Next STEM Advisory Council Meeting Scheduled
New Advisory Council Members Welcome to Attend
PCSD#1 will have their next STEM Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30pm in the WMS library. Please feel free to invite additional community members with interest in the discussion and implementation of STEM activities in Platte County schools. Below is a tentative agenda for the meeting:
- Continued discussion of STEM literacy and District vision
- What is STEM literacy?
- Expectations for PCSD #1 students in school system and in preparing to leave school system
- How do we prepare students?
- Update on STEAM Academy and other STEM programs in the District
- Budget Overview
- Personnel/Staffing Situation
- Parent Night and Student Recruitment
- Community Outreach
Our STEAM Academy parent night will be on Thursday, December 4th at 6:30 (until approximately 7:30) in the WMS all-purpose room and library. The evening will mostly be used to recruit participants through a brief presentation, demonstrations and activities. STEM-oriented local community groups are invited to participate in hosting activities and/or distributing information regarding their role in the community. If you can, please join us!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope to see you next Tuesday!
West Students Prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Mrs. Dickinson's 3rd grade class put on a short play and read seasonal poetry for guests on Tuesday Nov 25th. The play and poetry helped everyone who attended get into the Thanksgiving spirit!
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Libbey Students Host the Thanksgiving Reader's Theatre
Mrs. Preuit’s 1st grade reading class performed in a Thanksgiving Reader’s Theatre for many of their parents on Monday morning Nov 24th.
The students recited several poems and sang a few songs to prepare us for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
PCSD#1 Celebrates Thanksgiving
Platte County School District #1 will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Nov 26th – Nov 30th. Students and staff will return to school on Mon Dec 1st. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned,
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!
Wheatland High School Drama Club Presents
"THE TROJAN WOMEN"
The Wheatland High School Drama Club is proud to present "The Trojan Women" and will start performances tonight,
Thursday, Nov. 20 @7:00 p.m. and perform again on Friday, Nov. 21 @7:00 p.m. and a final performance on Sat, Nov. 22 @2:00p.m.
Tickets for adults will be $5.00 and for students $3.00. This production has been rated PG-13. We look forward to seeing you there!
School Board Chairman Chuck Ruwart Named to Wyoming All State School Board
Kelly Tyson Earns WSBA Hall of Fame Honors
Congratulations to Platte County School District #1 Board Chairman Chuck Ruwart on being selected to the Wyoming All State School Board for 2014. He is one of five school board members from across all 48 districts in the state to receive this award.
Chairman Ruwart was nominated and selected in recognition of leading several recent board initiatives including the Wyoming School Board Association’s (WSBA) Leadership and Governance Training, recent budget reduction efforts and policy and communication changes implemented to strengthen the district. He also received the WSBA 2012 Award of Distinction and has served as Advocacy Liaison for four year in school legislative matters. Ruwart has been a board member since 2004, serving as chairman the past three years. He is active on many local and national boards and serves our local community in many other ways through his volunteering efforts.
Chairman Ruwart will be presented with the All State School Board award at the Wyoming School Board Association banquet held Thursday evening, November 20. Other Platte #1 School Board members that will also be recognized at the WSBA Conference include outgoing member Kelly Tyson who has earned the WSBA Hall of Fame Honors award and Leadership in Learning award. Board member Beth Hendon-Shepard and outgoing member Clara Powers will receive the WSBA's Award of Distinction.
Plan to Attend the Libbey Elementary Book Fair Nov. 17-21
Libbey Elementary is preparing for their upcoming Annual Book Fair to be held November 17th-21st.
The hours for the Book Fair will be 8:00-4:30 Mon-Thurs. and 7:30-1:30pm on Friday.
There will be a special family event on Thursday, Nov. 20th from 5:30-7:00 pm
The schedule of events are as follows:
Spirit Week all Week Long
Monday: Prince/princess/knight/maidens or dragons theme
Tuesday: Wacky hair/hat day
Wednesday: Inside out and/or backwards day
Thursday: Pajama Day
Friday: Sports day: Favorite sports team or bulldog colors
Mark your calendars now for the fun and surprises!
PCSD#1 Schools Will Serve Those Who Serve Our Country
The PCSD#1 Schools will honor our veterans with celebrations throughout the district tomorrow. The Wheatland High School invites all Veterans to attend a coffee and roll breakfast on Tuesday, November 11th, at 7:00 am in the Wheatland High School Commons area. A Veteran’s day program will follow at 8:00 am in the High School Auditorium and will last approximately one hour. The Chugwater Schools will begin their celebration at 1:00 pm in the Chugwater Elementary School Cafeteria.
The Glendo Schools will be hosting the 2014 American Legion annual Veteran’s Day breakfast tomorrow @6:45 am in the small gym.
The entire school district would like to take this opportunity to honor our veterans and thank them for their service, and extend an invitation to each Veteran to join us on this special day.
For more details of activities at each school, please click on our Facebook icon.
Author of Sammy Keyes novels visits Wheatland Middle School
The author of the popular Sammy Keys mystery novels, Wendelin Van Draanen, stopped by the Wheatland Middle School last Friday, October 31 with a ton of energy and an inspirational message for the students. Van Draanen was sponsored by The Wandering Hermit, the new bookstore and coffeehouse in downtown Wheatland.
In addition to telling the story of how she grew to love books and eventually becoming a highly successful author, Ms. Draanen inspired the middle school students to “work hard and dream big.” Her high energy talk kept her audience on the edge of their chairs as she talked about the inspirations for popular Sammy Keyes series and her book “Flipped” that was a hit with a young girl in California who read it to her dad – movie producer Rob Reiner – who now is making plans to bring it to the big screen.
