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Posted on June 4, 2020


Due to the forecast Saturday afternoon, CHS graduation has been moved to 11:00am at Nelson Stadium on Saturday, June 6th.

Graduates, you will now arrive at the following times to the West gate of Nelson Stadium:

Graduates start arriving at:

      • Last Name A-D- 10:10
      • Last Name E-K- 10:20
      • Last Name L-Ri- 10:30
      • Last name Ro-Z- 10:40

Keeping social distancing in mind, you will arrive to this gate at these staggered times, receive your school-issued mask, and turn in your completed screening card.  Graduates will then be escorted to their assigned seats on the field.

Please see the following information from the district found below:

Due to the likelihood of lightning, large hail, and damaging winds predicted for this Saturday afternoon, the Helena Public Schools have made the safety-related decision to alter the start times for both the Helena High Graduation Ceremony and the Capital High Graduation Ceremony. With strong storms moving into our area after 12:00pm, we need to begin both ceremonies during the morning window. However, due to our need for precautionary cleaning after each ceremony, our timeline will be compressed. Please note that an alternate, indoor option is not available this year due to precautionary health protocols.

Graduation for Helena High School will begin at 8:00am. Guests may begin arriving at 7:00am for seating.

Graduation for Capital High School will begin at 11:00am. Guests may begin arriving at 10:15am for seating.

While ceremonies can proceed during rain, any lightning within a ten mile radius causes an immediate end and postponement until 30 minutes after the last incidence of lightning. For this reason, it is vital that we make these necessary schedule adjustments. Students, please look for additional information from your schools. Guests, please note that all precautionary practices remain for these ceremonies. All guests are required to have a ticket, wear a mask/facial covering, and complete the required symptom screener.

At this time, no adjustments have been made to either the Access to Success or PAL graduation ceremonies scheduled for Friday, June 5th.

Capital High School

  • Guest arrival begins at 10:15am
  • Graduation ceremony begins at 11:00am

Live-Streaming Sites: https://helenair.com/virtual_graduations/https://youtu.be/TsXpDAHNykU

Posted on May 27, 2020

Textbook & Library Book Return!

Textbook return will occur on the following dates:


SENIORS – Last Name A – K          June 3rd, Wednesday – 11-3pm

SENIORS – Last Name L – Z           June 4th, Thursday – 11-3pm


The following week:

JUNIORS                                             June 8TH, Monday  – 10-3pm

SOPHOMORES                                  June 9th, Tuesday  – 10-3pm

FRESHMEN                                        June 10th, Wednesday – 10-3pm


Due to social distancing protocols, you will enter the main parking lot near the tennis court entrance and remain in your vehicle until you get to the cone at the east end of the library in front of the school.  Here you, or your student, will exit your vehicle and then approach the RETURN WINDOW to return the items.



As a reminder, you can mail payment now for fines to:

Capital High School

100 Valley Drive

Helena, MT  59602


Payments must be paid by cash or check only- thank you.


Remaining fines can also be paid during the textbook return process to the bookkeeper.  If you have remaining fines, you will get back in your vehicle after dropping off textbooks, take a right on Valley Drive, and park in the bus parking lane.  You will then walk to the FINE WINDOW on the SOUTH side of the library.  Keeping social distancing in mind, you will wait in this line to discuss fines with the bookkeeper.  A reminder for Seniors, in order for the student to receive their diploma, all fines must be paid. This includes lost books, lunch accounts, athletic and activity fees, and all other types of fines.

Posted on May 20, 2020

Summer School 2020

Summer School for Capital High, Helena High,
and Project for Alternative Learning

Welcome to Summer School 2020. We are pleased to have Helena High School as the host school for classes. This make-up summer school option is a chance to make up credits for your high school graduation plan. You have an opportunity to earn .5 credit for each class you complete.

These classes are teacher-led and will be held July 1st – July 29th at Helena High School.  Classes may be remote, blended, or face to face depending on local health advice and/or the desire of the educator.  The cost is $90.00 per class.  Classes must be paid in full at the time of registration.  All Students must pay by using a VISA/MASTERCARD.  ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY! Questions about payment can be addressed through the office manager at either HHS or CHS. Please visit the Helena School District webpage at

Summer School 2020 Registration.

The deadline for registration is Monday, June 29th.  Seats fill up quickly.

