Student Council Representatives 307.764.6186 ph 307.764.6156 fax www.pcsd1.org FALL 2015 IN THIS ISSUE: Meet the newest Powell High School Student Council Representatives to the PCSD # 1 Board of Trustees! These two students, elected by their membership, attend and give input at each of the Summer School 02 Powell Shoshone FFA 03 New Middle School 04 Southside PLC 05 monthly board meetings. They share valuable information between the board and the PHS Student Council and involve their peers in current issues and topics. This year’s representatives are Meg Hanlin, and Jeron Smith. Meg and Jeron, a junior and a senior respectively, represent the student body at each board meeting by having their voices and opinions heard, to gain insight of decision making in the district, and to be included in as much discussions as appropriate. Welcome, Meg and Jeron! Greetings from the Board! Mission Partnering with our community in a dynamic, global society, our mission is to empower our students to be lifelong learners by providing a safe, progressive, student-centered learning experience. Vision Driven by excellence, we will be the recognized leader in preparing students for life. Values Communication: We communicate frequently to convey expectations, provide information, and promote positive outcomes. We engage in authentic dialogue, speaking forthrightly, listening carefully, and seeking clarity as we strive for understanding with student success as our focus. Commitment: We are devoted to our vision, individually and as a team, to do what must be done, when it should be done, and how it should be done. We see things through from start to finish. Vision: We value innovation and incorporate progressive thinking in all that we do. We take pride in creating the future through thorough investigation to foster success. Passion: We believe in sharing an intense interest in a common purpose that promotes a contagious environment for learning. Compassion: We take time for others which means listening, sharing, nurturing, empathizing and sympathizing. We value individual differences, fostering an appreciation for global diversity. Integrity: We are always honest, loyal, respectful and trustworthy. Collaboration: Collaboration – We are committed to working together to enhance student learning, through a cooperative and mutually accountable effort, without prejudice or personal agendas. Mutual Trust: We are dedicated to promoting relationships of trust and respect. We believe in sharing perspectives and valuing all viewpoints, while treating everyone in a kind and professional manner. The 2015-2016 school year is off to a roaring start. Our staff and students are hard at work in the classroom, activities, athletics as well as community service and representing our district very well. Most fall sports are wrapping up with the culminating events. As of this writing our district has one state champion, with Cody Akin bringing home the trophy from the tennis court. Congratulations, Cody! The middle school students moved into the new classroom portion of that building. There were several opportunities for the Mr. Rob McCray, parents and public to explore this beautiful facility at the beginBoard of Trustees Chairman ning of the school year. It is a vibrant, colorful, inviting facility and I know the staff are very proud of that new building. Construction is underway to replace the west wing, which will be ready for the start of school next fall. With the completion of the last phase of the middle school, major construction in the district will be completed. We are fortunate that the State of Wyoming invests so much of the resources into the future of our children. Over the summer, we had a large group of students attend the National Skills USA contest in Louisville, Kentucky. During the first board meeting in October, those students gave a nice presentation of the contests they competed in, and their placings/awards. That organization continues to grow in this community and continues to help prepare students for success in life. The board is excited to welcome two new high school representatives on the board. You will see them highlighted in another article in this newsletter. DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE, WE WILL BE THE RECOGNIZED LEADER IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. Summer School Success for PMS and PHS By Tim Wormald, Powell High School Assistant Principal Sixty-eight Powell Middle School students and forty Powell High School and Shoshone Learning Center students attended summer school at the high school last summer. Summer school ran from June 8th thru July 2nd, during which time students participated in enrichment and credit recovery courses. th th Students in 6 and 7 grades attended four core classes each day and then received additional instruction during a forty-five minute intervention time. Because the student to teacher ratio was relatively low – ten to one – students received more individualized support than is often possible during the regular school year. Teachers incorporated activities intended to engage students in skill development and reinforcement as well as problem solving and reasoning. The math and science teachers incorporated technology and a variety of hands-on activities to help students overcome deficiencies in those areas. The language arts and social studies teachers asked students to read and analyze a variety of texts and engage in the writing process. Throughout the session, students had the opportunity to continue their academic growth in preparation for the upcoming school year. For the 8th grade (incoming 9th grade) students, the emphasis was placed on transitioning