Wheatland High School and Libbey Elementary Students Learn about U.S. Symbols
Mr. Boaz's government class and Mrs. McKee's 1st graders worked together researching United States symbols. Once the research was done the high school students lead the 1st graders in making a book of pictures and facts about the United States Symbols that they had learned about together. The high school students and the 1st graders had a great time working together and learning from each other. For more photos, please click on our
Early Release Schedule Update for PCSD#1
Early Release Schedule will be as follows:
Friday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm for students and staff.
Wednesday, May 27th at 12:00 pm for the Wheatland High School and 12:30 pm for all other schools.
Summer Food Program Feeds Kids For Free
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Platte County School District #1 will be providing free meals to children during this summer.
Beginning June 1, 2015, meals will be served at Wheatland Middle School, West Elementary, and Libbey Elementary, Monday – Friday, during the months of June and July, from 11:30am – 12:30pm. There are no income requirements or registration. Any child of school age or younger may come to eat. Please inform school district staff if your child has food allergies. For more information, contact your school’s office or the district office at 322-3175.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like PCSD#1 to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.
These meals will be made available to all children of school age or younger regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, and there is no discrimination in the course and preparation of this meal service.
PCSD#1 in Search of Substitute Teachers
PCSD#1 is searching for substitute teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Our district is continuously looking for qualified substitute teachers and we WELCOME you to become part of our team. Our pay scale for substitute teachers with a sub permit only is
$90.00/day and for substitutes with teacher certification, it is $100.00/day.
By clicking on the Professional Teaching Standards Board link below, it will guide you through this process and you may print a substitute teacher application packet. The website is user-friendly and will make your search easy. They also have phone numbers on their home page should you have questions.
Click here for the Professional Teaching Standards Board website
In addition, you may click here for details of obtaining the required hours needed by signing up for a class through Eastern Wyoming College entitled "Effective Substitute Teaching".
You may call Vicki Hechtner @ 307-322-3175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with further assistance, if needed.
WHS Science Students Compete at the 2015 Show Us Your Coaster Contest
Congratulations to Mrs. Wallace’s Physics Class who traveled to Elitch Gardens on May 7, 2015 to compete in the 2015 Show us Your Coaster Contest. The physics students were tasked with designing and building a gravity roller coaster. The roller coasters were judged on three categories: Technical merit, Theme and Creativity, and Rider Enjoyment. The team of Nathan Willis, David Timmerman, and Emily Teter designed and built a roller coaster called Mr. Spinlee that took first place! The team of Braiden Denny, Rylan Shepard, and Hannah Crowley designed and built a coaster called Aztec Revenge which took second place!
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Retirement Celebrations Slated for May
PCSD#1 wishes to invite everyone to the retirement parties of our dedicated staff.
Below is the retirement party schedule for you to mark your calendars:
Sandy Barnes - Libbey 2nd Grade - Sandy's party will be held at the Platte Valley Bank on Mon, May 18 from 4:00-5:30 pm
Kathy Vigil - Accounts Payable - Kathy's party will be held in the District Board Room on Fri, May 22 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Katie Carmin - SPED Director - Katie's party will be held in the District Board Room on Wed, May 27 from 1:00-3:30 pm
George Kopf - Chugwater Principal -
George's party will be held in the Chugwater Commons Area on Thurs, May 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Mary Jo Birt Named 2015 Teacher of the Year for Platte #1
Wheatland Middle School Social Studies Teacher Mary Jo Birt was selected as the Platte County School District #1 Teacher of the Year for 2015. Ms. Birt 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 2016.
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.
Ms. Birt was nominated by Linda Fabian noting her involvement in the State History Day, State Historical Society, Platte County Historical Society and Military Appreciation Day. In addition Ms. Birt is involved as Director of the Wheatland Middle School play which this year presented “The Rest of the West.” This is all in addition to the excellent work she does in the classroom with her students.
