1st Quarter News Letter

Bulldog News Letter

MBI ‘Platinum’ School

School District #28- Best Practice School

School District #28 Staff:

Congratulations to our students and staff for their hard work and dedication to systems.  Great Work Staff!!!!!!!


Go Bulldogs:

  • MBI ‘Platinum’ School: St. Ignatius Elem.
  • MBI ‘Platinum’ School: St. Ignatius Middle
  • MBI ‘Platinum’ School: St. Ignatius High
  • 1st Reservation School to Reach Gold – St. Ignatius, MT 2014
  • 1st Reservation School to Reach Gold in All Schools in the District- St. Ignatius, MT 2016
  • ‘Rilla’ Award 2016
  • 1st School in Montana to Reach ‘Platinum in all three schools! 2017
  • 7th Generation Award 2016




Community News:

District Goal Setting:

5 Year Plan Complete 2016-2021

Annual Goals Set for District

Annual Goals Set for Elem.

Annual Goals Set for MS

Annual Goals Set for HS    

Attendance Rate 2017

  • Elementary: 98.9%
  • Middle School: 98.7%
  • High School: 98.6%

Attendance is Outstanding!!!

We are studying weekly with Administrative Team using:Data-Driven Leadership, Datnow, Park  

Every Day, On Time- 

Parent / Family Engagement Goals/Activities  

  • Paper Day and Welcome Back Barbeque
  • 9th and 6th Grade Orientation Activities before school starts
  • Grades are Mailed Home 8x Year
  • Infinite Campus for Students/Parents/Guardians to Check Grades/Attendance
  • Communication on Absences (Calls,Letters)
  • Community Showcase every other year, Senior Projects Annually in Spring
  • Community Breakfast once a Quarter on a Friday
  • All Calls for planning meetings for Calendar, Title I, Title VII, School Closure or School Events
  • IEC Administration will be present at meetings for solid communication and planning
  • Senior FAFSA Night, College Application Night –
  • Gear Up support for college prep, scholarships and support for grades 7-12
  • Bulldog Positive Post Cards sent home for good news
  • Quarterly Newsletter from Administration
  • Parent Compacts
  • Student Led Conferences /Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Parent Surveys
  • P.T.O. Active and Support
  • Attendance Letters-5,7 and 9 Jackie send letters Phone call at nine Principal 
  • Handbooks Big Ideas and Bold Policy for things like Attendance Policy
  • Use Wed Presence and Apptegy to communicate better with Parents
  • Did you know campaign in community
  • Resources for  Parents and Teachers:

New Indian Policy and Procedures and District Goals are available upon request. 


New Staff:

  • Laurel Kasper- Elem. K
  • Shannon Murphy-Elem. Sped
  • Skye McMaster-Elem. 3rd
  • Aspen ManyHides Elem.-Native American Studies
  • CeCelia Koskela H.S.- Math
  • Tyler Murray H.S.- PE
  • Caitlin Shelman- H.S. Spanish and Art 
  • Naomi Billediaux- Salish
  • Kristin McClure- HS Math
  • Rachelle Arlint –H.S./M.S. Administrative Asst./Activity Accounts
  • Charla Wadworth- Elem. Para-Professional
  • Arnold Lucero –Elem. Para-Professional
  • Lisa Evans-Library Para-Professional 
  • Yolande Sargent- District Special Education Admin. Asst.


Community Welcome: (HS Commons)

Nov. 20: Career Tech Committee Meeting 3:45pm

Nov. 29: Bond Committee Meeting 4pm

Dec. 1: Safety Committee 7am

*Please join us for input and planning *


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What Programs Does School District #28 Implement?:

  • School Information System
  • Parent and Community Involvement/ College Prep / Positive Future
  • Safe and Welcoming/Sense of Belonging/Positive Behavioral Supports
  • Academic Achievement and Supports
  • Collaborative Staff and Student Leadership
  • Goal Setting and Planning

a.      Infinite Campus – stignatiusschools.org 

a.      Student-Led Conferences

b.      Community Showcase

c.       Senior Projects w/ 5 Year Plan

d.      Indian Education Committee

e.      Parent Teacher Organization

f.       Adult Education

g.      Gear Up 

h.      School to Work

a.      Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)  

b.      Graduation Matters Underground

c.       Mileposts

d.      Attendance Counts

e.      Bully-Free School

f.       Early Warning Systems

a.      RTI School –Milepost Program for Every At-Risk Student

b.      PLC Model-Whatever It Takes

1. Focus on learning

2. Clearly define what students need to learn

3. Collaborative culture 

4. Systematically respond when students are At-Risk or don’t learn standards

5. Constantly Measure

c.       After School Programs, Summer Programs, Title I,II and VII

d.      Indian Education Department Partnership STEP Grant

e.      Mileposts and Rubicon

f.       Mission Forward Academy

g.      Advisory and Teacher Mentors

h.      Dibbles and Renaissance Learning  STAR

i.         Career and Tech. Education Perkins Grant  

j.        Fundamental Five Instructional Strategies (Instructional Requirements)

1. Frame the Lesson

2. Work in the Power Zone

3. Frequent and Small Group Purposeful Talk

4. Recognize and Reinforce

5. Write Critically

a.      Calendar Committee

b.      MBI Student and Teacher Leadership Teams

c.       PLC Teams

d.      Shared Leadership

a.  5 year plan

b.  Annual Goals for District

c.  School Goals

d.  Personal Goals

      VII.  District Data-What gets measured gets done

              a. Academic Achievement MAP/SBAC

       1. Percent meeting Growth Target

       2. Percent of each class Proficient or Better

       3. ACT Scores

              b. Graduation Rate and Drop Outs 

              c. Attendance Rates

              d. Discipline Count of Referrals

              e. Milepost Plans and Interventions/Progress Monitors/Parent Contacts

              f. MBI Status

              g. Achievement Gap

  St. Ignatius was picked #1 for Montana's most underrated school!! 

SchoolGrades, a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, ranks every public and charter school serving K-8 students in the United States. To reflect the fact that some schools have a more difficult time teaching disadvantaged students, SchoolGrades applies a statistical adjustment to performance data based on its economic profile—as defined by percentage of students with free or reduced lunch (FRL). This essentially gives “extra credit” to schools that serve low-income student bodies and holds schools that serve affluent students to a higher standard.

To compare schools across the entire U.S., SchoolGrades factors in federal scores on the uniform National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The end result allows parents to accurately assess schools’ performance, no matter where they live.

One key finding: all across the country, there are schools which are diamonds in the rough. They teach students from low-income families—but perform well. Here we list the schools in each state with a student body that’s at least 75% low-income and still get an impressive “school grade.”