RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 24TH AT 9AM
Slade Elementary

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/29/22) – Since the fall of 2015, the ACSD#1 team and contractors have been laboring diligently to finish the new Slade Elementary School for the 2022-2023 school year. At 9AM, August 24th, the long-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on the grounds at 1223 East Shield Street, ushering in a new era for those served by this historic school.

Various government officials, ACSD#1 representatives, and the local community will be present to witness the passing of the torch of education onto a new facility. The developing grounds, located just a block north of its previous location, are active with a host of construction workers dedicated to meeting the substantial completion date of the first day of school. ACSD#1 Superintendent John Goldhardt confirmed,

"Every morning, I drive around the grounds to check on the progress of these diligent and dedicated work men and women. The bus stop area they started pouring these last few days is quickly going in. The work is top-notch, and their pace impressive."

Even long-term residents are excited for the new school to begin its work of education in this new facility. Slade alumna Kayce Baldwin, the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, was reminiscent as she stated,

"I was sad to see the doors close on my alma mater, but change is good, and this facility is state of the art. There certainly won't be any students sent outside to clap the erasers together as I did. They won't know what it was like to see the clouds of chalk sway in the Wyoming wind, laughing and choking on chalk dust!"

Chalkboards may be nonexistent in the new building, but there are a host of technological goodies in their place. Some of the few are interactive TVs, intercoms connected to Greenwich global time, and green energy efficient lighting. IT Director Sean Moore added,

Here's what's cool about our tech:

  • Each room will have a Newline Interactive Display; this is a digital chalkboard with tons of features.
  • Slade, like all elementary schools, has a 1-Gig internet connection. This massive connection has provided excellent connectivity to all web resources.
  • Now here is what is better, their Wireless Access Points are the latest and greatest from Cisco and provide great wireless connectivity.
  • All rooms should have an HD Document Camera.

With natural light emanating from every classroom, a streamlined design, and the prominent presence of the Rocky Mountains color palette, this modern-day facility vibrates with the anticipation of a kindergartener on the first day of school. And, just a skip, hop and jump away, "Old Slade" settles into its proverbial rocking chair, peaceful in its thoughts of a job well done. The ribbon ceremony may not be long enough to recite the many contributions of the thousands who have staffed or attended old Slade. However, it will mark the official continuation of the District's mission of educating all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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DAVID RIZOR, NEW PRINCIPAL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING LAB SCHOOL
Photo of David Rizor

**LARAMIE, Wyo. (21 July 2022) – ** The Albany County School Board appointed David Rizor as principal at the University of Wyoming (UW) Lab School at their meeting on July 13th, 2022.

Nothing is more certain than the indispensable necessity of seasoned leadership. David Rizor’s experience as a University of Wyoming Department of Education alumni, parent of former Lab School students, and entrepreneur promises to be a boon in filling the role as the new principal of the UW Lab School.

Both of my daughters attended the University Lab School, and I have always wanted a chance to join the school to give back to others for the great education my children received,” said Rizor. “I am a long-time proponent of teaching to the whole child, public schools, and innovation. As a graduate and former staff member at the University of Wyoming, I am anxious to return to Laramie.

ACSD-1 Superintendent John Goldhardt added,

Dr. Rizor has a true love and passion for the Lab School. Every reference call we made had a consistent message about him: He is calm, collaborative, caring, and will focus on the whole child. His inclusive, trusting, and distributive leadership style will have a positive impact.

Rizor is the owner/operator of DR Education Consulting, based in Vilas, North Carolina. His previous experience includes serving as Executive Director for Two Rivers Community School, a K-8 charter school in Boone, NC, Executive Director of Lau Pahoehoe Community Public Charter School serving grades K-12 in Lau Pahoehoe, HA, and an elementary school principal in Granby, CO.

Rizor earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wyoming. He also earned a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Western Governors University.

New LHS Swim Coach Announced
LHS Swim Coaches Bretting and Hudson

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/11/2022) – Laramie High School has selected Coach Tamara Bretting as the new Head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach. Her decade-plus years of experience in coaching and expertise in the sport will be a boon for these youth teams.

After three decades of leading the LHS swim teams, veteran Coach Tom Hudson stepped aside to give the lane to the succeeding coach. Coach Bretting is no novice in creating athletes out of students. She has worked with Hudson these past years and considers him to have been an invaluable mentor, going on to say,

I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to follow in Tom's footsteps for the head coaching position. He has been such an amazing mentor for the past 14 years, and I know his shoes will be hard to fill, but I love these teams and am glad they are allowing me to take the lead.

