Billings West High School

Home of the Golden Bears

2201 St. John's Avenue

Billings, MT 59102



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                                                                    West High Fax Numbers:
                                                                       Office --       406-655-3100
                                                                      Registrar -- 406-281-6169
                                                                      Guidance -- 406-281-6170






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Attention Students:

Possession of Electronic Cigarettes, Vapor Pipes & Mods
are a violation of school policy and against the law!
Any student found in possession of any of them
will be suspended and also charged by police!






PARENTS:  We want to hear from YOU!!


         Please click on the link below to take the West High Parent Survey.  As part of our continuous school improvement process,
       we are conducting  parent surveys to hear your feedback.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. 
       Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated.  Thank you for your time!


Billings West High Parent Survey



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     Important Dates:                                                                                                                                                         

      August 25 -- School starts for Freshman, New Students

      August 26 -- School Starts for All Students




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     West Poets Society



Weekly Activities


        Activities Code of Conduct

       Sports Physicals - 2016       

       Pre-participation Physical Form


     Activities Schedules 2015-2016


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for Parents and Students

Parent PowerSchool User Guide

You will need to go to the
Main Office
(not the Registrar which is what the guide states)
to get the parent letter.

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West High Class of '86 Reunion

July 2016

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West High Yearbook:

Yearbooks cost $50 before Jan. 1. 
After Jan. 1, they are $65.

Order forms are in the main office or you may use the payschool link on this page. 

We are always seeking pictures of school activities. If you have pictures to submit, please go to hjeshare. Our school code is BWHS (all caps). There, you can upload photos and we will receive them to put in the yearbook. 

The yearbook staff sells baby and friendship ads to be published in the yearbook to seniors and parents of seniors. Price ranges from $45 to $145 depending on the size of the ad. Ads are to be made online. Please go to The school code is 7469. Ads can be made directly online and then paid for at that time also. 

Any questions about yearbooks should be sent to or Lauren Zent, 281-5700.

Yearbook Order Form 2015

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Latex and Peanut Safe School

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West High Parent Letter August 2015

West High Parent Letter September 2015



Other Information:


Parent's Backpack Guide to English/Math Standards

Junior Fall Orientation 2015-2016
Freshmen Open House Presentation 2015
Student Handbook 2015-2016

BWHS Freshman Survival Guide 2015-2016

Driver's Education Classes 2015-2016

Student Registration  2016/2017:

Agenda for Middle School PAC Meeting February 3, 2016
Registration Class Meetings Information
Course Offerings Book 2016
Student Registration Guide 2016-2017

District PK-12 Enrollment Form

Registration Forms:
 *     Freshman

*      Sophomore

*       Junior

*       Senior

*      Special Education

*      Career Center:

Student Registration Sem 1

Student Registration Sem 2

Freshman Registration Form

Sophomore Registration Sem 1 & Sem 2


Class Flyers:

*       AP Statistics

*       Business Flyer and Business Presentation

*       Computer Skills & Desktop Publishing

*     Health Enhancement

*      Tech Ed

*       World Languages



New Student Registration for the  2016/2017 school year:


Please call the Main Office at West High (281-5600) in order to make an appointment to register your student who will be new to West High in the Fall of 2016.  

For your appointment you will need to bring:

Birth certificate

Proof of residency in the West High boundaries

Immunization records


A parent and/or legal guardian must accompany the student to the registration appointment.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Dr. Jeril Hehn, Associate Principal, at 281-5614.


To see which school your student will attend, call 281-5018 or go online to School Locator.


Transcript Fee: 


Beginning January 2, 2014, Billings Public Schools will be charging a $3.00 fee for each transcript requested.

There will not be a charge for current students or for one calendar year upon exit date. 
Transcripts will not be mailed until the proper documentation and payment is received.
Fees may be paid with check, cash, or by Payschool (link listed below), which carries additional convenience fees.

Upon receipt of payment the transcript can be mailed or obtained in person at West High Registrar's office.

For more information and Request For Transcript Form, click here to go to the West High Transcript website.



Such an honor!


During the Music Trip to Minneapolis, students and chaperons packed meals for starving children around the world.
We surpassed our goal and packed enough meals to feed 144 children for an entire year! 





Jessie Arstein and Layne Britton
competing in the SD2 Vex Robot Challenge held March 21 at Billings Senior High. 
Students from Senior, West, Skyview and the Career Center were invited to compete. 
After the dust settled,
Layne and Jessie's BearBot robot took first place!






