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 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 December 5, 2017

Weekly Update 12.03.17

Good evening-

Between the speech and debate meet and the Capital City Duels- there was a lot going on this weekend!

As revealed last week, the following segment aired lasted week in regard to DeLacy Humbert’s physical science class- Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest

From Jim Weber:

Mastercam software announced the winners of last school years national Wildest Parts machining contest.   Grayson Weber and Hadley Snortland took first and second place.  Both put a huge amount of time and effort into their projects and received $1000 and $500 prizes for their efforts.

As a side note- this was a national competition.  Below are the parts that they made last year.
2017 Wildest Parts Winners

Posted on November 27, 2017

Weekly Update 11.26.17

Science Olympiad:

In the state competition held last Tuesday, the CHS Science Olympiad team took 2nd place.  A great job to the DeLacy Humbert and Kendra Lunday for your coaching efforts!

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest:  Congratulations to DeLacy again!  Good luck in the state competition!

The following is from the formal press release:

Capital High School, located in Helena, Montana, was named one of the nation’s 255 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

DeLacy Humbert’s physical science classroom was chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to address prescription medication abuse. To tackle this project, students will propose a new design for prescription medication bottles.

As one of five state finalists in Montana, DeLacy Humbert will win a Samsung Chromebook® to use in her classroom. Capital High School will now have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional classroom technology prizes. Mrs. Humbert is currently working on an Activity Plan outlining how her students will execute their project. If she is named the Montana State Winner in December, Capital High School will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package!

CHS Mentoring Program:

Thank you to all staff members who have agreed to be a mentor to students this year.  Also, thank you to Marcia O’Dell for once again administering this program.

Posted on November 13, 2017

Weekly Update 11.12.17

College app week has come and gone- thank you to Rebecca Troianos and the rest of the counseling staff for their efforts in promoting post-secondary opportunities.  Also, thank you to everyone who participated in the various activities this past week.

Congratulations to the following Great Ideas Grant recipients, once again sponsored by the HEF.  Well done!

Sarah Urban
Terri Normanz
Debra Dorrance

The State Student Council Conference wrapped up last week here in Helena.  Taylee Schlauch and Hollee Goody put in a lot of time and preparation for this event.  I know that they appreciate all of you who housed students from across the state.

How about that volleyball team?  3rd place at state- congratulations!  Also, another fine season for the football team and Kyle Mihelish as they advance to the state semi-finals once again. In light of Veteran’s Day festivities, Karey Conn and DECA students partnered with elementary students to make blankets and present them to patients at Fort Harrison.  This activity, combined with the students highlighted last week for their efforts in Jim Weber’s class, are good examples of CHS giving back to those who served.

I hope that a lot of you made it to Fiddler on the Roof as it opened last week.  A big shout out to the efforts put forth by Laura Brayko, Zach Harris, and Thomas Baty.  Last evening, the ticket line stretched out past the front doors of the main foyer!  Don’t forget that there are more performances this week, be sure to catch one of them.  These students and educators have been practicing since early September for this grand performance!


Crosstown play ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ opens tonight at CHS

While the Helena High and Capital High School football teams face off at Vigilante Stadium in a semifinal playoff game, a team of more than 50 actors from both high

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 5, 2017

Weekly Update 11.5.2017

A lot of awards garnished by staff members last week!

Congratulations to the following:

Dennis Peterson– Let’s Talk About Great Teachers Award- sponsored by HEF

Jim Weber and Sarah Urban– Once Class at a Time- sponsored by First Interstate Bank/ KXLH/KTVH

Also, below is a picture of Jim’s students presenting items that they made to honor Sgt. Nathan Shurter who stopped by CHS last Thursday before heading out for the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky elk hunt.

Terri Norman– Class Act- sponsored by KXLH/KTVH

We have a busy week coming up- good luck to the volleyball team as they head to state!  Great job to Coach Mihelish and the football team for a big playoff win on the road Friday night- crosstown football action this Friday night!!!!  After months of preparation, it is time for some Fiddler on the Roof, show starts Thursday- see more details below!  Finally, CHS and other gyms throughout town will be hosting the State Special Olympics Tournament.  Action starts here on Friday and continues through Saturday.  Good luck to our students who are participating.

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 October 30, 2017

Weekly Update 10.29.17

Almost the end of the first quarter?  Seriously- wow!

A shout out to Kathy Kidder and the rest of the assembly planning crew- great work everyone!  From Big Daddy to a big screen with clubs playing in background as well as a live feed to facebook (and all of the setting up and tearing down), thank you for your efforts.


Posted on October 23, 2017

Weekly Update 10.22.2017

Good afternoon-

I hope that you had a great weekend and that you got some of those chores completed around the house.  For those of you attending (and even presenting!) at conferences, thank you, as our students will no doubt benefit from the knowledge that was hopefully gained from such participation.

Congratulations to Terri Norman- at the state MACTE Conference in Fairmont, she was recognized as the 2017 Business Teacher of the Year!   What an outstanding honor- well deserved.  Attached is Terri’s award.

Posted on October 16, 2017

Weekly Update 10.15.17

First off, a big thank you to our counseling staff for their coordination of support services and for their time and efforts associated with grieving students last week.  Also, thank you staff for your continual support of our students- whether it be a regular school day or a week highlighted by the loss of a student.

A big win by the Bruin Girls Soccer team on Saturday- they clinched an automatic bid for the upcoming state soccer tournament!

Boy’s Soccer Play-In Playoff Game- Tuesday, 4:00, vs. Big Sky-  go Bru!

In the news:

Wow- check this out!  A great job by Jean Placko and the rest of the biology teachers for planning this experience!


And also found in the IR :Capital High School biology students were part of a zebra mussel monitoring project at Canyon Ferry Lake Reservoir and Upper Holter Lake Reservoir click here