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'It makes us smart:' Free books kindle literacy for kindergartners

'It makes us smart:' Free books kindle literacy for kindergartners

Kindergartners squeezed onto the class reading mat and sat "criss-cross apple sauce" to listen to a book — a routine activity that is vital for young learners.

December 19, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Coalition encourages kids to 'take a stand, lend a hand' against bullying

Coalition encourages kids to 'take a stand, lend a hand' against bullying

You’ve seen it happen.

December 19, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Career Center students fix, donate car to local woman

Career Center students fix, donate car to local woman

LaVonda Curley won’t wake up Friday quite as early for a walk to work, where her shift begins at 6 a.m.

December 18, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Woman charged with 5th DUI after passing out in vehicle

A woman with four previous DUI convictions has been charged with her fifth after officers found her sleeping in a running car.

December 18, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
Public scrutinizes latest SD2 school boundary options at forum

Public scrutinizes latest SD2 school boundary options at forum

Lines being drawn by 24 volunteers and a consultant will change where more than 1,000 Billings students go to school.

December 16, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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West End middle school gets SD2 board's blessing

West End middle school gets SD2 board's blessing

The West End middle school now has the blessing of the School District 2 Board of Trustees, which decided Monday to proceed with the project that voters already approved last year.

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West End middle school to get OK from SD2 board

A new middle school on the West End, already approved by voters, could get the final go-ahead from School District 2’s board of trustees on Monday.

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Public can comment on latest school boundary options at Tuesday forum

Families with a stake in where their children go to school can get their opinions on the map Tuesday evening.

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Gift card drive next week for homeless Senior High students

A trip to Wal-Mart, a gas card or a fast-food meal with friends can be a welcome holiday gift for high school students without a permanent home.

December 12, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…
Billings all-girl robotics team, in its 4th year, still stands out

Billings all-girl robotics team, in its 4th year, still stands out

On Billings’ competitive robotics team, everyone tries her hand at the power tools or the computer code.

December 12, 2014 2:21 pm Photos

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R&B star Usher encourages Columbus students to try computer programming

R&B star Usher encourages Columbus students to try computer programming

All week, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Columbus Middle School have been playing Flappy Bird, a simple computer game that combines the addictiveness of Angry Birds with the game play of Super Mario.

December 11, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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New cistern brings water back to Pioneer School

New cistern brings water back to Pioneer School

Water is flowing again inside tiny Pioneer School after a contaminated well made one of the area's last country schoolhouses feel more like an outhouse.

December 11, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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State wins $10 million preschool grant

State wins $10 million preschool grant

Montana has received $10 million to bolster preschool and Head Start programs in high-needs communities.

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Lackluster enrollment won't derail middle school plans, SD2 administrators say

Lackluster enrollment won't derail middle school plans, SD2 administrators say

School District 2 administrators said Tuesday they are confident the district still needs two new middle schools in the Heights and West End — and will have the funds to operate them.

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GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

No matter which fill-in legislator is chosen to represent Lockwood and surrounding areas in the Montana House of Representatives in January, he will oppose the governor’s big-ticket initiatives while supporting bills of local import.

December 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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McKinley gets all clear after odor prompts morning evacuation

McKinley gets all clear after odor prompts morning evacuation

Students returned to McKinley Elementary, 820 N 31st St, after being evacuated Friday due to a gas odor.

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Laurel schools super disciplined for driving buses without board approval

Laurel schools super disciplined for driving buses without board approval

Superintendent of Laurel Public Schools Tim Bronk was suspended without pay for two days last week after the School Board discovered he had paid himself about $1,000 for driving student activity buses to sporting events.

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Art created by healing domestic violence survivors on display

Art created by healing domestic violence survivors on display

“I never thought something like that could come out of me.”

December 02, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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21st Street underpass to reopen this week

21st Street underpass to reopen this week

The 21st Street underpass may reopen by the end of the week after the bridge was damaged by a vehicle.

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Man who died on flight was 70-year-old from Alabama

Man who died on flight was 70-year-old from Alabama

The man who died Wednesday on a commercial flight that was diverted to Billings Logan International Airport has been identified as 70-year-old Charles Blackwell.

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Warm weather for Black Friday before cold weekend

Expect warm, sunny weather for Black Friday shopping today in Billings. Temperatures will climb from the 40s this morning to a high of 55 degrees today.

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With cancer treatment in Billings, 12-year-old with lymphoma doesn't miss a beat

With cancer treatment in Billings, 12-year-old with lymphoma doesn't miss a beat

They knew Dusty was getting better when she started singing again.

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Billings vigil held in solidarity with Ferguson

Billings vigil held in solidarity with Ferguson

About 30 residents gathered in front of the Yellowstone County Courthouse to show their discontent Monday evening after the announcement came that the Ferguson, Mo., officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown would not face criminal charges.

