Attention GCSD parents and students in grades 6-12! The Gilchrist County School District has a new attendance policy for middle school and high school students. Students who have 7 or more absences in one semester will have their participation in sports and extracurricular activities suspended for a period of time. We have implemented this policy to support the important role regular attendance plays in the academic success of our students. To review the attendance policy in its entirety, please see your child’s student handbook, or refer to the middle school and high school student progression plans, which are available on our website at this link: https://www.gilchristschools.org/page/secondary
We are pleased to announce that all GCSD school and office phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may continue to contact all schools and offices at their published numbers. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
We are currently experiencing an internet and phone outage at GCSD, which includes all of our schools and offices. If you need to reach one of the schools, please call the alternate numbers listed below: Bell Elementary 352-210-6157 Bell High 352-210-6168 Trenton Elementary 352-210-7905 Trenton High 352-339-3639 We will update this message when the internet and regular phone lines are restored. Thank you for your patience!
CONGRATULATIONS Gilchrist County! We are once again an A school district! School and District grades just came out today, and we are ranked 7th in the state. We are truly thankful and blessed to live in a community who values and supports quality education. Thank you to each of you for playing an important role in the success of our school district! Individual school grades are as follows: THS - A TES - A BES - B BHS - A Way to go GCSD!
We are pleased to announce that the Bell phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may continue to contact BES and BHS at their published numbers. Keep in mind that BHS is closed on Thursdays for the summer.
We are currently experiencing a phone outage at both Bell schools. Bell High School office is closed on Thursdays. However, if you need to reach Bell Elementary School, please call the alternate number listed below: Bell Elementary 352-210-6157 We will update this message when the regular phone lines are restored. Thank you for your patience!
Good morning. We are pleased to announce that our internet and all of our phone lines have been restored. Therefore, you may contact any school or office at their published numbers. Report cards are currently scheduled to be ready for distribution on June 14 although we are not expecting most state test scores until much later. We hope all of our students, staff, and families have a wonderful summer.
We are currently experiencing an internet and phone outage at GCSD, which includes all of our schools and offices. If you need to reach one of the schools, please call the alternate numbers that follow: Bell Elementary 352-210-6157 Bell High 352-210-6168 Trenton Elementary 352-210-7905 Trenton High 352-339-3639 We will update this message when the internet and regular phone lines are restored. Thank you for your patience!
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If you have a child who will turn 5 on or before 9-1-2022, please make plans to join us for the 2022 Kindergarten Orientation!
From Mr. Brett Wasden: I am excited to share that Bell FFA was selected as one of "FLORIDA'S FINEST FFA CHAPTERS." This prestigious award is offered to the top 10% of FFA programs in the state (out of 443 chapters total)!!!! The official press release is attached here. This is a message from the Florida FFA: Florida FFA is pleased to announce the selection of “Florida’s Finest” FFA Chapters. The selection of these chapters is based upon the completion of the National Chapter Award program application. These chapters have excelled in the areas of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture and have worked hard to fulfill the mission and vision of the FFA. These chapters will be recognized during 94th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo to be held at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando this summer. Please help the Gilchrist County School District congratulate Mr. Wasden and the BHS FFA on their success!
Let's all join Mr. Wasden in congratulating his Aquaculture team who took home a state win this past weekend! Please help me congratulate the Bell High School Aquaculture team who earned a state championship title this past weekend in Ruskin, FL.! To put this into perspective, this team competed against 83 schools at the preliminary contest in February to earn a coveted top 10 finish to move on to the state finals this past weekend. The aquaculture career development event consists of science-based practicums that include water quality analysis, disease treatment, health and management, species ID, team presentation, and much more. As their teacher and FFA advisor, I am proud that these students put in their work to study science and apply it to a real-world, research-based practicums. This team has been practicing EVERY DAY after Christmas break and twice a week since school started in August. We are so proud of them!!!! - Mr. Wasden
The Gilchrist County School Board will hold a workshop on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 3:15pm in Building 14, Board Room 14-002 located at 310 N. W. 11th Avenue, Trenton, Florida. Workshop will be to discuss the FADSS findings and recommendations on administrative and district level salaries.
We are adopting new textbooks for MATH! In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(c), an open, noticed School Board meeting to hear public comments in regards to the new proposed mathematics textbooks will be held at the Gilchrist County School Board Office located at 310 NW 11th Ave., Trenton, FL 32693 on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. To view the proposed materials, click this link: https://www.gilchristschools.org/page/instructional-materials
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In the best interest of our students, staff and community, all Gilchrist County schools will be closed tomorrow and all extra-curricular activities on OUR campuses are cancelled. Away games and activities will continue. However, all participants will be contacted by the school with special instructions. Next week is Spring Break! We hope you enjoy your time off with your children. We will continue to work with Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. We are all looking forward to resuming our normal schedules after Spring Break. Once again, we appreciate your patience and support. Thank you, Jim Surrency
Out of an abundance of caution, all extra-curricular activities have been cancelled for today; this includes after school programs, tutoring, practices, athletic competitions (whether home or away), etc. Thank you for your continued support!
Good morning parents! As you know, we are continuing to work with law enforcement agencies to identify the source of the recent threats to our schools. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our schools, each campus will participate in a lock down for a short period of time today to conduct additional security sweeps. We appreciate your patience as we work through this difficult situation. We will continue to keep you informed. Thank you! Jim Surrency, Superintendent of Schools
The Gilchrist County School calendar for the 2022-2023 school year was approved by the school board on March 15, 2022. The calendar is available on the district's website under "Menu" - "Documents" - "School Calendars".
Good morning! Out of an abundance of caution and to assist in the recent investigation, Bell Elementary School and Trenton High School will be closed today, March 16 (Wednesday). Trenton Elementary and Bell High will be open and will resume normal schedules. All schools will be open tomorrow unless notified otherwise.