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Posted on April 24, 2019

Helena 7th Graders Chance Meeting with Lieutenant Governor

Last Friday, 7th Graders at the Helena Middle School took a walking field trip to the Montana Historical Society and State Capitol Complex to learn about Montana State History, civics, land, architecture, and art history.

While touring the Capitol, Ms. Lori Smith’s advisor class decided to try their luck to see if they could peek inside the Governor’s office.  According to Smith, “We stopped by the Governor’s office and asked if we could say hello to the Lieutenant Governor… His staff said yes!”  The Lieutenant Governor and his staff – namely Korbin Bragstad – graciously offered an in-depth tour of the Governor’s office and meeting rooms.  The Lieutenant Governor also shared personal stories, civics lessons, and some history of the office paintings and unique furniture in the offices.

Of the tour, Smith said, “It was an honor and privilege to meet the Lieutenant Governor.  He made each of us feel special and valued.”

Posted on April 23, 2019

Vigilante Service Day Registration

Registration begins today, Tuesday, April 23, and concludes Tuesday, April 30, for Vigilante Service Day.  This Academy is scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd from 8:20-noon. You will be school-related for periods 1st-4th that day.  We will be hiking Mount Helena and finishing up with pizza. Come join the fun. . You can sign up at lunchtime in front of the counseling office. Hurry and sign up—-we only allow the first 100 students to participate.

Posted on April 23, 2019

Collaborative Effort Leads to Amazing Opportunities at Rossiter

Through the interdisciplinary teamwork and grant writing success of three educators, Rossiter Elementary School students will have the privilege of welcoming Mariah Gladstone into their school this week.

Mariah Gladstone is passionate about the importance of pre-contact food – especially for indiginous people: food naturally harvested or grown by indigenous people prior to contact with an outside culture.  The Columbia University graduate has developed this concept into an online cooking show and travels extensively educating on the topic.

On Monday, Gladstone met with four classes ranging from first to third graders about foods native to Montana and North America.  A large variety of berries, nuts, beans, and seeds were introduced to classes, passed around the room for examination, and described by Gladstone according to location where they’re found, taste, preparation techniques, and nutritional properties.

Gladstone also demonstrated, with the help of students, the relationship among plants who work in cooperation – not in competition – with each other, like the “Three Sisters” of corn, beans, and squash, which utilize different nutrients in the soil and distinct growing methods to cohabitate the same area.

Throughout the presentations, students have remained engaged, stimulated, and enthused.  The Helena Public School District is grateful for the cooperative efforts of Jennifer Loomis (Physical Education), Laura Trapp (Library, and HEA Educator of the Year!), and Sarah Dramstad (Music) to secure a Helena Education Foundation “Great Ideas” Grant allowing them to bring Gladstone into their school.

Posted on April 23, 2019

Educators and Students rally around Principal

UPDATE: Hawthorne students raised $218.77 through “Cents for CZR.”  Those funds will be donated to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society in CZR’s name.

Dr. Debroah Jacobsen, Hawthorne School’s Principal, recently suffered a devistating house fire, in which her elderly cat, Spencer, and her beloved parrot, CZR, passed away.  The students and staff were well familiarized with CZR, as he made many visits to the school for “show and tell” days.  According to Jacobsen, CZR “frequently talked during our class visits and delighted the kiddos.”

This week, the school banded together to determine something nice to do for their principal, and the “niceless is priceless” club members decided to hold a “Cents for CZR” fundraiser at the school.  Students will collect only old coins throughout the week of 4/15-18/2019.  At the end of the week, students will add up the donations, exchange the coins for bills, and make a donation to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society in CZR’s name.

All of us at the Helena Public Schools are so proud of the generosity shown by our Hawthorne students in the face of this devistating loss.

Posted on April 23, 2019

CHS Educator Receives Gene Hass Foundation Grant

To quote Jim Weber, educator at Capital High School, he was been awarded this grant “many times over the last several years” from the Gene Haas Foundation, but he is extremely modest of the achievement.

Gene Haas, the owner of Haas Automation, awards this grant to high school and college machining programs that meet certain criteria.  At the high school level, teachers then distribute the grant money to senior students who will be attending college specifically for machining and/or mechanical engineering.

This year, at Capital High, there will be four graduating seniors who meet this specific criteria, so the money will be divided among them.  Thank you for your hard work, Mr. Weber!

Posted on April 23, 2019

Capital High Teacher, Sue Butler, receives State FCS Award

Sue Butler was recently awarded “Leader of the Year” by her peers at the Montana Chapter of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  She will compete at the national level next year in Washington, D.C.

This wasn’t Butler’s first award, however.  In 2017, she was awarded one of only six National Teacher of the Year awards.  In 2009, Butler received  the Professional of the Year award.

Butler has a long history of service to the industry, having previously served as the Montana Affiliate President, President-Elect, Counselor, and Public Policy Chair.  Nationally, she has served as a member of the Ethics committee and has attended the National Leadership Council numerous times.

The Helena Public Schools and Capital High School are extremely grateful for the dedication, service, and passion Sue Butler continues to give her students and the profession.

Posted on April 22, 2019

Capital High awarded SMART Schools Champion!

48 schools applied, and Capital High was declared one of just four schools for the 2018-2019 Montana SMART Schools Challenge.  In this challege, schools across Montana compete to see who can save the most money and resources by conserving energy, recycling waste, and implementing green practices that benefit student health.

Congratulations, CHS, and thank you for your hard work!

Posted on April 17, 2019

4th and 5th Graders Entertained by Helena Symphony’s Peter and the Wolf

Earlier today, Helena students were treated to a special performance by the Helena Symphony.  Both educational and entertaining, the performance was enjoyed by all.


Posted on April 15, 2019

Warren Teacher Awarded One Class at a Time Grant

Mrs. Allison Horne, a Warren Elementary School teacher, was awarded with a One Class at a Time grant, which she will use to help purchase flexible seating in her classroom.  Thanks for your hard work, Mrs. Horne!

Posted on April 15, 2019

Principal for a Day at Kessler

Each year at Kessler Elementary School, one lucky student wins a raffle to be “Principal for the Day” at Kessler Elementary School.  This year, Bennett Springer’s name was drawn.   So far today, he has announced the morning announcements, read a story to many of the classrooms, given out bravos to kids, allowed students to wear hats in the building today, and awarded extra time at recess.  To celebrate a busy morning, Mrs. Lowney took Bennett and his parents to DQ for lunch.

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