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Posted on June 29, 2018

Carroll College Early Access Program

Qualified Helena-area high school students from Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson counties can now take Carroll College classes tuition free beginning this fall!  Carroll Early Access program will make 35 undergraduate college courses available to juniors and seniors.  Students and parents interested in the Carroll Early Access program are invited to an open house scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Trinity Hall on the Carroll College Campus.  The following links to Carroll College and the Helena IR will provide further information.


Posted on November 27, 2017

2017 Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition Winners

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.


Secondary Division
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.



Posted on November 20, 2017

Jefferson: Christmas Tree at the Capitol

Jefferson attended the “Christmas Tree at the Capitol” Celebration!   We had many parents join us as 300 Jefferson folks all brought at least one nonperishable food item to donate to the Helena Food Share. 

Posted on November 3, 2017

District Nationally Recognized by ACT and Renaissance Learning

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.

ACT Helena

Renaissance Learning

Posted on November 3, 2017

Jefferson Elementary: Flexible Seating

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!

Posted on November 3, 2017

Broadwater Songs

Broadwater Songs!

By Broadwater Elementary

Posted on October 27, 2017

Jefferson Elementary: Unity Day

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!

Posted on October 24, 2017

Hawthorne: Thespians in the Making

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

Posted on October 18, 2017

Kessler: Mrs. Ratzlaff

Mrs. Ratzlaff at Kessler Elementary gets a “One Class at a Time” Grant. Congratulations!!!

Posted on October 18, 2017

Jefferson: Student Council

Jefferson Elementary School has a strong Student Council.  This year we had a record number of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders run for office. Our 2017-2018 Jefferson Student Council Candidates did a GREAT job on their speeches! CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017-2018 Jefferson Student Council Officers: President – Jacque O., Co-Vice-Presidents (We had a tie!) -Laine F. and Margot M., Secretary – Sam F. and Treasurer Hadyn G.! Also a BIG Congratulations to all of our extraordinary young leaders for running a positive campaign! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!

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