Cottonwood Elementary


Phone: (307) 253-4700

School Website

Principal: Valerie Brus

Office Manager: Jackie Shaffer

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





“The heart of Cottonwood Elementary is to create a caring community of learners through relationships, relevance, and rigor; one student at a time.”

Vision: Cottonwood School exists to create responsible, independent students who have the knowledge and attitude to be successful in an ever-changing world. driven decisions to differentiate instruction and foster students in our excelling school.”


School Wide Curriculum

Common Core based Reading Instruction

“Making Meaning” and “Becoming a Writer” Resources

Common Core based Math Instruction

“My Math” Resource

Standards Based Social Studies, Science, Health, Fine and Performing Arts and Physical Education

SALSA Spanish (Video Series) K-2

Bully Proofing Program

Caring School Community and Mind Up – Social Emotional Curriculum


Special Education Model of Instructional Delivery

Response to Intervention Tutoring: Inclusion/Pullout

Primary and Intermediate:  Inclusion Support/ Resource Classes

Primary and Intermediate:  Functional Life Skills Classes



Cottonwood uses materials in all subject areas that provide students with opportunities to learn and to use the Common Core State Standards. Teachers and tutors also provide a daily thirty minute intervention and enrichment time in both reading and math which allows instruction to be differentiated to meet the needs of each student.

Cottonwood  has created eight houses as part of our building wide approach to create opportunities for different adults and students to work together. These houses work on team building skills and all students in our school are given a house adult to ensure that all students succeed.

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. We are also implementing social emotional curricula including, Caring School Community, Mind Up, and new for the 2019-2020 school year Conscious Discipline, to enhance our mission.



Students may participate in a variety of after school clubs which include: Spelling Bee Club,  Destination Imagination Club, Cooking Club, Art Club, Wildcat Choir, and others. Fourth and Fifth graders may participate in volleyball and basketball through the Casper Recreation Center. Cottonwood also partners with the YMCA to offer an after school program for our students. More information is available through the YMCA.



Cottonwood provides a great introduction to school with a standards-driven half-day preschool program. Cottonwood’s preschool is available to children ages 3 and 4 years old. Enrollment is conducted through the district enrollment offices.

Cottonwood provides two half-day sections of preschool

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.



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.