Paradise Valley Elementary
Casper, Wyoming 82604
Phone: (307) 253-1200
Fax: (307) 253-1275
Paradise Valley is one of the largest elementary schools in Casper. Staff members believe in differentiated instruction, and teachers strive to provide intentional learning at each child’s individual level.
Every grade level has a yearlong theme that ties together the state standards and the NCSD essential curriculum. Brain research strategies are implemented throughout the school to enhance the learning experience for all children. Paradise Valley believes students learn through experience and inquiry.
All grade levels plan several “being-there” experiences during the year to enhance their students’ knowledge. Thinking strategies are embedded in every grade and subject.
The PV Boosters focuses on fundraising and family night activities, while a school improvement team includes parents who want to help with the decision making at the school. Each of the groups meets once a month.
Parents also are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom or in the parent work room.
Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year.
Students learn math through the Bridges and Connected Math programs that offer a constructivist approach to math. Students participate in the Readers/Writers Workshop model for literacy and have individual reading instruction at their own level. They also are supported through guided reading groups or one-on-one conferring with their teachers. Students also participate in book club discussions about books they choose themselves. Students write across the curriculum.
Students may participate in a variety of before- and after-school activities. Clubs are developed each year based on student interest and staff availability.
An on-site Boys and Girls Club branch is open after school.
Fifth- and sixth-graders may play basketball and volleyball through the Casper Rec Center.
Tutoring is available before and after school.
Breakfast is served before classes.
The Boys & Girls Club has a branch on-site at Paradise Valley, which is open from 3:30 to 7 p.m. daily call 235-5694 for details.
Children with special needs are included in our regular classrooms whenever possible, then given additional support through consultation and pull-out programs.
Preschool is available for children ages 3 to 5. Children must participate in screening at the Child Development Center or on site. Parents are required to volunteer five hours a month. Preference is given to siblings, staff members’ children, and neighborhood children. At least half of all students must meet income guidelines.