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Posted on March 23, 2020

CDC Guidelines for Students Out of School

The CDC today released some new tips for kids/families while they’re not in school, related to proper precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Several people have asked what is/isn’t appropriate, and until now, there wasn’t a great reference other than to simply say “practice social distancing.” Here are a few tips to keep children healthy while school’s out.  Parents/Guardians – please take special note of the section titled “School Dismissals.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html

 

Posted on March 17, 2020

Counseling and Career Guidance

The Helena School District is following the state’s recommendation for social distancing. Our school will begin with remote learning starting on Thursday, March 19th and continuing through Friday, March 27th.

Our counseling department will be available remotely through both email and Teams. We have updated information on our web page, so families can use our site resources or email their student’s school counselor. https://hhs.helenaschools.org/counseling-and-career-guidance/

If you have concerns about your student(s) over the next couple of weeks, please reach out to the appropriate counselor to let us know. We will check-in on those students and families to ensure they are ok.

Take care of yourself and each other during this time away from school. Remember that if you are in crisis, call 911 or report to the Emergency Room.  Other resources would be the crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line: Text MT to 741 741.

As always, Go Bengals! 

Posted on March 15, 2020

School Closure for COVID-19

Parents and Families of our Helena Public Schools,

Thank you again for your time and attention this afternoon. As a follow-up to the previous message, the below information is intended to provide additional context pertaining to what you can expect from the Helena Public Schools in the coming days. With the closure of all public schools in the State of Montana, the Helena Public Schools will move to a digital learning bridge for the duration of the closure.

The closure beings tomorrow, Monday, March 16, as campuses will only be open to pick-up personal belongings, books and, if applicable, medication.  As it stands this closure will take us to our scheduled Spring Break, March 30 through April 3. That noted, the earliest possible time our students and teachers could return to an in-person learning environment will be Monday, April 6.

In the Helena Public Schools, we have been working for several weeks to consider everything from remote learning to needed access to school meals and supplies. More details will arrive in the coming days as we work through this unprecedented situation. For now, please see information below.

Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17:

School campuses will be open tomorrow from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm for students to retrieve personal belongings, books and, if applicable, medication. If medication pick-up is needed, we ask that a parent or adult family member over the age of 18 reports to your school office to retrieve your child’s needed medication. Students are encouraged to bring available textbooks home. However, in classes where classroom sets of textbooks are occasionally utilized, such texts will not be available for checkout as that learning material will be covered using other means during this in-person closure.

Our school kitchens will be offering hot breakfasts and lunches for pickup at students’ regularly scheduled times for both Monday, 3/16 and Tuesday, 3/17. School meals will move to grab-and-go options by Wednesday, 3/18. More information pertaining to school lunches will be forthcoming over the next two days.

Transportation, SACC services, school sports/athletics, student clubs and all school-associated and/or on campus activities and meetings have been suspended and will not operate during this closure.

By Wednesday, March 18, our school campuses will be closed to all non-essential personnel. For those students needing technology a pickup schedule will be sent home and students will be able to checkout a Chromebook during Wednesday’s designated time.  For the duration of this closure, email will be the preferred form of home/school communication.

Remote Learning:

We have been planning to implement remote learning since we learned that the COVID-19 outbreak may become widespread to the point that we would need to close school buildings. Remote learning will be a new opportunity for most of our students and will look different by grade and age-range. In the coming days, you will receive specific information pertaining to how your child/children can access online content associated with our school district. While not the same as in-person learning, our educators will be working to design learning opportunities that will maintain the integrity of teaching and learning during this time of ambiguity. Students engaged in online experiences can expect to access materials via our Clever learning portal using their normal username and login information (more information to come). In the coming days, you will receive additional information pertaining to remote learning first from the Helena Public Schools (3/17) and then your child’s teacher/teachers (3/18). Remote learning materials will be posted/communicated beginning Thursday, 3/19 and continuing through the duration of this closure (with the exception of Spring Break).

