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Mar 3, 2014 - From staff reports

Transition to Common Core not easy

The transition into the Math and Language Arts Common Core Standards has produced unfavorable results at Arapahoe School.

Fremont County School District 38 curriculum director Kenneth Crowson reported to the board of trustees on Jan. 20 that although some grade levels are showing negative results in the assessment phase, an "overall growth was positive" and faculty members were looking into what is working for those classrooms.

Schools across the United States have complained that the new set of learning standards in math and reading brings too many changes at once and reduces some teacher independence. The transition to the Common Core and its application on the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students tests has not been easy, said district superintendent Chantell Denson.

"Students are seeing things they haven't gotten to yet," Denson said. "We haven't completely shifted curriculum."

Denson said the district would have to "speed up" the transition and make sure teachers are comfortable with Common Core.

"It's a whole different way of teaching," she said. "We're not making the shift as quick as we anticipated."

School board chairwoman Karen Brown gave a little history about when she was in school and when teachers taught students what they had to know and learn.

"It's getting really frustrating," Brown said.

Denson said the new standards are more "rigorous" but additional training for teachers could be implemented.

Veterans assistance available in county

A state of Wyoming veterans service officer will conduct community outreach services in Fremont County cities throughout March.

Lori McGee is available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA health care. McGee also can help veterans and their families apply for benefits, file claims or request health care.

Her office is located at the Lander National Guard Armory, 31 Leedy Drive. Fremont County dates include:

- Riverton: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26, at the Riverton VA Clinic, 2300 Rose Lane.

- Dubois: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 13 at the High Country Senior Center, 504 Hays St.

- Lander: Most weekdays by appointment at the Lander National Guard Armory.

During periods of inclement weather, check with the staff at the outreach locations to ensure the veterans service officer will be available. Outreach may be scheduled by appointment in all other communities.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call McGee at 438-2101.

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