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LHS Musical Theatre - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Starting Thursday, April 3rd, and running through Saturday, April 5th  (7 p.m. showings each night) at the Laramie High School auditorium, the Laramie High School Musical Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This musical adaptation of the classic play is a delight to watch, and the costumes and scenery are stunning to see. This is truly a community production, with many students, parents, staff members and friends putting in long hours to make this production possible. We welcome and encourage everyone in our community to enjoy this fun-filled trip through the woods of Athens. Tickets are still available for $5 each at the door, or you can visit LHS activities office to purchase ahead of the show.


New Laramie High School Moving Forward - Update
March 10, 2014

At a special School Board meeting on Friday March 7th, the Board received an update on the new Laramie High School Project from Dr. Brian Recht, Superintendent of Schools. Bids from two qualified general contractors were received for the new Laramie High School Project on February 27th.  Bids from both contractors were very close, but both exceeded the State allocated budget by over $14 million dollars for the base building, coming in at $67 million.

A key variable contributing to the high bid is the current booming construction market. There is over a billion dollars of construction occurring along the Front Range, with 100's of millions of dollars going on or coming on line shortly right here in Laramie. Contractors are in high demand; sub-contractors are busy and booked out a year in advance, so prices are significantly higher than what the state had budgeted for the high school project two years ago. In new discussions with the state School Facilities Department (SFD), there should be additional monies allocated for the project to ensure the successful building for the new high school as it moves forward.

With the bids being above what the state had budgeted, due in large part to the current market, according to State of Wyoming regulations, a construction contract could not be awarded under these conditions and under the current design-bid-build process.

In partnership with the SFD, the new LHS project will be bid again using a different process called CMAR, Construction Manager at Risk. This allows the District, the architect, the SFD, the selected contractor and the local sub-contractors to work closely as a team to manage time and costs, which is especially needed in today's market.

The construction schedule will be modified, with construction to begin this summer and the facility opening in the summer of 2016. A general construction contractor should be selected by the end of April or beginning of May, and as such, the start of the construction phase of the project will not be significantly delayed.

All City Orchestra Performance
March 3, 2014

On Saturday, March 1st, musicians from around the District gathered at the Laramie High School gymnasium for the All City Orchestra Concert. This is the first time in several years that elementary, junior high and high school orchestras performed in one place. What also made this event a unique experience for students was the combined performances with high school, junior high and elementary school musicians. This support is invaluable as younger students are challenged with more difficult pieces. The LHS Chamber Orchestra was also showcased throughout the event. We hope to hear more from these talented musicians soon.

Health and Science at Whiting High School
Ms. Jennifer Lawrence, a science teacher at Whiting High School, starts her day with a cup a green tea and a small can of low sodium juice. She then drinks 45-64 ounces of water for the remainder of the day. While this behavior may not seem like a likely candidate for a science discussion, her students thought otherwise by comparing what they bring to school with what Ms. Lawrence brings. This led to discussions about the sugar content of drinks, servings per container and more.

It was easy for students to say a 20 ounce soft drink had 64 grams of sugar according to the label, but students wondered, “Is that a lot?” They started measuring the amount of sugar, initially into graduated cylinders. This provided a visual of the amount of sugar consumed in typical student drink selection. When the graduated cylinders became impractical, they switched to baby food jars. Students became more and more interested in this investigation and started bringing in bottles, cans and labels from home.

In order to bring awareness to all students at Whiting High School, a table was set up in the main lobby to display the various beverages. “This display has stimulated many conversations, both among students and staff, along with visitors to the building. Students have learned about serving sizes per container and the amount of sugar in both a serving and a container,” said Ms. Lawrence.

Next week students will expand their investigations to fat content.

Mrs. Stacy BushNew Principal Selected for Laramie High School
Please welcome Mrs. Stacy Bush as our new Principal of Laramie High School. After interviewing three strong candidates, the interview committee unanimously recommended and enthusiastically endorsed Mrs. Stacy Bush from Colorado to be the next Principal of Laramie High School. Mrs. Bush comes to us with 20 years successful teaching and administrative experience at the secondary level. She will officially assume her responsibilities July 1, 2014. Welcome Mrs. Bush!

Kate Kniss - Recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for Wyoming

On December 20, 2013, President Obama announced the 2012 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. We are proud to announce that Kate Kniss, an outstanding elementary educator from Linford Elementary School in Albany County School District One, is the Wyoming Mathematics recipient. Kate has worked in the District since 2003 and consistently demonstrates the ability to create learners that are excited and interested in mathematics. She is a teacher at her core, artfully orchestrating learning experiences, and is particularly adept at building areas of inquiry and coordinating incredible learning experiences for her students. For the past five years, Kate has also dedicated her summers to providing instruction for at-risk students during the Summer Bridges Program. Kate Kniss is truly all about the student, and it shows in her passion and performance.

[From the White House Press Release – December 20, 2013]

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

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PAWS Results Available
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