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Principal's Letter

Greetings Owl Families! 

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Teacher Meet & Greet and Supply Drop Off on August 2nd from 3-6PM.  Please come and go at your convenience during these times. Our teachers are so excited to get to know their new students this year! If you are new to GSES, we hope you will join us August 2nd at 5:30p.m. in the cafeteria for our New Student Orientation.  

Mark your calendars for grade level orientations! Kindergarten orientation will be held in person since many of you are brand new to GSES and/or elementary school. 1st through 5th grade orientations will be held via a live zoom. They will be recorded and shared out for anyone who is unable to attend live. Zoom links will be shared in advance of the meetings. Here is the orientation schedule by grade level: 

  • PreK- TBA 
  • K- 8/2 @ 11:30 AM (in person) 
  • 1st- 8/3 @ 9AM 
  • 2nd- 8/3 @ 10AM 
  • 3rd- 7/29 @ 3PM 
  • 4th- 8/2 @ 1PM 
  • 5th- 8/2 @ 1:30PM 

Class placement information will be coming out toward the end of next week. We are working hard to finalize our classes for the 2021-22 school year. If you have not completed the registration process, please do so as soon as possible. Students must be registered in order to be placed in a homeroom.  Snapcodes for returning students have been sent out via email. If you did not receive your snapcode please call the front office for assistance at 256-428-7150. New students do not need a snapcode to register. Here is the link for new and returning student registration: Registration 

We have several new owls to welcome to GSES this school year! Please join me in welcoming: 

  • Nicole Thompson- Assistant Principal 
  • Kelly Dunham- GATE 
  • Katherine Jackson- PreK 
  • Emily Byars- 1st Grade 
  • Felicia Lee- 1st Grade 
  • Taryn Woodgett- 2nd Grade 
  • Lindsay Jordan- 3rd Grade 
  • Amy Sayne- 3rd Grade 
  • Cindy Hopkins- 5th Grade 
  • Alecia Young- 5th Grade 

Also, not new to GSES, Samantha Wilson will be joining the 1st grade team, coming from 3rd grade. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help you or your children transition into the new school year.  

Jennifer Douthit 
Principal