• Dear Parents:
     
       Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! My name is Brian Pluim, and I am the new principal of Guilford Elementary/Middle School (GEMS)!  I have met some of you already, but I wanted to share some things about myself.  I recently left Westside Elementary, where I was the principal for seven years. I also worked as a teacher at Steuart Hill Elementary/Middle School for seven years before transitioning to administration.  The direction of our scholars' lives is deeply impacted by the job we do as educators as well as the job you do as parents.  I take that responsibility very seriously and I look forward to building a strong partnership with parents as we work together for our children's success.  We recognize that support from both home and school will make a great difference in our scholars' education.   This year's school theme is Every Child, Safe, Inspired, and Empowered.  We ask for your support/guidance and participation in this effort by ensuring that our scholars: 
     
    1) Attend school daily and arrive on time, ready for the day’s learning experience.  
    Breakfast will be served from 7:35 A.M. to 7:55 A.M.  Scholars will not be allowed in any part of the building until 7:35 A.M. unless there is inclement weather and/or if they are in daycare.   Scholars that need an early dismissal must have an early release letter written by the parent.   Students will not be released after 2 P.M. for early dismissals unless it is a documented emergency.  Students will be dismissed at 2:50 P.M. and we ask that students are picked up on time.  
       
    2) Are responsible, ready, and respectful daily.
    3) Are vaccinated according to the school vaccination requirements
    4) Come to school in uniform according to the team's uniform colors.  Students who are not in uniform
        daily may lose privileges such as field trips, or other privileges.  Letters will be sent home to parents 
        who consistently send students to school out of uniform. 
    5) Complete all homework assignments given by teachers and read daily for at least 45 minutes to 
        develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
    6) Talk with your scholar about his/her school day. 
    7) Have parents attend parent-teacher conferences and communicate/work with teachers  regularly to 
        make sure our scholars are successful.  
     
    If you are interested in volunteering at GEMS, please contact our School Community Coordinator, Lauren Linn, to discuss the procedures for the program.  
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Brian K Pluim, Principal