November 24, 2014 10:00 pm Video Photos

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Billings center to provide equine therapy for veterans

Billings center to provide equine therapy for veterans

Veterans with physical disabilities and psychological trauma from their time at war may soon have access to support from the horses at Intermountain Equestrian Center.

November 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Learning, plus breakfast, hip hop and a side of drama: Billings leaders become educators for a day

Learning, plus breakfast, hip hop and a side of drama: Billings leaders become educators for a day

The guests shuffled past lines of kids sipping from milk cartons, through a hallway that smelled of pancakes and into the gym, where about 50 students danced to hip-hop music.

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SD2 enrollment flat as more families migrate to suburbs, choose private school

SD2 enrollment flat as more families migrate to suburbs, choose private school

Contrary to expectations, the final enrollment tally shows the number of students attending Billings School District 2 this year did not rise, but officials say that could lend flexibility to the district in years to come.

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School District 2: No evidence of bullying in 11-year-old's suicide

School District 2: No evidence of bullying in 11-year-old's suicide

Zoey Not Afraid was not bullied at Riverside Middle School, a second investigation by School District 2 has found.

November 17, 2014 1:23 pm Photos

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SD2 eyes less travel, fewer transitions for special education students

As the enrollment boundaries for Billings elementary and middle schools are redrawn, continuity could be restored to a network of special needs classrooms that has been fragmented by space shortages.

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Pre-K standards approved, laying groundwork for early childhood funding push

Public preschool programs in Montana now will be governed just like K-12 schools as the Montana Board of Public Education adopted new standards Friday in a move that anticipates the upcoming legislative push to expand early childhood education.

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Findings of bullying investigation released at press conference

Findings of bullying investigation released at press conference

The findings of an investigation into bullying allegations made by the father of Zoey Not Afraid, the 11-year-old Riverside student who died by suicide last month, will be announced on Monday, School District 2 Superintendent Terry Bouck said.

November 14, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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'Always a Bronc': Grads from years past shadow Senior High students

'Always a Bronc': Grads from years past shadow Senior High students

Ken Finley hasn't been inside a high school classroom since 1942, the year he graduated from Billings Senior High.

November 12, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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Ag accuracy: Young Canyon Creek students learn where lunch comes from

Ag accuracy: Young Canyon Creek students learn where lunch comes from

Not many kindergartners know how the wheat grown in Montana fields becomes the bread in their peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

November 11, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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SD2 wants Heights residents to help name new middle school

SD2 wants Heights residents to help name new middle school

Construction of the new middle school in the Heights is poised to start, as construction crews prepare the site and improve adjacent roadways.

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Customers singed in hibachi fire at new Japanese restaurant

Customers singed in hibachi fire at new Japanese restaurant

A few customers were singed at Umi Japanese Steakhouse on Monday night when a hibachi-style grill flared up.

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Veterans Day tradition at Will James MS continues with speech by wounded vet

Veterans Day tradition at Will James MS continues with speech by wounded vet

Students at Will James Middle School gathered Monday to listen to a wounded veteran tell his story of service in Afghanistan.

November 10, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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SD2 Incident Reporting Form

SD2 Incident Reporting Form

November 07, 2014 11:24 am
Teacher tech: Lab introduces SD2 educators to cutting-edge tools

Teacher tech: Lab introduces SD2 educators to cutting-edge tools

This year, teachers in Billings School District 2 have a lab of their own.

November 04, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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'Votemobile' limo offers rides to the polls for the 99 percent

'Votemobile' limo offers rides to the polls for the 99 percent

No ride to the polls? No problem -- so long as you're not the "1 percent."

November 04, 2014 2:18 pmLoading…
Everything moves in upgraded special education classroom

Everything moves in upgraded special education classroom

Now Megan Jones’ middle school students have what’s probably the best classroom in town.

November 04, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Fixing, finishing botched Lame Deer school will take time

Fixing, finishing botched Lame Deer school will take time

LAME DEER — Four trailers isn't what anyone in Lame Deer had in mind when the school district inked a deal in 2011 to build a new elementary school.

November 02, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Lockwood school board earns 'Golden Gavel' for 25th straight year

The Lockwood school board earned its 25th consecutive Golden Gavel award from the Montana School Boards Association last month, an achievement that is considered unparalleled among school districts in the state.

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Lame Deer staff complaints still under investigation

Bullying and discrimination complaints levied by Lame Deer school employees against the district and its superintendent, Bill Parker, are still being reviewed.

October 30, 2014 7:26 pmLoading…

Billings educators make pitch for 'teacher-leaders'

One by one, seven Billings teachers explained their ideas to administrators who had dropped by to listen.

October 29, 2014 9:00 pmLoading…
Volunteers give mittens to keep Head Start students warm (and cute)

Volunteers give mittens to keep Head Start students warm (and cute)

Signe Waltenbaugh walked into the room and eyed the tables of caps and mittens in search of the perfect set.

October 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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