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New at School - Potomac Pioneers

POTOMAC - Potomac Pioneers began their new school year Aug. 30. There are several updates to staff, programs and the facility this year. New staff includes Jodi Hausmann who is the new preschool teacher. Kayla Brewer is the new paraprofessional for...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 19, 2021

4-Hers succeed at Western Montana Fair

MISSOULA - Potomac youth who partake in 4-H projects work hard during the 4-H year which runs from October to the end of September. This year at the Western Montana Fair, 20 Potomac 4-H members...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 12, 2021

Vaulting in Potomac

POTOMAC - Lead by Potomac vaulting clinician Christi Taillefer, local girls have been learning equestrian vaulting during multi-day clinics in June, July and August at local arenas. Horse Vaulting is...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    May 27, 2021

Potomac experiences the Middle Ages

POTOMAC - After having studied the Middle Ages, the sixth through eighth grade students together with the staff decided to host Medieval Days May 18 - 19. Social Studies teacher Jessica Van Kerkhove s...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    March 11, 2021

Potomac teacher named environmental educator of the year

POTOMAC - Potomac teacher Kristina Davis received the Montana Environmental Educational Association's (MEEA) Formal Educator of the Year Award. She will be officially recognized virtually March 25 at...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    November 26, 2020

Potomac community shares kindness

POTOMAC - The community of Potomac has proven resilient since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the spring, residents have donated, participated and benefited from the kindness and... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 22, 2020

Unique woolly bears head for shelter

During the fall in the Blackfoot Watershed, Isabella Tiger Moth and Spotted Tussock Moth caterpillars can be seen crawling in the sunshine across roads and over fences. These caterpillars are known...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 20, 2020

Potomac announces Pioneers re-opening plan

POTOMAC - Potomac School is preparing for students to return Aug. 26 since remaining closed after spring break in March. Principal John Rouse presented the re-opening plan and recommendations to the School Board at their Aug. 10 meeting. They agreed... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 20, 2020

Western Montana Fair local 4-H Club results

MISSOULA - The Potomac Valley and Seeley Lake Trailblazers 4-H clubs participated in the Western Montana's Farm to Fair Aug. 3-8. This years results are below. 4-H uses the Danish system in the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    August 6, 2020

Western Montana Fair goes online

MISSOULA - 4-H Club members across the area are having a busy week for the 2020 Western Montana Fair. This year's Fair situation presented unexpected challenges and will hold a unique place in...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 30, 2020

Local 4-H clubs ready for fair week

MISSOULA - From photography to market animals with a bit of everything in between, 4-H clubs in Potomac and Seeley Lake have their projects ready for the 2020 Western Montana Fair Aug. 2 - 8. All...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 23, 2020

Mountain ladies in full bloom

The "Goddess foot of the mountain" flowers are found throughout the area in spring and summer. They have been admired for their beauty and collected for centuries. Cypripedium montanum perennial...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 9, 2020

Potomac School prepares for fall

POTOMAC - During the June 29 school board meeting via Webex, the Potomac School Board approved a series of policies that will give the school district the flexibility to address whatever conditions and/or requirements the school district will face... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    July 2, 2020

4-H and FFA projects going from farm to fair

Despite some Western Montana Fair event cancellations, 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) members are still able to exhibit their projects but without spectators due to COVID-19 risks. Missoula...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    June 18, 2020

Potomac celebrates graduates

POTOMAC - Signs and banners decorated the highway in front of Cullys and along Potomac Road in celebration of the Potomac School graduating classes of 2020. Both the kindergarten and eighth grade...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    April 16, 2020

Potomac resilient through COVID-19 pandemic 

POTOMAC - The Potomac community continues to adjust to COVID-19. The school, businesses and other organizations keep moving forward amidst challenges and continual change. The Potomac School has been... Full story

 By Sigrid Olson    News    March 19, 2020

Potomac Pioneers end season with a win

POTOMAC - With a team of 10, the Potomac girls basketball team came through the season with three regular season wins and one tournament game win. The coaches felt the season went well and agreed that...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    March 5, 2020

Snow jumping hexapods

During sunny late winter days in the Blackfoot Watershed, multitudes of small black things can be seen wriggling on the snow. They are called snow fleas, Snow fleas, or Hypogastrura nivicola, are...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    February 27, 2020

Potomac community gathers for pancakes and permits

POTOMAC - More than 150 people attended the annual Pancakes and Permits event Feb. 22 at the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC). For two hours the coffee and conversation flowed as Potomac and...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    January 2, 2020

Potomac program captivates audience

POTOMAC - There was standing room only during the annual Potomac School Christmas Program Dec. 18 in the Potomac/Greenough Community Center (PGCC) as more than 300 people attended to watch the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    December 19, 2019

Potomac celebrates Christmas

POTOMAC - On the snowy evening of Saturday, Dec. 14, more than 100 people attended the annual Christmas Comes Home event in the heart of Potomac. Outside there were wagon rides, a bonfire and a live...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    November 28, 2019

Go ride a bike

POTOMAC - Around the school block and past the horse and cattle pastures Potomac School students rode skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, scooters, a pogo stick, walked, ran and hopped their way through...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    November 7, 2019

Fall traditions bring out Halloween fashions

POTOMAC - Potomac children celebrated fall and Halloween by dressing up and attending the second annual Fall Carnival and the annual Parade of Costumes. The Fall Carnival Friday, Oct. 25 was held at...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 24, 2019

Potomac School welcomes new junior high teacher

POTOMAC - Jessica Van Kerkhove is a new junior high social studies and intervention teacher for Potomac School. She looks forward to working with all the students and staff and getting to know the...

 By Sigrid Olson    News    October 24, 2019

Potomac flag football team has successful season

POTOMAC – With 16 Pioneers on the team this year, Potomac School's Flag Football team came away with nine wins and two losses. "This was a great year for Potomac flag football," said head coach...


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