Office of the Superintendent

Graduation Matters Montana announcements

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 11:06 am

Superintendent Denise Juneau announced the award of 25 Challenge Fund grants to Montana schools to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $165,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state.  Click here for the press release and the list of grantees. This is the second year that Graduation Matters Challenge Fund grants have been offered through the competitive grantmaking process. During the first year of the Challenge Fund grants, Graduation Matters communities focused on identifying students most at risk of dropping out, developed new dropout prevention strategies and interventions, built community support, and offered students college and career exploration opportunities. Graduation Matters communities have partnered with 250 local businesses and community organizations and have reduced the credit deficiencies of more than 1,000 high school students. Below are what several school districts plan to accomplish with their Challenge Fund grants:

  • Miles City is continuing a peer-to-peer tutoring program.
  • Browning is developing a curriculum to certify all school staff, willing parents and community  members as “dropout specialists” equipped to work with students to help them stay in school.
  • Columbia Falls is training Academic Coaches who will meet with students once a week to help establish goals, and teach proper study skills. 
  • St. Ignatius runs a summer school to help students with credit recovery.  Last summer they offered 29 classes.

Save the date – June 18, 2013 GMM Summit
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 18, 2013 for the second annual GMM Summit. The day-long gathering will feature discussions on effective practices happening right here in Montana to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for their next steps in life. The GMM Summit is open to school staff, students, and community and business leaders. Click here to register for the GMM Summit. The GMM Summit is mandatory for GMM Challenge Fund grantees to attend with no fewer than three team members. There is no fee for attending the Summit. For more information, please contact Abby Coburn at or 444-5643.

Student Advisory Board 2013-2014 call for nominations
The nomination process for the 2013 – 2014 State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board is now open. There are two steps to the nomination process. First, an adult (high school administrator, guidance counselor, teacher, or community member) must nominate a student. Nominators can nominate up to two students. Second, the nominee must fill out an application.

The nominator’s application AND the student’s application must be submitted to OPI by Friday, May 17, 2013. Click here to nominate a SAB member.

We will notify new SAB members and their nominators through email on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Abby Coburn at 444-5643 or

For more information, contact Deb Halliday, (406)444-3559