Central Essentials

In addition to Core Instruction in Math and Language Arts, students at Central School have the opportunity to learn the following Essential Skills from experts in each field.

The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for a “well-rounded education” and further defines it to explicitly include technology, computer science, music, arts, health, physical education… with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience.”

Now, we’re accustomed to calling these areas ‘specials.’ So why does Central call them Essentials? Specials is derived from the fact that the teachers are ‘specialists’. Yes, we specialized in our field in college and even graduate school. But specials is a teacher-centered term. Essentials is student-centered. These skills should not be ‘special’ for our kids.

Library Skills

  • Information retrieval and evaluation
  • Information and technological literacy
  • Respect for copyright and intellectual property
  • Celebrating reading with new ideas and perspectives
  • Visit Mrs. Loveridge’s website ⇨


Physical Education

  • Following directions (rules of the game)
  • Safety and space awareness
  • Team building/cooperation
  • Mr. Beaver

Social Skills

  • Identifying and managing feelings
  • Being a respectful learner
  • Empathy
  • Problem-solving
  • Mrs. Kemper, Mrs. Blood
Posted on November 8, 2019

First Quarter Music Update

It’s been a great first quarter of music class!

Students in Kindergarten have been discovering their different voices: speaking, singing, whispering, shouting, silly, and even their inner thinking voice. We have also been exploring movement, starting with moving vs. stopping, whole body vs. body parts, and traveling vs. stationary.

First and second graders have been engaging their head voice for tuneful singing and matching the steady beat while listening to a piece of music. Students also enjoyed music stations where they had a chance to play digital keyboards, read some of their favorite Songtale books, practice simple rhythm writing, and discover notes on a staff.

Third, fourth, and fifth graders as well as Montessori students have been playing the ukulele. Ukuleles are smaller and have fewer strings than the guitar, making them perfect for smaller hands. They also cost less than a guitar and are small and easy to carry. Each grade has been working on different skills, including proper ukulele posture, the difference between fingerpicking and strumming, and learning chords.

Be sure to mark your calendar for our winter concert on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00pm. We look forward to sharing our hard work with you. 

The mission of the Helena Public School Music Department is to create meaningful, memorable, and diverse musical experiences in a physically and emotionally safe environment that fosters artistic creativity. 

Posted on October 18, 2017

Red Ribbon Week

Central Elementary Red Ribbon Week
October 23-27, 2017

Your Future is Key: Make Paws-itive Choices

Monday 10/23: Paws-itively Proud of My Good Choices
Wear your Central clothing or colors (Blue & Purple)
Your future is key: Pledge to make good, healthy choices and hang a red ribbon on the playground fence at recess

Tuesday 10/24: My Future is Key and This is What I See
Dress as your future self (your desired career and/or an older version of yourself)

Wednesday 10/25: My Future is Bright; There is No End in Sight
Wear a bright, colorful outfit with crazy hair

Thursday 10/26: Stay in the Game with Winning Choices
Wear your favorite sports team clothing

Friday 10/27: You Snooze, You Lose; Always Work Hard
Wear your pajamas (school appropriate)

Mrs. Berg and Mrs. Kemper, School Counselors, will be teaching about making healthy, positive choices during social skills classes.

Posted on March 2, 2016

Counselor’s Corner

Second Step Social Skills

Starting second semester students in grades 1, 2 and Lower Montessori are participating in weekly social skills class.

Grade 1 is learning how to follow directions and focus their attention. Over the next few weeks, we will focus on feelings, showing care and concern, and managing feelings.

Grade 2 is learning how to listen and focus attention, use positive self-talk and be assertive.  Over the next few weeks we will focus on handling mistakes and taking responsibility.

Lower Montessori social skills class is being taught by Pam Campbell, School Counselor and students are learning about the Zones of Regulation.

Kindergarten students are still participating in social skills class every other week and have been learning about managing strong emotions and problem solving.

Kids Food Packs-Helena Food Share

Kids food packs  for students receiving free or reduced lunch are being sent home every Friday.  If your student is not receiving a food pack and you would like one sent home, please contact me at 324-1240.

Transition to Middle School

Fifth graders will be meeting with the 6th grade HMS counselor, Jamie Pandis on Thursday, April 7 in their classrooms.

