The Garden Club is affiliated with the 4H. The club has around 50 members and is directed by Mr. Gardner, Mr. Snider, and Ms. Engstrom. Club days include a meeting with the students along with work in the school garden. The meetings discuss things like decomposing, planting, learning about soil, and scientific topics like ecosystems. Students can earn badges in a variety of topics.
The 2013 annual softball game between the sixth graders and Golden Empire staff was attended by some very special people. Family and friends of Mr. Ferreter, our beloved teacher of 25 years who passed away last year, were there to observe and participate in pre-game activities honoring Mr. Ferreter. Dr. Eister introduced several students who shared how Mr. Ferreter had touched their lives and Mrs. Ferreter spoke to the students about how they could continue his legacy by “stepping up to the plate” in all that they do in life.
Golden Empire Elementary has implemented the “GATE Cluster” model to provide specialized education for students who have been identified as “gifted and talented” (GATE).These students are clustered in a classroom where the teacher has had training in differentiating instruction for GATE students.While all teachers on our staff have been trained in this type of differentiation, clustering the GATE students in a classroom provides them with opportunity to be in a unique setting where they can challenge and