There will be no school for students
Friday, March 7th.
A teacher inservice will be held.
UW Singing Statesmen Entertain WHS
The UW Singing Statesmen visited the Wheatland High School auditorium Tuesday, March 3 to entertain the students and staff. The University of Wyoming Singing Statesmen is an all-male choral ensemble dedicated to providing outstanding service to its community, the state of Wyoming and to the rich tradition of male ensemble singing in the United States.
The choir is guided by Nicole Lamartine, Director of Choral Activities at the University. The choir included Bulldog alumnus Brendan Ruwart, who both sang and played a drum part.
Wheatland Girls, Boys to Begin 3A Region Basketball Action this Weekend
Wheatland's boys and girls basketball teams will be in Torrington this weekend. The boys are the number 1 seed for 3A East and the girls are the number 7 seed.
WHSAA will be streaming the 3A Basketball Tournament from Torrington beginning Thursday, March 6. The broadcast will be available through the National Federation of High School's NFHS Network website. Click Here for the broadcasts, brackets and other tournament information.
Libbey Expresses Thanks for Making “I Love to Read” a Success
Thank you from the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes at Libbey Elementary for reading to our classes. We appreciate your time and dedication to children in our community!
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Pasta, Chicken Featured at West Elementary Band,
The 5th Grade Band and West Singers entertained a packed house at the West Elementary Gym in Wheatland Thursday night. The band performed three songs which were followed up by instrumental ensembles by Anna Cecil, the sax trio of Langdon Goodrich, Jhett McDaniel, and Khayla Otero, and flute duet of Paige James and Natalie Condie.
The West Singers performed six numbers capped off by rousing performances of “The Pasta Song” and “Chicken Rap.” The band and choir are under the direction of Kathy Collins who was joined by student teacher Rebecca Frawley. Ms. Frawley has been working with the students for the past eight weeks and served as director of the program for the concert. The students presented her with two bouquets of flowers, thanking her for tutelage.
For a copy of the concert handbill, click here.
Wheatland Middle School Participates in State Math Competition
The Wheatland Middle School students participated in the State Math Competition on Wednesday, Feb 26th in Torrington.
The results for the 7th grade students are: Jagger Evans; 1st, Elyse Rutherford; 2nd,
Cole James; 3rd , Carlos Garcia; 4th, Katie Currier; 5th, Beau Bennett; 6th, Dylan Pearson; 8th, and Colten Caves; 9th place.
The 8th grade student results for the State Math Competition are:
Hannah Nelson; 2nd, Joey Madsen; 3rd, Emily Wright, Amelia Winter and
Rachel Lebsack; 5th place, Rachel Battershell; 9th, and Zach Gunter; 10th place.
Wheatland High School Parent Meeting Scheduled
There will be a WHS parent meeting on March 18 at 5:15 in the WHS Library. The agenda will be NCA Accreditation feedback and continued planning for next year. We look forward to seeing you!
WHS Students Compete in State Math Competition
Congratulations to the State Math Competitors that traveled to Torrington on Wednesday, February 26th.
Pictured are the winners; Sawyer Lawrence; 1st place winner,
Rylan Shepard; 10th place winner, Justus Nelson; 8th place winner.
Way to go team!
Dinosaurs Roam the Auditorium Stage as 2nd Graders Perform
Under the direction of Music teacher Teresa Liechti, the Libbey 2nd graders performed nine songs in their program "Rockin' With the Dinosaurs" Thursday night at the Wheatland HS Auditorium.
The nine Dinosaur-related songs included 'Dinostars!', 'Long Ago', 'Triceratops', 'Dinosaur Rock', 'Ankylosaurus Terminolgy', 'Tyrannosaurus', 'The Raptors Rap', 'Fossils and Footprints' and the Dinosaur with the worlds longest name 'Micropachycephalosaurus'.
The students did a great job pronunciating, let alone performing, these songs. Special thanks went out to the 2nd grade teachers Ms. Barnes, DeWitt, Koski, and Loyd and to Miss Ortberg for videotaping the program.
