Granger School Weekly Newsletter

February 10-14, 2020

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Feb. 10 Student Council District Spring Convention

Feb. 12 Student Council Valentine Orders Due

Feb. 12 Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 NHS Meeting during Advisory

Feb. 14 Elementary Valentine Parties

Feb. 17 No School

Feb. 24 SHAC/PTO meeting 6:00 p.m. in cafeteria

Feb. 29 Junior/Senior Roaring 20's Prom 7-11pm @ Georgetown Community Center

Spring Break March 9-13, 2020

Planning Ahead:

March 18 Granger ISD K-6 Science Fair Exhibition

March 18 School Board Meeting 6:30 pm

March 28 Mother/Son Father/Daughter Dance

April 17 End of School Dance for grades 6-8th

Weather Watch:

*Please check the school website ( ) or social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter) for any updates and possible school closures during inclement weather.

*Check your phones, emails, and phone call messages for closures and updates.

*Check local news.

*The website will have all of the protocols and procedures posted for inclement weather for your reference.

***Please make sure your child's contact information is up-to-date!***

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

100 Days of School + One Hundred Days of Learning = Older and Wiser

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Helpful Information

Interested in Nursing?

Information sessions will be video-streamed to the Taylor Temple College campus this semester! Sessions discuss the LVN, LVN-RN Bridging and ADN programs. In addition, you will learn about the nursing application process.

Dates for the information sessions: February 4, 2020 March 3, 2020 April 7, 2020 May 4, 2020 **All sessions will begin at 4:00pm and will be video-streamed to the Taylor campus. Please sign in at the front desk upon arrival.

Need help with FAFSA?

Financial Aid Workshop

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm

Temple College-Taylor Campus ROOM 121

516 N Main St, Taylor TX 76574


The 2020 -2021 FAFSA IS OPEN!!! Financial Aid deadlines are approaching. (REMEMBER THIS, EVEN IF NOT ATTENDING TEMPLE COLLEGE!)

Visit FAFSA.GOV to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

How to get prepared:

 Gather Parent & Student’s 2018 Tax Returns (For Fall 2020)

 Gather Parent & Student’s 2018 Tax Returns (For Summer 2020)

 Have Parent & Student’s social security numbers.

 Create an FSA ID for parent & student at *Save the FSA ID! That is your federal student aid identification, allowing you to log in and sign your FAFSA. Be sure to use a different email for parent and student when creating the FSA ID.

Financial Aid Workshop

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm

Temple College-Taylor Campus ROOM 121

516 N Main St, Taylor TX 76574


Temple College New Student Checklist:

Complete an Application Visit and Click on “Apply Now.”

Create an account and fill in the online Temple College application. You may also submit applications through Apply Texas.

Apply for Financial Aid If this is your first time enrolling in college, create your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) online at (Both the student and parent must use different email addresses to create a separate FSA ID if the student is considered dependent.)

Fill in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online through (Temple College school code 003627)

Follow-up with the Financial Aid office within 2 weeks to see if additional documents are required and to view your financial aid award.

Turn in Admission Documents

Submit official high school or college transcripts.

In addition, if you are under the age of 22, provide proof of bacterial meningitis immunization (Valid if administered within 5 years).

Fulfill Testing Requirements If you do not have college placement scores to submit, you will need to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI).

Complete the TSI Pre-Assessment online at

Click on “Admissions” and then “Testing Center.”

Take the TSI assessment at the Temple Testing Center 254-298-8685 (Walk-In) or at the Hutto center 512-759-5925 (By Appointment).

Campus Phone Numbers:

Temple: 254-298-8282

Taylor: 512-352-2688

Hutto: 512-759-5900

Your School Contact:

Amber Thorsen,

Granger ISD

Director of Federal Programs and College and Career Guidance Counselor


Help Granted to Those Who Try

Turn in those scholarship forms Seniors! If you don't try, it's very possible you are passing up opportunities. See Mrs. Thorsen!

