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SGHS Receives National AP Honor Roll Award

HELENA, Mont. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that five Montana school districts are among 433 districts nationwide being honored by the College Board on the 7th annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll. In order to make the cut, districts must have increased access to AP® coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP® exams.

7th annual AP® District Honor Roll:

Great Falls Public Schools

Hamilton School District

Helena School District

Polson School District

Sweet Grass County High School District

“Congratulations to the Montana school districts that are expanding access to high-quality classes that often result in college credit for students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. “Students who complete AP coursework get a head-start on their college education, setting them up for continued success.” During the 2015/2016 school year, Montana students completed 4,661 AP® exams in 30 different subjects ranging from biology and art, to English and statistics. Montana’s 2017 AP® Summer Institute will include workshops for educators in chemistry, calculus, English language and composition, Spanish language and culture, and U.S. history. The institute gives Montana high school educators an opportunity to receive professional training that will raise academic standards and improve college and career readiness among their students.

Superintendent's Note: To be honest, this award was a pleasant surprise. About 4-5 years ago we received an award for having the top percentage of "successful" AP scores in math and science - that is a score of 3 or better on a scale of 1-5. This award is again a percentage award as the other school listed would have more students, more test, and more top scores in terms of pure numbers. What this means is the percentage of our students who scored well compared to the number that took it met the criteria for the award. Another percentage that counts in this is the percentage of our student body and senior class that participate in the test. Just some numbers from last year: We administered 67 tests to 27 seniors and 6 juniors. So obviously a lot of our students take more than one test. Those exams were in AP English Literature and Composition, AP US Government and Politics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Biology. Score results: 11 received 5 (top score), 10 received a 4 rating, 21 received 3 ratings, 15 a 2 rating, and 10 a 1 rating.  The number of students and tests given is fairly consistent with past years so that is part of this is not unusual. We generally have pretty good results. What this award means is we crossed the threshold of getting recognition probably not really a major changes in scores although 5's are up the last few years.  As to what this really means? When we started out with AP courses we wanted to be able to offer our students the same opportunities that "Billings West or Bozeman" offered. We not only do that but do it successfully.

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Community Meeting for Strategic School Improvement Postponed

CHANGE IN SGHS COMMUNITY MEETING - POSTPONED 

Due to changes in the facilitator and schedules, the community meeting for the Strategic School Improvement Plan planned for Tuesday, January 24th has been postponed. Watch for future information regarding the school improvement process and community input.

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Weather Causes Changes in Schedules Weather Impacts on SGCHS Over the last week the snow and wind created havoc with the Sweet Grass County High School daily schedule of classes and events. SGHCS did not have school on Friday, December 16 and Monday, December 19 due to the weather conditions and the difficulty of travel because of the conditions. The Montana Office of Public Instruction does allow a district one day of grace in cases of weather, but expects any other days to be made up, so SGCHS will be looking to make up one of the snow days missed. This date will be done in conjunction with the Big Timber Grade School district to assist the coordination of buses. While it is not definite, one date being considered is April 13th. Presently the calendar has a 5 day break for Easter. This change would mean a 4 day break for Easter – Friday through Monday instead. Again this has to be decided by both boards before it is final. Expect an update on this soon. Also during the winter storm extended weekend, three basketball games were postponed. The make-up dates for those events: Townsend at Big Timber – Tuesday, January 10th , games start at 3:00 PM Big Timber at Three Forks – Tuesday, January 31, games start at 3:00 PM Big Timber at Whitehall – Tuesday, January 17, games start at 4:30 (no C squad) Any other changes will be posted here. We hope all of you stay safe and warm.

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Fall Semester Test Schedule

Semester Test Schedule

January 13, 2017   

8:30 - 10:00: 1st Period   

10:05 - 11:35: 4th Period   

11:35-12:10: Lunch   

12:15 - 1:45: 2nd Period  

1:50 - 3:20: 3rd Period    

 January 14, 2017

8:30 - 10:00: 6th Period

10:05 - 11:35: 5th Period

11:35 -12:10: Lunch

12:15 - 1:45: 7th Period

School dismissed

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SGCHS Recieves National Recognition for AP Results

5 Montana School Districts Make Advanced Placement Honor Roll

HELENA, Mont. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that five Montana school districts are among 433 districts nationwide being honored by the College Board on the 7th annual Advanced Placement (AP®) District Honor Roll. In order to make the cut, districts must have increased access to AP® coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP® exams.