Physics Boat Races 2016


1st Place: Kaleb Peterson, Sam Wambach, and Taylor Larson

2nd Place: Lauren Krivec, Kenzie Rogge, and Kate Loveless

3rd Place:  Boaz Laverman, Reese Pearsall, Carson Smith, Trevor Canty.

Poor Man's Yacht -- 1st Place





West High Students at Kennedy Center                                              Principal, Mr. Cobb,

                            February 2016                                                     Changing of the Guard Ceremony




Denver Broncos Vernon Davis visiting West High Senior, Alex,

at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford




Congratulations to the following teachers that received a
Grant from West High School Class of 1975!











West High Boys and Girls AA State Track Champions!

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 West girls celebrate  West's Remington Hjelvik

Youth Leadership Billings

These students spent one Wednesday each month learning about our community and becoming young leaders.

Whitaker Mercer, Dylan Burton, Jacob Linfesty, Michael Gesuale, Heaven Cherpeski, Shelby Rheaume,
Jessica Moler, Oliver Robson, Erika Byrne, Kate Loveless, Anna Potter, Shae Helterbran, and Heyli Pederson.

2016 AMC-B Math Contest Results


AMC-12 Top Three

Mercer, Whitaker

Hodik, Kyler

Linfesty, Jacob


AMC-10 Top Three

Bentzel, Hayden

Gibb, Lucas

Hovland, Erik


2016 Trigstar Winner

Mercer, Whitaker


Click here for more results



AP Class National Spanish Exam 2016


Trevor Canty, the highest placer in AP Spanish
and won a bronze award nationally.



Honorable Mention






National French Exam 2016



NATIONAL Award Winners



Erin Stafford – Bronze Award and first place in Montana

Addison Gottwals – 2nd place in Montana

Click here for more results


National Spanish Exam Participants

Layne Britton, Will Harris, and Jarren Burleson
for their first place in the state wide computer programming competition
sponsored by Rocky Mountain College.

Also competing and taking 4th place were
Carson Williams, Jacob Bertrand, Cody Mitchell, and Shelby Huston.

BPA National Winners and Placers!

Below are the results from our BPA National Leadership Conference
in Boston, MA.

Nicole Bogunovich, BPA Advisor, is pleased to inform you that
Billings West High School has 
 1st National Leadership Conference winners
(the first time in over ten years!) and 
FOUR students that placed in the top 15 in their event!

FIRST Place in Small Business Management Team: McKenna Hillier,
            Jacob Linfesty, Brooke Butler and Holly Monroe

FIRST Place in Extemporaneous Speech:  Jacob Linfesty

National Merit Scholar Award Winner:  Cassidy Shaver

8th Place in Payroll Accounting:  Cassidy Shaver

11th Place in JAVA Programming:  Wilson Harris

14th Place in Financial Math and Analysis:  Ryan von Rohr

15th Place in Banking and Finance:  Lyla Brown

Stock Market Game Competition

Mr.  Nieto had 8 teams compete in the Stock Market Game
for all of Montana and 6 teams made the top 100.
3 teams made the top 50.
The team of Conrad Smith & Tristan Gleason finished in 2nd place
with a portfolio value of $124,937.68.
For their efforts they are being rewarded with a $150.00 gift card.

West High Library
for receiving the
Education Foundation Grant

The grant entitled But We DO Judge a Book by Its Cover
will be used to purchase a bevy of new classics books for the Library collection.
The library is incredibly excited to get to supplement their collection with the
great literature that our students deserve and need.


Coach Kriskovich:

500 Career Wins with Girls Softball

Coach Ed Kriskovich celebrates 500th win

Click here for more...

Lacy Watson

Glenda McCarthy and our own Don Barcus just presented Lacy Watson
with an Education Foundation Grant.
We are so proud of Lacy and the work she has done on behalf of our students.
Please feel free to ask her about the intensive field trip she has planned
for next year, as well as congratulate her on this award.

Congrats, Lacy!  We are glad you are a Golden Bear.

