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3/16/17 > JHHS Fab Lab Students Participate in Recycling Design Challenge

Student designers are helping to inspire recycling in Grand Teton National Park, thanks to a visionary program titled, Building STEAM, led by Jackson Hole Public Art in partnership with Grand Teton National Park and Teton County School District, and funded by Subaru of America, Inc. as part of its Zero Landfill Initiative where the automaker is sharing its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the national parks and working towards a goal of significantly reducing waste going into landfills.

Students enrolled in Jackson Hole High School's Fabrication Lab have created concept designs to increase recycling within Grand Teton National Park, proposing a range of concepts from recycling containers to educational exhibits and messaging. The overarching goal is to improve the park's diversion rate and facilitate easier collection, while communicating to a diverse audience that recycling can be fun.

Starting in December, students conducted research, participated in site visits, and held stakeholder interviews. By employing Stanford University's Design Thinking Process to evolve their concepts, students created prototypes and tested various solutions, culminating in the development of highly innovative final design concepts.Last week, eight student teams presented their concepts to a panel of Subaru, Grand Teton National Park, and National Parks Conservation Association staff with impressive results.

Last week, eight student teams presented their concepts to a panel of Subaru, Grand Teton National Park, and National Parks Conservation Association staff with impressive results.

The STREAM (Science, Technology, Recycling, Engineering, Arts, Math) team project was selected for its excellence in use of repurposed materials, and strong messaging. Their concept depicts the number of bottles used in one day in the park and includes shimmering fish and flowing rivers constructed from cans and plastic bottles.

My favorite thing about this project is that I am making something that revolves around art and design instead of my first idea of just making a different type of recycling bin. I've started thinking outside the box and have found a way to show how recycling can be turned into a very fun and alluring piece of art. It shows the public that the materials they recycle can be used to create something that you wouldn't expect.

- Raegin

Mountain Recycling and Zero Waste Bin, two receptacle projects, were identified for excellence in design, innovative use of materials and engaging messaging. They will combine to work as a team to create a final receptacle design and water refill station messaging.

Our favorite thing about this project is how it makes people think about and understand that they can make a choice when they go and recycle their materials in the park. - Ashley, Vinny, Gage, Gus

Next steps for the class include further prototyping of actual materials, budgeting, and engineering in preparation for fabrication and installation. Throughout the design process students in the Fab Lab work in teams, to "mash-up" similar ideas into stronger concepts through collaboration, mirroring a process that is similar to how design team projects evolve in a professional setting.

The review panel criteria shared with teams in advance of their presentations included: buildability and functionality, excellence in design and creativity, and public engagement, and impact. Every concept that was presented has the potential to be developed into a functional project, and someLast week, eight student teams presented their concepts to a panel of Subaru, Grand Teton National Park, and National Parks Conservation Association staff with impressive results.

Ultimately, this Building STEAM project engages students as ambassadors of the park and promoters of resource reuse. STEAM introduces students to a variety of professions and equips them with the ability to develop a concept from design into production through a collaborative, creative problem-solving process that can be replicated in any future profession they choose to work in.

3/15/17 > JHMS American Dream Project Partners with pARTners

Jackson Hole Middle School recently worked with the community organization, pARTners and Azadi Rugs to provide an arts-based project to help students explore how the American Dream can become more accessible to all citizens.

During the unit and through this project, students explored diversity, discrimination, and  the American Dream. Sixth grade teacher, Michelle Rooks stated, "This project allowed students to critically analyze the concept of the American Dream and the issues that prevent some members of our society from accessing the opportunities and ideals we hold as a country." Students are currently writing articles that explore an issue related to overcoming discrimination. These articles will be published in conjunction with their pARTners posters.

Students self-selected the top 10 posters which were shared with Azadi Rugs who will select the best one to turned into a rug, which will serve as a more tangible reminder to create an inclusive future for everyone.

3/13/17 > TCSD #1 Announces Local National History Day Winners

On March 8th TCSD #1 hosted the Wyoming Region 7 National History Day. Students from Pinedale, Jackson Hole Community School and Star Valley joined Jackson Hole Middle School and Jackson Hole High School in the regional competitions.

JHMS teacher, Barb Sanchez commented "Students who participated in the junior-level National History Day Region 7 competition produced an exceptional number of high quality projects. Students (ages 13-14) worked for several months to research topics based on the theme of "Standing Up in History."The students' commitment to their work, their persistence and perseverance in completing their projects, and the outstanding projects showed evidence of their learning."

JHHS teacher Jeff Brazil added, I keep considering moving this project to a junior or senior class because that is who we are often competing against in State and National Competitions, but the amazing growth in skills and historical thinking that takes place for these Freshmen in really incredible and valuable for our school. It is a huge leap for most of the students involved but they really stepped up their quality of work this year. It is super-rewarding to be a part of every year!"

TCSD is excited to announce the following 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from JHMS and JHHS. Students who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd are now eligible to participate in the state-level competition at the University of Wyoming in April.

Jackson Hole Middle School Winners


Place

Student

Project Topic

Individual Documentary

1

Max Dunlop

JH Middle School

Maximilian Kolbe; The Saint of Auschwitz

2

Max Anselmi

JH Middle School

How Jesse Owens Took a Stand

Individual Exhibits

1st

Daniela Garcia

JH Middle School

The Undercover Hero:

Rose Valland's Journey to Saving Stolen Art

2nd

KC McLeod

JH Middle School

Sophie Scholl and the White Rose: Taking a Stand for Freedom

3rd

Ally Smith

JH Middle School

Grace Hopper: An Admiral in Computing

Historical Papers

2nd

Skyler LaRosa

JH Middle School

The Creation of Grand Teton National Park and Its Impact on Jackson Hole

3rd

Martha Olson

JH Middle School

Barbra "Happy" Weston  The Fight for Disabled Right

Individual Performance

1st

Hyla Chatham

JH Middle School

A Spark: How One 15 Year Old Girl Fueled a Revolution

2nd

Ruby Erskine

JH Middle School

Sally Ride Science: Standing Up For Girls in Science

Individual Website

1st

MaryGrace Beastrom

JH Middle School

OSHA: Taking a Stand to Save American Workers

2nd

Leilani Johnson

JH Middle School

From Mind to Sign: Thomas Gallaudet Giving a Voice to Deaf Americans

3rd

Wiley Olsen

JH Middle School

Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey's Stand that Changed the Game

