Verda James Elementary
Phone: (307) 253-1100
Principal: Kevin Pagett
Office Manager: Karin Galloway
Address: 701 Carriage Lane, Casper, 82609
“Learning Today ~ Leading Tomorrow”
“The Verda James community has embraced the shared vision of “empowering all learners to excel academically and socially on life’s journey.”
Through a collaborative culture and a focus on learning and results, all students will be prepared with the necessary skills and strategies to become successful and responsible citizens.
The Verda James community believes that developing the whole child is an important priority in education. Through various academic and social programs, Verda James maintains an equal balance of academic, social and emotional growth.
Along with the best instruction in reading, writing and math, students learn how to be safe, respectful, responsible and nice. With shared leadership and a strong vision, students, parents and staff are working together on a voyage to meet district and school goals.
Verda James empowers students to excel in reading using Literacy First framework and Balanced Literacy. With the Common Core State Standards as their guide, students learn reading skills based on a continuum that emphasizes phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Students then apply their reading skills in quality literary and informational text at various times throughout the day. Writing is taught in all subject areas, but accentuated during the Writing Workshop model, where specific strategies and skills are taught and practiced every day.
Students gain an understanding of mathematical concepts using hands-on activities, problem-solving experiences and connections between math and writing as these subjects spiral through the My Math resource.
Verda James empowers students to excel socially by teaching and supporting positive behavior through the 4B’s Celebrations, (Be Nice, Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful). In addition to the BEST Program and the 8 Keys of Excellence character education.
Students are invited to participate in Robotics, P.E. Club, Science Fair, Young Authors and before- and after-school Bridges, and “Two Books- One School”. Fourth- and fifth-graders may participate in volleyball, basketball and track through the Casper Recreation Center. An on-site Boys and Girls Club provides after-school care from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The PTO sponsors Back to School Barbecue, Science Fair Evening, while the Family Literacy Team supports literacy events, including weekly preschool storytime, Donuts with Dads and Muffins with Moms to promote literacy in all aspects of life, including Goodies with Grandparents.
Supervision begins at 8:01 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. each day. Classes at Verda James run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The on-site Boys and Girls Club program is an option for families, it opens at 3:30 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m. daily.