• Category 1

    Selected in 2014

  • Grades: k - 8
    School Setting: rural
    Town Population: 6,117
    Student Enrollment: 12
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 8%
    White/Caucasian: 59%
    Hispanic: 33%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6
    % Reduced Lunch: 38%
    % ELL Learners: 25%
    Founded: 1929
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Lisa Weigel
  • CONTACT:
    615 Hamilton St
    Douglas, WY 82633
    307-358-5676
    lweigel@ccsd1.org
Dry Creek School
Douglas, WY
“We are a school that values students, staff, and parents! "Together" we have set high expectations for each other and through well established modeling of positive relationships that are guided by our four L's (4 L's) LISTEN, LEARN, LEND, LEAD, our culture is one that truly represents a welcoming place for students, staff and parents. We strive to ensure our school community is a place we are all proud of!"
Describe the most successful activity your school has initiated to strengthen ties to your community.
We are so proud of the strong partnership we have with our community stakeholders. We value input and feedback from our families and community and realize they play a vital role in the success of our schools. We have established a system of promoting family engagement that includes activities such as; Monthly Coffee with the Principal, Preview to the Year with Teachers, Technology Night, Dads n' Donuts, Moms n' Muffins, Literacy Night, Parent Progress Checks, Family Fit Night and school -wide events which include many of our local community members. Our students also participate in collaborative instructional sessions within one of our local community settings which provides them with a wonderful opportunity to engage and connect with others within their community.
Describe your school culture and explain changes you’ve taken to improve it.
We are a school that values students, staff, and parents! "Together" we have set high expectations for each other and through well established modeling of positive relationships that are guided by our four L's (4 L's) LISTEN, LEARN, LEND, LEAD, our culture is one that truly represents a welcoming place for students, staff and parents. We strive to ensure our school community is a place we are all proud of!
Describe how data is used to improve student achievement and inform decision making.
We operate on an alternative calendar and have Professional Learning Communities that are driven by student/staff needs throughout the school year. Our PLC's have served as a valuable platform for our staff to share data, discuss instructional practices, model lessons, guide our instructional decisions. We have reflected on things we have needed to adjust, celebrated our successes and shared many ideas together to improve our every day work with our students.
Describe specific programs in place to ensure that families are involved in the success of your school and students.
We have implemented a school wide reading incentive for the past five school years to promote family reading at home. Each year we kick off our program with a staff skit for students and parents to promote our theme for the year! Students and families track their reading minutes each night and fun incentives are built in throughout the year. We also have a strong summer math and reading incentive program for students with well over half of our students participating. We have a high ELL population and have implemented a Jump Start to Kindergarten and Early Literacy for Families to assist with our ELL Learners.
What are your school’s top two goals for the next year?
Our focus for the upcoming year is to see continued student growth in the area of writing and also to ensure our students maintain the outstanding growth they have had in all other academic areas; literacy, math, social areas.
Explain how Title I funds are used to support your improvement efforts.
Our Title 1 Funds have been utilized to support collaborating and assisting within our Response to Intervention Model/RTI during our Literacy and Math instructional blocks. We are able to utilize staff to assist and target students with needs in those areas for direct instruction. We also utilize funds to assist with Professional Development Needs as determined by staff to assist with student achievement areas; literacy and research-based interventions.
Describe the program or initiative that has had the greatest positive effect on student achievement, including closing achievement or opportunity gaps, if applicable.
Our Acceleration/Intervention Block which includes targeted and focused instruction for literacy and math has had a major impact on student achievement. Individual intervention instruction is also provided during those blocks and students are well aware of individual learning goals. Providing numerous opportunities for student practice and feedback has increased student engagement and individual learning for all students during our acceleration block! We have also utilized innovative technology to infuse into classrooms to support learning goals! We also make time to celebrate student accomplishments, quarterly attendance, achievement, and behavior recognition is something we do together every 9 weeks!
Stats
  • Category 1

    Selected in 2014

  • Grades: k - 8
    School Setting: rural
    Town Population: 6,117
    Student Enrollment: 12
    Student Demographics:

    Black/African American: 8%
    White/Caucasian: 59%
    Hispanic: 33%
    Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    Asian: 0%
    Native American: 0%
    Other: 0%

    Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6
    % Reduced Lunch: 38%
    % ELL Learners: 25%
    Founded: 1929
  • PRINCIPAL:
    Lisa Weigel
  • CONTACT:
    615 Hamilton St
    Douglas, WY 82633
    307-358-5676
    lweigel@ccsd1.org