• Remembering Charlie Russess

    Posted by Sharyl Allen on 2/4/2019

    Mary Jane Bradbury as Nancy Russell  Remembering Charlie Russell 

    Mary Jane Bradbury, shared the stories of Charlie Russell through the eyes of Nancy Rusell, his wife and business manager.  She enthralled age groups from all of the schools, on January 31,  sharing insights about Charlie's life.  He was never a very good student, but he loved to draw.    Nancy found her way to Montana with a stepfather, her mother and stepsister.  When her mother died, her stepfather came and rescued her stepsister, leaving Nancy alone to fend for herself from a very young age.  She met Charlie when she was 15, they married a year later.  Charlie had found his way to Montana from St. Louis, taken jobs to survive until he landed his favorite job as a cowboy. Many of his  early drawings were given to cowboys.

     Of times long ago,  Charlie captured the stories through his artistic skills.  Whether Exalted Ruler,  or Three Generations, Charlie captured wildlife, native stories, cowboy experiences and more to remind us of a time that once was.  Nancy became the business mind of their family while Charlie went about capturing life through his art.  Yes, Charlie spent his days doing what he loved, art and poetry  With Nancy, he created a legacy of art that tells stories of Montana's history.  

    His Heart Sleeps 

    No floners deck his resting place

    No marble marks the spot

    But nature loves her children - 

    Her child is not forgot. 

    Oft times she rocks his cradle

    which hangs at river's brink, 

    Her nalers hum his lullaby

    Where great herds come to drink. 

    His God, the sun, rides guard for him, 

    and throns his golden light, 

    The moon with all her children 

    watches oer him through the night.  

    - CM Russell 1913





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  • Meadowlark Cowboys and Cowgirls report the Good News at Their Schools

    Posted by Sharyl Allen on 12/29/2018

    Meadowlark’s School Scoop - Celebrating Daily Learning

    Marie Y. Judisch, Meadowlark Principal


    Schools, much like the general population, have the tendency to highlight the big things that happen. Championships, elections, and celebrations tend to take over the headlines.  It has been our goal at Meadowlark to feature and share the daily learning happening in our classrooms. With that idea sprouted the ‘Meadowlark School Scoop’, a regular video featuring students of all grade levels sharing the amazing and simple things they are learning in their classroom. From long-term projects to the on-going phonics and math fluency practice, students get to demonstrate their speaking and presentation skills in short clips that share what their grade level is working on for the week. The magic happens almost weekly and is shared on the district website, facebook page, and to Meadowlark families signed up for the Remind Communication App. You can check out all the amazing things students are learning on the Meadowlark Announcement page found at conradschools.org.


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  • Our Heros Have Always Been Cowboys 11/24/18

    Posted by Sharyl Allen on 11/24/2018 3:30:00 PM







    Conrad Public schools in collaboration with the community have many worthwhile events to share during this season of need. Many efforts are made by students and staff alike to ensure our community receives support and that children get the important opportunity to experience the gift of helping others.  CHS student council, in particular, rises to the occasion when it comes to understanding the importance of helping out our community. With students at the helm, the idea was born to do a battle of the advisories to collect food for our local food bank. Last year 495 lbs were collected by advisories, during the fall drive. Student council will do another food drive and a battle of the advisories for the food bank in November. If you would like to contribute, please drop food items at the CHS office. 


    Utterback School is having two different Food Drive events to support the food pantry.  First was the CAT/GRIZ jars collecting money for the local food pantry. This drive was held November 5-16.


    The second event is:    “Fill the Lockers Food Drive” to donate to the local Food Pantry. Each Class will fill a locker with food when one locker is full they will start on a new locker! The classes will collect donation December 1- December 14th so the food can be delivered to the Food Pantry for the long Holiday Season!


    Meadowlark participated in the Can the Griz/Cats efforts of donating food to the food pantry.


    Can a turkey trot?  That’s a great question and we don’t mind if you walked, trotted, or ran, for the FCCLA Turkey Trot held November 4th at 2 pm. The proceeds were used to support our local food bank. 


    Conrad Schools continues to collaborate with the Pondera County Food Bank through the Backpack program. All families were sent a letter home for the opportunity to participate in the weekend food program. Families who identified the need are able to receive food packs for school and preschool-aged children. The only alteration made to the program is that students no longer hold the responsibility for physically carrying their own food home, it is rather being picked up by parents at the food bank, at the district’s After School Program, or delivered to homes, with the exception of students that ride the bus home on Fridays. President of the food bank, JohnVanDyke commented  “it takes those that have compassion for others, including the schools and businesses, to help take care of the large need in our community. A need that has been growing exponentially through recent years.”


    The Food Service Department is also the beneficiary of generous donations to ensure our students get what they need.  The Midway Hutterite colony has graciously passed on overflow produce from their farmer's market. The produce is sometimes used as part of the Healthy SnackProgram, giving all elementary students a healthy afternoon snack three days a week.   In order for students to receive the freshest product possible, Gary and Leo’s Fresh Foods has partnered with the school district to provide fresh, affordable beef for student meals.  


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