🐊Attention Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight’s phone call, here’s all the information. 🐊Attention parents of Gator 4 bus riders-The bus will be late being picked up in the morning. Mrs. Tyneisha will most likely be out all week and other drivers who are unfamiliar with her route are driving her students to school. Again, the bus will likely be late. 🐊For our ESOL students, WIDA testing will begin this week. 🐊Parents, PLEASE DO NOT send sick students to school. If they complain of headache, sore throat, fever, or any other Covid-19 symptoms, they need to stay home. If you send them to school, they complain of symptoms, you will have to pick them up and they’ll not be able to return until they have a negative Covid-19 test, or the doctor sends a note indicating that it is something else besides Covid-19. We’re trying to keep everyone safe. 🐊Parent-Teacher conferences will begin on Thursday, January 28. These are scheduled appointments from 3:15-6:45. Some may not have felt the need to conference with your child’s teacher, but if you do, please contact them to set up your appointment. Conferences will also be on Friday, January 29 from 7:45-11:00. 🐊All conferences are virtual or by phone. You WILL NOT come to the school. 🐊Students do not come to school on Friday, January 29. 🐊Parents, please make sure that any change in transportation is made in writing—a note written in their agenda is fine or a piece of notebook paper. We cannot change transportation over the phone. This is to keep our kids safe and to ensure only those who are supposed to pick them up, have them. 🐊Please be sure that your child comes to school daily with a clean mask. Masks should be washed and cleaned like all other laundry items. 🐊Parents, please be sure your child’s device is charged each day before they come to school. Students must have their device with them at school EVERY DAY. 🐊We have a virtual SIC (School Improvement Council) Meeting Monday at 5:00. If you are interested in attending, please call the school for the information to be a part of it. 🐊Thank you for all that you do each and every day to support your children and our teachers so that we can teach them, and they can learn. It’s been a difficult year. We could never do this alone. Our Gallman Gator family is continuing to learn and grow together. We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
The School District of Newberry County will no longer send non-close contact letters to parents informing them that a case of COVID-19 was identified in our schools. We will continue to inform parents if their child has been identified as a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes). Please be reminded that you can access information regarding COVID-19 activity in our district on the COVID-19 Dashboard located on the District’s webpage. The School District of Newberry County continues to remind parents to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms each morning prior to coming to school. If your child displays any of the following symptoms, tests positive, or is identified as a household contact or close contact, please complete the COVID-19 questionnaire located on your child’s school website and a school nurse will follow up with you. COVID-19 Symptoms: o Any one of these with or without fever: New or worsening cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Loss of taste or smell o OR two (2) of the following: Sore throat Muscle Aches Chills Fatigue Headache Congestion or runny nose Diarrhea Nausea or vomiting It is important that we all maintain heightened awareness as it pertains to monitoring for symptoms, maintaining social distancing and wearing masks as any of us can be around a positive case in any situation in our lives and not know it. Thank you for your continued support of our school district. If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Fran (803-321-2655) or Tricia Ulch, School Nurse Coordinator (803-321-2620).
🐊Attention Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's all the information! 🐊No School Tomorrow- There is no school on Monday, January 18th due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. 🐊Please be sure that if students are feeling well, they are attending school every day. If they are absent, please send in an excuse. Students are only allowed 7 parental excuses for the school year. 🐊Tardy Bell at 7:45- Please be sure students are at school by 7:45 am each day. Coming in late is disruptive to your child's learning. 🐊Continue to Self-Screen for COVID-19 Symptoms- Please continue to self-screen your children BEFORE coming to school each day. If they have been a close contact to a positive case within the past 14 days or are shoring symptoms as outlined in the Parent Toolkit, please do not send your child to school and notify the school nurse using the form - https://bit.ly/COVID19_GES 🐊Reporting COVID-19 Exposure and Cases- If your child has tested positive, is a close contact, or a household contact, please notify the nurse by using the form https://bit.ly/COVID19_GES Someone will follow up with you on Tuesday, January 19th. Each positive case has to be investigated by viewing cameras, measuring, etc. and that cannot be done on weekends or holidays. 🐊Charge Devices Daily!- PLEASE charge your child's device (laptop or iPad) each night and send it to school fully charged. Also, please make sure your child has their charger with them as well, just in case it is needed. 🐊Parents, we want to remind you that students should NOT be picked up after 2:00pm. It is disruptive to the learning environment. 🐊Transportation Changes- ALL transportation changes must be made in writing or in-person by a parent. There will be NO transportation changes made over the telephone. This is for the safety of all our students. 🐊Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to support our school! We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
🐊Attention Parents and Families 🐊 In case you missed tonight’s phone call, here’s all the information. 🐊 We would like to thank you for making sure students have their masks. They did an excellent job this past week. This is just a reminder to be sure they are wearing a mask and that is fitted over their mouth and nose. Please be sure that they are wearing a clean mask every day. 🐊Also, make sure students bring their device to school fully charged so they are ready for school and their assignments. 🐊Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns. 🐊Thank you for ALL that you have done to ensure our students are prepared and safe. We cannot do this alone! You are genuinely appreciated. We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
Please continue to self-screen students prior to coming to school. If they have been in close contact with a positive case within the past 14 days or are showing symptoms, please do not send your student to school and notify the school nurse by using the link http://bit.ly/COVID19_GES to report a positive case, close contact, or household contact.
Thursday (Jan. 7th) and Friday (Jan. 8th) Changes in instructional placement begin on Thursday, January 7th. All students who will be attending school in the 4-day in-person instructional model will attend school beginning on Thursday, January 7th. This includes all Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 students who are remaining in the face-to-face model AND any virtual students who chose to attend school in the face-to-face model. From Thursday, January 7th forward all face-to-face students will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a virtual eLearning day for all students.
🐊Attention GES Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's the information. 🎆Happy New Year!🎆 We hope all of you enjoyed your Winter Break and that you were able to relax, have fun, and stay safe and healthy. We are excited about school starting back. ❗️❗️Please read very carefully to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.❗️❗️ 🐊Monday, January 4th- There is NO SCHOOL for students. It is a teacher workday. 🐊Tuesday, January 5th—If you were virtual during first semester, you are still virtual on Tuesday. If you are Cohort 1, a Monday/Thursday student, you DO NOT come to school on Tuesday. If you are Cohort 2, a Tuesday/Friday student, you come to school on Tuesday. 🐊Wednesday, January 6th, is a virtual eLearning day for EVERYONE—no one comes to school. 🐊Thursday, January 7th, is when the changes will take place. ❗️If your child was virtual, and you signed them up to come to school face-to-face, they will come on Thursday and Friday. ❗️Cohort 1 AND Cohort 2 students will attend school on both Thursday and Friday. ❗️From Thursday until you are told otherwise, students will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. ❗️Wednesday will continue to be a virtual eLearning day for ALL students. ❗️If your child remained virtual, it’s possible that they will have another teacher. This information was sent out prior to us leaving for Winter Break. ❗️If children are dropped off on the wrong day, you will be asked to return to pick them up. ❗️❗️Remember all changes will happen on Thursday, January 7th.❗️❗️ 🐊Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to provide a first class education for our students and to keep them safe. We hope you all have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
GES Parents and Staff, Need to report a Close Contact, Household Contact or Positive Case of COVID-19? Click here to answer a few questions (Gallman Elementary School COVID-19 Reporting). If you are reporting over a holiday, weekend, or after hours, a school nurse will contact you the next school day for additional information. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXGUjhlPqIvCFD3VHqy6rnbgNkOtByFF8GsC0TZELzC5CJkg/viewform?usp=send_form
🐊Attention Parents and Families!🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's all the information! 🐊Monday and Tuesday, we are encouraging our students and staff to wear festive holiday wear including hats, sweaters, jewelry, etc. 🐊Thursday and Friday, we are encouraging our students and staff to wear pajamas. NO SLIPPERS, NO SLIDES, or any type of shoe deemed not safe by administration. 🐊Letters went home last week for students returning to face-to-face instruction and for students who will have a new teacher in January. Please let us know if you have any questions. 🐊Friday will be a half day for students. Students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Lunch will NOT be served on this day. 🐊On January 5, we will still be on a hybrid schedule. Cohort 2 ONLY (the Tuesday/Friday group) will come on Tuesday, January 5th. 🐊January 6 will be our regular virtual Wednesday. 🐊On Thursday, January 7—All cohorts and students moving from virtual will begin attending school. This will begin our 4-day week with Wednesday still being an eLearning day. 🐊Thank you for all that you have done from the beginning of the year to now for your children and our school. This has not been an easy year, but we are getting through it together. We cannot do this alone. We appreciate all the support that you have given Gallman Elementary School. It is our hope that you and your families have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic Winter Break!
