Kindergarten Registration Dates Set

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 1, 2021) – Kindergarten registration for Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) elementary schools, including rural schools, will be Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16, 2021. Per Wyoming Statute 21-4-302, children must be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2021 to enter kindergarten in 2021-2022. The ACSD#1 School Board will determine a policy for requests to waive this requirement at their March 10, 2021 meeting.

Registration will take place at the incoming student’s neighborhood school: Beitel, Centennial, Harmony, Indian Paintbrush, Linford, Rock River, Slade, or Spring Creek.  To determine the neighborhood school, based on a family’s current address, please follow this link. If desired, boundary exception requests are available at the neighborhood school.

Required documents for registration: a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a record of childhood immunizations. Children entering kindergarten are required to have their immunizations up to date prior to the start of school in August 2021. The required immunization form is available from schools or any physician’s office.

Registration for UW Lab School, Snowy Range Academy, and Laramie Montessori will be through a lottery system. Lottery applications are available from those schools. The lottery draw for these schools will be Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and parents will be notified soon afterwards. Parents must accept enrollment no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.

Kindergarten Kick Start at each elementary school will be Monday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 18, 2021, in the mornings.

For more information, or for questions regarding the registration process, parents should email or call their neighborhood school.

Beitel:  bdenison@acsd1.org | (307) 721-4436
Centennial: (307) 745-9585
Harmony: (307) 745-5720
Indian Paintbrush: jnutter@acsd1.org | 307-721-4490
Linford: vblake@acsd1.org | (307) 721-4439
Rock River: sims@acsd1.org | (307) 721-4265
Slade:  kburns@acsd1.org | (307) 721-4446
Spring Creek:  jrauer@acsd1.org | (307) 721-4410

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Jeff Lewis Named Principal at Laramie High School

LARAMIE, Wyo. (February 22, 2021) – After serving as Interim Principal of Laramie High School since 2020, Jeff Lewis has been named Principal of LHS, it was announced Tuesday by Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yennie.

“I am excited to continue the valuable work we, as a school community, have started,” Lewis said.

Lewis has spent the last 12 years as a professional in ACSD#1. Prior to being named Interim Principal of LHS, he served as Assistant Principal at LHS from 2017-2020. He helped improve the four- and five-year graduation rates at LHS every year during his tenure. As Assistant Principal, Lewis oversaw the physical education, social studies, math, special education, and counseling departments. Additionally, he was responsible for the day-to-day building functions of LHS, which included transportation, building scheduling, and maintenance.

“I am pleased with the selection of Jeff Lewis for the Principal of Laramie High School,” Dr. Yennie said. “The selection committee of district administrators, board members, parents, students, and department representatives at the high school were all in agreement that Mr. Lewis has done an exceptional job ushering LHS through this tumultuous year. The committee further acknowledged that Mr. Lewis has always had an ability to work with individual students to help them succeed, and he demonstrates a care and concern for students and staff members."

Lewis spent 2014-2017 serving as Principal of Whiting High School. At WHS, Lewis observed and evaluated teachers, increased enrollment by 20% over the average, and graduated the largest class in the history of WHS. Lewis also oversaw the day-to-day building functions of WHS.

"Mr. Lewis takes pride in providing professional growth opportunities for members of the LHS staff, and I look forward to working with Mr. Lewis to continue the long-standing excellence of Laramie High School," Dr. Yennie said.

From 2013-14, Lewis acted as the Director of Transportation for ACSD#1. Lewis started at LHS by acting as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director from 2009-13. In that role, he oversaw the special education department, tracked and monitored at-risk students, and monitored student-athlete eligibility.

Lewis graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 2002, and a master’s degree in education and educational leadership in 2004. Lewis earned his principal’s certificate from the University of Wyoming in 2011.

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School Nurses Earn OWL Award at Latest Board of Trustees Meeting

LARAMIE, Wyo. (February 17, 2021) – At the February 10 Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Emily Seigel Stanton and other board members recognized school nurses with an OWL (Outstanding Wisdom and Leadership/Learning) Award.

The nurses recognized were Stacy Busch, Seiley Capps, Anne Crecca, Bethany Ingle, Susie Kidwiler, Abra O’Brien, Kirsten Quillinan, Lori Smith, Sarah Stepans, Michelle Timmer, Amy Willie, and Bess Woodhouse.

“I wanted to extend, on behalf of the board, some recognition and gratitude to our school nursing staff,” Siegel Stanton said. “You’ve played an absolutely vital role in keeping kids and staff safely in our schools during this pandemic. The complexities of your role during normal times are hard to grasp from the outside.

