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4th and 5th grade girls smiling
Three fourth-grade boys sit in the grass
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Welcome to the Green Top!

Where Learning is Fun

Grenada Elementary 4th and 5th grade — also know as the Green Top — is a special place where kids make the transition from elementary to middle school.

Our teachers are always looking for new ways to engage students’ playful side. We believe that when students are having fun, they’re more likely to learn and retain information. 


School News

Mississippi's First Lady Elee Reeves speaks to students

Mississippi’s First Lady Elee Reeves visited Grenada Elementary 4-5 on Monday, May 1. The wife of Governor Tate Reeves spoke to fourth-grade students about her children’s book, Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle.

Reeves’ stop in Grenada was part of her goal to visit every county in the state to talk to children and excite them about reading.

Members of the First Lady’s staff presented each student in attendance with a copy of Mississippi’s Fred the Turtle. In thanks, the school’s show choir, Pizzazz, entertained the First Lady with a music and dance performance.

Student in hat at Math Night

Grenada Elementary School 4-5 enlisted the help of students and parents to solve “Mystery at the Mansion” on Thursday, February 16. 

Administrators and teachers used theatrical performance, brain-building exercises, and a narrative educational experience to strengthen math engagement at this family event based on the board game Clue. 

“We’re trying to teach students to use not just math but deductive reasoning, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking,” said Lisa Jordan, a math specialist at GES 4-5 and one of the event organizers.

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Science teacher demonstrates project for students

Students at Grenada Elementary 4-5 are studying the solar system this semester in their science classes. Once a week, students visit the Discovery Lab and put those lessons to the test in this popular hands-on science center. 

Devonn Tipton presides over the Discovery Lab. He enjoys challenging fourth and fifth graders to solve science problems and work together on projects such as modeling the phases of the moon and building model rockets sturdy enough to launch.

On a recent visit, Tipton challenged students to use basic supplies — including construction paper, scissors, and brad paper fasteners — to create an interactive model of the sun and inner planets to demonstrate rotation and revolution. 

Ten music students pose with their teacher, all holding ukuleles

The robust music program at Grenada Elementary continues to expand with after-school ukulele classes offered through the 21st Century skills program. 

GES music teacher Dianna Burt introduced ukulele to second and third graders at the Red Top as part of the 21st Century classes.

Students who move up the hill to GES 4-5 will be able to keep up their playing under the instruction of music teacher Amy Killebrew, who is in the midst of her second year teaching ukulele in the Green Top’s 21st Century program.

Dr. Daigneault speaks to children at the grand opening of museum

School administrators, teachers, students, staff, and members of the community helped celebrate the launch of Grenada School District’s Balloon Quest on Wednesday, February 1. The new hands-on learning facility is a science-based, escape-room-style museum that elevates the district’s commitment to innovative learning. 

GSD Superintendent Dr. David Daigneault welcomed guests to the event at the museum site in the National Guard Armory. He described the museum’s concept, a story-driven exhibit that simulates a hot-air balloon journey across six different rooms, or “ecosystems.”

“There is no other like it in the United States,” Daigneault said. “It’s a big deal, and I anticipate that people visiting from all over will want to come and see this.”

Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen Cameron Davis reads to children in a Christmas setting.

Students and their families, along with a host of teachers and community members, made the season bright at the second annual Home for the Holidays literacy event, held at Grenada Elementary 4-5 on December 1.

The event celebrated reading with a holiday-themed storybook crawl. Guests moved from classroom-to-classroom, each lavishly decorated to fit the theme of a specific holiday picture book. The stories were read aloud by special guests from the community. 

“We not only want to teach students how to read, but we want them to learn to love to read,” said Principal Carol Tharpe. “This event introduces children to community leaders and allows these leaders the opportunity to share their love for reading.”

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