All-County Chorus Clinic happens every February. It consists of approximately 350 4th and 5th graders from each elementary school in the county. Gallberry Farm Elementary usually has 10-12 participants. Students are chosen in early January based on their singing ability, participation in music class and willingness to participate. They rehearse once a week after school for an hour and then participate in a reahearsal with the entire county the day before the concert. The concert is performed on a Saturday afternoon and takes place at the Crown Theatre.
Art Club Advisors: Ashton Keeny
GFES Art Club will focus this year on “Art in Action” and how Art can help our local school community in so many ways. The club is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students!
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books Coaches: Laura Ransom, Heather Blackmon & Candace Cox
The Elementary Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the elementary school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!
Beta Club Advisor: James Autry
The Beta Club promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Students were invited based upon teacher recommendation, grade point average, and positive character traits.
Broadcast Team Advisor: Media Team
The Gator News Network (formerly GBS) began in October 2011 as a way to involve students in a daily news broadcast. The daily broadcast gives students practice in public speaking skills, investigative reporting and research skills and the opportunity to be positive role models to the student body. Each morning, the Gator News Network brings the latest school news, weather, birthdays, and lunch information to our staff and students, as well as updates on programs and incentives throughout the school year. The Broadcast Team is an opportunity for 5th grade students. Students will turn in an application during 4th grade (4th Nine weeks) and come on the news for their "test run" before broadcasters are selected for the following school year.
Safety Patrol Advisor: Denise Countryman
Safety Patrol develops leadership skills for our students. Membership is open to all rising Fifth Graders. Students complete an application process that includes teacher recommendation, review of the grade point average, and a written essay. Patrol members are rotated between semesters. Patrol duties include: knowing and enforcing school rules and regulations; demonstrating respect to administrators, and teachers. In the Fall, Patrol members will nominate and elect a Safety Patrol Lead Captain and co-captains.
Service Club Coach: Ashton Smith
The Gallberry Farm “Pay it Forward” Service Club is made up of 4thgrades who have been nominated by their teachers. Students have to exemplify strong academics, “personality plus,” and a willingness to serve others. The students organize a food drive at Thanksgiving which benefits the Gray’s Creek Christian Center and the 2ndHarvest Food Bank. At Christmas, they visit residents of a retirement home and sing carols to entertain them. They also work with some of our classrooms with special needs. They have an Easter egg hunt and read to our students. The year-end pep rally is also a showcase for their singing and dancing abilities.
Strings In grade 5, learning to read and notate music gives students the skills with which to explore music independently and with others. Listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music are also important building blocks of musical learning. Moreover, to participate fully in a culturally diverse, global society, students must understand their own historical and cultural heritage and those of others within and beyond their communities. Because music is a basic expression of human culture, every student has access to a balanced, comprehensive, sequential program of study in music. Our fifth-grade string orchestra students also experience a unique relationship with live performers. Each year, our beginning orchestra students attend and perform a performance which features the North Carolina Symphony. This opportunity is made possible by a joint effort between CCS and the NC Symphony. All CCS fifth grade beginning orchestra students participate in the Annual Spring Orchestra Festival.