Helena School District’s partner and supporter, Helena Education Association, treated over 420 educators, students, parents, and community members to fifty five amazing stories of collaboration and inspiration at the Helena Education Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence gala.
A full list of the award winners is available HERE.
The Helena Public Schools is so grateful for the devotion and service the Helena Education Foundation gives our students and community.
At Four Georgians Elementary School, fifth grade students know how to put the presentation in science presentations. After researching topics and working through the steps of the scientific method, students bring their results – in he form of posters and demonstrations – to school.
The presentations themselves are delivered to a multi-generational audience. Younger grades wander through the class of presentations and ask questions such as “What’s this?” “How does this work?” and “Can I try?” As the teachers, parents, and grandparents approach the students, the questions alter a little, ranging from “Tell me about your project,” to “Why do you think this worked or didn’t work?”
Besides encouraging students to be prepared and knowledgeable on their topics, these science presentations teach students how to adjust their presentation style based on their audience members and basic presentation skills like making good eye contact, speaking clearly, and being approachable.
Hundreds of guests were treated to dozens of pieces of art at the 15th Annual Welding Art Show at Helena High School. Each piece of art was created through the industrial arts program at the high school, which typically sees about 160 students in the welding shop every day.
On top of planning this event, Ms. Cindy Galbavy, welding educator at Helena High School, and her students organized a fundraising raffle to benefit Trooper Wade Palmer and his family, which raised $277!
Congratulations, Ms. Galbavy and your students for hosting another successful Art Show!
Ms. Heidi Herbolich, a 4th grade educator at Rossiter Elementary School, was awarded this week’s One Class At A Time grant from KXLH and First Interstate bank.
Herbolich believes that students who practice their artistic skills grow into more well rounded students, so this $250 grant will go towards purchasing art supplies for her classroom. You may read the article posted on the KXLH website by clicking HERE.
Congratulations, Ms. Herbolich!
Last week, Bryant Principal Trish Klock volunteered to be duct taped to the wall as a fundraiser for Bryant’s Parent Council. Kids lined the halls and with varying degrees of enthusiasm, applied enough strips of duct tape to fully suspend their principal onto the wall. Thanks to the “kind” donation of tape by Dick Anderson Construction, the fundraiser earned $130 for the school’s Parent Council.
For two evenings this week, most of the educators at Four Georgians Elementary School volunteered their time organizing and hosting activities for Math Night and Art Night for all students partaking in the Scree-Free Week challenge.
The over 100 students who attended the nights participated in activities ranging from math card games and name math, to creating greeting cards and imitating the work of Wassily Kandinsky.
On April 30, Kessler 2nd grade students from Ms. Emily Hankins’s class were treated to a very special guest, Governor Bullock. Before reading “Giggle Giggle Quack” to the class, the governor told students that he loves reading because unlike watching TV or playing video games, he gets to use his imagination.
After the book reading was complete, Governor Bullock asked the students what their favorite part of the book was before allowing the students to ask questions of him. This is where the hilariousness began, condensed to just a few of the amazing questions and correlating answers.
Q: Are you a Cat or a Griz?
A: Well, some of my friends like the Cats, and some of my friends like the Griz, and I like my friends.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: In Helena just a few blocks from where I live now. I’ve only made it about ten blocks in my life.
Q: Did you go to Kessler?
A: No, I went to Smith, which is over kind of by the Capitol.
Ms. Hankins asked if he had a Cougar Code when he was growing up (the school’s honor code of behavior: Be safe. Be respectful. Be responsible. Be a learner.)
A: No, but I think everyone, including adults needs to follow the Cougar Code.
Q: How did you get to be governor?
A: How did I get to be governor? I had a lot of great teachers who helped me all along the way.
He then explained a few of the responsibilities of being a governor.
Q: What’s the best part about being governor?
A: The best part is Halloween when I get to hand out full size candy bars.
Lots of “oohs” and “aahs.”
A: Yep, I get to hand out full sized candy bars to over 2,000 trick-or-treaters.
Q: Do you have a butler?
A: No. I don’t have a butler. I even picked out my own socks this morning.
Q: What’s your first name?
Class erupts in laughter.
The Helena Public Schools and Kessler School sincerely appreciate the Governor carving time out of his schedule to read to and entertain the students.
According a a report card published by the Office of Public Instruction last week, Helena-area schools are showing higher percentages of advanced students than the state average.
Schools are graded on mathematics, reading, and science and are given a rating of either novice, nearing proficient, proficient or advanced in each subject.
To read the entire article as published in the Helena Independent Record, please click HERE.
Yesterday morning, three students were given the opportunity to fill the shoes of regular principal, Nick Radley. Jocee Allen, Madelyn Ball, and Shane Sampson spent their morning reading morning announcements, touring each classroom, assisting with Governor’s Cup training, and serving cake to all students with April birthdays. It was a busy morning, but being treated to lunch by Mr. Radley was well worth the effort.