For more information on Ms. Draanen and books she has written, click here. A special thanks to Dan Brecht and The Wandering Hermit for sponsoring this event. Ms. Draanen’s books have been popular selections at West Elementary and the Wheatland Middle School.
National School Psychology Awareness Week:
Helping Staff and Families Support Students to Thrive in School and Beyond
As parents and educators, we share the goal to help our children thrive in school, at home, and in life. This includes ensuring their safety and well-being, helping them build positive relationships, providing opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills, and encouraging them to take on challenges and persevere when things get tough. Working together, we can promote their competence, achievement, and resiliency.
To highlight these goals, Platte County School District #1 will be participating in National School Psychology Awareness Week, November 10–14, 2014. The theme is “Strive. Grow. Thrive!”
Helping families and schools implement activities and programs that help children develop resilience, skills, and hopefulness is one of the main goals of School Psychology Awareness Week. There are many ways parents can help children take on new challenges; learn new skills; and feel protected, respected, and valued. As parents, you can:
- Encourage your child to set goals and to map out a plan for achieving.
- Help your child internalize a sense that he can achieve by reinforcing the skills already developed and encouraging him to try new challenges.
- Emphasize that learning and growing requires trying new things and that success comes from small steps to a long-term goal.
- Help her work through setbacks or lack of self-confidence by helping her identify negative thoughts that may suggest concerns about her ability to be successful. As a parent, you can help her see what the small steps are and how persisting and overcoming obstacles is a part of succeeding.
- Praise attempts as well as success and make sure that you focus on the effort put into the success.
- Create an environment at home that allows your child to explore building (blocks, helping with projects, and more) drawing (crayons, finger paints, paper) and music (on the radio, with children’s instruments, or through formal training).
- Demonstrate through your own behaviors how to try new challenging activities in sports, the arts, or school subjects and use problem solving and decision making skills by thinking aloud.
- Model the joy of learning by reading about a variety of topics with your children and let them know that you, too, are learning new things.
- Model perseverance and problem solving when faced with challenges or difficulties.
- Help your child develop positive relationships with peers and adults and model respectful, caring behaviors with others.
Partner with me, Annastashia Malcolm, and together we can help your child to Strive, Grow, and Thrive! I am your school psychologist and look forward to working with you and Platte County School District #1 to encourage all children, whether at home or at school, to focus on their interests, challenge themselves with new things, and learn positive prosocial behaviors. School psychologists are members of the school team that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. We apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. We provide direct support and interventions to students, such as learning assessments, academic and behavioral interventions, counseling, and social skills training. We also consult with teachers, families, and other educators to improve support strategies and school-wide practices and policies. To contact me, please call 307-322-3175.
Libbey Kindergartners Reach Their Goal
Kindergarten finished their 1st data wall for this year and Libbey is happy to report that they met their goal! The Kindergartners were working on
oral letter recognition. Libbey is now working on two data walls, letter sounds and number recognition 0 – 20 with another goal of completing both by the end of the 2nd quarter.
We’re proud of our Kindergartners!
Platte #1 Parent Perception Survey Announcement
Platte County School District #1 schools invite parents and guardians to complete a school perception survey. The information gathered by the survey is used to improve schools and the District. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete a parent survey for each school that your children attend by Friday, Nov 7th. You may access the survey online (click here) or you may contact us to request a paper copy of the survey. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.
Paper surveys are available at the District office and each school. The paper surveys are available in other languages including Spanish (Española). The paper survey and answer form may be dropped off or mailed to any school office or the District office.
Your honest opinion is appreciated. We want to thank you in advance for answering the survey questions as we work together to improve learning and to help each child to “Reach the Peak”.
Libbey Hosts Awards Assembly
Libbey Elementary held their 1st quarter awards assembly on October 28th. Awards given out included: Turning homework in every week, learning letter names, increasing their decoding skills, reading race, summer reading awards from PTO, passing levels on the Lexia program and a drawing for BARK bucks turned in.
Congratulations to all our students for working hard during the 1st quarter!
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Libbey First Graders Reach Their Goal
First grade celebrates reaching their goal of fluent decoding.
As each student met their goal, they were able to move their fall leaf off the tree as they "Fell into Fluency". Congratulations first grade!
WHS Girls Volleyball Team Defeats Rawlins
The WHS Girls Volleyball team played their last home game against Rawlins on Saturday October 25th. Rawlins had a perfect record until confronted by the Wheatland High School Girls’ Volleyball team! Wheatland beat Rawlins in five games for the victory. Regionals begin this Friday, Oct. 31st, in Worland.
Pictured on the court are: Carrie Hanks, Ellen Anderson, Danielle Haroldson, Katie Phifer, and Samantha Britz.
Good Luck at Regionals!
PCSD#1 Band, Choir, and Bash Students Perform Their First Concert of the Year
Band, Choir, and Bash students had a successful first concert of the year on Thursday evening, 10/23. The Bash group played a great piece performing on buckets in the dark. The Band and Jazz Band played a wide variety of music: classical concert music, old classic jazz, and even music that you hear on the radio today. The choirs had a fabulous performance as well. The Concert Choir truly connected with the audience on a personal level, with themes of patriotism, unity, and enjoyment of music. The Entertainers lived up to their name showcasing their harmonies while singing a Korean folk song. They showed off their well-rounded musical abilities when members of the choir accompanied their peers by playing drums. The evening was concluded with a performance of “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” featuring one student on the train whistle.
