New school year begins Thursday, Aug. 24

Lewistown schools fall student registrations

Registration for all new students coming into the Lewistown Public School system will be scheduled as follows.
Kindergarten through sixth grade
For kindergarten and first-grade students, individual goal-setting meetings will be scheduled for the parents and child to meet with the student’s teacher on Thursday, Aug. 24 or Friday, Aug. 25. The first full day of class for the kindergarten and first-grade students is Monday, Aug. 28.
Classes at Highland Park Elementary and Lewis and Clark Elementary begin on Thursday, Aug. 24 with a full day of classes.
Start and dismissal times for the elementary schools are as follows:
Garfield (K-1) 8:25 a.m.,  3 p.m.
Highland Park (2-4) 8:20 a.m., 2nd-3 p.m.; 3rd and 4th-3:10 p.m.
Lewis and Clark (5-6) 8:20 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
All new elementary aged children may register for the 2017-2018 school term at their grade level school from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 10, 2017.  Parents must bring records of immunizations and proof of birth (either a birth certificate or baptismal certificate) with them to registration. Principals at each school may be contacted for further information concerning registration.  Please contact your child’s school for information regarding class lists and teacher assignments.
School supply lists and an “Important Dates” document can be found in each school’s Digital Backpack on their respective homepages, which can be found on the Lewistown Public Schools website (
 Garfield Elementary would like to invite all parents and students to a Family Night in place of a Fall Orientation and Open House listed below. The Family Night is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6-7 p.m.
Highland Park and Lewis and Clark schools wish to extend an invitation to all parents regarding the Fall Orientation/Parent Involvement meetings on the following dates and times:  
Highland Park: Monday, Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m.
Lewis and Clark: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 - 7 p.m.
The elementary orientation/parent involvement meetings are open to all parents and their children but will be geared toward students that are new to each of the elementary schools.  Parents and their students are strongly encouraged to attend this informational meeting.  We are excited about the new school year and look forward to meeting our students and parents at this important event.  The teachers and classrooms will not be available the evening of the orientation.  However, each student will be able to see their classroom and meet their teacher at the open houses.
Highland Park (2-3-4) Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark (5-6) Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Lewistown Junior High School
Due to the window replacement project at the Junior High, office hours will be limited  Aug. 7-18. If you need to register your child or have questions about an existing schedule, please contact Prinicipal Tim Majerus or Secretary Mrs. Christy Rigers at 535-5419 to set up a meeting time.
Because of the limited building access, our seventh grade/new student orientation has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Students and parents are encouraged to attend. The orientation will begin with a meeting in the auditorium, followed by an opportunity to stroll throughout the school to locate classrooms and assigned lockers. The eighth-grade students who attended LJHS last year are welcome to come to the school on Aug. 21 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. to locate their lockers and get answers to questions they may have. No formal meetings for eighth-grade students will be held, but we do ask that they are out of the building by 5:45 p.m. to make room for the seventh grade/new student orientation. 
Students can find their class schedules on Infinite Campus. All students registered prior to orientation, including returning students, should receive a mailing with schedules and other pertinent information by Aug. 11.
School supply lists and an “Important Dates” document can be found in the LJHS Digital Backpack on the Lewistown Junior High School website:
Those interested in participating in sports will need to have an ImPact concussion test completed before they are allowed to practice. Junior High students will have an opportunity to take the concussion test on Wednsday, Aug. 16 at Fergus High School.
The following three testing sessions will be conducted on Aug. 16:
Football: 9-10 a.m.
Girls volleyball and basketball: 10-11 a.m.
Cross country, boys basketball and wrestling (for those who are not playing football): 11 a.m.-noon.
Parent permission forms are required and can be found at A make-up ImPact test will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Junior High.

