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2010-08-27T00:00:00Z School newsBy Independent Record Helena Independent Record
August 27, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Helena schools start Monday

Students in first through fifth grades; sixth and ninth; and all Project for Alternative Learning students begin Monday, Aug. 30, while the seventh, eighth, and 10th through 12th grade students begin Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The school day begins for all elementary students at 8:30 a.m. C.R. Anderson and Helena Middle School begins at 8:05 a.m. Students in zero period at Helena and Capital high start at 7:25 a.m., while the regular schedule start is at 8:20 a.m.

East Helena school announcements

The East Helena Schools will have a Monday start at all three district schools for the first time in over 10 years. Staff are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the students and are planning for a successful year for all.

Registration for East Helena after-school program now open

As children and teens return to school, the Helena Family YMCA encourages parents looking for safe, educational and fun activities outside the classroom to take advantage of its after-school program. Combining play with academics, the Y’s after-school program fills gaps in schools and in East Helena by offering enrichment through arts, physical education, sports and nutrition.

The East Helena Afterschool program runs Mondays through Fridays at Eastgate Elementary School. The program is open to students grades K-6. Financial assistance is available.

According to the afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children in the United States are left unsupervised after 3 p.m. In Montana alone, 40 percent (61,486) of K-12 youth are left alone — responsible for taking care of themselves.

“At the Helena Family YMCA, we are committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen,” said David Smith, CEO of the Helena Family YMCA. “Our afterschool program is not just about an extended day of work and activities —it’s about giving youth an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success. We are pleased to be in this partnership with the East Helena Public Schools.”

Afterschool programming at the Y is a healthy way for children and teens to stay active and productive when the school day ends. Youth in the Helena Family Y’s afterschool program receive homework assistance and can engage in safe, healthy activities.

Smith says that attending afterschool programs can have many lasting positive effects on youth, including helping children and teens develop interpersonal and social skills, perform well academically, and develop habits that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

Thanks to generous support from JCPenney Afterschool, the Helena Family Y has been able to grow its afterschool programming and support for area youth and families.

For more information about the Helena Family YMCA’s afterschool program, contact Charli Prowell at 442-9622 (YMCA).

East Helena school start times and contacts

Eastgate Elementary School will open on Aug. 30 at 8:20 a.m. for students in kindergarten and first grades. Additional information about the orientation schedule is also available on the school website at or by calling 227-7770. Dismissal for Eastgate students is 3:10 p.m. each day including the first day of school.

Robert H. Radley Elementary School doors will open at 8:10 a.m. for all students and the day end will be at 3:15 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders while the second and third graders will exit the building ahead of the bigger kids at 3:10 p.m. every day. Additional information about Radley School is available on the school website at or by calling 227-7710.

East Valley Middle School will open their doors at 8:05 a.m. for the entire population of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and the dismissal time is 3:10 p.m. Middle school students can see their teacher assignments and schedules on the school district website at by logging in using their school issued passwords. Additional information about East Valley Middle School is also available on the school website at or by calling 227-7740.

Parents of students still needing to enroll in school should take the name and address of their last school of attendance, a copy of the immunization record and a copy of their student’s birth certificate to the proper school at the time of enrolling.

A special note to all parents of seventh grade students: A copy of the certificate of immunization record of the incoming seventh graders must be updated to show that the student has received two measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shots and one tetanus and diphtheria (Td) shot before they will be allowed to attend classes. Parents with questions regarding immunizations or medications at school are encouraged to call the school for further information.

Lunch prices and bus schedules remain similar

Breakfast and lunch will be served in each of the schools on the first day of school. Breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m. the first morning in all three buildings for the same price as last year of $1. Lunch will be served in each building for $2 again this year and a carton of milk will be 35 cents. The school district is pleased to continue to offer a healthy choice salad bar as an option on the daily lunch menu. Parents are encouraged to apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch assistance program through the school office as early as possible. This program assists families during these tough economic times with specially priced breakfast and lunch servings.

Bus schedules are posted on the EHPS website or they can also be viewed at the front entrance of all of the district’s three school buildings. Bus service and pickup times will be similar to last year. Students should be at their bus stop 8 to 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time as routes are based on approximate times not actual. Keep in mind that the construction on Canyon Ferry road is causing major traffic hold ups which will include busses that travel that route.

The school district does provide shuttle service between schools in the mornings and the evenings for those middle school and elementary aged students who desire shuttle service between the three schools in the district. All bus students should expect a short wait at each of the buildings for bus services.

Extra help, tutoring is available

The school district offers a before and after-school tutoring/assistance program for students whose families want to have their children receive additional assistance at school. Using federal Title I grant money, the district is providing this service at Eastgate, Radley and East Valley Middle Schools again this school year. Information concerning this opportunity is available from individual building offices during the first few days of the new school year. This program provides support and enrichment to children for 20 to 60 minutes every day.

Technology creates student and parent opportunities

School District No. 9 has been a leader in the use of technology in the classroom. Students learn basic and advanced skills and they gain knowledge on a daily basis using district technology. Parents can also stay connected to the schools by accessing student attendance, lunch balances and in many cases student grades on the website through the use of the district student information software and a password. Parents can also be made aware of breaking information in the district by signing up for e-alerts. Keep watching for these access points as we work to increase access to parents for important educational information about their children and the district activities. Consider taking the time to look at some of the programs on the school website at The three East Helena Schools can also be contacted by calling 227-7710 for Radley School, 227-7740 for East Valley Middle School, 227-7770 for Eastgate School and the central administration office at 227-7700.

Active kids and parents have greater success in school

School participation is one critical key to success. Research shows that students who have good attendance and whose parents are involved in promoting the education of their child at home, or by volunteering at school, have a much greater rate of success. School officials encourage taking the time to get involved in your students education, encouraging good student attendance and by participating in our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the East Helena Quality Education Foundation (EHQEF).

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