It was a fun and exciting start to the musical year of 2014-2015, and directors Evan Bradley and Teresa Liechti would like to thank everyone from the community who came out to support Wheatland’s student musicians.
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Parade Kicks Off today's Homecoming Festivities
Floats, firemen and a festival atmosphere were everywhere as Wheatland High School follwed the yellow brick road through downtown starting at 1 pm this afternoon. This year's theme of "There's no place like Homecoming" was creatively on display by all class floats and others participating.
The parade is the first of many activities planned for the final day of Homecoming 2014. A pep rally was held at 2 pm, followed by the burning of the "W", the volleyball matches vs. Newcastle in the afternoon and the football game this evening starting at 7 pm. Homecoming activities will officially end with the semi-formal Homecoming Dance tomorrow (Saturday) night starting at 9 pm.
Check out our Facebook page for more pictures. Thanks to all who helped make this homecoming successful!
Glendo Students Learn about Physics
Mr. Blankenship, Glendo Science Educator, demonstrated to his physics class how a simple machine can make work easier and multiply force.
The 4th & 5th grades participated as a follow up on their simple machines science projects.
PCSD #1 Wellness Program 2014-2015
This year the wellness program for PCSD #1 will focus on physical activity, wellness awareness, proper nutrition, and injury/illness prevention. Prizes will be given out monthly through random drawings of names of participants who have completed the monthly challenge. Each month a new challenge will begin and have a different wellness related focus. Challenge tracking completion forms will be available through google drive, if you are planning on participating, please email your nurse so we can share the forms with you. Submit your daily response for nurses to track. If you miss a day, fill it out when you remember. Drawings will be held on the last Friday of the month.
If anyone is interested in participating in a weight loss challenge this year, please email your building nurse with interest and we will get something going as a group.
The wellness program challenge started on October 13th but you may participate at anytime; it’s never too late. The October challenge is to drink 8 8 oz. of water daily for the remainder of the month.
Wheatland High School Announces 2014 Homecoming Royalty
On Tuesday, October 13th, the Wheatland High School hosted their Homecoming Week Coronation. Pictured are the
2014 Homecoming Royalty Results from left to right:
Seniors; Queen Courtney Stone; King Kendrick Jackson
Juniors; Princess Nikki Horblit; Prince Daichi Akatsuka
Sophomores; Attendants Avery Hanks and Josh Madsen
Freshman Paige’s; Rachel Battershell and Zac Gunter
Band Students Tour the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Band students from Glendo, Wheatland, and Chugwater High Schools traveled to Denver early Saturday morning, 10/11, to tour the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and to watch the Blue Man Group live in concert! They toured through most of the theatrical stages and into the Buell Theater and the Ellie Calkins Opera House.
Students also got to spend a lot of time back stage seeing some of the elements that go into a production before, during, and in-between shows. Afterwards, students ate lunch on the 16th Street Mall in down-town Denver before coming back to see the concert. The students LOVED getting to experience the Blue Man Group Live! Most of the students commented that they had watched (and loved) the videos of the Blue Man Group with subs since about 3rd grade, so to see them in real life was like a dream-come-true!
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Platte #1 Awarded 21st Century Learning Grant, STEM Advisory Meeting Set to Discuss
Platte County School District #1 has learned that they have been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Wyoming Department of Education. The grant will be implemented initially at West Elementary and the Wheatland Middle School to increase STE(A)M opportunities for students. The grant is for up to five years and will provide funding for instructors, equipment and supplies for outside of school activities.
Afterschool programs could begin in January for our 3-8 grade students to expand their interest and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math with plans to expand programs during the summer months. Administrators and the local grant coordinator, Helena Wagner, will be meeting this Friday morning to discuss implementation further.
A major part of that implementation will be relying on information and input from the district's STEM Advisory Council. The council will meet on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm at the Wheatland Middle School. Topics to be discussed include:
1) Define STEM and STEM education in our schools (STEM Literacy).
2) Develop a STEM Vision for our school district.
3) Define what a STEM literate student is?
4) Develop a reasonable timeline for implementation.
5) Discuss the 21st century grant (supply a brief overview of grant).
The district is still looking for additional community members that would like to become involved if you are interested in attending or you can contact Vicki Begin (West Principal), Steve Loyd (WMS Principal) or Dennis Fischer to volunteer.
Glendo Students Celebrate Fire Safety Prevention Week
The Douglas Volunteer Fire Department visited Glendo Schools on Monday, 10/13, and presented a fire safety program.
The students learned valuable safety information and appreciated the Douglas Fire Department taking the time to share their knowledge with each student.
Pictured are the Glendo K-8th grades.
West Learns all about Fire Safety Prevention
West Elementary would like to thank the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department for coming to their school to teach 3rd-5th grade students many different fire safety rules. The students now know how to stop, drop, and roll to suffocate the flames when their clothes are on fire. They also learned a lot about what they should do for their town and community. Not only do the fire fighters take fire calls but, they also help the ambulance with wrecks.
Everyone agreed that it was really cool to use the fire hose outside so they could feel how heavy and powerful the hose really is. Students learned that if there is too much heat you can fan the water on the hose to make a shield to block the heat and protect the firefighters. It was awesome to see that there was a hose on top of the truck and it could stop the neighbor’s house from catching on fire. Thank you once again Wheatland Fire Department for your time and valuable training to all of us at West!
