Montana's Public Schools in the 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 2020 to September 2020

Stevensville's 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist has lofty goals
Stevensville High School's 2021 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist has a lofty goal of studying aviation and becoming a commercial pilot. He used his quarantine time (due to COVID-19) to earn his private pilot's license. Senior Michael Zielinski did exceptionally well on the tests and is completing the paperwork necessary to be a National Merit finalist, eligible for more scholarships. "It's also a really good thing to put on college applications," Zielinski said. "For me the SAT and the PSAT weren't really that hard." He enjoys reading, his favorite subjects are math and English, and he praised SHS for preparing him for life.

Gibson donates two dozen acoustic guitars to Bozeman, Montana high school
Gibson Gives, Gibson's charitable arm, has donated 24 acoustic guitars to Gallatin High School in Bozeman, Montana in order to bring the "power of music" to returning students. Representatives from Gibson, along with country music artist and Bozeman native Stephanie Quayle, presented the young student players with the instruments, built in the company's Bozeman facility. Erica Schnee, Gallatin High School's principal, said in a statement, "Music is such a powerful influence in all of our lives and learning music has such great benefits to brain development.

C-Falls teacher picked for NY Times Teaching Project
As a world traveler who has taught overseas in countries such as Morocco, Columbia Falls English and French teacher Jeanette Price continually seeks to connect her students with the outside world. That belief system made her a perfect match in joining a cohort of 60 teachers from around the nation who were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the New York Times Teaching Project. The Teaching Project was born from the New York Times' Learning Network, an online educational resource that has offered content to students and educators for over two decades, much of it free.

Boulder educator who taught in Helena receives prestigious national award
Among the ranks of rural Jefferson High School in Boulder is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The school recently hired Mary Anne McMahon, who has been recognized with the prestigious national award, which is touted as the nation's highest honor for math and science educators. While still a student at Carroll College, McMahon student taught at Jefferson High in 1986, and after more than two decades as an educator, she said her career has come full circle.

Polson's McKee claims P.E.O Star Scholarship
Recent Polson High School graduate Mesa McKee earned P.E.O. Chapter CA's STAR Scholarship for the 2020-'21 academic year. Chapter President Lynn Sherick presented the $2,500 scholarship certificate Aug. 5. McKee is the daughter of James and Spring McKee and was recommended for this scholarship by Chapter CA of Polson, Montana. She plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman beginning this fall and will pursue a major in global studies and a minor in Spanish.

Awesome art!
Sophia Spini and Tenley Hersel along with Tirzah McNiven (not pictured) are the Laurel students who placed in this year's statewide Keep Montana Green Poster Contest based on the the theme of wildfire prevention. Tenley, now a 4th grader, took first place in the Primary Division (grades K–3), Sophia, also a 4th grader at Graff School took third place. Tirzah, a current Middle School 5th grader, won the top prize in the Special Education Division (grades K–6).

Local students explore health careers during MedStart Camp
High school juniors and seniors from across Montana participated in the Billings MedStart Camp, July 26-30. Collin Welch of Gildford, Jade Wendland of Rudyard and Tyra Medicine Bear of Harlem were three of 25 campers who attended. This five-day camp encourages students to pursue their interest in a variety of health care careers, learn about college life and realize they can pursue higher education.

Heart Butte ancestors await their students
Look casually at the school entrance and you'd swear a quartet of Blackfeet elders was painted on the sky. The façade above the Heart Butte Public School now features massive portraits of historic personalities along with spiritual symbols of Blackfeet culture, set against a blue backdrop as bright as a summer day on the Rocky Mountain Front. Last week, Louis Still Smoking was high on a scaffold putting shadow details on Mountain Chief, whose ear was as big as Still Smoking's chest.

Schoolyard stockyard: Escaped cattle graze on lawn at Montana school
Montana City School might have saved a buck on lawn mowing this week. A small group of cattle moseyed on to the rural school's athletic fields Tuesday, having slipped through a gap in a local rancher's fence and discovered a culinary appreciation for the school's lawn care. "We've had black bear on the property, we've had deer, elk, we've had horses," Montana City superintendent Tony Kloker said. "This was the first time the cows showed up." The K-8 district, located about halfway between Helena and Clancy, isn't alone in adventures with wildlife and livestock.

Great Falls groups gets $50K grant from Blue Cross of Montana
Rural Dynamics of Great Falls is one of four nonprofit groups to receive a $50,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield Montana that will be used to help children and their families with issues such as nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, substance abuse prevention, and suicide prevention. The goal of the program is to improve access to quality care and drive down the future cost of health care. Similar grants were also awarded to the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools, Families First Learning Lab and Riverstone Health Foundation.

A walk through the halls: Schools an integral part of Butte's history
Butte's mines flourished because of the working class. The same could be said for its schools. For the most part, Butte's immigrant population came to this country with minimal or no education at all. That trend ended with them. As these men and women married and started their own families, education became a priority for their children. So much so that by 1910, there were two colleges, 29 public and Catholic grade schools, a public and Catholic high school, along with a school for kindergartners and an International Correspondence School.

Helena Education Foundation to giveaway 'specialist backpacks' to area grade schoolers
Among the numerous challenges Lewis and Clark County schools have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most difficult to overcome has been the equitable distribution of classroom materials for remote learning, specifically specialty classes like physical education and music. In a normal school year, about 300 students at each local elementary school would share a single classroom's items such as recorders and jump ropes. But this school year is far from normal.

Flathead student to compete in national science competition
Kalispell student Keanu Ng made the cut as one of the top 300 students competing in the Broadcom MASTERS. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a middle school science, technology, engineering and math competition. For the competition, students are tasked with conducting independent research projects that tackle every day challenges. Ng, a Flathead High School student, entered the competition as a Kalispell Middle School eighth-grader with his project "Microplastics: A Macro Problem." He will receive a $125 award.

Kalispell fundraiser brings in money for new tech in schools
A new piece of technology is being slowly introduced to Flathead County schools. TemChek is a new, portable unit combining a touchless palm thermometer with an automatic sanitizer dispenser. TemChek kiosks display temperatures between 97 and 108 degrees and set off an alarm for high temperatures. A fever alert goes off at 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brekhus named Havre teacher of the year
Havre High School science teacher Erika Brekhus was named Havre Public Schools certified employee of the year/teacher of the year by the district. "It's quite an honor to be number one nominated for it and then receiving the award to be recognized by others that you work so closely with on a day-to-day basis, and you see the amazing things that they do on a day-to-day basis, Brekhus said. "It's quite an honor."

Group covers Bigfork student lunch debts
Gap Fillers Flathead, an organization that raises funds to supply schools with feminine hygiene products and pays off school lunch debt, recently covered $4,730 in unpaid student lunches for Bigfork Schools. This cost would otherwise be left to the school to cover, noted founder Tammi Fisher.

Ronan awarded school nutrition team of the year
The previous school has clearly been a challenging one. Schools faced many ongoing changes and adaptations throughout the year as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed. But the Ronan School District was already implementing innovative adaptations to the regular school day for elementary students well before any school closures. In the fall of 2019, the Ronan Food Service team brought a program called "Breakfast After the Bell" to K. William Harvey and experienced great success in its inaugural year.

Two Eagle River School 2020 Graduation
To say 2020 has been an unusual year would be an understatement. To say 2020 has been a monumental historic year would not be an overstatement. COVID-19 has affected everything and everyone this year and it isn't over yet. However, one thing that is over - at last - is the Two Eagle River School Class of 2020 graduation ceremony. It was finally held last Saturday, outdoors on the TERS football field, and at last the 20 TERS graduates had the opportunity to toss that tassel from left to right, from student to adult, from old norm to new norm, from now to future.

The Mineral County Dixieland Band plays on
In the late 1970s, St. Regis School found itself without a band director. The obvious issue was that the students were not being taught musical instruments and a side effect was not having a pep-band at the football games. However, there were some folks around that had played instruments years before that were now parents, ranchers, mill workers, teachers and truck drivers that came up with an idea that sounds like a Hallmark Channel movie, minus the romance.

Back-to-school scavenger hunt
Even though school is starting, that doesn't mean the fun is ending. The Deer Lodge Youth Board is holding a back-to-school scavenger hunt, and all students are encouraged to participate. Michele Spears with the Deer Lodge Youth Board said, "The Deer Lodge Youth Board wanted to hold a back to school event, but because of the continuing health situation, we had to come up with a way to do it remotely."  There are three different scavenger hunts based on grade level, each with their own unique list of activities to complete.

Longfellow Elementary School holds grand opening ceremony
Teachers, staff and community donors gathered to celebrate the opening of the newly constructed Longfellow Elementary School with a ribbon cutting on Monday afternoon, just days before students will return to their neighborhood school. The new school is just over 58,000 square feet and features 18 classrooms to serve grades K-6. The total cost to complete the new facility ended up being about $15.4 million and was supported by the passage of the 2016 bond initiative and private donations for enhancements throughout the building.

New Muldown School ready for students
A pair of giant green scissors were used to cut the ribbon last week officially celebrating the completion of the new Muldown Elementary School building. A ceremony recognizing the new school building was held outside the front entrance on Pine Avenue. The ceremony was limited in attendance to the Whitefish School Board trustees and key people involved in the project while maintaining social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Muldown Principal Linda Whitright began by speaking to the audience, simply saying the date - Aug. 13, 2020, and time of 6 p.m.

Bigfork ACES finds new, larger home near school
The ACES After School program has been a fixture in the Bigfork community and lifeline for working parents for the past eight years as a local provider of affordable childcare just steps away from Bigfork Elementary School. But the future of the program was in flux earlier this year when director Cathy Hay learned that the building they'd been renting at the corner of Grand Drive and Commerce Street was on the market. She began searching for a new home that would meet three primary needs including more space, a location near the school and, ideally, come equipped with a commercial kitchen.

Great Falls couple with Whittier PTA receive statewide award for volunteerism
When Sue Turton walked into the gym at Whittier Elementary School on Monday morning, she figured she was just there to do training for the upcoming school year to work as a volunteer, but the staff at the school had a surprise for her.  Sue and her husband Dennis were recognized as the recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award through the Montana State Parent-Teacher Association, surrounded by the socially distanced staff of Whittier.

Bronc athletes give back at annual community service event
Hamilton High School fall sport athletes participated in their annual Sports Community Day on Friday by cleaning and painting around Hamilton. Organized by HHS staff member Chad DeLong, the two-hour community service event was a success. The Bronc football team was pulling weeds, picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks and wiping down trash cans, flower pots and light poles downtown. Senior Orion Kutney said Bronc pride includes giving back to their community of supporters.

New English teacher hopes to keep students in the classics
Amanda Leichtnam is just getting started as the new English teacher for the eighth, ninth and tenth grades in Baker. She will be focusing on both literature and learning the rules and usage of the language, she explained as the start of school neared. "I use a lot of literature to teach the standards of writing and English," she explained. Leichtnam is coming from Hot Springs. "I was looking to get out of Choteau and Baker just kept coming up online. I thought I would give it a shot. I never have been over that far and I don't know anybody, but I figured it is an adventure."

Corvallis Golfers play at the National High School Golf Invitational in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Two of Corvallis High School's top golfers are competed in the National High School Golf Invitational at the iconic Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, August 3-5. CHS junior Luke Schlimgen and sophomore Macee Greenwood, and six other high school golfers from around Montana, competed on their dream greens in the midst of hurricane Isaias. They experienced torrential rains, greens that looked like rivers, massive wind and nearby tornadoes. Pinehurst has nine golf courses around the "village" and has hosted US Opens, the US Amateur Championship and is ranked up there with Andrews Golf Course in Scotland.

Watch this: Hellgate senior hosts online auction to benefit Pov
Isabel Emmert-Nolte, a senior at Hellgate High, said she didn't think a project required for her International Baccalaureate program diploma would amount to much, but an online art auction she organized to benefit the Poverello Center has already received the support of numerous local artists and businesses.

Fairfield Back-To-School Clothing Exchange Great Success; Extra Day Added: Next Tuesday, Aug. 4
The Annual Back-to-School Clothing Exchange was a great success! Thank you to all of the people who donated their gently used clothing, because without you this event wouldn't happen! Thanks for going through your closets during quarantine so that we had more than enough clothing and shoes on hand!

Remote Teaching Technology for Laurel Schools
Back to School' this year is a challenge both here in Montana and around country. One big question that many schools districts are dealing with is how to keep classes and students learning together, even when they are apart. At Laurel High School on Monday morning, teachers got their first look at in-classroom software that will record their lessons live, for students learning remotely.

Gardiner teacher honored for making history come alive
History teacher Christina Cote-Reinhart is amazed at how many parents tell her they hated history in school and are surprised that their kids actually like her class. Cote-Reinhart – who has taught history for 20 years at Gardiner School - says instead of treating history as a bunch of dates to memorize, she has her students read the original documents, where people from the past speak in their own words. That means documents like Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and Abigail Adams' letters asking husband John to remember rights for women during the American Revolution.

