Fort Belknap Reservation. Both of the reservations are in his voting district and none of the three translocations have free-roaming buffalo herds as he seems to claim.
Mr. Brenden goes on to complain that the Governor’s office and Fish, Wildlife and Parks did not invite him to this meeting. Mr. Brenden then states that the folks from the Governor’s office, FWP, Indian tribes and environmental organizations outnumbered landowners and agriculture organizations by over 3 to 1.
Brenden needs to check his facts first and not rely on what he was told before he decides to write an article, as for the people that were on the panel there was no one there representing the Indian tribes on the panel.
The following people were on the panel Sen. Taylor Brown, Rep. Mike Lang, Sen. Jim Peterson, Sen. Mike Phillips from the legislature; Vicki Olson and Lesley Robinson representing Phillips County Commission; Dick Dolan representing the American Prairie Foundation; M.F.W.P. Commissioners Mr. Stuker and Mr. Wetsit; Tom France representing the National Wildlife Federation; Keith Aune representing the Wildlife Conservation Society; Jay Bodner representing the Montana Stockgrowers Association; Dave McClure representing the Montana Farm Bureau; Chris King, a rancher from Winnett; and Jeanne-Marie Souvigney representing the Greater Yellowstone Society.
None of the people on the panel gave any public testimony as Brenden seems to think. The following people were there as agency representation and they were there just as technical support should any one on the panel have questions or need clarifications. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel Jeff Hagner, Mike Volesky, Ken McDonald, Lauri Hanauska-Brown, Arnie Dood, Pat Flowers, Tom Flowers and others Christan MacKay from the Montana Department of Livestock, Mark Albers from the Bureau of Land Management and Rick Potts from the Charles M. Russell.
The public in attendance was informed about the roles of the group membership and agency representation at the beginning of the meeting. There were 15 people on the panel and out of the 15 people 11 of them were either landowners or had ranching or agriculture interests.
A week prior to this meeting Sen. Brenden was on the Voices of Montana talk show with Aaron Flint where he talks about not attending this meeting because he was asked to speak at another engagement. Now, he says that he was laid up in bed with a bad back and leg. Which one is it — bad back or speaking at another engagement?
Brenden should not threaten sportsmen and tourists about the only pushback landowners have is to lock up their lands and that would not be good for Montana. This statement could turn into a double-edged sword.
The damage could potentially be lost revenue for local restaurants, hotels/motels, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. due to no sportsmen being able to hunt and spend their money in their local communities, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks not being able to assist local ranchers and landowners with game damage control because hunters will not be allowed on their lands.
Remember, hunters are a great tool for ranchers, farmers and landowners to help keep overpopulated wildlife from destroying their crops, haystacks and fields, birds damaging windrows and shelterbelts.
As far as eastern Montana being the economic driver for revenue in the state, tourism brings in just as much if not more revenue into the state. Remember, the great state of Montana is one of the last best places to visit.
Director Fish and Wildlife
Fort Peck Tribes
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:28
Written by Al Stover
Wolf Point students having difficulty in the classroom, or want extra help on a subject, there are several tutoring options available to them.
According to Wolf Point High School principal Kim Hanks, there is tutoring available after school from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Athletes who are failing a class are required to go to tutoring instead of practice until their grades come up.
Hanks said that while there are not many students taking advantage of tutoring opportunities. She also said that the students who do go to tutoring have positive outcomes.
Jeff McMorris is the new tutoring teacher at Wolf Point High School. He said the program is about getting the students the extra help they need.
“It gives them a little extra time to finish their homework,” McMorris said. “It [also] gives them someone to help them in a different way that they can relate to.”
Southside Elementary School students, who are below grade level, have tutoring throughout the day for math and reading. This is in addition to their regular assignments.
Southside principal Susan Brown said each month students take an ISIP test, which tells the school what the students need to be working on and the progress they have made.
