Holiday Gift Cards
A big thank you to the many community members, teachers, and students
who generously donated gift cards to help make the holidays brighter
for our students in need. 
    With your gifts we were able to help one hundred forty-one students have
a happier holiday season!

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!
Testing Sophomore and Junior Students 
    All sophomores and juniors will be taking the ACT and PreACT tests on Tuesday, March 20th. 
Students must be in their assigned classrooms at 8am for the start of the test. They will be dismissed at 12:40 and school buses will run at 12:50.
    Freshman and senior students will not have school on March 20th. 

Attention Parents of Sophomores - MontCas CRT for 10th grades:

    The CRT Science test will be given on March 1, 2 and 5 for all 10th graders.  The Montana Comprehensive Assessment System, known as MontCAS, uses Criterion-Referenced Tests (MT CRT) to measure the progress of students from third to eighth grades, as well as tenth grade. Montana CRT test results provide actionable data to help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance in reading, math, and science.
​ ​    MontCAS test results are essential to the evaluation each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
​ ​

Masquerade Prom 2018

    Prom is March 24th at Skyview commons. Tickets are $15 for a single and $25 for a couple. The theme is Masquerade and attendants are to bring their own masks to wear. Tickets will be sold starting Monday Maromch 12th during both lunches outside of the commons or before or after school in rooms 232 (Mr. Pierce) or 212 (Mrs. Ness).

Basketball State Tournament

Boys’ State AA: March 8-10, 2018 MetraPark  

Thursday/Friday Game Times: 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm

Saturday Game Times: 10:30 am, 10:30 am, 5:00 pm, 8:30 pm


Girls’ State AA: March 8-10, 2018 MetraPark

Thursday/Friday Game Times: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm

Saturday Game Times: 9:00 am, 9:00 am, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm


Classes AA & B - Combined Boys’ & Girls’ Tournament

All-Session Tickets Thursday Friday All-Day Tickets

Adult .......................... $41.00 Adult ............................ $16.00

Student ...................,,.. $25.00 Student .......................... $9.00

Thursday or Friday After 6 PM

Adult .............................. $7.00

Student .......................... $6.00

Saturday Morning Tickets Saturday Evening Tickets

Adult ............................ $7.00 Adult .............................. $9.00

Student ........................ $6.00 Student .......................... $7.00

Boys Basketball Banquet: March 15 at 6pm in the Commons
Cheer Banquet: March 21 at 6pm in the Commons

Spring Sports:

Softball, Tennis & Track practices begin Monday March, 12th  

If you have questions concerning tryouts – contact the coach:

Softball: Mike Falcon – 281-5202 - @ Skyview

Tennis: Kurt Wohler – 281-5270 - @ Skyview

Track: Genny Trollop – 281-6245 - @ Eagle Cliffs Elementary


The following paperwork must be on file in the Activities office or turned in, prior to participation: 
Physical –Medical Release Card – Participation Agreement –Media Release – Code Of Conduct – Concussion Statement.

Fees to be paid prior to participation:
Participation fee - $50 (if you are on free/reduced lunch – this fee is waived)

Activity Ticket fee - $30 (this is a one- time fee per year – if you already paid – you don’t pay this fee again)

    Caps, gowns, and announcements were delivered to seniors on February 15th. If you ordered graduation apparel and missed the delivery date, please stop by the Activities Office to pick up your order today. 
    If you haven't ordered graduation attire, you can still purchase items  by calling 1-800-567-8367 or by going online to

SESSION 1:  Students must be born on or before November 22, 2003
When:  May 22, 23,29, & 30 and June 4 – 29, 2018
Where: Senior, Skyview, West or Lockwood
 Time: 8:00am or 10:00am at the high schools or 12:00pm at Lockwood Middle School. May dates 4:00 pm at the high schools.  8th grade students will be bussed from Billings Public Schools middle schools to the high schools on those dates.  Transportation after class and in June is the responsibility of the student/parent.
Fee:  $265.00
SESSION 2:  Students must be born on or before January 9, 2004
When:  July 9 – August 9, 2018
Where:  Senior, Skyview and West – 1 class at each school capped at the first 30 students to register                 
Time:  10:00am                                                                                                                     
Fee:  $265.00 
    All classes will meet for 2 hours each day Monday-Friday in June.  The first session dates in May will meet after school from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  8th graders at Ben Steele, Castle Rock, Lewis & Clark, Medicine Crow, Riverside and Will James will be bussed from their middle school to the high school for class.  Students who attend schools outside of Billings Public Schools are responsible for their own transportation to the high schools for the May classes. There are 6 drive times outside of class time during the course.  These are scheduled by the instructor.   Students are allowed up to 3 absences but those absences must be made up at a time scheduled by the instructor.  Anyone missing more than 3 days or failing to attend the make-up days will automatically fail the course.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
     Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Registration is done online at
    The registration fee of $265.00 is payable from April 16th  - April 30th.  It may be paid online using the payment link under the school logo for which you are enrolling at or by mailing a check or money order made payable to Billings Public Schools to Billings Public Schools, Attn: Drivers Ed, 1470 Industrial Ave., Billings, MT 59101.
Registration for both sessions will open April 16th at 8:00am and close April 25th at 3:00pm. 
    No refunds will be issued so please make sure Drivers Ed fits your schedule and that you won’t have more than 3 absences before registering and paying for it!  Please do not pay for the 2nd session until you have been notified that you have been accepted in the class.
     Questions? Please contact Joni Bertsch 281-5074,