Capital High Girls Supporting Girls club hosting comedian Maya Rudolph
The Capital High School club Girls Supporting Girls is hosting a special online event Sunday featuring five speakers including actress and comedian Maya Rudolph. Capital seniors Zoe Brown and Mariah Mercer had the idea for the group last year with the goal of developing a supportive group for high school girls. "We went on a little bit of a rant about high school and how girls kind of act in high school and realized it'd be really great if we could band together and get girls to talk to others their age and not feel judged or have any pressure," Brown said.

Retired physics teacher harnesses old-time energy source
Faced with hours of newfound free time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lakeside retired physics teacher Don Bumgarner decided to take a step back in time. Wanting a rotisserie for his grill, Bumgarner set to work on his own design using not electricity, but a 500-pound steam engine from the 1880s. Why would he do this? The answer is a simple - why not? "I had this idea for a while, but had been putting it off for years. When the virus forced us inside the house most of the time, I decided to take the project on," Bumgarner said. "I'm just an eccentric, retired old school teacher with nothing better to do."

Great Falls High pool complex renovated over summer through anonymous donation
The pool complex at Great Falls High School underwent locker room renovations this summer thanks to an anonymous $20,000 donation through the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation that was matched by the school district. "This donation means all of our boys' and girls' shower towers work, and we were able to re-plumb the swimsuit dryers in the locker rooms," said Bob Stingley, pool manager. "Everything is fully functional and it will help get swimmers in and out quicker."

District secures low rates, will save taxpayers $3.6 million
There was some good news recently for the Three Forks School District. The 2020 Bond Issue Summary showed the district was able to take advantage of record low-interest rates, $3,666,994.50 lower than originally projected to voters with bond election information. Three Forks voters approved in May a $10 million bond for the Elementary District and a $15 million bond for the High School District.

Local high schoolers excel at Big Sky State Games
Though the 2020 track season never left the starting line due to COVID-19, Seeley-Swan High School senior Klaire Kovatch and her sophomore brother Klayton did not miss a beat during a statewide race July 19. Not only did they place in multiple events, Klaire now holds the farthest discus throw in the history of the Big Sky State Games. "Breaking the Big Sky State Games record made my first and last track meet of my junior year even more meaningful," now senior Klaire said. "It tells me that even with the challenges of COVID I'm still a consistent high 140-foot thrower."

Havre Elks Lodge #1201 recently awarded five scholarships to local graduating high school seniors. Lodge Scholarship Chairman Bob Nieuwenhuyse announced that Hope Gasvoda, Stacey Alderdice and Clint Darlington of Big Sandy High School, Aubrey Welch of North Star High School, and Cameron Pleninger from Havre High School are the recipients of this year's local Elks Most Valuable Student Awards. The five local MVS winners were advanced to the Montana State Elks competition.

Hospital scholarship goes to nursing student
Hamilton High School graduate was selected to receive the annual Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital scholarship from the hospital and medical staff. Class of 2015 valedictorian and basketball star Kali Hayes Humphrey changed her career path from becoming a teacher, gave up a full ride to Brigham Young University in Utah and is studying nursing at Montana State University. Humphrey said the change after a year of teacher training was motivated by her experience at the hospital where she had knee surgery.

New kindergarten teacher set to start at Highland Park school
"I'm looking forward to finally having my own and being the boss of my own room," Pamela Tackitt said. "All the experience I have had I've been under teachers, so it's finally a space that I can call mine and that I get to have my own group of kids that's what I look forward to most." Due to COVID-19 she might have to teach remotely and she is preparing how she'll have to adjust accordingly.

CHS' Sarah Urban named as Montana's outstanding biology teacher
Capital High School honors and AP biology teacher Sarah Urban has been named as Montana's outstanding biology teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Each year the organization honors one teacher from each state for their work in teaching biological sciences. Urban is their choice to represent Montana for the year 2019.

Eats & Essentials: Food Truck Frenzy event to support local students in need on Thursday
Community members will be able to treat themselves to lunch while also supporting students in need at the Eats & Essentials: Food Truck Frenzy on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2525 10th Ave S. The event is geared toward supporting students and restocking food pantries throughout the Great Falls Public Schools district for the upcoming school year. "Right now is so important for everyone to get together as a community with what's been going on in the world today," said Stand Up for Students committee chair Marie Willson, a realtor with Dahlquist.

Students help out at local food bank
Mark Eekhoff was assisting the local students and said they s usually get to travel somewhere out of state for the "Serve Project", but it has been a blessing to be able to help out locally. He added a lot of the kids did not realize there was a food bank in Three Forks. "It's a good eye-opener for them to see what is around them," he said.

Stockman Continues Elementary Backpack Program
The Backpack Program was started two school years ago, with just the Sidney Central and Westside Elementary. There was a need for our young youth to be able to have their own backpack that has supplies in them for the school year. All registered students are able to receive one, even if they don't accept it. This year we donated to surrounding schools, Pre-K to 5th Grade: Sidney, Rau, Brorson, Fairview, East Fairview, Savage and Lambert. That came to a total of 1,030 students.

Polson High student finds purpose in helping others
Spencer Henning is the Polson High School recipient of the Today's Achievers, Tomorrow's Leaders award sponsored by Kalispell Regional Healthcare and the Lake County Leader. As Spencer Henning looks forward to his senior year and beyond, he is sure of at least one thing - he desires to always continue serving others and extend a helping hand. In the vast span of activities he is involved in, most center around giving his time and talents to many people, friends, acquaintances and strangers alike.

Mr. Jim May retires after 30 years of teaching and coaching
The coming Autumn, despite being an end for the green in the valley, indicates the beginning of so much more for students and their parents. Yet, with Covid's persistence, it would be no surprise for virtual classrooms to make a depressing reappearance. As families then attempt to figure out childcare and how to teach their child at home, many will come to realize how much work teachers do every day to teach and mold our communities' young people. One teacher, who has set a momentous standard for impacting students' lives, will, unfortunately, not be returning to the classroom this year.

HHS senior project to benefit Emma's House
A Hamilton High School Senior is organizing "2020 Miles for Smiles," a run on July 24 – 26, which can be completed virtually or in person, to benefit Emma's House. Logan VanDenburg is getting his senior project completed before the school year even starts. "It's required to graduate and I was encouraged to do something I'm passionate about and enjoy doing," he said. "I knew from the start that I wanted to do something running related. I knew that with the coronavirus, it would have to be something small." He also didn't trust Montana weather to cooperate next spring.

Band teacher comes to Havre High from Louisiana
"The first thing I'm looking forward to is the difference in temperature," Cullen Hinkle said. "I can tell you all the kids are excited to have a new band director and they are super excited that I've done marching band a lot, so they're excited to get started, and it's just going to be exciting to work with kids that really, really work hard and that's pretty much what I've been hearing." He is also excited to work in a community that is supportive of the arts, he said, because he is not used to that where he comes from.

School District receives MCLSDP grant
There was some amazing recent news for the Whitehall School District. The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced the local district was a Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development Project (MCLSDP) grant recipient. According to Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens, 129 school districts in the state were eligible to apply for the competitive grant.

District receives Cook Fresh Award
There was more great news last week for Whitehall Schools with the notification they were one of four districts statewide to receive the Office of Public Instruction's Cook Fresh Award. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said Thursday Whitehall School District's food service program staff, under the leadership of Kathy Coughlin, received OPI's Cook Fresh Award for their excellence and dedication to serving nutritious school meals, cooking from scratch, and motivation to exceed requirements.

Kim Hellwinkel recognized as most inspiring teacher in the state
Kim Hellwinkel, second grade teacher in the Twin Bridges School District, was recognized as the most inspiring teacher in Montana by the Sanford Programs, established by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to support teachers around the nation. She was awarded the Sanford Teacher Award, which recognizes 51 educators-in each state and the District of Colombia-for going above and beyond for their students. Ms. Hellwinkel received an email announcing her nomination this fall. Teachers can be nominated by a parent, fellow teacher, or administrator but are not notified of their nominator's identity. Nominees must decide whether to go through the application process in order to receive the overall designation in Montana.

MSU, Manhattan team up to create new playgrounds with help of kids
Manhattan's antiquated elementary and middle school playgrounds will be refurbished next week in the a culmination of a nearly year-long design project that allowed younger students to dream big and older ones to think like kids. A year ago, both the school district and Manhattan Parent Teacher Organization were aware of the need to update the decades-old school playgrounds. Existing equipment that didn't meet codes had been removed for safety reasons, and the apparatus that remained needed to repaired or upgraded. The grounds had drainage problems, leading to icy conditions in the winter. A basketball court was the only recreational resource available to middle schoolers.

When Jeremy MacDonald speaks, we all need to listen
These are trying times we live in. There's so much anxiety and uncertainty globally, in the United States, in Montana and right here on the Hi-Line. But, in times like these, I'm sure glad we have leaders in our communities like Jeremy MacDonald.

Benefit cruise to raise bus safety awareness
Kruise Kalispell Facebook group is having a benefit cruise Friday evening in Kalispell to raise funds for Jordana Hubble and JABS (Jordana's Alliance for Bus Safety). The event will begin about 6 p.m. at the Kalispell Center Mall parking lot. The group hopes to raise awareness for the importance of stopping for school buses and crosswalks. Drivers are reminded that flashing yellow lights should trigger the thought to slow down, use caution, and prepare to stop; not to hurry up to beat the red light, be it on a bus or a stop light. Drivers need to keep 100% of their attention on the road and never text or let anything distract their attention.

GFPS CARES Act funds to focus on student achievement and food services amid COVID-19
The Great Falls Public Schools district received $2.38 million from the federal CARES Act for COVID-19 relief and anticipates to spend approximately two-thirds of that funding on student achievement and food services. The district will spend 47%, or approximately $1 million on student achievement and 22%, or $521,000, on food services. Sanitation will receive about $129,000, and childcare programming will receive just over $250,000. The district will set aside $250,000 for unforeseen expenses accrued by the pandemic, and 5% will be allocated to local private/non-public schools and students.

Capital's Paige Bartsch is Independent Record's High School Girls Athlete of the Year
Looking back on the 2019-20 school year and athletic season, picking out the best female athletes from the Independent Record coverage area wasn't easy. For one, it was a year unlike any other in high school sports. Montana crowned co-champions in each classification for girls and boys basketball, while not even having softball, track, tennis and Class B-C, golf.

Helena teachers self-publish a kindergarten readiness guide
Two Helena teachers recently self-published a kindergarten readiness guide for parents. Co-Authors Emily Hankins and Ashlie Buresh worked together when writing "The Summer Before Kindergarten." According to Hankins, work on the book started approximately six years ago. Hankins, a 15-year teacher at Kessler Elementary School, taught kindergarten for most of her career. The other kindergarten teacher was Buresh. Hankins said they would regularly get lots of questions from parents nervous about their child's first year of kindergarten.

January 3, 2019
Great Falls Tribune
Bullock renews call for preschool program
Gov. Steve Bullock is once again proposing Montana launch a state-funded preschool program for those who cannot afford private pre-kindergarten programs for their children. The governor included a $30 million grant program to support high-quality preschool programs supplied by public schools, community-based providers or head start programs in his budget ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

Hardin student bound for Rocky fueled by unsteady childhood
Trajan Hill has a lot to be proud of. The Hardin High School senior is an all-state athlete and an honor-roll student. He's headed to Rocky Mountain College next year to study biology and run cross country and track. He's done that while navigating family turmoil, sleeping on floors and bouncing from one home to the next.

January 2, 2019
Daily Inter Lake
The Evergreen School Board was recognized as one of two "Honor School Boards of the Year" by the Montana Association of School Superintendents. The association selects two outstanding school boards each year that represent excellence in providing dedicated and ethical service on behalf of Montana students.

Great Falls Tribune
Member of the Little Shell Tribe and descendant Blackfeet Tribe to attend Stanford
Great Falls High senior, Alyssa LaTray, is headed to the Silicon Valley in 2019, and it's not just for a change of scenery and weather. LaTray is officially a part of Stanford's Class of 2023.

Billings middle school implements education initiative
Riverside Middle School principal Kevin Kirkman wields a barcode scanner like a cashier. But he's not scanning gifts or produce - he's checking out students' grades, which pop up instantly as he scans a student's planner or ID card.

Independent Record
Shodair partners with Helena schools for therapeutic learning programs
Autism isn't the only condition on the rise in the Helena school district. The number of Helena students with emotional disturbance, a term defined under state law, has risen 53 percent over the past five years.

Helena schools develop new programs as the need for special education rises
Helena's schools have recently seen a significant increase in conditions such as autism that can cause emotional disturbance and affect formal speech and language skills.

