October News

Northwest Montana Educational Cooperative

From the Desk of Cherie Stobie, Co-op Director

It's Fall! Make sure to enjoy these last bits of nice outdoor weather we are having to start off the month of October.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our GT survey. It helped us create a more solid plan for our professional development sessions. Make sure to get in on these sessions if you can. You will gain so much new knowledge and be prepared to create a stronger plan for your school.

I am looking forward to working with guest teachers, the curriculum review committees for Library & Tech, and for kicking off our Unwrapping the Gifted training series.

If you need assistance with PIRnet, please give me a call at (406) 752-3302 and I am happy to help you out. Please see the next section of the newsletter for the link and instructions. The most important thing is to keep your contact information updated so that you don't miss out on important correspondence. However, we ask that you do not create a new account, even if you have moved to a different school.

How do I register for events on PIRnet?

PLEASE remember that if you have ever had a PIRnet acct., you should not make a new one, even if you have changed schools. You are able to update your information yourself. If you need assistance, I am here to help.

PIR Net Link

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


Written Instructions for Creating a PIRnet Acct.



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 Library Media and Technology for the 22-23 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

Standards Committees & Board Meeting Dates


Guest Teacher (Sub) Training

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 4:30-7:30pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

We will meet in the library at Helena Flats School.

This training fulfills the requirements for a three-hour training for non-certified subs.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Library & Media Lit Standards Review Mtg. #1

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 8:30-11:30am

295 3rd Avenue East North

Kalispell, MT

Please note this is only a half-day meeting and is in -person. We will meet in a building owned by Three Rivers Bank. Please park on the street or in the unpaved lot behind the bank.

Our committee will review the latest Library Media Standards, consider other resources and best practices, and begin to make decisions that will inform and advise the work of library media specialists and teachers throughout the co-op.

If you are a rep for both Libray and Tech by chance, you will have a one-hour lunch break between sessions.

Technology Integration Standards Review Mtg. #1

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 12:30-3:30pm

290 North Main Street

Kalispell, MT

Please note this is a half-day-only session and it is in-person.

Our committee will review the updated technology standards, consider other valid sources and tools, identify the overlapping and intersecting Computer Science standards, and make recommendations for successful technology integration within our co-op schools.

If you serve as a rep for both Tech and Library, you will have an hour lunch break between the two sessions.

Co-op Board Finance Cmte. Meeting (Zoom Only)

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 9:30-10am

This is an online event.


Regular Meeting of the NMEC Finance Committee-Committee members will receive a Zoom link and invite the week before the scheduled time.

Committee Members: Liz English, Amy Piazzola, Cheryl Morgan, Jack Eggensperger, & Cherie Stobie

Co-op Management Board Meeting (In Person)

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 11:30am-12:45pm

295 3rd Avenue East North

Kalispell, MT

Regular monthly meeting of the NW MT Ed Co-op's management board. Lunch will be provided.


We will be meeting in an alternate location for two months, due to elections at the county office. Please park on the street or in the unpaved parking area behind Three Rivers Bank.

Sanders County Guest Teacher Training

Monday, Oct. 24th, 5-8pm

412 Rittenour Street

Plains, MT

We will meet in the library of Plains School. This training will fulfill the state requirement of three hours of training for non-certified substitute teachers.

The Plains Admin. team will be cooking dinner for participants!

Unwrapping the Gifted-Session #1: Gifted 101

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 6-8pm

Helena Flats School

Tamara (Fisher) Alley will be kicking off our series about Gifted Education. This session will cover all of the basics from defining what "gifted" means to how to go about accessing resources and designing programs to meet their unique needs.

Please register on PIRnet: Session #10446

Unwrapping the Gifted-Session #2: Identification & Resources

Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 6-8pm

1000 Helena Flats Road

Kalispell, MT

Tamara (Fisher) Alley will continue leading our series about Gifted Education. This session will focus on the Identification Process and Resources Available for Gifted and Talented students.

Please register on PIRnet: Session #10447