LVHS Principal blog post 11-20-2017
I apologize that I missed last week, I was at a conference and also did not have a ton to report so decided to wait to add it to this week. I first want to comment and commend our entire student body for their incredible respect that they demonstrated during our Veteran's Day Assembly on Nov. 10. We were fortunate to have U.S. Senator Barrasso and State Senator Case in attendance to help honor a large group of Veterans who were in attendance and everyone commented about the quality of students at LVHS. That was highlighted by both of our student presenters, Becky Cecrle and Noah Gans both did an incredible job in both the content and delivery of their speeches and honestly I cannot remember a better Veteran's Day Ceremony. It was first class and led by students and I couldn't have been any prouder of Becky, Noah, the Choir who sang the National Anthem, the Military Science Class who respectfully and professionally placed the colors and finally Toby Hooch who eloquently played Taps. I want to thank the many Veteran's who showed up that day and allowed us to honor their service and sacrifice.
Earlier that week, we had our monthly celebrations where we honored our state championship teams for the fall season, which include winning three of the total six state championships awarded by the WHSAA. Congrats again to both the boys and girls golf teams and the girls swim team for their huge accomplishments! We also were able to recognize National Disability Awareness Month where we heard from one of our students with a disability. He gracefully spoke of his strengths and challenges in front of the entire student body, including his own voice and his adaptive technology to deliver his great message. He received a standing ovation from our student body for his courage and strength despite the adversity he faces daily. Again, as a very fortunate principal, I say thank you for sending your amazing students to us every day, and if you have not had a chance to witness their greatness I would highly recommend a Student Celebration, which happen the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm.
Our FFA Leadership team traveled to Douglas this past weekend for their annual FIRE conference. Although I do not have any results the Speech and Debate team did compete this weekend as did the band and choir at the CWC Honor Band competition. I am constantly impressed by the opportunities that our students are engaged in and the quality of students and faculty we send to those events. If your student is not involved in extra curricular activities at LVHS we highly encourage them to be so. Their is a lot of data and research that shows a strong correlation in school success and extracurricular involvement. That doesn't have to be sports as we have a myriad of clubs and activities in addition to the full lineup of sports.
The LVHS Student Council recently returned from their state conference, Wyoming Association of Student Councils (WASC), where we had two students running for office. Congrats to Allison Brown who ran a campaign for State President, and although she was not elected I have been told by many about the quality of campaign that she waged. Megan Haratyk was successful in her campaign to be the Regional Representative and thus LVHS continues to lead not only their own building but at the state and regional level. On Friday, our Student Council hosted the Fall Formal for our student body and it was DJ'd by our own Chrome Depot students.
In regards to sports, this has been the downtime with our basketball, wrestling, boys swim and nordic teams not able to practice until after the Thanksgiving Holiday as per the WHSAA schedule. We look forward to those all taking off after the break and hope that your son or daughter will investigate one of those as an option to stay involved during the winter season.
Tomorrow our FBLA and FFA students will finalize their work they have been doing over the past couple months as they have prepared for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets for those families who need assistance during the holiday. At last count we have 115 full meal baskets being prepared for delivery tomorrow afternoon. This is our way of giving back to a community and ensuring that everyone in our area can have a plentiful thanksgiving dinner with loved ones.
In alumni news, Kyle Carey ('15) a junior at Concordia University Nebraska wrestling for the bulldogs at 141 lbs, went 3-2 at the Dan Harris Open in Kansas two weeks ago finishing in the top 6! He wrestled again this week where he met up with Mark McConnell ('16) a sophomore at Wyoming where they were both wrestling in the University of Nebraska Kearney Open Wrestling Tournament. This is the largest Open College tournament in the U.S. with 555 wrestlers from some of the top teams in NJCAA up to NCAA DI. Please send in any information you would like to share about LVHS Alumni in regards to success in college or career.
Tonight FCSD #1 will host it's second District-Wide PIE Meeting at 6PM in the Central Office Board Room. We will then breakout by building after the message from central and you will have time to meet specifically with me. If you are able to make it I look forward to seeing you there, if not please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.
Please remember that we have a short week this week, with school being dismissed at 12:30 PM on Wednesday and no lunch will be served. We hope that you have a very special Thanksgiving Holiday and get to spend some extra time with your incredible son or daughter!
Brad Neuendorf, LVHS Principal