Daily Archives: October 4, 2012

GES cracking down on bullying

by nathan oster

Greybull Elementary School has launched a new anti-bullying initiative that rewards students for good behavior and teaches them not only to identify bullying behaviors but also what to do if they are victimized.

The school invited parents to attend an hour-long presentation on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Classroom discussions and a pizza party followed.

Jacinda Campbell, a GES guidance counselor and member of the committee that put the presentation together, said the school is focusing on bullying because it’s a problem.

“You hear it all over the news, and here is no exception…bullying happens everywhere,” she said. “A lot of students don’t know what bullying is.  They can’t look at a situation and say, ‘OK, that is bullying.’

“Having a program such as OELYS gives kids a concrete idea about what (bullying) is. Then I can teach them the skills for standing up against it and the importance of reporting it to an adult.”

Campbell said there are varying forms of bullying.  There is the face-to face bullying, in which you can see the person doing the bullying.  And then there is the behind-the back, rumor spreading form.

Campbell hopes that by teaching kids about bullying early on, while they are still in elementary school, that they will be better able to deal with it by the time they reach middle school and high school, where bullying “often times escalates into bigger issues.”

The middle school is also implementing the Olweus program, said Campbell.  The program does not extend to the high school level, however.

At Friday morning’s kickoff, Jinks told the students and a small gathering of parents that the state has required that school districts develop anti-bullying programs — and that she wanted the students to strive to become “PBIS stars.”

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, and through an hour-long presentation, the anti-bullying committee made up of Mrs. Sarah Zeller, Mrs. Kim Curtis as well as Campbell and Jinks, outlined the types of behavior they expect from students.

Each presentation described ways to be safe, respectful and responsible in different school settings, such as in the classroom, in hallways, on the playground, in the cafeteria and in the restroom.

Shifting gears to Olweus, Jinks said, “We will not tolerate bullying at Greybull Elementary School. Bullying behavior can be name calling, over and over, even when the other person tells you to stop and that you’re hurting them and you keep doing it. … Or if you’re mad at one person because they like playing with a different person.”

Jinks outlined three anti-bullying rules that will be in effect at GES moving forward.

“One, we will not bully others.

“Two, we will try to help students who are bullied.

“Three, we will try to include students who are being left out.

“And four, if we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.”

Jinks said classrooms will hold weekly meetings to discuss bullying and other school issues and she introduced programs in which students can earn Star Tickets and classrooms can earn Star Bucks for exhibiting positive behavior.

For every 10 Star Bucks its collects, each classroom will be allowed to put a piece of a puzzle in place.  Between now and December, the goal will be to complete that puzzle, as an entire school working together.  If it succeeds, the reward, Jinks said, will be an all-school trip to a movie in either Powell or Worland.

Clerk finalists all have experience in the office

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County Republican Central Committee advanced three names to the commissioners for possible appointment to the vacant county clerk position, all with experience in office.

Republican Chairman Dave Mattis said 25 members came to the meeting at the Weed and Pest Building to listen to the seven candidates and cast votes. The three finalists are Acting Clerk Debra LaBudda, current Deputy Clerk Lori Albers and former deputy clerk Elizabeth Lampman.

The commissioners set a meeting for Friday to interview the candidates and then make their selection. By statute they have five days from receiving the names to make the appointment. Mattis said he would notify the county on Wednesday.

The commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting, in anticipation of being notified Wednesday, set interviews for 9, 10 and 11 a.m. with a special meeting for the appointment to follow the final interview.

The person will serve the rest of Dori Noyes’ term through 2014. Noyes was appointed and began duties this week as the clerk of district court following Vickie Larchick’s retirement.

Haller still bicycling for MS

by marlys good

Same ride, in large part many of the same riders, same route, same month — every year. Might not sound exciting, but for Dave Haller, who has been participating in the 160-plus mile bike ride to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, there is always something new about it all.

This was Haller’s fifth ride, and he could probably have traveled the course with his eyes closed. Cyclists begin the course in Sundance, go to Devil’s Tower, Hulett, Aladdin Junction and back to Sundance, a distance of about 80 miles. Sunday the ride goes from Sundance to Aladdin, Belle Fourche and then Spearfish before ending up back in Sundance, which completes the 160 miles.

