November 2019
A 2019-2020 teacher and staff directory is available
on our school website at:


   Congratulations to business instructor Janelle Berry!  She was awarded a scholarship to attend Jumpstart's National Educator's Conference in Washington, D.C.  This conference promotes rigorous, effective school-based financial education.

     Earlier this fall the Skyview FCS department went to MACTE in Great Falls and our Lindi Kurschner was presented with the New CTE teacher of the year in the FSC division! She was even presented her award by her high school FCS teacher.  Congrats Lindi!

   If you are interested in donating a gift card or cash-- in any denomination -- to a student in need, please drop them off in the main office. Last year we were able to give gift cards to over 150 students because of your generosity. Gift donations may be dropped off in the main office or mailed to Skyview.
     This year the Student Council is partnering with Tumbleweed coordinator Nicole Sholley to supply our teen food pantry with a holiday food drive. Please consider donating food and hygiene items. Donations will be collected outside Room 133 from December 2nd and 20th.
     Something else that is very much appreciated is new or gently used Skyview apparel. 
     Also, if you have travel-sized toiletries, feminine hygiene, and facial products that you would be interested in donating for homeless students in our district, please drop them off in room 215 or the main office. This project is ongoing throughout the school year.
     Thank you for helping our students during the holidays and throughout the year.

Educational Alliance Award
    Skyview High School has been awarded $500 from Blue Basket of Billings through the Exxon Mobil EducationAlliance Program. The award will help with the science and math projects.
    Thank you to Exxon and Blue Basket of Billings for your generous support!

Counselors' Corner


     Website - Please go to the Counseling Center website, on Skyview’s site under departments. You will find ACT/SAT test dates, Open House presentations, important dates, and MUCH more  information.


     NEW- students log in by going through Clever. Go to our counseling website, Parents/Students, Career Cruising. Please visit this career exploration program for our students. Here you can find a list of available scholarships, college information, career assistance, suggested timelines, information on ACT, SAT, NCAA and so much more.


     Students, please go on to PowerSchool and check your schedule for 2nd semester.  If you can not access your account, please go to the library and log in from there.  We will not be sending out paper copies of your 2nd semester schedule. The last day to request a schedule change for 2nd semester is January 10 at 3 pm.  Students can request an appointment with their counselor or e-mail their counselor.  This will not guarantee a student can get into the class, please place your requests ASAP.  As a reminder you can not pick specific lunches, class periods or specific teachers. On January 14, you will need to follow the schedule on PowerSchool. 


     It is time to start thinking about academic goals for next year!  Registration will be as follows:

  • January 20-24 Juniors 
  • January 27-31 Sophomores

  • February 3-14  Freshman
  • February 20 Medicine Crow
  • February 21 Castle Rock 


     Junior Parent Night:

     On March 10, 2020 from 7-8 pm in the Skyview Theater, we will meet with parents/students of juniors to prepare for senior year.  Discussion will focus on college options, college visits, applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, FAFSA and resources that are available for you.


     ACT Test Prep: On April 24, 2019, all juniors will be given the ACT.  Watch our website and the announcements for ACT test prep options!
      On April 24, 2019, all sophomores will be given the PRE-ACT.



     Just a reminder you can still request help to apply to colleges. Make an appointment to see your counselor. Also, while the priority deadline for FAFSA is December 1, you can still apply at any time after this.


     If you need your ACT score- your transcript will have your ACT scores as long as you entered in Skyview's ACT code: 270079, when you registered. Some schools/NCAA/NAIA require official test scores. To receive these you must log into the testing site directly, fill out the request and pay the fee. 


     Remember, to qualify for the Montana University System Honor Scholarships (MUS) (tuition waived for 4 years to a Montana State University!), you must take a college entrance exam by December, at the latest. You must also have applied and been accepted to a Montana University. To gain information about the MUS, go online to We have direct links to this MUS site and the ACT or SAT on the student’s Career Cruising site. Applications can not be completed until after 1st semester, but are due March 15, 2020!