Others nominated this year include Jana Bjelkevig (5th Grade, West Elementary), Cathaline Cass (SpEd, West), Miken Harnish (Science, WMS), Elizabeth Scicluna (English, WHS), Liesl Sisson (Math, WHS) and Jeanette Wallace (Science, WHS). Congratulations to all these excellent teachers and thank you to those of you that recognized the great work they do for our schools by nominating them. Ms. Harnish has also been nominated by the district at the state level as the Wyoming STEM Teacher of the Year. That selection will be made in June.
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. Birt 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.
Libbey First Graders Host EIEI OOPS Program!
Libbey first grade students performed a humorous program about a cow that wouldn’t moo at their EIEI OOPs program on Thursday, April 30th! They delighted the audience with singing, some smooth moves and cute costumes. The students started out with a twist on “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and had each animal group sing a new tune. Congratulations first grade students for getting the cow to MOOOOOO!
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West Students Celebrate the Wax Less Wax Museum
The Fourth Graders at West Elementary celebrated the wax less wax museum on April 23. The museum was full of Wyoming Outlaws and Lawmen including; Cattle Kate, Annie Oakley, Tom Horn, Bill Carlisle, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. What a fantastic project to depict the rich history of Wyoming!
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Chugwater Students Publish a Book
Chugwater 2nd and 3rd graders have published a book! The class worked very hard to research two animals each to include in “Our Favorite Animals.” They were also charged with illustrating each of their pages with a drawing of their animal. The finished product was a fifty page book containing information on 24 different animals from around the world. The book includes everything from dogs and pigs to geckos and seals to elk and dolphins. Ms. Katrina Crossland, Chugwater 2nd & 3rd grade educator, is very proud of her students! For more photos, please click on the Facebook icon.
Pictured are Ms. Crossland and her “budding” authors.
Consolidated Grant Planning & Meeting Announcement
PCSD #1 applies for and receives several Federal consolidated grants to support student learning each year. These grants include Title IA, Title IIA, Perkins (Career-Technical Education), and Title IVB (Special Services). PCSD #1 is in the planning stage and is starting the application process for these grants. There is a planning meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the PCSD #1 Board Room. We invite interested parents, staff, homeschool parents, and community members to participate in the planning process.
Platte #1 Considering New Science Standards
PCSD #1 educators have begun work to improve the District’s science curriculum K-12 for students. The science curriculum team recently recommended that the PCSD #1 Board of Trustees adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as our new district science standards.
The science curriculum team identified several benefits for our students by the adoption of the new science standards. The proposed standards are different from the previous Wyoming Science Standards of 2008. First, the science standards are identified by grade levels versus broad grade bands. Second, the standards are much more comprehensive and address STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) principles cohesively. Current and future careers and jobs that require students to have a high quality background in STEM will continue to expand. A third advantage is that the new standards will help our students to be better critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.
Standards only provide learning targets. The real work is in how we locally design and teach curriculum that benefits our students and that also reflects Platte County and Wyoming values. A draft Science “Reach the PEAK” statement was developed to help keep the broad purpose for science education in mind. We encourage our parents to review both the standards and the Science “Reach the PEAK” and to provide feedback. The goal is to provide all students with a quality science education so they will be prepared for their futures.
Libbey Elementary Students Hunt for Reading Fun
The Libbey staff hosted a Family Reading Night on Tuesday, April 21st. Parents and students had the opportunity to listen to Susan Bednasek speak about the importance of reading. Mrs. Swanson and Officer Chesser helped students make “Secret Agent” ID cards. Families had to follow clues to different classrooms and were able to complete different reading activities. A special thank you to Susan Bednasek for being our speaker, Officer Chesser for helping with the ID cards, and The Woolington Agency for donating lanyards. Fun was had by all! For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Spring MAP Testing to Begin at PCSD#1
PCSD #1 students in grades K-10 will soon be taking the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests sometime between April 27 and May 20. Grade K-2 will do the reading and math tests. Grades 3-10 will complete reading, math, and language usage tests. Each school will develop and share their specific test dates and times with students and parents.
