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Open House 2017

SGHS Open House, Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Sweet Grass County High School will host an open house for parents and the community Thursday, September 7th beginning at 6:30 PM. This is an opportunity for parents to experience their son/daughter’s fall semester schedule, meet teachers, get first hand information about class expectations, find out about programs at SGHS, and visit with other community members. Students may attend with their parents if they wish. In addition, community members are welcome. During the evening you can visit classrooms and talk with staff. There will be refreshments offered during the visit. This is a great opportunity to see what goes on during a school day and in the school building. While the Board and staff of SGHS are proud of what we accomplish in our school, community/parent interaction and input is valued. The open house is a very important way to initiate that communication. So make plans to attend the school public “kick-off” for the academic year.

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SGCHS Recieves Top Rating

U.S. News and World Report rated Sweet Grass County High School among top 5 high schools in Montana this last April. The publication annually ranks schools throughout the nation based on how their students perform on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. College preparation includes ACT test results and criteria related to how many students participate in and successfully pass tests in the Advanced Placement program. In addition the ratings take into account graduation rates. These ratings are based on results of 2015-16 testing results.

U.S. News rates over 28,000 public schools in the U.S. There is not a quota system for each state as the number of schools receiving ratings is determined at a national level. The state of Montana had one gold rated school, seven silver rated schools, and nineteen bronze rated schools. SGCHS was a silver rated school with the fifth highest score for the state and was the highest rated class B school in the state as the other schools rated higher included two Class C schools, one Class A school, and one AA school. In terms of national ranking, SGCHS was in the top 10% with a rating of 2208 out of 28,496 rated schools.

This is the second silver rating for SGCHS in a row in the U.S. News process as in 2015 it received a third place rating in Montana. The award is a reflection on the curriculum and instruction delivered by the entire staff of SGCHS, along with the work ethic instilled in students by the community. Congratulations to the students and staff of SGHCS and the community of Big Timber/Sweet Grass County.

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Divisional Golf 2017

Girls and boys golf teams place 3rd at Divisionals. They are off to state! Way to go Herders!!!

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Flu on the Rise

As we approach February we are seeing our usual colds, winter allergies, and other illness that are common for this time of year. We are seeing a few students who have tested positive for influenza "flu," as this is the prime time for the flu to surface. As the flu is so easily spread, I feel it is important to remind you of the symptoms to be on the lookout for in your child. 

To ready more click on the link below:

http://sgchs.com/images/uploads/Letter_from_the_School_Nurse.pdf

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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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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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