Trustees reflect on school year; 5 accomplishments TCSD is proud of

(Jackson, Wyo.) - As Teton County School District (TCSD) #1 prepares to close out the 2015-16 school year, the Board reflected on the accomplishments and successes of the year. "Trustees recognize this has been a year of much change and as a district we have faced many complex issues, but under the leadership of Superintendent Chapman we have remained committed to our vision to be a premier district where every student is prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world," stated TCSD in a release. In the statement, the school district listed four accomplishments from the 2015-2016 school year. *1. Elementary Math and English Language Arts Curricula:* "A key accomplishment has been aligning our elementary math and English language arts curricula with state standards. While this work has been challenging, it was essential to provide our highly skilled and trained staff the tools to ensure our instruction and assessment aligns with state standards, providing a balanced, fair and equitable education for every TCSD student," said TCSD. *2. Blended Learning Initiative:* "Implementation of phase 1 of the Blended Learning Initiative, providing our teachers and administrators expanded access to technology that will create new opportunities for student learning and engagement," TCSD stated. *3. New Strategic Plan:* Approval of a new strategic plan that will carry the district towards 2021 *4. Graduation Rate: *A high school graduation rate of over 98 percent (2015 JHHS rate). *5. New Systems: *Efforts to enhance transparency and implementation of new systems to create efficient and effective operations. Board Chair Patricia Russell stated, “Our board appreciates the dedication and commitment that Dr. Chapman has exhibited during her first nine months as our superintendent. In addition working with the board and staff, she has spent countless hours participating in community events, getting to know stakeholders, philanthropic and business leaders, elected officials, and media representatives. As a board we are pleased with the strides our district has made during Dr. Chapman’s tenure and we wholeheartedly support her efforts as we prepare for the future.” In the coming months the district will begin aligning their social studies, physical education and career and technical education curricula to state standards, finalizing a budget that provides opportunities to meet student needs, preparing to reconfigure Jackson and Colter Elementary schools to kindergarten through fifth grade, and working towards building a new elementary school to provide a high quality learning environment for all students. *Feature Photo: Colter Elementary School's 2015-2016 Student Council representatives taking their pledge. h/t TCSD / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news