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Better testing method? District Two says AIMSweb system is a strong tool BY DAVID PECK It's another assess- ment, but it's the right kind of assessment. That was the word from School District No. 2 Curriculum Director Nan- cy Cerroni to the LoveU School Board Monday night as she reported on the new AIMSweb assess- ment and data manage- ment system the school district is now using. After using the system on a lim- ited basis starting in Jan- uary, the district is now in the first full school year of implementing the assess- ment program in grades two through eight in the area of reading and math, as well as some reading and behavior. Speaking to the school board during the meet- ing's monthly focus agen- da item Monday, Cerroni said the AIMSweb pro- gram is a system based on direct, frequent and con- tinuous student assess- ment. Cerroni said the sys- tem works in two areas: benchmarking for all stu- dents and progress moni- toring for students in need of additional interven- tions. "It gives us a good idea, instantaneously, of how a student is doing," she said. "We can get an individual benchmark report on kids we want to monitor, and if we're not seeing growth, we can change the instruc- tion." The system helps teachers set goals for how they want their students to progress by the end of the school year, she said. Board member Matt Bassett asked if the school district is simply perform- ing too much assessment with all of the standard- ized tests and state and federal mandated stan- dards. "We met with all of the elementary teachers dur- ing the last month," Cer- roni replied, "and we're trying to build the assess- ment so it's efficient. We want to make sure we're getting bang for the buck and not over-testing stu- dents. AIMSweb tests are so short." And, she added, the system coordinates well with the MAP academic progress test. 'We're finding that by being more precise in our assessments it actually saves time in the teaching/ learning cycle," Supt. Dan Coe added. Cerroni said many as- sessments are just conduct- ed infrequently, perhaps at the end of the school year, but as a progress moni- toring tool, AIMSweb can keep up with the progress of a student. "Many assessments are just snapshots," she said. "If you get to the end of the year and there's not growth (in a student) at all, it's heartbreaking." Lovell Middle School Principal Sherie Monk said AIMSweb helps teach- ers become invested in the process and gives them the opportunity to follow a stu- dent's progress and adjust instruction accordingly. See 'AIMSweb,' page 6 Lovell, Wyoming 82431 Price 75 DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain Elementary School preschool students celebrated National Fire Prevention Week with a field trip to the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. Here, Malachi Larson "drives" one of the fire trucks. Lovell blood drive next 00e(tn00sday United Blood Services will hold the Lovell Com- munity Blood Drive next Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lovell Fire Hall, 314 Nevada Ave. Potential donors must be at least 16 (with paren- tal consent form for 16- and 17-year-olds); ;weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, and bring picture identification. To schedule a dona- tion appointment, log on to www.bloodhero.com (spon- sor code: LoveU), or call Shauna at 548-6169. Donors are urged to eat a full meal and drink plen- ty of water before coming to the blood drive. Lovell council still seeking site for DEQ-mandated burn area BY DAVID PECK It's back to the draw- ing board for the Lovell Town Council as the town's preferred location for a so- called "communal gath- ering area" for burning, composting or chipping, as required by the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality, was met with dis- approval by residents who live and work near the site north of the Lovell Com- munity Center. Administrative Assis- tant Scott Campbell, af- ter working with Assistant Treasurer Ed Allred, re- ported at a Sept. 27 special meeting that he had iden- tified five possible locations where the town could place a gathering area for vege- tative material, and the council preferred an area north of the community center off Road 10, though there were questions about whether the road is a pub- lic road, the capacity of a bridge over the canal and whether adjacent property owners would agree with the location. The concerns and ques- tions about the Road 10 lo- cation expressed by the council on Sept. 27 were answered emphatically by landowners at Monday's October council meeting, and the answer was "No." Terry Brost, who lives adjacent to the town land the council was consider- ing, said the road to the site is not public, nor is the bridge over the canal. "I don't think it's a very good choice at all," Brost said. "It's a private road to access the site and a private bridge." Brost said using the site would mean public traffic driving within 30 feet of his front door, and he said the canal bridge is not designed to han- dle heavy equipment that would be needed to man- age the vegetative gather- ing area. He said the town has been granted an ease- ment for town business in the area, but he said the easement is only for light vehicles to be driven over the bridge. He said he has dis- cussed the issue with the Undem and Walker fami- lies, who also own land near the town land, and all three parties are in agreement that they don't want burning and the add- ed traffic that would come with the gathering area. "We intend to main- tain it as a private road," Brost said, "and not only is it still considered a pri- vate road, so is the