129 N. Elk
Casper, Wyoming 82601
Phone: (307) 253-6300
Fax: (307) 253-6328
Willard Elementary School is the home of the Eagles, the home of Reading First, and the home of great students, parents, and staff members. The school serves about 275 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. There are two classrooms at each grade level supported by about 26 certified teachers who provide top quality teaching and learning opportunities for all children.
Many students enjoy small group instruction in reading and math for enrichment and remediation through Walk-to-Reading.
At Willard, parents are partners, and together staff and families make a positive difference in the lives of children. Willard prepares students to become lifelong learners and quality contributors in the world of tomorrow, in a safe, nurturing environment.
Willard’s Parent-Teacher Organization works to promote the involvement of all parents and staff in the education and development of students; to promote and maintain the highest possible standards of academic excellence and citizenship; to bring closer relations between home and the school; to encourage physical and mental education and appropriate social behavior at school; and to provide a forum for the discussion of local school district objectives and local school issues. The PTO meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Willard gym.
Parents will receive communications and a newsletter from the school in their child’s folder every Thursday.
Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year.
Willard is a Reading First school. Students spend 90 minutes every day in uninterrupted reading instruction, which is complemented by an additional 30-minute “Universal Access” block that supports reading. The school also uses the Step Up to Writing program, PBIS and Ladder Behavior systems, Journeys Reading, and Everyday Math, which is supported with SAXON Math. Science is hands-on through districtwide FOSS kits, and third grade uses Natrona County Social Studies books developed by the Natrona County Public Library and NCSD.
Due to high student achievement, Willard qualifies as an excelling school in math and is very close in reading.
Students may participate in Walking Club, Lego Robotics, Student Council, Math Club, School Newspaper/Writing Club, Early Morning Study Time, STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) at lunch, and LASH (Late Assignment Study Hall) after school. Fourth and fifth grade students may participate in basketball and volleyball. Additionally, students may attend tutoring before and after school for additional support.
Three times a year, all Willard students participate in NWEA Growth Assessments. Kindergarten and first grade students take the math and reading assessments, while third to fifth grade students complete reading, math, and language tests. These tests are held in September, December, and April/May, and results are available almost immediately.
In addition, 3rd grade to 5th grade students participate in Wyoming State Proficiency (PAWS) tests in the spring of each year. These assessments include math, reading, and writing. The results are available the following fall.
Students who need to complete work or who need additional help with assignments may participate in the supervised lunch-time STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) program.
Students who need extra time to finish assignments or who fail to complete assigned daily work may be required to attend the after-school tutoring program, Late Assignment Study Hall. Participation is through teacher-referral only.
Students also have access to a full range of special education services as needed, and teacher-referred students can attend additional tutoring services before or after school for remediation and/or enrichment.
Two half-day preschools are available for children ages 3 to 5. Admission priority is given to those students whose parents intend to send their children to Willard through fifth grade. All income levels are accepted.