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Wamsley Elementary School

Welcome to Wamsley!
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Our school is focused on creating the best culture and climate for our staff, our students, and our families. We emphasize inclusion because if our students feel loved, our teachers feel supported, and our families feel welcomed, students feel free to learn and explore, teachers are creative, and families support their child's development.
Experiential Education
Student building a wooden deer
Experiential Education is a style of teaching where educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and create community. Once a week for 3 hours, Wamsley Wildcats are immersed in experiences that encourage them to challenge themselves while allowing them to hone their strengths.
Overnight Field Trips
Elementary school students taking a group photo at a Mill

As a part of EE, students are given the opportunity to go on an overnight camping trip every year. These trips become our classrooms where we teach students skills like archery, fire safety, tent building, cooking, hiking, and overall camping skills/preparation.

Assemblies and the Spirit Stick
Students taping principal to the wall
Every Thursday morning, we have a pep rally style assembly for the entire school. Students volunteer to host the assembly and those students run the entire agenda. At these assemblies, we honor students and staff who have done extraordinary things from the past week. The grade with the most spirit during these assemblies earn the "Spirit Stick" based on student and staff judges. They earn the honor of putting a new symbol on the spirit stick for the next week by performing their chant well, having great enthusiasm, and great behavior during the assembly.
Cooking and Gardening
Students cooking chili
At Wamsley, we have a school garden that is taken care of by the students during EE. Students plant many different types of fruits and vegetables that are entered into the fair every year. Students also learn to cook in our kids' kitchen throughout the year. From learning to read and follow recipes to using a variety of different measurement and kitchen tools, students learn to cook new foods and even serve their finished products to staff and parents!

News & Events

Check out all the great things happening around WES!

Graphic for the Community Connected Fair

The Garfield Re-2 School District will host the first Community Connected Fair on July 31, 2024 at Coal Ridge High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Garfield Re-2 is bringing over 20 community organizations together under one roof for families to learn about, and sign up for educational and athletic programs. Organizations include local city recreation programs, youth football, youth wrestling, One Door, Boy Scouts, youth cheerleading, R.I.D.E and many more.  Families can go to the Garfield Re-2 website (https://www.garfieldre2.net/departments/communications/community-connected-fair) for a complete list of organizations.

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Wamsley Elementary School

 The Garfield Re-2 School District is pleased to announce that it received a Building Exceptional Schools Today (BEST) grant in the amount of $583,086. The grant will be used to support a $1.8 million dollar infrastructure improvement project at Wamsley that includes a new roof, two new boilers, new windows and several new exterior doors. 

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Garfield Re-2 Meal Monkey rolls out free meals to children 18-and-under

Garfield Re-2 School District is offering free meals to children 18-years and younger Monday - Thursday, June 3 through July 26, 202. This is a program through the USDA Summer Nutrition Program. In addition to lunch, students are able to receive a bagged cold breakfast for the following morning. Federal rules require children to eat lunch on site and children can participate in a variety of activities on most days at the meal locations. Meals can be picked up at the locations and times below Monday through Thursday. All sites will be closed on July 4.

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Garfield Re-2 school calendar

The Garfield Re-2 Board of Education approved the academic calendar for the 2024-25 school year during its March 13, 2024 meeting. The two-year adoption is similar to the current calendar.

School will begin for students in Garfield Re-2 schools—serving Rifle, Silt, and New Castle—on August 12. All staff will return on August 5, and new staff will report on July 29. Winter break will begin on December 23 and last until January 6, 2025. 

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Words of Kindness

See what our families are saying about Wamsley Elementry School!

Wamsley is a very welcoming school...

I love the Experiential Education part of the school. My children have made a lot of progress and are very happy there! The teachers and staff love each one of their students.

My kids love going to school!

EE is an amazing program and most of the staff are wonderful!

The teachers and staff love my children as their own...

I feel very lucky to have them teaching my children!

Best teachers...

in the valley!