Gallatin High Update

Week of November 28-December 3, 2022

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National Honor Society

Last week the GHS chapter of National Honor Society inducted 39 new members. Congratulations to these students who have excelled in the areas of academics, service, leadership, and character.

GHS' Generous Students

This is the time of year for giving and several GHS students and student clubs are conducting donation collections. Please clean out your closet and pantry to help any of the following drives currently going on:

  • Can the Hawks Food Drive - student council is conducting a food drive to beat Bozeman High. Please send in any canned goods or foods to help us Can the Hawks and stock the shelves for the winter holidays.
  • Coat Drive - Simon Scott is conducting a coat drive as part of his English IV Senior Project to help support the HRDC. If you have any coats you no longer need, please send them in.
  • Cat and Kitten Food Drive - Thomas Walters has focused his Senior Project on animal shelters. In his research he discovered the Heart of the Valley is low on cat food. Please send in any cat or kitten food to help support his project. Friskies and Fancy Feast Pate are the preferred types, but any food will help.
  • Winter Warm Clothes - Aleah Kadir's outreach project is supporting Haven. She is collecting any cold weather gear (coats, hats, gloves, boots, etc.) to support Haven. If you have any unused items around your house, please consider sending them in before winter break.

Thank you!

The Week Ahead

Monday, December 5

  • ML/EL Book Study, 4:00-5:30, A131

Tuesday, December 6

  • GHS PAC meeting, 12:00 at GHS

Wednesday, December 7

Thursday, December 8

  • District Budget Committee meeting, 4-7pm
  • GHS Band Concert, GHS auditorium, 7:30pm
  • GHS Orchestra Concert, BHS auditorium, 7pm

Friday, December 9
  • Girls Basketball vs. Butte at GHS, 7pm
  • Boys Basketball at Butte, 7pm
  • Speech and Debate at Eastern Regionals in Great Falls
  • Wrestling at the Mining City Duals in Butte

Saturday, December 10

  • Swimming at MSU-Billings
  • Girls Wrestling in Flathead
  • Wrestling at the Mining City Duals in Butte
  • Ice Dogs at home vs. Havre, 3:45pm (they also play Sunday at 8:30am)

Other Upcoming Dates

  • Winter Break – December 17, 2022 - January 1, 2023
  • Finals Week - January 18-20
  • Spring Break – March 13-17
  • Prom – Saturday, April 15
  • Graduation – Saturday, June 3, 10:00 a.m.

Holiday Gala Next Week

Next Thursday, December 14, the GHS music ensembles will be hosting our second annual Holiday Gala. The event starts at 7pm in the GHS auditorium and it is a joyful event not to be missed. Tickets are required as this is a fundraiser for our music department. You can buy tickets from any member of Kamerata orchestra, Philharmonic orchestra/band or choir.

Important Parking Information

To alleviate parking pressure, beginning after the winter break, we will be allowing some GHS seniors to park in the eastern staff lot based on a lottery system. As there will be increased traffic flow in this lot, please do not use this lot for student drop off and pick up. Please see the map below for student drop off and pick up zones.
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Attendance Reminder

As we head into the winter break and last few weeks of the semester, we wanted to underscore the importance of attendance. Regular school attendance is essential for students to make the most of their education — to benefit from teacher-led activities, to build each day’s learning on that of the previous day, and to grow as individuals.

There are only four weeks left this semester before final exams so regular attendance is key to wrapping up a strong first semester.

Consider Helping A Student With Their School Lunch Account

During the COVID pandemic, the USDA used federal funds to provide free school lunches to all students. This federal subsidy ended in June 2022, and many families are now having difficulty covering the cost of student meals.

Many generous individuals and community groups have recently asked about making donations to help under-resourced families pay for the cost of their students’ lunches. A donation link is available here to donate online. Donations can be also made in person at 501 N. 11th Avenue. Call 406-522-6381 with any questions.

Thank you, Bozeman, for your generosity and concern for our families and students!

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Speech and Debate

The GHS Speech and Debate team had a strong showing at the Capital High School Speech and Carroll College Debate tournament this past weekend. Here are the awards:

Speech Awards

Lila Sundeen - 3rd place in Informative speaking

Alison Apostle - 6th place in Original Oratory

Shelby Tyler - Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking

Lia Thompson - Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking

Devon Hanley - Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking

Devon Swift - Semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking

Wilder Henningson - Semifinalist in Humorous Interp

Rhianna Ashcraft - Semifinalist in Dramatic Interp

Debate Awards

Ravenor Davion - 3rd place in Varsity LD Debate

Julian Staggs - 3rd place in Varsity LD Debate

Jacek O'Connell - Quarterfinalist in Varsity LD Debate

Evie Taylor - Quarterfinalist in Novice LD Debate

Life Javellanos - Quarterfinalist in Novice LD Debate

Jameson Palmer -Quarterfinalist in Novice LD Debate

Special Debate Awards

Top Speaker Awards

Ravenor Davion - 1st place - Varsity LD Debate

Julian Staggs - 3rd place - Varsity LD Debate

Jacek O'Connell - 6th place Varsity LD Debate

Sam Fay - 4th place Novice LD Debate

Dalilah Judy - 6th place Novice LD Debate

Max DeFanti - 8th place Public Forum Debate

Sophie Woodard - 9th place Varsity Policy Debate

Honorable Mentions

Max DeFanti & Pranshu Krishna - Public Forum Debate

Caitlin Clark & Laszlo Baumgardner - Varsity Policy Debate

Overall, Gallatin placed 7th out of 23 teams in Speech and 5th out of 22 schools in Debate. Great job, Raptors!

After Prom Support Needed

This will be Ashley Crane’s last year throwing AFTER PROM for GHS, her daughter is graduating this year!! She is looking for a handful or more freshman/sophomore parents looking to take over starting next year! She has a timeline and all you need to know in a notebook ready to go! Please reach out if you are interested!!


Be a CAP Mentor

Do you have time to volunteer one hour/week with a student in the Bozeman Public Schools? Sign up to be a CAP Mentor and assist a student with social/ emotional skills, academics, and provide opportunities for enrichment like practicing sports, working on art projects, and playing games. We ask for a one school year commitment with no time during evenings or weekends required. More information and the link to signup can be found at