Principal Newsletter Archive

Posted on May 14, 2018

5.14.18 Weekly Update

Busy week last week.  A big thank you to junior class sponsors Jacqui Engstrom and Hollee Goody for all of your efforts with Prom.  Likewise, thank you to Sue Baranek, Sean Deola, James Irby, Heidi Foreman, Ryan Swenson, and Don Foucar- what a great way to spend a Friday night!!! (see attached video)

Senior Awards night was held last Monday here at CHS- what a great showing by this class of 2018.  19 seniors garnered MUS scholarships.  The state gives 200 of these scholarships to students in this state.  This means that almost 10% of the MUS scholars are from one high school- Capital High.  Great job to Rebecca Troianos for her preparation of this event, as well as our counselors for their presentations.  Thank you Scott Andrews for taking pictures- pictures can be found at L:\Andrews Scott\2018 Senior Awards Night

Thank you to Mr. Zehr and the jazz band who greeted guests as they arrived as well.

Spring Dessert Show:  Mr. Baty and his students are setting up right now for this great event in the gym.  Tickets are basically sold out, however, you can still get them at the door for $8.00.  There is no guarantee that you can get a dessert.

Upcoming dates:

Next Monday, the 21st, senior grad walk at respective elementary schools during 4th period.

Next Wednesday, the 23rd, 8th grade activity fair (and activity fair for all through lunchtime).

Posted on May 7, 2018

Weekly Update 5.7.18

Prom, Spring Assembly, HEF Pen and Ink Celebration, Senior Awards Night, and Teacher Appreciation Week…..?  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Bookend Project- benefitting Big Hearts Under the Big Sky:

Some of Mr. Weber’s seniors made 600 bookends for the CHS library and donated the profit from the job to Big Hearts Under The Big Sky. The press release is attached- what a great service project completed by our students! Also, attached is a picture from the presentation- great work to all involved!


Speaking of Mr. Weber, NASA was here on Thursday night:

Representatives from the NASA Hunch program visited CHS to recognize machining students for their efforts in producing a certain part for a space station.  Students still have many more to make before the end of the year.  A great recognition for Mr. Weber and his students!


Upcoming dates:

 Freshman field trip/Freshman PE fishing trip:

Tuesday/Wednesday- May 15th or 16th

Senior grad walk:

Similar to last year, graduates will have an opportunity to go back to parade around their old stomping grounds.  Date- Monday, May 21st– 4th period.  This event will be advertised on the announcements soon.  Sign ups will be in the career center.


Posted on December 7, 2017

AP Honor Roll – 5 Years Now!

Our district was notified by College Board that we have again been selected to the AP Honor Roll.  This is five out of the last eight years and the third year consecutively that our district has been recognized for AP excellence.  Congratulations to all for your hard work and caring attitude.  This is the third national recognition we have received this year for academic excellence.

 Our District is considered to be a medium district so the bar is 6% for improvement.   You may be interested in how many districts can make a claim to being on the honor roll for 5 years, the last three consecutively.  Of the 2,213 districts that have been on the honor roll the past 8 years, only 25 have been on it five times such as our district

This year our district is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, we had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

Congratulations Capital High School!!

Posted on November 8, 2017

Great Conversations hosted by HEF recognizes Dennis Peterson

Congratulations to Dennis Peterson for being recognized by the Helena Education Foundation. Mr. Peterson will be recognized at their Great Conversations event as part of their, “Let’s Talk about Great Teachers”, recognition.  The event will be held Wednesday – November 15 at the Great Northern Conference Center.

Read more about this event at the Helena IR 11-5-17 – click here.

To register and attend – please visit the HEF website by clicking here.

Posted on November 2, 2017

Congratulations Terri Norman! Class Act!

Terri Norman, one of our Business Teachers, was named “oustanding teacher of the year!”

To see the KTVH story, click here!


Posted on May 30, 2017

Senior Grad Walk! Check It Out!!

Our Seniors took a walk down memory lane as they dressed up in their cap and gown and walked the halls of their former elementary schools!  They were greeted with high fives and Congrats signs!  It was a great experience for our graduates as well as for our young grade schoolers who got to see where they will be in a few years!  Check out the stories/videos below:

Rossiter Grad Walk


Posted on May 25, 2017

Capital High Has Reached PLATINUM MBI STATUS!!

Please see below and the attached document- Capital High has reached PLATINUM MBI status!

Great job to Walt, Terri, the rest of the MBI team, and all of you!

Capital High Recognition Letter 2017

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 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 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.