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  • Weekly Updates 12.4.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 12/4/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    This week have lots of competitions underway for our winter activities & athletics! We wish safe travels to our Basketball teams headed to Billings, Wrestling to Butte & Flathead, and Swimming & Speech & Debate to Kalispell.  Don’t forget to check out the updated Big Sky Calendar for all the activities coming up at Big Sky! Big Sky Calendar

    Also-students please consider purchasing your Activity Card for $25, this one-time fee gets you into all home events so you don’t have to pay each time.  If you need any support with a scholarship for this, please see Becca in the Attendance Office.  Here are a few additional updates for this week:

     

      • PSAT scores will be released on December 5th, if you took the PSAT in October you need to check the email you provided on your registration form to receive your score. 

     

    • Key Club is going to be selling Candy Cane Grams next week as a fundraiser for Soft Landing! We will be selling them for $1.00 each at lunch and students or teachers can buy them for whomever they would like in the school. They will be delivered on the last few days of school before break. 

      

    • Sign up for a winter break BREAKFAST KIT! If you would like to get a breakfast kit to help with a meal during the holiday, please fill out this link-Winter Break Breakfast Kit 
      •  The link must be filled out by Sunday 12/18 to get your kit before the break. 

     

    Lastly-Big Sky is a Title 1 school and as part of the state & federal plan to continue to receive funding (the Spaghetti and Breakfast kits are a few examples of what we can do with Title 1 $$) we are required to provide information to families throughout the year.  My request is that you take 5 minutes to watch our Value & Utility of Working With Parents presentation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Big Sky’s Title 1 plan, please see the website link-Big Sky Title 1 Information 

    Thank you as always for your support of the Big Sky Community! Please be in touch if you have any questions.

     

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Updates 11.27.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 11/26/2022 5:00:00 AM

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    Welcome back after the break! I hope you enjoyed some downtime with family and friends and are ready to gear up for the 3 ½ weeks until the next break.  This week’s message has lots of things to note one of which includes an introduction to an additional Dean of Students-

    Hello to my new Eagle Family! My name is Christine Hiller-Claridge (most refer to me as HC) and I have been an educator for the last 12 years at Hellgate High School. Over those last 12 years, I have consistently been in the classroom teaching social studies, been the IB Coordinator and Credit Recovery Coordinator. In addition to academics, I coached volleyball at HHS from 2008 - 2015, four of which being the Head Coach. While I am a committed and dedicated educator, I take any opportunity I can to be with my family. We love to ski (alpine and backcountry), snowshoe, hike, be at the lake, watch a movie or play a game, or take a trip together. I am married and have two children, Finley (11) & Crosby (9). Finley is our performance arts enthusiast and Crosby loves his sports. I am quite excited for this opportunity to work with you all and look forward to getting to know each of you. 

    Go Eagles!

    Christine HC

    Mrs. HC will be working alongside Ms. Quinn and Mrs. Beed to support students.  I’ll be sending an introduction of our new Assistant Principal in the next few weeks.  We appreciate all of your patience while our administrative team has been short-staffed! 

    BSHS Holiday Giving Tree

    We want every Big Sky student and family to have a special holiday season. Please review the available wishes below and click on the button to sign up. Please bring labeled items to Big Sky High School front office by Monday, December 12th. Wrapped is great but unwrapped is fine too.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AAFAC29A1FDC61-bshs

    Student survey for Biomedical Innovations-Big Sky, take a moment to fill out the survey below to help collect data on how the amount of hours a student works affects stress levels (please fill out if you are 16-18 years old)

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNF1vaAzi4P8zbuyLZ4Sivn2jj_T83uJVG4C7vafdBBhScnw/viewform?usp=sf_link 

    Thursday during Advisory we will be having our Fall Activities and Athletics celebration assembly-go to your Advisory first and then you will sit by grade level in the main gym! 

    Superintendent Search:  Community Forum

    Get involved in our Superintendent Search.  There will be a Community Focus Meeting on Monday, November 28th at 5:30 P.M. at Sentinel High School in the Margaret Johnson Theater.

    Have a great week Big Sky, please be in touch if you have any questions.  

     

