George W. Carver Elementary School

Home of the Peanuts

Principal's Message

  • Principal Giles

    Welcome to the GW Carver Elementary School, home of the Peanuts! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school community, including our amazing students, our loving staff, our supporting families  and partners, and our exciting programs. 

    As your principal, I am honored to lead our school community to help provide an exciting and rigorous educational experience for our students. Our team is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible support to learn and grow. 

    My vision for Carver ES is to provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that meets the individual needs of each student, both academically and socially.

    Our skilled and devoted staff are committed to making a difference. They want to have a positive impact on your child and above all, they want to provide them with an engaging and joyful learning experience that supports them in becoming independent learners.  Our teachers are always working to get better at what they do through personal self-development and participation in a wide variety of professional development activities. They model life-long learning for our students and never settle for anything less than their best! Thank you  to our incredible staff for their amazing professionalism and incredible energy and their commitment to our students.

    Great schools always come back to the relationship between the child and the teacher. Be sure and find ways to engage yourself in school life – your child will notice and respond. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Together, we can make a positive difference. A strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our children. Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. May we all be present for the joy of learning, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the comfort that comes from belonging to a community. 

    To my students, staff, families, and community; I am so honored to be your servant leader. Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing school community. I encourage you to stop in or call me to share ideas, concerns, or questions. I wish your family, and especially your student, great success this school year.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me via at or 804.780.6247.

    Principal Giles

    GW Carver Elementary School


District Announcements

  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • Student Device Collection - All RPS technology devices, including Chromebooks, hotspots, tablets, and laptops will be collected after the last day of school (June 17, 2021) with the exception of those attending summer school. Click here to learn more. 

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  • Family Engagement Survey - Please complete this short and confidential Family Engagement Survey one time for each of your students enrolled in RPS! This information will help as we prepare to reopen in the fall and continue to improve as a school system.

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  • Graduation 2021 - RPS will hold in-person graduation ceremonies at the Diamond!  Click here to view the schedule.

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • Update to RPS Last Day of School - RPS will be closed on Friday, June 18 in observance of Juneteenth, and the last day of school for teachers and students will be Thursday, June 17, which will be a 2-hour early release day.

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  • RPS 2021 Summer Programs - RPS is offering a variety of free summer programs for RPS students, the deadline for High School summer school registration is June 23rd at 12:00pm. Click here to learn more and register.

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  • Vaccine Opportunity for RPS Families & Staff - On Wednesdays, you can walk up to George Wythe High School (4314 Crutchfield Street) from 11am-4pm and get the COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment. All walk-up events at George Wythe will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is authorized for individuals age 18 and older. Click here to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 17, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – On the last day of the school year, we're honoring staff who are retiring with 40+ years of service! Please join me in celebrating these extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their entire professional lives to RPS. We all stand on their very broad shoulders. To our retirees: we love you, we thank you, and we wish you peace, light, and fulfillment as you begin the next chapter of your lives!

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 16, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, One more day to go! Tonight's updates: 2021 Retirees – Today, we're honoring staff who are retiring with 20-39 years of service at RPS! Thank you so much for all those decades of teaching, leading, and serving with love. Tomorrow, we'll close out by honoring those with 40+ years of service! Don’t forget to send in your shout-outs for our retirees and I’ll include them in RPS Direct this week. Southside Community Hub Launch – We're excited to announce the opening of the Southside Community Hub at Cardinal Elementary School, one of several community-based locations where RPS families can get connected to any resources they need. Each hub is staffed with several Family Liaisons whose whole job is to keep our schools and families closely connected. The Liaisons working in the Cardinal Hub are bilingual and able to assist English and Spanish-speaking families.

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