ACSD#1 is Working With State Board of Education to Create “Profile of a Graduate”

LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 14, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) is working with the State Board of Education (SBE) to create the Wyoming “Profile of a Graduate.” ACSD#1 hopes to work with the Albany County community to provide input on what the K-12 system in the state should produce in terms of its graduates.

ACSD#1 will be holding a joint listening session in one week on April 21, from 6-7 p.m. Follow this link to join. The school district is welcoming feedback from the community on three important questions that will guide the “Profile of a Graduate:”

  • What are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our community has for our young people?
  • What are the skills and habits of mind that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world?
  • What are the implications for the learning experiences we provide in our school systems?

Additionally, community members can complete this survey to provide feedback on what they think the “Profile of a Graduate” should include.

To meet the SBE’s responsibility of setting graduation standards, the SBE is working to define what it means to be a graduate by creating the Wyoming Profile of a Graduate; an ideal vision of a Wyoming graduate that can guide the board and the state in matters of education policy.

The SBE realizes these questions are too important and too big to arrive at a clear profile on its own, so it is turning toward all interested citizens of the state to contribute to the conversation.  The goal is to work in collaboration with Wyoming residents, school districts, parents, students, teachers, communities, business leaders, technical schools, and higher education to determine the ideals of our education system.

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org, on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY, or on YouTube to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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Weekly District Update - April 12

Laramie High School

Update on End of the Year Events

Prom – 2021 LHS Senior Prom is scheduled for May 1st at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center at 8pm. This venue was selected based on the largest occupancy limit available to us. All seniors are invited to attend this year’s Sr. Prom. Seniors will also be able to invite a single guest. Due to occupancy limits only seniors and their guest will be able to purchase tickets for prom at this time. Lastly, the Convention Center currently has an occupancy limit of 300 guests at a time, this could change before the event. Should maximum capacity be reached a waiting area will be made available for students until room in the Convention Center is available. If the governor’s health order limiting occupancy changes before April 23rd and a higher occupancy is allowable, LHS will work to create a more traditional Prom for both our Junior and Senior Classes. Please remember there is a strict no re-entry policy in place for the Prom, and any out of town guests are required to have an out of town guest form completed.

Grand March will be in the LHS Theater starting promptly at 6:30p. All Seniors and Juniors students are welcome to patriciate in the Grand March Event (in appropriate dress). As students parade though designated areas of the building there will be opportunities to take pictures as well as be announced in multiple areas. At the conclusion of Grand March, festivities will be moved to the Hilton Garden Inn where only guests with tickets will be allowed.

Graduation – At this time Laramie High School has been approved to have its graduation at the University of Wyoming’s Area Auditorium on Friday May 28th. LHS will be working with UW’s staff to finalize details in the weeks to come. At this time all graduates will be allowed 4 guests to attend, and it will be live streamed. LHS will continue to communicate information about graduation as it comes in.

WyTOPP Testing at LHS

During the week of April 19th, the 9th and 10th grade students will be taking the Statewide Proficiency Exams. Laramie High School attempted to administer the Winter WyTopp using 50-minute class periods in January. They learned that to give our students the best possible opportunity to take their time and not feel rushed, they would use our old 91-minute block schedule. This will allow students plenty of time to take the assessment. That is why the week of April 19th we will be using the following bell schedule:

Monday/Wednesday (1,3,5,7) & Tuesday/Thursday (2,4,6,I&E)

1st/2nd Block: 7:55-9:26

3rd/4th Block: 9:31-11:02

Lunch - 11:02-11:48

5th/6th Block: 11:53-1:24

7th/ I & E Block: 1:29-3:00

**During I&E any student failing any classes will be expected to stay. All students may stay on campus for additional instruction

On Friday April 23rd we will have a regular non-I&E 7 period class day

1st 7:55a – 8:45a (50 min)

2nd 8:50a – 9:40a

3rd 9:45a – 10:35a 

4th 10:40a – 11:30a

LUNCH 11:30 – 12:15

5th 12:20p – 1:10p

6th 1:15p – 2:05p

7th 2:10p – 3:00p

CBVI WyTopp Testing Schedule

All CBVI Testing will take place in the back (west end) of the cafeteria.