🐊Attention Gallman Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's call, here's all the information! 🐊Letters will be mailed on Wednesday to students who are changing from virtual to face-to-face instruction or (and) who may have a new teacher in January. 🐊Please be sure students are completing assignments and turning them in to their teacher. 🐊Virtual students will be taking i-Ready testing on Monday and Tuesday. Parents of virtual students, please DO NOT help students with any answers. We need to have a valid and accurate snapshot of what they can do on their own so we know how to alter our instruction and help them in areas of deficiency. 🐊Hybrid students will be taking i-Ready testing both days they are at school this week (one day will be ELA and one day will be Math). 🐊Make sure students come to school daily with clean masks. Please screen children at home for COVID-19, flu, and cold symptoms to ensure they are well enough to come to school. 🐊Thank you for all you do! We could not do this alone. Our Gallman Gator Family continues to learn and grow together. We hope you all have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
School nutrition programs are working hard to make sure all students have continued access to safe and healthy school meals, whether they are attending class in-person or online. School meals are available for ALL children. In fact, participating in school nutrition programs helps your school keep much-needed funding. Visit https://ncsdnutrition.com/ to view your schools’ menu.
Hey parents! Do you stress about what to make your kids for lunch? Are you working from home while also playing the role of teacher, principal, and cook? Whether your kids are learning at home or at school, let your school take meal prep off your to-do list. Schools are now able to provide free meals to ALL children, regardless of household income, for the rest of the school year. Visit https://ncsdnutrition.com/ to view your schools’ menu.
🐊Attention Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed it, here’s the information from tonight’s phone call. 🐊 We hope everyone had a happy, restful, and relaxing Thanksgiving. 🐊Virtual parents, please plan to bring your child’s device to the school on Wednesday, December 2 from 9 to 12 to update their devices with important programs that’s necessary for safety and instruction. You will park at the bus loop and enter by the multipurpose room. Again, this will be this Wednesday, December 2nd. 🐊Parents of 3rd grade virtual students, please plan bring your child to the school for iReady testing on Wednesday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 11:30. This is for 3rd grade virtual students ONLY! This test is very important! It is part of the 3rd Grade Read to Succeed law. 3rd grade students performing below grade level in reading could possibly be retained, so please stress the importance of this test. 🐊Parents, please be sure to wash your child’s cloth mask daily. Cloth masks can be washed in your washing machine or they can be washed by hand. The CDC states cloth masks can be included in your regular laundry using your regular detergent and following instructions on the fabric label. Completely dry masks in a warm or hot dryer. Masks can also be air dried by hanging it in direct sunlight. If you are not able to dry the mask in the sunlight, hang or lay it flat and allow the mask to dry completely before wearing. 🐊Thank you for all you do! We hope you all have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
School meals are a great way to stretch the household budget and reduce stress on parents. School meals are also healthy and meet federal nutrition standards. In fact, studies show that students who participate in school meal programs have better overall diet quality than students who don’t participate. Visit https://ncsdnutrition.com/ to view your schools’ menu.
🐊Attention Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight’s call, here’s the information. 📚Virtual parents, please plan to bring your child’s device to the school on Wednesday, December 2 from 9 to 12 to update their devices with important programs that are necessary for safety and instruction. You will park at the bus loop and enter by the multipurpose room. Again, this will be next Wednesday, December 2nd. 📚Parents of 3rd grade virtual students, please plan bring your child to the school for iReady testing on Wednesday, December 2nd from 8:30 to 11:30. This is for 3rd grade virtual students ONLY! This test is very important! It is part of the 3rd Grade Read to Succeed law. 3rd grade students performing below grade level in reading could possibly be retained, so please stress the importance of this test. 📚Parents, please be sure to wash your child’s cloth mask daily. Cloth masks can be washed in your washing machine or they can be washed by hand. The CDC states cloth masks can be included in your regular laundry using your regular detergent and following instructions on the fabric label. Completely dry masks in a warm or hot dryer. Masks can also be air dried by hanging it in direct sunlight. If you are not able to dry the mask in the sunlight, hang or lay it flat and allow the mask to dry completely before wearing. 📚Interim Reports will be going home on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. 📚Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 21st. There will be no school on these days. 📚We are thankful for all you do to support our school! We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp GATORIFFIC week!
Attention NewberryONE Parents: Meals will NOT be distributed on Wednesday, Nov 25 since this is a school holiday. HOWEVER, any family may contact their school’s cafeteria manager to arrange for meal pick up on Tuesday, Nov 24 if they wish. To arrange meal pick up at Gallman Elementary you can email Mrs. Tammy Lominack at email@example.com or call the school at 803-321-2655 and ask for the cafeteria manager.
🎉Help us Celebrate our Teachers and Staff🎉 This week is American Education Week. American Education Week presents everyone with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education. We would LOVE for you (parents and families, students, community members) to help us celebrate our GATORIFFIC teachers and staff! Take a moment to go to https://bit.ly/GatorShoutOuts and send a Shout Out to one or more of our staff members! These will be compiled and shared with staff members in the coming weeks. Please submit Shout Outs by Friday, December 4th!
🐊Attention Parents and Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's all the information. 🐊Hybrid parents, please make sure your child is completing assignments during their virtual days—days they are not in school. It affects their attendance. 🐊There is an SIC Meeting on Monday, November 16th at 5:00 pm. It is a virtual meeting. Please email Mrs. Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like the link to join us. 🐊The change instructional model survey ended at 3:00 pm on Friday. There will be no additional changes for the remainder of the year. 🐊Thank you for all your support of your children and Gallman Elementary School. You are appreciated. We hope you all have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic Week!
