It's Beginning to Sound a lot Like Christmas
We invite you to enjoy the sounds of the holiday season as our students perform some of your favorite Christmas music. Please mark your calendars and join us in celebrating this special time.
Tues, Dec 10th @ 6:00 pm
PTO cookie sale @ 5:00 pm
Wheatland Middle School
Tues, Dec 10th @ 7:00 pm
WMS multi-purpose room
Thurs, Dec 12th @ 7:00 pm
Fri, Dec 13th @ 6:00 pm
Tues, Dec 17th @ 6:30 pm
Wheatland High School
Thurs, Dec 19th @ 7:00 pm
Paula Johnson latest PCSD #1 teacher to earn National Board Certification
West Elementary 3rd Grade teacher Paula Johnson 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 our our National Certified staff.
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!
Fall Sports All-State, All-Conference Awards Announced
All-Conference and All-State: Khrysie Snider
All Conference: Chase Cochran
All Conference: Sydnie Pollock
Honorable Mention: Katie Phifer and Shelby Connolly
1st Team All-Conference – Critter Ruwart, Jace Loyd, Kirby Cagle, Taran Whelchel, Austin Huffer, Josh Calvert
2nd Team All-Conference – Caleb Childress, Braden Douglas, Justis Borton, Nathan Willis
All State 2A -- Critter Ruwart, Jace Loyd, Taran Whelchel
Super 25 -- Critter Ruwart
A special thank you to the Record Times for all the coverage and articles for Bulldog Football this year!!
WHS Wrestlers Prepare for the Tournament
The Wheatland High School Wrestlers had their Blue and Gold duals on 12/3/13.
It helps start the year off and gets the" jitters" out before the tournament in Evanston this weekend. Good Luck team!!
Laramie Peak Motors Dealership Takes Drive One 4 UR School Program to Wheatland High School
Laramie Peak Motors has partnered with Wheatland High School to offer Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program in an effort to raise funds to benefit the school. The event took place at Laramie Peak Motors on September 27.
“Our community has been fortunate to have the support of a business leader like Laramie Peak Motors,”
said Frank Jesse Associate Principal/Activities Director. “We are happy to partner with Ford for a program benefiting our school and our kids.”
The Drive One 4 UR School program was developed as a fun, engaging way to help high schools raise money to support their sports programs and extracurricular activities. Ford and Lincoln dealerships partner with local high school to conduct a test drive fundraising event. For every valid test drive completed, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the participating high school up to $6,000.
“We’ve always believed in our community and the best way to demonstrate that is to support it in every way we can, starting with kids”, said Chuck Ruwart.
Drive One 4 UR School has had great success since its inception in 2007, with thousands of test drives and dollars generated for schools through the program.
Chuck Ruwart presented the check of $1,500 to Fiona Jones on behalf of the school on December 3, 2013. Ms. Jones is currently a senior at Wheatland High School and a Student Advisory Council member to the WHSAA (Wyoming High School Activities Association).
Chugwater Biology Students Share Projects With K-1 Class
Ms. Olson’s Chugwater biology class presented their science project on evolution to the K-1 group on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.
There were four biology students sharing their projects beginning with Don Nielson and his presentation of “Rock Star 123”,
moving from cell to body mass to examples of birds and fish fossils.
Chelsea Bircumshaw presented her project entitled “Planet Marley”, gravity to planets to dinosaurs to fossils.
Kayce Lovett presented "The Story of Why People Are the Way They Are”, changes in cells taking place over time to various growth changes.
Matthew Arnett with his project, “The Mystery That Every One Tries to Solve in Science”, cells to fish to dinosaurs to disappearance of certain animals. In summary Matthew stated that science helps us to study changes that have taken place and how things take time and science continues to offer wonders around us!
All biology students then shared with the K-1 class “Spike the Hedgehog”,
“Beatrice the Cockroach and her Family” along with “Sal the Salamander”!
Libbey Students Express Their “Thanks” to Businesses
On Nov. 26th the Libbey students went to the local businesses to present a thank you poster for all the support they have given the school over the years. Our business community is always willing to support and lend a helping hand whenever they are needed!
