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February 17, 2022

The 2021-22 class of Leadership Granbury toured Granbury ISD schools during an education-themed day on February 17, 2022.

The community organization participants began the day at the STEAM Academy at Mambrino.  With a tour led by STEAM student ambassadors, instructional specialist Jessica Johnson, and teacher Jennifer Bloodworth, 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 fourth year as a school-wide STEAM academy, Mambrino is currently holding open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.

Next, the group toured new “experience” classrooms at Emma Roberson Early Learning Academy, which hosts the school district’s full-day pre-kindergarten program.  Principal Kellie Lambert explained the use of the experience-based environment to help build both academic and content vocabulary for students eligible for the program.  

At Granbury Middle School, students and teacher Angela Leisure 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 7-11 and will expand to 12th grade next year.

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.

Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn spoke about the May 2022 bond initiative during a lunch presentation to conclude the day.

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.

Pictured above is the Leadership Granbury group in the AVID classroom at GMS.