Orofino, Cavendish, and Peck elementaries

Orofino Elementary School, Cavendish Elementary School, and Peck Elementary School will hold their annual track meets on May 29.  Grades 4-6 will be in the morning from 8:15-11 a.m. Grades K-3 will be from 12:30 –3:15 p.m. at Orofino High School. Sixth grade students will attend in the afternoon as mentors to Kindergarten students. Parents and community volunteers will help with the event. Thanks to Mr. Moser for organizing the event.

All grades are taking field trips in the month of May. Fourth graders district-wide are participating in the fourth grade Educational History Tour up the Snake River again. Tour stops include Buffalo Eddy, Cache Creek, Garden Creek Ranch, Nez Perce Crossing, and the Mountain Chief Copper Mine to name a few.

Teachers work year-round on raising funds to maintain this opportunity for students. Much thanks to the staff and community members who continue to make this event possible.

Sixth grade students are visiting LCSC campus. Fifth grade students will be visiting the Asotin County Landfill.

Kindergarten, first, second, and third grades have local field trips planned to locations such as the public library, post office, local grocery stores, fish hatchery, and Dworshak Dam.

Promotion ceremonies for Kindergarten and sixth grade will be held at OES. The sixth grade ceremony will be held on Monday, June 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the OES gym and will include cake and a family social after. The Kindergarten ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. in the OES gym.

Kindergarten Registration Roundup was held on May 3. Forty two total incoming kindergarten students registered. Three will be attending Peck Elementary. Trends indicate we typically experience enrollment of approximately 10-12 more K students between Roundup and the Labor Day holiday.

All elementary schools are still advertising for parents to register their child this spring for fall enrollment.

Parents need to contact OES office and provide the following items: Updated Immunization, state birth certificate (not a hospital birth certificate) and student must be five years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2019. Please share this information with incoming kindergarten parents.

Mrs. Pomponio and Mrs. Waggener will be attending the Mastery Education Conference in Boise on June 10-11. This conference will provide opportunity for teams to collaborate with others in the state who are working in a mastery system as well as begin development on a strategic plan for mastery education implementation.


Brian Lee, Principal at OJSHS, proposed to the board organizing a College and Career Summer Camp, actively recruiting those students in eighth and ninth grades who might not otherwise have the opportunity to explore the college environment. Lee hopes to have as many as 30 students and two staff members to participate in the two week camp if the program is approved.

The district is also participating in a Math Curriculum review and pilot. Lee anticipates it will open resources to seek commonality in the district’s math programs from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Other news includes the master schedule draft to be approved and published within the next week.

Students are excited about a new course to be offered, “Business in Technology”. The new CTE (Career Technical Education) course will be applied for in the 2019-20 school year for funds to be applied in 20-21. This is due to yearly deadlines with the state department that passed prior to the district’s hiring of new personnel.

Current CTE courses continue to gain additional funding.

ISAT Testing

Almost all the results are in. Teachers are going over data looking for common areas of weakness and celebrating growth. Trends are emerging and we will begin to look at cohort data in the coming weeks.

Timberline Schools

By Jason Hunter


Kristen Bell (actress), features a teacher each Friday on her Instagram. She links the teacher’s Amazon wish list in her profile. Katrina Morris submitted an application and was selected. Katrina was able to create an Amazon cart and donors from around the country sent packages to Timberline. Timberline was the beneficiary of over 200 packages of various school related items.  

Katrina was also granted a $500 grant from LCCU for innovation in the classroom. Thanks to Katrina’s effort and LCCU’s generosity our students will benefit from STEM activities. Katrina hopes to start with coding robots. She would like to start an after school club as well.

Our eighth grade cultural field trip to Boise was a success this year. Thank you to Gradi Thomson for helping organize the trip and for overseeing fundraising efforts. The eighth grade students left Timberline on Wednesday of last week and returned on Saturday.

Students were able to visit the College of Western Idaho and explore their technical programs. CWI has an amazing facility at the Micron Center in Nampa that provides some great career opportunities for students. Students were able to learn a lot about history at the Warhawk Museum, the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and the Idaho Capitol Building.Other fun activities included a trip to Wahooz, Boise Town Square Mall, and the Boise Zoo. Mr. Hunter, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Pinque, and a parent volunteer helped chaperone the trip.


Mrs. Daniels helped create a Timberline Beautification Team. This is a leadership team for students and staff to serve the school and community. On May 3, students and staff participated in a Weippe Community Clean Up. This group picked up litter on highways and streets and provided valuable service to the community.

Fourth grade students traveled to Orofino to participate in Earth Day. Students learn about natural resource utilization and conservation.

Timberline hosted the Shakesperience assembly again this year.  This was a positive experience for our students as they watched the performance and for our drama students who were able to participate in a workshop following the performance.  

EPIC - Encouraging Positive and Intelligent Choices) club hosted a scavenger hunt at school as a fun activity for students in April. Each month this group provides a safe and sober activity for Timberline students. This activity was a big hit for students.

Ninth and tenth grade students traveled to the University of Idaho for a college and career field trip sponsored by TRIO. Students experienced a campus tour, college dining, and a fun activity at the trampoline park.

The Senior English class was invited to participate in the mock interviews at IDYCA.  We are grateful for the invite as it provides our students with real world job related experiences and specific feedback. Students were able to practice interview skills, and learn about career opportunities.

Joy Stemrich hosted the Kindergarten Roundup. We have 11 kindergarten students registered for next year. We believe there will be a couple more students next year.


By Bicker Therien

We currently have 118 Cadets enrolled working the program and performing well.

General Garshak was on campus May 15 with several visitors. There were also representatives from the SDE and Department of Labor as well.

We just awarded our second round of Academic awards for this class and the third will be next week. Sixty-one of the 118 Cadets have earned an academic award and we have 10 that are currently carrying a 4.0!

We have completed the first GED testing this month and we have 15 Cadets working toward that goal. This group has taken 24 tests and 20 have been passed! I will be making another trip to Lewiston the 27 for retakes for the failed tests. The final two tests will not be scheduled until after home pass.

The Career fair and mock interview day was again a great success. We greatly appreciate all the volunteer help we get that day. This class there were over 54 volunteers on campus working with Cadets and Timberline for the second time! This is a great event for the Academy and the Cadets and we are glad to be able to extend the invitation to Timberline for the spring event.

Preparations for the new roof are underway. There is a lot of pounding and demolition taking place. It will be great to have a sloped metal roof next winter.

Commencement for Class 19-1 will be June 15 at Gowen Field in Boise.

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