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Page 6- Thursday, September 2, 2010 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Times Immunization rules updated to help protect Wyoming kids State rules for required and recommended immunizations have been updated by the Wyoming Department of Health to help pro- tect Wyoming kids from a number of diseases. "We want to ensure that our state's children have the best pos- sible protection from vaccine-preventable illnesses," said Dr. Brent Sherard, Wyoming Department of Health director and state health officer. "It's been nearly a decade since our immunization rules have been updated and what we,e added reflects new medical advancements." Sherard said one of the most significant changes is the require- ment of two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for children before they attend school. "The varicella vaccine is nothing new and has been around since 1995. It has been on our recommended list of vaccines for many years and now we're simply making it a requirement and following national expert advice to include two doses." Another new update is that students entering the seventh grade must now have a Tetanus/ diphtheria/ acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster shot. "One of the diseases this vaccine helps protects youth from is whooping cough, which has beenon the rise nation- ally in recent years," Sherard said. He noted the Tdap vaccine has also been "recommended" for many years and has been widely administered in Wyoming. Under Wyoming's immunization rules, parents need to provide proof of required immunizations within the first 30 days after school begins. Studentswho have not turned in an immunization record or are not up-to-date on their immunizations will not be allowed to attend school. Students in the process of completing an immunization series may continue going to attend school. Wyoming does offer limited medical and religious exemptions from the state's immunization rules. Should a disease outbreak occur in a school, students with religious or medical immuniza- tion exemptions will not be able to go to school until the outbreak is over. If a student has had chickenpox and does not need the varicella vaccine, parents, guardians, school nurses, or physi- cians may sign a verification statement for the student's school record. "Vaccines are a true public health success story. However, be- cause they have been so successful in preventing disease in our country, some times people may not realize their children could still be at risk from vaccine-preventable diseases," Sherard said. "The threats are still out there and we must keep up our efforts to protect our children with immunizations." "The vaccines wece added to our Yequired' list are excellent, well proven vaccines," he added. In Wyoming, the Wyoming Vaccinates Important People (WyVIP) program provides both required and recommended vaccines at no cost to resident families at nearly 130 participating healthcare pro- vider offices. Children are eligible for the free vaccines from birth until the day before the 19th birthday. While providers may charge a small administrative fee {less than $15), the cost of the vaccine is covered by a combination of state and federal funding. More information about Wyoming's immunization rules, recom- mended vaccine schedules and exemption forms can be found online from the Wyoming Department of Health at www.immu- nizewyoming, com. UW Science Posse works with00wyoming teachers at workshop Twenty-four teachers from across Wyoming learned about the value of inquiry-based education at a weeklong workshop this month sponsored by the University of Wyoming's Science Posse. The "Exploring Science Teacher Workshop" featured six inquiry- based activities -- including a six-hour investigation on para- chutes, the development of questions around which to build a lesson using dry ice and an analysis of different approaches to teaching science by using tops. Teachers also toured various research labs on campus and learned more about the statewide outreach efforts of the Science Posse, a group of UW graduate students whose primary goal is to raise awareness and under- standing of science. All workshop costs, including UW Enrichment credits, were paid by the Science Posse. "I like that we were not told how to teach, but rather (we) took on the roles of students learners," one teacher wrote in a post- workshop evaluation. "The suggestions for helping us use inquiry were simple, easy-to-use strategies. I thought the course was very well done." Another teacher wrote, "I liked how the course has challenged me to re-evaluate how I teach