But Bretting will undoubtedly bring her spin to the role. LHS Athletic Director Ronald Wagner stated,

We are excited to announce Coach Tamara Bretting as the new Head Boys and Girls Swimming Coach at Laramie High School, pending school board approval. Coach Bretting comes with 14 years of experience with Coach Hudson and has been a vital part of the recent success of the LHS swimming and diving program. Her experience and relationship with all partners of the program, along with her personal knowledge of the sport, will provide the program with a great new leader.

Coach Bretting hopes to continue the traditions established by Hudson and keeping up the fantastic performance she has witnessed from these teams.

About ACSD#1

OUR VISION: Entrusting and empowering everyone to excel. OUR MISSION: Educate all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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ACSD#1 WELCOMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
Name plaque on table located in the ACSD1 board room.

LARAMIE, Wyo. (7/1/2022) – New Superintendent Dr. John Goldhardt, a 33-year education veteran, begins the work of integrating his depth of expertise with the needs of the district.

Against the western wall of the Superintendent's office stand two proud bookshelves stocked with a lifetime's collection of old school books, binders, and a few empty spots ready for their new occupants. Nearby sits the new Superintendent contemplating the remaining unpacked, loitering boxes occupying his conference table. The first and easiest step of any move is unpacking –the hard part is putting it all in the right place. Likewise, leading the education efforts of a school district consisting of over 3000 students and 800 staff members during tumultuous times is daunting. But Goldhardt won't be alone in this great work.

On May 11th, Board Chair, Janice Marshall, announced the nomination of Goldhardt, describing him as a "strong and dynamic leader," and expressed her enthusiasm for working with Goldhardt. What impressed Marshall and the board about this Utah native?

"His extensive experience in education as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and Superintendent has prepared him well for this position. The communication skills he brings will be helpful as we transition to his leadership."

The future looks fruitful with the backing of an optimistic school board and the support of a solid and capable staff.

Goldhardt’s past reflects the path of most bourgeoning leaders. He began his career as a high school teacher and then served as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels. Later, he served as a middle school principal, a university visiting professor of teacher education, and a high school principal. He then became a central office executive and Superintendent.

Goldhardt earned his bachelor's degree in Interpersonal Communication and Reading Education from Southern Utah University, a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah, and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He and his wife have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two grown sons and grandparents to one granddaughter.

About ACSD#1

OUR VISION: Entrusting and empowering everyone to excel. OUR MISSION: Educate all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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50th Anniversary & Band Reunion of 1972 Laramie High School World Champion Band
1972 LHS Band

LARAMIE, Wyo.(06/20/2022)- The 1972 Laramie High School Band celebrates its 50th anniversary of winning two world championships in Vienna, Austria, and Gorinchem, Holland.

The Laramie Senior High School "Plainsmen Band" world championship performances and European concert tours were at the first International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, in 1972. Various activities will begin on July 8th to celebrate their historic achievement (see schedule below.) The Reunion will occur during the Jubilee Days celebration in Laramie, WY.

The hunt is still on for past band members. If you are a member of the championship band, please get in touch at www.1972lhsband.org. If you know of a band member who was in the Laramie High School band, please reach out to them to let them know of this reunion celebration.

Scheduled Events:

- July 8 - Icebreaker Mulligan's 1115 S 3rd 4 pm

- July 9 - Jubilee Days Parade 9 am - we will meet at La Bonte Park around 8 am

- LHS Tribute Case Unveiling 3 pm - Laramie Senior High School

- Social, Dinner &, Entertainment, - Moose Lodge - Social 4 pm, Dinner 6 pm, Live Music by Boone County Ambulance 7 pm

- July 10th BBQ Picnic Party at Washington Park, Otto Dahl Shelter.


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Head Boys Basketball Coach Selected
Coach Drew Evans

LARAMIE, Wyo. (6/13/22) – Mr. Drew Evans has been named Laramie High School's new Laramie High School Head Boys Basketball Coach.

According to Athletics Director Ronald Wagner, Coach Evans' vast basketball knowledge and ability to connect with student-athletes will be a boon to the LHS boys' basketball program. He stated,

"It is with excitement that we announce the hiring of Mr. Drew Evans as the next Head Boys Basketball Coach at Laramie High School. We are excited to see what Coach Evans and his staff will be able to do for the present and future of Plainsmen Basketball."