Group Documentaries

2nd

David King and Josh Roubin

JH Middle School

The Legacy of Oskar Schindler

3rd

Sophia Tozzi and Paige Doyle

JH Middle School

The ADA: The Fight for Disabled Americans

Group Exhibits

1st

Madeline Webb, Tilli Rossetti and Olivia Roberts

JH Middle School

Alice Paul: Taking a Stand for Women's Rights

2nd

Olivia McCandless and Selah Hunter

JH Middle School

Eva Perón: Taking a Stand for the Mistreated

3rd

Annika Peacock and  Skye Eddy

JH Middle School

Operation Vittles: Standing Up To Stop The Spread of Communism

Group Website

1st

Colter Dawson & Jack Brown

JH Middle School

Andrew van der Bijl

2nd

Ruby Milligan & Dori Sinclair

JH Middle School

Patagonia: Taking a Stand For Environmental and Employee Treatment

3rd

Rowan Bruno & Leo Harland

JH Middle School

James Donovan Keeper of the Fifth Amendment

Jackson Hole High School Winners

Individual Exhibits

Place

Student

Project Topic

1st

Lyla Kirkpatrick

Jackson Hole High School

Matthew Shepard's Angel Action

2nd

Zack Little

Jackson Hole High School

Founding of GTNP

3rd

Aspen Waldron

Jackson Hole High School

Edward Payton on Treatment of Mental Illness

4th

(Alternate)

Brian Becerra Montiel

Jackson Hole High School

Rock Springs Massacre

Group Exhibits

1st

Reisha Foertsch/Sam Schmidt

Mrdy Murie and Alaska Conservation Act

4th (Alternate)

Rachael Harrower/Tashi Ferris

Druid PAck Reintroduction in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Individual Websites

2nd

Steven Ashurst

Private Lands and Founding of GTNP

4th (Alternate)

Oliver Chambers

Citizen Action and the Wagon Wheel Project

Group Websites

1st

Megan Dufault/Quinn Ellingson

Matthew Shepard and the Laramie Project

2nd

Holland Gaston/Pearson Evans

Defining Patriotism at Heart Mountain Internment Camp

4th (Alternate)

Jose Carmona Sanchez/Robert Logan

The Bloody Bozeman Trail

Individual Documentaries

1st

River Gayton

Black 14

3rd

Rowan Reese

Founding of GTNP

4th (alternate)

Mila Berry

Matthew Shepard and the Angle Action

Group Documentaries

1st

Sophie Delahaye/Maya Wheeler

Changing Leadership of Chief Red Cloud

2nd

Bailey Schup/Brooke Hornberger

Dorothea Dix: Taking a Stand to Break Labels

Individual Performances

2nd

Gabe Lewis

Losers of the Bone Wars

Group Performances

2nd

Emily Ransom/Shannon Greene

Jackson's All Women's Council

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3/10/17 > Kindergarten Registration Information

Preparing to send your child to Kindergarten is exciting time, but also a little overwhelming.  TCSD #1 is committed to ensuring every family has the information they need to make the transition as smooth and engaging as possible.

Please review the following schedule for a listing of parent information nights and kindergarten screenings and information about registration.

Registration and Screening Schedule

3/10/17 > TCSD Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff as ordered by Governor Mead
Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to his authority as Governor of Wyoming, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff in honor of former State and U.S. Representative John Wold from sunrise to sunset statewide on Monday, March 13, 2017. Mr. Wold served in the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1957-59 and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969-71.
3/05/17 > Wyoming Legislatures Approves MMES Construction Funding

This evening, on the last day of the 2017 Legislative session, legislators approved $25M in state funding for Munger Mountain Elementary School construction!

A special thanks to our local legislative delegation, Representative Andy Schwartz, Representative Mike Gierau, Representative Marti Halverson, Senator Dan Dockstader and Senator Leland Christensen as well as the Schools Facilities Department, Dubbe Moulder Architects, Tobin Associates, Y2 Consultants, Jorgensens Assoc., GE Johnson, Town of Jackson and Teton County, and TCSD staff for their efforts to ensure that in less than 2 years we will have a new elementary school to serve future generations of students in an appropriate, high quality facility.

2/10/17 > Board of Trustees Approves Whole School Model for JES, CES and the future MMES

At their regular meeting on February 8th, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved creating three K-5 whole schools, two schools with all traditional classrooms and one school with all dual immersion classrooms.

The Board intends to identify which of the three schools will serve as the "dual immersion school" by the end of the 2016-2017 school year, after they consider issues such as student enrollment, transportation, and program capacity. 

Below is a presentation that was provided to the board as they evaluated the issues pertaining to this change.

Whole School or Strand School Elementary School Model Presentation

2/10/17 > High School and Middle School Weekend Activities Cancelled

Bronc Activities Fans,

Due to current road conditions and the potential for more road closures, we have decided to cancel all of our weekend events that have not already left Jackson.

Here is what that looks like:

  • Alpine Skiing - currently in Red Lodge competing and will continue to compete and return Saturday
  • Nordic Skiing - currently in Laramie competing and will continue to compete and return Saturday
  • Middle school wrestling to Star Valley - cancelled - no planned makeup date
  • Robotics to Thermopolis - cancelled - no planned makeup date
  • Basketball vs Rock Springs - postponed - tentatively rescheduled for February 21st Basketball vs Green River - postponed - tentatively rescheduled for February 13th

As always, student safety is our highest priority and we feel that cancelling weekend events is the best choice with the information we have at this time.

2/08/17 > Kelly Elementary School is scheduled to open two hours late Weds, Feb 8th due to winter road conditions and snow removal work

Kelly Elementary School is scheduled to open two hours later than normal to allow time for snow removal work on the roadway between Gros Ventre Junction and Kelly.  

Additionally, middle and high school students who live north of Moose are excused from school today due to the closure of North Highway 89/191/26.  

At this time, all other schools are scheduled to open on regular schedules.

2/06/17 > TCSD Students Offered Free Tickets to GTMF Winter Festival

The Grand Teton Music Festival is offering free tickets to students for the 2017 Winter Festival, February 7-10.

The 2017 Winter Festival is four days of exhilarating musical events, including a concert with internationally acclaimed duo violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson; a free evening of Chamber Music with Festival favorites oboist Jaren Atherholt, bassoonist Benjamin Atherholt, and pianist Andrew Palmer Todd; a solo recital from the young and prodigious pianist Lise de la Salle; daily in-school educational programs throughout Jackson Hole; a lecture on the brain's musical processing; and a closing night concert with the Portland Cello Project-a group hailed for their electrifying genre-bending combination of mash-ups and classical mainstays.

To purchase tickets, call 307.732.1128 or visit GTMF.ORG. Tickets for select events may also be purchased at the Center for the Arts Box Office. GTMF WINTER FESTIVAL | FEBRUARY 7-10, 2017

2/03/17 > JHHS to Host Open House for Incoming Freshmen

1/30/17 > Wyoming Legislature Considers School Financing Bill

As you may be aware, the Wyoming State Legislature is discussing various funding bills to address school finance in the face of declining revenue.  

On Monday, January 30, at 6:00pm , the House Education Committee will hold its meeting at the East High School Auditorium. The sole bill for discussion is House Bill 236, the School Finance "Omnibus" bill.

