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Posted on April 17, 2018




*Commencement Information*

Date:  June 1, 2018

Time:  1:00 PM

Where:  Myrna Loy, Helena, MT

Graduating students must be at the Myrna Loy by 12:00 PM

Tickets for Admission

Each senior will be issued 9 tickets before graduation day. Tickets will be available at the office for pick-up as of May 1st. We do ask that if a student does not need all of the tickets assigned to them that they return those tickets to the office.  We understand that many families would like more tickets than what their son/daughter are issued, although we cannot guarantee that we can provide any extras to those families.  Our “extra tickets” are based on the number of tickets other students return.  If you would like to get on the list for extra tickets, please call Trish at 406-324-1630.  Again, please understand that you are not guaranteed any extra tickets even if you get on the list.  If there are extras to be given out, you will be contacted a few days before Graduation and will be asked to sign for them in the Office.

Graduation Practice

*Graduation rehearsal will begin on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 02:00 p.m. at the Myrna Loy. Practice is mandatory for students to participate in the ceremony. Practice is approximately 1 hour. The ceremony will be approximately the same length.

Use of alcohol/drugs before or during graduation or rehearsal will not be tolerated.  Anyone suspected of use will be removed from the lineup, both at rehearsal and at graduation.

If you are still needing to order a cap and gown please call Travis as soon as possible to place your order.

Travis Belcher, Sales Representative
PO Box 6307
Helena, MT 59604
(406) 443-3844
(406) 443-3840 Fax


Be prepared to take care of any school fines before graduation practice.  ALL FINES must be paid by Friday, June 1st – 9:00 AM in order to receive your diploma. Please contact Trish at 324-1630 for your student’s balance.

Care of the Cap and Gown

The wearing of caps and gowns has been handed down to us as a symbol of learning.  As soon as possible upon receiving your gowns, place the gown on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. If a light pressing is needed, ALWAYS USE A PRESSING CLOTH BETWEEN THE IRON (which should be set at low) AND THE GOWN.  Excessive heat will ruin the gown.
Mortar boards may be tastefully decorated. Please select appropriate attire to be worn underneath your gowns.

Senior All Night Party

Who:  All 2018 Helena Schools Graduates
When:  Saturday, June 2, 2018
Where:  Helena Civic Center

We need parents\teens to:
     1) buy a ticket
     2) bring a baby and senior photo to the office
     3) volunteer the night of the party.  See additional information below.

  • Doors open for admission from7 – 9:00 pm only the night of the party – anyone leaving during the night will not be re-admitted;
  • Photo ID required
  • Ends 4:00 a.m. on June 2nd
  • Cell phones will be permitted;
  • Tobacco use will not be allowed during the event;
  • Anyoneusing alcohol or drugs; or acting in a violent or threatening manner will be detained by law enforcement until a parent/guardian escorts him/her home;
  • Backpacks, purses, or other bags will notbe allowed into the facility;
  • Any graduate needing special accommodations to attend the event is encouraged to contact a SANP Chair; for contact info
  • Seniors and Volunteers must show Photo ID

Planning Meeting Dates – all meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.

March 20       CHS
April 17          HHS
May 22           CHS

Students – be a part of the fun and get your spot reserved now!

Tickets – can be purchased online at

Parents – your help is needed to make this a party a night to remember and help your student get a ticket.

Pictures – Help your teen submit a baby and senior photo.  Please put the photos in an envelope with the student’s name and graduating school – then drop them off at your school’s main office.  The photos will be picked up each Friday until late May!  Photos may not be returned if your senior does not attend the SANP!

Volunteers – We are in need of volunteers to work a shift the night of the party.  We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups. Here’s how it works in 4 easy steps:

1) To volunteer the night of the party, click on the link then click on the “Volunteer Night of the Party” tab, 
2) Under this tab, you will be able to volunteer for specific tasks the night of the party using VolunteerSpot.
3) Review your choices, pick the task(s) you want, and then click on the task(s),
4) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact ?? at to sign up manually.

We would like it known that this is for all parents from all Helena schools, HHS, CHS, Helena Christian, St. Andrews, PAL, and home-schooled.

Those students who are walking with their home high schools may follow the tabs below for specific information regarding their graduation.

CHS Graduation Info

HHS Graduation Info


Posted on September 22, 2017

Block 10 Schedule

Want to know what classes are being offered for Block 10?

Please see the link below.

Blk 10

Posted on August 27, 2015


Helena Public Schools
New Law Changes Student Immunization Requirements
Notice of Immunizations Needed: 2015 School Law Update
The 2015 Montana Legislature revised school immunization requirements for school attendance through the passage of House Bill (HB) 158. The law, signed by the governor and effective October 1, 2015 requires students attending school be vaccinated against varicella disease (chickenpox) and receive a booster of pertussis vaccine at 7th grade.
 Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. If a child had chickenpox, in lieu of receiving the varicella vaccine a student or parent can use any of the following evidence of immunity to varicella:
1. Laboratory evidence of immunity or laboratory confirmation of disease
2. Diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella disease(chickenpox) or herpes zoster (shingles) by a health-care provider (MD, DO, NP, PA)
 Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) will be required for students prior to attending 7th grade. Students currently in grades 8th-12th who have not received their Tdap will require a single dose.
Since the duration of immunity as a result of pertussis disease is not clearly established, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice do not encourage the use of history of illness as an exemption for pertussis vaccination. Montana’s rules will be consistent with this recommendation.
 You may have your child’s immunization history assessed and needed vaccines administered at your child’s healthcare provider or at the local county health department. Additional information and varicella history documentation forms have been provided to local healthcare offices.
 The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Of note, Montana was the only state that did not require the varicella series and one of five not requiring a pertussis booster at middle school for attendance.
 Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region
Please submit immunization documentation at the start of the 2015-2016 school year to the School Nurse at your child’s school.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Posted on August 19, 2015

School Calendar 2017-2018

When is the first day of school? What days do we have off for Christmas?

Check out the 2017-2018 District calendar to answer these questions and many more…

2017-2018 Official District Calendar