science." Local teachers attending the workshop were Angela Butts from Sundance Elementary and Maylee Baron-Kanode and Debbie DeWitt from Moorcroft Elementary. Well Child Physicals are very important for your child. Show them you love them. Make them an appointment today. New Patients Welcome $undance Clinic: 307-283-2476 Moorcrofl Clinic: 307-756-3414 Hulett Clinic: 307-467-5281 Saddle & Tack AUCTION The new owner of Three Bars/Texas Saddlery offers to sell at public auction 80 NEW SADDLES w/5 yr. written guarantee. Plus Lotsa New Tack MORE DETAILS AT www.BigDealAuction.com Auctioneer Vern Seal. 406-671-4520 or 259-4730 Terms: Cash/Credit Cards (NO CHECKS) One Day Only, Sat., Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Central States Fairgrounds Rapid City Poultry/Pigeon Building. Farewell >, JoAnn Peterson visiting with friends. On Friday, August 27 the school hosted a get together for JoAnn and her friends to recognize and thank her for all she has done over the years. Her presence at Crook County School District will be missed. Wyoming Mock Trial case explores responsibility in coffee burn lawsuit Wyoming students - with the help of attorney and teacher coaches - will delve into questions of responsibility surrounding a fictional hot cof- fee burn case prepared for the Wyoming High School Mock Trial competition in November. The case will be posted the first week in Sep- tember on the Web site for the Wyoming Partner- ship for Civic Education, along with the rules of competition and the rules of evidence that are used by the mock trial programs in Wyoming and nationally. The WHSMT program is supported by a grant from the Wyoming State Bar. This year the competition will be Nov. 20, 2010, and will be hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Law in Laramie. WHSMT also will provide a dinner and program for students who come to Laramie on Friday night. Competition is open to any team of six to eight high school students. WHSMT has placed a set of materials called "May It Please the Court" in every county library to help attorneys and teachers form teams and prepare them for the competition. The winning team qualifies to compete in the National High School Mock Trial competition in 2011, which will be in May in Phoenix. Mock Trial provides high school students a practical hands-on experience to understand our country's approach to justice: resolving disputes and determining criminal guilt or innocence by careful examination of evidence and logical pre- sentation of a case to a judge and jury. The case chosen by WHSMT's steering com- mittee for 2010 is "Cavanaugh vs. Cup of Joe," a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffers bums when the coffee she purchases at a fast food drive-through spills on her. Students will take the case materials and prepare both the plaintiff's and defendant's side of the case. WHSMT urges attorneys and teachers to work with students for the competition. Questions should be directed to the group's email wyo- minghsm ,t@gmail.com or to the state coordinator Marguerite Herman at 307-638-1468. WHSMT also urges attorneys and judges to help out at the competition as scoring and pre- siding judges. Arch Coal Foundation kicks off 2010-2011 Teacher Achievement Awards program The,Arch C0al Foundation wants Wyoming citizens to nominate the state's star teachers, according to Greg Schaefer, vice president, ex- ternal affairs, western region, for Arch Coal, Inc. The popular Teacher Achieve- ment Awards program will make $3,500 personal, cash awards to 10 Wyoming teach- ers. It is the program's 11th year in Wyoming. "The Foundation has reward- ed 100 outstanding classroom teachers in Wyoming," said Schaefer. "It all starts with community nominations that allow us to recognize great Wyoming teachers." Schaefer noted that the pro- gram has received outstanding support from several compa- nies and government entities, including Taco John's, Loaf 'N Jug, the Department of Education and the Wyoming Library Community. Nomi- nation forms are available at Taco John's and Loaf 'N Jug locations and libraries. Nominations also may be made on the Internet at www. archteacherawards.com and on the Wyoming Education Association Web site at www. wyoea.org. The Foundation's unique teacher recognition program asks the public to nominate the teachers. Teachers then complete applications, which are judged by a blue-ribbon panel of former recipients. Announcement of award re- cipients is expected to be made near the close of the school year, Schaefer explained. The Foundation also supports teacher recognition or grant programs in West Virginia, Utah and Colorado, as well as a number of other