February News

NMEC: The Scoop from the Coop

Happy February!

Director's Notes


Halfway There: We have officially made it past the halfway point of the school year! Congratulations on a successful first half and the continuation of quality education in our schools, despite some continued hiccups along the way due to ever-changing health and safety protocols. Each and every one of you is greatly appreciated.


Teacher Appreciation Awards Nominations: It is time to nominate someone deserving of an appreciation award. Nominations will be accepted through March 31. Awards will be given at our Teacher Appreciation event on April 27. Here is the form to nominate a deserving teacher, administrator, board trustee, or support staff member. 2022 Award Nomination


4th Grade Social Studies PD: If you teach 4th grade, please get registered for the special session (listed below) designed just for you about the new Social Studies Standards and resources. Martha Cole would like to include ALL 4th-grade teachers, whether they are part of the co-op or not. So, please make sure your teacher friends know they are welcome to join us.


Virtual Power PLCs: Please let me know if you are registered for a PLC, but can't attend. I plan those sessions based on numbers enrolled and the grade-level(s) and subjects taught. We have had a lot of no-shows recently. Also, new participants are still more than welcome to join us for sessions 3 & 4. Register on PIRnet.


Thanks for all you do every day to make a difference in the lives of our children.

How do I register for events on PIRnet?

PIR Net Link


This 3 min. tutorial will help you get started with PIR Net and help you navigate your account.

PIR NET VIDEO TUTORIAL


Written Instructions for Creating a PIRnet Acct.

PIR NET WRITTEN DIRECTIONS

STANDARDS REVIEW LINKS

Newly Adopted Montana Standards: OPI Cycle 1-Effective July 1, 2021

Districts must have their plans in place now for review and full implementation of these standards within five years. The Co-Op will focus on Social Studies and Computer Science for the 21-22 school year.


Social Studies

Computer Science

Career & Tech Ed

Library Media and Info. Lit

Technology Integration


Co-Op Standards Review Cycle (At-A-Glance)

NW MT Ed Co-op Standards Review Cycle

UPCOMING EVENTS

Flathead Watershed Through the Seasons Application

The application window for this year's FWTTS program opens in mid-February. This is the third year of this program and it has gotten better each year. It is a truly unique opportunity and limited in the number of participants.


See the Attached Flyer for details and how to apply. Best of luck to those who apply!

4th Grade PD: New Standards? No Problem!

Tuesday, March 15th, 1-4pm

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Fourth Grade Teachers! You won't want to miss this.


Learn how to use the new social studies standards effectively with the soon-to-release new text and resources, specifically designed for fourth grade Montana History. Connect with fellow fourth-grade teachers from the region.


See flyer for more information.

Co-op Finance Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 17th, 8:30-9am

935 1st Avenue West

Kalispell, MT

Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee

Co-op Management Board Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 17th, 9:30-11am

1203 U.S. Highway 2 West

Kalispell, MT

Regular Monthly Management Board Meeting

Gr. 3-5 Teachers Power PLC

Monday, Feb. 7th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Non-Co-Op Participants Cost $25/session

No Cost for Co-Op Schools


Connecting and engaging with other area specialists is a powerful way to

grow as an educational professional. This is for Health Enhancement, Library, Music, Title 1, Special Education, Counselors, and more.


Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices for curriculum planning, instructional strategies, classroom management, technology integration, and more. Specific topics will be determined by the needs of the team. Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group.


Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group. The team will meet three more times this year for two hours each time.


You do not have to previously have attended a session to join this group. You will get PIR credit for sessions that you have attended.


Session two will focus on teachers sharing their best practices, including resources, strategies, tips, and lesson plans.


PIRnet Session #9542

Gr. 5-8 Teachers Power PLC

Monday, Feb. 14th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Non-Co-Op Participants (Cost $25 per session)

No Cost for Co-Op Schools


Connecting and engaging with other area PK-2 Teachers is a powerful way to grow as an educational professional. Join the team, where we will discuss and share best practices for curriculum planning, instructional strategies, classroom management, technology integration, and more. Specific topics will be determined by the needs of the team.


Breakout rooms and group response applications will be used to further differentiate within the group. The team will meet three more times throughout the year for two hours each time.


You do not have to previously have attended a session to join this group. You will get PIR credit for sessions that you have attended.


Session three will focus on research-based best practices for the primary classroom.


PIR Session #9543

2022 Co-op Teacher Appreciation Evening with Jimmy Casas

Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

20 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT

Join us for this fun evening of celebrating all of those who make our profession possible and successful...all of you and more!


Awards Presentations

Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Casas

Door Prize Drawings


Nominations are due March 31 (See Attached form)

Register on PIRnet:

PIR Session #9902