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.

October 17, 2017

One-room schools of Montana shine
GALATA — Though the school didn't get any more money for preschoolers, teacher Jill Kaiser included them as a way to keep this rural school 30 miles east of Shelby going. Preschoolers become kindergartners in time, after all.
 
Russell Elementary's Harry Potter-style 'house' system builds camaraderie, character
When a kindergarten class walked into the gym at Russell Elementary last week, many of the older students had already found seats with fellow members of their “house.”
 
Billings schools see another jump in classes that earn students college credit
Billings Public Schools expect to outpace last year's enrollment in classes in which students can earn college credit, according to figures presented to School District 2 trustees Monday night.
 
Elementary students learn about agriculture, natural resources

More than 700 students from schools in and around Billings poured into the MetraPark on Monday to learn about local farming and ranching practices, watch stream erosion simulations and even meet the 2017 American Honey Queen.

October 13, 2017

New nook aims to hook readers at Roosevelt
His great-grandfather's World War II stories sparked an interest in history in Christopher Laverdure. The sixth-grader picked up a book Thursday about the Civil War in the new Great Falls Kiwanis Book Nook at Roosevelt Elementary School.
 
Montana Farm2School Workshop
Plevna hosted one of two Montana Farm2School Workshops on Sept. 29. The Regional Workshops highlight Montana schools that are making Farm2School happen.

Chinook Schools participating in the Farm to School; Harvest of the Month programs
October is National Farm to School Month and is promoted as a time to connect students to producers in developing their understanding of the food they consume.
 
Father involvement project kicks off with pizza
POLSON – A dads’ and kids’ pizza party to kick off a new innovative father involvement program called WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Linderman school.
 
Missoula elementary school volunteer wins statewide award

MISSOULA - A volunteer at Paxson Elementary School in Missoula is receiving a prestigious award thanks to her tireless effort.
 
Unique Whitefish center spotlights sustainable lifestyle
The Whitefish School District has begun building a Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (CSE) which will serve the community as a place to practice a more sustainable lifestyle.

Big Sky School District expands farm to school programming
BIG SKY – The Big Sky School District Wellness Committee has made steady progress since it began efforts to introduce more farm to school practices into the district in December 2016, when it was bolstered with the addition of community members, teachers and parents particularly passionate about food.

October 12, 2017

Ornaments by Victor School children to decorate tree in Washington DC
Victor school children worked on writing poems with intense visual imagery Tuesday, which is the starting point for creating 12 ornaments that will decorate a tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 America Celebrates display.

October 11, 2017

Bozeman schools raise money to give all kids STEM lessons
Energy was the focus of a STEM lesson for Emily Dickinson School fourth-graders Tuesday morning, and the uproar of kids’ voices ricocheting around the classroom showed that students definitely felt energized.

October 10, 2017

Sentinel High School students learn how to learn in new, advanced course
The first question of the day in Sentinel High School’s Advanced Placement Seminar class summed up what makes the new Capstone program unique.

Kid-powered solar project to benefit a second Bozeman school

Claire Vlases and her classmates at Sacajawea Middle School showed a lot of grit and determination last year when some adults said the kids’ idea of putting solar panels on the school roof would be way too expensive.

October 5, 2017

Kinder Kareer Day at Plains School
Plains School came alive last Friday as two kindergarten classes indulged into career day, learning about different community helpers.

Schools honored for healthy meals
Whitefish schools have earned national merit for healthier — and tastier — food in the cafeterias.

October 2, 2017

First graders receive books through Fabulous Firsts program

First graders at Four Georgians Elementary School all received hardcover books from the Helena Education Foundation at a celebration on Friday afternoon.

October 1, 2017

First graders receive books through Fabulous Firsts program
First graders at Four Georgians Elementary School all received hardcover books from the Helena Education Foundation at a celebration on Friday afternoon.
 
Butte High students have chance at science and math classes at Tech
A federal grant will enable about 60 Butte High School students to prepare for college each year with a specific focus on math and science programs offered at Montana Tech.