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Updates 11.13.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 11/13/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families- What a week! I’m sure your child shared with you we had lots of subs in the building so thank you to our students for doing the best they could with all of the staff out. There’s lots of things however to celebrate, our Girl’s Volleyball teams showing at the State Tournament, our Special Olympics Basketball team, but this week’s shout out also goes to the cast & crew of the Caberet Show! What an amazing event, it’s a show to look forward to every year! Winter Sports Meeting is this Thursday! 11/17 @ 6pm in the Big Sky Theater. A few things to note: The season begins on Monday 11/28 ALL paperwork including a physical must be turned in on or before the first day of practice or you cannot participate. Fees are also due by the 1st day of practice, please contact the Activities Secretary if you are unable to make the meeting Booster Tables-this year each sport-Girls Basketball, Boys Basektball, Swimming and Wrestling will have a booster table. Stop by the table to get information about fundraising, getting reminders for the season and most importantly signing up for Booster Club! Each new member will be entered into a drawing to win a piece of gear from Booster Club (must sign up at the Winter Sports meeting) and drawings will be held for new members of each sport so 4 winners in total! Schedule Feedback-we are seeking feedback from parents & guardians (students your survey will come soon!). Please take a moment and provide feedback on the current bell schedule (start and end time) and the 7 period day. These survey results will be analyzed by Big Sky staff-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAKI_Ah0dxqoVjPan2jabWPKP8hygFqFwFrExAzExR5vK60w/viewform?usp=sf_link Meet the Big Sky Nursing Staff! Sara Manning is the RN Case Manger for Big Sky, she is at Big Sky 3 days a week for a few hours. Patricia “Trish” Clarke is the RN who is our main nurse. She is at Big Sky from 8:45-4:15 Monday-Friday Please note that occasionally we have sub nurses so be patient! ***Please note that if you enter the nurses office you are expected to have your phone put away this is a private confidential area that may have other students experiencing health concerns and it’s important that we maintain privacy. ***Also note the nurse office is closed daily from 12-1pm to support students outside the nurse office. Don’t forget the week of Thanksgiving we only have school on Monday & Tuesday so I will pause the weekly updates for that short week and will be back with a message on 11/27. Have a great week Big Sky, please be in touch if you have any questions. Jennifer Courtney Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Updates 11.6.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 11/6/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    What an incredible weekend for our Eagle Volleyball team! This is the first time in 15 years that our ladies have made it to the State Tournament. We will be cheering you on all the way through to a State Title, we believe in you….GO EAGLES!

    Stay tuned for information about celebrating and sending this team off to State this week!

    We are also sending 5 athletes to Special Olympics Basketball this week! We will also be doing a celebration send-off when I get details of their leave time.

    Speech & Debate took 3rd place in the Kalispell Kickoff meet this weekend, this is the first time in over 6 years that S&D has placed as a team! 

    WAY TO GO EAGLES!!!!!

    Winter Sports Meeting-Thursday November 17th @ 6pm in the Big Sky Theater.  If you plan to participate in Swimming, Basketball or Wrestling be sure to come to the meeting.  We are also challenging the winter parents to join Booster Club, let’s grow our Booster Club even bigger and show the Big Sky athletes how much support they have! 

    You can join by clicking here-https://www.bigskyboosterclub.org/ or see your sport’s table at the Winter Meeting.

     Mini Photo Sessions sponsored by Big Sky Booster Club! 

    •  When: 11/12 or 11/13 (see attachment for more details)
    • You can sign-up for a session at https://zcal.co/i/FKAcyeL0.
    • Deposit for sessions can be sent via venmo to:  @Ericka-Keeler-Woronik

    In addition, we are hoping to find a few more items to help make these sessions a success!   We are in need of the following: 

    • Vintage/Christmas couch or bench
    • White Rug
    • Stool/step ladder and a wooden/old chair that would fit the holiday theme

    Finally, we are always in need of volunteers!  If you are available to help set up on Nov. 11th, or available to guide and direct sessions on Saturday or Sunday to assist our photographer, please sign-up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4CA4A823A7FBC16-holiday 

    Any questions, please contact Ericka-Keeler-Woronik at workees4@gmail.com

    Survey for Health Science Academy Biomedical Innovations-please take a moment to fill out this survey on music and its relationship to heart rate. https://forms.gle/bhDDok5x9RDsPCjs9

    As we lead into another break in a few weeks, I want to remind families that the Missoula High Schools do not host Parent/Teacher conferences, so if you have questions or concerns related to your child’s classes or grades, please reach out to their teachers directly.

    Have a great week Big Sky, can’t wait to celebrate all of the successes with you!

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Update 10.31.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 10/30/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    A huge shoutout to our FFA Food Science Team for taking 1st in the National Food Science competition.  This marks the first time Missoula has ever one a National FFA competition! Congratulations to Shaun Billingsley, Gus Turner, alumni Claire Standley, and future Eagle Joel Standley! Also congratulations to Kara Conley and Faith Berow who placed 5th in the Nation with their Agriscience project! We are so proud of you! 

    Here are a few additional updates for this week:

    • Winter Sports Meeting-Thursday 11/17 at 6pm in the Big Sky Theater.  It’s important to attend even if you participated in the Fall meeting.  It’s a great opportunity to join Booster, learn about fundraising for your sport, meet your coach and pay your fees. 
    • Do you have a Senior Study Hall? Do you need to stay on campus during that period? If so, our Biomedical Innovations team is working on a solution.  Please fill out this Google Form for a solution-Senior Study Hall Option
    • Halloween dress up-while we don’t necessarily encourage dressing up, if you chose to do so, please remember school dress code rules still apply, no face coverings or fake weapons will be tolerated or allowed. 

    Last call to sign up for our 3rd Annual Spaghetti Meal Kits-this is one of our most successful Family Engagement events so we hope to keep that going this year! These are full meal kits (no matter the size of your family we will match the size) along with all the materials to make the “surprise” dessert.  The dessert always comes with a fun video made by the staff. Don’t wait, sign up to get yours here:

     Meal Kit Sign Up! 

