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PCSD #1 District Calendar Now Available

In response to many requests to have a single district calendar for all six school’s activities and events,
PCSD #1 has created a calendar to do just that. Now parents, students and staff can view events for all six schools, just one school or a combination of schools if you have students in multiple buildings. Our goal is to better communicate all of our happenings in one clear, concise location.

A thumbnail calendar is already available on the district’s website (www.platte1.org) and is now also available on each school’s own website page.  Directly below this calendar is a link to see a larger version of that calendar. A pdf version of the board approved school year calendar is also available.

After clicking the link to take you to the larger version of the events calendar, all schools and district events will show for the current month. Using the navigation arrows in the upper left corner you can proceed forward or backward to future or prior months. In the upper right corner of the calendar you can change the format of the calendar to show in weeks or months. The Print button allows you to customize date ranges, activities or events that can be sent to your printer or saved as a pdf.

To customize which schools you wish to view events for, click on the drop down arrow immediately to the right of the Agenda tab in the upper right corner. All schools will have checkboxes selected defaulting to show all six schools and the district events. Click to
de-select schools you do not wish to view events for and the calendar will automatically update to your selection.

We hope this calendar is just another way we can better communicate activities, meetings, and gatherings of our students, parents and staff. If you have any suggestions to improve our calendar, please contact Vicki Hechtner at vhecht@platte1.k12.wy.us or Dennis Fischer at dfisch@platte1.k12.wy.us.

NEW SCHOOL SCHEDULE FOR 2014-15

Platte County #1 schools will undergo a slight change to their daily schedules for the 2014-15 school year. 
All schools will extend their day by 10 minutes Monday through Thursday and will have a shortened day on Fridays releasing at 2 pm. Afternoon school schedules will release students at 3:25 and buses will run accordingly, except for Fridays where buses will run at 2 pm. Schools are planning to keep start times the same or with minor alterations and morning bus routes will continue to be run similar to previous years. The district will not have any of the Wednesday early releases that were built into the 2013-14 school year. For specific school schedules, refer to the student handbooks that will be available in August.

The early release will allow district staff to continue their Professional Learning Community (PLC) work and expand their focus on the Data Teams. The PLCs were implemented in the District in 2012 with three major elements: 1) Ensure a focus on student learning, 2) Build a collaborative community and 3) Establish a results oriented learning process. Data Teams were incorporated this year to allow teachers time and training to review individual student data with the goal of identifying and addressing strengths and weaknesses of our students. The data team process takes approximately one hour and providing a uniform time for all staff will create greater opportunities for grade level collaboration, building short-cycle assessments, and increased communication between schools and grades.

Platte #1 joins an ever-growing list of schools blocking out time for teaching staff to review and collaborate. Area schools such as Platte #2 (Guernsey) and Converse #1 (Douglas) have altered their schedules for years. Many other schools across the state and nation have done so as greater and greater amounts of student testing data have been compiled without strategies of how to use the data to benefit students. The PLCs and Data Teams are processes we are using to meet these needs.

Medical Code Added to Current Absence Policy

For the 2013-14 school year, in addition to the
"Excused" and "Unexcused" absences, we have added a "Medical" code to help us better clarify specifically your child's needs. Please obtain a doctor's note if you take your child for medical, dental or other professional treatment. Present this note to your school secretary who will change the absence to a "Medical" absence. Thank-you for helping us!

"Find Us on Facebook"

Platte County School District #1 is now on Facebook. In an attempt to increase communication with our parents, community, staff and students, PCSD #1 is using Facebook. Click here or on the Facebook logo to go to our page and 'Like' us to receive updated information on our students, programs, or school-related activities.

The use of Facebook will allow us to post additional pictures, longer stories, and more indepth information than we currently can using our school's and district's websites. If you have suggestions for either this webpage or our Facebook page, please contact us at 322-3175.

Powerschool
An Excellent Way for Parents to Track Student's Progress

Staying in touch and informed on your son or daughters education is very important. Platte County SD 1 uses the Powerschool student information system as an easy, efficient way for parents to get a wide variety of infromation. From grades to attendance to test scores, Powerschool offers a simple online option for parents to track their students achievement. For more information or to sign up for this online feature, please click here or call your students school.

