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.

April 20, 2018

Becker to serve on Board of Public Education
Paris Becker, a sophomore at Fairfield High School, was selected as Montana’s student representative to the Montana Board of Public Education.

April 18, 2018

Students at this Billings elementary school have created art to help pay for an inclusive playground
When an inclusive playground is installed at Rose Park Elementary School in 2019 or 2020, students will have had a real hand in paying for it.

April 13, 2018

Eight Chinook High school students get head start on college
Eight juniors and seniors at Chinook High (CHS) are taking Education 101, Teaching and Learning, as a dual enrollment course through MSU-Bozeman and Gallatin College.

Native Youth Conference brings future leaders together
PABLO – High School students from Arlee, St. Ignatius, Pablo, Polson, Missoula, Hot Springs, Helena and Hardin converged at Salish Kootenai College for three days last week to develop leadership skills and talk about issues important to them to help foster change.

April 11, 2018

Bozeman High students join talk with cosmonauts
Living in space orbit can be challenging, like when you heat up your lunch and forget to use a napkin.

April 10, 2018

Hall Passages: Cold Springs students learn 3 R's of cutting waste
As the city of Missoula works on its plan to reduce landfill waste by 90 percent by the year 2050, it may want to seek advice from some local fifth-graders.

April 6, 2018

New York Times Magazine explores challenges, triumphs of Arlee's historic basketball teams
The Arlee basketball team is receiving national attention from the New York Times magazine in a story about the challenges and triumphs behind the team's historic championships.

Great Falls students are building a house for a school project
CMR High School and Great Falls High School students are coming together to build a house from the ground up.

April 3, 2018

Mobile delivery added to district's summer meal program
The Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Department's free summer meals program is planning to hit the road.


Photos: Broadwater Elementary students celebrate reading

Students, teachers and staff at Broadwater Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday a day early Thursday by dressing as their favorite book character.

Quick Pics: Loving to read at Rocky Boy
Wearing a dress with snowflakes, Marj Sheehy, Rocky Boy's librarian of eight years, shows students the grand total of books they read for the month of February Thursday afternoon, beating the goal of books to read for I Love To Read Month by more than 1,000.

Turner School celebrates 'I Love to Read Month
Students and Staff enjoyed having reading mentoring this past week at the school.

The sixth-grade rivalry
“I Love to Read Month” is not only the highlight of the year for students who love to crack open a book or two; for some it has shown to be fiercely competitive. Even as far back as when I was in the sixth grade, both classes were striving for the overall win.

Alberton students celebrate ‘I Love to Read’ month
Alberton students were “Reading for the Stars” last month as part of “I Love to Read Month.” For every 15 minutes of reading, they received a star in their “space passport,” which allowed their spaceship to move to the next planet.

Principal boxed in by student reading
The St. Ignatius Elementary School principal spent Friday in a box after students read 1,856 books in the month of February to put him in it.

Photo: West Side Elementary School’s top readers for ‘I Love to Read’ month

Harlem Elementary Celebrates "I Love To Read" Month
February at Harlem Elementary means tons of reading fun. To kick off "I Love To Read" month activities, the students began a reading frenzy, each striving to reach their Accelerated Reader goals.

March 28, 2018

Meadowlark Elementary Third Grade Biomes invade First Bank in Chinook
Readers who have had a third grader at Meadowlark Elementary in the last several years are likely familiar with the term biome.

These Billings educators 'deserve a whole apple tree'
The cafeteria of Ponderosa Elementary School exploded into cheers Tuesday morning as longtime Billings teacher Darlene "Dolly" Jahn was awarded a Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching.

March 27, 2018

Lodge Grass Elementary ups student reading ability levels
Reading scores at Lodge Grass Elementary School are increasing across the board following the implementation of a new curriculum by the staff.

March 20, 2018

Billings high school students teach elementary students about the Yellowstone fires of 1988
The 1988 fires in Yellowstone National Park are ancient history for elementary students today. Even high schoolers weren't born yet.