education- related causes. Arch Coal, Inc. is the nation's second largest coal producer. Arch Coal subsidiaries Thunder Basin Coal Company and Arch of Wyoming employ approxi- mately 1,800 people in Wyo- ming. Thunder Basin's Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines produce approximately 12 per- cent of the annual U.S. coal supply. Arch Coal is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Me. Governor: Committee should broaden discussion and address accountability In a letter to the co-chairmen of the Legis- lature's Select Committee on School Finance Recalibration, Governor Dave Freudenthal thanked the members for their effort but ex- pressed concerns with outreach efforts and progress toward establishment of an account- ability system for schools and districts. "Language in the recalibration footnote makes very clear the call to encourage the active par- ticipation of many stakeholders," Freudenthal wrote. He urged the Recalibration Committee to broaden its outreach and increase the public's involvement, because "[s]uccess is most likely when driven from within, rather than mandated from above." "Nor has the committee undertaken com- prehensive discussions regarding the possible adoption of performance-based ties between the funding formula and discretionary decisions of individual districts," Freudenthal wrote. "Practi- cal implementation of such a proposal needs to be thoroughly explored," the letter said. "If significant improvement in student achieve- ment is to occur, significant change must be adopted," Freudenthal told the chairmen. The question of whether or not accountability should be tied to performance-based standards in the school funding model is an important is- sue that Gov. Freudenthal said he supports, "[i] f it is based on appropriate, valid, and multiple measures of progress. It must also provide a practical plan for addressing district shortcom- ings. It makes sense to develop the best model possible, then hold to that model those districts or schools not making good progress under a divergent allocation of resources." "Such a plan respects local decisions that result in good student achievement, while pro- viding less flexibility to those underperforming," the letter said. "I hope you use the few remaining months to talk seriously about promoting accountability and listen well and deliberately to all who would speak to what's important in providing Wyoming students a first-rate education," Freudenthal wrote. Hulett short on football players Hulett High School does not have enough players to field an 11-man football team this year. The schools that were scheduled to play Hulett will receive a forfeit win and will be al- lowed to schedule a game during the week they were to play Hulett. If they are able to find a game it will not count in their overall record. The forfeit win will be what is counted in their overall record. Hulett will be allowed to schedule JV 6-man games this year in preparation for next year. Hulett has elected to play 6-man foot- ball during the next reclas- sification cycle which will begin with the 2011-12 school year. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact the WHSAA office. , Sundance School Menu Breakfast Sept. 09 - Bacon scram- ble pizza, fruit salad, milk variety Sept. 10 - Egg and cheese muffin, blueberry muffins, grapes, milk variety Sept. 13 - Bowl pak cere- al, whole wheat toast, pea- nut butter, jelly, assorted juice, milk variety Sept. 14 - Cinnamon roll, sliced bacon, Mandarin oranges, pineapple tidbits, milk variety Sept. 15 - Waffles, syrup, sausage link, oranges, milk variety Lunch Sept. 09 - Ham and cheese whole wheat sand- wich, baby carrots, new pasta salad, Jell-o with fruit, milk variety Sept. 10 - Potato bar with the fixing's, tossed salad, whole wheat bread stick, fresh grapes, milk variety Sept. 13 - Breakfast for lunch, cinnamon French toast, hash brown, ham, applesauce, yogurt, milk variety Sept. 14 - Italian spa- ghetti with multi-grain pasta, green beans, cheesy bread stick, peach crisp, milk variety Sept. 15 - Whole grain corn dog, baked beans, fresh strawberries, whole wheat sugar cookie, milk variety Sundance Sports Sept. 2 HS Volleyball - 4, 5 and 6 p.m. at Home vs. Moorcroft Sept. 3 HS Volleyball at Gillette Invite JH Volleyball - 2 and 3 p.m. at Moorcroft Tri HS Football - 1 p.m. at Moorcroft HS Golf at Wright Tour- ney Sept. 4 HS Volleyball at Gillette Invite HS Golf at Wright Tour- ney Sept. 7 H S Golf at Crook County Cup Sept. 9 JH Football 4 p.m. at Hu- lett JH Volleyball 5 and 6 p.m. at Upton Tri IS YOUR COMPUTER RUNNING SLOW or NOT AT ALL? 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