TODAY is the LAST day to request a change in Instructional Model for your students. If you want to change the instructional model (hybrid to virtual OR virtual to 4 days in-person) beginning in January, you MUST complete the form (by clicking the link below) by 3:00pm TODAY! ‼️ If you want to change your child from virtual to 4 days in person, you MUST complete this survey that was sent out last week- http://bit.ly/InstSet ONLY complete the survey if you want to change the learning model your child is in. If you have more than one child and want to change their instructional model, please complete the form for EACH child. Once you indicate you want a change, there will be no more changes for the remainder of the year. The deadline for completing the survey is TOMORROW, Friday, November 13th at 3:00 pm. ‼
‼️ If you want to change your child from virtual to 4 days in-person, you MUST complete this survey that was sent out last week- http://bit.ly/InstSet ONLY complete the survey if you want to change the learning model your child is in. If you have more than one child and want to change their instructional model, please complete the form for EACH child. Once you indicate you want a change, there will be no more changes for the remainder of the year. The deadline for completing the survey is TOMORROW, Friday, November 13th at 3:00 pm. ‼
Thank you, Veterans! Today is Veterans Day and the faculty, staff, and students at GES would like to thank all those who serve and have served our country! We made a short video to thank Veterans for their service! https://youtu.be/FwJy2ynGqcU
🐊🐊Gallman Gator Parents and Families🐊🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's all the information. 🐊Our students and teachers enjoyed our Pumpkin Day! It was a day of fun-filled games, learning about pumpkins, and a great meal from Sonic. 🐊If you want to change your child from virtual to hybrid, you MUST complete this survey that was sent out last week- http://bit.ly/InstSet ONLY complete the survey if you want to change the learning model your child is in. Once you indicate you want a change, there will be no more changes for the remainder of the year. The deadline for completing the survey is this Friday, November 13th at 3:00 pm. 🐊Parents, there is a program on your child’s computer that filters their searches. If they search anything inappropriate, I receive an email of the student’s name, user name, and device serial number. Please talk with them about acceptable use and monitor what they are doing on their devices. 🐊Veterans Day is Wednesday, which is our virtual day. Check out our Facebook page for a Gallman Gator Tribute to our veterans. 🐊Thank you parents for all that you have done to ensure your kids are prepared, doing their work at home, logging in for classes, and making sure they are coming to school wearing their masks. We could not survive this year without your support. Our Gallman Gator Family—learning and growing together. 🐊We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
🐊Attention GES Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's all the info! 🐊Option to Change Instructional Model- Beginning January 7th, we are going to have the option of 4-day face-to-face classes for students. If you want to change your child(ren) from hybrid to virtual or from virtual to hybrid, you must complete this survey (http://bit.ly/InstSet). You should only complete the survey if you want to change the learning model your child is currently in and you should complete it for each child. DO NOT complete the survey if you are happy with your current learning model. The survey must be completed by 3pm on November 13th. Absolutely no changes will be made after November 13th, so please complete the survey IF you want to change. 🐊Parent Teacher Conferences- There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, November 2nd because we will be having virtual and phone Parent Teacher Conferences. There is no need for parents to come to the school. All conferences will be done by phone or virtually. 🐊Election Day- There will be NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 3rd because of Election Day. 🐊Wednesday is an eLearning Day- No students will come to school on Wednesday, November 4th because it is an eLearning Day for all students. Students will have assignments posted in Schoology as they normally do on Wednesday. 🐊Cohort 1 will return to school on Thursday, November 5th. We will have our Pumpkin Day that was rescheduled from last week. 🐊Cohort 2 will return to school on Friday, November 6th. We will have our Pumpkin Day that was rescheduled from last week. 🐊Reminder for Virtual Students- Please be sure to submit assignments by their due dates and in a timely manner. Attendance in live meetings and completing assignments is crucial for students to be successful. 🐊Reminder for Hybrid Students- Work during virtual/eLearning days needs to be completed when you are not in school. This affects attendance. 🐊Virtual Student Report Cards- Report cards and other pertinent information will be mailed to virtual students. 🐊Thank you for all you do to support our students and our school. We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
🚨🛑 Parents, please complete this survey ONLY IF you want to change the instructional setting for your child(ren) beginning in January. For example, if they are virtual now and you want them to be face-to-face in January OR they are on the hybrid model now and you want them to be virtual in January. The survey closes on November 13th at 3pm and changes cannot be requested after that. Please complete it once for each child IF you want their instructional setting to change. 🚨🛑 http://bit.ly/InstSet
Attention Parents and Families- Due to the weather this morning, we are experiencing periodic power and Internet outages. This may cause brief disruptions in virtual instruction.
🐊GES Parents- In case you missed tonight's phone call, here's the information🐊 🐊Monday is the last day of the first nine weeks. Any work that needs to be made up or completed should be done ASAP. The 2nd nine weeks begins on Tuesday. 🐊Parent Teacher Conferences- Be sure to sign up for a conference. Hybrid students would have brought home a form. Virtual students should have gotten a digital form through email or the teacher may have called you. Parent Teacher Conferences are on Monday, November 2nd from 12:00-7:30 pm. There will be no school for students- hybrid or virtual- on that day. All conferences will be virtual- no conferences will be held at the school. 🐊2nd Grade Virtual Students- CogAT and ITBS Testing will continue this Wednesday, 10/28, from 8:00-12:00. Please be sure to drop off and pick up your students on time. 🐊Fall Read Alouds by Mr. Dukes- If your children want to listen to some good books being read by a very animated reader, click this link https://sites.google.com/newberry.k12.sc.us/gator-videos/fall-books Mr. Dukes is reading these books with great excitement, animation, and using good voice- modeling what good readers should sound like! 🐊Pumpkin Day- Parents of hybrid students in PreK-3rd grades and Mrs. Summers' and Mrs. Coleman's classes, our Pumpkin Day is Thursday, October 29 for Cohort 1 and Friday, October 30 for Cohort 2. Please send $5 by Tuesday so students can get a pumpkin from Lever Farms and get lunch from Sonic. 🐊Thank you for all you do to ensure your children have what they need and for making sure they do what they are supposed to do. We cannot do this alone. The Gallman Gator Family is working and learning together! We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
❗️❗️Attention Parents! Make your voice heard!❗️❗️ Today is the last day to complete this survey! Please complete it once for each child (if you have 2 children, complete it 2 times). The School District of Newberry County (SDNC) is considering a transition from a hybrid schedule to a 4-day in-person instructional schedule. The transition will occur in multiple phases, beginning with students in elementary grades and students with special learning needs. Please click the link below to respond to the Phased in Return Survey – https://forms.gle/fuS4iFjgrZ9fKb1c9 This survey will close on October 16, 2020. Please complete one survey per student.