MAP tests measure a student’s current “instructional level” and are able to indicate growth over time. The tests also are scored immediately and students may see their results before they leave the test area. Additional reports are available for teachers and schools within days after the test. The spring test results may also be used to help select classes, determine the need for summer school, and planning for enrichments that can start immediately next fall. Parents and guardians will receive individual student reports with their child’s report card.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are adaptive tests that are done on a computer. The next question is selected for a student based on how they answered previous questions. Each child will have some questions that he or she will think are easy and some that will be very difficult since the test adapts. 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. The best thing about MAP tests is that it allows an opportunity for a student to show how much they have learned over time!
WMS & WHS Students Participate at State History Day
The Wheatland Middle School and Wheatland High School students participated at State History Day on Monday, April 13th, 2015 in Laramie, Wyoming.
Paige James and Haiden Wiggins--- Group Exhibit
Brooke May-- Individual performance
3rd place and Alternates for Nationals
Matthew Wilhelm- Individual Performance on J.C. Penney
Natalie Iacovetto- Individual Documentary on Wilma Rudolph
$$$ winners - Katie Currier and Elyse Rutherford
National Qualifiers- WMS- 1ST PLACE- ELYSE RUTHERFORD- Individual Website-Teapot Dome Scandal
WHS - 2ND PLACE EMILY WRIGHT- Historical Paper- Audrey Hepburn
Everyone did a GREAT job representing Platte County School District #1.
Pictured from left to right are 8th Grader Elyse Rutherford, WMS Social Studies Educator Mrs. Birt, and Freshman Emily Wright.
Wheatland Middle School Spring Book Fair Begins
April 24th with Buy One Get One Free Book
The Wheatland Middle School Fair is scheduled to begin on April 24th. The fair will be open from 7:30 am to 3:45 each day, with extended hours on Friday, April 24th until 7 pm. This is a great time to purchase books for the whole family with the Buy One Get One Free book fair (equal or lesser value). We are still in need for adult volunteers to help with our fair, please contact Mrs. Lucero by calling 322-1518, ext. 4027 or emailing her at email@example.com if you are available to help. We’ll see you there!
Wheatland High School to Host 5k Walk for Wishes
The Wheatland High School Student Council will be sponsoring a 5k Walk for Wishes to benefit Make a Wish of Wyoming. All proceeds will go towards making the wish of a seriously ill child here in Wyoming come true. Join us at Lewis Park on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 beginning at 9:00 am. Click here for all the details of this worthy event including registration information.
Libbey Kindergartners Raise the Flag
On Thursday, April 9, 2015 three of our local veterans joined Libbey’s Kindergarten students to raise the flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance together. Each Kindergarten student received a certificate to celebrate their learning of the Pledge of Allegiance this year. Libbey wishes to extend a big thank you to the Veterans for joining in this celebration!
West Elementary Book Fair Kicks Off April 13
The West Elementary Book Fair is scheduled to begin next week on April 13th and run all week through April 17th. There are lots of exciting events planned for each day. You will not want to miss this upcoming Book Fair. For a detailed schedule of events, please click on the Facebook icon or go to the West Elementary homepage.
If you are unable to attend the Scholastic Book Fair,
follow the simple steps below and shop Online:
1) Go to: scholastic.com/fair
2) Click the link-“Find a Fair/Scholastic Book Fairs”
3) Enter zip code 82201 and hit search
4) Find “West Elementary”
5) Click on “View Home Page”
6) Click on “Shop Online”
West Elementary will be credited with any of the purchases made online from April 8th to April 21st which enables the Library to purchase more books for the Library.
Thank you for all your support!
Online Registration Available to PCSD#1 Parents
Registering your child at PCSD#1 is now a simple and easy process. Click here for the easy to follow instructions for this on-line registration.
If you prefer registering your student at their school, below are the dates and times available to you:
Chugwater's date is May 5th 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Glendo's date is April 13th 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Libbey's date is April 14th 7:30 am - 9:00 am and 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
West's date is April 16th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WMS's dates are April 30th 7:30 am - 9:00 am or May 5th 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WHS's (in the library) date is April 16th 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Libbey Celebrates with their
Annual Egg Drop
On Friday, March 27th, Libbey Elementary 1st graders held their annual egg drop from atop the high school gymnasium. They had many eggs survive the drop but a few didn’t make it.
