Monthly Archives: October 2013

Elementary falls short of making AYP

by nathan oster

Greybull Elementary School came up short of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in language arts for a second straight year, putting the school in year one of School Improvement status.

GES had been already been in “warning” status, which was based on student performance in statewide assessment tests during the 2011-12 school year.  It was moved into “school improvement” by the Wyoming Department of Education based upon scores turned in on the 2012-13 Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS).

The state shared its preliminary AYP findings with superintendents around the state  in mid September.  They have not been released statewide, but Supt. Barry Bryant has shared the determination with members of the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees, as recently as Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed, but we had an inking it was going to be the case,” Bryant said  in an interview Tuesday.

The school will be in year one of “school improvement” for language arts for the Free and Reduced Lunch subgroup, and in a “warning year” school wide in the area of language arts, specifically reading scores.

Bryant explained that the school’s failure to meet the AYP targets may be linked, at least in part, to the factors outside the school’s control. “We had of move-ins, our special needs numbers increased and our ELL population increased,” he said. “What all that means is that we had to do a lot of intervention, just to get ready to take the state assessment.

“Those aren’t excuses; they are facts,” he said.

While reading scores were down, Bryant said elementary students fared very well in math.

In addition, he noted when comparing percentiles, the elementary school actually fared better than both the middle and high schools, both of which made AYP with flying colors. “The AYP targets for the elementary school are higher,” Bryant said.

The AYP targets for this year were set by the federal government, which based them on historical data which showed that elementary students typically outperform middle and high school students on the statewide assessment tests.

“The target AYP for reading was extremely high, around 85 percent,” said Bryant.  “And in small classes, you’re talking about five or six kids who, if we could have gotten their scores up, the school would have met AYP no problem.

“We have work to do as a staff. We need to do a better job of individualizing instruction, to make sure those kids meet the goals, too.”

Bryant said he believes the district has already taken positive steps to address the AYP issues at the elementary school, including hiring of an additional third grade teacher, an additional special education teacher and an interventionist.

“Our K-3 levels are still too high, though,” he said, citing the second grade as an example.  There are currently 43 kids in second grade, putting the district above the 16-to-1, student-to-teacher ratio recommended by the state.

“We saw this coming,” Bryant said. “But midyear, it’s almost impossible to hire staff and make those kind of adjustments.  I’ll try to do a better job of that as we move forward.”

Bryant said the school district is doing more after-school interventions this year, trying to get kids over the bar.

The AYP goals are based upon the No Child Left Behind Act. Schools that are placed in “warning” status are given one year to make adjustments.  If their scores don’t improve, they go into “school improvement” status, where they remain for a minimum of two years, according to Bryant.

Bryant said if Greybull was a larger community with multiple schools, it would have to provide notice to parents that they were free to choose a different school.  But that doesn’t apply here, since there is only one school in the community — and since the district offers open enrollment anyway.  Thanks to that, students living in Basin can (and do) attend school in Greybull; the opposite is also true, with Greybull students having the choice to attend school in Basin.

Bryant said the AYP determination for the elementary school would also impact how title money is spent in the district.  A certain percentage must be earmarked for addressing the areas where schools fell short of making AYP.

Bryant said the fact that the elementary didn’t make AYP shouldn’t detract from what was an otherwise solid performance by Greybull students on the PAWS.  “Our middle school kids did phenomenal,” Bryant said. In reading, GMS put 91 percent of its student in proficient and advanced in the sixth grade, 88 percent in the seventh grade and 90 percent in the eighth grade.

The district will also need to write a school improvement plan, although Bryant said, “A lot of that stuff has already been put in place.”

He emphasized that the AYP determination shouldn’t be taken as a knock on the teachers at the elementary school. “I’m down there two or three times a week, and teachers down there are doing a lot of good things,” he said. “It’s just a matter of making sure we give them the personnel they need.”

The school district had to get a waiver from the state because its K-3 student-to-teacher ratio exceeded 16-1. It came in around 19 to 1.  “Those things hurt you, especially when you have a lot of special needs and ELL kids,” he said.

