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Posted on May 22, 2017

Broadwater: MBI Exemplar School Award: Platinum!

We are pleased to announce that Broadwater Elementary School has just received an “MBI Exemplar School” award! Montana Behavioral Initiative issued Broadwater with a Platinum status! We are very proud of Broadwater! Congratulations!

You can read the entire recognition letter by clicking on the link below.

Broadwater Recognition Letter 2017

Posted on May 22, 2017

Warren: History Fair

As part of the Helena School Districts Vigilante Parade week, Warren Elementary School hosted our annual Montana History Fair.  Our fourth grade students host the event each year on the Wednesday before the Vigilante Parade.

Our fourth graders spend all of second semester studying Montana History.  The Montana History Fair is their culminating activity.  Each fourth grade student chooses a topic from Montana History and completes extensive research.   Students write a research paper and prepare a final project of their chosen topic to present at the History Fair.  Each child must be able to explain their project and share information they have learned to classmates, teachers, parents, other students, as well as with members of our school community who come to the History Fair.  The fourth graders not only learn about Montana History but also about public speaking as they interact with others.  In addition to the presented final project, each child also produces a flour map of the state complete with mountain ranges and major rivers.  All students also produce their own shield as part of the class activities leading up to the History Fair.  This event has been led by Mrs. Sue Nyland one of our fourth grade teachers for many years. 

Posted on May 22, 2017

Jefferson: Utah Valley University Cultural Program

Jefferson students were treated to a performance by the Utah Valley University Cultural Envoy Leadership Program! The group is touring Montana with the goal and objective in sharing cultural and expressive arts is based on the following tenets.

1.) Helping students, teachers and administrators understand the powerful educational narratives that are embedded in cultural expression in forms of dance, chants, stories and spoken word.

2.) Validating students’ cultures through performance and helping them feel comfortable in creating, viewing, interpreting, and investigating their cultural performances as a complementary tool to formal education

3.) Through expressive arts students’ develop skills, knowledge, and understanding as creative problem solvers, collaborators, critical thinkers, and learn to be open-minded to new ideas and to value multiple perspectives.

Posted on May 22, 2017

Jefferson: Raises Money for Scholarship

The student council at Jefferson Elementary presented an art scholarship to the Holter Museum of Art on Tuesday in memory of Kevin FauntLeRoy, the son of a Jefferson para-educator.

Each year the school holds a bake sale and donates the proceeds to a different cause. This year they raised $405 to provide an art scholarship and buy games and puzzles for nursing homes in Helena. The scholarship will help a student who couldn’t otherwise afford it attend summer classes at the Holter.

All of the student council members were required to bring something for the bake sale, which they held this St. Patrick’s Day. Their student council coordinator, Mary Larsen, said students outside of the council volunteered to help.

“Each year we do a bake sale,” Willa Bishop, a fifth-grader, said. “We should have a cause for it.”

During their presentation, the students said they chose a memorial art scholarship because they care about their para-educator, Mary FauntLeRoy. Her son, Kevin, was 28 when he died last Christmas Eve due to a carbon monoxide leak.

Posted on May 15, 2017

CHS: HiMCM: Top Two in the US!

The team of math wiz kids at Capital High School was a bit stunned to learn last week that they are one of the top two teams in the nation in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM).

They are one of two U.S. teams competing in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge of 27 teams.

To read more, visit the IR’s website.

Photo credit to the Helena IR.

Posted on May 15, 2017

Central Science Fair

Central had it’s Science fair last week. From the pictures below you can see that the children had a great time and had some neat projects!

Posted on May 15, 2017

HHS and Central Team Up

On May 11th, students from Helena High School and Central Elementary School planted 10 trees and pulled weeds at the Lincoln Campus with the help of volunteers from Growing Friends of Helena. HHS students broke ground at 9:00 AM, digging holes in previously identified locations. Shortly after, Central School students joined the HHS students and adult volunteers, pulling weeds in flower beds, placing the trees, and filling the holes with soil and compost. Willie Schlepp, Assistant Principal at Helena High School, stated that “the experience will be a life long memory for the students involved” and that “the collaboration between the schools and community provide a positive experience”. About 40 students and adults participated in the tree planting. Central School would like to thank Growing Friends of Helena and Helena High School for their work in making this happen.

Posted on May 15, 2017

HSD Announces Educator of the Year Nominees

HSD announced the nominees for the HEA Educator of the Year serving the 2017-2018 school year.  There were a number of educators nominated by their peers with ten such educators with 2 or more nominations.  Of those ten nominees one is a retiring educator, which makes them ineligible and 3 of the nominees declined the nomination despite feeling very honored.

The list is a strong group of educators, who will represent us all well.  The voting for the 2017-18 Educator of the Year will occur next Wednesday & Thursday May 17 & 18 via My Learning Plan.

Nominees in alphabetical order:

1- Kevin Cleary – Music Teacher CRA

2- Karey Conn – Deca/Business CHS

3- Kelly Elder –  World Cultures CRA

4- Joice Franzen – Librarian Bryant

5- Melissa Romano – 4th Grade 4G’s

6- Missy Sampson – Science HHS


Once again congratulations to all of those who were nominated!

Posted on May 15, 2017

Jefferson Honors Cook

Tuesday May 9th was a special day for Kelly Trimble, known to Jefferson Elementary as “Miss Kelly” our Kitchen Cook. Miss Kelly’s bubbly personality and love for the children shines through every day in each meal she prepares! This past December a Jefferson 1st grader, Serenity, was choking on a piece of apple. Miss Kelly calmly assessed the situation and took immediate action to help Serenity. Thankfully, though a bit shaken, Serenity was fine. Today Miss Kelly was surprised with an assembly to celebrate her Sodexo Presidential Award! We are so thankful to have Miss Kelly at Jefferson!

Posted on May 8, 2017

HHS: High Jump Record!

Helena High School’s Trey Tintinger made an unofficial world record leap for his age group, jumping 6-11! The previous 14-year-olds’ mark was 6-10 3/4, set by Jamaica’s Christoff Bryan in 1996. Congratulations, Trey!

You can read the full article on the IR website.

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