Local Next Level leaders gather for student success

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — A crowd of Sheridan leaders gathered today to the discuss the successes, goals and next steps for Sheridan County School District #2's Next Level group. Next Level is a cache of people invested in Sheridan student success, and serves as a connector for students and families seeking resources and programs to make graduation possible. Active committees focus on early childhood education, attendance, community engagement and multiple pathways, which improves, supports and provides interventions for students struggling at the high school level. "There are alternative ways to be successful," Next Level and multiple pathways committee member Cindy Dahl said. Dahl explained that the group has participation from an array of influencers across the county: Sheridan College, Child Advocacy Services of the Bighorns, Big Brothers Big Sisters and more. In its first quarterly meeting of 2016 today, the committees reported that districtwide, the number of students with eight or more absences has decreased since last year. Next Level is also working to educate parents of young children about kindergarten readiness, and the committees reported that schools have implemented a "success academy," and continue to work on summer school planning. *Feature photo: NextLevel committees meet in the SCSD#2 board room. /