Phone: (307) 253-3200
Principal: John “Gib” Ostheimer
Office Manager: Christine Thomason
Address: 140 W. 9th St., Casper, 82601
“Think. Dream. Believe. Achieve.”
Experiential learning is an integral part of Park Elementary 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 project-based learning units of study that include the district’s Math Learning Progression and English Language Arts Curriculum that provide a sequential introduction of the Common Core Standards. Fall units will be tied to our historical study of our school, our community of Casper and our state of Wyoming. Student progress is reported using checklists, portfolios and student-led conferences.
Students at Park School learn math through our standards-based Math Learning Progression, My Math and Bridges Number Corner resources. Teachers use best practices to include age-appropriate, real-world problems. Students learn reading and writing through a workshop model. Ongoing assessment and goal-setting conferences help students understand and master strategies used by successful readers and writers. Many science and social studies skills and topics are integrated within our Project Based Learning units. Park believes students learn best from real-world experiences, so field trips, guest speakers and hands-on activities become an integral part of our units of study.
Park students, parents and staff focus on “living” the Eight Keys of Excellence from the Quantum Learning framework designed to equip students for success in all arenas of life.
Park recognizes the value of parent involvement and provides numerous opportunities for parents to volunteer within the school as well as to serve on leadership teams to support the mission of Park School.
Park Elementary is home to NCSD’s Spanish Dual Language Immersion program, offering Spanish in Kindergarten through 4th grade. With DLI, children are exposed to bilingual learning when their brains are at their optimum ability to build neural pathways for acquiring a second language. Students are taught math, social studies and science in Spanish for half of the day. The other half of the day is spent learning language arts, literacy skills and core subject reviews in English. Parents must attend an orientation session prior to acceptance into the Dual Language Immersion program.
All students have 90 minutes of Spanish instruction per week. Fifth-grade students participate in either an instrumental band or orchestra program two mornings per week at 8:00 AM. All students K-5 participate in the campus-wide recycling project. Fourth and fifth graders may participate in volleyball and basketball through the Casper Recreation Center. Morning reading is available for K-5 students beginning at 8:00 AM in the library. tStudents may participate in a variety of clubs.
Classes at Park begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.