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.
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!
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.
Okay, maybe it hasn’t been proven yet, but if you are finding yourself more Grinch and less Elf, you’ll surely boost your mood by attending one of our many holiday performances. Check out our Calendar page, contact your neighborhood school, or watch the live feed of Jim Darcy’s three performances tomorrow!
Nineteen students represented Capital High School at the recent Region IV Business Professionals of America competitions. Students demonstrated their business and technology skills in over 60 competitive events. Capital High School had an impressive showing with many top-place finishers and students qualifying in multiple events!
First place finishers are as follows:
Including the individuals listed above, other qualifiers moving on to the state competition in March include Brevin Curtin, Maija Geier, Amanda Haab, Nikki MacMillan, Ally McMillan, America Ruggles, Derek Strobel, Kamdyn Wade, Jacob Yaeger
Congratulations CHS Business Professionals of America and good luck at state!