Former Superintendent Kultgen’s Snapshots

Posted on March 21, 2016

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots — March 21, 2016

  • Spring Break: The week of March 28 – April 1 is Spring Break for Helena Public Schools when staff and students will be enjoying a well-deserved break before heading into the home stretch for the 2015-16 school year!
  • Board Retreat: The Board of Trustees held a retreat, facilitated by Virginia Tribe, to create a strategic framework for a district vision and actions for the 2016-2017 academic year. It was a very productive day, and a follow-up Board retreat will be April 20th. Along with the Staff Facility Listening Sessions (next bullet item), the Board is working diligently to ensure that a facility plan is based on an educational framework and involves all stakeholders.
  • Facility Listening Sessions: I am continuing to visit each school to engage our educators in the district’s facility discussion. Last week, I met with staff at CR Anderson, Four Georgians, and Capital High.
  • Technology Professional Development: This past weekend 51 educators from the Helena School District participated in training on how to utilize Microsoft Office 365 tools in the classroom to increase collaboration and learning opportunities.
  • Helena Education Foundation: Recently, the Helena Education Foundation awarded 12 Great Ideas Grants to classroom teachers, helping to make their ideas for innovative teaching strategies a reality. Congratulations to the grant recipients and many thanks to HEF! Learn more about HEF at hefmt.org
  • Trustee Filing Deadline is March 24:  The Board of Trustees has three 3-year terms expiring this year. Anyone interested in running must file this form: http://helenaschools.org/departments/business-finance/. Current Trustees Betsy Baur and Libbi Lovshin will not run again while incumbent Libby Goldes filed for another term. Please join me in thanking these Trustees for their time and dedication to our students.
  • Activities:  Both Girls’ and Boys’ Bruins and Bengals basketball teams participated in the state tournament. The Lady Bruins and the Men’s Bengals took 4th place as all teams represented our city well. We also know that students who participate in activities are more likely to graduate. Congratulations to all the student-athletes!
  • One Class at a Time: Recognizing that education is key to their future, First Interstate Bank partnered with local TV stations to create “One Class at a Time.” Each week, during the school year, a representative from First Interstate Bank, a TV reporter, and photographer visit the classroom selected for that week’s grant award. The teacher and class are presented a check to assist them in attaining their educational goals and featured on the evening newscasts. Thank you First Interstate for your investment in our students and teachers.  For more information, go to https://www.firstinterstatebank.com/company/commitment/foundation/community_outreach.php
  • Board of Trustee Regular Meetings: Our Board of Trustees meet twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The second Tuesday of the month is considered the regular board meeting and held at the Ray Bjork Learning Center at 5:30 pm. Most Board business is conducted at the regular meeting. The fourth Tuesday of the month is a work session. The Trustees meet at 4 pm a different school each month to learn first-hand from the staff about the great things happening in one of our many fine schools. Please go to http://helenaschools.org/board-of-trustees/ for a listing of all Board meetings and agendas.

Mark Your Calendar 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Board Executive Committee Meeting – 11:00 a.m. – May Butler Center
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Board Work Session – 4:00 p.m. – Bryant Elementary School
Posted on March 4, 2016

Superintendent’s Educational Snapshots

Superintendent’s Educational Snapshots

March 4, 2016

 

Helena School District ACT Writing Scores:

Helena School District students received the highest average ACT Writing Scores among the State’s AA districts! Please join me in congratulating the tremendous work and focus from teachers across departments who helped our students in this wonderful achievement.

Looking for Great Teachers:

The District is recruiting teachers and staff for the next school year.   The District typically hires 40 or more new teachers each year.  Applications are available through the District’s website.  Please go to the following link for more information: http://helenaschools.org/departments/personnel/helena-school-district-employment-2/

Facilities and Grounds:

Maintaining our facilities and ground is an enormous responsibility as the District’s assets include over 1,250,000 square feet of facilities and over 185 acres of property. Thanks to our community for their support in this effort through our Building Reserve Levy.