   Please be checking the website. Announcements and Career Cruising for a wide variety of scholarships. In addition to this, check with the school you plan to attend, parents work, outside organizations you may be involved in  such as your church.  
     Speech and Debate season has started! We took 3rd place at our first tournament and are excited for the rest of the season.
     The speech and debate team travelled to Missoula November 15th.  We had three incredible kids on stage and a host of others in the top sixteen.
     Congratulations to Madelyn Bouchard, Safira Khan, and Noah Paulson on placing in the top 8 of their events (Madelyn and Safira were some of the highest seeded debaters going into elimination rounds).

     Also, for your planning: We will need judges for our National Qualifiers February 14th and 15th which will be held at Skyview! Please contact Hayley Botnen ( if you would like to help at this event.

     Your Skyview Choir had several students selected to participate in the ACDA All-Northwest Honor Choirs for this year. They worked hard to rehearse and record their auditions and their efforts paid off! Congratulations!
     Ben Bonner
     Angelina Boyer
     Thomas Popiel
     Libby Vickery

     Great job to these students on being selected to the University of Montana All-Star Band and Orchestra! The spent a weekend with guest conductors and other Montana high school students at the University of Montana to prepare a gala concert. We are proud of you!
Tristan Wilson

Julianna DeMontigny
Zoe Holman
Bella Johnson
Alyssa Logan
Tiann Lubkeman
Akaylia Taylor
Grace Wolcott

     We are on Facebook! Stop by @billingsskyviewmusic and like our page to stay on top of the announcements and activities of all things Skyview Music!


Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 13 Holiday Music Feast
6:30pm, Skyview Commons
Tickets: $25 (Advance purchase required)
Tickets on sale December 2, 281-5292 (choir office)

Saturday, December 14 Holiday Music Feast
6:30pm, Skyview Commons
Tickets: $25 (Advance purchase required)
Tickets on sale December 2, 281-5292 (choir office)

Monday, December 16 Holiday Concert I
Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Band, Concert Band, Chantrelles, Cantus, Concert Choir, Chamber Orchestra
7:00pm, Skyview Theatre
Free admission with Food Bank donation (cash or non-perishable)

Tuesday, December 17 Holiday Concert II
Symphonic Winds, Chamber Choir, Chorale, Philharmonic Orchestra
7:00pm, Skyview Theatre
Free admission with Food Bank donation (cash or non-perishable)

Monday, February 3 Treble Choir Festival
6:30pm, Laurel High School
Free admission

Submitted, By Tearra Honaker, Skyview FCCLA Chapter President

     This Year is the 22nd year of Skyview’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter! Through the years we have been to numerous competitions, contributed to many community events and even had a few of our own, and most importantly had a lot of fun!  
     In this last year we had a great team started off our year with our regional cluster event. We took 14 girls to Phoenix Arizona to to compete in various events, and FCCLA knowledge bowl. In Phoenix we learned a lot, made great friendships, and took 4th in knowledge bowl, making us eligible for nationals! That year we had multiple members place high gold and silver at state national competition and were rated a gold level chapter for membership. We also held our 4th annual Wheels On Steel car show at Skyview High School, being the most successful year yet! 
   We wrapped up our year at nationals in Anaheim California. Seven days of competition, leadership and tours. We of course went to Disney and backstage tours of costuming and entrepreneurship.We had a wonderful time meeting friends from around the country! However, the most exciting part was our Knowledge Bowl competition. There were five different categories they were, of Personal Finance, Technology, Health and Safety, Childhood and Human Development Environment (including hospitality and tourism), FCCLA Knowledge. We were excited to take 7th place at this national competition. Nationally!
     We have started off another great FCCLA year with lots of new faces! We hope to have a great year at state and in all our endeavors! We have had a wonderful 22 years of Skyview FCCLA and can't wait for many more! We meet after school  on Tuesdays, room 103, from 3:10 - 4:00pm. FCCLA is the student organization that goes hand in hand with the Family and Consumer Sciences classes.