Today's the last day to nominate for SIC! We are still accepting nominations of GES Parents to be on the School Improvement Council (SIC)! Please nominate yourself or another GES Parent to serve on this committee! Nominations are due by Thursday, October 15th. https://forms.gle/sLjXPFtH2w96eKLQ8
Due to the internet outage in the county, as a result of AT&T cutting a line, the district is also experiencing internet issues. However, classes will be held for all N1 students. We are aware that many of our students are experiencing outages and will adjust attendance accordingly. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and provide updates. This outage also affects the phone lines at GES. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Parents, please take some time to review the most recent changes to the Parent/Guardian Toolkit for Reopening. The changes are on Page 12 English ; Page 13 Spanish, pages 42 & 43 and are listed below. Plexiglass Use in Schools - Per DHEC Consistent with its existing policy, DHEC is providing further information regarding use of plexiglass barriers between students. As noted in the COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions for School Officials from August 14, 2020, appropriate plexiglass use, combined with other measures, allows for shorter distances for social distancing. In scenarios in which students are seated closer apart than six feet, the students would not be considered close contacts when: 1. appropriate plexiglass is utilized, and 2. distance between students is at least three feet apart, and 3. the students are wearing cloth face coverings or face masks that cover the nose and mouth (the plexiglass does not serve as a substitute to mask-wearing). Plexiglass is considered appropriately sized and utilized if it surrounds three sides (the front and two sides) of the edges of the student’s desk and extends at least a foot above each child’s head when seated at the desk and at least a foot beyond the end of the desk on either side. There may be acceptable other configurations, as determined on an individual basis by DHEC. If the above requirements are not met when using plexiglass to allow for shorter distances for social distancing, then those within 6 feet for a cumulative of 15 minutes would be considered a close contact and would have to be quarantined. Page 33 Note:Those who test positive by a PCR (mouth or throat swab) test or similar viral test but do not have symptoms will be required to stay out of school until ten (10) days* after the specimen was collected. *Note: some people who test positive may be required to extend the isolation period to twenty (20) days. Their doctor will need to determine if this is necessary. Page 23 Either a negative PCR or Antigen test (mouth or nose swab) *If your provider does a follow up send off PCR test, your child must stay out of school until those results are received. OR Medical evaluation determines that symptoms were likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat) In this case, your student can return when they meet criteria for that condition. Statement to return to school should say that symptoms not due to COVID-19 and were likely due to another cause. The alternate diagnosis must be listed. Page 42 and 43 *The above italicized note regarding time on day 1 of quarantine does not apply. Day 14 is considered a full day of quarantine regardless of time of contact on day 1. English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dn6ukwp47Myf843ZSetDDBUKPugPtIVP/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ynfBEAZAkbAzBq_aqEQxvomMvlmlaFRN/view?usp=sharing
🐊Attention GES Families🐊 In case you missed tonight's phone call- here's all the information! 🐊Mrs. Hunter apologizes for not calling the past two weeks. She had surgery and has been out recovering. She is excited to be back in the Swamp this week! 🐊Self-Screen for COVID-19 Symptoms- Remember to self-screen your children each morning before sending them to school. If they have been a close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 or are have symptoms, please do not send them to school and contact Nurse Fran immediately at 803-321-2655. 🐊Please be sure your child is turning in work each day. Hybrid students should be completing and turning in assignments for the days they are not in school. Virtual students should be submitting assignments daily. This directly affects their attendance. Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions. 🐊School Improvement Council- We need to nominate SIC (School Improvement Council) members. You may nominate yourself or another GES parent that you think would help us improve GES. Visit this link to nominate someone by Thursday, October 15th: https://forms.gle/KE3Z6MfeowftX3Mk6 🐊The School District of Newberry County is considering a transition from a hybrid schedule to a 4-day in-person schedule. The transition will occur in multiple phases, beginning with students in elementary grades and students with special learning needs. Please complete one survey per student (if you have 2 students, you will complete it 2 times) by Friday, October 16th. The link to the survey is: https://forms.gle/fuS4iFjgrZ9fKb1c9 🐊Please make sure you complete both of these surveys to ensure your voice is heard! Be sure to read the surveys carefully to make sure you understand what you are agreeing to. 🐊Thank you for all you have done to support your children at Gallman during these uncertain times. We appreciate you! We hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic week!
We are still accepting nominations of GES Parents to be on the School Improvement Council (SIC)! Please nominate yourself or another GES Parent to serve on this committee! Nominations are due by Thursday, October 15th. https://forms.gle/sLjXPFtH2w96eKLQ8
The School District of Newberry County (SDNC) is considering a transition from a hybrid schedule to a 4-day in-person instructional schedule. The transition will occur in multiple phases, beginning with students in elementary grades and students with special learning needs. Please click the link below to respond to the Phased in Return Survey – https://forms.gle/fuS4iFjgrZ9fKb1c9 This survey will close on October 16, 2020. Please complete one survey per student.
The Office of Child Nutrition has released some changes to the Meal Program for eLearning and Virtual days. Hybrid Students will continue to receive meals on Monday/Tuesday for their eLearning Days for FREE. Virtual Students no longer have to sign up to pick up meals on Wednesdays. These will be available to students without signing up and they are FREE. Meal pick-up is on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at the back of the cafeteria. Students (and children under 18) should be in the car when picking up meals. For more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iNGmSFveFpM40dXk0ECCpSmwNzusEDJ2/view?usp=sharing
Don't forget- Nominations of GES Parents to be on the School Improvement Council (SIC) are due by Friday, September 18th. Nominate (self-nominations are accepted) someone by using the form: https://forms.gle/sLjXPFtH2w96eKLQ8
We have no internet at the school, therefore we can’t do any live meets or update assignments. Make sure you work on any independent work that you may need to finish.
🐊Attention Parents of Hybrid Students🐊 Here's the information from tonight's weekly phone call: 🐊Attendance is tied to students completing work on eLearning Days (the 3 days when your child is not in school). The days they are not in school are not free days. They must complete the work sent by teachers. If a child consistently does not complete work, it will be counted as absences, so please make sure your child is doing what teachers are assigning on the off days. 🐊Please make sure school issued devices come to school fully charged EVERY DAY. This is not an option. 🐊If you have questions about your child's class, please contact your child's teacher. Please be mindful that teachers have families also, so emails, calls, and texts should be during normal business hours. Teachers will respond during their working hours. 🐊Students have been doing an excellent job wearing masks. Please continue to encourage them to wear masks every day and to be sure to practice social distancing. 🐊Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home each day. Make sure they know which bus they ride (Gator 1, Gator 2, Gator 3, or Gator 4). If the drop off address changes for bus riders, parents must complete a new bus contract. If there are transportation changes, there must be a note written in the child's agenda. 🐊Thank you for your hard work, patience, and support as we have ventured into a new school year. Each week is getting better. You are appreciated and we hope you have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic Day!
🖱Attention Parents of Virtual Students🖱 Here's the information from tonight's weekly phone call: 🖱Laptop Covers- We still have a few 3rd-5th grade students who have not picked up laptop covers. You may do this between 8am and 3pm. 🖱School Supplies- Be sure to pick up your child's school supplies if you have not done so already. We are supplying a white board and a dry erase marker for our virtual students to use during live lessons with teachers. 🖱Attendance is tied to students logging in to Schoology each day and attending the live Google Meetings held by teachers. Students MUST join class during the live sessions and stay logged in to the class the entire time. Leaving early while the teacher is providing instruction will count as an absence. The policy states that students must attend the entire time. Attendance is taken after ALL daily live sessions are done. 🖱If you have questions about your child's class, please contact your child's teacher. Please be mindful that teachers have families also, so emails, calls, and texts should be during normal business hours. Teachers will respond during their working hours when they are not doing any live sessions. 🖱Virtual School Manners- Parents, we need to make sure students are practicing virtual school manners while on live with teachers. There should not be any recording or taking photos during live instruction due to the privacy of other children. 🖱If you would like to sign up to pick up meals for the week, please go to : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJr3L52CLLdxfVz7G8QKnhZ76VBRB4pZKo9X6m2H6Tirj9HQ/viewform Pickup will be on Wednesday from 10-12 at the back of the cafeteria. Please drive to the back of the cafeteria and ring the doorbell. One of the cafeteria ladies will bring your food to you. 🖱Thank you for your hard work, patience, and support! It's getting better each week. You are appreciated and we hope you all have a chomp, chomp, chomp Gatoriffic Day!