Tuesday, April 13th - 8:15AM - 9th and 10th Grade, Last Name A-H

Tuesday, April 13th - 12:15PM - 9th and 10th Grade, Last Name J-O

Wednesday, April 14th - 8:15AM - 9th and 10th Grade, Last Name P-Z

Wednesday, April 14th - 12:15PM - 9th and 10th Grade, All Make-Up

IF you have any questions or need specific accommodations please contact Mr. Stender (JStender@acsd1.org)

From the LHS Counselors

There are scholarship applications still available for Seniors to complete. If your Senior is looking for more scholarships to apply for, please have them visit with their school counselor. In addition, all scholarship applications are posted on the LHS website and we post announcements regularly on our Facebook page for any new applications that we receive.

Rock River

Students of the Week

Rock River is proud to inform Longhorn Nation of the three Student of the Week winners from this week!

The first student we’d like to recognize is a 2nd grader in Ms. Bowers’s class. Charlee S. is being recognized for many reasons. She has been working very hard on her reading and math skills all year. She is becoming more outgoing and less reserved in class. Charlee has blossomed this school year and is always striving to do her best. Great job Charlee!

Our second student we’d like recognize is an 8th grader named Hayden G. When it comes to school spirit, Hayden represents Rock River with passion! He has gone above and beyond on spirit days with dressing up and embracing school spirit. Hayden is also a very positive person. He works hard and tries his best in his classes. He has also been a manager for sports and loves to be involved. Great job Hayden!

Our high school student of the week is a senior, Kagan S. Kagan is being recognized for his work ethic, initiative, and leadership qualities. This year, Kagan has really grown into a tremendous leader in our community. He has taken on responsibilities throughout the school year and has managed to balance the demands of school, athletics, and work wonderfully. Thank you Kagan for being a strong leader and for your hard work this year.

Congratulations students on your selection as Student of the Week! We appreciate you!

Laramie Middle School

WyTOPP Testing

WYTOPP testing starts this week.  Testing will occur in tested subjects during class (i.e. math test in math class). It is imperative that all students bring their Chromebooks to school fully charged each day, especially during testing.  Loaner Chromebooks will only be available to students for testing. During WYTOPP, we will be using our historical block day schedule.  This week, Tuesday will be an 'odd' day where students report to S4S and then attend their odd numbered classes.  Wednesday is an 'even' day so students will report to S4S and then attend their even numbered classes.  Classes will be 85 minutes in length and school will still dismiss at 3:05.  Monday and Thursday will be 'all' days where students report to S4S and attend all eight of their classes.  Friday, April 16th is a professional development day, so there is no school for students.

Please help your student prepare to take the WYTOPP over the next three weeks by well rested and eating breakfast.  It's an important data point to measure your student's growth and our school's progress.  It's not something students or families should stress over.  Everyone has been working hard all year and we are ready. All we ask is that all students try their best.  If everyone does that, we'll get great results. Thank you for your continued support and feedback.  We're looking forward to a great final eight weeks of school.

Housekeeping Updates

There are a few housekeeping items to check in on.  Drop off is going smoothly in the morning.  We ask that to the maximum extent possible that families do not arrive too early to pick up their students at the end of the day.  Doing so blocks our fire lanes and makes emergency access to the building impossible. Please do not block the lane of travel for drop off and pick up times. As we enjoy the occasionally warmer spring days, please remember that our district dress code requires tops to have fabric on the front and the sides and clothing must cover undergarments.  Eighth grade students interested in cheerleading at LHS next year should go to the LHS activities office to get a tryout packet.  Perspective cheerleaders must attend clinics from 3:30-5:30 on April 26th and 27th.  Tryouts are from 3:30-6:00 on April 28th

Indian Paintbrush Elementary School

No School on Friday, April 16th

Reminder that we will not have school on Friday, April 16th. Since we are out of school on Friday, we are going to send out our lunch requests for the week of April 19th on Tuesday of next week. This will give you a couple of school days to get it completed. Thank you for all of your help in getting this to work.

