Granger School Weekly Newsletter

March 5-9, 2018

Owning Up - Day 1

Each week students will be given a new exercise in the Culture of Dignity while acknowledging their own faults and mastering control of them. They will also learn how to confront social cruelty, bullying, and injustice in a respectful manner for theirselves and others. On Monday students will be introduced to a new program titled "Owning Up" by Rosalind Wiseman. The first lesson is an introduction on what to expect from the program, and what was expected of the student. (As in, the student will get uncomfortable.) Topics will be discussed with honesty and respect. Everyone will "get real", get wise, and treat others point of view with dignity.

Next Week:

Day Two Lesson: Just Kidding: Why are we really laughing? Clarifying the difference between harmless teasing and using that term as a cover to get away with hurting people.

Don't Mark Me

In addition to the program Owning Up: A Culture of Dignity, another program about bullying/suicide prevention will being given Thursday, March 8, for 3-8th grade. Presenter Deputy Paul Leal of Williamson County Constables Office warns he will take them on an emotional roller coaster about how we treat each other. The school counselors will be available if they are needed.

Presentation Times:

3-4th: 1:00 pm

5-6th: 2:00 pm

7-8th: 12:06 pm - after lunch

Quote of the Week

"Growth is uncomortable because you've never been here before- you've never been this version of you. So give yourself a little grace and breathe through it." ~ Kristin Lohr

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

March 5 FFA Meeting 7:00

Kona Ice fundraiser after school Tuesday by tennis courts! YUM!

Early Release Friday 1:00 - End of nine weeks

March 6 Junior High Band Bastrop HS UIL Region

March 8 OAP in Cameron

March 8 Don't Mark Me Presentation

March 8 Athletic Booster Club Meeting 6:00

Spring Break March 12-16, 2018

March 20 High School Academic UIL Writing/Journalism Meet in Thrall

March 23 Academic UIL (Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculators, Social Studies, and Science) at Blinn College in Brenham.

Planning Ahead

3rd grade mock staar tests:

Math-April 10

Reading-April 11

April 4-7 FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Dallas

Sat., April 7 City Wide Garage Sale

April 17 High School Band @Bastrop HS UIL Region 18/26 High School Concert and Sight-Reading Competition.

Don't forget:

*Instagram: Follow the school yearbook @ grangerlionsyearbook

*Students have access to eBooks!

The 3rd 9 weeks Box Tops Collection date is Friday, March 9th.

Only have a couple? Send them anyway! Every little bit helps! The 100th Day program this year happened because of the box top sales. In the past playground equipment, recess items, and dye cutters for teachers lounge were purchased through Box Top collections. We understand it is easier to toss and go, but please take a moment to tear out the tiny coupon and send to the school, (Even better, cut it out. You would really be awesome then!) It is appreciated and is guaranteed to go to a good towards a good cause - the students.

Shout Out!

To fourth grade students Onasis Mendez (1st place), Kricket Dowd (2nd place), and Krista Hutka (3rd place) for making their Accelerated Reading program goals and scoring the top three highest points earned by the entire student body so far! The year's not over guys, hang on to your titles, as others are closing in!
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100th Day Balloons Found!

Two balloons from the 100th day balloon release have been found and mailed back to the school. These biodegradable wonders were found by farmers and kindly returned. Tinslee's from kindergarten, was found on the cow pasture in Kosse, Texas, roughly 75 miles from Granger. The second balloon belonged to fourth grader Onasis, and his landed in a natural pine forest cultivated for lumber in Kilgore. The loggers found the note while harvesting. Both balloons have been pinned on the map located in the elementary foyer.

In Case You Haven't Heard...

The Granger Band students earned a total of 23 medals at solo competitions!

Congratulations to the students and Mr. Davidson! ***You guys rock!***

At the UIL Solo Competition at Hendrickson HS in Pflugerville:

Class 2 Solos

Division 1: Superior Rating: Bruce Lay (10) French Horn Solo, Lee Ryder (11) Tuba Solo, and Caleb Filla (11) Tuba Solo. Division 2: Excellent Rating: Jamie Pustejovsky (11) Flute Solo, William Kaminkow (10) Trumpet Solo

Class 3 Solos

Division 2: Excellent Rating: Alondra Castro (9) Baritone Saxophone Solo, John Myers (9) Trumpet Solo.

At the Riesel Solo and Ensemble Competition in Reisel, TX:

High School:

Division 1: Superior Rating: William Jones (10) Clarinet Solo, Rhiana Crowley (10) Alto Saxophone Solo, Tyler Tatro (8) Euphonium Solo, Adam Khan (8) Euphonium Solo, Deacon Kuecker (8) Snare Drum Solo.

