SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2, Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees and administration from both entities heard annual updates Monday from three collaborative programs over a three-course meal prepared by Sheridan College’s Wyoming Culinary Institute chefs.
A trial-basis bus service will begin its testing phase for the Kindlers program each Tuesday for 13 weeks starting Feb. 11. Sheridan College Early Childhood Liaison Jeriann Jacobson said she has heard from several people a need for transportation to the program, so she and kindergarten teachers at SCSD2 are working diligently to identify families most in need of the service in preparation for its start date. The service will transport students from Coffeen Elementary School to Woodland Park Elementary School.
“Kindlers is a unique classroom because both the child and the adult are learning,” Jacobson said.
Kindlers moved from one class per week to three after moving from the YMCA to Woodland Park and Highland Park elementary schools. Last year, the program was averaging 110 adults and students. This school year, two donors enabled Jacobson to hire two Kindlers instructors to expand the program, which now serves more than 250 families. On average, Jacobson saw 160 parents and children per week this year when classes were expanded to five times per week.
Jacobson overall has been busy with the Kindlers program and training other early learning educators throughout the county to better prepare children for a kindergarten classroom.
The Early Learning Center connects with around 85% of community childhood providers through on-site visits or daycare or preschool centers visiting Kindlers on Fridays.
Jacobson also provided 10 accredited trainings for providers between 2018 and 2019, with an average of 45 providers attending those trainings.
This is the final year of the pilot program funded by Whitney Benefits.
Enrollment for SCSD2 students at Sheridan College for the fall semester have been received.
Numbers indicate concurrent enrollment for the 2019-2020 fall semester have hit 85.5% of last year’s spring and fall semester totals, with 284 enrolled in the 19-20 fall semester compared to a total of 332 enrolled for the fall and spring semesters in 18-19.
Dual enrollment numbers for the fall semester hit 61% of last year’s totals, with 52 dually-enrolled students in the fall compared to 85 from last year’s fall and spring semesters.
Three dual enrollment classes exist for SHS students — introduction to cultural anthropology, medical terminology and American and Wyoming government. The Schiffer school has English I, English plus and math problem solving as dual enrollment offerings.
John C. Schiffer Collaborative School
Renderings of the proposed John C. Schiffer Collaborative School were presented to the group Monday, which will be housed just south of the Sheridan College campus. The school currently enrolls around 75 students, with a waiting list for the first time ever. The new building will hold 112 students when completed.
The bid was awarded in SCSD2’s board meeting last week to Groathouse Construction, who completed Tongue River High School, Big Horn schools, the M&M’s Center enclosure and The Brinton Museum.
Construction will begin realistically early to mid April, but if weather allows, mid March with the intent to be completed August 2021.
Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected to reflect correct correlations between dual and concurrent enrollment numbers.