Wyoming Measures Up Toolkit Available

In preparation for the release of the Spring, 2014 PAWS tests scores, the Wyoming Department of Education has released additional information regarding the test, which reflects the updated Wyoming State Standards and the Accountability Legislation passed by the Wyoming Legislature. A print brochure gives a general overview of how “Wyoming Measures Up” and the responsibilities of the Federal Government, State Government and local board. The “Wyoming Measures Up” website @www.wyomingmeasuresup.com provides more in-depth information on ways we all are trying to improve education for our children. The "Wyoming Measures Up" website will be live and accessible next week. In addition, the Wyoming Department of Education is providing an informational toolkit to school districts in an effort to assist communication efforts with community stakeholders concerning the 2014 PAWS scores and other topics in Wyoming education.  All materials for the toolkit are easily accessed by clicking on the links below.

Materials available include:
•    Three Frequently Asked Question sheets with answers to common questions about accountability, assessment, and standards.
•    Two PowerPoint presentations. The A-level version provides a simple framework to kick off discussion among parents and others outside the education system. The B-level version is more detailed and is intended to facilitate more in-depth discussions. Customizable tem- plate slides are provided in both and we encourage you to personalize the message.

Supplemental materials and website will communicate changes in education

The Wyoming Measures Up toolkit is the first step in providing districts with timely and comprehensive communication resources concerning current issues in Wyoming education.

For more information regarding the toolkit or Wyoming Measures Up, please contact Travis Hoff at travis.hoff@wyo.gov or
307-777-2053. For more information regarding assessment please contact Deb Lindsey at deb.lindsey@wyo.gov or 307-777-5296.

 

Libbey Hosts Back to School Night

Libbey hosted their back to school night on Monday, Sept 15th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Many parents visited the classrooms and became acquainted with their children’s teachers and the new staff.

Parents and teachers will get a chance to visit again during Parent/Teacher Conferences, which are only a month away.



Parents also got a chance to view and explore the new renovations at Libbey
including the new art room, library, and updated computer lab. 
Thanks to all who attended!

Tips for Parents Concerning the Enterovirus 68

In recent weeks, the national news has alerted the population about thousands of children across the United States that  have been getting hit with the Enterovirus 68 and causing parents nationwide to worry about the illness.  Most people who are infected with the virus do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. The problem with this virus is that it is very difficult to distinguish between the virus and the symptoms of a common cold.  If your child has symptoms of a cold that get progressively worse in a very short time, please consult your physician immediately. Currently there are no documented cases in Platte County, per our county health officer
Dr. Steve Peasley.

Children with Asthma or other respiratory illness/issues are at a higher risk of becoming ill with this virus.


Symptoms of mild EnteroVirus 68 illness include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose, sneezing, cough
  • Skin rash
  • Mouth blisters
  • Body and muscle aches

Enterovirus 68 can be transmitted through feces, eye, nose, and mouth secretions (such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum), or blister fluids.  A person can be exposed by having close contact with an infected person such as, touching or shaking hands, touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them, or changing the diapers of an infected person. 

Prevention Tips

  • NO vaccine available
  • Washing hands often with soap and water
  • Avoiding close contact such as shaking hands with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
Keep children home from school when exhibiting illness symptoms.

Why are the MAP tests useful to students, parents, & teachers?


This is a great question.  The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests provide timely and immediately usable information for students, parents, teachers, and schools.  The immediate results provide students and teachers with information to set goals for improvement for the upcoming year.  The fall test results are also used along with other data to help group students for enrichments and additional support.  The timely results also provide classroom teachers with information about the student’s instructional needs.

Since the MAP tests are adaptive it measures each student’s individual growth The MAP tests provide students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to set goals and to celebrate the success of their efforts during the school year with a valid comparison to the previous Fall.  MAP tests are one of the key tools that is used in multiple ways to benefit our students.

