Principal's Posts

Welcome to Darby High School


 Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

            Welcome back to an exciting 2015-2016 school year.  As the new High School principal, my goal for this year is to create an enriched learning environment that engages your child.  Darby High School has an excellent teaching staff with a wealth of knowledge and an outstanding support staff, who work in different capacities to support your child’s learning.   We will continue to strive for excellence in the education we provide to the students in our school.

           Darby Schools will be welcoming some new faces to our staff this year. Sean Bryers will be teaching Art classes, Angela Lawrence (5-8 math), and Bryce Nelson (5-8 Science).  Some familiar faces will be in different roles this upcoming year.  Mrs. Burdette has moved into the classroom to teach English, while Mr. Dufresne is our new Dean of Students and Mrs. Hedges will be in the middle school resource room. Tracie McCrossin and Staci Evans-Smith make up our Title I team.  There will be a YEP (Youth Enhancement Program) in the High School this year.    

We urge you to keep this handbook and use it as a reference guide throughout the school year.  To assure that each child and his or her family have received this resource, we ask you to sign and return the form indicating your reception of the handbook.  We request that you read, and discuss with your child the behavioral expectations that are included in the handbook.   Additionally, you will find several other important forms along with this handbook which we would like you to complete and return as soon as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call. 

You are always welcome to visit our school, communicate with your student’s teachers as well as myself, and be an active part of your child’s educational experiences here at Darby High School.  All of us are here to help your child reach his or her full potential and I look forward to working with each of you throughout the school year.

 JP McCrossin, 8-12 Principal

Summer Special Olympics Winner

posted May 26, 2015, 9:28 AM by Jennifer Burdette

A great big shout out to Tilore Spears who won the 800 Meter and 1500 Meter races at the Summer Special Olympic Games this past week.  

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

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