January 2018-Weekly Newsletter, Vol.8


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Clark Elementary Celebrity Readers and Ugly Sweaters!

Clark slideshow


What is the new assessment and how is it different from PAWS?

WY-TOPP stands for Wyoming’s Test of Proficiency and Progress. WY-TOPP, like PAWS, will continue to assess students on Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. However, WY-TOPP will be administered online with a computer adaptive assessment, will be administered later in the school year, and will include more than just the end-of-year summative assessment. Teachers will be able to give interim assessments and modular assessments (end-of-unit) to their students.

Will the test be Wyoming specific?

Yes, WY-TOPP will be a customized summative and interim assessment system, built for Wyoming using items aligned to the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.

What is the summative assessment?

Summative assessments are end-of-year, standards-based, adaptive assessments which support access and fairness in measuring all students while offering quick, detailed reporting at the domain level. Students in grades 3-10 will take the WY-TOPP summative assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Writing will be assessed in grades 3, 5, 7, and 9; Science will be assessed in grades 4, 8, and 10. Please note in the first year, results will be delayed until after standard-setting occurs in the summer of 2018.

What are the interim assessments?

Interim assessments are similar to the summative assessment in that they are built with similar items, but are shorter and administered during seasonal testing windows. In grades 3-10, the interim assessment will be adaptive and offer instant, detailed reporting at the domain level, and educators will be able to see each student’s response to items. The K-2 interims will be fixed form assessments. Students in grade K-2 will participate in the Spring Interim, and this data will be used by schools to ensure students are proficient in reading by the end of Grade 3 in order to meet W.S. 21-3-401(c).

Jamie Liechty-1st grade teacher at North Elementary

Hi, my name is Jamie Liechty. I am currently teaching 1st grade at North Elementary. I had the privilege of teaching at Aspen Elementary 4th grade last year, and I have enjoyed meeting new students and teachers throughout the district as I am at a new school this year. I am a mother of 5 children ages 7-17 years old, and married to my husband Chad for 18 years. I enjoy sharing my passion of teaching children each day. I have been blessed to share my passion in teaching not only at the school level, but everyday in a dance studio. I have been the owner of Evanston Dance Academy for the past 6.5 years. I am grateful for this opportunity to be part of Uinta County School District #1 and I look forward to the adventures ahead and the learning I will experience along the way.

Bethany Jones- Speech-Language Pathologist

Bethany is a speech-language pathologist from Green River, Wyoming. She is currently working with North Elementary and Evanston Middle School. She recently graduated from her Master's program at the University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!). She enjoys living and working in the Evanston community and is happy to be back in her beautiful home.

Brett Smith-Special Education Teacher at Davis Middle School

What do you LOVE to do in life? A new teacher at Davis Middle School thought long and hard on this question and decided that he loved teaching and flying! Nothing seems to give him more joy than seeing a student’s mind enlighten and soar as their comprehension and articulation skills grow. It is very similar to him as it is to look out the window of an airplane and see the different scenery soar by~ Unique and Beautiful. This 7th and 8th grade teacher, Brett Smith, was born in Logan, Utah where he finished his pilot’s certificate and Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University. Next Brett finished a teaching Certificate and Masters degree from Grand Canyon University and his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate from flight schools in Utah, Arizona, and Texas. Brett has flown areas ranging from Alaska all the way down to the Grand Cayman Islands off the coast of Florida. He has taught school grades Kinder through 12th grade in multiple towns here in Wyoming. Remembering the learning he received from teachers while he was growing up, Brett recalls that the ones who seemed to inspire him the most were those who were teaching him about things that they had gone out and experienced in life. He made it a personal goal to gain as much experience as he possibly could out living “life” to augment his teaching career and increase the real life experience that he could share with students. Brett is married to his college sweet heart, Kathi Lyn Smith. Kathi is a teacher as well and has been an inspiration to Brett as they have raised their four children and pursued teaching and life to the fullest. Kathi teaches at Afton Elementary in Star Valley Wyoming where Brett graduated high school. She has a home designed that Brett has plans with her to build. Meanwhile, Brett enjoys the short commute through the air from Afton to Evanston to teach at the junior high. He plans to share aviation at every opportunity that he can and begin a pilot program here in Wyoming where students can get their aviation certificates as a Sport, Private, or Commercial pilot. Say hello and/or stop by and talk if you are interested in flying or helping students learn to fly. Brett has had the chance to take hundreds of students flying already and worked commercially as a pilot flying passengers and cargo up and down the Mississippi river and throughout the Rocky Mountain West. He is really grateful for the opportunity to be working with the students and staff here in Evanston, follow his passions, and get as many people as he can soaring~


Last week's birthdays:

24th-Bren Payne & Brad Francis

26th-Heather Blackwell & Tim Herold

28th-Crystal Roskelley

29th-Melissa Roundy, Jeremy Lash & Edie Rhodes

30th-Erin Russell & Julie Dumas

This week's birthdays:

2nd-Sheldon Prescott

3rd-Karma Asay

7th-Carol Davis & Kevin Blackwell

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UCSD#1 Administration

Ryan Thomas, Superintendent Ext.1020

Cheri Dunford, Supt., Board Exec. Assistant Ext. 1021

Dr. Joseph Ingalls, Assistant Superintendent K-5 Ext. 1026

Doug Rigby, Assistant Superintendent 6-12 Ext. 1025

Alicia Johnson, Instructional Services Admin. Asst. Ext. 1024

Kristine Hayduk, Human Resources Ext. 1023

Matt Williams, SPED Director Ext. 1040

Shannon Arellanes, SPED Admin. Asst. Ext. 1041

Bubba O'Neill, Activities Director Ext. 1060

Dauna Bruce, Activities Admin. Asst. Ext. 1061