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Beginning of Year Info
     Skyview High school proudly opens its doors for the thirty-third year this fall.  We are extremely pleased that you attend or plan to attend our school.  We believe that the educational experience you will have here is unsurpassed anywhere in the United States.  Our doors are always open to you and your parents.  May this coming year be both rewarding and productive for you and your family. 
School Phones/Skyview Website
A revised teacher/staff directory will be listed in the September newsletter. Numbers are also available at our school website at Some important numbers to make note of:
            281-5294         Deb Black, Principal
            281-5302         Danette Cerise, Associate Principal
            281-5315         Scott Lynch, Assistant Principal 
            281-5298         Jay Wahl, Assistant Principal 
            281-5231         Jeremy Carlson, Assistant Principal
            281-5299         Attendance Office for grades 9th (A-H) & 10th 
            281-5297         Attendance Office for grades 9th (I-Q) & 12th 
            281-5296         Attendance Office for grades 9th (R-Z) & 11th          
            281-5300         Guidance Office          
            281-5313         Activities Office
            281-5200         Main Office
            281-5301         Registrar                     
Opening Day
     In an effort to help those who are new to Skyview become acquainted with their schedules and instructors as well as give them an opportunity to become familiar with our building, school will start on Thursday, August 22nd at 8:00 for freshmen and new students only. Students will receive their schedules in the upper main hallway and will receive an agenda for the remainder of the day. (Sophomore, Junior and Senior students new to Skyview will be released at approximately 11:10. They will be responsible for their own transportation.)

     School will start on Friday, August 23rd for returning sophomore, junior and senior students. Schedules will be mailed to returning students on August 6th. Counselors will be in their office August 12-16 to assist students with schedule changes. Students may also contact counselors via email or phone. Please visit the counseling center page on Skyview’s website for contact information.
ATTENTION full-time and morning Career Center Students:
The bus will depart for the Career Center at 7:10.

School Supplies
     Students should bring pen/pencil and paper for the first day of school. They will receive individual instructor requirements at that time.
                                                                    Bus Tickets
Lockwood School District will handle busing for Lockwood students.

     Lockwood high school students attending Skyview High School: Log onto the Lockwood Schools website for bussing information to Skyview and follow the instructions for registering your student for the school bus. 
     Skyview students who are pre-registered for school bus transportation will receive a letter from the BPS Transportation Office the first week of August with the student's busing information.  If you need changes or, if you did not receive a letter and need to register your child for the school bus, please call the Transportation Office at 281-5581 thru Friday, August 16th. If your student needs a bus ticket after this date, s/he will need to go to the front office at Skyview High School.  You must live in the designated busing area to qualify for school bus transportation. (Skyview does not issue City MetBus passes. These tickets may be purchased from any MetBus driver.)

School Lunch
     The lunch program will be available at Skyview again this year. The cost for secondary student meals will be:
  • Breakfast: 1.30
  • Lunch: 3.00
  • Extra Milk: .60
     Students may elect to purchase the "hot meal" for the day or choose from a variety of selections such as salads, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, etc.  Money may be charged to your student’s meal through MealTime online. If you apply for the Free/Reduced lunch program, please return your application to the main office before August 23rd  (incomplete forms will delay the application process). You may also complete a Free/Reduced lunch form online by going to:
Mealtime Online
(if not already using) Create user name and password
In order to fill out an application online, applicant must have student ID numbers

(Please note that a new free/reduced application MUST be complete each school year.)
Skyview Time of School Day Wednesday Early Release 
Career Center Bell & Bus Schedule
     Your school day will still be from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (early morning classes meet from 7:00-7:55.) This year, we will continue to have an early release on Wednesdays. Starting Wednesday, August 28th, classes will be released at 2:00. School buses will run one hour earlier than the regular schedule on Wednesdays. The Career Center students will be released at 1:35 to arrive at Skyview in time to meet their bus. 
     There will be a 6 minute passing time between classes. We will follow the schedule below:

Skvyiew Bell Schedules:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
EM Class                7:00 - 7:55
Period 1                  8:00 - 8:59
Period 2                  9:05 - 10:04
Period 3                 10:10 - 11:09
Period 4
                 First Lunch:
                              Lunch: 11:15 - 11:45
                               Class:  11:51 - 12:50
                 Second Lunch:
                                Class: 11:15 - 12:14
                                Lunch: 12:20 - 12:50
Period 5                  12:56 - 1:55
Period 6                   2:01 - 3:00

EM Class                 7:00 - 7:55
Period 1                   8:00 - 8:49
Period 2                   8:55 - 9:44
Period 3                   9:50 - 10:39
Period 4
                   First Lunch:
                                Lunch: 10:45 - 11:15
                                Class: 11:21 - 12:10
                   Second Lunch:
                                 Class: 10:45 - 11:34
unch: 11:40 - 12:10
Period 5                  12:16 - 1:05
Period 6                    1:11 - 2:00