Helena Education Foundation Scholars:

Congratulations to thirty-five seniors at HHS and CHS who met rigorous requirements to qualify as Helena Education Foundation Scholars. At the end of their seventh semester these qualifying seniors had at least a 3.7 grade point average, a minimum of 12 hours of advanced placement, honors, accelerated or college level classes, at least 23 total credit hours and were participating in a minimum of two extra-curricular activities.  Thanks to the HEF for recognizing excellence in our district.  Please go to https://www.hefmt.org/celebration-of-excellence for more information. 

 Tech Department:

The District’s Technology Department is made up of 10 staff members who oversee 2,803 Chromebooks, 671 Macintosh computers, 3,135 Windows desktops and laptops and 76 servers.  They also manage a large number of iPods, iPhones and iPads throughout the district.  This is just one example as our District and community strive to provide the tools for teachers to teach and students to learn.

New Advanced Placement Courses:

With the goal of career and college readiness, Capital High is adding four new Advanced Placement classes next year.  Economics, Calculus, Biology, and Chemistry.  We have a robust schedule of AP courses in both high schools.  Please contact your school counselors for more information.

Read Across America:

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.” Read Across America is designed to spread the joy of reading to more children and young adults.    I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading with state and local leaders at Four Georgians event.  Check out: http://helenaschools.org/2016/02/27/celebrity-readers-aim-to-motivate-local-students/

Lewis and Clark Library:

Books Before Kindergarten Club wants to help prepare children for school. Parents are invited to sign up now for their child to receive a free drawstring backpack with resources for adults.  Have fun reading!

Mark your Calendar:

Thank you,

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Posted on February 26, 2016

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

  • This week 330 new laptops are heading to elementary school libraries to provide more enriched learning opportunities for students in grades K-5.

 

  • If you have a child preparing for Driver’s Education, then you know the demand is very high. To help provide more slots for students to take driver’s education, we are sending at least six new instructors for training this summer to bolster Driver’s Education opportunities.

 

 

  • Anyone interested in running for the School Board Trustees positions can get the information at http://helenaschools.org/departments/business-finance/.  There are three open elementary/high school trustee positions. The deadline to file is Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the District Business Office, located at May Butler Center, 55 South Rodney Street, Attention: Kim Harris.

 

  • The Montana Department of Labor and Industry projects Montana’s health care industry to grow by 1,300 jobs every year until 2024. Nurses will be in particularly high demand, with over 700 openings per year in the nursing field. The district is preparing students with a Health Careers Pathway consisting of the four-year Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences Program as well as Health Careers Exploration and Athletic Training.

 

  • Montana Money Magic can help qualifying students improve money management skills while earning funds for education-related expenses.  Students who save $450 through the program can earn a 3-to-1 match, or $1,350, on their personal savings.

 

  1. Helena Public Schools has approximately 885,850 Square feet of roofing (20 Acres)
  2. The life expectancy of a roof system is 20-25 years
  3. The cost to replace all of the district’s roofing is over $12M excluding structural upgrades
  4. The HHS gym roof, Hawthorne’s library and 90% of Rossiter’s roofing are scheduled for replacement this summer (2016)
  5. The estimated cost to design and replace these targeted roofing systems in 2016 is $1,100,000

 

  • Mark your Calendar
  1. Science Circus is March 19, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Helena High School
  2. Spring Break is March 28 – April 1

 

Posted on February 18, 2016

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

 

  • Recently the film, Paper Tigers, was shown at Helena Middle School. The film featured an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth.   Thank you to the many community based non-profits for bringing this movie to town.  The District will continue to work with community agencies on obstacles that stand in the way of student learning.
  • The Department of Education considers a student homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence. We have identified 176 homeless students in grades K-12. Some reasons that a child can be homeless are:
    • losing housing due to economic hardship;
    • couch surfing staying with friends or relatives;
    • living in a car, parks, motels, emergency shelter; or
    • awaiting foster care placement

With the help of a grant from the Office of Public Instruction, the                           district can provide support to homeless students to continue their                         education.

