Message from Dr. David Daigneault, Superintendent of GSD
A couple of weeks ago, the district began to see a dramatic increase in positive COVID-19 cases within our schools. On the advice of health professionals, we decided that it was in the best interest of all to have students and staff wear facial coverings to help control the spread of the virus.
There are many opinions about the best way to protect students from the virus. We have listened to all voices and considered various data. Here are the facts:
Last year at the start of school, all students and staff wore facial coverings. After approximately one month of classes, we had 4 staff and 10 students who had tested positive for COVID.
This year, we started back to school with a mask-optional policy. Since school started, we’ve had 28 staff and 183 students who have tested positive for COVID.
Last year at this time, we had 5 staff and 80 students quarantined as close contacts.
This year, we’ve had 17 staff and 1,719 students quarantined as close contacts.
The data has convinced us that we currently have too many positive cases to lift the facial covering requirement in school buildings. By maintaining this practice, as well as social distancing (3 feet with a mask), we believe that we will be able to send home fewer students as close contacts. We will continue to evaluate the data over the next two weeks. In the meantime, we ask for your patience and your continued support in our efforts to keep your children safe and healthy while providing a quality education.
At Grenada Elementary Green Top, we offer our students optimum learning experiences. In the Discovery Lab, our hands-on science lab, the instruction includes activities, experiments, and the latest advances in technology.
Basic, supplementary, and remedial courses enable every student to excel. The walls have been transformed into teaching tools through the use of timelines, sculptures, and paintings in Walls That Teach.
General, pre-college, and technological needs are met with a broad range of concentrated instruction in preparation for the global world. GHS also boasts award-winning band, Visions, and NNDCC programs for the pursuit of artistic goals.
Due to a COVID surge in the number of students in the 8th and 6th grades at GMS, all 6th and 8th grade students will be quarantined for 14 calendar days. Quarantine for 8th grade will begin on Aug. 27 and the 6th grade will begin on Aug. 26. These students will be taught virtually during this time. All 8th grade students will be allowed to return to school on Sept. 10th with 6th grade returning on Sept. 9. These students will not need a negative COVID test to return. In an effort to maintain the safety of our students and staff, the adjustments are necessary. Thanks for your understanding and support.
The MS Dept. Of Education is allowing a residency proof waiver for the 2021-2022 school year.
(This Does Not Appy to Parent/Guardians that used an Affidavit last year.)
If your address is the same as last year:
• Complete the residency waiver form found in registration
• Complete a waiver form for each student
• Go to the ActiveParent Website (ms2220.activeparent.net)
• Click the Registration Icon in the Top Right
• Choose your student Link to the waiver will be below
• Click the link for your student's grade
• Complete Form
If your address has changed or you registered with an affidavit last year:
• Complete registration as normal.
• Please go to grenadak12.com for instructions
Erica Conley, fourth grade math teacher at Grenada Elementary 4-5, was named 2020-21 Grenada School District Teacher of the Year. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a degree in tourism management and completed her elementary education degree at William Carey University. Conley is married to Steven Conley, with whom she has three children, Triston, Sims, and Eliza.
GES 21st Century Classes Debut
Students in Pre-K through fifth grade are enjoying after-school skills and tutoring classes as part of the extended 21st Century Community Learning Center grant at GSD. At the Red Top, students participated in Melanie Williams’ STEAM class, using rainbows as inspiration for building bridges out of Legos
GHS Band’s World-Class Soloist
One of Grenada Band’s senior trombonists earned distinction in a worldwide
solo and ensemble competition
through Winter Guard International (WGI). The annual WGI World competition
is a prestigious event that brings together the best high school band musicians and color guard performers in
Virtual Careers and Counseling at GMS
Counselors at GMS adapted the traditional career fair to an online, pandemic-safe Virtual Career Exploration. More than 30 professionals volunteered their time to submit videos to let GMS students know more about their careers. Participants included (l to r) Olivia Goode, an occupational therapist; Davis Byrd, a field engineer for a construction firm in Florida; Charlie Worsham, a singer-sonwriter in Nashville; Courtney Gates, a script supervisor on movie sets; Krispin Watson, a real estate agent in Alabama; Benji Britt, security director for Grenada School District; and Jason Anderson, a quality control manager at Modine Manufacturing.
Stir-frying in the Classroom at GCTC
Students in Lisa Holland’s Culinary Arts class at Grenada Career and Technical Center learn different cuisines and cooking techniques. “The students have been working hard on learning skills in the classroom before coming into the
kitchen to put those skills to work,” said Holland. The GCTC’s state-of-the-
art classroom kitchen is designed to restaurant standards with professional appliances and work stations.
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