Now accepting nominations for Gallman Elementary's School Improvement Council (SIC). The SIC is a group of parents, teachers, community members, administrators, and others who work together to set goals to improve our school. Terms for SIC are two years (2020-2022) and we are asking for nominations of parents to serve on this team! Click the link below for more information and to make a nomination: https://forms.gle/LciXoct1MppcZfRTA Nominations must be made by Friday, September 18th.
🐊Attention Parents of Hybrid Students🐊 In case you missed tonight's weekly phone call- here's all of the information! 🐊There is no school on Monday, September 7th because it is Labor Day. Students in Cohort 1 (Mondays/Thursdays) will return to school on Thursday, September 10th. 🐊Attendance on eLearning Days- On the days your child is not at school, attendance is still taken. Attendance is tied to the work students are completing at home on those 3 days. The days they are not in school are not free days. Students must complete the work assigned by teachers on those days. If a child consistently does not complete work, those days will be counted as absences, so please make sure your child is doing what teachers are assigning on the eLearning days. 🐊Please make sure devices come to school fully charged EVERY DAY. This is not an option. 🐊In order for any child to take home a district device, a parent agreement must be signed. That agreement can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdgLNF6NDifmRE_ZuUfFQI68wM6ERrw7-9cNqUkqc2xTpmE-w/viewform?fbclid=IwAR21tEO2EhSJeLFQBwTxOsEhZ6-KWlBV-bG2Ul9w_sTPmY9NfjxQhmkQj34 🐊If you have questions about your child's class, please contact your child's teacher. Please be mindful that teachers have families also, so emails, phone calls, and texts should be during normal business hours. Teachers will respond during their working hours. 🐊Students have been doing an excellent job wearing masks! Please continue to encourage them to wear masks every day and to maintain social distance from others. 🐊A Scouts meeting will be held for any boys or girls interested in Scouts on Thursday, September 10th at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the Scout Hut on the corner of Speers Street and Pope Terrace. For more information, contact Erik Uselton at 901-600-3210 🐊All students must have a valid SC Immunization Certificate on file. If there is not a valid SC Certificate on file when the nurses audit records, you will be notified and given 30 days to send a valid certificate to your child's school. If there is not one on file at that time, the student will not be allowed to attend school. These absences will not be excused. 🐊Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home each day. Make sure they know their bus number (Gator 1, Gator 2, Gator 3, or Gator 4). If there is a change to your child's regular mode of transportation, there must be a written note in your child's agenda. 🐊Thank you for your hard work, patience, and support as we have ventured into a new school year. No one is expected to be perfect- not you, not the students, and not the teachers. What's important is that we are all trying and we're getting better each and every day! You are appreciated and we hope you have a CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP Gatoriffic Week!
🖱Attention Parents of Virtual Students🖱 In case you missed tonight's weekly phone call- here's all of the information! 🖱There is no school on Monday, September 7th because it is Labor Day. Teachers will not be meeting with students. 🖱Laptop Covers- Many 3rd-5th graders have not picked up their laptop covers. You may do this between 8:00-3:00. 🖱Attendance- Students must log in to Schoology and attend the Google Meetings held by teachers daily to be marked present. Students must join the class during live sessions. 🖱Questions about Class- If you have questions about your child's class, please contact your child's teacher. Please be mindful that teachers have families also, so emails, phone calls, and texts should all be during normal business hours. Teachers will respond during their working hours when they are not doing any live teaching sessions. 🖱Virtual School Manners- We need to make sure students are practicing virtual school manners while in live meetings with the teachers. Students should: - Sit at a table or desk and in a chair. Avoid the bed. - Dress for school- get ready each morning by brushing your hair and teeth and putting on clothes (no pajamas or underwear). - Be positioned away from distractions- please remove any toys, games, and other distractions from the student's workspace. - Have a consistent space away from others in the house, noise, and people walking by - Use headphones (some were provided) to limit sound distractions in the house - Use the mute function when asked to - Use the chat function for work only- not social time 🖱Reminders for adults during virtual school- Adults should be mindful of their conversations while students are online live. The microphone can pick up conversations away from the computer. Also, be careful of what you are wearing while walking in view of the camera and ensure it is appropriate. Remember, your child's whole class and teacher can see and hear you. We would like to avoid any potentially embarrassing situations for your child. 🖱Scouts Meeting- A representative from the Scouts will meet with boys and girls on Thursday, September 10th at 6pm at the Scout Hut on the corner of Speers Street and Pope Terrace. For more information about Scouts, contact Erik Uselton at 901-600-3210 🖱Immunization Certificate- All students, including virtual, must have a valid SC Immunization Certificate on file. If there is not a valid SC certificate on file when the nurses audit records, you will be given 30 days to send a valid certificate to your child's school. If there is not one on file at that time, the student will not be allowed to attend school and access to the Newberry ONE virtual school will be discontinued until one is provided. These absences will not be excused. 🖱Weekly Meals- If you would like to sign up to pick up meals for the week (pickup is on Wednesday), please click here: https://forms.gle/mZZ68t38QqqxgMn9A Sign up must be completed by midnight on Sunday each week. Meal pickup will be at the back of the cafeteria. Please ring the doorbell and one of our cafeteria ladies will bring the food out to you. 🖱Thank you for your hard work, patience, and support as we have ventured into this new journey of virtual learning together. It is getting easier and better each week. Remember, this is new to us all. No one is expected to be perfect- not you, not your students, and not the teachers. The important thing is that we are all trying and we are getting better each and every day! You are appreciated! Have a CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP, Gatoriffic Week!
Starting Monday, face masks with valves or vents will not be allowed to be worn by staff or students. This is to be in compliance with the latest guidelines from the CDC and updates to the Parent/Guardian Toolkit. Students who do not have a mask that follows these new guidelines will be given a temporary mask to wear at school.
The Parent/Guardian Toolkit has been updated. The most recent changes are to the section about masks, especially masks with exhalation valves or vents. The changes state: The purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. Masks with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks if they have an exhalation valve or vent. View the complete document in English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RO4fms8qPDCBJSiWTlAXkpUU61qNnrr2/view?usp=sharing Or in Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RO4fms8qPDCBJSiWTlAXkpUU61qNnrr2/view?usp=sharing
Attention Parents! The Office of Child Nutrition is offering take home/pick up meals for students. Take a look at the photo and link below for more information. Meals for Newberry ONE (virtual) students must be ordered by Sunday at midnight. Newberry One e-Learning Meal Order Form: https://forms.gle/mZZ68t38QqqxgMn9A
Please see the following information from Mrs. Kim Hamilton, Newberry ONE eLearning Director, for our Newberry ONE (virtual) Families: “We are so excited for our first official week back to school! While virtual learning is new for us, we are eager to begin and tackle this new venture. Please bear with us, as we are continually learning and updating our systems. Below are a few reminders to help us start our week off: 1. Student schedules can be found in parent/student portal starting today. Please be sure to check your child’s schedule. Middle school and high school schedules are still being updated over the weekend, so please check back Monday morning prior to logging on using the link below. If you have a question about your child’s log in time, please email the assigned teacher using parent/student portal. https://sdnc.powerschool.com/public/home.html 2. Schoology is the Learning Management System we are using for our virtual program. Please follow the steps listed below to log in. You will need your student’s User Name and Password. The user name is the student’s email and the password is the same password used to log on the computer. If you need this information please contact the homeschool or email email@example.com . https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/875659/Schoology_-_Student_Guide.pdf 3. HIGH SCHOOL ONLY- Spanish and Credit recovery will not be live streamed, and will take place at the students’ pace. Login information for these courses is being finalized and will be shared later. Please note that these classes will NOT begin on Monday. Your student will be contacted when these classes are ready. 4. Parents will receive access codes for Schoology from their child’s teacher(s) once all schedules have been finalized.”
