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Participants announced for the 2015 North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee

 

A total of 53 fourth- through eighth-graders from the five northern counties of Idaho will participate in the twelfth annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 21st at North Idaho College. The winner of competition will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee the end of May.

 

Each contestant was the winner of his or her respective grade level in district qualifying bees held in public school districts as well as a home school and private school district throughout North Idaho.

 

“A total of 53 schools are involved in this year’s spelling bee from 11 districts across North Idaho, including home school associations and private schools,” said North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Mindy Patterson. “Congratulations to those who qualified for the regional bee this year—it’s an amazing accomplishment.”

 

NIC at Sandpoint to offer Birds of Prey class March 14

NIC at Sandpoint to offer Birds of Prey class March 14

 

North Idaho College at Sandpoint will offer a "Birds of Prey" class taught by ornithologist and author Brian Baxter on March 14th.

 

The class is scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. start, and will begin with a short review in the classroom on families, distinguishing characteristics, and birding tips. There will also be two field trips to sites to study habitats, tracks, migrations, and hopefully to observe birds of prey.

 

Baxter has degrees in both forestry and wildlife biology, and has been teaching outdoor education for more than 20 years.

 

Those who would like to register for the class can contact the NIC Workforce Training Center at (209) 769-3333. More information can also be requested at workforcetraining@nic.edu, or by visiting www.nic.edu/wtc.

Registration due March 3 for logging workshop in Sandpoint

Registration due March 3 for logging workshop in Sandpoint

Over 1,400 Idaho loggers have taken the 3-day University of Idaho Extension program on forest ecology, silviculture, and water quality, titled Logger Education to Advance Professionalism or “LEAP”. LEAP Update is an annual opportunity for LEAP graduates to build on that professional development in forestry.

 

LEAP Update will be held in Sandpoint, Idaho, March 10-11, 2015. This year’s topics include: ecology & silviculture of western hemlock, class 1 stream crossing installation, logging costing models, the new Idaho forest water quality video, Idaho FPA rule changes and BMP updates, new GPS technology to improve communications in logging, working around class 2 streams, and small scale wood pellet manufacture.

 

LEAP Update is held in conjunction with Associated Logging Contractor’s (ALC) first aid training, which allows loggers to fulfill Idaho Pro-Logger program annual continuing education requirements in one, 2-day session. The session also meets Idaho Pro-Logger requirements for forest best management practice training.

 

Budget cut ends Clark Fork HS hot lunch program leaving parents and students upset

Budget cut ends Clark Fork HS hot lunch program leaving parents and students upset

Parents of Clark Fork Jr./Sr. High School are upset by new changes to the school's lunch program. The free lunch program was recently cut by the Lake Pend Orielle School District in an attempt to save money.

 

“Because of so many complaints to the school board, they decided to send our kids bagged lunches from Sandpoint,” said Caryl Abott, a Clark Fork parent.

 

However, Abott and other parents say the sack lunch program does not cut it. Sandpoint is about 35 miles away from Clark Fork, and the parents have concerns the food their children are receiving is not fresh.

 

Monday and Tuesday's lunches are shipped from Sandpoint to Clark Fork on Monday; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's lunches are shipped on Wednesday.

 

$20,000 in grants available for educational garden programs

$20,000 in grants available for educational garden programs

The Idaho Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs is offering grants to provide funding to Idaho’s public and private schools and childcare centers to implement a hands-on educational garden program that enhances nutrition education, classroom curriculum and increases the understanding and awareness of foods and nutrition in Idaho’s youth.

 

A total of $20,000 is available to Idaho schools and childcare organizations.  Grants in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to five public or private schools and three childcare organizations. Applications must be submitted by February 17, 2015. 

 

For a copy of the RFP, grant application, photos of previous garden projects and related materials visit http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/schoolgarden/.

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity

Idaho PTECH Network commits to national push for college opportunity
The Idaho PTECH Network was invited last week to attend a White House College Opportunity Summit, among 300 of the most promising efforts recognized nationally to support more college opportunities for students. The December 4th Summit focused on building strong K-12 and community college partnerships, and other collaborative efforts designed to improve college persistence and completion, especially among lower income students. “I was honored to represent Idaho at this Summit that offered insightful discussion among our county’s leading education, business and nonprofit leaders,” said Alan Millar, Idaho PTECH Network Executive Director.

NIC to present Sounds of Christmas concert Dec. 6, 7

NIC to present Sounds of Christmas concert Dec. 6, 7

North Idaho College will present its “Sounds of Christmas” concert in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 7.

The concert will feature performances by the NIC Wind Symphony, NIC Cardinal Chorale, NIC Chamber Singers and Cardinal Vocal Jazz. This concert features the audience-favorite Christmas carol sing-along.

Santa Claus usually makes a visit to the Sounds of Christmas concert held at NIC. This year’s concert will feature some music from the Disney movie “Frozen.”