Updated September 6, 2012
From the Superintendent
Cottonwood School District enrollment for 2012-2013 is up from a year ago.  We ended week one with 404 students K-12.  Our enrollment at the start of 2011-2012 school year was 387 students K-12. . . .
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Hospital awarded outreach grant
“As part of St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics Medical Home certification, we’ve begun work on a new project. The goal that we are trying to accomplish with the help of the Federal Outreach Grant is to improve the health of our patients and community members through more consistent monitoring of chronic problems,” says Pam McBride, SMHC Grant Writer. . . .
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Antique harvest bee set for Saturday
Join us Saturday, September 8, for an Antique Harvest Bee at the Tiede Farm out of Winchester. . . .
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School news
On August 28, parents, students and community joined us at the elementary for an open house and book fair. . . .
Prairie High School is offering Spanish to students at Nezperce High School via the Idaho Education Network. . . .
Instructors Patty Gehring, Pam Reidlen, and Max Pelhan walked participants through videos and instruction as they certified 19 participants in First Aide and CPR. . . .
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Arnzen is employee of the month
“Char is an extremely hard working nurse; she is very easy to talk to and is always willing to help with patients.  She is friendly and dedicated to this facility,” said a co-worker when she was describing Char Arnzen, the September Employee of the Month for St. Mary’s Hospital. . . .
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Library News
School is back in full swing, harvest is becoming a memory, summer is fading into fall and the Holidays are waiting in the wings. . . .
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Bowlerettes start Monday
The Cottonwood Bowlerettes is a Monday night Women's Bowling League. . . .
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The LCSC Report
Although the classes offered in this area are enrichment classes, you can be awarded a CEU (Continuing Education Unit) for some of them. . . .
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Pirates lose opener
The Prairie football team struggled in their season opener as they fell behind 0-42 before scoring two late touchdowns in a 12-42 non-league loss to Salmon River at Riggins Friday, August 31. . . .
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Lady Pirates lose two league matches
The Prairie Lady Pirates volleyball team opened their 2012 season with a pair of home league losses last week. . . .
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Summit girls lose twice; New teachers at Summit Academy
The Summit Lady Patriots dropped a pair of league matches last week to open their volleyball season. . . .
Summit Academy is excited to welcome Dr. Dan Guerra, biochemist and professor at Washington State University as a new staff member. . . .
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Letters to the editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in this week's print edition of the Chronicle . . .
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Recently the Hangout was awarded the Prairie Business Booster of the Year for school year 2011/2012. Ron and Debbie have been a huge support for our school district. They allow school apparel to be sold in their business as well catering to our local youth and adults. Thank you Ron and Debbie and congratulations. Pictured are Glenn Poxleitner, in coming Prairie Booster Club President, Debbie, Ron and out going President Lynn Guyer. Photo submitted by Lynn Guyer. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Shown is a set of proof copies of the 150-Year Story book set. Once the preorders are received and the books go to print they will have a more formal cover.See story at left. 

Shown are just a few of the many school supplies which were donated by St. Mary’s Hospital  employees and community members for the school supply drive which was sponsored by the hospital.  Several boxes of school supplies were collected and then distributed to the area schools.  St. Mary’s Hospital also donated a case of paper and Kleenex to each area school.

The parking lot at the high school received summer maintenance. Summer crews started on a plan to repair holes and cracks getting ready for a seal coat summer 2013. Thank you for Keuterville Highway District for the use of equipment, to Brendan Sprute for his time and to Jake Forsmann, Dave Shears, and Joe Forsmann for their off hour time getting this filled and paved. Thank you to Cottonwood Highway District for the use of the roller.  Click on the photo for a larger view.

 Mrs. Brannan and Mrs. Higgins, 2nd grade teachers introduce students to IPads. With the help of a grant from the Idaho Leads Project, 2nd grade students will be using IPads to create, investigate and prepare work in their classrooms. Click on the photo for a larger view.

 Thank you to all of our parents, staff, kids and patrons for buying cookie dough and saving boxtops. This great piece of playground equipment was installed this summer. During every recess and lunch break, students enjoy the many components of this equipment. Prairie Elementary and Center for Discovery will be selling cookie dough again this year and will work to build another playground fund for future needs.every recess and lunch break, students enjoy the many components of this equipment. Prairie Elementary and Center for Discovery will be selling cookie dough again this year and will work to build another playground fund for future needs. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Jr high ended their first week at school with a Getting to Know Each Other” activity.  They were split into groups – three 7th graders and three 8th graders.  While in their groups, they listed what they had in common and what they didn’t.  Groups then made a poster entitled “We Choose to Succeed”, listing six ways they could help each other succeed for the school year.  They got to color, glue and design.  After sharing their finished posters,  they enjoyed ice cream and brownies provided by the 8th grade Teen Living Class. All 4 photos are from that activity and submitted by Rene’ Eckert. Click on the photos for larger views.

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