Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pancake Breakfast Smiles

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Bill and Jose serving it up. 

The Quality of Life Corporation sponsored a Free Pancake Breakfast for the community at the Colstrip Parks and Recreation Department (CPRD) in the Colstrip Community Center Basement where the Breakfast Program occurs! This is the Quality of Life Corporation's way of thanking the community and sponsors for allowing them to provide this unique program for Colstrip kids.

The Quality of Life Corporation has sponsored a Breakfast program for a number of years. The program is offered to all Colstrip students. The doors open at 6:00 AM until the start of school. Students are picked up at CPRD by the school district transportation system and taken to their appropriate school. This program enables parents that must go to work early to drop their children off at the Breakfast Program knowing that their children will be nurtured, fed and safely transported to school.

If you have any questions concerning the Breakfast Program please feel free to contact any of the Quality of Life Board Members. Quality of Life Board consist of President Bill Neumiller, Vice President Bob Lewandowski, Secretary Gary Parry,  Treasure Rick Harbin, Member Jose Ortiz, Member Jim Atchison, Member Cathy Frank.


As per the Articles of Incorporation:
The Quality of Life Corporation is a non-profit organization formed: (a)  To benefit the activities and operations of the Colstrip Parks and Recreation Department (CPRD) and Colstrip Public School District to improve the quality of life of residents and visitors through delivery of charitable and educational services and programs. (b)  To promote the well-being and healthy living of children, youth and adults in the community of Colstrip. (c) To raise funds within and without the State of Montana, and to solicit, receive, and hold money and property, both real and personal, by gift, contribution, bequest, devise or otherwise. (d) To carry on educational activities relating to the rendering of services to children, youth and adults. (e) To distribute funding for educational/vocational scholarships. (f) To engage in any activity not prohibited by the Montana Nonprofit Corporation Act.
One of the many satisfied PANCAKE EATERS! 



"Get out in front and stay there!"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT: Colstrip Largest Nationally Accreditated School District in Montana

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Administration Team members receive System Accreditation
Certificates at the November 2016 Board Meeting
Colstrip Public School District #19 is all about school improvement. Getting better is what drives this school system. There are a number of high schools and elementary schools that are nationally accredited by AdvancED in the state of Montana, but there are only four systems that have been accredited in this state and Colstrip Public School District is the largest.

What is a system? A system includes all educational levels and buildings: kindergarten through the twelfth grade. A system must work effectively together for school improvement in order to be nationally accredited. System accreditation is a measure of all schools and all of its parts including the board, administration, business department, students and community. In this case, each and every part of our district effectively contributes to the outcomes of our students and has been recognized for meeting identified national standards of excellence.

National accreditation through AdvancED has been issued to Pine Butte Elementary School, Frank Brattin Middle School, Colstrip High School and Colstrip Pubic School District #19.

With this recognition comes the confidence that students that are sent to an institution that is accredited will attend a system that meets educational standards of excellence.  Here lies a few of the reasons why national accreditation is important to our community and the students we serve in our district:
Accreditation lays the groundwork for success for schools and students. Parents have long held education as a key to their child’s preparation and success in life.  Equally, educators have known that a quality education is of the utmost importance for a child’s future. Quality and success are not mutually exclusive in the education process.  Quality and student success go hand‐in‐hand and are why many schools seek accreditation.  
 Accreditation benefits parents and students. When a school or school system achieves accreditation, parents and the community can be assured that the top priorities are: 
  • increasing student achievement 
  • providing a safe and enriching learning environment 
  • running an efficient operation   
Students benefit from accreditation as well.  Students are assured: 
  • qualified teachers who are working to improve their methods 
  • more focus on student learning 
  • better transition from grade to grade 
  • a rigorous, diverse, and sound curriculum based on quality standards 
  • a range of student activities and support services 
  • smoother transfer of credits from school to school   
  • eligibility for special programs, grants, and scholarships

These are just a few of the reasons for accreditation and the meaning it holds for students attending our school. It is with pride, and a great deal of effort, that Colstrip Public Schools can attest that they are currently the largest nationally accredited school district in Montana.

Principal Shay Grinsell receives building accreditation in behalf of PBES.
Principal Pax Haslem receives building accreditation in behalf of FBMS.
Principal Mark Ator receives building accreditation in behalf of CHS.
Superintendent Bob Lewandowski receives
System Accreditation in behalf of  Colstrip Public Schools.



"Get out in front and stay there!"

Friday, November 11, 2016

Colstrip Veterans' Day Honoring

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

I had the pleasure of attending the Veterans' Honoring at 2:00 PM at the Colstrip City Center. Our middle school students at Frank Brattin were exceptional in every way. It is so good to see our youth respect those who served this country as well as the flag they fought and died for; it provided an assurance that America is truly great!

During the ceremony, American Legion, Trevor J Johnson Post 44 lead by Post Commander Robin Sterrett spoke about those that have served and those that our county has lost. In Sterrett's speech, he defined the American hero saying: "Veterans come in all shapes and sizes. Young and old - rich and poor - black and white - and nearly every category in between, they are men and women who served or still serve America."

As the FBMS band played students and staff lined up to shake our veterans' hands and say thank you. It was a moving moment watching this display of gratitude and respect.

Sterrett ended his speech telling our students: "Thank you again for allowing me to speak on behalf of our nation's veterans. God bless you and God bless our nation's veterans."

American Legion Post 44, thank you! Thank you for reminding our youth about the real heroes. It was a pleasure listening and then the opportunity in thanking you for the sacrifices made in behalf of others.

Additional thanks to the students, teachers, band, choir and Principal Haslem. Well done FBMS!