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There is an 8th grade trip planning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st, at 6:00 pm in Mr. Gaglia's classroom.  The meeting is required for all 8th graders who are planning to participate in the upcoming trip to Galveston, Texas.

Ms. Olson's Class - Website

posted Mar 27, 2020, 5:49 PM by John Rouse

Ms. Olson has created a class web site that is accessible by her students' parents.  Please see the link below:

March 27th Potomac School Closure Update--The governor extended the school closure until April 10th

posted Mar 27, 2020, 1:03 PM by John Rouse

Governor Bullock has extended the school closures in Montana until April 10th. We will continue offering instruction through distance learning.  A variety of different online programs are being used by our teachers to provide our students will the best instruction possible under the circumstances.  You or your student should be receiving regular communications from his or her teachers either through e-mail, telephone, or papers sent home with the meal deliveries at the bus stops.  If you are not receiving these communications, email the teacher or contact me at jrouse@potomacschoolmontana.us.

Parents- Please continue providing a routine structure at home for your children that includes set times during the day for them to complete their schoolwork.  We strongly encourage your children to read at least 40 minutes a day in addition to that required for their assignments.  Also, there our art activities being offered by our art teacher, Asha MacDonald.  See "Art with Asha" on Youtube.

Istation is a program that our teachers use in both math and reading.  Your children are familiar with the program and know how to use it.  Please allow them to access this program.  Istation has added a new component called Home-to-School Connection that will allow your child to continue progressing through the Istation activities and assessments.  Plus, Istation’s Parent Portal offers online access to supplemental home activities and skill-building lessons that a parent can go over with their child and includes printable materials for use at home. Parents can also track progress with personalized data profiles. The Parent Portal can be accessed on any device with a browser, such as a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

In order for the program to accurately determine the level at which your child needs to be working, it is important to have accurate assessment data.  Please do not assist your child, when he or she is taking an Istation assessment.  The link to begin access to Istation's home to school program is below.  You will be asked to load the Isation app on your device.  It should work fine on the school's Chromebooks or Ipads.


posted Mar 23, 2020, 3:27 PM by John Rouse



Potomac School Parents,

As we are continuing through this period of some degree of uncertainty resulting from the virus outbreak, our staff members have been working hard to find the best ways to continue to serve the educational needs of our students. This letter is to outline what you can expect from our teachers during the period of school closure.  Although the governor initially closed schools until March 27th, one of his recent communications used language that implies that the closure will “likely” extend beyond the 27th of March. We anticipate that the closure will extend longer.


Our teachers are committed to serving their students to the greatest extent possible given the circumstances.  The manner in which lessons, instruction, and follow-up support will be offered to the students varies depending upon the grade level of your child and the courses he or she is taking. Teachers will use the email addresses that we have on file to communicate directly with parents during this time.  Each of your child’s teachers will be contacting you by email. These emails will contain important information regarding the tasks, assignments, and activities your child will be expected to complete.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for your child to continue to complete these assignments. If your child struggles or needs additional support, your child’s teacher will be available for support. If your child does not attempt to continue to learn during this time period, he or she will likely fall behind in terms of student achievement.  These activities are not suggestions for your child, they are, in fact, regular assignments that are expected to be completed by the student.  Each teacher will develop a method for assessing the degree to which each student is successfully completing these assignments, and that assessment will be used to determine the student's progress.


On Wednesday, March 25th,  from 7am to 7pm, Mr. Rouse will be available at the main building of the school.  During this time, students and/or parents will be allowed to enter the building to collect textbooks and supplies that the student needs. 


Our teachers are taking advantage of technology to provide the best activities possible for their students.  We will be using programs like Google Classroom, Khan Academy, Istation, and the online portions of our English Language Arts program to provide interesting and challenging lessons.  Because for many of our students having access to some type of device-- desktop computer, Chromebook, iPad, or smartphone will be important, we are allowing families to check out Chromebooks or iPads from our school (one unit per family).  


Mr. Rouse will be available Wednesday, March 25th, 7am to 7pm to allow a parent to sign a “Consent To Use” document and pick up the device/charging cord.  Mr. Rouse will facilitate this process in order to respect social distancing and to limit the numbers of people in the building.  Please come to the front entrance of the main building (West side of the building).  Please park your vehicle only on the side of the street closest to the school to allow traffic to continue to flow on Potomac Road. During the time of the school closure, students may drop off any school work for their respective teachers by simply dropping their work in the library book Drop Box located at the school library building.  Please be sure the student’s name is on the materials, and that they are bundled together with a rubber band.  Do not put technology equipment at the drop box.  Simply keep the equipment until we reopen the school.


