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McGregor Independent School District

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Revolution 2.0

On May 19, 2017, McGregor High School hosted its second annual day of community service, the Revolution 2.0.

396 high school students completed over 40 service projects in the community, including painting, yard work and window washing.

The goal of the Revolution 2.0 is to create a revolutionary change in the world by spreading love, kindness and joy to others.

Revolution 2.0 - Created By E.H. Anderson Public Relations
McGregor High School Revolution 2.0 - 2017
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Above: This photo taken by Junior High Science Teacher Kendra Miller captures a rainbow over McGregor Elementary.

Book It!

Kindergarten students who read their BOOK IT! books every month were rewarded with a pizza party at Amsler Park on April 21st.

BOOK IT! is a free program sponsored by Pizza Hut that motivates students to read by celebrating their efforts with a pizza party. The program was created in 1984 and reaches more than 14,000,000 students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually.

Click here to learn more about the interesting history of BOOK IT!

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Below: Each spring, the Kindergarten class travels to Temple where they enjoy lunch and a large jungle gym. The students then make their way back to McGregor Primary aboard the Amtrak. Pictured below were some lucky students that were greeted by the conductor before their commute on April 20th.
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Character Counts Committee

The following students were chosen by their teachers to be part of the Character Counts Committee during the sixth six weeks. Each week, these students will meet to discuss ways to exhibit character for themselves and ways to help others do the same.
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Primary Character Counts Committee: Kevin, Preston, Luz and Jayden
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Elementary Character Counts Committee: Kinleigh, Jairo, Jenna and Avery
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Above: First Grade had a "wild" time at the zoo on April 27th.
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Above: First grade performed a zoo-themed music program on May 1st.

Planting The Seed

Kindergarten and first grade students participated in Planting The Seed, a hands-on program presented by the Farm Bureau where students learn about agriculture in their classrooms. Students discussed growing seasons of crops and soil types. They also planted seeds in clear cups to study the germination process!
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Strong Fathers Host Family Fun Night

Strong Fathers hosted a Science Family Fun Night at McGregor Primary on April 13th.

Strong Fathers is a program that seeks to get more dads involved in campus activities. This year, dads were invited to participate in Dad's Day and Storybook Christmas. McGregor Primary is looking to offer even more opportunities next school year.

For more information on Family Fun Nights, contact the front office at McGregor Primary.

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Learning philanthropy

McGregor Elementary recently held a Math-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude's Hospital. The Math-A-Thon is designed to help students improve their math skills while teaching them to make a difference in the lives of others. MES students raised $1014.17, a new record!

The following students were top fundraisers:

Kadence, Abri, Lillian, Shayla, Garrett and Bailey.

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McGregor Elementary 5th graders recently graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E). Deputy Stevens, relying on 24 years experience, conducted the 10-week long course that involved students learning the consequences of drug use and and how to combat both the temptation of drugs and bullying.

The following students earned ribbons for writing excellent essays explaining what they had learned: Jenna, Emely, Zachary, Pedro and Dixie.

McGregor Elementary 5th Grade D.A.R.E Sing-along
Below: McGregor Elementary Students of the Week for the 5th Six Weeks are Reuben, Madison, Aiden, Javier and Abraham.
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So Egg-Cited!

View the video below to see Mcgregor Elementary students on their hunt for Easter Eggs.
McGregor Elementary Easter Egg Hunt
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McGregor Elementary 2nd graders that reached their AR goal for the six weeks celebrated with relay games .
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STAAR Students in the making

Third grade teacher Wendy Kucera visits with a parent during a preparation meeting for the upcoming STAAR test. Teachers hoped the information provided at the meeting would help alleviate some of the anxiety students and parents might experience when taking the test for the first time.
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Below: Mrs. Clarkson's 2nd graders writing and illustrating stories for their class book.
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Got Ozobots?

Nine of Mrs. Kendra Miller's Research and Design students volunteered to give a presentation to the McGregor 4H Club on April 18th. The students presented their coding robots, also known as Ozobots. After the presentation, the students spilt into groups with different 4H members to complete a challenge.

View the video below to see Loren's excitement as she realizes that she and her Ozobot have mastered the challenge!

Ozobot Challenge

Sew Resourceful!

The Junior High Life Skills students have recently enjoyed the following extracurricular activities. They sewed their own aprons to wear during baking projects and recycled cans to fund classroom projects. Last but not least, they have agreed to personally deliver the newspaper to staff each morning!
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H.G. Isbill Junior High asks you to recycle!

Junior high science classes collected water bottles for a month to make a point about the importance of recycling.
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Junior High is right on Track

The 7th and 8th grade boys and girls had a great track season this year. At the final District meet in Clifton on April 8th, the 8th grade boys' team finished 4th, and the 8th grade girls' team finished 2nd. The 7th grade boys' team finished 7th, and the 7th grade girls' team finished 4th.