September 29, 2017

Wolf Point Schools Throw Huge Native American Week Pow-Wow
Native American Week in Wolf Point’s schools was held Sept. 18-22. The Native American Week pow-wow, held Thursday, Sept. 21, was the biggest event of the week.
 
Frenchtown among Montana schools to fast-track students to health careers
To solve a murder, they mashed strawberries and mushed bananas.
 
Club brings diverse foods to Polson sports events
Before halftime at the Polson High School home football games, a new aroma fills the concession stand area.
 
‘Rosie Project’ highlights kind acts by local teachers
Even the smallest act by a teacher can make a difference, a fact the Whitefish Education Association highlighted with the kickoff of its Rosie Project.

September 26, 2017

Students participate in traditional bison harvest
The bison has always been central to Blackfeet history, life ways and culture. In the past, much of the entire toolkit utilized by the Blackfeet came directly from this one source, and many of their stories and exploits feature the animal and its intimate relationship with the people.

September 25, 2017

Eureka students donate sports funds to fire relief
Following the devastation brought by nearby wildfires, the students of Lincoln County decided it was time to give back to their community.
 
Whittier playground gets a facelift as student volunteers turn work into play
The morning started early Saturday with the scrape of shovels and the roar of a leaf blower as more than a dozen students and as many adult volunteers turned out to give the Whittier Elementary School playground an autumn spruce.
 
Little ukuleles fill Missoula schools with big sound — and not just in music classrooms
John Fines grabs the ukulele hanging to the right of his whiteboard as his kindergarten students find their favorite letter along the outside edge of a rug and sit down in a circle.
 
Eureka community comes together to help Caribou fire victims
EUREKA — Five years ago, Lincoln County High School Principal Joel Graves came up with an idea to help support all the extracurricular activities the school offered its students.
 
Pony Pride character initiative takes off
A small group of Havre High School students is spearheading an ambitious initiative that aims to teach character among all students so they may then spread its traits beyond the classroom and into the community.
 
North Star Schools, Power-Dutton, Fort Benton, take the challenge and put together a donation for hurricane victims
It has been a month since hurricane Harvey made landfall and devastated Texas.

September 20, 2017

Five Missoula schools to give prizes to students who get to class via human power
To encourage student fitness and foster an appreciation for alternative modes of transportation, five Missoula elementary schools will award prizes to students who arrive on campus Wednesday by foot, scooter, bike or “walking bus.”

Laurel High School donates homecoming budget to fire relief

LAUREL — A Montana high school donated all of the money from its homecoming budget for fire relief in the state.

September 18, 2017

Foster Grandparents give, get smiles in classrooms
Within one year, Frankie Christiansen, 76, lost her husband and daughter to cancer.

September 15, 2017

Blackfeet Mini Banks are open for business at several Browning Schools
The Blackfeet Mini Banks officially opened for business in the various Browning schools the week of Sept. 5. Mini Banks are savings accounts for students that can be created and accessed while they are in school during their lunch.

September 13, 2017

Volunteers building kids' fort at Emily Dickinson School
For want of a screw, Emily's fort was nearly lost.But thanks to the valiant efforts of volunteers, parents and Bozeman builders, thousands of 10-gauge, flat-head wood screws were found so that the construction of Emily Dickinson School's new playground fort could begin.

September 8, 2017

SKC offers STEM courses for high school students
POLSON – Salish Kootenai College is now offering coursework to local high school students through a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy.

August 30, 2017

Lincoln Elementary students highlight community strength with Project Perseverance
To close out the final chapter of the 2016-2017 school year, members of Lincoln Elementary School's student council spent months finding stories of perseverance in the community.

August 22, 2017

Darby students can earn an associate degree
Darby schools start school on Monday with new opportunities for sophomores, new playground equipment, a new mission statement - and a solar eclipse.

Teacher shares passion for agriculture
Justin Heupel has stuck with plan A for more than two decades as he's moved from eastern to western Montana teaching agriculture.

August 17, 2017

SANDBOX SCIENCE: Sleeping Giant Middle School science teacher builds ‘augmented reality sandbox’ for hands-on learning
It looks like a fun new toy, but Sleeping Giant Middle School science teacher Dave Pettit says his new sandbox will provide lessons across the curriculum.

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.