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Summary of OPI Activities for June 2015

Measurement and Accountability

Early Warning System Now Available in GEMS

The Montana Early Warning System (EWS) for identifying students that are at-risk for dropping out of school is now available on the GEMS website.  The EWS is available for all students in grades 6-12.  The goal of the EWS is to identify a student as at-risk as early as possible to allow educators the time and ability to apply interventions to help the students succeed.  The EWS has reports available at both the school and student level, including measures to identify the specific issues of concern for the school or student such as attendance, behavior, mobile students, grades and others.

The EWS is only available on the Secure version of the GEMS website.  In order to gain access to this part of the site the following form must be filled out and signed with the GEMS Access Area of "Early Warning System" checked:


For more information, contact Eric Meredith, 406-444-3642

Current AIM Collections

The AIM End of Year Collections began May 11 and ends June 12, 2015. These collections include multiple components: configuring calendars for the 2015-16 year, rolling forward enrollment records into the 2015-16 year, finalizing student enrollment data for the current year, entering graduation informtion, as well as verifying End of Year Program Participation data and entering Average Daily Attendance for every student in the current year. Links to guides for completing the End of Year data collections can be found on the last page of the AIM Collection Check List on the AIM website. Here is a link to that Check List:

Questions regarding these collections should be directed to the AIM Help Desk at 1-877-424-6681 or emailing

For more information, contact Candi Standall at or 406-444-3495.

For more information, contact Candi Standall, 406-444-3495

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Accreditation and Educator Preparation

TEAMS Work Sessions

The OPI is happy to announce we are providing TEAMS Work Sessions once again this fall! During these sessions, participants will bring and enter their own data into TEAMS, with face-to-face assistance from OPI staff. Look for dates and registration information to come soon.

Link to the TEAMS Work Sessions schedule:

Link to TEAMS Help page:

For more information, contact OPI TEAMS, 406-444-9444

Corrective Plans

Corrective Plans for schools that were in Advice or Deficiency accreditation status for 2014 – 2015 are due by June 1, 2015.

The online Corrective Plan form is at

For more information contact Effie Benoit, 406-444-2410

For more information, contact Patty Muir, 406-444-4317

Continuous School Improvement Plan

The Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) and Title I applications will open August 3, 2015, for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Plans are due to be completed by October 30, 2015, when the applications will be closed.

Title I Planning:  

For more information, contact Jack O’Connor, 406-444-3083 or Heather Denny, 406- 444-2036


For more information, contact Patty Muir, 406-444-4317

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Health Enhancement and Safety

Traffic Education $90 Estimated Reimbursement - Year-End Reports due July 10

Submit your TE06 Year-End Report before JULY 10, for an estimated reimbursement of $90.00 for each student who completed a traffic education course at your school between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The actual reimbursement amount will be determined when all TE04 Student Lists and TE06 Year-End Reports have been received and the number of students is divided by the percentage of driver license fees allocated for reimbursement to schools.

Use the Traffic Education Data & Reporting System (TEDRS) to check your school’s Student Count Report and submit your year-end report.  Remember to submit the TE01 Program Application before your next Traffic Education class begins.  Forms can also be downloaded from the Traffic Education web page. Access TEDRS and the Forms page here.

For more information, contact Fran Penner-Ray, 406.444.4396

Summer Workshops: Developing Key Components in School Emergency Operations Plans

The Montana School Emergency Management Planning Grant is offering FREE hands-on workshops for developing key components within School Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs). The workshops will be conducted on August 4-5, 2015 at Ruby's Inn and Convention Center in Missoula, Montana and again on August 12-13, 2015 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana. Each workshop will offer four 1/2 day sessions over two days. Pick and choose which 1/2 day sessions to attend or attend all four. Brett Lloyd, Emergency Management Consultant, will guide participants through each session and provide assistance as teams work on their EOPs. Participants will walk away with significant tools and resources to augment their emergency management programs.

Each attending district/school is asked to bring a team to work on your EOP during the sessions. The team can be composed of already existing School Emergency Management teams, school board members, administrators, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, maintenance personnel, and/or community emergency management personnel (including Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Coordinators, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members, local law enforcement, and mental health professionals). Each group must bring their existing EOP, and any supporting documents with them.

Registration is required, and the workshops are limited to the first 50 participants. The OPI will reimburse school districts for mileage, meals (at the state per diem), and one to two nights lodging (at the government rate).  Please watch for information on workshop sessions and registration in an email to School Administrators in the first part of June.

For more information, contact Amanda Domino, 406-444-1964

Summer Food Service Program

School is out but good nutrition never takes a vacation.  Help your students return to school next fall ready to learn.  Spread the word in your community about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  Kids, 18 and under, eat for free at SFSP sites across Montana.  Click here to find a site near you!

For more information, contact Emily Dunklee, 406-461-9917

School Bus Drivers, Teens and Teachers! Register for a MT DRIVE Workshop

Montana DRIVE Workshops in Lewistown are still available in July and August but they are going fast.  The workshop is popular with school bus drivers for required training hours. Teachers can take the workshop for one college credit if they stay an extra day and write a paper.  Teen drivers are also invited to apply for a State Farm $200 scholarship to attend a teen driving workshop on July 21 or 22. Workshops are filling up, so register soon!

These one-day workshops help drivers learn and practice techniques for managing and avoiding risky driving situations. Adult workshops cost $315. One-day teen workshops cost $80 after the $200 State Farm scholarship is applied. 

Visit the Montana DRIVE web page to see what dates are available on the workshop calendar and to register.  Visit the Teen Workshops page to download the teen application/registration form. 

For updates, sign up for the Montana DRIVE E-News.

For more information, contact Patti Borneman, 406.444.4432

Professional Standards for School Nutrition Employees

Effective July 2015, the rule for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) requires annual continuing education and training for all school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  Benefits include providing consistent, national standards for school nutrition professionals and ensuring adequate performance of duties and responsibilities of each position.

For the implementation year only, education hours received three months prior to July 1 can count toward the 2015-16 school year. Registerto attend the 2015 Montana School Nutrition Association Conference June 16-18, 2015 in Billings or plan to attend OPI and other educational opportunities throughout the school year.

Professional standards also establishes hiring requirements for new foodservice directors based on school enrollment.  OPI School Nutrition Programs will work with school districts to help them meet the hiring requirements.

For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501

Community Eligibility Provision - CEP

Intent forms to participate in CEP for SY2015-16 are due August 31, 2015.

For more information, contact Alie Wolf, 406-444-4413

2015 YRBS Results Available

School-specific results from the recently completed 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now available using the YRBS app found at  Click on "School-Specific Data" and use your OPI username and password.  The Montana (statewide) results are expected mid-June from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The 2015 Montana YRBS had a participation rate of 94 percent of all eligible schools with students in grades 7 through 12. 

For more information, contact Susan Court, 406-444-3178

2014 School Health Profiles Available

Results from the 2014 Montana School Health Profiles are now available at  The Profiles uses a principal questionnaire as an indicator of school health programs and policy, and a health educator questionnaire to measure health education curriculum implementation.  The Profiles is a biennial survey which has been conducted by the OPI through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1996.

For more information, contact Susan Court, 406-444-3178

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