Grand Mound Elementary

Aiming for High Achievement

GMES has had a very busy fall with many exciting events as well as extensive learning opportunities for all.

The year started off with a well-attended open house in which students and parents had an opportunity to meet their new teachers for the 2016-17 school year. In early September, Rochester Primary joined with Grand Mound Elementary in a Back-to-School Bash in which roughly 500 students, parents, staff, and community members joined in a fun-filled evening of hot dogs, activities, learning about community resources, and experiencing the famous Reptile Man.


GMES had impressive attendance from parents and students at fall conferences in October, giving teachers an opportunity to share the curriculum and expectations of the year and become aware of any concerns parents may have for their students. Also in October, students participated in the annual Fund Run, raising $12,000.00 for our Associated Student Body (ASB) and our GMES Booster Club.

Also in October, GMES welcomed  guest speaker and children’s author, Simon Calcavecchia. During an assembly, he shared his story of thriving while living with quadriplegia. His story inspired and motivated students and teachers alike. On October 31st, students attended a celebration assembly for the Fund Run where top fundraisers received ribbons and the overall GMES top fundraiser, Paige Lawton, got to choose two friends to help her attack Principal Bremgartner with silly string! As if that wasn’t enough, later this day, the student body joined in a parade through the gym in which many students donned creative and fun costumes to celebrate the day.


The highlight of November was our Veterans Day Assembly. GMES students honored our guest veterans with beautiful patriotic song followed by a slideshow of Veterans from our community. Also in November, students at GMES were fortunate to participate in a variety of active learning activities and field trips. Third grade ventured out to Kennedy Creek for a hands-on learning opportunity about  Salmon. Fourth grade held a Medieval Games event as a culminating activity to the Medieval Unit. Fourth grade students also participated in a friendly Apple Cup Grammar Bowl event. Fifth grade was not left out of the action as they ventured to Centralia College to hear the  Orchestra and participated in the Planetarium brought to us from the Pacific Science Center, compliments of the GMES Booster Club. Our generous Booster Club also brought 3rd and 4th grade students a day of Smart W/Art in which students focused on a special project.


The learning at GMES is not limited to students! Teachers participate regularly in curriculum focused workshops and they meet weekly in grade level and subject teams to study student growth and improve their practices. Teachers and educational assistants are also participating in a monthly book study focusing on helping our students to develop a growth mindset around their own learning and set goals for themselves as learners.


GMES staff and students have also been focusing on celebrating the positive behaviors in our school. Weekly awards are given to the cleanest classrooms and pink tickets are given to students who are “caught” doing the right thing. These pink tickets are entered into a weekly drawing for various prizes and privileges.

Being a life-long resident in our neighboring Chehalis, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the staff, students, and community of Rochester more closely. Rochester School District, and the community as a whole, is truly a great place for our students to learn and grow. I am honored to be able to work with the exceptional staff at GMES in serving our students and community.

Ms. Kelley Bremgartner