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April 12, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Sam Woodis zcis named an E,00I I1 jazzman BY DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain sophomore Sam Woodis recently au- ditioned for and was accepted into the Wyoming All-State Jazz Band. Woodis sent in a tape that included three prepared pieces of music, plus scales, he said, and one of the pieces included improvisational work. His work paid off as he was named first chair tenor saxophone in the honor band. "I was pretty happy about that," he said. Woodis and his fellow All-State Jazz Band musicians performed in Powell at the Northwest Jazz Festival on Thursday, March 29. Woodis had a number of solos dur- ing the concert. "It was a great experience because everybody there is really good at what they do," he said of the rehearsals and concert. The select band rehearsed all day on Wednesday, March 28, and until lunch on March 29. The Rocky Mountain Jazz Choir performed during the festival, as did the Lovell High School Jazz Band. The son of Debra Fuller and Dexter and Lisa Woodis, Sam said he would like to continue in music after high school. He playsa number of instruments: all of the saxo- phone family,  flute, clarinet, bass guitar and piano. Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild meet April 14 The Yellowstone Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Garland Com- munity Center. Inkle weaving will be taught by Vernice Myers. In addition to the program there will be a potluck lunch, show and tell of members' latest projects and a busi- ness meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more in- formation call 307-587-6448 or 307-754-5898. To all of our wonderful volunteers... Please join us for VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY Friday, April 20 at noon to honor you, our volunteers. q4orth Big qq-orn Senior Center 757-Great Western Avenue, Lovell, WY 82431 Volunteer meals courtesy of Bank of Lovell 307-548-6556 Need an OBIGYN? ,o.or .re0,eo. M.D. OB/GYN If you'd like to make an appointment, please call 754-7257 or 1-888-284-9308 777 Ave H www.pvhc.org TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED: This is an opportunity for local truck drivers to have a long term career without leaving the community. Hours: 65-70 hours per week. Day and Night Shifts available. Excellent benefit package is available after probation period. LOOKING FOR: Water Haulers, Winch Truck Drivers, Hot Oiler Drivers. MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE DUE TO COMPANY INSURANCE, HAVE A VALID CDL CLASS A and CLEAN DRIVING RECORD. MUST HAVE AT LEAST 12 MONTHS VERIFIABLE DRIVING EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE LAST 3 YEARS OF WORK. MUST BE ABLE TO PASS DRUG, ALCOHOL and BACKGROUND SCREENING. Call 307-358-5239 or Apply at: www.awwaterservice.com SCHOOL continued from monitor all of the equipment associ- ated with the HVAC systems in three school buildings. Now he can moni- tor the temperature of every room in each-school on a computer screen and even adjust the thermostats remote- ly for each area. He can also monitor all of the equipment to make sure it is working properly, including from home when necessary. Massine said the technology allows him to run the systems more cost-effectively than in the past and to detect problems sooner than in the past. Detecting problems sooner means less "down time" to deal with those problems that in some cases can actually disrupt the school's sched- ule. SCHOOL FACILITIES REMODEL Coe reported on the progress of the facility remodel project noting that he has worked with school facilities de- partment to reduce some of the steps required to move forward with the dis- trict's ongoing remodel projects. Coe was able to eliminate a number of "bureaucratic hoops" (26 versus eight steps) by reminding the SFD that the project is an "existing project that has been broken into phases that have al- ready been approved." Coe successfully convinced the SFD that many of those hurdles have already been passed, al- lowing the school to eliminate certain steps in the approval process that could create delays in the construction schedule. Coe noted that he also received a letter on Tuesday from director of the SFD that was sent to all schools in the state that would be utilizing funds sup- plied through the SFD. The letter not- ed that new language in the funding contracts for school construction proj- ects will require the schools to work with the SFD on a report that outlines how the project will maximize cost sav- ings, optimize Wyoming workforce op- portunities and how it will conform with statewide standards. The Gover- nor will then approve the schedule out- lined in the report before any projects can begin. Coe was unsure about what kind of delays could result with the ad- dition of this step in the process. Coe will be meeting with the SFD in Chey- enne on May 4 to discuss the details of the new requirement and how it will impact the district's construction time- line. "We're going to get this resolved so we can get started," said Coe. "We'll get started, it's just a matter of when. For the SFD to have our contract ap- proved with our architects by the mid- dle of April is in jeopardy at this point and when we'll be able to get a con- tract signed is uncertain at this time. We should know better after the May 4 meeting." Coe also presented two bids for summer projects that are scheduled to begin when school lets out. The board voted to accept the lowest bid to re- place lighting and perform other elec- trical work at the elementary school from Acker Electric of Cody. The bid was far less than the budget anticipat- ed, coming in at $171,200. The board also voted to accept a bid from Jim's Building Service in Powell page 1 to perform a combination of small proj- ects, including replacing wall panel- ing in the gym, replacing countertops and remodeling bathrooms to the tune of $197,999. Although the bid came in over budget, it was still by far the low- est of all the bids received and the two projects together brought the budget in some $100,000 lower than the esti- mate the architects had originally pro- jected for the projects. Coe noted that overwhelming re- sponse by so many contractors to bid on small jobs like this made for a high- ly competitive bidding situation, that worked favorably for the district. Coe asked the board to schedule a general finance meeting to discuss gen- eral funding the district