Office of the Superintendent


Superintendent’s Summary for October

Monday, September 30, 2013, 10:15 am

As always, there is a lot going on at the Office of Public Instruction. This month’s summary includes information about:

  • MT STEM conference
  • Teen Driver Safety Day
  • MAEFAIRS fall student count
  • Farm to School month activities
  • Read for the Record for literacy
  • Upcoming trainings and workshops

 Read for the Record

Let’s set a new reading record in Montana! Thursday, October 3rd, is the official day to participate in Read for the Record, an annual event to showcase the importance of early literacy. Students and adults try to set a new record by all reading the same book.  We encourage Montana students and educators, especially those in K-3, participate in this year's Read for the Record and, to make it easy for you, Montana’s First Lady, Lisa Bullock, recorded a page-by-page video reading of this year’s book, Otis, by Loren Long.  Students can read along with the First Lady as she reads about Otis, the hard-working little tractor. Just go to:http://opi.mt.gov/ReadfortheRecord/

If your school would like to join the national Read for the Record campaign, go to http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record  to learn more. 
For information, contact Steve Meredith at smeredith@mt.gov or 444-3563


Celebrate Farm to School Month!

Farm to School Month is a great time to offer meals featuring Montana-grown foods or take a field trip to visit a nearby farm! There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether you are a student, teacher, parent, food service director, farmer, or community member. You can:

  1. Showcase Montana foods on the lunch tray. Consider serving up these Montana foods from each section of MyPlate: apples (fruit), squash (vegetable), wheat (grain), beef or lentils (protein) and milk (dairy).
  2. Go on a farm field trip or bring a food producer or chef into the classroom to talk about what they do.
  3. Consider hosting a harvest dinner at the school cafeteria or other community location to celebrate delicious food, healthy communities, and Montana agriculture.
  4. Participate in Montana Crunch Time on October 24th.  Students, teachers, and community members will be crunching into local and regional apples on national Food Day. 

The Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Farm to Cafeteria Network, Montana FoodCorps, and other statewide partners have created a guide to help schools across Montana participate in Farm to School Month. To register and receive your guide for Farm to School Month in Montana visit: opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.  

For more information, contact Aubree Roth, 406-994-5996


Alt Ed 2013: Designing the Future of Learning

State Superintendent Denise Juneau is hosting an Alt Ed Summit November 7 & 8, 2013 at the Paris Gibson Alternative School in Great Falls as part of Graduation Matters Montana.  Alternative education practitioners, educators, and administrators should consider attending, as well as those interested in starting an alternative program in Montana. To register, click here. Attendees will participate in a highly interactive design process built around the research of 2Revolutions. There is no charge for attending the Summit.  For more information, please contact Deborah Halliday at 444-3559 or dhalliday@mt.gov.


Fund to Encourage College Readiness

The Student Assistance Foundation is partnering with OPI to provide grants of up to $5,000 each to ten local Graduation Matters Montana teams to participate in FAFSA (federal application for student financial aid) completion and college readiness activities through the GMM-SAF College Readiness Fund.  To apply go to the Graduation Matters Montana website, or click here. For more information, please contact Deborah Halliday at 444-3559 or dhalliday@mt.gov.

For more information, contact Terry Kendrick, 444-3449