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.

CONGRATULATIONS, MONTANA'S CLASS OF 2017

Billings Gazette

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.

Laurel Outlook

Graduation Matters
Laurel High School's Class of 2017 did the grad walk Wednesday. The older students got and gave high fives from the elementary students, who were delighted to congratulate the grads and send them off with well wishes.

Great Falls Tribune

Duke-bound Habel will graduate with 30 credits

Cade Habel isn't one to make a big deal of his accomplishments and his goals.

Havre Daily News

Area high schools graduate 270 students
May is graduation month, and about 270 students in 10 area high schools will take part in graduation ceremonies this spring

Phillips County News

Malta names top students: Darrah and Sjostrom in '17

Malta High School's graduation will be Sunday, May 21 starting at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Dodson names Cuts The Rope valedictorian of Class of '17
The Dodson School District has announced that Serena Cuts The Rope is the valedictorian of the Class of 2017.

Saco names Christian Menge valedictorian of Class of '17
Saco Schools have announced that Christian Menge is the valedictorian of the Class of 2017.

Whitewater names top students: Class of 2017
The Whitewater School District has announced that Kayleigh Cummings is the valedictorian of the Class of 2017.

Fab Four turn their tassels in Whitewater's graduation
At one point during Kayleigh Cummings' schooling at Whitewater, she thought she might be graduating by herself.

Sidney Herald

Savage’s ceremony kicks off busy graduation stretch in county
Flowers played a very meaningful role in Savage High School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

GREAT News


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.

March 31, 2017

Park High broadens search for work-based learning
Park High School is looking for business owners, entrepreneurs and others interested in helping the school expand its Work-Based Learning initiative.
 
Feeding the Spirit: RLHS Harvest Hope pantry up and running
“When I was young, I knew some kids that didn’t have food. It’s not easy not having food,” reflected Red Lodge High School (RLHS) student, Nicole Currier.

March 30, 2017

Darby Schools get high speed internet
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
Darby Schools celebrated the arrival of high speed internet for class support and use by students, faculty and staff Tuesday.

March 28, 2017

Florence Carlton HS helps special needs students overcome barriers to employment
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
Florence Carlton High School is helping students with special needs prepare for the workforce and connect to jobs in the community.

March 27, 2017

SpectrUM’s 'Water' exhibit visits Bitterroot schools
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s exhibition, “Water,” that highlights ecosystem science is visiting Bitterroot schools this month.

Fairview student gains business experience through work program

By Bill Vander Weele, Sidney Herald
Fairview High School senior Martha Hurley is a perfect example of success through a school-to-work program.

March 24, 2017

Crow Elementary students join UNICEF Kid Power program
By Andrew Turck, Big Horn County News
Fitness and charity work have fused for Connie Michael’s fifth grade class at Crow Agency Elementary School, who are utilizing UNICEF Kid Power bands in an effort to feed the hungry across the world.

Education in Motion: Pedal desks, sit-and-spins help kids focus in school
By Ashley Roness, Miles City Star
Anyone who walks into first-grade teacher Pam Holland’s classroom in Garfield Elementary School in Miles City will notice the bright colors on every wall, posters galore and the odd-looking furniture throughout the room With the help of several donors Holland was able to purchase several new
 
Guys night up: Principal, Superintendent spend night atop Lewis and Clark Elementary
By Charlie Denison, Lewistown News Argus
Lewis and Clark Principal Danny Wirtzberger thought it was safe to tell his students he’d spend the night on the roof of the school if they read 35 million words between Jan 1 and March 1, totaling 90 million words for the year.

Darby community tackles good problem

By Micheal Howell, Bitterroot Star
Figuring out ways to spend millions of dollars in discretionary money is a problem most schools and communities would like to have.

March 23, 2017

Florence school and community donate hair to cancer patients
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
Florence Carlton Schools hosted a hair-donation assembly Monday as a gift to cancer patients.
 
Dads, often on education sidelines, take on new role as volunteers at Ponderosa school
By Matt Hoffman, Billings Gazette
Helping kids fill in state names on a map isn't a typical workday for Lance Letasky.

March 20, 2017

Students sharpen math skills during cribbage tourney
By Hilary Matheson, Daily Inter Lake
Smith Valley School fourth-graders Aaron Conners and Royanne Wiedenmeyer jumped up from their seats, their jaws dropping slightly in astonishment.

Small town comes through huge for pep band
By Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune
SCOBEY – On a recent Saturday, Scobey learned its Spartans would play in the state Class C boys basketball tournament. Amid the celebration, though, came the realization the school didn’t have $5,000 to send the pep band to Bozman, too.

March 17, 2017

Science Circus shares feats that dazzle
By Marga Lincoln, Independent Record
A flaming dollar bill. A pipe emitting small flames that leap in time to music. And copper pennies that turn “gold.”  These are just a few magical feats Helena High School science students will show off this weekend to dazzle young children with the wonders of science.
 
One-room schools: 'These kids are getting a fabulous education'
By Jaci Webb, Billings Gazette
They only got lost once. That’s pretty good considering that University of Montana photography professor Keith Graham traveled 12,000 miles in 2013 and 2014 photographing 52 one-room school houses across Montana with a longtime friend, Neil Chaput de Saintonge.
 