  • Shout out to Mr. Murphy, Math/Computer Science teacher at Capital High School, and his computer science students for placing Best in State in the 2016 Verizon Wireless Innovative App Challenge. To learn more about the app go to:  MeSH (Mobile electronic Student Help).  Each team member will receive a 16gb LG G Pad and Capital High School will receive $5,000 for STEM technology.
  • Facility listening session summaries are now posted for the Listening Sessions held in November and December 2015.  I am in the process of visiting every school to explore further needs and opportunities at the building level.  The last staff listening session is scheduled for March 15th.

After reviewing the results of the community and staff listening                             sessions, the Board of Trustees has decided to delay the community                       telephone survey.  A retreat is scheduled for March 17th so the board                     can begin developing an educational framework for the district.

  • Mark Your Calendar
    • Board Facility Committee, Friday February 19th at 8:30 a.m. at Bryant Elementary School and Warren Elementary School
    • Board Work Session, Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at Four Georgians Elementary School

Thank you,

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.

Superint

Posted on January 19, 2016

Superintendent’s Snapshots – 2015 Accomplishments

The start of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the achievements of the previous year and to look ahead at the challenges and opportunities in the next year.   Last week, I presented to the Board a “State of the District,” presentation detailing the numerous accomplishments in 2015.  I am enormously proud of our students and staff for working so hard to stretch and grow to reach our goals together.   We are not finished.   Our kids are truly better off this year than they were last year and I want us to be able to say that again next year.

A few key accomplishments in 2015 include:

  1. Created a professional development plan that aligns with state standards while focusing on educational goals and a budget framework
  2. Developed a partnership with the city, county, and Helena community
  3. Increased ACT scores – a college and career readiness indicator
  4. Adjusted math classes to increase rigor for fifth graders who mastered the necessary skills for more advanced math in middle school

In 2016, the focus will be to continue working with the community on facility planning and end of year assessments.

A complete list of 2015 accomplishments and 2016 short-term goals can be found in the State of the District presentation.

Dates to Remember:

January 19-21           High School Testing

January 21                 K-8 – Noon Early Dismissal

January 22                 No School for K-12

January 25                 3rd Quarter Begins

January 26                 Board Work Session – Central-Linc. – 4:00 p.m.

February 16              Night to Shine – Civic Center – 6:00 p.m.

 

Have a great 2016,

 

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Posted on December 23, 2015

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

Happy Holidays!  This is a great time of year to enjoy family and friends and get re-energized for 2016. As we look forward to the New Year and all it has to offer, I would like to thank you for your support as we ensure more students are learning more in our schools.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

REMINDER:  On-line Listening Session:
Nearly 300 members of the public and staff attended the eight listening sessions held in November and December to hear the community and staff’s opinions on Helena Public Schools facilities.  If you missed the meeting, it’s not too late to have your voice heard.  We want to hear from you.  Click on the Helena School District website at Online Listening Session today.  The deadline is Dec. 31st.

College and Career Readiness

Great News from College Board:
Helena High School District is one of 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board.  The 6th Annual AP® District Honor Roll recognizes school districts for increasing access to AP course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP exams.   Overall, students at Capital and Helena High can take one or more of the ten Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered.  Topics range from foreign languages, literature, European or U.S. History, Government, Psychology, Art History, Calculus, Statistics, to Biology with a total of 665 students enrolled in these classes.  Taking these rigorous classes translates to college credit and saved tuition when students achieve a high score on AP exams.  Please join me in congratulating our high schools and students for this honor!

Before the Bell: 
Smith Elementary School and Kessler Elementary School were two of the nine schools that received grants from Governor Bullock and the First Lady to increase participation in breakfast programs or implement a new school breakfast program. National studies have found that school breakfast is associated with lower rates of tardiness, fewer referrals to the school nurse, and fewer disciplinary incidents. Research also shows that students who eat breakfast at school perform 17 percent better on math tests compared to those who eat at home or do not eat breakfast at all.