Fergus High School
New students to Fergus High School (FHS) are encouraged to register Aug. 14-18. Mrs. Karen Durbin, Fergus High School guidance counselor, will be at the high school to help students with their schedules from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.  Limited registration and/or scheduling will be available Aug. 22 and 23.  Appointments are needed for these dates.
Current students needing a possible schedule change or a class added to their schedule are strongly encouraged to come to the high school in advance of school starting. The office staff will be available to help with any changes/additions Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Fergus High School will start school on Thursday, Aug. 24, with orientation for all freshmen starting at 8:05 a.m. in the Fergus Performing Arts Center (Auditorium). Sophomore, junior and senior student orientation will start at noon with all four grade levels attending modified classes later that afternoon.
The FHS parent orientation for freshmen and transferring students will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.  Student class schedules for all registered students can be accessed by logging into the Infinite Campus-Parent Portal on the District website (  The link for the Fergus High School website is:

School buses ready to roll

The 2017-2018 bus service will begin operation Thursday, Aug. 24.   In-town route stop times can be seen in the chart below. This information is also available, along with some great parent bus safety information, on the School District website,
The in-town special education route is designated “Route #3.”  Parents of students with special transportation noted on their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be contacted prior to opening day concerning Route #3 schedules for pick-up and delivery times and locations. 
All buses will operate as scheduled Thursday, Aug. 24, and thereafter for the rest of the academic year. Information on eligible riding areas, rules for riding, schedules, etc. can be obtained at each of the local schools. 
Students will be issued student calendars with information concerning transportation guidelines at the beginning of the school year. Parents are asked to review them with their students.  Parents having questions concerning in-town and out-of-town routes and route schedules can contact Steve Klippenes, transportation director, at the bus barn, 535-3287.
School bus routes
Route #1
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:40     Highland Park
7:48     Fergus
7:51     Lewis and Clark
7:56     Junior High
8:03     Garfield

PM     (Leave Time)
3:12     Garfield
3:25     Fergus High
3:31     Lewis and Clark
3:37    Junior High
3:40    Highland Park

Route #2
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:45     Garfield
7:52     Fergus High
7:55     Lewis and Clark
8:01     Junior High
8:05     Highland Park

PM     (Leave Time)
3:25    Fergus High
3:28    Lewis and Clark
3:35    Junior High
3:39    Highland Park
3:45    Garfield

Route #3
AM     (Arrival Time)
Complete AM schedule TBA

PM     (Leave Time)
3:13     Garfield
3:20    B & G Club

Route #4
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:49    Fergus High
7:51     Lewis and Clark
7:58     Junior High
8:05     Garfield
8:11      Highland Park

PM      (Leave Time)
3:11      Garfield
3:15      Highland Park
3:27      Junior High
3:34      Lewis and Clark
3:38      Fergus High
Route #5
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:43     Fergus High
7:46     Lewis and Clark
7:50     Lincoln Building
7:54     Junior High
8:00    Garfield
8:06     Highland Park

PM     (Leave Time)
3:14     Highland Park
3:21     B & G Club
3:27     Junior High
3:33     Garfield
3:40     Lincoln Bldg (T & Th Art Center)
3:47     Lewis and Clark
3:50     Fergus High

Route #6
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:44     Fergus High
7:47     Lewis and Clark
7:53     Junior High
8:00    Garfield
8:07    Highland Park
PM     (Leave Time)
3:14     Garfield
3:20     Highland Park
3:25     Junior High
3:32     Lewis and Clark
3:36    Fergus High

Route #7
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:44    Lewistown Apts
7:54    Fergus High
7:56    Lewis and Clark
8:00   Junior High
8:07    Garfield
8:12     Highland Park

PM (Leave Time)
3:25     Fergus High
3:26     Lewis and Clark
3:35     Junior High
3:40     Garfield
3:45     Highland Park
3:50     Lewistown Apts

Route #8
AM     (Arrival Time)
7:38     Highland Park
7:45     Junior High
7:54     Garfield
8:01     Fergus High
8:05     Lewis and Clark

PM     (Leave Time)
3:25     Fergus High
3:26     Lewis and Clark
3:35     B & G Club
3:37     Junior High
3:43     Garfield
3:48    Highland Park


