Ralph Witters Elementary

RWE1aThe school known as Ralph Witters Elementary was first built as Springview School in 1952. At that time, Ralph Witters was principal of another Thermopolis elementary building, Hill School. He had begun as principal of Hill School in 1946 and would continue in this role for more than 30 years, retiring in 1978.

By 1994, growing student enrollment moved the fourth and fifth grade students to Lucerne Intermediate School, just north of Thermopolis. Construction on another addition to Ralph Witters began in 2006 and was completed for the 2007-08 school year. With the newly expanded building, the fourth and fifth graders returned to the building, bringing Ralph Witters back to its original purpose as a school for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

226 students
9.3:1 student/teacher ratio




Principal’s Message

The journey that has led me to become a part of this dynamic community and school system has been filled with learning experiences and people who have helped me develop into the person I am today.  I am excited to begin this new journey at Ralph Witters Elementary. The school is a vital center to the Thermopolis community and I look forward to continuing the established relationships and developing new ones. There are many new faces at Ralph Witters Elementary who are also excited to become part of the colorful and rich tapestry that make up this educational community.

Working within a Professional Learning Community, with the goal of becoming one of the top performing schools in Wyoming, offers many exciting challenges that I am confident the staff and myself are ready to face. There are numerous, rich learning opportunities already in place at Ralph Witters Elementary and I am thrilled to be working with a staff who are ready to take on new and different ways of instruction. We have established a science lab for hands-on exploration and also are offering a Kinder Boost program for those individuals in need of fostering the early developmental skills. Staff have been working collaboratively to create assessments that can accurately measure student performance and that align better to the state accountability measurements. It is my belief that the learning experiences offered at Ralph Witters Elementary will provide students with real and relevant opportunities that will better prepare them for their educational journey. Again, it brings me great pleasure to be joining such a dynamic team who are all focused on one thing – student success!

Most sincerely, Laurie Graves

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