Montana Standard
Butte Police work to develop positive relationships with students through city-wide program
On the Thursday morning before students went on winter break, Officers Bill St. Pierre, Ryan Hardy and K9 Officer Steve Honer walked into Kennedy Elementary School.

Ravalli Republic
College/Career Planning: Getting Ready for Life After High School workshop planned for Corvallis
One of the biggest concerns that high school students have about going to college is how to pay for it. Another concern is how to manage time effectively once they get there. Through an #iGraduateMT grant supported by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, Dr. Tricia Seifert from MSU-Bozeman and Valley Oak Education Resource Center are bringing interactive workshops to students and families throughout the Bitterroot Valley to address these concerns.

Stevensville Middle School hosts Geography Bee
Stevensville Middle School's National Geography Bee winner was Zane Svaren, fourth grade, and the runner-up was Thomas Walthall, eighth grade, in the school competition of the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Armed with pilot project success, Bullock renews call for preschool program
Gov. Steve Bullock is once again proposing Montana launch a state-funded preschool program for those who cannot afford private pre-kindergarten programs for their children.

FFA, music help Park City student grow into leader, start composting program
Jerrica Bursik never pictured herself as a leader - "like, ever." Leadership, it seemed, was for the hand shakers, the natural speech makers, those who didn't think twice about standing up in front of a crowd.

December 21, 2018
Fallon County Times

Mrs. Spencer is Awarded – Funding the Future Grant
Mrs. Spencer recently won Continental Resources – Funding the Future Grant for $5,000. There were over 200 applications this year, and they awarded 47 grants.

Second grade Native American Projects
Mrs. Oberlander's second grade class recently did projects on Native American Tribes throughout North America. The students were split into groups of two and each group was given a different tribe to research.

Belgrade News
BHS grad tells her tale of struggle, joy and acceptance to students
About 4-1/2 years ago, Taylor Woolman harbored dreams and hopes similar to current Belgrade High School students, although her prep accomplishments put her on a Panther pedestal. Then her life veered off in a direction she never could have imagined.

Christmas Miracle: Anonymous donor gives $60K for new marching band uniforms
Concert goers at the Belgrade High School auditorium witnessed a Christmas miracle Tuesday night. They saw the unveiling of the new uniform that the school's marching band will wear, thanks to an anonymous donation of about $60,000. The miracle lies in the fact that junior band member Sydney Eastwood even had a uniform to model at the end of BHS' annual winter band concert.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
BSHS Senior Awarded Grant to Study Snow Pollution
Tyler Schwarzbach, a senior at Big Sandy High School has been awarded a grant from the Dr. David W. Baker Memorial Student-Science Foundation to study Glyphosate concentrations in snowfall.

Elementary students give Christmas Food Baskets
After spending a month of asking about individual Christmas memories, it became very obvious that most of our memories are around food while sitting with family celebrating and laughing. So, the Christmas Food Baskets are more than just supplying a meal to families needing a little extra help. Christmas baskets are in fact supplying the Christmas memory for the entire family.

Blaine County Journal
Chinook High School Student Council gets active in the community
The Chinook High School Student Council has become very active and is looking for ways to make an impact within their school as well as their community.

School Music Programs Provide Entertainment
'Tis the season for holiday programs, and the Chinook Schools are showcasing the musical talents developed by Mr. Levi Williams, the Music Programs Director. On December 18 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Meadowlark Elementary students enrolled in kindergarten and first and second grades performed a program called Once on a Housetop.

Choteau Acantha
Editor recalls Bynum School program traditions
Earlier this month, I was invited to speak at the Choteau LDS women's Christmas gathering, where I was asked to share a Christmas tradition. In the spirit of the holiday season, I'm going to share my traditions story with the Acantha readers.

Stillwater County News
10-year-old Columbus boy finishes radiation, rejoins CES classmates
He's home. Columbus fifth-grader Kolemen Gairrett has knocked down the first part of treatment for a recurring brain tumor, completing seven weeks of radiation last week in Colorado, and is now back home in Columbus.

Silver State Post
Students learn and experience much at convention
The students who went on the trip to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis got the opportunity not only to attend the event and expo with its various seminars and workshops, they also got to learn a tremendous amount about horses.

Clark Fork Valley Press – Mineral Independent
With cash in hand, Superior school fourth-graders went to local stores for their annual shopping trip for families in need. Mrs. Crabb's class works to raise funds each year to purchase the gifts that are then donated to the Women in Timber Superior group.

Valley Journal
MCT helps local children become actors
Children in the Ronan School District got together to develop a production of "Blackbeard the Pirate" after only five days of rehearsal on Friday night at the K. William Harvey Elementary school.

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
SVES students wish families a Merry Christmas
The entirety of the Swan Valley Elementary school performed traditional Christmas carols in the school gym, Dec. 13.

Shelby Promoter
CHS invites residents, customers to 'Christmas at the Carousel'
"We wanted to host a fun event at the carousel for our patrons and employees' families," said Jamie Price, Marketing Communications Specialist for CHS. "Because the carousel is such a large part of the Shelby community, we thought, 'Let's make it a community event for everyone!'"

Sidney Herald
Veteran teacher always provides fun, entertaining music program
Each year for the holidays, teacher Synneva Meldahl at West Side Elementary School puts together a new, fun and adorable Christmas program.

Froid student earns nomination to Air Force Academy
Froid High School senior Mackenzie Dethman has been nominated to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. "I was excited," Dethman said of the news that she was nominated by Tester.

December 19, 2018
Independent Record
Choirs from Helena High, Capital High croon Christmas classics at the Montana Capitol
Singers from both of Helena's public high school's grace the halls of the State Capitol on Tuesday with a selection of Christmas songs. The choirs were led by Molly Steele of Helena High School and Thomas Baty of Capital High School.

Frenchtown High School honored for Advanced Placement class achievement
Frenchtown School District is one of 373 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored for its advanced placement class program with the annual AP District Honor Roll award from the College Board.

Ravalli Republic
Daly Elementary School Hosts Poetry Jam
The Daly Elementary fourth grade classes and some of their family members joined Daly faculty, staff and guest poet Dominic Farrenkopf in the Daly Den for the First Annual Poetry Jam Monday.

December 17, 2018
Education Week
Montana Supreme Court Strikes Down Tax-Credit Program for Private Schools
Montana's highest court has struck down a tuition tax-credit program which, as enacted by that state's legislature, allowed tuition scholarships to benefit students at private religious schools as well as secular schools.

Great Falls Tribune
Great Falls 3rd grader wants to thank mystery benefactor after kind deed
When Mattilyn Beedy, 8, lost her school backpack, the mistake might have meant her family had to replace it and the two library books inside. Instead, a yet-unknown, kind-hearted Great Falls person found the backpack at the bus stop and noticed the fraying, the missing zipper and the way it was worn so thin it was nearly transparent in places.

Independent Record
Helena Youth Against Gun Violence taking cause to Montana Legislature
A Helena student group devoted to preventing gun violence plans to take its cause to the Montana Legislature for the first time next month. Helena Youth Against Gun Violence was established in February, after 17 people died in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Santa signs to deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Jefferson Elementary School
Santa travels around the world to deliver toys to girls and boys, so it should come as no surprise that he's fluent in every language, including American Sign Language. Santa paid a special visit to Jefferson Elementary School's preschool class for deaf and hard-of-hearing students on Friday to make sure that each child had a chance to share their Christmas wishes with the man in the big red suit.

State distributes $1.1 million in restored educational grant funding
The Montana Office of Public Instruction distributed $1.1 million of restored grant funding to schools throughout the state on Friday.

Ravalli Republic
Samsung recognizes Corvallis High School for inspiring change in the community
Corvallis High School is one of five schools in Montana selected for inspiring change in their local communities through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

December 14, 2018
Big Sandy Mountaineer
Elementary Students sing in the Christmas season
Before I could write a single word the first song by the 5th grade band was over-It was Joy. Second one sounded like the first. But the last one was totally different.

Lone Peak Lookout
More student demand creates volunteer shortage for the CAP mentorship program
I ran into Julie Lisk, youth program coordinator with Thrive, at the joint Gallatin and Madison county commission meeting held at Lone Peak Cinema recently. She was desperate for volunteers, she said.

Blaine County Journal
Local Schools doing their part to ensure everyone can have a Happy Holiday
Christmas is nearly upon us and the thought of spending time with family and friends warms us all. Some families find themselves in a position that has them feeling like they won't be able to experience that joy themselves.

Fairfield Sun Times
Simms High School News: National Honors Society Food Drive And Blood Drive
Since it is the Season of Giving, we want to give back, and we need your help! The Simms Chapter of National Honor Society will be hosting a food this December.

Ranger Review
DCC introduces program to help homeless students go to college
Representatives from Dawson Community College met with community members to formally introduce the Dawson Promise program to the public. The program was originally announced in October of this year. Dawson Promise is an initiative started by DCC personnel which will provide aid to unaccompanied youth, be they homeless or aging out of the foster care system.

Lewistown News Argus
Scientist and teacher bring STEM to classroom
Collaboration between a junior high science teacher and a clinical laboratory scientist at Central Montana Medical Center is bringing learning to life through a microscope.

Char-Koosta News
Ronan High School senior class visit CSKT
A first year Ronan High School teacher took his government class to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council to meet the council members face-to-face and hear firsthand how the CSKT tribal council operates.

Clark Fork Valley Press – Mineral Independent
Students in Thompson Falls exercised their First Amendment right of freedom of assembly last week when they organized a "peaceful protest" to raise awareness of bullying and harassment issues.

Lake County Leader
Officials with the Polson School District are offering a new program to students during the upcoming holiday break. Tom DiGiallonardo, curriculum development coordiator for the district, said that before Dec. 7, parents will receive a "barage" of information for winter break activities for the two-week holiday vacation.\\

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Providing access, exploring options

"What are you going to be when you grow up?" asked University of Montana President Seth Bodnar of Seeley-Swan High School juniors and seniors Dec. 3. While Bodnar promoted higher education at UM and Montana College answering specific questions and talking individually to each student, he also left them with three important messages that he hoped would help them wherever life takes them.

Sidney Herald
Safe party for high school students planned for Dec. 31
The Fairview Community Foundation aims to have area high school students celebrate the dawning of a new year in a positive way. That's why members of the group made the decision to hold a DJ dance and social at the Richland County Fair Event Center on New Year's Eve.

Bitterroot Star
New police officer in Stevensville
Officer Kevin Oberhofer is the newest member of the Stevensville Police Department. He comes with lots of experience and will serve as the School Resource Officer along with other duties.

December 13, 2018
Billings Gazette
Montana Supreme Court: Tax credit that benefited religious schools is unconstitutional
The state program allowed donors who contributed to scholarship funds for students to reduce their state taxes by $1 for every $1 they gave to the fund.

Great Falls Tribune
State Supreme Court strikes down tax credit for private schools
The Montana Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Wednesday and said a tax credit program approved by the 2015 Legislature for private schools violated the state Constitution.

Hall Passages: New elementary English curriculum at Missoula schools focuses on phonics awareness
First-graders sounded out the word "stop" as their teacher Cassie Murphy pointed to letters on the board at Chief Charlo Elementary on Friday.

Ravalli Republic
Ravalli County sends unique delegation to Model United Nations
Ravalli County was represented by a unique delegation at the 53rd Annual Montana Model United Nations high school conference at the University of Montana, Nov. 19-20.

Havre Daily News
Awards given and attendance lauded during Havre school board meeting
Two high school students were presented with an award at the beginning of the Havre Public School Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night in Havre Middle School's Assembly Room.

NBC Montana
Bozeman schools draft bill to cover expiring mental health grant
A federal grant used to fund mental health resources worth millions in Bozeman schools is set to expire. Now district officials plan to ask lawmakers to pass a bill asking residents to take over the cost.

December 12, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
From listeners to composers: East Middle School music program evolves with grant
The relationship between music and technology has evolved quickly over the years. The two have merged to allow vast creativity in artists. The East Middle School music program will now be able to be a part of this evolution because of the Music Technology Lab grant.

Montana Standard
Montana State University experiment launches into space with help from Butte High grad
On Dec. 5, a rocket launched from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and began its long journey to the International Space Station that orbits the globe.

Butte Education Foundation releases fall grant winners
The Butte Education Foundation recently announced its fall "Great Ideas Grant Program" recipients. About 10 years ago, the education foundation 501(c) (3) began the grant program, designed to help teachers and schools implement innovative projects that are outside of their normal funding capacities.

December 11, 2018
Montana Standard
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, mine donate sweatshirts
Kennedy Elementary School fifth-graders received free sweatshirts, courtesy of both the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Montana Resources. The duo donated 546 sweatshirts to fifth-grade students in Butte, Anaconda and Whitehall. This is the fourth year the Washington Foundation has organized the charity event.

