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School District holds Welcome Back event

Gilchrist County teachers and school staff members are revved up and ready to go. Some 380 Gilchrist County School District employees came together on Wednesday, August 3 to celebrate the beginning of the school year. The morning began with a breakfast of Krispy Kreme donuts, fruit, bottled water and coffee sponsored by Florida Credit Union at the Bell High Gym. ... Full Story »

Elementary schools welcome new Music Teacher

For more than a dozen years now the students at Bell and Trenton Elementary Schools have been without a music teacher, but with the new school year beginning  on Thursday the schools will have a full time music teacher, Laura Antoni Beard. Laura Beard will spend the first half of the year teaching music at Trenton Elementary and the second ... Full Story »

Trenton FFA Chapter members headed for Nationals in October

Trenton FFA will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in October. Tyler Herrington was announced as a National Silver Proficiency winner for his Agricultural Sales SAE program. At the Florida FFA State Convention in June Tyler was named the state winner and his application was forwarded to National FFA. Tyler’s SAE is based on his business JTC Beef which ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County Safety Patrols visit Washington

Submitted Early in June the combined Gilchrst County Safety Patrols from Bell and Trenton Elementary Schools enjoyed a week-long trip to visit Williamsburg, VA, Washington DC and the surrounding country. Tours of several of our nation’s monuments and memorials were involved in this busy week. From the Smithsonian Museums to Arlington National Cemetery to the Vietnam Memorial to the WWII ... Full Story »

5th Annual Scholarship Showdown August 11th

The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County will hold it’s 5th Annual Scholarship Showdown on Friday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Suwannee River Fair Pavilion. The scholarship showdown is a reverse drawing. Your donation of $100 gives you the chance to win cash prizes! Only 250 tickets will be sold, and you do not need to be present to ... Full Story »

Education Foundation receives $2k

Education Foundation of Gilchrist County Board Members were pleased to receive a check for $2000 from Capital City Bank at their July 12th meeting. Shown from left to right, front row are Patricia Yates, Damon Leggett, Tiffany Bodiford, Clif Bradley of Capital City Bank, Marilyn Thompson, and Paula Marczynski. Back row, left to right, Stephanie Smith, Amy Owens, Adam Elliott ... Full Story »

Grades are in and Gilchrist scores an A

The Florida Department of Education released the school grades last week and Gilchrist students did well scoring “A” for the school district. The students, teachers and staff are to be congratulated for bringing the district grade from a “B” in 2015-16 to an A in 2016-2017. Superintendent Robert Rankin said, “We are proud of the students, teachers, and staff in ... Full Story »

22 from Trenton FFA attend the Florida FFA State Convention

Twenty-two Trenton FFA members participated in leadership workshops, leadership development events (LDE) and career development events (CDE), award recognition, and the career expo at the 89th Florida FFA Convention. The Agricultural Issues team delivered a presentation on the usage of drones in the agriculture industry. Team members included Lauren Roberts, Caroline Johnston, Makenzie Smith, Christianna Norfleet, Adam Smith, and Erin ... Full Story »

The Bell FFA Chapters have a great time at 89th FFA State Convention

This Past week the Bell FFA Chapters attended the 89th Annual FFA State Convention and Expo in Orlando. The Bell Middle School Chapter received an award for 100% membership, 5th place in the State in Land judging, Premier Chapter, and they won a $500.00 student leadership scholarship. The Sr. Chapter members received many awards. Austin Bagby was a final 4 ... Full Story »

Education Foundation Mini Grants helping teachers

The 2700 or so students in the Gilchrist County School District benefit in many ways from the work of The Education Foundation of Gilchrist County. The Board Members heard from the District Teacher of the Year, Karen Welch during the Education Foundation’s June 14th meeting. Karen Welch of Bell High School said she had spent her $500 mini grant that ... Full Story »