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  • Saco School Presents: Sleeping Beauty and the Beast

    Kelly Downing, Saco Public School|Sep 28, 2022

    As part of their English classes, the Saco Middle School and High School students kicked off the school year with the play Sleeping Beauty and the Beast by Wade Bradford. A mashup of several different fairy tales with familiar and lovable characters, the play was well received, and students embraced their individual roles with gusto. The high school art class also embraced the role as set designers and created a memorable backdrop and props. Students took the stage on September 12th for a dress...

  • Saco High School English Class trained by survivalist

    Kelly Downing, Saco Public School|Mar 23, 2022

    As part of a unit on survival stories in English class, Saco High School students were able to enhance their knowledge with hands-on, real-world survival activities on March 7th. Survival instructor Rod Alne from Peak Fitness in Butte began the training in the classroom and focused on the survivor mindset, hiking preparation, and injury prevention and treatment. Alne then transitioned into the hands-on portion, and students were tasked with readying their fuel: cotton balls with petroleum...

  • Saco High School Roars into the 2021 School Year

    Kelly Downing, For the PCN|Nov 10, 2021

    The 2021 school year started with a bang, as students studied the Roaring 20s and read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. After completing the novel, the students each selected an icon from the 20s, researched that person, and then put together a presentation where they portrayed that character. The final component of the project involved presenting (as their characters) to grades 4-8 and staff in a birthday celebration for Fitzgerald, who turned 125 on September 24th. For the grand...

  • Saco Junior High Hosted Local Quilting Club

    Kelly Downing, For the PCN|Sep 22, 2021

    As part of a novel study on Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, the Saco seventh and eighth graders got the opportunity to learn how to sew on Thursday, September 9. The novel, set in Vida, Montana, during World War I, depicts the struggles of sixteen-year-old Hattie as she tries to prove up on her claim. One such struggle is learning how to quilt. The local quilting club-who also read the novel-enhanced the students' experience by providing them with an authentic, hands-on connection to the novel....

  • Saco students travel to Dallas for conference

    Kelly Downing, Saco Schools|May 30, 2018

    Christopher DePuydt, Chandler Pippin, Jada Sudbrack, and Devon Salveson were among the 6,000 students, advisors, and guests from across the United States to participate in the 52nd National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America in Dallas, TX. DePuydt earned the right to take the stage at Nationals, placing fifth in Banking and Finance. In addition, DePuydt and Sudbrack received the Ambassador Torch Award, a program designed to promote professionalism and leadership in both...

  • Saco ranks well at State BPA

    Kelly Downing, Saco School|Mar 21, 2018

    The Saco BPA chapter traveled to Billings for the 2018 State Leadership Conference held March 11-through-13th. There were 1,200 competitors from 84 schools all over the state of Montana and in this highly competitive competition, only the top five in each event advance to Nationals. Saco High School senior Chris DePuydt earned double state titles in Banking and Finance and Personal Financial Management. DePuydt also took tenth place in Network Administration Using Microsoft. Devon Salveson, a...