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External Review Team Recommends Teton County School District #1 Be Awarded AdvancED Accreditation for a Five-Year Term
Jackson, WY – Following a rigorous process that included reviewing thousands of documents and hundreds of interviews with board members, administrators, staff, students, parents and community leaders; an External Review Team recommended to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Teton County School District #1 be awarded the distinction of accreditation through June 30, 2019. A final report with detailed findings and conclusions will be completed within the next 30 days.
The school district hosted the ten-member External Review Team from October 19-23, 2014. This team of trained professionals from across the state and nation completed a system of review and observation designed to guide continuous improvement with a focus on impact of teaching and learning, capacity of leadership and use of resources.
Findings presented at the conclusion of the site visit noted a student community that reflects a culture of mutual respect with a laser-like focus on learning, where active engagement and high quality instruction are the norm. The district exceeded all benchmark scores established by AdvancED for effective learning environments and educational quality.
“You beat the average comparison scores collected in all 32,000 institutions that have gone through the same accreditation process in every category, all seven environments,” exclaimed Lead Evaluator Dr. Drew Moore. “I do this work a lot, and I have not seen scores like this before.”Parents and interested community members can learn more about the AdvancED accreditation process and review the slide presented by the External Review Team at http://bit.ly/1xfZahq .
AdvancED is the world’s largest education accreditation community. It brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the three largest U.S.-based accreditation agencies - the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). AdvancED also accredits private and public schools internationally in over 70 countries.
About Teton County School District #1: Teton County School District #1 is a public education district serving over 2,700 grade K-12 students in Teton County, Wyoming. The mission of Teton County School District #1 is to ensure that all students have the foundation for success and are challenged to reach their full potential. The vision is to be a premier district where every student is prepared to succeed in an ever-changing world.
Jackson Hole Receives honors at Inaugural Awards Dinner
The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Board Chair Scott Anderson, Director of Visitor Services Rick Howe, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort were honored at the Wyoming Chamber Partnership Inaugural Awards on April 24. Governor Matt Mead presented the keynote address. Scott Anderson was named "Best Board Member" for his leadership, including his work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and his commitment to help ensure a smooth transition during the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce CEO hiring process. Rick Howe was named "Best Chamber Employee" for demonstrating a commitment to boosting Jackson's economy through programs like Great Until Late and American Express Small Business Saturday. His quick-thinking ingenuity was displayed when he opened a remote visitor center to help travelers affected by the government shutdown of 2013. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was named "Best Business Member" for their commitment to sustainable business practices, which was recognized with the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Green-to-Green award, and for their strong partnership with the with the local business community, which was on display when they collaborated with the Chamber to host the SKI Magazine #1 Resort celebration on Town Square. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce is also thrilled to announce the organization's nominee for "Chamber Director of the Year," Scott Baylo with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, was recognized. Scott’s decisive action to open Yellowstone National Park in the spring of 2013 showed strong leadership and a spirit of collaboration as he worked with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Wyoming Office of Tourism, the National Park Service, and the State of Wyoming. Awards were also presented Elizabeth Hunt of the Rawlins Chamber of Commerce for "Best Chamber Employee" and the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce for "Best Website." For more information about the Wyoming Chamber Partnership, please visit wyomingchambers.com. For more information about the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, please contact Jeff Golightly, President/CEO, 307.733.3316. Download Images from Lanna Wing Photography .
Six Hotels and Two Restaurants in Wyoming Achieve AAA Four or Five Diamond Status for 2014
HELENA, Mont., (January 17, 2014) – AAA has announced the six hotels and two restaurants in Wyoming that have earned the Four or Five Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. Across the continent, just 4.2 percent of all AAA Approved hotels and restaurants begin the year with the travel authority’s highest ratings. The AAA/CAA Four and Five Diamond Ratings are AAA’s highest designations for hotels and restaurants.
Hotels rated Four or Five Diamond are stylish and refined with upscale physical attributes. Guests receive personalized attention from an experienced staff and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting. Area hotels receiving the AAA/CAA Four or Five Diamond Rating include:
The Four-Diamond Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa, a vibrant and comfortable lodge, is the ideal base camp where you can create your vacation memories. The Four-Diamond Wort Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an elegant boutique hotel rich in history. The Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort offers the perfect mix of rustic adventure and luxury accommodations. The Four-Diamond Hotel Terra luxury and environmental responsibility come together to create an exceptional experience The Four Diamond Snake River Lodge & Spa is a world class resort featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms and condominiums. The Four Diamond Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa is a family-run 30-room lodge that caters to the traveler, not the tourist, and is one of the top small luxury hotels in the world. Restaurants at the Four or Five Diamond level offer a distinctive fine dining experience. Creative chefs, imaginative menus, fresh top-quality ingredients and knowledgeable staff distinguish these establishments.
