Creating Connections

Granger Jr. High - April. 2019, Ed. 4

Big picture

2019 Schools to Watch

On behalf of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, granger Jr. High School has been designated a 2019 Schools to Watch. The Schools to Watch program identifies high-performing middle schools on a national level and recognizes them at their annual conference.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is made up of educators, researchers and organizations devoted to promoting academic and social development of middle school students. The forum distinguishes best middle school practices, leadership and community involvement. This is the FOURTH time GJH has received this designation and we are happy to share this honor with you once again!

Welcome Back!

Dear Granger Families,

Studies have shown that parental involvement in a child’s education is one of the most important factors in raising a student's self-esteem and academic achievement. Moreover, most experts agree that parental involvement should go beyond parent attendance for teacher conferences and open houses. We realize, however, that each of our families is unique- with its own priorities, needs, talents, and time constraints and so we try to provide different opportunities for parental involvement. Here, at Granger, we encourage parents to participate in a multitude of school events such as: Coffee with the Principal meetings, English Language Advisory Committee and other volunteer opportunities. Your involvement in these events will play a vital role in your child's education. Play a bigger part in the Granger family and stop by room 101 for more information and a parent volunteer form!


Rocio Baltazar

Community Relations Facilitator

Big picture

PLC Days - May 10th, May 17th

SBAC Testing

  • Week of April 29th for English Language Arts
  • Week of May 6th for Math

  • Week of May 13th for Science (8th grade)

Day of the Teacher - May 10th

AP Human Geo testing - May 14th

Memorial Day - May 27th (NO SCHOOL)

Textbook Return

  • May 24th- 9th grade

  • May 28th - 8th grade

  • May 29th - 7th grade

Final Exam Dates (9th Grade)

Thursday. May 30th and Friday, May 3st

Final Exam Dates (7th and 8th Grade)

Monday, June 3rd and Tuesday, June 4th

iPad and Lenovo Laptop Return

  • 9th grade - June 3rd and June 4th

  • 7th grade - June 5th

  • 8th grade - June 6th

Promotion Practice - June 5th

Promotion- June 6th, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Last day of School - June 7th

Big picture


On Monday, April 29th, we will begin SBAC testing in 7th and 8th grade classrooms for English, Math and Science (8th gr. only). These assessments provide detailed information for teachers and parents on student progress and school wide resources such as, support classes and programs. The exam is adaptive to each student. As a students answers correctly, the questions get more difficult, as students answer questions incorrectly, the questions get easier. The assessment is given to students with disabilities as well as English learners. Seventh and eighth grade students at Granger will be the only grade levels taking the assessments - 9th grade students will not test again until the 11th grade.

Test Tips

Testing will take place for 3 weeks and it is important every student comes prepared. For your child to be best prepared, we recommend the following:

  • Prepare the night before by charging iPads BEFORE coming to school. If students forget their iPads they will fall behind on their assessments!

  • Rest before the test! Have students go to bed earlier than usual to get a good night’s sleep.

  • Eat a healthy breakfast. If there is no time at home, encourage your students to get breakfast at school and/or pack a healthy snack.

  • Review strategies for during the test: follow directions, read each questions carefully and review the questions and answers.

To find out more about the assessment, visit:

Big picture

Textbook and Tech Returns

Textbook Return (by grade)

9th: May 24th (Friday)

8th: May 28th (Tuesday)

7th: May 29th (Wednes.)

Technology Return (by grade)

9th Laptop & charger : June 3rd & 4th (Monday & Tues.)

8th: I-pad, case, brick & cable : June 5th (Wednesday)

7th: I-pad, case, brick & cable: June 6th (Thursday)

  • All returns will take place during Social Science classes.
  • See attachment for HOW to PREPARE at HOME to RETURN Ipads/Laptops the day before devices are returned.
  • All fees must be paid FULL in CASH only.

If students are absent for their designated return time, they may return the items to the library BEFORE their due date BUT AFTER COMPLETING FINALS. Books and tech can be returned before school from 7:30-8:10 a.m., or after school from 3:15-4:00 ONLY.

The last possible due dates are:

  • Tuesday, June 4th - 9th graders
  • Wednesday, June 5th - 8th graders
  • Thursday, June 6th - 7th graders
Big picture

Click the files below for more information regarding cost for missing and damaged textbooks.

Our New Granger App

We are happy to introduce to parents and students our brand new Granger Jr. High App available for iPhone and Android. Our easy to use app is open to Granger students and their families and is the hub for all Granger information and resources. Students and families are able to access a wide range of links and resources directly from the app including: grading systems, Infinite Campus, social feeds, calendars, bell schedules and Granger staff emails. When you download the app, make sure to LOGIN with the email address you have provided for us and enter the verification code sent to you. Don’t forget to turn on your notifications and stay up to date on everything Granger. Download it now from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Androids!

Apps for YOU

Smartphones have given us almost unlimited access to information right at our fingertips. We have the ability to instantly communicate with friends and even people we do not know through social media feeds, photos, instant messaging apps and so much more. Although these applications keep us constantly informed, they can also pose dangers to all, especially students. These days, students have very easy access to technology and the wonders of the Internet but it is important as a parent, to be conscious of what and who your child is interacting with and closely monitor it. Parental-control apps can do a variety of things such as: track your kids, blocking dangerous websites, prevent kids from communication with strangers as well as setting time limits for use. These monitoring apps not only help keep children safe, but also give parents peace of mind.

Just like you, we care about your child’s safety which is why we have provided the following list of top-rated parental software/applications you can install to monitor what your child does on his/her own phone or tablet. Click the link below!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Empower and Grow!

As the school year is quickly coming to an end, we wanted to give our 9th grade parents a heartfelt goodbye and thank you. We thank you for being a part of the Granger family and playing a vital role in your child’s education. Your child’s high school years are crucial to their success in life after high school and your voice is equally important. We encourage you to continue being a part of their education by attending parent meetings and maintaining frequent communication with their teachers. We know that Sweetwater High School will be receiving an outstanding part of the National City Community!

Also, our 7th and 8th grade students will soon begin the transition into the 8th and 9th grade where they will learn content in order to be college and career ready. We continue to ask for your support with your child by encouraging him/her to be a part of our many electives on campus, our accelerated Science and U.S. History programs, Advanced Placement Human Geography class as well as part of the clubs and after school activities we have on campus. If you have any questions before the year ends, contact your child’s counselor!

Mrs. Zaragoza (A-Fansler)

Mrs. Aguilar-Garcia (Farhad-Ogden)

Mr. Nafarrete (Olachea-Z)

Contact Us

* Note: This newsletter is published quarterly. If you have any questions about the topics discussed, please speak to the school.

At Granger we are dedicated to helping all students succeed through the collaboration of parents and community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (619) 472-6000.