According to state law, no child can enter school without proof of complete immunization. Personal exemption to immunization was removed in 1993. The religious exemption has been tightened up considerably. You now need a yearly affidavit to claim this exemption.
Students who enter school for the first time (kindergarten or first grade) need to show proof of immunizations before entering. They need to have had a DTap and Polio vaccination after their fourth birthday and an MMR after 15 months of age with a booster after age 4. Prior to seventh-grade entrance students must have a Tdap (tetanus shot).
The Board of Trustees requires all students to present evidence of having been immunized against the following diseases: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella, tetanus, and varicella (chickenpox). Haemophilus influenzae type “b” immunization is required for students under age 5, before enrolling in preschool. Proof of immunization must be in compliance with the school rules for attendance through the Montana Department of Health and Human Services.
Immunizations can be obtained through your personal physician or at the Fergus County nurse’s office.  The county nurse’s office is located in the Courthouse at 712 West Main Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome (may want to call ahead to make sure the nurse is available). 
Please call the Fergus County nurse’s office at 535-7433 to schedule an appointment.

Lewistown schools open house schedule

The Lewistown Public Schools will again host open houses at all the schools, except for Garfield, for parents, students, and relatives. Dates and times are as follows:
Highland Park (grades 2, 3, 4): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Lewis and Clark (grades 5, 6): Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Junior High School (grades 7-8): Monday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. Fergus High School (grades 9-12): Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

School schedules

Fergus High School:
Beginning - Zero Period - 7:15 a.m.
Regular Periods - 8:10 a.m.
Lunch - 12:04 p.m.
Dismissal - 3:20 p.m.

Junior High School:
Beginning - 8:10 a.m.
Lunch - 11:42 a.m. (1st); 12:13 p.m. (2nd)
Dismissal - 3:20 p.m.

Beginning    Garfield - 8:25 a.m.
            Highland Park - 8:20 a.m.
            Lewis and Clark - 8:20 a.m.

Lunch        Kindergarten - 11:15 a.m.
            First grade - 11:20 a.m.
            Second grade - 11:55 a.m.
            Third grade - 11:05 a.m.
            Fourth grade - 11:30 a.m.
            Fifth grade - 11:30 a.m.
            Sixth grade - 11:50 a.m.

Dismissal    Garfield (K) -  2:55 p.m.
            Garfield (1) - 3:05 p.m.
            Highland Park (2) - 3 p.m.
            Highland Park (3-4) - 3:10 p.m.
            Lewis and Clark (5-6) - 3:10 p.m

Administrative and office staff

Prinicipals and other staff are availble to answer any questions you may have about the Lewistown Public Schools. The following is a list of people you can consult at each school and the administrative offices.
Garfield Elementary (K-1 plus special education PK)    415 East Boulevard    535-2366
Matthew Lewis, principal
Lanna Schoenfelder, secretary
Nycole Devers, counselor
Highland Park (2-3-4)                    1312 7th Ave. N.        535-2555
Matthew Ventresca, principal
Jenni Bristol, secretary
Nycole Devers, counselor (2)
Ashley Jenness, counselor (3,4)
Lewis and Clark (5-6)                    212 Crystal Drive    535-2811
Danny Wirtzberger, principal
Jody d’Autremont, secretary
Ashley Jenness, counselor
Lewistown Junior High (7-8)                914 W. Main Street    535-5419
Tim Majerus, principal
Christy Rogers, secretary
Teresa Majerus, counselor
Fergus High School (9-12)                1001 Casino Creek Dr.    535-2321
Jeff Elliott, principal
Jeff Friesen, assistant principal
Robin Moline, principal’s secretary
Jim Daniels, athletic director
Wendy Pfau, activities secretary
Angela Woolett, attendance secretary
Terry Lankutis, registrar/infinite campus
Teresa Majerus, counselor (9)
Karen Durbin, counselor (12)
Lincoln Building                    215 7th Ave. South    535-8777
Thom Peck, superintendent (Ext 110)   
Jennifer Peterson, administrative secretary (Ext 110)
Rebekah Rhoades, business manager/clerk (Ext 116)
Scott Dubbs, curriculum director (Ext 133)
Chris Rice, special education director                        535-9012
Amie Friesen, food service director                        535-5261
Central Montana Education Center
Diane Oldenburg, community education director                535-9022
Zabrea Fiscus, secretary
Bus barn
Steve Klippeness, transportation director                    535-3287

