Welcome to George C. Marshall Elementary, home of the Generals! Upon entering our school you will be greeted with the following saying: “When you enter this loving school, consider yourself one of the special members of an extraordinary family.”
At Marshall, we are a family, and we work hard to create a sense of belonging, because students must feel as though they belong in order to be successful. Our entire staff strives to connect with all students and families in our school, many of whom have different languages and cultures.
We also have an expectation of accountability. Students are held accountable for working to their highest potential to gain the skills and strategies that will help them to be successful.
The staff is held accountable for teaching all students the skills and strategies, both behavioral and academic, that they will need to be successful throughout their schooling and in their adult lives. Our teachers focus on teaching Common Core State Standards in the classroom. They also are implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Marshall is a place where student learning is at the center of all that we do.
Our Family-Community Resource Center coordinator, Pat Roe, heads up efforts to connect families with our school. We work diligently to make connections to our neighboring middle and high schools, as well as to the greater community. We all know “it takes a village to raise a child.”
At Marshall, we practice Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID. This means our staff, students and families are committed to giving our students the foundation they need to be ready for college and careers. Our focus is on building a framework that supports our students in the following areas: organization, instructional strategies, student success skills and partnerships. We became an AVID elementary school in 2013, and the college theme is evident throughout the building as all students in third through fifth grades engage in daily AVID activities.
In fall 2015, our entire staff participated in a training that focused on the work from a book called Building a Culture of Hope. We are focusing on key components known as the “Seeds of Hope.” These include a sense of belonging, sense of pride, self-esteem and self-confidence and a sense of purpose. We are fortunate to have the co-author of this book, Dr. Emily Gibson, as our instructional coach. Every day we continue our efforts toward making Marshall Elementary the best school it can be!
We are excited to continue to grow and learn and to work hard on behalf of the students and families we serve.
Principal, George C. Marshall Elementary