They will be attending the HMS Extravaganza at HMS on Tuesday, April 12 and HMS will be hosting a Parent Night on Tuesday, April 19.  Parents will receive more information as the dates gets closer.

Posted on December 14, 2015

December/January Counselor’s Corner

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, but for some, it can be a time of sadness, loneliness, and increased stress and anxiety. Those experiencing feelings of sadness or stress can benefit from:

  • Increased social support during this time of year.
  • Counseling or support groups.
  • Setting realistic goals and expectations.
  • Exposure to sunlight and outdoor activities.
  • Finding inexpensive ways to enjoy yourself.
  • Helping others.

A special ‘THANK YOU’ to all the community organizations that have helped make the holidays special for Central students and their families!!

In social skills class, kindergarten students have been feeling detectives.  They learned how to identify feelings in themselves and others (i.e. face, body, and situation) and are learning how to manage strong feelings by using a stop signal, naming their feeling, and calming down (e.g. belly breaths, counting, positive self-talk

In 3rd grade, students learned about accepting differences, showing compassion, and managing anxiety.  Over the next several classes, they will learn the steps to problem-solving.

Fourth graders learned how to join in, avoid jumping to conclusions, and are learning the steps to problem-solving.

In 5th grade, students learned how to disagree respectfully,how to calm down, and manage anxiety. We will be learning about making a plan and steps for a smooth transition.


Posted on November 3, 2015

November Counselor’s Corner

Central Kid’s College is Friday, November 6th!  

Staff and students wear your college apparel the week of November 2-6.

While seniors throughout the state of Montana are completing college applications during Montana College Application Week (November 2-6), students at Central are participating in college and career activities. On Friday during Kid’s College, students will participate in a class of interest presented by Central parents and staff. During social skills, students will learn about the importance of attendance and graduation, a variety of college and career options, and 4th -5th grade students will take the Graduation Matters Montana Pledge to Graduate.

Angel Fund applications are available through the end of November at the main office or the counseling office. The Angel Fund program supplies school appropriate clothing for students receiving free or reduced lunch and are attending school regularly.

Helena Food Share kid packs are sent home on Fridays. If you want to opt out or if your student is not receiving one and would like to, please contact me at 324-1240 or sberg@helenaschools.org.

Are you experiencing a transition and lack adequate shelter? Please contact me for available resources.

Posted on October 21, 2015

Red Ribbon Week is October 26-29

Staff and Student Celebration Days

Monday, October 26: School is Cool – Be a Respectful Learner

  • Wear your Central clothing or colors (Blue & Purple)
  • Pledge to respect yourself and be drug free-hang a red ribbon on the playground fence at recess

Tuesday, October 27: Keep Someone by Your Side

  • Dress up as a twin with a friend

Wednesday, October 28: Hats ‘off’ to being Healthy

  • Wear your favorite hat

Thursday, October 29: Respect Yourself – Be Drug Free

  • Wear as much red as possible

Mrs. Berg, School Counselor and Scruffy will be visiting all classrooms and showing a Sooper Puppy Video about making healthy choices.

Posted on October 1, 2015

October Counselor’s Corner

Second Step Social Skills classes have begun in kindergarten, upper Montessori, and 3-5th grades. This month we are focusing on being good learners, respect and empathy, respecting similarities and differences and ourselves. Ask your student what they are learning in social skills and please reinforce those skills at home.

Helena Food Share kid packs are sent home on Fridays. If you want to opt out or if your student is not receiving one and would like to, please contact me at 324-1240 or sberg@helenaschools.org.

Are you experiencing a transition and lack adequate shelter? Please contact me for available resources.

Angel Fund applications are available October 1 in the main office or in the counseling office. The Angel Fund program supplies school appropriate clothing for students receiving free or reduced lunch and are attending school regularly.

Central students will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 26-30.  The 2015 theme is Respect Yourself: Be Drug Free! Students will celebrate the week by dressing up each day, decorating their classroom door, and watching a Sooper Puppy Video.

PARENTS NEEDED!!  Students will be participating in Kids College the week of November 3-7 in conjunction with Montana’s College Application Week.  Please consider sharing your talents, career, or interests with students. Contact me or your students’ teacher if you are interested in participating in any way. Thank you!