West Students Attend Annual Ag Expo
On Thursday, October 9th, West 3rd & 4th graders attended the annual Ag Expo at the Top Hat Arena.
The students learned about the world of agriculture from our local community members. The day was full of livestock, farming equipment and lots of questions from curious students. For more photos, click on our Facebook icon.
Platte #1 Standardized Test Results Mirror or Below State
Platte County #1 received Spring 2014 PAWS test scores for students in grades 3-8 and ACT results for 11th. Students were tested in March 2014 with content covering the new Wyoming State Standards in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) had been cautioning that comparing student test scores to previous years would be difficult because of the significance of the changes in the tests. Our website has additional information from the WDE regarding the changes.
Overall, Platte #1 students scored above state average on eight of the tests, below average on 7 and roughly equivalent on two others. Areas of strength in the district included last year's 8th grade class, which scored significantly above average on all three tests, and on the state's writing test, where 7th graders scored significantly above the average.
High school results correlated to recent ACT test results that showed students behind their peers across the state. The 11th grade percentages are calculated using the ACT suite of tests beginning in 9th grade with the ACT Explore test. The Explore, Plan and ACT tests are compared to determine growth. Readiness is also calculated by factoring in graduation rate, readiness (as measured by the ACT suite), 9th grade credits earned, and eligibility for the Hathaway Scholarship. For more information on calculation of the 11th grade proficiency click here.
The district will be reviewing trends in all subject areas to determine ways to improve student achievement. Individual schools have been discussing results with staff already and with their building improvement teams. The school board will be reviewing and discussing the data during board work sessions beginning in October. The district will continue to review the curriculum in all areas to evaluate their ability to meet the current and future needs of our students. PCSD#1 adopted and is currently implementing a new math curriculum across the district that better meets the rigors and standards of the new tests.
Wheatland High School Golf Team Places 3rd at State
The Wheatland High School Golf Team ended their season with a 3rd place finish at the 3A State Tournament held in Cody Wyoming this past Friday and Saturday, 9/26 & 9/27. Their two day team total was 687. The score reflects a total team effort, all five players scores were used at least once during the tournament. Only 4 strokes separated 1st and 3rd place. Pinedale won the tournament with a 683, and Torrington was second with a 685 total.
The Bulldogs were led by Senior Patrick Ruwart. Ruwart shot a personal best of 161 for the two days. His play earned him 5th place and All State Honors. Patrick couldn’t have picked a better time to put a career best tournament in the books.
Pinedale’s Jordan Costello won the tournament with an amazing 11 under par today total of 133. Undoubtable his score is a record for 3A golf.
The boys in the picture left to right are Connor Madsen, Riley Wright, Chase Cochran, Patrick Ruwart and Matt Hixson.
Libbey Celebrates Their Reading Rodeo
Libbey celebrated the end of their summer reading program with an awards assembly on Tuesday, Sep 30th. Libbey had a drawing for a prize package, which included some picture books and a Kindle Fire!
Students had different ways of being able to get their name in for the drawing. They could have completed any of the following during the summer; the Libbey PTO summer reading calendar, Libbey’s math practice calendar, Summer Skills books, and working on Lexia. If they completed and returned their work, their names were put into the drawing. Libbey had 84 students total who participated in their summer reading program!
Libbey’s winner for the prize package was Wyatt Fitzwater. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Congratulations to Colt and Maryann Goff
On September 16th @8:43 pm, Colt Goff, WHS PE Instructor, and his wife, Maryann,
welcomed a new little baby girl, Araea. Araea weighed in @ 6 lbs and 5 oz.
As shown in the picture, Araea is welcomed by her sisters, 4 year old Raelyn and
18 month old Raena. All of the PCSD#1 family shares in their joy.
Wyoming Measures Up Toolkit Available
In preparation for the release of the Spring, 2014 PAWS tests scores, the Wyoming Department of Education has released additional information regarding the test, which reflects the updated Wyoming State Standards and the Accountability Legislation passed by the Wyoming Legislature. A print brochure gives a general overview of how “Wyoming Measures Up” and the responsibilities of the Federal Government, State Government and local board. The “Wyoming Measures Up” website @www.wyomingmeasuresup.com provides more in-depth information on ways we all are trying to improve education for our children. The "Wyoming Measures Up" website will be live and accessible the week of September 28, 2014. In addition, the Wyoming Department of Education is providing an informational toolkit to school districts in an effort to assist communication efforts with community stakeholders concerning the 2014 PAWS scores and other topics in Wyoming education. All materials for the toolkit are easily accessed by clicking on the links below.
Materials available include:
• Three Frequently Asked Question sheets with answers to common questions about accountability, assessment, and standards.
• Two PowerPoint presentations. The A-level version provides a simple framework to kick off discussion among parents and others outside the education system. The B-level version is more detailed and is intended to facilitate more in-depth discussions. Customizable tem- plate slides are provided in both and we encourage you to personalize the message.
Supplemental materials and website will communicate changes in education
The Wyoming Measures Up toolkit is the first step in providing districts with timely and comprehensive communication resources concerning current issues in Wyoming education.
For more information regarding the toolkit or Wyoming Measures Up, please contact Travis Hoff at email@example.com or
307-777-2053. For more information regarding assessment please contact Deb Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-5296.
Libbey Hosts Back to School Night
Libbey hosted their back to school night on Monday, Sept 15th from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
Many parents visited the classrooms and became acquainted with their children’s teachers and the new staff.
Parents and teachers will get a chance to visit again during Parent/Teacher Conferences, which are only a month away.
