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.

July 13, 2018
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Connecting Colors and Community: Seeley Lake Addresses Student Resilience
Strings, anchors, balloons, the colors of the rainbow: To hear students and teachers talk about the Kaleidoscope Connect program's lessons sounds like listening to attendees of a New Age carnival.

Valley Journal
Teenagers get involved in suicide prevention
Lane Johnson, 17, dribbled a basketball down a concrete court in his hometown with the skill of a state champion and easily dropped the ball through the hoop.

July 12, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Twenty Glacier High School sophomores will begin the climb toward graduation and young adulthood through a new pilot program, called Ascent, funded through a two-year Montana Academy Foundation grant totaling $139,004.

July 9, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Unsung hero: Jones honored for work with special education kids
Sara Jones is one of Bozeman's unsung heroes. For 27 years she has worked with children in special education as a teacher and administrator, first in her native Texas and since 1996 in Montana.

July 6, 2018
Sidney Herald
Sidney's MBI keeps local students on the right track
Central Elementary School Principal Sara Romo spoke recently at a Kiwanis meeting about the MBI [Montana Behavioral Initiative] program that is being implemented at all Sidney schools.

Blaine County Journal
Chinook High Schools Doug Hayes ends 33-year teaching and coaching career
Doug Hayes said his good-byes to Chinook School system colleagues at a retirement gathering at the end of school in May, then left immediately to lead a group to Washington, DC.

Ekalaka Eagle
New generator for Ekalaka public schools
Ekalaka public schools have received a grant through Montana Disaster and Emergency Services in the amount of $64,631.50 to be used for a new generator.

Flathead Beacon
Kalispell School District Receives $19,750 Grant for Summer Meals Program
On June 27, Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock announced that 14 organizations in Montana with summer meals programs would receive $72,710 in private grant funding through a partnership with Montana No Kid Hungry.

July 2, 2018
Independent Record
Qualified high school students can now take Carroll College classes tuition-free
Qualified Helena-area high school students can now take up to two Carroll College classes per semester tuition-free.

Camp Imagination keeps students' skills sharp, gets boost from grants
School may be out, but the classrooms at Missoula County Public Schools' Jefferson Center were busy Friday morning.

Montana Standard
From a two-room school house to the White House, Divide teacher Judy Boyle defies stereotypes
From a two-room schoolhouse to the White House, Divide School teacher Judy Boyle has taken a route untrammeled.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
MSU camp exposes middle-schoolers to STEM fields and life at college
Trysten Hannon dips a cotton swab into a paper cup filled with salty water then methodically touches the swab to different points on her tongue. She carefully considers each point until she hits the spot where the taste is the strongest.

Inspiring our students: Bozeman teacher wins national STEM award
A Bozeman teacher has earned the nation's highest honor for teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Billings Gazette
Father and son look back on serving as principal at the same West End elementary school
Poly Drive Elementary has changed a bit through the years. When Clayton Croff was principal from 1968 to 1982, the school at one point held 535 students - 35 per classroom in sixth grade.

Havre Daily News
Big Sandy students among 2018 Montana scholarship winners
This spring, two Big Sandy students were among the recipients of Montana FFA Foundation's awarding of more than $60,000 in scholarships and grants to FFA members and local FFA chapters throughout the state.


Livingston Enterprise

Shields Valley News
Shields Valley High School held its graduation ceremony Sunday in Clyde Park.


Carbon County News

Roberts’ grads receive encouraging words
The Roberts High School Class of seven students celebrated their graduation on a sunny Sunday, May 20, at the gym.


Laurel Outlook

Photo: Congratulations graduating J-Hawks and Panthers

Laurel science teacher to give commencement address
Laurel High School’s 2018 commencement address speaker is high school science teacher Tara Moon.

Joliet graduates 34 seniors
Joliet Class of 2018 Graduation was May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Joliet High School gymnasium.

