KidzeumGES Library/Media Center

Nestled in a serene, woodsy landscape, the Grenada Elementary School is surrounded by thirty acres. Nature trails lead from the rear of campus to an open-air pavillion that can be used as an outdoor classroom or picnic area. The school, however, is easily accessible by a four-lane highway on the perimeter of the campus. Passage in and around the school is convenient, safe, and efficient.

Enthusiasm for learning is a priority of Grenada Elementary School (GES) which houses over 1,600 students in kindergarten through third grade. Faculty and staff promote high expectations and provide a positive and motivating environment in which children can realize their potential as dynamic, self-confident learners. Nestled in a serene, woodsy landscape, GES is surrounded by thirty acres. However, our campus is easily accessible by a four-lane highway on the perimeter of the campus, providing convenient, safe, and efficient passage in and around the school. Nature trails lead from the rear of the school to an open-air pavillion that can be used as an outdoor classroom or picnic area.

A group of teachers, parents, and administrators collaborated to meet the unique needs of younger students, resulting in the design of the 130,000 square foot Grenada Elementary School. Our state-of-the art facility contains 83 classrooms, a play gymnasium, a modern kitchen and cafetorium, two music rooms, three art rooms, five computer labs, and a media center/library.

In addition, there is the “The Kidzeum,” the first school-based children’s museum in the United States. The Kidzeum enables students to have first-hand experiences in authentic settings of a grocery store, a bank, a State Capitol replica, a kitchen, and various exhibits. The Kidzeum uses childrens’ natural curiosity to promote exploration of interesting subjects and encourages them to pose questions, search for answers, and work toward solutions. The Kidzeum has received numerous awards including: National School Board Association MAGNA AWARDS, Governor’s Award for Outstanding School-Community Partnerships, American Association of School Administrators Leadership for Learning Award, and the Top Rural Program in the US from Business Week Magazine. The Kidzeum has also presented at the International Symposium of Partners in Education (Houston), the National School Boards Association (Orlando), and the National Science Teachers Association (Birmingham).

Each of the five computer labs within GES includes 25 student workstations, a teacher station, and a Smartboard presentation system. Basic keyboard skills and responsible, safe internet navigation are emphasized to integrate technology literacy within the curriculum. Internet based and classroom instructional programs are designed to meet the benchmarks of the State tests, enabling students to achieve success in each area of study. The media center/library is a spacious facility containing 15,400 titles of fiction, non-fiction, and reference materials. It also houses professional materials, teaching units, read-a-long vhs/dvds, audio visuals, and the Accelerated Reading program that enables students to read and test on over 57,000 teacher-selected books.

Kindergarten, a program designed to capitalize on a child’s natural inclination to play, is a time of exploring and experimenting, of making new friends and having new experiences. It is the stepping stone toward creating dreams for the future. The children manipulate materials, experiment, explore projects, interact with and stretch their imaginations, and enhance their awareness of the environment.

First grade continues to broaden the imagination and skills of the younger learner. As the child develops communication and cognitive abilities, the units of study are designed to reflect these changes. Reading opens new vistas through vocabulary acquisition, word attack skills, and comprehension. Readiness skills prepare the beginning reader for advanced materials. Math is introduced utilizing everyday itemsusing a variety of manipulative and visual aids, making the basic concepts of addition and subtraction an integral part of the curriculum.

Second and third grade students continue their educational quests in an atmosphere that accommodates the needs of the individual. These children broadentheir expertise in math, reading, and science through listening and manipulative activities. The world of books reveals unique perspectives for the youngster. Growing in reading and comprehension mastery enables the child to explore diverse areas. Math and science instruction explains the “how and why” of concepts and enables the student to further explore the environment. There are three classroom placement options:

-Single-Age is the traditional class setting where students move from one grade level to the next. Each year they are instructed by a different teacher.

-**Multi-age groupings are available in K-1grades. Reporting is on a nine-week basis with examples of student work and progress report assessing grade-level student skills. Reading is taught with literature-based thematic units complete with paperback books and manuals that have comprehension questions and language/grammar activities. The Saxon program provides 2-year math instruction. Assessment of grade level skills is ongoing.

-**Looping, a two-year program, allows students to advancefrom one grade level to the next while keeping the same teacher, eliminating adjustments at the beginning of the second year, providing stability and building a sense of community. It is a nine-week graded curriculum based on the skills of the State’s College and Career Readiness Standards.

**Parents who want to enroll their child in Multi-age or Looping must make a request at time of registration

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GES Articles
Preschools Visit
District Reading Fair Winner
Author Shares Book
GES Science Fair
Kidzeum Grandparents' Day
GES Students Recognized for High Scores
First Grade Play
GES Reading Challenge
GES Reading Fair
Bower Premiere for GES and GUES
Kidzeum Fiesta Time
GES Open House
GES Studies Soil Conservation
Kidzeum Health Programs
GES Penpals

GES Celebrates Reading
Kidzeum Color Exhibit
Falconer Visits GES
GES District Science Fair

2015 Grandparents' Day
GES Poster Contest
Kidzeum World Celebrations

Boot Scootin' Boogie Contest

Kidzeum Celebrates

GES Class Studies Gov't

GES Celebrates Readers Week
Animal Character Visits GES
Kindergarten Blast Off

Kidzeum Cowboy Exhibit
GES Top AR Scores
GES Art Exhibit

GES Math-a-Thon
Kick the Habit Event

Bicycle Helmets Distributed

2014 Regional Reading Fair

GES Preschool Tours

Additional GES Science Fair Winner

LEAP Students Tour Grenada

GES Science Fair
GES Celebrates 100 School Days

GES Video