Granger School Weekly Newsletter

December 9-13, 2019

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Dec. 10 English 1 EOC retake

Dec. 11 Algebra 1 EOC retake

Dec. 11 Early Release 1:00

Dec. 11 Granger hosting elementary UIL

Dec. 11 School Board Meeting 6:30

Dec. 12 Band Concert 7pm: Students should pick up their instruments no later than 6:45pm

Dec. 13 Jr. & College Prep Students in student center during advisory

Dec. 17 Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon

Dec. 18 Elementary Christmas Program 2:00-3:00 pm in New Gym

Dec. 20 Early Release 1:00

Dec. 20 Elementary Christmas parties

Dec. 20 Gifted & Talented Nominations due

Dec. 20 Purple Santa deliveries

Dec. 23-Jan. 7 Christmas Break for students

Planning Ahead:

1st Wed. of every month: Monthly Morning Meetups with Mr. Abbott and Dr. Resla 8-9am in the student center (There will not be a meeting in December or January.)

Jan. 15 School Board Meeting 6:30

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!***

December Character Development

Friendship: I show compassion, sensitivity, understanding and regard for the needs and feeling of other people.

ATTENTION Juniors & College Prep Students

THIS Friday you will be taking a college prep class in the student center during advisory. We are linking up our College Board accounts with Khan Academy. This is for TSI and SAT practice. You will need your Chromebooks.

Mrs. Thorsen

Granger ISD

Director of Federal Programs

and College and Career Guidance Counselor

Elementary Foyer Gets a Festive Makeover!

A big shout out to Dr. Resla. She wanted to make the foyer really nice by adding some sparkle to the space for the next few weeks. And that she did! From wall to ceiling, things never looked brighter. She even got the elementary hallway!

Thank you to all the Pre-K-2nd grade students who participated in decorating snowmen, making for an even merrier site!

And, as always, we are thankful for the teachers. They pulled together and helped spread the joy by organizing and collecting the student's artwork for the bulletin board.

All District and Academic Accolades

2019-2020 Granger Lion Varsity Football

District Runners Up

Bi-District Champions

Area Champions

Back to Back Regional Finalists

District 13-2A Div II

Offensive MVP: #2 Carlos Reyna RB, Senior

1st Team Offense:

#11 Thomas Rhoades QB, Junior

#4 Johnny Ryder WR, Sophomore

#74 Dwayne Gaida OL, Junior

#64 Jake Kaminkow OL, Senior

1st Team Defense:

#4 Johnny Ryder DB, Sophomore

#3 DJ McClelland LB, Freshman

#74 Dwayne Gaida DE, Junior

#22 Donnie Cantwell DB, Sophomore

2nd Team Offense:

#8 Wyatt Bolding WR, Senior

#14 Nathan Flores TE, Senior

#72 Bruce Lay OL, Senior

#22 Donnie Cantwell RB, Sophomore

2nd Team Defense:

#14 Nathan Flores LB, Senior

#8 Wyatt Bolding OLB, Senior

#21 Carlos Garza OLB, Senior

#7 Jacob Clouse DB, Senior

Honorable Mention Offense:

#3 DJ McClelland RB, Freshman

#21 Carlos Garza HB, Senior

#55 Noe Gaytan OL, Junior

#77 Ryan Gaswint OL, Senior

Honorable Mention Defense:

#7 Travis Miller DB, Senior

#55 Noe Gaytan DL, Junior

#64 Jake Kaminkow DL, Senior

#72 Bruce Lay DE, Senior

Academic All District Team:

Carlos Garza, Senior

Bruce Lay, Senior

Travis Miller, Senior

Thomas Rhoades, Junior

Donovan Harwell, Junior (Team Manager)

Devin Fails, Sophomore

Tyler Tatro, Sophomore

Johnny Ryder, Sophomore

Darryl Stefek, Freshman

Tripp Wilkie, Freshman

THSCA and Army National Guard Academic All State Team:

Carlos Garza, 1st Team

Bruce Lay, Honorable Mention

Does the solar system interest you? You like to write?

You may get your writing published and your picture posted on the NASA Scientist for A Day website. See the following for more information.

Hello All,

Here is an opportunity for 5th-12th grade students to write an essay about being a Scientist.

Write on!

Clear Skies...

Bob Riddle, Column Editor

Scope on the Skies - Science Scope Magazine


*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

2nd 9 weeks, January 17, 2020

3rd 9 weeks, March 27, 2020

4th 9 weeks, May 27, 2020

Renaissance Universal Screening

Jan. 13-17 Reading MOY

Jan. 20-24 Math MOY

April 6-10 Reading EOY

April 13-17 Math EOY

STAAR Testing

STAAR EOC December Retakes:

Eng I – Dec 10

Algebra – Dec 11

Eng II and Bio – Dec 12

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

12:40-2:50 5th Grade Classes

2:50-3:20 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:

Gifted & Talented Nomination Forms:

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: