Updated April 19, 2012
School Board meets
Several hirings and resignations were acted on at the April meeting of the school board Monday, April 16. . . .
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Ministry Fair is Sunday
April 22nd, 2012 is the date. 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. is the time. Greencreek Hall on Main Street in Greencreek is the place. The Tri-Parish Ministry Fair is the event. . . .
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Zenner is selected
Allason Zenner, a third grade teacher at Prairie Elementary has been selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. . . .
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Cottonwood and area history continued
And here we have Central Idaho.
As we travel from here to other places in this world we see and compare what we have with a wide range to see and do. . . .
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Relay for Life events
Spring has arrived and your American Cancer Society's Clearwater To Salmon Rivers Relay For Life planning committee and teams have some exciting things going on in the next couple of weeks.  . . .
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Troop Scoop
On March 27, Scout Troop 638 held a Court of Honor recognizing boys with all their accomplishments. . . .
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Kindergarten screening set
Kindergarten screening for the 2012-2013 school year will be held at the Cottonwood Elementary KDGN/FIRST GRADE BUILDING (907 Lewiston Street) on Monday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 9th. . . .
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Royal Family KIDS Camp
Royal Family KIDS Camp is a faith-based organization that gives abused and neglected foster children age 7-11 years a week of positive memories and teaches them that God loves them and that there is a safe place where they can actually be a child. . . .
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This is Idaho County 4-H Week
The week of April 15th through the 21st marks the celebration of Idaho County 4-H Week. . . .
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Library News
We were saddened by the loss of our friend Ladd Arnoti, former Mayor, business man, outstanding citizen and soul mate of board member, Dorothy Arnoti. . . .
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Prairie ROCKS update
The speaker at the Prairie ROCKS classes on Monday was Ben Greene. . . .
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Girls team first, boys second at Orofino meet; Wrestling awards given
MaKayla Schaeffer won 2 events and anchored two relays to wins to lead the Prairie girls to a first place showing as a team at the Orofino Invitational Track Meet Friday, April 13. . . .
Awards for the Prairie Wrestling team were given recently. . . .
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Lady Pirates blast Timberline
The Prairie Lady Pirates had little trouble beating Timberline in their first game back after a long lay-off as they won 32-6 in a White Pine League game Tuesday, April 10. . . .
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Chmelik, relays win at Lapwai
Sarah Chmelik won the long jump and 2 girls relays also won for Summit Academy at a 10-school track meet at Lapwai Tuesday, April 10 . . .
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Students of the month at Prairie Jr./Sr. High School are from left Monica Lustig and Nathan McElroy at the high school and Daniel Mager at the Jr. High. Monica Lustig is willing to help other students, is a great library aide and always does what is asked of her with a smile.  Her positive attitude is very much appreciated. Nathan McElroy was elected junior class president and as a new student to Prairie, has stepped up and accepted the challenge.  He attends and helps at every activity the junior class has had and goes out of his way to make sure everything is getting done.  He also helped recover the cafeteria chairs in a very timely manner. Daniel Mager is a very hard working student.  He uses class time wisely, always has his homework done and is a pleasure to have in class.  Daniel always does what is asked of him and is willing to work with and help other classmates. Photo provided by Ryan Hasselstrom. Click on the photo for a larger view.

5th grade students with teacher Cheyenne Hudson, spent time on Friday cleaning up the school grounds and the ditches next to the highway. Click on the photo for a larger view.

On Thursday, April 12 the Bear Scouts paid a visit to the Chronicle office.  Greg Wherry showed us around the newspaper office.  He told us what all the old machines do and even ran some for us.  We learned how articles and pictures get in the paper.  Greg uses computers and email for most of it. Pictured in front of the Chronicle Office is Greg Wherry, Cole Martin, Matt Coppernoll and Zach Arnzen. The Scouts also got to meet with Sheryl Nuxoll, who was getting some copies made at the Chronicle.  We learned that she is our State Senator.  She told us about her job in Boise and some of the new bills that were passed into law.  We also learned how the elections work. Click on the photos for larger views.