  • High Schools (including PAL): High school students can expect a remote learning environment that will provide a mix of online opportunities as well as familiar research and assignment. These will be coordinated by class, by their specific teachers.
  • Middle Schools: Similar to high school, middle school students can expect a blended remote learning environment that will provide a variety of learning materials, interactions and assignments.
  • Elementary Schools: Remote learning will vary for elementary students. Younger grades can expect more traditional learning materials, shared via email. Older grades can expect a remote environment that is more blended in nature (tradition and online).
  • Pre-Kindergarten: Preschool students will not be expected to engage in online learning environments. However, preschool classroom staff will connect families with resources and recommended activities to support remote learning.
  • Special Education: Our Special Education educators will be coordinating efforts to ensure student educational needs are met to the greatest extent possible during these unique circumstances. Special Education educators will be working to design and provide support and opportunities to students with disabilities in a manner consistent with their individualized education plan goals. Please expect that this will look different for every child and may vary significantly from the learning environment that they are accustomed to in their classroom. Nevertheless, our educators will be considering applicable resources and opportunities over the coming days and will be working to reach our to students and parents to provide support.
  • Gifted & Talented: For children receiving Gifted & Talented services, please look for communication from your lead teacher as to opportunities and materials that will further the course of study that they were focusing on prior to this closure.
  • Student Services/Counseling: If your child is actively receiving student support services, please expect contact from the school-professional that provides their school-based services

Technology Checkout:

All of the components and resources associated with the above described remote learning environment will function from any personal home computer, tablet or smartphone device. Should technology be associated with your child’s remote environment (largely grades 3 through 12) and you need technology, Chromebook checkout will be available this coming week on Wednesday, 3/18 between 8:00 and noon at your child’s high school or middle school.  Elementary students needing to checkout a Chromebook will be able to do so at their elementary school between noon and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  This checkout will occur at school sites only but will be open to all students that require a device. We are also actively working on home internet solutions and in he coming days, we expect to provide additional information. For now, please see forthcoming updates for times and locations associated with Chromebook pick-up sites.

Please expect daily communication from the Helena Public Schools as we quickly transition in association with this needed closure. While I know there are countless unanswered questions that remain, I am confident that we will do what is necessary during this challenging time to respond, support and rise together as a community. I want to thank the hundreds of you who provided input into this difficult decision. On behalf of the employees of the Helena Public Schools, I cherish the opportunity to serve our Helena children and families. Thank you for that opportunity and for your continued support.

Best,

Tyler Ream

Superintendent, Helena Public Schools

Tyler Ream

Learner, Educator and Proud Superintendent of the Helena Public Schools

55 South Rodney – Helena, MT. 59601


COVID-19 Coronavirus Update (1) March 15, 2020

Dear Parents, Families and Colleagues,

Governor Bullock has made the difficult decision to close all public schools in the State of Montana for the next two weeks. This closure is effective immediately as our schools will be closed for regular school/instruction beginning tomorrow, March 16 through Friday, March 27. However, with Spring Break beginning Monday, March 30, the next possible in-person school day will Monday, April 6.

Please know that we are meeting now to plan forward and will be communicating additional details shortly (tonight) and across the coming days. For now, school campuses will be open tomorrow (3/16) and Tuesday (3/17) for students and parents to pick-up needed personal belongings, books, medication, etc. However, no classes will be in session and teachers will likely not be available due to planning. Hot meal service will also be available for regularly scheduled breakfast and lunch but transportation services will be canceled for the duration of this closure.

For the next three days, our educators will be working to develop materials consistent with remote or virtual learning. For grades 6 through 12, we plan on delivering educational content via an online platform. For grades PK through 5, teachers may opt for more traditional educational material (packets of resources) emailed to parents. However, some elementary teachers may choose to design a more blended environment that includes some online learning opportunities.

Remote learning is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 19 but please allow for delays should your child’s teacher/teachers be unavailable or ill for any reason.

Finally, we are working on plans to provide continued meal service and optional technology (Chromebooks) checkout. Our plan is to move to regional meal pickup sites with the eventual goal of neighborhood or home delivery. For those in need of a Chromebook device to access remote learning content (primarily grades 6 through 12), regional pick-up sites will be established and communicated in the coming days.

If you know of families who are not receiving communication from my office, please have them call their child’s school office and provide updated contact information to include current email and phone numbers.

In closing, I applaud Governor Bullock’s decision to close Montana public schools as a strategy to combat the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As I’ve heard repeatedly over this past week, in the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be quite apparent if we under reacted or did too little. Please look for additional communication shortly.

Best,

Tyler Ream
Superintendent, Helena Public Schools

Posted on March 4, 2020

Helena Summer Jobs Program

Helena High Career Counselor, Mrs. Kelly Strietzel, is a member of Helena WINS and Helena Summer Jobs Program. Helena WINS, an initiative of Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, is partnering with American Jobs for American Youth (AJAY-MT), a nonprofit dedicated to developing life and work skills in youth, to facilitate Helena Summer Jobs Program (HSJP) again this summer. This program focuses on providing high-quality work or internship experiences to area high school students (16-19 year olds, given priority) by partnering with Helena area businesses and organizations. This experience would not only benefit the students but also benefits Helena by helping to build a good workforce and molding students into good employees.