'Usable artwork': Missoula high school teacher helps kids craft custom skis
Scot Traeder gets immense satisfaction from gliding over water, whether frozen or liquid, on something he's built himself from scratch. He's put his wooden canoe-building career on hiatus for now to focus on constructing homemade lightweight, high-performance skis for all terrain and conditions.

Ravalli Republic
Hannah's Hope Fund purchases much-needed furniture for Victor school library
At the Victor School Library, there's a little nook called Hannah's Reading Corner where students gather to read, study or sometimes just hang out.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman schools offer new diploma choices
Starting with next year's freshmen, Bozeman high school students will have new choices of diplomas, designed to let them pursue their own interests and career aims.

LaMotte School kids like lunches by personal chef
Not many schools can boast of having a personal chef. LaMotte School enjoys that distinction, offering lunches prepared by licensed personal chef Derek Ivester.

December 10, 2018
Billings Gazette
Gazette opinion: Restore 2017 cuts, support K-12 schools
Montana K-12 public schools had to lean more heavily on local property taxpayers in the current two-year state budget cycle because the 2017 Legislature balanced the state budget in part by cutting support for schools.

Independent Record
'Niceness is Priceless' project started by student killed in crash expands to all Helena schools
This year, a kindness project that started as a Facebook page has expanded into an initiative that has taken over Helena's school district. The fundamental tenets of Niceness is Priceless are to spread kindness, inclusiveness and an anti-bullying message throughout the schools.

Ravalli Republic
Stevensville School District welcomes new school resource officer
Stevensville Police Officer Kevin Oberhofer began his new job as Stevensville School District's school resource officer Monday. The school has been without a resource officer for several months during the hiring process and training.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Fast talk at Bozeman High: Speech tourney attracts hundreds of students
Bozeman High School was filled with poker-faced teenagers wearing black suits, black blazers and stylish black dresses with high heels Friday evening when more than 700 students from all over Montana gathered to compete in the 2018 Hawkers Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament.

Havre Daily News
Student wins national honors in essay contest
St. Jude Thaddeus School honored two of their students Thursday morning for winning divisional and national awards through the American Legion Auxiliary.

December 7, 2018
Fallon County Extra
Sophomores Extract DNA from Bananas
The sophomore students in Mrs. Schumacher's biology class have recently been learning about macromolecules in cells and DNA. They have focused on the four main macromolecules, which are nucleic acids, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates.

Hour of Code
This week grades K-6 are participating in the "Hour of Code". Grades 3-6 are having fun coding a 'Dance Party' by going to Kindergarten and first graders are coding using an app on the iPad. Second graders are learning how to code using

Lone Peak Lookout
Teach here, live here
While the Big Sky School District has been successful in recruiting new instructors to its growing schools, it's still subject to the same issues most Big Sky businesses eventually face-including employee burnout when the commute to and from Bozeman rears its head, often due to the lack of affordable housing options in Big Sky.

Glacier Reporter
Glacier Electric donates Chromebooks
Glacier Electric Cooperative (GEC) Board of Trustees approved the donation of seven Chromebooks for the "Aap-aap-ait-sii-tapi Pok-aik-si" (White Weasel Children) class at Browning Elementary School. Mrs. Tailfeather's class of 23 is much different from other classrooms at the elementary school.

Blaine County Journal News
Winter storm brings fun to school playgrounds
These two third graders at Harlem Elementary enjoyed the recent snowfall when they took to the playground Monday morning.

Big Horn County News
Crow elementary teachers Michael, Round Face earn accolades for school
Connie Michael (back row, far left) stands with her fifth grade class Tuesday afternoon at Crow Agency Public School. On Monday, Nov. 26, she was one of 51 educators nationwide to earn the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award.

Laurel Outlook
Daytime astronomy
Mrs. Heinert's Laurel High School Earth Science class is seen entering the STARLAB at the LHS auditorium last Thursday. The inflatable dome was on loan from Bozeman's Museum of the Rockies for the week.

Lake County Leader
Officials with the Polson School District are offering a new program to students during the upcoming holiday break. Tom DiGiallonardo, curriculum development coordinator for the district, said that before Dec. 7, parents will receive a "barage" of information for winter break activities for the two-week holiday vacation.

Carbon County News
Students study media literacy
Is there one truth or variations on truth?   With all the tech savvy of the younger generations, it may seem like kids have become the media experts. But there is a big difference between being informed on current social, cultural, educational and political issues and using social media for fun. It may or not involve social media these days since there are endless opportunities to interact with sites claiming facts.

Sanders County Ledger
TFHS students bring awareness to inequality
Two Thompson Falls students saw a problem, and decided to do something about it. Junior Brooke Bowlin and senior Trinity Godfrey addressed the Thompson Falls School Board on Monday about some "serious issues we've been seeing at Thompson Falls High School."

Ravalli Republic
Stevensville School District expands breakfast program
Stevensville School District is now serving breakfast to students in the classroom as part of the "Breakfast After the Bell" program launched by Governor Steve Bullock.

Billings Gazette
Laurel student who lost her arm to cancer doesn't let disease keep her from her passions
Casey Burrows is hard to pigeonhole. Her passions are many, and each seem strong enough to anchor the Laurel High School senior's identity. 

December 6, 2018
Ravalli Republic
Shakespeare in the Schools performs 'Julius Caesar'
Shakespeare in the Schools performed "Julius Caesar" at high schools in Corvallis, Florence-Carlton and Hamilton this week. On Monday, CHS English educator Suzi Pliley said having the production in the school is important.

Billings Gazette
Billings middle-schoolers build up recycling program
The impact of recycling can be hard to see for kids. Students at Riverside Middle School found a literal way to address that problem. Students turned over a six-foot tall plus cage of plastic to a local recycling company Friday, emptying a monolith that stood near the school entrance.

December 5, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Kalispell Public Schools are focused on increasing math achievement among elementary students within the next three to five years by putting in place a strategic plan, starting with professional development.

Great Falls Tribune
More beautiful skies and cleaner water: Lewistown, Simms students tackle solutions to real-world problems in Samsung science contest
In middle school, Mackenzie and Madison Wiegand set a goal for themselves and their science fair project: Cure cancer. They scaled that back. Sort of. Now they're seniors and working on a filtration system to inexpensively and efficiently clean water around the world.

Havre Daily News
Teacher education grants available through Stone Child
Stone Child College has a new grant opportunity available for Native Americans seeking a bachelor's degree in education, on campus at Stone Child College, or a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction-special education on-line through the University of Montana.

December 4, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Gianforte visits Bozeman school to promote coding lessons
Coding computers might sound daunting to a lot of adults, but to the fourth-graders at Bozeman's Emily Dickinson School, it's a cool way to learn while having fun.

Billings Gazette
Billings middle-schoolers build up recycling program
The impact of recycling can be hard to see for kids. Students at Riverside Middle School found a literal way to address that problem.

Havre Daily News
Local school wins statewide competition to receive $1,000 prize
Highland Park Early Primary School will receive $1,000 for its display of school spirit in Tilleman Motor Co.'s School Shout Out competition.

December 3, 2018
Ravalli Republic
Middle school student is gathering warmth for homeless
Gathering articles of warmth for homeless folks was a good idea that grew bigger for a Hamilton Middle School student. Morgan Bisel, 11, is collecting hats, scarves, gloves and blankets for homeless people.

November 30, 2018
Education Week

Commentary: What It Takes to Make Suicide Prevention a Priority in School
Montana has some of the most beautiful vistas in America within Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. However, the state is also associated with an ugly statistic: Montana has the highest suicide rate in the nation. The rate, 29.2 suicides for every 100,000 residents, is nearly twice the national average. In Montana, suicide is the leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the second leading cause of death for children 15 to 24.

Fallon County News
Kindergarten community helpers
November 1, Mrs. Bidwell's kindergarten class took on the persona of what they wanted to be when they grew up. Each student had the opportunity to dress up and present their career of choice.

National Honor Society food drive
National Honor Society member Jessica Paul along with adviser, Mrs. Phelps, began a food drive for Thanksgiving on Nov. 1 and continued it through Nov. 16. They asked students to bring in canned goods for donation.

SADD update
SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, has been very busy the last few months as they organized activities for Red Ribbon Week, Say No to Drugs, Stop Smoking and now Giving Tuesday.

Caught in a pickle
On Nov. 16, 2018, Baker High School Biology II students headed to their classroom and were shocked by their discovery of a grotesque crime scene upon arrival. Scattered about the room were deceased pickles.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
Science Olympiad earns second place in Small School and 11th over all in Bozeman
The Big Sandy High School and Junior High Science Olympiad teams competed in Bozeman this last week at their state competition. The high school team finished second in the small schools division and 11th overall.

Mrs. Weaver's Kindergarten class talks Thanksgiving
I love talking to Kindergarten kids. I wanted to talk to them about Thanksgiving. What were they thankful for? Mrs. Samantha Weaver asked them.

Powder River Examiner
Broadus welcomes Foreign Exchange Students
Two local families are hosting foreign exchange students this year. The young men, Guille Castellanos from Spain, and Alessandro Galieni, from Italy, are both going to school at PRCDHS for the 2017-18 school year.

Blaine County Journal
Chinook's Kourtney Hanson named a Coca~Cola Scholar Semifinalist Chosen for Next Level in Prestigious Scholarship Program
Kourtney Hanson, a student at Chinook High School, has been named a Semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

The Madisonian
Kindergarteners celebrate Thanksgiving with performance
Led by counselor Roberta McKay and kindergarten teacher Betty Klein, Ennis's class of kindergarteners put on a celebratory Thanksgiving performance on Monday, November 19 that touched upon several different cultures.

Sheridan school board weighs solar panel project, strategic planning
The Sheridan school board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 13, beginning with a public comment period that centered on a potential agreement between the Sheridan and Twin Bridges school districts concerning the schools' football programs.

Laurel Outlook
South School Rocks!
South Elementary had a fun afternoon last week doing the Only One You project for the second year in a row. This project is based off of the book "Only One You" by Linda Kranz.

The Montanian
Libby student vocalist to perform at Carnegie Hall
They don't call it the Big Apple for nothing. New York City, with an estimated population of ten million residents is know for many things.

Phillips County News
Malta grad pens 9th book telling tale on the prairie
BilliJo Doll has finished her latest book, My eMpTy Life, her ninth, and says that the book is in honor of the women of Eastern Montana.

Malta educators making the most of technology
Malta Middle School Science Teacher Robert Twiggs rolled in a large screen and laptop computer at last week's Malta School Board meeting and rolled out how technology at the schools is allowing himself and other educators to move into the future of educating the youth.

Clark Fork Valley Press & Mineral Independent
The St. Regis School Board was recognized as one of two School Boards of the Year in Montana for its efforts in policies, facilities, and programs at St. Regis. School Superintendent Joe Steele, who nominated the board for the award, said he has been impressed with the school board's vision, and those past board members who initiated their vision.

Carbon County News
RLHS Green team reaches finals in STEM Contest
Kate Belinda is a force of nature to the students of Red Lodge High School (RLHS). She teaches environmental science, advanced biology and chemistry. She is the Green Team (Environmental Club) advisor and strives to instill awareness and confidence in her students.

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Building relationships over pastries
Parents, children and teachers at Seeley Lake Elementary gathered before school Nov. 20 for the second Pastries for Parents. The intent of the program is to engage parents and build relationships between parents, the school and the teachers.

Shelby Promoter
SHS recognizes National Rural Healthcare Day, local professionals
Learning from local professionals in the field of healthcare is very beneficial for the students in the Medical Preparation class at Shelby High School. Students enrolled in this class are interested in the healthcare field, but possibly are not sure which field to pursue.

West Yellowstone Star
Students, volunteers organize Thanksgiving baskets
For all of its goodhearted intentions, the Thanksgiving holiday is one that tends to be fraught with distraction. Between meal planning, complicated family dynamics and an insane push from the commercial industry to start shopping for early gifts, it can be easy to lose sight of the simpler design of the season.

Great Falls Tribune
Business Goes to School: Two worlds collide for the betterment of education in Great Falls
Great Falls Public Schools got down to business earlier this week. Or rather, the business community got down to GFPS as part of the district's first-ever Business Goes to School event. 

November 29, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
Dirt to Décor: Great Falls High art students sculpting from construction clay
The Thanksgiving season has now come to an end. That means it's now an appropriate time to blast Christmas albums, set up Christmas lights, buy the perfect tree and collect some unique ornaments.

C.M. Russell High School to bring the Falls alive with 'The Sound of Music'
The hills are alive with the sound of music and will be for the next two weeks in Great Falls. The C.M. Russell High Performing Arts Department is kicking off its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" Thursday, Nov. 29.

