Monday, December 28, 2015

Welcome to my new blog!

In an effort to communicate more efficiently with families, I am going to attempt a blog.  I'll be able to update this frequently instead of the current newsletter that locks us into timeframes.  For now, our regular school newsletter will still be sent electronically through School Messenger and I will also link them to this blog.  I'd love feedback from you on what you would like to see here and what would be helpful.  I will be adding calendar information soon, as I know this will be helpful for you.  Included already in the Links section are links for the district's homepage and also our GPS homepage (for the school).
As we approach the mid-year point of this school year, there are many successes we can look back on and celebrate. Our Leader in Me initiative is more apparent throughout our building with staff and students. Students are becoming more reflective on their goal setting and more focused on steps needed to meet those goals. They are using Data Notebooks to track their progress towards their academic, personal, and leadership goals.  Our Pow-Wow Leadership Rallies have been a huge success each month as we spotlight classes showing leadership and responsibility in the cafeteria, their classrooms, and in the Pow-Wow.  Staff members are also celebrated through our Above and Beyond Award each month where other staff members nominate those they see going above the norm to make GPS great!!
In addition to our celebrations, staff members are collaborating on leadership initiatives, student achievement, and instructional practices.  All staff members are part of Shared Leadership Teams and facilitating different aspects of our Leader in Me initiative.  

Our mission at GPS is Growing. Learning. Leading. ....Together!  It is our goal to do this hand-in-hand with the parents and community we serve!  Thank you for your support of our Scouts!

Please let me know how I can serve you!  I can be reached through e-mail at or by phone at (803) 821-1401.

Mrs. Apperson
Be positive, bring JOY, share hope, and instill excellence!