EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Gallimore Elementary School – Canton, MI

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Gallimore Elementary School

8375 North Sheldon Road
Canton, MI, 48187-1902

(734) 416-3155

Mrs. Aimee Bell, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Plymouth-Canton Community School District

School Website

https://twitter.com/GallimoreKids

 
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 46%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 2%
 

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During the school's Cardboard Challenge students created something useful for others.

During the school's Cardboard Challenge students created something useful for others.

Summary

The Gallimore Elementary School learning community is unique in that we serve students from across the entire Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district. As a school, we work every day to provide students with appropriately challenging learning opportunities that support the development of the 'whole' child. We believe that children should be part of a learning environment that provides multiple opportunities to make authentic connections, to grapple with real world problems, and to collaborate and explore different learning avenues with peers. For example, in one grade level, students have the opportunity to participate in a Probability Fair. Students study probability, create games that include probability, and then showcase these games for their peers.

Our staff works collaboratively to support the social and emotional needs of all students. Gallimore Roadrunners participate in monthly school-wide assemblies focused on character development, growth mindset, and reflection. These assemblies create a school-wide focus on strengthening and defining character. To extend this work to the everyday classroom, we include character quotes and scenarios during our student-led morning announcements. Teachers use these prompts to lead whole class discussions during morning meetings.

As a part of this development, we put a priority on providing students with both choice and voice in their school. Each year students generate ideas for new clubs. The clubs are created and led by students. During this process students learn how to survey their peers, gather data, communicate, and evaluate, and reflect. Students have led an Origami Club, Harry Potter Club, and Rubik's Cube Club, just to name a few. Student Voice is also present throughout our school in classroom experiences such as Genius Hour and Passion Projects, as well as students choosing music to be played on morning announcements or presenting thoughtful projects on topics of their choice.

At Gallimore School, students are empowered to learn about themselves, advocate for their needs and take initiative in their learning.