Three students have been named recipients of UW’s Tobin Memorial and Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Outstanding Undergraduate Award. The award recognizes students for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity, and citizenship qualities.
Degenfelder is a 6th generation Wyomingite and a product of Wyoming’s K-12 public school system and the University of Wyoming. She is a conservative business leader in the fields of coal and oil & gas and a former executive at the Wyoming Department of Education.
About $128,000 of the funds will be used to purchase equipment for the Geographic Information Systems and Geology departments and to fund a part-time position at the Tate Geological Museum. The remaining $4,000 will be put towards scholarships for Casper College students.
“For Rebecca Junge, education is a living experience where students learn to think independently, explore self-identity and engage as productive citizens in our society. I commend Rebecca for blazing this important path at Journey, and proudly welcome her into the national Milken Educator Network,” said Gallagher.
After a meeting with Mayor Patrick Collins, Air Force Officers, and the Superintendent of Laramie County School District 1, to discuss discriminatory behaviors Military members and their families were facing in local schools and with the city, it became evident that discriminatory bias needed to be addressed.
Following a presentation on the history of standards and how the standard’s development process has evolved over the past thirty years, the board identified key questions the evaluation will address. These include the volume of state standards in relation to instructional time, methods for collecting and utilizing stakeholder input, and innovative approaches to developing standards that would have a positive impact on the challenges facing teachers and students in the classroom.
On Wednesday, the Wyoming Department of Education released their graduation rate for 2021at a virtual conference. Despite the pandemic, the Wyoming graduation rate has continued to increase for the 8th year in a row. “Especially the last couple of years, to make sure that we are continuing to graduate more students than the year before really speaks to how highly we value education in this state. That is work by families and teachers and school staff,” said Kari Eakins, Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Laramie County Community College has received a $101,000 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support the recruitment and retention of veteran and military-associated students. The award will be used to help create awareness of the educational and career pathways at LCCC for students who have served, or are currently serving, in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
If you’ve ever been interested in a career before investing in a degree, an apprenticeship may be a better way to go. “It’s a huge benefit to the employees, steady pay increases. It’s great for the employers because you’ve got this train skilled workforce that you’ve built yourself. So its a win-win for both the employers and employees,” said Jeff Schulz, Center Manager, Cheyenne Workforce Center, DWF.
Laramie Country School District 1 is preparing its teachers and school for the possibility of a vaccine mandate. A legal stay or pause puts a hold on the Federal Vaccine Mandate that the Biden administration is trying to enforce.LCSD1 will fall under the mandate if the rules go through.
“The Suicide Prevention Grant is intended to provide some financial support to districts and schools to implement suicide prevention programs for school and district for both the staff and the students,” said Accreditation and Support Supervisor Bill Pannell.
The Natrona County School District uses a variety of tools and resources to help and accommodate all of their students. “The accommodations and modifications that are part of an IEP, and that just enables the student to participate with their general-ed peers as much as possible. It’s what we would call inclusion, and that’s probably the biggest support we have for students is just providing those accommodations,” said Norm Cox, Director of Grants for NCSD.
Parents are growing more concerned about the number of students riding on school buses. With three students riding per bench, why aren’t there more buses on the roads and where are all the bus drivers? The pandemic has put a dent in how many drivers were available to drive students to school, some fearful of exposure to the virus. Others are retiring or moving out of state, adding to the shortage.
As we continue Hispanic Heritage month, we look at a local teacher who is making a difference. This year East High school's math teacher Jennifer Ponce has been focusing on teaching her students lessons in leadership. Between the Laramie county school district one and ponce's fund-raiser. They are helping to pay for some students' registration and lodging to attend the event.
USDA Rural Development has approved a loan of over 2 million dollars for a child care facility in Evanston.But the USDA hopes to use the program across Wyoming. Recently USDA and the department of health and human service has launched a joint childcare guide.
The Department of Workforce Services (D.W.F.S.) held a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday.They shared information on development grants for pre-hires, apprentices, interns, and up-skill training for new workers and employees. The business training grants cover tuition, registration, class materials, fees, and some travel expenses for classes.
Critical Race Theory has come under fire as a touchstone for racial equality in recent months. Although it’s not taught in most schools, some historical race issues are taught in some schools. Raising the question of whether the history and civics taught in most schools are diverse or inclusive enough?
Blockchain technology is the future; according to U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming is setting itself up to be a leader of this kind of tech in the future. Blockchain technology acts as an internet ledger, securing digital information, medical records, legal documents, wills, and is unhackable.
Puma Steel is holding a competition for Welding scholarships students at Laramie County Community College (LCCC). This scholarship is for juniors and seniors from Cheyenne’s three high schools and students across the region.
Controversy stirred on Wednesday evening when LCSD1 voted to re-instate a mask protocol based on rising state and county Covid-19 case numbers among students and staff. The Board of Trustees voted yes on an addendum to their “Smart Start” program, which states that schools will implement PPE requirements when the county guidelines are orange or red.
A Wyoming student who competed in a science competition walked away with the top 300 middle schoolers in the nation honors and a way to help our environment. Shelby Hoobler, a ninth-grader from East High School, is not only walking away as one of the top 300 science fair middle schoolers in the nation but the only one representing Wyoming.
Laramie County Community College students negatively impacted by the pandemic may be in for some relief. The LCCC Covid-19 Fall 2021 emergency grant is the higher education emergency relief fund authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Parents are voicing some concerns about how children are being transported to school. According to Laramie County School District one, limited capacity is one of the reasons children are riding 3 per bus seat to schools. Raising alarms about safety and social distancing in the midst of Covid-19.
Wyoming has a long history of some amazing people. On Monday, a plaque was placed to honor a remarkable woman. With her determination and vision, she helped change the world, one state at a time. Aug. 8 marks the 209th birthday of Esther Hobart Morris, considered to be the mother of women’s suffrage; Hobart Morris made Wyoming her home.
As back to school approaches, parents and students wonder what this school year will look like. But as Covid-Delta numbers continue to rise, Laramie County School District 1 focus is on health, education and what really matters, the kids.