Cottonwood Elementary


Phone: (307) 253-4700

School Website

Principal: Brian Doner

Office Manager: Jackie Shaffer

Address: 1230 West 15th St., Casper, 82601







“Our mission is to support the academic, emotional, physical and social needs of our students and their families. Our professional community agrees to use consistent, collaborative, data-driven decisions to differentiate instruction and foster students in our excelling school.”

The goal at Cottonwood is to bring all students to the highest academic level possible on the district and state standards that we want them to know and be able to do. Cottonwood is a relatively new school community that grew out of the combination of McKinley and Westwood schools. The school uses research-based best practices to improve student achievement and work toward the school motto: “Building a Foundation for Success!”


Cottonwood uses materials in all subject areas that provide students with opportunities to learn and to use the Common Core State Standards.  In reading, we use a variety of materials which include Success For All Reading and Writers’ Workshop.  In math, we use materials from the My Math program.  Teachers and Tutors also provide a daily thirty minute intervention and enrichment time which allows instruction to be differentiated to meet the needs of each student.

Cottonwood Elementary has developed a theme of caring and kindness within our entire school community.

We strongly believe our school must be a safe and nurturing environment for all. Our goals are to replace negative behaviors with skills that will involve treating others kindly. To facilitate this effort, we have implemented a school-wide program against bullying. Our Bully Proofing program teaches students how to stand up against bully behavior with a common language that is taught to all students, staff, and parents.


Students may participate in a variety of after school clubs which include: Science Olympiad Club, Spelling Bee Club, Study Club, Positive Action Club, Destination Imagination Club and Wildcat Choir Club. Fourth and Fifth graders may participate in volleyball, basketball, and track through the Casper Recreation Center.


Cottonwood provides a great introduction to school with standards driven half-day preschool program. Preschool is available to for children ages 4 and 5. Preference is giving to low-incomes, siblings of Cottonwood and highest needs.


Classes at Cottonwood run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Supervision is available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


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