Every Student Succeeds Act: 
President Obama signed the new federal education Every Student Succeeds Act into law on December 10, 2015 and we are pleased.  (IR article)  This new education law, among other things, is intended to adopt higher academic standards in nearly every state, putting our schools on par with their international competitors and our children on track to graduate from high school ready for college and career.

Intermountain:
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Festival of Trees, an event supporting Intermountain, an organization dedicated to providing a holistic approach to helping children thrive and grow.   We are fortunate to have Intermountain in our community, as they play an important role for the Helena School District through a strong partnership in providing mental health services.

Kindergarten Roundup: 
Registration for kindergarten officially kicks-off on January 4th.  Please go to http://helenaschools.org/about/enrollment-registration/ for all the information, or contact your school’s principal.

Mark Your Calendar:
December 31, 2015 – last day to participate in Online Listening Session
January 4, 2016 – First Day Back to School
January 12, 2016 – Board of Trustee Meeting at Ray Bjork Learning Center
January 18, 2016 – No school for Martin Luther King Holiday
January 21, 2016 — Noon Dismissal for K-8
January 22, 2016 – No school for K-12; High School Staff In-Service Records Day
January 26, 2016 – Board of Trustees Work Session at Central-Linc. Elementary School
January 29, 2016 – Board of Trustees Retreat – location tbd

Posted on December 7, 2015

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

Screenshot 2015-12-07 12.18.01Access to Success students in the Strategies II class-College and Career Readiness-participated in mock interviews with business/community members to prepare for future career opportunities. Students prepared their resumes, learned proper attire and etiquette of interviewing, and the dos and don’ts of a good interview. I enjoyed interviewing student Taylor Truax and thank all volunteers for taking the time to help our students learn these important life skills.

 

Screenshot 2015-12-07 12.11.38Congratulations to Bryant School
Bryant school was selected by Code.org to receive $10,000 worth of computer hardware and accessories to support their computer programming unit.

Big Shout Out to Bryant School teacher, Joice Franzen, for organizing the Hour of Code school-wide event in December and getting this important grant!

Immunization Update                                                                                                The 2015 Legislature passed a new immunization requirement for seventh graders to get another Tdap booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough. All kids entering school must show proof of two varicella, or chickenpox, vaccinations. If you have questions, consult with your school nurse or the Lewis and Clark Public Health Department at 1930 9th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601 or by phone: (406) 457-8900.

It’s $cholarship Season
Calling all seniors to check out opportunities in the Montana University Systems
Montana’s STEM Scholarship
Montana University System Honor Scholarship
• Governor’s Best & Brightest High School Merit Scholarship

Student Assistance Foundation (SAF)                                                                      It’s time for students/parents to get Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs. The free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-2017 academic year may not be available until January 1, 2016 but students and parents don’t need to wait to get their FSA IDs in preparation for completing this form. For more information, visit www.SmartAboutCollege.org.

Mark Your Calendar

Facility Listening Sessions resume again next week. We want to hear from you! Please consider attending one of four (4) more opportunities to engage in a conversation and support Helena Public Schools educational goals.
1. Monday, December 7th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym,           1600 8th Avenue
2. Tuesday, December 8th (Staff Session) @ 6:00 p.m. @ Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym, 1600 8th Avenue
3. Wednesday, December 9th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym, 1600 8th Avenue
4. Thursday, December 10th @ 6:00 p.m. @ Warren Elementary School, 2690 Old York Road

Calling on talented high school students to consider auditioning for Night to Shine. Thank you, Helena Community Credit Union for sponsoring this fun community event.
December 17, 2015 – Audition forms due
December 29, 2015 – Audition Schedule to be posted
January 4 and 5, 2016 – Auditions at HMS
February 14 and 15, 2016 – Mandatory Rehearsals
February 16, 2016 – Performance Night

This is the season for students’ Holiday Programs. Be sure to check with your child’s teacher for time and location, since many programs are not held at the school due to limited space.

