By Jerry House
Big Sky School District

Welcome to the new School House News column.

George Washington Carver once said, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

In this vein, the School Board of Trustees in Big Sky has worked hard over the years to set the tone for quality education. The staff serving the children of this community today more than meets that level of quality. School House News will share those standards and experiences.

Due to the efforts of our teachers, Carver’s metaphorical doors are being opened. Guided by our school motto, “Learn by Doing,” teachers in the Big Sky school system plan to ensure classroom lessons go hand-in-hand with expeditions, field trips to Yellowstone ecosystems and around the Gallatin Valley, and a host of experiences authentic in our global world.

A new program starting this year will have a great impact upon learning: the Child Advancement Project.

The CAP program works to increase success for all children in the district by providing adult mentors. Mentors will work one-on-one with K-12 children to increase academic and social competency and to provide opportunities for academic enrichment. Mentor efforts will complement those of the student’s teachers and family. If you are interested in becoming a CAP Mentor, call CAP Coordinator Julie Grimm at (406) 995-4281.

In future School House News articles, I will discuss our curriculum standards, student assessments, staff development and training, the use of technology in the school, and a menu of success stories, student and teachers alike.