Career Center Bell Schedules: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
Period 1               7:55-8:40
Period 2               8:53-9:47
Period 3               9:52-10:45
Lunch                  10:45-11:45
Period 4               11:55-12:48
Period 5               12:53-1:47
Period 6                1:52-2:45

Career Center Wednesday:
Period 1                7:55-8:40
Period 2                8:45-9:30
Period 3                9:35-10:20
Lunch                   10:20-11:26
Period 4                11:26-12:09
Period 5                12:14-12:57
Period 6                 1:02-1:45

Career Center Bus Schedules:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:

7:10 a.m. Bus leaves Skyview for Career Center
7:45 a.m. Bus arrives at Career Center
11:20 a.m. Bus leaves Skyview for Career Center
11:50 a.m. Bus arrives at Career Center
Day End:
2:45 p.m. Bus leaves Career Center for Skyview


7:10 a.m. Bus leaves Skyview for Career Center
7:45 a.m. Bus arrives at Career Center
Mid Morning:
10:50 a.m. Bus leaves Skyview for Career Center
11:20 a.m. Bus arrives at Career Center
Day End:
1:35 p.m. Bus leaves Career Center for Skyview

Activity Tickets
     Activity tickets sales have begun.  The cost again this year will be $30.00.  It is a requirement that all participants in any sport or forensics purchase an activity ticket.  These tickets will gain admittance to all school events at all three high schools except dances and divisional or state tournaments.  It is a real bargain at this price as you save many dollars over the course of the school year. Family and individual adult passes are also available. The cost is $150.00 for the family and $75.00 for an individual. Passes may be purchased from 7:00 - 11:30 and 12:45 - 3:30 in the activities office.
      If you are planning to participate in a fall sport, please pick up the necessary paperwork in the Activities office or the main office, or download the forms from the Skyview website.  This needs to be filled out and turned in no later than August 12th.  All forms need to be signed and turned in to the Activities office prior to the start of the season and an activity ticket must be purchased.  The $50.00 participation fee for all fall sports must be paid at the time the forms are turned in and will be refunded if the student is cut. As soon as the forms are turned in and fees paid, the athlete will get a clearance slip to give to the coach. In order to practice or try out  all paperwork must submitted to the Activities Office. Golf begins August 15th all other fall sports (cross country, volleyball, golf, and football) begin practice on August 16th.
Sports Physicals
     The MHSA requires all students in grades 6 - 12 who participate in school sports to have a physical every year.  The physical must be performed after May 1st for the following school year.  This physical form should be printed, filled out and taken to the appointment.
     Parents need to be informed that if there is family history of premature sudden death under age 40, a personal history of fainting, passing out, chest discomfort/shortness of breath with exercise and/or any complex medical condition with ongoing treatment, we will not be able to clear them with this sports physical. We suggest that these students follow-up with their family physician or pediatrician.
Fall Sports
Cross County

Click here to view all Skyview Activities
Calling In A Student Absence
 If your student will be absent or has an appointment during the school day, please call the appropriate attendance number. For grades 9 (A-H) & 11 call 281-5299, for grades 9 (I-Q) & 12 call 281-5297, and for grades 9 (R-Z) & 10 call 281-5296. If you receive voice mail, please leave a message. Voice mail messages are checked frequently.
     Lockers will be supplied to each student at no cost and will be issued to students on the first day of school.  Students will keep their same locker each year with only the combination changing. Students will be held responsible for the care of their assigned locker.
Student Handbooks
Students at Skyview will have access to the student handbook via the school website. The handbook contains important information that includes school schedules, policies, expectations and Billings Public Schools Board policies. Click here to view student handbook.  Hard copies will be available upon request in the main office.
Driver’s Education
     The fall session of Drivers Education will run from September 16th - November 6th.  Class will meet from 3:15 -5:15 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Senior and West and Monday - Thursday at Skyview.  Students will drive 6 times outside of class time at times scheduled by their driving instructor.

     REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL SESSION WILL BE FROM 8:00 AM AUGUST 19TH TO 3:00 PM AUGUST 27TH.  Please register at:  by clicking on the registration link below your school’s logo during the registration period.

     Because demand often exceeds available spots for Drivers Ed during the school year a lottery drawing will be held after registration closes.  If a student’s name is drawn they will be notified by email on August 29th.
     If a student's name is drawn the fee of $265.00 must be paid by Sept 6th or they will lose their spot in the class.  Payment may be made online using the link below your school's logo from August 27th – September 6th  at  or by check, cash, or money order.  Please mail or bring cash or check payments to:
               Billings Public Schools
               Attn: Drivers Ed
               1470 Industrial Ave.
               Billings, MT 59101
     Please make checks payable to Billings Public Schools or BPS.


