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  • SSHS struggles to fill Science Teacher position

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Aug 25, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE – Science class at Seeley-Swan High School will have a different look this year for students. The year will start without an in-person instructor. Former instructor Gretchen Watkins accepted a position with Big Sky High School in Missoula at the end of the school year. “I don’t blame her one bit, that’s the unfortunate part,” said SSHS Principal Shawn Holmes. The Missoula County Public School District posted the open position in mid-June. “We have had no applicants apply for the position,” Holmes said. “I think it’s more of an...

  • Students explore environmental issues in Vietnam

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Aug 18, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - This past July, three Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) students and graduates visited Vietnam as part of a youth exchange to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vietnam's bilateral relations on environmental issues facing Vietnam and Montana. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, the exchange included 25 students each from Montana and Vietnam. All students from Montana involved in the exchange were enrolled in Missoula County Public Schools. The SSHS students and graduates who atte...

  • Altacare no longer offering CSCT services in Montana

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|Aug 4, 2022

    A longtime provider of comprehensive in-school mental health services for hundreds of Montana students closed its operations last month, a development that other providers and professionals attribute to broader forces placing stress on the state’s already fragile mental health infrastructure. Altacare of Montana, a for-profit provider of Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) programs owned by Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare, announced its intent to close its Butte facility and halt its CSCT services in a May 13 letter to the M... Full story

  • Grant to help assess child-care needs in community

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jul 21, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - This year, Sparrow’s Vine Parenting and Pregnancy Resource Center and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) received a $6,000 grant from Zero to Five Montana and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to help assess child-care needs and provide opportunities for people to apply for child-care licensure in the Seeley Lake community. Zero to Five is a statewide organization that helps coordinate local collaboratives to improve child care for children and families across Montana. Seeley Lake is one of 10 c...

  • SSHS grads look to the future

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - With a turn of their tassels and some parting words from Dr. Seuss, 30 Seeley-Swan High School seniors closed a chapter of their academic careers at the school's graduation ceremony Sunday, June 5. The commencement featured some inspirational speeches, a presentation of roses and a senior slideshow. After SSHS senior Sara Stevenson performed the Star Spangled Banner, senior Chase Haines thanked SSHS faculty and encouraged his peers to keep pursuing their dreams during the 2022...

  • Sunset School bids tearful goodbye to graduates and staff

    Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder|Jun 2, 2022

    GREENOUGH - Supervising teacher Toni Hatten bid two graduating eighth-graders a tearful goodbye for the Sunset Schools' annual end of year celebration on Friday, May 27. Graduating students included Jadesa Stevens, Lucas Nygard and kindergarten graduate Cade Carstens. The event featured farewell speeches, student awards, a flower presentation and a drum performance directed by Matthew Nord, music teacher and owner of Tangled​ Tunes in Missoula. Students sang "Funga Alafia" to kick off the c...

  • Unofficial Local Election results

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 12, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - As of the Election Night Report, May 3, Jon Kimble will continue to serve on the Seeley Lake Fire Board and the Missoula County Public Schools High School levy passed. Results are unofficial until canvas. There was a 36.23% turnout for this election. For the Seeley Lake Fire Board, incumbent Kimble led with 390 votes compared to Alyssa McLean's 327. There were 6 write-in votes cast for a total of 723 votes. The Missoula County Public Schools High School levy passed with a vote of...

  • Preliminary Local Election Results

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|May 5, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - As of the final Election Night Report, May 3, the unofficial election results are in. There was a 36.23% turnout for this election. For the Seeley Lake Fire Board, incumbent Jon Kimble led with 390 votes compared to Alyssa McLean's 327. There were 6 write-in votes cast for a total of 723 votes. The Missoula County Public Schools High School levy passed with a vote of 15,668 for and 13,403 against of the 29,071 votes cast. The results are unofficial until canvas. For full May 3...

