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Principal's Welcome Letter

Dear Parents and Students of Darby School:

Welcome back to the 2013-2014 school year.  I’m excited for the new year and looking forward to seeing you all again and a great year!.

This summer the Montana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, (MAHPERD) awarded Mrs. Caroline Ehmann the High School Health Enhancement Teacher of the Year.

This year school starts for K-9th grade on August 26, 2013.  All of the 5th, 6th and 7th grade students will start off the first day in their homeroom teacher’s classroom.

5th grade homeroom -- Mrs. McCready

6th grade homeroom -- Mr. May

7th grade homeroom -- Mr. McCrossin

The 8th and 9th grade students will begin their first day together in the high school gym for an assembly. The 10th - 12th grade students will start classes on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.  These students will also start off their first day with an assembly in the high school gym.

All students in the 8th - 12th grade will be able to pick up a copy of their schedule from the high school office on Friday, August 23, 2013 during the open house from 1-4pm.  After that, you can walk around and meet your teachers.  Schedule changes will be made during the first week of school and students will need to fill out a request for schedule change form at the office.

Our lunch prices have changed slightly:  K-5 will be charged $2.40 for lunch; 7-12 will be charged $2.70 for lunch; and adults will be charged $3.60 for lunch.  Breakfast continues to be free for every student in our school and will be served in the classroom like last year.  Additionally, the free and reduced forms are available at both offices.

This year there are some fees that need to be paid to the high school office during the first week of school.  Our school board has changed the activity fee from a pay-to-play fee to a single activity fee for all students 6-8 and 9-12.  This fee will cover the students admissions to all home games and participation in all activities.  Students desiring to participate in one of the sports that we are involved in a cooperative activity (girl’s soccer, wrestling, girl’s softball)  will pay additional fees to the cooperative school.  

Students in 6-8th grade need to pay a one time fee of $40.00 and students in 9-12th grade will need to pay a one time fee of $60.00. Additionally, all students in 5th-12th grade will be provided a combination locker this year, there is a $5.00 locker fee that will need to be paid to either office during the first week of school.

If you have any questions, please call me or stop by for a visit.

Jennifer Burdette

5-12 Principal

Back to School Letter

posted Aug 12, 2014, 12:49 PM by Jennifer Burdette   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 12:50 PM ]

August 12, 2014

Welcome back to school.  We are excited to see all of you this year, there will be some new faces and changes in the school this year.  Mr. Toynbee will be the K-7 principal and Mrs. Burdette will be the 8-12 principal.

The first day of school for K-9th grade will be Monday, August 25, 2014.  There will be some orientation activities for the 8th and 9th grade.  The first day of school for 10th-12th grade will be on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.  

The school day is starting this year at 8:20 am which means the tardy bell will be ringing at 8:15.  Breakfast will be served in the same format as last year.  All students will be released at 3:25 pm this year and on Friday at 2:25 pm so the afternoon bus stop times will be about 10 minutes earlier.

All students in the K-6th grade are eligible to eat lunch for free this year, but the 7-12th grade students still need to fill out the free and reduced eligibility form which is included in this letter.

Remember that there is no school on Thursday, Friday and Monday, August 28-September 1 due to the Ravalli County Fair and Labor Day.

Students in the 5th-12th grade will receive their class schedules on the first day of school.  Also, remember that your student will have a handbook that needs to be reviewed and signed and returned.  

Also, remember that if your student is enrolled in 7th-12th grade we need to collect a student body activity fee.  This fee allows the student to participate in sports and activities as well as entrance to all home games.  The fee is $40.00 for 7th and 8th graders and $60.00 for 9-12th graders.

If you have any questions, please call one of us at 821-3643 or 821-3252.


Mr. Chris Toynbee                                                           Mrs. Jennifer Burdette

Medical Foundations

posted May 19, 2014, 12:54 PM by Jennifer Burdette

Medical Foundation Class where you get the opportunity to job shadow various medical professions!

Pictured here are the Medical Foundation students who have been working hard all year and traveling to many offices in the area and learning hands on what jobs are available in the medical field.

County Spelling Bee

posted Feb 26, 2014, 2:39 PM by Jennifer Burdette   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 2:39 PM ]

A great big CONGRATULATIONS to Mikayla Weidow, 8th grade, for earning 2nd place at the Ravalli County Spelling Bee last night!!

Parent Newsletter 2/4/2014

posted Feb 4, 2014, 3:04 PM by Jennifer Burdette

Here we are in the month of February already.  With this bit of a cold snap I want to encourage you all to dress warmly and send your students to school with the appropriate clothing for keeping warm in the cold.

Congratulations to the Darby High School Students of the Month! Siri Nojd and Breanna Brickey.

On February 4, 2014, many of the high school students participated in the AMC Math Contest with Mr. Fladstol and many of the middle school students attended the Math Counts Competition in Missoula.

February is "I Love to Read" month.  There was a kick-off celebration in the Darby School Cafeteria on February 4 and there are many of activities throughout the month including reading for rewards!  Both the students and the faculty at Darby School have been encouraged to keep track of their minutes of reading to be entered into a drawing for some really great prizes at the end of the month.

If you haven't been to the high school office for a while, please stop by and see our new and improved waiting area! A great big thanks to Jenn Turner for designing this space.  Together with the woodworking class, she has brightened our entry area to the high school.

The high school prom is only about a month away.  Prom is scheduled for March 8 and will be held in the cafeteria.  The grand march will precede the prom and will be in the Jr. High gym.  The juniors have hired the world's tallest DJ Aaron Traylor who came to our school a year ago and did a presentation on never texting and driving!  They have also hired Double Exposure to provide the photography services this year.  All the students are getting very excited planning this Masquerade themed Prom.

Academic Awards and Positive Behavior Awards

posted Jan 21, 2014, 7:30 AM by Jennifer Burdette

The 5-8 Awards Assembly will be Monday, February 3rd from 2:45 to 3:15 in the HS gym.
This assembly will be for students and families.  This assembly will be for attendance, academics (A's and B's and straight A's), citizenship and Special Olympics.  

9-12 Award Assembly will be Monday, February 3rd at 9:30 am in the HS gym.  
This assembly will be for high school students and families.  This assembly will also feature awards for attendance, academics, citizenship and Special Olympics. 

The Universal (Green) reward for 5-12 students that have not earned a referral during the 2nd quarter will be an ice cream ticket to be used during the lunch break on Monday, February 3rd.  Students with a ticket may come to the FCS Room during the lunch break to receive a choice of several different ice cream treats.  

Darby Tigers are Positive, Respectful, Responsible & Safe!

Semester Test Week

posted Jan 10, 2014, 1:18 PM by Jennifer Burdette   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 1:26 PM ]

Good afternoon,
Next week is the semester test week and I wanted to post the semester exam schedule.  If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact me.  There will be a JH and HS ski trip on Friday, January 17, 2014.  So if your son or daughter is attending this trip, he/she needs to have all of their tests completed prior to going.  Thank you for helping us have a successful end to the first semester.

9-12 News December 17, 2013

posted Dec 17, 2013, 3:14 PM by Jennifer Burdette


National Honors Society
Rich Fladstol is the adviser for the National Honors Society at Darby High School.  There are 11 students who are a part of the National Honors Society.  Every year these students participate in community service projects to give back to our community.  This year, in addition to the road clean-up, the National Honor Society is running a recycling program.  There are three collection cans located on the high school campus and the students report that they collect an average of 1 large garbage bag of plastic bottles each week.  These bottles are then transported to the recycling center.