small, paved portion that goes to the community center. It's a bad idea." "That's why we're talk- ing to you," councilman Scott Allred said. "Nothing is set in stone. We're try- ing to make it easy so peo- ple don't have to pick up and haul material a long way. This tells us we need to look elsewhere." Joel and Jane Undem, who run a sheep operation adjacent to the town land, agreed with Brost. Joel Undem said it took him a long time to shut down "mud-running" in the area and he said his family pre- fers to keep the neighbor- hood private. "We're trying to figure out how to do this without it costing anything," Scott Allred said. "Some people can't afford to transport material to the landfill. We're trying to find the lowest cost alternative to satisfy the DEQ." The DEQ Air Quality Division has required the town to develop a Vegeta- tive Material Open Burn- ing Management Plan, which the town, led by Scott Allred, has been working on. A vegetative material gathering area is the final piece of the puz- zle, Allred said. Gary Emmett won- dered if a composting fa- cility could be operated as a private business some- where near town, but Bro- st replied, "I don't know if you've been around a corn- posting facility, but they stink to high heaven. It makes the sugar factory smell like a rose." Allred said the town must find a gathering place by Jan. 15, adding, "We need to come up with something." The council asked Campbell to re-ex- amine the other four areas he previously identified to see if any of them would work, and Allred said that, for now, allowing people to bring material to Constitu- tion Park during the up- coming open burning peri- od would satisfy "the letter of the law." OPEN BURNING PERIOD The good news for fall cleanup efforts was the re- cent decision by the DEQ to allow a fall open burning period by granting a set- d See BURNING, page 6 Thursday, October 14, 2010 Volume 105, Number 18,:. 'Epic tragedy' Dan Bowles remembered as strong manager, excellent EMT BY DAVID PECK Friends, family mem- bers, co-workers and com- rades in the medical com- munity are in mourning this week following the drowning death early Sat- urday morning of Dan Bowles of Lovell, the nine- year plant manager for the Wyo-Ben Sage Creek ben- tonite plant west of Lovell and a longtime EMT in Big Horn County. According to a report by the Thermopolis Indepen- dent Record, Bowles, 50, was attending a company- sponsored getaway for Wyo- Ben staff members when he was discovered around midnight Friday lying in a mineral pool on River Road near Thermopolis. Hot Springs County Sheriff Lou Falgoust told Independent Record re- porter Cindy Glasson that the group of colleagues had gone out for dinner earlier in the evening before re- turning to the rented home for beverages and swim- ming in a private mineral pool. Bowles apparently re- mained outside when the rest of the staff went back inside the home, Falgoust said, and colleagues later found him face down in four to five feet of water, pulled him from the pool and ad- ministered CPR. Bowles was later de- clared dead at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospi- tal. An autopsy will be per- formed. COMMUNITY TIES Bowles has long ties to both the Oreybull and Lovell communities. A na- tive of Livingston, Mont., and a graduate of Colum- bus High School, Bowles started "throwing bags" for Wyo-Ben in 1985 at the Greybull plant and married Wendi Hoflund in 1992. He worked his way up into management and was named assistant manager of the Lovell Sage Creek plant in 1997, working un- der longtime manager Ray Snell. When Snell retired in 2001, Bowles was named the plant manager. Wyo-Ben Vice Presi- dent of Manufacturing Rick Magstadt of Greybull called Bowles' death "an epic trag- edy," not only professional- ly but personally. "The professional loss is Dan Bowles one thing, but the personal loss is tremendous for me," Magstadt said Tuesday. 'qre're going to miss him." Magstadt called Bowles a "people person" who took to managing employees naturally. "Dan had a big smile and laughed a lot," he said. "He was able to engage people on a personal level in a hurry. He got to know an employee quickly and soon knew all of the impor- tant details of that person's life." Magstadt called Bowles a "resourceful" plant man- ager. "He was able to fit dif- ferent kinds of production equipment into the little cor- ners he had to work with at that plant," Magstadt said. "In an equipment emergen- cy we could count on him to find the right people to take care of it right away." Magstadt said Steve Banks has been named the acting manager at the Sage Creek plant. EXCELLENT EMT Tracy Hess of Lovell, who has served with Bowles as a member of the North Big Horn Hospital ambu- lance crew for five or six years, called Bowles a very strong and outgoing person who had what it takes to be an excellent EMT. "I ran (on ambulance calls) with him and learned a lot from him," Hess said. "He was a very good EMT. He was very compassion- ate when he was on a call. There wasn't anything he really didn't know. He was a very confident person, the kind of person you need to be as an EMT. I enjoyed running with him." She said Bowles worked for the ambulance service See 'BOWLES,' page 6 DAVID PECK Pajama Party! It was Pajama Day Monday as Rocky Mountain High School kicked off the 2010 Homecoming celebration. Pictured are (l-r) Katelyn Jewell and Chase Aagard in their finest nightclothes. ,,i llliil II II i i I , 'l 'i ......... ' .................... : ............ I/ II/ll/ ....................... ,,.,,, .................. The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431, Contact us at: 548-2217, www.lovellchronicle.com