West Students Compete in a School-Wide Spelling Bee
Pictured from left to right are top spellers
Jazmine Cain, Jorge Fernandez, and Abby Sherrill.
PCSD#1 Board Trustee, Shawn Shepard,
is shown moderating the Spelling Bee
Hannah Nelson Wins Platte County #1 Spelling Bee
By spelling the word “Ravel” correctly, 8th grader Hannah Nelson defeated 7th grader Drake Amundson to win this year’s Spelling Bee for Platte County students. Nelson, Amundson and 8th grader Sara Horsley all received medals for their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes, respectively.
The Spelling Bee included students from West Elementary, Guernsey, and Wheatland Middle School that competed in their own grades and schools before competing in the finals Wednesday morning in the Wheatland Middle School library. Hannah will proceed to the next level of the competition by competing at the state level. Long-time principal and board member Lee Dunham was back again after a one-year hiatus to once again moderate the Bee.
Congratulations to all the students that qualified and participated and good luck to Hannah as she represents Platte County! For more pictures, check out our Facebook page by clicking the Facebook icon to the right.
Pictured from left to right are 8th grader, Hannah Nelson placing 1st,
8th grader, Sara Horsley placing 3rd and 7th grader, Drake Amundson placing 2nd.
U.S. Senator John Barrasso Visits Wheatland High School
U.S. Senator John Barrasso visited Wheatland High School and spoke to the entire student body and staff. After introductory remarks, Senator Barrrasso took questions from the students on a broad variety of topics ranging from Wyoming’s Hathaway Scholarship to Obamacare to why he chose to become a US Senator to the recent EPA ruling affecting Riverton.
He closed with advice to the students that he received from each of his parents to get better every day as a person and a student, combine your education with a strong work ethic, and to be thankful every day that he lives here in the greatest country on earth – the United States.
Peer Mentoring Groups Receive Training
Pictured is Matt Meuleners, with Focus Training from Milwaukee, Wisconsin spending one day of training on Feb. 12th with the Peer Mentoring Groups
from Wheatland High School and Wheatland Middle School.
PCSD#1 Staff Prioritizes Training
On Friday, February 14th, the PCSD#1 staff utilized that day for professional development.
Pictured are some of the staff presenting to each other and engaging in new ideas.
Kirby Cagle Signs to Play Football for Dickinson State University
Pictured is WHS senior, Kirby Cagle, signing his letter of intent
to play football next fall for Dickinson State University.
Also pictured on the right is former head coach, Scott Schultz,
and on the left is new head coach, Dusty Hudson.
Libbey PTO Hosts Another Successful Carnival
The Libbey PTO held their annual carnival again this year on Friday, Feb 7th and
fun was had by all. They couldn’t have done it without the support of so many
parents, community members and staff.
There was some wonderful food (beefy nachos, cotton candy and cakes to win at the cake walk) and games in every room. Of course, the jail was extremely popular once again! There were quite a few jailbirds throughout the evening. Libbey had many
long-time favorite games once again and added a few new ones.
Thanks to everyone who attended!
Libbey Elementary Kicks Off “I Love to Read Month” with a Web of Reading
Every K-2 student at Libbey Elementary received the book “Charlotte’s Web” to read with their parents during the month of February as a part of Libbey’s efforts to instill a love reading in all students. The E.B. White classic, which was donated by the Wheatland Kiwanis as a part of their ‘Read Around the World’ project, was distributed to all students Wednesday, January 29. A note explaining the Home Read Aloud challenge was sent home with all students with a goal of 100% parent involvement (or can be found by clicking here). In addition to the Read Aloud, Libbey will be having many volunteer readers visiting the classrooms during February to promote reading and literacy.
“Charlotte’s Web” chronicles the friendship of Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte on Mr. Zuckerman’s farm. The story is an excellent example of accepting others and the constant support sometimes necessary in life. The Libbey staff have established six weekly goals to accomplish and the students will have questions and activities to complete. Those students completing all six questions/activities will participate in a final event and grand prize drawing.