Haller said there are always a few different people participating each year. “We had a good group out of Cheyenne who always ride, but a lot of them had other commitments this year. But, there were people from Denver who came. They have a chapter in Denver, so for them to come clear across the state to participate in this ride — I thought it was neat.”

One thing that is definitely not always the same old, same old, is the weather. “One year we had a head wind the last 20 miles of the ride,“ which made that last 20 miles seem like 100, Dave said. “This year we had a tail wind the first day – so it was a beautiful ride, then the second day we had that headwind again.”

Haller said the ride also gives you an opportunity of “seeing the good in people you hadn’t noticed before.” This year a fellow rider stopped and removed a dead animal from the middle of the road so riders behind them didn’t have to see it. A small thing maybe, but Haller said, “To take the time to stop the ride and do that, I think says something about his character.”

Haller said the one constant of his five years of participation is “the sense of satisfaction I get from helping a good cause.”

He and wife Darla hold a yard sale prior to the annual rides with all proceeds benefitting the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

They are gratified each year at the number of people who donate items or money “just to help out with the cause.”

The next ride is a year away, but Haller, an admitted “exercise nut,” thinks he’ll be in Sundance again next year, just because “I still believe it is for a good cause.”

Cecil Cline

Oct. 2, 1908 – Sept. 22, 2012

Funeral services for longtime Emblem resident Cecil Cline were held Sept.  28 at the Thompson Funeral Home in Powell. Cecil died Sept. 22, just 10 days shy of his 104th birthday.

He was born Oct. 8, 1908, in Hume, Mo., the son of Jesse and Bertha Epperson Cline. He spent his younger years and attended school through the eighth grade in Missouri.

In 1932, Jesse and Bertha and sons Cecil, Bud and Bob left the desolation of Missouri to come to the green fields and abundant crops of the Powell Valley. The father and his sons worked on various farms in the area.

Cecil married Clara Zeller, who taught high school in Powell, on July 11, 1942. They welcomed twins in December of 1943 and after that moved to a farm on Emblem Bench where they lived for the next 40-plus years.

In 1983 Cecil moved to Powell where he spent his retirement years. He became an avid golfer.

Cecil was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; infant son, Kenneth Cecil; three brothers, Orville, Charles “Bud” and Bob; one sister, Velma Sivey, and son-in-law, Forrest “Billy” Allen.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Carol Cline of Worland and Clifford Cline of Cody; one daughter, Christine Allen of Powell, and a sister-in-law, Lillian Cline of Powell.

Burial was in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

Lady Buffs face uphill battle

by marlys good

Instead of turning things around on the volleyball court last week, the Lady Buffs fell on hard times. Greybull dropped the decision in an all-important conference rematch with Riverside Thursday night and went 1-3 in the Greybull/Riverside Duals held Friday and Saturday.

Coach Brittany Miller noted that it was senior night for Riverside and the Rebels “came out ready to play, passing and hitting extremely well.” As for the Buffs, a team whose strength has been passing, Miller said “We only passed 49 percent in serve receive. We need to improve in that area.”

The Buffs lost to Riverside in three games, 11-25, 20-25, 22-25.

The duals started on a good note Friday with the Buffs beating Wyoming Indian High School in the opener, 25-13, 25-4. Miller said holding the Lady Chiefs to four points in the second game was a big accomplishment. “Our serving was aggressive and we passed extremely well.”

After beating WIHS, the Buffs fell in successive losses to Tongue River, 25-8, 25-21; Kemmerer, 25-16, 25-14; and Wind River, 25-13, 25-18.

Coach Miller pointed out that her team “went point for point” with Tongue River in the second game and “played some great volleyball.”

The coaching staff had no team or individual statistics available from last week’s matches.

The Buffs and Rocky Mountain, both with just one conference win, are the cellar dwellers in the standings, two spots below Riverside and Lovell, with identical records of 3-2.

To stay out of the pigtail match on Oct. 15, the Lady Buffs have to turn things around in the last three conference matches. It will be an uphill battle as they will be in Thermopolis Friday to play the 4-1 Lady Bobcats, who top the standings; take on the Lady Bulldogs in Lovell Oct. 11, and host Rocky Mountain Oct. 13.

Coach Miller is looking for her team “to take all the positives from this weekend and build on them during practices.”

