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  • K-5 eLearning Instruction starts August 31st.
    We look forward to seeing students on Microsoft Teams.  Click the Gadsden Schedules link to see each grade level's daily schedule.  


    This survey should be completed by any parent or guardian of a child enrolled Richland One for the 2020-2021 school year who is in need of a hotspot and has not received one yet from the district.  PleSurvey ase complete this survey once per household. You will have the opportunity to provide information for multiple children in this form.  The information is needed to determine student technology needs.


    * * * Parents Must Complete the Annual Returning Student Enrollment Verification * * *
    Parents/guardians of current Richland One students who will be returning to the district in August must complete the annual online Returning Student Enrollment Verification form for the 2020-2021 school year.  This includes students who are enrolled in the virtual school program.  

    The online form, which is accessible through each school’s Parent Portal, gives families a quick and easy way to update their address, phone numbers and emergency contacts. Parents should also upload a current proof of address. If parents/guardians cannot upload an electronic file or log into the Parent Portal, they should contact their child's school to make other arrangements.  For more information, click:  Annual Returning Student Enrollment Verification -  Frequently Asked Questions.


    New Student and Kindergarten Registration is open. 
    To register new students and kindergarten students, 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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to12:00 PM.  

     New Student Forms Needed: 
    1.  Long Form Copy of Birth Certificate
    2.  Shot Record
    3.  Copy of Lease or Mortgage Statement
    4.  Utility Bill
    5.  Photo ID of Parent or Guardian

    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



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


2017 Annual Report to Parents


Title I Parent Survey