Review of a Successful School YearThe upcoming May graduation ceremonies mark the end of the 2011-2012 school year, the conclusion of a year’s hard work from our teachers, students, parents, and administrators. The Grenada School District recognizes the efforts of each of these groups in impacting the lives of individuals and our community. The positive impact of education upon our students is the GSD’s primary goal.
A retired teacher once said, “ A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
We are fortunate to have teachers who believe in our students’ ability and will push them beyond what they ever dreamed they were capable of doing. Our teachers are the most important link in our educational team.
We recognize the hard work of our students. Because of their drive, determination, and perseverance they have achieved academic success. We try to instill a work ethic within our students and to encourage them to choose academic success as a habit to be rewarded with excellence. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not act, but a habit.”
Parents, it is important that our students recognize your participation in their success. Parents have provided the necessities for their children to succeed in school, but also have provided a foundation of support. A support system in which the children know that their parents are backing up their efforts and they know that their parents believe in them and their ability to achieve.
We are making great strides to improve the educational structure of GSD. Every day we strive to improve teaching methods, evaluation techniques, and the individualization of instruction. Our instructional programs are supported by technology and we use multiple methods to gather information to make the best educational decisions. The GSD scores on the statewide MCT2 tests have progressed to the point in which we are outperforming the State average by a significant margin. We are also pleased with our progress in dropout prevention, increased graduation and completion rate, and the decline of the dropout rate. With tutoring opportunities, positive behavior interventions, leadership teams, dual enrollment, and countless other strategies, the GSD is evaluating and providing optimum educational practices and striving to move our District forward at a steady, unrelenting pace.
Colin Powell said, “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” Our goal is to enable our students to develop the habits and attitudes necessary to be successful academically and in life experiences.
Join our teachers, students, parents, and administrators as we celebrate the conclusion of another successful school year in preparing our students. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges of 2012-2013!