 


Fall MAP Testing Starts Soon


The Measures of Academic Progress or MAP tests are adaptive tests in reading, math, and language usage that are done on a computer.   Kindergarten and first grade students complete auditory versions of the test on the computer in reading and math.  .  Second grade will only do the reading and math tests while third grade through tenth grade will take tests in reading, math, and language usage.  WMS students will also be doing a science test to help evaluate the impact of the STEM program.  The MAP tests typically take between 45-60 minutes per test.  Each school has developed their MAP testing schedule so the tests are completed by October 3. 

The MAP tests are adaptive so a child’s academic gains may be measured whether they are beyond, at, or below grade level.   This helps provides information that each child is learning and making academic gains.   The tests adjust questions based on each answer.  Each child will have some questions that they know the answer to and some questions that they won’t know the answer to.   The MAP tests are developed to provide information about a child’s instructional needs and growth over time.  Only on very rare occasions, should a child take significantly longer time to complete a test.  If a child doesn’t know an answer, they should use their test skills and make a “best” guess and move on to the next question.   This helps make sure that the instructional level is accurate.

MAP data is available for students and teachers immediately after they finish the test.  Additional reports are available for teachers within days after the test.  Parents and guardians will receive individual student reports that will be mailed with report cards.  Parents and guardians will be able to see how their child has performed from Fall to Spring and grade level to grade level. 

PCSD #1 looking for Volunteers to STEM Advisory Committee

PCSD #1 is organizing a STEM advisory committee to assist the district in determining ways to better serve our students and our community. Wheatland Middle School will be hosting a meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 4 to help us answer several questions including “Why is STEM important?”, “What is our definition of STEM?”, “What STEM subjects should we be focusing on?” and “What should our goal be?” STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It has become a state and national initiative to help fill the many career openings available in STEM areas.

Any student, parent, educator or community member interested in helping us develop a clearer vision for our community and provide input on possible grant and funding applications are invited to attend the meeting at the Middle School Thursday night. If you cannot attend the meeting but would still like to be a member of the advisory council, you can contact Steve Loyd at sloyd@platte1.k12.wy.us or Dennis Fischer at dfisch@platte1.k12.wy.us .

PCSD#1 Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2014.   

On Monday, August 18th, PCSD#1 Administrators demonstrated their willingness to support the ALS. 
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to view from left to right are Superintendent Dennis Fischer, WHS Principal Frank Jesse, Vice-Principal Josh Sandlian, Chugwater Principal George Kopf and Curriculum Director Scott James.

SES Information Night Scheduled at Libbey and West Elementaries

Libbey Elementary and West Elementary will be hosting a Supplemental Education Services (SES) Information Night on Tuesday, September 2 at the West Elementary Gym starting at 5:30 PM.  This meeting will provide additional information about SES, request procedures, and information SES approved providers.  It is anticipated that the meeting will take 30 minutes.
SES services are provided to eligible students by providing additional tutoring from outside vendors referred to as service providers.  Parents of eligible students may select a SES provider from the State Approved list or may request assistance from the District.  Additional information about the SES providers services may be found at the WDE Title IA webpage under SES Provider Descriptions.  Additional information is also located on this website regarding Title IA, SES, and School Choice for Platte #1 schools
Please contact the Libbey Elementary and West Elementary principals or the District Office for questions and additional information.

No Early Release Friday, August 22

First Early Release To Be Friday August 29 and Subsequent Fridays

Just a reminder that Platte County School District #1 has altered their daily schedule slightly for this school year. This Friday, August 22 will NOT be an early release day to allow all students to get through full A & B days before altering their schedule. Again, school will release at the normal 3:25 time this Friday. On Friday, August 29 and subsequent Fridays school will release at 2 pm.

Thank you and have a great start to the school year.

Platte County School District #1 Will Begin Classes Aug 21

Chugwater, Glendo and Wheatland schools will begin at times listed below.
All schools will release at 3:25 pm Monday-Thursday.  On Fridays, school will release at 2:00 pm

If you need information in reference to the school your child will be attending,
please phone the individual school at:

Chugwater School 8:00 am 422-3501
Glendo School  8:00 am 735-4471
Libbey Elementary 8:10 am 322-3836
West Elementary 8:05 am 322-4180
Middle School 8:00 am 322-1518
Wheatland High 7:55 am 322-2075

Bus Routes – Does your child know which bus they will be riding and when?
Phone the bus garage at 322-3646 for information on bus schedules.