Libbey and Platte #1 would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Wheatland for sponsoring this year’s challenge. In addition to purchasing the books, the Club also helped by covering the costs for supplies.
Wheatland High School "Race 2 Achieve"
Promotes Positive Learning
To get a good understanding of how math and science are used in the real world, Mrs. Wallace’s Physics and Mrs. Sisson’s Intensified Trigonometry classes joined together in a project called Race 2 Achieve, sponsored by the National Guard.
The two classes were split into eight groups, consisting of about three students in each group. The classes voted on whether to have a race testing speed, distance, or a round track. The result was a speed race, on an 11.05 meter track in the commons.
Students had to first assemble the mousetrap car from the pack provided, and run test trials. Each day from that point, the class had an objective. These objectives included adjustments to the body and engine, tires and alignment, and weight distribution. Every group tested various modifications every day, all leading up to race day.
The teams each had three official race times, and could scratch twice. Between the races, the team could make “pit stops” to make additional modifications to their car. Finally, after all of these objectives, Race Day was held on Friday January 24th. Each team got three chances to get the fastest time. Team Vader’s Fist was in the lead until out of nowhere, Kicking Asphalt beat them out with their last run. Pictured are from left to right winners; Justus Nelson, Rainey Evans and Micah Apodaca.
2014 Camp Invention Dates Set for West Elementary
Please join West Elementary from June 9th-13th for an exciting week of creativity and inventive thinking.
Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during its week long summer program! Led by Platte County School District educators, elementary school children in grades 1st-6th are immersed into fun-filled, exciting, activities that reinvent summer fun. Throughout the week, children work together to solve real-world challenges that prepare them for the 21st century.
Whether they are creating an epic, insect-themed pinball machine or dismantling broken devices, participants learn new approaches to everyday problems!
Call 800.968.4332 or click on the Camp Invention link @ www.campinvention.org for all the exciting details of this camp.
Cost is $220 for the week long camp. Student Alumni get a $35 discount if registered prior to February 13th ($185)
All students registered prior to March 28th get a $25 discount ($195)
Register by March 28 to save $25 – alumni register by February 13 for an additional discount!
If you have questions concerning Camp Invention; please contact Cindy Amundson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Limited scholarships are available; please contact Jodie Fitzwater at email@example.com for more information.
Lance Lucas Signs to Compete
for Doane College
WHS senior, Lance Lucas, signed his wrestling letter of intent to compete at the collegiate level for Doane College in Crete, NE.
Lance is pictured on the left with his wrestling coach, Mr. Colt Goff, on the right.
WHS Taking Orders for the 2014 Cancer T-Shirt
Shooting for the cure cancer T-shirts are now available for pre-order - Click here to pre-order your 2014 cancer T-Shirt
Please make checks payable to Wheatland High School. Payment is due with order.
WHS Principal, Tracy de Ryk, Appointed to SACIE
WHS Principal, Tracy de Ryk, has been appointed by Governor Mead to be on the State Advisory Council for Innovative Education (SACIE). The SACIE initiates innovative programs, reviews innovative program grants awarded for the current academic year, and reviews evaluation reports on previous programs awarded grants.
This is an awesome opportunity to have a PCSD#1 employee be involved at the state level to learn about all the innovative programs going on around Wyoming. Congratulations, Tracy!
Winter Character Celebration for West Students
On Friday, January 10th, West Elementary students were honored for their outstanding use of character over the past quarter during a special assembly.
After the assembly, all students that met preset criteria participated in Winter Olympic themed activities.
Students rotated around through various stations such as Bobsled Races,
Snowball Freeze Tag, Slalom Race, and Speed Scooters.
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Seventh Grade Service Project 2013 Sends Care Packages for
Servicemen in Afghanistan
This past December, seventh graders at WMS sent care packages to an army unit of twelve servicemen currently stationed in Afghanistan. Students, teachers and other staff members gathered things that were on a list of items often requested by deployed servicemen.