Here are several links of interest and opportunities to provide public comment to our legislators.

Included below is an overview of some areas included in these budget bills that are of serious concern to TCSD #1, with an explanation of how these cuts would impact our district and our students.


All our staff, programs, interventions and activities are vital to our children's success and education.  We recognize the reality that reductions must take place, however, making draconian reductions in a hasty fashion without a plan to increase revenue is not a viable solution and leaves our most vulnerable citizens of Wyoming at risk.  Our children are our greatest assets and they deserve and need the financial support of the legislature in order to be successful.

TCSD #1 is encouraging the legislature to consider a percentage reduction to school district budgets and leave the decisions on how to reduce expenditures, programs, and opportunities up to the local school boards.  As elected officials and representatives of the community, local school boards can best determine how to continue to provide the high quality education our state, communities, parents, and children expect.  This solution relieves the legislature of the responsibility of dictating how to reduce funding and gives them the time needed to focus on future revenue streams.
 

Proposed Budget Reductions and the impacts to TCSD #1

Increases the goal from 85% to 90% for all 3rd grade students to be at grade level in reading.   TCSD#1 supports this goal and has actually set the goal in our strategic plan of 100% of students at grade level for math and reading by the end of 3rd grade by 2022.
Impact on TCSD#1: The concern is that when coupled with the proposed reductions below, the district would not have access to adequate resources (time, teachers, and materials) to realize this goal.

·  Elementary class size increases.  

Impact on TCSD: Annually, this would require a reduction of 5-8 teachers in grades K-5.  This would also require a reduction in the number of specialist teachers or reduce the specials offered to students.  Specialist teachers are defined as intervention support, art, music, PE, library, Spanish, computer.

·  Secondary class size increases.  

Impact on TCSD#1: Annually, this would require that JHMS, JHHS and SHS reduce staff; including electives, career and technical education, and fine arts programs.  This may also impact the number of course offerings.  An early estimate for secondary schools is 3-4 teaching positions annually.

·  Reduces funding for Instructional Facilitators from 60% to 15%.
Impact on TCSD#1: This would most likely result in a loss of half the Instructional Facilitator positions or 4-5 staff.

·  Reduce transportation expenditures by 20% over two years.  
Impact on TCSD#1: This would result in the consolidation of routes and longer bus rides for students.  Field trip frequency would be reduced, as there would not be enough drivers and busses to run regular routes as well as field trips.  Activity busses for travel to competitions for activities and athletics would also be reduced.

·  Reduce special education costs by 10%.
Impact on TCSD#1: As most special education costs are driven by IEP's, it is hard to imagine how this might occur.  Most likely it would require fewer staff conducting the same work, and increase the caseloads for special education teachers.

·  Vacancy filling rate of 50% for 13 months
Impact on TCSD#1: This requires knowing in advance which positions are going to be vacated and which ones must be filled.  Without knowing what the future holds for anyone, this would be difficult to predict.

·  Reduce teacher contract days by 7:
Impact on TCSD#1:  Currently teachers work 187 days to provide time for classroom preparation, parent conferencing, and professional development.  This time during the year is vital as teachers must keep pace with current research and have time as teams to collaborate and learn. If there is no time during the school day, teachers would have to stay after school for professional development, and would be compensated on an hourly basis, thus reducing the overall savings. This reduction in days only would be a loss of $700,000 for teachers.

·  Reduce educator salaries.
Impact on TCSD#1: Educators across the country are serving our country's most valuable asset - our children. Even with the magnitude of expectation and responsibility on their shoulders, educator salaries are much lower than other positions of equal value.  Further, educators have invested in education with multiple advanced degrees and are highly skilled people in a community.  Educators already work well above and beyond expectations and should be valued for the important role they fill in children's lives, while meeting the demands of the community and state expectations.  






1/30/17 > Elizabeth Chambers Named Wyoming All-State Band

Jackson Hole High School Band member Elizabeth Chambers has been named to Wyoming's All-State Band. Chambers, a senior trombonist, was accepted after an extensive and rigorous audition process.

This is Elizabeth's third selection to the All-State Band. She holds the distinction of being the first JHHS band member to pass the audition more than once. Elizabeth was also chosen during her eleventh and ninth grade years, which additionally makes her the first JHHS band member to make All-State as a freshman. Preparing for the All-State audition requires great effort and time commitment. Elizabeth had to perform a number of scales and difficult excerpts in addition to sight-reading. The sight-reading portion of the audition can often be the most anxiety-inducing part.

For someone having to play something they've never seen before, and do it in a high-stakes audition where they only get one shot at it, it can make the difference between making the cut or not. JHHS Band Director Pete Closson says, "I was in the room when Elizabeth auditioned. If she was nervous, she didn't show it." Closson adds, "Elizabeth is an exceptionally bright and talented young lady, so I'm not surprised by any of her successes." Elizabeth met with over 450 of Wyoming's best high school music students in Cody on January 15-17. She attended rehearsals in preparation for the All-State Gala Concert, which closed the final evening with performances by the All-State Band, Orchestra and Choir. The Wyoming High School Activities Association together with the Wyoming Music Educators Association sponsors this annual three-day event, which is held in conjunction with the Wyoming Music Educators Association State Music Conference.

Elizabeth was also singled out for special recognition at the Gala Concert. During the show, Elizabeth was introduced as the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award for Band, which also included a cash prize.

1/13/17 > Watch the recording of the Board of Education Dual Immersion Whole School Workshop

Below is the video recording of the Board of Education Dual Immersion Whole School workshop and presentation materials.  You may watch the vidoe and follow along with the presentation materials.  

Video Recording

Workshop Materials

PowerPoint Presentation   Staffing Impacts Whole School and Strand Model 

Dual Immersion Enrollment Information

1/11/17 > UPDATED: TCSD Schools on 2 Hour Delayed Opening while Alta Kelly, Moran Elementary Schools Canceled, January 11th, JHMS and JHHS students in those areas excused

Alta, Kelly Elementary and Moran Elementary Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 11th due to winter weather conditions and GTNP road closures. 

JHHS and JHMS students who live Alta, Kelly or north and east of Gros Ventre Junction will have excused absences as bus service will not be provided in these areas due to planned road closures and significant snow removal work. These school closures were established in coordination with Grand Teton National Park personnel.

All other TCSD #1 schools are on a two hour delayed opening to allow road crews additional time for snow removal work. 

1/09/17 > January 9th- SCHOOL CANCELED
All TCSD #1 are CANCELED due to area road closures and the inability of our bus drivers and other essential staff to get to the Jackson area.

La Escuela esta Cancelada
Estimados Padres/Tutores: Esta noticia es para informarles que la escuela esta cancelada el día de hoy dado al clima. Nosotros anticipamos que la escuela abrirá el siguiente día escolar regularmente programado.
1/06/17 > Students reminded to dress warmly, its cold out there!

