August 16, 2019
Dear TCSD Families,
As you enjoy these last weeks of summer, TCSD staff are gearing up for the 2019-2020 school year. We are well on our way to the district goal of “Success 2022” where every 3rd grade student is a proficient reader and mathematician, every 8th grader is a proficient writer and all graduates are life ready. Please take a few moments to review the following back to school information and important district news.
If you have not yet registered your child for school, please do so right away. Having accurate student enrollment information is essential to ensure proper staffing at each of our schools and having updated registration forms provides us with important information about your child. Returning students should have received registration directions via email on August 2nd with directions to complete the online registration forms. If you did not receive that email, please contact your child’s school.
Last spring the Board of Trustees approved new start and end times for three of our elementary schools for the 2019-2020 school year. While we understand these small changes impact families, they were necessary as our busses are used for multiple routes. With increased traffic, road construction, ridership and weather issues, these changes allow us to safely and efficiently ensure students arrive at school on time.
New start and end times:
|Munger Mountain Elementary
All other schools’ schedules remain unchanged. It is important that students arrive at school on time and attend school everyday when not ill. Regular school attendance allows consistent learning to occur and helps to establish the important school community that impacts relationships and learning. Please schedule appointments for after school hours or on non-school days whenever possible. As you make final plans for the summer, please check your child’s immunizations and we encourage you to consider getting a flu shot. Last year the flu season was particularly rough. Helping your child stay healthy with immunizations, flu shots, a healthy diet, adequate rest and frequent hand washing ensures our schools are healthy and safe places for our students to learn and thrive.
Be sure to check your mailbox in the next few days as the transportation department is mailing postcards with bus transportation information, including bus stop locations and pick up and drop off times. Also, please take a moment to review the new Transportation Handbook available here.
If your student is in middle or high school he/she will be issued a district laptop or iPad for school use. We strongly encourage families to sign up for device insurance to cover costs if a device is damaged or stolen. For families interested in learning more about technology use in our schools, the Board of Trustees will discuss how the district is using technology and how much time students spend on devices during the school day. The goal is to provide students with the skills to navigate a digital world, while providing balance with other instructional resources. Additionally, your principal will be providing tips for managing your student’s device use at home over the coming months.
We are still waiting to receive student WY-TOPP assessment results from the Wyoming Department of Education. We will send those reports home as soon as we have them. Keeping in mind that the data provided through these assessments are tools we use to help support your child, please know that the results are merely one data point in your child’s academic career. There are many factors in play when students are assessed and our teachers and administrators use the data to help determine how to best support your child and also make district-wide curricular decisions. If your child’s scores were not what you had hoped, please know it is one snapshot and does not define your child. If you have more specific questions, please discuss them with your child’s teacher or principal for a more complete understanding of your child’s academic achievement.
Remember to sign up for My School Bucks, at www.myschoolbucks.com, you can view your students meal spending and replenish your student's lunch account.
Families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced meals at www.myschoolapps.com. Paper copies of the application are also available at your child’s school office. Remember that new applications are required every year and only one application per household is required. Please note that the information provided on the application is used only to evaluate income eligibility for the program. All applications are kept completely confidential and not shared with any outside agency.
We are pleased to again be offering the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program in elementary school classrooms at Colter, Jackson, Munger Mountain, Alta and Wilson throughout the school year. This program is funded by the USDA.
Our efforts to address middle school and high school capacity issues continue. We have initial approval for some immediate remedy solutions for Jackson Hole Middle School. These remedy solutions include a new security vestibule, the addition of two classrooms and expansion and enhancements to the commons and kitchen. We have a meeting with the Wyoming School Facilities Commission in September before a formal funding request will go to the Wyoming Legislature during the 2020 Legislative Session. In the meantime, our administrators are scheduling students to accommodate additional services and we have hired additional staff in order to keep our class sizes low and provide opportunities for our staff to develop relationships with students.
I am especially proud to announce that TCSD is #1 in Wyoming based on the Niche analysis. We are proud of all the efforts in our schools to demonstrate how great TCSD schools are. A special recognition to our dedicated staff and volunteer Board of Trustees for making the effort every single day and in every moment.
Thank you for all you do to support your student and the district. I am excited to see all our students on Tuesday, September 3rd and a great year ahead.
Gillian Chapman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Jackson Hole High School 307.732.3700
Summit Innovations School 307.733.9116
Jackson Hole Middle School 307.733.4234
Alta Elementary 307.353.2472
Colter Elementary 307.733.9651
Jackson Elementary 307.733.5302
Kelly Elementary 307.733.2955
Moran Elementary 307.543.2438
Munger Mountain Elementary 307.733.3020
Wilson Elementary School 307.733.3077