All City Orchestra Performance
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.
New Laramie High School Construction Phase Extended 4-1/2 Months
Last week at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting, architect John Quest gave an update on the construction phase of the new Laramie High School.
On February 6th, a pre-bid meeting was held at the Central Office with standing room only (over 60 attendees). This meeting is required by the state construction process, allowing companies and firms interested in the project to come and ask questions about the project – bid, design, plans, schedule, etc.…
After taking input at this meeting, the bid process was extended one (1) week, and the construction window extended 4-1/2 months so that the District could provide an environment to receive the most competitive bids, stay within the construction budget and keep strong local involvement potential.
Having already completed the 3-month grading phase of the site before this winter, and adding a 4-1/2 month extension, brings the construction window for the project to approximately 22 months.
December 1, 2015 is the new substantial completion date for the building, with students moving into the building after Winter Break.
We have successfully moved through the design phase of the New Laramie High School project, resulting in an outstanding design. We are now in the construction phase with new challenges ahead.
Tentative Current schedule
| Bid opening
| Board of Education awards bid
| Substantial completion date
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.
New 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!
Leadership Conference in Laramie
On Monday, January 13, Dr. Brian Recht, Superintendent of Schools for Albany County, welcomed 150 elementary and secondary school principals from around the state to the Laramie community for the annual Wyoming Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (WAEMSP) conference. The theme of the conference was “Purposeful Leadership” and brought school leaders together to share ideas and discuss issues related to education, sharing success stories and taking new instructional practices back to their home schools. This was also an opportunity for principals in the state to hear ideas from national and local leaders. Dr. Recht also highlighted that bringing high quality conferences to our community provides both academic and economic benefits.
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.
PAWS Results Available
PAWS Powerpoint 2013 PUBLIC.pdf
The 2012-13 PAWS data are available as a viewable PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file. Please click on the filename below next to the paperclip icon to download the file.
Wednesday, March 12
Board of Education Meeting
Mon, Mar 17 - Fri, Mar 21
Spring Break - No School
No school for students or employees.
Wednesday, April 9
Board of Education Meeting
Mon, Apr 21 - Fri, Apr 25
Kindergarten Registration at Schools
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kindergarten registration for Albany County School District #1 elementary schools (including rural schools) during normal school hours. Please register at the school nearest your child’s home.