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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 5, 2012 LMS geography bee finals today The school finals of the 2011-12 National Geo- graphic geography bee sponsored by Google will be held at Lovell Middle School this Thursday, Jan. 5, at 2:30 p.m. LMS social studies teacher Bob Geiser said that, after the preliminary classroom competition, the starting field of 162 was whittled down to 10 final- ists. Those finalists will compete for the right to head to Cheyenne on March 30 to vie for the state cham- pionship and the right to continue on to Washington, D.C., and the national fi- nals on Thursday, May 24. The national winner will receive a $25,000 schol- arship and a trip to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America. Competing in the school finals this week will be eighth-graders Nic Haskell and Savanna Savage, sev- enth-graders Jazmyn See, Kaitlyn Mickelson, Chris Salyer, Shelby Wardell and Daryn Allred and sixth- graders Brent Snyder, Ben- jamin Cornia and Logan Hitz. All parents and friends are welcome and "cordially invited" to attend the com- petition, Geiser said. Call for artwork Friends of the Basin Library's "Art From The Heart" event is drawing near and organizers would like to invite regional art- ists of all kinds to show off their art creations by enter- ing them in a silent auction/ art show. This is the sixth year Friends of the Basin Li- brary has hosted "Art From the Heart", They have achieved great success not only in raising money for the library, but in provid- ing regional artists with a platform to display their creative talents and earn a profit from that display. For those who would like to participate in this fundraiser, the library is accepting art work from regional artists, 1-4 pieces (jewelers may submit up to 15 pieces). The art needs to be prepared for display such as shrink-wrapped, matted, framed, etc. Bring the art- work to the Basin Library beginning Jan. 14, and no later than Feb. 7. "Art From the Heart" is a fundraiser; all submit- ted art is for the public to purchase during the silent art auction/reception. The winning bid is shared in a 50/50 split between the Ba- sin Library and the artist. Artists should set the dollar amount on each art piece entered, keeping in mind that this is a fundraiser. They should choose what they would normally sell it for, and then, if sold, that amount is split 50/50 be- tween the artist and the li- brary...hence, art from the heart. The silent auction/re- ception will be at the Big Horn County Library in Ba- sin Friday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bidding closes at 7:30 p.m. Organizers call it "an evening filled with mu- sic, food and wine, great company and beautiful art." For more information, call the library at 568-2388. State of Wyoming raises the bar on educational standards BY PATTI CARPENTER Parents of students in Wyoming's K-12 schools may notice that the homework their children bring home next year is a bit more challenging. This is due in part to the on- going effort by the state's top education of- ficials to keep Wyoming's educational stan- dards among the highest in the nation. According to information released re- cently by the Wyoming Department of Edu- cation, the state re-evaluates its standards every five years and the state is proposing a new set of standards in schedule with that time period. "Under Wyoming law, the state board of education is required to establish content standards for K-12 public school students in Wyoming," explained Big Horn County School District No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe. "Those standards are the essential elements that indicate how the state expects students to perform in certain critical areas." According to Coe, this includes math, language arts, social studies, science, the fine arts and vocational education. "There are Wyoming content standards for all of those areas," said Coe, "and the State Board of Education is required by law to revise those standards every five years so that we stay up-to-date in regard to changing times and what students need to be prepared to go on to other things upon graduation." Wyoming is among a group of 45 states that have adopted a set of "common core standards" that were developed by the Na- tional Governor's Association (NGA) to cre- ate uniform guidelines that prepare stu- dents for both career and college readiness. "The common core initiative is not mandated by the federal government," ex- plained Coe. "There is a rumor out there that this is something the federal govern- ment is forcing us to and there will be a national test, etc. This is just not true. The NGA initiated the common core. The su- perintendent of public instruction for each state belongs to the organization." Coe went on to explain that the group (NGA) set a common core of standards about a year ago, which Wyoming adopted in June 2010. "They basically presented us with a set of standards that are research based that would be common to students across America," said Coe. "It tells us what stu- dents need to know to be successful in the future." Forty-five out of 50 states have adopted these core standards. "The standards tell us not only the standard that should be taught but the grade level it should be taught," said Coe. The standards can be found at www. corestandard.org. "The standards are very detailed and determine what will be assessed on the state's assessment test (PAWS) and it is go- ing to drive curriculum and what textbooks are used to teach the standards," said Coe. Coe expects the content standards as they currently exist to remain in place through this spring, but parents could see a change in the curriculum as soon as the fall of 2013 and the students will be tested based on the new standards in 2014. It will be up to individual school districts to select the materials and set the curriculum