November 28, 2018
Sidney Herald
Montana schools aim to teach accurate Thanksgiving, move away from stereotypical Pilgrims and Indians
Kim Busch took a quick poll of her fifth-grade students at Big Sky Elementary about what jumps to mind when they think about Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
Mansch On Montana: Jimmy McAlister's success puts Paris Gibson Education Center in spotlight
When Jimmy McAlister was a young freshman at Great Falls High, he violated the most important rule that's required of students. He didn't show up very much.

Independent Record
Montana universities hope to attract more students by helping high schoolers with the ACT
Montana university system leaders hope to persuade more high school graduates they can succeed in college. The Montana Board of Regents says its Resident Student Access Initiative seeks to improve student scores on the ACT by offering free PreACT tests to high school sophomores.

Hall Passages: Potomac Elementary puts $750,000 literacy grant to use
Eighth-graders at Potomac Elementary School in Bonner recently pulled out their new MacBook laptops and story maps as they began writing personal narratives about a significant event in their lives.

Ravalli Republic
Montana state trust lands revenue, which funds K-12 education, ends 5-year slide
Revenue generated by Montana state trust lands rose for the first time in five years, but still remains below five-year and well below 10-year averages. Trust lands are managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation mainly for the benefit of K-12 schools.

November 26, 2018
Daily Inter Lake

Bigfork ACES recently got a boost with a $30,000 grant from the Laura Grace Barrett Living Arts Foundation Fund, which will make an impact in securing the future of the after-school program after a longtime federal grant was not renewed in June.

Independent Record
Capital High seniors win Gianforte's congressional app challenge
Capital High School seniors Kyler Nelson and Andrew Stroop won the 2018 congressional app challenge, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte announced.

Montana Standard
Student of the month: Ryan Tomich meets the challenge of dyslexia
When you meet Ryan Tomich, you would never guess that this bright, articulate and successful eighth-grader faces each day with the personal challenge of living with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that impacts how the brain processes letters and words.

November 20, 2018
Independent Record
Helena College's dual enrollment grows by 160 students after launch of tuition-free program
Helena College saw a large spike in dual enrollment of high school students during the fall 2018 semester, and the increase seems to be a direct result of the state of Montana's One-Two-Free program.

Hall Passages: Students play, climb to design new Lowell Elementary playground
Third-graders from Lowell Elementary School laughed and yelled as they pushed each other in swings, lay back in a spinning saucer and hung from a webbed tower at Fort Missoula Bella Vista playground during a field trip on Monday.

Central School construction hits milestone
Monday afternoon marked a significant milestone on the construction of the new Central School Building. Students, educators, and community members gathered at the construction site on North Warren Street to witness the "topping out" ceremony.

November 18, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
A key vision for the role trails can play in Evergreen focuses on children getting to school unscathed in a town with a dearth of sidewalks and scarcity of bike and pedestrian paths.

Great Falls Tribune
CMR student-ambassadors fight depression, suicide
Between activities, academics and just being high school seniors, Bailey Schimerowski and Gabrielle Pope keep busy every day.

Ravalli Republic
Turkey Brigade: Victor kindergartners learn that it's better to give than receive
Surrounded by wagons filled with frozen turkeys, the two kindergartners seemed satisfied with that bit of bravado as they prepared to join this year's version of Victor Elementary School's turkey brigade.

Florence-Carlton Jazz Band presents 12th annual Jazz Coffee House
The Florence-Carlton High School Jazz Band will present their 12th Annual Jazz Coffee House at the Zootown Brew coffee shop in Missoula on Friday, Nov. 16.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Governor's budget seeks tuition freeze, Romney, free preschool
Montana higher education leaders broke into applause Thursday at the unveiling of Gov. Steve Bullock's proposed budget, which calls for freezing tuition for Montana students for the next two years to keep college affordable.

Billings Gazette
Career speakers crack door on real world for Billings high school students
Tauna Jeffery and Kelsey Skogen work in a cutting-edge scientific environment. As nurses at Billings Clinic in the research department, they care for patients involved in clinical trials for drugs not yet on the market.

November 16, 2018
Belgrade News
Belgrade Schools go all out for veterans
The entire Belgrade School District along with family and friends attended the annual Belgrade High School Veterans Day service on Monday.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
The Brumwell's have enjoyed living and teaching in Big Sandy for 40 years
Larry and Chris Brumwell have been teachers in our schools since the fall of 1978. That's 40 years of teaching.

Big Timber Pioneer Press
High school receives funds from Pattern Development to buy welding, weight equipment
Sweet Grass County High School has received a donation of $10,000 from Pattern Development to buy new welding and weight room equipment for use by its students.

Stillwater County News
Keeping Kolemen close
A total of $2,593 was raised for Columbus Elementary School 5th-grader Kolemen Gairrett at the school's recent basket raffle fundraiser.

Glasgow Courier
Hinsdale Sophomore Brings Home Bronze from National FFA
Members of the Hinsdale FFA Chapter had a trip of their lifetime participating in the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo held in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 25 through Oct. 28. Sophomore Danika Soper also represented the Chapter by competing in the National Creed Speaking Career Development, where she competed with members from other chapters throughout the country.

The Montanaian
LES After School Program engages, entertains, and educates
The goal of the Libby After School Program is not just to help kids with school work, but to provide a safe and caring environment. They teach children to embrace learning while providing enriching educational activities for expanding their knowledge.

Blackfoot Valley Dispatch
Lincoln School honors volunteers for efforts over past two years
An assembly at Lincoln School provided the administration with a perfect time to honor Gwyn and Scott Jensen for their volunteer work at the school for the last two years.

Clark Fork Valley Dispatch – Mineral Independent
Katie Hillerman's kindergarten classroom at Plains School was transformed into a 1950s-style diner called Mrs. Hillerman's Kinder Cafe last Friday, and it was a very "fun day" for all of her students, and their teacher.

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Relationships key to healing from trauma
Traumatic events like the Rice Ridge fire affect everyone differently. According to licensed, clinical social worker Stacy York, a person's response and feelings are what make it traumatic.

Shelby Promoter
SHS recognizes National Rural Healthcare Day, local professionals
Learning from local profesionals in the field of healthcare is very beneficial for the students in the Medical Preparation class at Shelby High School. Students enrolled in this class are interested in the healthcare field, but possibly are not sure which field to pursue.

NTCHS seniors prepare for the future with help from community members
Nothing prepares you better for life out in the real world than the opportunity to practice before you get there. Mrs. Chelsea Taylor, the English teacher at North Toole County High School, works to provide such opportunities for her students whenever she can.

Whitehall Ledger
Whitehall Schools honor Veterans
The program included a 100th year celebration of Armistice Day in 1918 by Whitehall fifth graders.

November 14, 2018
Ravalli Republic
Stevensville School District Ramps up Technology
The Stevensville School District has been quietly developing technology infrastructure throughout the District for the past three years. In that time, the District has moved from radio relay internet access to fiber optic connectivity and has increased the available bandwidth available for instruction from 100 MB to 1 GB.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Belgrade 2nd graders chip in, but food bank short on turkeys
Second-graders prowled the aisles of Town & Country Foods on Tuesday morning, delighted to find canned yams, applesauce, boxes of stuffing and canned pumpkin to fill shopping carts for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, so that needy families can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Billings Gazette
Billings high-schooler who can 'outwork everybody' learns to live with diabetes
Skylar Zimmerman had to learn how to tweak her recipe for success. Some of the ingredients are packed away in a small cooler she carries on her hip to help her manage Type 1 diabetes. But more important is her grit, hard work, and adaptivity.

November 13, 2018
Hall Passages: Drop-in lessons help Arlee students learn to respect differences, each other
Sixth-grade students sat quietly and waited for their school counselor, Kelsey Tritz, to begin a lesson on respect at Arlee Junior High School recently.

Missoula schools join nationwide celebration of after-school programs
Students from eight different Missoula County Public Schools helped themselves to NASA stickers and an assortment of snacks as they gathered for an event to celebrate Missoula's after-school programs recently.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Editorial: Legislature must expand publicly funded preschool
Now that the dust has settled from the Nov. 6 election, state lawmakers are about to set the table for the 2019 Legislature. A top priority on that menu needs to be an expansion of publicly funded preschool.

November 9, 2018
Blackfoot Daily Dispatch
Lincoln kids find support for skate park
When Lincoln Schools English teacher Philip Reed heard two of his students discussing Pearl Jam drummer Jeff Ament's skatepark project last year, he encouraged them to write into the foundation, nominating Lincoln for a park.

Blaine County Journal News-Opinion
Fort Belknap Tribal Programs Share "Trunk-or-Treat" event with Harlem Elementary
Harlem Elementary was the most enviable location in the county as Ft. Belknap Tribal programs put together an unforgettable "Trunk-or-Treat" Halloween celebration.

Char-Koosta News
Tribal flag raised at Dayton Elementary School
For the first time at Dayton Elementary School, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal flag waves at its entrance. "We're proud and honored to have the tribal flag hanging at our school," Principal and Superintendent Dr. Darlene Hartman said. "This is good for all of our students.

Ekalaka Eagle
A bright future
In the Fall of 2017, the superintendent of Ekalaka Public Schools asked for an energy audit of the new elementary building and the high school. 

Helena Independent Record
Helena High woodworking class builds benches for YMCA's Camp Child
Over the last few weeks, the Helena High School woodworking class has been building benches for YMCA's Camp Child.

Montana Standard
My Student in Need program supports students in the Butte area and across the state
Kindergarten girl, age 5, in need of a new winter coat and winter boots. Sixth-grade boy in need of jeans and tennis shoes. Fourth-grade girl, age 10, with special needs in need of shirts, pants, a coat, underwear, and socks. These are just a few of the many students who have been assisted in the Butte and Anaconda communities through an anonymous electronic referral program known as My Student in Need.

Ravalli Republic
Florence voters pass $16 million bond
Florence-Carlton School District voters passed a nearly $16 million bond to renovate and expand the facility Tuesday. 

Shelby Promoter
Ready Readers exceeds $750 goal thanks to community & alumni
This project will provide five new books for every student in kindergarten through second grade! This was a huge success because of all of our wonderful community members and alumni who contributed. 

Valley Journal
Governor recognizes outstanding student leaders
Governor Steve Bullock today recognized high school students for their commitment to academic excellence and leadership development at the Jobs for Montana's Graduates 25th annual LEAD Conference.

November 7, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman children can sign up for a free book each month
Bozeman best-selling author Mark Sullivan has pledged $15,000 toward a charity that plans to mail free books every month to hundreds of local preschool children, to ensure more kids learn a love of books and the reading skills crucial to success in life.

Ravalli Republic
Corvallis Receives AdvancEd Accreditation
Corvallis School District received approval from the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools accreditation process that included district-wide evaluations, stakeholder surveys, facilities evaluations and an onsite visit.

November 6, 2018

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana schools ready their wish list for 2019 Legislature
More money for special education kids, for 4-year-old preschool children, for career training, for school buildings, for 19-year-olds, and for low-income, at-risk students.

Hall Passages: Missoula schools join nationwide celebration of after-school programs
Students from eight different Missoula County Public Schools helped themselves to NASA stickers and an assortment of snacks as they gathered for an event to celebrate Missoula's after-school programs recently.

Montana Standard
Butte-Silver Bow Health Department hires part-time CONNECT program coordinator
The Butte CONNECT program is a web-based referral system that directly links families in the community to various medical and mental health services, including those that can prevent suicide. The Butte School District No. 1 is also working closely with the health department to implement the community-wide program.

November 5, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
MTSBA backs Bozeman schools' idea for safety tax
After the tragic Florida school shooting in February that killed 17 students and staff, dozens of worried Bozeman parents packed a school meeting to ask local officials what more they need to ensure students' safety

Ravalli Republic
Darby School District food director receives Health Hero Award
Darby School District's food service director has been selected as a Health Hero in the Eat Right Montana and Montana Action for Healthy Kids 2018 Health Hero Award Program.

November 2, 2018
Fallon County Extra
UnMASC Your Inner Leader 2018 State Student Council Convention
On Sunday all student council students and advisors arrived at Laurel High School, prepared for the busy and fun filled days ahead.

Kindergarten learns piano
On Oct. 3, the kindergarten started learning how to play the piano in the Piano Lab with Mrs. Wagnon. They learned where a few of the keys are, as well as fingering on the piano. This way they can start practicing their own piano skills.

Montana Apple Crunch Time
On Oct. 24, at 2 p.m., the Plevna students along with many other schools around the state enjoyed another Apple Crunch, a program that celebrates National Food Day as well as National Farm to School Month.

Blaine County Journal
Turner High School hold National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
The Turner Honor Society held an induction for incoming Honor Society Inductees this past week. Three new members, Brooke Reed, Shyan Krass, and Brandy Calvert, were inducted and joined into the chapter by the six other members and their advisor, Mrs. Shelly Harmon. These students should be commended for their achievements.

