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Mati Rigsby Debates at State Capitol

This week, GHS junior Matilin Rigsby participated in the UIL Congressional Debate State Tournament in Austin. Known in rounds as Representative Rigsby, Matilin represented GHS, UIL District 9, and ESC Region 11 with nothing less than Leopard Pride.

On day one of the tournament at UT Austin, Rigsby debated for approximately seven hours in two sessions, placing 6th within her chamber of 17 students. This preliminary round consists of three chambers, totaling 55 students in the 4A division. Rigsby was one of only 18 students who were able to advance to day two of the tournament. On Day two, known as Super Congress, Rigsby debated inside the Texas State Capitol building for another six hours, with the other top 17 Congressional Debate Representative students from UIL classification 4A.

Representative Rigsby ranked 13th in the final session of Super Congress. Approximately 300 students advanced from the District to the State level across all classifications (1A to 6A). Congressional Debate at GHS is coached by Morgan Sims, assisted by Alicia McWilliams.

For more information, click HERE.

Edison Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our First Grade Spelling Bee participants!!! All of these students won their classroom spelling bee in order to be eligible in the campus bee. The top 3 will now go to the district bee later this month with the top spellers through grade 8. Way to go first graders!

1st place- Peyton McFarlin (pictured in the middle)
2nd place- Julianne Turpen (right)
3rd place -Aubrey Dishman (left)

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7th Grade Girls Win Championship

The 7th grade Lady Leopards won the CC Shootout Championship! Thanks to great coaches, great parents and great Leopards playing as a team!

Cooke County Youth Fair

GISD students competed this week at the Cooke County Youth Fair in a variety of events. More information on placings to come. Congratulations to Landry Dosher, the first GHS student to win first place and Reserve Grand Champion!
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Staff Incentive Program

The GISD Nursing team is promoting an Attendance Incentive program this year. If a staff member misses no more than 2 days of school in the semester semester, they are entered into a drawing. At the end of the semester, TVs and HP Notebooks are awarded in the prize drawing.

The winners fro the fall semester are:
TV's: Margaret Alamo (transportation), Ashley Essary (Chalmers), Fabiola Frago (Edison), Maria Molina (GHS), Nancy Castorena (Chalmers), Kathy Bean (Edison cafeteria)

HP Notebooks: Melissa Smith (GJH), Gloria Hernandez (Edison), Lucy Gutierrez (GJH), Jacqueline Franco (Chalmers), Carla Faughtenberry (Lee), Cindy Bracy (GJH)

Congratulations to all of these winners. Your dedication is appreciated!

Pictured are the three teachers from GJH that received tablets for their great attendance in the first semester: Mrs. Gutierrez, Mrs. Bracy and Mrs. Smith.

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School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition Month and Gainesville ISD is joining other districts across the state to thank these community volunteers for their commitment and contributions to our public schools. Those serving Gainesville ISD on the 2017-18 Board of Trustees are: Corey Hardin (President), Mike Schmitz (VP), Doug Wade (Secretary), Mike Rosenberg, Will Presson, Phil Neelley, Marvin Royal. To learn more about the Board members, click HERE.

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GISD will have two places up for election. Each place is a three-year term.
Place 4 – Mike Schmitz
Place 5 – Doug Wade

First Day to File– January 17, 2018
Deadline to File – February 16, 2018 5:00PM

Packets will be available for pick up beginning Monday, January 8 at the Administration building located at 800 S. Morris Street

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