It was an emotional day yesterday for students, staff, administration, and the community. As we anxiously await the opportunity to say hello to three new schools, yesterday brought tears and quiet moments of reminiscence as we said goodbye to the old schools.
Although each closing ceremony was unique in accordance with the individual spirit of each school, each presentation by staff and student alike centered around giving thanks. Thanks to our flexible teachers and staff, thanks to our contractors on the job sites, thanks to our board of trustees, and most importantly, thanks to our community for passing the bond.
All three schools will be completed by the first day of school next year and will be open to the public the evening on August 23 and all day on August 24.
During the fourth quarter, Ms. Sampson’s science seminar students were tasked with conducting action research studies focusing on ecology. Students, in groups of two to five, designed, conducted, and presented research on a variety of topics ranging from the affects of predators on livestock and wildlife to the benefits of a healthy community garden.
By giving students their choice of topics, Ms. Sampson allowed the students to find a topic that sparked their curiosity and instilled a desire not just to conduct the research but also to share the results.
In the links below, you can see a few of the projects as they were being developed and upon completion. We’re so excited to see what next year’s seniors have planned!
Capital High has once again received “Platinum” status from OPI in regard to the Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI). MBI has “established an awards process to recognize teams and schools who meet exemplary standards for promoting positive school climate and school safety.” Congratulations to Terri Norman, Walt Chancy, and the rest of the MBI team at CHS for all of their efforts in receiving the highest award possible!
Holter Museum was packed with award winning local writers and their families last week as the Harrison Writing Award winners were announced for 2019.
The Harrison Writing Awards include up to four $250 awards given annually by the Helena Education Foundation in the categories of either expository or creative writing, recognizing the highest quality among the submissions.
Pen & Ink is a collaborative venture spearheaded by the Helena Education Foundation in collaboration with Helena educators. A work of art in itself, Pen & Ink highlights our student authors and artists in an annual magazine that serves as celebration of our astounding student talent.
During last week’s Law Enforcement Week, Bryant 5th grader, Kiela McCarthy wanted to show her appreciation for to her dad, who a law enforcement officer, and the entire Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s office. With the help of her mom, Kiela created the banner and took it to Bryant to be signed by all the students. Kiela and principal, Trish Klock were able to present the banner to the entire sheriff’s department last Thursday!
Before the public was able to experience the Building Helena from the Ground Up event, fifth grade classes from around Helena were able to test drive the experience, and in some cases, literally. Students learned from a variety of construction and engineering community partners on topics from locating underground lines, to the Youth Build program, to the architectural process of building a library. Students were able to honk a horn in a dump truck – much to the chagrin of vendors and volunteers stationed right inside the door all day – and were able to learn the importance of saving, spending, and sharing their money.
Perhaps the most popular stop was a VR tour of the new Bryant Elementary School from Dick Anderson Construction. While one student was able to wander through halls, and into classrooms, gymnasium, and accidentally the boys bathroom, other students were able to follow along on a large monitor.
This event was planned an orchestrated by the Helena WINS program to give area students the opportunity to experience the construction industry first-hand.
Last week, Helena Middle School received the great news that they were awarded with a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant for $2,115! HMS librarian, Amy Friez, plans on using the funds to expand MakerSpace in her library.
MakerSpace is a space in the library where kids can access materials to make things. The current space has circuitry kits, knitting kits, painting kits, Raspberry Pi’s, Makey-Makey’s and Arduinos (for coding and programming), robotics kits, construction kits, legos, and more.
According to Ms. Friez, “We have times that students can come and work on Maker challenges or just free make. It is very popular with our students.”
A big thank you goes to Ms. Friez for taking the initiative to apply for the grant!
Capital High Students were elected to several leadership roles:
Additionally, Zyanne Cervantes (who also served as a committee vice-chair), Jack Kuney, Rigby Swant and Triston Crocker served as Representatives and Blaise Murphy, Norris Blossum, Jacob Torgerson and exchange student Aimar Bernal-Cordona served as Senators.
CHS students – Jack Kuney, Norris Blossum, Blaise Murphy, Thomas Penley – also collected awards for their outstanding bill writing
In an election of his peers, Jack Kuney was voted Representative of the Year by the House members.
Adviser Bill Kaiser said, “This is one of the best delegations I have had in 23 years of Youth in Government. They captured the majority of the elected positions and served as chairs for numerous committees. Every time a leader was needed, a Capital student stepped up.”
Several elections were also held for next year’s YMCA Youth in Government Conference, and Capital High students were elected to 3 of the 5 available leadership positions. Thomas Penley was elected Lieutenant Governor; Jacob Torgerson was elected President of the Senate and Emilie Lenoire was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Zyanne Cervantes ran a tough race for Speaker of the House but lost a close decision.
Middle School Swap Days gives almost 30 students to shadow another student at the opposing middle school. CR Anderson follow HMS students for a morning, and vice versa the following morning.
Besides participating in classroom discussions and book work, the students really start build relationships by comparing teachers, discussing books they’ve read and like or disliked, and relating to universal questions like ice cream preferences, preferred sports teams, and the dreaded math question that no one – probably in the world – understands.
According to CR Anderson 8th grader and swap participant, Keiran Boyle, Swap Days are the most fun he has every year, and he especially enjoys recognizing HMS students year over year.
It was the desire to create a sense of community and to build these crosstown relationships which lead to the beginning of Swap Days over ten years ago. Though the crosstown rivalry is still strong in Helena schools, Swap Days may help foster a sense of civility to accompany the rivalry.
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019
Help us celebrate the completion of this year’s High School house.
Helena/Capital High 2018-2019 House Building Class” and Sue Butler’s
‘Interior Design Class” would like to invite you to our open house.
Stop by between
10:00am – 4:00pm
to see the Helena High and Capital High School – House Build Project
at 1454 Cambray Loop
(Next to Resurrection Cemetery on Montana Avenue)
Lunch will be provided by Executive Chef Harry from 11 am – 1 pm.
A special thanks to Builders First Source and J and Sue Daly!