8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom offers a program for grades 3-5 where they teach about different aspects of agriculture. These areas include energy and natural resources, farm and crop production, predator management, ranch and livestock production, water and soil, and weed and pest. West teachers, Mrs. Britton and Mrs. Munari were sent information booklets for the students to read and work through addressing these areas. Then they offer a bookmark contest where students create a bookmark that is based on one of the areas.
This is the 19th year they have had the contest.
There were 697 entries this year across the state and three of those winners are in Platte County! Elizabeth Crowley, Todd Paisley and Brock Tamlin were among the twelve students who made bookmarks that were chosen. The students, their families and their teachers were all invited to Cheyenne last Friday, May 17th, to be involved in the celebration. Lunch was provided and then everyone attended the awards ceremony and finally a trip to the capitol for a tour and to meet with Governor Mead and the First Lady. The bookmarks are printed up and sent all over the state to be handed out. The students received about 100 copies of their bookmark, a book titled
Who Grew My Soup? and a $25 prize check in a book bag as well as a giant copy of their bookmark that they had enlarged for the celebration! They also gave teachers a bag with the same book and multiple copies of all 12 finalists’ bookmarks. It was a wonderful day and a great experience for all who attended! What an amazing honor and experience for these hard-working students!
SPECIAL OLYMPIANS COMPETE IN LARAMIE
Pictured below is Savannah Hauser enjoying the pool with the help of Alli Nelson at the Special Olympics
Special Olympics was held in Laramie on
May 16th & 17th. All participants had a good time! Some of the results were:
Shelby Sterling – 4th place for 3 on 3 basketball.
Jenny Ison – Silver for the Individual Basketball Skills, Gold for the 50 Meter Dash, Gold for the 100 Meter Dash, Silver for the Running Long Jump and Bronze in the Tennis Ball Throw.
Brisen Palmer – 4th in the 3 on 3 basketball, Gold in the 100 meter dash, Gold in the softball throw, Gold in the 4X100 relay unified sports and 4th place in the running long jump.
Jacob McKinley – 4th place in the 3 on 3 basketball, Gold in the 100 meter dash, Gold in the 50 meter dash, Silver in the softball throw and 4th place in the running long jump.
The Unified Sports Partners were Alli Nelson, Rachel Geile, Braiden Denny and Daniel Lucero – They garnered a Gold Medal in the 4X100 Relay for Unified Sports.
We’re very proud of our Special Olympians and the hard work they display at each event! Way to go team!!
LIBBEY FIRST GRADERS HAVE HELPFUL LITERACY MOMS
First Grade from Platte County School District #1 celebrated Wyoming Reads at the
Platte County Library on May 14th. Every first grade child in Wyoming received a hardcover book! A BIG thanks to the Literacy Moms from Libbey that are pictured below and to all the
crew at the Platte County Public Library!
WMS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED
The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation recognizes the Wheatland Middle School students for being chosen as one of 30 semifinalist teams from across the country to compete in the next round of judging to be held in the near future when the selection is narrowed to 8 finalist teams for the 2012-2013 competition year. Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation sponsors the Christopher Columbus Awards each year. This competition is designed to give young people hands-on experience with science and technology that will last a lifetime. It encourages youth to explore, analyze and draw conclusions about the world around them and apply what they have learned to better their communities. The WMS students along with their science coach, Mrs. Miken Harnish, have titled their entry “BASE Stability”. The WMS students tackled the problem of involuntary shaking of extremities or tremors. Their solution was a device that attaches to a utensil or cup and helps keep it stable so people with tremors can easily use it. The entire Platte County School District #1 family is proud of their WMS students and their desire to reach out and help others!
Ten Wyoming teachers were honored as recipients of the prestigious statewide Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Capitol.
Arch Coal President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Eaves, accompanied by Gov. Matt Mead, Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming Education Association (WEA) Treasurer Jon VanOverbeke, presented awards to:
Liesl I. Peterson
Wheatland High School
Wheatland Middle School
Each teacher received a personal cash award of $3,500 from the Arch Coal Foundation, as well as a distinctive trophy and plaque. The Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Awards program, now completing its 13th year in Wyoming, is the state's longest-running privately sponsored teacher recognition program. "Wyoming's classroom teachers are shaping the next generation of leaders in our communities and beyond," said Eaves. "Arch Coal is proud to have taken a leadership role in Wyoming to ensure that the state's star teachers are recognized for their contributions."
"Teachers do more than instruct -- they inspire," Mead said. "They change lives, influence communities and cultivate a lifelong love for learning. Carol and I thank Arch Coal for honoring excellence in education and for allowing us to join in spotlighting exceptional teachers. We congratulate this year's honorees on their selection and salute them for their contribution to Wyoming's future."
Congratulations, Miss Peterson and Mr. Franke!!