Registration and Intent to Return

It is that time of year when we start to look to 2021/2022. Below are some links for Kindergarten registration and Intent to Return. Please observe the due dates for each, they help us make better informed decisions for next year.

Kindergarten registration for next week-Please have a copy of the Birth Certificate and shot records. Shot records can be faxed from the Dr office to 307-222-1990. We are here from the hours of 8:30-3:00

Link to register.

Intent to return English link

Intencion de regresar link

Linford Elementary School

Boundary Exceptions and Intent to Return

Intent to Return forms are due back on April 2nd. If you plan to have your child(ren) attend Linford again next year, please make sure you have updated the Intent to Return Google Form link. If you have already done so, we have you on file. Boundary Exceptions will be sent out on Monday, April 5th and are due back by Friday, April 16th. If you live outside of the Linford boundary and you would like to attend Linford, you must complete a Boundary Exception.

Completing a Boundary Exception does not guarantee your child(ren) will attend Linford. Items such as: attendance and class sizes are considered during this process. It is important to note, bussing IS NOT provided for anyone on a boundary exception. If you have questions, please contact the Linford office.

Class Pictures

Class pictures are coming on Tuesday, April 6th. This year pictures will be taken social distanced while students sit at their desks in their classroom. Even though, the photos will be different it will be a unique reminder of a unique school year. If you are interested in ordering a photo, please visit MyLifeTouch and email the school for the code.

Spring Creek Elementary School

WyTOPP Testing

We will have our end of year testing at the end of April into the beginning of May. Students will be taking WyTopp and Fastbridge assessments. Here is our testing schedule: CLICK HERE

Teacher Sliming

Tomorrow at 2 pm, Spring Creek will have a sliming of Mr. Martin and Principal Wall. The top winners of the Healthy Heart Challenge fundraiser will get to slime them.

Parent Teacher Organization

We are looking for interested parents to participate in our Parent Teacher Organization. If you are interested, please send an email to springcreekelem.pto@gmail.com.

Thank you to Sara Mason for stepping in to help. Ms. Kirk has left us - their family moved on to new adventures.

The next PTO meeting will be April 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm via zoom. Meetings will be held the second Tuesday of every month.


ACSD#1 Transitions to YouTube to Stream Board Meetings

LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 6, 2021) – Starting with the Board of Education work session on Wednesday, April 7, Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) will be transitioning to YouTube to live stream its board meetings.

All meetings will be available live and on demand at ACSD#1’s YouTube page, linked here.

For this week’s work session only, anyone interested in watching can also watch via Zoom Webinar as an attendee, linked here. This will ensure that the meeting will be available to watch live in case of any unforeseen issues with the first YouTube stream. Anyone who chooses to watch as an attendee on Zoom will have to enter their email address and name.

For those interested in public comment at regular meetings, sign up will still work the same way. Then, you will be emailed an invitation to a Zoom webinar shortly after 3 p.m. on the day of the regular board meeting. Once the board meeting starts, and you enter the webinar, the webinar leader will place you on hold, meaning you will not be able to hear or see the meeting.

If you would like to follow the meeting, please watch it on YouTube. Please keep in mind, there is a 10-20 second delay on the live stream, so remember to keep an eye on your zoom screen for when you are welcomed in to make your comment.

Please mute the YouTube stream while you are making your comments, in order to stop an echo from starting.

After your three minutes are up, you will be placed on hold again for the remainder of the meeting. If you wish to continue watching the meeting, you will be able to watch on the YouTube page linked above.

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org, on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY, or subscribe on YouTube to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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Weekly District Update - April 5

Here is the Weekly District Update for Monday, April 5, 2021:

LARAMIE HIGH SCHOOL

ACT Test Day is Tuesday, April 6 for Juniors

Tuesday April 6th is the mandatory ACT test day for all juniors at LHS. Please remind your student to be in the doors at LHS by 7:40 to find their room assignments. We have plenty of #2 pencils and calculators, but if your student would like to bring their own, as well as some water and a snack, please have them do so.

