Gallatin High Update

Week of 1/4-1/8/2021

Happy New Year!

We were happy to have Raptors back in school this week! I think many of us were ready to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in the new year.

As the first week of the new year unfolded, we were reminded of the fractured nature of our political state and the fragility of our democratic system. In these circumstances, it is more important than ever to provide adolescents an opportunity to process their feelings and emotions surrounding these events. To that end, we want to provide you with a resource to talk with your child. In this article from The Child Mind Institute, guidance is provided regarding how to talk with children of different ages about navigating this moment in American history. I hope you find it helpful as you talk with your students.

End of the Semester 1 Grading Period

The end of first semester is rapidly approaching. Teachers have been flexible with due dates throughout the first semester. However, teachers will have a clear cutoff deadline for work before the end of the semester. Please be sure you are checking Powerschool and checking in with your students to ensure they are on track to earn credit for second semester.

Due to the blended instructional model, we will not have a traditional finals week schedule. Rather, students will take finals during their normal class periods in the blended model schedule.

Winter Sports Update

Winter sports kicked off competition this week. The following is an overview of MHSA and local guidelines for conducting winter sporting events. Our goal at BSD7 is to create safe conditions that will allow our student athletes the opportunity to compete the entire season. The guidelines below will be in place for all events hosted in both our high school and middle school sport settings. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support of these procedures and protocols.

  1. All spectators will wear masks

  2. Spectators must maintain 6 foot distance (family/household exempt)

  3. No spectators allowed at Swim Meets

  4. Only 2 tickets per athlete and coach for both home and visiting teams. We will use a pass list as will other schools on our schedule. Cell phone numbers will be required.

  5. We will let home and visiting sub varsity teams stay in the gym. They will need to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

  6. Temperature checks for athletes will be done prior to home and away games.

  7. Coaches have to wear masks as per MHSA directive.

  8. Team seating areas will be spread out

  9. Concessions will not be served

  10. Managers will wear masks at all times

  11. Athletes and Coaches will be required to wear masks while traveling on busses.

  12. Congregating after games will be discouraged.

  13. Our guidelines will be shared with visiting schools.

  14. Bozeman students and staff are expected to follow the protocols of the host school when traveling.

  15. Please follow “Enter” and Exit” directives.

Thank you for your cooperation with these guidelines as we do our best to keep everyone safe and allow our athletes to compete!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 12th
  • Combined high school drama performance of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Available via Zoom link.

Thursday, January 14th

  • Boys basketball vs. Bozeman High at BHS, 7pm

Friday, January 15th

  • Girls basketball vs. Bozeman High at GHS, 7pm
  • Virtual Speech and Debate meet

Saturday, January 16th

  • Wrestling vs. Great Falls High and CMR
  • Swimming vs. Great Falls and CMR

Future planning

  • Monday, January 18th-PIR day
  • Friday, January 22-end of semester 1
  • Monday, January 25th-PIR day
  • Tuesday, January 26th-PIR day
  • Wednesday, January 27th-first day of semester 2

Instructional Model for Second Semester

Many of you have reached out with questions about the instructional model for second semester. Over winter break the BSD7 Covid Task Force convened to determine data metrics moving forward. At the December 30th Board meeting, the work of the BSD7 Covid Task Force was presented to the board and the community. The metrics/matrix (CLICK HERE) will guide central office administration in making recommendations to the BSD7 Board of Trustees for moving between instructional models. It is important to note that both administration and the board recognize the critical role student/adult mental health, childcare, student achievement/growth, food security, etc., play in instructional model decisions. Those ‘essential to consider’ items will be taken into consideration in administrative recommendations and Board discussions and decisions.

At the regular board meeting on January 11, administration will make recommendations for the pK-5, 6-8 and 9-12 instructional models. These recommendations will be based on the metrics/matrix.

Next week, you will have an opportunity to indicate if you wish to make any changes to whether your student is attending in person (Track A/B) or fully remote (Track C).

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Giving Back to our Community

Over the course of first semester, Raptors found ways to give back to the community despite the challenges presented by Covid. Here are just a few things our students did to make the world a better place for others.

  • Donating food through "Can the Griz" and other donation efforts

  • Performing virtual holiday programs for all to enjoy. Lots more on the Fine Arts website!

  • Donating to support many of our students and their families who are struggling to make ends meet

  • Caroling outside of nursing homes and in neighborhoods

  • Providing holiday decorations and ornaments for nursing homes and assisted living facilities

  • Fundraising for Kids With Cancer

  • Creating care packages for the Bozeman Warming Center, Haven, and the senior facilities

  • Selling holiday wreaths to benefit the efforts to provide solar power panels on district facilities

Booster Club

Join the Gallatin High Boosters and support all student activities. Information about becoming a Raptor Booster can be found on the website at
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