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.
The Willard Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.) provides many opportunities for parents to become an active part of their child’s education. Our P.T.O hosts activities such as our Fall Festival, popcorn sales, fundraisers, and the Last Blast BBQ. This group meets once a month over the lunch hour.
Parents and families are strongly encouraged to be active in their child’s education.
Students at Willard are expected to read 20 minutes each night. Parents are also invited to participate in school activities, family nights, and “Power of an Hour!” Preschool parents are expected to volunteer within the preschool classroom.
Thursday folders will be sent home weekly with the school newsletter, your child’s weekly progress report and any other notes from the school or your child’s teacher.
Parents are expected to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences both in the fall and spring of each school year. Families are always encouraged to keep an open line of communication with Willard Elementary and your child’s teacher.
Willard uses the Common Core State Standards as a guide to provide top quality reading Instruction. Students receive 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction on a daily basis, which is complemented by an additional 30-minute Intervention and Enrichment block. Helping students become confident, fluent readers is a top priority at Willard.
Willard uses the My Math curriculum, which has been adopted district wide. This program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is used as our first resource for teaching math.
Willard also uses the BEST behavior program to facilitate positive peer and adult interactions and to help students learn to be safe, responsible, respectful and kind. Students can earn Eagle Tokens for showing their BEST behavior!
Willard students may participate in Lego Robotics, Walking Club, Spelling Bee, Science Club, Cooking Club, Fitness Club, Homework Lab, and Art Club.
Fifth-graders may play basketball and volleyball through the Casper Rec Center. All students are encouraged to remain active and get moving through classes and clubs provided by entities such as the Casper Rec Center, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA.
Classes at Willard run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Before-school activities begin at 8 a.m., and after-school activities are available until 4:45 p.m.
Playground supervision is available starting at 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast is served before school beginning at 8:10 a.m. and a fresh fruit or vegetable is served to all students as a snack during the day.
Special education programs are available for those students who show a need according to local, state, and federal guidelines. Willard has one resource room for those students who meet the criteria. We also are home to a K-2 and a 3-5 Functional Life Skills classrooms.
Students have access to tutors in reading and math. The school also offers services from a social worker, speech/language pathologist, nurse, Central Wyoming Counseling Center counselor and other therapists.
Preschool is available for children who turn 3 by Sept. 15, 2013. Morning preschool is from 8:50 to 11:35 a.m., and afternoon preschool is from 12:40 to 3:25 p.m. Preschool students are screened for pre-academic skills. The staff discusses student needs and prioritizes admission based on those needs. This process is completed in May of each year for the next school year.