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Rocky Mountain starts next week, Lovell waits until September

grizzlybearStudents at Rocky Mountain schools in Cowley will start the 2014-15 school year on Thursday, Aug. 21, while Lovell students will wait until Tuesday, Sept. 2, due to an earlier-announced construction delay.

Officials and teachers in both districts are gearing up for the new school year with a series of meetings and events.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Secretary Lesley Boardman said the annual elementary school open house will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the school, during which students can meet their teacher, drop off supplies and see their room and desk.

The annual Preschool Program Family Night will be held Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Families and students are invited, and dinner will be served at the elementary school cafeteria. Families are also welcome to tour the preschool room at the administration building.

School begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and runs from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

The first day for preschool classes is Monday, Aug. 25, with sessions two and three meeting. Session one will begin school Tuesday, Aug. 26. Preschool screening is Aug. 21.

Boardman said the primary summer project was painting the entire elementary school on the inside. She said new carpet is scheduled for next summer.

New staff members include first grade teacher Kate Richey, custodians Kymbre Moorehead and Julie Banks and paraprofessional Francie Thompson.


Rocky Mountain Middle/High School Principal Tim Winland said the annual orientation for sixth-graders and any other new students is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The orientation is for students and their parents, and attendees will be taken to find their classrooms based on their schedule and meet their teachers. Ice cream sandwiches will be served.

The orientation will be followed at 5 p.m. by the middle school sports and physical education orientation in the cafeteria/great hall for all students participating in sports this year. Coaches will be on hand to explain the middle school athletics programs.

All students must have completed a sports physical before they can practice.

As with the elementary school, the first day of school at the middle/high school will be Aug. 21, and the bell schedule is 8 a.m. to 3:22 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday.

A high school meet the squad night is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. where coaches, parents and players will get together for a barbecue served by the Grizzly Booster Club. Winland said the idea is for coaches and athletes in the fall sports to get acquainted and enjoy some good food while making sure all paperwork is in place for the season. Schedules will be passed out as well, he said.

Sports action begins the next day with the North Big Horn Invitational Volleyball Tournament in Lovell. Junior varsity matches will be played on Friday, varsity matches on Saturday.

The cross country team will also be in action Friday, Aug. 29, when the harriers travel to the Cody Invitational at 4 p.m. for the first meet of the season.

A scheduled week zero game on Aug. 29 against Forsyth, Mont., has been cancelled due to a difference between Montana and Wyoming rules, Winland said.

“They don’t allow modified rules,” he said. “We felt it (the cancellation) would be the best fit for us. We will not be ready for a full-blown game by then. They start practice Aug. 15, but we don’t start until Aug. 18.”

A brown and gold scrimmage is being planned for Aug. 29 at a time to be announced.

Winland said there were few capital construction projects this summer. He said new grass was planted on the northeast corner of the school campus and near the concessions area at the football field to complete the landscaping at the facility.

He noted that new iPads will be issued to all students K-12 in School District No. 1 this year.

“It’s part of our technology plan to be a leader in blended learning and technology,” he said. “That’s the big task for the buildings to implement this year.”

New staff members include special education teachers Jerry Bellmyer for high school students and Dustin Christensen for middle school students, middle school language arts teacher Alan Park, school secretary Amber May, custodian Amy Lewis, head cook Tamara Adey and assistant cook Jennifer Badget.

Lovell later

Most meetings and special events are later in the month for Lovell schools. Lovell High School new student registration and current student schedule changes will be held next Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 18-20, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the guidance counselor’s office.

Other meetings will take place the following week including elementary student registration Monday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, LHS freshman and new student orientation Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the new LHS multipurpose room and Lovell Middle School orientation Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Practice for middle school volleyball and football begins Thursday, Aug. 21, while cross country starts Monday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. at the high school.

More details about Lovell school startup events will follow in next week’s Chronicle.

By David Peck