140 W. Ninth
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: (307) 253-3200
Fax: (307) 253-3230
Experiential learning is an integral part of Park School. Park develops independent learners by challenging each student to become a confident, responsible problem-solver while involving families as partners in their child’s education.
Curricular areas are taught within thematic units such as Wyoming history, environments, or weather. Student progress is reported using checklists, portfolios and student-led conferences. Spanish instruction is provided to all K-5 students. Students are placed in multiage classrooms with two teachers, where they build strong relationships because they stay with these teachers for two years.
Park School has an active Parent-Teacher Organization that works on fundraising and social activities for families at Park. The Park Advisory Group is another opportunity for parents to become involved in their child’s educational program. This committee has one parent from each classroom and teachers from each grade-level combination. The PAG meets monthly to guide the Park school program. Individual classroom teachers also will provide information on ways families can be involved in their child’s classroom if they want to volunteer. Parents are welcome in every classroom without an appointment. Parent-teacher conferences are held at least three times a year. Students also bring home folders every Monday that includes a newsletter and classroom information.
Students at Park learn math through an activity-based program that offers age-appropriate, real-world problems. Students learn to read and write using a Balanced Literacy structure that helps them develop daily habits of reading, writing and working independently. The ongoing assessment and goal-setting component helps students understand and master strategies used by successful readers and writers. The 6+1 Traits of Writing program is used as a framework for writing assessment and instruction.
Many science and social studies topics are taught within a theme, such as Wyoming history, the human body, environments, or U.S. government. Park believes that students learn best from real-world experiences, so field trips, guest speakers and hands-on activities become an integral part of these thematic studies. Students are then asked to choose a topic of interest within the theme and become an “expert” on the topic through research and a presentation.
All students have 80 to 90 minutes of Spanish instruction per week.
Fifth-graders begin at 8 a.m. for instrumental music, enrichment and remediation.
Early-morning reading is available for K-4 students.
Fifth-graders may participate in after-school sports through the Casper Recreation Center. Sports include volleyball, basketball, and track.
Fifth-graders begin classes at 8 a.m. These students have instrumental music two or three days a week with enrichment activities, such as cooking, student council, arts and crafts, wellness, and D.A.R.E. training, on the other days.
Students in grades K-4 have several options for early morning programs, including early morning reading and playground supervision, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Their classes begin at 8:30 a.m.
A breakfast of cold cereal, milk and juice is served daily.
Some students also participate in the extended day program three days per week for extra help in reading or math. This program is by invitation only.
Park is home to two of the district classrooms for gifted and talented students, each with one teacher and a shared paraprofessional. Students must be tested and meet certain qualifications to be included in this program.
Special education students are served primarily in the regular education classroom, with some one-on-one instruction offered when necessary.