On the Friday before Christmas break, students divided up the gathered items and packed them into twelve boxes so that each soldier would receive his or her own gift box. Each box contained: a washcloth or small towel, two pairs of socks, a bandana, a Frisbee or a Nerf football, a game book, a pack of playing cards, 5 packs of gum,
6 flavored drink mixes, a package of sunflower or pumpkin seeds, a package of peanuts, a package of tuna, 3 peanut butter cracker packs, a package of Oreos, jerky or slim jims, 1 honey bun, 1 tootsie pop, 5 granola bars, a bottle of ibuprofen, cough drops, q-tips, shampoo, deodorant, hand cream, chap stick, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and a large package of moist towelettes.
Additionally, soldiers were given handwritten notes and letters from students thanking them for their service to our country. A group photo of the seventh grade class was tucked into each box, along with individual pieces of artwork made by seventh grade students. The WMS student council contributed the money for postage, which they had raised by selling hot chocolate. The students will be checking the tracking numbers for the packages this week to see when they will be delivered to the servicemen. Seventh grade teachers would like to thank all of the students, families, and staff members who helped make this great project possible!
Paula Johnson latest PCSD #1 teacher to earn National Board Certification
West Elementary 3rd Grade teacher Paula Johnson, pictured right, is the latest Platte County #1 teacher to earn the prestigious National Board Certification. The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.
The National Board seeks to elevate the status, voice and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. This includes 1) raising public awareness with respect to the cognitively complex, collaborative and expertise-driven nature of teachers' work; 2) setting higher standards for entry and advancement into the profession; and 3) recognizing accomplished teaching through a rigorous
professional certification process comparable to those found in other premier professions, such as
medicine, engineering and law.
The Platte County School District #1 teachers listed below have achieved their National Board Certification:
Cindy Amundson, West 4th Grade Teacher
Julie Balzan, Wheatland Middle School Life Skills Teacher
Sandy Barnes, Libbey 2nd Grade Teacher
Kathy Collins, West Music Teacher
Debbie Dickinson, West 3rd Grade Teacher
Paula Johnson, West 3rd Grade Teacher
Melissa Lucas, Libbey SPED Teacher
Denise McDaniel, Libbey Title I/DK Teacher
Renee McKain, Libbey Kindergarten Teacher
Sharon Swanson, Libbey Principal
Congratulations to all of our National Certified staff.
Kindergartners Learn Life's Basics
The kindergarten students in Ms. Wilhelm's class worked on an interactive writing prompt last week about How to Plant Seeds. This went along with their story 'Seeds' which they read during the week.
They also did an activity where they planted seeds and created an iMovie while doing the steps and wrote about. Click on the 'How to Plant Seeds' image to watch the video.
Wheatland High School Celebrates the End of the First Semester
In a close decision, senior Lance Lucas, pictured on the left, nudged out math teacher Chase Christenson to win the Wheatland High School “Ugly Sweater Contest.” The contest was a part of the high schools assembly celebrating the first semester.
Other activities included recognition of the fall sports and activities participants, awarding the Bulldog Challenge winners, and the WEA presentation of the NFIE, National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, award to Mrs. Sisson, pictured on the right receiving the donation from a representative from the California Casualty Insurance Co. The Entertainers serenaded the crowd with a couple holiday musical selections to begin the program.
Early Release Days Are
Training Days for PCSD#1 Staff
During the December 11th early release day, PCSD #1 administration, faculty, and staff participated in technology training held at Wheatland High School.
In all there were 6 different workshops including Assistive Technologies, Edmodo, iMovie/Puppet Pals, Silverback, Evernote/Socrative, and Notability/Educreations/Quizlet. There were over 125 participants.
Wheatland High School Students Learn the
Dangers of Texting and Driving
An assembly educating students on the importance of not texting and driving was recently held at Wheatland High School. This assembly included a video and interactive components to help engage students in listening to this important message. Several community agencies worked together to make this presentation to our WHS students; these agencies included, the Platte County Memorial Hospital, Platte County Prevention Coalition, the Eastern Wyoming Ambulance Service, the Wheatland Town Police and the staff and students of Wheatland High School. When asked what the students learned from the presentation, one freshman girl responded, “I’m not old enough to drive, but I’m going to tell my mom to stop texting and driving with us in the car.” Another student responded, “I didn’t realize how quickly your whole life can change by not paying attention for a few seconds.”
