Award Year: 2021

Grandview Elementary School

2702 N. Country Club Road
El Dorado, KS, 67042-4117

(316) 322-4830

Mrs. Susan Holthaus, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

El Dorado Public Schools Unified School District #490

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The mission of Grandview Elementary is to prepare all students to be active, successful individuals in a competitive and changing world.

Student Demographics
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
These Grandview students are active in music class.

These Grandview students are active in music class.

'It's Great To Be A Gator' is our school slogan. Grandview Elementary is a successful educational setting where the entire staff is onboard to provide each student a safe, secure, stable, and caring environment. Together we set a goal to improve school climate and culture, and we believe we have achieved it, although those efforts never truly end. We worked together as a staff and made changes within ourselves and the way we teach including being the first in Kansas to implement of the Choose To Be Nice (CTBN) program which helped reduce office referrals and meet social-emotional learning needs. This easily complimented our PBIS plan. Gator Family times occur monthly, focusing on literature and discussing the CTBN value of the month within a small multi-age group outside of students' own classrooms.

When students feel valued, respected, and safe, we believe the strengthened academics will follow. Efforts to improve teaching strategies, the use of MTSS, small groups with focused lessons, Pathways to Reading, Lexia, guided reading, math interventions, and one-to-one iPads aided this academic growth by providing multiple resources and tools to target instruction. We have received national recognition for our STEM program for two years in a row. Our Student Intervention Team, along with PLCs, review data from AIMsweb Plus, NWEA, classroom assessments, and KAP to keep our focus on students' growth.

Finally, Grandview benefits from the continued support of parent and community volunteers and mentors. Staff and students are proud to be successful and productive Gators.