Good News from Our Schools

Posted on January 30, 2020

School Geography Bee Results

Over fifty students at three Helena schools recently competed in school level geography bees at Helena schools as part of the National Geographic GeoBee program.  Students grades 4-8 received the same questions and the school champion from each school qualified to take the online State GeoBee qualifying test.  (Read some same questions HERE.)  A huge thanks to the educators who dedicated their time to make these GeoBees happen!

Four Georgians Elementary:
1st Place: Oliver Mow (Grade 5)
2nd Place: Tyler LaChere (Grade 4)
3rd Place: Nate Jensen (Grade 5)

C. R. Anderson Middle School:
1st Place: Charlie Snellman  (Grade 7)
2nd Place: Lowek Vonada (Grade 7)
3rd Place: Adeline Walters (Grade 7)

Helena Middle School:
1st Place: Ricky Robbins   (Grade 7)
2nd Place:  Harper Karalus  (Grade 6)
3rd Place:  Margaret McDonald  (Grade 7)

Posted on January 29, 2020

HMS Educator, Pam Campbell, nominated for Life Changer of the Year!

A very deserving Pam Campbell was chosen as a candidate for “Life Changer of the Year” from National Life Group after being nominated by staff members at HMS.

Ms. Campbell’s letter of recommendation is available on Life Changer of the Year website.  We encourage you to take a moment to visit the website to congratulate Ms. Campbell and give words of support!  This will help Pam stand out and get noticed by the selection committee giving her a better chance to become one of the 16 winners.

Congratulations, Ms. Campbell!  We’re so appreciative of everything you do for our students and fellow employees.

Posted on January 21, 2020

Helena school district records 8th year on AP Honor Roll

The Helena Public School District recently was awarded with a spot on the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll District by College Board.  In short, we are one of the top 250 districts across the nation in terms of the increase in students taking on AP classes and how our students are performing in those classes based on a national bar for rigor.  These factors are assessed over a three-year period to determine whether a district qualifies for the award.

This is the eighth year in the last ten the Helena School District has received this recognition – an impressive feat.  To put it into perspective, the next closest districts in Montana have received a spot on the Honor Roll only twice.

According to District Superintendent, Dr. Tyler Ream, “This is a significant accomplishment as there are only a few opportunities to benchmark across the nation.  To be one of the top 250 performers in this regard should be a significant point of pride for everyone in Helena.  The credit certainly goes to our students for taking on these challenging courses, to our educators for their efforts in leading the way, and to our parents and families for the support they provide.”

The value of AP classes has been researched and proven for students entering further education and the workforce post-graduation.  According to College Board, “AP students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.  They dig deeper into subjects that interest them and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.”

The Helena School District currently offers 18 AP classes at our high schools.

Posted on January 17, 2020

HHS educator and coach, Eric Peterson, finalist for national award

We’re pleased to announce Eric Peterson, Helena High educator and 3-time state champion basketball coach was named as a finalist for the 2020 National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in girls basketball.  Coach Peterson was nominated for this national honor by the state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage.  Congratulations, Coach Peterson!

Posted on January 16, 2020

Students from the Capital High Welding and Machining Program have positive impact on statewide non-profit organization

At the annual Big Hearts Under the Big Sky fundraiser, CHS Welding and Machining Program students, under the direction of Jim Weber, contributed welding projects that raised a total of $3,450 – most of the cost of a Big Hearts trip.

Additionally, CHS Welding and Machining Program students were tasked with selling raffle tickets for a custom-made rifle to benefit the Big Hearts organization.  They sold all 75 tickets, which generated an additional $7,500 for the organization.

Overall, these Capital High students had a seriously positive impact on humanity last weekend, and we’re extremely proud of our students. They were a huge help not just in the project-making but have been volunteering months in advance in a variety of ways with Big Hearts for months in advance in a variety of ways and helped all weekend with this event.