Hello Sweetwater County School District #1 Staff,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Rock Springs High School Crest (located at the bottom of our email signatures). This seal was created in 1927 by students and is the same familiar symbol in 2017 as it was in 1927. Not only is this the symbol for RSHS, but for the District representing Sweetwater School District Number One. In the late spring of 1927, the RSHS Student Council decided a school seal would be a valuable addition to the symbolism of the school. They agreed the seal would represent the chief industry of the city at that time. A pick and a shovel became part of the emblem and a few sprouts of sagebrush were added to portray the character of the surrounding country. An open book and a torch of knowledge depicted scholarship, while a cup represented sportsmanship, comradeship and loyalty.
The Crest will be an honorary inductee into the RSHS Hall Of Fame and we hope to honor the families of the four RSHS Student Council students that created and published the first display of the Crest in the RSHS Yearbook on December 10, 1927: Fred Kellogg, Clarence Meacham, Keith Dickson, and Elizabeth Wilson. Today, the seal is seen at various places in School District Number One and we plan to celebrate this 90-year anniversary by honoring traditions of the past along with a future of opportunities.
As you may know, the Select Committee on School Finance and Recalibration has selected the firm Augenblick, Palaich, & Associates (easier to remember simply as APA) to begin the process of reviewing school funding from top to bottom. The Legislative Service Office arranged a Stakeholder meeting to be held at the Rock Springs Junior High on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium and cafeteria. Consultants from APA are scheduled to lead each room of participants. Two different practitioner panels will be convened in each room. One panel to discuss the impact of the state’s educational program and one to discuss the current funding model. The two sessions will run concurrently from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A short break midway through each session will allow participants to switch between sessions. It is crucial that state officials hear your voice. Please attend and provide input on the impact of proper funding in classrooms, to our students, and to the education profession. The consulting firm’s recommendations to the Select Committee will be critical over the next few months prior to the Legislative Session beginning again in February. We may be heading into one of the most important budget sessions in Wyoming’s history.
I’ve attached the letter, 2017-07-21 Regional Meetings, sent from the Chairmen of the Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration to Districts. It details other sites hosting stakeholder meetings throughout the State.
Opening of school information
Attached are two other documents. The first, Certified Staff PD, provides the professional development and building time schedule for ALL certified staff returning on August 15 – 18. The second document, Open House Schedules, provides logistics for each school’s welcome back night. Further information will be provided from your Administrator.
The new school year brings a sense of excitement and hope for the future. Educators carry this excitement naturally and your inspiration never fades.
Again, welcome to the new school year.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers