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Be a  ​WATCH DOGSWATCH DOGS (DADS OF GREAT STUDENTS) volunteer by giving just…1 hour or 1 day or more during the 2014-15 school year.

WATCH DOGS* Volunteers perform a variety of tasks including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading busses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in a classroom.

* For more information go to and click on WATCH D.O.G.S.*

If you are a dad, grandpa, uncle, or father figure interested in inspiring children, reducing bullying, and enhancing the educational environment at GBES by becoming a WATCH D.O.G.S. Volunteer, contact Karen McKean, GBES School Counselor or contact me at 540 661-4500 or I will follow up with all interested volunteers. Our Kick-Off Event Pizza Night will be held in Sept., 2014.

Click on the link below to see WATCH DOGS program at Orange Elementary School

Recycled Art​

​​​​​by 5th graders and Mrs. Salmon

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GBES 5th graders, along with art teacher, Mrs. Salmon, worked on some fun recycled art projects using plastic lids!  The fish incorporates warm and cool color schemes.  The owl picture was created on a large 40" x 30" canvas purchased from funds donated from the Lake of the Woods Visual Arts Council!  This fish is on display in the GBES library and the owls in the cafeteria!

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Amy Taylor's second grade class at Gordon Barbour Elementary met with a class from Texas via a video conference for the second time. In this session, they shared Place Value Riddles which they created and solved those that the class from Texas created.


Kindergarten Registration will be held April 14-18, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  Please schedule an appointment by calling Mrs. Bemis, registrar, at Gordon-Barbour Elementary 540-661-4500. Thank you!

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GBES students perform "Fighting Fair" at the 4th Annual Black History Program at OCHS on 2/27. This is the first year that students at the elementary and middle school were invited to take part. Students were excited to be a part of this program. We would like to thank Mrs. Kathy Hogsten for working with the students and Mrs. Rachel Carlton and Mrs. Mary Freeman for the invitation.

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Gordon-Barbour Elementary School

Grades K-5
500 W. Baker St.
Gordonsville, VA 22942
Phone: 540-661-4500
Toll Free: 866-803-8636
Fax: 540-661-4499
Cafeteria: 540-661-4498

Katrina Richardson, Principal
Phone Extension: 2242

School Start Time: 8:25 AM
School End Time: 3:11 PM

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Gordon-Barbour History

The Gordonsville Female Institute was actually the first school built on the same site
as the present facility; it was constructed in 1878 and was a girls' school. Orange County bought the building in 1910 and converted it in to a public school in 1914.

Originally known as Gordonsville High School, it housed both secondary and elementary school students. In 1952, the high school students were moved to Orange County High School and Gordonsville Elementary School served students in grades one through seven.

In 1965, that structure was razed and the present building was constructed; the elementary schools at Gordonsville and Barboursville were combined to form Gordon-Barbour Elementary School.