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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

School Starts 2012

Believe it or not, it’s that time again.  Time for alarm clocks, schedules, homework, and Grenada High School Charger football!  It’s time to go back to school, and although you can’t tell by the weather, summer is almost over.  Grenada School District teachers and administrators are ready for the return of students on August 9, 2012!   

GSD students attended “Meet the Teacher Day” August  7.  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 in the Grenada School District is unique.   Each one provides a handbook with information pertinent 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. 

Grenada Elementary School administration stated the following to ease the transition back to school, “The front parking lots at GES will be open for parent parking on the first two days of school.    The doors will open each day at 7:00 a.m. with teachers on duty.  Arriving early can help avoid traffic jams and minimize waiting time.   Beginning Monday, August 13, students  must walk to class alone, and parents will not be allowed to walk down the halls.   Students who plan to eat breakfast should arrive by 7:25 a.m.  Breakfast will close at 7:40 a.m.    Try to begin a bedtime routine several days before school starts to help your child make the transition back to school.  Keep an open line of communication with teachers.   Stay positive, and have a great year!”

Dr. Teresa Jackson, Grenada Upper Elementary, lists the following items to help jumpstart a great school year:
-Make sure students get back into a routine as soon as possible. 
-Students should go to bed early and eat healthy meals and snacks to keep their   minds and bodies functioning properly for school.
-Talk to your child/children about the new school year and what goals you have for them and what goals they have for themselves.  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 stated 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?
-Plan for after-school activities.  Set a schedule - What time should they be home each afternoon?  Are there any practices to attend?  How will they get there?  
 -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.  

Dr. Tina Herrington, Grenada Middle School, offers these tips for parents and students to ensure a great school year:
1.  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.
2.  Parents should be positive and encouraging - students feed off of their parents' views.
3.  Make sure students have all of their school supplies, lunch money, and other needed materials and fees.   Being prepared minimizes students’ stress. 

Grenada High School Administration suggests the following advice for freshmen and parents to make the transition to high school less stressful:
-Talk to your freshman about starting high school and share some of your positive high school experiences.  This can help alleviate any apprehension they may have.
-Emphasize the importance of being prepared each day.
-Encourage students to build connections by joining clubs or playing sports. 
-Ensure that students get enough sleep, eat breakfast, and start their day with a positive attitude. 
-Engage your child in meaningful, two-way conversations about their school day on a daily basis. 
 Many of the tips provided by each school’s administration are useful to any student, not just the students at a specific school. 

The Grenada School District welcomes its students back and looks forward to a productive 2012 – 2013 school year.  If you have any questions about the upcoming school year, please contact your child’s specific school.