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.


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.

High school for Skyview student meant delving into dinos, dealing with depression
Bryan Paulson likes to dig in to a topic. He’s maxed out his French classes at Skyview High. He learned an extra half-year’s worth of content in an accounting class.

West grad learns about a different strength after father's death
Ethan Kirby is a strong kid. The West High senior stands a solid 6-foot-5, and relishes pushing around other large humans on the football field.

Photos: Billings Senior High graduation

Photos: Skyview High School graduation

Photos: West High graduation

Senior High student says her rocky path to graduation made her 'who I am'
Christina Branam has taken a winding road to graduation. The Senior High student has switched schools, switched homes and spent time in the hospital.

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.

Eagle feather ceremony honors GFPS indigenous scholars
Eagle feathers are the highest honor bestowed upon an American Indian for individual acts they do to benefit the people.

GALLERY: Great Falls High Graduation

GALLERY: C.M. Russell High School Graduation

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

Mother proud of 3 children graduating in same class
Paulette Pipe is a proud mother who says she's "elated" that her three youngest children will walk together in the Box Elder High School graduation ceremony Saturday.

Havre High graduated Class of 2017
Parents, friends, teachers and fellow students packed into the Havre High School gymnasium Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 108 students who made up the graduating Class of 2017.

Saluting high school graduates of 2017
Local high school graduations are well underway for the year with more students leaving the high school ranks this weekend.

Phillips County News

Three County Schools hold Graduations
Dodson, Saco and Malta honor seniors during high school graduations

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.

Babcock gives advice at Fairview’s graduation
Steve Babcock, guest speaker during Fairview’s graduation commencement ceremony on Saturday admits that he wasn’t always the perfect student while attending Fairview High School.

Sidney graduates look toward future
Sidney High School graduates started looking to their future during the graduation commencement ceremony at the school on Sunday afternoon.

Big Horn County News

25 graduate in LGHS commencement ceremony
To the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance,” 25 seniors from Lodge Grass High School walked in for commencement Sunday afternoon.

Fallon County Extra

BHS celebrates 102nd Commencement Ceremony
The 102nd commencement ceremony for Baker High School in honor of the Class of 2017 was held on May 21 in the Longfellow Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

JR/SR Banquet
Friday, May 12, the Junior Class hosted a banquet for the Senior Layne Silver Farris.

Cut Bank Pioneer Press

CBHS seniors to graduate Sunday
Thirty-six Cut Bank High School seniors will receive their diplomas Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the Willie DeGroot Gymnasium.

Glacier Reporter

Heart Butte seniors graduate on May 21
The gymnasium and parking lot at Heart Butte High School slowly filled to capacity last Sunday, May 21, for the high school’s 2017 Graduation Commencement Ceremony.


VHS Class of 2017 awarded over $15,000 in generous community scholarships
Eight Valier High School graduates from the Class of 2017 received generous scholarships through the Valier Community Scholarship Fund totaling over $15,000 and $16,000 in outside scholarships to help fund their post-secondary education endeavors.

Choteau Acantha

33 Choteau seniors will graduate in May 28 commencement
Choteau High School will hold graduation ceremonies for the 33 members of the Class of 2017 on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Valley Journal

TERS graduates encouraged to ‘leave footprints worth following’
Two Eagle River School graduates listened to words of encouragement from a former TERS Salish teacher and graduate during last Saturday’s commencement exercise.

Whitefish Pilot

WHS graduation set for Saturday
Whitefish High School will graduate 115 seniors at a commencement ceremony Saturday, June 3 at 1 p.m. at the high school gym.

Emma Claire Spring — a young entrepreneur
From an early age Emma Claire Spring was an entrepreneur.

Marty Anderson — passionate about music, fly fishing

Marty Anderson’s life revolves around two passions — music and fly fishing.

Jeff Hyer — life through the camera lens

Adia Saurey — seeking new experiences

Daily Inter Lake

Flathead student finds a way to fly
Rebecca Wride has always watched birds. As a child, her eyes traced their movements overhead as she imagined flying alongside them. Now, she wants to find her own wings as a helicopter pilot.
Leading with ‘quiet grace’
As high school graduation approaches, 18-year-old Rachel Maher gets closer to her aspiration of helping children and families navigate life as a psychologist.

Graduate overcomes with a positive attitude
Josh Burt typically greets people he encounters with a broad smile — but his high school graduation perhaps will elicit his most memorable smile yet.

Bigfork senior finds family, future after addiction
The summer after his freshman year of high school, Denim Carlson was drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana almost daily. By the end of the summer, he had used meth for the first time.

Graduate welds experience, future plans
Along with his diploma, Crockett Lentz will graduate from Columbia Falls High School on Friday with a far less typical emblem of academic achievement.

