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Posted on November 27, 2017

Crosstown Science Olympiad State Champions!

Across Helena, science is “killin’ it”!!

Helena High School and CR Anderson Middle School took first place in the State Science Olympiad Tuesday at MSU Bozeman. 

These kids put in many hours for the past two months before and after school, at lunch, and on the weekends to perfect their skills. 

Events ranged from engineering challenges like building a working hovercraft or roller coaster, to lab events like crime scene analysis or experimental design and written test events like anatomy and physiology or disease detectives. 

Students competed in teams of 15 against  50 teams at each level from around the state.

Capital High took 2nd place overall with a score of 99 and HMS and Clancy School earned high scores in many of the individual events!(final scoresheet:

Congratulations to all!! We are so proud of you!


HHS SciOly Press Release 2017

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 27, 2017

CHS State Finalist: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Capital High School, located in Helena, Montana, was named one of the nation’s 255 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).


DeLacy Humbert’s CHS physical science classroom was chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to address prescription medication abuse. To tackle this project, students will propose a new design for prescription medication bottles.


As one of five state finalists in Montana, DeLacy Humbert will win a Samsung Chromebook® to use in her classroom. Capital High School will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional classroom technology prizes. Mrs. Humbert is currently working on an Activity Plan outlining how her students will execute their project. If she is named the Montana State Winner in December, Capital High School will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package!

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!!!

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