    Have a great week Big Sky! Please reach out if you have any questions. GO EAGLES!

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Update 10.23.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 10/23/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    Hopefully, the long weekend brought you some rest and rejuvenation! Only 4 more weeks until Thanksgiving break is so hard to believe.  Stay tuned for an updated Monday morning message about additional playoff games for our fall sports teams.  Remember you can always find updates on the Big Sky calendar page-Big Sky Calendar by following Big Sky High School on Facebook. 

    Don’t forget winter sports are right around the corner! If you haven’t gotten your physical yet, don’t wait as it’s sometimes hard to get in right before practices start. The Winter Sports meeting date/time has not been decided yet but will be shared once it’s solidified. 

    Be sure to join the Big Sky Booster Club! Lots of great upcoming events are being planned and your sponsorship helps support Big Sky athletes and Speech & Debaters! Go to the Big Sky Booster page to sign up-https://www.bigskyboosterclub.org/ 

    It’s time for our 3rd Annual Spaghetti Meal Kits-this is one of our most successful Family Engagement events so we hope to keep that going this year! These are full meal kits (no matter the size of your family we will match the size) and all the materials to make the “surprise” dessert.  The dessert always comes with a fun video made by the staff. Don’t wait, sign up to get yours here:

    November Meal Kits! 

    Have a great week Big Sky, stay tuned for more information on playoff events! 

     

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • Weekly Updates 10.16.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 10/16/2022 5:00:00 AM

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    Don’t forget this is a short week, Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday-all 3 days are periods 1-7 (no block days this week).

    Attention Big Sky Students! Tuesday is our last Eagle Volleyball game against Sentinel and it's the pink game.  The team is selling shirts for $20 and half of the proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Research.  The team will be selling the shirts at lunch on Monday so make sure you get one early so you are ready for the game! 

    It’s time for our 3rd Annual Spaghetti Meal Kits-this is one of our most successful Family Engagement events so we hope to keep that going this year! These are full meal kits (no matter the size of your family we will match the size) along with all the materials to make the “surprise” dessert.  The dessert always comes with a fun video made by the staff. Don’t wait, sign up to get yours here:

    November Meal Kits 

    Meal kits will be available during the week of November 21st.  

    Don’t forget our upcoming music performances:

     10/17 Monday-Orchestra Concert, 7pm

    10/26 Wednesday-Band Concert, 7pm


    Have a great week Big Sky, please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you need anything.

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

     

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  • 10.9.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 10/8/2022 6:00:00 PM

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

     

    Shout out to our Theater program for putting on the first performance of the year, the Halfmoon Show! We look forward to many more performances.  Coming up are Big Sky Choir, Orchestra, and Band fall concerts:

     

    10/11 Tuesday-Choir Concert, 7pm

    10/17 Monday-Orchestra Concert, 7pm

    10/26 Wednesday-Band Concert, 7pm

     

    • PSAT Wednesday 10/12-there will be no bells that day so please pay close attention to the time. 
    • Remember no school Thursday 10/20 & Friday 10/21

     

    This is a pretty quiet week at Big Sky, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

     

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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  • 10.2.22

    Posted by Jennifer Courtney on 10/1/2022

    Dear Big Sky Students & Families-

    I want to take a moment and congratulate our National Merit Scholarship semifinalists! This is the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program in which these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to compete for scholarships worth nearly $28 million! Big Sky’s 2023 semifinalists are Erik Armstrong and Noel Migliaccio, congratulations on this incredible achievement! 

    Big Sky’s Biomedical students are looking to collect data for their upcoming project. You can fill out as many as you would like but the more feedback the better the data collection.  They would like data from students and parents-please note which survey you should access:

                          Parking at BSHS- Parents

                          Priority Release Survey: Parents

                          Parking Survey- Parents

     

    The list below are surveys for athletes: 

                            School and Sports Balance Athletes

                           Locker Room Survey- Athletes

    The list below is for all students: 

                     Block Period vs. Seven Period Schedule- Student

                     Parking at BSHS- Students

                     Parking Survey- Students

                     Priority Release Survey- Students

                     BSHS and Litter Student Survey

                     E-Hall Pass Survey- Student

                    Student Section Etiquette Survey- Students

                    Dress Code Survey- Students 

                    Student Section Etiquette- Students 

                     Litter on BSHS Campus- Students 

                    Student Thoughts on E-Hall Pass- Students

                    Parking at BSHS- Students 

                    Senior Study Hall- Students

    Remember the PSAT is on October 12th, additional information will be sent out to those registered. Also, the test starts at 8 am and there is no busing so please plan accordingly. 

    Reminder-there is no school on Thursday 10/20 and Friday 10/21 due to the MEA conference for teachers. 

    Lastly, Big Sky is going to be interviewing this week for our new Assistant Principal.  There were some changes in staffing and we are currently searching for our interim AP.  I will be sure to keep everyone posted on the process and outcome. 

    Have a great week Big Sky! Please reach out if you have any questions.

    Jennifer Courtney

    Principal, jccourtney@mcpsmt.org

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