Message from the principal

Welcome to the John F. Kennedy Elementary School website!  My name is Travis Johnson, your principal.  I am extremely proud of our school due to its diligent staff, students, and engaged parents.   

Kennedy Elementary School is a treasured institution within the Butte Community, as it is the last elementary school left on the “hill”. The community support for our school is overwhelming and its student success is celebrated by the families it serves.  Kennedy Elementary was built in 1958 and was originally named “The Big Butte School”.  In 1963 the school name was changed to John F. Kennedy Elementary School.   It was the first school in the nation to change its name to honor the life of President John F. Kennedy.  It shares this honor with John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage, New York.

Kennedy celebrates being honored as a Montana Behavioral Initiative Bronze Level school.  It earned this distinction by developing and using a proactive approach in creating behavioral supports and a social culture that establishes social, emotional, and academic success for all students.  Clear behavioral expectations are taught, modeled, and reinforced across all settings by all staff.  We are proud to reward our students by giving students PRIDE Club tickets, positive postcards, attendance certificates, invitations to the Kiwanis’ BUG (Bring Up Grades) parties, and PRIDE parties for having good attendance, assignment completion, and good behavior.  PRIDE is the acronym that we use to represent our school’s universal expectations.  The P stands for Positive Attitude, The R stands for Respect, the I stands for involvement, the D stands for determination, and the E stands for encouragement.  We are also very proud of our academic Hall of Fame program, which encourages students to enrich their academic abilities through a “jeopardy” style competition.

Please review our website newsletter to keep current on upcoming events and activities.   Also, make sure you have activated your Infinite Campus parent portal account and app. This will allow you to access your child’s grades, attendance, and hot lunch account.   Instructions for each of these are on the main page of the school district website.  

If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact me at or 533-2450.  I appreciate the opportunity and the privilege of working with your children each day!   Thanks!


Respect, responsibility,
And citizenship, too.
They bring out the best in me and you.
Trustworthiness and being fair
Help to show others that we really care.
We all know what’s right,
We all know what’s good,
We will do the things we know we should.

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