Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)


The Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3) was adopted by the Montana legislature through SB203 which resulted in 20-1-230 & 20-1-231 MCA.  MIC3's purpose is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families. Through the Interstate Compact key educational transition issues encountered by children of military families are addressed.


MIC3 Resources


April is Month of the Military Child and April 19th is Purple Up Day!

Superintendent Arntzen and MIC3 Commissioner Ray Shaw spent April 27th in Great Falls celebrating the 2023 Purple Up Schools and Champions as well as all of Montana’s military-connected students and families. Thank you to Great Falls School District for your work with military students and families and hosting such a wonderful Purple Up event.

2023 Purple Star Award Ceremony Images:

2023 Purple Star Awards, Superintendent Arntzen speaking with table of attendees

2023 Purple Star School Recipient

2023 Purple Star Champs


Hashtags to celebrate military children:  • #MOMC  • #purpleup  • #milkids  • #MTmilkids •  #milfam • #purpleupMT

Please join us in celebrating our military-connected students. Need ideas?
Check out these packets provided by our partners at the Montana Army National Guard.


Congratulations to our current Purple Star Schools for their commitment to supporting our military families!



As we ready for opening up for applications again this fall, please share with your local schools the opportunity to apply for a Purple Star Award designation. Our Montana Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) addresses the key education transition issues encountered by military-connected students. We want to recognize and partner with schools across Montana who work to honor our many military families and students. 

Applications open this fall and will be shared on this page. 

MIC3 Information

Map of Military Connected Students


Map of military connected students 

Military Connected Students in Montana

TOTAL - 1,478 students


MIC3 Membership Information


USAF Sergeant Ray Shaw, (R) - - Compact Commissioner

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen - Office of Public Instruction

Executive Director Brian Michelotti  - Montana High School Association

Col Ciro De La Vega- - Mission Support Group Commander, Malstrom Air Force Base

Representative Ed Buttrey - 

Lisa Sapp - - Child & Youth Education Services School Liaison, Malmstrom Air Force Base

Superintendent Tom Moore - - Great Falls Public Schools


Montana MIC3

Montana State Council Bylaws

DRAFT Budget

Report to the State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee - May 2018

Report to the Education Interim Committee - September 2018

National MIC3 2019 Annual Report

National MIC3 2020 Annual Report



Seasons of My Military Student


National MIC3, EA, Commissioner Shaw  Montana State Council on Education Military Children

MIC3 Meeting Information

Meetings and Materials:

April 14, 2020 - Helena, MT
July 14, 2020 - Zoom Meeting
November 10, 2020 - Helena, MT
April 2021 - Virtual
July 2021 - Virtual
September 2021 - Virtual
December 2021 - Virtual
April 2022 - Virtual
August 2022 - Virtual
November 2022 - Virtual
April 2023
August 2023





Purple Star Applications and Nominations

Purple Star Montana Logo_Banner (005)The Montana Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission is accepting Purple Star School Designation applications will be accepted until November 24, 2023. The Awardees will be announced in December 2023

The Purple Star School Designation for military-friendly schools recognizes the schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite in honor of students of Military families. This designation is for three years.


Purple Star School – Valley Christian in Missoula

Contact Information

Contact Us

Primary Contact:

Ray Shaw
251 Bivens Creek Rd
Sheridan, MT 59749

Secondary Contact: Jenna McKinney
Director of Family Engagement - OPI

2020-2021 Purple Star Award Recipients

Principal Joel Auers
Glacier High School

375 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901

Principal Kim Ray
Loy Elementary

501 57th Street North
Great Falls, MT 59405

Principal Tara Rosipal
North Middle School

2601 8th Street NE
Great Falls, MT 59404

Principal Kerry Parsons
CMR High School

228 17th Avenue NW
Great Falls, MT 59404

Principal Healey Glessner
Valley Christian School

2526 Sunset Lane
Missoula, MT 59804


2021-2022 Purple Star Award Recipients

Principal Angel Turoski
Great Falls Central Catholic High School
2800 18th Ave South
Great Falls, MT 59405



Michele Paine
Flathead High School
644 Fourth Avenue West
Kalispell, MT 59901



Principal Jim Wichman
Holy Spirit Catholic School
2820 Central Avenue
Great Falls, MT 59401


Principal Kim Ray
Morningside Elementary School
4119 7th Avenue North
Great Falls, MT 59405



Principal Joe Halligan
Ben Steele Middle School
5640 Grand Avenue
Billings, MT 59106



Superintendent Susie Hedalen
Townsend School District
201 North Spruce Street
Townsend, MT 59644

2021-2022 Purple Star Champions Award Recipients

 Jennifer Bernhart
Missoula (Community Supporter)
Jennifer Bernhart
Hunter Jones
Billings (Educator)
Hunter Jones
Joe Ferda
Great Falls (US Air Guard and Community Supporter)
Joe Ferda
Kim Ray
Great Falls (Principal)
Kim Ray

2022-2023 Purple Star School Award Recipients


Montana School for the Deaf and Blind

3922 Central Ave.

Great Falls, MT 59405


Great Falls High School- Great Falls Public Schools

1900 2nd Ave S

Great Falls, MT 59405

Chief Joseph Elementary- Great Falls Public Schools

5305 3rd Ave S

Great Falls, MT 59405

Meadow Lark Elementary- Great Falls Public Schools

2204 Fox Farm Rd.

Great Falls, MT 59404


Early Learning Family Center- Great Falls Public Schools

3300 3rd St. NE

Great Falls, MT 59403

2022-2023 Purple Star Champions Award Recipients

Brian Holbein

Lt Col (Ret) JROTC Teacher at Great Falls High School

Michael Wonch

 MSgt (Ret) JROTC Teacher at Great Falls High School

Col Christopher Karns

 Mission Support Group Commander, Malmstrom AFB


Montana Students Awarded the NROTC scholarship


Claire Downing and Logan Vandenburg, two Montana high school students, were awarded the prestigious Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship (NROTC) scholarship in a special ceremony at the Capitol Building in the Old Supreme Court Chambers April 7, 2021. 

State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and CDR John Hiltz, United States Navy Commanding Office, Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific Northwest, attended to honor the students and officially present the scholarship. 

Claire Downing of Helena plans on attending Vanderbilt University. Logan Vandenburg of Hamilton plans on attending Cornell University. 

Claire Downing pictured with mother, Superintendent Elsie Arntzen, and  CDR John Hiltz, United States Navy Commanding Office, Navy Talent Acquisition Group Pacific Northwest         Logan Vanderburg and parents with Governor Gianforte, State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen and CDR John Hiltz, United States Navy Commanding Office


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