Cathi Rude Administrator for Blue Creek School Billings, MTMrs. Cathi Rude, Administrator

Greetings families and friends. It is hard to believe we have 2013 under our belts! Once again, this year is going by so fast with so much to do! It is hard to believe we will be at our mid-way point (our 90thday) on January 23rd! This is also mid 2nd trimester. Then for our littlest students their 100th day of school will be fast approaching!

Building Maintenance

We are happy to share many of the updates and upgrades we have made to the building. You have probably noticed:

  • Security system to monitor the building and grounds when occupied and unoccupied.

  • New carpet and shelving in the library.

  • Officer area entry updated windows and counter tops.

  • New carpet in some classrooms.

  • New gutters on oldest end of the building.

Billings School District 2 Master Planning

Many of you may be aware that Billings School District 2 is in the planning stages of building two new middle schools. Their plan is to move to a 6th, 7th, and 8th grade model in all of their middle schools.  They have begun this process by moving some of their current 6th graders into the middle schools and will continue to move others in the transition period. This raises the question as to our 6th graders in the future.

Currently our students go to middle school in 7th grade at Riverside Middle School. We want to be cognizant of SD2 decisions and their potential impact on Blue Creek students. SD2 is not currently taking out of district 6thgraders such as ours into their middle schools. The Blue Creek Board of Trustees and I have been addressing and monitoring potential impacts as to decisions we will have to make in the future. A few scenarios could occur:

1.                     Blue Creek keeps 6th grade students at Blue Creek and they enter SD2 in 7th grade.

2.                     Blue Creek sends 6th graders to SD2.

3.                     Blue Creek explores other options for middle school, i.e., Elysian.

These scenarios will take much thought, input from stakeholders, and decision making as to what is the best for the district and its students. WE will continue to share information as this process evolves.

Links are provided to the Billings Public Schools Master Planning web pages for additional information.


Language Arts

-Saxon Phonics (K-3)

-Houghton Mifflin Reading (K-6)

-Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader

-A to Z Readers


-My Math by McGraw-Hill

-Singapore Math

-Renaissance Learning Accelerated Math

-Math Facts in a Flash

Core Knowledge

-The idea behind Core Knowledge is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The more you know, the more you are able to learn. This insight, well-established by cognitive science, has profound implications for teaching and learning. Nearly all of our most important goals for education–greater reading comprehension, the ability to think critically and solve problems, even higher test scores–are a function of the depth and breadth of our knowledge.


Montana Common Core State Standards


Time Line


    Continued implementation and Integration of the MT Common Core Standards

     All of MT was granted waiver to only take the new SBAC (*SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium) Assessment Field Test

What does this mean?


    the NCLB Act (No Child Left Behind Act) requires states to have an assessment tool to measure student progress in math and reading as well as science.

  Previously, the statewide assessment tool used was the Mont CAS CRT

    we will no longer take the paper/pencil Mont CAS CRT test for math and reading

    this year the SBAC assessment is a “test of the test”

     student scores will not be made available by the state of MT for the Field Test taken in spring of 2014

     the science portion, which for us is fourth grade only,           will continue to be paper/pencil

     Annual Yearly Progress scores carry over from 2012-2013.

     allows students a practice run at the new format of a computer adaptive test and performance tasks in the classroom

     allows schools to assess needs related to curriculum, instruction, and preparation

     allows technology abilities to be assessed


      Schools/Districts Full Implementation and Integration of MCCS and the SBAC Assessment

Learn more about this at:

Helpful Links


Reading (K-12 Interactive Reading Sites)

Math (Top Ten Math Sites according to Sylvan)


Montana Office of Public Instruction

Curriculum and Teacher Professional Development

Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)

The Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI)assists educators, parents, and other community members in developing the attitudes, skills, and systems necessary to ensure that each student, regardless of ability or disability, leaves public education and enters the community with social and academic competence.


Contact Info:


Phone: 259-0653