Grace Elementary School
Grace Elementary School
A private school in Tyler, Texas, that takes seriously the statement that “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!'”
GCS Elementary School
Educating from a Christian Worldview
It is exciting to share the great opportunities and experiences that the Lord provides here at Grace Community Elementary School! We conscientiously plan avenues for our students to grow in the same ways that Jesus grew, as described in Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Daily recess, PE classes, and age-appropriate classroom environments and activities nurture the physical growth of our students. Growth in wisdom is fostered through our academics, daily Bible lessons, and weekly chapels. As children respond to the teaching of biblical character qualities and values, they grow in “others-centeredness” and as peacemakers and caretakers, thus growing in favor with God and man. We are ever mindful of the developmental stages of children in junior kindergarten through 5th grade and the various needs of learners, who are all image-bearers of God. The grade-level highlights, below, will give you a snapshot of our program for each grade. It is, however, simply a snapshot. Please join us for a tour; we look forward to sharing what the Lord has done and is doing at Grace Community School!
Grade Level Highlights
First graders are eager learners and advance quickly in reading, cursive writing, and arithmetic using the A Beka curriculum. Foundations and Frameworks is the program that Grace uses to build comprehension skills and to teach vocabulary. In this program, students learn and practice specific reading comprehension and thinking skills through literature. First graders begin the year introduced to the genres of Fairy Tale, Fable and Moral, Tall Tale, Fantasy, and Biography. Then, the students progress into learning Referential Representations, Sequence of Events, and Retelling. The year ends with focus on Character (Story Elements), Story Structure, and Cause and Effect. Two recesses and a morning snack give these young children opportunity for movement and unstructured playtime during the very busy school day. First grade highlights include the production of Little Bo Peep for the entire school and community, Rodeo Day, visiting performances by Tyler Junior College’s Fairy Tale Theater and the Thanksgiving Feast. A weekly highlight includes time spent listening and reading to their fifth grade Reading Buddy.
Grace second graders are focused on mastery in phonics skills, addition and subtraction math facts and cursive handwriting. Students begin reading literature to practice fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills with Foundation and Frameworks as well as beginning Accelerated Reader for frequency of reading practice. A favorite second grade unit of study revolves around the book, Nate the Great. Because Nate loves pancakes, the second graders have a pancake feast to end this unit on sequence! Every second grade class prepares their very own program to present at chapel and loves participating in the Christmas musical. Grace second grader students participate in the ASCI Speech Meet learning to memorize and speak in front of others. Another highlight includes a trip back in time to Edgewood Historical Park.
Third graders at Grace experience a step-up in responsibility and academic content. Skills taught through Foundations and Frameworks include: sequence of events, settings, summarization, main idea/supporting details, cause and effect, character, plot, and author’s purpose. Other graded subjects are math, spelling, and grammar. You can find third graders working on the SMART board and in small groups to master the subjects taught. Although science and history are upgraded in third grade, students gain depth in understanding the world around them and how God uses believers and nonbelievers alike to carry out His purposes. This concept comes to life when they present the American History Hall of Fame program based on biographies read throughout the year. The students research, write, and give a speech as their historical figure of choice in full costume. Other highlights include ACSI competitions in speech, math and spelling, reading Pilgrim’s Progress, a zoo trip for a fact hunt, memorizing all of Hebrews 11, and the annual Christmas musical presented to the entire school and community.
Fourth graders continue to grow in responsibility, organizational skills, and independence with history and science becoming graded subjects. Students develop presentation skills by participating in a weekly public speaking activity fashioned after Toastmasters and in presenting their own class chapel program including the annual Veteran’s Day chapel. Many projects enhance their academic instruction including the Adopt A Tree project, Colonial Apprenticeships, Flat Stanley, the George Washington Carver essay project, the Texas Notebook, the Marine Animal poster, and the Spring concert where students play their recorders. Field trips include a visit to Tyler’s Rose Garden, Christmas caroling at area nursing homes, and a trip to hear the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. The fourth grader is full of activities that foster learning as well as a true sense of independence.
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GCS Elementary News
On May 22, Grace held the commencement exercises for the Class of 2022. The 66 graduates were awarded $6,206,339 in academic scholarships from colleges and universities, an average of $94,035 per student, our highest average ever. The following is my charge to our...
As you start to make plans for your fun-filled summer days, click the link below to find a camp or two for your kids! Your GCS staff offers a variety of quality camps for all ages and interests throughout the break. Some of the camps have limited space, so claim your...
Grace Community School is opening a Mother's Day Out program in Lindale beginning in August 2022. Enrollment is underway for the two-day-a-week program. Right now, we have two classroom options open, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old. The Mother’s Day Out is Tuesdays and...
Meet Our Team
Jennifer serves as elementary principal. Before becoming the elementary principal, she was the elementary assistant principal and a junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade teacher. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and her master’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana. After teaching for five years in public schools in Louisiana, Jennifer joined the Grace Community staff in 1996. She and her husband, Jeff, have two sons. Jody attends Grace High School and Justin graduated from GCS in 2012. The Doziers are members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Jennifer enjoys Jazzercise, reading, and all sorts of crafts.
Amber has been at Grace Community School since 2007 and currently serves as the elementary assistant principal. Before becoming the assistant principal, she was a third grade teacher, as well as an eighth grade English teacher. She has also taught as a high school English teacher at a public school in the East Texas area. Amber received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. She and her husband, Todd, have one daughter at Grace and another daughter who graduated from GCS (Class of ’14) and is attending Abilene Christian University.