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CC recognized for military friendliness

Casper College has been named to the 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools list as a Silver Award recipient. The list, compiled by Military Friendly, honors those colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

According to Military Friendly, schools that receive the Silver Award designation “ ... meet the requirements and score within 20 percent of the 10th ranking school in their category. Only a select group of institutions achieve this honor.” Nicholas Whipps, veteran and international student coordinator, noted that being a Military Friendly Silver member “means that Casper College provides ample opportunity and support for veterans.” Casper College is also the only Military Friendly designated school in the state of Wyoming for 2019-2020.

The 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools list was compiled using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.

Writer's workshop Dec. 3

Wyoming author and poet Tom Rea will lead a writer’s workshop Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Werner Wildlife Museum. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The title of Rea’s presentation is “Your Pal the Index Card.” During the workshop, participants will learn how to write concisely and well. They will also receive tips on how to keep track, when working on a big project, of what they have already learned and where. The workshop is meant mostly for nonfiction writers, but all are welcome.

Rea is editor and co-founder, with the Wyoming State Historical Society, of WyoHistory.org. He worked for many years in the newspaper business, and his books include “Bone Wars: The Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew Carnegie’s Dinosaur,” “Devil’s Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story” and “The Hole in the Wall Ranch: A History.”

No prior writing experience is necessary and snacks will be provided.

The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information, contact Patti Finkle, director of museums, at 268-3026 or pfinkle@caspercollege.edu.

GIS posters presented Dec. 4

Casper College’s Advanced Geographic Information Systems class will give three poster presentations Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center.

“The students are given a real-world project that needs to be completed using GIS. The students work all semester on the project and present their work in a poster session at the end of the semester,” said Jeff Sun, GIS instructor.

The first poster project, “Building a Map of Casper College,” involved three students who were tasked with creating an online map of Casper College that faculty and administrators could use to look at and show features of the college’s campus. The students mapped everything from the college’s property boundary, including light poles, landscape sprinkler features, roads, sidewalks, trails, gas lines, electric lines, water lines and more.

“Mapping the Light and other Electrical Features on the Casper College Campus” also involved three students who were asked to map all the light poles and transformers on the campus. The students walked around the Casper College campus and collected locations of all the light poles and transformers.

The third and final presentation, “Mapping the Artwork on the Casper College Campus,” was taken on by two students who were tasked with mapping and cataloging all the art located on campus.

The presentations are free and open to the public, and food and refreshments will be served. The Nolte Gateway Center is located on the Casper College campus.

Mandatory meetings for kinder parents

Dual Language Immersion (DLI) information meetings for parents of 2020-21 kindergarten students are scheduled for the times listed below. Parents must attend a meeting if they are interested in enrolling their incoming kindergarten child in a DLI program for the 2020-21 school year. These are informational meetings only and parents will still need to use the online enrollment process (available in January) to enroll their child in kindergarten for 2020-21.

All meetings are held at NCSD Central Services Facility 970 North Glenn Road.

Monday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.; *Monday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m., *this presentation will be given in Spanish only; Tuesday,  Dec. 17, noon; Tuesday, Jan. 7, noon; Thursday, Jan. 9, noon and 6 p.m.

DLI Programs for the 2020-21 school year will be at the following schools: Paradise Valley Elementary School (Mandarin Chinese), Park Elementary School (Spanish) and Verda James Elementary School (Spanish).

If you already have a child in a DLI program, you will not need to attend a meeting. However, please make sure you complete and sign a "commitment form." You can get a commitment form from your child's school.

If parents/guardians have questions, please contact Aaron Wilson, director of teaching and learning, at aaron_wilson@natronaschools.org or 253-5305.

School craft fair Dec. 14

All are welcome at St. Anthony School, 1145 W. 20th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, for the annual SAS Craft Fair. Admission is free. Visit over 25 vendors in the warm and beautifully decorated commons. Homemade chili and cinnamon rolls available. Visit Santa from noon to 1 p.m.

Trojan band excels at state festival

The Kelly Walsh High School “Trojan Marching Band” performed its 2019 show, “Strength and Honor” at the WHSAA State Marching Band Festival held at the Casper Events Center on Saturday, October 19. Kelly Walsh received a Superior Rating and five caption awards, including brass, color guard, marching, music and woodwinds. This is the 10th year in a row that Kelly Walsh has received a Superior Rating at State Marching Band.

There were 21 high schools who participated in the festival. The state marching band festival is not a competition. Bands are awarded a rating (Superior, Excellent, Good) based on their performance. Bands are eligible to receive caption awards for exemplary performances in certain areas including the following: Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Music, Marching and color guard. A band has to receive 90 percent of the total possible scores in the given area to receive a caption award.

Bands were adjudicated by two music judges, two marching judges, a percussion judge and a color guard judge.

