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

Bus Stops for GES 2016-2017

Baltimore County is committed to providing safe and efficient school transportation services for its students.  We are very excited to finally implement a long-needed electronic system for our bus routes.  This means that bus stops have been assigned to students by this electronic routing system, based on each child's address.  If your child needs to ride a bus/get on or off at a stop that is not closest to his/her home address, we need you to please call the school and let us know that a change is needed. Even if you have previously communicated to the office that your child needs to ride a different bus due to day care or another reason, you need to PLEASE call us, so that we can make sure that our information is accurate. 

If your child attends Open Door and will need to take the bus home on days that school closes early,  please call us to let us know, so that we can update our system and ensure that he/she is able to ride the bus on these days. 

BCPS New Grading Policy  

Please  review the attached letter that explains our updated Policy 5210- Grading and Reporting Policy.  More information , as well as the revised Report Cards, will be shared at Back to School Night on August 30, 2016 at 6:30 P.M. 


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Volunteer Training

The Baltimore County School System requires that all volunteers must complete the volunteer application and participate in an online orientation/training session once every year.

The BCPS Application for Volunteer Services and Training sessions and are now available online!

Step 1: Complete the BCPS Application for Volunteer Services. This can be completed on line by going to under Parents, then click “Application for Volunteer Services” along the side panel.   

Step 2: Complete the ONLINE volunteer orientation at  

Or you can get to this orientation through under Parents, click either “Volunteer with BCPS” or “BCPS Online Volunteer Orientation” along the side panel.  You will receive a certificate to print out once you successfully complete the online orientation training.    

Step 3:  Print and Submit both the application and the valid training certificate to the school in which you intend to volunteer.  Both documents must be submitted at the same time to be accepted and reviewed by the school staff.

Once the application is reviewed and training has been verified by our GES secretary, Pat Thal (, you are ready to volunteer!  If you have any questions or need any further assistance with the completing the volunteer application/orientation, please feel free to contact Lisa DeIaco, School Counselor (410-887-5121 or     

Thank you in advance for your interest in volunteering in Baltimore County Public Schools!!  Volunteers are valued members of our GES Team!!


Parents, new this year, teachers and the PTA are using Volunteer Spot  to organize and advertise when volunteers are needed.  Please consider volunteering at GES!   Free online sign up sheets by VolunteerSpot
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