Technology in the Class, Academy coming to Mambrino

Granbury Independent School District demonstrates a focus and mind set on technology in education and is the future for your student which leads to increased student success.

Granbury ISD continues to experience an increased use of technology by both students and teachers. According to CASE (Classroom, Access, Skills, and Environment) daily use of technology by both teachers and students in grades PK-8 has maintained a high level since the implementation of the model classroom.

Granbury utilizes various software to meet both educational and administrative needs. Skyward is used as both our financial software
and our student information systems. Skyward launched their first product in 1981. Since then multiple schools across multiple states have utilized their software, including GISD.

Granbury ISD has scheduled eight parent meetings in February 2018 to inform parents about the new STEAM Academy at Mambrino.

Mambrino School will become a school-wide STEAM Academy and accept student transfers from other GISD campuses as well as from outside the district.

The academy will begin in the 2018-19 schools for students in grades K-5 to focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. There will be daily implementation of the inquiry design process, utilization of specialized curricula (including Project Lead The Way– which is currently used in Granbury High School engineering courses as well as introductory classes at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School), and extensive teacher training, according to principal Stacie Brown.

Stacie Brown, principal of Mambrino School, updated school board members during the February 19th meeting covering the series of information meetings held recently to speak with parents about the new elementary STEAM Academy at Mambrino. Brown and other school officials have held six meeting at elementary campuses and some community centers in local subdivisions. Two more will be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Rancho Brazos Community Center and on Monday, February 26 at Oak Woods School.

The academy, which is planned for grades K-5 at Mambrino School beginning in the 2018-19 school year, will have several features to challenge students in the instructional-focused areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

Brown and other campus personnel are explaining to parents that there will be daily implementation of the inquiry design process, utilization of specialized curricula (including Project Lead The Way– which is currently used in Granbury High School engineering courses as well as introductory classes at Acton Middle School and Granbury Middle School), and extensive teacher training.

Several parents have already completed student transfer applications to attend the academy next year. The deadline for students currently in grades K-4 is Friday, March 9. Kindergarten Roundup will be Tuesday, March 20 at all elementary campuses and the academy will accept applications for the future kindergarteners through Friday, March 23.

Two more will be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Rancho Brazos Community Center and on Monday, February 26 at Oak Woods School.

Information on the academy is available on the district website at www.granburyisd.org/academy.

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