School Meals

Lewistown Public Schools recognizes the School Lunch and Breakfast Program as an integral part of the school day. The meals served include milk, meet the federal guidelines for the recommended daily allowances of important nutrients, and provide a healthy variety of nutritious food for staff and students. Breakfast and lunch are served at all five buildings. A la carte breakfast and lunch items are also available at both secondary schools. 
A pre-paid meal account system is available at all buildings and cash in-line is also accepted at the secondary level.  School Food Service uses the Infinite Campus program for all accounting. Parents/guardians may use the portal to access account balances, monitor student purchases and make online payments to accounts.  The Infinite Campus messaging system is used to alert families as to the status of the meal account balances. 
Fergus High students are prohibited from charging to their meal accounts, and younger students may charge on a limited basis.  Students and parents/guardians are responsible for all charges made to the meal accounts and should practice proper account management with timely deposits.

Meal prices are as follows
K-6 Student - $1.55
K-12 Reduced Student -$ .30
7-12 Student: $1.80
Adult: $1.80
Milk only - $ .45
7-12 a la carte items as priced
Breakfast Times:
Elementary: 7:45 a.m. – 8:20 a.m.
Junior High - 7:35 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Fergus High - 7:35 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
K-6 Student - $2.95
K-12 Reduced Student - $ .40
 7-12 Student - $3.20
Adult - $3.90
Milk only - $ .45
7-12 - a la carte items as priced
All students whose family income falls within the guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture are strongly encouraged to make application for free or reduced price meals.
New application forms are distributed to all students at the beginning of each school year and are available during the school year in all school offices. Information will be provided with the forms for submitting your application online.
Only one completed application is necessary per family and should be returned to the principal’s office at the school of the oldest child’s enrollment, where it will be processed. Applications may also be submitted online. This confidential information will be given to the participating schools, and families will be notified of the application results as soon as possible.
School meals are served daily to students and adults, with monthly menus available in each classroom, on the district website, on the local radio station, in the local newspaper, and on the community service TV channel. 
Extra milk can be purchased by students bringing a cold lunch from home.  Additional lunch choices and a la carte items are also available daily at the secondary level, starting Tuesday, Sept. 5.
We encourage parents to visit our cafeterias and eat with their students on an occasional basis. For lunch, it is important to please notify your school office prior to 9 a.m. on the day you plan to join us so that you can be included in the lunch count to the Central Kitchen. 
Food Service Director Amie Friesen and staff provide an excellent and essential support service to our students and staff each school day.
The Food Service office is located at the Lincoln Building at 215 7th Avenue South and can be reached at 535-5261.
Note: Prices subject to change as per government regulations.

Nine vacations slated this school year

Classes for the Lewistown Public Schools start on Thursday, Aug. 24, and will continue through Thursday, May 31, 2018. Students will be required to attend classes for 179 days during 2017-2018.
The school calendar is divided into four quarters.
First quarter (44 days) – from Aug. 24 through Oct. 27
Second quarter (45 days) – from Oct. 30 through Jan. 19, 2017
Third quarter (44 days) – from Jan. 22 through March 23
Fourth quarter (45 days) – from March 26 through May 31
Teachers must work eight days in addition to the 179 days of instruction. These are called pupil-instruction related days (PIR).
The first two PIR days are scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23 (orientation and staff development). The next PIR days are for the state teachers’ convention on Oct. 19-20, or the teacher can select other approved staff development activities.
Fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Nov. 1 (evening only-1/2 PIR day) and Nov. 2 (during the day-full PIR day) for all grade levels. Spring conferences are scheduled for March 28, 2017 (evening only -1/2 PIR day).
The seventh PIR day is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2017, when the teachers will be receiving a full day of staff development training. The final PIR day will be scheduled by the individual school administrators.
Students and teachers will have nine vacations this year. The first will be Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4. Students will have a fall break on Oct. 19 and 20, when many of the staff will attend local and state education conferences.
Students will no have school on Thursday, Nov. 2 when parent-teacher conferences are held. Friday, Nov. 3 is another vacation day.
The next school vacation for both students and staff is Nov. 22-24 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Winter break will run from Thursday, Dec. 21 through Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2017.
Students will have a vacation day on Monday, Jan. 15 when the staff has a PIR day.
Friday, Feb. 23 is a scheduled vacation day for students and staff.
Spring break is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Monday, April 2.
The final vacation day is Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Schoolwide Title I