7th annual AP® District Honor Roll:

Great Falls Public Schools

Hamilton School District

Helena School District

Polson School District

Sweet Grass County High School District

“Congratulations to the Montana school districts that are expanding access to high-quality classes that often result in college credit for students,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said. “Students who complete AP coursework get a head-start on their college education, setting them up for continued success.”

During the 2015/2016 school year, Montana students completed 4,661 AP® exams in 30 different subjects ranging from biology and art, to English and statistics. Montana’s 2017 AP® Summer Institute will include workshops for educators in chemistry, calculus, English language and composition, Spanish language and culture, and U.S. history. The institute gives Montana high school educators an opportunity to receive professional training that will raise academic standards and improve college and career readiness among their students.

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Board Meeting

 

   SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

November 8, 2016 6:00 PM SGHS Library

AGENDA

1. Call the meeting to order

2. Public Forum

3. Student Council/Student Representative

4. SGCEA

5. Department report – Art

6. Principal Report

7. Superintendent Report – Recertification of taxable evaluation

8. Committee reports – Possible action items a. Building and Grounds – Labor Safety review report, Insurance report (FB bleachers), gym floor, other items

9. Board members’ reports

10. Old Business

11. New Business

     a. Student attendance agreement

     b. Policy proposal: (Update criminal background check for employment)

               i. Delete #4111.2 – Consent to background check form

               ii. Policy #4111 – Amend legal reference

12. Review the claims

13. Approve the minutes

14. Correspondence

15. Adjournment

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Basketball Schedule Change

The basketball game in Whitehall has been moved from December 20th to December 19th to accommodate the elementary Christmas Program.

 

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College Application Week College Application Week

Montana College Application Week

October 31-November 4, 2016

Our school is participating in Montana’s statewide College Application Week! Our goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the opportunity to apply to college. We will provide computer lab time for student to explore colleges and apply online. Application fees are waived or deferred at Montana colleges during this week. Your counselor will have information about how to make sure you receive your fee waived or deferred.
 
You can help by reaching out to students to encourage them to apply to college. Seek out those students who might traditionally be overlooked when it comes to college planning, and talk to them about their options for college.
 
Visit Gear Up Montana for more information: http://mus.edu/gearup/caw.asp

Sweet Grass County High School will host College Application Day on Tuesday, November 1st.

  • Wear your college gear today to support College Application Week!

  • See each teachers door to learn about where they attended college and about their major.

  • Seniors will have an opportunity to get assistance submitting an application online from 2:30-4:00 pm in the high school computer lab.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid completion meeting will be held at 6:30-8:00 pm in the high school computer lab.

*Remember the FAFSA priority deadline is December 1st at most colleges (University of Montana’s priority deadline is November 15th.*

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School Board meeting

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

October 11, 2016 6:00 PM

SGHS Library

AGENDA

1. Call the meeting to order

2. Public Forum

3. Student Council/ Student Rep report

4. SGCEA

5. Department report - Ag

6. Principal Report

7. Superintendent Report – Student count

8. Committee reports

      a. School Improvement – goals report, planning

9. Board members’ reports

10. Old Business

11. New Business

      a. Cancel Outstanding Warrants

      b. Attendance Agreement

      c. Personnel –

           i. Speech/Drama coaches recommendation

12. Approve the claims

13. Approve the minutes

14. Correspondence

15. Adjournment

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Website Outage

Our website host, Prime Inc., recently underwent a server crash and our website was down.  It is up and running, but many of our updates for the month of September were lost.  We are working on getting everything up to date again. We are sorry about this inconvenience.  

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SGHS Activities are underway

Please come out and support the Herders during homecoming week, the volleyball game will be Thursday night starting at 4:00 and the football kicks off at 7:00.

