Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, families and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary due to the horrible tragedy and senseless loss of life. As educational professionals, the safety of our students and school community is always at the forefront of our effort. Safety is our paramount concern and focus in the Billings Public Schools.
I know that all of our schools have extensive and thorough crisis response plans that address a full range of emergency situations. Each individual school has practiced and is prepared to handle these crisis situations.
Our district and schools are vigilant in their effort to keep students and staff safe. We will encourage our schools to review crisis plans in light of this tragedy, as well as to reinforce security and campus visitor procedures. As a part of this effort, we will reach out to our families and school communities to build a greater awareness and knowledge regarding these plans.
I hope that our preparedness is a source of reassurance to our students and families. As always, I welcome your questions and input.
Terry Nelsen Bouck
October 5, 2012 Newsletter from the Superintendent
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Community Members,
I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful community and district we have and how much I am enjoying my time as Superintendent of the Billings Public Schools. I am very proud of all of our staff, students, and families and their commitment to continuous improvement. Our mission for the Billings Public Schools is: In partnership with our community, to educate individuals of all ages to become caring, competent, and contributing members of the community and world. We take that mission seriously, and we will continue to work collaboratively to assure success for every student, every day, in every classroom. Thank you for your support and involvement, as we help our students to meet their full potential.
Eileen Sheehy of SD2 is Named 2013 Montana Teacher of the Year
Recently, Eileen Sheehy was named 2013 Montana Teacher of the Year. Eileen has taught in Montana for 27 years and for the last 12 years, she has taught U.S. Government, Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government, and Yearbook at Billings West High School.
This is not the first time that Eileen has been recognized and honored as a teacher. She is a National Board Certificated teacher who was the recipient of a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2007 Billings Education Association Teacher of the Year, and a teacher who has helped guide Yearbook students to several national award-winning publications.
Most importantly, Eileen exemplifies the magic that great teachers make in the classroom. I have visited her classroom and she definitely believes that building long-lasting relationships with her students has positive impact on their learning. Eileen has the ability to inspire students from all backgrounds and is respected by colleagues, students, and parents. We thank you for all that you do for our students!
Sue Runkle in Yellowstone Valley Woman Magazine
Sue Runkle, the District’s Homeless Coordinator, is featured on the cover of the October/November 2012 issue of Yellowstone Woman Magazine. The article is excellent and represents a section of our community and School District that is sometimes forgotten. The article also points to the importance of Sue Runkle’s tireless efforts to support our homeless students and families. Please take time to read this article and, if you happen to see Sue Runkle, thank her for her dedicated support of our homeless students and families.
School District 2 Facilities Master Plan
“Planning wisely…with you”
On September 25 and 26, parents, staff and community members were invited to participate in one of six evening workshops held at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Consultants from DLR and 02 presented the process being used to assess the current condition of the district’s facilities and provide a look at current educational trends. Additionally, the workshop included a review of the process being used to formulate recommendations to assure that the Billings Public Schools has short and long term plans for addressing deferred maintenance, equity issues and delivering a 21st Century education for all of our students. Finally, approximately 170 attendees were able to provide anonymous input on a series of questions through an automated response system. Please take a look at the survey results by clicking here.
At the next community engagement workshop the consultants will share their findings of the physical and educational assessments of our schools. Options and ideas to address ideal school size, grade configuration, building utilization and future growth will be discussed and developed. We encourage anyone who is interested in attending to join us on Tuesday, October 16th at 5:45 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, October 17th at 5:45 p.m. These meetings will be held at Castle Rock Middle School. Please review the workshop information on our website by clicking here.
Yellowstone Valley Elementary School Cross Country Race
Elementary School 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Yellowstone Valley Elementary School Cross Country Race Thursday, October 11th at Pioneer Park. Entry in the one mile race is free until October 5, 2012 and $7 registration fee between October 6 – 10. There is no race day registration. Race number pick-up is Wednesday, October 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Time Out Sports. In order to register or for more information go to www.bigskygames.org or call (406) 254-7426.
As always, I welcome questions, suggestions and comments and believe that by working together we will make a true difference for each of our students.
Terry Nelsen Bouck