NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop
Moving, Retirement, & More
Our incredible, amazing, heart of this organization, admin. asst. Beth Lambert will be retiring this June after 13 years of serving the Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative. When you get the chance, please take a moment to let her know how much her work and dedication have impacted you over the years. She will be greatly missed!
RETIRING CO-OP ADMINISTRATORS:
Laili Komenda: Laili is an outstanding educational leader who has sustained her positive energy throughout very challenging times. She is retiring this spring from Smith Valley School, where she has been the superintendent since 2010. We will miss her humor, strength, problem-solving abilities, and positivity.
Jim Mepham: Jim is retiring from a long career in education this spring. He has done wonderful things for the community and district of Eureka in his time there. He is always a champion for what is best for students and a great supporter and advocate for cooperatives. He has also been a wonderful role model for self-care and health. Best of luck to Jim on his next adventures.
TEACHER APPRECIATION EVENING
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with this year's Teacher Appreciation Event. It was an amazing evening. Congratulations to our award winners. Check out this recap video, if you weren't able to be there in person. >> TEACHER APPRECIATION AWARDS 2022
Jimmy Casas gave us a lot to think about in terms of how to create and support a culture of trust and never give up on our kids or our colleagues!
RESOURCES GIVE AWAY!
As we transition out of our office space, to in-home office space, we will have many books and other resources available to give away.
If you would like to "shop" (free) for some great things, come in the evening of Thurs. MAY 23rd from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM or anytime from MAY 24th-27th from 8:00-4:30.
FACEBOOK GROUPS: READY...SET...CONNECT!
Once again, a reminder to join and invite your job-alike colleagues to join these groups, so we can get them going.
STANDARDS REVIEW LINKS
Districts must have their plans in place now for review and full implementation of these standards by July of 2026. The Co-Op will focused on Social Studies and Computer Science for the 21-22 school year. We will focus on Library Media & Technology Integration for the 22-23 school year.
Co-Op Standards Review Cycle (At-A-Glance)
Title 1 Huddle: Teachers, Paras, & Admin.
Wednesday, May 4th, 9am-3pm
1000 Helena Flats Road
This will be a loosely structured day, with five (5) renewal units available.
We will meet in the Title 1 Room behind the library at Helena Flats School. Thank you to Cheryl Barber for agreeing to host us.
SPECIALIST PLC: FINAL SESSION
Monday, May 9th, 4-6pm
This is an online event.
Non-Co-Op Participants (Cost $25 per session)
No Cost for Co-Op Schools
FINAL SESSION FOCUS: Scope & Sequence Supported Planning
The final meeting of our Specialist PLC will be a guided Planning Session, focusing on creating a standards-based year-long scope & sequence for your subject area(s).
Participants will share their ideas and best practices for planning this way, and sample templates will be provided for those who have yet to engage in this type of practice.
After sharing, time will be given for individuals to begin creating their plans, with the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas throughout.
Whether you have been a part of our PLC or not this year, please join this final session to help set yourself get a head start on setting up a fantastic, intentionally planned 22-23 year!
PIR Session #9543
Co-op Finance Meeting: VIRTUAL ONLY
Thursday, May 19th, 8:30-9am
This is an online event.
Co-op Management Board Meeting: IN PERSON (Note later start than usual)
Thursday, May 19th, 10:15am-3pm
Gateway Community Center, 1203 Hwy 2, West, Kalispell, MT(Gathering Place, Suite #26)
Brief regular monthly Management Board meeting, followed by a work session (wear your comfy work clothes) to clean out the co-op office space. An end-of-year celebration lunch will be provided.
10:15-11:00: Board Meeting
11:00-12:00: Work Session
1:00-3:00: Work Session Continued (for those who can stay)
FREE RESOURCE GIVE AWAY!
Monday, May 23rd, 8am-7pm
1203 U.S. Highway 2 West
We are transitioning from our office space at the Gateway Community Center to a home office. Therefore, we have many great resources, including lots of books, to give away to good educational homes.
Please park near entrance B on the west side, then call the office number 752-3302 when you arrive so we can let you in, as the outside doors will be locked at that time.
Whatever is left will also be available the rest of the week through May 27th (8:00 & 4:30 each day).