Scholarships due:

Granger Tuesday Student Club

Taylor Czech Chorus

PB&J Scholarship (sounds yummy)

WCRTA Aspiring Educator

Sid Richardson Memorial Sid Richardson Memorial Scholarship

All scholarships which come to the school can be found at:

TSTC scholarships:

Parent Review of Proclamation 2020

Samples for the English/Language Arts textbook adoption in grades 9-12 will be available for public review before the School Board meeting in the student center on February 12, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Teachers, students, staff, and community members will have an opportunity to review materials and fill out a rubric with their recommendations. The results will be used in conjunction with feedback from the Instructional Materials Selection Committee, and the final recommendation will be made in March. Below are links to digital access for the materials under consideration. If you choose to review the digital materials, please fill out the google form (link below) with your recommendations or contact Sara Cooper, Director of Curriculum, Accountability, and Testing for a paper copy of the rubric.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Into Literature

View Username: TXLiteratureStudent


McGraw-Hill StudySync

View Username: txsync20

Password: txss20

Rubric for the English/Language Arts Textbook Adoption Review

What Valentine's Day Means to Second Graders

Raelyn: Spending time with family

Luke: Not fighting with my sisters

Liam: Letting family and friends know they are special

Jordan: Candy

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

Elementary Awards Dates

Time: PreK-2nd: 8:10AM - 9:10AM 3rd-4th: 9:20AM - 10:20AM

3rd 9 weeks, March 27, 2020

4th 9 weeks, May 27, 2020

Renaissance Universal Screening

April 6-10 Reading EOY

April 13-17 Math EOY

STAAR Testing

STAAR Spring Dates:

ENG I – April 7

4th/7th Writing – April 7

5th/8th Math – April 7

5th/8th Reading – April 8

ENG 2 – April 8

ALG 1 – May

BIO – May

US Hist – May

8th Science – May 7

8th Social Studies – May 8

3rd/4th/6th/7th Math, 5th/8th Retake – May 12

3rd/4th/6th/7th Reading, 5th/8th Retake – May 13

5th Science – May 14

Secondary Bell Schedule

Jr. High Class Periods

1st 8:00-8:46

2nd 8:50-9:36

3rd 9:40-10:26

4th 10:30-11:16

Lunch 11:16-11:46

5th 11:50-12:36

6th 12:40-1:26


Advisory 2:20-2:50

8th 2:54-3:40

High School Class Periods

1st 8:00-8:46

2nd 8:50-9:36

3rd 9:40-10:26

4th 10:30-11:16

5th 11:20-12:06

Lunch 12:06-12:36

6th 12:40-1:26

7th 1:30-2:16

Advisory 2:20-2:50

8th 2:54-3:40


· Pre K 10:25 – 10:55

· Kinder – 1st 10:30 – 11:00

· 2nd-3rd 10:35 – 11:05

· 4th 10:40 - 11:10

· 5th 11:10 - 11:40

· 6th - 8th 11:16 – 11:46

· 9th - 12th 12:06 - 12:36



8:50-9:36 Ivicic

12:40-1:26 Mr. Irisawa 3B


8:50-9:36 Chapman

2:00-2:30 Pre-K


8:50-9:36 Steffek

12:40-1:26 Marek


8:50-9:36 Repa

10:30-11:16 Q. Kubacak

12:40-1:26 Michalik

1:30-2:16 Lewis 3A


12:40-1:26 Vanek

1:30-2:16 Sessums

Ninth grade every other Friday during 2nd, 4th, 7th Periods

Morning Pickup: Between 6:50 am and 7:20 am.
Afternoon Routes: Depart campus at 3:50 pm.
NW Quadrant – Bus 23, Mr. Terry
NE Quadrant – Bus 18, Ms. Baker
SW Quadrant – Bus 22, Mr. Holubec
SE Quadrant – Bus 16, Mr. Davidson AM/Mr. Valdez PM

Monthly Character Development Themes:

October: Responsibility

November: Respect

December: Friendship

January: Perseverance

February: Honesty

March: Self-Discipline

April: Leadership

School Board:

Sandra Carpenter, Secretary

Chelsey Ellison, Member

Tommy Filla, President

Mark Harwell, Member

Scott Murrah, Member

Daryl Stefek, Member

Timmy Tidwell, Vice President

Helpful Links:

Academic Counseling Service link:

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Video guides to college financial aide:

Overview of the Financial Aid Process :

How to Create Your FSA ID :

2019-2020 FAFSA Full Walkthrough :

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next :

Parent resource on E-Cigarettes and JUUL prevention:

Parent Portal to grades & attendance:

Resources and outreach available to students, teachers, and the community:

*Intervention Services: Alana Arndt or Aspen Weber are on campus daily during the school year for individual/family therapy and support (512-713-9886)

*Mobile Outreach Team: available for mental health crisis and can offer mental health resources in Williamson County area. (512-864-8277)

*The Christi Center: Offers free, ongoing support groups for adults grieving the loss of a child, spouse, parent, sibling or other loved one. (512-467-2600)

* Bluebonnet Trials 1-800-841-1255

*Crisis Hotline Text 741741

*Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255

FRIENDLY REMINDER: Students in grades 7-12 are past due on the 2019-2020 school year laptop insurance. Please make sure your students' obligation has been met. Thank you.