From the Principal’s Desk

Congratulations to our 5 candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program. These names were released Friday, January 24, 2020. Salome Aydlett, Hayden Ferguson, Samantha Noble, Alyson Rake, and Boyd Stutz. Thank you to all of those that supported them through their educational journey.

Congratulations to Coach Eric Peterson. Last week, it was announced that Coach Peterson is a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Well deserved Coach P!

Helena High's Eric Peterson named a finalist for NHSACA national coach of the year
Helena IR January 16, 2020

Congratulations to Linda Paull and the HHS Girls Cross Country team as they were named the winner of the MT High School Association-Montana Army National Guard Academic All Team for the fall sports season in AA Girls Cross Country. Overall team GPA of 3.968. Great work ladies!

Great things can happen in Washington, DC.  Here is well-deserved recognition for our own Buffy Smith from the office of Senator Greg Gianforte:

Buffy, thanks for your commitment to your students and especially our young ladies as they move into these important STEM careers.

We were recently notified that Helena School District was named to the College Board’s 10th annual AP Honor Roll. Inclusion on the 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2017 to 2019, for the following criteria:

  • Increased participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts.
  • Increased or maintained percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2018 scoring a 3 or higher than those in 2016, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

December 1, 2019

Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team’s 2nd place finish at last week’s competition in Bozeman!

Individual gold medals went to the following individuals:

  • 1st place in Chem Lab–Jonathan DeWald and Owen Cleary
  • 1st place in Fossils–Heath Caldwell and Izzy Kosena
  • 1st place in Remote Sensing–Heath Caldwell and Robert Stimpson
  • 1st place in Wright Stuff (balsa wood plane)–Izzy Kosena and Jeri Wilkerson

Thanks to Dave McKim and his assistants: Claire Pichette, Jamie O’Malley, Christine Thennis, Jake Spearson, Missy Sampson, Emily Gillin and Kristin Berry.


November 18, 2019

Thanks to Terri Johnson and her students for providing the great lunch last week.  The Helena School District acknowledged this National recognition with “Roc Your Mocs”, which concurred the week of November 11-15. “Rock Your Mocs” is an international celebration to honor tribal individuality; not only in school but the work place as well.

On Thursday November 14, the Native students at Helena High cooked and
prepared a meal for the teachers to show their appreciation for the important
jobs they insure. The menu included Three Sisters soup, chili, and fry bread. It left an upright amazing smell throughout the halls of HHS.

Great job by our HHS VB team capturing the second place trophy at this weekend’s state tournament in Bozeman. Great tournament run!

October 28, 2019

Congratulations to sophomore State Cross Country Champion Kylie Hartnett! Kylie cruised to the AA state championship this past weekend in Great Falls.

Congratulations to Coach Paull and her staff for the ladies’ third place finish this weekend. First trophy in girls cross country since 1985.

Finally, congratulations to sophomore Odessa Zentz and her All-State recognition (13th place).

October 21, 2019

This past week, four Montana school teachers were selected as the 2017 and 2018 national award winners for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the nation’s highest honor for US mathematics and science teachers in grades K through 12. One of these four teachers was our very own Claire Pichette! Congratulations to Claire!

2017:  Grades 7-12
Math: Beth Walsh, East Valley Middle School, Helena, Montana
Science: Claire Pichette, Helena High School, Helena, Montana

2018: Grades K-6
Math: Thomas Redmon, Daly Elementary, Hamilton, Montana
Science: Justine Hurley, White Sulphur Springs Elementary School, White Sulphur Springs, Montana

This past week the Montana ACTE organization recognized Cindy Galbavy with the Carl Perkins Community Service Award for Montana. Congratulations Cindy!

Congratulations to our students selected for All-State band. They are:
Claire Strode
Kelson Demmons
Nick Pida

October 14, 2019

Congratulations to the following students selected for All-State Orchestra:
Owen Cleary – Violin
Fischer Friend – Bass
Alyson Rake – Viola
Lenny Triem – Cello

Congratulations to our All-State golfers from last week’s State Tournament in Great Falls. They are:
Ginny Kerr
Lauren Williams
Celi Chapman

October 7, 2019

Congratulations to Kyler Armstrong, McKoy Gebhardt, Dillon Ostberg, and Colin Nielson for placing 2nd at Helena College Welding Rodeo this past weekend!

September 23, 2019

Congratulations to these students that were selected to participate with the 2019 Montana All-State Choir.

Jada Pierson
Caleb Lay
Colin Nielson
Chloe Roberts

September 16, 2019

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalist, Hayden Ferguson. Hayden represents less than 1% of the top students across the country that participated in the PSAT last spring.

September 9, 2019

Congratulations to Cade Duran. Cade is the Ambassador for MASC (Montana Association of Student Councils), the District III President, and a member of the MASC Executive Committee for 2019 – 2020.

August 28, 2019

In case you missed the Tuesday, August 27 Freshman parent meeting – here is his Power Point presentation.  Click on the link below.

2023 Frosh Parent Night

August 25, 2019

I would like to congratulate two of our colleagues, Mary Anne McMahon and Linda Paull.

Mary Anne was a state-level finalist (1 of 6) for the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Two finalists from the state will be recognized in Washington DC. Good Luck Mary Anne!

Linda Paull was recognized by SHAPE Montana with the Honor Award, their highest recognition, for her work and dedication to students in the field of physical education.