Helena Schools

Spotlight on Smith Elementary

Fabulous Firsts

Smith Elementary first graders have received a total of 450 new hardcover books since 2003 and the Helena Education Foundation is looking forward to giving new books to the 2011 first graders on September 9th.

Carnival Classic

Smith students, staff and parents have been involved in the Carnival Classic since it began in 2002.


Smith Principal Pam Wright has been an active participant in the Helena Education Foundation's Leadership Institutes and Trading Places programs. 

Great Ideas Grants

Smith Elementary has received a total of $19,174 from the Helena Education FoundationÕs Great Ideas Grant program.

2011: iCan Succeed, Carrie McCue
2010: A Traditional Buffalo Hide Tanning, Mike Agostinelli
2009: A Touch of Technology, Chelsie Jolley
2009: Smart Art – Bringing Masterpieces to Helena, Shannon Matthies
2009: You can Pick your Friends, Shelley Pelc
2009: Body-Brain Integration, Mary Seitz
2009: Teaching Today's Kids with Tomorrow's Technology, Chelsie Jolley
2008: Chinook Winds Reach Helena, Barbara Berg
2008: Lights! Camera! Science! Rose Ferriter
2008: Stay on the Safe Side, Ashlee Mihelish
2008: Technology Brings Indian Culture to Life, Anna Thennis

Let's Talk about Great Teachers

  • 2010–Shelley Pelc, Smith Elementary
  • 2009–Mike Agostinelli, Smith Elementary

Celebration of Excellence

The Helena Education Foundation has honored the following Smith Elementary Distinguished Educators at the annual Celebration of Excellence:

  • Joyce Nachtsheim, 2011
  • Laurie Bowlds, 2009, 2007
  • Marcia Lythgoe, 2007
  • Anna Thennis, 2005
  • Kathy Chambers, 2005
  • Susan Graham, 2004