New photography scholarship at CC

J.R.’s Hunt; for life is offering a $500 photography scholarship at Casper College for the spring semester. Another scholarship will be offered for fall 2020. This scholarship is in memory of J.R. Hunter, who died by suicide June 3, 2015. J.R. was a well-known outdoor photographer whose photos using 35mm slides are displayed in homes and businesses across Wyoming as well as other states. Some of his photos can be seen at jrhunterphotography.com. Contact Casper College for information and to apply for this scholarship.

SME offers scholarships

The Central Wyoming Section of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) is offering several $2,000 scholarships to college level students currently pursuing a course of study relevant to mining or mineral extraction. Examples may include Engineering, Geology, Geochemistry or Geophysics. Applicants must have graduated from a Wyoming high school and must be currently enrolled full-time in a college or university for the 2019-2020 academic year. They must also have attained sophomore level or higher, including graduate levels, and have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants will also be required to write a short essay on a relevant specified subject. Application forms or additional information can be obtained by email request to the attention of Bernard Bonifas at smecasper@gmail.com. The deadline for application submission is November 30, 2019.

Nissan scholarship applications

Nissan of Casper presents the 2020 scholarship award. The winner receives a 2019 Nissan Kicks. In addition, two $1,000 cash awards will be presented.

Applicants must be graduating seniors in Natrona, Converse and Campbell counties who will be attending college in fall 2020. Application deadline is March 31, 2020.

Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5, a minimum ACT of 24 and a minimum SAT of 1,700.

Application includes copy of high school transcript by mail, write a 500-word essay explaining education goals and include clubs, organizations and activities; two letters of recommendation, family financial information to include page one of a tax return or FAFSA, a letter of acceptance from college or university and a list of AP, IB and BOCES classes.

Complete application information is available at www.nissanofcasper.com; click on the "About Us" tab, then "Scholarship Application."

Painting nature Nov. 21

Casper College instructors Valerie Innella Maiers, Ph.D., and Justin Hayward will headline the November session of the Werner Wildlife Study Series Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

Their presentation, “Painting Nature,” will explore the intersection of science and art in painting. Innella Maiers will offer a short review of the history of representing nature in natural history museums, including the Werner Wildlife Museum, while Hayward will discuss his realistic landscape paintings and how he creates these scenes.

“Painting Nature” is free and open to the public. The Werner Wildlife Museum is located off the Casper College campus at 405 E. 15th Street. For more information, call the museum at 235-2108 or email indiahayford@caspercollege.edu.

Lab preschool accepting students

The Natrona County School District recently opened a Lab Preschool at the Pathways Innovation Center. The NCSD Lab Preschool provides high school students with the opportunity to earn Early Childhood credentials by completing coursework and practicum hours.

In order to provide this exceptional learning opportunity for NCSD High School students, parents/guardians can enroll their children who turned 3 or 4 years old by September 15 in the NCSD Lab Preschool. The NCSD Lab Preschool enrollment is limited to 14 preschool students.

The hours of operation are from 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Tuition will be at the rate of $700/month per child due on the first of each month. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no additional cost. Preschool students will learn from a highly qualified, certified preschool teacher with the assistance of highly qualified educational support specialists

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the NCSD Lab Preschool, please call the teacher, Alicia Alger, at the Pathways Innovation Center, 307-253-1451. Please leave a message and the teacher will return your call ASAP!

Pathways Innovation Center is an extension of Natrona County’s high school system. Pathways courses of study include college–preparatory curriculum, industry certifications, portfolio development and internships. High School students interested in this opportunity should speak with their guidance counselor at their home school.

CC theater season announced

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance will look at “Mystery, Mayhem, and Madness,” during the 2019-2020 season.

“Marat/Sade” — full title “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade” — will be directed by William Conte, Ph.D. “Marat/Sade” is suitable for ages 14 and up and will be performed in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre November 26-27 and December 3-7.

Aaron Wood will direct this year’s dance production. “The Yellow Wallpaper” will be performed on the McMurry Mainstage February 20-23 and 27-29. The dance is an adaptation of the short story “The Yellow Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

The final event for the season will be the comedy “Noises Off” April 23-25, 29-30 and May 1-2. Directed by Richard Burk,"Noises Off" will give the audience a look at a theater production during final dress rehearsal, backstage and later in the run as the production moves toward chaos.

Tickets for all productions are now available online at caspercollegearts.cc or by phone at 268-2500 or toll-free at 800-442-2963, ext. 2500. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults and $10 for students aged 5 to 18.

Private school has openings

Excel Academy Private School has openings in its 2 & 3 year old class (need NOT to be potty trained). This class is Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $135/month (September to May). There are also openings in the 3-6 year old classroom (MUST be potty trained). There are a.m. and p.m. half days as well as full day openings. DFS funding is accepted. Please call Jennifer at 307-259-4599 to inquire; www.excelacademywy.com.

