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
For the second year in a row, Grenada School District earned an A rating for its performance in the 2022-23 school year, according to the Mississippi State Board of Education.
Grenada School District’s overall score in 2023 increased 47 points for a total of 716 to earn the A rating. “And for the first time in our history, Grenada High School earned an A,” Daigneault announced. “That’s an incredible achievement, and I’m so proud of the staff, the administration, and the academic performance of our students.”
The Grenada High School Golf team tripled its roster this year and bumped up their competitive season by eight months.
Coach Nathan Newell took over the program last year, when the team met during the spring. He said the new season may account for the boost in membership, though the intense heat of August presented a new challenge to the players.
Newell holds seasonal practices after school at Dogwoods Golf Course in Grenada Lake’s Hugh White State Park. Since most of the team members are beginners, he spends a lot of time on fundamentals.
Recent Grenada High School graduate Luke Hardin received one of ten $1,000 scholarships from the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS).
The Bounds Scholarship for Excellence rewards top-performing Mississippi high school students who excel in leadership, community service and extracurricular activities. Recipients also must meet academic requirements and be recommended by their superintendents.
“I recommended Luke for this scholarship not only because of his excellent grades, but also his extensive and enthusiastic community involvement,” said GSD Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault.
Campus Police Chief Benji Britt said students have been hanging around the high school parking lots in increasing numbers this summer, and he’s asking students to observe the “No Parking After Hours” signs posted around campus.
A few incidents this summer have spurred the campus police to take action. Britt said they will begin issuing trespassing tickets for cars left unattended after hours and to students hanging around after their activities.
“The school board wants the campus to be open for exercise and athletics, so of course we’ll continue to welcome anyone who is here to walk in the late afternoon or to attend school activities,” Britt said. “But we simply can’t tolerate reckless behavior on school grounds.”
Lakela Lancaster, a second- and third-grade looping teacher in reading at Grenada Elementary PreK-3, was named Grenada School District 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year.
Four other teachers across the district were nominated for Teacher of the Year. Also honored as their school’s Teacher of the Year were Lindsey Leggett (Grenada Elementary 4-5), Tandy Whitten (Grenada Middle School), Leah Hollingsworth (Grenada High School), and Lisa Holland (Grenada Career and Technical Center).
Mississippi’s First Lady Elee Reeves visited Grenada Elementary 4-5 on Monday, May 1. The wife of Governor Tate Reeves spoke to fourth-grade students about her children’s book, Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle.
Reeves’ stop in Grenada was part of her goal to visit every county in the state to talk to children and excite them about reading.
Members of the First Lady’s staff presented each student in attendance with a copy of Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle. In thanks, the school’s show choir, Pizzazz, entertained the First Lady with a music and dance performance.