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SGCHS Prepares for Accreditation Visit

All public high schools in the state of Montana are required to be accredited by the Office of Public instruction (OPI) to ensure that curriculum, staff, policies, processes and school improvement efforts are in place to maximize student learning. SGCHS has continued to meet those expectations. As has been explained previously, in addition SGCHS is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission, a division of AdvancED (AE). This additional accreditation is voluntary and includes the OPI expectations with additional requirements. In particular, the AE process requires that every five years the district undergo an extensive self-review followed by a visitation by an External Review team to maintain accreditation. The OPI process does require annual reporting but does not include the visitation by a team of peers from other Montana schools and universities. In the past the visitation process has proved to be extremely beneficial in helping determine priorities for the SGCHS school improvement plan. AdvancED expects schools to adhere to standards related to Purpose and Direction (mission and improvement plan), Governance and Leadership (board and administration), Teaching and Assessing for Learning (instruction and assessment), Resources and Support Systems (finance, facility, technology, student assistance) and Using Results for Continuous Improvement (use of data), Student Achievement (test results), and Stakeholder Perceptions (results of surveys and community input.) The visitation team will be assessing SGCHS efforts in each of these areas to see what is being done well and what could be improved. In fact the visitation teams are required to prioritize suggestions for improvements the district must report on and address over the next five year period.

Plans are being made for the External Review visitation to occur on April 19, 20, and 21. SGCHS will be hosting six team members who will be reviewing the self-study completed by staff related to the standards, examining evidence, observing classrooms, and interviewing students, staff, and community. The visit will conclude with a brief exit report. A formal final report will be available within a month of the visit.

It is convenient that the cycle of accreditation occurs now as the Board of Trustee is planning to review the district’s 5 Year Strategic Plan in the coming year. The information from this process will be helpful in that work as well.

OPI has also recognized the value of the AdvancED process as two years ago SGCHS was granted a variance regarding the reporting on a continuous school improvement process. That variation request was based on the AE accreditation expectations. SGCHS is in the process of applying to renew that two-year variance this spring. The variance does away with the duplication of reporting by allowing the SGHCS school improvement process for OPI to be aligned with the AdvancED process.

If there are any questions regarding this process, feel free to contact the SGCHS administration

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Sporting Events

Home sporting events will be broadcast this year.  Go to nfhsnetwork.com and type in "Sweet Grass County High School". There is a fee for watching the sporting events.
Enjoy!

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MSU College graduation rates for SGCHS students

Montana State University has released data showing the number of students that graduate from college or are continuing in college from a specific year's enrollment.  That data indicates that SGCHS has had from 4 to 13 students enroll each year at MSU since 2005.  The following chart compares the graduation rate or the continuing rate for SGCHS students compared to the entire MSU enrollment.  In general, SGCHS students tend to complete or continue college at about the same rate or slightly higher rate as other students. 

Statistics for SGCHS students attending MSU based on year of graduation from high school and enrollment in college

Year of enrollment             Number of SGCHS students enrolling that fall                               % of SGCHS students that graduating from that enrollment                               % of MSU students graduating from total enrollment that year

2005                                                                    13                                                                                            61.5                                                                                                                                        56.5

2006                                                                     3                                                                                             33.3                                                                                                                                        54

2007                                                                     10                                                                                           80                                                                                                                                          53.2

2008                                                                     6                                                                                             50                                                                                                                                          52.8

2009                                                                     4                                                                                             50                                                                                                                                          52.4

2010                                                                      9                                                                                            77.8                                                                                                                                      46.5

 

year                                Number of SGCHS students enrolling that fall                              % SGCHS students continuing at MSU from that year's enrollment                   % of MSU students continuing from that year's enrollment

2011                                                                 8                                                                                               62.5                                                                                                                                      57.1

2012                                                                 6                                                                                               66.7                                                                                                                                      62.4

2013                                                               10                                                                                               40                                                                                                                                         67.5

2014                                                                7                                                                                                71.4                                                                                                                                      76.8

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Seniors

Seniors:

Gusts would like all seniors to bring a senior picture in to be displayed in the window.

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