  • "Homeward Bound" qualifies for State Music Festival

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 28, 2022

    MISSOULA – Seeley-Swan High School musicians took their talents to the stage at Sentinel High School April 22 and Big Sky High School April 23 to compete in the annual District Music Festival. The Quartet "Homeward Bound" received the top rating and qualified for the State Music Festival May 7-8. The band and choir each received a ranking of 2, just below the top ranking of 1. "The theme of the day was they all did the best they possibly could have done with where they were in their l...

  • Missoula County Public High School Levy

    Susan Monahan, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    MISSOULA - The Missoula County Public School Board of Trustees approved an operations levy for the high school district at their March 29 board meeting. The levy will appear on the school election ballot being mailed April 13 and must be returned to the Missoula County Elections Office by May 3. This will be an all-mail election. The high school levy amount of $525,962, which is approximately 2.04 mills, will cost $2.76/year per $100,000 in assessed property value. “Local levies help us support additional students as our community grows while m... Full story

  • Seeley-Swan takes second in Polson

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Apr 14, 2022

    POLSON - Seeley-Swan’s Boys and Girls track teams both took second place at the 50th Annual Dave Tripp Memorial Track Meet in Polson April 8. The Boys earned 83 team points putting them ahead of Drummond with 69 points and Loyola with 63. Class B Jefferson took the top spot with 175. Seeley-Swan’s Girls earned 72 points behind Drummond with 97 and ahead of Superior and Anaconda with 65 and 62 respectively. Seeley-Swan’s Boys burned up the track. Owen Hoag won the 200-meter in 23.02 seconds and won the 400-meter in 51.07, more than five secon...

  • SSHS receives grant to continue Morrell Creek water testing

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Mar 10, 2022

    SEELEY LAKE - The Board of Supervisors for the Missoula Conservation District approved three grants from their winter grant cycle to support local conservation. Among the recipients was Seeley-Swan High School. SSHS received a $500 Operation Mini Grant for students in high school science classes to continue water quality monitoring of Morrell Creek near the high school. SSHS Science Teacher Gretchen Watkins applied for the grant after they lost the funding from the Seeley Lake Sewer District this past fall. The Sewer District originally signed...

  • MCPS Superintendent Watson resigns effective June 30

    Missoula County Public Schools|Feb 24, 2022

    MISSOULA - Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Watson announced Feb. 18, that he is leaving his position with MCPS effective June 30. “It is with mixed emotions that I share this decision with you today,” Dr. Watson told District education leaders Friday morning. “My time with MCPS, including my former time as a principal, has been some of the most rewarding of my 29 years in public education. I will leave with many happy memories and proud to have served with each of you.” While he is resigning his formal role in public educa...

  • Missoula RAC accepting 2022 project proposals

    Lolo National Forest|Feb 3, 2022

    MISSOULA - The Missoula Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is now accepting project proposals for 2022. The project submission deadline is close of business on May 6, 2022. The RAC is anticipating approximately $40,000 in project funding to award. Funding and administration for the Missoula RAC is provided under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self–Determination Act. Last year, the Missoula RAC funded seven projects under this authority that included noxious weed treatments, stream restoration, road decommissioning, t...

  • Dailies digitize as print declines

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Jan 13, 2022

    MONTANA - Nationwide data from the Pew Research Center shows newspapers’ print circulation decreased over 45% in the last decade. With a sample set of Montana daily newspapers showing an average decline of nearly 40% over the past 10 years, publications from around the state have had to alter and expand their business model to maintain their markets. In this article two Montana newspaper publishers will share their experiences with adapting to a new market. According to Sworn Statement of Circulation reports, daily publication, The M...

  • Blackhawk BIZ offers real-life business experience to students

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 9, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan High School Entrepreneur Class has launched the Blackhawk BIZ that will feature seven businesses in a Pop-up style Market Dec. 22 during the Blackhawks' home basketball game. This is an effort to provide hands-on, real-life business experience to students by giving them an introduction of what it takes to start a small business. When SSHS Business Teacher Michele Holmes started at SSHS in the fall of 2019, she wanted to diversify the offerings for students. M...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Nov 25, 2021

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website seeleylake.com for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Nov. 26, 1986 issue Library may open to community Seeley Lake residents may have an opportunity to use the high school...

