Happy Holidays, 2018!

As we prepare for the hectic holidays, I wanted to share a gift of hope. Billings Skyview High School teacher Bridgett Paddock spoke to Billings Public Schools teachers on the first day of the school year in August. She recently posted her speech “On Finding Balance” which is about hope. I find it so timely to the holiday season, and hope you enjoy her wonderful gift of words! 

Opportunities for our student writers in 2019

  • Student Podcast Challenge- the first annual Student Podcast Challenge is underway. For 5th-12th graders, this is an opportunity for students to write and produce a podcast. Contest runs January 1 - March 31, and winners will be announced in April and shared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
  • Montana Poetry Out Loud 2018-19 is underway statewide, and there is still time to involve your students! To gain valuable insight into the program’s benefits, and inspire your students’ participation, view the wonderful newly released mini-documentary on Montana Poetry Out Loud, created by MAPS Media Institute. For information on regional contests, contact Monica Grable at the Montana Arts Council, 406-444-6522.

  • New Montana Voices, a literary magazine dedicated to the relevance of Montana’s young adults to the vibrant cultural polylogue of today, is accepting poetry, prose, and photography for their upcoming publication. Cash awards for students and teachers are available! Find out more.

  • The Western Governor’s Association announces the 4th Annual “Celebrate the West” regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works of art inspired by their state. The entry deadline is April 28, 2109, and students are welcome to submit artwork used for other contests or assignments. Student’s artwork will be returned. Details here!

  • 2019 Sejong Writing Competition aims to introduce young adults to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The deadline is March 31, 2019, and is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity. Here is more information.

Thanks for reading!

Christy Mock-Stutz, English Language Arts & Literacy Instructional Coordinator
cmstutz@mt.gov   | 406-422-2185

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