Some school records were broken! Sebstian Valdez set a new record in the 2400 meter run with a time of 8:26.88. Audrey Lillard had a great season, breaking the shot put record in Cameron on March 31st and smashing the old record from 1976 with a discus throw of 100-1 during the Clifton finals.

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Become the classroom champion of the week!

The following junior high students were recognized for their character and participation in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. Congratulations!





Texas Science and Engineering State Science Fair

The following high school and junior high students participated at the Texas Science and Engineering State Science Fair in San Antonio on March 31st and April 1st. They competed against hundreds of other students from across the state and represented McGregor ISD well. "We are very proud of the work our kids put into their projects and their advancement to state. We look forward to next year." -Tori Taylor, Kendra Miller, Breona Shoppach and Debbie Singer

Junior Division:

Aaron Olvera

Justin Gilliland

Campbell McCauley

Alex Olvera

Hanna Young

Senior Division:

Bethany Adcock

Addi White

Katy Scott

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Alumni Spotlight

MHS graduate Rachel Lightfoot returned to MHS as a member in the Howard Payne University Band on April 3rd. The group performed several concert pieces before students, parents and staff.

Rachel graduated from MHS in 2016. She is a freshman at Howard Payne University, where she is currently on the Honor Roll. She plays the trombone in the band and studies Criminal Justice. She hopes to become a game warden or park ranger.

Below: Jessica, Rachel and Elizabeth

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Shoes for orphan souls drive

Pictured with 170 pair of new athletic shoes are McGregor High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes members Sandra Torres, James Lane, Andrew Taylor, Hunter Ripley and Wyatt Allison. The McGregor F.C.A. collected these shoes from donations made by the people of McGregor in response to the “Shoes for Orphan Souls” campaign, which is sponsored by Buckner International of Dallas. Each year, Buckner sends thousands of shoes to orphans around the world. This is the third year that the McGregor F.C.A. has participated in this event.

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FFA Judging Results

The McGregor FFA judging teams finished up their season at the Area Contest at TSU on April 19th. The Horse Team finished strong, earning 2nd place in all three contests in the Waco FFA District. In order to advance to State, the Horse Team was required to earn at least 9th or better. They finished 19th out of 63 teams. The Dairy and Livestock teams competed but did not place high enough to advance. When reflecting on the season, Ron Morgan stated, "The students worked hard and always conducted themselves well. I appreciate their effort."

McGregor Visual Art Students Bring Home Six State Medals at Annual Competition

On April 29, 2017, six students representing McGregor High School Visual Arts participated in the annual State Visual Arts Scholastic Event (V.A.S.E.) at James Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas. State V.A.S.E. is an annual visual arts event that includes competition among students based on years of art experience regardless of classification of school. Out of over 33,000 entries, McGregor State qualifiers were among the 6.4% of Regional V.A.S.E. art that qualified for State. This year’s winners competed with over 3,300 state qualifying pieces.

State qualifiers are freshman Emily Santander with a graphite still life, Emily; freshman Elizabeth Reyes with a graphite drawing, Girl on the Tracks; sophomore Jose Perez with a wire and precious stones sculpture, The Enchanted Tree; sophomore Stephanie Licea with a color pencil piece, The Silent Symphony; senior Emily Krueger with a color pencil piece, Myocardial Infarction and senior Sarah Bakios with a black and white acrylic painting, Downtown.

Jose Perez is the first McGregor student to enter a three-dimensional sculpture in V.A.S.E. competition. This is his second year in art. Emily Santander and Elizabeth Reyes are Art 1 students. Sarah Bakios and Emily Krueger are Art 4 students. Sarah has won seven Regional Medals, two Area Medals and two State medals in her history with V.A.S.E. Emily Krueger has won eight Regional medals, three Area medals and three State medals in her history with V.A.S.E.

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Tennis Academic All-State Team

The following McGregor High School seniors were named to the Tennis Academic All-State Team. The selections were based on GPA, class rank and SAT/ACT scores. Blake Boles earned 1 of 16 Elite Team designations in the state, many of them at the 5A-6A level.

When congratulating the students, Coach Darrell Hamilton remarked, "You are living proof that you can be a great student while participating in multiple activities. Great job at managing your time and being responsible."

Elite Team

Blake Boles

1st Team

Camryn Thane

2nd Team

Coby Bess

Josh Coffey

Brooke Guest

Andrew Taylor

Honorable Mention

Bethaney Binder

Essance Porter

Best of Texas Contest 3A Results

The Best of Texas virtual tournament is available to Texas UIL and TAPPS high schools. Participating students have access to materials that allow them to practice UIL without leaving campus. Awards are based on the cumulative total of three rounds.

