The August Board of Trustees Meeting date has been changed. The meeting will be held next week, August 15, 2017. The agenda’s will post later this week. Thank you!
Each year Robert Worthy, Food Service Director/General manager, holds a future chefs competition for 3-5 grade students in Helena Schools. Students create a recipe and he chooses the top 20. Those 20 students then come to the base kitchen at Capital High and prepare the recipe, competing for the top spot. This year Greydyn Gildroy, a 3rd grader at Jefferson Elementary, won the local competition. Her recipe was submitted for consideration for one of the 40 regional spots and. not only did she make it, she took First Place at Regionals securing her spot in the final 5 for Nationals!!
How it works now is everyone can click on the link in the attachment below to watch the video we made of her preparing her recipe and vote for their favorite recipe between now and Sunday, April 30, 2017. Everyone can vote daily and we need as many people as possible to vote. Please pass this along to everyone you know that would help her win. Second place last year had over 25,000, but first place had over 100,000 votes so we hope to really reach everyone!!
Seven years ago a 4th grader from Warren Elementary won the National competition, it would be really amazing if Helena can boast two National titles!!
For questions, please feel free to contact Robert Worthy, Food Service Director/General Manager for Sodexo School Services at 406-324-2512 or via email at: Robert.Worthy@sodexo.com
Registration for Fall 2017 Kindergarten begins Tuesday, January 3. Please review the attachment below for more information regarding the registration process.
Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior students at both high schools completed a benchmark writing assessment on April 20th. This district assessment is scored in accordance with the American College Test (ACT) Writing Test Scoring Rubric. The results help inform students, parents, and staff regarding students’ writing skills as they pertain to college/career readiness.
The minimum proficiency score on the Helena School District writing assessment is a 3.5 out of a total of 6. This score is aligned to the proficiency score for the ACT writing assessment and the Montana University System (MUS) writing proficiency requirement. Please note that all of our students, regardless of grade level, are scored using the same college-level criteria. The goal is for students to reach a minimum of a 3.5 on the district writing assessment by the spring of their junior year when they take the ACT.
Below are several example essays with the score and rationale provided. The writing prompt and scoring rubric are also provided below.
On Thursday, May 19th, 26 Helena School District employees will celebrate their retirement!
A Retirement Reception is planned at 4:00 p.m. at the Montana School Board’s Association – 4th Floor – 863 Great Northern Boulevard. Everyone is invited to come bid the retirees farewell.
Cake and punch will be served.
Five candidates have filed for three open K-12 seats on the Helena School Board of Trustees. The Independent Record is publishing the candidates’ written responses to an IR questionnaire over the course of five days.
Other candidates include incumbent Tyler Emmert, Libby Goldes, John McEwen and Sanjay Talwani. Mail-in ballots are to be mailed to voters by mid-April and must be received by the Lewis and Clark County elections office by Tuesday, May 3.
Meet School Board candidate Jon Rush at the Helena IR here.
Helena School District Invites Public to Participate in On-Line Listening Session
The Helena School District wrapped up a series of listening sessions designed to re-engage community members with the District’s facilities and how they support educational goals. Over 300 community members and staff attended the eight facilitated conversations.
In response to those who were unable to attend, the District is launching an On-Line Listening Session to provide another opportunity for the community to have their voices heard.
Go to On-Line Facility Listening Session to access the survey. The link is available Friday, December 11, 2015 through the end of the month.
“We know our students and teachers need better school facilities in which to learn and to teach,” said Board Chair Aidan Myhre. “We want to hear the public’s ideas to move forward together on a community-led vision for our schools.”
Superintendent Kent Kultgen added, ” The facilitated Listening Sessions have been a great way for the community to let us know what is important to them. We’ve added this On-Line Listening Session to provide one more way to engage the public and staff in the process. ”
There will not be school during the Thanksgiving break, which begins on Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th.
Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!