AWANA club celebrates 30th year

by marlys good

The AWANA organization celebrates its 63rd birthday this year.  AWANA is short for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.)”

The area/Big Horn Basin AWANA Club is much younger; it is just turning 30 years old, and although numbers are down from “between 100-110” at its zenith, it is still thriving and providing a positive influence on children kindergarten through sixth grade.

Cheryl Baxter, “founder” of the local club, had worked with AWANA when she lived in Minnesota. When she and Dale and their family moved to Basin and joined the congregation of the CMA Church in Greybull, Cheryl said there was no program for kids, “just Sunday school.” She asked then-Pastor Jim Stumbo about starting an AWANA club, which had a curriculum already established with extensive background on running a program, uniforms, awards, etc. Stumbo suggested instead that she start a youth group patterned after AWANA. So was born CMA’s the “King’s Kids” with “charter members” Kevin Houk, Marcie Stumbo, Dan VanderPloeg and Christine Patrick (soon joined by Dan Baxter).

After two years of “King’s Kids” Stumbo suggested that Cheryl start the local AWANA Club.

Baxter emphasized that AWANA is not a CMA club although that is the way the local one started. “It’s a non-denominational, world-wide outreach,” she added. According to its website, the mission of AWANA “is to help churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love, and serve Christ.”

It has been going strong ever since, attracting young people from across the community. The average membership has dropped from its zenith figure, but still draws 50-60 per year. “The kids love it; if they don’t, they don’t come back; those that enjoy the program come back, and they bring their friends and they bring other kids.”

Meetings start with pledges to the American and AWANA flags. The attendees are separated into two groups, kindergarten through second grade called the “Sparkies,” now under the watchful eye of leader Mike Dellos, and third through sixth grade led by Gary Patrick. (All three of Mike’s children and all four of Gary’s are AWANA graduates.)

The evening is divided into different sections: music/singing, led by Ruth Henderson, ”Kids really enjoy that,” Cheryl said; AWANA handbook time, discussions/lessons on behavioral/etiquette issues, Bible stories or illustrations, memorization of Bible verses. Young people earn points for their team from these activities, and more points from game/activity time that traditionally concludes the weekly meetings.

Baxter said, “The kids seem to very much enjoy each other’s company, being together, playing games. They ask questions during Bible story time and enjoy singing songs. The kids are very well-behaved; sometimes we have a few minor discipline problems but Gary handles them very well.”

Baxter said she knows that AWANA has an impact on young people. “You can see a difference from when they come in, to the end. It has introduced Christ and His mercy to dozens of kids, and hopefully their families as well.”

AWANA has become second generational for many families. Patrick’s  daughter Christine Duncan, has three children, all AWANA-age now, and all attended AWANA Club until they switched to another program offered at their church in California.

While Kevin and his family were “transitioning” from the east coast to the west, they settled in Greybull (to the delight of proud grandparents Melody and Frank Houk) and the two oldest of their four children were regular attendees of AWANA.

Samantha Hoflund Cook is a staunch supporter of AWANA. She enjoyed it as a youngster, and her sons, 6-year-old Keeton and 8-year-old Cannon, are following in her footsteps.

“I went to the CMA Church, and it was a fun activity in the evenings; we learned about the Heavenly Father and got prizes,” she said with a smile. “It was a fun thing to do.”

When her sons got AWANA age, it was natural to get them involved. “I am always wanting my kids to understand and learn about God; this is a fun way to learn. It’s (AWANA) another way to teach them Bible verses. Listening to Cannon he can recite all the books of the Bible. To me that is overwhelming; there is nothing sweeter.”

Netters win annual pink match

Lot on the line when Buffs, Lady Bobcats clash Friday

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buffs notched their fourth conference win of the season Thursday night when they rousted the Riverside Rebels in three games, 25-10, 25-14, 25-15.