expects to re- ceive. He noted that the district's ADM (average daily membership) was calcu- lated at 697 students. Since the ADM showed an increase of 13 students, it gives the district an estimate of $10.3 million in funding for the school year 2012-13. According to Coe, this is an increase of $110,000 from the previous year. He was pleased that the school would receive this relatively small in- crease, since there will be no external cost adjustment given to schools in the coming year. KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND SCREENING Lovell Elementary School prin- cipal Cheri Hoffman led a discussion about how the school is preparing for students who will be entering kinder- garten for the first time in the fall. She distributed copies of screening mate- rials that are being submitted to local pre-schools and head start programs that will help staff prepare for special needs that some of the students may have when entering elementary school for the first time. The screening check- list looked at actual skills like the abil- ity to recognize upper and lowercase letters, identify colors, shapes and ad- equate pencil grip, as well as motor skills like the ability to cut a straight and curved line. It also screened for be- havi0rs that might require additional support like the ability to stay in a seat and to stay on task. Hoffman expressed that she felt knowing this information in advance would allow her staff to quickly ad- dress any special needs the children may have, facilitating a smooth tran- sition into the elementary school en- vironment. A proposal to dismiss kindergar- ten students early during the first two weeks of school was presented by familiar with expectations of their classroom, which would make them be better prepared to deal with a full- day routine as a result of the proposed transition phase. The board voted to approve the proposal. Lovell Middle School Principal Sherie Monk presented a proposal that would increase the amount of time students spend in the classroom from 45 minutes to 60 minutes, along with changes to the class rotation that would only result in students spend- ing several minutes extra in school each day. She also proposed that the lunch hour be moved up so that hun- gry students would be better able to concentrate on their studies rather than their growling stomachs. She noted that in her own informal sur- vey of both students and teachers, the change was met with enthusiastic re- sponse. The board approved her pro- posal. Curriculum Director Nancy Cer- roni reviewed the test schedule for students. She noted that she received positive comments from students who just completed the PAWS test and noted that the next test for students will be the MAP test. She noted that the MAP testing is done in both the fall and spring and is the only test that allows the school staff to mea- sure progress of the students over the course of the school year. Students will also participate in a trial test (referred to as SASW) of the state's assessment test for writ- ing skills. All students in the state of Wyoming will participate in the trial test. The trial is designed to allow test makers the ability to modify the test in a way that will yield meaningful results based on data received dur- ing the trial. Although the school will not see the results of the trial, Cer- roni felt it would give the school staff a "heads-up" on what to expect when the new test is administered for the first time as one of the new measure- ments under the new school account- ability rules. "This year they are just test- ing the test," explained Cerroni. "It doesn't count for anything because it is a field trial test." In other matters, LHS Student Body President Leanne Winterholler reviewed some of the projects the stu- dents have been working on including a film about what makes the school special, preparation for a volleyball tournament to be held on April 19 and the planning of end-of-the-year social activities like a barbecue, ice cream Hoffman and kindergarten teachers :' 'social and movie night. Marilyn Tillett and Sandy Bush. Td ;' Cerroni presented her recommefi= proposal was developed by all four kindergarten teachers, which includ- ed Codi Gines and Amanda Floy, who were not present at the meeting. The teachers noted in their pro- posal that the first two weeks of kin- dergarten can be very challenging for many students who have difficultly in the beginning adjusting to the full- day schedule. Benefits cited were that students would attend at first only during their optimal time of day, have time to become acquainted with the new school environment and become dations for three new middle school science books to the board. The books were approved based on her recom- mendation. Coe announced that only one teacher, Austin Gibbons, accepted an offer of early retirement to teachers who were eligible due to tenure. Teach- ers who are currently on part-time sta- tus will fill Gibbons' position inter- nally. Rebecca Moncur asked that the gratitude felt by the board for Gibbons' many years of service to the school be relayed to him on behalf of the board. to School! School District #2 n Screening Screening for school readiness and registration Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18 Lovell Elementary School 8:30-11:30 am and 1-2:30 pm by appointment only! Call 548.2247 for appointment. Students must be 5 by Sept. 15 to register for school. For registration you must provide your child's: Social Security number Immunization records State certified copy of birth certificate Big Horn County Public Health offers immunization clinics on Thursdays at the North Big Horn nioriCitizens Building. Please call them at 548-6571 or your health care provider to schedule an appointment for your child's kindergarten shots. Become a part of the Child Identification process having trouble at home or in school? Your child may havea problem that may prevent him/her from learning success- fully. Please call Special Services at 548-6563. program designed to locate and assess through 21. The purpose of this program is lildren who need special education and related appropriate services at an early age. Find activities? , Public awareness programs to alert parents and community members who over- see or work with young children to facilitate early diagnosis and services. i ning of all children beginning in kindergarten. Standardized testing of children enrolled in school. ObservatiOn and referral of children by classroom teachers.