Middle School

  • Thriving 6th Graders - CJMS

    Thriving 6th Graders at Chief Joseph Middle School

    August 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Thriving 6th Graders is the perfect opportunity to learn ways to support your child with their transition into middle school, learn about resources available to students and parents, and get tips on parenting. Join us for this free class presented by the Thrive Parent Liaison and CJMS Principals.

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  • March Mentor in the Spotlight: Susan Dawson

    CAP Mentor at: Morning Star Elementary CAP Mentor for: 3 years! Susan has been mentoring her same CAP Student for 3 years! During that time, Susan has built a close, caring, and supportive relationship with her CAP Student. Together, they have created projects such as: a birthday cake that looks like a dog (!), and…

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  • Thrive Block Party

    September 13 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    The 3rd Annual Thriving Community Month Block Party will be held on Thursday, September 13th at Thrive from 4:00p – 7:00p.   Music | Carnival Games | Snacks | Toy Raffle | Popcorn | Cotton Candy | Community Fun! R.S.V.P. below:

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  • February Mentor in the Spotlight: Ann Dickensheets

    CAP Mentor at: Irving School CAP Mentor for: 5 years! Ann is truly the CAP Mentor that every child should have. After 2 years of previous CAP Mentoring experience, Ann has been with her current CAP Student for 3 years, changing schools this year just to be able to stay matched with her student! Ann…

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  • Grow Your Daydreams at this Year’s Girls for a Change Summit

        Written by Greta Moore, Girls for a Change Program Coordinator at Thrive.  Article also published in Montana Parent Magazine (January 2018 Edition.) When I was a teenager, like most, I had no idea what life would look like beyond the concrete walls of high school. Though my school was relatively inclusive and representative…

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  • The Importance of Games

    Written by Maria Malloy, Youth Programs Manager at Thrive.  Article also published in Montana Parent Magazine (November, 2017 Edition.) “Let’s play a game,” is a phrase that brings smiles to so many faces. Games are a fundamental way that humans interact and learn. They provide so many benefits for people of all interests and abilities.…

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    Thrive Mentoring: A Story of Community

    Written by Maria Malloy, Youth Programs Manager at Thrive.  Article also published in Montana Parent Magazine (October, 2017 Edition.) Where did the word mentor first come from? The word first appeared in the Greek poet Homer’s Odyssey tale.  When Odysseus, the king, goes to fight in the Trojan War, he puts the care of his son…

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    Thrive at School

    Written by Anna Redbond Summer vacation has come and gone, and somehow we’re already back to the school routine, with early morning scrambles to get lunches ready and school bags packed. The start of a school year always comes with a transition or two, whether that be a new teacher, a new school or even…

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    Girls on the Run is so Much (Family) Fun!

    Written by Maura Riley, Thrive’s Girls for a Change and Girls on the Run Assistant.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for today’s young girls to navigate this crazy world. Every friend they make, picture they post, status they update, and joke they laugh at is judged and scrutinized by everyone around them.…

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    Adolescents and Autonomy

    If it feels like your child has been moving away from you from the moment they were born, it’s because they have. We nurture them, comfort them, keep them safe, teach them how to be in the world and they take all these wonderful gifts and use them to grow and go. And that’s what…

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    Spring Girls on the Run Coach in the Spotlight: Megan Deveau

    Head Coach for Girls on the Run at Irving Elementary School   What Girls on the Run coaches say about her:  “Megan has been such an amazing head coach this season, who has truly gone above and beyond for the girls that she worked with! She was such a passionate, patient and kind role model who…

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    April Mentor in the Spotlight: Becky Imberi

    CAP Mentor at Chief Joseph Middle School CAP Match for Three Years What her student says: She’s very kind. Becky’s the best CAP pal ever. It’s very fun being with her! What her CAP Coordinator says: Becky, it is such a pleasure working with you! You always come in with such a great attitude, and…

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    February Mentor in the Spotlight: Jenny Sheets

    CAP Mentor at Sacajawea Middle School CAP match for: 3 years   What CAP Coordinators say: Jenny, congratulations on being our January mentor in the spotlight!  I so enjoy catching up with you and your CAP student each Monday.  You are so sweet and patient.  Each time I check in, you have a big project…

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    Thrive talks mentoring and parenting tips with Rob Watson

    Written by Anna Redbond, Thrive’s Communications Coordinator. January is National Mentoring Month. In honor of the celebration, Thrive interviewed Bozeman School District Superintendent, Rob Watson, to discuss mentoring, role models and his one piece of golden parenting advice. Was there anyone who was a mentor or role model for you growing up? My parents were…

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  • Embrace Your Story: Teen Summit Challenges Girls to Embrace Their Future

    Embrace Your Story Teen Summit Challenges Girls to Explore their Future By Molly Cech, Former GFAC Core Committee Member A participant and presenter collaborate on a piece of jewelry during a 2014 GFAC Workshop. Each year the conference draws hundreds of girls from across the West to participate in a day of fun, learning, and personal development.…

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  • CAP Success Story: Jim & James

    I want you to take a moment and picture being James. James is nine years old, and he is in third grade.  He is like many children his age: let’s say his favorite book is James and Giant Peach, his favorite food is macaroni and cheese, and he has recently decided that he wants to…

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  • Parent Liaison

    Parent Liaison Building a bridge between the home and school. Connect with a Parent Liaison today! What is a Parent Liaison? Parent Liaisons (PLs) are professionals who work in the schools and facilitate parenting classes, connect parents to community resources and support parent-teacher collaboration. Did you know? There is now a Parent Liaison in every school…

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  • Child Advancement Project (CAP)

    The Child Advancement Project One hour a week. Transformative impact. Become a CAP Mentor! Become a CAP mentor In just one hour a week, as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor you can help a child believe in themselves. Join our community of over 600 students and professionals invested in local children. Become a CAP mentor…

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  • Make this Thanksgiving Memorable with Stories

    BECKY HODGSON, PARENT LIAISON HAWTHORNE AND LONGFELLOW ELEMENTARIES While we share a meal this Thanksgiving, why not consider sharing some family stories with our children? Many of us can look back on our childhood with fond memories of the colorful stories our parents or grandparents told us. Those stories not only shed light on who our elders…

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    CAP Success Story: Ann & Willem

    For most of his life, Willem VanderWende has spent one hour each week with Ann Knick. Now a junior at Bozeman High School, VanderWende’s first memory is of the two playing board games together. Knick first remembers VanderWende as a quiet kid that she followed around on the playground while he checked out the four square court…

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