Campus “Hustle Projects” continue to be completed with support of local businesses

Montgomery ISD continues to be so very thankful for the commitment our local business partners have to supporting the students and staff in our district!

In April 2021, the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation hosted the first Together We Grow Community Fundraiser and presented each campus with the opportunity to win a campus grant to pay for a “hustle project” of the principal’s choice. A fun competition took place between the campuses selling hustle tickets to their campus families and community members in order to have their campus’ hustle project funded.

Oak Hills JH and Lone Star ES were the two grant winners at the event, earning grants from the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation to fund an outdoor learning space (OHJH) and a book vending machine (LSE). After attending the event and seeing each campus’ wish, local Montgomery businesses began to work with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to help fund the wishes of other campuses. Six of the eight other hustle projects have been completed or funded by local area businesses.

A delivery of gravel to the garden at Stewart Creek ES happened over the summer, thanks to a generous donation of labor and supply from Hauser Land Services.

In August, Keenan ES and Montgomery ES both received donations for their hustle project wish. Woodmen Life Insurance donated beautiful benches for the garden at Keenan ES and Coco Phillips and Pat Prein with Coffee News gave a financial donation for a book vending machine at Montgomery ES.

This month two more campus hustle projects were completed at both Lake Creek HS and Lincoln ES. Dan and Debby Dykes of Network in Action donated a sonic-style ice machine to the faculty and staff of Lake Creek HS and Dr. Mariana Coconu of Lakeside Dental Practice donated money for the purchase of water bottle refilling stations around campus at Lincoln ES.

Montgomery JH has received a donation from Pam Westlake Realty to provide new computers for the students use and that photo will be shared when the computers arrive on campus.

Montgomery ISD wants to thank the Montgomery ISD Education Foundation for the start of the hustle project idea, as well as the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce for connecting our business partners with our schools and helping to get these gifts for our students and staff. Montgomery ISD is on #onepathtogether with our community partners!

Montgomery ES receives iPad donation from Suddenlink

Montgomery Elementary Principal Bobby Ingalls, Library Media Specialist Kelli Kojis, MISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Carrie Fitzpatrick, Montgomery Mayor Sara Countryman, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannan Reid are joined by Suddenlink representatives

Montgomery Elementary School is starting the 2021-22 school year with new iPads thanks to the generosity of Suddenlink Communications. The internet and media provider delivered 15 iPads and 600 composition notebooks to the campus on the first day of classes.

“Our company is committed to supporting education across the country,” Suddenlink Marketing Engagement Manager Curt Allison said. “The Montgomery area is very important to us as a company. We’re always looking for opportunities to support the incredible students of Montgomery ISD.”

Montgomery ES Principal Bobby Ingalls said donations like this from business partners have a significant impact on their campus in many ways.  

“This generous donation is invaluable to our campus,” Ingalls said. “Support from community partners empowers us to use our campus budget in other ways that enhance student learning environments.”

The campus already has plans in place for the new devices, which will benefit all grade levels in a variety of subject areas.

“Students across all grade levels will be able to use these devices in several subject areas,” Montgomery ES Library Media Specialist Kelli Kojis said. “The possibilities are truly endless.”

Robert “Bobby” Ingalls named new principal of Montgomery ES

Montgomery ISD Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison has named Mr. Robert “Bobby” Ingalls as principal of Montgomery Elementary School.

Ingalls holds nearly 27 years of experience in public education, having served the previous 19 years as an elementary school principal in the Great Falls Public School District in Montana. Ingalls is currently the principal of Chief Joseph Elementary School in Great Falls Montana, a position he has served in for the previous 12 years.

“My family and I are excited and humbled for the opportunity to join the Montgomery Elementary School Bearcat family as the next leader of their amazing campus,” Ingalls said. “I look forward to working with our students, staff and families to build upon the foundation and culture of excellence that has been established at MES.”

During the interview process, Ingalls expressed a strong desire to focus on supporting the professional growth and development of the staff at MES and build strong relationships with school families and community supporters. He brings to Montgomery ISD extensive experience leading a Title I elementary campus and serving students with unique educational needs.

“Bobby’s experience and accomplishments as a campus leader are remarkable,” Morrison said. “We have found an outstanding leader for Montgomery Elementary School, and I have full confidence that he will lead MES to even greater academic heights and empower our staff to continue to meet the needs of students and families.”   

Ingalls will start his new role in July. Ingalls takes over as principal from Mrs. Carrie Fitzpatrick, who was named Montgomery ISD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education in April.

“Mr. Ingall’s success in meeting the needs of early learners, using data to drive instructional practice, and supporting the professional growth of educators makes him a fantastic fit for this role,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m excited to see the dynamic leadership he will bring to MES.”

Ingalls holds a Masters in Administration from the University of Great Falls, a Master of Elementary Education from Montana State University-Northern, and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Doane College.

Montgomery ISD Destination Imagination Teams Impress at Regional and State Competition

As with many events this school year, the Destination Imagination (DI) tournaments were set on a virtual stage this year. Montgomery ISD sent five teams to the regional level of competition. Of those five, four teams advanced to the state competition. In the end, Absolute 7 from Oak Hills Junior High and D.I. oh_My! from Lincoln Elementary earned a spot at globals. A first for MISD.

Destination Imagination is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative problem solvers. Students form teams of up to seven members. Upon forming their team, a challenge is selected and the team works together to develop a solution. Each team has at least one team manager (often a parent or teacher) tasked with keeping the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with their challenge solution.

“We are proud of the hard work, imagination, and creativity demonstrated by the Destination Imagination teams in MISD,” Director of Special Programs Amy Busby said. “Even though they were presented with unique challenges and new formats due to COVID restrictions, they persevered and had a successful competition season.”

Regional Results:
Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advanced to State)
The Pixel Racers (Montgomery JH) – 6th place
Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 2nd place (advanced to State)
D.I.oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place and Instant Challenge Award (advanced to State)
Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 1st place (advanced to State)

State Results:
Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 11th place
Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 4th place (advancing to Globals)
D.I. oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advancing to Globals)
Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 6th place and Instant Challenge Award

Montgomery ES is STATE BOUND!


The MES DI Team is HEADED TO STATE! Congratulations to this amazing team of students who won FIRST PLACE in BOTH Instant Challenge and Team Challenge in the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament! We are so incredibly proud of these students and all of their creativity, genius, and hard work! Shout out to their amazing leaders, Mrs. Robin Riley and Mrs. Cindy Siple for selflessly giving up their time and for their support and leadership of these incredible students! (masks were removed for photo)

Montgomery ES Art Classes with Ms. Petty are teaching our Bearcats how to paint, mold and ‘weave’ their imaginations through art

Ms. Petty’s fourth grade art classes are having a blast painting ceramic coil pots. Mrs. Stevenson’s students are shown below smiling big with their clay creations. While 4th graders are painting clay, first grade art classes are learning about symmetry by painting mixed media hearts; Mrs. Casey’s class is pictured below. Third grade is enjoying weaving their art skills all together by creating woven animals. It was fun to see Mrs. Rodriguez’s class working hard to bring their weavings to life.