April 5, 2017
Dear Parents or Guardians,
In November, Harlem Public School undertook an audit of all of our special education services from 2008-2016. Mrs. Carol Komrosky, who we hired as Special Education Director for the District, led our internal audit. During this audit we identified students who possibly did not receive all the special education minutes noted on their IEP’s or, in other cases, students identified who possibly did not have their goals properly adjusted year to year.
To comply with the IDEA and ensure all our special education students are adequately served, the district is offering a compensatory special education summer enrichment program that our highest needs students may be entitled to.
This special education summer school program will run Monday through Friday, July 10th through July 28th from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Transportation will be provided to participants, along with a mid-morning snack.
It is always the intent, at Harlem Public School District, to provide services and programs that enable our students to succeed academically. The goal and intent of providing compensatory special education summer school is to assist in addressing and meeting whatever needs our students have.
WE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENT TO PARTICIPATE. If you are participating in Harlem Middle School/High School special education summer enrichment program, please call Michelle Sears at 406-353-2289. We must hear from you no later than June 1st, so that we may adequately plan for teachers, transportation, snacks, etc.
Shawn Smith, Superintendent
November 22nd, 2016: The National Title I Association is pleased to announce that Harlem High School from Harlem, Montana has been named a National Title I Distinguished School by the Montana state department of education. Harlem High School is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2016.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students. The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children – especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions – have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website: www.titlei.org.
Congratulations to these band students who were selected to attend the North Central Montana Honor Band!
Harlem United F1 is honored to have received the Red Bull Racing Chair of Judges Recognition of Achievement Award that is voted on by all participating judges. What a night!
Good luck to the HHS students attending INFR in Las Vegas!
Congratulations to our Speech, Debate & Drama Team!
April 3, 2017
Dear Harlem Jr. High School Parent/Guardians:
As most of you have heard by now, sixth grade from Harlem Elementary School will be moving up to the Harlem Jr. High School wing for 2017-2018. The Harlem Middle School wing will be as self-contained as possible. Students who will be in 7th and 8th grade next year will not notice any difference in how they pass from class to class.
The incoming 6th grade class will be self-contained, with the only exception being; passing periods for leveled reading and math, between the two sixth grade classes (similar to what they are currently doing in elementary school).
WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS CHANGE?
First, all instructional decisions are data driven and based on “best practices: for Harlem students. The data and research available from recognized educational institutions, supports the “middle school” approach to learning. Students who are in 6th grade, will usually perform and identity for the three grade levels. “We Are Harlem Jr. High!”
Second, Harlem School District is growing! We anticipate next year’s population of students to be the highest on record, over 625 students! We have another very large group of incoming kindergartens from the Fort Belknap Head Start program and we need to make additional room for them.
The incoming 6th graders will have more diverse instructional opportunities for electives than they currently have at the elementary level. We are excited about after school activities tailored to the Middle School students.
It is my sincere hope, in the not too distant future, funds can begin to be set aside to build a new school and thus, accommodate our increasing student body population.
WHAT ABOUT CLASS SIZES?
We do not anticipate much change from our current class sizes.
WHO ARE THE TEACHERS, TEACHING OUR JR. HIGH STUDENTS?
All the former middle school teachers will remain in place, apart from Mrs. Maratita. She will be moving up high school, to teach our seniors who need to fulfill graduation requirements. We will be hiring two new 6th grade teachers and full time social studies teacher, from which we have a nice sized application pool from which to draw from. Mr. Komrosky and his team will interview candidates next week, and we will then hope to make recommendations to the school board in April/May for hiring. We also plan on having the new middle school staff in place for the Jr. High induction.
Administration will be Doug Komrosky, Principal. Ms. Jorgenson is leaving us to pursue career advancement. Therefore, we will be hiring a new Vice Principal in April/May.
WHERE ARE THE STUDENTS LOCATED IN THE SCHOOL?
All middle school students will have their own lockers and be located in the current middle school wing. We have two empty, available classrooms in that wing, and those will be used to accommodate the two new 6th grade classes.
WHAT ABOUT LUNCH FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL?
7th and 8th grade is currently eating separately from the high school students. We will just be adding 6th grade. We will be adding two portable tables to the lunch room, if needed, for overflow.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIDDLE AND JR. HIGH SCHOOL?
The difference between Middle and Jr. High School is: Middle school contains grades 6, 7, and 8. Jr. High is grades 7, 8, and 9.
IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, WHOM CAN I CONTACT?
If you have further questions, you can contact Doug Komrosky, Principal, at 353-2287 or at his direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to seeing our new 6th graders, next year!
Shawn Smith, Superintendent Doug Komrosky, Principal
HARLEM SCHOOL DISTRICT #12-HOME OF THE WILDCATS is located in Harlem, Montana. Our little town is located north of the Little Rockies and adjacent to the Fort Belknap Reservation in the Milk River Valley. The Fort Belknap Reservation is the homeland of two Native American tribes: the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine. We embrace the diversity of each tribe and recognize their unique culture and language differences. We offer Assiniboine and Gros Ventre classes and a variety of cultural experiences throughout the district.
HARLEM IS A K-12 DISTRICT WITH TWO SEPARATE SCHOOLS. Our Elementary School, under Principal Shiloh Seymour and Assistant Principal Doreen Warren, serves students in grades K-6. Our Junior/Senior High School serves students in grades 7-12 under Principal Doug Komrosky and Assistant Principal Janet Jorgensen.
WE HAVE A VERY ACTIVE TITLE VII PROGRAM, under the direction of Julie Lamebull, that has created some exceptional curriculum materials that are available to all our staff as well as others across the state. Our school is at the forefront of Montana’s “Indian Education for All” mandate.
THE HARLEM DISTRICT WAS AWARDED A 21ST CENTURY GRANT that provides support services for students and enhances the diversity of our student population. Some of the many activities offered through the program include Reading Club, Beading, Dance Troupe, Quilting, Crafts for seasonal projects, Family Literacy and Math nights as well as a wellness component that allows participation in a variety of physical activities. These programs are under the guidance of Julie Lamebull and Evelyn Bigby.