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  • Richland One elementary school students will transition to 5 days a week of in-person instruction starting Monday, March 8th.  

    We are celebrating Read Across America!   
    Read Across America celebrates books, reading, and Dr. Seuss.  Students can join the celebration by dressing up in honor of Dr. Seuss and his wacky characters.  Click here for the schedule.

    Upcoming Events                 

    • Week of March 1  - All students at school M-Tu and Th-F with Wed. flex day; Read Across America Week
    • Week of March 8 - Students return to school M-F for five days of in-school learning.
    • Friday, March 26  - Early release day for students;  Afternoon professional development for teachers/staff

    • Week of April 5-9  - Spring Break; Richland 1 schools and offices closed
    • Thursday, April 15 - Report cards issued 
    • Thursday, April 22 - Parent/Teacher conferences 

    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  

  • Richland Library 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.

    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. 

    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



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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


2017 Annual Report to Parents


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