Thanks to all in our business community for making our kids and their education important.
West Students Visit the National Historic Trails Center
The Wheatland 4th grade students took a break from studying Wyoming history last Friday to visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper. “The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is a cooperative partnership between BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper. The Trails Center interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the United States, and seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western Native cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting BLM's role as active stewards of public lands.”
The 4th grade students visit the Center every year as a part of their Wyoming history unit. The center focuses on bringing to life the pioneer’s travel along the Oregon and Mormon Trails, the Pony Express and the coming of the railroad, among other exhibits.
Along with the three grade level teachers, Mrs. Boughton, Mrs. Amundson, and Mr. Schoonover, the students were accompanied by many parents who helped chaperone the excursion.
West Elementary Hosts Literacy Night
On Thursday night Nov. 21st, West Elementary invited families to come and participate in several stations centered on literacy. Participants created book marks, played mini-IPAD games, played vocabulary games, was introduced to electronic books and created a craft centered on a book. For more photos, check out our Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook icon on the right side!
Beefy nachos were also sold at the event with proceeds going to Close Up.
Libbey Elementary Celebrates Book Fair Week
Pictured are Libbey teachers dressing as their favorite book character on Wed., Nov 20th.
Shown from left to right are Nichole Johnson as “Junie B Jones”,
Hannah Burkett as “Waldo”, Gerry Myers as “Ramona”,
Melissa Lucas as a “WHO”, Sally Smith as “Fancy Nancy” and
Tori Goertz as “Miss Viola Swamp”.
ExxonMobil Has Appoved Wheatland Middle School's 2013 Educational Alliance Application
This donation of $500 will greatly help with the funding for Wheatland Middle School's Green House Project and their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Projects! Exxon Mobile has a long history of supporting educational programs, like Educational Alliance, that focus on improvements in these areas from pre-school to higher education. They believe it is fundamentally important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving Math and Science!
Pictured from left to right are Miken Harnish, 8th Grade Science/STEM teacher,
in the center is Jessica MDonald, Assistant Manager at Common Cents, and
Steve Loyd, WMS Principal.
Chugwater Students Learn All About Pumpkins and Squash
Chugwater Kindergarten and First Graders have had an exciting learning adventure on tree and other plant growth.
This all began with their visit to Russ and Karen Wedemeyer’s ranch.
Karen prepared mini-lessons on plants in her huge garden.
Then Elmer and Noaleen Beaver delivered three huge pumpkins to each elementary class. Mr. Van Why helped them weigh their pumpkin which was 55 pounds. Mary Evans, Resource District Coordinator, presented a hands-on science, art lesson to show how plants grow. The class team decided they would like to make pies! We measured, weighed the other pumpkins and squash – compared them to our huge one. With the cut sections, each child cleaned and wrapped the piece.
The class invited Superintendent Fischer to visit our pie factory and he was helping “supervise” the young cooks at work. Chef Sherry prepared the ovens for baking. Karen brought the colander which separated the meat from the skins and any seeds. Noaleen arrived with fresh ground wheat flour from their wheat fields. Vicki Pesek and Liz Masie (Karen, Noaleen too) helped the children measure and make the crust and pie fillings. Finally, the day arrived to gather and enjoy our pie. LaNetta Chapman even made homemade warm egg nog. What an awarding family involvement project. The children are awesome young chefs!
Wheatland Middle School Supports Diabetes Awareness Month
On November 14, 2013 Wheatland Middle School came together and formed a human blue circle for Diabetes Awareness Month!
The students and faculty all wore blue to show their support! The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes.
Until 2006, there was no global symbol for diabetes. The purpose of the symbol is to give diabetes a common identity.
It aims to:
(1) Support all existing efforts to raise awareness about diabetes
(2) Inspire new activities; bring diabetes to the attention of the general public
(3) Brand diabetes
(4) Provide a means to show support for the fight against diabetes.