Remember, ACT scores directly affect what level of Hathaway Scholarship your student may be eligible for. This scholarship can be used at any Wyoming college or the university for programs ranging from 9 month certificate programs to 4 year bachelor's degrees. Future ACT tests will cost your student $55.

For seniors, sophomores, and freshman April 6th will be a virtual learning day. Their teachers will have assignments posted on Canvas for them to complete. They can also utilize this day to get caught up on any missing assignments. Getting caught up on missing assignments may ensure their last seven weeks of the semester are a bit easier to navigate due to reducing stress.

If you have any questions, please contact the LHS counseling office at 307-721-4488

End of the Year Events 

Prom – 2021 LHS Senior Prom is scheduled for May 1st at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center at 8pm. This venue was selected based on the largest occupancy limit available to us. Grand March will be in the LHS Theater starting promptly at 6:30p. All seniors are invited to attend this year’s Sr. Prom. Seniors will also be able to invite a single guest. Due to occupancy limits only seniors and their guest will be able to purchase tickets for prom. Lastly, the Convention Center currently has an occupancy limit of 300 guests at a time, this could change before the event. Should maximum capacity be reached a waiting area will be made available for students until room in the Convention Center is available.

Graduation – At this time Laramie High School has been approved to have its graduation at the University of Wyoming’s Area Auditorium on Friday May 28th. LHS will be working with UW’s staff to finalize details in the weeks to come. At this time all graduates will be allowed 4 guests to attend, and it will be live streamed. I will continue to communicate information about graduation as I get it.

ROCK RIVER

Students of the Week

We have 3 wonderful students to recognize this week. There were several nominations made by teachers and staff last week. Thank you students for working hard and staying positive!

The first student we’d like to recognize is a third grader in Ms. Findley’s class: Kanyon N. Kanyon is being recognized for her hard work and willingness to help her peers when she is finished with her work. She is kind, caring, and always pushes herself to do her best. Great job Kanyon!

Our second student we’d like recognize is a seventh grader named Zoey C. Zoey’s teachers report that she is a very hard worker, she is kind, respectful, and always strives to do her best. Her perseverance is amazing! She works hard to overcome challenges and maintains a positive attitude every day. She encourages her classmates and is a great role model for our younger students. Great job Zoey!

Our high school student of the week is a freshman, Andee D. Andee always has a smile on her face and has a positive attitude. She is respectful, encouraging, and willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. Andee is reliable, responsible, and a great role model for our younger students. Thank you Andee for your hard work!

Congratulations students on your selection as Student of the Week! We appreciate you!

LARAMIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Perseverance and WYTOPP Update

The end of the school year presents unique opportunities and challenges.  We've been through a lot this year and perseverance is something we've needed in spades. By persevering we reach our goals and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your student achieve their goals –big and small! Whether it is celebrating those first steps or graduation day, witnessing achievements gained by hard work are some of a families’ proudest moments. Hard work and determination are the ingredients of perseverance. By helping your children develop perseverance now, you can prepare them to learn from their future failures and work hard to achieve future successes. Please read this month's Capturing Kids' Hearts newsletter for more on perseverance and developing a growth mindset.

We will be completing the WYTOPP, our statewide assessment, this year.  All students will be tested in reading and math.  Seventh grade students also take a writing test and eighth grade students are tested in science. To accommodate testing we will have block days the weeks of April 12th , April 19th, and April 26th.  This means students will attend their odd period classes on Tuesdays and their even period classes on Wednesdays those weeks and classes will be 85 minutes long.  Students will still start their day in S4S and dismissal times will not change.

Let's make it a great week.  The weather is warming up and track starts this week so it's probably time for a huge blizzard.  Maybe we got that out of the way during spring break or maybe I just jinxed us.  Time will tell!

INDIAN PAINTBRUSH

Protect the Herd, and WYTOPP Update

We are fully into April, and that is No Joke!  Thank you for helping us to get this far.  We have many things on the horizon for this year, we want to be here, be safe, and be open.  We are still vigilant in Protecting the Herd.  Don't forget to take your screener every morning as well, we are holding true to our yearlong guidelines.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for information about WYTOPP.  Our schedule is about completed and teachers will begin to advertise testing days for your planning.  Our kids will do great!