Farmers State Bank Junior Board of Directors
Each year there are two representatives to the Farmers State Bank Junior Board of Directors from each of the valley schools.  Darby High School's representatives this year are Haley McClure and Sarai McCollaum.  This year the Farmers State Bank Board of Directors challenged each group of representatives to prepare a proposal for a $1,000.00 grant to be awarded to a non-profit organization in their community.  The students were then required to present these grant proposals to the Board of Directors and three would be awarded.  I am very happy to announce that Haley and Sarai's grant proposal was awarded and the Darby Community Library will be the recipient this year of the $1,000.00 grant.  When I talked to Wendy Campbell, the library director she responded, "The Darby Community Public Library is grateful to be the recipient of the grant award through Farmers State Bank for adult and community services.  I am especially impressed with Haley and Sarai’s support of our community through this work.  Our library has worked hard to build our children’s programs through grant support and community volunteers, and this grant will allow us the opportunity to start addressing the need of community and adult programs and support at the library.  We are exploring ways to offer additional computer classes, discussion groups, and summer workshops for adults. To better assist patrons, we are seeking additional technology training for staff.  Presently, we also seek to support the Montana Study scheduled to start in January.  Our budget cannot support these services, so we rely on grants and community volunteers to provide needed community programs and resources.  This award is an unexpected gift of library services to the Darby community."  Thank you to Haley and Sarai for their dedication to their community. 

Practice SAT
There will be a practice SAT test at the library on Tuesday, December 31st.  The library tutor, Barbara Ackerman, is going to go over the test instructions and a select few preliminary exam questions for the group to do together in the morning before the test is administered.  This is the practice test that anyone can download from the official SAT test site. Mrs. Campbell is also hoping to do a practice ACT in the future. If you have any further questions, please contact Wendy Campbell at 406-821-4771 or librarian@darbylibrary,net.

Academic Lettering
At the end of last school year, Haley McClure wrote a proposal to the school district to request that the school implement an Academic Lettering system for students who focus on academics and may not be athletes.  In the written proposal, she discussed that students who put a lot of time an work into achieving high grades should be recognized at an awards assembly with a letter and pin and not just through a certificate for Honor Roll. She did a lot of research into the possibility of academic lettering.  After her research, she requested to appear before the School Board at a meeting this fall to request that Academic Lettering be adopted by the board.  At the meeting in October, the School Board adopted this proposal.  What does this mean for Darby High School students? A student who maintains a cumulative 3.5 GPA for an entire year will be recognized at an award's banquet with a Darby High School letter.  Then each semester after the initial year if the student maintains a 3.5-3.7 GPA he/she will receive a silver pin; with the maintaining of a 3.8-4.0 GPA he/she will receive a gold pin.  The positive outcome of an academic program of this nature will be to reward students who are pushing themselves to be the best student that he/she can be.  We are excited to implement this program starting with this school year. 

Darby High School Students of the Month

posted Dec 6, 2013, 10:55 AM by Diana Thomas   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 11:07 AM ]

Zach McCrossin

Zach McCrossin is a freshman. He was nominated by his teachers for his work ethic, dedication and competitive drive. His teachers also described Zach as polite, centered and solid. Zach is an exemplary student athlete a Darby Schools. He is especially passionate about basketball where the same traits that made him student of the month are on full display, leading to a great degree of success on the court. Zach’s commitment to being respectful and dedicated are appreciated and valued by the staff and faculty at Darby High School.

Tori Johnston

Tori Johnston is a junior. She was nominated by her teachers for her work ethic, academic drive and diligence. Tori is an extremely involved student at Darby High School. She participates in volleyball, basketball and track. She is also involved in Student Council, Youth Legislature and Model United Nations as well as being a member of National Honors Society. Tori is a spark-plug, bringing energy and enthusiasm to all she does. Tori’s commitment to excellence inside and outside the classroom is valued and appreciated by the staff and faculty at Darby High School.

Darby's faculty recognizes your excellence and appreciates you!

