GES March Newsletter

March 1-March 31

GES News Update

Dear Families,

March is the month that we often look forward to because it brings warmer weather, Read Across America Week, longer days as we spring forward, a pinch of green for St. Patrick's Day, the first day of Spring, and Spring Break for both students and school staff.

March also brings forward the beginning of Federal and State testing. We are still required to meet the requirements of ESSA- Every Students Succeeds Act (formerly known as No Child Left Behind)

Schools throughout the Jefferson County School System will begin administering the ACAP Summative Assessment to students in grades 2-8 during the week of March 15. Grade level testing will continue throughout the month of April, with all testing being completed by April 30. Students in grades 2-8 will take English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments. Additionally, students in grades 4, 6, and 8 will take a Science assessment.

These assessment must be administered in the local school due to the "state required securities" and to maintain the validity of the test administered. To allow us to do this for both remote and traditional students in a safe way regarding the CDC guidelines, we will test remote kids on March 17 and March 18 at Greenwood while the traditional students will remain at home and complete work remotely.

Traditional 2nd -5th grade students will begin testing March 29. A more detailed schedule will be shared with each grade level soon.


If you have questions or concerns, contact Mrs. Hayes.

We Need Your HELP Parents........ School Concerns


We still have kids misbehaving on the bus. Please remind your students about the safety of all on the bus while it is in motion and when it is loading and unloading . For the safety of the students and the driver, any person not following bus requirements can and will be removed from the bus.


Please make sure you have your student's name in the window to help us call names faster. This will be vital once we get to the new school. It is difficult to learn new cars weekly so it helps with the names. We will send new updated name cards home soon.

Please adhere to the "Slow" and "Stop" sign as you are in line. This will help keep our staff safe from possible accidents.

Remote learning

Students who are remote students must be physically on-line just as if they were completing a traditional day at school. To complete assignments but NOT show up for class does not mean that a student will get full credit or has fulfilled the attendance, participation, and has not mastery grade level standards. Please make sure your student is on line and engagement for ALL classes.


Always Greater When We- SWAMP

Greetings to the Greenwood/McCalla Family.

This year we started our Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Program.

We want our kids and faculty to be "SUPER SWAMPERS" to impact our culture and climate in a positive way.

S-Show kindness

W- Work Cooperatively

A-Accept Diversity

M-Make A Difference

P- Practice Punctuality

February Students of the Month


Landon Smith

Dylan Lambarria

First Grade

Jayden Wallace

Ayanna Jackson

Second Grade

Kimberly King

Makiyah Childress

Third Grade

Jacob Herrera

Alessandra Shadmani

Fourth Grade

Emiliann McGowan

Allison Williams

Fifth Grade

Michelle Hernandez

Noah Gable


Tucker Carter

PE- Coach Lewis

Jaidyn McGuffie

Lauren Bryant

Library/Technology- Summerford

Jose Perez

Extended Support Services- Baxter/Lackey/Harden

Candy Alvarado

Counseling- Morrision

Fiona Fullerton

Dates to Remember- Mark your Calendar

March 1-31 Women's History Month

March 1-5 Dr. Seuss Week- Read Across America Week

March 8-21st Online Scholastic Book Fair

March 11 Parent Selection for Student's 4th Nine Weeks - Vote Remote or Traditional

March 12 Spring and Class Pictures Remote students pics- 8:15-9:15 am

March 14 Day Light Saving Time - Move your clock 1 hour forward

March 18-19 Remote 2nd-5th grade students test for ACAP

Traditional students will be remote on these days and complete online work.

March 19 End of the 3rd Nine Weeks

March 21-March 27 Spring Break

March 29-Remote Learning Day - GES Teacher Vaccine Day

March 31- Report Cards will be mailed

Third Semester Information- SOAR

Due to the challenges of the pandemic, Jefferson County Schools would like to strengthen student academic reasoning and extend the opportunity for student learning and mastery through the Third Semester-SOAR program.

  • The Third Semester-SOAR program will take place June 7- July 1, 2021 (16 total days) Monday-Thursday
  • This program will enable us to meet the requirements of the Alabama Literacy Act
  • There will be a number of elementary and secondary sites throughout the district
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served for students


Credit recovery, remediation, building critical thinking, strengthen reading and math skills, and/or for acceleration.

Find additional Information and apply HERE!