About Our School

We are one of 3 elementary schools in the Ledyard Public School District. Our community school is located in southeastern section of Ledyard. The school population consists of approximately 330 students from Kindergarten through Grade 6. During the 2018-2019 school year, we are pleased to have 3 full day kindergarten classes, 2 grade 1 classes, 2 grade 2 classes, 3 grade 3 classes, and 2 grade 4-6 classes.

Gallup Hill School has a dedicated staff committed to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. Teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, secretaries, and nurses work together to create a safe and optimal learning environment for the children. Our 2018-2019 School Improvement Plan focuses on differentiating instruction for the development of literacy skills, higher-level thinking and reading comprehension, the promotion of numeracy foundations in conjunction with mathematical thinking abilities, and the expansion of writing skills to implement the rigor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our students also have opportunities to learn science through hands-on tasks and application of science concepts. Daily “specials” provide students with the opportunity to experience art, music, physical education, and library/media. Our classrooms have multiple computers for students to access along with a shared mobile iPad lab and 2 mobile laptop carts. All students in grades 3-6 are provided with 1:1 Chromebook laptops. Our curriculum integrates digital resources and CCSS learning standards across the various disciplines.

Respect for self and respect for others is a daily lesson for our students. Teachers implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Responsive Classroom techniques that work to build a classroom community and establish common learning and behavior expectations early in the school year. A whole-school community is promoted through identification of common values and themes during our daily school news program and monthly all-school meetings. Positive social and emotional skills are promoted through B.A.R.K. – Be Accepting, Responsible, and Kind. Students, teachers, and parents sign a pledge at the beginning of the school year signifying their commitment to demonstrate B.A.R.K. on a daily basis. Our school-wide leveled behavior program focuses on identifying and reinforcing positive behaviors. Students strive to consistently exhibit the highest level of behavior: I do the right thing because I know it is the right thing to do, which adds a self-monitoring component to their actions. Students learn accountability for their actions and are able to refer to our leveled behavior system in all school settings to encourage them to make wise choices throughout the school day.

Parents are integral and welcome partners to the success needed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students. Family members are welcome to volunteer for classroom support, special events and projects, and school celebrations. Parent/teacher conferences will be held during November 2018 and March 2018; however, parents are welcome to contact teachers or the principal throughout the year to address questions or concerns. School and classroom newsletters are sent home monthly via e-mail to provide information about instructional initiatives, along with information regarding school events and activity reminders. An automated calling system is also used to remind parents about upcoming events, as well as to alert them during emergencies. Our PTO always welcomes new members. They are a dedicated group of parents who are committed to improving the school environment for our students, supporting and funding enriching learning opportunities for our students, and organizing family events.

Many special opportunities are a part of our overall school program. Highlighted below are some of the opportunities available to our students:

  • A language arts program based on a balanced literacy approach to instruction supported by a school literacy teacher and a district reading consultant. Students in grades 3-5 implement Reader’s Workshop lessons.

  • Classroom guided and independent reading instruction is supported by a leveled bookroom and leveled classroom libraries.

  • An intervention and enrichment (I/E) block is built in to our daily schedule to students who require additional support or enrichment.

  • A standards-based math program that embeds real world connections and application in grades K-6, supported by a district math coordinator.

  • A standards-based Science and Social Studies curriculum that encourages inquiry and real world learning connections.

  • Computer-assisted individualized learning opportunities for both reading and math instruction. 1:1 laptops are provided to students in grades 3-6.

  • A comprehensive and inclusive Ledyard Public Schools pre-school program located at Gales Ferry School.

  • An instrumental band program is offered to students in grade 6.

  • A child friendly library environment where children receive weekly library/media instruction.

  • Art and music programs provide additional opportunities for our students; a voluntary chorus program is offered to students weekly.

  • An inclusive special education program, emphasizing collaboration among special educators, support staff, and classroom teachers.

  • A school-wide morning news program that utilizes student newscasters to focus on character education and building school community.

  • Community assistance opportunities through an active “Green Team.” 

  • An adult/student mentor program for students in need.

  • A student council where students are able to contribute to the school culture and climate; students in grade 5 & 6 act as classroom representatives.

  • An active PTO which supports the school through generous donations and special programs.

During the school day all exterior doors remain locked. All visitors should report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge.
For more information about the teaching and learning at Gallup Hill School, please call the school office or come for a visit. On behalf of the teachers and staff at Gallup Hill School, I wish you all the best during the 2018-2019 school year!

Sincerely,
Dr. Pamela Austen, Principal

Mission Statement

Ledyard is a diverse and empowering community that inspires in each child a continuous love of learning, self-confidence, and commitment to excellence.  The community supports each child to achieve at the highest levels and to innovate in a world of change. Our children thrive and make a lasting contribution to the community. Citizens trust, invest in, and benefit from the Ledyard Public Schools.


General Information for Parents/Guardians

This information is intended to provide Parents/Guardians with basic information to help you and your child/children have an easier transition into the Gallup Hill School.

Office Hours
During the school year, the office is open daily from 8:10 am – 3:40 pm. Messages may be left on the main number when the office is closed.

Registration
Parents may come by the school office to register children throughout the school year. During the summer months, registration takes place at the Ledyard Public Schools Central Office. The following documents are required for registration: completed registration form, copy of student’s birth certificate, updated copy of students immunization records, 2 proofs of Ledyard residency, and release of information form for previous school (if applicable). The registration form is available online at www.ledyard.net under “Links & Information”.

Home Emergency Information
When you register you will be asked to complete a white emergency card for each child. It is imperative that we maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency phone numbers so we can contact parents as the need arises. Your help updating these telephone numbers will be greatly appreciated.

Medication Policy
Both prescription and over the counter medications may not be sent to school with students. If a student requires medication during the school day, a doctor's order and parent permission must be obtained. Please note this policy includes cough drops. Please call the Nurse's office at 536-8029 if you have questions.

Attendance
Students attending Gallup Hill School must reside in the Town of Ledyard, within specific school district boundary lines. Connecticut state law requires parents to have their children attend school regularly during the hours and terms that the school is in session. Regular attendance is essential to the proper and meaningful instruction of our students. Please refer to The Ledyard Board of Education Policy 5113 to read our attendance policies.

Transportation
Students living beyond a mile of school will be provided with bus service to and from school. Others are considered within walking distance. Students wishing to ride bicycles to school must get a bike permit and be aware of specific rules. Please contact the office for more specific information. Students are not allowed to ride buses to go to another child's house to play. They are allowed to ride different buses for emergency reasons (child care, organization meetings such as Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, etc.). It is necessary to send a note to school anytime there is a change to your child’s regular transportation arrangements.

Absences
CONNECTICUT State law requires monitoring of all student absences/tardiness. If your child is going to be absent, we ask that you call 860-536-9477 and leave your child's name, teacher and reason for absence. If we do not hear from you, we will call before noon to confirm this is an excused absence. This health and safety matter is carried out in the best interest of the child, the family and the school.

Doctor and Dentist Appointments
Parents are expected to make reasonable efforts to schedule doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours. However, when this is not possible, students will be excused for these special appointments. Parents are expected to make arrangements by telephone to the office, a note to the teacher, or in person regarding such appointments.

Tardiness
Prompt arrival at school is expected of all students. Late arrival disrupts class and causes loss of instructional time. Any child who arrives at school after the scheduled opening time is considered tardy and must first report to the office before going to class. Habitual tardiness may require a parent conference to discuss and resolve the problem. The school day begins at 8:40 am. Any student arriving after 8:40 am will be considered tardy. Exceptions will be made for problems with STA Ledyard Transportation.

School Breakfast and Lunch
A school breakfast and lunch program is available to all students in full-day programs. Menus and order forms are available on-line on the Gallup Hill School website. Applications for free/reduced breakfast/lunch are included in the registration folders at the beginning of the school year and are available in the main office throughout the year. Information regarding free/reduced breakfast/lunch is kept confidential.

Recess
Students go outside for recess daily weather permitting. All elementary schools in Ledyard follow the same recess guidelines – when the temperature and wind chill combined are above 20 degrees, students will go outside for recess; when the temperature and wind chill combined are between 10 and 20 degrees, students will go outside for a limited time, up to 15 minutes; and when the temperature and wind chill combined are lower than 10 degrees, students will stay indoors for recess. Please send your child to school with proper clothing - gloves, hat, boots, etc. If your child is unable to go outside, he/she may not be well enough to attend school. Please discuss this with your doctor or call the school nurse.

School Calendar
The school calendar has information as to the days off, vacations, etc. There is a link to the school calendar on www.ledyard.net

Emergency School Closings
If weather conditions or other emergency situations indicate that schools will be closed or have a delayed opening, announcements will be made by 6:30 am. Announcements can be heard on FM 105.5, 102.3, 104.7, 97.7, 98.7, 100.9, and 106.5 – AM 1310 – and TV WTNH-8, WVIT-30, and WFSB-3. Postings are also available on www.ledyard.net . During emergencies that impact a select few schools in the district, the School Messenger system will be used to notify parents of changes to the school schedule. It is extremely important that parents update home phone numbers, work phone numbers, cell phone numbers, and emergency contact numbers. Please note that the School Messenger system will be identified on your phone by the following number 866-379-1931.

School Newsletter
A school newsletter is posted online and sent home via e-mail monthly. This is a full newsletter with information about school activities and recognitions. Various notices will also be sent home periodically throughout the school year. The Phone Calling System will use non-emergency numbers to send out phone reminders of upcoming dates and events. We make every effort to keep parents fully informed regarding school events and activities. Please check the Gallup Hill School webpage calendar for upcoming events and celebrations.

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed during the school year, in our classrooms, the library and the computer room. If you have a few available hours, please call the office 860-536-9477.

Gallup Hill School Student Behavior Expectations

Gallup Hill School B.A.R.K.
Gallup Hill School teaches and adheres to Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) proactive lessons and reinforcement to remind and celebrate positive behavior expectations. Students at Gallup Hill School are expected to follow the B.A.R.K. Pledge – to Be Accepting, Responsible, and Kind every day. This will help our students have success in their academics and social relationships with peers and adults.
Students, teachers, and parents are asked to sign a pledge showing their commitment to B.A.R.K.

GHS PBIS Mission Statement: At Gallup Hill Elementary School we are good citizens who work together and through kindness, acceptance, and responsibility we build a positive school community.



                  SCHOOL HOURS
Regular Day

 

Grades K – 6

8:40 am – 3:10 pm


2 hour Delay Day

 

Grades K – 6

10:40 am – 3:10 pm


Planned Early Release Day

 

Grades K – 6

8:40 am – 1:00 pm





2018-2019 BELL SCHEDULES

REGULAR SESSION


First Bell

8:40

Dismissal Preparation

3:05

Dismissal

3:10



 

EARLY RELEASE

2 HOUR DELAY

First Bell 

8:40

10:40




Dismissal

1:00

3:10



ALL LEDYARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE DISMISSED AT 1:00 pm ON DAYS WITH AN EMERGENCY CLOSING.