When school is in session please remember to stop for red lights on buses.
Thank-you!

New Lunch Prices for 2014-15

There are new lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year. Simply click on the top navigation "Departments" tab on the home page or
any other school home page, then click "Food Service" and you will see "Lunch Prices for 2014-15".

District Office Starts the School Year Schedule

The District Office located at 1350 Oak Street has been on their summer schedule.  

We will resume the regular school year schedule on August 18th, 2014 with the following hours:    

7:30 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday closing from 12:00 – 1:00 daily. 


We may also be contacted at 322-3175 if you have any questions concerning the school district.
Thank-you and have a wonderful start to the new school year!

Fall Classes Now Available at Eastern Wyoming College

EWC Fall 2014 credit classes start Aug. 25th.  Student registration deadline is Aug. 20th.  Please call EWC Outreach/Community Ed.
To register ASAP for classes.  Please call 322-2433

Upcoming enrichment classes:

Hunter Safety
To hunt in Wyoming you will need to take this course:  Go to http://gf.state.wy.us/HunterEdRegistration/frmWelcome.aspx
Instructor:  Lisa Letcher
Date:     Sept. 22,23,24,25
Time:     5:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost:      $10
Location:  EWC Outreach Wheatland

Wheatland - Template/3 Column Brochure
Fly Tying Class
Instructor will show you how to use basic equipment for Fly Tying.  Learn how to use tools and techniques for fly tying and then practice 1 or 2 flies.  Supplies included in cost of course.  Students must be registered and paid by Friday Oct. 3, for supply order.
Instructor:  Dave Begin
Date:     T & TH Oct. 14-Oct. 30 (3 weeks)
Time:     6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cost:      $60 
Location :  EWC Outreach Wheatland

Yoga & Yogurt for Lunch
Come for a 30 minute yoga lesson in relaxing poses to release stress with yogurt for lunch included! 
Date:      Wed. Oct             1-29 (5 weeks)
Time:     12:10-12:40
Cost:      $15
Location:  EWC Outreach exercise room

Don’t miss out on Up Coming Events: “Beef it’s What’s for Dinner”:  Oct. 29, at WHS consumer room.  
”Wine and Cheese Pairing”: Thurs. Oct 30, at Vimbo's.

Wheatland Middle School Hosts Home Dance Camp  

On June 23-25 the High School Dance Team aka "Rush Dance" held their Dance Camp at the Wheatland Middle School. The dance camp was made possible with the help of our PCSD#1 teachers and the assistance of the Universal Dance Association. As shown in the pictures below there were lots of smiles and some serious training happening at the Dance Camp!   

WMS Students Win National STEM Competition

WMS students Joey Madsen, Haiden Moody, Christian Moody and Jacob Stafford took first place in the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program’s 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition held in Washington DC last week. The students invented a method for converting school locker banks into safety zones to protect students and teachers during tornados. WMS science teacher Miken Harnish led the students through the STEM process to turn their idea into reality.

For a complete story on the students and their partnership with the University of Wyoming, click here.

Photo courtesy of University of Wyoming:
From left are: front, Christian Moody and Haiden Moody; back, Joey Madsen, Miken Harnish (team adviser) and Jacob Stafford.

 

 


2014 Wyoming State Finals Rodeo Results


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

1st Go Results:
Evan Wilhelm placed 1st in Bull Riding, Score = 68
Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.328.
Nevada Starr, 3rd in Bareback, score=57.
Jhett Hadley and partner Trace Steele, 3rd Team Roping, time = 8.45
Matthew Britton & Jace Berger, 6th Team Roping, time = 12.50
Hunter Eller & Brady Thurston, 8th Team Roping, time = 12.94
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 12.85

2nd Go Results:

Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.301
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 2nd Team Roping, time = 6.81
Teigen Finnerty, 2nd Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 10.35
Teigen Finnerty, 4th Steer Wrestling, time = 13.31
Tyler Erickson, 6th Bareback, score = 53
Average Buckle Winners (average on two runs) = Chloe in Pole Bending, Evan in Bulls.