2016 Technology Student Association Team

Jordan Lemm, Jared Vannoy, Carter Henderson, Taylor Brown, Will Harris, Layne Britton, Jarren Burleson, Jesse Arstein, Zach Hetland, Colton Bunnell

Catapult Design 3rd Place- Colton and Zach;
Line Follower 1st Place- Jarren Burleson;  2nd  Place-Will Harris; 
1st Place Technology Challenge- Jarren Burleson & Will Harris,
3rd Place Vex Robotics- Layne Britton & Jesse Arstein

Business Professionals of America
State Results 2016

Jacob Linfesty is Montana BPA’s new State President

Click here to see ALL the results


West High Speech and Debate Team


The speech and debate team returned from Bozeman Saturday night with two national qualifiers and two alternates. Jess Keller started the tournament with six wins and no losses and qualified in Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Jacob Linfesty qualified in both International and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. Both have earned automatic berths to the national tournament which will be held in Salt Lake City this June.


Maddy Ouellette and Maddie Sholar are alternates in Public Forum Debate. Congratulations to these qualifiers and alternates on this impressive accomplishment.



Congratulations to Lacy Watson!

 West High would like to share some great news about our own Lacy Watson.  She has  

 been awarded the Ferst Fellowship from Gratz College to pursue her MA in Holocaust 

 and Genocide Studies.  Applicants were awarded the fellowship based on their 

 exemplary admissions qualifications and commitment to Holocaust and Genocide

 Studies education.  As many of you know, Lacy has studied this topic both here in the

 US and abroad and has shared what she has learned with our staff and students.  Gratz

 College is a private Jewish university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  This scholarship

 award will allow her to expand her commitment to learning and sharing this important

 area of study. 


 Congratulations, Lacy!  We look forward to learning along with you.



Congratulations to our own
Rachel Schillref
for being awarded a
$300 Q2 One Classroom at a Time Grant
sponsored by First Interstate!
  We appreciate all that Rachel
does for our students.  Watch her on
Monday, Feb. 1 on the 
 Q2 news cast.  



West High Speech and Debate Team


Missed fourth place at the state tournament at Skyview this weekend by a mere 4.5 points, but came home with a respectable sixth place finish. Both speech and debate competitors contributed to the team's success, and several individuals has standout days.


Mary Helen Satrom: 7th place in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Craig Walker: 7th place in Lincoln Douglas Debate

Jacob Linfesty: 7th in Expository Speaking


In addition to placing at state, the following also earned All-State designation by placing in the top four in their respective events:


Trevor Canty: 3rd in Impromptu Speaking

Maddy Ouellette and Maddie Sholar: 3rd in Public Forum Debate

Jacob Linfesty: 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking

Jess Keller: Runner-up in Lincoln Douglas Debate


Many others also placed in the top sixteen. Congratulations to the Speech and Debate Team for your showing at state, and good luck to those competing at the national qualifier in two weeks.


Billings West Softball Coach
Ed Kriskovich
National Coach of Year Finalist


West's Ed Kriskovich

For more, click here

Speech and Debate

For the first time in over ten years, a West High Policy Debate team took first place in a tournament. This honor goes to the team of David Porter and Morgan Craig, who defeated their counterparts from Great Falls High in the last debate of the tournament at the Trappers Rendezvous in Powell, Wyoming.

On the speech side, Mr. Thom Smithlin's Extemp squad continued its impressive season. Four of the six finalists in that event were West High competitors. After the last round, Jacob Linfesty emerged victorious, and Mary Helen Satrom came in second.

Other impressive finishers in various events included Jess Keller (2nd), Brin Purdy (3rd), Parker Gunderson and Erin Wunker (3rd), Addison Gottwals and Erin Stafford (3rd), Madi Morgan (5th), Mick Mattie (5th), Jordan Lemm (6th) and Trevor Canty (6th). Overall, West High took 3rd. HIGH SCHOOL BOUNDARY

Speech and Debate

The speech and debate team had a very successful weekend in Great Falls. Several on the team placed in quarter and semifinals, and there were standouts in both speech and debate. Tori Neary placed second, and Jess Keller and Jacob Linfesty both came back with first place trophies in their respective individual events.

As a team, West came in 5th, just two points behind 4th place Hellgate. Congratulations on a truly remarkable accomplishment.

Standout Students

Standout Student: Marissa KosmannThe Billings Gazette and Arts Without Boundaries
are recognizing outstanding high school seniors in the
Billings area for their contributions to the arts.
Over the course of the 2015-16 school year,
Enjoy will feature high school seniors who are recipients of a
$100 scholarship, awarded by Arts Without Boundaries,
a nonprofit group that promotes the arts in K-12 schools.

