Latest News – November 20

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Tortoises, Chinchillas and Pythons, Oh My!

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 Leadville elementary school students were treated to a special “Amazing World of Animals” show hosted by Rick from The Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists.

Rick with the “Amazing World of Animals” show captivated a room of well-behaved Leadville elementary students on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Rick with the “Amazing World of Animals” show captivated a room of well-behaved Leadville elementary students, teachers and parents on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

In a combined West Park and Pitts Elementary School Assembly, the kids got to see such amazing animals as Tony-the-Tortoise, “Black Friday,” a black and white tegu lizard from South America, and “Julius Squeezer,” an Australian python, who lived up to his name by wrapping his scales around teacher Mrs. Bonnie Moffett’s neck.

A great deal of interest mixed with a bit of anxiety describes the students' reaction to the legless lizard.

A great deal of interest mixed with a bit of anxiety describes the students’ reaction to the legless lizard at the “Amazing World of Animals” show.

The presentation, which has sponsored by the Rocky Mountain High Reading Council, showcased a variety of live animals, while host Rick discussed the creatures’ survival, history, geography, natural behaviors, and conservation efforts.

Tasha-the-Wolf was a favorite!

Tasha-the-Wolf was a favorite!

The students provided a  well-behaved, captive audience as they got a chance to pet a Chinchilla, feed a giant tortoise and meet up close and personal.

Programs like these are made possible by the Lake County School District’s Rocky Mountain High Reading Council which raises funds, in part, by events like the upcoming Book Basket Raffle to be held on December 12. This event sells raffle tickets ($1/piece or 6 for $5) for book baskets assembled by local teachers, staff, and donors. Tickets may be purchased by any reading council member or at the West Park Elementary School office. It’s a great way to see your donations at work!

Even though he's "going nowhere fast" students tentatively feed Tony-the-Tortoise as part o fthe show.

Even though he’s “going nowhere fast,” students tentatively feed Tony-the-Tortoise.

Braver Than Most . . . Leadville’s Mrs. Bonnie Moffett!

While most elementary school kids are pretty brave when it  comes to interacting with animals, the audience has particularly impressed with Leadville teacher, Mrs. Bonnie Moffett who was selected from the audience for the special Australian Python presentation . . . they can smell fear, you know!Python_Moffett

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Wyman Announces School Leadership Structure 

Last week, Lake County School District (LCSD) Superintendent Wendy Wyman announced the administrators who will lead each district building, effective in August 2014. The leadership structure follows the announcement made last month concerning the re-configuration of schools and grades once the new Lake County High School renovation is complete.

The $26 million renovation at Lake County High School continues and when complete next August 2014, will put in to motion a series of class, grade and principal shifts.

The $26 million renovation at Lake County High School continues and when complete next  August 2014, will put in to motion a series of class, grade and principal shifts.

Effective in August 2014, the following leadership structure will be in place: 

  • Christina Gosselin will continue in her role as the principal of Lake County High School (LCHS), which will house grades 7-12. In addition, Mike Vagher will remain in his current role as LCHS Assistant Principal.
  • Current West Park Elementary School Principal Stephanie Gallegos will transfer over as the principal of Lake County Middle School, which will house grades 3-6.
  • The present Lake County Middle School Principal Lacey Dahl will move into the position of principal of West Park Elementary School, which will house grades Kindergarten-2.
  • Emily Bordogna will continue in a half-time role for the district, leading the “data-driven instruction and turnaround efforts.”
  • The LCSD’s administration offices will be located with The Center in what is presently known as the Margery J. Pitts Elementary School building.

Wyman commented, “We have chosen these leaders carefully by matching each individual’s experience and unique capabilities to the right role. We are thrilled with the strength of our administrative team.”

 

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