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Building Interest: Tour brings careers to life for middle school students

Career Day brings professionals to high school

Whitefish graduation rate steadily improving

Little Digger Day

Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids

Exxon, First Interstate Bank give boxes of books to Lockwood kids

Columbia Falls graduation rate fell last year

Laurel High School receives a Graduation Matters challenge grant

Billings Gazette opinion: High school gradution initiatives paying off

Career Center students gear up for competition in Havre

State Superintendent Announces Graduation Matters Grants in Kalispell

$203,000 for Graduation Matters Iocal initiatives

Montana schools awarded 35 grants

$203K awarded across Montana for Graduation Matters efforts

Students gather to promote safe schools

Student Advisory Board meeting covers cyber-bullying

Havre, Box Elder, get Graduation Matters grants

Columbia Falls Receives Graduation Matters Grant

Graduation Matters grants offered to local school districts

Bozeman schools get $8K for Graduation Matters

GraduationMatters awards $10K for Great Falls schools

Tribune editorial: Graduation does matter, to all of us

Grants help lower dropout rates at Bitterroot Valley schools

Montana hands out more Graduation Matters grants

Gazette opinion: Community must ensure graduation matters

Graduation Matters Montana Celebration Held in Helena
January 25, 2013

Graduation Matters Celebrates at The Capitol
January 24, 2013

Educators Promote Students to Stay in School
January 24, 2013

SAF Grants $50,000 to Support Local Graduation Matters Initiatives

SD2 Dropout Rate Needs to be Addressed, Say Business Leaders, Educators

New Emphasis on High School Needed to Improve U.S. Education, Expert Says

West student beats odds to graduate, boosts Graduation Matters efforts

Students learn why ... 'Graduation Matters'

Op Ed: Preparing Montana's Students for Tomorrow's Opportunities

St. Ignatius Showcases Student Work, Graduation Initiative Juneau Unveils "Bu

St. Ignatius Showcases Student Work, Graduation Initiative

Juneau Unveils "Bully Free Montana" website

Student Advisory Board Gathers To Team Build, Strengthen Voices

Montana Students Starting to Take Graduation Pledge

Stevi Gets Graduation Matters Grant

Kalispell Schools Awarded $10K Grant

Billings Schools Receive Grant Money

Montana Schools Recieve Grants

Great Falls Gets 'Graduation Matters' Grant

SD2 Gets $10K to Fight High School Dropout Rate

Graduation Matters Program Brings $10,000 to Billings Schools

Finishing High School

Graduation Matters: MT Tech speaks to Anaconda High

State Dropout Prevention Program gets $450K Grant

State's Dropout Prevention Dampaign gets a Funding Boost

Washington Foundation Donates $450K to Fight Dropout Rate

Schools get Big Donation

Washington Foundation Gives $450,000 Grant to Help Montana's 'Graduation Matters

Graduation Matters Receives $450,000 Grant

Graduation Matters Gallatin Working to Reduce Dropout Rates

VHS Junior Natalie McAlpine: Stepping into Leadership

Gazette Opinion: Success Strategy, One Size Doesn't Fit All Students

Student Advisory Board Discusses Post-Graduation Choices

Graduation Matters Initiative Gets Montana's High School Students Involved

Community aims to reduce student dropout rates

Juneau promotes "Graduation Matters" in Great Falls

Graduation Matters

Opinion: Billings Community Can Boost Graduation Rate

Superintendent Denise Juneau Unveils "Graduation Matters" to CSKT Council to Hel

State Superintendent Visits LES

State School Leader Visits Lakeside Class

Juneau Touts Graduation Program, Education Standards

State Superintendent of Schools Takes Tour

Graduation Matters: Success in Life Starts in High School, Freshmen Told

Graduation Matters Program Spotlighted in Kalispell

Graduation Matters Program Coming to Kalispell Schools

Graduation Matters Rally Held in Missoula

Education Initiative Aims to Lower Dropout Rate

Diploma Key to Success, by Supt. Reksten

Graduation Matters, by Supt. Schottle

Kalispell works to improve graduation rate

Get Class of 2020 ready for college, careers

Native American Students Pledge to Graduate

New Program Designed to Keep Kids in School

Denise Juneau Visits Ravalli County

Bullying Continues to Gain Attention from State Officials and Specialists

Butte School Test Scores Up

Parents Can Help Prevent Students' Summer Reading Loss

High school diploma provides economic stimulus

Juneau to recommend "core standards" to make graduates college- and career-ready

Teens Address Issues in Schools: Bullying and Lack of Support Key Issues

Common core is reasonable alternative to No Child Left Behind

Greater Expectations

Chronicle editorial: Increasing compulsory attendance a smart move

Session has its work cut out

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Montana dropout age draws testimony at Capitol

Why Graduation Matters to All Montanans, Supt. Juneau

Montana schools chief wants to raise compulsory age to 18

Law should stop encouraging 16-year-old dropouts, Gazette Opinion

Lambert Teen lends voice to state policy

Staying in School: Hamilton student gives input on improving graduation rates

Montana students meet in Helena, offer advice to Juneau


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Graduation Matters Wolfpoint Kickoff Celebration

March 24th

By Jennifer Bezanson

Wolfpoint Schools will kick off their Graduation Matters Wolfpoint Initiative!

Graduation Matters Montana Challenge Fund Grant announcements

March 12, 2014

By Jennifer Bezanson

On March 12, Superintendent Juneau announced the award of 35 grants to Montana schools and United Ways to increase the number of Montana students who graduate from high school prepared for college and careers, for a total of $203,000 to support local Graduation Matters initiatives across the state. This is up from 25 grants totaling $165,000 in 2013. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives. In addition, State Farm Insurance ($10,000), Steele Reese Foundation ($20,000), AT&T ($20,000) and the Going to the Sun Rally Foundation ($3,000) provided funding to add to this year’s Graduation Matters Montana Challenge Fund grants.

Announcement of GMM and SAF Grant

December 6, 2012

By Allyson Hagen

Superintendent Juneau and Kelly Cresswell, vice president of Foundation Activities at Student Assistance Foundation (SAF), will announce the 10 Graduation Matters communities who will be receiving $50,000 in grants from the Graduation Matters Montana Student Assistance Foundation College Readiness Fund. Each community will receive $5,000.

Graduation Matters Townsend, MT

November 30, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Townsend holds a family-community I Pledge to Graduate event.

Graduation Matters Hardin, MT

November 6, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Hardin launches 2012 GMM with a family and community evening celebration and I Pledge to Graduate event.

Graduation Matters Box Elder, MT

November 1, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Box Elder holds a school-wide I Pledge to Graduate event.

Graduation Matters Thompson Falls, MT

October 22, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Thompson Falls launches GMM with the Harlem Globetrotter’s Harlem Ambassador’s talking about the importance of setting high expectations and hosting a faculty basketball game for the community.

Graduation Matters Missoula, MT

October 16, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Missoula hosts community at a morning walkabout on their new Health Sciences Academy.

Graduation Matters Anaconda, MT

October 10, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Anaconda launches 2012 GMM with an outdoor town center rally that includes community leaders presenting why high school graduation matters to them and all students K-12 take the Pledge to Graduate.

Graduation Matters Lame Deer, MT

October 8, 2012

By Deb Halliday

GM Lame Deer hosts OPI staff during their professional development day on a two-hour GMM presentation via Vision Net.

GM Great Falls launches 2012 GMM

September 27, 2012

By Deb Halliday

A highlight includes 138 empty desks representing the number of students who dropped out last year, and the City Council passes a resolution supporting Graduation Matters Great Falls.