Application are now open for HSJP 2020!  Mrs. Strietzel can assist our students and encourage them to apply.

There are some amazing opportunities again this year. HSJP builds students’ work skills, helps students explore career options, and develops the next generation of employees in Helena. The high school students participating in the program are matched with a summer job, complete four hours of work skills training prior to the summer, and meet with a mentor throughout the summer.

Some areas we are looking to fill or have possible positions available include the following:

  • Marketing/public relations (at multiple locations)
  • Tire/auto repair
  • Camp counselors at YMCA & Kays Kids (City of Helena)
  • Lifeguards
  • Bank staff (over 18 y/o)
  • Hotel staff (front desk, housekeeping)
  • Retail
  • Shodair internships in government relations, public relations, the foundation, genetics lab, kids residential home, etc.
  • IT (hopefully – not confirmed)
  • Hospitality and health care at Touchmark – CNA/PCA work (assisting residents with activities of daily living), Nursing, Restaurant-Style Dining, Kitchen, Front Desk/Hospitality, Maintenance, Management, Administration
  • Direct support staff at West Mont (over 18 y/o)
  • Front desk at Fuel Fitness & Helena Chamber of Commerce (greeting customers, helping with admin and events)
  • Construction with Dick Anderson

HSJP Placements:

  • HSJP placements run from June-August 2020. During this timeframe, HSJP requires students to prioritize their HSJP work experience for at least six weeks.
  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours.
  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.
  • Students will meet with a mentor weekly
  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.

Applying youth must:

  • Have a current photo ID and a Social Security number.
  • Complete an online application, complete an HSJP interview and attend the pre-placement training workshop.
  • Be 16-19 years old (for priority placement).
  • Successfully pass a drug screening and background check, if required by their host employer.
  • Have transportation to the job site.

Additional information and the application can be found by visiting, www.americanjobs4youth.org/hsjp.  Or reach out to Mrs. Kelly Strietzel at 324-2225 or KStrietzel@helenaschools.org

Posted on February 27, 2020

One-Two-Free Dual Enrollment program

Funded by the Montana University System, the One-Two-Free program gives Montana high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take and earn college credit – tuition free – for two college-level courses. Students take the 100- and 200-level classes at their high schools, on college campuses or online through the Montana University System’s Dual Enrollment program.

To learn more and get signed up – click here!

Posted on September 12, 2019

HHSApp!

Did you know that Helena High School has it’s own App?

Use the HHSApp to stay connected to Helena High. You can quickly contact teachers, administrators and counselors, access PowerSchool, daily schedules, athletic rosters and athletic schedules, order transcripts, view announcements, the school newspaper and the weekly Stall Street Journal, and much more. Version 4.0.0 is available for free in Google Play for Android and the Apple Store for IOS.  If your current version does not automatically update, you may need to uninstall/reinstall to guarantee the most current HHS information.

Search “Helena High School” to find and download today!

Posted on August 26, 2019

Main Office Hours

Monday through Friday

Main Office Hours
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
324-2200

Bookkeeper Hours
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

 


Attendance Office
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
324-2211

Posted on June 18, 2019

Summer School 2020 Registration

Students will have several opportunities to earn or regain credit with the Helena schools this summer. Online courses are available for students interested in enrolling in a new course that they have not previously attempted.

Click here to learn more!

Parents – please check with your student’s counselor for Summer School recommendations.

Posted on December 4, 2015

Electronic Transcript Request Process

Students should register online at  
to send their transcripts via the Web.

  • Click Create Account and complete required information (i.e. name, date of birth)
  • Enter your email address and select a password.
  • Required confirmation code will be sent to your email.
  • Complete contact information (i.e. address)
  • Check box to agree to terms of use and service agreement.
  • Check Yes or No for College Scholarships, Discover Me and future information from Parchment. Click sign up if interested.
  • Click Continue to add your school to Parchment account (Helena High School).
  • All transcript requests for current students will be free of charge until August 1st of their graduation year. Alumni will be charged a $8.50 processing fee for each transcript request.
  • If you request a copy to be mailed to you – it will be an additional cost.