Coach Evans has already been with LHS Boys Basketball staff for two years. But also brings his experience from his time in Glenrock, Wyoming, and as an assistant varsity and junior varsity coach at a 5A school in Henderson, Nevada. He is committed to growing the players in the program as athletes and young men. The nomination awaits school board approval.

LHS Sends Devine and Luckie to Shrine Bowl 2022
Far left: Jackson Devine. Far right: Talon Luckie

LARAMIE, Wyo. (6/9/2022) – This year's 49th annual Shrine Bowl 2022 includes two Laramie High School (LHS) football players, Talon Luckie and Jackson Devine. These graduated seniors will play with other schools from the southern portion of Wyoming, forming the South Team with Mark Lenhardt of Rock Springs, WY as their coach.

Woody Hayes, Former OSU Head Coach, once said,

A good football player finds out that he gets knocked down dozens of times. But he gets up, and the first thing he knows, he's knocking other people down. The great thing about football is that when you get knocked down, you get up and go again. You don't lie there and moan and groan and rail against the fates.

Certainly, Jackson Devine and Talon Luckie can relate to being knocked down and getting up again. For these two LHS alums, the challenges of life and the game of football have taught them both the attributes of perseverance, valor, and the compassion learned from the comradery of teammates. What follows is their Shrine Bowl success story:

Jackson Devine

There comes a time when most Americans will consider the sport of football and pass judgment. But Jackson Devine has no qualms about his passion for the game,

When I think of football, I think of the feeling of running out onto the field on Friday nights alongside my teammates. I think about practicing during the hot days of Fall camp when we have two practices a day. I think about the feeling of popping pads with an opponent when I make contact with a defender or when I am on defense, and I make a tackle. I think about the feeling of hitting the ground after a diving catch.

Football has been Devine's go-to since 4th grade, and there isn't a part of playing the game he doesn't like: the physical and mental struggles, teammates, and coaches. But his football career didn't go as planned, which is why he can relate to those children whom he and his fellow teammates visited at Shriner's hospital. Most athletes experience injuries from playing sports. But there was a greater physical challenge for Devine’s journey to the Shrine Bowl.

During his 8th grade year, Devine had bilateral knee surgery due to a condition called Osteochondral Defect (OCD), where the blood stops flowing to the bones. When this condition was first discovered, he did not know if he would ever be able to run again and there was no guarantee he would completely heal. However, with the support from family, friends, and coaches, he beat the odds.

Devine will be attending the University of Wyoming's Pharmacy program in the Fall of 2022. With the positive mindset and drive he has developed through football and a major life trial, success is the only reasonable diagnosis for Jackson Devine.

Talon Luckie

There are three things football player Luckie attributes to his success thus far: God, family and a little trust,

I always try to trust God in creating my path and give me the strength to succeed and prosper in what He has in store for me. If it also wasn't for the support of my family when it comes to sports, I'd never be able to succeed in my athletics.

Mental preparation for the game includes prayer with his teammates, especially those he is closest to. Physically preparing involves stretching and mind-muscle connection exercises. But his push to win the game mirror a soldier's reason to fight on the battlefield, whre thoughts of family and country are superseded by the needs of his comrades on either side,

My why is fueled by my team. When it comes to being exhausted, I always try to do my best, and if I am struggling within a game, I'm always harder on myself to succeed for them.

However, football has not always been a thing for Luckie. Of the four years he attended LHS, his senior year was the first time he laced up football cleats.

When I think of football, the first thing I think about is trying something new. Coming into Shrine Bowl, I have only played one season of high school football, purely based on trying something new.

Luckie has discovered several gains to the game football. Positive mental and physical strength, the ability to release stress, anger, or anxiety, and pushing his body's limits motivate his perseverance in being his best self. But what is a sports hero without a vice? For this modern-day athlete, it's all about the shoes. "I think one thing that I will need to sacrifice for my future self is my shopping addiction, especially with shoes," he confessed.

Luckie plans on attending Casper College to play two years of college soccer and get an associate's degree in physical education. Then, he will work towards a BA in Physical Education and Adaptive Certifications to work with special needs kids.

Shrine Bowl Week

For a total of eight days, these two football veterans get to know their new teammates, coaches, and plays. So far, they have worked hard and played hard to win this Saturday's game against the North Team. But no matter the outcome, Devine and Luckie are counted among the best of the best in the best state of the Union -they are already winners.

