Good News from Our Schools

Posted on January 21, 2020

Helena school district records 8th year on AP Honor Roll

The Helena Public School District recently was awarded with a spot on the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll District by College Board.  In short, we are one of the top 250 districts across the nation in terms of the increase in students taking on AP classes and how our students are performing in those classes based on a national bar for rigor.  These factors are assessed over a three-year period to determine whether a district qualifies for the award.

This is the eighth year in the last ten the Helena School District has received this recognition – an impressive feat.  To put it into perspective, the next closest districts in Montana have received a spot on the Honor Roll only twice.

According to District Superintendent, Dr. Tyler Ream, “This is a significant accomplishment as there are only a few opportunities to benchmark across the nation.  To be one of the top 250 performers in this regard should be a significant point of pride for everyone in Helena.  The credit certainly goes to our students for taking on these challenging courses, to our educators for their efforts in leading the way, and to our parents and families for the support they provide.”

The value of AP classes has been researched and proven for students entering further education and the workforce post-graduation.  According to College Board, “AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.  They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.”

The Helena School District currently offers 18 AP classes at our high schools.

Posted on January 17, 2020

HHS educator and coach, Eric Peterson, finalist for national award

We’re pleased to announce Eric Peterson, Helena High educator and 3-time state champion basketball coach was named as a finalist for the 2020 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in girls basketball.  Coach Peterson was nominated for this national honor by the state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage.  Congratulations, Coach Peterson!

Posted on January 16, 2020

Students from the Capital High Welding and Machining Program have positive impact on statewide non-profit organization

At the annual Big Hearts Under the Big Sky fundraiser, CHS Welding and Machining Program students, under the direction of Jim Weber, contributed welding projects that raised a total of $3,450 – most of the cost of a Big Hearts trip.

Additionally, CHS Welding and Machining Program students were tasked with selling raffle tickets for a custom-made rifle to benefit the Big Hearts organization.  They sold all 75 tickets, which generated an additional $7,500 for the organization.

Overall, these Capital High students had a seriously positive impact on humanity last weekend, and we’re extremely proud of our students. They were a huge help not just in the project-making but have been volunteering months in advance in a variety of ways with Big Hearts for months in advance in a variety of ways and helped all weekend with this event.

Posted on December 18, 2019

Holiday Programs proven to boost mood

Okay, maybe it hasn’t been proven yet, but if you are finding yourself more Grinch and less Elf, you’ll surely boost your mood by attending one of our many holiday performances.  Check out our Calendar page, contact your neighborhood school, or watch the live feed of Jim Darcy’s three performances tomorrow!

Posted on December 17, 2019

Capital High BPA records 10 regional first place honors

Nineteen students represented Capital High School at the recent Region IV Business Professionals of America competitions. Students demonstrated their business and technology skills in over 60 competitive events. Capital High School had an impressive showing with many top-place finishers and students qualifying in multiple events!

First place finishers are as follows:

  • Advanced Accounting—Ian Isaacson
  • Banking & Finance—Anthony Latka
  • Business Law & Ethics—Marrin Chapman
  • Fundamental Accounting—Hoang-Anh Nguyen
  • Legal Office Procedures—Jenna Rahn
  • Medical Office Procedures—Lilian Keeton
  • Payroll Accounting—Kevin Northey
  • Personal Financial Management—Kevin Northey
  • Prepared Speech—Marrin Chapman
  • Small Business Management Team—Marrin Chapman, Jillian Kaufman, Jenna Rahn, Jaida Salois

Including the individuals listed above, other qualifiers moving on to the state competition in March include Brevin Curtin, Maija Geier, Amanda Haab, Nikki MacMillan, Ally McMillan, America Ruggles, Derek Strobel, Kamdyn Wade, Jacob Yaeger

Congratulations CHS Business Professionals of America and good luck at state!