Shown are this year’s Idaho State House of Representative Pages with Governor Butch Otter. At far right is Rachel Uhlenkott, daughter of Chuck and Kerry Uhlenkott. She was the Health & Welfare Committee Page and was responsible for preparing and clearing committee meeting rooms as well as handling any audio/visual needs. She was commended for being very good at asking questions to assure accurate handling of any request. Her cheerfulness, enthusiasm and willing attitude were appreciated and enjoyed. In the far back is Derek Nuxoll, son of Felix and Sherry Nuxoll. He helped assist committee secretaries with their duties as they relate to committee meetings. According to House Speaker Lawerence Denney he responded admirably to the workload. “His personality and work ethic are the traits that are important to us, and he has more than surpassed our expectations,” said Denney. Click on the photo for a larger view.

 Seven staff members from the Cottonwood School District attended a 2-day training in Moscow on understanding and learning to unpack the Common Core Standards.  During the 2013-2014 school year, all staff will be using the Common Core Standards to develop curriculum guides.  2014-2015 a new test will replace the ISAT. Shown are Darbie Duclos, Andrea Brannan, Kim Schumacher, Kristie Bruegeman, Cindy Schumacher, Rene' Forsmann, Sherry Holthaus. Click on the photo for a larger view.

This Thursday, Boise’s West Junior High A Cappella Choir is passing through Cottonwood on their way to the Idaho Music Educator Association’s all-state conference in Coeur d’Alene. The choir was chosen from a statewide audition to be featured among the event’s performances. The 98-member choir will stop by the Monastery of St. Gertrude to visit the Historical Museum and give an informal concert from 1:30 to 2:00. All are welcome! Shown is the West Junior High Choir with Director Paul Olson. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Bertie Forsmann and Nancy Arnzen took on a project in the high school cafeteria.  With the help of Kyle Bower and Nathan McElroy, they removed the old coverings on the chairs and replaced them with a nice brown upholstery.  A big thank you to the four of you.Click on the photos for larger views.

Above is a photo of the Healthy Seniors group that just completed their 20th week of exercises and is pushing on with the next 10 week session. This group meets on Monday and Thursday mornings in the Cottonwood Community hall and it just makes their day when someone new joins in.  The exercises help to improve their overall health as well as balance and mobility. We usually start out with a walking session which includes some upper body range of motion. Then we go in to the leg strengthening and resistance band usage for muscle toning. If you don’t feel like you can do all of the exercises or if you get tired we always have chairs available so you can sit and watch or sit and do some of the work out. Wetell people to come try it and then decide. It is never too late to join us. We have had over 50 people sign in and participate at one time or another and usually average around 20 to 24 people per session. One day we had a visitor from Montana join the group and she had a very good time.  The photo is missing some of our regular members so be watching for more photos. Photo provided by Shelli Schumacher. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Saturday after a morning of road side clean up the cub& boy scouts, their leaders and some parents joined Clark Christensen from the Department of Lands and Shelli Schumacher from the City of Cottonwood in planting two trees along the creek behind U S Bank. The trees were purchased by the City of Cottonwood to help in maintaining the City’s designation of Tree City USA. This is an Arbor Day event where the City is recognized for continuing to plant and care for trees.  Clark presented the city with this flag, and updated the plaque showing that we have been a Tree City for 5 years now. Watch for the flag to be flown with the other flags in the Centennial garden.  In the past the City has planted trees in the park, at the Wimer ball fields, both the old Elementary School and the current Elementary school. Having kids join in the planting of trees helps to keep them involved and gives them pride in their community. The Department of Lands gave Spruce trees to the scouts and families to take home and plant. Scouts are: Anthony Karel, Hunter Chaffee, Jared Coppernoll, James Biltz, Cole Martin, Matt Coppernoll, Zack Arnzen & little sister Noelle Biltz.

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