Phone: (307) 253-3200
Principal: Dawn DeWald
Office Manager: Christine Thomason
Address: 140 W. 9th St., Casper, 82601
“Through the cooperation of parents, teachers, and students, Park Elementary cultivates an educational environment focused on academic achievement and the whole child by promoting responsibility, developing personal well-being, and fostering a shared love of learning.”
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 at Park School learn math through My Math and best practices which include 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.
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 and first 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-graders begin at 8 a.m. for instrumental music two days per week.
Fourth- and fifth-graders may participate in volleyball, basketball and track through the Casper Recreation Center.
Early-morning reading is available for K-4 students beginning at 8 a.m. in the library.
Students may participate in Book Club, Student Council, Fitness Club and Lego Robotics.
Classes at Park begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:35 p.m.