More pictures of the celebration are shown below:
WIND WAGON RACES
TO: NOTICE TO STAFF/PARENTS/STUDENTS OF WHEATLAND & GLENDO SCHOOLS
RE: Snow Day Makeup
Platte County School District #1 (PCSD1) will be making up two days of school in Glendo and Wheatland due to snow closures in compliance with the Wyoming State Compulsory Attendance Statute, and the Wyoming Department of Education Assurances. All students will be required to attend school on May 28 and 29. The final student day on May 29th will be an early release and students will be dismissed at 1 pm.
Please check our district and individual school websites for the most complete information on additional schedule changes. Graduation will be held on its originally scheduled day of May 18 for Glendo and May 19 for Wheatland.
Regarding the snow days, PCSD#1 must follow both the state statute requirement of days and the state’s Department of Education requirement of hours. Currently our schedules have 1064 contact hours at the Elementary (900 required) and 1152 contact hours at the Middle School and High School (1050 and 1100 required). So we meet the minimum hours of student/teacher contact in compliance with the State Board of Education. However, we do not meet the minimum 175 days per year that is also required by the WDE Rules and Regulations.
If you have any questions, please contact your specific building or the main administrative building at 307-322-3175.
Dennis Fischer, Superintendent
Platte County School District #1
307-422-3501 or on his cell phone, 307-331-2619.
CELEBRATE HIGHER MAP SCORES
Some of the elementary students at Glendo achieved higher scores on the winter MAP testing and were rewarded with spraying Principal Twiford
WEST ELEMENTARY HAS NEW SECURITY SYSTEM INSTALLED
Platte Co. School District #1 is always concerned about the safety of each student. West Elementary has installed a new security system that will be initiated on Tuesday April 30, 2013. The West Elementary front doors now have cameras overhead enabling the secretary to buzz each visitor access into the school. West educators have been instructed to bring their own keys for entry.
All other visitors must be screened by the school secretary before entering. Upon arriving at the main West doors, press the buzzer to the left of the doors and the school secretary will unlock the doors for you to enter.
Everyone at PCSD#1 appreciates your cooperation and will continue to make safety a #1 priority!
There are 4 main fuctions you will need to know about receiving calls sent through ALERTNOW:
1. Caller ID will display the school's main number when a general announcement is delivered.
2. Caller ID will display 411 if the message is a dire emergency.
3. ALERTNOW will leave a message on any answering machine or voicemail.
4. If the ALERTNOW message stops playing, press any key 1-9 and the message will replay from the beginning.
ALERTNOW is a valuable tool to help improve communication and it also enables PCSD#1 to deliver real-time information to you and keeps you informed in the event of an emergency situation.
PEER COUNSELING CREATING POSITIVE
ATMOSPHERE AT WHS
Wheatland High School participates in a number of creative and effective anti-bullying activities. The first is our involvement in the Ignition Program. This program was developed to train youth around the country in leadership and mentorship. Wheatland High School students have participated in this program for the past two years, and through each day of training, the WHS Peer Counselors have learned new ways to create a stronger and more united student body.
This training has proven effectiveness from hundreds of schools across the country. The focus of this training is easing the transition for freshmen students and making them feel welcome in a new environment. Based on freshmen survey data and stark improvement in freshmen failure rates, this initiative has been very effective. Wheatland High School has also participated in the
Mix-It-Up-At-Lunch program. This activity involves two or more people going to lunch that would not normally go to lunch together. Each group gets a coupon to a local restaurant that will pay for all or part of their lunch. This could be a senior and a freshman, or two people from completely opposite “cliques.” This activity can build new friendships, and bring people together from opposite sides of the spectrum.
This activity has been very effective in our school with up to 50% of our student body participating. Our anti-bullying pledge and t-shirt activity that was first used in April of 2012 was also very effective. The 100 anti-bullying t-shirts available were gone by lunchtime with 100 anti-bullying pledges signed. These signed pledges along with a student photo were placed on a poster and displayed in our commons area as a reminder to staff and students about treating others with respect at all times. Lastly, the WHS Peer Counselors have used the school mission statement to challenge all students and staff to do the following everyday:
1. Treat others with respect
2. Keep good grades and attendance
3. Keep the campus clean.
Pictured are students signing the anti-bullying pledges.
Staff members are charged with attempting to catch students challenging themselves and then issuing the students a challenge card that is placed in a bin which allows the student to be eligible for periodic drawings of gift cards and prizes. As you can see, these independent programs and activities are fused together in order to help create an overall anti-bullying program that has been effective in increasing positive interactions among WHS students and has helped to reduce bullying behaviors. The WHS Peer Counselors along with all staff and students understand that there is always more that can be done. We appreciate and value input from all stakeholder groups. We look forward to the future evolution of our activities and programs and continuing to create an environment of respect for all!