Qualifying Go Results:

*Top 12 scores from the season are used to determine the top contestants in each event.  These 15 move on into the qualifying round to determine the State Champions and Nationals Qualifiers.
Chloe Ashenhurst, 4th Pole Bending, time = 21.764
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 4th Team Roping, time = 12.90
Jhett Hadley, 5th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 13.93
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 14.68

State Champions from Wheatland
*State Champions win a Buckle and a saddle (valued at $1395)
Evan Wilhelm, Bull Riding
Chloe Ashenhurst, Pole Bending

We're proud of our Wheatland Rodeo Team!

Wheatland REA Wins the WMS 2014 Golden Paw Award

 

Wheatland Middle School is proud to announce Wheatland REA as the winner of the 2014 Golden Paw Award.  The award was presented on May 26, 2014 at the WMS Awards Assembly. The Wheatland REA was selected for their outstanding service and support of Wheatland Middle School and their students.  Also recognized at the assembly for their service and support were: Britz & Company, CMI Inc.,
Wheatland Common Cents, the Platte County Resource District, and the
Wheatland Police Department.

Pictured are Wheatland Middle School Principal, Steve Loyd, presenting the
Golden Paw Award to REA Business Office Manager, Rhonda Apodaca.

 

 


West Begins the 2014 MORPHED! Program

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Platte County School District #1 is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.

This unforgettable week began on June 9, 2014, with Cindy Amundson and
Jodie Fitzwater
directing the Camp Invention MORPHED! program at West Elementary.


 

In the Super Go module, taught by Lindsey Burke, students designed a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys collected energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.

Participants received personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that ignited a spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship during the Design Studio: Morphed module. This module was taught by Linda Boughton.

Throughout the Amplified module, children invented bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses with Katy Finnerty. Time was spent encountering illusions and discovering if they are a supertaster. 

Finally, Camp Invention’s flagship module, I Can Invent: Pinbug,taught by Paula Johnson allowed participants to use tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine!

Enthusiastic high school students (Tyler Stafford, Braiden Denny, Kelsey Begin, and Shannon Wallace) and middle school students (Danielle Britz, Drake Amundson, Olivia Henkel, and Jagger Evans) served as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.

West would also like to extend a big “thanks” to their unbelievable volunteer parent, Peggy Suko! West appreciates all that
Peggy does and continues to do for our students! For more fun photos, please click on our Facebook icon.

Libbey Celebrates “Once Upon a Field Day”

Libbey students and staff celebrated their last day of school on Thursday, May 29th with fun field day activities which included; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Where the Wild Things are; Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom; Captain Underpants; Hop On Pop; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; The Lorax and Magic Tree House.  Pictured is Libbey student Kenny Raser enjoying the activity "Captain Underpants".  What a wonderful way to end the school year! A special thanks to the Libbey PTO for providing the snacks for the cool down/warm up station.

 

Wheatland 8th Graders Invention Earns Them
National Recognition

Please click here for all the details of this invention from Channel 5 News.
We are very proud of our students!

 

Libbey Says “Goodbye” to 3 Very Dedicated Staff

 

On Thursday, May 22nd, Libbey Elementary said a fond farewell to 3 of their staff members. Pictured from left to right are Celia Hermann who taught as a Para in the Intensive Education area, Marie Geis who taught
Kindergarten since 2004, and Geri Koski who taught 2nd grade since 1976.  These special employees will be very much missed by everyone at Platte County School District #1.  We wish all 3 ladies the very best in their future endeavors! 

 

 

Libbey Hosts End of Year Assembly

 

Libbey Elementary held their end of year assembly.  Wheatland Mayor,
Jean Dixon along with Al Teel and Lisa Young presented awards for top winners in the electrical safety drawing contest.  Book-it, reading race, and homework awards were also given out for students in all our classes.  At the end of the assembly, names of students who received drop in the bucket tickets during this last quarter were drawn for prizes.  Libbey Elementary celebrated over 60,000 drop in the bucket tickets this year!  Congratulations to all our students for a successful year!!  Have a great summer!