March 19, 2018

Youth Powwow celebrates young dancers
Little Dancer David joined hundreds of other dancers from across the state at the fourth annual Native Youth Powwow, put on by Missoula County Public Schools.

March 14, 2018

Billings students are earning more college credits through advanced placement classes
Billings high schools have nearly doubled student enrollment in Advanced Placement courses, often considered the gold standard for high school students seeking college credits, in the last four years.

March 9, 2018

Honored teacher credits culture of Troy school district, community

Troy Public Schools’ special education director — the Montana Council for Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher of the Year — started at W.F. Morrison as a first grade teacher, but special education is her dream job.

Sidney Middle School class keeps students informed at school
The morning starts off fast and busy for, at least, one class at Sidney Middle School each day. The creative projects class prepares video announcements so students can

With nerves of steel, bus driver travels a treacherous route
Gerard Byrd thinks he has the greatest job in the world. For the past 35 years, the Martin City native has risen before the sun and prepared his bus for the 164-mile round trip to deliver students from the Essex and Nyack Flats areas to the West Glacier and Columbia Falls schools.

Ruder Elementary ‘Great Brain’ winners
Winners at Ruder Elementary’s Great Brain Project annual showcase last week have been announced. The Great Brain Project is a student-driven learning experience where a child takes a topic of interest and “digs in” to find out all they can about the subject until they become a “Great Brain” in that area.

Hamilton educator Jan Witt receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Two organizations honored Jan Witt's 46 years of working to make lives better this week.

This 'school within a school' is aimed at getting struggling students at a Billings high school on track
About a year and a half ago, a pair of Skyview administrators approached school district officials. "We just know we have a lot of kids in our buildings, where it just isn't working," said Skyview assistant principal Jay Wahl.

March 2, 2018

Bitter Root Water Forum teaches future Earth Stewards
Corvallis seventh grade students built a model of the Bitterroot watershed to observe how water moves from the mountains to the river as part of the Bitter Root Water Forum’s Earth Stewardship Program Wednesday.

Eighth-Grade Students Venture into Business
SEELEY LAKE – Three eighth-grade students in the Jobs for Montana Graduates (JMG) Middle School Program gave a presentation to the Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) School Board Feb. 20 detailing the student-initiated T-shirt business.

Sunnyside fifth-graders donate to Sletten Cancer Center
Every year at Sunnyside Intermediate School the fifth graders experience first-hand the world of trade.

Hall Passages: Hot Springs students prepare to present research in Ireland
HOT SPRINGS - Every day at solar noon, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, five students at Hot Springs High School measure and record details about the atmosphere. All around the world, at their solar noon, other students are doing the same.

Victor students learn advanced science with RML
Nearly a dozen Victor Middle School students learned about cell biology and uncoiled their own DNA as part of Victor school's first Biomedical Research After-School Scholars (BRASS) on Wednesday.

February 21, 2018

Hall Passages: Franklin students aim for 'zero waste'
Kim Johnson and Rae Baerlocher's fifth-graders had doubts about recycling at first.

February 16, 2018

WMS students envision new products in Junior Achievement class
A smartphone-enabled pet food dish, an automated laundry gadget and a non-lethal home defense system topped the list of ideas presented on a recent afternoon by Whitefish Middle School sixth-graders for the Junior Achievement program.

LPHS students go on a Bozeman art adventure
As part of the Arts Council’s ARTventure program, 15 Lone Peak High School sophomores took a Jan. 24 trip to Bozeman to experience the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, and the studio of glass artist Tad Bradley. Students visited galleries, learned about art center operations, explored how artists generate ideas, and created their own glass art.

Art Mobile Montana Visits Southside School
Wednesday, Feb. 7, Southside Elementary School students were treated to an interesting afternoon. Tess Fahlgren, a Glasgow native and former Nashua School teacher, visited the school with the Art Mobile of Montana to display and discuss art with the young students.