  • COVID-19 vaccinations available for ages 5-11

    Missoula City- County Health Department|Nov 11, 2021

    MISSOULA - With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signing off on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 to 11 earlier this week, local healthcare providers and public health officials are encouraging parents to make an appointment to get their child vaccinated. Several healthcare providers in Missoula are offering vaccine clinics for children ages 5 to 11, including the Missoula City-County Health Department and Community Medical Center, starting this week. Missoula County Public Schools is also offering a clinic in partnership... Full story

  • "Tell us your story" fosters community

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Conversation was lively following the "Tell Us Your Story" event Oct. 14. New connections had been made simply by listening to each share about their life and experiences - "I didn't know we both rode the bus to Missoula for high school," "Now I know who you are when I see you at the gym," "You're the one who works with that organization...I need to talk to you." The storytelling event featured residents who shared their stories about why they moved to the area and why they love it...

  • MCPS extends face covering mandate

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Oct 21, 2021

    MISSOULA – At their Oct. 12 meeting, the Missoula County Public School Board extended the mask mandate for MCPS schools with a vote of 8-2. The board will reevaluate the decision at their November meeting where they also hope to also consider parameters created by the MCPS COVID Task Force that would give them metrics and measurable targets to lift the mask mandate. Superintendent Rob Watson presented various COVID statistics for MCPS. As of Friday, Oct .8, there have been 283 total cases since the start of school including 240 students, four o...

  • Plea for community action as COVID cases explode

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 23, 2021

    MISSOULA COUNTY – With the seven day rolling average of active cases per 100,000 people hitting a new record high of 87 on Friday, Sept. 17 and active cases above 1,150, Missoula County leaders made a plea for residents to get vaccinated, social distance and go back to the basics of wearing a mask, hand washing, limiting social circles and staying home if sick. Missoula City-County Health Officer D'Shane Barnett said the numbers are such that mask mandates and other regulations including l... Full story

  • Seeley-Swan High School in the Wilderness

    Betty Wetzel|Sep 23, 2021

    Editor’s note: Wetzel was a writer and died in 2018 at the age of 102. Her husband was Winston Wetzel, the superintendent of the Missoula County High School system who accompanied the development and realization of the Seeley-Swan High School. This tale is printed with permission from her daughter Gretchen von Rittberg. How would you feel if your children had to ride a bus for five hours a day to attend high school? Shooked? How would you feel if your neighbors’ kids rode a bus for five hours a day? Indifferent? In Montana a community that car...

  • Board won't pay legal fees

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 23, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board discussed a variety of items at their Sept. 16 meeting including paying plaintiff’s legal fees for failed lawsuits against the District, funding for a high school water testing program and dissolving the District. Board President Tom Morris received a letter from Don Larson asking for “help from the community” to pay legal bills related to a pair of lawsuits Larson filed to fight the proposed community sewer. In the letter, Larson states that he has already paid $84,000 and has been billed for...

  • Looking forward to a smaller setting

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Sep 16, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - New Seeley-Swan High School math teacher Melissa Lapka is excited to kick off the school year and engrain herself in the school and community. "I'm just looking forward to incorporating myself into this new school and [getting] to know all the kids, the families, [as well as] going to see all the extracurriculars," she said. Lapka will teach Algebra 1 and Geometry classes. She graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in secondary math education and psychology. She...

  • Dual principal and music position offers unique opportunity

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Sep 9, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – After building the music program at Huntley Project Schools from a handful of students to three choirs and two bands in junior high through high school, Aaron Morgenstern left teaching and went into business management. As the new Swan Valley School principal and music teacher, he looks forward to combining his love of working with children and experience teaching music with his ability to manage people through building relationships and working towards a common goal. He looks f...

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