Cottonwood Elementary

1230 W. 15th St.
Casper, Wyoming 82604
Phone: (307) 253-4700
Fax: (307) 253-4760

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Hours: 8:40 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Grades: PreK-5
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School Description:

The goal at Cottonwood is to bring all students to the highest academic level possible on the district and state standards that we want them to know and be able to do.

Cottonwood is a relatively new school community that grew out of the combination of McKinley and Westwood schools. The school uses research-based best practices to improve student achievement and work toward the school motto: “Building a Foundation for Success!”
In January 2009, the entire school community moved into its brand new facility!


Principal: Brian Doner
(307) 253-4700

Office Manager: Jackie Shaffer
(307) 253-4700


A school newsletter is distributed each Monday.

Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year.

The school uses Everyday Math, Success for All Reading, Step Up to Writing, and 6+1 Traits of Writing research-based curriculum programs. Teachers and staff provide all students with 30 minutes of intervention or enrichment lessons driven by their academic needs during daily I&E time. The school also uses the BEST behavior curriculum to help students learn to be safe, responsible, respectful and kind citizens. Students receive a variety of rewards for BEST behaviors at Cottonwood.

We are in the process of planning and designing all the great activities for the 2011-12 school year. Please check the school newsletter for all the exciting activities taking place this year!

Fifth-graders may participate in district basketball and volleyball.

Playground supervision begin at 8 a.m.

Breakfast is served before classes begin.

Cottonwood also is home to two functional life skills classrooms, one for students in K-2, and one for children in grades 3-5.

Cottonwood also is home to a preschool. Children must be 3 by Sept. 15, 2011. Parents must volunteer monthly. The preschool program uses the Success For All Foundations Curiosity Corner preschool curriculum. This curriculum aligns with the schoolwide reading program. There are no income eligibility requirements.

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