Great News

Great things are happening in Montana's public schools every day of the school year. The following are a few of the items profiling the great work of Montana's public schools that have appeared in Montana news media.  By clicking on a link, the reader is taken away from the MTSBA website.  Any payment required to access a particular website is the sole responsibility of the individual reader.  Articles and opinions appearing on this page do not necessarily reflect the policies, positions, opinions or views of the MTSBA Directors or staff.

August 14, 2017

Donations support ranchers affected by fires
Between 12 and 15 Kalispell FFA and vocational agriculture students started one of the few remaining Friday mornings of the summer hauling 15 tons of hay onto a flatbed truck as part of a larger effort to provide relief to ranchers who lost grazing land by the Lodgepole Complex wildfire in eastern Montana.

The school year is knocking: Volunteers spread word on school attendance
Last school year, Broadwater Elementary kindergarten teacher Amy Robson ended up with 24 students in her class — more than allowed by Montana accreditation standards.

August 9, 2017

CHS math team places second in international competition
A team of four Capital High School math students is one of the top high school math teams in the world.

August 4, 2017

Fromberg teachers to start teaching computer science curriculum
America Campaign’s Montana Teachers Teaching Tech program, in partnership with Code.org, trained 38 middle and high school educators in Phoenix, Ariz., last week.

July 28, 2017

Educator of Excellence
A call to help brought Amanda Matdies from teaching home school to public classrooms. “I just felt God was saying, ‘OK, quit helping just your kids. There are a lot of kids that could use more help.’ And so I went back to school for that,” she said.

July 26, 2017

Chief Jo kindergarten teacher makes school great from the start
For many children in Great Falls, Londa Hart is their first introduction to the next 13 years of their life.

July 7, 2017

State recognizes local school
ST. IGNATIUS – Teachers from across the state of Montana cheered as the first reservation school in the state received a platinum award, which was given to the St. Ignatius School District.

July 6, 2017

Montana history teacher of the year: Bringing American history to life for Bozeman kids
On the first day of school, teacher Danny Waldo asks his Bozeman fifth-graders how many love history.

Students of all ages turn out for Sunset School's 100-year reunion
GREENOUGH — For the Sunset School’s 100-year reunion Saturday, former students of all ages gathered to share memories and celebrate the historic one-room schoolhouse that, despite sometimes having only one student, continues to operate.

June 30, 2017

Park High teacher named ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year’
Beloved Park High School biology teacher Randy Mogen was named the 2017 Montana Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Native students learn about trees as part of summer cultural program
POLSON – More culturally-inspired outreach is the goal of the summer native arts and culture program. Polson Middle School special services teacher Amy Williams said the idea sprouted from Polson Schools’ parent and Indian education committees.

June 29, 2017

Centennial Bell Award honors Helena teacher
Jodi Majerus Delaney is the winner of the 28th Montana Statehood Centennial Bell Award honoring the Montana History Teacher of the Year at the fourth- through sixth-grade level.

June 21, 2017

Summer lunching at Missoula County Public Schools
There is such a thing as a free lunch for anyone under the age of 18 in Missoula this summer.

June 19, 2017

Summer school program aims to give Native students an extra boost
Zayden Megaard threaded purple and red beads on to a keychain he was making at Orchard Elementary on Tuesday. Red is his favorite color, and purple is one of his grandfather's.
 
Farm to School receives $100,000 grant, looks to expand programs
The Gallatin Valley Farm to School program was selected to receive a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal program hands out 65 grants a year to programs around the country aimed at increasing the amount of local food in schools.

June 12, 2017

Skyview counselors zero in on helping younger students
Last year, freshman had more than 250 "F" grades at Skyview High. But that number dropped each grade level, down to 20 for seniors.

June 9, 2017

Corvallis Creative Media Arts classes to present completed productions
Students in Corvallis Creative Media Arts classes will be giving a free public showing of their completed productions noon to 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Pharaohplex Theatre.

The ultimate class field trip

The 48 students in the Columbus High School sophomore class had the unique opportunity to see all of their hard research in action at the end of April.

Serve Montana honors school programs in Bridger, Red Lodge

Two area school programs were given Serve Montana awards during a ceremony held last Friday in Senate chambers at the State Capitol.

A Study of the Northeast Region
When Mrs. Johnson’s 4th grade class was studying the Northeast Region of the United States in social studies they made a museum.

