School Briefs

Star Staff and Associated Press

Bobcat Club at Lincoln announces winners

The Bobcat Club at Lincoln Elementary School is a program designed to promote positive behaviors/choices within the structure of the school day. This is a variable feedback system, randomly catching students making positive choices and or differences among their peers, according to John Gorton, school principal. All students have a chance to receive recognition, however only a few get to draw a Mystery Prize. These prizes are generous donations from area businesses Miles City DQ,, Recreation Lanes, Seabeck Pizza, Miles City Rollercade and Taco John’s, as well as opportunities within the school.

The Mystery Drawing winners are Aiden Smith, 3rd grade; Brookelynn Brabant, Carson Gardner and Emily Klamm, 4th grade; Ariana Ellison, Peyton Hoff, Corbin Meidinger and Trenton Smith, fifth grade; and Achton Bowling and Daniel Ford, 6th grade.

— by Star Staff

Washington Middle School choses Students of the Month

Students of the Month for September have been chosen at Washington Middle School. They are Laney Jones and Dylan Grutkowski, 8th graders; and Briar Jerrel and Kody Beeler, seventh graders.

The criterion for selection are service, positive attitude, cooperation, dependability, initiative and leadership. Each of the students was praised in nomination comments for his or her academic excellence, helpfulness and leadership for serving as excellent role models for his or her peers.

— by Star Staff

Business with Miles City ties to receive MSU-Bozeman award

Eight businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2017 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day. According to an MSU News Service release, the Family Business Day activities are set for Friday, Oct. 6, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

The 2017 Family Business Day award winners include L.P. Anderson Point S Tire & Automotive Service of Billings in the small business category (10-30 employees).

L.P. Anderson Point S Tire & Automotive Service is a family-owned business started by Frank Bonogofsky from North Dakota and the late L.P. Anderson, a Miles City resident, in 1958.

— by Star Staff

MSU celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 9-13

Montana State University in Bozeman will commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 with a weeklong series of educational and cultural events from Monday, Oct. 9, through Friday, Oct. 13. All events are free and open to the public.

A series of free, public events including round dancing, films, lectures and an exhibit of art by Native artists will commemorate the contributions of Indigenous Peoples, according to a MSU News Service release. 

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— by Star Staff

UW Native American Center opens Friday

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming is undertaking several initiatives aimed at recruiting Native American students and providing for their success.

Friday’s opening of the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center on the Laramie campus is a part of that effort.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the center will house several UW organizations, including the American Indian Studies program, the High Plains American Indian Research Institute and the Native American student organization Keepers of the Fire.

For students, the center will provide everything from tutoring to child care to financial aid services, and serve as a place to study, meet and build community, while also helping students adjust to and thrive in the campus culture.

New Mexico questions spending on college courses for kids

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are reconsidering whether increasingly popular college-level classes taken by high school students warrant growing public subsidies.

A progress report published Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee shows that students who pursue dual-credit coursework that can count toward high school and college degrees tend to have higher academic aptitudes based on standardized testing.

In New Mexico, total state spending on dual credit education has increased 60 percent since 2012 to $54 million, as classes shift to college faculty and campuses without a reduction in high school funding.

Fargo South English instructor named Teacher of the Year

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An English instructor who helps immigrant students and others who are not native English speakers is North Dakota’s Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Fargo South High School’s Leah Juelke was selected from a group of five finalists for the award, which she received Thursday during a ceremony at the school.

Juelke has taught at Fargo South since 2013. Three years ago, she started a writing project for her immigrant students called “Journey to America.”