Dear GQES Families and Friends,
WELCOME to Garland R. Quarles Elementary School (GQES), home of the Chameleons, even in this Covid-19 pandemic! The following is a chart on the risks of returning to learn in this pandemic:
At GQES, our vision is to be a THRIVING LITERACY COMMUNITY in a STEM SCHOOL!!! The faculty and staff of Garland R. Quarles Elementary School (GQES) is committed to providing a rich, supportive learning environment where students thrive by developing a deep understanding of content while emphasizing kindness, empathy, compassion and caring. Moreover, we will be following protocols to be safe in this pandemic. GQES is fully accredited by the State of Virginia as of the last nine years of Standards of Learning Results.
At GQES, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, technology, and engineering are at the center of each instructional day for our students in grades PreK-4. We continuously monitor our school’s highest priorities: what we teach (guaranteed and viable curriculum), how we teach (rigorous lessons) through authentic literacy (purposeful student engagement). All decisions are connected to our school’s vision, thriving literacy community in a STEM school. Our administration, faculty, staff, families, and students are focusing on two key concepts this year at GQES: BONDING and PLAYING. Social connections are important in a pandemic. As important to social emotional learning are the ways children and families can explore, play, and discover their interests in learning, both in person (when safe) and virtually, even with the challenges of a pandemic.
Daily, we will make instructional adjustments, monitor data, and share what is working during professional learning communities. In addition, we have virtual and in-person team meetings, vertical and horizontal teams and Title I School Leadership team meetings. Lastly, we will work closely with updates from the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health in this pandemic.
It is my distinct pleasure to serve as Principal at Garland R. Quarles Elementary School. Thank you for taking an interest in our school and community! Please contact our school at 540-662-3575 if you have any questions.
Please stay safe and stay well.