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!
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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!