February 15, 2018

Darby Elementary School engages in poetry project
Darby Elementary School students are experiencing an engaging poetry writing program presented by the Missoula Writing Collaborative and financed by the Friends of the Darby Library (FODL).

Hall Passages: Second breakfast helps DeSmet students learn
Last year at DeSmet Public School, Principal Matthew Driessen noticed a trend: Every morning, beginning around 9:45 and continuing through lunch, middle school students would get referred to his office for disruptive behavior.

February 6, 2018

Capital High School math team crowned co-national champions at annual contest
A team of four Capital High School students were crowned co-national champions after working on a single real-life math problem for 20 hours.

January 30, 2018

Hall Passages: En español, por favor

On a recent morning at Paxson Elementary School, kindergarten students listened while teacher Mikell Fox explained their next activity — in Spanish.

Teaching Arabic in Bozeman chips away at stereotypes
Fourth-graders in Bozeman’s Irving School sang the alphabet song Friday afternoon — from alef and baa to zay and sheen — as they learned to speak some Arabic.

January 29, 2018

Students find success with job-training program

Whitefish Independent High School has had a variety of success stories with its graduates and two current seniors can add their recent accomplishments to that list as a result of the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates program.

School seniors hoping to open small machine shop in Alberton
During their senior year, Alberton students are required to do a “Senior Project”. The project they chose must have a community service component to it and two seniors, Isaac Warren and Gerald Peterson decided to build a small engine shop. Not a small task considering the entire project will cost around $20,000.

In 133rd Year, Deer Park Strives to Preserve a Rural Academic Tradition
On a winter morning at Deer Park School, in a small computer lab converted into a classroom, a few students are seated on footstools with workbooks on their laps, while others work in tightly clustered desks.

Grant supports partnership in Montana to increase indigenous educators on the Blackfeet Reservation
A $1 million federal Office of Indian Education grant supports a partnership between Blackfeet Community College (BCC), Browning Public Schools and the University of Montana Western.

Young mother attributes family, school support for her success
Becoming a single mom was not how Tiana Pierce envisioned her high school years. A positive pregnancy test at 17 brought about an abrupt change in plans, and the young student was forced to take a crash course in responsibility.

January 16, 2018

Hellgate Elementary students learn responsibility through jobs program
While other students play in the snow during recess, 9-year-old Kharisma Vreeland and 11-year-old Trey Munnerlyn are working, wheeling bags of food across the Hellgate Elementary playground in a wagon.

January 12, 2018

Middle school students work with professionals to learn business ropes
Some budding business students at Whitefish Middle School are already seeing their creative endeavors pay off.

'It’s the right time:' Great Falls High's 'Mockingbird' sparks schoolwide discussion about injustice
According to Martin Luther King, Jr., “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

January 5, 2018

Robotics class is new at Judith Gap Schools
Three twelve year-olds at Judith Gap School have the unique task of finding a solution to a certain type of problem using robotics as the main solution. Not just any robotics, but Legos.

Hobson junior high students play jurors in mock voir dire
Sometimes there is no better way to learn than to experience it yourself. When it comes to jury duty, that’s Hobson Junior High teacher Mary Kynett’s philosophy.

January 2, 2018

Stevensville High creating a way for skateboarding students to letter
Stevensville High School is taking a bold step — it's ironing out the details so skateboarding students can earn a "letter."

Billings school district's homeless student program helps make sure each kid gets a gift
Going into School District 2's winter break, each school in the district offers a gift donation to students identified through the district's homeless student program. It's a massive undertaking, with more than 600 homeless students in the district and dozens of community donations coming in.

These Billings high school students made blankets and gave them to the Montana Rescue Mission
On a frigid morning, students from Skyview High dropped off a warm gift at the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Families shelter.

Schools utilize therapy dogs to enhance learning environment
Sometimes all it takes to relieve stress, calm down, even improve reading skills is a furry friend to pet or hug.