Save the date for NC '65

The NCHS Class of 1965 will hold its 55th Reunion on August 21 and 22, 2020. “Save the Date” cards have been mailed out to all classmates. Other information regarding registration and details for next year will be mailed out later in the fall. Current addresses, phone numbers or any other pertinent information about anyone from this class may be sent to NCHS Class of 1965, Box 1888, Casper, WY 82602.

Register for Christian school

Mountain Road Christian Academy (MRCA) is now registering for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. MRCA is an accredited K-8th grade Christian School. Please go to Mountainroadchristianacademy.com web site for more information, or call Traci Pike at 235-2859. Please leave your name and number if no answer.

Apply for Head Start

Head Start is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Head Start is a free, quality preschool program that prepares children for school. Applications are available at 301 W. B Street in Casper. Head Start is a United Way agency. Call 577-1864.

New scholarship available

The first scholarship available through the Marcia and Richard Engum Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

To qualify, the recipient must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 and maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester during the scholarship year and be 30 years of age or younger. The scholarship also gives preference to students who do not qualify for the Hathaway Scholarship.

“The Engums were just average hard-working individuals who invested so that they could leave something behind to help future students,” said Ann Dalton, associate director of development for the Casper College Foundation. “The Engums loved the city and people of Casper. They wanted to leave a gift that would improve the lives of young people in the community,” she said.

Established in September of 2017 as the Marcia and Richard Engum Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, investment monies earned by the fund are used to finance the scholarship in perpetuity.

Preschool to celebrate 50 years

Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool will celebrate 50 years of successful preschool in Casper, with its 2019/2020 fall open registration.

The school offers a Christian preschool that prepares Pre-K children ages 4 to 6 for entering kindergarten ready and excited to learn.

Children ages 2 through young 4’s are offered developmentally appropriate classes.

POP welcomes all children to a child development environment which meets their social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual needs.

The schools’ curriculum follows the Wyoming Early Learning Foundations and Early Childhood Readiness Guidelines.

If you would like a tour or have questions please call the office at 265-7016 for Gwen or Kiley, or leave a message and your call will be returned.

Consider St. Anthony

St. Anthony Tri-Parish Catholic school is an educational choice that is different from the public schools, including a comprehensive, rigorous, hands-on academic program for students in preschool through high school. Numerous extracurricular activities are offered, including sports, STEM, the arts, religion, project based learning, service learning and much more. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families. Students from all Christian denominations are welcome. Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Call today for a private tour at 234-2873, visit www.sascasper.com or on Facebook @stanthonycasper.

Register for Mount Hope

Mount Hope Lutheran School is now accepting registration applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Mount Hope is a classical, Christian, conservative pre K-10th grade school which has served the Casper community for over 20 years. Please come for a school tour or call for more information at 234-6865.

Historical firearms on display

“The Good, The Bad, and The Banned,” an exhibit of historical firearms, is open for public view at the Fort Casper Museum and runs through Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

The show was organized by student curators from the Casper College Museum Studies seminar. The students researched the artifacts and wrote signage for each group of firearms on display. A highlight of the exhibit is the revolver of Tom O’Day, a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Wild Bunch.

“Working with the students from the 'Museum Studies' class is always fun and exciting. They offer different ways of looking at the objects and bring a new perspective to the exhibit,” said Michelle Bahe, curator of collections at Fort Caspar Museum.

The Casper College “Museum Studies” seminar is part of the college’s museum/gallery studies degree program.

Little Free Library at ALC

The Adult Learning Center at Casper College is now the site of a Little Free Library. The library consists of two former newspaper racks each featuring a selection of books for most ages.

Everyone is welcome to “take a book and share a book.”

The two newspaper racks were donated by the Casper Star-Tribune, while the Friends of the Library Foundation donated some of the reading materials and also facilitated the acquisition of the Little Free Library.

Little Free Library book exchanges are located in all 50 states and 85 countries.

Started in 2009 by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks of Hudson, Wisconsin, Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization. According to LFL, the mission of the organization is “… to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.”

School lunch pricing program

Natrona County School District announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Each school and the office of Natrona County School District Food Services, have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

SNAP & FDPIR Benefits and Foster Children: Students that are in these three categories can be directly certified for free lunch and breakfast without completing a meal benefit income application. Contact the school to check on student’s direct certification status.

TANF non-custodial: Students that are in this category can be certified for free lunch and breakfast, after a meal benefit income application is completed by the adult. The adult must include the adult household member’s signature and the appropriate case number.

Homeless, migrant & runaway: Students are determined to be homeless, migrant or runaway by the school homeless liaison will receive free lunch and breakfast. Contact the school for more information.

Students can be eligible for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts by completing a meal benefit income application. It must include all members of the household and their income, the last four digits of the primary adult’s social security number and signature. Forms can be obtained through the school.

Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, Natrona County School District Food Services will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to NCSD Food Services, 970 N. Glenn Rd, Casper, WY 82601, 253-5205 for a hearing on the decision.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. The household may now be eligible for benefits if the household’s income is at or below the levels shown. 

The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data unless specific written consent is given.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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