Government officials from Turkmenistan recently toured the new Central School construction site to gain a better understanding of how to reduce the impact of earthquakes when building new facilities. Tour participants included Dr. Ream, Superintendent of Schools, Kalli Kind, Facilities and Transportation Director, Mr. Ben Flanagan, Langlas Construction Project Superintendent, Mr. Dovletmyrat Baylyyev, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Merdan Guvashov, Ministry of Defense, Mr. Hojamammet Hojamyradov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Myrat Reev, Ministry of Health and Medical Industry.
Congratulations to seven Helena Public School educators who were surprised by the Helena Education Foundation as recipients of the 2018 “Let’s Talk About Great Teachers” award. From the left clockwise the teachers are Christina Sieminski, Capital High Science, Manny Garza, Helena High Health Careers, Sarah Stankowiak, Four Georgians Special Ed, Ashley Fish, Jim Darcy First Grade, Sarah Urban, Capital High Science, Maureen Hunthausen, Helena Middle English, and Sam Leonard, Access to Success English. We are so proud of each of you!!
At the annual Montana Conference of Education Leadership held in Missoula on October 18, 2018, Justine Alberts, Literacy Coach at Central and Bryant Schools, was selected as the recipient of the Jay Erdie Memorial Mentor Scholarship. The award is sponsored by School Administrators of Montana, Montana Unified School Trust, and the Erdie Family.
Dr. John Jay Erdie was a Montana School Superintendent who was well known for his efforts in mentoring promising educators into becoming school administrators. He realized the value of training and retaining quality principals and superintendents.
Justine will receive a $1000 award which will support her continued school administration work at the University of Montana.
Pam Murnion, Rossiter 3rd grade teacher, has been selected as a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She is one of four state-wide teachers selected for the prestigious award. Her application has been forwarded for judging on the national level where up to two teachers from each state will be selected for the Presidential Award. The two finalists will receive $10,000 and an all-expense paid trip for two to Washington DC.
Qualified Helena-area high school students from Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson counties can now take Carroll College classes tuition free beginning this fall! Carroll Early Access program will make 35 undergraduate college courses available to juniors and seniors. Students and parents interested in the Carroll Early Access program are invited to an open house scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Trinity Hall on the Carroll College Campus. The following links to Carroll College and the Helena IR will provide further information.
Each year we eagerly await the arrival of the Wildest Parts Competition entries. Seeing what the students create and getting to know them and their instructors through their entries is one of the best parts of what we do. There are a lot of truly inspiring students out there and we can’t wait to see what they’ll do next. The entries are packed up and will be headed to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION conference in Nashville, TN where they will be proudly displayed in our booth. They will spend the rest of the school year traveling to other shows such as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) conference in Atlanta, GA.
Thank you to all the entrants and to their instructors!
We will be contacting the winners shortly to arrange delivery of their prizes.
Mentioned below are two of Helena’s own that have been recognized! For a complete list check out 2017 Wildest Parts Winners.
1st Place – Survival Multitool – Grayson Weber – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
While trying to decide on what to make for the competition, Grayson, who is interested in the outdoors and loves to hunt and fish, knew that when you are deep in the backcountry, weight is an issue. You don’t want to carry around a whole axe and pickaxe. So, Grayson created a system where all the heads use the same handle. Or, you don’t even need a handle at all; the outdoorsman can simply find a stick big enough and attaches the head and they are good to go! This can save you from 5-7 lbs. Grayson went through 3 prototypes, but the 4th time was a charm. Making the part helped him learn a lot about not only using Mastercam, but engineering and actually building something.
2nd Place – Master Caster – Hadley Snortland – Capital High School – Instructor Jim Weber
Hadley made a custom 4-weight fly fishing rod, a wooden case, and a fabric sleeve for the competition. He chose this part because he loves to go fly fishing and wanted to customize one for a unique, all-around fishing rod. Hadley said he learned a lot about the amount of time that can go into a project like this one, and just how many parts of the rod needed to fit together with a high level of accuracy, especially the threads on the reel seat of the rod. The case is made from African Mahogany for the main body and Wormy Maple for the lid and cap.
Both ACT and Renaissance Learning were extremely impressed by Helena Public School District’s postitive gains. They published two stories that went out for national publication.
This is a testament to the quality of teachers, support staff and administrators we have in our district. They have all been working extremely hard as a team and to help all learners. We no longer leave anyone behind; our PLC framework allow teachers to focus on the individual needs of each child and to implement laser focused instructional strategies targeted for maximum success for every style of learner.
To read these stories, please follow the links below.