MVSD student works on a Dell touchscreen Chromebook photo

A MVSD 244 student works on a Dell touchscreen Chromebook.

KOOSKIA — ”We now have 17 students at Elk City School,” reported Elk City/Clearwater Valley Elementary School (CVES) principal and district technology coordinator Joe Rodriguez.

Rodriguez addressed the board of trustees at the Mountain View School District 244 meeting on Feb. 22.

He said Elk City has had a lot of snow, but has “plowed their way through it,” and have not had any snow days; CVES has had two.

He also reported kindergarten students were enjoying the new Dell touchscreen Chromebooks, and, “so are the teachers.”

“We are now a one-to-one school [for devices] and most of the other schools,” are getting close to this, too,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez also said the new drop-off and pick-up zone for CVES was approved by the Kooskia City Council, as reported in previous stories.

He said the district has already distributed the 320 Dell Chromebooks from the state and have received the CARES Act funds order of Chromebooks and are working on distributing them.

He also said approvals are in the works to wire school buildings for additional cameras and vape detectors.

The district’s content filter system is also continuing to catch self-harm and bullying notices.

“These pick up language on the computers,” in e-mails and searches, that may show a student is in need of help or at risk, he said.

“This has been really helpful for our building counselors to stay on top of students who may be struggling,” he said.

In other news, trustees voted unanimously to return to full school days on Wednesdays.

The board had voted for early release, 1:30 p.m., on Wednesdays, beginning in December, to give teachers collaborative and educational time during the pandemic. Extra time was used in a variety of ways, but mainly to help teachers prepare for digital and classroom learning at the same time.

“There has been a lot of positive feedback on allowing for early-out Wednesdays,” during the peak of COVID-19, superintendent Todd Fiske said.

“The good news is, COVID is not wreaking the havoc here that we thought it might and, for the most part, our staff and our student body are healthy,” he added.

He stated though the teachers would “love to keep the collaborative time,” but, “we also want to get instruction time back on track.”

Students were dismissed at the regular time beginning March 3.

Clearwater Valley High School (CVHS) Principal Heather Becker reported CVHS’s Page Morrow was recognized by KLEW as an academic all-star. She also said the school play will be March 18-20, and prom is set for April 17.

“We have had generous donations,” for school programs from Stites Hardware and Jacobs Lumber, she added. She also said the agricultural sciences and art classes are working on various projects for the school.

In addition, the new FFA program is up and running with nine members so far.