WMS teacher rewarded for helping kids keep fit
And he is so good at it that he has been selected to receive the Dave Overly Striving for Excellence Award from SHAPE Montana (the Society for Health and Physical Education).

WMS eighth graders use animation to promote books

Movies generate much of the ‘buzz’ and ‘hype’ which entices audiences to go see them through their preview trailers, so 8th graders at Washington Middle School recently undertook a project to try to do the same thing for books in the school’s library.

June 7, 2017

After 3 years, Willard High School students almost finished with Bitterroot Spur Trail mural
As Willard High School students worked on the Bitterroot Spur Trail mural Tuesday, a biker whizzing past called out a compliment.

June 2, 2017

Program prepares students for life beyond classroom
Several Whitefish High School seniors are getting a head start on the difficult transition from school to work.

May 30, 2017

‘Oh, the places you’ll go’: Bitterroot students explore career paths through UM initiative
Counting and marking mealy worms, conducting interviews, creating clean river displays and drawing ticks were a few of the hands-on and minds-on activities about careers presented by role models from Bitterroot businesses and organizations Friday.

May 26, 2017

Inside the 2017 High School Houses
The 38th and 39th High School Houses are finally finished. Watch as GFPS students put together the finishing touches.
 
On The Beat: Grade schoolers start newspaper
While most of their classmates enjoy the playground, a small group of budding journalists stay back to hone their craft each Friday at Saddle Peak Elementary.
 
Mentoring program succeeding in Bozeman schools
The director of Thrive told the Bozeman School Board this week that a mentoring program is helping the academic performance of students and reducing dropout rates.
 
Outdoor education for an outdoor world
In typical Montana May fashion, this year’s Bear Creek Days got a little wet.

May 25, 2017

HHS students showcase short films
Havre High School student filmmakers will showcase several short films Thursday night and the public is invited to watch and judge.


May 19, 2017

Choteau 8th graders take 1st in eCYBERMISSION contest
The Choteau eighth-grade science team “Zika Busters” was selected as the first-place state winner in the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition.

May 18, 2017

Longfellow kids create children’s book for ArtWorks Festival
Third-graders at Longfellow School have created a new children’s picture book called “Rooti and Flame” and it’s already got rave reviews.

Artist combines Native America, creativity for kids
Montana is the only state in the nation that requires Indian Education to be included in school curriculums. In fact, it’s written into the state’s Common Core standards.

May 17, 2017

Mom earns high school diploma while juggling work, family: 'She always came back'
When Elizabeth Younger finished up her first round of classes toward her high school equivalency diploma last year, she hesitated a bit before coming back for this school year.

May 15, 2017

'It's amazing to watch what happens': High-schoolers learn about horse therapy
The West High seniors at a West End horse barn Wednesday morning were supposed to be listening to nurses and a doctor from Billings Clinic as they talked about their equine therapy program.

May 11, 2017

Open House Showcases Student-Built House
An open house at 125 Corporate Court in Kalispell is planned to showcase the completed Flathead High School student-built home.

Fourth graders get a taste of farm life
“Kids need the chance to see where their food comes from. A lot of them don’t know where their water or milk comes from.”

May 10, 2017

One-room schoolhouse: In the high mountain town of Cooke City, a classic style of education still thrives
COOKE CITY — Cooke City, where the snowmobiles often outnumber the town’s 140 residents, teaches its children — four of them this year — in a real one-room schoolhouse.

May 3, 2017

Elementary school program pairs up special education, mainstream students to ease anxieties
Fifth-grader Jose Maya read a book about alligators aloud to fellow fifth-grader Erik Kelly on Wednesday morning.

May 1, 2017

Corvallis High School students research soil ecology of Roaring Lion fire site
The Roaring Lion fire area is serving as a sample zone for students studying the effects of fire on soil, water and vegetation.
 
Terry holds early special graduation ceremony for valedictorian's cancer-stricken mother
When Carol Grant was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, she knew it was serious.
 
Grant lets Box Elder students play with $1,200 in Legos
Box Elder students recently had more than $1,200 worth of Legos delivered, paid for by Triangle Communications.

April 28, 2017

BHS teacher is one of two
Katie Capp can’t get enough of school. While teaching biology at Belgrade High School the past two years, she’s also been working towards a masters degree in science education from Montana State University.
 
