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Welcome to Smith Valley School

Smith Valley School is located 5 miles west of Kalispell, Montana at 2901 Highway 2 West.  Smith Valley School was established in 1989 when the Boorman and Batavia school districts consolidated.  From 1989 to 2004, the original Boorman school housed the 6th-8th grade Smith Valley students while the original Batavia school housed the Kindergarten through 5th graders.  

In 2004, after several years of growing pains and using mobile housing units for classes--Smith Valley School had a 'modular unit' built to house the K-4 students, used the gym building for music, guidance and 5th grade, and the original Batavia schoolhouse for the 6th-8th grades. 

Over the 2014 summer, several classes had to switch rooms.  Because class numbers in grades 5-8 can have up to 30 students, while classes in K-1 seldom have over 20.  We had to switch the K/1 classrooms (in building 1) with the 6-8th classrooms (in building 3) in order to comply with fire marshal regulations (classrooms must have 20 sq ft per student).  The old Batavia classrooms are smaller than the newer ones built in 2004. We named our buildings:  Building 1, 2 & 3.... 1.  newest building, 2. gym building, 3. oldest building.  Building 1 has main office, grades 2-8 home rooms, library, counselor's office, staff and work rooms, and special education room.  Building 2 has gym, music room, lunch room, food prep room, office storage in attic.  Building 3 has K-1, one 2nd grade and Title I.  The basement is used for custodial storage.

We are using every square foot of our space.  Our staff room and work room serve as paper storage, our lockers also store paper on top of them.  Historical paperwork and records must accessed through a trap door, as they are stored above the bathrooms in the gym. We share spaces, rotating their purpose depending on the time of day.  In 2014, we dissolved our out-of-date computer lab and turned it into a classroom.  We have three carts of Chromebooks  (aka Computers On Wheels (COWs)). 

2017 / 2018 Staffing:  Principal / Superintendent - Mrs. L. Komenda
Certified Staff:
Ms. M. O'Brien
Kinder/1st Grade
Mrs. J. Goetting
1st Grade
Mrs. R. Berger
2nd Grade
Mrs. M. Cannaday
2nd Grade
Mrs. M. Martin
3rd Grade
Mrs. B. Bernard
Mrs. S. Harris
4th Grade
Mrs. K. Sutton
5th Grade
Mrs. K. Dorcheus
6th Grade HR, 7SS, Elect +*
Mr. P. Conners
7th Grade HR (Sci6-8/Math7-8)
Mrs. N. Burns
8HR,8SS,7/8Lang,6Ma, elec.
Mrs. B. DeLong
Special Education K-5
Mrs. H. Burkhalter
Special Education 6-8
Mrs. N. Mayhew
Title I, Testing, 504 coordinator
Mrs. K. Norlander
Music, Band, Electives
Miss H. Holmquist (4 days/wk)
PE, Health, Elect +*
Miss E. Fitzsimmons
Library, French, Electives
Mrs. S. Dussault
Guidance & Counseling, Elec.
Mrs. M. Burke (3 days/wk)

Classified Staff:
Office & Para
Mrs. S. Amundson
Food Service & Para
Mrs. J. Breland
AM Custodian & Para
Mr. M. Frelich
Sp. Educ. Support & Para
Ms. D. Halter
PM Custodian
Mr. R. Kerney
Food Service & Para
Mrs. D. Lofgren
Office Manager
Mrs. T. Marquardt
Business Manager
Mrs. S. Nelson
Wolverine After school Club
Mrs. K. Olson
Special Educ. Support & Para
Mrs. D. Prichard
Special Educ. Support & Para
Mrs. K. Simon
Title I Support & Para
Mrs. J. Sklany
Wolverine After school Club
Mrs. A. Sutter
Tech, Sp Ed support, Para
Mr. M. Sutter
Sp Ed. Support,Para, +*
Mrs. K. Thomas
Game Concessions
Mrs. K. Geldrich
Coaches / Extra Curricular *
Volleyball 5/6 & 7/8
Miss E. Fitzsimmons*
Basketball 5/6 Boys & Girls
Mr. P. Conners*
Basketball 7/8 Boys
Mrs. M. Nunn
Basketball 7/8 Girls
Mrs. K. Losleben
Yearbook & X-Country Coach
Mrs. K. Thomas*

Other Agency Support Staff:
Sp. Ed. Coop. School Psych.
Mrs. A. Hinther
Sp. Ed.Coop.Speech
Mrs. K. Oros
Sp. Ed. Coop. Occup. Therapist
Mrs. 'Tana'

AltaCare Therapist
Ms. Cori L.
AltaCare Behavior Specialist
Ms. Holly C.

Subpages (1): 2016/2017 staffing