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 September 11, 2017

Weekly Update 9.10.17

Good morning!

Fall activities had a great showing this past week!   The football team is now 3-0- an impressive win on Thursday night!  Girls cross country finished in third place in the Bozeman Invitational, and volleyball finished in 3rd place in the Electric City Invitational.  Unfortunately, crosstown soccer was postponed due to the smoke on Saturday.  There will be discussion this week to discuss when those games will be played.

This week marks Suicide Prevention Week- please be sure that students are able to hear the announcements each day and please encourage students to participate.

From Deb Dorrance- suicide prevention program offered at the Lewis and Clark County Library:

National Suicide Prevention Week: Learn To Save A Life

The Lewis and Clark Library is sponsoring the program. 

Separate training sessions for youth and  adults. 

Posted on June 6, 2017

Weekly Update – last one for a while

Good morning-

I hope that you had a great weekend!

A big thank you to everyone who assisted with graduation yesterday. A big thank you to April for the months of preparation for this event.  Likewise, thank you to Walt, Kathy, Bill Kaiser, the counseling staff, Thomas Baty and the choir, Zach Harris and the orchestra, as well as all of the staff members who volunteered to be row leaders and congratulatory line participants.  There were so many individuals involved yesterday in this event that I cannot begin to list them.  It takes a small village to pull that event off.  Attached is a picture from the stage.

Senior Picnic, last Thursday:
Thank you to Tirzah Bruski, Derik Reed, and the senior class officers for their efforts with the Senior class of 2017.  Attached is a picture from Women’s Park last Thursday.

How about that yearbook?:
I hope that all of you have had a chance to take a peek at Unmarked. If not, it is definitely worth a look.  A tremendous job by Hailey Selch and her students!

Congratulations to Jim Weber, recipient of the William Dahlgren Award for teachers that have excelled in the classroom for STEM Education.  Jim was selected amongst teachers found in PRIME network schools.  Attached is a picture of Jim receiving the award.

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 30, 2017

Weekly Update 5.28.2017

Wow- the last full week of school is complete!

More news from Mr. Pearce’s Carpentry I class.  Some of his students made 5 raised beds for the VA Hospital.  Check out the KXLH story at

We were in Helena, Saturday, installing the garden.

Arts and Trades Show:

A big thank you to Walt and both Fine Arts and CTE teachers for their work in preparing and presenting another successful Arts and Trades Show.

From Walt:

This may have been one of the best attended shows yet. I heard several comments regarding the amazing work presented. Hats off to all of you!

Track news- congratulations to Elena Carter- State AA Champion in the girls’ long jump.

Senior Graduation Walks:

I have heard so many positive comments!  We will make sure and get this scheduled next year within our calendar of events to make sure that we avoid conflicts.

Some videos and pictures (and even an news clip) can be seen below and/or are attached.

Rossiter Grad Walk


8th Grade Activities Fair:

Thank you to Walt and all of you activity sponsors for showcasing various opportunities to our incoming freshman students.  Such an event will assist in promoting student involvement next year.

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 May 25, 2017

Weekly Update 5.21.2017


The last full week of school, hard to believe.  Things are getting crazy, and there is nothing like getting an email on Friday morning that states, “There are 20 unfilled absences this morning in the district. Please put Plan B in place.” There are concerts this week, as well as the Arts and Trade Show, and the  8th graders are visiting once again for the annual 8th Grade Activity Fair.

Congratulations to Sue Butler- as she is the 2017 Montana Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year.  Congratulations Sue!

National Math Champs?  I know that the news was shared last week, but it worth bringing it up again!  In case you have not read the following article yet, please take a look.  Outstanding job by our students.  Another great honor for CHS students this year.–/article_e20d1860-cc65-5797-9474-4e20588d2ee3.html

Attached are photos from various community service projects that students recently completed in classes:

-The first two attached photos were provided by Mr. Pearce- some of his students recently completed a large ramp for Mrs. Sieminksi’s brother in law who is in need of wheel chair access to her house.  The following details are provided by Christina Sieminski:

A month and a half ago my mother-in-law, who we were very close took her own life.  This has been the hardest thing my family has dealt with.  Aaron’s brother Rudy is a quadriplegic with Cerebral palsy and we’ve taken over his care.  We wanted to be able to bring Rudy into our home but didn’t have a way to get him in the house.  Bob Pierce (and Jim Weber who referred me to Bob) agreed to have his students build a ramp in time for my daughter’s birthday party so that Uncle Rudy could join us!  So I wanted to take the time to give a huge thanks from my family to Bob for taking this on.  And an even bigger thanks to two of our students Asher Easterby and Jacob Fluery for taking time outside of school to visit our house, take measurements and plan out the ramp.  The two boys worked so hard over the past month to design the ramp in CAD (Asher), to go to Power Townsend to pick up the supplies, and to go to our house and complete the project for us.  Jacob and Asher will always have a special place in my heart for taking this on!  Thanks so much Bob for making this happen for us!!!

