• Mark Kirk

    Principal's Message

    Dear Grafton-Bethel Elementary School Parents & Families,

    It is with much anticipation that we will soon begin what I believe will be the best school year ever at Grafton-Bethel!  It is an honor to be joining the Grizzly family and I look forward to getting to work with you and your students this year.  I am excited about meeting GBES students and families throughout the summer as well.  Next Wednesday, July 7, I have scheduled a “Meet & Greet with the New Principal” event in the GBES library from 11:30 am-1:00 pm.  If you are in the GBES neighborhood during that time, I encourage you to come by to say hello and enjoy some light refreshments.

    I have spent the past 28 years with York County Schools and Newport News Public Schools, including the last 15 years as a building administrator (12 as a principal).  These years as an administrator and teacher included experiences in both elementary & middle schools.  After graduating from Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, I received my bachelor’s degree from Longwood University and my master’s degree from George Washington University.    

    Grafton-Bethel is heading into the new school year looking to make even bigger strides than before.  The entire GBES staff is committed to doing whatever is necessary to help each student who comes through our doors this year to succeed and excel.  I encourage you to join us in embracing the challenge of committing to excellence in everything we do for Grafton-Bethel students.  Together, we will help all students to experience great success and achievement in the new year. 

    We rely heavily upon your support and participation to reach and maintain high academic achievement.  Keeping this in mind, I want to encourage all of our parents and families to commit to the following this year:

    • Maintain regular contact and a strong relationship with your child’s teacher.
    • Become a member of the Grafton-Bethel Elementary School PTA.
    • Attend parent-teacher conferences and other school/class events.
    • Read with your child daily.
    • Check for communication from the teacher and/or school each evening.
    • Designate a quiet place for your child to study at home.

    The partnership between school and home is critical in our efforts to maximize student potential.  Experience shows that students are most successful when parents and teachers work together.  My goal is for all school-parent-student partnerships to be characterized by strong and meaningful relationships.  

    If you have questions at any time this summer or during the year, please feel free to contact the school at 898-0350.  I look forward to working with you in partnership throughout the upcoming school year. 

    Mark Kirk