The journey has only begun
In the moments before Flathead High School’s 2017 commencement ceremony on Friday, Arielle Peters helped straighten the cap of fellow graduate Cylus Stremel, pulling the sides down evenly then patting the sides of his head with a smile.

Message to Glacier graduates: Blaze your own path

Glacier High School students clad in dark blue caps and gowns entered the school gym as high school seniors and left as graduates at the school’s ninth commencement ceremony on Saturday.


Senior profile: Finding his way at Willard
Short of a successful return to a high school reunion, few high school students get to prove their teachers were wrong about them.

Senior Profile: Student surpasses parent, heads for success
The feeling of graduating high school is a good one for 18-year-old Giovanni Duran — good to surpass his mother, accomplishing something she never had.

Senior Profile: One young woman sets out to change what's broken
The tears appear without warning. “There is no way I can’t not cry when I talk about it,” Brianna Canning said.

Senior profile: Hellgate's Campbell goes beyond simply surviving pain
Brendan Campbell always liked that swim practice happened in the morning. For the rest of the day, he'd feel like he'd already accomplished something.

High school graduates encouraged to find passions, know themselves, overcome challenges
Seniors from Hellgate, Sentinel, and Big Sky high schools — clad, respectively, in red, purple and blue caps and gowns — crossed the Adams Center stage Saturday, ending their high school careers to cheers from friends and family and beginning a weekend in which 814 Missoula County Public Schools high school graduates would receive diplomas.

Photos: Missoula High School Graduations 2017

Senior Profile: Sentinel's Lacee Dexter is headed for graduation, marriage, motherhood

Lacee Dexter, 19, spent her senior year adjusting to her role as a mother of two stepchildren.

Ravalli Republic

Darby seniors celebrate graduation, inspire younger students with ‘Senior Walk’
Darby High School has a new tradition for graduating seniors — a Senior Walk.

Montana Standard

Beaverhead County High School graduation is Sunday
Beaverhead County High School will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2017 on Sunday, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the B.W. lodge gymnasium.
Sheridan graduation set Sunday
SHERIDAN — The class of 2017 at Sheridan High School will have commencement exercises at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the school.

Butte High graduation Thursday in Civic Center; see vals, sals, list of graduates
Butte High School will graduate 286 students during commencement ceremonies at 8 p.m. Thursday, in the Butte Civic Center.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman High salutes its graduating seniors at third annual convocation
Bozeman High School students and teachers gave a big send-off Thursday to more than 450 graduating seniors, celebrating the Class of 2017 with music, video and Legos.

No easy road: Bridger Charter Academy holds graduation ceremony
Bridger Charter Academy graduate Tyler Armold swapped out his tasseled grad cap for a cowboy hat minutes after receiving his diploma Saturday

Bozeman High graduation — joyful and bittersweet
Bozeman High School’s Class of 2017 graduated Sunday in a ceremony that was by turns touching and silly, joyful and bittersweet. And everything about it seemed big.

Six Bozeman High graduates represent the Hawks’ best
Sofia Shomento, graduating today from Bozeman High School, has won the chance to compete for the Dartmouth College cross-country ski team.

Second chances – Bozeman honors students earning diploma equivalent
There were tears and cheers Tuesday when more than two dozen Bozeman students received high school equivalency diplomas at a special graduation ceremony.

Independent Record

Pomp and circumstance: Notable Helena alumni to deliver Saturday's commencement speeches
During Saturday's commencement ceremonies in Helena, this year's high school graduates will hear from either a former deputy administrator at NASA or a multimedia journalist who has worked in more than 100 countries.

'This is your day': PAL awards diplomas to 22 students
The Project for Alternative Learning recognized the personal and academic achievements of their 22 graduating seniors at the Myrna Loy Center Friday.

'You will lead': Capital High School graduates class of 20
Saturday marked an important milestone for 270 young Helenans as they went from students to Capital High graduates.

'Such incredible kids': Helena High graduates 330 Saturday
For a moment as their names were called they walked as individuals. Then as Helena High School Principal Steve Thennis proclaimed them graduates, they stood as one as the class of 2017.

Make Your Mark: MIT-bound Caleb Noble shares love of learning

It’s not a response you hear from most high school students.

Big Horn County News

‘Don’t sell yourself short’
Eighty-four Hardin High School seniors started a new chapter in their lives Sunday afternoon following their 2017 graduation ceremony.

Miles City Star

Class of 2017 embarks on life’s journey
Custer County District High School passed out diplomas to 119 graduates Sunday afternoon. Some aspects of the graduation were business as usual, like the large crowd almost filling the 3,000 seats in the gymnasium, while others, including an original composition on a ukulele by the class

Custer County High School seniors walk the walk
Students armed with bubbles lined the walkway leading up to Lincoln Elementary School Wednesday waiting for the Custer County District High School (CCDHS) seniors to arrive.