“Riverside is a young team that has improved a lot,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann. “Obviously we were excited to get the conference win.”

The gym was filled with fans of both teams, the majority sporting pink T-shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual fundraiser realized about $1,500, with all of the proceeds going to the Women’s Wellness Center in Cody.

The varsity victory made it a clean sweep for the Buffs. The Greybull developmental team beat the Rebels in two games played Sept. 30, 25-22, 25-20, and the JV Buffs pounded Riverside 25-5, 25-15 in the preliminary match Thursday.

Greybull seemed to have momentum going into the opening match of the Greybull/Riverside Duals Friday when they easily handled Wyoming Indian, 25-15, 25-16.

That all changed in the second round when the pesky Lady Huskies of Burlington shocked the Buffs, 18-25, 25-13, 12-15.  Greybull seemed out of synch in the first and third games, and the Lady Huskies took advantage of everything Greybull gave them.

Greybull played the Lady Cougars from Wind River in the first match Saturday and went down in two games, 25-27, 15-25. It was an exciting match to watch. There were a lot of long volleys that kept the gym rocking, tremendous saves, hard serves and big hits by both teams.

After the hard-fought match the Buffs closed out the tournament playing Moorcroft. It was an easy win for Greybull, 25-12, 25-15.

Little Snake River and Kemmerer, highly ranked in the 1A and 2A standings respectively, were absent due to the storm that closed South Pass.

“The tournament was up and down for us,” said Coach Schlattmann. “I didn’t feel we played our best volleyball. We made a lot of mental errors that cost us games; our serving was not where it should be and I felt our focus wasn’t always there. To beat the good teams we were up against we had to stay focused and it didn’t happen.”

The Buffs will need to be focused, serve well and cut down mental errors Friday night when they host the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Buffs are currently in second place in the conference standings with one loss; Thermopolis is nipping at their heels with two losses on the ledger.

When the two met in Thermopolis, the Buffs played tough and won in five games so the Bobcats will be looking to avenge that loss.

“They have some big hitters and we will have to be strong on defense and communication,” Schlattmann said.

“Going into the second half of the season, our goal is to increase our intensity and develop our hitting and blocking while continuing to work on serve and serve receive. I have a great group of girls and I feel they’ll bounce back this week and work hard.”

Match times are 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Saturday the Buffs go to Fromberg (Mont.) to play Grass Range/Winnett, coached by Schlattmann’s sister, Katy Johnson.

Cheryl Marie Howard

May 18, 1951 – Oct. 1, 2013

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Cheryl Marie Howard of Greybull will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Greybull Alliance Church. Cheryl, 62, died Oct. 1 at her home.

She was born May 18, 1951, in Great Falls, Mont., the daughter of Clarence Oden and Agnes Esther Todd Brasen. She grew up in Montana and attended Geyser High School.

Cheryl enjoyed being a homemaker; she loved baking and was always giving her family and friends her baked goods. She enjoyed spending time with her grandson and family.

Cheryl will be remembered for her soft voice and gentle spirit.

Her parents, Clarence and Agnes Brasen, and her husband David Howard preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son Charles Triplett of St. Louis; her daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Yancy Flora of Shell; brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Monica Brasen of West Glacier, Mont., and grandson Tripp Flora of Shell.

Charlotte Rea Scott

June 27, 1944 – Oct. 7, 2013

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned for Charlotte Rea Scott, 69, who died Oct. 7 at South Big Horn County Hospital with her husband at her side.

Charlotte was born June 27, 1944, in Greybull, the daughter of Willard Guinn Patton and Vella Estella Perkins Klitzke. She grew up and attended school in Greybull.

She married Patrick Hal Scott on Feb. 26, 1993, in Greybull.

Charlotte enjoyed fishing and sewing. She had a heart of gold and was always there when someone needed help.

Her parents; her mother- and father-in-law, Herschel Damon and Audrey C. Scott, two brothers, a sister and one grandson preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Pat Scott of Greybull; two sons, Jim Pugh of Greybull and Steven Pugh of Washington state; a daughter, Michele Allison of Great Falls, Mont.; two brothers, Mike Patton and Leroy Klitzke, both of Greybull; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.