Area restaurants receiving the AAA/CAA Four or Five Diamond Rating include: The Four Diamond Wild Sage at the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, featuring a creative menu incorporating local flavors and ingredients The Four Diamond Westbank Grill pairs distinctive flavors with casual elegance, creating an inviting fine dining atmosphere. Establishments at the Four and Five Diamond rating levels make up just 3.9 percent and 0.3 percent, respectively, of the 59,000 AAA/CAA Approved hotels and restaurants. Across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, these select properties represent the upper echelon of the hospitality industry.
“Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants provide guests with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high quality surroundings,” says AAA spokeswoman Kaelyn Kelly. “These establishments consistently exceed the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector. We are proud to have these dedicated businesses in our region.” For more information, AAA can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.
SKI Magazine Readers Vote Jackson Hole | North America’s Overall #1 Resort for 2014
(September 18, 2013), Teton Village, WY – The votes are in, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) is ranked #1 Overall Resort in North America by the annual SKI Magazine Reader’s Poll. SKI Magazine’s survey, now in its 26th year, provides an annual snapshot of the Top 50 resorts in North America. Readers rank resorts in 20 different categories that include anything from snow and lifts, to dining and service. The SKI survey is the longest-running annual resort survey in the winter sports industry and since 2005, the #1 award has been dominated by Deer Valley, Vail Mountain and mostly recently Whistler in 2013. Last winter JHMR was #6 overall and before that, had not been ranked inside the top ten. “This award truly reflects the combined efforts of our ownership, the dedicated JHMR staff, and the Jackson Hole community,” stated JHMR President, Jerry Blann.
Jackson Hole earned the top spot this year, as well as Top 10 rankings in a wide range of areas, from Challenge and Character (both # 1’s) to Lodging (# 3) and Service (# 7). For a mountain never known for extensive grooming until the recent “All New All Blue” initiatives, Jackson Hole ranked #19 in grooming this year. “Jackson Hole has done as good of a job as any resort in recent memory of expanding its appeal to a wider audience, now offering a remarkable experience to skiers of all talents and tastes,” Greg Ditrinco, Editor of SKI Magazine says. These results affirm the community’s goal to continually improve the guest experience year over year. “The Kemmerer Family and JHMR’s Board of Directors have been dedicated to improving the infrastructure of the resort and with their focused leadership; over $135 Million in on-mountain improvements have been invested. That, combined with the hard work of JH AIR, the JH Travel & Tourism Board, Wyoming Tourism and the passionate local community, has transformed Jackson Hole into a premier winter destination,” Blann commented, and added, “This is an exciting time for JHMR and all of Jackson Hole. Our plan is to continue on the path that has led to this #1 award - staying true to our independent spirit, our western hospitality and a truly authentic offering in the ski industry.” “This positions Jackson Hole on a strong footing heading into this season. Additionally, we are in good company with the Mountain Collective partnership, five of our Mountain Collective Resort partners are in the SKI Top 15, with Whistler (#6), Snowmass (#9), Aspen Mountain (#13) and Mammoth (#14). It validates that SKI readers believe in the unique and high caliber resort experiences these mountains offer,” stated JHMR Chief Marketing Officer, Adam Sutner. Visit www.jacksonhole.com.
St. John's Medical Center
St. John's Medical Center has been named a recipient of the prestigious Path to Excellence Award by NRC Picker, a national organization dedicated to improving the quality of care provided in the healthcare industry. NRC Picker is the company utilized by St. John's to measure patient satisfaction. "We're pleased and grateful to have been selected for this award," said St. John's Chief Nursing Officer Lynn Kirman. "Measuring patient satisfaction is important so we can focus on the appropriate areas to improve. We're glad to receive confirmation that our efforts are improving the patient experience."
Hampton Inn Jackson Hole
The Hampton Inn Jackson Hole was awarded a WOW! Award from Phil Cordell, Global Head, Focused Service & Hampton Brand. Cordell stated, "Your conversion of the Hampton Inn Jackson Hole is extraordinary! I applaud your vision, leadership and execution in making this a truly exceptional hotel." For more information, please contact Bill Dillon, General Manager, at 307.733.0033 or visit www.jacksonhole.hamptoninn.com.
Homewood Suites Jackson Hole Recognized for Social Media Efforts!
The Homewood Suites Jackson Hole received a Social Media award of merit at the annual Homewood Brand Conference in New Orleans, LA. A special thank you goes out to Julee Goslin Director of Sales for her efforts.
The Lexington Wins: Best Consistent Guest Experience
The Lexington at Jackson Hole won the “Best Consistent Guest Experience” award during Vantage hospitality’s annual International Educational Conference and Trade Show, December 5-9 in Las Vegas. The Lexington at Jackson Hole as chosen based on the consistent and excellent feedback Vantage has received from its various reservation channels. Other factors include the unique, above-average amenities Jackson hole offers, which continue to enhance the customer experience, and positive reviews Vantage’s internal guest services department has received about the property, a release from the hotel states. “Several well-deserving Lexington properties were nominated for this award, but time and time again, The Lexington at Jackson hole stood out above all the rest,”said Bill Hanley, group president of The Lexington Collection. To better serve guests, the Lexington at Jackson Hole has added amenities in the past year, including free airport shuttles, an expanded continental breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. For information about the hotel, visit www.lexingtonhotels.com or 307.733.2648.
