Garrison Gator Pad April 4, 2021

Esther F Garrison School for the Arts News You Can Use

From the Principal's Desk

This is Principal Parks with news you can use. Welcome back to Week 31 of learning at Esther F Garrison School for the Arts where creativity and critical thinking prepare our students for 21st century living! We are excited to finish this year out strong!

Happy Easter to you and your families! Before we left for the break, teachers took a moment to hunt for eggs at the end of the day,. Please take a few minutes to view some of the pictures. It is as important to ensure the social and mental well being of our teachers. IT is important to have fun and we did.

Please note that school will resume with Cohort A on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the next two weeks. Cohort B will return on Thursday and Friday. We are excited to welcome our virtual as well as in person students back and hope you were able to have some down time, some family time over the break.

School begins at 7:40 each day. Gates close at 7:35 so that students can be in their seats with their breakfast to start the day.

Save the Date for STEAM Night April 8. You will receive the link from your homeroom teacher. We look forward to you joining us.

Please continue to monitor the Garrison website and review the Parent Newsletters for announcements and school procedures. It is the expectation that all of our children are logging in each day and that teachers are being contacted if there are concerns. Working together will help to mitigate learning loss for our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email or contact the school. We are here to support you! Thank you again!

If there is information that you would like added to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at . It is important to us to cover all updates and announcements that are useful to our students and parents/guardians.

Our word for this week is Strategy. Strategy is a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim. Working together to ensure student success requires a plan of action. Checking in with your teachers, encouraging your student and understanding where they are emotionally and mentally is just a start to this plan.

We are Team Garrison with One Goal: Student Achievement! We are “Gator” Ready and "Gator" Proud and we are Gators who know the importance of Strategy! Enjoy the SMORE!

We are definitely STRONGER TOGETHER!

Winner of the Creative Hat Design Contest- Ms. Young

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Test Talk!

Students in grades 3-8 will take the GMAS End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments. We also have some students, who are taking 9th grade courses, that will take the GMAS End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. Garrison's School Testing Coordinator received training on Wednesday, March 24th. The district is still waiting for final information from the state, which should be in the first week of April. Once we have the final details about how GMAS will be delivered to our students, we will update Test Talk. GMAS EOG is scheduled to begin on April 19th and will end May 7th. GMAS EOC is scheduled to take place May 7 - 12. Click the link for the detailed SCCPSS Assessment Calendar. You can also always find the calendar on the district's public website:

  • Go to
  • Click "Families & Students" in the top (dark green) navigation bar
  • Look for the calendar icon in the top row (it is the second picture). You will find a link to all district calendars, including the Assessment Calendar, under the icon.

Wednesdays are a regular school day now!

Based on the guidelines for the 3/2 model, Wednesdays are now a regular school day. Students must sign in to their classes at the scheduled times. Attendance counts!




Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch may request a portable WiFi device which serves up to three computers. Although you must have a student at Garrison to qualify, younger siblings can use the device.

Devices can be picked up from the Media Center, Monday through Friday, 8 AM until 3 PM. Refer any questions to Library Staff, 395-5975.


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FoodFinder is a mobile and web app created by a graduate of Georgia public schools that allows families to find food distribution sites (including food pantries, drive-through distributions, and school meal providers) based on their location.
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PBIS Video Link

Give me a P, P! Give me a B, B! Give me an I, I! Give me a S, S!

What do you get? PBIS Say it again! PBIS!

Our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program is up and running. Again, this year we are using the electronic version of PBIS through the PBIS Rewards management system. Please watch this short video about the program. Our school-wide PBIS administrator is Mrs. Larroude, email or you can call 395-5975, extension 77974.

Athletics Information

2021 SCCPSS Middle School Basketball Schedule

***Schedule is subject to change*** Revised: 3/05/21

Date Day Location Home Visitor

6-Apr Tue Sav Classical Sav Classical Garrison 4:30

8-Apr Thurs Beach HS Garrison Southwest 4:00

13-Apr Tues Beach HS Myers Garrison 4:30

Arts in Action: News from Garrison Voices!

