Shields Valley Elementary School Science Fair winners announced

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Photo by Jean Skillman

Shields Valley kindergartener Mason Taylor presents his Science Fair project about giraffes to the judges in Wilsall on Thursday.

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The Shields Valley Elementary School Science Fair was Thursday in Wilsall.

Class winners and their projects were: kindergarten first place, Abigail Robinson with Paper Airplane vs.

Paper Ball, second place Waylon Dunkel with Watermelon Explosion; first grade first place Emma Cleveland with Can You Grow Plants from Vegetable Scraps and second place Otto Pospichal with How Can You Identify Different Rocks; second grade first place Andrew Long with Bending Light and second place Ashlynn Needs with Flamingos; third grade first place Everly Sarrazin with Make Your Mark and second place Lucy Cleveland with Bring Back the Lava Lamp; fourth grade first place Danner McDuffie with Sweet Success and Teah Vennes with What grows on a Rancher’s Pocket Knife?; fifth grade first place Mackenzie Deford with Hot Air Balloons at Home and Athena Armstrong with Wind Energy; and sixth grade first place Reagan Long with Brunelleschi’s Dome and Remy Sexton with Digging the Dirt on Erosion.

The number of students in each class participating in the Science Fair were: kindergarten, nine students; first grade, 10 students; second grade, 13 students; third grade, 19 students; fourth grade, 14 students; fifth grade, seven students; sixth grade, 19 students.

Other school news

• Thursday, May 10, will be a busy day at Shields Valley Elementary School. Kindergarten graduation starts at 8:10 a.m. in the school gym. Classroom awards will be given in first grade starting at 8:40 a.m., second grade at 9:05 a.m., third grade at 9:30 a.m. The school track meet is from 10 a.m. until about 2 p.m. The classroom awards for fourth grade start at 2:20 p.m., the fifth grade at 2:45 p.m. and the sixth grade at 3:15 p.m.

• The FFA Banquet is at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Clyde Park school.

• The Shields Valley School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Wilsall school multipurpose room.

• Shields Valley School will hold their athletic and academic award night Tuesday, May 15. It starts with a Booster Club dinner at 5:30 p.m. The high school and junior high music department will hold their concert during dinner. Sports and academic awards will be given, starting at 6 p.m.

Community events

• The Wilsall Water District is hosting a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. Items to be discussed will include environmental issues.

Members of the Wilsall Water Board are: John Bays, president, Tom Polk, Theresa Pospichal, Ken Huff, Jay McDuffie and Stan Urban.

• Build a Better Wilsall Foundation meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.

Studio open house

Bev Polk is hosting a first annual studio show open house with weaving demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at her Weaverbird Studio at 302 Hannaford St. North in Wilsall. This Mother’s Day weekend event is to honor Polk’s mother and stepgrandmother who were instrumental in getting her interested in fiber arts and weaving. Her stepgrandmother was a Swedish weaver and that influence shows in Polk’s work.

Mountainview Gardens

In time for Mother’s Day, Leyde’s Mountainview Gardens, home of pampered plants, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 for folks to purchase hanging baskets and bedding plants for their special person.

They will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting Friday, May 18. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

There will be gorgeous baskets, annuals for pot stuffers, perennials, tomatoes, herbs, and more. They will try to get special ordered plants, as requested, and meet special appointments for those who can’t come during regular hours.

Leyde’s Mountainview Gardens is at 254 Chicken Creek Rd., Clyde Park. Follow the signs to find the home of “Pampered Plants.” For more information call them at 686-4716.

Senior Citizens potluck

The Shields Valley Senior Citizens potluck dinner starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the senior center in Wilsall. Join Adult Protective Services’ Bureau Chief Michael Hagenlock and Bank of the Rockies Jennell Huff for a discussion about Adult Protective Services (APS) and scams that target our older residents. Join us for lunch and discussion. The Bank of the Rockies will provide a meat and cheese tray. Others may bring salads or desserts.

Mr. Hagenlock is going to do more of an “Adult Protective Services 101” type talk where he discusses APS and what they can or cannot do as well as scams that target our older citizens. Huff will be discussing how and why banks and Adult Protective Services can and should work together.

Rodeo results

Rodie Keyes and Nathan Ruth took first in Team Roping at the Jordan High School Rodeo May May 5 and

6. Their time was 23.6 seconds.

Church news

The men of Shields River Lutheran Church will have a breakfast at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the church in Wilsall.

Club news

• The Women of Wilsall met Monday evening at the home of Kathy Williams. They discussed food for the rodeo. The rodeo parade theme is “Hard ti Miss.” The group will be doing garbage cleanup on May 16 and will put memorial flowers in the cemetery on the afternoon of May 25

Each year the Women of Wilsall organization grants a scholarship to a Wilsall woman. The amount of the scholarship varies from $100 to $500, based on our current financial condition. Candidates must have completed two semesters or three quarters at a two or four year college or university to be eligible for this scholarship.

Email Desiree Pope at for an application. All applications need to be returned by June 30, 2018 and we will announce our decision July 31, 2018.

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


• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met May 2 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe. with Ken DeBoer as host. Prize winners were Bob Eyman, high; and Sharon Jones, bingo.

• Winners of the May 8 Senior Citizens card party were Marge Briggs, first; Linda Wilson, second; Patti Vennes, low; and Georgia Hogenson, traveling.

School schedule

• May 10: The elementary track meet, kindergarten graduation and elementary awards will take place all day. See above for times. The FFA Banquet is at 6 p.m. at the Clyde Park school.

• May 12: The District Track Meet starts at 9 a.m. in Bozeman.

• May 15: Academic and athletic awards will be given following the Booster Club dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. in Clyde Park.