Conde Nast Travelers Rank Jackson Hole at the Top
The readers of Conde Nast, the well-respected travel magazine, have named Jackson Hole as one of the top ski destinations in the U.S. and Canada.
This distinction is based on the fifteenth annual survey where readers shared their top ski experiences--from the mountain resorts that let powder hounds play hard to the hotel havens that enable them rest even harder.
#6 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
#2 Hotel Terra
#3 Four Seasons
#12 Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
#27 Rusty Parrot
#44 Snake River Lodge & Spa
Please click here to visit the Conde Nast 2010 Ski Poll Results. http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/503257
Teton Science Schools featured on “The Price is Right”
Come on down!!!!!! Wildlife Expeditions, a Teton Science Schools program, was recently featured on the venerable CBS television game show, The Price is Right. The segment hits a prime demographic for businesses in Jackson Hole and included great video and descriptions. For more information, please contact David Watson, Director of Sales and Marketing, 307.734.3795 or David.Watson@tetonscience.org.
Sunset Magazine recently launched the latest in a series of free travel guides, featuring Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
The introduction flatters our community and promotes a long stay: "Sharing some of the same gateway areas, like luxe yet down-home Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone can be experienced on a combined visit--although there's so much to see and do in each, you may want to spend an extravagantly long vacation experiencing all the area has to offer."
Carney Architects Recognized for Jackson Hole Airport Expansion
Project wins accolades: 2010 Merit Award, AIA Denver Chapter and2010 Merit Award, AIA Colorado Chapter
With Gensler Architects, this project entailed an approximately 55,000 sf two-phase expansion and renovation of the existing Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park.
For the renovation component of the program, the old airport was transformed from a clustered building design into an open, well-lit, and highly functioning space that is efficient and sustainable, but still retains the motifs and regional character of Jackson Hole, rather than taking on the more generically modern design traits of an urban airport. The program expansion includes such improvements as a new ticketing area, an enlarged holding room and baggage handling facility, and improved security screening.
The project team made the new airport a model of environmental responsibility, with a LEED Silver rating. As such, various sustainable strategies and materials are incorporated; for example, low-flow plumbing fixtures, regional and recycled materials, and Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber. Low-emitting adhesives, paints, and carpets also maintain a high standard of human healthfulness for airport occupants.
Homewood Suites: Best Performing Hotel
The inaugural Best Performing Hotel Awards were given by hotel research company STR during the 2010 Hotel Data Conference. The hotels were divided into seven chain-scale segments and judged based on reported performance by hotels, including occupancy, average daily rate and revenue per available room, compared with their respective market-scale performance.
The Jackson Hole Homewood Suites by Hilton was selected by STR as the 2010 Best Performing Hotel in the Upscale Chain Scale.
Snake River Brewing Company Honored at World Beer Cup
Those words rang true last week when Snake River Brewing came back from Chicago from the 8th bi-annual World Beer Cup with THREE medals for brewing excellence. The World Beer Cup is the LARGEST beer event ever, where 642 breweries from 44 countries around the world entered 3,330 beers for the chance to win gold, silver and bronze medals in 90 categories.
Snake River Brewing Won Awards For The Following Three Beers:
1. GOLD MEDAL - Berliner Weisse / German-Style Sour Ale
2. SILVER MEDAL - Zonker Stout / Foreign-Style Stout
3. BRONZE MEDAL - Le Serpent / Belgian-Style Flanders/Oud Bruin
Grand Targhee Recognized as Greenest Ski Resort
Grand Targhee Resort was recently recognized by Skiing Magazine as the Greenest Ski Resort in their “Skiing’s Greenest All-Stars” story.“We’re thrilled with the acknowledgement and recognize the responsibility that comes with being positioned as one of the ski industry’s leaders in sustainability,” said Christina Thomure, Director of Sustainable Operations at Grand Targhee Resort. “While we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish, we aren’t perfect, and understand that being sustainable is as much about committing to the process as it is about implementing changes.”
Grand Targhee Resort was the first business to become climate registered through the North American Climate Registry, an independent organization that helps businesses track and measure greenhouse gas emissions. Grand Targhee Resort reported a total of 2958 metric tons of GHG’s for 2007 and is near completion on an inventory of 2008 emissions. www.grandtarghee.com
Four Seasons Resort Earns Forbes Five Star Award
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole was honored with a 2010 Forbes Five Star Award and a Forbes Four Star Award for The Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. As one of only 54 hotels to receive a Five Star rating, the Forbes Five Star award signifies that Four Season Resort Jackson Hole is one of the finest establishments in the world, delivering an experience beyond guest’ expectations, according to a release from Four Seasons.
St John’s Emergency Department Earns Press Ganey Award
St. John’s Emergency Department is one of only 21 hospital emergency departments in the nation to receive the 2009 Press Ganey Award for Patient Satisfaction.