Schoology is our new LMS (Learning Management System) and students, both hybrid and Newberry 1 (virtual) will be using it to complete work. Here are some helpful guides for students and parents: Student guide to Schoology: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ktUDKN2HvGvaBLqjhPI0ND99u81-U4xJH03K3sR0R60/edit?usp=sharing Parent guide to Schoology: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fIhNoxYGQ4aixb4SwDCHSRVZEOHDUS_jM8iHou6P_lw/edit?usp=sharing
Internet Information! 💻If you applied for a free Internet hotspot, you were approved. When hotspots are delivered to our school, we'll contact you and arrange a time for parents to pick them up! 💻Also, check out this information about a deal from Comcast for Internet service: https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/shared-services/free-and-lower-cost-internet-in-response-to-covid-9/internet-essentials-covid-19-promo-flyer-12-31-2020-acc-pdf/
We are excited to welcome all of our Gallman Gators back to school! We strongly encourage you to complete registration online this year at www.gallmangators.org! Registration can also be done in person on August 12 from 1pm-6pm or August 13 from 8am-1pm. Masks are required. Tomorrow (8/10) or Tuesday (8/11) you should receive a phone call to discuss your child’s scheduled LEAP day, laptop/iPad checkout, and hybrid students will find out which days they will attend school. All students (Hybrid & Nby 1) will participate in one LEAP day during the week of August 17-21 from 7:45am-2:30pm. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided on these days. If you have any questions about Registration or LEAP days, please call the school at 321-2655!
The Parent/Guardian Toolkit has been updated! The latest revisions were made this weekend. Please click the links to view the newest versions. English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1e3iqw_wV02JFNaj9gRWxY-36MF_d4hRv/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NqhLv2JYdR0QOCk2SDHoSh9ABNFInY7U/view?usp=sharing
The Parent/Guardian Toolkit has been updated! Please view the newest version by clicking the links below. English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H__W0NffQpbmv3qlzmGBA0flQeTyS1nC/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P8A9gVzv_ErxGEuEA1OlVR-6HfVMbX4E/view?usp=sharing
The parent/guardian toolkit provided by the School District of Newberry County has been UPDATED. This toolkit provides information to parents/guardians about the health practices that will be put in place as we plan for students' return to school. The updated documents are linked below: English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hmem1BiATbVE2nGU-kB8vkV3PZ4qG9zy/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TAgB0RymAn3r9h9X41IAI8EvXRLOsVeE/view?usp=sharing
A parent/guardian toolkit for reopening has been shared by our district and is linked below. This toolkit has been developed to provide information to parents/guardians to help you understand the health practices that will be put in place when students return to school. It will be important for all of us to work together to help decrease the spread of the virus. Review and revision of this document will be completed as new guidance is received. English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10dZXlXGf2tlT5-L18xZhLWj4F5kWNZle/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h9qHHRcVpQ4Fzhl8jDeeirm5A2Gr_R6D/view?usp=sharing
Free mobile hot spots for qualifying students are available through the SC Department of Education, in coordination with the SC Office of Regulatory Staff. Eligibility will be determined using the following guidelines: 1. At least one child in the home is enrolled as a student in the School District of Newberry County. 2. Permanent wireless access is not available in the home. Cellular phone hot spots are not considered permanent. 3. The gross household income must be at or below the income levels shown in the chart. The chart may be found on the School District website or linked below. (Proof of income may be requested.) Only one Hot Spot per address is allowed. If more than one student lives at the same address, only one survey should be completed. If you are interested in applying, please go to the District (or school if you post it there) website to fill out an application. Approval is based on the criteria and approval from SCDE/SC Office of Regulatory Staff. English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1muOA35p3IvN56aGmh06W5ifXhED6E7tp/view?usp=sharing Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pT8xFIlZNfOLgocwuMmQIBj89ebFZwwd/view?usp=sharing
Parents of students in the School District of Newberry County are asked to complete one questionnaire per child to determine how they would like their child to return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Option 1 allows parents the choice of sending their child to school on a Hybrid schedule – meeting in person 2 days per week and eLearning 3 days per week. Option 2 is for parents who wish to have their child participate in the Newberry ONE Institute for eLearning, a completely online option for a semester at a time. The questionnaire can be found at https://bit.ly/SDNCLearningPref and must be submitted prior to midnight on July 28, 2020.
Attention Parents of Students in Grades K-3: The South Carolina Department of Education has collaborated with various stakeholders to create resources for students that will allow for continuous instruction throughout the summer. State Literacy Specialists and Early Learning Specialists identified essential learning needed by students for successful fall re-entry, and created lessons that can be used by teachers and parents through a variety of delivery methods. All current and previous resources may be found at www.SCRemoteLearning.com.
Only a couple days left to order your 2019-2020 Yearbook! Yearbook orders are due by Wednesday, May 20th! Order your yearbook online for just $20! Click the link to order: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000793482#login
LIBRARY BOOKS: We still have over 300 library books that are checked out to students! Please ask your children to find their library books and return them on Thursday with your work. Any library books that were left in classrooms have already been returned. Notices will go out next week for missing books and fines. Thanks for your help with this!
Final Packet Turn in is tomorrow (Thursday) from 9:00-1:00 pm. It is important for everyone to come because we will be giving you all of your children's personal belongings from their classrooms. As in the past, this will be a drive-thru drop off and pick up. Just come through the car line and you don't even have to leave your cars! This is the LAST DAY that any work will be accepted. All of our teachers will be here, so we would love if you can bring your child and let us see them one more time!
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of one of our Gator Family members, Ms. Jane Pitts. Jane was our Computer Lab teacher for many years. She was one of the hardest workers EVER--always positive, NEVER complaining, would do ANYTHING she was asked, ALWAYS smiling, and had a love for our students that surpassed job requirements. She was genuine. Often, reaching some kids and parents when we couldn't. Jane was determined, strong-willed, and a fighter! Jane Pitts was a jewel in our school who will be greatly missed. Please pray for Jane's family and our Gallman Gator family!
Packet #3 pickup will be held at Gallman on Monday, May 4 from 1:00-4:00 pm and on Tuesday, May 5 from 9:00am-1:00 pm. If you have not returned packets 1 and 2, or if your child has medication to be picked up, please do so at this time. Medications must be picked up and signed for by an adult, preferably by a parent/guardian. Medications not picked up will be destroyed by the school nurse. Packet 3 and any other packets not previously returned will be due on May 14. Packets turned in after May 14 will not be accepted. Students are asked to return all textbooks and library books on May 4, May 5, or May 14. We again want to thank all of you for what you are doing for our students and encourage you all to continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing.
