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Hello Tiger families and welcome back to school to our students. I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing break and are all ready to go for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year.

I want to first recap a little of the success we have had since I last posted anything. On Thursday prior to break our boys basketball team earned its first victory since 2009 against county rival Riverton. They just returned yesterday from Cheyenne where they went 2-1 against a tough slate of teams. Our wrestling team just returned from Douglas with Nate Redman earning individual champion honors and Caesar Weed placing third in the JV Tournament. Our boys swim team went to Laramie on December 29 where they won the 4A meet against a strong Laramie team and recently returned from Powell with another strong performance. Our Nordic Ski team began their break at a meet in Cody where Kaleb Simonson placed second in the freestyle and third in the classic while Zane Sandall placed second in the classic. KayKay Sandall won the freestyle with Molly Fehringer finishing second, and in the classic Molly finished first with KayKay taking the runner-up position. This past weekend KayKay Sandall won the freestyle and took second in the classic in Pinedale, while Molly placed third in the classic.

Over the break our science students had their hardwork highlighted in a short documentary about stream restoration when they partnered with the Nature Conservancy to help restore part of the Little Popo Agie River. I encourage you to take the couple minutes to watch this video to see the great work our students were engaged in.

We are very proud of our students who finished the first semester really strong academically. Our teachers will finalize grades this week and we will be mailing out first semester report cards the first of next week. Please remember that students earning “I’s” will not receive credit until they complete their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will be written by their teacher. We will begin that process tomorrow during our SRB with all students with “I’s” reporting to the classes that they need to complete. Students who receive F’s do not receive credit and it has been deemed that they are needing to retake the class in order to gain proficiency, therefore not eligible for an ILP. Our counseling team will be working with those students to place them in the appropriate classes when needed to meet their requirements.

Prior to break we received the scores back from our students who took the optional PSAT test earlier this fall. Students elect to take this test for a variety of reasons, some to potentially qualify as a National Merit Scholar and some to prepare for the SAT or other standardized tests. This year we had 36 students take it and we are very excited about their performance. We had a total of 12 students in the 90th percentile, with three of those in the 99th percentile and another three in the 98th percentile.

This week our we will have a Poetry Out Loud Contest in the Auditorium at 7pm on Wednesday. This is a recently new activity at LVHS and is an incredible test of our students Language Art skills. On Thursday our freshmen basketball teams will host Rawlins beginning at 4:30 pm. Friday our boys swim team will be home vs. Rawlins, before they head to Worland on Saturday. Wrestling is off to Vernal, UT for a big tournament, while the basketball teams will be at the Big Horn Tournament in Thermopolis.

There will be no PIE meeting this month, we will host our first PIE meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at 12pm in the LVHS Popo Agie Room.

I hope you all have a great week and please as we start another exciting semester at LVHS, please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Brad Neuendorf, LVHS Principal