WINTER:  Students must be born on or before June 2, 2005 in order to register for the winter session.
Registration – Oct 25th – Nov. 4th         
Drawing and Notification – November 6th                       
Payment – Nov 6th – Nov 15th
Class –Dec. 2, 2019 – Feb 6, 2020 (no class over Christmas break)
SPRING:  Students must be born on or before August 24, 2005 in order to register for the spring session.
Registration – Jan 20th – Jan 29th           
Drawing and Notification – January 31st
Payment – Jan 31st – Feb 11th
Class – Feb 24th – Apr 16th
If you have any questions please contact Joni Bertsch at 281-5074 or
                                                 Skate Boards/Roller Blades
     Items such as these are not allowed on school grounds before, during or after school. Such items will be confiscated until parents are contacted and request their return. Students using skateboards or roller blades on school grounds or at a school functions are subject to disciplinary action.
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
     Cell phones/iPods, etc. are not allowed during instructional time unless permitted by your classroom teacher. Electronic devices will be allowed before and after school, during hall passing and lunchtime.
State Tobacco Law In Effect
     Skyview High School, along with all Billings Public Schools, is a "Smoke-Free" school.  As such, the use of or possession of tobacco products by students on school property is prohibited.  A violation of the tobacco policy will be more than just a school violation.
      The 1995 Legislature passed, and former Governor Racicot signed into law a piece of legislation, HB 457, related to youth access to tobacco products.  HB 457 makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or use tobacco products.  The new law went into effect on October 1, 1995.
     Penalties for violation are set by law and are assessed by the City Court system.  Penalties are:
                        First Offense:  $35 fine
                        Second Offense:  $75 - $100 fine
                        Third and Subsequent Offenses:  $100 - $250 fine
     Please note that the State Law is not limited to school property only, however, the Billings Public Schools will be enforcing this law on all school properties.

Weapons Free School
      Skyview High School, along with all Billings Public Schools, has joined with the National Association of Secondary School Principals in declaring that we are a "Weapons Free School".  No weapons of any type will be allowed on campus without written permission from the school authorities.

      For your planning, commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 10:00 AM at First Interstate (MetraPark) Arena.
      The sales of the 2020 Wingspan yearbook will begin at the start of the school year. The books will sell for $55.00 ($62.00 with a name stamp) until January 1st. The entire amount is due at the time the order is placed. After January 1st through April 1st, the cost of a book will increase to $65.00 and $72.00 with a name stamp. After April 1st the cost for the book will be $75.00.
     For ordering convenience, you may send a check payable to
Skyview Wingspan, Attention:  Ms. Melvin.  PLEASE NOTE:  The price of the Wingspan increases January 1, 2020 Plan on buying your Wingspan early! You may order your annual online at Walsworth's secure website

Senior photos are due by October 16th.
 Senior photos requirements:
  • Digital photos only
  • 300 resolution of a 2 x 2.5 (wallet, portrait orientation) in size, saved in jpg format with last name first (Doe_John.jpg)
  • Color portrait only (black and white will not be accepted)
  • Vertical alignment only
  • Neutral background color (indoor is preferred)
  • Head and shoulders should be main focus (no props or hats)
  • Please remind your photographer to send digital copy of photo. 
  • Upload photo to
     and use code: Skyview
ALSO: Senior baby ads and friendship ads are due to the yearbook department by November 1st.
Baby and friendship ad prices:
  • 1/8 page $45 (30 words and 1 photo)
  • 1/4 page $65 (60 words and 3 photos)
  • 1/2 page $100 (120 words and 6 photos)
  • Full page $150 (400 words and 10 photos)
You may purchase a yearbook or submit a baby or friendship ad by going to
     Backpacks will not be allowed in the classrooms.  Students will be required to leave backpacks outside the classroom or in assigned lockers.
Senior Directory Information
     Each year a list of graduating seniors is compiled for distribution, upon request, to educational institutions and the Armed Services.  This list includes the name and address of the seniors.  If you do not wish to have your name included in the senior directory, please notify the school office in writing.
Open House for Parents
     Please remind your parents to mark their calendars for the fall open house, which will be held on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 PM.
School Pictures
     Student photos for freshmen and students new to Skyview will be taken on Thursday, August 22nd. Lifetouch National School Studios will be taking photos of sophomores and juniors on Thursday, August 29th. A brochure explaining available packages is available in the main office or yearbook room 206. You may also order and pay for freshman photos by visiting and using picture day ID: JX109420Y0.
     Student photos for upperclassmen may pay and order photos by logging onto and using picture ID: JX109420Y1.
     Skyview Spirit Week and Homecoming activities have been scheduled for the week of October 7th. Many events are planned for the entire week, finishing out the week with a picnic, parade, football game and Homecoming dance on Friday, October 11th.
    We look forward to seeing our new students on August 22nd, and we expect a great opening day for all students on August 23rd!

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