Students are expected to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge from June 7 - August 13. It's a great way for students to keep their reading skills up and to prevent summer slide. Plus, students can win some great prizes such as gift cards and an iPad Mini! Get ready, set, read!
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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 encourages 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.
Richland One will operate on a four-day week summer schedule from June 21 through July 29. Offices will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. All schools and administrative buildings will be closed on Fridays.
Richland Library ConnectED Partnership
Richland Library is working with our school district to provide library cards to all students. Visit RichlandLibrary.com/librarycard to register for a card. For more information, visit Richland Library ConnectED Partnership.
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.
Developing Character, Enriching with 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.
Gadsden School Improvement Council (SIC)
In South Carolina, a School Improvement Council is an advisory council to the principal and school on issues related to school improvement. By law, every K-12 public school in South Carolina must have an SIC that is made up of parent, teacher, student (grades 9-12), and community member representatives. There are currently two open seats on Gadsden’s School Improvement Council. Any parent interested in serving on the School Improvement Council this year, please click the link below and fill out the School Improvement Council Parent Interest Form. School Improvement Council Parent Interest Form
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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!