Reminder: Class of 2019 Dues are DUE!    

The class of 2019 have the following responsibilities:

  • Prom

  • Graduation

  • Senior picnic

  • Class gift to the school

  • Donation to Falcon Finale

    Since everyone will benefit from the activities listed above, everyone will be asked to contribute.
    The class dues will be $5.00 per year OR $20.00 for all four years (pre-paid this year). There are students at Skyview whose circumstances limit them from being able to pay their dues. If you are able and/or willing, you can contribute extra to help cover those students who are unable to do so. Dues should be paid to Mr. Pierce (room 232) or Mrs. Ness (room 212).
    Parents/guardians can also send checks to the school. Please make checks payable to Skyview High School. Also, please write your student’s name on the check so we know who to credit for these dues.

Now, you can also use PaySchool to pay class dues. To do this, simply:

  1. Go to the Skyview website @

  2. Click on PaySchool on the right side of the page

  3. Choose Class of 2019

  4. Either choose to pay for one year or all 4 years.

If you send a check by mail, please address it in the following way:

Mrs. Ness or Mr. Pierce

Skyview High School

1775 High Sierra Blvd.

Billings, MT 59105

Ethan Snizek (12) and Trevin Baker (12). 
Skyview's first state debate champions EVER!
They won the state championship in Public Forum debate
in Great Falls January 26-27, 2018.  
Other State  Forensics Results:
8th:  Micah Donald (11), Humorous Interpretation, Amanda Larson (12), Original Oratory
7th:  Tyler Shackelford (12), Humorous Interpretation, Jared Gibbs (12), Lincoln Douglas Debate, Lauryn Rutherford (11), Original Oratory
2nd:  Tyler Shackelford (12), Dramatic Interpretation

    Tyler Shackelford is a national qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation.  Brandon Muessig is an Alternate in International Extemporaneous Speaking
    The District Qualifying Tournament happened in Helena February 9-10.  The National Tournament is in Ft. Lauderdale in June.

Music Notes:
    Congratulations to Tyler Luderitz and Annika Peterson for selection as outstanding students by Arts Without Boundaries! Each student received recognition and a scholarship for their contribution to Skyview’s arts community. Great job, all!
Music Man:
    Don’t miss out on Skyview’s presentation of The Music Man, March 1-3! Performances are at 7:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are on sale now, and are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. All tickets are reserved seating and passes are not valid for this event.
   Professor Harold Hill (Jacob Logan) descends on River City, Iowa, to con the town into organizing a young people’s band. “Ya Got Trouble” in River City, he says. “Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool.” But before he can collect on his musical sales and skip town with the money, he meets Marian the Librarian (Madison Ecker). Never counting on finding the love of a good woman to tender his fast-talking, sham artist heart, Harold finds himself reformed into the respectable citizen Marian knows he can be.
    Come march along with our “Seventy-Six Trombones,” keep your eye out for “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” enjoy the nostalgia of the ice cream parlor and barbershop quartet as they sing “Goodnight, Ladies,” and reminisce with other Grammy-award winning songs that include “Till There Was You” and “Pick-A- Little.”
    For tickets or more information, call 281-5292, or email

Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, February 20 Band/Orchestra Winter Concert
Chamber Band, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra
7:00 pm, Skyview Theatre
Tickets: $3/students, $5/adults
Passes are valid

Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3 The Music Man
7:00 pm Thursday-Saturday, Skyview Theatre
2:00 pm Sat, Skyview Theatre
Tickets: $6/students,seniors, $8/adults
All seats reserved, passes are NOT valid

Monday, March 19 Spring Concert I
Chantrelles, Cantus, Concert Choir
7:00 pm, Skyview Theatre
Tickets: $3/students, $5/adults
Passes are valid

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Concert II
Chamber Choir, Chorale
7:00 pm, Skyview Theatre
Tickets: $3/students, $5/adults
Passes are valid

Thursday, March 22 Heights Orchestra Gala
7:00 pm, Skyview Gym
Admission is free

Thursday, April 5 Orchestra Ensemble Concert
7:00 pm, Skyview Theatre
Tickets: $3/students, $5/adults
Passes are valid

Monday, April 9 District Solo & Ensemble Festival
Participating students
All Day, West High School
Admission is free

Skyview Website:
    Take a moment to go to Skyview’s new website and click departments and school counseling. Several of our pages are up and running and contain valuable information for you and your student. Please watch the calendar for important dates. Important announcements will also be listed on our new website. Students and parents can contact counselors using the new appointment request form on the front page of the guidance counselor’s website.