SLADE ELEMENTARY

Intent to Return 2021-22

In order for us to project class sizes for the 2021-2022 school year and to plan for the needs of our students, PLEASE complete the Intent to Return form by Friday, April 16.  Please complete this form for EACH of your children who currently attend Slade in grades K through 4th.  5th graders who will be moving on to middle school next year will not need to complete the form.

Click here for the Intent to Return form.

A reminder . . . children who have moved outside our boundaries will be transferring in August to the assigned school in their attendance area unless a Boundary Exception Request has been filed and granted. Addresses used for school registration must be where the child actually lives with his/her parent(s) or legal guardians.

Boundary Exception Request

Students currently enrolled in their neighborhood school who have moved out of boundaries for that school, but wish to remain at their current school must complete a Boundary Exception Request form.  Please submit the form by Friday April 16.

Click here for the Boundary Exception Request.

Please call Kendra in the front office at 721-4446 for any assistance or questions.

 


ACSD#1 Received Results of WEEAC Equity Audit

Complete Equity Audit

LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 2, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) received the results of the equity audit performed by the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The audit outlined strengths and opportunities for growth within the district.

The audit included virtual visits at Laramie High School, Laramie Middle School, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, and Linford Elementary. In total, eight individuals and 38 focus groups were interviewed by WEEAC. Overall, administrators, school office staff, custodians, counselors, teachers, paraeducators, students in grades 5-12, parents and guardians, and community members were interviewed.

WEEAC concluded that strengths throughout the district include desire for professional development on equity and identity, educator collaboration, care and empathy for students, and physical safety in buildings.

WEEAC found opportunities for growth in the district include culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, a stronger commitment to culturally responsive family and community engagement, diversifying staff and equitable hiring, educating staff and students about Title IX, and district focuses on educational equity.

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org or on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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Laramie High School Announces Paul Ronga as New Head Football Coach

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 26, 2021) – Paul Ronga has been named the next head football coach of Laramie High School, it was announced Friday by Ron Wagner, LHS Director of Activities and Athletics.

"We are pleased and excited to announce the hiring of the new head football coach of Laramie High School, coach Paul Ronga,” Wagner said. “Coach Ronga comes to us from New York state where he has over 25 years of teaching and coaching experience. He has been a head coach in the area for eight years and has built some of the most fundamentally sound and successful programs in that area.

“He has close, personal connections to Laramie and has a passion and excitement for football that is contagious,” Wagner continued. “His preparation and attention to detail was evident during the hiring process and will serve LHS and the football program well. The hiring committee was very impressed with coach Ronga's knowledge of the game and his overall history of building winning programs."

Ronga will join LHS following a one-year stint at Walter Panas High School, in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. At WPHS, Ronga coached one all-conference player, four all-league players, the No. 4-ranked wide receiver in the county, and had a Golden Dozen player.

"I would like to thank Mr. Ronald Wagner and the Laramie community for this opportunity,” Ronga said. “I am aware of the challenge ahead of me, and I will do all I can to give back to the community and to Laramie High School. I have been a fan of Wyoming sports for many years, and I respect the excellent sports programs that Laramie High School has under Mr. Wagner.

“The Laramie High School Football program has a proud history with the Deti family serving the community so well,” Ronga continued. “I hope to work hand in hand with the assistants, players, administration, community, and Mr. Wagner to do all we can to rebuild and restore Laramie High School football and Plainsmen pride"

In 2018, Ronga was the Lakeland High School (Shrub Oak, N.Y) head junior varsity football coach, where he set the school’s record for wins in a season.

From 2013-17, Ronga was the head varsity coach at Saunders High School (Yonkers, N.Y.). He is the longest tenured football coach in Saunders school history, and has the most wins by a head coach in school history. He also led the school to its only Playoff Bowl Championships in program history.

Ronga additionally spent time as a head coach at Lincoln High School in Yonkers (1997) and Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, N.Y. (1992).

