Registration for the first ever East Helena High School freshman class will open later this week.
East Valley Middle School will be sending its students home with enrollment information and forms this week. In addition, anyone interested in transferring to the East Helena school district can pick up a registration form at East Valley's main office.
Friday, Feb. 15, is the deadline to return registration forms to the school for students to get their choice of elective classes.
"We are excited to have a wide variety of classes available to kids," said Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer. Some examples he provided were agriculture, business, and speech and debate classes. These will be available in the fall to freshman students.
Whitmoyer said the registration book is nearly done and that "it has been a challenge getting it all together" for the district. The district has been working on final touches like formal class names, he said. Once released later this week, the book will have final names of classes on offer and information about the credits each class is worth.
Last fall, the district's school board decided graduation would require 22 credits. The state requirement is 20 and beginning next year, Helena School District will require 23, up two credits from the current 21.
Some parents filled out the mock-up registration sheet handed out at parent-teacher conferences last week and, according to Whitmoyer, the district is expecting around 100 students for its first freshman class.
"It's fun to see people this excited," he said.