Finally, as Devine and Luckie toe the line of life, this writer's advice to them is as follows,

Your next block won't be your last. In life, expect to be tackled over and over again. There will be times when just breathing will be hard. Life is a ratio of 50/50. Half the time, you are happy, but the other half is the final 10 seconds of the game when you struggle to remember your why. You can't beat the ratio, but you can play to win. After the muscles give and the mental game lags, play with your heart. That is how you overcome, not just in football but also in the game of life*.*

With that said, the odds of the South Team winning this year's Shrine Bowl are pretty good. After all, they do have Devine Luck(ie) on their side!


Saturday’s Schedule for Shrine Bowl

Saturday 6/11
Time Location
8 am Free Pancake Breakfast City Park, Outside NCHS Stadium
10 am Shrine Bowl Parade City Park- 711 South Center Street in Casper
Noon Tailgate Party Begins Outside NCHS Stadium
1 pm Parent Introductions Under the scoreboard/NCHS Dick Cheney Alumni Field
2 pm Kick Off NCHS Dick Cheney Alumni Field

Links to Follow:

Wyoming Shrine Bowl: http://wyoshrinebowl.com/

Wyoming Shrine Bowl Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wyoshrinebowl/

WyoPrep Shrine Bowl Coverage: https://wyopreps.com/tags/wyoming-shrine-bowl/


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OUR VISION: Entrusting and empowering everyone to excel. OUR MISSION: Educate all students to achieve their highest potential, graduate, and succeed in life.

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Young Adults Gain Marketable Skills at Ivinson Memorial Hospital
Project Search Graduates

LARAMIE, WY - May 9, 2022

Since 2017 Project SEARCH at Ivinson has been opening employment doors for young adults with disabilities.

The program recently marked a milestone when it completed its 5th year.

“It’s a huge milestone for us,” said Megan Friderich, instructor for the program at Ivinson. “It really speaks to the dedication of all the folks who participate in the program as well as Ivinson’s leadership.

“Serving as an intern in our program does not guarantee employment. Our participants put in a lot of hard work to reach their employment goals. Co-workers provide incredible support to the interns helping the young adults make successful transitions from high school to the workforce.”

Project SEARCH, a nine-month unpaid internship, is a partnership between Ivinson Memorial Hospital, which serves as the host business site, Albany County School District #1, Department of Workforce Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Ivinson Memorial Hospital is the first and only Project SEARCH site in Wyoming, offering students/interns free job training, educational development and internship opportunities at Ivinson and Mountain West Farm Bureau.

Interns attend six-hour training sessions Monday through Friday in the classroom located at Ivinson, learning an array of life skills needed for the future, including budgeting, resume creation, making travel arrangements to and from the jobsite, as well as communicating with supervisors, guests and peers. Typical rotations of the program include environmental services, human resources, materials management and dietary services.

Since the program’s inception, 10 interns have graduated from Project SEARCH at Ivinson. “Of the students who graduate, we have a 100% success rate,” said Friderich. The participants achieved successful employment meeting the program’s four criteria: job integration (a setting of employees with and without disabilities); making a prevailing wage (at least minimum wage); employment is non-seasonal; and jobs provide 16 hours or more a week. “We continue to provide support and career guidance once our interns are a part of the workforce.”

Four interns will graduate as a part of the Project SEARCH at Ivinson class of 2021-2022 on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 2 PM in the West Atrium at Ivinson Memorial. With the strong resumes’ each intern built while attending Project SEARCH, two interns have secured employment.

There are 658 Project SEARCH sites worldwide in 10 countries and within 48 of the United States.

About Project SEARCH at Ivinson:

Project SEARCH at Ivinson is a unique, nine-month, job training program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program is a collaboration between Ivinson Memorial Hospital, The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Zenith Business Services and Albany County School District #1.  The most important goal of Project SEARCH at Ivinson is for each intern to be competitively employed, working a minimum of 16 hours per week in Laramie after completing the program.

About Project SEARCH:

Project SEARCH, based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, is a business-led, one-year work-preparation program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most participants are enrolled while transitioning from high school to work. The hallmark of Project SEARCH is total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for every program participant. For more information, visitwww.projectsearch.us.

Australian Performing Artist Visits Harmony Elementary School
Laramie Watershed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/31/2022) – Acclaimed Australian performing artist and Laramie resident Paul Taylor spent a week with Harmony and Centennial students and staff. Taylor celebrated the culture of his homeland through story, song, dance, painting, and didjeridoo. Each afternoon at the Harmony school, the students were taught the Aboriginal wisdom concept of "Caring for Country," focusing on a positive relationship with water. Together, they created a large mural currently displayed at the school.

