PCSD#1 2017-2018 Registration Scheduled
Platte County School District #1 would like to announce that if you have not registered for the upcoming school year 2017-18, or are new to the district, registration is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 1st. If you have any questions, please call 307-322-3175 extension 5026. Thank-you!
WMS Offers Additional Yearbooks
It looks like there was a high demand for 2016-2017 Yearbooks. I would like to see if there is still some interest out there for additional yearbooks and see if we need to reorder another round for sale.
This reorder will be a prepay situation as we need to make sure that we have them all sold before we order additional yearbooks.
Here is the link for the reorder form:
Cory J. Dziowgo
Principal ~ Wheatland Middle School
Wyoming Association of Secondary Schools President 2015-2017
Striving for success, one student at a time!
WMS to Host Town-Hall Meetings
Wheatland Middle School will be hosting multiple town-hall style meetings to discuss some upcoming changes in our operations at WMS. We are working through some details of these changes and would value your input. These meetings will involve a short information session and then an input portion. All parents, community members, teachers, and students are welcome to attend. For a detailed agenda, please click here.
The dates are: June 27 at 7 pm, July 27 at 10 am, and August 21 at 5 pm.
MK Burnett Selected as PCSD#1 School Board Member
Mrs. Burnett (MK), was selected as PCSD#1 newest board member and was sworn in on Monday, June 12th, at the Board Work Session. Mrs. Burnett will be filling the vacancy for out-going board member Doug Wiggins. Her term will be June 1, 2017 to December 1, 2018. A bio of Mrs. Burnett is provided below:
My name is Merry Kathryn Burnett. Most people know me as "MK." I am honored to have been selected to serve as a member of Platte County School District #1's School Board. I was born and raised in North Carolina before attending college in Wisconsin where I earned a B.S. degree in Communications with an emphasis in Media Consultation. My five children and I were fortunate to move to Wheatland in 2005, and the oldest four have now graduated from WHS. My husband, Steve, is a lifelong resident of Wheatland, where we still enjoy operating a small cattle operation. In addition, we own a small business in Douglas. I feel that all of these experiences give me a unique perspective to offer to PCSD#1. I am a strong believer in the power of education and that it "takes a village" to educate effectively. I look forward to working with people throughout our community in order for our district to reach the PEAK.
Pictured from left to right: Carmen Romo, Spencer Lawrence, Quinn Lawrence, Steve Burnett, Kirby Lawrence, Sawyer Lawrence, Reagan Lawrence and MK Burnett
WMS Yearbook Pickup Scheduled
Please click here to view the details of the Wheatland Middle School Yearbook Pickup schedule. We'll see you soon!
PCSD#1 Announces Summer Learning Activities
Platte Co School District #1 has a schedule of summer learning activities. What a great way to learn and have fun at the same time! Please click here to view the summer activities.
West 3rd Grade Students Enjoy Science Field Trip
On Tuesday, May 23, the West Elementary 3rd grade students embarked on a science field trip to Kerry and Clara Powers Laramie River Guest Ranch. The purpose of the field trip was for the students to learn more about the rural community in which they live. They learned about production agriculture, tree growth and soil conservation, 4-H animals and how to care for them, Laramie Peak Mountain Range, range management, and wild life in Wyoming.
Guest speakers included Martin Hicks from Wyoming Game and Fish, Brady Irvin, Becky Boersma, and Bailey Rapp from the NRCS, Lily Nichols from ChugValley 4-H Club, Kerry and Clara Powers, and Jamie Rietz (local ranchers).
Jana Bjelkevig Named 2017 Teacher of the Year for Platte #1, Peggy Suko Named Support Staff Person of the Year
West Elementary 5th grade teacher Jana Bjelkevig was selected as the Platte County School District #1 Teacher of the Year for 2017. Ms. Bjelkevig will have her name submitted to the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) for consideration as the Wyoming State Teacher of the Year which will be named in early 2018. Platte County School Board #1 recognized her at their regular May board meeting on May 15.
The local selection committee used the five elements WDE uses in making their state teacher of the year selection including 1) inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, 2) having respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues, 3) playing an active role in the community as well as in the school, 4) having the energy to withstand a busy schedule and finally, 5) demonstrating high levels of academic achievement for her students. Pictured are Jana Bjelkevig and PCSD#1 Board Chairman Greg Meyer.
Ms. Bjelkevig has served several important roles at Platte #1. As an instructional facilitator at West Elementary for many years, she gained great experience with curriculum and intervention practices at all levels. Through her experience she gained skills that allowed her to use research and data to drive her instructional decisions. As a classroom teacher she employs these skills to support the growth of her students and provide support to her grade level team.
Students in Mrs. Bjelkevig's class know she cares. Building working relationships with and between students is something she highly values. Daily Morning Meetings provide each student an opportunity to connect with classmates and their teacher. These meetings foster strong bonds between all participants and contribute to the remarkable learning community that exists within Mrs. Bjelkevig's classroom.
One nominator noted, “Her passion for teaching drives her to support the learning of others at all levels, within the classroom, school, and district and community. She is a true educator!”
The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. All public school districts are eligible for the State of Wyoming Teacher of the Year, which is selected from the local nominations. Ms. Bjelkevig will now be eligible for Wyoming State Teacher of the Year. Recipient of this award will then be eligible for National Teacher of the Year.
Peggy Suko Named 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year
Wheatland High School Office Secretary Peggy Suko was selected as the Platte County School District #1 2017 Support Staff Employee of the Year. Peggy has been employed with the school district for 7 years. Platte County School Board #1 recognized her at their regular May board meeting on May 15.
The local selection committee used four criteria to make their selection including: 1) inspires co-workers, 2) has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues, 3) plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school, and 4) is poised, articulate, and has the energy to withstand a busy schedule; and demonstrates high levels of character.
In reviewing nominations for this award, the following remarks were noted about Peggy, “Have never met someone who is as valuable to the operation of a school as Peggy”, “She strives to make sure that every event held at Wheatland High School is a high quality production”, “She knows the answers to every question”, “She is caring and kind to everyone”, and “Peggy is truly about taking care of people”.
Peggy is married to Joe Suko and they have 4 children. All of which have been very active in school events. Congratulations to Peggy for this well-deserved award! Pictured are Peggy Suko and PCSD#1 Board Chairman Greg Meyer.
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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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