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Upcoming Events
  • February 20, 2015
    • Fourth Grading Period Ends
    February 23, 2015
    • Fifth Grading Period Begins
    February 25, 2015
    • Early Release/Staff Development

Home of the Eagles

"When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the Eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud."


Give a Dollar, Change a Life

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade ESL students at Steadham Elementary are leading a fund-raising project to donate a farm animal to an international family in need. The money collected from all Steadham students will be given to Heifer International, a 70 year old organization that has helped over 100 million people around the world to become self-sufficient. The families are given a farm animal, trained how to care for it and how to make money from it, and then give one of the animal’s offspring to another family. These families are then able to provide food, medicine, necessities, and education for their children. Our ESL students were introduced to the organization by their ESL teacher, Mrs. Kathy Kirk. They wrote persuasive letters to their principal asking permission to lead in this fundraiser. Mrs. Culpepper answered them and gave them permission to begin. They researched the company, watched an on-line video about the program and judged how this impacted lives around the world. They came up with a plan to announce the fundraiser to the school. A video was produced by one group of students and shown in each classroom to introduce the fundraiser. During our live announcements our fifth grade ESL leaders gave reminders about the project. Our goal is for every student at Steadham to donate one dollar.

Our motto is “Give a dollar, Change a Life!”

Fifth Grade Holiday Cards

This year our 5th grade students submitted hand made holiday cards for the Greeting Card Workshop with Oil & Cotton. Many students participated and one of our students took 5th place overall in the competition.

Annual Can Food Drive

Congratulations to ALL of our caring and compassionate Eagles and Staff for a fabulous job in providing 2,000 can goods and nonperishable items for area residents! This amount collected, combined with all district donations, will make a huge impact in our community.

Steadham Staff Gives Back

Our teachers at Steadham spend countless hours working on lesson plans, tutoring, and grading papers but somehow they also find time to give back to our community.

Sheila Gayken has been volunteering for Wylie Heat, Wylie's Special Olympic Team, for 5 years. She helps keep parents informed about upcoming events, organizes fundraising, serves as our community event person as well as helps kids without transportation.  

Kathy Kirk volunteers at her church, First Baptist Garland. She teaches adult ESL classes.

Margarett Youngman is a volunteer with the Lake Cities Chorale. She has volunteered in this singing organization for 4 years. Before Lake Cities Chorale she spent 11 years witht he Jim R. Henderson Chorale. This organization sings at public libraries throughout the Metroplex, local tree lighting and caroling, and other community events such as 4th of July festivities.

Jessica Cox is a volunteer coach for the Garland Volleyball Association. Coach Jessica has been coaching for 3 years. Her team, VolleyGirlz, is made of local 5th grade girls.

Celia Silva co-owns a football team, Garland Aztecs. This year they will host their 3rd Annual Benefit Games for Shriners Hospital for Kids. All proceeds from team participation fees and admission fees are donated to Shriners Hospital for Kids. Garland Aztecs will also be collecting toys to be donated to the children. In 2013, Celia Silva and Garland Aztecs donated $2100 to Shriners Hospital.

How Are We Doing?

A group of Region 10 Districts developed this short survey for parents to rate their perceptions of some common reporting strategies related to student performance. Examples include report card grades, state assessments, homework, college courses and college prep exams. Parents are asked to weigh in on what they perceive as the most important measurement of student success. Survey will be available until December 31, 2014.

Steadham Goes LIVE

Can't attend an awards assembly? Don't worry, Steadham has you covered! Steadham has gone LIVE! You can now catch all of our assemblies live as they happen from the comfort of your own home or work. High School Cube has a "Clip It" feature that will allow you to Clip 30 second segments to post to your favorite social media site. Please check out our schedule page for dates and times and follow us, "Giddens-Steadham Elementary", on High School Cube.

Family Reading Night

Steadham Family Reading Night was October 30, 2014. All grade levels participated in a variety of ways. Kindergarten teachers dressed up and read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat. Parents joined in by coloring, cutting and pasting to an "Old Lady" cut out. First grade celebrated the family event by reading Splat the Cat. Students in Third grade read books with their parents while using context clues to determine the meaning of any unfamiliar words they may not have known. After all classroom activities, all students took part in a "Book Walk" in the gym while enjoying hotdogs and drinks. 

Steadham December Spotlight

Barbara Howard

Happy Holidays, I am Barbara Howard. I was born and raised in Garland surrounded by a huge family. I am the youngest of ten children. I have 2 wonderful daughters and grandchildren whom I adore. There’s never a dull moment at our house, or when we go over to visit my mother. I became a part of Joyce Giddens Steadham’s family in 2006 teaching third grade. Being a part of Joyce’s legacy, is priceless. I love teaching and has been in G.I.S.D since 1995. I am an alumni of A&M Commerce. I love to spend time outdoors, to spend time with my family, and to listen to music, as music relaxes the soul. I am truly blessed to be a part of Steadham. I pray that the impact on all of the children’s lives that I have come in contact with throughout the years, has not only touched their minds but also their spirits .

Comprehensive Needs Assessment Surveys

Parent surveys are now available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Upcoming Events

January 16 - Bring Your Parent to School Day

January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day / No School

February 26 - Award Assembly

April 24 - Award Assembly

June 2 - Pre K / Kindergarten Award Assembly

June 3 - Award Assembly

June 4 - 5th Grade Award Assembly







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