Dear Ennis Mustang Families and the Ennis Community,
We made it! Today marks the last day of school for the 2022 school year. It has been a crazy day with excitement of kids checking out, year end parties, awards, etc. A lot of laughs and smiles, which is what it is all about. A handful of high school boys even rode their horses to school and got the attention of quite a few folks, especially Ms. Newman and myself. Luckily, they didn’t leave them for us to take care of!
We are more than pleased with how the school year ended up. I was impressed and proud of our students this year. These kids are involved and very well rounded. A school is only as good as the people we have working in it. Our staff is very, very good. I was impressed with the camaraderie and teamwork that the classified and certified staff demonstrated all year. We have a good team who keeps students the priority. Just recently at the annual Lions Club Awards Banquet, the Ennis School Teachers were recognized as “Citizens of the Year.” A very great honor and very well deserved.
Our community is exceptional in their support of the school. The amount of giving this community has, in my opinion, is the best in Montana. I think that this can be easy to lose track of on occasion as it is just so “normal.” This community is outstanding and the support makes our school that much stronger. For example, we graduated 28 students and over $100,000 in local scholarships were given out. Yes, I said local scholarships! We are so fortunate.
Our enrollment continues to grow. We have toured several families this spring that will be enrolling their children in the fall. The building project/facility expansion continues to be actively discussed amongst the planning committee and the school board. We encourage your feedback as well as any questions you have. Also, please check the school website for updated information.
We have faced several challenges this year and continue to face challenges, primarily with school staffing. Unfortunately, there is an extreme school staffing shortage nationwide and we feel it in Ennis. We have it better than most, but it is still not ideal. We had several retirements and resignations this year making it a challenge to fill those vacancies. We are still searching for a K-12 art teacher, math teacher, and recently a science teacher. In terms of classified staff, we are in search of 2 route drivers and custodians. We are optimistic we will get the positions filled, but need your help in getting the word out.
This summer the school will not get a rest. We have several camps scheduled for kids as well as other events going on. Please check the school website for information. The central office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm.
In closing, have a great summer. School will resume for the students on Wednesday, August 24th. We are so glad you send your children to school here, so thank you.
Casey Klasna - Supt.