Welcome to Wilshire Elementary School - home of the Wildcats! Wilshire is a TEA RECOGNIZED campus where students are excited about school and learning. Wilshire is a Title I Campus-wide Program School, as well as a Schools of Choice campus. We provide students the enrichment of the humanities based Core Knowledge strands that are integrated into our language arts and social studies curriculums, as well as the opportunity to participate in the Suzuki Strings program. Since 2001, Wilshire has been serving students integrating Core Knowledge curriculum into our HEB curriculum to facilitate a higher standard of learning. Extra-curricular offerings include the Extended Day program and the award winning Wildcat Chorale. Our 100% highly qualified staff is committed to working in partnership with each student and their family to provide a positive, structured, safe and caring atmosphere where all students can achieve academic success.
The PTA and our Volunteers in Public Schools programs are an important part of the success at Wilshire. Our parents are often found helping with copying, mentoring, tutoring or eating lunch with their students. If you are interested in learning more about our campus, please contact our office at 817/354-3529 so we may share more about our dynamic learning environment.
Wilshire Elementary Mission Statement
Wilshire will offer a safe, healthy, nurturing learning environment where all students will show academic growth.
What is Suzuki Strings?
Through the Suzuki program, Wilshire students have the chance to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Parents attend lessons with their children during the school day and serve as "home teachers". Through listening, repetition of skills and positive reinforcement students learn that they can accomplish their goals on their instrument as well as in other subject areas if they just keep trying.
Wilshire Elementary was built in 1964 as part of the newly formed Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. Its first principal was Mr. Joe Waller. The Wilshire Elementary PTA began a year later in 1965. Working with the PTA, Wilshire Elementary developed the first parent volunteer program in HEB, which allowed parents to work in the classroom and around the school with teachers and students. Mr. Waller retired in 1985 and a former Wilshire teacher, Tommie Boaz, became the new principal. Mrs. Boaz held this position until 1993. Dr. Joe Koenig followed Mrs. Boaz as campus principal. Dr. Koenig hired a new assistant principal, Jonathan James in 1994. Mr. James left the HEB schools in 1996, but came back in 2002 as Wilshire's principal until the spring semester of 2009. Carma Schellhorn was named the fifth principal of Wilshire in the fall semester of 2009. Our current administrator is Jodi Ramos.
As Wilshire Elementary grew, we added the gymnasium and library in 1989. A new wing took the place of the portables on the north side of the school in 1995. Due to the rapid population growth, this wing was extended and a new cafeteria kitchen was built in 2000 to allow room for more students in the expanding neighborhood. In 2001, Wilshire became the first Schools of Choice campus to offer the Core Knowledge program and a Suzuki Strings program. Three years later, they became an Official Core Knowledge Campus and one of a select few National Visitation sites. In 2005, Wilshire proudly sent its first sixth grade class of Suzuki students off to Central Junior High to become part of the first HEB Orchestra. Both of these programs continue to enrich our students and their families as we continue to grow our community toward a world class standard. Wilshire Elementary Staff embraces our diversity and foundational support for all learners reaching their full potential required for success in today's rapidly changing society. In 2014, Wilshire Elementary celebrated our 50th year as a part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.