 


Local Sports Events are just a “Click” Away

The NFHS Network will be streaming all three days of the State Track Meet and the Saturday third place and championship games of
3A & 4A State Soccer. At State Track, they will focus mostly on the running events with periodic updates and a hand held camera covering the field events when the running is not taking place. 

A special thanks to Rock Springs for accommodating the challenge of getting enough broadband to be able to stream 4A soccer.

For those of you in Wheatland that are not able to make these events, please know that the NFHS Network is an option for you and your relatives. Simply click here to access the WHSAA website and then click on the Network banner and it will take you directly to the Wyoming page with the schedule of events.

Libbey Students Take Time for the “Wrestlers Read”

Wrestlers Read is an annual event where Wheatland wrestlers under the direction of head coach Colt Goff read to 2nd graders at Libbey Elementary.
This years’ wrestlers read to students and discussed the importance of reading over the summer during the summer break. For more photos, please click on
our Facebook icon.

 



Business Manager Bill Templar Retires from PCSD#1

 

 

On Wednesday, May 21, many friends and co-workers attended a farewell to Bill Templar. Bill has spent 29 years with Platte County School District #1 and he will be missed by many. His last day will be June 30. Everyone applauds Bill and wishes him the very best in this next season of his life!

Pictured are Helen Bauer, retired secretary for the district, and Bill Templar.

 

 

Wheatland Middle School Hosts Honors Reception

Pictured above are from left to right, 6th grade students, 7th grade students and 8th grade students.

The Wheatland Middle School held their 12th annual Honors Reception on Monday, May 19th. They celebrated with those students that have held a 3.5 GPA all year. There were 89 students in total that received awards.

Joey Madsen, Charity May, Hannah Nelson and Emily Wright all received the Academic Excellence Award and will be named on the Plaque hanging at the Middle School Office. These four outstanding students have held a 4.0 for the entire 4 quarters of all 3 years while attending the Wheatland Middle School. Congratulations to these students and we applaud their dedication!
The WMS guest speaker was Mr. Henry Rawlings a Senior at the University of Wyoming.

For more photos please click on our Facebook icon.

West Celebrates Science Day

West Elementary held its annual Science Day on Friday, May 16th. 

Guest presenters came in and shared various presentations focusing on a science base with the students.  For more photos and a list of all the Science Day volunteers, click on our Facebook icon.

 



 

Awards Assembly Held for Libbey Kindergartners 

Libbey Elementary Kindergartners held their awards assembly Thursday,
May 15th, celebrating the work they have done in completing their letter sound fluency goals.  Everyone at Libbey is very proud of the work their students have accomplished. 

Mr. Fischer joined the Kindergarten teachers to give out the awards.  Students thanked their parents for support they have given to help them reach their goals and finished the assembly singing “Who Let the Letters Out”.
For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.


Wheatland HS Students Compete in Roller Coaster Contest at Elitch Gardens

On Thursday May 8, 2014, nine students from Mrs. Wallace’s Physics class traveled to Denver to compete at Elitch Garden’s “Show us your Coaster Contest”. To prepare for this contest, students designed and built three roller coasters. These coasters were powered only by gravity. Students had to incorporate their engineering and math skills learned during the year and the coaster was their final project.

There were a total of 38 roller coasters in the competition and the Wheatland High School Students took 2nd and 3rd place. The 3rd place winner was the team of Joseph Singleton, Caleb Childress, and Logen Irvine with the coaster Black Mamba. The 2nd place winner was the team of Braden Douglas, Sawyer Lawrence, and Hannah Battershell.  
Congratulations!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS FFA!

The Chugwater FFA received a grant from the Farm Credit Services of America as part of their Working Here Fund.  The grant intends to inspire youth in agriculture to gain work experience in high school, which matches the Chugwater AgEd work-based learning program.  The hope is to provide all students in agriculture class with a job or entrepreneurship opportunity.  This grant will facilitate operation of the work-based learning program and allow for awards and recognition for students with superior Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs.

More information may be found at https://www.fcsamerica.com/contact/grant-program/grant-program-information



WMS Students Advance to National STEM Competition

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine, sponsored by the U.S. Army.  eCYBERMISSION is designed to share the importance of STEM education with the leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to understand the real-life applications of these subjects. Students compete for state and national awards by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific inquiry to propose a solution.

