From the Principal’s Desk

Brett Zanto

Dear Bruin Community:

Welcome back (or welcome to) Capital High School!  Please be sure to take time to review the list of activities, schedules, and expectations contained in this guide to help ensure your success this year!

We will continue to focus on ensuring that all graduates are both college and career ready.  To help meet such a lofty goal, we will continue to use the PLC (Professional Learning Community) process where staff collaboration will equate to a focus on student learning in light of the Montana State Standards.  PLC time will occur once again each Monday afternoon this year, meaning that all students will be released early.  In our district, we have been closely tracking ACT data as it coincides with the implementation of the PLC model of professional development.  As a matter of fact, both state and national ACT leaders are also paying attention to data coming out of 100 Valley Drive in Helena, MT.   I’m pleased to say that just last year, Capital High School was selected as the 2017 Montana College and Career Transition Award recipient for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.

CHS is home to a hard-working and caring staff.  Likewise, CHS is fortunate to have hard-working students who want to excel both inside and outside the confines of the classroom.  This is an exciting time to be a part of Capital High School- take advantage of all of the opportunities found here. It is a great day to be a Bruin!


Brett Zanto
Capital High School


Parent Council

The Council meets the first Thursday of each month at Capital High in the Library Conference Room at 12pm.

We welcome all CHS parents!!  Please come meet with me to connect as well as share concerns, ideas, information etc.  Please sign in as a visitor in the Main Office then proceed to the Library Conference Room, located in the back of the Library.  I hope to see you there!

12:00 – 12:30 – Lunch Meeting with Mr. Zanto – CHS Library Conference Room

Posted on April 7, 2017

IEFA Youth Conference!

This year the Indian Education For All Program partnering with OPI put on the IEFA Youth Conference here in Helena at the Fairgrounds.  IEFA programs from all over the state bring participants.  Last year it was hosted in Great Falls.

There are various activities, speakers, and tours the students got to participate in.  They attended a formal 3 course dinner where they learned etiquette and listened to multiple speakers.  The dinner was followed by a dance.  Two of our CHS Administrators, Brett Zanto and Walt Chancy attended the formal event.

Thank you to our IEFA Tutor, Mathew Reyant and his students for all your hard working and planning with this event!

Posted on April 3, 2017

Weekly Update 04.02.2017

Welcome back- I hope that you had a great break!

In the news:

Class Act- Spring Break Science Camp, from Sarah Urban:

Over 60 participants, and 19 high school student-teachers took part in science camp.  Here are the CHS students who helped out during their spring break:

Jamie Seney, Caleb Noble, Emma Noble, Audrey Reynolds, Peter Lund, Ashley Carlson, Cameron Holston, Elliott Pryor, Jake Bubb, James Ewals, John Wilson, Bridget Powers, Fiona Powers, Francie Tupper, Cody Tofflemire, Hunter Boles, Dan Jose, and Cody Brown


Also, thank you for Sarah Urban and Thomas Caffrey for helping out Caleb Noble in this first annual science camp.


This camp made the front page of the IR as well!

Posted on March 21, 2017

Weekly Update 3.19.2017

Good evening-

Last week of the 3rd quarter? Hard to believe. In regard to grade reporting, please see the attached document.

Recently, the CHS NHS held their annual vote for the “Most Inspirational Teacher” in Helena School district #1. Out of the three finalists who were previously mentioned, Dennis Peterson was the winner! Congratulations to Mr. Peterson.

Class Act:
Please take a look at the great story involving students from both Ms. Morand’s peer mentoring class, as well as Mrs. Schlauch’s Applied English I students. They recently completed a project with 2nd grade students at Four Georgians Elementary.
click here

Mock trial team in the news:
Students from both CHS and HHS are getting ready for the state mock trial competition (held in Idaho as MT as few other teams). See more in this video clip:  click here

Drama Club, at the library, from Laura Brayko:
The drama club volunteered at the public library yesterday. We helped celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday with Sneetches star making, pin the hat on the cat and other reading activities! See the attached picture. Great work!

Posted on March 13, 2017

Weekly Update 3.12.2017

Congratulations to the following staff members for being recognized as Distinguished Educators after being selected by HEF Distinguished students:
Lisa Waterman, Helen Bosch, Karey Conn, Ryan Cooney, Becca Leaphart, Terri Norman, Sarah Urban, Ashten Broadhead, Dennis Peterson, Genevieve Anderson, Dana Meldrum, John Chart, Thomas Baty, Duane Zehr, Matt Lyng, Paul Phillips, James Irby, and Cory Chenoweth with Upward Bound.

New attendance office assistant:
Please welcome Monica Crow. I’m not sure when she will officially start; however, Monica has been transitioning to the attendance office from May Butler by spending time here in the mornings. Welcome Monica!

Congratulations to Taylee Schlauch, the STUCO district III advisor of the year for high schools. Once again, as reported over the announcements, all district III officers for next year are from CHS!

March is National Athletic Training Month- thank you Shawn Ruff for all that you do for our students as well as Capital High.

Science Bowl results, submitted by DeLacy Humbert:
The CHS Science Bowl team, comprised of Caleb Noble, Jack Murphy, Francie Tupper, and Jamie Seney, earned 2nd place honors at the state Science Bowl competition held on Saturday in Billings. Great job to DeLacy and to these students! Please see the attached picture.

