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New vision statement, mascot for South Side

WORLAND - New vision and mission statements were unveiled for South Side Elementary, along with a new mascot at Monday's Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting.

 

January 24, 2018

WORLAND - New vision and mission statements were unveiled for South Side Elementary, along with a new mascot at Monday's Washakie County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees meeting.

South Side teachers presented the school's improvement plan as well as discussing changes at the school under the grade-level system during Monday's meeting.

With a "new" school came new vision and mission statements. The vision statement is: "South Side students will thrive through developing mindsets, skills, knowledge and strength of character to succeed in a dynamic world by participating in relevant and authentic learning opportunities."

The mission statement is: "South Side Falcons support each other by being responsible, productive and engaged citizens in our school, our community and our world."

They also worked on developing a new mascot from the South Side Centipede. Choices were narrowed to hawks and falcons with the second- and third-grade students voting and falcons won. It was noted that the second-grade students had just visited the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which included seeing a falcon.

The school is also working on teaching students six pillars of character as part of their Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

The second quarter focused on respect and responsibility, during the third quarter they are focusing on attitude and trustworthiness and the final quarter will be citizenship and caring.

South Side teacher Tina Krejci said as they narrowed the character traits to six they found that the six followed national trends.

The goal for reading is for 60 percent of all students to be proficient through the new statewide assessment WYTOPP. The goal for math is having 70 percent of all students proficient.

YOUNG AUTHORS

Krejci also reported on the State Young Authors judging event. Worland will be hosting for the third straight year. This year's judging will be March 24. Krejci said the date avoids spring break, Easter and WY-TOPP (Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress) testing.

Volunteers are needed for the state judging. Interested person can contact Krejci at South Side Elementary.

The local contest deadline is Feb. 27, she said.

OTHER BUSINESS

In other business, the board:

•Heard a report from West Side Elementary Principal Bruce Miller that his students have read 84 million words to date with a goal of 150 million words by the end of the year.

•Approved on third and final reading a bereavement policy in which employees will be able to convert three of the current year's sick leave days for bereavement. Bereavement leave may be used for immediate family, as with the sick leave, but it also adds siblings specifically for bereavement.

•Approved moving forward with a lighting project to replace all gym lighting at the five schools with LED lighting. The district, according to Business Manager Jack Stott, is able to partner with Rocky Mountain Power for energy efficiency funding in the amount of $8,500. Total cost of the project is $28,000.

 
 

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