Schools closed for staff development day

There will be no Laramie County School District 1 classes on Friday, Feb. 14, due to a staff development day.

Schools and district offices closed for Presidents’ Birthday holiday

All Laramie County School District 1 schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of the Presidents’ Birthday holiday. The district will resume a regular schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

ACT fee waiver available

During the 2019–20 school year, ACT will again offer the ACT test fee waiver program to eligible students. While all Wyoming students will continue to take the ACT with writing in grade 11, many economically disadvantaged students are not able to retake the ACT because of the associated fees. Information on eligibility requirements and how to order a fee waiver for an eligible student is available at https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/FeeWaiver.pdf . The ACT fee waiver covers the registration and late fees for either the ACT (no writing) or the ACT with writing. The waiver covers one report to a student’s high school, and up to six college choices (at the time he or she registers). After registration, the student can request up to an additional 20 regular score reports for free. Students registering with a fee waiver will also receive free access to ACT Rapid Review All Access and ACT Online Prep.

Caution during flu season

Laramie County School District 1 head nurse Janet Farmer said at this time of the year, cases of influenza and other viruses are increasing. “Influenza cases have seen a significant increase in numbers locally over the last few weeks,” Farmer said. “Influenza season typically peaks in late winter but can go into June. Last year there were 34,000 deaths from the flu in the United States alone.” Farmer added that news coverage refers to the serious novel coronavirus, dubbed 2019- nCoV, which originated in China. There are now documented cases of 2019-nCoV in the United States, but according to the Wyoming Department of Health, there are currently no cases in Wyoming. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding 2019-nCoV, the risk to individuals is dependent on exposure. At this time, some people will have an increased risk of infection, for example, healthcare workers caring for 2019-nCoV patients and other close contacts. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV is considered low. Farmer urges individuals to consider talking to their healthcare provider and get the flu shot now to protect themselves. If individuals begin to have flulike symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, body aches or vomiting, Farmer urges them to stay home and contact their healthcare provider. Farmer said, “Remember to wash your hands frequently. Proper and frequent handwashing will significantly impair the spread of any illnesses. Stay well!”

District to host state math contest

From 8:30 a.m.–noon, Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Storey Gym, Laramie County School District 1 will host the Wolsborn-Drazovich Memorial State Math Contest for seventh- through 12th-grade students. The annual Wolsborn-Drazovich Memorial State Math Contest is held at numerous locations and is sponsored by the Wyoming Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WCTM), the Wyoming Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Steven

Drazovich Memorial Fund. For more information, contact LCSD1 Math Coordinator Amy Kassel at 771-2454.

CAMPUS EVENTS

 

AFFLERBACH ELEMENTARY

 On Thursday, March 5, from 5:30–7 p.m., in the gym, the school will hold a celebration for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

ARP ELEMENTARY

From 5:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, the school will host an AVID showcase family night throughout the school.

BAGGS ELEMENTARY

Starting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, fifth-grade students will take a field trip to Wyoming STARBASE Academy to participate in STEM activities.

DAVIS ELEMENTARY

From 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, fifth-grade students will take a field trip to Wyoming STARBASE Academy to participate in STEM activities.

DILDINE ELEMENTARY

From 8–8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13, the school will have a PTO sponsored book fair in the gym.

JESSUP ELEMENTARY

Starting at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, fourth grade students will take a field trip to the Wyoming Supreme Court Building, 2301 Capitol Ave.

Starting at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, fifth grade students will take a field trip to the State Capitol Building, 200 W. 24th St.

SUNRISE ELEMENTARY

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m., first grade students will take a field trip to the University of Wyoming Planetarium in Laramie.

COLE ELEMENTARY

For the school’s “Great Kindness Challenge,” students practiced kindness throughout the week, collected change to donate to a school in Mexico and took part in dress up days. Kindergarten student Jovani Hernandez and first-grade student Alaina Gross were selected for their participation. Each won two tickets each to see National Geographic’s Spinosaurus show. Way to be kind!