Because of the dedication of our staff members, your child can expect opportunities during this time period to speak directly with his or her teacher either via the computer or directly over the phone during normal school hours. Please allow your child time to talk with his or her teacher when contacted by phone or by device.  It is important to maintain personal contact with each student to provide the child with a sense of security in knowing that his or her teacher is there. 


Because the school facilities will be closed during this time, if you have questions please do not hesitate to call Mr. Rouse at 406 540-2013. 




John P. Rouse, Principal


January 20th is a school holiday

posted Jan 17, 2020, 2:12 PM by John Rouse

Potomac School District #11 is closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Potomac Students Commemorate Veteran's Day

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:42 PM by John Rouse

The Potomac students in grades K-8 attended a presentation by Jack and Susan Reneau.  All students received a United States flag and a poppy to commemorate the occasion.

PTC Meeting on Thursday at 5:30 PM.

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:26 PM by John Rouse

There will be an important PTC (Parent Teacher Club) meeting on Thursday, November 14th, at 5:30 PM in the Potomac School Library. All interested Potomac area citizens and supporters opf Potomac School are encouraged to attend.

2019-20 Schedule

posted Nov 11, 2019, 1:59 PM by John Rouse   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 2:48 PM ]

The below attachment is a copy of the 2019-20 schedule.

Student Tardiness Impacts Learning

posted Oct 24, 2019, 3:20 PM by John Rouse

Potomac School Parents/Grandparents,

Over the past several weeks, we have had an unusually large number of students arriving at school late. Being on time is important for your child for two keys reasons.  First if your child is not present at the beginning of the class period, he or she will be missing some key instruction as well as the plans for the school day or class period. Please note that our instructional day begins at 7:50 am each day.  This is the second key reason that your student's being on time is important because state law mandates a minimum number of minutes of instruction at the respective grade levels, and our schedule is designed to be in compliance with those time requirements.

We have been allowing students to grab a breakfast when they arrive at school, and the teachers have been allowing some time in the classrooms for students to eat their school breakfast as we begin our school day. Montana laws pertaining to the required length of a school day require a specific minimum numbers of minutes of instruction per school year in order for students to receive academic credit as well as for the school district to receive its full entitlement of school funding from the state. Our school calendar is designed to satisfy these state minimum minutes of instructional per grade level.  To satisfy these time requirements, our students need to be in attendance from 7:50 to 4:00 every school day.

Because we recognize that starting the school day with a good breakfast is important, we offer breakfast to our students; however, we will stop distributing breakfast to students at 8:00 am. If you want your child to receive a school breakfast, make certain that your child arrives at school before 8:00 am.  Students are considered "tardy" after 7:50 am, so do your best to have your child at school before 7:50 am.  If you are bringing your student to school, and you will be arriving at the school after 8:00 am, please come into the office with your student to check him or her in

Of course, we realize that sometimes we are surprised by bad weather or poor road conditions that result in our school buses arriving late.  Because your child's safety is important, on these occasions of bad weather those students who arrive at school a few minutes after the normal start time of 7:50 will not be marked tardy. 

Should you have questions or you need further clarification regarding school start times, please do not hesitate to contact me.


John P. Rouse, Principal

8th Grade Trip Planning Meeting for Parents of 8th Graders and Their Students

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:55 PM by John Rouse

On Thursday, October 26th, there will be a meeting of interested 8th grade students and their parents to discuss possible 8th Grade trip options and to plan the fundraising events for the trip.  The students have been meeting with Mr. Rouse to begin looking at some possible trip options and their projected costs. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm in Mr. Gaglia's classroom.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.

First Meeting of Principal's Advisory Committee is Tonight at 6:00 PM

posted Sep 20, 2017, 8:53 AM by John Rouse

The first meeting of the Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC) will take place this evening at 6:00PM in the library/media center at Potomac School.  The public is welcome to attend and participate in the discussions.  The purpose of the PAC is to give parents, grandparents, and community members an opportunity to actively engage in the decision-making process of Potomac School by giving input and feedback directly to the school's principal on a variety of topics selected by the members of the committee and/or the principal.

Please see the attached agenda.

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