It was great having so many parents attend to support their children!
Wheatland Middle School Celebrates History Day
Mrs. Birt, Wheatland Middle School Social Studies Educator, and her students travelled to Laramie County Community College on Tuesday, March 17th to celebrate Wyoming History Day.
Below are the results of her students:
1st - Jr. Individual Website-- Elyse Rutherford
1st - Jr. Group Website-- Carlos Garcia and Cole James
1st - Jr. Individual Documentary-- Natalie Iacovetto
1st - Jr. Individual Performance-- Brooke May
2nd - Jr. Individual Performance-- Matthew Wilhelm
1st - Jr. Group Performance-- Gage Brown and Jacob Burns
1st - Jr. Individual Exhibit--Katie Currier
2nd - Jr. Individual Exhibit-- Madison Wright
1st - Jr. Group Exhibit-- Paige James and Haiden Wiggins
1st place Sr. Historical Paper-- Emily Wright (WHS)
Way to go WMS students!
PCSD#1 Participates in National School Breakfast Program
Platte CSD#1 is announcing its participation in the National School Breakfast Program. The School Breakfast Program is a USDA federal program that reimburses school districts for serving nutritious meals to students.
Beginning April 6, 2015, the following schools will be serving breakfast: Libbey Elementary, West Elementary, Wheatland Middle School, and Chugwater Schools. Breakfast prices are: Student-$1.10, Reduced-$.30, Adult-$1.75
Because of the potential for increased costs to parents, please communicate with your children as to their participation in the breakfast program. For more information, please contact your local school.
Glendo Students Prepare for the Special Olympics
The Special Olympics of Wyoming will be hosting the “Young Athletes” event to be held on Sunday, April 12th at 10:00 am.
This event will be held at the Old Jr High located at 1150 Pine St in Wheatland.
PCSD#1 Trustee, Shawn Shepard, along with Special Olympics Director, Leanne Jones from Casper Wyoming, have begun recruiting young athletes from the Glendo Schools. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students
Platte #1 students in grades 3-8 will soon be taking the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) in reading, math, and science (grades 4 & 8 only). The results of these tests are used for both measuring a student’s individual achievement relative to grade level standards and as a school performance indicator for State and Federal accountability.
Each school has developed a testing schedule for their students. West Elementary is testing during the mornings of March 3, 4, 5 and March 10, 11, 12. Glendo 3-8, Chugwater 3-8, and WMS will be testing students during March 16-20. You may help your child to show his or her best on the PAWS tests by …
- ensuring your child is well rested the night before the assessments,
- helping set performance goals focused on improving with your child,
- ensuring your child eats a good breakfast,
- and providing positive encouragement for your child to give his or her best effort on the tests and in class.
PAWS is one measurement tool used to indicate how a student is performing compared to the Wyoming State Standards in ELA, Math, and Science. Your help and support can help make the PAWS tests successful for our children.
Music & Art “Reach the PEAK”
Fine & Performing Arts educators have drafted a purpose statement and “Reach the PEAK” statement as part of their curriculum review process. They are asking for student, parent, and community feedback. Please review the draft Fine & Performing Arts “Reach the PEAK” and share your comments by completing the survey.
Libbey Celebrates Dr. Seuss Week March 2-6
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we will be celebrating! Each day will be themed to match one or more of Dr. Seuss’s books.
Below you will find the schedule for the week!
Monday- The Cat in the Hat Day- Wear your favorite hat to school all day!
Tuesday- The Sleep Book & Fox in Sox-Wear your pajamas and crazy socks to school! (Please keep weather in mind when choosing your pj’s.)
Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday- Be wacky with your hair and clothes!
Thursday- Oh, the Places You’ll Go!- Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up.
Friday- I Am Not Getting Up Today!- Don’t Come to School today!!! Today is a teacher work day. Sleep in!
WHS Band Attends UW Rocky Mountain Festival of Winds
On February 20th and 21st, the University of Wyoming hosted Rocky Mountain Festival of Winds, an honor band opportunity for high school students.