“During this time, you’ve been at the apex of navigating health tech with a shapeshifting virus, as well as handling the psychosocial needs that accompany a pandemic,” Siegel Stanton continued. “You’ve lent your knowledge and expertise, as well as your lives and capable presence to our students, staff, and families, and for that, we thank you.”

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ACSD#1 Board of Trustees Votes to Approve Return to Tier I on March 22

LARAMIE, Wyo. (February 11, 2021) – At the February 10 Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to move all schools to Tier I (five days a week, in-person learning) starting on Monday, March 22. That date is the first day after Spring Break. The trustees spent over an hour discussing the motion.

“This is a weighty decision. I’ve spent many hours weighing the pros and cons,” said Chairwoman Janice Marshall. “I’ve taken all of the perspectives into consideration. Since the pandemic began, I have relied on the guidance of our health officers, data, and the conditions in Albany County. The health officers have now given us the green light to move to Tier I. Cases are the lowest they have been since October, despite the various strains. Albany County, Wyoming, and the whole country are experiencing low numbers of hospitalizations.

“A commitment to mitigation practices is essential,” Marshall continued. “This includes mask wearing, no exceptions, hand sanitation, social distancing, staying home if you are sick, along with cleaning and disinfection in buildings.”

One topic under consideration was the upcoming availability of vaccines for teachers and staff, and how that would affect reopening.

“I do believe that we are so close to the vaccine for all of our employees, not just our teachers,” Trustee Lawrence Perea said. “It was all of our employees that kept us afloat the past year. You have all been courageous, you’ve persevered, and you’ve been flexible. We asked you to work during a pandemic, and that will never be forgotten. I just feel like we are so close to a vaccine for those who need it most. I just feel like it is best to give them the protection they need to feel safe and secure.”

Trustees cited the opinions of Dr. Alexia Harrist, the State Health Officer, and Dr. Jean Allais, the Albany County Health Officer. Both doctors agreed that it is safe for schools to move forward with Tier I teaching while keeping currently used mitigation strategies intact. These strategies include wearing face coverings, maintaining six feet in social distance as much as possible, washing hands, and staying home when sick.

“I think if we don’t vote to move to Tier I, regardless of the date, we are not following the advice of not only Dr. Harrist in Cheyenne, but Dr. Allais, which we have done consistently from the beginning of the pandemic. That is the basis of why I’ll be voting to move to Tier I,” said Trustee Jason Tangeman.

Other trustees noted that a return to full in-person instruction would help students return to a sense of normalcy.

“I also recognize that there are an awful lot of secondary school students who desire to have some of these same opportunities and experiences that we had the pleasure and fortune to experience,” said Trustee Jamin Johnson. “Some of that is just being able to walk through the halls, even maintaining social distance and wearing a mask, and see other kids. I think that is something that is important and that is something that we can provide to the kids of Albany County, the students of Albany County, to bring some semblance of normalcy back.”

Additionally, trustees mentioned the success of schools around the state that have been in a Tier I scenario for the entire 2020-21 school year so far. Board members see these schools as having had success staying open and serve as proof to the school board that full, in-person instruction is safe and possible.

More information for students and parents in the affected secondary schools will be available shortly.

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ACSD#1 Rolling out “Remind” District-Wide

LARAMIE, Wyo. (February 1, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 is excited to share that it is rolling out Remind district-wide. If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone.

As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students at ACSD#1. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, if you’re a parent or student, you'll receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Here is a video demo to see how Remind works.

Remind will be one of ACSD#1’s methods of communicating important news with parents, teachers, and staff in the district.

This link will take you to a parent's guide for Remind.

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ACSD#1 Looks for Feedback on Second Round of 2022-23 Academic Calendar Options

LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 20, 2021) – Albany County School District #1is seeking feedback from parents, teachers, staff, and administrators on a second round of options for the 2022-23 academic calendar. Below is a summary of the options, and here is a link to a short, three-questions survey about the calendars. Additionally, here is a PDF of the proposed calendars.

Both options include the early release on Fridays for all students, as that option received overwhelming support in the first round of feedback. Over 56 percent of respondents voiced their support for early days on Fridays. The difference between the two new options is how Winter Break is scheduled.

Option 1 has a Winter Break that is scheduled from Monday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 30. Students would return to school on Monday, Jan. 2.

Option 2 has a Winter Break that is scheduled from Monday, Dec. 26, through Friday, Jan. 6. Students would return to school Monday, Jan. 9.

