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Kids and Mental Health: ‘Parenting Doesn’t Come With a Manual’

During Wyoming Public Schools' mental health series, parents and students explored ways to improve communication with each other. Listening before reacting; approaching each other at the right time; using good body language and knowing what's going on in students' lives...

Wyoming Theater Director Pushes Students toward Perfection

It was very important that everything come out of the trunks, Director Jeremy Schnotala insisted as his cast of Wyoming High School students scurried to their correct positions on stage. Umbrellas, balls, totes, hats and wigs – sometimes even...

Families Bond, Boogie at Family Dance

Gladiola Elementary School students perfected line dances twirled, do-si-doed with their parents, and ate sweet treats at the annual Family Dance. For families it was all about enjoying a night out of music and fun, but the dance, organized by...

Retiring Custodian a “Superhero Listener”

Many who have walked the halls at Oriole Park Elementary School know Bob Pickard is a superhero. To students who have inquired about this cleaning-carted crusader, he called himself a “Superhero Listener.” The longtime custodian (who may be able to clean...

Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers: Special Needs Students Shine Onstage

With superhero capes to go with their super-wide grins, Oriole Park Elementary students sat in a circle, passing around an invisible "whoosh" from person to person. Students threw out their hands with animated flair during the warm-up drama exercise. Minutes...

‘The Whole District is a Family’

Thirty-three new teachers and 22 support staff members, including food service positions, bus drivers and paraprofessionals, are getting to know district students this month. It's the biggest crop of new hires for many years in Wyoming Public Schools, administrators said. New...

Wyoming Students Marvel at Practical, Charitable Uses of 3D Printers

Dometri Mitz was pretty impressed with the range of uses for 3D printers. The Wyoming Regional Center eighth-grader had seen news reports about the technological advances in 3D printing and how they're the latest rage in manufacturing technology. But he'd...

Students deliver gifts to peers, fulfilling holiday wishes

Students spent $1,500 in council funds to grant 40 of 70 wishes. Several students and teachers made wishes to give to others...

International Exchange Students Enrich High School Culture

Chinese students Zheng "Kelly" Haohua and Guo "James" Kaixiang chatted with Band Director Jane Detweiler about playing instruments in the Wyoming High School band. Brazilian student Gabriel Lopez Alves quickly alternated his arms in a fast up-and-down motion using...

Economic Lesson Stuffs Stockings

Marshmallow-y, chocolatey Snowman Soup, Tic-tac-toe games packaged in burlap bags, colorful ornaments, glass magnets and other crafty items will fill the stockings of parents and siblings of Gladiola Elementary students, thanks to some business-savvy students. The school recently was transformed...

She Collects Books, and Lets Students Choose Them

English teacher Katie Sluiter's Wyoming Junior High classroom is a testament to the power of words, in the books eighth-graders eagerly grab from her library and in the writing she did to get those 1,000 popular works onto her...

Teachers Train Together to Help Close the Gap

A fence illustration is often used to show the difference between equality and equity. Two pictures each show three children, one tall, one short and one in between, trying to peer over a fence. In one picture, they are treated...

Robots Take Over Schools for State, World Qualifiers

Four Kenowa Hills students surrounded a box of wires, wheels and pulleys they called Judy, making last-minute adjustments. They had spent six weeks putting her together, after school and on weekends. Now was the time to send her out...

Turning Up The Music in Wyoming

A two-story, 12,000-square-foot band and choir area at Wyoming High School will add much-needed space for the school’s music programs. The high school in the former Rogers High School building at 1350 Prairie Parkway SW was built in 1957, and...

A Very Special Teacher for Special Kids

Some years back on a Fourth of July, schoolteacher Sarah Bolema fielded a phone call from a distraught student's mom. To the mother's horror, her son was acting out his anger by climbing onto a dangerously steep roof and...

The Rhythm of the Words

Oriole Park Elementary Schools students walked, tiptoed and froze on cue to classical music during a half-hour singsong session filled with music exercises based on rhythm and beat. "Snail, snail, snail, snail. Up and down and all around," they sang...
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