Students and staff worked together with Taylor to create the Laramie River Valley Rainbow Mural. The painting depicted the land associated with the Laramie River watershed in an Aboriginal topo map dot style. Besides working on the mural and learning about the land, students spent many delight-filled hours crafting, painting, playing, and investigating the culture of the Aboriginal didgeridoo, the Bullroar, and Boomerangs. Barbara Farley, Principal of both Harmony and Centennial schools, was exuberant in her gratitude for Taylor and his work,

"It is always wonderful to have people with Paul's talent share their knowledge and enthusiasm with our community."

Participants enjoyed creating, dancing, singing, and ending the week with a performance celebration for family and friends.

Taylor's skill in teaching about Laramie's water sources is also evident in his three mural displays at Laramie High School. His work is based on geological facts provided in large measure by Geologist Chris Moody who is enthusiastic with Paul's work.

"Over the past few years," shares Moody, "Paul has collaborated with Laramie High School students and facility in the creation of four murals that address Laramie's "water story"....both surface water and groundwater. For the last two murals, Paul got me involved to incorporate into the murals the current understanding of groundwater recharge, flow, and characteristics of the Casper Aquifer. In essence, one could use the cross-section mural to illustrate complicated technical aspects of the aquifer to students and the public.  Truly a meld of art and science."

For more information on these murals and Paul Taylor's life work, visit www.PaulTaylor.ws.


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Texas School Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/25/2022) –

Dear Families,

Like you, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas on Tuesday. We share in the heartbreak we are all feeling for the families who have lost a loved one due to this senseless act of violence.

School should and must be a place where students feel completely safe and secure. As an added precaution, we are working with our local law enforcement officials to have an increased police presence in and around our buildings for the rest of the week.

We know that children and teens will process this news in different ways. Counselors are available at each of our school buildings to assist students who may need some extra support. We strongly encourage any students to stop by the counseling office at any time.

Please join us in keeping the students, staff, and families of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in our thoughts at this time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jubal Yennie

Superintendent

Albany County School District #1

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More than Prizes Given at District Diversity Celebrations
Kari Farley with Students

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/24/2022) – On May 13th and 19th, Albany County School's Dual Language Immersion (DLI) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs celebrated the diversity and accomplishments of their bilingual students. Between the two programs, over 170 students are learning Spanish and 113 students are learning English.

On the 13th, the DLI Day celebration at the University of Wyoming included a variety of activities, including a t-shirt design competition, a gallery walk of student writing & artwork, Spanish speaking activities and making Luchador Masks. Many families attended the hour-long ceremony that concluded the celebration.

The Alice Hardie Steven's Center hosted the ESL event from 5:30-7 pm. About 100 students and their families attended the multicultural celebration. These families spoke various languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and others. EL & DLI Coordinator Kari Farley stated that speaking two or more languages improves job opportunities, social lives and increased awareness of other cultures. Farley stated,

"A world without color is dull. Color represents our nations and our cultures. Our cultures represent who we are; they are our strengths. Tonight, we celebrate every culture in this room and the hard work our students have been putting in to learn English and to learn IN English."

The evening activities included dinner, a display of students’ proud writing pieces from the school year, a photo booth with props, coloring activities, and each child took home a book. But more than prizes were taken from both these celebrations --all shared in the feeling of community and acceptance.

More than Prizes Given at District Diversity Celebrations
Student Presenting Project

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/24/2022) – On May 13th and 19th, Albany County School's Dual Language Immersion (DLI) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs celebrated the diversity and accomplishments of their bilingual students. Between the two programs, over 170 students are learning Spanish and 113 students are learning English.

On the 13th, the DLI Day celebration at the University of Wyoming included a variety of activities, including a t-shirt design competition, a gallery walk of student writing & artwork, Spanish speaking activities and making Luchador Masks. Many families attended the hour-long ceremony that concluded the celebration.

The Alice Hardie Steven's Center hosted the ESL event from 5:30-7 pm. About 100 students and their families attended the multicultural celebration. These families spoke various languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and others. EL & DLI Coordinator Kari Farley stated that speaking two or more languages improves job opportunities, social lives and increased awareness of other cultures. Farley stated,

"A world without color is dull. Color represents our nations and our cultures. Our cultures represent who we are; they are our strengths. Tonight, we celebrate every culture in this room and the hard work our students have been putting in to learn English and to learn IN English."