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 time lines, information on ACT, SAT, NCAA and so much more.
    This is a one-stop shopping for students to search careers, colleges, education and much more. Use Career Cruising to help guide you in the college search process. All students can now go directly to career cruising through their power school account. Once logged into power school online (not through the app) students can click the arrow in the upper right hand corner and be linked directly to Career Cruising. Messages from the counseling center will be sent out through this program and automatically go to the students’ emails. Please encourage your student to check emails as we provide important information through Career Cruising.
Fall Schedules: NEW THIS YEAR:
    All schedule changes must be made on or before August 21st, 2018. No changes will be made after this date unless there is a mistake in the schedule. (Ex. No required course in schedule or wrong math class, etc.)
    Schedules for the 2018/2019 school year will be mailed out the week of August 6th, 2018.  Students may contact their counselor to make schedule changes on or before August 22. Counselors will be available at Skyview the week of August 13th, 2018 to make any needed schedule changes. Please have students contact their counselor in person, by email, by phone, or by appointment at the counselor website prior to the August 21st, 2018. No schedule changes will be made after this date.
Deadlines!   Deadlines!   Deadlines!
Important Dates for Seniors 2017-2018

March 1: Job Shadow Day

May 14: Senior Award Night; 7-8:30 pm Theater

May 27: Graduation 2:00 pm

    Please be aware that both Sylvan and Huntington offer classes for test prep on either of these tests.  Also, go to either tests main website for practice test or these sites:


    Free ACT online prep programs are available to all juniors. Juniors can access Method test prep through the career cruising website. English teachers have shown students how to access this practice program. In addition, Gear Up and OPI have offered students an additional free opportunity to study and practice for the ACT. All juniors received an email explaining how to log on to this free opportunity. Please remind students to check their email for this important information.

Job Shadow Day: March 1, see junior letter

ACT Exam: Mandatory and Free to all Juniors, March 20th, 2018, 7:50 am

Method Test Prep: free ACT test prep accessible through Career Cruising

ACT Online prep: (see student emails for more info)

Pre-Act Exam:  Mandatory and Free to all Sophomores.  March 20th, 2018, 7:50 am

MontCAS Science Exam:  First week in March 2018.


Future College Athletes:   
    Use the direct links in Career Cruising to complete your NCAA or NAIA applications.  There are many steps, start now.  Print, sign and bring to the counseling center the transcript release form.  Make sure your ACT score is sent directly from ACT to NCAA/NAIA.
Student Announcements:
    There is important information for all grade levels that is listed in the student announcements. They are posted on the Skyview website:
    Please also see Career Cruising and our counseling center webpage for important information.
Homework Help?
    All students have the opportunity to get help with all work. Students should seek out their individual teachers for extra support before and after school.
Career exploration
Just in case your teenager did not tell you . . .

    Freshmen: Counselors have already met with freshmen this year. We have talked about grades and started career searches in Career Cruising. We will continue work with careers and education planning throughout the year.

    Sophomores: Counselors will meet with sophomores in March to work on 4-year plans for high school classes.  Please see important test dates for Sophomores.

    Juniors: Please see the important test dates for Juniors. Counselors will be meeting with juniors one on one this coming spring. We will continue to work on careers, college searches and future planning. Please be aware that the priority date for FAFSA has changed to October. Plan to do college visits this summer and watch college application deadlines.

    Seniors: Please note: it is not too late for students to apply to a 2 or 4 year college and apply for financial aid. Students can contact their counselors for additional assistance. We encourage students to decide on a career choice and then focus on the pathway to get there. There are many post secondary options!

    Reminder:  No school for Freshmen and Seniors on March 20th, 2018
Counselor Directory!
    Skyview High School has five counselors. Parents are encouraged to call if they have questions:
Tina Boone, Dept. Head 281-5308
Marilyn Anderson 281-5305
Rick Bermes 281-5309
Jamie McIlvain 281-5307
Bonnie Hofmann 281-5306
Treva Nemeth-secretary 281-5300
Academic Awards presentation.
Adventure Club's Red Lodge Mountain ski day.
Skyview happenings & basketballl games at Rimrock Auto Arena.
Lifetime Skills ski trip at Showdown.

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