Monday, Nov 30, 2015
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth
Arbon Valley – The Best Place on Earth Arbon Valley has gone through changes over the past 100 years just like any town has.  However, if you see an old photo of your great-grandpa standing on a street with his field behind him, chances are you could pick out that spot and it would look exactly the same today.  This town is full of rich history as well as kind and honest people.
“Have you ever been down to Arbon Valley ?
I spend a lot of time there in my mind.
And if God doesn’t live in Arbon Valley,
I’ll bet that’s where he spends most of his time.”

School Board Minutes and School Expenses


October 13, 2015

The Arbon School Board met on October 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. members Jason Williams, Jake Evans and Jessica Ward were present as were Debbie Curry and clerk, Cheri Evans.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jessica to approve the agenda. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve the minutes.  The bills were reviewed.  The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jessica to approve them.  The total M & O expenses for October was $24,390.80. The school received lottery funds of $1,249.00 from the State Department and $26.25 from interest on investments. The school M & O balance is $208,647.16. The Plant Facility received $8.61 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $51,660.18. The school funds from the Power County Treasurer have been deposit into the school’s checking account. The Fun Run/Walk fund raiser was held on September 26th.  We raised $510.00 which Cheri deposited into the Fund Raiser Account. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve the financial statement.

Debbie visited the Carmen Charter School on October 9th.  She sat in on the 4th & 5th class to observe and then visited briefly with the teacher.  She also visited with the principal/superintendent about a reading program she developed.  Debbie thought the reading program was more geared for Robin’s class.  She has shared this with Robin.  Jake met with Amanda Williams, a 2nd grade teacher from Pocatello, she shared some ideas, tools, computer programs etc. they use with their curriculum.  He shared one software program called IXL that does math, language, science costs about $200 per year for up to thirty students.  Debbie will share the information with Robin and they will investigate them.  He also gave her an app for Common Core for their computers.

The Strategic Plan was reviewed, updated and approved. The Leadership Premium Worksheet was gone over and signed.  Jake will start drafting a teacher and administrative job description to help with making sure the administrative duties are done after hours to match with the Leadership Premium description.

Kade has started on the cinder block foundation repairs.

The next meeting will be held on November 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Approved 11-18-2015

Arbon Valley Trunk or Treat!

October 31, 2015

6:00pm at the Arbon Elementary School

Bring a pot of chili or soup to share

Dinner Starts at 6:00pm (drinks & bowls provided).

Trunk or Treat will start shortly after dinner.

Decorate your trunks, dress up,

and have a great time!

Any Questions

Contact Ryan – 226-6943

Funeral and Service

Robin Claunch’s family is having a memorial service for her father on Saturday October 17th at 11:00 at the Episcopal Church in American Falls. There will be a luncheon following the services. If anyone would like to help out with providing food for the luncheon, they are serving chili and soup. Side dishes and desserts are the most needed food items.

If you desire to  provide food and will not be attending the services, your food items can be left at the school Friday afternoon and will be picked up and taken to American Falls Saturday Morning. Food can also be taken to Michele Hayden, Debbie Curry, or Cheri Evans.

Teacher Contracts & Strategic Plan

Arbon Valley Strategic Plan

(Student Achievement and Classroom Instructional Goals)

Mission Statement: It is the mission of Arbon Elementary School District #381 to continue to educate all students to his or her highest potential and prepare and equip them with the necessary skills to excel at the next levels of education: junior high, senior high, and college.

Vision Statement: Two main areas of focus will allow Arbon Elementary to achieve its goals: student achievement and classroom instruction.

Strategic Plan: Develop and implement teaching strategies that align to common core standards and do so via the use of the most effective teaching strategies and technology available.

Data Analysis Required:

  • Demographics
    • Each and every student will be evaluated due to the relatively small size of School District #381 and lack of diversity among the students.
  • Student Achievement and growth
    • Academic will be based on Renaissance Star math and reading data
    • Technology will be based on pre and post assessments
  • Graduation rates
    • Target of 100%
  • College and career readiness
    • Focus is on middle school/junior high readiness
      • Capable of efficiently utilizing digital media such as laptops, tablets, keyboarding, to access reliable information via the WEB

Clear and Measurable Targets Based On Student Outcomes:

  • 95% of students will perform at or above grade level based on Renaissance Star math and reading data
  • 100% of all students will graduate at or above grade level so they are ready for middle school
  • 100% of all students will be technologically ready for middle school

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • Grade equivalent performance, based on charts developed from the clear and measurable targets defined above which will be evaluated annually by the School Board
  • Internet readiness pre and post scores


October, 2015



  2. BILLS


  1. FUN RUN/WALK – $510





Fun Run – Thank you!

Dear Fun Run participants,

The Staff and students at Arbon Elementary would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in our annual Fall Fun/Run.  We raised a little over $500, which will go a long ways toward our goal for  new playground equipment.  A big big thanks to Jamie Evans for helping organize,set up, and take down.  What an awesome school parent!!!  Again, Thank You!!!!


Letter from Dan Nuckols

Dear Jamie Evans,

What a joy it was to talk with you this morning. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to remain a part of Arbon Valley and have “The Nuckols” place still in conversation. I do so love that valley and the time I spent going to school there 6th – 8th grade…. seems like only yesterday.  Jerre was the first one to ever lay a punch on my jaw…. I can’t remember why, but he jumped in the air and connected a good one.  Some things a fella just never forgets.

Please add me and my wife, Karen, into the “walk” status of the fun run as spiritual apparitions. We will be there as such.  Best of luck to all in acquiring new payground equipment.

Please give my love to the valley,

Dan Nuckols


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