TCSD #1 reminds families to be sure that students dress appropriately as they leave for school this morning (Friday, January 6th) as temperatures are well below zero throughout the valley.

Reminder: Colter Elementary School has canceled today's winter sports day due the cold temperatures and our elementary schools follow the practice that students have "indoor recess" when temperatures are below zero.  

1/05/17 > Schools Will Remain Open throughout this Cold Snap, Unless Temps Reach 25 Below Zero

The weather forecast for the Jackson Hole area shows that temperatures will remain below zero for the next few days.

Please note that in accordance with board policy EBCDA-R, TCSD #1 schools open on regular schedules unless the temperatures at the Bus Barn (located on Gregory Lane) reach 25 below zero. If temperatures dip below that point we may cancel or delay the start of school.

Notifications will be sent via School Messenger, posted on this web site and our Facebook and Twitter feeds and reported on KZ 95FM. We will make these announcements as early in the morning as possible.

When sending your student to school please be sure that he/she is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

1/04/17 > UPDATED: On Wednesday, January 11th at 4pm Board of Education Holds Workshop to Discuss Whole School Models

The Board of Trustees will meet in a public workshop on Wednesday, January 11th at 4pm to discuss reconsidering their January 2016 decision to provide dual immersion in a "strand model" where the program is provided at Jackson Elementary, Colter Elementary and Munger Mountain Elementary Schools.  The other option is to create a "whole school model" where the dual immersion program is offered in a single school, with the other two schools being "whole school" traditional classrooms.  

The workshop will take place at the District Office, 1235 Gregory Lane.

NOTE: This workshop was rescheduled from Monday, January 9th due to the school cancelation. 

1/04/17 > Wyoming K-12 Education Funding Deficit White Paper Released
In mid-December the Wyoming Legislature's   Joint Education Committee formed a subcommittee to examine ways to increase revenue and decrease expenditures in education.  The subcommittee reported their findings in a White Paper that points
out that we are funded through this biennium, but reductions will necessary in the future.  
 
Click the following hyperlink to read the Wyoming K-12   Education Funding Deficit White Paper :
 
The deadline to provide public comment is January 4th.  
While we recognize that Wyoming is facing a significant loss of revenue, it is important to know that no state funding or TCSD #1 budget decisions have yet been made.  We will know more about   any future reductions in the coming weeks as the legislative session convenes and begins their budget work.  Our Trustees and local legislative delegation will be representing us in Cheyenne and will be working hard to limit funding reductions to our district.
 
TCSD #1 made reductions in this current year's budget while working hard  to keep the reductions as far away from the classroom as possible.  We will continue with this goal in mind to deal with any future reductions.  Once we know more about the Legislature's funding decisions and what they mean for our district, we   will create a process for administration and staff, students and the community to provide input on budget decisions.  
 
 
12/20/16 > TCEF Announces Classroom Grant Awards

The Teton County Education Foundation is celebrating the holidays early this year after granting $23,099 in support of 68 projects in local public school classrooms. The grants were made possible through donations from local businesses, community members, PTOs and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

Board President, Nicole Krieger, shared the Education Foundation board's excitement. "We are so grateful for community support of our schools, and the teachers who make our schools exceptional. We are honored to serve as the catalyst for this community generosity, connecting specific requests from teachers with donors who are excited to be a part of innovative and enriching programming."

The Education Foundation's Classroom Grants Program amplifies teacher excellence by funding projects created by school staff, often by teaching teams. This year's requests include a coding project using Ozobot robots, student space exploration with Wyoming Stargazers, and specialized classroom furniture to allow students to move while they learn. To date the Teton County Education Foundation has funded over $88,000 in Classroom Grants.

To learn more about the Classroom Grants program, visit the Education Foundation's website at tetoneducationfoundation.org.

About the Teton County Education Foundation The Teton County Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and extending the excellence of Teton County School District #1 by funding educational initiatives and programs that require funding outside of the core school budget. For more information regarding the Teton County Education Foundation, go to tetoneducationfoundation.org

12/15/16 > All TCSD Schools In Session. Any Weather Related Schedule Changes will be Posted Here

All schools are in session, following regular schedules.  If conditions worsen over the course of this storm series any school schedule changes will be posted on this web site, the TCSD Facebook and Twitter feeds.  

11/14/16 > TCSD #1 Stronger Together

Dear Jackson Hole Community:

Local and national elections have sparked both celebrations and concerns from our community members, staff, parents, and students. No matter which outcome you preferred, the school district exists to help our students learn to analyze information, think critically, problem solve, celebrate and discourse respectfully.

Now more than ever, it is important that we all seek out unfamiliar faces and find common ground. Through respectful dialogue and personal connections, supporting one another's opportunity to share personal beliefs without fear of insult or negative comments, we help our students grow and model a respectful community.

This year every TCSD school is finding ways to demonstrate how their teachers, staff and students are implementing our core values.  Our core values state:

We Value:

  • Kids.
  • Trust and Respect.
  • Challenging Standards.
  • Fairness and equity.
  • Resilience and Perseverance.
  • Personal Achievement.

This month's focus is "Trust and Respect". We believe in a school culture where people can express their concerns, celebrations, agreement or disagreement.  This culture is also supported by Board policies that allow for freedom of expression, without fear of retaliation or bullying. 

Our classrooms, schools, and district are safe, respectful places where students can contemplate decisions and examine their feelings. I thank our principals, teachers and staff for creating an environment where our students can demonstrate respect for one another and stand together.If you, or someone you know, needs resources or support in talking with your students about any concerns or anxiety they may feel, please reach out to your school's counselors.  They will be able to provide additional resources or support.

Again, I am proud that our schools provide a safe, respectful, supportive place for our students, families and staff each and every day.  

Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent, TCSD#1
PO Box 568
1235 Gregory Lane
Jackson, WY 83001
307.733.2704
gchapman@tcsd.org
11/10/16 > Wilson Elementary School Staff Accept Blue Ribbon Award

Wilson Elementary School Principal, Kathy Milburn and 5th Grade teacher, Nancy Shibuya accepted the Blue Ribbon award in Washington DC.

Watch WES students react to the live video stream of the award presentation:

Watch Video Here

11/04/16 > JHHS Band Members Attend Ben Folds Masterclass
Three members of the Jackson Hole High School Band attended a masterclass with award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds on October 31 at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Senior trombonist Elizabeth Chambers, sophomore guitarist/bassist Coby Larsen and sophomore clarinetist/pianist Jamison Peacock had the opportunity to ask Ben questions about all things music during the event, which was provided in association with the GRAMMY Foundation.

