Counselor's Corner

Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary School

Letter from the Counselor

It is amazing that this school year is coming to an end. I hope your child has had a good experience and excelled in their learning. If you ever feel your child is in need of help or assistance at school academically, socially, or behaviorally please utilize the counseling services offered at the school. It is a pleasure to get to know each wonderful and unique student in our school. Many guidance lessons have been completed this school year and your student has learned many skills to help them be successful academically and socially. I hope each and every family has a fun, safe, restful, and enjoyable summer.


Paula Newman M.A., LPC

Guidance Counselor

ACT Aspire Testing, grades 3-5, May 4th-8th

Students who are in grades 3-5 will participate in an on-line version of ACT Aspire standardized testing the week of May 4th-8th. They will participate in 5 subtests- Writing, English, Reading, Math, and Science. Any student who is absent or unable to test on May 4th-8th will be given a make-up test session.

Please help your child be ready for testing by ensuring they get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, bring a healthy snack to school, charge their school laptop, and bring the laptop to school.

Help reduce your child's test taking anxiety by encouraging them to have positive thoughts and a positive attitude. Let's encourage your child to do their best, but let's not pressure them. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to school. Rushing creates stress. You want your child to feel relaxed prior to testing.

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Anonymous Alerts

Huntsville City Schools will roll out a program called Anonymous Alerts. This program will allow students and parents to report sensitive student issues quickly to school officials. Students will be able to use their phone or tablet to send messages which will remain completely anonymous. Students will be able to report issues such as bullying, cyber-bullying, or suspicious behaviors. The elementary level will include grades 3-5. We will train our students when we return in the fall.

Student Council- Bottle Cap Total for the year

Goldsmith-Schiffman had a very large total of plastic twist-on caps for the 2014-2015 school year. The Grand total is........377,956.

Student Council worked hard to count these caps for our school. By participating our school earns a monetary prize. Each month of the Operation Green Team cap contest the following classes had the largest amount in the school:

October- Mrs. Rhonemus' 5th grade, 14,998

November- Mrs. Golliver's Pre-K, 5,388

December- Mrs. Waldon's 1st grade, 9,194

January- Mrs. Riley's 1st grade, 19,462

February and March- Mrs. Heard's 3rd grade and Mrs. Braye's 4th grade, each had over 16,300

The two classes with the highest totals for this school year are- Stahl's 4th grade and Lindsey's 5th grade. Both classes had 28,300 each.

Thank you to all those who participated in student council this year. A difference was made in our school and community by our efforts. Our accomplishments this school year includes- The No Place for HATE campaign, bottle cap counting efforts, canned food drive, toy drive, shoe drive, International Night, and campus clean-up in the fall and spring.

Student Council wishes you a summer full of fun,

Rani Ginn

GSES Student Council President