Alisa Brantz

Big Horn reading program helps students learn on multiple levels

October 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — The classrooms in Big Horn Elementary School are taking a unique approach to reading, based not on grade level, but rather ability level. Leveraging the information received by the benchmark assessments already in place, the school uses the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Books system to form cross-classroom small reading groups, called flood groups, Read More

SCSD1 shaves $1 million off cost of new elementary

RANCHESTER — Sheridan County School District 1 is one step closer to having its new elementary school funding approved after shaving $1 million off the project. The development of the new Tongue River Elementary school, which was originally to begin construction this summer, was halted during June’s Board of Trustees meeting after all bids for Read More

Dispelling the myths of Common Core

October 18, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Common Core State Standards continue to be an ongoing hot topic of conversation in Sheridan County and elsewhere, as is evident by the persisting debates and pre-election positioning on the issue. While it is commonly stated that there is much discourse between supporters and critics to the standards, there appears to be Read More

College to name street leading to AgriPark after LeDoux

SHERIDAN — Construction on the new AgriPark will be complete later this month, and those heading out for a visit will find their way there on a very special road. The AgriPark is Sheridan College’s new large animal science center and future home for the men’s and women’s rodeo teams — in development now on Read More

Need a costume? Try these quick tips to create your Halloween garb

October 17, 2014

SHERIDAN — Next weekend in Sheridan a variety of free activities around town will play host to costumed kids and Halloween merriment. At 2 p.m. Oct. 25, children of all ages will gather at city hall for the Sheridan Jaycee’s annual costume contest and downtown trick-or-treating. At the same time, a free costume party complete Read More

SC unveils plans for new arts center

SHERIDAN — The schematic design for the new Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College was released at the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees meeting Thursday night, and it is going to be grandiose. The 42,000 square foot addition to, and the 12,000 square foot renovation of, the current Whitney Academic Read More

More than man’s best friend

SHERIDAN — It’s hard not to smile watching Sheridan College student Jason King romp through the yard outside the Thorne-Rider Campus Center with his energetic young Dalmatian. The duo seems full of life and has a visible connection that emanates happiness. Seeing them, you would never guess that just a few years ago King’s now Read More

Barrasso congratulates Highland Park on Blue Ribbon designation

October 16, 2014

SHERIDAN — A collective “wow” was gasped by 373 elementary students as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, responded “$176,000” to the question from a student of “How much do you make?” “A lot of people in this room now want to become a U.S. senator,” he said with a laugh. Barrasso visited Highland Park Elementary School Read More

Cemetery tours to offer glimpse into past

October 15, 2014

SHERIDAN — There are more people in the City of Sheridan Municipal Cemetery than there are in the city itself. With 20,000 backstories ranging from World War I veterans to town founders, there is not only local but also regional, national and even world history to experience just by taking a walk through the plots. Read More

SCSD1 professional staff salary schedule policy gets review

October 14, 2014

SHERIDAN — An ongoing and often contentious review of the professional staff salary schedule policy for Sheridan County School District 1 may reach a final, and seemingly amicable, conclusion next week due to a work session held by the board of trustees yesterday. District policy GCBA has been a hot topic of discussion for the Read More

SC reworking administration of remedial courses

October 13, 2014

SHERIDAN — With one-third of all first year students at Sheridan College beginning their journey to a degree with remedial math or English courses, the school has been working to ensure those starting out a little behind don’t stay that way for long. After piloting changes to both the placement in and the structure of Read More

SCSD3 trustees discuss fate of rock school house, school mascots

October 9, 2014

SHERIDAN — From old schoolhouses to new mascots, the Sheridan County School District 3 board of trustees meeting Wednesday night was all about keeping the past alive while pushing forward to the future. Rock School House An ongoing conversation surrounding what to do with the old rock building in front of the current Arvada-Clearmont school Read More

Hamilton touts need to set small goals for yourself

October 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — In 2004 the book “Soul Surfer” made waves telling the tale of a brave young woman who survived a shark attack while surfing and went on to become a national champion and professional surfer, all after the shark claimed her left arm. In 2011 that tale was made into a major motion picture Read More

SCSD2 to hire ‘graduation coach’ at $20-30K per year

October 7, 2014

SHERIDAN — After a presentation by Sheridan High School Principal Brent Leibach, followed by questions, conversation and a bit of discourse, the school board voted unanimously to approve the creation of a new Graduation Coach position at Sheridan County School District 2 during Monday night’s board meeting. The position will be a 195-day contract paying Read More

Looking for a spooky night under the full moon?