A well-known advocate of music education, Folds spoke about the many benefits of studying and performing music. JHHS Band Director Pete Closson says "Ben really nailed it when he explained how music activates and develops so many different parts of the brain, and how it helps students perform better in all academic areas." Closson adds "He also did an amazing job conveying to my students how being part of a music ensemble cultivates their ability to work collaboratively with others in all aspects of life."

In addition to being the front man for Ben Folds Five, Ben's varied career includes multiple solo rock albums and collaborations with other artists. He has also shared the stage with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras. Ben's most recent album is a blend of pop and classical original works that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. Ben also spent five seasons as a judge on the popular NBC series "The Sing Off."

Following the masterclass, the JHHS band members had VIP access to Ben's soundcheck, during which he played requests in the Center Theater. The students then attended the evening performance, which included Folds teaching the enthusiastic audience how to sing four-part counterpoint harmony to accompany one of his songs. Incorporating the audience even further into his show, Ben provided the crowd with pens and sheets of paper. He then invited audience members to write song requests on the paper, fold it into paper airplanes, and then launch them onto the stage. JHHS Band Director Pete Closson summed up the evening by saying "Ben had the crowd totally engaged from start to finish, including two encore numbers. He really knows how to work a room!"
11/01/16 > JHHS Hosts Several Parent Engagement Opportunities

Parent engagement is critical to the success of Jackson Hole High School. We value the input and feedback our community brings to us and look forward to your presence at the following parent engagement opportunities.

Click here to view the schedule of upcoming opportunities: JHHS Parent Engagement Opportunities.

11/01/16 > JHHS Moves Forward with Classroom Changes that Support Engaged Learning

Over recent months some JHHS classrooms have started to see some changes.  Standing desks, movable work tables and workstations are replacing traditional desks arranged in neat rows, all intended to move students from passive listeners to engaged learners.

Last year during a Student Shadowing project that teamed school administrators and teachers with students for a day, JHHS staff noticed how much time students spend passively listening.  And sitting.  With this peaked awareness Principal Scott Crisp and his staff started exploring ways to change the classroom setting to truly engage students in their learning. School wide, JHHS is focused on increasing student active engagement and providing students multiple ways to access content.

"The intent", Dr. Crisp stated, "is to allow teachers to create learning environments that supports their teaching style in order to increase active student engagement,  rather than the teacher having to be "forced" into a fixed teaching style based on a classroom configuration that does not allow for "on the fly"  shifts from whole group, small group, and individual student learning."

Traditional classroom desks and chairs have been removed from five classrooms and replaced with a variety of furniture options including tables and chairs on wheels that are easily moved to allow for small student discussion groups or other arrangements that best support the day's instruction while another classroom has been furnished with standing desks that require students to physically engage their bodies in the educational environment, rather than sitting passively listening to a teacher at the front of the room.  Dr. Crisp stated "we are seeing student engagement levels increase, thus leading to authentic and engaging class discussions."

According to Dr Crisp, "the increase in digital content and online access for all students" has supported the school's goal to increase active student engagement. Balancing the use of digital online content with face to face teaching methods is critical to support good teaching practices.

With an eye towards creating an educational environment that supports today's learners, Jackson Hole High School is currently exploring funding options to transform more classrooms into modern, inspiring and educationally engaging spaces for our students.
10/29/16 > TCSD #1 High Schools Examine Master Schedules

Jackson Hole High School and Summit High School are starting a public process to review their current master schedules. TCSD#1 high schools have been structured under a modified block/7-period schedule since the 2010-2011 school year.

Jackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crips stated, "As educators, we seek every opportunity to model lifelong learning and improvement by continually examining our practices and processes. We feel it is important to take a look at how we have been operating and ask ourselves, is this structure meeting the needs of current and future students?"

Summit High School Principal, Beth Auge added, "Yes, this is a lot of work that may present some questions, challenges, and concerns but we owe it to our students to do this important review."

According to the National Association of Secondary Principals The master schedule reveals the true beliefs, attitudes, values, and priorities of the school district. The school's master schedule is like looking at an MRI of the inner workings of a school. How the master schedule is constructed may be as important as what the master schedule contains. The master schedule reveals what is important to the school, how a student's day looks, how professionals interact, and how key decisions are made. www.nassp.org

The review process includes working with faculty from various grade levels and content areas, schools, district leadership, students, parents and other community members to explore the options and ensure we provide a master schedule that best meets the needs of students, families, staff, and the district.

The focus of the review will focus on the following topics as major factors in considering possible changes to the master schedule:

Student and Learning-Focused Schedule

  • Reteaching/Intervention/Tutorial time built into day
  • Number of courses to focus on per day/per semester
  • Number of student and teacher transitions per day
  • Number of students a teacher sees per day/cycle
  • Conducive to balanced instructional model that focuses on active student engagement in the learning process (vs. passive engagement)
  • Allow for increased blended learning opportunities

College and Career Readiness

  • Maintain important programming in test prep, career exploration, college application process
  • Opportunities for school-community learning
  • Maintain/increase AP participation

Adult planning and learning considerations

  • Consistent meeting time for teacher to teacher collaboration time (professional learning communities)

A parent information night will be offered at 6:00pm on November 17th at the Jackson Hole High School Library. We encourage parents of high school and 8th grade students to attend to share their thoughts, questions and concerns.

10/28/16 > Kim Hunt Named Wyoming Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Last week the Wyoming Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance named Kim Hunt Elementary PE Teacher of the Year.

Kim has taught at Wilson Elementary School since the 1999-2000 school year, with a total of 23 years of TCSD teaching experience. The WAHPERD award recognizes outstanding teachers in adapted physical education, school health education, dance education, and physical education at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

This honorary award recognizes teachers who are committed to teaching a program based on state and national standards, meet the individual needs of all students, represent a lifestyle of physical activity, and stays current in trends, strategies and methods of teaching physical education.

Having been honored by WAHPERD, Ms. Hunt will be entered in the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education) America's District Teacher of the Year award. Wyoming is a member of the Central District, which is one of six districts in the country and includes Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

When receiving word of the award, Kim stated, "Every child arrives at school with individual experiences and background, which creates a broad range of capabilities in every aspect of a school. I love that the physical education setting is often an area where a child can shine in a different light."

Ms. Hunt will be recognized at the annual award ceremony on November 10th in Gillette.

10/28/16 > Parents notified to anticipate changes to K-5 Report Cards

This year, as we align our grading practices with the new curriculum adopted last year, we are making changes to our report cards.

A detailed explanation of the changes will be included with your student's first report card and your student's teachers will also be prepared to answer any questions you may have during parent teacher conferences in early November.

Our goals for making these changes include:

  • Providing consistent grading across the district;
  • Representing what students know and can do at their grade level;
  • Representing the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards; and
  • Reporting on non-academic behaviors separately than academic work and not include those behaviors in students' final grades.

You will also see that your student's report card is presented in both English and Spanish for all families. We understand that this format is confusing at first glance and we are working on other options for the future.