Today we honor Meridith Wilson and Penny Wright for Administrative Professional’s Day! These two ladies do so much for our faculty, students and parents every single day!! Codie Ruff who is a member of our Sunshine Committee delivered a plant and a Cabana gift card to to show our appreciation to Mrs. Meridith and Ms. Penny.
In an effort to assess internet capabilities within our district, we are asking that all parents complete the following survey by Tuesday, April 14. Internet is defined as ability to use a desktop, laptop, or tablet at home. For the purpose of this survey, access to internet solely through a smart phone is NOT considered internet access. Please complete a separate survey for each child who attends a school in Newberry County. Even if you previously completed a survey through your school, please take a moment to provide the information requested at https://bit.ly/SDNCInternetSurvey.
Mrs. Hunter wrote a heartfelt poem expressing her feelings during this very different and uncertain time. We hope that you will share this poem with your children and talk to them about expressing their feelings during this time in whatever way is comfortable for them. For Mrs. Hunter it is through writing, but it may be a different way for you and your family. We love our students, families and staff and we truly miss them! We Got This! by Nikki Hunter Becoming an administrator is never an easy choice to make. There are so many things that are always at stake. Emotions of children, instructional strategies, and test scores, Parents, community, school culture, and so much more. When tragedies hit, administrators are looked at to take the lead. Sometimes our hearts are hurting too. We need space to breathe. In the wake of Spring 2020, COVID-19 hit causing our world to change. Not going to school for weeks seemed very strange. Homeschooling jokes on social media made many of us laugh. Me coming to school every day, I was missing my staff. I missed the emails or texts saying I’m going to be out today. I missed the IEP meetings, referrals, funny stories, or telling someone it’s going to be okay. Walking down dark halls and empty classrooms makes me sad to my core. All of my students I miss daily, more and more. The ones who are good; the ones who are funny; The challenging ones who I’d never get rid of for any amount of money. I got into this, thinking I can make a difference and change the world. I work in a great school with awesome boys and girls. The Coronavirus will not deter us from the goal of success. Leading my school through this time is definitely a test. I’m blessed with Mr. Dukes, one of the best APs. He can organize, direct, and simplify—putting others at ease. With the great teachers, staff, parents, and community, We will come through this together in unity. No virus can destroy the love for what we do. The love we have for our students is sincere and true. We are strong. We are relentless. We are tenacious Gallman Gators. We got this! That’s a promise from your GES Administrators!
The next set of instructional packets is to be picked up on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31 from 9 am – 1 pm. The first set of packets are asked to be returned at this time. Please make sure your child’s name is on the work that is returned. If your child has not completed all of packet 1, please have them continue to work on that packet in addition to packet 2, which provides all assignments through May 1. The set up at each school will be a drive thru where you will not need to leave the car. If you have a high school student who takes courses from the career center, please make sure you also go to the career center to pick up student work. Our teachers are working to respond to parents via email. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teachers for assistance. Report cards will be available via parent portal beginning March 30. Parents are encouraged to view student grades in Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal login, the request for access can be found on our district’s website – click on the COVID-19 link on the main page. The request form must be completed and sent via email to your child’s school to receive the access code. If you do not have a way to access to Parent Portal and would like to receive your child’s Report Card, please contact your child’s school and it will be mailed to you. Pre-K – Grade 2 and Montessori report cards will be distributed with the new instructional packets on March 30 and 31. Beginning Monday, March 30, we will begin distributing 5 days’ worth of meals to children. At the pick up and delivery sites, students will receive 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals for the week. This will reduce the number of times that parents are going to the pick up and delivery sites. Again, we will only be distributing meals on Mondays for the duration of the school closure. Our school and community sites and times remain the same. Please only select one site to serve all of your children. When approaching the line, indicate the number of meals needed by holding up a hand count. We will put the meals in the trunk or through a window. You will not need to exit the vehicle to receive these meals. We truly appreciate all of your support through this time. We continue to encourage you to wash your hands and maintain social distancing. Thank you.
Parents: if you work at Samsung, we will be collecting your children’s work packets and delivering them on Wednesday to Samsung. Please let us know your child’s name in the comments (first and last) and we will get them to you. For other parents: let us know if it is not possible for someone to come to the school to pick up work packets. We want to help you if we can! Our phenomenal staff (teachers, assistants, office personnel, custodians...everyone!) have volunteered to do whatever we can to help you through the next couple of weeks. You can call the school at 321-2655 if you need any assistance!
IMPORTANT for PARENTS! Please complete the survey ONCE for each student you have at GES as soon as possible. Please SHARE! http://bit.ly/33lmv8M
Due to the threat of winter weather and hazardous road conditions, all after school activities for the Newberry County School District have been canceled for Thursday, February 20. Canceled activities include all athletic games and practices, Boys and Girls Club after school care, meetings, programs, adult education classes, and all other activities and events. The District will also operate on a two-hour delayed schedule for Friday, February 21. Buses will run two hours later than the regular route time with schools and offices beginning two hours later than usual.
Due to the threat of severe weather, all after school activities for the Newberry County School District have been cancelled for Thursday, February 6. Cancelled activities include all athletic games and practices, Boys and Girls Club after school care, meetings, programs, adult education classes, and all other activities and events.
If your child has been diagnosed with Flu or Strep Throat, please let the school know by calling 321-2655. We need your help to reduce the spread of germs! Please be reminded of the following: Stay home when feeling sick, and obtain consultation from your health care provider. Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have vomiting or diarrhea Ill children should stay home until 24 hours after they are fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Thank you for your help in trying to minimize the impact of any illness that can be spread to others.
Girls in Pearls and Boys in Bowties! Our 2nd Grade has been talking about taking pride in their dress and learning about dressing for success. On Wednesday our 2nd Grade students were encouraged to dress in pearls and bow ties. These gators looked awesome and we are proud of them and their teachers! We are looking forward to more "Girls in Pearls and Boys in Bowties" days coming up!
Our Winter Festival sponsored by our PTO is this Friday night from 6:00-8:00! This will be a night of fun for the whole family! Parents can play Bingo for .50 cents per card per game while the children play (parents/guardians must stay at the Festival)! Don't forget that if you are pre-ordering a Chick-Fil-A dinner, that money is due by tomorrow (Wednesday).
This is an important message for the parents of students who attended the field trip today to Walnut Grove: Due to extremely heavy traffic, the students on the field trip will not make it back to school before dismissal. Students will return to the school by 3:30 pm. If possible, please have someone to pick up your child at the front of the school at 3:30. Due to the short notice, if you cannot make it to pick your student up, they will be taken home by the bus. If your child is part of Be Great Academy, they will go there like normal. All students not picked up by 3:30 will be taken home on the bus. Thank you for your patience as we get everyone home safely!
Check out this awesome mural that some of our students created with our art teacher, Ms. Lewis!! The City of Newberry is celebrating Public Utilities Week next week. Our students’ mural (along with others) will be on display at City Hall all next week and the from 3:00-6:00 pm on October 10 at Marion Davis Park. Great job to these talented gators and Ms Lewis!
