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Stephanie Raper
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School Begins 2016-17


What's that unusual, irritating noise you've been hearing for the past couple of mornings? Crazy as it may seem, it's the hum of a school bus engine! Yes, that's right; the Grenada School District 2016-2017 school year is underway! Students, teachers, and administrators returned to classes last Thursday, and this week marks the first full week of attendance. It may be hot outside, but it's cool to be in school! (and don't worry, you'll get used the engine hum again in no time!)

GSD students attended "Meet the Teacher Day" August 3. This day allowed students and parents to make contact with the teachers they will see each day and to find their way around their respective schools. While this day was especially important to students new to the district and to students attending a new school because of grade advancement, other students benefitted as well. "Meet the Teacher" offered the opportunity to make a good impression, get a feel for the atmosphere of the teacher's classroom, and to greet the teacher in a more casual atmosphere versus the hustle and bustle of the first few days of class.

Each school provides a handbook unique to their individual school. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with the rules and information in these handbooks. This familiarization can lead to a more productive and positive school year for everyone. Each student is given a handbook and handbooks may be accessed online at the GSD website (www.grenadak12.com) as well. (Apps are now available for the school district website and calendars – check them out!) Parents and students of all ages can benefit from the following tips:

1. Get back into a routine as soon as possible.

2. Help your children set goals for the school year. This is an important step to help your child reach his or her potential. Talk with them during the year as well to see how they feel about the goals they set at the beginning of the year. Have their goals changed in any way? What can you do as a parent to help them meet those goals?

3. Plan for after-school activities. Set a schedule - What time should students be home each afternoon? Are there any practices to attend? How will they get there?

4. Prepare a specific plan for homework. When and where will the student do their homework? Who will check their homework? Students with a homework routine are more likely to stay on track in their classes.

5. Utilize "Active Parent" website – www.https://ms2220.activeparent.net . This important site allows parents to view all assignments and grades. Parents can sign up to access this site at their student's individual school. A new Active Parent app is available for download this year, making it incredibly easy to keep up with your child's progress during the year.

6. Parents should be positive and encouraging - students feed off of their parents' views.

7. Make sure students have all of their school supplies, lunch money, and other needed materials and fees. Being prepared minimizes students' stress.

8. A new online school meal plan is available this year. My School Bucks allows parents to load child's lunch money account online. An app is available as well. This plan puts an end to the daily question, "Do you have lunch money?" Account balances can be viewed and payments can be added anytime. It's easy!

9. Emphasize the importance of being prepared and attending school daily with minimal absences. Check with your child's specific school for more information about their absenteeism policy.

10. Encourage students to build connections by joining clubs or playing sports.

11. Engage your child in meaningful, two-way conversations about their school day on a daily basis.

Hopefully these tips will help students and parents navigate a successful school year. The Grenada School District is excited about the new year and looks forward to a positive and productive learning experience for each student enrolled. If you have any questions about the upcoming school year, please contact your child's specific school. Welcome back!