Granger School Weekly Newsletter

April 9-13, 2018

Culture of Dignity: Lesson 5

As part of the Culture of Dignity program started in March, a weekly lesson is presented. These lessons can be carried out at school or home, and are designed to be a partnership involving student, parent, and teacher. The school welcomes any questions you may have and thanks you for your support.

This week: Managing Technology


*Connecting social norms in real life to online life.

*Be aware of ones self-identity and how you choose to communicate/manage this identity on social media.

*Show importance of online social communication to friendships.

*Consequences when personal identity is perpetually joined with others perceived (judged) expectations.

Session Takeaways:

*Social media experiences - (Most people have had stressful or confusing experiences)

*Examine how wanting emotional verification through social media influences thinking and behavior. (Are you showing the real you, or the "ideal" you for likes? Where are you getting the ideas of the "ideal" you from?

*Pictures and words on social media do not post themselves. Use self-reflection to see how you might be trying to impress someone.

Challenge Yourself:

For three days don't look at your phone until 15 minutes before leaving for school/work, or not until lunch.

Be aware of your feelings when gaming or looking at social media. (And how the mood has changed after you get off line!)

Be aware of how you express your feelings and thoughts before posting.

Talk About It:

Please take a moment to ask your student what they learned, giving them the opportunity to share knowledge and insight.

Discussion Starters:

* Do you feel you communicate better online or in person?

*Can you see how trying to gain the ideal online image can lead to insecurities and stress?

*Do you feel social media has power over how you feel about yourself?

*Is it possible social media influences your thoughts about world/social issues in a way you aren't aware of?

*Does it embarrass your student if you personally post about them on your social media accounts?

*Would they like to approve anything you may post about them first?

Next week: The Mirror pg. 91

The programs credit goes to:

Book: Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice by Rosalind Wiseman

Resources: Interested in learning more?

Books for further research by Rosalind Wiseman:

Queen Bees & Wannabes

Masterminds & Wingmen

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads



Quotes of the Week

Who ever controls the media, controls the mind. - Jim Morrison

Content is fire, social media is gasoline. - Ryan Kahn

Make sure your happy in real life, not just social media. - Unknown

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Monday, April 9th Progress Reports go out!

April 9 SHAC meeting 4:00 in library

Thurs. April 12 Kindergarten pictures

April 17 High School Band in Bastrop for UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competition

April 15-17 Granger Student Council State Conference

May 11 All Library Books Due

3rd grade mock staar tests:

Reading-April 11

April 17 High School Band @Bastrop HS UIL Region 18/26 High School Concert and Sight-Reading Competition.

Don't forget:

*Instagram: Follow the school yearbook @ grangerlionsyearbook

*Students have access to eBooks!

Tips Please

If someone asked you to say the first word which pops in your head when you hear the word TEST, stress may appear. It can also be strongly related to another unpleasant feeling - anxiety. Below are some tips to help your student feel their best, relax, and show the STAAR and EOC who is boss!

*DO NOT BE LATE TO SCHOOL AND ADD MORE STRESS. Allow yourself plenty of time to do things needed to be done before the test and still be a little early.

**Get a good nights sleep!

**Eat a healthy breakfast. You don't want to get the hangries!

*AVOID thinking you need to cram just before the test.

*AVOID speaking to fellow students who express negativity or will distract you. You will see them later. No feelings hurt.

*Read test directions carefully! Review all answer choices.

*If you go blank, skip the question or essay, as other questions may trigger an answer. BUT remember to come back!

***There is no reward for finishing first. If others are turning their papers in, good for them. You go on with your awesome self, taking your time and relax. You got this.

If you start to feel anxious: Expect it.

*Relax, you are in control. Really.

* Take slow, deep breathes.

*Pause. Take it step by step, not dwelling on all the steps.

*Anxiety is a reminder you want to do your best and can provide energy. Use it like a tool to motivate and be patient with yourself.

***Due to test security, parents of students who are testing will not be allowed to eat lunch with their children on test days.

** Please avoid making appoinments for your child on test days. Students can't leave and come back to finish the test.

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Free Summer Camp

If anyone knows of any children 6-17 who've lost a parent, sibling, or grandparent, or someone SUPER close in their family that they've lived with, Camp Erin Braveheart is FREE and it's first come first serve. It's the MOST highly recommended camp the school's mental health counselor has heard of.

*The first 100 applications are accepted, so turn application in as soon as possible. Typically camp fills up by the end of June, but every year is different.


Emily Hackett

Camp Erin Website:

Congratulations athletes for advancing to Area in Track and Field!

A Woman of Wise Words

April 4th was the birth date of Mayo Angelo, whose gift with words will forever help those who can not find theirs. She was an poet, actress, dancer, writer, singer, and civil rights leader. Google her and be prepared to be amazed.

Faculty and staff at Granger ISD were invited to read a few a her famous quotes and reply back on their favorites. Two stood out and will forever hold true.

Most popular:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Tied for second:

"Nothing will work unless you do."

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."

Something to think about the next time you are at the petting zoo or stock show.

Zoonotic: a disease that can be transmitted from animals to people or, more specifically, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans.

See link below for more information.

Repeats Worth Repeating

Raising Fundraiser Awareness

Want your student to have a special spot highlighted in the yearbook? Ads are for sale, but priceless memories preserved!

1/8 page for $6

1/4 for $13

1/2 for $25

Full for $50

*Ongoing Fundraiser: SHOPPING!

School name: Granger School

School ID#: 192787

+++Family Book Store on home page and Caring for Classrooms donations count towards student's earning prizes. Merchants purchases raise money for the entire school but will not count for student's Prize Thermometer. All proceeds benefit the school.

Happy Birthday!


Sandi Dunn 7

Tawnya Shirocky 13

Kelly Brock 25

Dalila Rangel 26


Third Grade Mock STAAR Tests

Math-April 10

Reading-April 11

Renaissance Testing Dates (Reading & Math Progress Monitoring)

End of Year 04/23/2018 - 05/11/2018

STAAR, EOC, and Finals Testing Dates:

April 10 - Grade 4 & 7 Writing, Grade 5 & 8 Math, English I EOC

April 11- Grade 5 & 8 Reading

April 12 - English II EOC

May 8-10 - High School EOC: Algebra (5/8), Biology (5/9), US History (5/10)

May 14 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Math, 5th & 8th Math Retest

May 15 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, 5th & 8th Reading Retest

May 16 - Grade 5, 8 Science

May 17 - Grade 8 Social Studies

May 22-24 Finals Week

Sports Schedules

~You are invited to the sporting events and to share the excitement and support for the hard working Granger ISD Students and Coaches!~


Mon. April 9 District V Thrall 8am

Tues. April 10 District JV Thrall 8am

Wed.-Thurs. April 18-19 Regional - Corpus Christi 8am

Thurs.-Fri. May 17-18 State Texas A&M 8am


Wed. April 16 Area Track Meet

April 27-28 regional Track Meet at A&M

May 11-12 State Track Meet at UT

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

********The end is nearer than you think:

Students & Parents: Please be sure you/your student does not have any unfulfilled obligations. It's not nagging, really. It is a gentle reminder to avoid unnecessary surprises.

Possible obligations: laptop insurance, bills carried over from last year, lunch bill, lost books or other borrowed items, FCCLA fees, club dues, athletic dues. Your understanding is appreciated.

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