Longhorn Newsletter

2nd Nine Weeks

Spring Semester is Here!

Dear GISD Families,

The 2019-2020 school year has a busy one. Our students have made us so proud! Spring semester is kicking off! Our newsletter is one way in which we maintain communication between school and home. It contains a variety of academic updates, important dates, and items of interest. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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Longhorn Spotlight

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Bass Hall

Students in grades 1st-6th grades visited Bass Hall during the first semester. Each year Bass Hall offers a field trip to our students where they get to see an educational program. This year students saw Ellis Island and The Nutcracker and interacted with musicians, ballet dancers, and actors. It was a wonderful cultural experience.

One Act Play

Gordon JH participated in UIL One-Act Play for the first time this year. The JH performed the play Louder, I Can't Hear You by William Gleason for District contest at Eula on November 6, 2019, and received 1st place. (District is the highest competition for JH.) All of the actors received awards including 1 Honorable Mention, 4 All-Star Cast and the Best Actress. They performed the play for the community on November 20, 2019, and did an excellent job.

Gordon HS will be performing The Midnight Caller by Horton Foote for contest this year. District contest will be on March 4th at Ranger. Advancing plays from district contest will compete at Bi-District contest on March 21st.

Gordon Elementary and Junior High Soars at UIL

Gordon Elementary competed at UIL in Strawn on December 5th, and placed 3rd overall. Junior High competed in Ranger on December 12th and placed 3rd overall as well. We are super proud of our students and their academic coaches. Results are listed below.

Junior High UIL

Palo Pinto County Stock Show

Students competed the week of January 6th at the Palo Pinto County Stock Show in Mineral Wells. Students competed in FFA and the Gordon 4H. We are proud of all our students!
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Updates from Mrs. Elrod's Office

Spring Semester is in full swing and it is a busy and exciting time for all HS students who are college and career-bound. We have many opportunities available for students to take advantage of this semester including:

- ASVAB testing for any interested 10th - 12th Graders. Feb. 19th. Free to Students.

- SAT testing for all 11th Graders. March 4th. Free for students.

- TSI testing: Any interested 8th -12th graders. Date TBA in April. $15 for students.

Representatives from Upward Bound and Weatherford College are on campus every Monday and are available to answer student questions about financial aid for college, admissions, and other college-bound questions.

In addition, we will be bringing representatives from the Military, Careers, and Colleges on campus this semester during students' academic study hall and lunchtimes.

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement soon to come regarding a new partnership with Tarleton State University that will greatly impact our students in the upcoming years.

Senior Scoop: Available to all 12th-grade students through Google Classroom and their parents. This is where students will get all the information regarding local scholarships that are available. In the past years, there has been over $10,000+ donated from various community organizations to give scholarships to local GISD students. This is a great opportunity to earn money for any college or trade school-bound student. Make sure you sign up for Senior Scoop and apply, apply, apply!

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FFA Upcoming Events

Upcoming shows are San Antonio and Houston. We will be showing:

1973 Woods And Copeland Tractor- Brody, Hoss, Fischer, Morgan M.

1973 John Deere 830 Tractor- Kylie Kolby Elania Hoss

Custom Made smoker/bbq pit on a custom built trailer- Tyler Charles Riley Brandon M.

Custom bench made from the bed of a 1965 chevy pickup-.Anna Alexis Elizabeth Melanie (Got 2nd at county show).

The Woods and Copeland tractor as well as pit/smoker will be sold after the shows to raise money for the FFA.

Dates are:

Fort Worth Stock Show: January 17th-19th

San Antonio Stock Show-February 20th-22nd

Houston Stock Show-March 19th-21st

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2nd Nine Weeks Super Star Students

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The Longhorn Association

The Longhorn Association is an organization on campus that we want every parent to join! This is comprised of a group of parents, grandparents, teachers, and community members that share a common goal to support the great kids of Gordon ISD. Their mission is to support both academic and athletic organizations on campus and help the district in any way possible. They are currently seeking additional memberships of elementary parents (and all parents for that matter) that are willing to volunteer in fundraising efforts, working concession stands, and other volunteer work! We want everyone to be ALL IN! Please contact Mindy Scrivner if you have any questions or email them at thelonghornassociation@gmail.com. The next meeting is February 13th at 6:00 PM in the school library.
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Yearbooks are on sale for $40. Order forms can either be picked up in the office or send an email to lcormack@gordonhorns.net.

CLASS Pictures, Track, Baseball, and Softball: Wednesday, February 12th

Calendar of Upcoming Events

January 20th: JH Bball @ Eula 6:00 PM

January 21st: HS Bball @ Home vs Strawn; Ranger College Spring Semester Begins

January 22nd: Varsity @ Home vs Morgan 7:30 PM

January 24th: HS Bball @ Baird 6:00 PM

January 23rd/25th: JH Bball Tournament @ Walnut Springs

January 27th: JH Bball @ Home vs Ranger 6:00 PM, Progress Reports sent home

January 28th: HS Bball @ Home vs Moran 6:00 PM

January 31st: HS Bball @ Home vs Eula 6:00 PM

Feb 3rd: JH Bball @ Strawn 6:00 PM

Feb 4th: HS Bball @ Home vs Ranger 6:00 PM

Feb 7th: Teacher Work Day, HS Bball @ Strawn 6:00 PM

Feb 10th: JH Bball @ Home vs. Baird 6:00 PM

Feb 11th: HS Bball @ Home vs Baird 6:00 PM

Feb 12th: Picture Day: Class Pictures, Track, Baseball, and Softball

Feb 13th: Longhorn Association Meeting 6:00 PM

Feb 14th: HS Bball @ Moran 6:00 PM

Feb 17th: HS Bball @ Eula 6:00 PM, Progress Reports

Feb 18th-20th: Scholastic Book Fair

Feb 19th: ASVAB (free for 10th-12th graders)

March 4th : SAT (free for 11th graders), District OAP @ Ranger

March 5th: End of the 3rd 9 Weeks

March 9th-12th: Spring Break