Hello Wyoming Families and Staff,
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We hope you’ve had a wonderful start to the school year and that students are already enjoying their school experience. We are excited about our plan for the school year and look forward to partnering with you to make this the best year ever!
Below, you will see several highlights from the Board of Education regular meeting that occurred on Monday, August 22. I’ll continue to share information after our meetings to connect you with important updates. For the August 22nd BOE meeting, all agenda items were approved as written on the agenda. The video of the entire meeting is available here on the Wyoming City Schools Youtube channel. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
Congratulations to Kris Back on her retirement this year! Kris has worked as a Media Specialist in Wyoming for 18 years and has supported students, staff, and families at all building levels, most recently at Wyoming Middle School. She has gone out of her way to support literacy and research at the building and district levels, while also connecting with teachers to elevate instruction in the classroom. We wish Kris all the best in her future endeavors!
Citizens Advisory Committee
The partnership between our school district and our community is a key element to the success of Wyoming City Schools. The CAC, made up of volunteer Wyoming residents, district staff, and Board of Education members, is a research and communication arm of the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education. These volunteers are an incredible resource to our school district as they conduct research and make recommendations on important topics in our school community. Thank you to our newest community members who will be joining the CAC for two-year terms: Justin Belarski, Kelly Churchwright, Lauren Fernandez, and Nathan Lee. Our CAC will be focused on two studies this year; the guiding questions for these studies are below. Final presentations for the studies will be made at our March and April regular board meetings.
- Weighted Grades Study
- What is our current structure of weighted grades and how does this compare with similar school districts?
- What options exist in recognizing the academic achievements of graduating students?
- Should we continue to recognize the valedictorian and salutatorian academic status?
- What strategies do similar districts implement to encourage students to select courses that support their interests and post-secondary plans and encourage appropriate rigor?
- Gifted Services Study
- What are the best practices in providing services to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted students?
- What structures do similar districts utilize to address the specific needs of students identified as gifted?
- What options related to content, instructional design, and the scope and sequence of services best support the individual needs of gifted students?
- What methods/criteria are used to identify students for gifted services?
We are excited to have the wonderful resources provided by Wyoming parents and community volunteers in our buildings again! During the meeting, we approved our first group of volunteers who have completed the RAPTOR volunteer registration process this school year. This process provides an additional safety measure for all volunteers in Wyoming City Schools. In this first group, we have over 1,000 parents and community members that have shared an interest in volunteering their time to support our students. This level of partnership positively impacts our students every day!
Staff Summer Learning
In this meeting, and other meetings that took place this summer, we saw several examples of learning opportunities that our staff engaged in to further their own learning and support their work with students. “Always Learning” is one of the core beliefs of our Culture Blueprint and these are just a few of the examples of ways that the staff continue their own learning to be better every day for students. Thank you to all WCS staff for the countless ways they spent their summer time focusing on the craft of their work in preparation for our opening day of school!
CommUNITY Conversation - Strategic Plan
In partnership with families and community, Wyoming City Schools cultivates innovative, student-centered educational programs and opportunities that foster the academic growth and personal development of every child. This mission sets the pathway of our strategic plan and guides the work of today and tomorrow for our students, staff, and school community. We are excited about the possibilities that come from being aligned and living through the lens of the Wyoming City Schools Strategic Plan to support students. To learn more, join us for a CommUNITY Conversation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, at Wyoming Middle School.
Thank you again to our students, staff, and families for an incredible start to the 2022-2023 school year!