Granger School Weekly Newsletter

May 15-19, 2017

Quick Reminders

Mon. May 15 Cheerleader Fundraiser LuLaRoe & Posh Student Center 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Wed. May 17 UIL Field Trip Grades 2-5 to Mel's Bowling Alley 11:45 pm-2:45 pm

Thurs. May 18 Elementary Awards Lower: 8:10 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Upper 9:20 a.m.-10:10 a.m.

Thurs. May 18 Rocketry Class launching their rockets in Fredricksburg

Thurs. & Friday. May 18-19: State Tennis Tournament 9:00 am- 7:00 pm

Fri. May 19: Early Release 1:00 pm

Sat. May 20 Graduation 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Thurs. May 25 Report Cards

Tues. May 30-June 22, 2017 Summer School

No Excuses: Repeatedly Repeated

Friendly Reminder: The end of the school year is here. Has your student paid the lunch bill? Laptop insurance? Any other outstanding fines? Turned in library books? Given the teacher back what was borrowed?

Ask your student to check with cafeteria, library, office, and teachers to make sure! Thank you for your understanding.

*Library has sent out a report to the secondary students each nine weeks who have obligations in the library. Please ask your student, as it probably disappeared in the bottom of their backpack.

STUDENTS: Do not loan out your calculators, chargers, or laptops. You are responsible for their care and return. If you forgot yours, do not ask a classmate to borrow theirs. Remember yours. *TEST DATES: Remember your calculator. There are no extras in the library to borrow another one!

Lost or broken laptop chargers are not covered by insurance. There is a $38 replacement cost.

Calculator replacement cost: $125

Dude. be nice

Exam Schedule

JUNIOR HIGH Spring Semester Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

8-8:50 2nd period review

8:54-9:44 8th period review

9:48-10:38 3rd period review

10:42-11"32 5th period review

12:06-1:50 3rd period EXAM

1:54-3:38 5th period EXAM

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8-9:44 2nd period EXAM

9:48-10:38 4th period review

10:42-11:32 4th period EXAM

12:06-12:56 4th period EXAM continued

1:00-1:50 1st period review

1:54-3:38 8th period EXAM

Thursday, May 18, 2017

8-9:44 1st period EXAM

9:48-10:38 7th period review

10:42-11:32 7th period EXAM

12:06-12:56 7th period EXAM continued

1:00-1:50 6th period review

1:54-3:38 6th period EXAM

High School Spring Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

8-8:50 2nd period review

8:54-9:44 8th period review

9:48-10:38 3rd period review

10:42-12:26 3rd period EXAM

1:00-1:50 5th period review

1:54-3:38 5th period EXAM

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

8-9:44 2nd period EXAM

9:48-10:38 4th period review

10:42-12:26 4th period EXAM

1:00-1:50 1st period review

1:54-3:38 8th period EXAM

Thursday, May 18, 2017

8-9:44 1st period EXAM

9:48-10:38 7th period review

10:42-12:26 7th period EXAM

1:00-1:50 6th period review

1:54-3:38 6th period EXAM

Worth the Time to Read: Interview

When someone is passionate about something, they are naturally knowledgeable on the topic. This said, and May being Mental Health Awareness month, the new addition to our Granger School Family, Chris Orton, was cornered and asked a few questions about something he cares for deeply: People not being afraid to ask for help with mental health issues.

Chris did not care for the term mental illness and explains: For some reason the term mental illness has a stigma/negative connotation to it, as opposed to a medical illness. When you are sick you are willing to go to the doctor, find out what is wrong, and accept treatment. However, people don't want to admit their brain has an injury from the psychological traumas they endured in their lives and won't go to the psychotherapist/psychologist/psychiatrist (doctor) for help.

Confused on what he would prefer to term mental illness, he said to name it what it is. For examples: depression, psychological trauma, or PTSD. He was okay with the word stigma, as in the slogan Stop the Stigma used by the mental health awareness movement, though it is quickly becoming a cliché with the media. He did express concern for the kids, who won't understand the meaning of the word. (stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.)

From there, Chris was asked direct questions and had thought provoking responses.