PLEASE NOTE:  There are no longer fee waivers for free and reduced lunch participants.  All credits must be paid for in advance of summer school.   

Offered Required Courses: 

English 1



English 2 


English 3

8am- 10am

12 pm-2pm

English 4


World Cultures






US History



Am Government



Math Lab



Earth Science



Physical Education


Health Education


** NOTE:  Any student who has failed both semesters of a single math class must repeat the entire year of that course, therefore summer school is not an option.

2020 Summer School Procedures:

*****Classes may be remote, blended, or face to face depending on local health advice and/or the desire of the educator.

Welcome to Summer School 2020. We are pleased to have Helena High School as the host school for classes. This make-up summer school option is a chance to make up credits for your high school graduation plan. You have an opportunity to earn .5 credit for each class you complete.

Dates:             Wednesday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 29th (20 days total).

Daily Schedule:

Period 1           8:00-10:00 am
Period 2           10:00-12:00 pm
Period 3           12:00-2:00 pm

Regular attendance is an essential ingredient to guarantee your success in summer school. A 3rd absence (for any reason) will result in the loss of credit and you will be dropped from the class without a refund. It doesn’t matter if your absences are excused; on the 3rd absence, you will lose credit. An absence is defined as not being present. Schedule appointments before or after class. Students are expected to be LIVE during class time.

Code of Conduct:
The same rules of conduct are in effect at summer school as during the regular school year. If you demonstrate inappropriate behavior and are asked to leave the classroom, this will constitute an absence. You are expected to be productive during your time here, for this reason, you may also be counted absent if you are asked to leave the classroom for sleeping in class or being nonproductive. If you are asked to leave the classroom, you and your parent may be required to meet with the teacher and/or administrator to reconcile the problem before you can return to school.

Each student is required to have a Chrome book or computer, paper, pencils, and pens. The teachers will provide on-line textbooks and other materials, as necessary.

Cell Phones and Personal Listening Devices:
Students are permitted to possess cell phones and personal listening devices within the building before and after school and passing periods. They are NOT permitted during class. Parent pick up of the phone may be required for violations.

General Information and Questions:
Students will receive a calendar to remind them of attendance days. If you have any questions before summer classes begin, please call Mr. Willie Schlepp at Office: 406-324-2205 or Office Cell: 406-459-2383.

2020 Summer School Calendar:

  • You may not miss more than 2 class periods. You will be dropped from your class on the third absence and not earn credit.
  • You are absent from a class if you are NOT LIVE (On-Line) during your allotted time.
  • All Helena Public School rules apply to summer school and discipline will be handled according to school board policies.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
June 29th 30th


July 1st
First day of Class
NO Class


5th 6th


12th 13th


19th 20th


26th 27th
Last day of Class 
30th 31st  


** NOTE:  Any student who has failed both semesters of a single math class must repeat the entire year of that course, therefore summer school is not an option.

The deadline for registration is Monday, June 29th.  Seats fill up quickly.
Questions? Please contact the HHS Assistant Principal Mr. Schlepp at 324-2205.

For original credit, the Montana Digital Academy option is available as approved:

  • Montana Digital Academy-Students enroll through the counseling office and are assigned a password to access and complete their coursework independently. Two sessions will be available: June 12-July 16, and July 17- August 16. This is an intense course of study designed to take at least 3 hours per day per class. The maximum number of online credits that may count toward graduation is 2.5. Each class per session equates to a .5 credit. The deadline to enroll is June 5th.
  • Click on this link to access more information about Montana Digital Academy.
  • Please contact your student’s school counselor if you would like to register for a MTDA original credit course.
  • A-D Last Names- jrobinson@helenaschools.org
  • E-K Last Names- dmeldrum@helenaschools.org
  • l-Ri Last Names- Jbawden@helenaschools.org
  • Ro-Z Last Names- sberg@helenaschoools.org
Posted on May 5, 2020

April/May 2020 Newsletter

Here are a few things to celebrate at CHS!

April/May 2020 Newsletter

Posted on April 8, 2020

Events & Public Meetings

For those of you who have an event or meeting that was scheduled to take place on school property.  They have been cancelled.  

For the safety of our students, team members, and community, there will be no meetings or events at our school during the school closure.  We will continue to keep you informed throughout the closure of our schools, and we sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as is possible and responsible.