Parents also got a chance to view and explore the new renovations at Libbey
including the new art room, library, and updated computer lab.
Thanks to all who attended!
Tips for Parents Concerning the Enterovirus 68
In recent weeks, the national news has alerted the population about thousands of children across the United States that have been getting hit with the Enterovirus 68 and causing parents nationwide to worry about the illness. Most people who are infected with the virus do not get sick, or they only have mild illness. The problem with this virus is that it is very difficult to distinguish between the virus and the symptoms of a common cold. If your child has symptoms of a cold that get progressively worse in a very short time, please consult your physician immediately. Currently there are no documented cases in Platte County, per our county health officer
Dr. Steve Peasley.
Children with Asthma or other respiratory illness/issues are at a higher risk of becoming ill with this virus.
Symptoms of mild EnteroVirus 68 illness include:
- Runny nose, sneezing, cough
- Skin rash
- Mouth blisters
- Body and muscle aches
Enterovirus 68 can be transmitted through feces, eye, nose, and mouth secretions (such as saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum), or blister fluids. A person can be exposed by having close contact with an infected person such as, touching or shaking hands, touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them, or changing the diapers of an infected person.
- NO vaccine available
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Avoiding close contact such as shaking hands with people who are sick
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
Keep children home from school when exhibiting illness symptoms.
Why are the MAP tests useful to students, parents, & teachers?
This is a great question. The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests provide timely and immediately usable information for students, parents, teachers, and schools. The immediate results provide students and teachers with information to set goals for improvement for the upcoming year. The fall test results are also used along with other data to help group students for enrichments and additional support. The timely results also provide classroom teachers with information about the student’s instructional needs.
Since the MAP tests are adaptive it measures each student’s individual growth The MAP tests provide students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to set goals and to celebrate the success of their efforts during the school year with a valid comparison to the previous Fall. MAP tests are one of the key tools that is used in multiple ways to benefit our students.
Fall MAP Testing Starts Soon
The Measures of Academic Progress or MAP tests are adaptive tests in reading, math, and language usage that are done on a computer. Kindergarten and first grade students complete auditory versions of the test on the computer in reading and math. . Second grade will only do the reading and math tests while third grade through tenth grade will take tests in reading, math, and language usage. WMS students will also be doing a science test to help evaluate the impact of the STEM program. The MAP tests typically take between 45-60 minutes per test. Each school has developed their MAP testing schedule so the tests are completed by October 3.
The MAP tests are adaptive so a child’s academic gains may be measured whether they are beyond, at, or below grade level. This helps provides information that each child is learning and making academic gains. The tests adjust questions based on each answer. Each child will have some questions that they know the answer to and some questions that they won’t know the answer to. The MAP tests are developed to provide information about a child’s instructional needs and growth over time. Only on very rare occasions, should a child take significantly longer time to complete a test. If a child doesn’t know an answer, they should use their test skills and make a “best” guess and move on to the next question. This helps make sure that the instructional level is accurate.
MAP data is available for students and teachers immediately after they finish the test. Additional reports are available for teachers within days after the test. Parents and guardians will receive individual student reports that will be mailed with report cards. Parents and guardians will be able to see how their child has performed from Fall to Spring and grade level to grade level.
PCSD #1 looking for Volunteers to STEM Advisory Committee
PCSD #1 is organizing a STEM advisory committee to assist the district in determining ways to better serve our students and our community. Wheatland Middle School will be hosting a meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 4 to help us answer several questions including “Why is STEM important?”, “What is our definition of STEM?”, “What STEM subjects should we be focusing on?” and “What should our goal be?” STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It has become a state and national initiative to help fill the many career openings available in STEM areas.
Any student, parent, educator or community member interested in helping us develop a clearer vision for our community and provide input on possible grant and funding applications are invited to attend the meeting at the Middle School Thursday night. If you cannot attend the meeting but would still like to be a member of the advisory council, you can contact Steve Loyd at email@example.com or Dennis Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
PCSD#1 Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2014.
On Monday, August 18th, PCSD#1 Administrators demonstrated their willingness to support the ALS.
Click Here to view from left to right are Superintendent Dennis Fischer, WHS Principal Frank Jesse, Vice-Principal Josh Sandlian, Chugwater Principal George Kopf and Curriculum Director Scott James.
SES Information Night Scheduled at Libbey and West Elementaries
Libbey Elementary and West Elementary will be hosting a Supplemental Education Services (SES) Information Night on Tuesday, September 2 at the West Elementary Gym starting at 5:30 PM. This meeting will provide additional information about SES, request procedures, and information SES approved providers. It is anticipated that the meeting will take 30 minutes.
SES services are provided to eligible students by providing additional tutoring from outside vendors referred to as service providers. Parents of eligible students may select a SES provider from the State Approved list or may request assistance from the District. Additional information about the SES providers services may be found at the WDE Title IA webpage under SES Provider Descriptions. Additional information is also located on this website regarding Title IA, SES, and School Choice for Platte #1 schools.
Please contact the Libbey Elementary and West Elementary principals or the District Office for questions and additional information.
No Early Release Friday, August 22
First Early Release To Be Friday August 29 and Subsequent Fridays
Just a reminder that Platte County School District #1 has altered their daily schedule slightly for this school year. This Friday, August 22 will NOT be an early release day to allow all students to get through full A & B days before altering their schedule. Again, school will release at the normal 3:25 time this Friday. On Friday, August 29 and subsequent Fridays school will release at 2 pm.