Eleven students from Wheatland participated. These students were Hannah Nelson, Shayna Guffey, Bri Robertson, Colten Kauffman, Tyler Kauffman, Michael Wurth, Bryce Carpenter, Sara Horsley, Pryce Millikin, Jonathan Thornton, and Kelsy Begin.
Students had an opportunity to work with UW Faculty and students to learn about playing their instruments, and working in an ensemble. For more photos, please click the Facebook icon.
West Celebrates Stop, Drop and Read!
It’s stop, drop and READ day at West Elementary! Students are being encouraged to take their books everywhere today and are prepared to read anywhere! This activity is in support of I LOVE to read month, which ends Friday, Feb. 27th, with “Wear a Word” day.
Glendo Hosts the 8th Grade Honor Band Concert
On Monday, February 23rd, Glendo hosted the 8th Grade Honor Band Concert. The concert was directed by Kevin Blackwell from the Evanston Middle School.
18 students from Wheatland, Glendo and Chugwater participated. Wheatland students included Danielle Britz, Katie Currier, Noah Crowley, Elyse Rutherford, Carlos Garcia, Matthew Wilhelm, Jackson Anderson, Stetson Huckfeldt, and Clayton Iacovetto. Glendo/Chugwater students included Sabryna Schaffer, Kaylee Jacobson,
Brook Sanborn, Ryeann Geschwell, Curtis Matteson, Nicole Sagner, Britney Porter, Jessica Miller, and Cyndee Fortik. Some of the selections that were played included “Portsmouth Overture”, “His Honor” and “A Song for Friends”. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
WHS Races 2 Achieve
As a way to implement STEM into science and math curriculum, the Wheatland High School Physics and Intensified Trigonometry classes joined together in a project called Race 2 Achieve. This program is sponsored by the National Guard. Students learned how to apply STEM skills to design, develop, and construct mousetrap cars and modify them to be the fastest!
There were 6 race teams of students who had to first assemble the mousetrap car and run test trials. Then, the class was given a different objective to meet each day which included: adjustments to the body and engine, tires and alignment, friction from the track surfaces and weight distribution. Data was recorded, analyzed, and utilized for improvements every step of the way. Students also part
icipated in team debriefs where they discussed the successes and failures of each modification.
The culminating event was a race to see who had the fastest car. The track was 9 meters of wax paper, a 2 meter long pit stop, and 9 meters of plastic wrap. The team had to get their car to stop in the pit stop area. There were time penalties for leaving the 1 meter wide track or not stopping in the pit stop area. Then each team had three official race times. The racing team of 2 Chicks and David prevailed in the end with their car “Linda”! The team consisted of Samantha Britz, Ashley Hyche, and David Timmerman. For more photos, click on our Facebook icon.
Libbey Elementary Kicks Off “I Love Reading Month”
Teachers kicked off “I Love Reading Month” today with a skit called Henny Penny. Children enjoyed watching spaghetti fall from the sky onto Mrs. Swanson, and then learned about the February Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge goes along with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Each child will receive a copy of the book and menu of projects that can be completed throughout the month of February.
During the month of February there will be guest readers to share their love of reading with students. If you would like to share your love of reading, please contact Mrs. Swanson at 322-3836 and she will pair you with a classroom. For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
Libbey Carnival Festivities Scheduled
***PTO FUNDRAISER Libbey Elementary***
Food ▪ Games ▪ Prizes ▪ Fun
When: Friday, Feb. 6th, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Libbey Elementary
Tickets 25¢ each, $1 minimum purchase
Meal served from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Beefy Nachos, Drink & Cookie $4
Cake Walk, Button Badge, Face Painting, Sand Art,
Plinko, Bowling, Cotton Candy and much more!