Southside also has a Breakfast Buddies program. Students can come in and eat their breakfast and then they can do their homework and complete their reader and response program and have their permission slips signed by a certified teacher.
Southside Elementary will also be starting an after school tutoring program, Oct. 21. Students will be able to read and also finish their homework. They will also have the chance to participate in the supplementary computer program.
According to principal Hannah Nieskens, Northside Elementary has tutoring before school from 7:20 to 8 a.m. Students have the opportunity to eat free breakfast and have two adults help them with their homework before the start of class.
Frontier School has tutoring with Andrea Nichols at 8 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to allow for 10 minutes of work time.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:28
Written by The Herald-News
Each year, The Herald-News interviews the new teachers in the community to provide our readers with an introduction to the new school staff teaching our children.
This week, we feature three of those new teachers and will continue our coverage in upcoming weeks.
Daisha Douglas, originally from Roberts, teaches second-grade at Southside Elementary School.
“I decided to become a teacher because I enjoy helping others learn and helping them become well-educated individuals,” Douglas noted.
She graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings and this is her first teaching job in the United States. She taught second-grade girls for a year in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
When asked what she likes best about teaching, she said, “I enjoy getting to know my students and being able to see them succeed every day.”
Her favorite memory would be her traveling experience overseas and being able to learn about a new culture.
“What I am looking forward to the most this year is getting to experience a new culture and meeting new people within the community,” she said.
Erin Fosland is the business education teacher, Yearbook advisor and new Gear Up liaison at Wolf Point High School.
She was born and raised in Scobey. She graduated from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D.
When asked what made her decide to become a teacher, she noted, “There were many reasons why I wanted to become a teacher. First and foremost, I love kids and want to see them be successful in their futures. High school is a ‘make it’ or ‘break it’ point for many young adults and I wanted to help positively influence them to continue their education. Education is vital in today’s society so I hope to inspire students to go above and beyond, to attain an education and to be successful in their futures.”
Wolf Point High School is her first teaching job and she said she’s loving it so far. She did her student teaching in Dickinson at Dickinson Catholic Schools, Trinity High School and also coached high school volleyball for Trinity High School.
“There are many things I enjoy about teaching, but most of all I enjoy getting to know the students and their life stories,” she said. “I truly believe you can learn just as much from your students as they can learn from you as a teacher. I also enjoy taking on the challenges that occur from day to day. There is never one day that is exactly the same as the next, so it keeps me on my toes.”
When asked about her favorite memory of teaching so far, she said, “I have had too many great memories of teaching from my time in North Dakota to now to narrow it down!”
“I am looking forward to getting to know the students and staff at WPHS,” she said. “It’s been a great year so far and I’m looking forward to what else is to come!”
As the new coordinator for the Gear Up program at WPHS, she is looking forward to the activities Gear Up sponsors for students at WPHS as well as parents.
She is also the Yearbook advisor this year, so if any parents or community members have photos they would like to submit to my yearbook staff, they can check out Replayit.com.
Wolf Point High School graduate Jocelyn Peters returns to the Wolf Point School system as a second-grade teacher at Southside Elementary School.
“In high school, I was a swimming instructor at the city pool and loved watching children walk away from lessons with new skills I had taught them. I did not initially go into education in college, but one day I read an article asking what a teacher makes (as in salary). Instead of a number, the teacher responded, ‘I make a difference.’ I decided then that I should be choosing an occupation where I could make a difference.”
She graduated from Montana State University - Billings with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in reading. This is her first teaching job and did her student teaching in a second-grade classroom in Billings.
“The part I enjoy most about teaching is seeing the look in students’ eyes when they have finally figured out a new concept or realized that they are great at something,” she said.
When asked about her favorite memory, she said, “I can’t pick an exact moment, but I love listening to all of the conversations my students get started in classroom. From why I look taller one today to what it feels like to lose your parents in Albertson’s, I am always laughing with my students.”
“I am looking forward to lots of learning by both myself and my students,” she noted.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:20