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 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

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