Thank you and have a great start to the school year.
Platte County School District #1 Will Begin Classes Aug 21
Chugwater, Glendo and Wheatland schools will begin at times listed below.
All schools will release at 3:25 pm Monday-Thursday. On Fridays, school will release at 2:00 pm
If you need information in reference to the school your child will be attending,
please phone the individual school at:
|| 8:00 am
Bus Routes – Does your child know which bus they will be riding and when?
Phone the bus garage at 322-3646 for information on bus schedules.
When school is in session please remember to stop for red lights on buses.
New Lunch Prices for 2014-15
There are new lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year. Simply click on the top navigation "Departments" tab on the home page or
any other school home page, then click "Food Service" and you will see "Lunch Prices for 2014-15".
District Office Starts the School Year Schedule
The District Office located at 1350 Oak Street has been on their summer schedule.
We will resume the regular school year schedule on August 18th, 2014 with the following hours:
7:30 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday closing from 12:00 – 1:00 daily.
We may also be contacted at 322-3175 if you have any questions concerning the school district.
Thank-you and have a wonderful start to the new school year!
Fall Classes Now Available at Eastern Wyoming College
EWC Fall 2014 credit classes start Aug. 25th. Student registration deadline is Aug. 20th. Please call EWC Outreach/Community Ed.
To register ASAP for classes. Please call 322-2433
Upcoming enrichment classes:
To hunt in Wyoming you will need to take this course: Go to http://gf.state.wy.us/HunterEdRegistration/frmWelcome.aspx
Instructor: Lisa Letcher
Date: Sept. 22,23,24,25
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: EWC Outreach Wheatland
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Fly Tying Class
Instructor will show you how to use basic equipment for Fly Tying. Learn how to use tools and techniques for fly tying and then practice 1 or 2 flies. Supplies included in cost of course. Students must be registered and paid by Friday Oct. 3, for supply order.
Instructor: Dave Begin
Date: T & TH Oct. 14-Oct. 30 (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location : EWC Outreach Wheatland
Yoga & Yogurt for Lunch
Come for a 30 minute yoga lesson in relaxing poses to release stress with yogurt for lunch included!
Date: Wed. Oct 1-29 (5 weeks)
Location: EWC Outreach exercise room
Don’t miss out on Up Coming Events: “Beef it’s What’s for Dinner”: Oct. 29, at WHS consumer room.
”Wine and Cheese Pairing”: Thurs. Oct 30, at Vimbo's.
Wheatland Middle School Hosts Home Dance Camp
On June 23-25 the High School Dance Team aka "Rush Dance" held their Dance Camp at the Wheatland Middle School. The dance camp was made possible with the help of our PCSD#1 teachers and the assistance of the Universal Dance Association. As shown in the pictures below there were lots of smiles and some serious training happening at the Dance Camp!
WMS Students Win National STEM Competition
WMS students Joey Madsen, Haiden Moody, Christian Moody and Jacob Stafford took first place in the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program’s 12th annual eCYBERMISSION competition held in Washington DC last week. The students invented a method for converting school locker banks into safety zones to protect students and teachers during tornados. WMS science teacher Miken Harnish led the students through the STEM process to turn their idea into reality.
For a complete story on the students and their partnership with the University of Wyoming, click here.
Photo courtesy of University of Wyoming:
From left are: front, Christian Moody and Haiden Moody; back, Joey Madsen, Miken Harnish (team adviser) and Jacob Stafford.
2014 Wyoming State Finals Rodeo Results
1st Go Results:
Evan Wilhelm placed 1st in Bull Riding, Score = 68
Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.328.
Nevada Starr, 3rd in Bareback, score=57.
Jhett Hadley and partner Trace Steele, 3rd Team Roping, time = 8.45
Matthew Britton & Jace Berger, 6th Team Roping, time = 12.50
Hunter Eller & Brady Thurston, 8th Team Roping, time = 12.94
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 12.85
2nd Go Results:
Chloe Ashenhurst, 1st Pole Bending, time = 20.301
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 2nd Team Roping, time = 6.81
Teigen Finnerty, 2nd Tie-down Calf Roping, time = 10.35
Teigen Finnerty, 4th Steer Wrestling, time = 13.31
Tyler Erickson, 6th Bareback, score = 53
Average Buckle Winners (average on two runs) = Chloe in Pole Bending, Evan in Bulls.
Qualifying Go Results:
*Top 12 scores from the season are used to determine the top contestants in each event. These 15 move on into the qualifying round to determine the State Champions and Nationals Qualifiers.
Chloe Ashenhurst, 4th Pole Bending, time = 21.764
Teigen Finnerty & Cody Balleck, 4th Team Roping, time = 12.90
Jhett Hadley, 5th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 13.93
Teigen Finnerty, 6th Tie-Down Calf Roping, time = 14.68
State Champions from Wheatland
*State Champions win a Buckle and a saddle (valued at $1395)
Evan Wilhelm, Bull Riding
Chloe Ashenhurst, Pole Bending
We're proud of our Wheatland Rodeo Team!
Wheatland REA Wins the WMS 2014 Golden Paw Award
Wheatland Middle School is proud to announce Wheatland REA as the winner of the 2014 Golden Paw Award. The award was presented on May 26, 2014 at the WMS Awards Assembly. The Wheatland REA was selected for their outstanding service and support of Wheatland Middle School and their students. Also recognized at the assembly for their service and support were: Britz & Company, CMI Inc.,
Wheatland Common Cents, the Platte County Resource District, and the
Wheatland Police Department.