Laurel Class of 2018 Graduation ceremony is this Sunday
Laurel Class of 2018 Graduation is May 27 at 1 p.m. in the Laurel High School gymnasium.


Big Horn County News

LGHS graduates 31 in commencement ceremony
Graduating seniors of the Lodge Grass High School Class of 2018 throw their hats into the air after they were conferred on Sunday. Thirty-one seniors received their diplomas.


Fallon County Extra

Fallon County salutes high school graduates
The 104th Commencement Ceremony for Baker High School in honor of the Class of 2018 was held in the Longfellow Gymnasium on the evening of May 20.


Blaine County News

Photo: Congratulations Class of 2018

Turner holds Class of 2018 Graduation
The Turner School held its Commencement exercises this past Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Turner School gymnasium.


Big Sandy Mountaineer

Big Sandy High School 2018 Graduation
Graduation is a great celebration of individual senior success. Along the two end walls of the gym each senior set up booths with memories of student's past.


Valley Journal

Charlo Schools celebrate commencement, remember classmate
CHARLO – Inside the gymnasium at the Charlo High School, a crowd of more than 400 gathered to cheer and support their graduating seniors on Sunday afternoon.

Two Eagle River School graduates 22 students
PABLO – One of the biggest senior classes in perhaps decades walked across the stage during 2018 graduation ceremonies at Two Eagle River School on Saturday afternoon.


Lake County Leader

Charlo graduates honor classmate, father
Standing in the back of a hot gymnasium packed with hundreds of people, Max Krantz watched as one of the high school graduates walked toward him.


Choteau Acantha

CHS graduation is May 27
Choteau High School will hold graduation ceremonies for the 20 members of the Class of 2018 on Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

FHS graduation set for May 27
The 2018 Fairfield High School seniors will graduate during commencement on May 27 at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.



Congratulations to the Valier High School Class of 2018!
Commencement exercises were held last Saturday, May 19 at the Valier High School.

Phillips County News

MHS names Mackey valedictorian, Kuehn & Sjostrom as salutatorians for Class of '18

Malta High School has announced Isabella Mackey as the valedictorian and Konner Kuehn and Joanie Sjostrom as co-salutatorians of the Class of 2018.

David Jaynes, valedictorian, Tobias Jones, salutatorian, for Dodson Class of 2018
Dodson Public Schools has announced David Jaynes as the valedictorian and Tobias Jones as the salutatorian of the Class of 2018.

Simonson named Whitewater valedictorian, Simanton salutatorian

Whitewater Schools have announced that Trace Simonson is the valedictorian and Trey Simanton as salutatorian of the Class of 2018.

Pippin named Saco Schools 2018 valedictorian, DePuydt as salutatorian
Saco High School has announced that Chandler Pippin is the valedictorian and Christopher DePuydt as salutatorian of the Class of 2018.

Four Phillips County schools graduate total of 47 seniors
A total of 49 Phillips County seniors graduated from high school last at four different ceremonies held on three different days.

Sidney Herald

Savage kicks off graduation season
Eight graduates were saluted during Savage’s commencement exercises held on Saturday afternoon.

Graduations celebrated: Sidney’s ceremony features valedictorians, salutatorian

Three speeches from valedictorians and one from a salutatorian highlighted Sidney’s commencement exercises for Sidney High School’s class of 91 students on Sunday afternoon.

Lambert High School graduates seven students
Families, friends and students all gathered together for Lambert’s graduation on Saturday morning. The gymnasium was filled with the sound of the Lambert High School’s band playing the graduation processional.

Fairview graduates 24 students
Fairview High School graduated 24 students during its commencement ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

Whitefish Pilot

A voice with a purpose
The stage is where Zach Ade thrives.  “My biggest passion is public speaking, by far,” Ade told the Pilot. “I’ve always loved acting, and I realized how much power comes with words and how much power comes with a voice.”

The world as her textbook
One of Grace Scrafford’s defining times during high school was when she spent a semester in South America.

