Homemade Custom Gifts in a Jar
Join Julie Balzan, UW Nutrition & Food Safety Educator, and Mary Evans, UW Nutrition Educator for a fun night on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm to learn how to make homemade custom gifts in a jar. These homemade gifts are perfect for that special person on your Christmas list. Please click here to view the festive flyer with all the details. Sign up now as space is limited. We’ll see you there!
Glendo Celebrates the Christmas Season
On Tuesday, December 6th, the Glendo Schools hosted their Christmas program. Please click here to view their Christmas concert program. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Libbey Students Learn About Hearing Safety
Students at Libbey Elementary participated in a guest presentation on hearing safety provided by Basin Electric Power Cooperative on December 5th-7th. Amanda Greulich provided a fun and interesting presentation that explained how hearing works, ways to protect our ears from hearing loss, how to properly put in ear plugs, and how to safely listen to music using ear buds or headphones. Students participated in the hands on demonstrations and were able to take home a pair of reusable ear plugs courtesy of BEPC.
WMS LEGO Robotics Team Competes in Casper
Congratulations to the Wheatland Middle School LEGO Robotics Team for placing 3rd out of 48 teams for mechanical engineering. They also had the 5th highest score in the robot game. Team members pictured include (from left to right): Coach Miken Harnish, Leslie Louthan, James Kestie, Josh Prather, Gabe Plant, Jhett McDaniel, and Zeke Wardell. The competition was held at the Casper Event Center on Saturday, 12/3.
WHS Wrestlers Selling Christmas Trees
Wheatland High School Wrestlers are now selling fresh cut, locally grown, Christmas Trees. They are available at the Wheatland Country Store located at 301 16th Street. The cost is a donation to the wrestling program.
PCSD#1 Celebrates American Education Week
Platte County School District #1 will celebrate American Education Week this week November 14-18, 2016. This week also gives all Americans a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.
2016's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," will be highlighted all week long. This is the perfect time for anyone to thank a teacher for their daily dedication to our students!
The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.
The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."
The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.
Other co-sponsors are the U.S. Department of Education and national organizations including the National PTA, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American School Counselor Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National School Public Relations Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
American Education Week is always celebrated the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving.
5th Grade Gets Exercise in Government on Election Day
5th grade students at West Elementary were visited by our two State Legislators on Tuesday, November 8. State Representative Dan Kirkbride and State Senator Brian Boner led the students through an exercise in government where students were separated into committees to decide what types of legislation should be passed on several types of transportation vehicles including bicycles, skateboards, and motorcycles. In their committees, students were to decide which vehicles needed driver’s licenses, should protective gear such as helmets and pads be required, which vehicles should not be allowed on roadways, which ones should be allowed to operate at night, and which should have a minimum age requirement.
Following the exercise, several students commented on how much difference of opinion there existed even in their own grade. Students learned that the next step for lawmakers was to take those differences of opinion and craft laws that would govern everyone. Legislators Boner and Kirkbride also explained to the students the three branches of government, their current elected positions and committees they currently sit on. The 5th grade usually visits the Capitol building, but with renovation being done, were not able to do so this year. We thank both legislators for taking the time to meet with our students. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Chugwater Library Receives Donation from Walmart
The Cheyenne, WY transportation office has chosen Chugwater Elementary to receive a $1000.00 donation as part of Walmart's commitment to education. Private Fleet truck drivers for Walmart are already among the safest drivers in the country. They drove extra carefully during the week from August 13 through August 19, 2016. For every accident-free mile they drove during that week, the Walmart Foundation made a financial contribution to local schools.
The Walmart Foundation is donating one cent for each accident-free mile driven by the drivers at each Walmart transportation office. A school in the home region of each transportation office will receive at least $1,000 and as much as $5,000 based on the safety performance of local drivers. During this year's program, Walmart transportation offices nationwide raised more than $143,000 to give to schools in their communities.
This is just one of the many ways Walmart supports education across the country, said Jeff DeMaio, General Transportation Manager at the Cheyenne Walmart distribution center. It's also a great way to engage all of our drivers in raising money for our local schools. This program serves as a great reminder to each of us that children are returning to classes and all drivers need to watch carefully for school buses and school children.
Walmart's Private Fleet is one of the largest in the United States and its more than 11,000 associates, including nearly 7,600 drivers, supporting more than 5,200 Walmart stores, Sam's Club locations and Neighborhood Markets in the U.S.
On Wednesday, October 19, Jeffrey Demaio, Walmart General Transportation Manager and Walmart Driver Eric Carpenter met with Mr. Waring, Chugwater Principal, and Mr. Fischer, Superintendent, to deliver a $1,000 donation for the library at Chugwater Schools.
Pictured are Chugwater Principal Tom Waring receiving the donation from Eric Carpenter.