GES Vision Statement:

We believe our students at Gunpowder Elementary should learn in a rigorous, responsive, and safe learning environment where culture and diversity are recognized, accommodated, valued, and respected.  Our teaching staff will demonstrate high expectations for all learners.  We will promote a learning environment that is driven by interest, ability, and learning style to meet the strengths and needs of our learners.  Families are recognized as partners in the learning process.  We embrace communication between and among staff and community as we work to create the best learning opportunities for all students. 


GES Mission Statement:

Our mission is to inspire students to be lifelong learners in an environment of high expectations, striving to maximize student potential by providing rigorous academic programs and fostering responsible citizenship.

What's Happening



Greetings Team Gunpowder Families,

GES Celebrates Black History Month:

We had a great day today celebrating Black History Month.  Classes worked together to learn and teach each other about influential black African Americans during two teacher and student led assemblies.  I am so proud of the students who presented today.  It took a lot of courage to speak in front of the entire cafeteria for of students and teachers!  Please ask your child about all that they learned today. 

BCPS Stakeholder Survey: 

The BCPS Stakeholder Survey ends Friday, March 3. Help us hear from more of our community by taking this quick,  anonymous survey that is available in 16 languages.   So far, we have had 70 parents/community members take the survey.  Please, please, please share your perspective with us by taking the survey at by this Friday, March 3, and encourage others to share their voices!


Thank you.

Proud Principal,

Wendy Cunningham



Spring Picture Day: 

 Reminder:  Spring Picture Day is Monday, March 6, 2017


What’s happening in the Innovation Studio?

During January and February, we continued to focus on important Habits of Mind (

  • Striving for accuracy and applying past knowledge to new situations:

    • Students listened and responded to the book A Fly on the Ceiling, a book about Rene Descartes and the Cartesian Coordinate System.

    • Students worked in teams to solve logic puzzles. Students evaluated their own teamwork using a rubric.

  • Responding with wonderment and awe:

    • Students brainstormed divergent-thinking questions about the “mysteries of life.”

    • Students worked independently to create products (i.e. poems, songs, prose, or visual art) to convey their divergent thinking. Students evaluated their own work using a rubric.

  • Questioning and problem posing:

    • Students listened and responded to the book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, focusing on the idea of neurosculpting (shaping our brains).

    • Students participated in Fishbowl Discussions about philosophical questions on epistemology (knowledge). Students evaluated their own performances using rubrics.

Students continue to practice the Four Cs: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication (

“Knowledge is the antidote to fear.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~