SGMS, PHS win SMART awards, $1,000 each
Sleeping Giant Middle School and Park High School both won awards from the governor’s office and the SMART — Save Money and Resources Today —  School Challenge.
 
Students learn to 'Apply' Mathematics during construction project
Chinook High School Math Teacher Andrew Linquist and his General Applied Mathematics students are taking the math skills they have learned and applying them to a real world project.
 
School powwow honors culture
The Mission School District held a powwow open to the community on Friday to honor the school’s annual Cultural Awareness Day.
 
‘Seeds of peace’ grow into tree for school
POLSON — Kindergarten and first grade students at Cherry Valley Elementary School saw the fruits of their labor realized last week with the planting of a new tree on school property.

April 27, 2017

Two Helena schools win SMART awards for environmental work
By Marga Lincoln, Independent Record
Two public schools in Helena were in the spotlight this past week for winning environmental awards.

Florence school receives AdvancED Accreditation
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
The Florence Carlton School District completed the AdvancEd external review and accreditation process. They were approved after the onsite external review in early April.

April 25, 2017

Tribal schools monitor Flathead Lake for invaders
By Ashley Nerbovig, Missoulian
POLSON — The sharp eyes of students from the Flathead Indian Reservation schools scanned the shores of Flathead Lake for invasive mussel species Monday.

April 26, 2017

Local gets in with Ivy League schools
Nearly a month after she received letters of acceptance from nine universities - including seven Ivy League colleges - a Big Sandy High School senior has decided she will attend Yale University next year.

Agriculture teacher wins award
Brian Bay approaches teaching with laughter, joy and grace.

April 24, 2017

Medieval trebuchet helps Lockwood students learn about real-life engineering
By Mike Ferguson, Billings Gazette
Without leaving school grounds Friday, the 370 students who attend Eileen Johnson Middle School in Lockwood learned how to filtrate water, site power lines, enable submarines to remain undetected underwater - and, most thrilling of all, use a 17th-century siege weapon called a trebuchet to hammer castle walls.

Code Girls take on tech challenge
By Hilary Matheson, Daily Inter Lake
The future tech girls of the Flathead Valley have arrived and they’re prepared to bring their coding game to their first competition.

April 21, 2017

Lankford will receive "Indian Teacher of the Year" award
Paris Gibson Education Center educator Jordann Lankford has been named as Montana's "Indian Teacher of the Year."

April 13, 2017

Kindergarten students explore rehabilitation center at Marcus Daly Memorial hospital
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
The Rehabilitation Center at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital hosted Corvallis kindergarten students in Jamie Poole’s class for a tour and exercise experience, Wednesday.

April 7, 2017

THE SWAP: SGMS librarian’s book event helps get kids into reading
A handful of middle-schoolers crowded a table browsing through lines and lines of books to swap in the Sleeping Giant Middle School library Wednesday afternoon.

Hardin High School publishes first literary journal

By Andrew Turck, Big Horn County News
Utilizing what Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove referred to as “language at its most distilled and most powerful,” Hardin High School has published its first edition of The Bulldog Literary Journal.

Conservation Day
On March 29, representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks visited the elementary classrooms.

I Love to Read Month Rocks Harlem Elementary
By Janice Gilham, Blaine County Journal
Harlem Elementary celebrated ‘I Love to Read’ month, featuring exciting challenges and activities throughout February and on through the first week of March.

April 5, 2017

The young lumberjacks of Bonner - history from the classroom window
By Ashley Nerbovig, Missoulian
BONNER – First graders of Bonner Elementary School can look out the window every day at a piece of the town's history.
 
CHS named Montana Exemplar for its ACT and academic achievements
By Marga Lincoln, Independent Record
A few years ago Capital High School's ACT scores were, frankly, nothing to brag about.

April 3, 2017

Native Youth Powwow honors children and provides culture
By Kasey Bubnash, Missoulian
Ruth Swaney smiled as she watched her 5-year-old grandson, Talus Endfield, perform his first "fancy dance" Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Native Youth Powwow, an annual event which honors Native American children and teenagers through competitive dance.

'How’d you like to build an airplane?': Students building 1920s-era plane for middle school
By Matt Hoffman, Billings Gazette
A group of students worked frantically to prepare a 1929 Northrop Glider they’d been building since June to transport it to the Billings Clinic Science Expo in March.