Unfortunately our fall book fair that was scheduled for next week is being postponed until the week of November 18. The company we use for the book fair has distribution centers in Florida and Texas, which were affected by the hurricanes this year, which caused some unforeseen scheduling issues. We can’t wait to share what Mrs. Hunter and Mr. Dukes have planned if we sell over 1,000 books...hint: it involves water! Stay tuned for more!
Don't forget all fundraising orders are due tomorrow (Wednesday). Please make sure that all order forms include child/teacher names and CURRENT CELL PHONE # on all checks and order form/collection envelope. Don't forget to fill out any coupons for the number of items sold so your child can get the prize(s) they have earned!
1st grade student, Amaya got the ‘Principal Taxi’ to lunch yesterday. Mrs. Hunter took Amaya to lunch in the principal taxi because her name was drawn for selling items in our Fall fundraiser. Keep selling...and remember to send in the coupons for the number of items sold so that your child can be entered in the drawing for the principal’s taxi! All fundraising orders are due on Wednesday, September 11.
Mrs. Hunter and Mr. Dukes were excited to accept an award on behalf of all of our Gallman Gators for being Relay for Life’s Top School in the School District of Newberry last school year! The students, staff and families of Gallman Elementary should be proud as we raised $5,933.73 for Relay for Life. Cancer has and continues to impact our Gator Family on a daily basis, so we are extremely proud!
Don't forget that tomorrow (Wednesday) is PICTURE DAY! All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook. Remember if you want to purchase pictures, you need to send in the order form and money, or you can purchase them online at www.strawbridge.net. Please make sure you fill out the order form in its entirety.
Bridgett Lyles will be joining the Gallman family as an Instructional Assistant in Pre-K. Mrs. Lyles is from Newberry and she attended Newberry High School, graduating in 2004. She has spent the last 15 years working at Wal-Mart. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Lyles is married and has two children, ages 6 and 7, who attend Gallman. Mrs. Lyles is looking forward to being a Gallman Gator and the opportunity to work and help children learn and grow!
Casey McMillen is joining the Swamp as a Special Education Teacher. He was born and raised in Ringgold, GA and received his Bachelor of Arts in Education with a specialization in History from Shorter University, where he also played baseball. He has been teaching for 6 years with four of those years coming in Georgia. He has taught AP U.S. History, U.S. History, 8th Grade Georgia Studies, and special education. While teaching at Gallman Elementary, Casey will also be a football coach at Newberry Middle School and the Head JV Baseball coach at Newberry High School. He is a member at Freedom Baptist Church and loves to play golf and be outdoors.
Gallman Elementary welcomes Tammy Lominack, our new Cafeteria Manager. She is excited to join the Gator Family! Mrs. Lominack has been married to her husband, Donnie Lominack, Sr. for 38 years. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Mrs. Lominack also has an English bulldog named Natalya. Welcome to Gallman!
Mrs. Debra Brandon is a familiar face at Gallman that is moving into a new role this year as she will be teaching 4th Grade ELA. Mrs. Brandon was born and raised in Newberry County. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in General Home Economics from South Carolina State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Family Environment from Iowa State University and she obtained her math teaching certification from Jackson State University. During her first 14 years working in the district, she was a substitute teacher. For the past six years, Mrs. Brandon has been the 3-5 grade Reading and Math Interventionist here at Gallman Elementary. Mrs. Brandon is looking forward to a fantastic year in the Swamp!!
Susan S. Lester will be teaching 5th grade in English/Language Arts and Social Studies. She is a native of Newberry county. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History at Newberry College and her Master’s in Elementary Education at Converse College. She accomplished her National Board certification in 2005 and her recertification in 2015. She has worked for the Newberry County School District since 1991, teaching for many years at Newberry Middle School and the last five years at Mid-Carolina Middle School. She looks forward to joining and becoming part of the Gallman Gator family.
Katelyn Heard is new to the Swamp as one of our third grade teachers! She is a recent graduate of Newberry College where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. While at Newberry College, Ms. Heard was active in several organizations and was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. When she is not teaching, Ms. Heard enjoys watching baseball to cheer on the Red Sox and spending time with friends. She is very excited to start her teaching career at Gallman!
Tamara Panton will be teaching 2nd grade at GES this year! She is an international teacher from Jamaica. She has been teaching elementary school for the past seven years. Last year, she was a second grade teacher in Williamsburg County. She is excited to join the Gallman Gator family and is looking forward to working with students, parents, staff, and the community to equip students with the knowledge and skills to become 21st Century citizens!
Mrs. Jackie Holmes is elated to join the Gallman Gator family as a 2nd grade teacher! Mrs. Holmes was born and raised in Richland County. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. She also earned her Masters of Education plus thirty hours in Elementary Education from Clemson University. During her first ten years in education, she was a kindergarten teacher, second and third grade teacher, and a Chapter One Reading and Math Coach for first-fifth grades. For twenty-eight years, she taught kindergarten in Newberry County between Speers Street Elementary School and Newberry Elementary School. She was fortunate to retire with after 33 years of teaching in December of 2013. Mrs. Holmes considers herself a lifetime learner. She is extremely excited to come out of retirement due to her passion for teaching. She is elated to become a member of the Gallman Gator family, where students are first and where we will all learn and grow together!
Nicki Doremus is excited to join the Gallman Gator family as a first grade teacher! She is very passionate about teaching and believes that teaching is not just her job, it’s her passion! She is from Orangeburg, SC. In 2000, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching Kindergarten for 19 years! Mrs. Doremus has a daughter, Emma Grace, who is 12 years old. Mrs. Doremus is looking forward to continuing her career at Gallman Elementary!
Quaman Burton will be joining us in the Swamp as an Instructional Assistant in one of our Special Education classrooms. He graduated from Newberry College where he also played basketball for the Wolves. In addition to working in the Swamp, he is the CEO of a new cleaning company called, “Q’s Quality Cleaning.” He is looking forward to a fantastic year!
Cassandra West will be joining the Gator family as an Instructional Assistant in the Primary Montessori classroom. She was born in a small town in North Carolina and has always valued the closeness of a small community. She knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children. In 2007, she earned an Associate’s degree from Tri-County Community College in Murphy, NC. In 2012, she married her husband, Jasen, and relocated to Newberry. Mrs. West also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology. She teaches Psychology course at Piedmont Technical College. She has worked for several years as an Instructional Assistant in a Montessori class at Boundary Street Elementary. Mrs. West has two daughters, Sydney and Lauren. Cassandra West enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, and cheering on the Gamecocks. She is looking forward to being a part of the GES family!
Sharon Williams will be teaching 4th grade Science and Social Studies at Gallman Elementary School. Ms. Williams was born and raised in Newberry, went to school in Newberry and graduated from Newberry High School. Ms. Williams went on to graduate from Newberry College with her BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and earned her Master's of Education from Southern Wesleyan University. She has one daughter, Heather Davenport and a son-in-law, Dustin Davenport. Ms. Williams retired from Gallman Elementary in 2018 and is excited to return to her Gator family for another great year in the swamp!
Penny Wright will be the new receptionist at Gallman Elementary! She has worked previously in the Newberry area at mental health, behavioral health, DSS, and she has worked as a Pre-K teacher. She loves helping and working with others and considers herself to be a “people person”. She is excited to join the Gallman Gator family!