Sugarbeeter Shout Out
As we wrap up the first quarter at Chinook Public Schools I would like to share several academic adventures our staff has started to embark on Robotics, Coding and Stem Curriculum: At both buildings we are have a strong integration of Science, Technology and Math programs in our classrooms. At the elementary level the gifted and talented program has worked on coding and robotics the last several years.

Glendive Ranger Review
Classroom technologies can make learning easier
Technology is changing the face of education. Check out the newest ways teachers are modernizing their lesson plans in order to make learning easier and more fun.

New website, app will open school dialogue
Be on the lookout! Exciting times are ahead for Glendive Public Schools. I am thrilled about the future direction of our schools. While we have experienced some frustrating issues in the past, I am confident our District and community are prepared to meet these challenges and develop positive solutions to promote innovative teaching and learning for our amazing students.

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
First graders raising funds to cure cancer
After learning in social studies about the impact six-year-old Jane Addams had on the poor, Seeley Lake Elementary first graders decided they wanted to help people too. With their teacher Sheila Devin's assistance, the first graders sewed potholders from recycled materials which will be sold to raise money to cure childhood cancer.

Ovando teacher receives KECI Gold Star Teaching Award
Ovando teacher Andrea Tougas received the KECI Gold Star Teaching Award this past September. Tougas is thankful to the Ovando School and the community for allowing her to do what she loves to do in such a wonderful place.

October 30, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
Great Falls students use personal struggles to create play, documentary
Donning a red cap and gown, Luke Palmer earned raucous applause last spring as he shared his story of struggles before success and his dreams of becoming a reporter and writer.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bringing a big heart to Bozeman schools
Some people get pretty lax as they near retirement, but not Nancy Brady. Hard-working and cheerful, she's getting everything organized before she leaves.

October 29, 2018
Daily Inter Lake

Swan River School is diving deeper into 3-D printing with a project aimed at restoring the coral reef in the Caribbean Sea.

October 26, 2019
Independent Record

Report: More Montana kids were prepared for kindergarten with public preschool
A Montana public preschool pilot program helped get more students ready to begin kindergarten, especially those who often begin school at a disadvantage, according to a new state report.

Great Falls Tribune
CMR, GFH football players come together to build High School House
For five days this week – and every week for the rest of the school year – C.M. Russell center William Harr and Great Falls High offensive tackle Daunte Janikula are working side-by-side building a house.

Ravalli Republic
CHS Career Exploration
Corvallis American Legion connected Corvallis High School students with business professionals to explore career options and paths on Wednesday. Over 200 students learned about career fields, how to get in and why hard work makes a difference.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman's Watson named Montana school superintendent of the year
Rob Watson is going to need a bigger mantel for all his awards. Watson, 48, who has led Bozeman's public schools since 2012, has just been named by his peers on the Montana Association of School Superintendents as Montana's school superintendent of the year.

Fallon County Extra
Fire Safety
On Oct. 11, Fire Chief Kalyn Bohle, Kay Webb, and Larry Dahl introduced the K-5 students to fire safety. The firefighters worked with the students to let them know that many of the firefighters are everyday people, often times, people they know.

Fourth grade scrambled eggs
Mrs. Isaacs and her fourth grade class had an egg drop Oct. 26, followed by a second drop on Oct. 28, as part of their science studies.

Fifth and sixth grade maps of Plevna
The fifth and sixth grade classes, along with the help of Mrs. Spencer, have been learning about the five themes of geography. These themes are Movement, Region, Human Interaction, Environmental Interaction, Location, and Place, better known by the acronym MR HELP.

Belgrade News
Heck-Quaw earns accolades
Staff members and students Belgrade's Heck-Quaw Elementary School found out earlier this month that their school has joined elite company as one of the top-performing learning places in the land.

Schools, Police work together for safety
Students, teachers and staff in Belgrade schools began seeing police officers walking the halls this fall, but there's no pattern for when or where the men and women in blue will show up. That's deliberately random.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
The Reason We have Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon week is celebrated nationally normally between October 23-31. This year both the high school and the grade school will be focusing on the purpose of Red Ribbon Week which is to encourage student to make a commitment to live safe and drug-free lives.

Dillon Tribune
Playground equipment project popular at elementary school
Sherry Lagunas has spent 11 years on the Parkview Elementary School Parent Council. When she started, the group voted to add playground equipment.

Blackfoot Valley Dispatch
Helmville students learn about fire fighting during Fire Prevention Week
Helmville school students had the chance to get up close and personal with the Helmville Volunteer fire department's equipment Friday Oct. 12 as part of Fire Prevention month.

Clark Fork Valley Press – Mineral Independent
Operations of Mariposa have recently donated the green "Guardian of the Herd" from the Wild Horse display in Plains to the students and staff of Plains Public Schools.

October 25, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
United Way, schools partner for eighth-grade career fair
United Way of Cascade County and the Great Falls Public School District are coordinating nearly 100 volunteers and 800 8th Graders as part of the sixth annual Graduation Matters career fair on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Independent Record
Surprise event honors Helena educators: 'Great schools are everyone's business'
The Helena Education Foundation surprised seven educators Tuesday as "Let's Talk About Great Teachers" honorees.

East Helena a sea of red championing drug prevention for Red Ribbon Week
East Helena students and community members parade through town Wednesday for the annual Red Ribbon Week parade. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.

Montana Standard
Two Butte preschool programs receive extra support through federal development grant
On a recent Wednesday morning, Shantel Broadhead's preschool classroom bustled with hands-on, play-based learning.

October 23, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman students learning social and emotional skills
Kids can't learn if they're upset about bullying on the playground, parents divorcing or similar problems. That's why the Bozeman School District has adopted an array of programs to teach children social and emotional skills.

October 19, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
For the past two years, a Kalispell collective of public school, restorative justice, law enforcement and juvenile probation representatives have been contributing their areas of expertise to come up with a comprehensive approach to behavior and discipline of at-risk youth.

October 16, 2018
Independent Record
French students visit their Helena counterparts through exchange
After several Helena High School students visited France last spring, their French counterparts are now paying them a visit.

October 15, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Growing number of English learners in Bozeman schools
Bozeman schools have a small but growing number of students who arrive here speaking one of 60 different languages, from Spanish to Ukrainian, and who need to learn English to succeed in class.

October 12, 2018
Glacier Reporter
BCC's TCTC program makes earning a teaching degree easier for local students
Education truly makes a difference in our society, as Blackfeet people and society as a whole. Our unique worldview is valid and important. This couldn't be more evident than in the lives of local teacher candidates at Blackfeet Community College.

Yellowstone County News
Students to study houses before they're burned
A couple of houses across the street from Huntley Project Schools will become a temporary learning lab before the property becomes a parking lot.

Valley Journal
School helps with community project
This past week, Ronan High School clubs and sports members helped lay sod for the new Boys and Girls Club facility. It took only a few hours with so many helping hands working together, including volleyball, football, cross-country, Technology Students Association, National Honor Society and the yearbook group.

Whitefish Pilot
The construction of a new Muldown Elementary School building is serving as a teaching moment for students both young and old.

October 11, 2018
New Flagship program offers academic, emotional support for students
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, a group of about 20 students gathered after the bell rang at Hawthorne Elementary to learn what their after-school activities entailed.

Arlee School District receives grant to fund mental health support, school safety
Arlee School District will receive about $150,000 to increase mental health resources for students and establish a crisis intervention team through the Bureau of Justice Assistance's STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program grant.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Advocates seek plan for homeless kids when high school splits
How can kids do homework if they don't have a home? That question was posed to Bozeman School Board trustees this week when they heard a report about school and community efforts to help homeless students.

October 10, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
United Way pairs students, mentors to increase graduation and career success
As early as kindergarten, Taylor Jackson knew he wanted to learn how buildings are made.

Billings Gazette
Columbus student finds strength after family tragedy
As a child, relatives called Kolton Gladney "little man." The nickname - or at least the first part - no longer fits the Columbus High School senior.

October 9, 2018
Independent Record
Capital High's Ethan Davidson achieves rare perfect score on ACT
Ethan Davidson, a 17-year-old Capital High School senior, achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college admissions exam. Davidson, son of Erika and James Fehr, joined the few who earn this score.

Montana Public Radio
Montana Receiving Half A Million To Support School Safety
Montana is getting half-a-million dollars from a new federal grant to train teachers and students on school safety, following the mass shooting earlier this year at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Montana Educator Brings Mars Lesson Close to Home
This year, Montana took a leap toward bringing the Next Generation Science Standards to the state's K-12 teachers by kicking off its first state science teachers conference. This pilot meeting brought together more than 100 of the state's top educators, who shared best practices with the teaching community.

NBC Montana
Montana elementary school receives National Blue Ribbon recognition
Even though Belgrade doesn't crack the top 10 largest cities in Montana, Heck-Quaw Elementary caught the attention of the highest office in the country.

October 4, 2018
Montana Standard
Montana getting $500K for mental health support in schools
Montana will get about $500,000 to bolster mental health programs and teacher training from a new federal program approved after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Breaking news: Time magazine picks Bozeman girl as kid reporter
Bozeman eighth-grader Ruby West was pretty happy when she learned that she'd won a national competition to be a kid reporter this school year for Time for Kids magazine.

Havre Daily News
Free college applications available this week
Seniors at 150 Montana high schools can send an application to any Montana campus of their choosing without paying a fee this week, eliminating a potential stumbling block for low-income students.

October 3, 2018
Montana Standard
High school seniors can apply to Montana colleges free this weekSeniors at 150 Montana high schools can send an application to any Montana campus of their choosing without paying a fee this week, eliminating a potential stumbling block for low-income students.

Ravalli Republic
Young and old come together to break ground on Daly School project
Under a steady drizzle, the 16 chosen students from Daly Elementary patiently leaned on their golden shovels as they awaited the signal Tuesday afternoon.

October 2, 2018
Montana Standard
First things first: Breakfast starts the day in Butte School District classrooms
In a third grade class at West Elementary School, every day starts the same: with breakfast. Students munch on cereal and sip on milk as they complete their morning writing activities.

October 1, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
This is a year of new beginnings for the Flathead Special Education Cooperative. This year, the cooperative got a new director, Cheryl Russell, and, for the first time, is housing a special education preschool program at its administration building located on a cul-de-sac at 15 Meridian Court in Kalispell.

Great Falls Tribune
United Way career fair prepares eighth-graders for success
On Oct. 25, 800 local middle school students will get a flavor for future careers and an opportunity to try their skills at a job interviews during United Way's annual 8th Grade Career Fair.

Ravalli Republic
Florence-Carlton High School ranked seventh in Montana
Florence-Carlton High School has been rated as the seventh best high school in the state by U.S. News and World Report.

September 28, 2018
Fallon County Extra
Baker's Linda Rost named 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year finalist
Throughout her time teaching in Ekalaka and Baker, Rost has had the opportunity to impact the lives of many and introduce countless students to research through the establishment of science fairs, her science research classes, and community involvement.

Lone Peak Lookout
High marks
The results are in, and for the second year in a row, Lone Peak High School came in first for ACT scores in the state of Montana, with 17 test takers averaging a 23.18. In 2015-16 LPHS came in third.

Ekalaka Eagle
Help support School Readiness Program
The Hammond and Hawks Home Schools are running a fundraiser through Schwan's to help cover the cost of the School Readiness Program, which offers preschool aged kids the opportunity to be in a classroom once a week.

Laurel Outlook
Laurel NASA–HUNCH student projects to appear in Netflix movie
The Utility Outlet Panel former Laurel NASA–HUNCH students Matt Smarsch and Matt Wallila built 10 years ago has been used to train NASA astronauts and will appear in an upcoming Netflix movie.

Lake County Leader
As the school year kicked off, so did a unique internship in the valley. Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Polson welcomed its fourth class of Polson High School students several weeks ago.

September 27, 2018
Arlee's Warrior Movement brings message of hope to Big Sky Native American Heritage event
Friends and families fixed their attention on a projector screen in the gymnasium of Big Sky High School Wednesday night as a video in which the Arlee boys basketball team, the Warriors, dedicated their state championship to people struggling with suicide.

September 25, 2018
Independent Record
Fort Belknap students learn traditional smudging, sweetgrass braiding during Native American week
Lots of schools in Montana will celebrate Native American day this Friday. A few schools with predominately Indian student bodies will even take the day off.

Hall Passages: Morning Moves gets kids active before school
Holding a coffee thermos with one hand and a jump rope in the other, Clara Meinershagen watched over two students at Franklin Elementary as one skipped and the other helped twirl the rope.

September 24, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
School-based clinics improve health, attendance
At least once and as many as three times a day, Paris Gibson Education Center Principal Drew Uecker or one of his staff members hop in the school van to take a student to see a doctor.

