Welcome to Bowler Elementary School!
Bowler is a wonderful place to learn and grow. Nestled in western Shawano County, we have a beautiful campus located right in the heart of Bowler, WI. Our school serves just over 250 students through the cooperative efforts of over 40 staff members. Our children come from five rural townships around the Bowler area. We also serve the Stockbridge/Munsee Indian Reservation and approximately 45% of our students are Native American. Diverse cultural activities are central to our curriculum and we support traditional values through activities such as the annual school Pow-Wow. We encourage you to visit our school and volunteer your time and talents.
Bowler School District has been recognized repeatedly by the State of Wisconsin for our students’ continued growth and achievement. Bowler Elementary was named "A School of Promise" in 2004, 2007, 2008, & 2009 (four of the past six years) for our achievement scores on the state WKCE testing. We are very proud of our staff and students.
Small class sizes are important at Bowler and we are committed to having 18 or less students in all primary grades, K-3 in accordance with SAGE guidelines. Whenever possible, we provide additional staff at all grade levels to support flexible grouping for both reading and math instruction. We are fortunate to have all of Bowler’s students from PK-12 under one roof. It provides the opportunity for high school students to come down to the elementary, as tutors and role models.
Bowler Elementary School has a full day Kindergarten program, a half day 4K program, and an Early Childhood program for 3 year olds identified with a disability. We also offer Friday Play Groups for very young children and their parents. Students receive a high quality program that provides opportunities for remedial, developmental, and gifted learners. The Stockbridge/Munsee Tribe has been generous with their contribution of an additional guidance counselor to help our elementary staff meet the needs of all students. To better prepare students for learning, we provide a free daily breakfast for all K-6 children. We encourage parent involvement and include monthly "Family Nights," which feature a variety of educational activities.
Bowler utilizes the latest technology in the classrooms and is proud to support a talented staff that provides high quality educational programs for all students. Technology classes are offered on a regular basis. All classrooms are networked and internet accessible with computers located in each room. Our classrooms are all equipped with SMART Boards and we have recently purchased a SMART Table for our PK classroom. Beginning in kindergarten, students spend time each day in several computer labs. "OpenBook" (an upgraded version of "Write to Read 2000) and "SuccessMaker" (an Integrated Learning System) are some of the programs that provide individualized learning instruction for students. We will be utilizing our Erving Lab and the portable Polycom to bring virtual field trips to our students. Through technology, we truly are able to "bring the world" to our students.
Spanish Lessons, Chess Club, Homework Club, and a variety of sports programs for students in grades 3 through 6 are provided as after-school alternatives. Our band is known statewide and students begin band as early as 5th grade. Our Summer School program has a very exciting, interactive syllabus of courses from which to choose. We offer basic reading and math, as well as lots of enrichment courses: Spanish, Band, Packers, Fit N' Fun, Computers, Bike N' Hike, Music & Recorders, Sewing, Cooking, Crocheting, Fun with Magic, Animal Adventures, Agriculture, and Driver's Ed.
Bowler School recently completed its 4th year of training through AHA! which has encompassed: improving curriculum and teaching methods, building school/family relations, improving student behavior, and building mutual respect. Many other area schools have since joined us in that training.
Our school culture promotes trust, communication, and an innovative learning environment that cultivates cooperation. We work together as a professional team for the benefit of students and community while practicing high ethical standards. A trusting environment is nurtured among administration, staff, students and community. We try new and innovative techniques, respect differences and willingly share ideas with pride. All students are valued and capable of learning with a proper mix of guidance, support, trust, encouragement, and respect from parents, teachers, and staff.
Our staff is committed to supporting the individual growth of each and every student in partnership with our families and community. Through continuous reflection on our teaching practice we strive to improve instruction for all of Bowler's children. Our collaborative learning community is built on respect for all individuals and personal responsibility for ourselves and others. We work together to make Bowler Elementary School a welcoming place for all.
- Judy Munsey, Elementary Principal
Come join us and see that Bowler School is a great place to learn and grow!