The two options were brought forward after the first round of feedback. Some respondents mentioned the desire to have more travel time before Christmas, while others hoped for more travel time after New Year’s Day.

Overall, at the first round of feedback, 56.1 percent of respondents supported Option C, expressing their support for half days on Fridays. Additionally, 25.5 percent supported Option A, which had the Winter Break scheduled the same as Option 1 in this new round of feedback, while 18.3 percent supported Option B, which had a staggered Winter Break that gave more time after New Year’s Day.

During the time before the 2022-23 school year starts, ACSD#1 is looking at options to fill afternoons between Noon and 3 p.m. on Fridays. The school district is looking at partnering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, as well as the University of Wyoming, for STEM activities. ACSD#1 will continue to look for options during the upcoming year.

Additionally, elementary students are require to have 900 seat hours. In our current schedule, students are closer to 1,200 hours. A proposed early release on Fridays would not drop children below the 900 seat hour requirement.

The survey will close after Friday, Jan. 29. Thank you for your help as the school district continues to discuss these calendar options.

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Information Regarding Change of Kindergarten Age Requirement

LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 18, 2021) – The Wyoming state legislature recently passed House Bill 0174, which includes section 21-4-302 that changed the age requirement for registering for kindergarten.

Under the new law, students must turn five on or before August 1 of this year. Previously, the cutoff date was if the child turned five on or before September 15 of the school year.

Families should contact Albany County School District #1 at (307) 721-4400 with any questions.

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April Professional Development Day Changed

LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 15, 2020) – At the January 13 Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved moving April’s professional development (PD) day from Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16.

The move to Friday was suggested due to the A/B schedule at secondary schools, where Fridays are already “non-student” days. This change makes a more consistent schedule for students, parents, and teachers.

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Survey to be Administered to Students as Part of Equity Audit from WEEAC

LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 14, 2020) – As part of an upcoming equity audit from the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC), students fifth grade and up will be asked to participate in a survey about their experiences as students in Albany County School District (ACSD). Students at Laramie Montessori and Snowy Range Academy are exempt from the survey.

This survey should only take between 15-20 minutes. Students are able to opt out or simply not answer any questions they do not want to answer. For anyone that would like an advanced look at the survey, links for the survey can be found below, and they will be posted on the school district website here at the top of the “News” column.

Additionally, parents who do not want their child(ren) to take the survey will be able to fill out a form that excuses their child(ren) from the survey. Those links will be available at the same location as the survey links. If no form is submitted by parents, WEAAC will assume the students have permission.

Parents who do not want their child(ren) to participate in the survey should fill out the form to excuse them from the survey by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. After that date, schools will distribute the survey to students.

The WEEAC is working with the ACSD to complete the Equity Compass Review, which provides school districts with valuable information to change their existing practices and better support all students. Their team will conduct a virtual visit January 25-28, 2021.

The Equity Compass Review will provide the school district with information identifying the strengths and challenges related to educational equity at all levels of the system. This information should be used by the district to improve student climate and ultimately student achievement.

Additionally, one section of the review is the parent focus groups. In a one-hour session, questions about your student(s) experience at school and in the district are asked. The district is offering an open session for any interested parents or family members, and we invite you to join us to share your valuable perspectives.

The parents’ focus group will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. The link for the focus group is available below and will additionally be available at the same link above.

LINKS:

English student survey
Spanish student survey

English parent consent
Spanish parent consent

Parent focus group zoom link
Meeting ID: 957 4292 7634
Passcode: 115394

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Laramie and Rock River High Schools Announce Ability to Stream Home Athletic Contests

LARAMIE, Wyo. (January 14, 2020) – Laramie High School Activities and Athletics Director Ron Wagner announced the installation of cameras at the LHS main gym and at Deti Stadium, allowing for streaming of home athletic events. Additionally, Rock River High School has a streaming camera in its gym.

The high schools will partner with the NFHS Network to stream games. Fans can pay $69.99 for an annual subscription that allows them watch any sporting event on the NFHS Network, including road games that are also broadcast on the NFHS Network, as well as regional and state playoff games. The subscription also allows fans to watch any game nationally that is on the network.

With restrictions on spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wagner wanted to make sure anyone who wanted to watch a game had the opportunity. Adding cameras to these LHS venues is something Wagner had been working toward for three years.

Laramie High School Rawlins in boys’ and girls’ basketball on Friday, Jan. 15. Action start at 3 p.m. for the ninth-grade games, 4:30 p.m. for the junior varsity games, 6 p.m. for the girls’ varsity game and 7:30 p.m. for the boys’ varsity game.

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