Buffs win homecoming game

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs rode a stout defense, an offense that generated more than 400 yards from scrimmage and a special teams touchdown to a 21-7 homecoming victory over Pinedale on Friday night.

It was Greybull’s first official win of the season.  Even more important, it represented a first step out of the hole in the Class 2A West Conference that the Buffs dug for themselves by dropping consecutive conference games to Mountain View and Thermopolis.

“We picked up right where we left off in Thermopolis and that’s what I wanted to see,” said Coach Justin Bernhardt, whose team never trailed against Pinedale.  The week before, it had been a tale of two halves, as the Buffs struggled early and trailed by 22 at the half before mounting a furious second-half comeback.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Buffs finally broke through at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter when Calder Forcella plunged in from 1 yard out.  With the PAT, the Buffs moved on top 7-0.

Pinedale tied it up with 4:33 to play in the half on a 31-yard pass from Brenden Lloyd to Kyle Bright, but the Wranglers’ didn’t have the momentum for long. On the ensuing kickoff, junior  Fabian Davila gathered the ball on his own 15 and didn’t stop until he crossed the goal line, covering 85 yards in a dead sprint and bringing the Buff faithful to their feet.

“After they tied it at 7-7, it could have turned into a dogfight pretty quickly,” said Bernhardt, recalling the big play. “The kick return really broke things open and got us playing with emotion.  I think it also settled the kids down a little bit.  They started communicating better, playing more like we’re capable of playing.”

The Buffs followed that special teams score with a big stand on defense.  Facing fourth and long from their own 40, Pinedale lined up to punt, but ran a fake instead.  The Buffs weren’t fooled, stopping the Wranglers short of a first down. Moments later, they were knocking on the door again seeking a third score.  They got it on another 1-yard run by Forcella.  A third straight PAT kick by Jesus Burgos made it 21-7, which stood up as the final.

Bernhardt said the defense set the tone for the game, bending but not breaking.  Pinedale, with one of 2A’s top rushing threats in Ethan Egle, managed 143 yards on 28 carries, for a healthy average of 5.1 yards per attempt. The Wranglers gained another 129 through the air on 14-of-29 passing, for a grand total of 272 total yards. But the only stat that mattered was the 7 on the scoreboard at the final horn.

“The key, I think, was the way we were able to get pressure on them with our defensive line,” said Bernhardt, noting that the Buffs used the same three-man front they employed against Mountain View and in the second half in Thermopolis.

Matt Brown, Logan Jensen and Oscar Gomez and a host of others who subbed in were credited for their work up front. “It really helps when you can get pressure with just the three guys,” said Bernhardt. “Even if they didn’t always make the play, they got in there and disrupted things, which allowed our linebackers and defensive backs to get good downhill angles on their ballcarriers.”

The Greybull offense had another solid performance. Led by quarterback Forcella, who rushed for a team-high 134 yards and passed for another 193, connecting on 17 of 30 throws, the Buffs finished with 426 total yards.  Throw in the 85-yard kick return and the Buffs eclipsed 500 in all-purpose yards.

Bernhardt said he felt the Buffs were in command throughout, but that their own mistakes kept the game close.  He pointed to penalties — the final stat sheet showed the Buffs with 10 for 90 yards — and his team’s inability to cash in on red-zone opportunities.

Bernhardt said both would be points of emphasis this week in practice as his team prepares for Lovell, which has reeled off four straight wins to open the scene and climbed to No. 1 in 2A as a result of the recent defeats of preseason No. 1s Big Horn and Mountain View.

“Lovell is playing like a typical Lovell team,” said Bernhardt. “They lost a lot of seniors last year, but they’re well coached, they have good numbers and they have an expectation of winning every time they step on the field.”

The Buffs have a big gap to close. 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 final was 54-16.

