Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Teton County School District No. 1
As we prepare for the rapidly approaching last day of school on June 16th, I would like to reflect on the 2016-2017 year and highlight some of the work we will be doing in the coming months.
During the 2016-2017 school year our district set a goal that by 2022 every 3rd grader will be a proficient reader and mathematician, every 8th grader will be a proficient writer and every graduate will be life ready. Over the course of the school year we have achieved several milestones that have set us on the path to achieve this goal.
We have worked through the time consuming process of changing Jackson Elementary and Colter Elementary to schools that will serve kindergarten through 5th grade students. Over the summer we will be moving classrooms, furniture and equipment, and installing some new playground structures so we are ready for the new grade level configuration on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year on September 5th. While this has been a lot of work and requires some adjustments for staff and families, this change will allow our youngest students to build stronger relationship with their teachers, principals and staff, as well as their peers. We feel very confident that this change is best for kids.
We have celebrated Munger Mountain Elementary School by turning the first shovels-full of dirt as we begin to see the vision of this much needed school starting to become a reality.
We hired four principals to fill important leadership roles in our district- Scott Eastman will serve as the principal for Munger Mountain Elementary School, which will serve the dual immersion program when it opens in the fall of 2018. Matt Hoelscher will become the JHMS principal as we say farewell to Debbie Pfortmiller as she returns to Kansas to be closer to family. A new middle school assistant principal will be hired soon. Bo Miller will continue to serve as the Colter Elementary School principal, while taking on the coordination of the English Language Learner (ELL) services. Dr. Tracy Poduska will serve as the principal of Jackson Elementary School and will coordinate the PEAK program at the elementary level. All of these administrators are excited to create and maintain strong school communities that will support students’ educational and social-emotional growth.
Our secondary schools undertook an extensive review of their master schedules and have selected new schedules for the upcoming school year that better accommodate an increasing student enrollment while ensuring the needs of students are met.
In December we welcomed three new publically elected community volunteers to the Board of Trustees and this new team has hit the ground running on several important issues while spending time articulating a shared philosophy for our public schools.
One of the biggest challenges in front of the school board is addressing the funding cuts that were imposed by the Legislature in the face of declining State revenue. While TCSD #1 is in a better position than many districts across the state due to increasing student enrollment, we are still forced to manage the district with fewer unrestricted operational dollars. Addressing these funding reductions will be difficult but our board and staff remain committed to providing the highest quality education for each and every one of our students.
I hope you all enjoy the last weeks of the 2016-2017 school year as we prepare to say farewell and good luck to our graduating seniors and celebrating the transition of students as they move into the next grade level. Thank you for your support throughout the year and I look forward to continuing to work with the TCSD #1 team to ensure all of our students have the support and resources they need to achieve their goals.
Superintendent Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Michele Doyle, Administrative Assistant
Teton County School District #1
PO Box 568 (mailing)
1235 Gregory Lane (physical)
Jackson, WY 83001
Phone: (307) 733-2704
Fax: (307) 733-6443