-The last photo was provided by Mr. Weber, who stated the following: These 3 arch ways were designed and built by my Welding 3 class seniors and they will go into the community garden at Ray Bjork School and the PEAK program. They finished them up today.   They did a tremendous job and they were a massive amount of work.  The project was done as a community service project .  The students intentionally bid the job for an extra $500  so they made $500 profit from which they donated all the profit to Big Hearts Under the Big Sky.   It was a win/win for everyone and I couldn’t be prouder of the young men.

It is great to see our students helping out the community!!!

Congratulations to Coach Swenson girls tennis- 2nd place at state!  Also, I believe that the Powers sisters garnered the first ever girls doubles state title in school history.

Thank you to the Earth Science teachers as well as the PE department for their efforts in providing the annual freshman field trips last week.  What a great experience for our students.

Finally, junior students have been stopping by the counseling office to catch a glimpse of their recent scores.  At one point, there was actually stretching out into the hallway- how cool is that?

Posted on May 17, 2017

Weekly Update 5.14.17

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you moms out there!

We have passed another Vigilante Parade week.  Thank you to all of you in your respective roles to ensure that such a large event runs relatively smoothly.  For those students who participated in the Vigilante Academy sponsored by the HEF, not only did they complete various community service projects, but they instilled a little school pride on the fence along Custer Avenue as well.  The following video was submitted by Hailey Selch- take a look.

Thank you to Kathy Kidder and the rest of the assembly-planning crew as we experienced the final pep assembly of the year.

SMART School Symposium, from Sarah Urban:
Attached is a picture of the students getting ready to present at the SMART Schools Symposium last week.  The Governor used our project as an example in his talk at the beginning.

Math news?:
Dennis Peterson informed me that our math team tied for first place (with North Carolina Science and Math HS) as national champions in their most recent math competition that they participated in during Spring Break.  They met with the IR and I will have more details once this information is published.  What an outstanding achievement- stay tuned for more details!!!

Posted on May 8, 2017

Weekly Update 05.07.17

Giddee up- it’s Vigilante Parade Week!  Plus, it is an assembly week- it does not get any better than this!!!!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the bond- how exciting for our district!

Thank you to Student Council for providing lunch last week once again.  Also, Hailey Selch and the yearbook students donated some money to Student Council to help pay for it as well.

Great job to the English department for scoring the district writing assessment for the majority of last week.  I can’t wait to see the results.   Speaking of writing, the HEF hosted the Pen and Ink Publication Party at the county library on Friday night.  Take a look at a copy when you get a chance.  A shout out to the Fine Arts and English departments for the support and preparation that they provide for the students highlighted in this annual publication.  On Friday night, the four HEF Harrison Writing Award recipients read their pieces out loud- all four winners were from CHS.

Finally, great job to Lisa Richards for organizing the Senior Award Night last Monday, as well as to Sean Deola and his efforts in the NHS Induction as well as Dennis Peterson’s speech to the NHS students- there are a lot of them!!!

Posted on May 1, 2017

Weekly Update 4.30.2017

Rumors, prom, bad weather, Vigilante Parade registration, Senior Awards Night, National Honor Society Induction… must be approaching springtime at Capital High School.  Wow!  In regard to the phrase, “If nothing is happening in your school, nothing is happening,” perhaps all of these events are just signs that life is rolling right along here at 100 Valley Drive.  I can’t believe it is almost May- there is a lot still to be accomplished!


A big thank you to Kyle Mihelish and Pat Larson, junior class sponsors, for their efforts with prom.  Also, thank you to Walt Chancy, Sheila Richmond, Sue Baranek, Ryan Swenson, James Irby, Don Foucar, Kent Haab, and Scott Andrews for all of your efforts in chaperoning a high school dance on a Saturday night!  Click on the following link for a brief glimpse of the dance      Tell What Happened


This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week– on behalf of Walt and Kathy- thank you for all of your efforts in making Capital High School a better place!  Last week was Administrative Assistants Week– please be sure to thank them for all of their efforts in making sure that CHS runs smoothly.  We are fortunate at CHS to have such a committed staff.  Throughout the chaos associated with this time of the year, please be sure to keep reminding yourself of the great things happening here at CHS as we continue to advance to the end of another great academic year.  To thank you for all of your efforts, Student Council is sponsoring a staff lunch on Wednesday.  Food from Panda Express should arrive at 11:30. Please make sure to avoid a second trip through the line until everyone has had a chance to go through.   Cake will also be served for dessert.


I hope that many of you were able to make it to one of the Rumors performances last week.  What an outstanding job by Laura Brayko and our students!

Posted on April 24, 2017

Weekly Update 4.23.2017

Good morning-

Thank you again to Dana Meldrum and the rest of the counseling staff, Cherryl Evans, Lisa Richards, Kyle Mihelish, Walt and Kathy for all of your efforts in proctoring the ACT exam last Wednesday.  Likewise, thank you to the Special Education staff as they continue to work with students to provide accommodations for this assessment.  As we continue to prepare students to be college and career ready, the data from this assessment is important.