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.

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.


December 18, 2017

Great Falls program prepares preschoolers, parents to succeed
When the Great Falls Public School Early Learning Center holds its open house in the fall to welcome incoming students and parents, the families who have had home visits stand out.


Learning to sell and trade at Sunnyside

Parents, friends, teachers and shoppers flooded the Sunnyside Intermediate School gymnasium Thursday night to buy crafts from the students who glued, stapled, colored or dipped their homemade inventions and put them on the market.

December 13, 2017

Hyalite School kids learn the magic of computer coding
Like small magicians, third-graders at Hyalite School learned Tuesday how to make plastic balls roll around the floor and change color at their command.

December 12, 2017

Get out: Seeley Lake Elementary takes lessons outside
SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary's strong focus on natural resources and outdoor activities is evident walking the halls, adorned with ski equipment and small branches broken from area trees for class reports.

December 11, 2017

Helena schools get national recognition for student achievement, college and career preparation
Collaboration between teachers and administrators in Helena Public Schools is working to improve student performance and preparedness.

Students take ownership of their voice
PABLO - Flathead Reservation high school students and one Missoula high school student group met last Wednesday at Salish Kootenai College to connect and brainstorm ideas for an upcoming spring youth conference.

December 6, 2017

Career classes gain popularity at Bozeman High
Student demand has grown 30 percent in the last three years for classes in the industrial career and technical education department, School Board trustees learned Tuesday during their annual lunch visit to the high school.

December 5, 2017

Skyview theater program gives elementary students a peek behind the curtain on 'Peter Pan'
Skyview High students got a little extra practice on "Peter Pan," the play set to unveil Dec. 12, by performing an abbreviated version of the show in Billings elementary schools Monday.

December 1, 2017

Belt students say #LetsTalk with new app for teen mental health
Belt sophomores Keely Drummond and Maggie Andrews saw a problem in their community and decided to do something about it.

Ronan elementary hosts first-ever powwow
RONAN – Students at K. William Harvey Elementary were given a chance to dance the day before Thanksgiving.

Dayton elementary students learn math, culture
On the day before Thanksgiving, a classroom of second graders at Dayton Elementary followed directions as best as they could, anxious for the long weekend.

LG special education brought into regular classroom environment
Lodge Grass Elementary School has revamped its special education program into a more “strategic, structured” system, according to Principal Melanie Ferguson, based on serving students in their regular classroom environment.
 
November 27, 2017

Students get in tune with ukuleles
Ukuleles are making their debut at Bigfork Elementary. Elementary art and music teacher Heather Epperly used proceeds from an art fundraiser to purchase a set of ukuleles last spring.

Native teens form council to bring Missoula-area youth together
The little ones have round dances with silly games and the adults lead numerous organizations. But Lynell Shepherd said Native American teens find themselves caught between the two, not quite fitting either place and sometimes feeling isolated because they are divided among so many area schools.
 
Linderman third graders learn life-saving skills from experts
Twenty three Linderman Elementary third graders recently learned CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and other life-saving skills from a team of JML Technologist Inc. volunteers.

Students learn about different cultures during diversity conference
ARLEE – Issues concerning diversity were at the heart of a two-day conference at the Arlee High School where students learned about several different countries.

FFA, FCCLA tag team to give school garden success
The Malta High School Garden hopes to yield its largest harvest in years thanks to a new approach learned from Hinsdale High School.

November 21, 2017

Willard school becomes home of honest expression, personal growth for teens
Willard Alternative School puzzled Cameron Wilkes at first. “All these people were so nice to me. And I had no idea why,” he said during his graduation speech last Thursday. Chuckles came from many in the crowd who understood his initial disorientation upon arriving at Missoula’s alternative high school.

November 17, 2017

Frenchtown culinary students serve up early Thanksgiving feast
A week before Thanksgiving, Frenchtown teens buttoned up white chef jackets to serve a traditional feast in the high school commons.

November 14, 2017

Swan River teacher uses technology to enhance students’ experiences
Swan River School is making its mark in how rural schools access and use technology in the classroom.
 
Whittier School teachers find benefits in home visits
Bozeman’s Whittier School has revived an old-fashioned idea — having teachers visit parents and new kindergartners at home before school starts in the fall as a way to build stronger relationships.

November 7, 2017

Two Eagle River School fosters community as it builds up students
PABLO — Before leaving a community dinner on a recent night, Kaci Ducharme, 18, walked down the hall of Two Eagle River School to Kathy Tapia’s classroom. She reached to a top shelf, pulled down an incomplete star quilt and paced the room as she held it to her chest with wrapped arms.

Monday carnival/masquerade promotes after-school activities

After-school programs were the theme of a carnival Monday afternoon at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor, where local residents were pied in the face, bobbed for apples, climbed walls, donned costumes for pictures and more. Afternoon continued into evening at 7 p.m. as residents began a community feed, student presentation and masquerade powwow.

Northside Robotics Camp Expands Students Minds
Robotics is a rapidly expanding field in the United States and around the world. As the world leans more heavily on automation than ever before, a new science field has opened up to future generations.

Arts Council brings ‘Alaska’s fiddling poet’ to Big Sky classrooms

From Oct. 25-27, the Arts Council of Big Sky sponsored artist Ken Waldman, who refers to himself as “Alaska’s fiddling poet,” to spend time with local students as well as members of the community.

November 6, 2017

 Sletten Construction 'building builders' as they involve students constructing new Roosevelt
Roosevelt students aren't waiting until next year to explore their new school. They're already pouring over construction documents and blueprints to learn about every inch of Giant Springs Elementary before the walls even go up.

Monday's Montanan: Chef builds community, cooks meals from scratch in Alberton kitche
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Taped to the wall and cupboard at Alberton School’s kitchen are some of the handwritten recipes that head cook Connie Dove uses to make meals from scratch for the students: breakfast cookies, banana zucchini muffins, and bread for hamburger buns or hoagie rolls.

Talking about Great Teachers: Helena Education Foundation recognizes local standouts
Broadwater Elementary School librarian Marla Unruh will turn 80 soon, but her vitality for education hasn't ceased a bit.

This Billings teacher is using an unusual method to help students who struggle with dyslexia
The colored tiles on a table at Riverside Middle School don't look like reading aids. There aren't letters or punctuation, and the sounds students string together come out like jibberish.

November 2, 2017

Hellgate High students cap off Spanish project with First Friday showing
Hellgate High School junior Aaron Young said he took inspiration for a drawing of Maria de Jesús Patricio Martínez — the first indigenous woman to run for the presidency of Mexico — from the style of famed painter Diego Rivera.