As we continue to work through this process there will be changes in content and appearance based on feedback we receive. We anticipate that any modifications would take effect for the 2017-18 school year. If you have any questions around this new report card, please reach out to your student's teacher, building principal, or Karen Wattenmaker, or 307.733.2704 ext 9521.

Queridos Padres: El año pasado, nuestros maestros de las escuelas elementarías introdujeron un nuevo currículo en ambos Matemáticas y Arte de Lenguaje en Ingles para alinearse con los Estándares del Estado de Wyoming.

Este año, nuestra cartilla de calificaciones fue cambiada para reflexionar este trabajo.  En las próximas conferencias de padres y maestros los maestros hablaran sobre lo que su estudiante esta aprendiendo.  

La Superintendente Chapman dijo, "el año pasado nuestro enfoque fue en actualizar el currículo para cumplir los Estándares del Estado de Wyoming. Nuestros maestros dedicados han echo un trabajo estelar al cumplir este trabajo complejo. Ahora es importante alinear nuestras cartillas de calificaciones para que los padres y estudiantes conozcan como su estudiante esta progresando con el contenido especifico". Nuestra metas están indicadas abajo:

presentar calificaciones consistentes a través del distrito; y

representar lo que el estudiante sabe y

puede hacer al nivel de su grado;y

representar los Estándares de Wyoming en Contenido y Desempeño y;

reportar comportamientos no académicos separados del trabajo académico y no incluir esos comportamientos en la calificación final del estudiante.

Usted también vera que la cartilla de calificaciones de su estudiante será presentada en ambos Ingles y Español para todas las familias. Nosotros entendemos que este formato será confuso al primer vistazo  y estamos trabajando en otras opciones para el futuro. A medida que continuamos trabajando atreves del proceso habrán cambios en el contenido y la apariencia basados en opiniones que hemos recibido. Nosotros anticipamos que cualquier modificación que tomen , se efectuara en el año escolar 2017-18. Vea abajo para saber de los nombres de las categorías y las explicaciones.

Si usted tiene preguntas sobre la nueva cartilla de calificaciones, por favor contacte al maestro de su hijo/a, principal del edificio, o Karen Wattenmaker kwattenmaker@tcsd.org en la oficina del distrito. 307-732-2704 x 9521

10/24/16 > Wilson Elementary School Hosts Special Guests
On Wednesday, October 26th Wilson Elementary Students will host some special guests.


The United States Air Force Band will perform at the school after students visit with Wyoming’s U.S. Senator, John Barrasso.


Senator Barrasso will talk with students about their school being selected as a National Blue Ribbon School, as well answering questions about how our government works.


Principal Kathy Milburn stated, “Having Senator Barrasso, along with the United States Air Force Band, is such an honor for our students and our staff. Experiences such as these stay with kids for their whole lives. It will be a very exciting day!”


Senator Barrasso will speak with students starting at 9:45, followed by the USFA Band at 10:15.
10/21/16 > TCSD Hires Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services

Today, during a special meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Jeff Daugherty as the Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services.

Jeff will oversee the operational operations of the school district including transportation, facilities and maintenance, food service, human resources, and finance.

Board Chair, Patricia Russell stated, "I have known Jeff since 2011 and worked with him during his tenure as Teton County Planning Director. I am excited to welcome Jeff to the district. His experience in local government and the private sector will be an invaluable addition to our district in the area of operational services." For the last two years Mr. Daugherty has served as the Area Manager for First American Title where he supervised staff, oversaw branding and marketing, strategic plans, and budgeting. Previous experience includes serving as the Teton County Planning Director and the Salt Lake County Planning and Development Director.

Superintendent Gillian Chapman commented, "Jeff brings a tremendous amount of community experience and knowledge to the district that will help us move forward with some important efforts including reconfiguring Jackson and Colter Elementary to Kindergarten through Fifth grade schools, constructing Munger Mountain Elementary School, and exploring how to address anticipated state budget cuts.

In accepting the position Jeff commented, "My family and I are invested in this community. My kids attend three different schools in the district. We moved here several years ago because of the quality of the public schools and I have have been impressed with the district's efforts toward continuous improvement. I intend to arrive at the district offices every day with a relentless commitment to building upon past successes. I look forward to working with district staff, parents and the community"

Jeff Daugherty will join TCSD #1 on November 1, 2016.

10/19/16 > Ensure you receive text updates and notices from your student's school and the district- OPT IN

TCSD is dedicated to regular and timely communications with parents/guardians.  One communication method we use is the notification system, School Messenger to send important updates and information to parents and guardians via email, phone and text messages.

This system is a great way to receive updates from your students school and the district, including announcements such as Monday's delayed school opening.

If you received an email from TCSD announcing the delayed opening, but not a text message you may not be "opted in" to the system.  We encourage you to text "YES" to 67587.  This will enroll you in the text messaging system and ensure you receive important TCSD information in a timely manner.

Please contact Information Coordinator, Charlotte Reynolds or call 307.732.9409 if you have a student enrolled in any TCSD school but did not receive the email or text sent early Monday morning and wish to receive these notifications in the future.

10/17/16 > TWO HOUR DELAYED SCHOOL OPENING

All TCSD schools, besides Alta Elementary, will open two hours later than normal due to the power outage in the area. Buses will run their normal routes, but two hours later than normal. The school day will end at the normal release times for each school. Alta Elementary School will open at their regular time. Please check this web site for any updates.

Last Updated by Charlotte Reynolds on 10/17/2016
10/12/16 > Davey Jackson Elementary School OPEN after gas leak fixed
Davey Jackson Elementary school was temporarily closed this morning due to a gas leave in the immediate vicinity. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Lower Valley Energy have been on scene and stated that the leak has been repaired and it is safe to allow school to open under normal operations.
10/11/16 > Flag Notification from Governor Mead
TCSD flags will be flown at half-staff per the following:
Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to his authority as Governor of Wyoming, has ordered the Wyoming State flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of former State Senator James Applegate, from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the State Capitol in Cheyenne and in Laramie County. Mr. Applegate served in the Wyoming State Senate from 1989-1996.
10/03/16 > TCSD Hosts Parent Advisory Council Meeting on October 3rd

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Parent Advisory Council in TCSD.

The purpose of the Parent Advisory Council is to provide more opportunities for parents and guardians to informally share feedback and input into topics vital for our district success.

The first meeting will be Monday, October 3rd at 5:30pm at the district office located at 1235 Gregory Lane. During this organizational meeting, we will establish a regular meeting schedule and discuss topics for future discussion. I hope you will be able to join the conversation on October 3rd. Please RSVP to Michele Doyle at mdoyle@tcsd.org so we can plan accordingly.

