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Stephanie Raper
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GUES Activities in September


Grenada Upper Elementary School is stepping it up during the month of September! Activities for students and parents alike fill the calendar as the school focuses on increasing both the academics and the health of its students.

Kicking off the list of events, the GUES Open House takes place September 22, 2016, from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. Coach Larry Calhoun, star of the Move to Learn video series, will perform for students earlier that day during two separate shows. Calhoun is a Mississippi native who promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle as a way to increase students' academic performance. During the shows, Calhoun also plans to speak with students on the subject of bullying.

GUES Open House commences at 5:30p.m. with an opening meeting for parents featuring Coach Calhoun as the guest speaker. Calhoun's stance on exercise and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand with research that has shown how greater problem solving ability, higher test scores, and improved academic achievement can occur with increased physical activity. According to Interim Head Principal Carol Tharpe, GUES strives to coordinate and promote both academics and a healthier lifestyle for its students in order to enhance their success at GUES and in the future. The GUES Showchoir, Pizzazz, is also scheduled to perform during open house. Parents and students will be free to visit teachers and classrooms following the presentations.

The following week, GUES presents its annual "Muffins with Mom" and "Donuts with Dad" programs. Scheduled for September 27 and 28, respectively, the programs address the subject of male and female health and hygiene. A parent or guardian is encouraged to attend this event with their GUES student. A form is being sent home that must be signed and returned to the school to ensure a place at the program for you and your child.

In addition to academics and healthy lifestyles, GUES also promotes leadership. Through the GUES Leadership Team, appointed students (one from each class) gain important leadership skills they will need in the future. Each team member must have exceptional behavior with no discipline slips in order to participate. If a student receives a discipline slip or incurs some other type of discipline related incident, they will be asked to leave the team, as members are encouraged to display qualities of a leader both in school and in the community. Past team members have traveled to various locations such as the local mayor's office, the Grammy museum, and both the old and new state capital buildings. Current team members will soon visit the local courthouse to learn the process of election. They will learn the steps in voting including actually using a voting machine. Students will hold a mock election where they will walk through the entire election process, even counting the votes! The team meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

GUES incorporates a variety of methods to enhance the learning environment of its students. The health and academic success of each child in the Grenada School District is of the utmost importance. If your child attends GUES and you have questions about any of these events, contact the school directly.