Big Sky News

Lone Peak High School’s best and brightest


KRTV – Great Falls

GFHS seniors inspire younger students with pre-graduation visit
Some high school seniors put on their cap and gowns a little early on Tuesday to support the Graduation Matters initiative.

Great Falls Tribune

Academic All Star: Great Falls High's Jacob Baroch
After a long day of dissecting sharks and joking around with a couple of his favorite teachers, one thing is clear to Great Falls High senior Jacob Baroch: He's got a future in the sciences.

Academic All Stars: Dutton/Brady's Faith Weber
Faith Weber wasn't sure what the future held for her for a long time. Then, one day she started working for an afterschool program with younger kids and everything fell into place.

Academic All Star: C.M. Russell High's Ayana Gray
When Ayana Gray moved to Great Falls, she was relieved when she finally saw the traffic lights as her family rolled into town.

Academic All Star: Choteau's Watson Snyder
Watson Snyder is home on the range. The fiddle-playing, leather-working, outfitting cowboy is a jack-of-all-trades graduating from Choteau High School with big dreams ahead of him and the work ethic to make it happen.

Academic All Stars: North Star's Peytan King
Living in a small town can have its downsides, but Peytan King has made the most of her experience at North Star High School in Rudyard and has reveled in her small community.

Academic All Stars: Hinsdale's Mickayla Johnson
Mickayla Johnson recognizes the delicate balance between conservation and agriculture. It's something she has experienced working on her family's farm and ranch in the 217-person town of Hinsdale between Malta and Glasgow.

Academic All Stars: Fairfield's Winston Fee
Winston Fee is casual as he sits at his computer on the second floor of Fairfield High School and talks about going to MIT.

Billings Gazette

'Life past cancer': West High senior beats tumor three times on path to graduation
Arianna Cole is used to being the "tumor girl." She get recognized at banks and grocery stores from people who have seen fundraising materials for her medical expenses.

Daily Inter Lake

Knudsen embodies leadership, work ethic
The 2018 graduating class of Columbia Falls High School will take with it a student whose influence, according to his coach and other school faculty, helped pave the way for the track team’s distance runners.

Bigfork senior sets her sights on the stage
It’s not glitz or star power that makes Olivia Martel speed up when she talks about theater. “Some people are like, ‘Oh, Broadway, I’m going to be a star!’” she says with a flourish. “But you’ve got to know how to work, too.”

Flathead grad taking Kalispell virtues to New York City
At first glance, it would seem that something extraordinary molded Noah Love into the man he is today. He insists, however, that he is a product of the same local institutions that many Kalispell students benefit from.

Students learn mapping through augmented reality
Even high school students enjoy playing in a sandbox. In the back of Glacier High School earth science teacher Jaret Stump’s classroom is a sandbox taken to another level through augmented reality.

Independent Record

'You just have to work harder': First-generation college student to study at rigorous university
While doing research on her senior project in government at Capital High School, Delaney Knudson found statistics on the prevalence of suicide among Native Americans students that made her wonder if she was more likely to attempt suicide than go to college.

'My biggest regret is not coming here sooner': Graduate found a home at PAL
At the Project for Alternative Learning, senior Karyssa Gilleland found a tight-knit community and was able to complete her high school requirements and a few college classes before her graduation ceremony on Friday.


Montana Standard

Anaconda High graduation Friday; see list of graduates
Anaconda Senior High School will graduate 55 students during commencement ceremonies at 6 p.m. Friday in Memorial Gymnasium.


Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman High celebrates biggest graduating class in its history
Bozeman High School cheered for its seniors for the last time on Thursday, saying farewell to the record 475 students in the Class of 2018 who will graduate Sunday.


Big Horn County News

‘Always make this community proud’
Hardin High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian took different approaches Sunday afternoon when addressing 77 fellow graduates from their Class of 2018. Valedictorian Abigail Schaffer chose to take a more subdued route to prepare her classmates for potential challenges, while Salutatorian Nicole Nedens leaned toward an inspirational direction.