From 2009-12, Ronga acted as Team President and coach for the Corltandt Panthers in Cortlandt Manor. Prior to that stint, Ronga was a varsity assistant coach at Walter Panas from 2007-09. Ronga served a varsity assistant coach at Haldane High School in Cold Spring, N.Y. (1998-2001), Lincoln High School (1996-97), and Westlake High School in Thornwood, N.Y. (1993-95).

Ronga played football collegiately at Marist College, where he was a running back and team captain from 1984-88. Ronga also spent one season at Division II Westchester University in 1983. Ronga earned all-league honors twice as a high school running back and linebacker at Iona Preparatory School before playing in the CHSAA All-Star Game in 1982.

Ronga earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Marist College in 1988, and he earned a master’s degree in physical education from Adelphi University in 1993.

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org or on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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Abigayle Paytoe and Paige Gustafson Win Teaching Awards

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 25, 20201) – A pair of Albany County School District #1 (ACSD1) teachers have won awards for their efforts in the classroom. Laramie Middle art teacher Abigayle Paytoe has been named the Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), while Slade’s and Centennial’s Paige Gustafson has been named the Wyoming Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Wyoming Art Education Association (WYAEA).

Paytoe was named the WYAEA Art Educator of the Year before having her nomination forwarded to the national committee and earning the regional award. The Pacific Region covers 14 states and three Canadian provinces. Paytoe was chosen for this honor due to showing exemplary dedication to the profession through presenting at state, regional, and national art education conferences, leadership activities within the NAEA and WYAEA, excellence in teaching and pursuing higher learning, as well as personal artmaking and art exhibiting.

“I love teaching art because I love to see students become artists themselves,” Paytoe said. “Art is a way to give students a voice, ones which can communicate with the world.

Paytoe has been an art educator for 17 years, having started her career in the Laramie County School District at Freedom Elementary. She has been involved with WYAEA in every capacity, having served every Executive Board position, planning the state conferences, and representing Wyoming at the regional and national levels. Paytoe is currently pursuing her doctorate in art education and is making art at her home in Laramie.

Gustafson was chosen as the WYAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year due to showing exemplary dedication to the profession and excellence in teaching. Gustafson teaches elementary art at Slade Elementary in Laramie, Wyoming and Centennial Elementary School in Centennial, Wyoming.

“I am an advocate and proponent of art being a core subject,” Gustafson said. “The arts are integral in the development of a child and the curriculum should be treated as such. I work every day to help foster a child’s love of learning through the exploratory nature of art”

Gustafson has been an art educator for 11 years and in those years has taken on many leadership roles, including her role as the elementary art chair, the elementary specialist representative to her district’s Meet and Confer Committee, the 504 coordinator for her school, and being on the Wyoming State Fine and Performing Arts Standards Review Board. Gustafson is an advocate for arts education through her work with the Wyoming Education Association.

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org or on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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ACSD#1 Offers Update on Kindergarten Age Requirement Waiver

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 24, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) is offering an update on the progress of kindergarten age requirement waivers for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. A recent change made by the State Legislature moved the cutoff date for kindergarten registration from the child turning five (5) years old by September 15 to turning five (5) years old by August 1.

The following information is pending board approval at the upcoming April 14 Board of Trustees regular meeting.

Parents whose children would have been eligible before the age change will be able to apply for a waiver for their children for this upcoming school year only.

Any parent who would like to request a waiver for their student to enter kindergarten must make the request during the registration window. At that point, the requests will be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent, and a readiness assessment will be held by May 15. Parents will be notified of the assessment date by May 1.

The assessment will be proctored by an instructional facilitator and/or a current kindergarten teacher. The proctor(s) will score the assessment and return results to the Assistant Superintendent within 48 hours of administering the assessment.

Then, the Assistant Superintendent will make the determination if the score for each child is within the range for admittance and contact the parent no later than May 31 whether the student waiver is granted or denied.

Kindergarten registration begins April 12. 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.

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

Follow the Albany County School District on Facebook at facebook.com/acsd1.org or on Twitter at the handle @ACSD1WY to stay up to date on all the latest news in the district.