Arlee Warriors, University of Montana events celebrate Native American heritage
The Arlee boy's basketball team, the Warriors, will be visiting Big Sky High School on Wednesday to share their message of hope, talk about suicide prevention and celebrate Native American heritage.

Bonner teacher awarded Montana Teacher of the Year
Students cheered and stomped their feet on gymnasium bleachers as Dylan Huisken, a sixth- through eighth-grade social studies teacher at Bonner School, accepted Montana’s 2019 Teacher of the Year award on Thursday.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman first-graders given prize-winning book
Hawthorne School children hugged brand new books to their small chests Friday morning, the day that the Bozeman Schools Foundation handed out free copies of a prize-winning book to every first-grader in town.

Havre Daily News
Havre teacher turns author, publishes two children's books
A first-grade teacher at Havre's Highland Park Early Primary School is taking steps to achieve her dream as a writer.

Dodson, Harlem and Hays-Lodge Pole schools join in Native American Week
This year, Hays-Lodge Pole, Harlem and Dodson school districts are combining their Native American Week activities and expanding the week's worth of events this year, Hays-Lodge Pole Superintendent John Bach Jr. said Thursday.

September 21, 2018
Havre Daily News

Havre Middle School students look through 'Purple Glasses'
Havre Middle School students Wednesday worked on an exercise to teach them the importance of understanding what other people have gone through.

September 20, 2018
Students pick their own veggies in after-school Garden Club program
Cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, tomatillos, carrots and green beans are just some of the vegetables grown in the garden at Lowell Elementary School.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman High's longtime bookkeeper going out on top
For 29 years, one of the sunniest smiles at Bozeman High School has belonged to Dana Johnson. Now, Johnson, the school's administrative assistant in charge of finance, is getting ready to retire at the end of this month.

Two more Bozeman schools getting solar panels, student advocate named a hero
More Bozeman schools are going solar, and the girl who got the ball rolling at her middle school has just been named a "young hero." The Bozeman School District opened bids last week for installing 50-kilowatt, rooftop solar systems at Hyalite and Meadowlark elementary schools and the bids were favorable, Todd Swinehart, facilities director, said Wednesday.

September 18, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Bozeman students score high on Montana tests, ACT
Bozeman elementary and middle-school students had the highest average score in math and the second highest in English on Montana's latest standardized tests, when compared to students in the state's other largest school districts.

Billings Gazette
Saturday Live helps pay for laptops, playgrounds and books in Billings schools
Volunteers from schools across Billings will staff school carnival booths Saturday at Pioneer Park, working the 26th annual Saturday Live.

September 17, 2018
Daily Inter Lake

Some of Flathead High School's classrooms offer the best views of construction progress as an addition is built on the west side.

Independent Record
Helena Public Schools to offer real-time bus tracking app
Technological advances coming in October will make it easier for parents to keep track of school buses in Helena. At the end of October, parents should be able to download software on their phones that will allow them to see in real-time when their child's bus will arrive.

Montana plans to apply for new round of federal preschool grants
Montana plans to apply for a new round of preschool development grants, the same program that helped create 750 high-quality preschool slots across the state.

Montana Standard
Butte High School welding students receive gear through state safety program
About 90 students taking welding classes at Butte High School received new safety gear last Tuesday, Sept. 11, as part the Montana State Fund's "Growing a Safer Montana" program.

September 14, 2018
Big Sandy Mountaineer

Welcome to Big Sandy: Jill Barta Connecting with Her Students
Every teacher has their challenges starting a new year, but Jill Barta isn't like most single grade teachers. She is our new K-12 Special Education Teacher and she has every grade with the students coming and going from her classroom.

Big Timber Pioneer
It was a horrible scene Monday at the northern edge of the Sweet Grass County High School parking lot. Two wrecked vehicles, a bloody boy who appeared to be deceased.

Glasgow Courier
Glasgow Middle School Students Learn All About Health
In its inaugural year, Glasgow Middle School students participated in a health fair on Sept. 5, where they learned about various health topics such as mental health, healthy eating, immunizations, positive body image and underage drinking.

Big Horn County News
Community welcomes new school superintendent with open house
Superintendent of Schools "Chad" Johnson works at his computer Tuesday afternoon during an open house in the Hardin District Office. Johnson, an experienced facilitator, is looking forward to bridging his accomplishments with his new role.

Char-Koosta News
Two Eagle River School students start year with fresh looks
Baseball caps and beanie hats have become a staple part of Justice Bourdon's look. The junior at Two Eagle River School said it's been difficult complying with the school's "no hat" policy since classes started three weeks ago. "I haven't had a haircut since last year's prom," he said. "I usually just throw on a hat and no one notices."

September 10, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Kalispell student Alexandra Houseworth's science project "The Renewable Rotating Charger," has earned her a chance to win a trip to Washington D.C. to present on the national stage.

Montana Standard
Home visits designed to help Butte kids transition to kindergarten
A 5-year-old boy hugged his cat on the front porch of his home Thursday morning, peering past his parents in search of a visitor. Soon enough, the person he'd been waiting for walked down his driveway to meet him for the first time.

September 7, 2018
The Big Sandy Mountaineer

Pioneer Spirit, is alive and well at Big Sandy High School
Pioneer Spirit shows up! It was a fun week visiting kids who know what it means to have the Pioneer Spirit supporting them.

Glasgow Courier
Saco Graduate Makes Medical Breakthrough for Alzheimer's
"Promise me, when you grow up, you'll use your brain instead of your back," a mother tells her daughter as they tiredly dig out a flooded ditch on the family farm. That daughter, Miranda (Yeska) Orr, followed her mother Carolyn's advice, and is now a VA research health scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, faculty member of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, faculty member with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's & Neurodegenerative Disease and instructor of pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Irle School 4th Graders Receive Free School Supplies
In a generous show of support for the community's future, Gloria and Paul Ashenbrener, who own the local McDonald's restaurant, reached out to the Irle School Parent-Teacher Organization in an effort to assist the group in supporting the teachers and students of Irle School.

Flathead Beacon
Montana Removes Fee for High School Dual Enrollment Program
Montana high school students will be able to take dual enrollment courses for two college credits for free. The Billings Gazette reports Gov. Steve Bullock and Commissioner of Higher Education Clay Christian announced the decision Thursday, removing the $50.50 per college credit fee charged to high school students.

September 5, 2018
Independent Record
New tuition-free program brings 99 high schoolers to Carroll College this semester
Helena High School senior Grace Lawlor won't have to wait until she graduates to see if Carroll College's anthrozoology program is a good fit for her, because she's already enrolled in it.

Montana Standard
Freshmen take to the halls of Butte High School
Butte High School's class of 2022 wandered the halls with schedules in hands and wide eyes as they participated in freshmen orientation on Tuesday afternoon at the local public school.

Early Kindergarten program targets at-risk students
Missoula County Public Schools is currently taking applications for a new Early Kindergarten program at Jefferson Center, which will help targeted students become better prepared for kindergarten.

September 4, 2018
Daily Inter Lake

Columbia Falls Junior High School art teacher Dave Ritter categorizes himself as untraditional. Just as Ritter describes his favorite art medium watercolor as very versatile, so is his approach to life.

Hall Passages: Osprey nest becomes outdoor classroom
Armed with clipboards and binoculars, sixth-grade students from Sussex School walked around a nest by Ogren Park waiting to spot osprey.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana offers high school students two free college-level classes
High school students in Bozeman and around Montana can now start earning college credits for free. The Montana University System is offering high school students their first two dual-enrollment classes – which earn credit toward both high school graduation and state college degrees – at no cost.

August 31, 2018

Independent Record
Montana high school students can take two college credit courses for free, officials announce
Montana students at any high school will be able to take two college credit courses through their high school for free, Montana officials announced Thursday.

Fallon County Times
School is back in session
As the cooler weather starts creeping through the cracks and crevices of our homes, we can be sure that the summer season is quickly coming to a halt. That means everything is back in full swing again, from holiday planning and Labor Day camping, to football season and school-year routines!

Big Sandy Mountaineer
First Day of School for a new class of Kindergartener's
Mrs. Samantha Weaver has taught Kindergarten before and although 19 students seems like a lot of kids in one room for anyone else, but she's got it under control.

Dani Norling New 5th Grade Teacher at F. E. Miley Elementary
Dani Norling is a Montana girl from Helena and this is her first teaching job, but she loves Big Sandy. "I loved the first week. It went by so fast. It was awesome." Dani teaches the 5th grade and has 11 students.

Lonepeak Lookout
Lt. Gov. Cooney drops by for first day of school
That first-day-of-school vibe was still fresh when Mike Cooney-Montana's lieutenant governor-arrived on campus of the Big Sky School District. The quick visit took Cooney from the mountain-themed Ophir library to the colorful lunchroom and into the gym where elementary students met teachers and staff.

Powder River Examiner
Broadus welcomes new teachers
Broadus welcomes three new teachers this fall. The teachers will instruct students in 5th grade, 6th grade, and JH/HS Social Studies & History.

Blaine County Journal News
CHS senior Brendan Edwards completed the Western Aerospace Scholars Program
CHS rising senior Brendan Edwards recently spent a week completing the residency component of the Western Aerospace Scholars program. The program, sponsored by NASA and the Seattle-based Museum of Flight, was founded in 2006.

Mike Jones takes over as Head Football Coach for the Surgarbeeters
Mike Jones was hired this spring to take over the reigns of the Chinook High School Football program and is excited about the opportunity to lead a program and very happy to return to Montana.

Glasgow Courier
New Crosswalk Signs Intended to Make Students Safer
As students and parents headed back to Glasgow school on Aug. 29, they might have noticed a new addition on Scottie Pride Drive. In partnership with the city of Glasgow and the Valley County Health Department, crosswalk signs were installed over the summer to allow safe crossing from Cloud Street and Scottie Pride Drive.

August 30, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Tuesday marked a new beginning as Rankin Elementary opened for the first day of school. Parents and children hugged and snapped photos in front of the school located at 2155 Airport Road.

Independent Record
New year, new school: Photos from the first day at Prickly Pear Elementary
Wednesday marked, not only the first day of the new school year, but the first day in East Helena's newest school Prickly Pear Elementary School. The school was built with a $12 million bond passed by East Helena voters in 2017 to address crowding at Eastgate and Radley. The district also is in the process of building a $29.5 million high school.

Montana Standard
Southwest Montana groups get $250,000 in grants to combat youth substance abuse
Since late last year, Beaverhead County has lost the local Office of Public Assistance, the local Western Montana Mental Health Center, the local job service office and its local Medicaid and Medicare office.

Back to School: What's new with Butte High, Webster Garfield and Butte Central this year
Next week, the Butte School District will open its doors for the 2018-19 school year. For both Principal John Metz and Assistant Principal Brenda Floreen, the weeks leading up to the first day of school have been jam-packed with meetings, trainings and other preparations.

August 28, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Back to school: New principals, new lessons, new security measures await Bozeman students
Kids and parents will see many changes when Bozeman's 11 schools open Monday for the new school year. There will be several new principals, new STEM lessons for elementary kids, new security measures and building improvements.

August 27, 2018
Billings Gazette
Laurel tries to give 5th-graders a leg up when they start middle school. Here's how.
Locker combinations are definitely easier than the limb-twisting, straw-toting challenge that Laurel Middle School students took on Friday.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
Big Sandy School Fair projects at the Chouteau County Fair
One of the least known displays offers up one of the best moments of the Chouteau County Fair. It is watching F. E. Miley grade-school children look for their ribbons at the School Department.

School Board Meeting, gearing up for a new school year
The School Board met August 15th, at 7:00 AM. Yes, AM, early in order for the farm members of the board to return to harvest. After the standing for the pledge, approval of minutes. During public comments, Lorrie Merrill reminded the board the school that Big Sandy Activities had donated the school a kiln and to please keep that in mind.

Big Sandy Booster Club Supports Big Sandy Students
The Big Sandy Booster Club is gearing up for an exciting 2018-2019 school year!  The Club enjoyed a busy 2017-2018 year! Under the direction of the board; Jeri Roth-President, Lisa Genereux-Vice President, Heather Dilworth-Secretary and Melanie Schwarzbach-Treasurer; the booster club has extended support to many activities during the 2017-18 school year.

August 23, 2018

Billings Gazette
Billings high school grad takes an unheard-of 12 AP tests - and passes 10
Jared Gibbs is a sample size of one. The recent Skyview High graduate took on a rarely approached workload this year, completing 12 Advanced Placement tests - exams where students can earn college credits.

Daily Inter Lake
Rankin Elementary will be ready to roar on the first day of school Aug. 29. The paint was still drying Tuesday when the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce toured the new 58,032-square-foot, two-story building.