The Thermopolis matches are at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday Greybull plays the 1A Lady Huskies in Burlington at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Buffs optimistic despite tough loss at Lovell

by nathan oster

For a team still trying to find its way, a road trip to Lovell for a matchup with the reigning 2A champion Bulldogs couldn’t have come at a worse time.

With several key contributors not quite ready to return from injuries, the Greybull Buffs were outmanned and outgunned in every facet — and the final score of 54-16 was indicative of that.

The Buffs were limited to -6 rushing yards on 18 attempts in the first half, and while they did complete a few passes to move the chains, the story was the Lovell offense.

Led by their trio of seniors — quarterback Dylan Hultgren, running back Dino Collins and tight end Cody Savage — the Bulldogs put up 21 points in the first quarter, 27 more in the second and led 48-0 at the intermission.

The Buffs were able to get some positive things done in the second half — but it wasn’t against the Lovell first stringers, who were given the second half off at the half by their coach, Doug Hazen.

“Lovell is a good team … that no secret,” said Coach Justin Bernhardt. “We had seen it on film, and we could see it in their kids in person.  It really shows what spending time in the weight room does for a program.”

As he looks to the future, Bernhardt knows that his kids will need to make that same commitment to getting bigger, stronger and faster in the offseason if they want to run with the top 2A teams in the state.

But for now, he’s accentuating the positive — and that is his team’s second-half performance against the Bulldogs.

“Our kids could have packed it in at halftime,” he said. “There were a lot of dazed look in the first half. But I was impressed with how they came out and played in the second half.

“I am proud of them — and I think it helped set a tone for this week,” Bernhardt said, pointing to a big game Friday night against Kemmerer.  “We left the field feeling good about ourselves.”

With the mercy rule in effect, the clock ran continuously in the second half.   The Buffs moved the ball effectively, though, and got a pair of Calder Forcella touchdown runs and two-point conversions from Fabian Davila and Luke Zeller to account for their scoring.

Greybull finished with 110 rushing yards on 30 attempts.  Through the air, Forcella hit on 6 of 19 for 58 yards.

Lovell blitzed the Buffs with 226 rushing yards and another 192 on 9-of-12 passing by Hultgren.

Greybull played without several injured starters, including Rob Nuttall (out for the season) as well as Paul Stewart, Cody Strauch, Bryce Wright and Wyatt Good.

 

This week

With some of them expected to return this week, Bernhardt said he and his coaching staff feel as good about the team as they have since the Riverside win in week zero.

Bernhardt contends that the team’s defensive woes of late boil down to “Jimmys and Joes,” rather than “Xs and Os,” noting that his team has been unable to fill the void left by injuries to his preseason starting linebacking corps (Jesse Chestnut, Wright, Nuttall and Strauch).

This week, Kemmerer comes to town, bringing 4-1 overall and 3-1 Class 2A West Conference records.  The Rangers “are physical,” Bernhardt said. “They run first, they run second, they run third … a wing T power game.  They try to wear you down. On film, their kids look fundamentally sound.  They don’t run a lot, but what they do, they run very well.

“With having to made adaptations to our offensive game plan every week, I think it’s helped us to learn more, even though you didn’t see it much against a team like Lovell,” Bernhardt added. “So even though we’re coming off a bad loss, and facing a team that’s 4-1, I feel good about our chances. We just have to make every rep at practice count this week.”

 

Greybull   0   0 8 8 — 16

Lovell 21 27 6 0 — 54

L — Cody Savage 59 yard pass from Dylan Hultgren (Savage kick).

L — Savage 56 yard pass from Hultgren (Savage kick).

L — Nathan Grant 6 yard run (Savage kick).

L — Dino Collins 10 yard run (Savage kick).

L — Ryan Clark 6 yard pass from Hultgren (Savage kick).

L — Collins 40 yard interception return.

L — Grant 35 yard interception return (Savage).

L — Seth Kite 9 yard run (Savage kick).

G — Calder Forcella 1 yard run (Fabian Davila run).

G — Forcella 3 yard run (Luke Zeller pass from Forcella).

RUSHING — Greybull 30-110; Lovell 26-226.

PASSING — Greybull 6 of 19 for 58 yards; Lovell 9 of 12 for 192 yards.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS — Calder Forcella led with eight total tackles, followed by Wyatt Nielson with six and Justin Nielson with five.  Jesse Chestnut blocked a kick.  Fabian Davila broke up a pass.