Dear GQES Families and Friends,
WELCOME to Garland R. Quarles Elementary School (GQES), home of the Chameleons, year three of this pandemic. The Covid-19 Pandemic shut all schools down on 3/16/20 during the 2019-2020 school year and has continued during the 2020-2021 school year. We are actually entering year three of this pandemic, the school year of 2021-2022.
Please refer to the Winchester Public Schools' website on our Looking Forward site in year three of 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 ten years of Standards of Learning Results. The state's accreditation system must take second place to ALL OF OUR STUDENTS' AND OUR FACULTY ' AND STAFF'S WELL BEING AND OVERALL HEALTH.
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 three key concepts this year at GQES: BONDING and PLAYING and WORKING WELL WITH OUR CURRICULUM. 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. Students learn best when the curriculum is meaningful and purposeful and relevant.
Daily, we will make instructional adjustments, monitor data, and share what is working during professional learning communities. In addition, we have meetings, vertical and horizontal teams and Title I School Leadership and School Quality Team meetings. Lastly, we will work closely with updates from the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Health in this pandemic along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
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 or contact me on my school cell phone at 540-974-5903.
Please stay safe and stay well.