Jefferson High School Newsletter

February 9, 2016

Weekly Update

The month of February is upon us and the 2nd semester of the school year is under way. The 1st semester was successful and some new and exciting events have taken place during the school year. Recently, the band students at Clancy, Montana City, and Boulder Elementary joined the JHS pep band for a night of entertainment during a recent home basketball game. 65 students from the elementary school participated.

On Monday January 25th, JHS hosted a FAFSA night for seniors and their parents. The evening included dinner for all attendees, introductions, and assistance from members of the Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) and Helena College. The dinner was prepared by Ms. Haas with assistance from her FCS classes and extra help from Jadyn Armstrong and Anna Driear.

Members of the SAF then worked with individual students and families to help complete the online financial aid forms. The deadline for completion is March 1st after which financial aid will be rewarded. JHS students were provided gift cards of their choice for participating and also entered into a drawing for two special prizes to be drawn in March.

Special thanks go out to Mr. Michaud for organizing this great event and to all Graduation Matters committee members who helped assist. Thanks also go out to Jan Anderson and the Boulder Monitor for promotion of the event.

Recently, the JHS Speech and Debate team competed in the State Tournament held in Ennis. Two students competed in the state meet with positive results. They were Ellie Youde 2nd in Memorized Public Address, Luida Karaseva 8th in Dramatic Solo Acting. Congratulations to the state placers, Mrs. Clifford, and the entire JHS Speech and Debate team on a great season.

Last week, Jason DeShaw a Montana native song writer performed at JHS. His presentation also included his dealing with bipolar disorder and alcoholism. He has performed around the nation with other bands and uses his message to help people struggling with mental illness and addictions.

The JHS Theater presented the one act play Abundance February 2nd and 3rd at 7:30 pm. This play was written by Mr. Hesford and was a great story. The beginnings drama class also performed The Lottery. Drama students participated in the Thespian Festival February 5th and 6th in Missoula.

Winter sports continue in full swing with competitions weekly in wrestling, and boys and girls basketball. The divisional wrestling tournament took place this last weekend in Whitehall. The following 5 wrestlers qualified for the state tournament in Billings, there are Jacob Travis, Nate Brunett, Zach Evans, Nick Workman, Nathan Rasch. The next home basketball games are Saturday February 13th against Townsend. Senior Parent Night will be celebrated. Please consider coming and supporting these find student athletes.

Recently, JHS celebrated Pack the House Night. The annual event is an opportunity to showcase the support the community and patrons have for students at JHS. There was a great crowd and many door prizes. Thanks go out to all who donated for the prizes as well as Brenda Guisti for organizing the event.

I have included the following link regarding student attendance and reasons for not completing school. It is a little dated, but many of the reasons still exist.

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