If you are unable to attend that day, but wish to be included in future planned meetings, please also let us know your interest and preference for meeting days and times. Again, thank you for your support of all our students in the valley. We appreciate your commitment to our students and the district. I look forward to seeing you on October 3rd. Should you have additional questions, please let me know directly.

10/02/16 > Wilson Elementary School Named National Blue Ribbon Winner

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Wilson Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. WES is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.

Board of Trustees  Chair, Patricia Russell upon hearing the news stated, "We are honored that Wilson Elementary School joins Jackson Hole High School as a recipient for this recognition acknowledging district and community-wide commitment to excellence for each of our students."

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing-among the top schools in a state-or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing-schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.  Wilson Elementary Principal, Kathy Milburn stated "We were nominated for the Blue Ribbon Award last spring which lead to a comprehensive review of our school community, staff qualifications, community involvement and assessment scores.  As a principal, I get to see the entirety of what makes Wilson a great school. No matter where you look, you see kids getting what they need and more from school. I am so very proud of our staff and students."  

Superintendent Chapman commented "We are thrilled that Wilson Elementary has received this national recognition honoring the dedication of staff and students and placing Wilson among the best elementary schools in the country."


TCSD representatives will represent Wilson Elementary School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.

For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/

9/29/16 > TCSD lowers flag to half-staff until sunset on Friday, Sept 30 as directed by Governor Mead

Governor Matthew H. Mead, pursuant to President Barack Obama's Proclamation which as a mark of respect for of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, has ordered the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds immediately and until sunset on September 30, 2016.

9/22/16 > UPDATE: TCSD Responds to Threat

UPDATE:  

Earlier today TCSD sent out a notice to parents and guardians regrading a threat to public agencies, including schools.  The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security has provided additional information, which is shared here:

This morning, the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security received notice of an anonymous email with threats made against state facilities, schools statewide and the Cheyenne Regional Airport. Several other states have received similar emails. 

TCSD will continue to coordinate with local and state law enforcement agencies to ensure that if any information develops validating the threat, the appropriate actions are immediately taken.

Student safety is our top priority and we appreciate our partnerships with local and state law enforcement to ensure that we take appropriate action to address any threats or concerns regarding student safety.

9/21/16 > TCSD #1 Celebrates a Successful Homecoming, Thanks Community for Support

Thank you Jackson Hole!

This year's Homecoming was a great example of a community celebrating success, expressing hope for the future and sharing in our support for students. We had a wonderful turnout at the football game on Homecoming night, made all the better by the perfect weather conditions for fall football. The bleachers at the game were full with no extra inches to spare. Sadly the score did not turn out in Broncs favor, but there was no shortage of enthusiasm.

All throughout the week, we boasted accomplishments in our individual schools and as a district. The Jackson Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed last week as "Bronc Week". Sheriff Deputy vehicles, and other emergency vehicles also conveyed messages of support. The Teton County Education Foundation joined the fun by making available a little Bronc support with #1 Foam Fingers for the football game.

Communities and school districts throughout the country are closely intertwined, depending on one another for success. Our district and community are no exception. As a district, we have the responsibility to provide exceptional educational, social, and extracurricular activities but we can only be successful with community involvement and support.

Thank you for supporting TCSD and our efforts to grow students. The elected, volunteer Trustees strive to make decisions in the best interest of each student. We may not always agree on every action or decision. As humans, we err from time to time, but it is our goal to make decisions that help our students grow academically and emotionally into capable contributors equipped to solve problems and support one another.

We had an exceptional week celebrating the wonderful opportunities provided to our students each day. Our dedicated staff appreciate the positive support and input of our community. Homecoming was a wonderful example of what we can accomplish when we all work in consort.

9/16/16 > TCSD to Offer Programs on Three No School Days

TCSD #1 is committed to providing staff professional development days and other in-service workdays for teachers, while recognizing that no student school days impact working families. To lessen the impact, TCSD is working with pARTners to organize a variety of other community organizations to provide CREST, Community+Recreation = Enrich Student's Time on three no school Fridays.

CREST is a new program that offers children the unique opportunity to learn from dynamic professionals and local community partners and participate in project-based learning. On October 14th, January 27th and February 17th CREST will bring community partners together with TCSD staff to provide unique educational opportunities.

Ruth Moran Rooks, Executive Director of pARTners stated, "We are excited to expand and strengthen our alliance with TCSD#1 via the CREST project. CREST (Community + Recreation= Enrich Student's Time) is a concrete example example of the power of partnership. We are forming a dream team of community organizations to transform "no school" days into enriched learning opportunities.

"The school district is excited about this new partnership", said Director of Accountability and School Improvement, Pier Trudelle. Trudelle added, "We are able to accomplish much more when we work together for the benefit of all students, while reducing stress to families by ensuring students have appropriate supervision and educational services on no school days."

Community partners include the Art Association of Jackson Hole, the Cougar Fun, Dancer's Workshop, Full Circle Education, Gain, Wyoming Game & Fish, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Music Therapy, Jackson Hole Historical Society, Jackson Hole Children's Museum, Grand Teton Music Festival, Off Square Theater, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, Teton Raptor Center, Mindcraft, Wyoming Startgazing, Teton County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, among others. Through the generous support of a grant from the TCSD Recreation District this program is being offered at no cost to ALL children K-8th grade in Teton County School District.

Parents/guardians are asked to submit the registration forms by Wednesday, September 21st. REgistration forms were distributed to each K-8 student. Additional registration forms are available at elementary and middle school offices.

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9/11/16 > Superintendent Comments on Thursday Incident
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is my pleasure to provide a quick recap of the first week of the 2016-2017 school year.

I enjoyed visiting all nine of our schools this week and I am happy to report that our teachers are excited to have students back in their classrooms and have already jumped in to creating dynamic, exciting, and engaging educational environments for every student.

I know many of you have questions about the incident on Thursday and I understand your concerns. On Thursday afternoon local law enforcement notified district staff of a general threat in Jackson area schools. The details about the threat and the subsequent investigation is a law enforcement issue, which is outside our scope.

Our staff responded quickly, with what we considered an appropriate response to ensure student safety, which is our highest priority. We worked collaboratively with local law enforcement throughout the afternoon and trust that their follow up efforts are continuing.

We recognize that this was a stressful situation for everyone, and as a parent/guardian I know it is alarming to hear when there is a situation possibly occurring in your student's school. Every member of our staff takes our responsibility for student safety very, very seriously.

We certainly hope that we never again have an incident like we did on Thursday, but we must be prepared for any possibility. Be assured that we have processes and protocols in place to provide for student safety in an uncertain world and we are carefully reviewing our processes and protocols to learn from this incident to identify what we did well and to immediately address any areas for improvement. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about this effort.

As we look ahead to welcoming students to the 2nd week of school we are celebrating Broncs Week. Please mark your calendars for the Homecoming Football Game Friday night at 7 pm. Alumni who attend the game should stop by the booth at the entrance to pick up a special gift.

