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Dante Geoffrey

Westside behind other Powell elementary schools

Park County School District No. 1 remains ahead of the curve in Wyoming based on assessment scores recently released by the Wyoming Department of Education.

The district scored better than the state’s average in all three subjects tested — reading, math and science — in the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS).

The Park County School District No. 1 board of trustees unanimously passed the district’s budget for the 2013 fiscal year on July 18.

The budget is smaller than those of recent years, but coordinator of business services Mary Jo Lewis said it won’t affect the quality of education.

An open letter to Californians who think they know, from someone who’s been there

Talking politics might be my least favorite pastime. Nothing could be a bigger waste or drain on my day.

I know people should be involved and engaged in politics — that’s the blueprint of this country, right? — but discussions about politics, religion and philosophy often lead to anger and frustration rather than changed minds or mutual understanding.

Planning OCD-inspired road trips

Settling into my one-bedroom apartment in Powell took all of one day.

My Subaru Outback — which is roughly the same size as my apartment — was haphazardly packed to the brim (do cars have brims?) with everything I own.

Finding courage in my new environment

I thought it was a bit soon for me to revisit subjects I’ve already written about, but if they can reboot the Spiderman movie franchise just 10 years after the original, I can write a follow up after only three columns.

My second piece, “A call of the wild,” (published June 12) expressed my desire to take full advantage of my wild new surroundings.

 

Kenyon leaves chamber due to family matters

The search for a new executive director of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce — a seemingly annual event — will begin soon, following the announcement of current director Craig Kenyon’s July 25th resignation.

Unlike his predecessor, Kenyon is leaving on his own terms.

“This is not something I want to do, but it’s something I have to do,” Kenyon said. “When it comes time, you have to do what your family needs.”

Kenyon will be moving to Knoxville, Tenn., with his family after leaving Powell.

Southside Elementary is being recognized nationally as a model for other schools that follow a Professional Learning Community (PLC) method of teaching.

A Professional Learning Community school is one that strives to create a focus on learning, forming a collaborative culture and getting results, said former Southside principal Ginger Sleep.

When I accepted this position at the Tribune, I knew precisely two things about Powell.

It is named Powell and it has a newspaper called the Tribune.

The completion date of Powell Middle School’s new wing has been delayed, but will still be open in time for the 2012-13 school year.

Phase one of the two-phase project  — built by Groathouse Construction — initially was scheduled to be finished June 14. The delay, due to an excess of moisture in the concrete foundation of the new construction, has pushed the completion date to July 9.

Nature’s signal must be strong here, because the call of the wild has been ringing louder within me now than it ever did in California.

It’s no surprise that I – or anyone – would be drawn to the majesty of Yellowstone, Bighorn Canyon, Shoshone Canyon or any of the many other enticing locations near Powell.

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