Big Sandy Mountaineer

Reichelt's talk high school memories
Sophie Reichelt was asked what is the highlight of your high school career? "Oh, this is very hard. That's positive because there are so many!"


Choteau Acantha

Photo: CHS graduation

Dutton/Brady students graduate
The Dutton/Brady seniors Tasha Reeve, Faith Weber, Kaytee Coyle, Shaun Drouet, Sablle Erickson, Dylan Givens, Aaron Infanger, Hunter Manrique, Siera Proff and Aaliyah Yaegle, graduated on May 19 in the school gymnasium.


Lewistown News Argus

81 graduates receive diplomas Sunday



Western News

Libby High School Class of 2018



Will Gilmore is West Point-bound
ENNIS - Will Gilmore has earned some time off. He just graduated from Ennis High School, the class president and co-valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, Honor Society member, having filled his extracurricular hours with athletics and community service.


Whitefish Pilot

Hunter Grimes seeks out new experiences
Hunter Grimes pushes herself toward new experiences.

Ian Caltabiano rises to top in academic challenges
Like the rest of the class of 2018, Whitefish High School senior Ian Caltabiano will get his diploma during graduation on Saturday.

Graduation ceremony set for June 2
Whitefish High School will graduate 112 seniors at a commencement ceremony Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. at the high school gym.


Mineral County Independent

110 Sanders County seniors graduate with Class of 2018
Thirteen years have come and gone, memories of triumphs, friendships and growing up, now as one door closed another has opened for seniors around Sanders County.

Valley Journal

Arlee graduates celebrate milestone - Class of 2018
ARLEE – Thirty-three Arlee High School graduates listened as teacher Ryan Landolfi gave them a bit of advice during his commencement address on Sunday, May 27.

Cut Bank Pioneer Press

Class of 2018 offered over $260,000 in scholarships
The Cut Bank High School Class of 2018 received their long-awaited diplomas on Sunday, May 27 and were offered $269,530 in scholarship awards.

Shelby Promoter

SHS Seniors awarded over $70,000 in scholarships
The Shelby High School 2018 graduating class received many types of financial aid from the Shelby community in order to pursue their education in college. Thirty-one students received more than $71,000 from over 32 local scholarship programs.

Daily Inter Lake

Glacier High commencement celebrates gratitude, hard work
Saturday was the culmination of four years of hard work for the nearly 300 students who walked out of Glacier High School as members of its 10th graduating class.

Message to Flathead graduates: Push your limits and 'dream big'
Before the Flathead High School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony got underway Friday evening, graduate Nikki Sauter double high-fived Anna Henderson and another fellow classmate - their exuberance causing the tassels on their black caps to sway.

Independent Record

CHS addresses emphasize trust, support and passion
Capital High School seniors received their diplomas at Nelson Stadium Saturday afternoon set against a background of a lush green field and overarching, majestic Mount Helena.

First Lady Lisa Bullock honors 15 PAL graduates at commencement ceremony
The Project for Alternative Learning graduation ceremony got personal on Friday afternoon, with keynote speaker Lisa Bullock giving each graduate a note and gift.

Capital graduate seeks engineering degree to help others
Andrew Bugni, a senior at Capital High School, is studying mechanical engineering at Montana State University this fall because it's the best way he knows how to help people.

Two Helena High graduates receive presidential praise
Emma Sihler and Devin Seyler, two seniors at Helena High School, are graduating with one of the most prestigious honors a high school student can receive.


Seeley-Swan graduates encouraged to create their own definition of success
SEELEY LAKE - Twenty-eight students from Seeley-Swan High School celebrated and reflected on their high school careers during the school's graduation ceremony on Sunday.

Missoula County School District announces principal shuffle at Missoula schools
A handful of Missoula schools will have new principals next year, with the Missoula County School District announcing a shuffle in administrators on Friday.

