Parent News – January 27, 2018

KWHS Principal Candidates Public Forum

Natrona County School District is hosting a moderated Parent/Community forum with candidates for the Principal position at Kelly Walsh High School on February 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kelly Walsh High School Auditorium.

We would like to invite all interested students, parents, and community members to attend. The following candidates will participate:

Mike Britt

Mike Britt is currently Principal of Centennial Junior High in the Natrona County School District.  He attended Lesley College – Cambridge completing a Masters of Education degree in Technology in Education. In addition, he has completed a K-12 Principal Endorsement program and certification in K-6 Elementary teaching.

Christopher Dresang

Christopher Dresang is currently an Assistant Principal at Natrona County High School in the Natrona County School District. He attended the University of Montana – Bozeman completing a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, he completed a Masters of Arts degree in English: Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Wyoming.

Mark Fritz

Mark Fritz is currently a High School Principal in Sheridan County School District #1. He attended the University of North Dakota completing a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership. In addition, he has completed an Elementary Education teaching program and certification in Law Enforcement – Police Academy.

Gibson Ostheimer

Gibson Ostheimer is currently Principal of Park Elementary in the Natrona County School District.  He attended the University of Minnesota completing a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation and the University of Wisconsin completing a Masters of Teaching with science. In addition, he completed graduate level endorsement programs for K-12 principal and curriculum director licensure from the University of Wyoming and a graduate level endorsement program for licensure in Ed. Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.

Amy Rose

Amy Rose is currently an Assistant Principal at Kelly Walsh High School in the Natrona County School District. She attended Grand Canyon University completing a Masters of Arts degree in Teaching. In addition, she completed the Principal Endorsement program, certification awarded, in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming.

We are seeking questions from the public to be asked by the moderator(s) during the forum. If you have a specific question for the candidates, please submit them through the following online link by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31:

Following the forum, we welcome your impression on each candidate. Impressions can be submitted at the forum or by emailing your comments to

NCSD Graduation Rates on the Rise; Literacy Efforts Play a Role

The Wyoming Department of Education has released the four-year, on-time graduation rate data for the class of 2017 and it shows an impressive jump in the overall graduation rate for NCSD’s high schools. The graduation rate for the class of 2017 is 79.34%, which is an increase of 2.76 percentage points from the previous year.

All three of NCSD’s traditional high schools increased their graduation rates: Kelly Walsh High School: 83.3% (from 76.0%), Midwest High School: 100% (from 84.6%), Natrona County High School: 81.8% (from 80.8%).

In addition, NCSD’s alternative high school, Roosevelt High School, graduated 45.6% of its students – a 20% improvement since 2010. This increase across the district has come at a time when the credits required to graduate have risen to 26.5. The increase in graduation rates is a massive step toward meeting one of NCSD’s goals outlined in the Strategic Plan: Graduating at least 85% of students by the year 2019.

Click here to read more about this exciting news!

5th Graders: Music Teachers Host Instrument Showcase Nights

The middle school and high school band and orchestra directors are proud to host two Instrument Showcase nights in Casper, Wyoming on January 30 and February 8.  At this event, all fifth graders who are interested in participating in participating in band or orchestra in sixth grade can attend Showcase to talk to band and orchestra teachers, listen to high school ensembles perform, and try the different instruments they could play in sixth grade.  Band instruments available for students to try will include flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion (bells and snare drum).  String instruments available for students to try will include violin, viola, cello, and bass. There is no cost involved to parents.

The first instrument showcase night will be at Kelly Walsh High School on Tuesday, January 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Area.  The second instrument showcase night will be at Natrona County High School on Thursday, February 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Area.   The same format will be followed for both evenings, with a performance by the high school musicians a the beginning and an opportunity for students to try instruments and ask questions of all middle school band and orchestra teachers from the Natrona County schools.

For more information, contact Sarah Hanson ( or Brent Rose (

Harlem Wizards Basketball Coming to KWHS

Get ready Casper: A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town!
The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit Kelly Walsh on Monday, February 5th 2018 for an evening of great fun and fundraising. The Wizards will play a game against Oil City Classics which is made up of administrators, teachers, community leaders, and community members. Proceeds will benefit Kelly Walsh and Oregon Trail Elementary.

To see more about this event and find out how to purchase tickets, click here!

Title II State-Level Uses of Funds Survey

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has developed a needs assessment survey regarding professional development. It will help guide decision-making about which professional development activities will be coordinated and delivered by the WDE.

Wyoming school personnel, parents, and community members are invited to participate in this survey to help determine what activities will be offered by the WDE to augment professional development initiatives with the goal of preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Click here to take the survey.

This survey will be open until February 28, 2018.

NCSD Bulletin Board

The  NCSD Bulletin Board is the place where parents can find flyers regarding relevant activities, events, and opportunities for students and their families in our community. Please check back to this page each week to see the latest updates.

Casper Softball Association Rebels Informational Meeting – Jan. 28
5th Graders – You’re Invited to Band & Orchestra Showcase Nights – Jan. 30 & Feb. 8
Casper Boxing Club-Police Athletic/Activites Leagues (PAL) Badges for Boxing – Starts Feb. 1
Youth Empowerment Council Town Hall w/ Mayor Ray Pacheco -Feb. 1
307 Dance Academy’s Father/Daughter Winter Ball –B Feb. 2

And many more!




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