Welcome to Giles County Public Schools
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Our school system serves approximately 2430 students from Kindergarten through grade 12 in the following facilities: 3 elementary/middle schools (Eastern Elementary/Middle, Macy McClaugherty, & Narrows Elementary/Middle School) , 2 secondary schools (Giles High School & Narrows High School), 1 technology center and 1 alternative education program. Over the past 15 years, we have completed renovations to our school facilities thanks to the collaboration between our local Board of Supervisors and School Board. In addition GCPS is also a member of the Southwest Virginia Governor's School for Math, Science, and Technology. With approximately 370 faculty/staff members, GCPS is able to serve our students with much individual attention.
Elementary/middle education in GCPS includes both primary and middle education, encompassing kindergarten through seventh grade, and offers a curriculum that is consistent with the Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL's) and Standards of Accreditation. Itinerant teachers are provided for music education, physical education, and primary art. In addition, an Instructional Technology teacher is provided and works with faculty members to incorporate technology into the instruction occurring within the classroom. All elementary/middle schools provide the building foundations required for secondary schools by offering the necessary groundwork for the remaining five years of education associated with public schools.
Secondary education in GCPS encompasses grades eight through twelve. A strong vocational program is available at both of our high schools, as well as specialized services at the Giles County Technology Center. We provide distance learning classes (Spanish) between Giles High School (GHS) and our three elementary/middle schools. We also offer New River Community College (NRCC) courses, such as Principles of Sociology, Principles of Psychology, Art Appreciation, and Religions of the World as distance learning classes between Giles and Narrows High Schools. Those classes referenced above allow two-way interaction between the students at Giles or Narrows High School (NHS) and NRCC. In addition, to increase opportunities for our students, our school system has a Career Counselor at the Giles Technology Center to assist students in their career choices.
Students in Grades K-12 are offered differentiated instruction based on needs and interests as part of the Gifted Education Program. Categories of identification for students in Grades 4-12 are General Intellectual Aptitude, Specific Academic Aptitude (in math and language), and Visual Arts. A Young Scholars program and Visual Arts Talent Pool are available for students in grades K-3, with formal identification for the Gifted Education Program completed in grade 4. In addition, a two week summer exploration program is designed for students, grades K-6. Furthermore, specialized computer instruction is available for students in the elementary schools.
Students with disabilities comprise approximately 13% of the total school population. Special education programs are individually designed to serve the needs of students with physical, learning, or emotional disabilities. Students with moderate and severe disabilities are involved in community-based instruction and vocational training. Parents and staff support the heterogeneous groupings of children and the inclusion of students with disabilities into the mainstream of programs and activities within our schools.
- Each of our schools has a School Resource Officer (SRO) and a school nurse.
- All of our schools provide some type of remediation program for their students, either during the school day or after school.
- Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) programs were completed at each of our Elementary/Middle Schools. During this course, our SRO's provide students the opportunity to learn about the dangers of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
- The PTO/PTA organizations at each of our Elementary/Middle schools are actively involved in the educational process of our students and support many activities each year.
- Over the last couple of school years, we have had many individuals recognized at the regional and state level for their work in education. For example, Cathy Webb, Autism Specialist/Focus program for Giles County, was recognized as the 2010 Region VII Teacher of the Year and 2010 Virginia Teacher of the Year; Diana Blanton, Biology Teacher at GHS, was recognized as the 2011 Region VII Teacher of the Year; and Jeff Young, Network Administrator for the school system, was recognized as the 2009 Region VII Educational Technology Leadership award recipient. In addition, we have had several teachers recognized by local groups for their dedication to their students and their work within the schools.
- At NHS and GHS, there are several different activities that students can join. There are athletic teams, academic teams, clubs, or organizations that students can join to show their pride in their school.
- Students are provided opportunities (field trips, competitions, etc.) to enrich their educational experience throughout their time in our schools. For example, 7th graders take a trip in the spring to Washington D.C., Band and Chorale students take a trip to perform in competitions, SkillsUSA competitions at the district, state, and national level, as well as many other opportunities available for our students.
Highlights from our schools and school system
- Fully Accredited! All Giles County Schools are Fully Accredited for the 2013-14 School Year. View all Schools' Accreditation Results.
- US News & World Rpt: Narrows High School recognized with a Bronze Medal in the "Best High Schools" as awarded by the US News and World Report. Click here for more details.
- McGlothlin Award: Pam MacDonald, 5th grade Teacher at Macy McClaugherty, was a 2013 recipient of McGlothlin Award and received $25,000. Congratulations Pam! Read more about this prestigious award by visiting Blue Ridge PBS. Runner-up was another Giles County Teacher, Lisa James, a Title I Teacher at NEMS. We're proud of you both!