Pictured are Wheatland Middle School Principal, Steve Loyd, presenting the
Golden Paw Award to REA Business Office Manager, Rhonda Apodaca.
West Begins the 2014 MORPHED! Program
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Platte County School District #1 is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.
This unforgettable week began on June 9, 2014, with Cindy Amundson and
Jodie Fitzwater directing the Camp Invention MORPHED! program at West Elementary.
In the Super Go module, taught by Lindsey Burke, students designed a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys collected energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
Participants received personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that ignited a spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship during the Design Studio: Morphed module. This module was taught by Linda Boughton.
Throughout the Amplified module, children invented bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses with Katy Finnerty. Time was spent encountering illusions and discovering if they are a supertaster.
Finally, Camp Invention’s flagship module, I Can Invent: Pinbug,taught by Paula Johnson allowed participants to use tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine!
Enthusiastic high school students (Tyler Stafford, Braiden Denny, Kelsey Begin, and Shannon Wallace) and middle school students (Danielle Britz, Drake Amundson, Olivia Henkel, and Jagger Evans) served as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member was in place for every eight children.
West would also like to extend a big “thanks” to their unbelievable volunteer parent, Peggy Suko! West appreciates all that
Peggy does and continues to do for our students! For more fun photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Libbey Celebrates “Once Upon a Field Day”
Libbey students and staff celebrated their last day of school on Thursday, May 29th with fun field day activities which included; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Where the Wild Things are; Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom; Captain Underpants; Hop On Pop; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; The Lorax and Magic Tree House. Pictured is Libbey student Kenny Raser enjoying the activity "Captain Underpants". What a wonderful way to end the school year! A special thanks to the Libbey PTO for providing the snacks for the cool down/warm up station.
Wheatland 8th Graders Invention Earns Them
Please click here for all the details of this invention from Channel 5 News.
We are very proud of our students!
Libbey Says “Goodbye” to 3 Very Dedicated Staff
On Thursday, May 22nd, Libbey Elementary said a fond farewell to 3 of their staff members. Pictured from left to right are Celia Hermann who taught as a Para in the Intensive Education area, Marie Geis who taught
Kindergarten since 2004, and Geri Koski who taught 2nd grade since 1976. These special employees will be very much missed by everyone at Platte County School District #1. We wish all 3 ladies the very best in their future endeavors!
Libbey Hosts End of Year Assembly
Libbey Elementary held their end of year assembly. Wheatland Mayor,
Jean Dixon along with Al Teel and Lisa Young presented awards for top winners in the electrical safety drawing contest. Book-it, reading race, and homework awards were also given out for students in all our classes. At the end of the assembly, names of students who received drop in the bucket tickets during this last quarter were drawn for prizes. Libbey Elementary celebrated over 60,000 drop in the bucket tickets this year! Congratulations to all our students for a successful year!! Have a great summer!
Local Sports Events are just a “Click” Away
The NFHS Network will be streaming all three days of the State Track Meet and the Saturday third place and championship games of
3A & 4A State Soccer. At State Track, they will focus mostly on the running events with periodic updates and a hand held camera covering the field events when the running is not taking place.
A special thanks to Rock Springs for accommodating the challenge of getting enough broadband to be able to stream 4A soccer.
For those of you in Wheatland that are not able to make these events, please know that the NFHS Network is an option for you and your relatives. Simply click here to access the WHSAA website and then click on the Network banner and it will take you directly to the Wyoming page with the schedule of events.
Libbey Students Take Time for the “Wrestlers Read”
Wrestlers Read is an annual event where Wheatland wrestlers under the direction of head coach Colt Goff read to 2nd graders at Libbey Elementary.
This years’ wrestlers read to students and discussed the importance of reading over the summer during the summer break. For more photos, please click on
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Business Manager Bill Templar Retires from PCSD#1
On Wednesday, May 21, many friends and co-workers attended a farewell to Bill Templar. Bill has spent 29 years with Platte County School District #1 and he will be missed by many. His last day will be June 30. Everyone applauds Bill and wishes him the very best in this next season of his life!
Pictured are Helen Bauer, retired secretary for the district, and Bill Templar.
Wheatland Middle School Hosts Honors Reception
Pictured above are from left to right, 6th grade students, 7th grade students and 8th grade students.
The Wheatland Middle School held their 12th annual Honors Reception on Monday, May 19th. They celebrated with those students that have held a 3.5 GPA all year. There were 89 students in total that received awards.
Joey Madsen, Charity May, Hannah Nelson and Emily Wright all received the Academic Excellence Award and will be named on the Plaque hanging at the Middle School Office. These four outstanding students have held a 4.0 for the entire 4 quarters of all 3 years while attending the Wheatland Middle School. Congratulations to these students and we applaud their dedication!
The WMS guest speaker was Mr. Henry Rawlings a Senior at the University of Wyoming.
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West Celebrates Science Day
West Elementary held its annual Science Day on Friday, May 16th.
Guest presenters came in and shared various presentations focusing on a science base with the students. For more photos and a list of all the Science Day volunteers, click on our Facebook icon.
Awards Assembly Held for Libbey Kindergartners
Libbey Elementary Kindergartners held their awards assembly Thursday,
May 15th, celebrating the work they have done in completing their letter sound fluency goals. Everyone at Libbey is very proud of the work their students have accomplished.
Mr. Fischer joined the Kindergarten teachers to give out the awards. Students thanked their parents for support they have given to help them reach their goals and finished the assembly singing “Who Let the Letters Out”.