Opportunity to Practice the SAT

posted Dec 3, 2013, 1:22 PM by Jennifer Burdette

101 ½ South Marshall Street, Post Office Box 909, Darby, Montana 59829, (406) 821-4771

Darby Community Public Library

SAT Practice Test

December 31, 2013

9AM-2:30 PM

Open to any student 9th-12th grade

The library is offering this unofficial test to help students prepare for taking the official Scholastic Aptitude Test.  The test will simulate the official test using the official practice test available from the SAT College Board. This service is sponsored by the library.  

Students will need to bring a test approved calculator (ask your math teacher or check at the library) and are welcome to bring a watch (without an audible alarm).  Also, students should come well rested and well fed.

Students will need snacks and lunch, or money for lunch. Participants will be allowed to go get their lunch and return for scoring so they may discuss and score their test over lunch. Juices and bottled water will be provided.

Please contact the library by phone at 406.821.4771 or by email at to register.  Space is limited to fifteen students.

Schedule for Practice Test day

9 AM Answer sheet review and coding

9:05 AM Watch video What is the SAT?, What does the SAT test?

9:10 AM Practice Questions Group Work to prepare students for the test

9:40 AM Mathematics exam

10:10 AM Language exam

10:40 AM Language exam

11:10 AM Break

11:25 AM Mathematics exam

11:55 PM Language exam

12:25 PM Language exam

12:45 PM Break

1:00 PM Mathematics exam

1:20 PM Language exam

1:30 PM Break for lunch

2 PM Students score their tests

9-12 Grade Weekly News 12-2-13

posted Dec 2, 2013, 11:25 AM by Jennifer Burdette


Good morning on this first Monday in December.  In addition to the changes in the weather, there are changes coming in the sports seasons.  Over the next few weeks, the junior high boys basketball team will be finishing up their season.  This week there is a game on Tuesday, December 3, at Lone Rock.  It will start at 4:00pm with a 7th and an 8th grade game.  The bus will leave at 2:30 on that afternoon. 

The new season of high school Girl's and Boy's Basketball starts off this Saturday, December 7, with a Red/White scrimmage at 5:00pm in the Darby High School gym.  The girls will play first followed by the boys team.  Come out and cheer on the Tigers as they start their new season.  Both of the coaches are excited about the upcoming season.  Mr. JP McCrossin is coaching the girl's team this year and this will be the start of his 12th year of coaching Girl's Basketball for the Darby Tigers.  He said that he is looking forward to the new exciting year with the girls.  There are a few foreign exchange students out for the team this year.  These girls will combine with an energized group of Juniors and Seniors to deliver an exciting basketball season.  Mr. Scott Marsh will be coaching the boy's team this year which starts his 5th season of coaching for the Darby Tigers.  He is looking forward to watching his team grow this year.  There is only one senior on the team this year.  But, with a lot of energetic and eager young players he is excited to watch them learn and grow into a successful varsity team that might just make a run at a District title!

The wrestlers are in a co-op for a third year with Corvallis High school and they will be participating in their first meet on Saturday, December 7.  The Junior Varsity will be in Kalispell and the Varsity will be in Polson.  There are three Darby Tiger wrestlers.

The second quarter of the school year is flying by and the Mid-Quarter grade reports will be going out in the mail on December 11.  Please encourage your child to keep up with his/her grades by checking the Infinite Campus portal.  If you haven't already, you can sign up to check your child's grades too with your own log in to the Infinite Campus portal.  Please call Mrs. Jenn Turner at the high school office and she will walk you through the steps to creating your own account log in.

Congratulations to Siri Nojd and Dawson Jakober who both earned awards at Model UN last week for being in the top 20 presentations for the week. Mr. Steve Gideon took 17 students to Model UN in Missoula last week on Monday and Tuesday.  Darby represented four countries while there including Denmark and Spain.  All four of our foreign exchange students were able to participate as well.  There were 17 schools in attendance at the event.  Most of these 17 students will return to participate in the Youth Legislature this spring!

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