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
Project Lead the Way — which implements cutting-edge school curricula to attract students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) — released the publication “Launching a STEM Story for Every Student” in February 2024. The new publication spotlights Grenada School District’s implementation of the program in PreK-12 and how it has led to student success. The publication serves to illustrate best practices for PLTW’s more than 11,500 schools nationwide.
Grenada School District (GSD) celebrated recent achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at a special event on Feb. 20. The occasion centered around the publication of “Launching a STEM Story for Every Student,” a profile of Grenada’s implementation of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in grades PreK through 12.
GSD was the first district in Mississippi to establish this program top to bottom in all grades, PreK through 12, and the district’s success story was shared and discussed with members of PLTW, local industry, and community leaders.
Spring baseball is gearing up, and like the start of last fall’s football season, fans are eager to see how this year’s Chargers will perform under the guidance of a new head coach.
Justin Flake took over Grenada’s baseball program last summer. He developed a successful strategy at his previous schools, including DeSoto Central and Heritage Academy in Columbus. Flake credits his winning mindset to the power of positive leadership. “The thing I’ve learned everywhere I’ve coached is to make sure the players know that you enjoy what you do,” he said. “If I bring positive energy day in and day out, it filters over to them, and then they start pouring positive energy into the program, which filters over to the stands and school and community.”
On Feb. 20, the district unveiled its new Mobile Fab Lab. The traveling STEM lab is the result of a collaboration of Grenada School District with the Grenada Public Education Foundation and local industry.
The eye-catching, 38-foot trailer and F-450 Ford towing pick-up, donated by Kirk Auto Group. Milwaukee Tool made a generous donation for state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and tools to make the rolling classroom a training ground for students and community members interested in joining the growing local workforce.
Grenada Elementary 4-5 hosted its third-annual Home for the Holidays Family Literacy Event. Students and their family members were organized into groups and then rotated among lavishly decorated rooms to hear Christmas stories read aloud by community volunteers.
Some students in Pre-K through third grade who participate in 21st Century after-school skills and tutoring classes participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) activities. The creative projects tap into students' critical-thinking skills while giving them the opportunity to explore in a hands-on environment.
Mark Cavanaugh, an aerospace engineer working on the Artemis program at NASA, spent three days this fall at Grenada School District talking to students about the space program’s latest mission. In addition to informing students about his work on a project to establish a permanent colony on the moon, Cavanaugh toured the district's STEM classes.