Update regarding Helena Public Montessori Parents (HPMP) activities related to the Helena School District

There are three main issues, we want to bring to your attention:

1.    Helena School District  Education Planning – Citizens’ Group;
2.    HPMP presentation to the Helena School Board; and
3.    Continued discussions with the School District regarding the Future of Montessori in Helena Public Schools

We welcome your thoughts!

As you may already know, the Helena School District is embarking on a planning process aimed at defining the way they deliver education as well as identifying improvements to facilities that support the educational delivery.

A Steering Committee has been chosen and the public is encouraged to participate in public workshops.

The first workshop will be held at the Helena High Cafeteria at 6:00-8:30 on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011.  The focus of this workshop will be an introduction of the planning process to the public and identification of issues and challenges that the community currently faces.  The format for the meeting will include table discussions of topics ranging from educational delivery to transportation and building capacities.

Workshops will continue approximately monthly through the fall of 2012.

Please bookmark this website for updated information as well as visiting the District website:

http://www.helenaeducationplanning.com and http://www.helena.k12.mt.us/index.dhtm

On a related note:  With the input of interested Montessori parents, HPMP Board is currently working on a presentation to deliver to the District Trustees.

HPMP is also continuing the discussion of the future of Montessori with the School District.  The Principals from Broadwater, Central, and Smith Elementary Schools have joined us and continue to be a part of these discussions.  HPMP and the Principals are meeting with Keith Meyer later this month.

Since its inception HPMP has worked in partnership with the District to create a Montessori program that is available to our children, strong and supported by our Helena community.

It is the current Board’s intention to be an active participant in the District’s Ed Planning Citizen’s Group.

And we want your help!

YOU make up the Montessori community and YOUR input is invaluable! You can email, attend workshops and/or share your thoughts with us.  We invite you to be informed and be a part of this process!

Thank you for all that you are able to do!