Marissa Kosmann, Billings West High School Orchestra:
"Orchestra has always been a pleasant and fun experience for me. I have played for nine years, and plan to continue after high school."    
See Billings Gazette article for more...

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate traveled to Helena on Friday for the Carroll College Tournament of Champions and the Dusty Roads Invitational. Both teams ended up in the middle of the standings, but there were some individual standouts.

Lincoln Douglas debaters had a good showing at Carroll. Parker Gunderson made it to the first elimination round, Jess Keller made it to semi-finals, and Craig Walker took 1st place in the novice division.

At Helena Captial, a handful of speech competitors made it to semifinals: Peri Russell and Cosette McCave in Dramatic Interp, Jacob Linfesty and Reagan Linde in Extemporaneous, and Trevor Canty in Impromptu. Tori Neary took 5th in Impromptu. Our next tournament will be in Great Falls December 11th and 12th.

Congratulations to these top 10 finishers in the
Montana Science Olympiad:

3rd Place -  Izabella Strange, Forensics;  Erin Stafford and
Maddie Sholar, Green Generation

4th Place - John Brault and Maddie Sholar, Invasive Species

6th Place - James Carr and Whitaker Mercer, Experimental Design



Speech & Debate Team 3rd at Butte!

 ● Loren Hart (7th) ● Mick Mattie (7th) ● Peri Russell (6th)
Cosette McCave (5th) ● Mary Helen Satrom (5th, 4th)
● Victoria Neary (4th, 3rd) ● Jacob Linfesty (1st, 3rd) ● Trevor Canty (1st)

● Erin Stafford & Addison Gottwals (6th)
● Maddy Ouellette & Maddie Sholar (2nd) ● Jess Keller (2nd)

In Belfry:
*James Unzaga & Sarah Wiseman (8th)
* Elise Vopel & Sean Toohill (6th) * Craig Walker (2nd)

Golden Bear Speech & Debate Team

Craig Walker 1st Place, Novice Lincoln Douglas Debate
Dylan Burton 1st Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Jacob Linfesty 1st Place, Extemporaneous
Maddy Ouellette & Maddie Sholar 1st Place, Public Forum Debate
Tori Neary 2nd Place, Impromptu
Cosette McCave 2nd Place, Dramatic Interpretation
Trevor Canty 4th Place, Impromptu
Jacob Linfesty 4th Place, Expository Speaking
Parker Gunderson 6th Place, Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate
Mary Helen Satrom 8th Place, Extemporaneous
James Unzaga & Sarah Wiseman 8th Place, Novice Policy Debate

Congratulations Dr. Shawn Bowman

BWHS Mathematics Teacher Shawn Bowman
earned his doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership
from Creighton University on October 16th
when he successfully defended his dissertation titled:
Credit Recovery in Secondary Schools: A Quantitative Evaluation.  Congratulations on your achievement, Dr. Bowman!

Congratulations Wilson Harris!
Montana semifinalist for the
2016 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship program.

His selection was based on the top scores from the qualifying exam given at high schools across Montana earlier this month. Wilson will continue in the competition to try to earn a $5,000.00 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. this spring, to study government and leadership at the nation's capital. Only two Montana students will be awarded this honor. West High wishes him good luck as he continues in the competition.

MEA-MFT Educators' Conference Presenters

Thank you to the following West High staff for
presenting at the MEA-MFT Conference:

Rachel Schillreff, Brittany Alberson, Brooke Bloomenrader,
Steve Macartney, Margaret Aukshun, Tammy Erlenbusch,
Bruce Wendt, and Jana Lind

Flohr, West boys shatter state records
to win Class AA golf titles.

Billings West senior Hayden Flohr tees off on the 12th hole Friday during the final day of State AA Golf Tournament at bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena.  Flohr shot a 68 on Friday and a 144 over two days to set the AA tournament record by a stroke.  The West Boys set a team record with their two-day score of 580, breaking their own mark set in 2004.  The Bears won by 18 strokes over Billings Skyview.


National Merit Scholarship

Trevor Canty,
Jessica Keller,
Erin Stafford

They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide
and have the opportunity to continue in the competition
to reach the 7,400 recipients of
National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring.
The three qualified as semifinalists through their outstanding
PSAT scores, taken in October of 2014.



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Date last edited:  July 01, 2016