Posted on January 24, 2020

Counseling Department Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dear Students and Parents,

The next couple of months are a very busy time in the counseling department. We would like to share what we have upcoming so you can plan ahead in your calendar and know what we are working on to assist your students.

Schedule Changes for Semester 2

1/27/20 The 1st day of the new semester- Students wanting to make schedule changes for the new semester have until 1/31/20 to get them signed off and finalized. All changes require teacher and parent signatures. Students can choose to change to classes that are offered for S2. Changing of instructors only is not permitted by the counseling department. In addition, going less than 6 credit bearing classes as a senior must be approved by Mrs. Kidder. Other grades require additional meetings with admin and extenuating circumstances to be approved. For Grades 10 and 12-, Mrs. Kidder, for Grades 11 and 9- Mr. Chancy.


Dual Credit Timeline

Students in S2 Dual Credit Courses (Statistics, Intro to Lit, Contemporary Math, Speech, MS Excel, Auto) will be given their registration forms on Monday (1/27/20)

Registration forms are due to the counseling department on Thursday (1/30) when the rep from Helena College will be in the counseling department from 8:30-2:00 to collect the papers. If they are not turned in during this window, students will have to deliver them to Helena College by 2/3. Students who need to take the Accuplacer for placement will have until 2/10 to get a passing score on the test. Items that miss the deadlines will not be accepted. Also, for students who have not taken their 2 free dual credit classes, their class this semester will count for free. Additionally, we have a scholarship opportunity for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, see Mr. Robinson for more information.


2020-2021 Class Registration

February is registration month in the counseling department, and our attention will be shifted to helping students apply for classes next year.

Students will receive materials on Monday each week and have until Friday to pick classes, get parent signatures, and meet with any teachers to get signatures for advanced courses. For access to the registration materials please visit https://chs.helenaschools.org/chs-registration-guide/ (2020 info will go live 1/31)

Junior Week- Future Senior Registration February 3-7

Monday- Class Visits by counselors (American History Classes)

Tues-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Wednesday- Junior Parent Night (6pm, Auditorium)

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

 Sophomore Week- Future Junior Registration February 10-14

Tuesday- Class Visits by counselors (English 2 Classes)

Wed-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

 Freshman Week- Future Sophomore Registration February 18-21

Monday- Class Visits by counselors (World Cultures Classes)

Tuesday-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

Missing Forms Collection Week- February 24-28

We will spend the week trying to collect any forms that have not been submitted due to absences, missing signatures, or various other reasons. If your child has not turned it in by this week, expect a call from your child’s counselor.

CRA Week- Future Frosh Registration  March 2-6

Monday- Counselors Meet with Students

Tuesday/Wednesday- CHS Counselors at CRA Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday – Incoming Frosh Tour CHS

Thursday – Parent Night 7:00 PM CHS Aud.

Friday- Counselor Pick up Reg forms

New Pre-Apprenticeship Program

For students interested in trades related to the construction industry (construction, electrical, plumbing, etc. ) our CTE department has worked out an exciting new opportunity with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. Students who complete a course sequence and gain various certifications in those courses will be able to count their hours towards an apprentice program in Montana. They have started working with local contractors who will accept the hours towards a journeyman license. It is an exciting opportunity that will allow students to enter the workforce a higher earning band and set themselves up well for a career. For more information, check out the registration guide or reach out to Mr. Canney or Mr. Kain.

Parent Nights

We will be hosting a current Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, February 5th at 6PM in the CHS Auditorium

We have stopped running Freshman and Sophomore parent nights due to low attendance, but feel free to make an appointment with your child’s counselor to get all your questions answered.

We will be hosting an CRA Parent Night for incoming freshman on Thursday March 5th at 7:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium.


Suicide Prevention at CHS

The counseling departments at both high schools have worked hard to help develop a comprehensive suicide prevention and mental health awareness program.

 YAM (Youth Aware of Mental health)– Freshman year program run through the Frosh PE courses presented by outside mental health professionals. All freshman students will begin the program within their Freshman PE class on January 29th.  Outside mental health professionals will be meeting with students during 5 individual class periods of Freshman PE.  For more info on YAM, please contact Mrs. Meldrum or Josyln Davidson at jdavidson@helenaschools.org

 QPR (Question, Persuade, Respond)- Sophomore program run through the Health classes by health teachers. The focus of this program is for students to reach out for help if they feel their friend is at risk.