Wheatland Middle School staff and students would like to give a “Special Thank You” to Adam Benson for coming out and taking his time to get pictures of everyone!
Glendo Designs Expecting Busy Christmas Season!
Glendo Designs was created by the Glendo High School Plasma Cam Class as a fundraiser for the Glendo FFA Chapter. The class is learning how to manage and work in all the aspects of small business. From web design and product design and onto making the actual product, the class works with a mixture of business, computer technology, and construction skills obtained in class. The Glendo Design Team would like to thank you for checking out their site at www.glendoffa.weebly.com and you’ll be amazed at their creations!
As shown in the picture, the Plasma Cam class is hard at work preparing for the Christmas season. Between regular orders and ornaments for the holiday bazaars and craft fairs, there is little time to waste.
National School Psychology Awareness Week:
Helping Students, Staff and Families Make the Connection!
Helping our students and schools focus on recognizing and developing team players is at the heart of national
School Psychology Awareness Week, November 11–15, 2013. The theme, “We’re all in! Teams work.” is directed to students, but also carries an important message to all adults. Parents you can help us build and celebrate your children’s participation on
teams and building effective teamwork!
Discover effective team building skills your children already have (explore your child’s team building skills and how they differ from those of others).
Encourage family discussions regarding the teams in which the adults and the children participate.
Be sure to highlight individual team building strengths across all family members; everyone’s collaborative skills may be different but they are all important to share.
Come together for a good cause. Show the strength of working together as a family, a group, or a team to help the community.
Join a team! Model effective team work by joining a team or group such as the PTA, coaching a recreational team, or even joining a book club. Help your children understand the qualities needed to be an effective team player by watching you participate in a variety of teams.
Use your team work skills to make a difference. Give students the opportunity volunteer with a local cause such as Special Olympics, local fundraising campaigns, or Habitat for Humanity. They may be surprised how much of a difference they can make using effective team work skills.
Link up and connect with me, Annastashia Malcolm! I am your school psychologist and I would love to talk with you about your child and all the ways Platte County School District #1 helps to encourage all of our children to participate in teams and work effectively on teams. We can celebrate these collaborative characteristics across our school community. My phone number is 307-322-3175 ext. 1011.
Libbey Prepares Kindergartners for the Future
As a Kindergarten grade level, Libbey has done quite a bit of work so far this year with data teams. The focus of the data team is to look at the data they have gathered and then create a focus on what skills they need to work on the most with their students to help them become successful in reading, writing, and math. They wanted to make this data information visual for their students and parents, so they created a data wall.
- Our focus: Students will be able to identify their letters.
- Our smart goal: They will increase from 12 bones (21%) to 46 bones (79%) proficient by the end of second quarter. In order for our students to be proficient (be in the far left bowl with the purple bones), they need to correctly identify 47/52 letters.
At the beginning of the year, Libbey tested all of their kindergarten students on their ability to recognize all 52 letters. Each child has a bone that represents where they are with their letter identification. However, after approximately three weeks of school, we tested them again to see if they were able to identify any more of their letters.
There was excitement as the results from several students moved into a different bowl! Libbey plans to assess their letter identification every two weeks and move their bones as they identify more and more letters. The student’s bone color will stay the same from the beginning until the end, so their progress will be monitored by each group of bones.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Libbey data wall,
please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.
Congratulations to Sawyer Lawrence
Wheatland High School Senior Sawyer Lawrence is a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
Congratulations and good luck, Sawyer!
We're Proud of our Bullpups!
Wheatland High School Speech and Debate
Compete at Cheyenne East
The Wheatland High School Speech and Debate Team did great at the Cheyenne East Novice Tournament on November 2nd.
Listed below are the results:
Mickenzi Loyd: 1st in Poetry
Abby Bush: 2nd in Poetry
Varina Denny: 3rd in Poetry Bryan Timmerman: 3rd in Humor
Joseph Singleton and Mickenzi Loyd: 1st in duet
Brody Lockman and Colten Kauffman: 3rd in Policy
Madissen Hester: 1st in Oratory
Briley James: 2nd in Oratory
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.