Each school within the Lewistown Public Schools is designated as a Title I Schoolwide School. The benefits of being schoolwide are many, but included as a part of that designation is a commitment to provide an educational program for all students that is seamless in how services are provided, how students are worked with, and how funding is allocated across the school and district.
The purpose of a Schoolwide Title I school or district is to implement comprehensive improvement strategies throughout the entire school or district as a way of improving academic outcomes, so every student achieves high levels of academic proficiency. It serves all students regardless of eligibility and assists the school in providing support in all core subjects. 
Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to generate high levels of academic achievement in core subject areas for all students, especially those students most in need. This purpose is achieved through:
• High quality instruction
• Comprehensive reform strategies and methods that are based on the use of scientifically based research
• Strategies and methods to improve teacher quality and professional development.
• Consolidated use of funds
All schools are required to have a higher level of communication about our progress in meeting student achievement expectations and a required goal of improving parent involvement.
In Lewistown, we will include this information in each of our open house/parent orientations at the start of this school year. As a part of those meetings we hope to provide a brief explanation of the components of our schoolwide program and update parents on the development of our parent involvement policies and practices. 
Additionally, the schools will share curricular information on reading and math curriculums, grading periods and scales, assessments (AIMSweb, MAP, MontCAS/CRT) and attendance requirements. Parents will receive their Title I School Compacts at the orientation and have an opportunity to participate in the parent involvement process or request a meeting to support the educational needs of their child.
For additional information, please contact any of the building principals or Scott Dubbs the District’s Curriculum Director, at the Lincoln Building (535-8777) (Ext. 133). Information can also be found on our website at:

Technology Information

Website address:

Parent Portal - a tool for parents
All students in grades 3 through 12 have a portal account. All parents are encouraged to sign up for a free account. Details can be obtained online or from any school.
Benefits of utilizing the Parent Portal:
1. Check your child’s grades and email your child’s teacher directly from the portal if you have questions.
2. If a teacher chooses to show that day’s assignments, you and your child know exactly what homework is due.
3. View and print schedules, IEP’s, report cards and other school reports.
4. Check account balances for all children.
5.  Pay fees online, including JH and HS participation fees.
6. Pay lunch accounts online.
7. Download the Infinite Campus mobile app and receive instant alerts for attendance and grades.
8. Update your phone numbers, email and address.
9. View important messages from the school.
10. View the calendar to see assignments due and important school events such as field trips, activities, holidays, etc.

Lewistown Public Schools will be calling you...automatically
The Lewistown Public Schools use an automated dialing system to communicate with parents. You can receive text messages, phone calls, and emails regarding attendance, account balances, emergencies and general announcements and to communicate electronically with teachers.
The system is reset annually to default to the following:
• Emergency calls will go to the primary phone, cell phone, work phone and email that you have provided. This message is to inform you of a school closing or other emergencies.
• General calls will go to the primary and cell phone numbers you have provided. These messages are for items such as account balances, PTO announcements, activity announcements and teacher communication.

You can make changes
If you have a Parent Portal account, you can control which phones are dialed by the automated system.  If you currently do not have a Portal account, they are free. All you have to do is fill out the Parental Portal Request Form, which can be found on the District website ( or from any of the school secretaries. If you don’t have internet access, and would like the dialer settings changed, please call your school office.
To make changes to your settings, log onto your Parent Portal account and go to Contact Preferences.

• For each type of message (emergency, attendance, behavior, general notification, priority notification, teacher) select how you prefer to receive that message.
• You may select to receive a message on more than one device.
• Please check the Text (SMS) check box if you would like to receive text messages sent by the school.
• If Text (SMS) option is enabled, message and data rates may apply. Charges are dependent on your service plan, which may include fees from your carrier to send and receive these text (SMS) messages.
• To opt out uncheck the text (SMS) box anytime.
A mobile app is also available. Go to your App Store and look for the Infinite Campus App. For more information visit:  or call your school office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

To file a Program Complaint
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF) found online at:; or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Persons with disabilities
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and wish to file a program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
For any other information dealing with SNAP issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers.



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