 SOS (Signs of Suicide)- Junior year program, presented in US History classes by counselors. Was presented in December, and the focus was to try to learn how to recognize the signs of mental health struggles in themselves or peers and to reach out for help. Students will be taught ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell)


 Career Cruising

The counseling department has completed career cruising lessons with the Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior classes. We will do Junior Career Cruising lessons in March, so students have the opportunity to come up with their 5 colleges to send their ACT Scores to.

The focuses at each level are

 Freshman Year– Learning Styles Inventory, Career Matchmaker (looking at interests and careers that match them)

 Sophomore year– Reality Check- Looking at the lifestyle students want, and the salaries needed to provide that lifestyle. We then researched careers and the salaries and checked to see if they would match up with the lifestyle plan.

 Junior Year– Post Secondary High School planning. We will spend the period working with them on their post high school plans.

 Senior Year– We worked with them on finalizing their post high school plans, taught them how to do scholarship searches.


ACT for Juniors

Once again, CHS will be facilitating the ACT test for all juniors on Tuesday, April 14th at Capital High School. You will receive several communications from CHS regarding this, but we wanted to make sure it is on your calendar.


We have several ACT Prep opportunities upcoming; you should have received a flier about this as well.


We will have an online prep option, afterschool option, as well as an intensive ACT Prep class offered by Sycamore learning. The prep class will be Monday and Tuesday February 3rd, 4th . We will run 2 different evening sessions, one from 3:30-6 and the other from 6:30-9 so you can pick the time that works best for you. This is a great opportunity and the cost is $80. You should have received a letter in the mail regarding this course and you can sign up at www.prepforthefuture.com . Please feel free to contact Mr. Robinson if you have additional questions.


AP Testing

Students in AP courses will start getting information about the tests in March and signing up for the tests between 3/4 and 3/22. The cost is $94 per test and they will sign up through the book keeper.


May Test Dates

4- AP Government (AM)- @Delta (old Radisson)

5- AP Calc AB (AM) @Delta

5- AP Calc BC (AM) @Intermountain

5- AP Human Geography (PM) @Intermountain

5- AP German (PM) @Helena High Library

6- AP English Lit (AM) @Delta

6- AP Euro History (PM) @Intermountain

7- AP Chemistry (AM) @Delta

7- AP Physics 1 (PM) @intermountain

8- AP US History (AM)@Carroll College CUBE

11- AP Biology (AM) @Carroll College CUBE

11- AP Environmental Science (PM) @Carroll College CUBE

12- AP Spanish (AM) @CHS Library

13- AP English Lang (AM) @Carroll College CUBE

15- AP Computer Science (AM) @Intermountain

15- AP Statistics (PM) @Helena College


Senior Awards

With the class of 2020 being the 1st class to go through with our added graduation requirements, increased rigor for the B.E.A.R. award as well as continued lower attendance at our Senior Awards Night, we are in the process of revamping our awards ceremony. More information about this new recognition event will be out this spring.


Graduation this year will be on June 6th  and this year CHS will be at 2 P.M.

Stay tuned to this webpage for updated info on graduation.


Graduation Requirements

Speaking of graduation, just a reminder that the class of 2020 needs to earn 23 credits in order to graduate and per a school board policy enacted last year, students must have earned all the required 23 credits prior to the graduation ceremony in order to participate in commencement. We will be sending out a letter explaining this policy in more detail as well as a copy of your child’s 7th semester transcript in early February to help you know exactly what your child needs to graduate.

Final Transcript Requests

On Wednesday May 27th we will be going into Government classrooms to hand out graduation tickets (in case of inclement weather) and asking students for final transcript requests. This will be your senior’s opportunity to let the counseling department know where they would like their final grades sent, whether that is a college, NCAA, NAIA, military recruiter, or home. Once a student graduates, transcript requests go through www.parchment.com and they cost $8, so it’s important for students to take advantage of this opportunity.

Scholarship Information

Remember to keep checking our scholarship page; it is updated at least weekly. There are currently over 50 scholarships listed on the page.


One big scholarship with an upcoming deadline is the Montana University System Honors Scholarship.