While I recognize Thursday's events added some very unfortunate stress to the start of the school year, we are committed to helping every students feel academically, socially and emotionally supported and successful.

Have enjoyable weekend and we look forward to seeing you and your student next week. Thank you for your continued support.

Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent, TCSD#1
PO Box 568
1235 Gregory Lane
Jackson, WY 83001
307.733.2704
gchapman@tcsd.org
www.tcsd.org
@TetonSchools
9/08/16 > TCSD Schools secured this afternoon after notification of nondescript threat

In the late afternoon on September 8th, TCSD secured our schools, increased adult supervision and followed appropriate protocols due to a notice from local enforcement. that they had received a nondescript threat toward "Jackson schools".

TCSD staff and teachers took appropriate actions to ensure student safety without unnecessarily worrying students. After consulting with law enforcement and the status of the investigation, all schools will open on the regular school schedules tomorrow.

We appreciate the quick response of our local law enforcement partners. We take the security and safety of our students and staff very seriously. If you or your student ever have concerns or witness unusual or concerning behavior, please do not hesitate to report it to law enforcement or other appropriate agency. 

8/31/16 > Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, Community Members, and Staff:

Over the last year our school district made many changes, encountered some challenges, and yes, faced some controversy. While we may not all agree on every issue, I am confident that the passion and discourse is based in a genuine shared desire to do what is best for our kids.  While we continue to strive to be a premier school district where every child is prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world,  we have many, many opportunities to work together to support our students and ensure equal access to all.  I am committed to work with each of you to achieve that goal.

Last spring our school district celebrated success with 11 athletic and activities state championships.  This level of achievement represents a school district record and acknowledges the collective efforts of our community.  Success at this high level is not accomplished overnight.  Our whole community contributes to the development, growth and success of these champions.  Jackson Hole High School also continues statewide success being recognized as the #1 high school in the state as measured by ACT scores and Advanced Placement.  

This year we welcome several new faces to the school district, offering new opportunities for inquiry into the climate and needs of the school district. This is an exciting time to meet new teachers and staff and learn what they each bring to your student's education.  Be sure to visit the School District web site ( www.tcsd.org ) for a listing of all TCSD teachers, administrators and support staff at each school.  Coming soon you will notice a new look to the TCSD website.  We are excited to have an up to date, user friendly school district website.  We hope this will become a "go to" resource for your school district information needs.


This year the Board of Trustees made a few adjustments to the school calendar.  School starts Tuesday, September 6th,day after Labor Day and ends on Friday, June 16, 2017.  In addition to school closures for holidays and school vacations, there are no school/teacher in-service days on September 23, October 14, October 28, January 27, and February 17 for students grades K-12.  For kindergarten through 8th grade students, the district will partner with community organizations to provide full day in-school enrichment opportunities for families who choose to send their child to school on the optional days of October 14, January 27, and February 17th.  Details about these offerings will be available during school Open House events and future communications.  


While we recognize that back to school is a busy time for families, we encourage you to take a few extra minutes to review all the materials sent home with your student in the first days.  In those materials is important information from your child's teacher, school principal, and the school district.  In addition to the materials sent home on those first days of the year, each of our schools provide an Open House a day or two prior to the start of school. This is a great way for your child to see his/her classroom, meet the teacher and new classmates. Please visit www.tcsd.org to find out the date and time of your child's Open House.


Our transportation department will be sending important information about your child's school bus assignment including bus number and pick up and drop off times.  If you do not receive this mailing by August 31st, please contact the Transportation Department at 307.733.4943.  


Be sure to look for the annual Free and Reduced Meal Application. To be eligible for free or reduced breakfast and lunch a new application is required every school year and can be filled out at any time throughout the year if your income decreases. Once you qualify for Free or Reduced meals you qualify for the remainder of the school year, even if your income increases.  This is a terrific resource for families who qualify, based on income.  I encourage you to complete the application and take advantage of this program if your family qualifies.  


As we work to be a premier school district and the schools of choice in Teton County, please know that I am very interested in your input and feedback. I will be seeking both formal and informal information from you.  Started during the 2015-2016 School Year, we will continue offering Community Chats this upcoming year.  Sessions will be offered at various times and locations to accommodate the different schedules of our families.  As these sessions are scheduled, more information will be provided.


Thank you for your support of our students, staff, schools and school district.  I look forward to the bright future ahead for each student in our community.


Best,



Gillian Chapman, Ed.D., Superintendent

8/11/16 > 2016-2017 Welcome Letters

As TCSD prepares for the 2016-2017 school year, each building principal is sending school specific "Welcome Letters" to parents/guardians.  Please follow the links below to access your student's "2016-2017 Welcome Letter"

Jackson Hole High School 

Jackson Hole Middle School (English)

Jackson Hole Middle School (Spanish)

8/10/16 > 4pm TCSD Board of Education Workshop and 6pm Regular Meeting

Teton County School District #1 Board of Education BOE REGULAR MEETING AGENDA - 1235 GREGORY LANE WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 10, 2016 4:00 PM - Workshop - Strategic Plan 6:00 PM - Regular Meeting Executive Session - Personnel and Litigation - Following Regular Meeting

To view the agenda and supporting documents click here to visit Board Docs

7/18/16 > TCSD receives PAWS results

On Thursday, July 14th the Wyoming Department of Education released the results of the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS) data. While it is our goal that every Teton County School District student achieves at their highest ability, our data show that we have made some significant gains in a year where we had major changes in the curricula.

It is important to recognize that PAWS assessments are one data point that help the district determine how our students compare to the rest of the state. Over the next few weeks our staff will carefully analyze the data. This data, combined with a variety of data points including DIBELS, MAP, common assessments and observations to inform any instructional and curricular changes.  

· Science had excellent gains and are significantly higher than the state.

· TCSD scored higher than the state in all grades and subject areas, with the exception of 3rd grade math (slightly lower), 5th grade math, 3rd grade reading (slightly).

· Curricula changes in the 15-16 school year and implementation of district developed common assessments are in alignment with the state standards and PAWS assessments.

· TCSD has more students whom are language learners than the rest of the state. Our dual immersion program and our supports we provide in ELL are having a positive impact on student performance.

· The data will be disaggregated in each building and for each classroom. This will continue to guide staff in making instructional decisions that best meet the individual needs of students.

· In reviewing data, it is important to remember to look at individual student data to drive instruction.

· When looking at the percent of students below basic, if there are 200 students tested in the grade level and there are 10% of the students below basic, we are talking about 20 students. Identification of these students and the specific areas in which they are struggling helps the staff determine what interventions and supports are needed for each individual. This becomes more manageable with the specific data and after an analysis in the schools.

· Overall, the district is moving in the right direction and the analysis will help guide our work this school year.