“The biggest thing is, we need to put a complete game together on offense and defense,” said Bernhardt. “We did it on defense against Mountain View.  We did it in the second half, offensively and defensively, against Thermopolis.  And we did it for three quarters against Pinedale.  We need a complete game, from the first whistle to the final horn.”

Kickoff time Friday night in Greybull is at 6 p.m.


Pinedale 0   7 0 0 — 7

Greybull 0 21 0 0 — 21

G — Calder Forcella 1 yard run (Burgos kick).

P — Bright 31-yard pass from Lloyd (Thayne kick).

G — Fabian Davila 85 yard kickoff return (Burgos kick).

G — Forcella 1 yard run (Burgos kick).

RUSHING — Greybull 40-233 (Forcella 29-134, Paul Stewart 21-99); Pinedale 28-143.

PASSING — Greybull 17-of-30 for 193 yards; Pinedale 14-29 for 129 yards.

RECEIVING — Greybull: Kason Clutter 4-46, Fabian Davila 6-58, Wyatt Nielson 1-12, Paul Stewart 3-41, Kyler Flock 3-36.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS —   Fabian Davila led the charge, finishing with four assisted tackles, five solo tackles, a pass break-up and two interceptions, for a total of 26 defensive points.  Bryce Wright was second with 15 points, coming on nine assisted tackles and three solo stops.  Payton Gonzalez, with 14, Logan Jensen, with 11, and Cody Strauch, with 10, rounded out the top five in defensive points.






John “Jack” Roberts

Jan. 11, 1934 – Sept. 23, 2013

A private family service for John “Jack” Roberts of Norfolk, Neb., will be held at a later date. Jack, 79, died Sept. 23 at Faith Regional Health and Human Services in Norfolk.

He was born Jan. 11, 1934, in Greybull, the son of Arlie and Ruth Otey Roberts. He received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School in 1952. He played football, basketball, and was a member of both the GHS band and choir.

Jack attended the University of Wyoming for one year and went on to graduate from Sioux Falls College with his BA in music. He earned his master’s in music supervision in Greeley, Colo.

He married Beatrice Kluver June 2, 1956, in Columbus, Neb.

Jack taught music in various places, including York, Neb., for seven years.  In 1968 he went into private business. He retired in Columbus and became a substitute teacher.

Jack and Beatrice moved to Norfolk in 2005. He directed different church choirs, was a tenor soloist for weddings and was a member of the Community Theater in Columbus.

Jack enjoyed watching “Big Red” football, trout fishing, and his family and grandchildren.

His parents, Arlie and Ruth Roberts, one brother, one sister and grandson Noah Deichmann preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Norfolk; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John and LaVern Roberts Jr. of Chicago, Walter Roberts of Tokyo, and Scott Roberts of Norfolk; daughter and son-in-law, Darrin and Roxanne Deichmann of Norfolk; one brother, Eugene Roberts of Gold Beach, Ore., and nine grandchildren.

James W. Davis

April 11, 1961 – Sept. 25, 2013

A memorial graveside service for James Ward Davis will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 7, at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. James, 52, died at his home in Worland on Sept. 25.

He was born in Basin on April 11, 1961, the son of James E. and Jodell Riedl Davis. His younger years were spent in Hyattville where he attended school through the eighth grade. He received his high school education in Worland and graduated from Washakie County High School in 1980.

Shortly after graduating from high school, James became a heavy-hauler truck driver. In 1997, he went to work for his friend at Kustom Koach in Worland as a car body shop repairman.

James enjoyed going to the mountains, fishing, target shooting, riding motorbikes and visiting his parents. He had a special gift of caring for others.

He was a member of the Wyoming Biker’s Association and donated to the WBA Children’s Fund.

He is survived by his parents James and Jodell Davis of Ten Sleep and two brothers, Glen A. Davis of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Charles Earl Davis of Powell.

Donations in James’ name to benefit the WBA Children’s Fund are being received at Security State Bank, 320 N. 10th St., Worland, WY 82401.