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Mr. Coghill

Mr. Coghill's Corner

Dear Kootenai Community,

We are getting ready for our Thanksgiving break and I want to take a moment to reflect on the year with you and the things that I am thankful for.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude for my life here at Kootenai; what a great place.

We are having a great year.  Opening this year was a challenge but we came together as a community and we problem-solved and developed a plan for opening our doors.  We have started school and we are going strong.  Students are in classes learning, teachers are teaching, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.  Thank you.

As a community, I recognize the, “Can do,” spirit that is displayed every time I talk to parents or other members of the community.  We have the Rodeo Club, which was started by parents and supported by the school.  We have the Game Club, started by teachers, that some of our kids really enjoy attending.  We have a parent that is interested in starting Trap Club for this spring.  All of these activities allow our students to participate in activities that are beyond our typical sports. 

There are so many other things going on, but at this time, I just want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you take the time to be with your loved ones, maybe over eat, and reflect on the important things in life.  Be safe, and I look forward to seeing every student back in school on the 30th.

Karl Coghill

Principal of Kootenai Schools





PTO News

PTO Meeting Schedule:

October 22, 2020 6 P.M

December 3, 2020 6 P.M.

January 14, 2021 6 P.M.

March 11, 2021 6 P.M.

May 13, 20216 P.M.

Notes from the PTO Meeting 10 September 2020, 6pm

Office Attendees Jill Stevenson, President

Ellie Getchius- Treasurer

Roxanne Sidwell, Secretary


● Events for the year

○ Book Fair in November- discussed doing around parent teacher conferences

○ Santa’s Workshop in December-

○ Jill will contact Scholastic Books

■ Have name tags for teachers so kids can fill them out before they shop.

■ Limit kids to only shopping for family

○ Concert and basket raffle will be in December- Should classes join together again like last year or do each class separately.

○ Cookie Dough is a maybe ○Waterpark-■ Talking about maybe trying earlier in year see how everything goes

○ Eagle cruise-

■ Discussed if we should try and do it this year or wait another year.

○ Bulb sales- Roxanne is looking in to them as we speak and will update everyone at the next meeting.

○ Red Horse- ■ Talking about looking into going around May ○ Track Field and Fun Day- June

○ Open House ■ PTO to have a booth to answer any questions parents might have and to get more people involved ● Looking into K Graphics to see if we can get logos put on Masks and or water bottles. Eillie to talk to Boosters middle of October

● Box Top discussing if we can add to next newsletter ● Vending machine is still up for discussion ● VP position is open and ready to be filled Next Meeting Info

● Next meeting is Scheduled for 6pm October 22nd to include:

○ Discuss Bulb sale options

○ Planning for the Book Fair



Harrison Elementary


October, 2020

Dear Warrior Families,


It's that time of year, old man winter is making his comeback.  Please make sure to send warm winter clothing with your child(ren) including a coat, snow pants, glove/mittens, boots and hats.  We do encourage you to mark your child(ren) name inside coats and snow pants.  The district procedure for recess will be if either the air temperature or will chill is 9 degrees or colder, we will hold recess indoors.  If the air temperature or wind chill 10 degrees or warmer, recess will be outside.  Rain will also cause recess to be indoors.  This is in line with other schools in our area.  We will use the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website to monitor the temperature with the Harrison zip code for weather.

If you are having trouble providing warm winter wear for your child, please contact the elementary  office for assistance. 




Karl Coghill

Hello Warrior Families,

I have some great news! Kootenai School District has been approved to offer free breakfast and lunch to all children ages 1-18 that either live in the school district, or attend Kootenai School District regardless of current meal status.  Starting Monday September 11, 2020 our wonderful food service will begin this new program.  We will be utilizing our school cafeteria as a closed site; this means only students currently enrolled may come into the cafeteria to receive their meals. 

If you are currently homeschooling or your children are not old enough to attend school, and you would like to take advantage of these meals, please call Megan Galea at 208-689-3511 or email to sign up. You will need to fill out some paperwork to start this meal service.  Meals will not be delivered as they were last spring, but rather the meals will need to be picked-up at Harrison Elementary, during the hours of 7:30 am to 11:00 am. This is only for children 1-18 years of age and not for adults.

We are able to offer this program of free meals until December 31, 2020 or until the funding for this program runs out.  If you currently have paid on your students’ meal service accounts, that money will remain on their lunch account for when this service is discontinued. This program is being offered through the CARES Act.


~Wade Pilloud




Dear parents,

To introduce myself, I am Karl Coghill the principal for Kootenai School District. 

We, as a society, are facing a variety of challenges that are causing all of us to make decisions we have never had to consider before.  I appreciate each and every one of you and what you are facing on a day to day basis. 

I think it is important that you know the health and safety of your child are Kootenai Schools first consideration.  Because of that, once we allow students back into the classroom, parents will not be allowed to go further than the front doors unless you have business with the front office.  I regret this decision but our goal is to maintain a healthy environment and to stay open for the students. 

We will have an open house on the 3rd of September.  The event will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM.  We will start with a meet and greet of the teachers and follow that with a hotdog feed afterwards.  We are going to allow the Kindergarten parents and children to enter at 3:00 to get a more thorough tour with the teacher.  We encourage parents to bring their school supplies at this time.  Grade school teachers will collect those supplies while middle and high school students can place the supplies in their lockers. 

We look forward to working with you this coming year and are excited to have your children as part of our organization. 

Thank you so much,


Karl Coghill


Kootenai Jt.  School Dist. #274



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Parent/Student Portal is Ready!

Our Parent Portal is ready!  You will receive a unique username and password.  When you log in, you will be able to view schedules, attendance, and grades. We are still learning our new system and portal. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. The parent information that is displayed in the portal is limited by the programming of the student data management software and may not always reflect the information that is on file.


To access the portal: 

1.  Go to our Website,

2.  Scroll to Quick Links 

3.  Click Tyler SIS Parent/Student Portal 

4.  Enter your email address that you provided to the school and password

5.  Once you have successfully logged on, use the menu bar at the top to select your child and the area you would like to view


You can also use the Tyler SIS 360 mobile app available on Apple iTunes and Google Play


If you have any questions call the school. Harrison Elementary 208.689.3511 or Kootenai Jr. Sr. High School 208.689.3311

Harrison Elementary School

13030 E. O'Gara Rd.

Harrison, ID 83833

Phone: 208.689.3511

Fax: 208.689.3641


Mondays 8:40 am - 2:58 pm

Tuesdays-Fridays 7:40 am - 2:58 pm

Harrison Elementary Staff
Contact Katie Ames  Katie Ames K-12 Counselor
Contact Danyell Barden  Danyell Barden Paraprofessional
Contact Shelley Bresnen  Shelley Bresnen 4th Grade Teacher
Contact Allison Brown  Allison Brown 5th Grade Teacher
Contact Karl Coghill  Karl Coghill Principal
Contact Tess Davis  Tess Davis 3rd Grade Teacher
Contact Megan Galea  Megan Galea Elementary Secretary & Food Service Director
Contact Kylie Njoku  Kylie Njoku Special Education
Contact Christie Pfeiffer  Christie Pfeiffer Title 1
Contact Jill Pilloud  Jill Pilloud 1st Grade Teacher
Contact Wade Pilloud  Wade Pilloud Superintendent
Contact Ashley Rauch  Ashley Rauch 2nd Grade Teacher
Contact Anna Whipple  Anna Whipple HS Math, Music
Contact Sara Worthington  Sara Worthington Kindergarten Teacher