A huge congratulations goes out to our team from Wheatland Middle School -
Bro x 4. The team of Joey Madsen, Christian Moody, Haiden Moody, and
Jacob Stafford were crowned the Northwest Regional Champions and will go onto the national finals. The regional competition had almost 4,000 teams competing to be one of only 16 teams (4 at each grade level) to earn a place at the National Judging and Educational Event. Each team will present its eCYBERMISSION project to a panel of national judges.

NJ&EE is an all-expenses-paid, week-long event that combines educational and team-building activities with the national competition. The trip includes several hands-on experiences and field trips to the National Mall and museums. The event will conclude with an awards luncheon with U.S. Army leadership, during which the four national winning teams will be announced.
eCYBERMISSION is an Army Educational Outreach Program.  Click here to learn more about the Army Educational Outreach program.  

 

West Book Fair is Happening Now

Please come and join West Elementary for their Spring Book Fair,
Monday May 5th-Friday May 9th.

Order Online at www.scholastic.com/fair and have your order shipped to school for free from May 1st-May 20th, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lewis at 322-4180.


West has a school wide competition for the class that purchases the most books.
The teachers of the top three classes will receive money to purchase books for their classroom.
$100 for first place
$50 for second place
$25 for third place



Cathy Metcalf Named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Platte #1 SD

Chugwater Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher
Cathy Metcalf was recognized as the Platte County School District #1 Teacher of the Year for 2014 at the regular April school board meeting. She was awarded a crystal apple from the Wyoming Department of Education in recognition of this honor. Ms. Metcalf, who last year was the recipient of the Channel 5 KGWN's Golden Apple Award, was nominated by Chugwater principal George Kopf who said “Mrs. Metcalf, like her class, has been busy.”

Mr. Kopf listed several activities the kindergarten and 1st graders have been working on. These included starting the recycling project for Chugwater elementary, reading with senior citizens, building a scale model of the town, exploring the western way of life where students learned to churn butter and make homemade pumpkin pie, among other activities.

Mrs. Metcalf has also been instrumental in starting the “Safe Routes to School” and partnering with a variety of resource districts as well as being very active in the district’s PLC, Data Teams, and Core Leadership Team (CLT). 

The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. All public school districts are eligible to submit local teachers of the year for the State of Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Mick West of Sheridan was named Wyoming Teacher of the Year and Maryland English teacher Sean McComb was recently named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations Cathy!



Hawaii Results are in for the WHS Academic Decathlon Team

Congratulations to the WHS Academic Decathlon team for placing
6th of 16 teams in their division at the United States Academic Decathlon Championships in Hawaii this past week. 

Additional congratulations to Justus Nelson and Braiden Denny who medaled.  Nelson received a gold medal in science, a silver medal in Language and Literature, and a bronze medal in Economics.  Denny received a silver medal in Science.  Sawyer Lawrence was the high scorer for the Wyoming team, and he was selected as the most valuable member by his teammates. 

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New Secondary Math Programs Recommended

We share the common goal of wanting each student to learn and develop a better understanding of math so they can Reach the PEAK!  An important step to achieving this is the curriculum review process.  PCSD #1 educators, after much time and serious deliberation which included parent input,
is recommending the Big Ideas in Math for grades 6-8 and Pearson’s CME Math for high school.
The CME Math follows a traditional four year course sequence with CME Algebra I, CME Geometry,
CME Algebra II, and CME Pre-Calculus.   These math resources would be used as the primary instructional resource in all of the middle schools and high schools in the District starting next fall.  

Sample materials for Big Ideas Math have been on display at the Wheatland Middle School, Chugwater Junior High School and Glendo Middle School for several weeks.  CME Math sample materials will be available for parents and others to look at starting May 1 at Wheatland High School, Chugwater High School, and Glendo High School.   Samples will be available through May 12.   Please feel free to contact any of the math teachers, principals, or Mr. James, at the District Office at
307-322-3175, if you have questions about the program or the curriculum review process. 




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