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Linford’s Foster Grandma Learned Zoom in Order to See Students

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 23, 2021) – Laura Logan is one of the Linford Elementary students’ favorite people at school. As the Foster Grandma to the children, Logan does a lot of different things and fills a lot of different roles. That is, until COVID-19 restrictions meant that she had to stay home. It was a change of pace from all the time she normally spent at Linford.

“When I first started, I worked in both fourth-grade rooms, but the last year that I was there, I only had one fourth-grade room to be in because the other teach had a really tiny classroom,” Logan said. “In the afternoons, I would spend time in the library and help Ms. (Stefanie) Hunt with checking out the books, helping kids find the books they wanted, and helping them with their computers. They would learn something that day to do on the computer, and I would help those that needed the help with whatever they were doing on the computer.

“Sometimes, I would read to them. There was always, at the start of the library period, a book was always read. It was either me or Ms. Hunt, or sometimes, we would read them together for the kids.”

Logan did a little bit of everything at Linford. She would help kids who had a hard time focusing on reading quizzes, help in the music room, and even work with the rambunctious preschoolers who weren’t quite ready for a full day of school.

“It’s not at all boring, when there’s little kids,” Logan said. “I helped in the lunch room, too, just kind of watching the kids and helping them open their containers and get the right foods.”

Then, when COVID-19 hit, she no longer had the chances to interact with the kids at Linford. However, Logan learned about Zoom, and took trainings on the video communication software from the Foster Grandparents office here in Laramie.

“They’ve been teaching us, so while we are shut in, we can order groceries, attend training meetings, and learn how to use tablets. They teach us the things we need to know on our computers so we can check our emails and Zoom with the kids. We do an hour each training and there’s two a week.”

When Stefanie Hunt, the Linford Library Media Specialist, found out Logan was being trained on Zoom, she set up times for Logan to meet with the students again.

“Ms. Hunt sent me an email once, and said she had it all set up to Zoom if I wanted to Zoom with the kids,” Logan said. “I could read to them or they could read to me, and it could be set up for the library period. I said ‘that would be awesome.’ So, Ms. Hunt is the one that actually came up with the program, and she set it all up and got the Zoom all set up to go. She gives me the times and the Zoom address, and I meet her there, and it’s been working really well.”

The students at Linford couldn’t be happier that Logan is back. In fact, there’s always a rush to see who gets to chat with their foster grandma that day.

“Actually, they were fighting over who got to go first,” Logan said. “Ms. Hunt says she always has to pick and choose because they fight over who gets to be first.”

Even though things aren’t quite back to normal for everyone yet, getting the opportunity to see the children again with Zoom means a tremendous amount to Logan.

“It’s been so easy to do, and it’s the highlight of my day. I look forward to it,” Logan said.

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Abbie Connally Named New Business Manager for ACSD#1

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 22, 2021) – Albany County School District #1 (ACSD#1) has brought on Abbie Connally as the new Business Manager for the school district, it was announced Monday by Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yennie. Connally will replace Ed Goetz, who will retire at the end of March after 22 years of service to the district.

“I’m very excited to be here and be a part of this team,” Connally said. “I’m looking forward to working with this group and diving in to what I can do to help the students, teachers, and families in this school district.”

Connally joins ACSD#1 from the Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs at the University of Wyoming, where she was the Director of Business Operations since 2019. At UW, Connally was responsible for the administration of all business operations for the Provost Subdivision. As the Director of Business Operations, Connally was directly responsible for the department’s budget and indirectly responsible for the budget oversight for the Academic Affairs division.

Additionally, Connally worked for and advised the University Senior Leadership team. Connally worked with tuition and fee revenue, state allocation, and foundation gift and grant accounts.

Prior to working in the Office of the Provost & Academic Affairs, Connally spent five years as the Business manager for UW Campus Recreation. In this role, she was responsible for the business operations of the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center, where she kept detailed financial records, served on the Student Affairs Division Leadership Team, and advised the Director on budget recommendations.

Connally spent the eight previous years as an accountant for the UW Art Museum. Connally earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW in 2003, and completed an MBA at UW in 2019.

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