Winter Break – There will be no school from December 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays,

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Posted on November 24, 2015

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

  1. Research tells us that Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships are key to graduating high school students College and Career Ready. Students need to be challenged by rigorous academic coursework; provided relevant opportunities to link subject areas to their personal life; and have meaningful relationships with high-quality instructors.  The district is proud that Capital High School, Helena High School, and Project Alternative Learning offer 2,900 students in grades 9-12 this academic opportunity focused on these 3-R’s.
  1. The Class of 2020 will be the first class of Helena Public Schools to graduate with 23 credits. The Board of Trustees voted this month to increase expectations for all students by raising graduation requirements.  Joining five other AA districts in Montana, Helena students will be expected to complete three credits in math.  To prepare students with math coursework, the District has been laying the foundation in the early grades prior to requiring a third math course to graduate.   An additional elective is required to complete the 23 credits.  Going forward, the Board is committed to coordinating additional systems to support student success.
  1. Did you know that in 1910, 19% of 15 to 18-year-olds were enrolled in a high school and barely 9% of all American 18-year-olds graduated? (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_school_movement)
  1. By the Numbers:  High School Students 2,900                                                       Graduation Rates:  Helena School District:  2013-2014 86.7%                   Montana: 2013-2014:  85.4% (Source: Office of Public Instruction)             National: 2012-2013: 81% (Source: Natl Center for Education Statistics)
  1. EdReady Montana is here! EdReady Montana is a math readiness tool available at no cost to Montana schools from middle school to high school to college and adult basic education.  Thanks to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA), students can now take advantage of the EdReady Montana program to:
  • prepare for upcoming local math classes or curriculum
  • supplement their skills while taking a math class
  • revisit possible gaps, in general, math skills
  • become better prepared for college math
  • practice math skills needed for a desired career path, or
  • study and review math concepts for a standardized exam

Helena high school students have been signed up as we use this program as a tool to enhance our curriculum and teaching strategies.

  1. Comic strips repeatedly make light of parents trying to help children with their homework. Not so funny when you’re in the middle of an assignment or facing a looming deadline. Need some help, check out your child’s school website for homework resources, such as Jim Darcy Elementary School’s Library link for online databases.  If you see something missing, touch base with the school Principal or let us know.
  1. Thank you to everyone who turned out for a Listening Session to help the district build a facility plan that supports student education. Last week wrapped up our first series of four (4) Listening Sessions with about 130 people attending.  Summaries of these community and staff conversations are now posted on the website. We want to hear from you! In December, please consider attending one of four (4) more opportunities to engage in the conversation and support Helena Public Schools Educational goals.
  1. Are you looking for a Montana Made present?  Just in time for the holiday season, check out Helena High School American Welding Society Club’s metal snowflake ornaments.

Mark your Calendar

  • More parent teacher conferences will be held in November.
  • Thanksgiving break is November 25-27!
  • Listening Sessions: The Helena Board of Trustees wants to hear what the community thinks is important to improve our school facilities to enhance student achievement. Each meeting will officially begin at 6:00 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.
  1. Monday, December 7th – Community                                                                    Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym                                                                             1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

2.   Tuesday December 8th – Staff                                                                                         Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym                                                                                        1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601

  1. Wednesday, December 9th – Community                                                            Ray Bjork Learning Center Gym                                                                         1600 8th Ave, Helena, MT 59601
  1. Thursday, December 10th – Community                                                              Warren Elementary School                                                                                   2690 Old York Road, Helena, MT 59602

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.                                                                                           Superintendent

Posted on October 29, 2015

Superintendent’s Education Snapshots

The Helena High School District encompasses a large region. The north and south boundaries align with the Lewis and Clark County lines which stretch all the way south to the Jefferson County line and then north all  the way to Craig.  The east to west region goes east to  the Broadwater County line all the way west to MacDonald Pass and follows the Continental Divide.

We operate 44 regular bus routes and 14 special needs routes, totaling 4,342 miles each school day.