It has a March 15th deadline

Application:  http://www.sfs.mus.edu

More information:  http://www.mus.edu

The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. The value varies depending upon which campus the student attends

Another scholarship to highlight is the Angel Fund Scholarship, which is only for Helena Public Schools students.

 Angel Fund Scholarships

  • Deadline: March 2019

Award:  $1,000


(For Helena Graduates Only)

As always, you can also follow our social media accounts for up to date information.




Contact Info

If you need to contact your counselor, you can at

A-D students- Mr. Robinson jrobinson@helenaschools.org

E-K Students- Mrs. Meldrum dmeldrum@helenaschools.org

L-Ri Students- Ms. Bawden jbawden@helenaschools.org

Ro-Z Students- Mrs. Berg sberg@helenaschools.org

Career Center- Mrs. Doran adoran@helenaschools.org

Counseling Secretary- Mrs. Herndon aherndon@helenaschools.org

We hope this helps you navigate this spring and all the big things happening.

All the best, CHS Counseling Department

Posted on November 25, 2019

UPTOP has finally partnered with Capital High!

Capital High has launched its first collection of exciting and comfortable leisurewear courtesy of both UPTOP and your Capital High DECA Chapter. 

A short sleeve tee, a long sleeve tee, and two types of hoodies will be available in the Capital High main foyer at lunch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in addition to all winter sporting  events until we sell out. 

Prices are as follows: 

Short Sleeve: $25 

Long Sleeve: $30 

Whitish Gray Hoodie: $40 

Gray Hoodie w/ White Strings: $42 



Posted on May 15, 2017

Transcript Requests

To make it easier for you to request transcripts, Capital High School has partnered with Parchment to provide secure online transcript ordering available 24/7. Creating an account is free and only takes a few steps. Get started now!

Go to: 

Transcript Requests: In order to send transcripts for college applications, scholarship programs, N.C.A.A. eligibility, or almost anything else you would need a transcript for, past and present students must register with Parchment to send their transcripts electronically. Transcripts include A.C.T. scores taken at Capital High School during a student’s junior year. A.C.T.,  retake scores are added after scores are received by A.C.T.

  • Graduated students: If you graduated after 2009, you may register with Parchment and can request your transcripts electronically. If you graduated before 2009, you must request a hard copy of your official transcript by calling Mary Rehm at 406-324-2477

We have created unique registration codes for all current students, you can access the site without one, but it streamlines the process and makes it easier to get your transcript sent on time.

With this new program, you can send your official secure transcript to anywhere in the world. It will be free for as many as you need while you are still enrolled at CHS as long as you are sending it to a college or university. ( the state only supplements requests to higher ed at this point)

Parchment : Formerly called Docufide, Parchment is a secure way to send your official, high school transcript electronically. Transcripts are sent, usually within 24 hours, and are received instantly by the college. Parchment also confirms the receipt of the transcript. No more wondering if all of your materials sent through the mail have been received and processed! Transcripts are free to send to all public universities in the state of Michigan and to many other colleges throughout the country. Sending transcripts to certain colleges, scholarship programs, or specialized locations may result in a processing fee through Parchment. This is a fast, easy, and convenient way to ensure that your transcripts are received in a timely manner along with your online college applications. Once you are registered with Parchment, you can request transcripts anytime in the future, even after you graduate. Follow these simple steps to get your transcripts sent:

Register with Parchment : Every senior needs to register! Follow these Parchment Screenshots to complete your registration. If you need some assistance registering with Parchment see Mr. Robinson in the Counseling Office.

Complete College Applications : Students should have their college applications completed and submitted before requesting transcripts be sent. College applications should be completed online through the college’s website.

Request Transcripts : Login to your Parchment account and search for the colleges you would like your transcripts sent to. Select each college you want your transcripts sent to and complete your request. Follow these Parchment Transcript Request Screenshots  to send your transcripts to schools. If you need some assistance requesting transcripts with Parchment see Mr. Robinson in the Counseling Office.

Posted on August 16, 2016

Need to Excuse Your Student?

Please call the Attendance Office at 406-324-2499 if your student will be absent or late.  If you are not able to speak with someone directly, please leave a message. Thank You!

Posted on March 11, 2015

Traffic Education information here!

For information about Traffic Education, please email trafficeducation@helenaschools.org or visit the District Page by clicking here.