The following MHS students earned designations.


Addison White placed 3rd in the 10th grade.

Dawson Brown placed 2nd in the 11th grade.


Damian Lee placed 3rd in the 9th grade.

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Samuel Dutschmann placed 1st in the 10th grade.

Literary Criticism

Alicia Maldonado placed 3rd in the 9th grade.

Gage Hollingsworth placed 2nd in the 12th grade.

Number Sense

Cameron Ruland placed 3rd in the 12th grade.


Ty Finley placed 3rd in the 9th grade.

Cameron Ruland placed 1st in the 12th grade. (1st overall out of all schools participating!)

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Below: Michael was selected to the 3A Region 3 All-Region Basketball Team.

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BOys baseball

"Although it was a tough season, the boys never gave up, not one time. They played hard through the end of the season and finished strong defeating the #14 team in the state in our final game."

-Coach John Carpenter

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Girls softball

"The softball girls ended their season with an 8-11 record overall and a 4-8 record in district. Although we did not make the playoffs, the girls played well throughout the season. We hosted a tournament this year and took home the 1st place trophy. We are a young team and learned a lot this year to carry into next season. Thanks for all the support throughout the year."

-Coach Raygan Barron

Girls Golf Regional Results

Girls Golf earned 4th place out of 16 teams at the Regional Golf Tournament in Brenham. Paige G. was the Regional Individual Champion!

Pictured left to right: Paige J., Alli, Paige G., Bella and Moriah

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Paige competed at the State Golf Tournament on May 15th and 16th. She earned an overall score of 158, shooting an 81 on day one and a 77 on day two. She earned the 3A silver medal! While reflecting on Paige's season, Coach Jason Parsons remarked, "Paige is a freshman...her golf future is very bright for repeated success."

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Making History: McGregor Tennis

McGregor Tennis has had several highlights this past season, punctuated by the first ever State qualifiers in school history to the State Tournament, four boys' championships in tournaments this season and sending eight participants to Regionals. This also included a Boys' District Championship over perennial power Groesbeck who entered the district from Class 4A.

Seth Melton and Andrew Taylor reached the State Tournament this year after finishing in 3rd place last year. The duo defeated a tough Groesbeck team in three sets just to advance out of District. At Regionals, the team avenged a defeat to Rockdale earlier in the season to win the rematch and move on to State. Taylor reached the Regional tournament all four years of his playing career, and Melton reached Regionals three years.

The boys' team and the mixed doubles teams of Addyson Melton, Blake Boles, Brooke Guest and Coby Bess, won three other tournaments in addition to District in McGregor, Whitney and Glen Rose. The other boys' team members included Tanner Rummel, Dawson Bates, Josh Coffey and Bersain Salas.

Brooke Guest won her third-straight District Championship with partner Coby Bess in mixed doubles. Each player reached Regionals three years in a row. Tanner Rummel won his second-straight District Championship in boys' singles.

Addyson Melton made Regionals for the second time while Dawson Bates and Blake Boles made Regionals for the first time.

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Andrew Taylor and Seth Melton played in the State Tennis Tournament at Texas A&M University on May 18th. This is the first time this has happened in McGregor High School history.

Read more about this State qualifying duo here:

Information on the State Tournament can be found on this UIL tennis page:

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girls track results

View the results from area, district and regional track meets.

Boys Track Results

View the results from area, district and regional track meets.

State Track Results

McGregor Bulldogs were well-represented at the State track meet held in the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas on May 13th.

The following athletes earned designations.

110-Meter Hurdles

Ryan Hering

1st Place

Time: 14.40

Tied School Record

4x100 Relay

Jared Lorenz, Johnathon Phenix, Michael Irons, Tayvon Thompson, Keilen Hicks and Ismael Salas

6th Place

Time: 42.28

4x200 Relay

Ismael Salas, Johnathon Phenix, Michael Irons, Tayvon Thompson, James Lane and Tanner Ledesma

4th Place

Time: 1:28.79

.07 Off School Record

4X400 Relay

Jared Lorenz, James Lane, Ryan Hering and Tayvon Thompson


Time: 3:21.61

High Jump

Wyatt Allison

5th Place

Tie at 6'4"

Congratulations, Bulldogs!

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Ryan earned the Conference 3A 110-Meter Hurdles State Championship by a hundredth of a second.


Senior Brooke Guest has been named as one of the 25 national finalists for the National Honor Society Scholarship Program as part of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). To be selected, a student must exhibit leadership in academics and community service.

As a semifinalist, she was one of 400 students to receive a $2,325 scholarship. As one of the 25 finalists, she will receive an additional $2,175 for a grand total of $4,500!

Brook will be attending Tarleton State University this fall.

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MHS State Qualifiers for all events (Academics, Athletics and Fine Arts). Very proud of these students!

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