6th Grade Beginner Band:

Division 1: Superior Rating:

Clarinet: Kenlea DeMoss, Hope Scruggs, Jaila Rollie, Mireyah Luna, Nathan LaFave

Alto Saxophone: Nathan Lafave

Trumpet: Zoie Robles, Clarissa Miller, Ryder Orton

Trombone: Kadn Willis, Joseph Campos, Ronnie Hurtado, Conner Grantham

Euphonium: Thomas Youngblood, Payton Filla

Tuba: Victor Godinez

Division 2: Excellent Rating

Preslie Juranek (Flute) and Isaac Lizardo (Trumpet)

Wearing Red for Heart Health Awareness

February was heart health month. The class wearing the most red on Valentine's Day won a popcorn party from the Student Health Advisory Council. (SHAC) There was a tie between Mrs. Ivicic's class and Mrs. Michalik's class. So SHAC had a heart and gave each class a party! Great job students in helping us remember to take care of our hearts and health!

Classes pictured below.

Mrs. Ivicic's Third Grade Class

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Mrs. Michalik's Fourth Grade Class

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Repeats Worth Repeating

Raising Fundraiser Awareness

FCCLA selling $1 variety bars, and $2 Mint Meltaway, $2 Caramel Swirl and $2 Chocolate Almond candy bars.

*Senior Class Kona Ice Sales are 3/6, 4/3. All of these are the first Tuesdays. Time: 3:00-5:00

Yearbook sales form now available in library and elementary foyer.

***Want your student to have a special spot highlighted in the yearbook? Ads are for sale, but priceless memories preserved!

1/8 page for $6

1/4 for $13

1/2 for $25

Full for $50

*Ongoing Fundraiser: SHOPPING!

School name: Granger School

School ID#: 192787

+++Family Book Store on home page and Caring for Classrooms donations count towards student's earning prizes. Merchants purchases raise money for the entire school but will not count for student's Prize Thermometer. All proceeds benefit the school.

Happy Birthday!


Donna Griffis 4

Andrea Dolan 6

Michael Abbott 11

Margaret Vrana 15

Tiffany Michalik 16

Jennifer Rhoades 18

Frank Rivera 20

Tracie Niskern 21

Ernest Valdez 21

Brent Holubec 23

Elizabeth Lewis 28


Third Grade Mock STAAR Tests

Math-April 10

Reading-April 11

Renaissance Testing Dates (Reading & Math Progress Monitoring)

4th Nine Weeks 03/05/2018- 03/30/2018

End of Year 04/23/2018 - 05/11/2018

STAAR, EOC, and Finals Testing Dates:

Feb. 26 - April 4 - TELPAS

April 10 - Grade 4 & 7 Writing, Grade 5 & 8 Math, English I EOC

April 11- Grade 5 & 8 Reading

April 12 - English II EOC

May 8-10 - High School EOC: Algebra (5/8), Biology (5/9), US History (5/10)

May 14 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Math, 5th & 8th Math Retest

May 15 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, 5th & 8th Reading Retest

May 16 - Grade 5, 8 Science

May 17 - Grade 8 Social Studies

May 22-24 Finals Week


HS OAP District March 8th

HS OAP Bi-District March 21st

High School Academic UIL Writing/Journalism Meet - March 20th in Thrall

Academic UIL (Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculators, Social Studies, and Science) Meet - March 23rd at Blinn College in Brenham.

Sports Schedules

~Your invited to the sporting events and to share the excitement and support for the hard working Granger ISD Students and Coaches!~

Boys Basketball

March 8-10 State Tourney vs San Antonio


Fri. March 9 Cameron V 8am

Thurs. March 22 Taylor JV 8am

Friday March 23 Taylor V 8am

Wed. March 28 Academy V 8am

Mon. April 9 District V Thrall 8am

Tues. April 10 District JV Thrall 8am

Wed.-Thurs. April 18-19 Regional - Corpus Christi 8am

Thurs.-Fri. May 17-18 State Texas A&M 8am


Thurs. March 8 Thrall Tiger Relays

+++Thurs. March 15 Chilton Pirate Relays #1- during Spring Break!+++

Thurs. March 22 Bruceville-Eddie Relays

Thurs. March 29 Chilton Pirate Relays

Wed. April 4 District Track Meet at Holland

Wed. April 16 Area Track Meet

April 27-28 regional Track Meet at A&M

May 11-12 State Track Meet at UT

*Remember to check school website and Dojo in case of any last minute changes due to situations beyond GISD control.

The end is nearer than you think:

Students & Parents: Please be sure you/your student does not have any unfulfilled obligations. It's not nagging, really. It is a gentle reminder to avoid unnecessary surprises.

Possible obligations: laptop insurance, bills carried over from last year, lunch bill, lost books or other borrowed items, FCCLA fees, club dues, athletic dues. Your understanding is appreciated.

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Have a great Spring Break! Class resume Monday, March 19, 2018.