Shields Valley Elementary holds annual science fair

Jean Skillman

The fourth annual Science Fair at Shields Valley Elementary School was held April 27 at the school gym in Wilsall. First and second place winners, by class, were kindergartner-Rio Gaines, first place for a deer report, and Otto Pospichal, second place for a prisms and light experiment; first grader-Lydia McDuffie, first place for a red panda report, and Sierra Wilcox, second place for an elk report; second grade-Nicki Swandal, first place for a red panda report, and Gaige Taylor, second place for a flamingo report; third grade-Kylie Ricci, first place for a science experiment about mold, and Anna Collins, second place for a report about tigers; fourth grade-Amanda Willlis, first place for a science experiment on how to make plastic out of milk, and Athena Armstrong, second place with a germ experiment; fifth grade-Remy Sexton, first place for a science experiment on upside-down plant growth, and Regan Long, second place for a science experiment about floating and sinking; and sixth grade-Caitlyn Carbah for a fruit batteries experiment, and Rose Fowler, second place for a report on how to scare a tick.

Ninety-nine students in the elementary school participated in the Science Fair this year. Donations funded the purchase of trophies and medals. Thanks go to the 11 volunteers from the community who judged the projects.


• Park County Commissioners Clint Tinsley, Steve Caldwell and Bill Berg will be in Shields Valley Friday, May 5. From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. they will be at the Old Wilsall Hardware Deli and from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Town Hall in Clyde Park.

• Shields River Lutheran Women’s monthly Bible Study meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the church in Wilsall.

• Build a Better Wilsall Foundation meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.

• The Shields Valley School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Wilsall school multipurpose room.

• Kindergarten graduation is at 8:10 a.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Wilsall school gym. Classroom awards will be given in the first grade at 8:40 a.m., in second grade at 9:05 a.m. and third grade at 9:30 a.m. The elementary track meet starts at 10 a.m. and runs until about 2 p.m. at the Wilsall football field. Awards for fourth grade will be given at 2:20 p.m., for fifth grade at 2:45 p.m. and for sixth grade at 3:15 p.m.

• A 90th birthday celebration for Myron Stutterheim is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Shields Valley Bible Church in Clyde Park.

Basketball Camp

Basketball camp for boys and girls combined will be June 5 through 8 at the Shields Valley School in Clyde Park. The three sections are for the grades students will be entering in the fall of 2017.

Kindergarten through second grade will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for $40. Third and fourth grade will be from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for $40. Fifth through eighth grade will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $45. Checks should be made to instructor Billi Taylor. Register by May 12 to  guarantee a T shirt. Send registration and money to Billi Taylor, 64 Dry Creek Road No., Wilsall, MT 59086.

For more information and to get registration forms contact Taylor at

A metal recycle bin for scrap metal to help the Shields Valley Student Council sound system fundraiser is located near the south entrance to the Wilsall football field for any who would like to help.

The Shields Valley Farmers Market is making plans to start at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, and run Mondays, except July 3, through August 28 at Holliday Park in Clyde Park. There will be food and produce vendors and live music. There is no table fee this year but donations will be accepted. There will also be a market table for folks with one or two items. For more information call Monica  at 686-4444 or Skip and Nancy at 686-4051 or see the market on Facebook.

The Wilsall Vets Club held their monthly potluck meeting and card party at the Shields  Valley Senior Center Monday evening.


Winners of the May 2 Senior Citizens card party were Jean Landers, first; Marie Smith, second; and Marge Briggs, low.

School Schedule    

• May 6: The high school track team participates in the Stillwater Invite Meet in Laurel meet starting at 9 a.m. The junior high track team participates in the Bozeman meet starting at 9 a.m.

• May 9: High school and junior high awards will be given at 7 p.m. in Clyde Park. The event starts with a Booster Club dinner at 6:30 p.m.

• May 11: Kindergarten graduation, elementary awards and elementary track meet start at 8:10 a.m. See above for schedule of events. The FFA Banquet starts at 6 p.m. in Clyde Park.