Why do you think people won't ask for help? Some people think if they're suffering from a psychological trauma they will be considered weak, judged as being "crazy." Some people have been physically, psychologically or sexually abused, which has caused them to have very traumatic memories. They know they will have to talk about those abuses if they see a Therapist, which will cause them much pain. They don't want to suffer that pain. I compare it to going to see a physical therapist after being in a car accident, you know it's going to hurt, but you also know you need to go through the pain the physical therapist causes in order to get better. Psychotherapy is the same, you have to go through the pain and sadness of talking about the trauma in order to heal.

Do you think there is a better way to address mental health so more people will be willing to listen? More people will be willing to see a therapist in the future. The more we openly talk about depression, anxiety, PTSD and the fact that none of these conditions are your fault, people will begin to ask for help and others won't judge them.

What do you do when you see someone who needs help, but they are unaware of it? And when is it another's person's place to intervene? Each situation is different, so there's no pat answer. (pat answer: a quick, easy answer; a simplified or evasive answer.) It's always good to discuss the situation with other folks who might be able to guide you. Any discussion has to be done with the utmost confidentiality. Confidentiality is key to gaining the trust of the person needing help. Always intervene in situations where the person has commented about suicide. Again, confidentiality is huge!

Is there a support group for those struggling with depression? Like Al-Anon for families of alcoholism and Veteran support groups? There are groups out there, but there not always easy to find. Best case scenario would be to create our own support groups. Even without a program, I am capable of pointing people in the right direction.

Chris is sincerely willing to find help for someone in need. Please, if you or a loved one are struggling, know you are not alone.

Your not alone in this.

The local mental health authority for Williamson County is Bluebonnet Trails Community Services.

Main Line: 844-309-6385

24hr Hotline: 800-841-1255


National Suicide Hotline is 1-800- 273-TALK (8255)

Breathe. Pick up the phone. Dial. For a loved one. A friend. For you.


Where: Seton Medical Center Williamson

201 Seton Parkway

Round Rock, TX 78665

When: Sat. July 29.2017

Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

*All services free. No insurance needed.

Summer Challenge Accepted

More challenges to accept, or feel free to make your own summer bucket list!



at least four books

a magazine

peruse through a dictionary and encyclopedia

and an infographic.


Exercise/play outside for 60 minutes five times a week.


Get a hobby.


Find somewhere to become a volunteer. You are needed.

Say this real fast...

"Sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick." ~ probably the hardest tongue twister in the English language.

Did You Know

Thurs. May 18 Visit Your Relatives Day

Fri. May 19 Sun Awareness Day

Wed. May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Summer Facts:

*In the summer heat, the iron in France’s Eiffel Tower expands, making the tower grow more than 6 inches.

*Because summer babies are typically the youngest children in each school class, their relative immaturity can affect the quality of their education.

*According to the CDC, children are more likely to gain weight over the summer because kids are less active, are more likely to have an inconsistent sleep schedule, and tend to eat more junk food. Keep 'em moving!


Ryan Pickett, 10th Grader, won State in Shot Put!

I know you have heard it, but saying it again! We are so happy for this young man. If he so desires, on his way to being a Professional Shot Putter!

Stay humble and kind.

2017 Summer Reading Program

Taylor Public Library will begin sign up for the reading program on Wednesday, June 5th.

Youth Program: Infant to 12

Teen Program: 12-18

There is also a reading program for adults 18+!

Students were given fliers and you may also check out the website for additional information.

Other Reading Programs:

Half Price Books:

Barnes & Nobles:

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What are the Seniors up to the last week of school?

Tuesday: Senior Trip to Schlitterbahn

Wednesday: Graduation Rehearsal 7:45am in Taylor & Senior Field Trip: Leave Taylor 9:00 am Return 4:00 pm

Final Exams: May 16, 17, & 18

SENIORS: If you have a final Tuesday or Wednesday, it was your responsibility to make arrangements ahead of time with your teacher.

Attendance: If you do not attend the trips, you must come to school that day.

If you are failing any classes, you will not be allowed to attend either trip.

*This information has been known and made available before now. Just a friendly reminder.

Almost done Seniors! Last sprint to finish line. Don't give up now!

Happy Birthday!


Chaston Kubacak 2

Dottie Reyna 6

Kody Kuhl 7

Kurt Shelman 17

Lisa Vanek 17

Becky Kubacak 22

Sherrie Lee 22


Kristen Chapman 2

Debbie Hughes 5

Mary Buenrostro 12

Nicki Krueger 13

Jeff Price 19

Don't forget to check the school website for summer updates and next year's enrollment information:

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Thanks for a great 2016-17 school year!