By Friday, nearly a foot of new snow had piled up in Billings, and it still wasn't enough for School District 2 to break its 25-year record of keeping classes open in inclement weather.
Last March, voters in the Elysian School district approved in a landslide a $10 million bond for an expansion and renovation of the fast-growing school.
Elysian School got its wish.
Just this week, three new students enrolled at Elysian School, bringing the total number of students there to 209.
It used to be that about once a month someone would visit Independent School northeast of Billings and register to be a substitute teacher there.
With October here, school districts across the state are preparing to send their official enrollment counts to the state Office of Public Instruction.
Elysian Elementary School students play basketball with fourth grade teacher Brad Muri during recess.
Elysian Elementary School fourth-graders run to the playground from Brad Muri's portable classroom at the school Friday. The portables were installed to accomodate rapid growth in the school's student population.
Elysian Elementary School principal Lucas Larson stands in front of the school's modular classrooms last week. The classrooms were installed to accomodate the school's rapidly growing student population.
Middle school teacher Rachel Holmes teaches language arts in a modular classroom at Elysian School on Friday.
A 3-on-3 boys basketball tournament will be held Nov. 10-11 at Elysian School Billings.
Children whose families live outside the School District 2, Laurel and Lockwood boundaries, may attend one of several rural school districts, which are preparing to open for the 2012-13 academic year.
The Montana Juniors Volleyball Club will be holding two clinics in January at Elysian School.
Children whose families live outside the School District 2 boundaries — but not in Lockwood — may attend one of several rural school districts, which are preparing to open for the 2011-12 academic year.
Fozia Naseer, a teacher from the Kashmir region of Pakistan, speaks with students at Elysian School on Friday morning. The students at the school raised $446.53 to help schools in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan after reading the book "Three Cups of Tea."
The last thing kids want to be told is that going to school is a privilege.
The Elysian School and PTO would like to thank the amazing generosity extended to us this summer to design and build a new “natural playground.” The idea for the playground came from a PTO mom who had provided some research into the far-reaching benefits that a natural playground could provi…