that will best teach the students according to the new standard. Coe is already working with curriculum director Nancy Cerroni to analyze what changes will need to be made to incorporate the new standards into the school's curriculum. Coe recommends that parents can best help their children during the transistion to the new standards by making sure they are able to do their homework, working with teachers and by keeping their stu- dents prepared for school. Those prepara- tions include making sure the students get quality nutrition and plenty of rest. The school provides tutoring for students who need help in specific areas. "I think there will be some adjust- ments," said Coe, "but compared to what we are already doing in our district, they won't be huge changes. If I put it on a scale of one to 10 with one being no change and 10 being massive change, I would put this at about a seven on that scale. The changes will be more along the lines of what grade level we teach the various standards, as opposed to what the actual standards are. There will be more detail in the standards and when they will be taught is where we will see the most change." An explanation about the new stan- dards can be found at www://edu.wyoming. gov. The public is invited to make com- ments about the planned changes through Jan. 25. Spring Roundup 2012 scheduled Jan. 19and 20 Rose Cit00, West, Inc  RoekyMountain ag pro- ducers will have access to the best agricultural minds in the region during Spring Roundup 2012, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19 and 20, at Northwest College in Powell. The focus of this year's roundup is risk manage- ment. The two-day affair offers well-known speak- ers, high-interest informa- tion sessions and a chance to see Baxter Black per- form in person, according to co-sponsors. Chuck Hassebrook, ex- ecutive director of the Cen- ter for Rural Affairs (CRA), will open the roundup. He will discuss a new vision for strengthening fam- ily farming and ranching through entrepreneurship, local initiative and policy reform. The CRA is a nation- ally recognized research, advocacy and development organization that supports small communities, small business and family farm- ing and ranching. Hasse- brook has served 34 years with the center, accom- plishing changes in federal tax, farm, conservation and rural development policy. He was instrumental in the passage of Initia- tive 300, Nebraska's anti- corporate farming amend- ment. He also was involved in passage of federal agri- cultural tax reforms in the 1980s, research and rural development provisions of recent federal farm bills, and a pioneering package of rural development ini- OVER 426,000 PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS AD I. With the Wyoming Press Association's Statewide Display Ad Program, you can reach more than 178,000 households at a cost of $480! That's almost five households for one cent! tiatives passed by the Ne- braska Legislature. Besides his work with the CRA, Hassebrook is a member of the University of Nebraska's Board of Re- gents. He also has served on the Nebraska Rural De- velopment Commission, the National Commission on Small Farms, and co- chaired the USDA Agricul- tural Science and Technol- ogy Review Board. The breakout sessions will feature education- al topics designed to help manage risk in ag endeav- ors, including research up- dates, ag economics, lead- ership, USDA programs, succession planning and strategies for employee re- tention. Spring Roundup 2012 is co-sponsored by the North- west College Agriculture Department and Center for Training and Development, with the USDA's Risk Man- agement Education and Outreach Partnership Pro- gram. Cost to attend is $130 per person, which includes all meals and sessions, ex- cept for the Thursday night Baxter Black show. The first 200 registrants pay a discounted registration of $45. More information, in- cluding a full schedule, ac- commodations and travel options, and online registra- tion, is available at http:// northwestcollege.edu/ctd/ roundup. Thursday, January 5 Diabetes Support Group, North Big Horn Hospital Multi- Purpose Room, 1 p.m. BHC School District No. 1 Board, 2rid Tuesday, RMES, 8 p.m. BHC School District No. 2 Board (Lovell), 2nd Monday, board room, 7 p.m. BHC Treasurer at County Annex, 1st and 3rd Thursday each month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Big Horn Basin chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America, Skyline Care in Powell, 2rid Tuesday, 7 p.m., 754-5921 Big Horn County 4-H Leader's Council, 1st Monday, Extension Offce on Hwy 310, 6:30 p.m. Big Horn County Weed and Pest monthly board meeting, 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m., W&P office at 4762 Hwy. 310, Greybull. Byron Lions Club, 548-7543. Cancer Support Group, 3rd Thursday, 7 p.m., NHCC multi-purpose room. Cowley Riding Club, 3rd Monday, 7 p.m., 307-664-2235. Home School Club, twice monthly, Friday, 1 p.m. Call Wendy, 548- 9336, for more information. Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting, 3rd Monday, noon, place tha. Lovell Bulldog Booster Club, 3rd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hos- pitality Room, 7 pro. Lovell Library Story Time, every Tuesday, 10:30 am. Lovell Riders, Inc. meeting, 1st Friday, 7 p.m., call 548-9918 for loca- tion. Lovell Town Council, 2nd Tuesday, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Lovell Woman's Club, 2nd Wednesday, Big Horn Federal Hospitality Room, 1 p.m. Contact Deanna Wagner, 548-7793. Narcotics Anonymous, Mondays at Big Horn Federal at 7 p.m., contact Permillia, 272-8384. North Big Horn County Health Coalition, 3rd Tuesday, noon, rotating locations, 548-6410. Ostomy Support Group meeting, 2rid Tuesday, 6 - 8 p.m., North Fork room, West Park Hospital in Cody. Pindroppers Quilt Club, 4th Thursday, 7 p.m, Mayes Fabric, 406-788- 9689. 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