Welcome from Mrs. Petri
Welcome to Gilbertsville Elementary School
As you approach the driveway to the entrance of Gilbertsville Elementary School, you see a sign with the words, “Growing, Excelling, and Shining.” At Gilbertsville Elementary School, the staff members guide our approximately 680 students and provide opportunities to Grow in their responsibility of caring for others and demonstrating appropriate behavior. This year, we will continue to implement a School-Wide Effective Behavior Support system in which staff and students will integrate character traits such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, citizenship, and teamwork through our UNITY expectations.
We provide our students with a foundation to Excel in a changing world. Gilbertsville Elementary School employs a dedicated staff with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. This year, we welcome staff members Courtney Knauer, third grade teacher; Kirsten Fedeli, librarian; Dalia Whitehouse, reading specialist; and Leah Ebner, learning support teacher; along with paraprofessionals Jenni Sedor, Amy Davies, Terry Acker, and Sarah Scheetz. Additionally, a few staff members have changed grade levels and/or buildings in order to accommodate our growing student population. Subjects taught include ELA (English language arts), mathematics, science, and social studies. Each student in first through fifth grade receives instruction weekly in the special areas of music, art, physical education and fitness, and library education. Kindergarten students participate in music and library on a bi-weekly basis. Gifted and special education services are available for students who qualify. Additionally, pupils have the services of a reading specialist, an intervention teacher, a school psychologist, a counselor, speech teacher, a physical therapist, and an occupational therapist, if needed.
This year, our staff will continue to implement the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) framework. In doing so, staff members will meet in small teams to review data, set goals, and implement interventions for the benefit of children who are experiencing academic and/or behavioral difficulties in school. Remediation, as well as advanced learning, is accessible to our students according to needs identified through the analysis of individual student data.
The utilization of technology as a tool to support student learning is embedded in our school. Students use tech tools to practice skills, write, research, and create. Because of the accessibility to technology, our students become better equipped for the needs of the future.
Opportunities are available to Shine with diversity. Students demonstrate diverse skills through chorus, band, orchestra, plays, poetry, art, reading to others, physical education, academic performance and other experiences made available to the students. We must learn to celebrate and appreciate our differences. For the past eleven years, GES students and staff have achieved the distinction of being a “No Place for Hate” School through the Anti-Defamation League. Various activities will help us achieve this distinction again this year.
GES encourages a partnership between the home and school community. Through the Home and School Association (HSA), special activities are provided such as carnivals, movie nights, Grandparents’ Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Community Readers’ Day, etc. Parents/guardians and other community members volunteer their time to help our students in a wide variety of ways throughout the school year. Parent/guardian support of our educational program is recognized and greatly appreciated. This year we were able to create a sensory room and makerspace through the generous support of our HSA.
The combination of an outstanding facility, a caring faculty and staff dedicated to student success and high performance, a committed and supportive school community, and an excellent academic program, makes GES a wonderful place for children to learn. The GES staff is eager to meet new and exciting challenges and provide an excellent education for our students.
We look forward to a wonderful school year!
Stephanie A. Petri