October 4, 2014

SHERIDAN — The field was so bright that even the night wouldn’t allow an escape from the grisly scene as soldiers collected the bodies of their 81 massacred comrades. It was one of only three occasions in modern history in which a full moon, record lunar perigee — the distance from the moon to the Read More

Highland Park Elementary earns Blue Ribbon designation

October 3, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan is home to another blue ribbon. The National Blue Ribbon School Program named Highland Park Elementary School an Exemplary High Performing School for the 2013-14 school year. The program honors public and private K-12 schools where students perform at very high levels — such as HPE’s award — or where students are Read More

Committee seeks to hire staff to improve graduation rates

October 2, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Graduation Counts committee for Sheridan County School District 2 has continually grown in members and efforts since forming in the spring of this year, and it may be expanding to include paid employees soon. The committee formed with the goal of improving high school graduation rates in the district, modeled after successful Read More

Teaching in their world: Districts move closer to putting computers in all students’ hands

October 1, 2014

SHERIDAN — Some of us recall a time when having a computer in your very own home seemed futuristic, a time when walking around with a computer in your bag (or hand) was never even a thought due to the size and weight of a processor. Many of us recall the thrill of the first Read More

Mask making: Tradition one well-established in human history

September 30, 2014

SHERIDAN — Humans have used masks since the beginning of recorded history. Throughout time they have carried thousands of different meanings, have been made from an innumerable amount of substances and have change from culture-to-culture and from year-to-year. According to historians, in the early stone ages, hunting masks made of stone helped men covertly stalk their Read More

10 years of pumpkin picking

September 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — The Koltiska Pumpkin Patch is celebrating its 10th anniversary of trucking families out to the fields to handpick their favorite pumpkin. For Gary and Vicki Koltiska the journey began long before that, and used to involve a lot more manual labor. Vicki Koltiska said it all started 18 years ago when her husband Read More

FAB Women of the Year: Rideout’s contributions to community have far reaching impact

September 26, 2014

“Carmen Rideout is one of the most beautiful people inside and out that you will ever meet. She is kind, compassionate and smart. Her social skills background coupled with her non-profit savvy make her an ideal person to promote community. Carmen’s work at the Sheridan Senior Center has been extremely dedicated and her service to Read More

Pair works to ensure stories of ‘foundlings’ not forgotten

SHERIDAN — It was an 80-year experiment in which more than 250,000 children were taken in train loads away from an overly crowded city and dispersed to families far away. As the train rolled in, those interested in getting a kid would gather at the platform to look through their options. The lines of children Read More

Local artist asks viewers to bring experiences to art

September 24, 2014

SHERIDAN — Standing in a gallery gazing at a piece of landscape art, the image of rolling hills and waving tall grass brings you back to a time when you were young. You recall running off with a friend on a windy summer day, searching for flowers, climbing what felt like a mountain at the Read More

Ready to hunt? Hunter Mentor Program offers chance to try sport

September 23, 2014

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s edition of the week-long hunter education course administered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department started yesterday. If you were unable to enroll in the fully booked class — or 15 hours in a classroom didn’t work with your schedule — there are still ways for you to meet your state-mandated hunter Read More

Gap exists in view of state education system

September 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — There is a disparity in Wyoming between how K-12 school- and district-level administrators, teachers, school board members and local or state elected officials view the current state of our K-12 education system and how parents, business representatives, higher education leaders and general taxpayers view it. At least that is what a recent study Read More