Glasgow Courier

Photo: Graduation Walk

Blaine County Journal

Chinook High Celebrates the Class of 2017
Chinook High School Class of 2017 received their Diplomas at a ceremony held in the Floyd Bowen Gymnasium on Sunday May 21, 2017. A total of 33 students were congratulated by the Board of Trustees as they walked across the stage and flipped their tassels after receiving their Diploma.

Choteau Acantha

"Embrace change, be involved, take chances, do what you love"
Hundreds of family members from near and far, friends and community supporters gathered in the Choteau High School gymnasium on Sunday to say farewell to the 33 members of the Class of 2017, gathered for the last time together at their commencement ceremony.

Lewistown News Argus

Not just a job: Sandy Armstad retires after 34 years
Today is Fergus High School world history and drama teacher Sandy Armstad’s last day of school, ending a 34-year career full of school plays, international travel and relationships she’ll cherish the rest of her life.

Fergus High holds 117th annual graduation
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Fergus High School will begin its 117th graduation exercise at the FHS Fieldhouse. Later in the ceremony, 76 seniors’ names will be called as they are presented with their high school diplomas.

Valley Journal

Charlo grads encouraged to explore the world
CHARLO – Sixteen Charlo High School graduates were encouraged to “get out of Charlo” and explore the world on Sunday, May 28.

Arlee grad compares high school to rodeo ride
ARLEE – Valedictorian Bryndle Goyins addressed the Class of 2017 in the Arlee High School gym on Sunday by comparing high school to a round of bull rides.

Hungry Horse News

For Lauria, the bullseye is always the target
Columbia Falls High School senior Miranda Lauria doesn’t miss the mark.

Straight out of high school, Lentz has a leg up on a career
Senior Crockett Lentz is going to miss Columbia Falls High School. “I had a lot of cool teachers and a lot of friends,” the 18-year-old from Hungry Horse said.

KRTV – Great Falls

High school seniors aim to inspire younger students
Hundreds of Great Falls students are about to walk across the stage at graduation, but before they do that, some seniors walked through school halls to inspire others.

Ranger Review

Mayor's commencement speech entertained, inspired
Dawson County High School sent its last batch of graduates born in the 20th century out into the world on Sunday as the Class of 2017 received their diplomas in the annual commencement ceremony.

Belgrade News

Belgrade High graduates 192 Saturday
With messages of courage and community, cheers and bellowing air horns, Belgrade High School sent 192 graduates out into the world Saturday.

Livingston Enterprise

Ready for the next step: Park High School’s brightest prep for graduation
Park High School’s class of 2017 graduates Sunday.
Wolf Point Herald

WPHS Graduates Class Of 2017
On Sunday, May 28, the Wolf Point High School Class of 2017 graduated and began their new lives.
Kelsie Neubauer: Salutatorian
Kelsie Neubauer, 18, is the Wolf Point High School class of 2017 salutatorian.
Shelby Hanks: Valedictorian
Shelby Hanks, 18, is the Wolf Point High School valedictorian for the class of 2017.
Glacier Reporter

BHS Class of 2017 boasts 99 graduates
Families and guests were warned to show up early at Browning High School’s 2017 graduation ceremonies, and it was no joke.
Western News

Congratulations to Libby and Troy graduates
A common theme emerged at Libby and Troy’s graduations, both held Saturday, June 3. All of the speakers shared their struggle to find a way to reframe the bittersweet initiation of graduation, a way to celebrate something that is both an end and a highly anticipated, unknown beginning.
Valley Journal

PHS grads encouraged to celebrate, contemplate, participate
Celebrate, contemplate and participate.  That was the message on Saturday at Polson High School’s graduation. 
Three PHS grads head east on full-ride academic scholarships
It’s not necessarily unique for Polson High School graduates to earn full-ride scholarships to the East Coast. But this year, three of them did.
Mission grads encouraged to make a difference
Dan Durglo worked a line from a Joni Mitchell song into his speech as the guest speaker for the Mission High School graduation on Saturday, June 3.
Ronan grads get parting gift from principal
Valedictorian Daniel Koehler used his time at the podium to thank teachers and family at the Ronan High School graduation on Sunday, June 4, and he spoke about human kindness.
Flathead Beacon

Graduating with Greatness
Presidential scholars. Perfect 4.0 students. Persevering young people who have overcome sizable hurdles.

Mineral Independent

Graduating classes head toward bright futures
It was another proud day for Mineral County students, teachers and parents as the 2017 graduating classes took their victory march down the aisle toward the podium where their diplomas waited.


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.

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.