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Vision Statement

Gray Court-Owings School prepares students for success in learning and careers through engaging, challenging, and personalized learning experiences. Students are curious, confident in their own abilities, and competitive in the local, national, and global environment. Students are safe, valued, and supported in their learning by highly effective staff, families, and community.

Mission Statement

To Empower and Inspire All to be Educated and Informed

Guiding Principles

Education is the shared responsibility of students, families, the school district, and the community.
Laurens County School District 55 is committed to providing each student opportunities to reach his/her full potential by:
· Fostering a safe and caring learning environment with high expectations for each student.
· Offering challenging programs that meet diverse intellectual, social, and emotional needs of each student.
· Inspiring students to become self-directed learners in an ever-changing technological and multicultural world.
· Respecting one another and sharing accountability for achieving the goals of the school district.
· Providing an educational program that allows students to be college and career ready.
Security gates are located at car loop and bus loop areas. Remote access is available by pressing the call button during normal school hours.

All visitors are required to check in at the main office located at the front of the school which faces Highway 14.

Please have ID ready when coming to the school to visit, volunteer, or get students for early dismissal.

Thank you for your help and support as we work together to keep our students and school safe.
• All car riders will drop off and pick up near the auditorium breezeway area at the front of the school. Please enter Webb Road (beside the old Dollar General), then turn left onto Hearthstone. In single file, drive around the middle school loop, turn right at the cut-through beside the gym, and proceed to the front of the school.


• If traffic overflows onto Highway 14, SCDOT suggests using Webb Road in its entirety by traveling to the end of Webb Road, circling, and then entering the car loop by making a right turn.

• Please refrain from turning around in driveways or other personal property.

• Car riders may begin unloading at 7:20.

• Students arriving after 7:55 a.m. are considered tardy and must be signed in by a parent/guardian in the front office.

• For the safety of all, vehicles will not be permitted into the car loop until 2:15 for afternoon dismissal.

• Please place name tags in the passenger side windshield during afternoon pickup.

• Buses will drop off and pick up in the original bus area.

Administration and Office Staff
Kim Penland, Principal
Dr. Paketrice Jones, Assistant Principal
Farrell Thomas, Assistant Principal
Mandy Tumblin, Guidance Mentor
Kristen Bryan, K-5 Guidance
Chris Hughes, 6-8 Guidance
Samantha Bond, K-4th, PM & LM Instructional Coach
Brook England, 5th-8th and UM Instructional Coach
Sissy Meadows, Secretary/Bookkeeper
Brandy Wzorek, Attendance
Joyce Dorrah, Receptionist
Gray Court-Owings School
9210 Hwy 14
Gray Court, SC 29645
P: 864-876-2131
F: 864-876-9597


26 days ago

Required Boosters for School Attendance 

Summer is a great time to make sure students are up-to-date on immunizations for the 2019-2020 school year.  The following are required boosters for school attendance.  Please note this is not a complete list of all vaccines. 

5th graders are required to have two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

7th graders are required to have the Tdap vaccine and three doses of the Polio vaccine.  One dose of the Polio vaccine must be after the 4th birthday. 

After the 1st birthday, one dose of the MMR vaccine is required for childcare, and two doses of the MMR vaccine are required for school attendance.  

The following immunizations are not required for school attendance, but are available to help protect against illness:  Meningitis A/B, HPV, and Flu (in the fall). 

For additional information about immunizations, visit South Carolina Immunization Requirements for Childcare and School.