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Wheatland HS Students Compete in Roller Coaster Contest at Elitch Gardens
On Thursday May 8, 2014, nine students from Mrs. Wallace’s Physics class traveled to Denver to compete at Elitch Garden’s “Show us your Coaster Contest”. To prepare for this contest, students designed and built three roller coasters. These coasters were powered only by gravity. Students had to incorporate their engineering and math skills learned during the year and the coaster was their final project.
There were a total of 38 roller coasters in the competition and the Wheatland High School Students took 2nd and 3rd place. The 3rd place winner was the team of Joseph Singleton, Caleb Childress, and Logen Irvine with the coaster Black Mamba. The 2nd place winner was the team of Braden Douglas, Sawyer Lawrence, and Hannah Battershell.
The Chugwater FFA received a grant from the Farm Credit Services of America as part of their Working Here Fund. The grant intends to inspire youth in agriculture to gain work experience in high school, which matches the Chugwater AgEd work-based learning program. The hope is to provide all students in agriculture class with a job or entrepreneurship opportunity. This grant will facilitate operation of the work-based learning program and allow for awards and recognition for students with superior Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs.
More information may be found at https://www.fcsamerica.com/contact/grant-program/grant-program-information
WMS Students Advance to National STEM Competition
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine, sponsored by the U.S. Army. eCYBERMISSION is designed to share the importance of STEM education with the leaders of tomorrow and encourage them to understand the real-life applications of these subjects. Students compete for state and national awards by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific inquiry to propose a solution.
A huge congratulations goes out to our team from Wheatland Middle School -
Bro x 4. The team of Joey Madsen, Christian Moody, Haiden Moody, and
Jacob Stafford were crowned the Northwest Regional Champions and will go onto the national finals. The regional competition had almost 4,000 teams competing to be one of only 16 teams (4 at each grade level) to earn a place at the National Judging and Educational Event. Each team will present its eCYBERMISSION project to a panel of national judges.
NJ&EE is an all-expenses-paid, week-long event that combines educational and team-building activities with the national competition. The trip includes several hands-on experiences and field trips to the National Mall and museums. The event will conclude with an awards luncheon with U.S. Army leadership, during which the four national winning teams will be announced.
eCYBERMISSION is an Army Educational Outreach Program. Click here to learn more about the Army Educational Outreach program.
West Book Fair is Happening Now
Please come and join West Elementary for their Spring Book Fair,
Monday May 5th-Friday May 9th.
Order Online at www.scholastic.com/fair and have your order shipped to school for free from May 1st-May 20th, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lewis at 322-4180.
West has a school wide competition for the class that purchases the most books. The teachers of the top three classes will receive money to purchase books for their classroom.
$100 for first place
$50 for second place
$25 for third place
Cathy Metcalf Named 2014 Teacher of the Year for Platte #1 SD
Chugwater Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher
Cathy Metcalf was recognized as the Platte County School District #1 Teacher of the Year for 2014 at the regular April school board meeting. She was awarded a crystal apple from the Wyoming Department of Education in recognition of this honor. Ms. Metcalf, who last year was the recipient of the Channel 5 KGWN's Golden Apple Award, was nominated by Chugwater principal George Kopf who said “Mrs. Metcalf, like her class, has been busy.”
Mr. Kopf listed several activities the kindergarten and 1st graders have been working on. These included starting the recycling project for Chugwater elementary, reading with senior citizens, building a scale model of the town, exploring the western way of life where students learned to churn butter and make homemade pumpkin pie, among other activities.
Mrs. Metcalf has also been instrumental in starting the “Safe Routes to School” and partnering with a variety of resource districts as well as being very active in the district’s PLC, Data Teams, and Core Leadership Team (CLT).
The Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. All public school districts are eligible to submit local teachers of the year for the State of Wyoming Teacher of the Year. Mick West of Sheridan was named Wyoming Teacher of the Year and Maryland English teacher Sean McComb was recently named the 2014 National Teacher of the Year.
Hawaii Results are in for the WHS Academic Decathlon Team
Congratulations to the WHS Academic Decathlon team for placing
6th of 16 teams in their division at the United States Academic Decathlon Championships in Hawaii this past week.
Additional congratulations to Justus Nelson and Braiden Denny who medaled. Nelson received a gold medal in science, a silver medal in Language and Literature, and a bronze medal in Economics. Denny received a silver medal in Science. Sawyer Lawrence was the high scorer for the Wyoming team, and he was selected as the most valuable member by his teammates.
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New Secondary Math Programs Recommended
We share the common goal of wanting each student to learn and develop a better understanding of math so they can Reach the PEAK! An important step to achieving this is the curriculum review process. PCSD #1 educators, after much time and serious deliberation which included parent input,
is recommending the Big Ideas in Math for grades 6-8 and Pearson’s CME Math for high school.
The CME Math follows a traditional four year course sequence with CME Algebra I, CME Geometry,
CME Algebra II, and CME Pre-Calculus. These math resources would be used as the primary instructional resource in all of the middle schools and high schools in the District starting next fall.
Sample materials for Big Ideas Math have been on display at the Wheatland Middle School, Chugwater Junior High School and Glendo Middle School for several weeks. CME Math sample materials will be available for parents and others to look at starting May 1 at Wheatland High School, Chugwater High School, and Glendo High School. Samples will be available through May 12. Please feel free to contact any of the math teachers, principals, or Mr. James, at the District Office at
307-322-3175, if you have questions about the program or the curriculum review process.
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