'Find the best views:' Graduates encouraged to help others, always be learning
Hundreds of students from Hellgate, Sentinel and Big Sky high schools celebrated the end of their high school careers Saturday, cheered on by their supporters as they walked across the stage at the Adams Event Center.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman High's biggest-ever class holds spirited graduation
Bozeman High School's biggest-ever graduating class celebrated Sunday with bling and acrobatics, cheers and tears.

'Thankful' Bridger Charter Academy graduates celebrate journey
One year ago, Carlos Benavides wasn't sure he would graduate high school.

Great Falls Tribune

'I finally felt seen,' Paris graduate thrived at non-traditional school
All eyes were on Jade Castle as she walked across the graduation stage at Paris Gibson Education Center. Her story came full circle when she accepted her diploma.


Livingston Enterprise

Park High graduates 105 students
The 2018 Park High School 117th Annual Commencement graduated 105 students Sunday at Park High School. Eight students enlisted in military service.


Glasgow Courier

Congratulations to GHS Class of 2018
"Pomp and circumstance. noun. splendid celebration with ceremony and fuss."


Glacier Reporter

Browning High School celebrates Class of 2018 graduation
Traditional song and drum from the Iron Creek Singers began the graduation ceremonies at Browning High School on May 27, ushering in pairs of dancers followed by School Board members, administrators and teachers who entered over a raised pathway toward the stage and bleachers.


Seeley Pathfinder

Seeley-Swan Grads Celebrate Successful End to High School
SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School graduated 28 seniors on June 3, in a ceremony that celebrated their achievements and carried important lessons about the meaning of happiness and success.


Blaine County News

Turner closes out 2017-18 school year with Awards Ceremony
The 2017-2018 Turner High School Awards Ceremony was held recently at the Turner School Gymnasium. Melanie Watkins gave a warm welcome to students in grades 7-12, parents, teachers, and board members.


Western News

Photos: Libby High School 2018 Graduation

Photos: Troy High School 2018 Graduation


Mineral Independent

Introducing the graduating classes of 2018
It was a weekend of celebrations for 30 Mineral County high school graduates over Memorial Weekend. St. Regis and Superior held graduations on Sunday and Alberton held theirs on Monday.


Valley Journal

Ronan High School celebrates 74 graduates
RONAN – Commencement speaker and teacher Clair Hibbs-Cheff called the 74 Ronan graduates, “the new hope of our community.”

Polson graduates celebrate accomplishments
PABLO – One hundred and one graduates crossed the stage during the 2018 Polson High School commencement ceremony held at the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo on Saturday.


Twenty-four students receive diplomas
St. Ignatius celebrated the 100th graduating high school class on Saturday as 24 graduates received diplomas.


Lake County Leader

Photos: Valley schools celebrate graduation


Hungry Horse News

Microsoft exec, Columbia Falls grad, offers sage advice to graduates
Fred Jordan says there’s four things in life that will be the keys to your success, your mouth, your mind, your heart and your a--.


Whitefish Pilot

Whitefish graduates 112 seniors during commencement ceremony
Whitefish High School’s commencement ceremony Saturday was about looking ahead to the future, while honoring the work that propelled the graduates to earning their diplomas.


Great Falls Tribune

Cascade High School Class of 2018

Centerville High School Class of 2018 graduates

Simms High School Class of 2018 graduates

Paris Gibson Education Center 2018 graduates

C.M. Russell High School 2017-2018 graduates

Great Falls High School 2017-2018 graduates

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

They persisted: Bozeman celebrates HiSET students' success
Inga Evans choked back tears Wednesday night recalling the rough road she'd traveled to earn the chance for a better future for herself and her two kids.


May 30, 2018

'Freedom!' Obi robot gives student with cerebral palsy independence
During a recent lunch period at Paxson Elementary School, a group of third-graders gathered around a table to eat, opening their lunchboxes from home, or setting down their cafeteria trays. One student brought something different: a device that looked like it came from a Star Wars movie.

