PCEA Announces T-shirt Winners
Platte County Education Association (PCEA) held a t-shirt design contest for students in Platte County School District #1 grades K-12. The winning designs were chosen by the PCEA. The 1st place winner was awarded $50, with second place being awarded $25. Ashley Hanks, a second grader at Libbey Elementary, won 1st place and her design will go on t-shirts for the association. Landri Vaughn, a second grader at Libbey Elementary, won 2nd place with her A+ Teachers design and her logo will go on polo shirts for the association.
PCSD#1 Interviews for School Board Vacancy
Platte County School District #1 Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the School Board Vacancy candidate interviews will be open to the public on Thursday, May 25th, and will begin at 5:30 pm. The names of the final 4 candidates are Rachael Settles, MK Burnett, Brian Connell, and Casey Schroeder. PCSD#1 Board of Trustees would like to take this opportunity and thank Paul Bauder, Dean Finnerty, William Hageman, Kristen Jones, and Lynda Roark for their applications. The final 4 candidates were selected from the anonymous 7 beliefs questionnaire that was filled out by all. The Board of Trustees will possibly be going into Executive Session after the interviews for discussion.
West Students Visit the State Capitol
On May 10th, West 5th graders visited our state’s capitol, Cheyenne! While there, students visited with Justice Hill at the Wyoming Supreme Court, stepped back in time at the Historic Governor’s Mansion, and learned more about our great state at the Wyoming Museum. The highlight of their trip was experiencing the brand new Judicial Learning Center located in the bottom of the Supreme Court building. Students watched a great locally made video about the rule of law. They also had the chance to try out some interactive stations, play around with the words in the Preamble, and dress up as a Supreme Court Justice! Here is the link if you would like to view the video that our 5th grades got to watch!! https://youtu.be/HMvpxkR9-F4
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PCSD#1 Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
Platte County School District #1 would like to celebrate teacher appreciation week. We would like to extend a message of gratitude for the great work that teachers throughout the district do each day.
"Teachers are the backbone of our educational institutions," says Superintendent Fischer. Students are able to thrive and pursue their dreams thanks to teachers. A week is not enough time to celebrate everything teachers do, but we want to make sure that they know how much they are valued and how much we appreciate all that they do especially during this week."
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” -William A.Ward
School Board to Adopt World Language, Social Studies Curriculum
Following a presentation by curriculum lead teachers Leslie Boaz (World Language) and Susan Schomburg (Social Studies) at their Tuesday night work session, the PCSD #1 school board will look to adopt updated curriculum and materials at their next regular board meeting. Sample materials for both World Language and Social Studies are available for public review at the Central Office building at 1350 Oak Street in Wheatland. Both teachers explained the process the departments used including a review of the current state standards, current materials available and how both departments will be including online and digital content in all classes.
If you are interested in reviewing these materials, please stop by between the hours of 7:30 am to 4 pm
West Signers Recognized for Their Patriotism
The President of our local VFW Auxiliary, Ruth Herdt, recognized the West Elementary Signers for their patriotism in signing the National Anthem in American Sign Language. Students, directed by Julie Hanks, performed the Anthem before basketball games this winter and have been invited to perform at the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29th.
WHS National Honor Society Inducts New Members
On May 3, 2017, the Wheatland High School National Honor Society chapter held their induction ceremony. Fifteen new members were inducted into the National Honor Society. Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character are the four characteristics represented through NHS. Those inducted were: Alexis Martinez, Breanna Miller, Holly Johnson, Zachary Condie, Roman Smith, Danielle Britz, Wyatt Crane, Katie Currier, Savannah Ervin, Jagger Evans, Kye Hicks, Savannah May, Cali Moody, Elyse Rutherford, and Brynlee Weber.
Also at the ceremony, representatives from the the Wheatland VFW Auxiliary presented the Youth Activities Award to the Wheatland NHS in recognition of the youth group supporting our veterans and their families. Accompanying the award was a letter from the National President, Colette Bishop, recognizing Wheatland NHS for their support.
IDIOM OF THE MONTH CONTEST
Students at West Elementary participate in a monthly idiom contest and for April were asked not only to define the meaning of the idiom but to draw a clever picture representing the idiom. There were over 50 entries for April and three winners were chosen. Congratulations to our 1st place winner from Mrs. Parker’s class, Lily Nichols, our 2nd place winner from Mrs. Skoog’s class, Savannah Haecker and our 3rd place winner from Mrs. Parker’s class, Dallas Fox. Congratulations to Mrs. Skoog’s class, the April idiom contest winner, with the most correct responses! They will all receive tokens for a free ice cream cone at Interstate Gas. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Richmond at Interstate Gas for being the Idiom of the Month Sponsors!
AMVC Brings Piglets to Wheatland Classrooms
On Wednesday, April 19, the AMVC Management Services public relations coordinator, Alicia Humphrey, visited Libbey and West Elementary schools with a couple of piglets! It is not every day that students have two piglets visit their classrooms. Libbey Elementary second grade students and West Elementary third grade students recently had an opportunity to get a hands-on experience with piglets from AMVC’s sow farm and hear a presentation about modern pig farming from Alicia Humphrey.
Pictured is Humphrey covering a range of topics with the students including animal housing, care, swine health and nutrition. The students watched several short video clips, so they could visually see what the inside of sow farms look like and how pigs are cared for on a modern farm. The students were very interested in learning about pigs and asked numerous questions throughout the fun-filled and educational afternoon.
Emilee Boyd and Mary Budd, AMVC Wyoming employees, accompanied Humphrey to the school visits. They helped the students pet the piglets and see them up close.
“Not many people know about pigs, so talking at the schools seemed like a great avenue to educate the kids,” said Boyd, assistant farrowing manager at AMVC Wyoming.
This was the first time piglets have been brought in to the classroom and many of the students first time touching a piglet.
Katherine Finnerty, third grade teacher at West Elementary, was appreciative of AMVC’s presentation and commented that since they do not have a lot of county kids this year, it was good to show them the importance of agriculture in the community and expose them to a potential job opportunity in the future in their town.
Budd, who has been an AMVC employee for four years, enjoyed having the opportunity to educate local students and see the excitement the students had to learn about what happens on the farm.
“It was great to see how the students reacted to the presentation and how they enjoyed their time with the piglets we brought. The curiosity of the kids was great,” commented Budd.
AMVC enjoys being a resource for local students and giving back to the community of Wheatland. After the presentation, both piglets were donated to a Platte County 4-H family who will be raising them and showing them at the county fair this summer.
AMVC owns and manages two sow farms in Wheatland and employs over 30 people in the community. AMVC is headquartered in Audubon, Iowa, and manages 115,000 sows across seven states. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.