Drama Club update, from Laura Brayko:
The Capital Drama Club will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Lewis and Clark Library on Saturday, March 18, starting at 3:30. We will be hosting reading circles, playing pin the hat on the cat and making some “stars upon thars” for all the little Sneetches who show up! We will also be leading scavenger hunts around the library, looking up non-fiction books that correlate with Dr. Seuss stories. For those of you with kiddos, we’d love to see you there!

Posted on March 8, 2017

CHS Selected for the State ACT Exemplar Award!


As some of you may remember, CHS was selected as a potential state exemplar for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign in early January. Such a determination was based upon ACT test data.

CHS was one of only 20 high schools selected in Montana to compete for this statewide award.

Guess what?  I was notified yesterday that Capital High has received this prestigious award- congratulations!  Please see below.

CHS is fortunate to have a great staff who is focused on student learning and supportive of our students in all academic endeavors.  You continue to foster students who are both college and career ready.

Thank you for all you do and we will keep you posted for updates as we compete at the national level.

Go Bru!


Posted on March 6, 2017

Weekly Update 3.5.2017

Congratulations to Karey Conn, Dennis Peterson, and Jay Partridge.  They received enough nominations from National Honor Society students to qualify for the ballot for NHS “Most Inspirational Teacher” award.  An election will be held on March 8 where one of them will be chosen for this great honor.   

Posted on February 27, 2017

Weekly Update 2.26.17

Good afternoon-


Almost March- where did February go?

Honors Earth Science in the news:

In regard to information previously highlighted last week regarding an avalanche project in Honors Earth Science classes, some students went on the first field trip on Friday.  The other half of the students will attend later.  The following was found on KTVH news on Friday evening:

Posted on February 21, 2017

Weekly Update 2.19.2017

Good morning-

A great article could be found in the IR yesterday, highlighting the efforts of many of our math students.  In case you missed it, take a look.  These students were honored at the board meeting last Tuesday night.  A big thank you to everyone who has helped to prepare all of these students.  This is a big accomplishment for Capital High School as well as our community.

click here.

What the heca? DECA state update, from Karey Conn:

DECA State Conference in Great Falls last Sunday-Tuesday was incredible!  Many students worked hard on projects for months and the outcome was outstanding.  Capital High was represented with 40 students and 33 students qualified to ICDC (International Career Development Conference) in Anaheim!  I’ve never had such a number of students earn and place at the State Conference. 

Great story from the news last night regarding Nate Furlong, Eric Croft, and the CHS Auto program.  Click here.  Good job Mr. Croft.

Posted on February 6, 2017

Weekly Update 02.05.2017

Good afternoon-

First off, congratulations to John Miller, recent recipient of the “Mentor Award” at the state robotics competition held in the end of January. John was honored for all of his years of connecting with kids and creating an inclusive environment for all students to participate and learn and grow through his robotics program. Congratulations again- well deserved!

A busy week last week with 8th grade registration week, Winter Formal, and the Western “AA” wrestling seeding tournament. This week marks junior class registration for next year senior class.

8th Grade parent night was very well attended and I received a lot of positive feedback from these parents. A big thank you to the following individuals for attending and for answering all parental questions- Bill Kaiser, Jeramie Robinson, Walt Chancy, Sue Butler, Genevieve Anderson, Zach Harris, Heidi Foreman, Dennis Peterson, Tirzah Bruski, Adam Clinch, Kevin Ward, David Tuss, Jean Placko, Chelsea Pierce, Jacqui Engstrom, and Shannon McNamee. Likewise, thank you to everyone who presented to our incoming 8th graders last Wednesday when they toured the building.

Winter Formal- it went very well thanks to the large efforts of Taylee Schlauch, Hollee Goody, and the students in the CHS Student Council. They did an outstanding job! A big shout out to the following chaperones: Ryan Swenson, Heidi Foreman, James Irby, Sheila Richmond, Whitney Wallace, Walt and Kathy. Tickets were sold out and were available on Facebook as of Friday afternoon!

Finally, thank you to Bill Kaiser (again), Ashten Broadhead, and Shawn Ruff for all of their efforts on Saturday with the divisional wrestling tournament.
MBI Update, Fergus County High School presentation last week, from Walt:
Members of the CHS MBI/MTSS team presented a Professional Development workshop for Fergus County Middle and High Schools this past week in Lewistown, MT.
Members from the MBI/MTSS core team worked with Fergus County schools in implementing their school wide approach to MBI/MTSS. We shared the development of our Brand (Capital Code), Universals, Rewards program and Multi-Tiered systems of support. We also witnessed a passionate and dedicated staff that is working very hard to improve the culture and climate within their building. It was truly a pleasure to work with Fergus County School administrators and staff.

Posted on January 11, 2017

GoFundMe Created to Support Our Trainer Shawn Ruff During His Loss…

A very sad day when our well respected and loved Trainer, Shawn Ruff, lost his baby girl.  Our hearts go out to you, Shawn, and your wife!  We also want to congratulate you guys on your current pregnancy!

To donate and add your support click here.ruff

The GoFundMe account was created by Capital High coaches and athletes.  It was set up to help with the hardship and healing for Shawn and Jyndia Ruff who, unexpectedly, lost their sweet angel Kennedy.  If you can’t donate, please keep them in your prayers.

There is also a meal train set up for the family. The website is listed below for those of you who would like to sign up.