GES News

Gwin Eagles S.O.A.R. January 31, 2020

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Hello! Greetings From Gwin!

Dear Gwin Families,

Please read the announcements shared below and feel free to contact us at 439-2600 if you have any questions or need clarification on the events and information shared in this edition of GES News.

Relocation Drill Monday

Just a reminder that on Monday, February 3rd, our school will partner with Simmons Middle School to conduct a relocation drill. All of the students and staff from Simmons will come to Gwin for this important safety measure and then return to Simmons to complete the academic day. During the drill, all students will be supervised by teachers and other staff members. The event has been carefully planned and will take no longer than one hour.

Relocation drills are conducted to practice safe and secure relocation of students from one facility to another. In very rare cases, students in one school must leave the school and go to a different building to ensure the safety of students and staff. Fortunately, Gwin Elementary School and Simmons Middle School are able to rely on one another for shelter in times of need. This relocation practice will help school administrators, district personnel, school resource officers, and citywide first responders to observe and study the feasibility of relocating a large group of students from one school to the other.

We appreciate your support of our school and the many measures we take to provide a safe and secure learning environment for your children.

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Welcome Officer Tim Pugh!

Please join us in welcoming our new School Resource Officer, Officer Tim Pugh! Officer Pugh has been a member of the Hoover Police Department for many years. He is very well respected and has served in many capacities for the police force including as a member of the dive team. Officer Pugh is a father and enjoys working with children. His expertise and commitment to safety make him a great fit to serve the Gwin community.

We say a fond farewell to Officer Tani "Banana" Standeffer. Officer Standeffer is a retired officer and is only able to work part-time at Gwin. The school district, in partnership with the city of Hoover, is fulfilling its commitment to placing full-time officers in each school. Although this means that Officer Standeffer will no longer be posted at Gwin, she will forever be a special person to our students and staff. Her last day will be Thursday, February 6th. Officer Pugh will shadow her until that time.

First Class Pre-K 2020-2021 Registration

Gwin Elementary School plans to host another First Class Pre-K classroom next school year! For more information about registration, please use the link below or visit the Hoover City Schools website.

Illness Guidelines

Cold and flu season is here! In an effort to keep our children well, we ask that you please remember the following:

  • Students should not come to school if they have shown signs of sickness before arriving at school (including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.).

  • Students should not come to school if they have been diagnosed with a contagious illness or have a fever.

  • Please note that we will have to send home any student who displays symptoms of contagious illness or is unable to consistently participate in classes as usual.

  • If a student has been diagnosed by a doctor with flu or another highly contagious illness, please inform the nurse at Gwin. We like to keep note of flu cases, and we clean and sanitize more in common areas where multiple cases have been reported.

  • Remember that you may write a note or provide an excuse from a doctor to request that missed days due to illness are counted as excused versus unexcused absences. This information can be provided up to three days after the child returns to school.

  • Students who have a fever or other outward signs of sickness will not be allowed to ride the bus home. We require that parents pick-up their children in these cases to avoid having the child become more ill in route home or to avoid spreading the sickness to others.

February Dates to Remember

Gwin Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS)


February 1

Relocation Drill

February 3

Author Visit Nia Mya Reese

Grades 1, 2, 3

February 3

Wacky Wednesday

Pajama Day

February 5

Book Talks and Storytelling with Katie Jane

Valentine's Day &

Biographies of Great African Americans

February 14

NO SCHOOL Teacher Professional Learning Days

February 17 & February 18

Spring Picture Day

February 20

PTO Meeting

February 21 9:30am

Kindness Week

February 24-28

Pink Shirt Day

February 26

#showlove Assembly with Austin Perine

February 28

Please refer to the school calendar on our website and information provided by your child’s teacher to see more dates and activities at Gwin. Remember that the dates listed are subject to change.