The 2019-20 class of Leadership Granbury toured Granbury ISD schools during an education-themed day on February 6, 2020.
The community organization participants began the day at the STEAM Academy at Mambrino. With a tour led by STEAM coordinator Denisa Mendel and counselor Angie Molinari, the group saw classes and collaboration space for the inquiry design process that is the basis for the academy’s instructional model. Just in its second year as a school-wide STEAM academy, Mambrino is currently holding an open enrollment for the 2020-21 school year.
Next, the group toured new “experience” classrooms at Emma Roberson Elementary School, which will host the school district’s full-day pre-kindergarten program next year. Principal Kellie Lambert and assistant principal Tabitha Bleeker explained the use of the experience-based environment to help build both academic and content vocabulary for students eligible for the program. The school will be transformed over the summer to include sixteen themed classrooms to help the academic needs of students.
At Granbury Middle School, teacher Donna Dumas explained the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program that serves seventh and eighth grade students prepare for higher-level courses and for college. Students must apply for the program and then are help build academic and organizational skills with binders, time management, peer discussion, problem solving, and college visits. AVID is at GMS, Acton Middle School, and Granbury High School for grades 7-9 and will expand to grades 10-12 in future years.
Last on the tour was STARS Accelerated High School, which is the school district’s alternative high school providing a non-traditional setting for students seeking to complete their high school studies. Principal Margaret Rodriquez led the group on a tour of the campus and explained the school’s program, which serves students at risk of dropping out of school, provides self-paced classes that helps students progress through required courses, and holds special graduation ceremonies each fall and spring to celebrate students completing coursework and earning their high school diplomas.
Leadership Granbury creates an awareness of community resources and needs, enhances leadership skills, and helps identify future leaders. The course consists of eight full-day sessions that offer learning opportunities and challenge participants to become actively involved in building a better tomorrow for Granbury.
The group previously toured Granbury High School and Career and Technical Education Center in September.