Introducing Interim Superintendent Mark Thane
Missoula County Public Schools is proud to welcome Mark Thane as the Interim Superintendent for the 2015-16 school year. Mr. Thane has worked for the district for more than thirty years, starting his career as a student teacher at Franklin Elementary school. His career as a classroom teacher continued for another 7 years before he filled roles as the principal of Target Range Elementary, C.S. Porter Middle and Chief Charlo Elementary. After 28 years filling roles within school buildings, Mr. Thane transferred to district level leadership, serving as an Executive Regional Director and Executive Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. His position as Interim Superintendent will start officially on July 1, 2015.
“I am inspired by the dedication, perseverance and talent of our students and staff on a daily basis. In my 35 years in education in Missoula, I have found a few things to be clearly evident. Missoulians care about education, we raise our children to be knowledgeable and capable, and we teach our students to care about each other. We take our commitment to education seriously. I look forward to continuing the legacy of strong academic success and strong leadership within the Missoula County Public Schools.”
- Mark Thane
Seeley Swan Senior Highlight
Seeley Swan High School senior, John Brownfield graduates in less than a month and will finish school having imparted a legacy of laughter, diligence and patience even though he faces challenges every day. To communicate, John must speak through his Dynavox and it’s common to find him sharing his infectious laugh with fellow students who love to interact with him via, “the box” as well as patrons that frequent the Seeley Public Library. The Dynavox is attached to John's walker that assists him as he goes through the halls at school. Despite having to use a walker, this spring John accomplished something he’s never done before; after competing for four years as a Special Olympics athlete, he bowled a career high score of a 141 and was awarded a blue ribbon! Before that, he had never even broken 100.
In addition to bowling, John pushes himself to improve in daily activities like walking; to build his endurance he works on walking without the assistance of his walker or help from his paraeducators. John has taught many at Seeley about patience and according to him, "good things take a while," and when he’s given a task like vacuuming hallways or rooms he takes his time, is detailed and cleans it extremely well. John can proudly graduate from Seeley June 7, knowing that he will be remembered as a student with a wonderful & positive outlook on life who brightens the days of those around him.
Registering for School in the Summer
Do you or someone you know have kids that need to register for school? In the summer, K-8 schools are closed June 15 to August 14. To enroll during that time, parents can go to the Administration Building located at 215 South 6th Street West. Enrollment will begin at the K-8 schools again starting on August 17. For high school registration parents can go directly to the main office of their neighborhood high school throughout the summer. To begin the enrollment process now, click here for the District’s new online pre-enrollment.
Special Olympics Montana State Summer Games - May 19-22 - Missoula
Centered in Missoula and the surrounding area, special events and competition – including bowling, aquatics, kayaking, cycling,
track and field, equestrian and golf venues, the 2015 State Summer Games unfold
in a swell of intensity and joy!
Join the fun and cheer for Montana’s most inspiring athletes! The
Games are free and open to the public.
BE A VOLUNTEER – to register to be a Volunteer, visit www.somt.org/volunteer/, or call the volunteer hotline (406) 523-4343.
Flagship Summer Camps
Flagship is running 4 (5 week long) summer camps
at Washington Middle School, CS Porter Middle School, Lowell Elementary and a combined program for Hawthorne/Franklin at
Franklin Elementary this summer. Camp dates are: June 15 - July 17, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Each week is a different thematic camp. Check out the Flagship website for more info and
to download a brochure to sign up: http://www.flagshipprogram.org/.