Our buses make 3,117 stops per day to pick up or drop off students with each stop taking about two minutes.

Student safety is our main goal.   Buses provide transportation for students to and from school equipped with seat belts to keep students safe and cameras to monitor riders while on the bus and when loading and unloading.  In addition to proper licensing to operate a bus, our drivers have an additional 10 hours of training per year.

Safety Tips from the Office of Public Instruction on
Sharing the Road with Students and School Buses

  1. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
  2. When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young children who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.
  3. Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
  4. Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
  5. Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  6. Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  7. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

Other Snapshots

Jim Darcy Principal, Brian Cummings, was invited to participate in  the Montana National Guard’s “Boss Lift” program and flew from Helena to Libby in a Chinook helicopter.  The program is designed to provide support to employers when service members in their employ are away from work for military duty.

We all had such a positive reminder that when military personnel are deployed, his or her family needs the support of the schools, community and employers that touch these families.  This support is imperative as a service member is deployed and also just as important when they return from serving our country” – Brian Cummings, Principal 

Mark Your Calendar:

The Helena School Board has four standing committees that each meet once a month.  All meetings are posted and the public is welcome to attend.    Minutes of these meetings are posted on the district website: www.helenaschools.org/board-of-trustees/.  They are as follows:

  • Policy Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month
  • Budget Committee meets the Friday before the monthly Board of Trustees meeting
  • Community Advisory meets the second Friday of the month
  • Facility Committee meets the third Friday of the month

Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner.   Please look for information from your child’s school.

Community Listening Sessions kick-off Monday, November 9th at the Ray Bjork Learning Center.   Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. with each of the meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m.  These are NOT a series of meetings, but rather several opportunities for the Helena Board of Trustees to hear what the community thinks is important to improve our school facilities to enhance student achievement. Besides these six community sessions, two more will be provided for the Helena School staff.

Thank you.

Kent Kultgen, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Posted on October 9, 2015

Superintendent’s Education Updates

  1. Helena graduates make a difference in our local workforce. Five of eighteen Pioneer Aerostructure craftsmen attended Capital High School, effectively jumpstarting their workforce training while learning from some of the best K-12 educators in the state.  How cool is that?
  2. The Board of Trustees is poised to raise high school graduation requirements for the first time in memory. Currently they are considering another credit of math and one in either science or an elective.  If approved by the Board, the 2016 incoming freshman class will be the first to graduate in 2020 with the increased credit expectation.
  3. Our focus on improving math skills over the past three years is now paying off. The hard work by educators and students yielded 247 additional fifth graders proving math mastery in testing last spring.  In response, Helena Middle School and C.R. Anderson math departments met this summer and adjusted their math offerings to meet the needs of all the incoming 6th grade students.
  4. Typically, each elementary grade has about 550 students. This year, 603 second grade students followed by 584 1st grade students, considered “bubble” classes, are moving through the system.
  5. Since 1974, Helena Schools’ meal provider, Sodexho, has been a significant partner helping us support student success. They employ 63 workers serving over 4,500 meals a day.
  6. Facility planning and a pressing need to improve our students’ learning environment is still on the radar. Through a thoughtful process, the Trustees are moving forward with a series of facilitated listening sessions in November and December. The dates and places are being finalized and will be announced next week.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

 Mark your Calendar

  • Don’t forget schools will be closed next week on October 15th and 16th. Your teachers and administrators will be attending statewide professional development conferences to enhance their skills and increase their effectiveness of teaching the next generation.  School District Calendar at a Glance.
  • Although it may seem like school just started, we are well past the mid-term and looking at the end of the fall quarter on October 30th.
  • Calling all high school seniors to get ready for College Application Week – November 2-6th. Both Capital and Helena High Schools are encouraging all eligible students to apply for college and take an important step to starting their post-secondary plans.
  • Save the date for the next Helena Education Foundation’s Great Conversations on November 18th.  This long-standing event will provide an evening of intriguing topics and rich conversations, not to mention a great meal with friends and new acquaintances.

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