Once again, the calendar shows the beginning of a new school year. Beginning August 1, Grenada School District teachers and administrators put in a full seven day week, while students actually began classes on Thursday, August 4.
Although many GSD employees enjoyed time off this summer, others were involved in an array of school sponsored activities during the months of June and July. Many of these programs were offered free of charge to students in GSD while others required a fee payment for participation.
Thirty-one Grenada High School students participated in Credit Recovery classes, while 25 students took advantage of the driver’s education program. A large group of high school students also attended band camp, football practice, and/or Visions’ practice at different times during the summer.
Grenada High School students were also offered the opportunity to learn a new skill this summer through the 21st Century Grant program. Skills classes in Podcasting, Photoshop, Pottery/Ceramics; Auto Mechanics, Building Trades; and Culinary Arts were available to students recommended to the program. These students received hands-on instruction in these exciting fields. The skills classes allow students the opportunity to try something new and see how regular school work actually relates to a real career option like advertising, art, or a service trade. English and Math remediation classes were also presented as part of the 21st Century summer agenda at GHS.
Approximately 20 children in grades four and five participated in Extended School Year (ESY) during the month of June. Three teachers and one English Language Learner (ELL) instructor from GUES facilitated classes for these third and fourth grade students during ESY.
Twenty-one children in grades kindergarten and first grades and 32 children in second and third grades attended. Five teachers from Grenada Elementary School assisted the students during Extended School Year. These students all attended classes at the Grenada Upper Elementary building. The Extended School Year for elementary students consisted of individualized instruction in reading, language, and math for struggling students. According to Dr. Bettye Neely, Federal Programs Coordinator, ESY is funded through several areas. The 21st Century Grant program and Title I-ARRA provided funding for teacher salaries, while the Americorp grant funded the participation of AmeriCorp employees. Approximately 24 AmeriCorp employees provided tutoring for students in grades K-8 during the Extended School Year.
Grenada Middle School also offered an Extended School for grades six through eight. Over 40 GMS students attended and studied English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. GMS students participating in ESY attended classes at Grenada High School in conjunction with the Credit Recovery classes there as part of the new GSD energy conservation program.
The Grenada School District summer programs are designed to assist our students in the educational process. It is our desire that all GSD students have access to the help they need to reach graduation and beyond. Many programs have been implemented and others are in planning stages to help fulfill this goal. Our students are the future of our community and our country. The Grenada School District strives to help them reach their potential and their dreams every day. Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor