Verda James Elementary

701 Carriage Lane
Casper, Wyoming 82609
Phone: (307) 253-1100
Fax: (307) 253-1150

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Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Grades: K - 5
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Our MISSION Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow

Our VISION Verda James Elementary School empowers all learners to excel academically and socially on life's journey.

Our PURPOSE 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 the importance of the 4 "Be"s, be safe, be respectful, be responsible, and be nice.

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.

With shared leadership and a strong vision, students, parents, and staff are working together on a voyage to meet district and school goals.


2007 NCSD Excelling school in student achievement in writing
2008 NCSD Excelling school in student achievement in writing
2009 NCSD Excelling school in student achievement in math
Met Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in math and reading/language arts since 2003


~Enrollment : 430 students
~Students per teacher ratio 17:1 Primary; 26:1 Intermediate
~Art, Music and P.E. instruction for one hour every week
~Bi-monthly collaboration allows students additional Art, Music, and P.E. opportunities and time for teachers to focus on student learning and data as a collaborative team
~High Access Technology School:
Grades K-3: One laptop for every four students
Grades 4-5: One laptop for every student
Promethean Boards in every classroom
ActiVotes (interactive teaching tool)


Principal: Steve Ellbogen
(307) 253-1100

Office Manager: Karin Galloway
(307) 253-1100


~Weekly schoolwide newsletter, "Viking Express"
~Classroom newsletters
~Weekly Thursday folders between school and home
~School website
~Student/parent/teacher conferences twice a year or as needed
~Active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
~Parent and community volunteers
~Back-to-School Barbecue
~4 Yearly Literacy Events
~Family Literacy Team
~Preschool Storytime Fridays

Balanced Literacy addresses the diversity and needs of children as they are engaged in literacy.
Literacy First is a research-based, systematic process utilizing skill groups and whole group instruction (phonological awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary) that accelerates reading achievement of all students.

K-5 Everyday Math focuses on real-life problem solving, balances whole-class and self-directed learning, emphasizes communication, facilitates school-family cooperation, and appropriate use of technology.
Math Add+Vantage gives teachers successful, proven strategies for working with mathematically-challenged students.
My Math

Specific strategies and skills are taught through the following methods:

Step Up To Writing helps students structure their writing.
Writers Workshop teaches writers the process of writing.
6+1 Traits provides students the tools needed to assess writing.

~On-site Boys and Girls Club (open until 6 p.m.)
~Library open during the summer
~Summer Jumpstart
~Science Fair for grades K-5
~Young Authors for grades K-5

~Jr. First Lego League (Jr. FLL) Robotics for students ages 6-9 years
~First Lego League (FLL) Robotics for students ages 9-14 years
~P.E. Club for grades K-5
~Boys and girls volleyball for grades 4 and 5
~Boys and girls basketball for grades 4 and 5

~Boys and girls volleyball for grades 4 and 5
~Boys and girls basketball for grades 4 and 5
~P.E. Club for grades K-5

Academic Support
~Art, Music, and P.E.
~Certified tutor in reading and/or math for qualifying students
~Full continuum of Special Education services: Resource classroom, Speech, OT/PT, APE, and Social Worker
~Academic support staff at all grade levels allowing for more frequent adult contact
~Designated time for differentiated instruction 4-5 times a week within the classroom
~Before school, lunch time, and after school Learning Lab to support academic needs in reading and math
~On-site school counselor
~Part-time nurse
~Central Wyoming Counseling Center support
~Full time Library/Media Specialist

~We "Choose Excellence"
~Building Effective Schools Together (BEST program)
~8 Keys of Excellence character education program
~Schoolwide recognitions of positive behaviors

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.