Glendo FFA Raises Awareness during
Wyoming FFA Advocacy Week
The Glendo FFA Chapter Advisor, Kevin Teten, along with his FFA students;
Evan Wilhelm, Hanna Wilhelm, Sydnie Eller, Kelsey Miller, Jessica Miller,
Kesly Porter and Ciarra Stoneking visited the PCSD#1 Administration Building on Wednesday, Jan. 28th. Wyoming Agriculture Week is currently underway and runs from January 26th through February 1st, 2015. Their main focus will be to encourage FFA members to be the voice of agriculture and engage their local communities in discussion about where their food comes from and how agriculture contributes to Wyoming’s economy and culture. FFA members have a desire to be AGvocates and would like that desire to spread to everyone interested in or benefiting from food and fiber production. Mr. Teten and his students spent the day visiting local businesses and raising awareness to help others learn to stand up for the FFA industry and way of life. The FFA would appreciate your support by using #VoiceforAg in all your social media efforts to get others involved in Wyoming agriculture.
Libbey Elementary Begins the
Day with a Breakfast Party
Libbey Elementary held a breakfast party on Wednesday, January 28th to celebrate their achievement in meeting their individual goals.
Everyone had a great time and the pancakes were delicious!
Libbey Elementary Hosts Family Math Night
Libbey Elementary hosted a fun family math night on Mon., Jan. 26th from 3:30–4:45 pm. The Libbey staff opened up their classrooms and provided addition and subtraction games for the students and their parents to play. The games were on level and enrichment which offered a variety of differentiated learning opportunities. Students and parents alike enjoyed the evening of learning! For more photos, please click on our Facebook icon.
PCSD#1 Nurses Want You to Know About Influenza
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.
Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu.
Please keep your child home from school if exhibiting any of the above symptoms, consult with your primary care provider as needed for questions and concerns related to Influenza illness.
Students Utilize Their Creative Skills at the STEAM Academy
What do you get when you add an “A” to STEM? You get an artistic and creative look at science, technology, engineering and math while creating an environment where students thrive. On Tuesday, Jan 13th, approximately 30 students gathered to expand this creativeness at the STEAM Academy. PCSD#1 believes that the STEAM focus, done right, works so well that it creates an “award-winning” school. For more information concerning meeting times and details of current projects, please call Helena Wagner, STEAM Coordinator, at 307-331-3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured on the left
are Rachel, Brooke, and Rebecca carefully constructing the car
that will later be programmed to run on its own. For more photos, please click on our
WHS Students Travel to Samoa
Over an extended Christmas break, WHS students Audrey Lucas and Wes Taylor joined WHS teacher Chase Christensen on a cultural exchange to Samoa. The trip was funded by the U.S. State Department through the American Youth Leadership Program. Wyoming 4-H administered the trip. Wes and Audrey were 2 of 21 students from across the western U.S. invited to participate. In Samoa they had the opportunity to stay with families in villages. They were able to develop a depth of understanding that most travelers are unable to reach. All three participants had a great time. Wyoming 4-H is continuing to sponsor similar trips. This summer they will travel to Ghana. Several WHS students had interviews this month to attempt to earn a spot on this trip. The following summer will also be a trip to Ghana; applications will likely be due in early December and can be accessed here. We would encourage students to apply for this great experience. Parents, similarly, this is a once in a lifetime experience for your child, please consider having them apply.
Pictured from left to right are Audrey Lucas, Wes Taylor and
WHS Educator, Chase Christensen.
Platte County School District #1 Wellness Policy under Review
Platte County School District #1 wellness policy is currently under review. We are seeking community involvement to support our efforts in the wellness policy revisions. Our main focus in the revised wellness policy will be to include measurable goals for our students. Joel McDaniel, Business Manager, is the contact person and will be in charge of implementing changes to the revised policy. Please click here to view our current wellness policy. If you are interested in participating with this effort, please call Joel at 307-322-3175 ext. 1003. Tentative schedule for this meeting will be Wednesday,
January 21st or Thursday, January 22nd at 4:00 pm.
PCSD#1 Welcomes New Payroll Clerk
The Business Office would like to introduce Stefanie Anderson as our new Payroll Clerk. She comes to us from Bank of the West where she has been the Customer Service Manager for the past 2 years.
Stefanie is married to Nathan and they have 2 children. Ella is a 1st grader at Libbey Elementary, and Karson is 4 years old. Stefanie has been with us since the first of January and if you haven't met her yet, please stop by and introduce yourself! You may also contact her at extension 1006.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.