Coyotes Comprehending Copy
By Mark Hebert, Phillips County News
From understanding what headlines and captions are to understanding the difference between news and opinion, the students at Dodson Elementary School are making the most of the newspapers they are delivered each week.
 
CBHS seniors receive first-hand look at careers thanks to job shadowing
By Linda Bruch, Cut Bank Pioneer Press
Sometimes the best way to find out if a job is for you, is to do the job, “walk a mile in their shoes,” so to speak. Perhaps the same is true if you are not sure if college is for you. One way to find out, is to visit a college and walk the campus.
 
Students hit the trail to learn the science behind snow
By Daniel McKay, Whitefish Pilot
Dozens of Whitefish Middle School students took to the Whitefish Trail last week to learn about the wonders of snow and how to stay safe in it.

March 16, 2017

Lost boy to prom king: Darby community wraps arms around student with Down syndrome
By Perry Backus, Ravalli Republic
When David Bishop first sent his son off to kindergarten in Darby, he worried that maybe his boy wouldn’t be accepted by his peers.

As skilled workers approach retirement, schools focus more on career training
By Matt Hoffman, Billings Gazette
Working on cars is a puzzle for Seth Hawkins. “When it finally works, you win,” the high school senior said Tuesday at the Career Center. “If it doesn’t work, you’ve got to keep figuring out the puzzle.”

March 13, 2017

Lewis and Clark students bring rare species to Missoula through art, science project
By Chelsea Davis, Missoulian
Add 20 more animals to a family of about 400 that have filled Missoula bedrooms, windowsills and garages over the past two decades.

Local musher visits Daly class studying the Iditarod
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
The Iditarod sled dog race is underway in Alaska and the students in Joy Yoakum’s second-grade class have studied up and are cheering for their choice of musher to win.

Corvallis schools are celebrating “Music in our Schools Month”
By Michelle McConnaha, Ravalli Republic
Corvallis schools are celebrating “Music in our Schools Month” by engaging music educators, staff, students and the community to promote the benefits of high-quality music education programs.

March 10, 2017

Students dig into history of ‘taking a stand’
By Hilary Matheson, Daily Inter Lake
Eighth-grader Hanna Ritchie has learned that history doesn’t have to remain in the past. Her exhibit “Greenpeace the Journey to Save Whales,” earned her first place for the individual exhibit category and best in show at the Bigfork National History Day on Tuesday.
 
Fresh food bar: Winans students get a taste of new fruit and veggie selection
Everybody wants kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, but the Livingston School District has a plan to make it happen.
 
Principal promotes reading one plate of slime at a time
By Ashley Roness, Miles City Star
The cheers of the children of Lincoln Elementary School filled the halls on Thursday morning as they watched fellow students slime their Principal, John Gorton.
 
Superior first-graders brush up on dental care
By Kathleen Woodford, Mineral Independent
February was Oral Health Month and Superior School nurse Barb Jasper visited the first grade class to teach about good dental habits.
 
Students explore art’s meaning
By Linda Sappington, Valley Journal
RONAN — Great art compels a person to ask questions and explore its meaning. That’s what students at K. William Harvey Elementary School learned Thursday when Tess Fahlgren of Art Mobile of Montana brought about 30 pieces of fine art to the school, including a clay sculpture from India and works from local artists Corky Clairmont and Anthony Yazzie.
 
Tenley’s wish comes true
By Michael Howell, Bitterroot Star
Last Thursday was not exactly an ordinary day at Stevensville Primary School.

Principal sleeps on school roof
By Karen Peterson, Valley Journal
ST. IGNATIUS — Mission Elementary School principal Tyler Arlint gripped the ladder leaning against the 33-foot building and began to climb.

March 9, 2017

Premo designs receive state recognition
By Sarah Dettmer, Great Falls Tribune
Terryn Premo is a little Vivaldi with a Rockwell Extra Bold attitude.

Anaconda teen wins ‘Yes I Can’ Award
Brandon McCullough of Anaconda is one of five recipients of the 2017 “Yes I Can” award presented by the Montana Council for Exceptional Children, according to a news release.

March 6, 2017

West Valley student wins ‘Yes I Can Award’
By Hilary Matheson, Daily Inter Lake
West Valley School seventh-grader Joey Karboski was surprised when a letter arrived in the mail, congratulating him on winning the “Yes I Can Award.”

March 2, 2017

Art mobile makes stop at Creston School
By Hilary Matheson, Daily Inter Lake
Over long stretches of road, past mountains, lakes and ranches, the Art Mobile of Montana makes its way carrying fine art work to rural schools.

BHS builds writers
By Sam Weber, Belgrade News
While many of their classmates drive off campus to hunt for lunch downtown, a handful of Belgrade High School students hang back to talk grammar and MLA citations in an English classroom.

Pioneer Press adds page for young readers
By Linda Bruch, Cut Bank Pioneer Press
Is it true that the contents of a newspaper might be too much for young readers, like those in second or third grade?

Alberton student wins Google award in statewide competition
By Kathleen Woodford, Mineral Independent
Alberton parents, Ron and Zelma Kromrey were keeping a secret from their daughter, Lyssah. “For over a month we knew about it, it was hard to keep secret,” said Ron.