Congratulations to Yara Metwally, Eden Sinoff and Mario Soriano for their amazing performance with the Georgia Music Educators Association, Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus! This year’s event was a virtual one where students worked on the music separately, came together for a zoom rehearsal and then recorded each part independently. Please enjoy the selection, Ella: Sing!

Georgia Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus 2021
Garrison Voices- Kristoff performing
March 16, 2021
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GNN Interest Form

GNN is inviting all interested 6th graders to join the GNN news team. Click on the link to submit your interest from and someone will get back to you soon!

GNN - Garrison News Network

GNN - Garrison News Network

What is GNN? GNN is an acronym for Garrison News Network. GNN is a student led school club open to middle school students who produce a weekly news broadcast for the whole school.

What does a GNN broadcast entail? A GNN Broadcast is like producing a mini performance every week.

  1. Students meet every Wednesday “after school” to discuss duties and responsibilities for the broadcast that will air in the following week.

  2. After determining roles and responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Producer, Braidyn R, and the Production Director, Reilly B, the student writers for that week begin writing the script.

  3. On Friday the script is edited by the Content Editor, Jada B and Mrs. Lanier.

  4. The following Monday, Mrs. Ali and the assigned anchors for the week record the bulk of the show.

  5. By Tuesday all special features are due.

  6. We’re back at Wednesday - we meet to plan, prepare, and find out assignments for the next broadcast in the following week.

  7. On Thursday all of the clips are edited together by Ms. Ali.

  8. Then on Friday the weekly broadcast is emailed to teachers for them to show students during class time or to post in their class newsletters and on itsLearning start pages.

Who is in GNN? Currently GNN consists of ANY interested 7th & 8th grade students, however we are currently looking for any interested 6th grade students to join the team. (click here to fill out the GNN interest survey - GNN Interest Survey for 6th graders - deadline to submit interest form is Friday, 3/19 @ 4 pm.)

Quick Facts about GNN productions this year:

  1. We have produced 19 broadcasts since our first one on October 5th.

  2. We have featured student videos, special features completely conceived by students, school-wide student achievements, and Garrison celebrations.

  3. We have hosted 2 successful Logo contests featuring student work.

  4. We LOVE to include videos of our students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Garrison Gator Pledge.

  5. Anyone from ANY art major area can be a member of our team. After all we are Stronger Together.

This 20-21 season of GNN has been a blast to produce and a new and exciting endeavor as we have been able to reach beyond the broadcast basics and share our creative side with not only the school, but also family and friends.

Click here to watch the most recent gnn broadcast from 3/12/21!

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Our top priority is - student learning! Thank you for all of the support you have provided to your child and their teacher as we opened the school year virtually. We remain committed to maintaining premier standards for your child this school year and appreciate the continued support you will provide!!

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Chromebook and iPad Distribution

The media specialist and team have been making phone calls and scheduling appointments for Chromebook pickup. Please note that as additional devices become available, you will be given a call to pick up requested devices.

Please ensure the appropriate PPE (masks) are utilized when you arrive on campus. If you have not made your homeroom teacher aware of the need for a device, please do so quickly,

Garrison Library Media & Technology Corner


To Parents & Students

It’s spring! Time for some uplifting read aloud books perfect for April days! Did you know April is National Poetry Month? Check out these Read Alouds to share with your child/children to put a "Spring" in their Step!

3rd - 6th grade -BLOOM BOOM by April Pulley Sayre
Tops and Bottoms
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
Daniel Finds a Poem - Read Aloud

Let's Continue to READ!

Our Media Center has Online and Print Resources Available for You. Check out our Tutorial and Videos Below to Get Started!

Getting Started with Destiny Discover - for Students (Simplified View)
Place a Hold with Destiny Discover
Exploring Live Oak Public Library

GATOR NuRse CoRner

Hello to all of our Gators! We hope everyone is staying healthy during this pandemic. Continue to be active for at least 60 minutes a day; make half of your plate veggies and fruits; drink more water and limit sugary drinks.


What you need to know about handwashing


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PTA would love to have 100% membership. Its easy to join, visit the site below:

Counselor Corner

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Value of the Month - Fairness

Fairness can be defined as treating others equally or in a way that is considered right or reasonable.

"Live so that when our children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you." - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Check out who was nominated for the month of February!!

Interested in Becoming a Garrison Globetrotter?

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