Grenada School District is dedicated to excellence so that each child reaches their maximum potential within a safe learning environment while providing a comprehensive educational program that fosters the academic, physical, social, and emotional growth of all students.
In order to accomplish our mission, the district is committed to five components of effective schools-
1. A clear school mission
2. Strong instructional leadership
3. A safe and orderly climate
4. High expectations
5. A system to measure achievement
Grenada High School has instituted a new block schedule for the 2022-23 school year. Instead of the traditional seven periods per day, GHS students will attend classes in four blocks. Principal Emily Tindall thoroughly researched block scheduling and found many advantages before the policy took effect. “One significant benefit of a block schedule is that students will go from having up to seven classes — all of which they have to study for, do homework for, take tests — to four classes. At most, five.” Tindall said that not only will the new schedule be less stressful for students, it will benefit teachers as well. “They’re going from teaching 140-150 students a day to teaching 70-75 a day,” she said. “It allows for deeper learning and more project-based, discovery learning.”
The Green Top Summer Camps are held each year for students entering fourth and fifth grade. The camps were held in June at GES 4-5. The theme for this year’s camp was gardening. Students explored the idea of plants and community at two sessions focused on a different area of academics.
The Reading Camp, led by Green Top ELA specialist Pam Briscoe, incorporated readings about plants and included a visit to the community garden. The Math and Science Camp carried on the theme of gardening, alternating between small-group sessions with math specialist Lisa Jordan and science specialist Sherry Cook. Students used math concepts to design a garden and science concepts to grow hydroponic plants.
GHS Principal Emily Tindall wanted to create a parent-teacher group to encourage more community interaction. She tapped local banker Terry Lane to head up the new GHS Parent Teacher Outreach, which will be out signing up parents and community members at the GHS Meet-the-Teacher event on Tues., Aug. 3.
David Robinson, welding instructor at the Grenada Career and Technical Center (GCTC), was named Grenada School District 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Robinson, who has taught at GSD for four years, was singled out for the district’s top honor among nominees from all six district schools.
Grenada Elementary School 4-5 Principal Carol Tharpe was named National Principal of the Year for Mississippi by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
GHS senior Luke Mattox has been named Grenada’s STAR Student for the 2021-22 school year by the M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program. The purpose of the STAR program is to recognize outstanding students and teachers in Mississippi.
Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement. Mattox designated Mathew Gardner as STAR teacher.