     Culinary 3-AKA ProStart gives our students the exciting opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction.
     We believe this program should prepare students to become effective and responsible workers as they enter positions in the culinary and hospitality fields. The knowledge and skills that they take should help to guarantee the students more responsible and lucrative jobs which should lead to a rewarding future.   
     On Thursday, November 14th our 3rd period Culinary 3 students put their skills to the test and prepared a catered lunch (Cafe Blue) for our faculty and staff! They prepared and served: Baked Ham with a Brown Sugar Glaze, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Garlic Parmesan Green Beans, and Cranberry Christmas Cake.
     This is a requirement for students as part of the ProStart Curriculum and students have to attain two hours of food service experience during the semester. Please excuse these students from 4th period. Students will be coming around with blue slips and do their best to catch up on their current classwork that they will be missing out on that day. 

     The following students participated in this experience: 
Kaylee Arredondo,  Josephine Bartram, William Cermak, Debra Chandler, Kyle Drinkwalter, Akira Johnson, Jayce Kroll, Rachael  Lopez, Sydney Luderitz, Anthoney Novasio, Andrew 
Oliver, Jordan Pickens, Luke Pocha, LaRaina Ramirez, Page Renner, Lyvia Schelle, Sapphyre Splitstone, Kelly St. Pierre,  Chase Thompson, Evan Walter.

The 2020 Wingspan Yearbook is on sale now!
(Baby ads and Senior Pictures were due November 1st. See Ms. Melvin in room 206, contact her at  or 281-5273 with questions or concerns. 

Nike Cross Country Regionals:
     For a second year, the Falcon Distance Club  traveled to Boise Idaho to compete at Nike Regionals.
     Cross Country teams from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming compete in the NW Region. 
     The biggest success was our Junior, Emberlyn Hoffman-Gaschk. She placed third in her race and was ranked in the top 50 for the NW! She was the third fastest Montana girl.
     Our Girls Varsity placed 36th, and the Boys JV placed in the top 100. Our teams competed in the Open Invitational, not the Championship races, but out of all those states, we're pleased with the placing!
     It was a great weekend, and we're very excited about the direction the team is going!

Nurse's Notes: 

On October 10th there was a community wide Measles disaster drill to test our preparedness for a Measles outbreak in Billings. Although there are currently no cases of Measles in Montana, this is something the healthcare organizations and disaster teams in Billings are preparing to handle should we have an event in the future. For that reason the Nurses felt an educational piece on Measles would be appropriate. 
     From time to time, Measles become a hot topic in the news. Although there have been no confirmed cases of Measles in Montana, according to the CDC  "From January 1 to October 3, 2019, 1,250 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 31 states." With the amount of international and interstate travel these days, no state is safe from exposure to Measles. So why is Measles such a big deal anyway? 
     1) Measles is highly contagious. It is spread through airborne droplets or contaminated surfaces. The virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. Up to 90% of the people exposed to the infected person who are not immune will also become infected ( 
     2)Measles can cause serious complications including pneumonia and encephalitis. About 1 in 5 unvaccinated people who get Measles in the US are hospitalized. 1 in 20 children infected develop pneumonia, which is the most common cause of death from Measles in young children. About 1 child out of every 1000 diagnosed develops encephalitis which can lead to convulsions, deafness, and intellectual disability. 1 to 3 of every 1000 children who become infected with Measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications (
     The best protection against Measles is vaccination. Do you know if you have been properly vaccinated against measles? If not, now would be a good time to find out in case Measles ever decides to pay a visit to Montana.

Congratulations Skyview Academic Team!
Left to right - Carter Liwosz, Cole Wilson, Zach Mangels,
Seth Norby, Noah Paulson, Bethany Rippeon.
State Golf Tournament:
Started warm ...
during, it snowed ...
ended COLD!
Skyview Faculty/Staff Celebrate Homecoming
     The Falcon Fusion Dance Team competed at NDA Rockies Regional Championships in Denver. We went up against some SERIOUS competition... like schools that offer dance classes for art or PE credit for example. Here is how we did!
  • Medium Varsity Jazz (whole team): 19th place.. 
  • Small Varsity Pom (Fatale Elite Group): 10th place.. 
  • Senior Solo (Captain Halle Harrison): 2nd Place.. 
  • Senior Trio (Halle Harrison, Stayce Mockel, Anna Waldorf): 1st Place!!! 
  • Medium Varsity Team Performance (whole team): 1st Place!
     They also won a bid to Nationals in Orlando!

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