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Park County School District #1
Driven by Excellence


Announcements, recognitions, and district issues that affect the voting and tax paying public—if you need to know about it, we’ll have it here.

Powell Schools Foundation Scholarship Opportunity

A $1500 scholarship is available to one Powell High School graduate for their sophomore, junior, senior, or post-graduate year in college. We are now accepting applications.

  • Application Period: March 15 through May 3, 2019
  • Eligibility: PHS graduates for their second year (or beyond) in college with a 3.0 GPA
  • Application Form: Pick up form from Sherri Simpson at the school district office at 160 N Evarts in Powell

For more information, please read our Powell Schools Foundation Scholarship flyer.

District Newsletters

We want you to know the great things happening in our school district. Please visit this page regularly for the latest newsletters and information.

Kindergarten Registration & Screening

We will be having our kindergarten registration and screenings on Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3 in the Support Services building (old high school) located at 245 N. Evarts, Powell WY, 82435. Please contact Stephanie at 764.6183 to make an appointment. Please note that in accordance with Wyoming state statue 21-4-302: Students must be five years old prior to September 15, 2019. Please bring birth certificate and immunization records.

New State (WAEA) and Federal (ESSA) Accountability

Park County School District #1 is being held accountable by two new state and federal accountability acts. State accountability is defined in the Wyoming Accountability in Education Act (WAEA). This law takes into account measures specifically related to educational goals in Wyoming. Federal accountability is defined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, each state submits its own plan in regard to achievement and graduation rate goals for schools, measures for how well schools are doing, and priorities for the use of federal funds.

A variety of indicators determine school performance levels and are calculated to help determine which schools are doing well and which schools are in need of support. WAEA looks at student growth, readiness, achievement, equity, and English language proficiency. Under ESSA, schools with a graduation rate below 67% and the bottom 5% of Title I schools will be identified for state-led support. Additionally, schools with a specific student group in the bottom 10% will be identified for supports and interventions led by the local school and district.

Park #1 has performed very well under these new accountability expectations. For more information on how our district and individual schools are performing, we invite you to view our report card information.

PHS Journalists win All-State Award

The PHS online newspaper,, earned the All-State Online Newspaper Award when 18 student journalists traveled to Riverton for the state journalism convention.

This was Powell’s first time participating in any statewide competition. Eighteen teams from all state classifications participated in the annual fall convention.

“My immediate reaction after winning the award was I had a tremendous amount of pride,” said Prowl Adviser Mr.Vin Cappiello.

Other than winning, the journalism students also went through different journalistic workshops during the day.

The workshops included: Toxic Communication, The Art of Interview, The Lead, Screenwriting for Journalists, Dazzle Your Readers with Captivating Captions, and etc. Members of the Wyoming Press Association or staff taught most of the classes from the University of Wyoming or Central Wyoming College (the venue for the event).

Lunch with a Police Officer

Southside students were in for a special treat! Our School Resource Officer, Trevor Carpenter, and Powell Police Officer, Caleb Schmidt, spent the lunch hour serving lunch to students at Southside Elementary! The Powell Police Department has helped implement a new program in PCSD1 schools for patrol officers called, “Adopt a School.” 

The program helps get officers into all the schools, increasing campus security for our students and staff. This is also a great opportunity for students and staff members to get the chance to meet other great police officers that serve our great community. Thank you PPD, our students loved having you!

Baby, it's cold Outside

We have students coming to school not dressed appropriately for the weather. The chances of having inside recess on extremely cold days are good, but there are times students do go out in temperatures lower than 40 degrees. It is always best to send them in winter coats, with gloves and a hat, and have students not need them, rather than have students go outside without proper clothing.

If you need help getting warm clothing for your child, please contact the secretary or counselor at your child’s school building.