The evening activities included dinner, a display of students’ proud writing pieces from the school year, a photo booth with props, coloring activities, and each child took home a book. But more than prizes were taken from both these celebrations --all shared in the feeling of community and acceptance.

More than Prizes Given at District Diversity Celebrations
Student Presentation

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/24/2022) – On May 13th and 19th, Albany County School's Dual Language Immersion (DLI) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs celebrated the diversity and accomplishments of their bilingual students. Between the two programs, over 170 students are learning Spanish and 113 students are learning English.

On the 13th, the DLI Day celebration at the University of Wyoming included a variety of activities, including a t-shirt design competition, a gallery walk of student writing & artwork, Spanish speaking activities and making Luchador Masks. Many families attended the hour-long ceremony that concluded the celebration.

The Alice Hardie Steven's Center hosted the ESL event from 5:30-7 pm. About 100 students and their families attended the multicultural celebration. These families spoke various languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and others. EL & DLI Coordinator Kari Farley stated that speaking two or more languages improves job opportunities, social lives and increased awareness of other cultures. Farley stated,

"A world without color is dull. Color represents our nations and our cultures. Our cultures represent who we are; they are our strengths. Tonight, we celebrate every culture in this room and the hard work our students have been putting in to learn English and to learn IN English."

The evening activities included dinner, a display of students’ proud writing pieces from the school year, a photo booth with props, coloring activities, and each child took home a book. But more than prizes were taken from both these celebrations --all shared in the feeling of community and acceptance.

Awards, Recognition, and a Little Surprise

LARAMIE, Wyo. (5/17/2022) – Albany County School District #1 teachers received honors during last night's Celebration Convocation held at Laramie High School. Years of service from 10 to 35 were recognized, as were retirees, tenure, National Board-Certified Teacher (NBCT), and Teacher of the Year awards.

Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yennie opened the ceremony to a large crowd, inviting them to enjoy a light dinner before awards and recognition were given. Board Chair Janice Marshall then welcomed attendees. Trustees Beth Bear, Nate Martin, Kim Sorenson, Emily Sigel Stanton, and Jason Tangeman presented awards for Years of Service, Retirement, and NBCT. Assistant Superintendent Debbie Fisher honored those who reached tenure. And Bryon Lee recognized members of the Albany County Education Association (ACEA).

Stepping outside of the evening’s program, Chairwoman Marshall and trustees surprised the audience by taking a few minutes to recognize the many contributions of retiring Superintendent, Dr. Yennie. The evening's events culminated in the Teacher of the Year awards, with Linford Elementary teacher Amy McManamen accepting the District Teacher of the Year award.


10 Years of Service

Anthony Brown

Gloria Christopherson

Scott Cronk

Gary Derbish

Loren Engel

Paige Gustafson

Rachel Huston

Bryon Lee

Molly Martin

Ashley McKinney

Jennifer Miller

Stacy Murphy

Ronald Ryan

Ellen Titensor

Darlene Toner

Jennifer Wiseman


15 Years of Service

Stacy Busch

Margaret Clay

Savannah Cowdin

Holly Cunningham

Justin Deegan

Erin Klauk

Kevin Kluz

Sharee Larsen

April Martin

Robert Mitchell

Julianne Nutter

William Plumb

Malinda Rasmuson

Amber Riffee

Marissa Satkunam

Anthony Schaneman

Sabrina Schaneman

Rebecca Stossel

Stephen Walters

Rebecca Watson

Stephanie Wodahl


20 Years of Service

Nichol Bondurant

Sandra Broyles

Donald Greene

Cindy Greenwald

Andrea Hayden

Meredith McLaughlin

Bruce Schmidt

Steve Sturdevant

Dewayne Tillman


25 Years of Service

Patricia Johnson

Ashley Koch

Debra Owens

Rebecca Slaughter


30 Years of Service

William Stuart


35 Years of Service

Cindy Kelly

Judy Roehrkasse


Retirees

Kristle Agran (16)

Vicki Blake (26)

Diane Chamberlain (21)

Jeannine Collins (11)

Barbara Farley (27)

Capri Helgeson (27)

Robert Knapton (13)

Dennis Sanchez (19)

Scott Shoop (4)

Carol Uhl (27)

Angelice Varca (17)

Kelly Michelle Zitek (15)


NBCT

Amanda Gribble

Abby Markley


ACEA Awards

Danielle Halsey: Certified Member of the Year

Shasta Rosales: ESP Member of the Year


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