Last Tuesday marked the first official Board of Trustees meeting for the high schools’ student representatives. Zyanne Cervantes from Capital High and Hannah Muszkiewicz from Helena High joined the board of trustees for their first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year.
Read the article posted in the Helena Independent Record by clicking HERE.
As of yesterday, the Helena School District is the proud owner of three new elementary schools. With the ceremonial passing of the keys, educators now begin the process of moving into their schools. Construction will continue up until school begins on August 28. Read the full article as reported by KXLH by clicking HERE.
If you’re ready to meet the schools, please join us for ribbon cutting ceremonies on August 23 (Jim Darcy @ 3pm, Bryant @ 4pm, Central @ 5pm) and Grand Openings between 9am and 4pm on August 24.
Student Athlete Jamie Pickens adds an additional award to her growing list of accomplishments. She was recently awarded the Helena Independent Record’s Female Athlete of the Year. To read the article in it’s entirety, please click HERE.
Just days after the closing ceremony at Jim Darcy, demolition is underway. Scheduled to take only two weeks, the demotion will make room for a new playground at the school.
Despite the objective of demotion, District Facilities Director, Kalli Kind said, “I think the district and the architects and the construction teams have been very thoughtful about trying to take a piece of the old and bring it to the new for the continuity.”
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.