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.
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.
Jefferson Elementary Flexible Seating: It is hard to sit in a desk all day and to keep focused on learning. To help kids Jefferson Elementary educators have sought ways to give students more flexibility to choose what works best for them. These seating options have immediate benefits; using excess energy, increased motivation and engagement, improving student’s core strength and posture. And… the kids love it!
October 25th is National Unity Day and students and staff are celebrating!! Unity Day is a day in which students and school staff come together to celebrate kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. We care about our school being safe and supportive. Unity Day is a day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion!
Hawthorne Elementary School students take part in a movement exercise Monday afternoon during a tryout for a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Treasure Island.” The Missoula Children’s Theatre visits schools across the state each year, teaching students performing arts and producing a play with students. The Hawthorne Elementary production will have showings on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Article and photo, courtesy of the Helena Independent Record