Shown in the pictures are WHS students participating in the “Don’t Text and Drive” assembly recently held at WHS.
Wheatland High School Students Travel to WHSAA Sportsmanship Summit
Three WHS students, pictured from left to right, Chase Markel, Fiona Jones, and
Chris Caves traveled to Casper to the Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) Sportsmanship Summit. While they were at the Summit, the students learned about the WHSAA push to join the RIDE (Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Encouragement). They joined students from across Wyoming to plan activities and events within their schools that celebrate and promote good sportsmanship.
Our WHS team came back with several ideas. Our WHS students are going to continue to promote good sportsmanship by rewarding people who exhibit good sportsmanship at games and contests with a blue Sportsmanship Card. This card can be redeemed at the concession stand for a free drink and popcorn. Another idea they are promoting is having the contest officials choose a player from each team as their best example of sportsmanship, and rewarding those players with t-shirts that promote sportsmanship.
Thank you, students, for meeting the challenge to be the best you can be and helping Wheatland High School plan for joining the RIDE.
West Announces Their November Sumdog Results
Sumdog is an online math program in which the students work independently on problems at their current skill levels and is aligned with the Common Core Math Standards. Sumdog actually keeps track of their progress and will adjust the questions asked based on their previous attempts and correct answers. Classroom teachers are able to select which standards, skills and operations they want their students to work on as a whole class or individually for each student. Every student at West has an account set up that enables them to play at school or at home. Students are encouraged to take their login information home so they can access Sumdog from a computer; Wi-Fi enabled tablet or device.
In order to access Sumdog, please visit www.sumdog.com or download the free app if you have an IPad. Each month, students check to see if their names appear on the "Leader Board" for having the most questions answered correctly and then are entered into a monthly drawing for school store certificates. Statistics reveal: 62,070 Questions Answered; 51,995 Answers Correct with 84% Accuracy (each month West has seen an increase in accuracy)
Pictured are the winners for November: Brinley, Jacey and Makenzie
Congratulations to Ashley Burns
Wheatland High School Senior, Ashley Burns, has been selected to the All State Band.
She will perform in Laramie on January 21, 2014 with the specific time and location to be announced in the near future.
This is a prestigious honor and everyone at PCSD#1 is proud of Ashley's accomplishment.
District Selects New Vision Statement,
Updates Mission Statement
Following a year-long review by the Platte County #1 School Board, adminstrators, teachers, community members and students, the district has selected "Reach the Peak" as its new Vision statement replacing "Empowerment through learning so students can be successful now and in the future." The process was done in conjunction with feedback received during the accreditation surveys. This feedback showed that the district is focusing on continuous improvement in all areas to give its students the greatest opportunities for high levels of achievement, engagement, and participation.
The "Reach the Peak" logo was created by three Wheatland High School students - Rainey Evans, Aya Mistica, and Dominic Cancino - and assisted by business/computer teacher Dusty Hudson for the final design. The process included five worksessions with a variety of stakeholders who narrowed their discussion on several 'focus' words that were important to all groups. These words were Empower, Engage, Purposeful, Excellence, Rigorous, Safe, 21st Century, Successful, Positive, Relevant. The focus words have been combined and included below the "Reach the Peak" phrase and incorporate each of the letters in the word PEAK.
The district will begin using this logo immediately on its webpage, literature, and other documentation. Each school also reviewed its mission and vision statements and are posted on their webpage.
The district also reviewed its Mission statement and consolidated three statements into the more usable "The mission of Platte County School District #1 is to ensure that each student is actively engaged in learning, connected to the school and broader community, and prepared for an ever-changing world."
The prior mission statement was
Ensure that each student is actively engaged in learning.
Ensure that each student is connected to the school and broader community.
Ensure that each student is prepared for post-secondary learning which may include college, tech schools, military, apprenticeships, and on the job training.
Platte County School District #1
1350 Oak Street
Wheatland, WY 82201