Blue Ribbon                                                                                    Hellgate

     "Decision 2022” - A Roadmap to the Future… 

    Hellgate Elementary is the largest Montana independent K-8 elementary school district and is located on the western edge of the city of Missoula, Montana. In 1869, Hellgate Elementary began as a one-room school house to serve the educational needs of 16 farm children. Today, the school district has grown to over 43 acres in size, has a student population near 1,500 students, and over 160 employees work for the school district on a daily basis.

     Over the past one hundred and forty-nine (149) years, the Hellgate Elementary school community has worked to create a school district that has a unique and identifiable school culture.  Moreover, the school district has developed, over time, a set of non-negotiable core values, beliefs, and traditions that have provided its students, parents, and community with a system of understanding and meaning as to what its local school district has stood for. In truth, Hellgate Elementary has not invented these core values, beliefs, and traditions. It has, however, researched what has made school districts successful, and has borrowed, over time, ideas and concepts from other school districts that mirror what the Hellgate Elementary Board of Trustees has wanted for the school district.

     As such, Hellgate Elementary has, over time, created a school district where students believe school is a welcoming, friendly, and safe place, where students are accepted for who they are, and students believe they are valued members of their school community. School decisions are made that are educationally defensible, socially acceptable, and fiscally responsible. Students are actively involved in their learning; motivated to continue learning; and prepared to be successful in whatever career path they choose to take. A school culture has been created where smaller, more intimate learning environments exist, the quality of instruction has become the constant quantity and time has become the variable quantity, and introduction and application of new learning concepts have been enhanced by a robust technological infrastructure.

     The Hellgate Elementary Board of Trustees, after intense review, revision, and discussion, adopted a long-range vision/mission plan for Hellgate Elementary. The plan has been labeled “Decision 2022”. The plan sought to, and I believe successfully accomplished, memorialize all that Hellgate Elementary has stood for in its past and wishes to be into its future into a document that can and will serve as the guiding force behind all district decision-making and educational initiatives for the next eight years.

     The Hellgate Elementary Board of Trustees wishes to thank the North Clackamas School District, Milwaukie, Oregon, and its Strategic Planning Team that allowed Hellgate Elementary to adapted, with permission, their conceptual framework and embed that framework into the “Decision 2022” document.

    Please review the “Decision 2022” document. The document will give you a good look at Hellgate Elementary benchmark goals and the philosophical framework that serves to make Hellgate Elementary one of Montana’s premiere public educational institutions.



    Douglas Reisig, Ed.D.

    Superintendent, Hellgate Elementary