Good News from Our Schools

Posted on October 14, 2019

Rossiter Teacher awarded One Class at a Time grant

This week’s One Class at a Time recipient is Rossiter Elementary School teacher Pamela Murnion.

Members of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise her third grade classroom with a $250 check.  The money from the grant will be used to purchase more children’s literature books that show underrepresented communities.

Congratulations, Ms. Murnion!

Posted on September 13, 2019

HEF Fabulous Firsts program continues

Helena Education Foundation’s Fabulous Firsts program continues around the district.  Recently, every 1st grade student at Jim Darcy, Rossiter, Bryant, Broadwater, Kessler, and Jefferson has recieved a free book from the Helena Education Foundation.  By the end of September, every 1st grade student in the district will have received a book.

HEF board and staff, program sponsors and volunteers participate in the events and read to students. In many schools, upper classmates wrap the books
for their first grade classmates and include a handmade bookmark or a note about their own Fabulous Firsts experiences.

For more information about this year’s Fabulous Firsts program, please click HERE.

Posted on September 12, 2019

Helena Food Share’s Kid Pack Challenge kicks off at Bryant

For the last ten years, Bryant Elementary School and Helena Food Share have teamed up to support hungry kids.  Kid Packs are distributed each Friday of the school year and include items such as oatmeal, ravioli meals, low-sugar fruit cups and granola bars.  Helena Food Share estimates $175,000 to keep the program running all summer long, and First Interstate Bank Stepped up on September 11 with a check for $29,000.  To contribute to the Kid Pack Challenge, please visit Helena Food Share’s website.

KXLH covered the event yesterday; you can read the entire article and watch the accompanying video by clicking HERE.

Posted on September 5, 2019

PAL’s book vending machine filled, ready for readers

Last spring, the Project for Alternative Learning (PAL) and the Helena school district received a generous and innovative donation from the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation.  Not wanting to settle for donating supplies or even books, the Library Foundation – with the idea and urging of Teen Services Librarian, Heather Dickerson – have gone above and beyond expectations with the installation of a book vending machine at PAL.

All involved parties – and this excited staff member – have followed each step of the process with growing anticipation.  From ordering the machine to arrival at the school – and taking doors of their hinges to get the machine into the school – each step has brought the machine closer to completion.  One giant step took place this morning, as Dickerson and PAL Principal, Wynn Randall, stocked the vending machine, much to the delight and growing curiosity of district staff and student onlookers.  Students stopped briefly not just to see the filling machine, but to visit with Dickerson, who hosts some of the students at the library for “workdays” and internships.

Although the twenty titles currently supplying the vending machine have been handpicked by Dickerson, she next plans on involving some of the students in selecting future featured books and evaluating past picks.  It’s a unique and valuable opportunity for students to be part of a decision-making process and to have a visual reminder of their opinions.

The current books – representing multiple genres – will be available free to students who earn special tokens for perfect attendance or other staff-determined accolades.

We at the Helena Public Schools are so grateful for the involvement of our Lewis & Clark Library the hard work and dedication throughout the process.  We’re so excited to see what happens next!

Posted on August 30, 2019

Local author highlights Fabulous Firsts event at Bryant

This afternoon at Bryant Elementary School, local author and Helena native Annie McCarvel McCutcheon read her best-selling book as part of Helena Education Foundation’s Fabulous Firsts program.

Fabulous Firsts is a signature program of the Helena Education Foundation that provides a new, hardcover, award-winning book for each first-grade student in the district, to nurture young minds in the joy and importance of reading as a foundation for learning.

Reading events are organized at each elementary school during September; snacks are served and parents, HEF board and staff, program sponsors and volunteers participate in the events and read to students. In many schools, upper classmates wrap the books for their first-grade classmates and include a handmade bookmark or a note about their own Fabulous Firsts experiences.

HEF gives 640 books each year to first graders, and a set of books is also given to each library.

Posted on August 23, 2019

Student-created sign to adorn lawn at Helena High

After more then a decade, a beautifully welded HHS Bengals sign has been found and is set to be installed.  Purchased by the class of 2007 with class funds and built by the class of 2008, this sign is slated to be installed on the corner of Billings Avenue and Roberts Street.

Read the story published in the Independent Record by clicking HERE.

Posted on August 19, 2019

New student trustees join board

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.

Posted on August 6, 2019

Helena School District takes possession of new schools

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.

Posted on July 1, 2019

HHS basketballer claims IR’s Female Athlete of the Year

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.

Posted on June 13, 2019

Demolition begins on old Jim Darcy School

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.”

Read the whole story as reported by KXLH by clicking HERE or by watching the video HERE.