Great Falls Tribune
LPW Architecture to design new Longfellow Elementary, Giant Springs ribbon cutting Tuesday
It's already time to start talking about building a new Longfellow Elementary School. The Great Falls Public Schools Board of Trustees selected Great Falls firm LPW Architecture to design a new building to replace the old structure on the same property.

The Montanian
Morrison Elementary boasts new playground for new year
With the school year fast approaching, final touches are being put into place on Troy Public School's summer projects. Members of the school staff, city and county workers, and students have all been contributing to various upgrades throughout the summer.

The Western News
The Student Stand Down supplied around 300 Lincoln County students with school supplies this year, and the Kootenai Kiwanis are already gathering donations for next year.

Both Libby and Troy public schools added new educators and staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

When fellow educator Denikka Miller asked Troy Public Schools Librarian Kay Randall to set aside a day this summer, Randall had no idea what Miller had in store.

Miles City Star
Washington Middle School adds positive mural
Last summer all of the fluorescent lights at Washington Middle School were replaced with new LED lights. The replacements were part of a pilot program to hopefully save money for the school district.

MC students to find changes at school
Not many major projects were done throughout the district this year but there were a few standouts. Custer County District High School finished their long-term roofing project on the 1965 building and replaced all the old florescent lights with new LED.

Clark Fork Valley Press/Mineral Independent
Every year, seniors at Alberton High School are assigned to do a "Senior Project" with the criteria that it has a community service component to it. However, junior Jordan Taapken asked if he could start his project early because of its magnitude.

Shelby Promoter
Shelby welcomes new principals
Shelby Public Schools are back in session and with the new school year came two new principals, Kyle Fisher, Shelby Junior High/High School, and Alyssa Finch, Shelby Elementary School. Both are Montana natives, with Fisher growing up in Havre and Finch being raised in Great Falls and then Missoula.

Coyotes sports team feature themed awareness nights
The Coyotes are fired up and ready for another terrific fall season of sports with this year's home games not only featuring the talents of local athletes, but bringing awareness and showing appreciation as well.

Cleverly retires after 32 years in Shelby Schools' classrooms
The new school year is upon us, but after more than three decades of teaching Shelby students, teacher, Kathy Cleverly, won't be returning to the classroom with them this year.

Chris Blair, Chrissie Tharp join Sunburst Schools 2018-19 staff
The first bell of the 2018-2019 school year rang this morning in Sunburst, welcoming students back to class, as well as a couple of new staff members. Chrissie Tharp has returned to Sunburst to teach fifth grade and Chris Blair has filled the transportation director position.

Sidney Herald
New playground equipment added at Central School
Students at Central Elementary School were overjoyed when they were greeted with a new playground this school year.

Students seek to become active in clubs
New freshmen at Sidney High School. took a step regarding their involvement at school when they attended the club fair on Wednesday.

Judith Basin Press
Hobson-Utica News
Hobson Seniors welcomed several dozen members of the Hobson teaching staff and other school members who joined them for a spaghetti lunch at the Senior Center on Monday, August 20.

Sanders County Ledger
Area schools welcome new staff
With Sanders County students returning for school, districts are welcoming new staff in their ranks. Plains School saw a slew of retirements and one departure, leaving many empty positions to fill. Dixon School had no turnover and retained all their educators from the previous year.

August 21, 2018
Independent Record
New principals take the helm at three Helena schools
New principals will take over at three Helena schools this fall, but the leaders will be familiar faces within the Helena School District.

August 20,

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman schools see results teaching kids social-emotional skills
Teaching Bozeman school kids skills to cope with social and emotional problems is showing positive results, school leaders say, and it could even make schools safer.

Independent Record
Volunteers unload donated school supplies for Helena students in need
On Saturday, volunteers in Helena unloaded the backpacks, pencils, binders and other school supplies collected through the Stuff the Bus project, which provides the items to students in need.

Ravalli Republic
Daly Elementary teacher named Montana finalist for national math and science award
A Daly Elementary School teacher has been selected as a Montana finalist for the 2018 Presidential Science and Math Teaching Award (PAEMST), the nation's highest honor for K-12 math and science teachers.

Bitterroot Tennis Association honors former Hamilton High Coach Paul Meyer
The Bitterroot Tennis Association held its Bitterroot Memorial Tournament in early August and honored Hamilton High School Tennis Coach Paul Meyer, who died July 28.

Billings Gazette
School starts in Billings this week. Here's why getting to class matters.
Principal Greg Senitte wants all of the families whose children attend Rose Park Elementary to know that school starts on Aug. 23. But he also wants them to know that Aug. 24, the next week, and so on down the calendar, matter just as much.

August 17, 2018
Fallon County Extra
Baker native returns to teach
The Baker Public School System will be adding a new member to their teaching team, Kari (Pankratz) Strandbakke.

Plevna signs a new Art Teacher
The Plevna community is welcoming teachers from around the country this year. This week, Plevna Public Schools signed a new art teacher, Paige Boyer of Billings, MT. Boyer has a Master's in Education but she spent most of her career doing social work.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
Meet Layne Taylor, Big Sandy School's New Shop Teacher
I met him in the high school shop as he was trying to clean and reorganize it. I noticed he was wearing a CHS hat and thought immediately this guy will fit in. It's exciting to welcome new people to the town of Big Sandy, especially when they are excited to be here.

Cut Bank Pioneer Press
Cut Bank Schools crew works hard during summer on special projects
There is plenty of activity going on at the Cut Bank Schools as staff and administration gear up for the 2018-19 school year. When Cut Bank High School alum John Blankenship passed away, he left, in his will, nearly $97,000 to the Cut Bank High School music program.

Lake County Leader
Music and food were enjoyed by about 150 people over the weekend at The Idle Spur in Dayton, supporting one local school district.

Sidney Herald
Bus safety is priority one
The Sidney School District is looking forward to safely transporting students to and from school every day.

Montana Standard
New initiative grants full scholarships to Montana Tech to local, first-generation college students
Heather Martin cried when she found out. Josh Hedrick skipped. Sadie Starcevich was so shocked she was speechless.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Bozeman schools welcome 36 new teachers
Bradi Chapman grew up in Bozeman classrooms helping her mother, a longtime teacher, get things ready for the start of school.

Gardiner High student with genetic disorder honored as 'hero'
A Gardiner High School student has been named the Montana Children's Miracle Network Hero of 2018 by Shodair Children's Hospital.

August 13, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Incoming freshmen at Flathead High School will start the year knowing at least one student who has been in their shoes before. More than 100 students will be paired up with freshmen as part of a new peer mentoring program for the 2018-19 school year.

August 10, 2018
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Tour looks back on 100 years of schooling in the Swan Valley
In 1918, Swan Valley residents built three one-room schoolhouses to accommodate their growing families and the influx of new pioneers. On Aug. 4, 100 years later, the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society invited residents and visitors to tour the valley and see what became of those and subsequent early school buildings. Some were destroyed, some repurposed and some are part of the valleys continuing education story.

August 9,

Daily Inter Lake
Students taking part in Flathead Valley Community College's Running Start program this year will get an extra boost thanks to a $15,350 donation from AT&T Aspire. The funding will go toward student scholarships.

Great Falls Tribune
United Way's Stuff the Bus mobilizes volunteers
A box of markers costs $1, a notebook is just 18 cents and a glue stick costs a quarter. It's hard to imagine, but as the first day of school approaches, some families can't afford these basic needs.

August 3, 2018
Laurel Outlook
Students explore health careers during MedStart Camp school and seniors from Montana
High school juniors and seniors from across Montana participated in the Billings MedStart Camp, July 8–12. his five-day camp encourages students to pursue their interest in a variety of healthcare careers, learn about college life and realize they can pursue higher education.

Seeley Swan Pathfinder
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. His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a role model, but he welcomed the title.

Lewistown News-Argus
Roy teacher wins national award
Roy, Montana, population just over 100 people and fewer than 40 K-12 students, recently gained celebrity status, thanks to a teacher. 

August 1, 2018

Billings Gazette
Laurel's summer school program aims to keep struggling elementary students on track
As Tim McKinney led his students through a version of "The Tortoise and the Hare" in July, he paused during reading to make sure his students were understanding what they read - that the tortoise's take-no-breaks approach paid off.

July 27, 2018

Montana Standard
Whitehall principal named one of three finalists for national Principal of the Year award
When Whitehall's Hannah Nieskens learned she'd been selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious National Principal of the Year award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, she says she was "really surprised."

Big Horn County News
Crow Agency teacher chosen as finalist for Presidential award
A fifth grade teacher at Crow Agency Elementary School has been selected as a finalist for one of the U.S. government's highest education-related honors, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. As one of four K-12 teachers in the running for a Presidential award statewide, Connie Michael will travel to Helena on Aug. 8 for the presentation.

Flathead Beacon
SKC Receives Grant for Early Childhood Education, Native Teacher Development
Salish Kootenai College of the Flathead Indian Reservation is one of five tribal colleges nationwide to receive a grant from a newly established program that promotes early-childhood education in the STEM fields while seeking to increase the prevalence of Native American teachers and encourage cultural awareness.

The Western News
When Seppa Francis was six years old, her father suffered a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident. Francis and her younger brother blamed themselves for years and Francis's anger grew. Along with the emotional stress, the family experienced significant financial loss after the accident.

Lake County Leader
Students from Charlo High School won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kent., on June 27-28. More than 6,300 students from every state in the nation competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world.

Roundup Web
Sidney Teacher Heads to Washington for C-SPAN's 2018 Educators' Conference
Sidney High School teacher, Brad Faulhaber, will attend one of two C-SPAN Educators' Conferences for an immersive experience with C-SPAN's educational resources. Faulhaber, a social studies teacher, is one of 30 educators from across the nation selected to attend the high school conference July 26-27

Whitehall Ledger

Nieskens named national finalist
A Whitehall administrator is one of three finalists for the 2019 National Principal of the Year.

High Country News
In a state troubled by suicide, teens learn mental health skills
Retired Browning, Montana, educator Larry Woolf spent 11 years as a teacher and 15 as a guidance counselor in public schools on the Blackfeet Reservation. He has seen, again and again, the devastating pain of teenage suicide. "Working in the schools, I'd gone to enough funerals for kids," he said in an interview this spring.

July 25, 2018
Montana Standard
Butte public school district's Rockies program receives more federal funding
Butte School District No. 1 has received renewed federal funding for elementary after-school and summer enrichment programs this year.

July 24, 2018

Billings Gazette
Billings school project aimed at giving elementary students a level playing field - or at least playground
Not every kid at Rose Park Elementary can use the playground. The equipment, surrounded by a lipped concrete perimeter and tiny pebbles that shift like sand, is off limits to students with certain physical disabilities.

July 23, 2018
Great Falls Tribune
Polio survivor gets moving with help from former Montana high school robotics club member
As a child, Grayce Holzheimer had polio, which causes her to lose mobility as she ages. Holzheimer is an active person who enjoys spending time outside but was beginning to have difficulty pedaling her recumbent tricycle.

July 20, 2018
Montana Standard
Scientists and students test osprey for signs of metal reclamation
Mom was really not happy.Mom, in this case, was a female osprey who flew around a gaggle of scientists and children south of Warm Springs Ponds. They were holding Mom's osprey chicks captive.

Big Sandy Mountaineer
Hope Gasvoda, will attend Summit at John Hopkins University
Hope Gasvoda, daughter of Peter Gasvoda of Big Sandy, and Marla Olson of Havre, will be attending a Medicine and Health Care Summit at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD July 27-August 4. She was nominated by her shop teacher Brianna Bernhardt to attend the prestigious conference and was accepted.

Glacier Reporter
Teens 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. His skill developed after hours of practice and years of playing the game, and in that time, he never thought he would become a role model, but he welcomed the title.

July 19, 2018
Bozeman Daily Chronicle 

Bozeman schools make progress in STEM goals, struggle with early reading
Bozeman's public schools are having success in expanding STEM lessons for elementary kids and in creating more career opportunities for high school students, but are struggling to raise critical reading skills for the youngest students.

July 17
, 2018

Great Falls Tribune
Davidson family donates $1.8 million to upgrade Great Falls High auditorium
The Davidson family has been a long-time supporter of the Great Falls Public Schools system and that support continued in a big way on Monday.

Montana Standard
Board trustees approve $35 million bond resolution
The Butte School District Board of Trustees Monday unanimously passed a $35 million bond resolution for the upcoming November election.

Larry and Maureen Driscoll retire from Butte School District after 29 years
After 29 years of working with the Butte School District, the city's education power couple has decided to retire.

July 16, 2018
Daily Inter Lake
Called to Teach
At her West Valley home on July 9, Janelle Ruby traced her finger along the raised dots of braille cells. Ruby, 35, is in the midst of the challenging task of learning braille.

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.