Montana’s dual enrollment classes growing fast
Montana was slow to offer teenagers the chance to take “dual enrollment” classes that give credit toward both high school graduation and state college degrees, but now it’s catching up fast.

May 23, 2018

Hall Passages: School gardens offer hands-on learning experiences
Kindergarten students crowded around a garden bed at Rattlesnake Elementary School on Monday as they anxiously awaited their turn to grab a pinch of carrot seeds and sprinkle them into the garden.

Magic bus a hit at Bozeman High's Sixties Museum
Bozeman High School students went all out Monday to bring the Swinging '60s to life, dressing up as famous figures, singing 50-year-old hit songs and painting an entire yellow school bus as a replica of Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus.

May 16, 2018

Billings elementary school social aimed at fostering school pride, bringing families together

The playground at Broadwater Elementary has rarely been as crowded as it was Thursday night. Kids scurried around, of course. But their parents represented a significantly different crowd from normal.

Havre students fight burdocks in Beaver Creek
Havre elementary students were once again in Beaver Creek Park Monday helping control a major problem-weed.

May 15, 2018

Hall passages: Hawthorne student reporters tell their school's stories
Using an iPad for filming and recording, Hawthorne Elementary's student reporters roam their school, finding and telling the important stories happening in their hallways.

Health careers class gives Helena students a taste of the medical field
When Cody Hoover started taking the health careers class at Helena High School, it was because he wanted to be a doctor.

May 11, 2018

Irving School celebrates ‘unity through diversity’ at International Day
Adorned in traditional clothing ranging from Nepal to Peru, Irving School students filled the Sacagawea Middle School gym Thursday with songs and dances from all around the globe.

Valier third graders learn how to save
Staff Members Connie Sutherland and Becca Irwin from Independence Bank recently visited Mr. Cartwright’s third grade class at Valier Elementary School to give a presentation entitled “Teach Children to Save.”

Greenfield Elementary School Donates 765 Pounds Of Food To Fairfield Food Pantry
April 16-20 was Montana Hunger Awareness Week and Greenfield Elementary School helped raise awareness for Hungry kids in Montana by participating in the state

Fourth and fifth-graders across Flathead Reservation get hands-on learning at River Honoring
Around a bend on Moiese Valley Road, 22 tepees were set up Tuesday along the Flathead River. Had there been no cars or yellow school buses, one may have thought it was a traditional Native American camp.

May 4, 2018

Third and Fourth Conservation
Overall the third and fourth grade students had a blast learning about rivers and fish!

Rednek Robotics win championship
The Rednek Robotics team 724 from the Sun River Valley Robotics program with students from Fairfield and the Sun River Valley won the FIRST FTC World Robotics Championship in Houston, Texas, on April 21 after four days of intense competition.

Students apply lessons during STEAM night at Linderman Elementary
Linderman Elementary was filled with excitement during STEAM night, held on Thursday, April 26.

Lt. Governor Cooney comes to RLHS for Green Award
On Thursday, Lt. Governor Mike Cooney came to Red Lodge High School (RLHS) to present the school with the 2017-2018 SMART (Saving Money and Resources Today) Schools Challenge Award.

May 2, 2018

Reservation school gets a new building for art classes, Crow culture program
The arts and Crow Studies programs at Wyola Public School just got a boost in the form of a bright blue modular outbuilding.

Third Grade is Money Savvy
The 2018 3rd grade class just completed the Money Savvy Kids program sponsored by National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors MT-North.

Meadowlark fifth graders present American History through Wax Museum
Thirty-five fifth graders from Meadowlark Elementary hosted their annual wax museum.

Lt. gov. awards HHS class for recycling projects
Montana's lieutenant governor was at Havre High School Monday to reward a class for its work in environmentalism.

Laurel students talk with astronaut live in space
LAUREL- Laurel Public schools connected with mission control at the International Space Station in Houston Tuesday during their first annual Space Day.