- Summer Food Service Program earns recognition and a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the United StateDepartment of Agriculture ! During the March School Board meeting, Dr. Molly O'Dell, Health Director for the New River Health District, presented a plaque honoring the school system for the outstanding initiative and innovation put forth, making the 2013 Summer Food program a tremendous success. The program enlisted the assistance of over 70 volunteers and received support from local community and political leaders. Visit the Virginia Department of Health's announcement of awards for Student Meal Program efforts.
- NRV Leading Lights recognized Rebecca Kay Stephens, an 11th grader at Giles High and Shana Davis a 12th grade student at Narrows High for their voluntary service and community-changing activities at an Awards Banquet & Ceremony on Thursday evening, April 10th. Ms. Stephens, the overall winner of the High School Award was nominated by GHS Teacher, Mrs. Mattie Ward, and Ms. Davis was nominated by NHS Teacher, Mr. Dennis Kidd. This program began in 2007, prompted by the outpouring of voluntary service after the shootings at Virginia Tech. Congratulations to these exemplary students for their compassion and service to others! http://leadinglightsnrv.org/
- Giles Schools recognized in the 18th Annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory: Congratulations to Eastern, Macy and Narrows Elem/Middle!
- Summer Governor's School: Darien Nagel from Narrows High School and Rachel Ingram from Giles High School have been selected to attend Summer Governor's School for Theater Arts at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Each summer the program serves 20-24 students selected to represent their school districts in a 3-week residential, collegiate program (conferring 3 college credits) for academically gifted and high achieving juniors and seniors (rising). There is no cost to the students selected to attend and they receive three college credits, free of charge, upon completion of the program! Nominated students should have clearly demonstrated mature achievement in performance, theatrical design, or technical theater. Additional information about the program can be found at www.uvawise.edu/govschool
- National Finals: On June 6-8, Caleb Clemons, from Narrows Elementary/Middle School, will compete in the National Finals of the National History Bee in Atlanta, Georgia. In order to qualify for the National Finals he advanced through multiple stages of competition, including an intramural completion, an online test and a head-to-head regional competition. Of the more than 10,000 students who began the competition in October, only six hundred will compete in the National Finals.
- Spelling Bee: Top spellers from each of Giles County's schools compete in the County-Wide Spelling Bee at the School Board Office. School Winners are:
Haley Hansen - Eastern Elem/Middle, grade 6
Grace Shockley - Macy McClaugherty, grade 6
Frankie Cahoon - Narrows Elem/Middle, grade 7
Andrea Shaver - Giles High, grade 8
Felena Pack - Narrows High, grade 8
Congratulations to each for earning this spot and representing your school in County competition! The student crowned spelling bee champion will represent Giles County in the Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Roanoke Times.
- History Bee Winners to Compete in Charlotte - We are proud to announce four students will be representing Giles County in the Regional History Bee competition in Charlotte, NC on Monday, February 10th. Congratulations to Caleb Clemons and Frankie Cahoon of Narrows Elem/Middle, Cale Daniels of Eastern Elem/Middle and McKayla Yopp of Narrows High School ! We are proud of you and wish you the best as you compete at the Regional level. To learn more about the History Bee, visit http://historybee.com
- State Championship: Congratulations to head coach Jeff Williams, the entire coaching staff, and the 2013 Giles High Spartan football team on their 20-19 overtime win in Salem on Saturday, earning the Group 2A State Championship! With this win Giles completed a perfect 15-0 season and claimed its fourth state title in school history following previous championships in 1980, 1993 and 2005.
The following teachers were recognized as their schools Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year:
2013 Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Gary Hinson, Science Teacher at Narrows High School, in his earning the 2013 Giles County Teacher of the Year Award!
2014 Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Mrs. Melanie Atkins, English Teacher at Narrows High School, in earning Giles County's Teacher of the Year award for 2014 ! We are proud to have her represent Giles County and look forward to future announcements revealing Virginia's Regional Teacher of Year recipients.
The Teacher of the Year program allows us the opportunity to recognize outstanding teachers, and to focus positive attention on education and the teaching profession. We're pleased to announce that, from among our many talented and dedicated teachers, the school nominees for Giles County's Teacher of the Year are:
Eastern Elem/Middle - Christina Martin
Macy McClaugherty - Andrew Graham
Narrows Elem/Middle - Laura Helvey
Giles High - Jack Ellison
Narrows High - Melanie Atkins
Congratulations to each for earning this recognition! We are proud of all of our teachers and look forward to announcing, in April, the committee's finalist who will represent Giles County at the regional level.