those students to the high school. Students engaged in high-school level activities in mathematics and English and had the opportunity to earn a high school elective credit. During their time in the math classroom, students used Think Through Math, an online, self-paced online learning tool. This was the second year that that program was used at Powell High School. Think Through Math allows students to work at their own pace, learning new concepts and improving areas of deficiency. The program challenges students to meet certain benchmarks and awards prizes to those who do so. During their time in the English classroom, students engaged in close-reading activities and class discussion to facilitate their growth in reading and argumentation. Students also engaged frequently in the writing process and worked on idea development and organization. Powell High School and Shoshone Learning students accessed high school courses provided by the Florida Virtual School as well Brigham Young University. These courses were delivered through a learner management system called Brain Honey. Six Powell High School and Shoshone Learning Center teachers served as teacher of record for twenty-five students taking twenty-nine courses. This "blended learning" format provided students with the flexibility to learn at their own pace while having the support of a certified classroom teacher who can answer questions and prompt attention when needed. A few students, based on their progress in online classes prior to the summer session, worked on online courses with Florida Virtual School teachers of record and/or BYU online instructors. In either case, students who successfully completed courses earned graduation credit. In all, this year’s group of high school summer school students earned a total of twenty-six credits, moving them closer to graduation. PHS Represents at SkillsUSA Nationals Six PHS students had the honor of attending National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Contest in Louisville, KY last June. SkillsUSA is one of two PHS Career & Technical Student Organizations, the other being FFA. Rachel Walker competed in Culinary Arts, Alex Nicholson in Preschool Assistance, Stephen Harker & Sam Shoopman in Urban Search & Rescue (a team robotics contest), Moriah Miller in Computer Programming, and Mikala Hill Fulton in Restaurant Service. Moriah, Mikala, Rachel, Stephen and Sam all won first at the Wyoming State conference in April so they qualified for Nationals. Alex was in 2nd place, so when the first place winner was unable to attend Nationals, she moved into that slot. Moriah took 3rd in the nation and brought home a bronze medal. Sam and Stephen were in the Top 6. The contests varied in time, but all were at least 8 hours. Mikala, Rachel and Alex were in the middle of their contests, so they also did very well. The group had a great deal of fun as well as worked very hard. They represented themselves, the school, the community and the state very well. ly is a PLC and what is so significant about a school achieving this status? Simply put, it is something for Southside and the entire district to be the nation. PLC stands for Professional Learning Community, and it represents L-R: Stephan Harker, Sam Shoopman, Moriah Miller, Mikala Hill Fulton, Alex Nicholson, and Rachel Walker Southside’s commitment to continuous improvement. Continuous improvement is no change to this school, which has previously been awarded a Blue Ribbon by the U.S. Department of It was a Rodeo Summer School, catching skills in the school arena! Rodeo Summer School Education and also a National Title 1 Distinguished School. Several changes have taken place over the years, but August wrapped up another year of elementary summer school, where 115 students had some awesome learning experiences along with intervention focuses in reading, math and writing. A highlight of the summer session was visiting the Park County Fair and seeing the knight, Eddie the Hitman, from Knights of Valour, along with the horses used in their touring shows. The students also got to partici- the most significant has been the commitment their staff has made towards PLC. becoming an effective These commitments include taking part in meaningful collaboration , using data on a daily basis to drive instruction, continually focusing on pate in the Kid’s Day Races sponsored by our local Kiwanis chapter. student learning, providing focused and Having this year’s elementary summer school later in the summer rigorous interventions, and created a solid foundation for them to jump right into the regular celebrating student school year. Reading, math and writing improvements were made and staff success. Strength in Numbers As of October 1st, Powell Schools total enrollment reached a five-year high of 1,819 students. This year’s kindergarten class leads the pack with 156 while the high school’s senior class makes up the smallest class @PowellSchools nized as a PLC school, but what exact- state of Wyoming and 1 of only 194 in Night Rodeo, which was an experience of a lifetime for many kids! www.facebook.com/PowellSchools Southside Elementary has been recog- proud of, as they are 1 of only 3 in the along with the fun of rodeo theme, complete with a trip to the Cody We’re social! Follow us today! SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY: A PLC SCHOOL at 102. At this time in 2011, the district was made up of 1,655 students. School facilities meet and exceed the demand, as they have not yet reached capacity. With the potential for enrollment to continue to rise, there are plans in place should the need to expand arise.
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