One year ago, we were opening the 2019/2020 school year with a celebration some forty years in the making. We cut the ribbons on three new schools and thanked the voters of Helena for putting our children first as we collectively worked to build a better school system and community. In many ways, the school year progressed as planned but as we prepared to turn the final corner and race down the final stretch of the fourth quarter, our world changed. What started with reports of a new, novel Coronavirus in China turned to a global pandemic by March. Then the unthinkable occurred for schools as our buildings closed and everything, we formally took for granted, shifted online and away from the familiar confines of our classrooms. What stared as a two-week, temporary inconvenience became a new way of life as the world watched through the portals of our televisions.
Life here in Helena still has not returned to normal. While stay-at-home orders have been lifted, few would call our lives normal in any regard. A healthy fear still exists as we think twice about doing simple things like running to the store to purchase a few items for dinner. Now, as we continue to make preparations for the entire 2020/2021 school year, we do so in hopes that some sense of normal will return within the next ten months.
While we strive together towards making this school year successful, I want to express my gratitude to everyone who continues to collectively work to overcome the challenges of this ongoing pandemic. The outcomes of our efforts to combat COVID-19 remain in question. As a result, much of our day-to-day life feels tentative and lacks the clarity that typically comes as we prepare to celebrate the start of a new school year. We will overcome and together, our collective strength will bridge the gaps and uncertainty created by a virus that knows no end. While this may not be easy in any regard, I am confident in our collective strength and resilience.
Thank you for all that you have done, are doing, and will do in support of our children. Like us, they did not choose this challenge, but it came, nevertheless. What we do together, across the next ten months, will make a difference and as we hear into a year of uncertainty, I remain thankful and honored to serve alongside you.
Read the 8.21.2020 update with a link to the most current Opening of Schools Plan by clicking here.
Read the most recent update from our Helena Public Schools, which includes tentative plans for the first days of school.
Click to view our most recent planning update, which includes updates to the Draft Opening of Schools Plan, additional FAQs, and results from the family survey.
Linked is the most recent version of our 2020/2021 Opening of Schools Plan. This document remains a work-in-progress as we seek to improve and refine plans and details. Please continue to send suggestions to Planning2020@helenaschools.org.
Read the latest update on planning for the 20/21 school year along with some FAQs on getting back to school.
As of last Thursday, our Helena Public Schools have been on Summer Break for one month. In that time, our planning efforts have intensified to include nearly one-hundred volunteers, across eight teams, that are involved on a daily basis as we prepare for the forthcoming 2020/2021 school year.
This week's update provides information on bus transportation for the 20/21 school year, state and national guidance, and an additional family survey to be sent.
With the end of the 2019/2020 school year, our attentions have turned full-time to planning for the forthcoming 2020/2021 school year.
On behalf of all of my colleagues here in the Helena Public Schools, I want to say thank you.
Click to view a number of helpful resources when talking through these matters as a family.
Information for each School Board of Trustees candidate published originally in the Helena Independent Record.
The two voted levies are on the spring ballot specifically designed to support the Helena Public Schools. Both of these levies align with the district’s general fund, one for our elementary district and the other for our high school district. The general fund supports a majority of the district’s needs associated with our schools. For example, the general fund accounts for a majority of our employee salaries including our outstanding educators, administrators, paraeducators, and support staff who work directly with our children every day.
It may no longer be the 2020 Teacher Appreciation Week, but we’ve compiled a list of posts from our Facebook page with the help of our educators, administrators, and families.
The last few weeks has brought the ingenuity and creativity of our educators into the spotlight.
The Helena Public School District recently was awarded with a spot on the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll District by College Board.
MHSA has announced today that three winter sports teams from Helena have been named MHSA/Montana Army Nation Guard Academic All Teams for the winter sports season.
The Helena Public Schools continues to work with local and state health officials in monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the Pacific Northwest, Montana, and locally in the Helena area. To date, Montana’s only patient under investigation tested negative for COVID-19.
Calling all future Helena public school students and the class of 2033! Registration is now open for next year’s Kindergarten class.
Nineteen students represented Capital High School at the recent Region IV Business Professionals of America competitions.
The latest in a long line of achievements, Helena High Computer Science Educator, Buffy Smith, recently received Congressman Greg Gianforte’s Spirit of Montana award during Computer Science Education Week.