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  • Kindergarten Registration is now open. 
    To register your child for kindergarten, complete the online application located at www.richlandone.org.  Under Site Shortcuts, click New Student Registration, and then select 2020-2021.  If you cannot upload copies of the required documentation, it can be dropped off at Gadsden Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to12:00 PM.                                        


    Attention Parents E-Learning
    If you were unable to pick-up your child's learning packet, you can visit the e-Learning tab and print grade level lessons from there.  All work is expected to be turned-in to your child's teacher when they return to school.  Each completed day's work will be used to determine your child's attendance.   In addition to the learning packets or eLearning assignments, please have your child read for at least 30 minutes a day. 


    Teachers will be available between the hours of 9:30-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday during the time that schools are closed to answer questions by email about eLearning assignments.   Teacher email addresses can be found on the staff directory page.



    While schools are closed, Richland One is providing “grab-and-go” breakfasts and lunches for students on weekdays at designated locations. Starting March 30, families will receive a week’s worth of meals on Mondays.

    “The change will reduce the number of trips families have to make to the pick-up locations for meals. The meals will be picked up once a week for the entire week,” said Richland One Nutrition Services Director Tracy Dixon

    Along with offering curbside meal pick-ups, the district also has been making bus deliveries to a limited number of sites. With the new meal distribution process, bus deliveries will end after Friday, March 27, Dixon said. Richland One is working with community partners to provide home deliveries to parents who are unable to pick up meals for their children from one of the 10 sites.

    To help the Nutrition Services staff know how many meals to prepare, Richland One parents are asked to complete an online form. Parents can access the form directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1Meals. Parents will receive a follow-up email after they complete the form.

    All children 18 and under are eligible to receive the free meals. Parents can drive to any of the locations, remain in their vehicles and staff will distribute the meals curbside. The pick-up hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Mondays. Children must be present to receive the meals.

    Meal Pick-up Sites Starting March 30 (MONDAYS ONLY – 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.)

    • Carver-Lyon Elementary School, 2100 Waverly Street, Columbia, SC 29204
    • Hyatt Park Elementary School, 4200 North Main Street, Columbia, SC 29203
    • Caughman Road Elementary School, 7725 Caughman Road, Columbia, SC 29209
    • South Kilbourne Elementary School, 1400 South Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205
    • Edward E. Taylor Elementary School, 200 McRae Street, Columbia, SC 29203
    • St. Andrews Middle School, 1231 Bluefield Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
    • Southeast Middle School, 731 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins, SC 29061
    • Eau Claire High School, 4800 Monticello Road, Columbia, SC 29203
    • Lower Richland High School, 2615 Lower Richland Boulevard, Hopkins, SC 29061
    • Richland One Central Kitchen, 1224 Whitney Street, Columbia, SC 29201


     Technical Support

    The Richland One Information Technology (IT) Department will provide technical support to all staff, students and parents of Richland School District One on eLearning days.   The IT Support Team caLaptop n be reached by calling 803-231-7436.   This number will be active Monday through Friday from the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


    Welcome to Gadsden Elementary!
    We are the Gadsden Blue Jays, and we are currently transitioning into a STEAM school.  The STEAM process teaches independent innovation and encourges students to use higher levels of thinking skills.  The STEAM process and project based learning will help our students improve skills in thinking critically and creatively, and learn how to work collaboratively as a member of a team.   We are preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers. 


    Building Healthier Futures

    Gadsden Elementary participates in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and we have been named one of America’s Healthiest Schools for 2019!  We received the Bronze Award for taking steps to create a healthier school environment to support children’s health.   We are one of only 355 schools to earn this honor. 

    School Hours

    • 7:00 a.m. -- School building open for students to arrive and eat breakfast in the cafeteria.
    • 7:20 a.m. -- Students go to class, and our instructional day begins.
    • 7:30 a.m. -- Students are tardy and must be signed in by parent/guardian.
    • 2:25 p.m. -- Dismissal procedures begin.

    Developing Character, Enriching with AVID!AVID

    We are implementing AVID Elementary (AE) in grades 3-5.  AE is a foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System and supports AVID's mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Mr. David Thorpe



Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. David Thorpe

A Message from the Principal

At Gadsden Elementary School we are committed to providing a high quality education for every student, to insure that they develop the world class knowledge and skills to be successful in school and life.

To accomplish this we have developed a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focus.  Throughout each and every day are students are engaged in hands-on activities that foster critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students know that there may be more than one way to solve a problem and that reflection and revision leads to improved solutions and greater learning.  All of our classes, from three-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade, participate in at least one Project / Problem Based Learning (PBL) unit a semester.  These units help students to develop collaboration and communication skills while learning reading, writing, and math.

Gadsden Elementary is also an A.V.I.D (Advancement via Individual Determination) school.  Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students continue to develop organization and critical thinking skills that allows them to learn faster, with a deeper understanding.

Our students take ownership of their learning.  They believe in themselves and they know as Gadsden Blue Jays, they will all Fly High!

David Thorpe


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