Granger School Weekly Newsletter

January 8-12, 2018

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Wed. Jan. 10 School Board Meeting 6:30

Thurs. Jan. 11 Cheer UIL State Spirit Competition

Mon. Jan 15 NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Jan. 18 Family Night Read-In 6:00pm-7:00pm

Sat. Jan. 27 Project Celebration Dinner Fundraiser

Mon. Jan. 29th PTO meeting in cafeteria 7:00pm


Prom will be Saturday, March 3, 2018

Don't forget:

*Instagram: Follow the school yearbook @ grangerlionsyearbook

*Students have access to eBooks!

***Please check school website and Dojo for date and time changes, as it may not have been given at time of publication.

Growing Pains: The Short of It

With the addition of new teachers in the middle of the school year one might wonder why this decision wasn’t made at the beginning. An answer isn’t easy to put in a quick blurb, however a glimpse can. Wise planning, diligent awareness to surrounds, and statics all play a factor. There are many variables when planning the budget, and for the unpredictable. These changes are watched over the years. Examples would be student population fluctuation and building repairs. Other factors considered are growth in the city and county. (Our superintendent even attends road planning meetings.) More importantly, if we look at enrollment from as far back as 2008, it has been averagely consistent until the jump this year. Why use tax payers money on something which may, or may not, be needed?

Library Letters

In November the library hosted the book fair with plans to share a portion of the proceeds with the Woodsboro ISD library as part of their recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey. During the winter break I met with Jimmy Blaschke, who is in charge of the school PR/Tech/Payroll. (Another example of a small school multi-tasker!) He was gracious enough to show us around and talk about the damage.

The library was flanked by computer labs on each side, creating a hallway entrance to a wonderful space. (This librarian was envious. It had its own bathrooms.) Like ours, it services Pre-K-12th. However, this year was a rough start. The hurricane actually lifted the roof and set it back down, rendering the computer labs helpless. Due to the damage, the elementary books were relocated to a room in the elementary wing, which allows students to continue on their reading practice journey. Currently secondary doesn't use the original library often, but he has hopes this will change. The recovery process is a step at a time.

A picture was taken of us holding the donation check, however the image did not turn out. I will share the picture of the elementary library, as it is an awesome space. They did an outstanding job making the best of a hard situation.

My sincere thank you to all the people who participated in the Book Fair purchases/donations, allowing us to give the Woodsboro School Library $500 towards what ever needs they have. We may be a small school, but we have a big heart. You guys rock!

Another special request: Please continue to remember Woodsboro and the other towns affected by Hurricane Harvey. They have a very long road ahead of them.

Donna Griffis

GISD Library Director

A new addition to the Granger School Library Yearbook Collection

A big thank you to Donna Ellis, who thought of the library when looking for a home for the 1922 Doughboy, a Granger School yearbook. The library did not have a copy of this year and we are very excited to have a visual image of this time period preserved for future generations.

The yearbook belonged to Dorothy G. Bible (Gilstrap). She and her five other siblings also attended Granger High School.

Another interesting fact about Dorothy, who was the Senior Class Vice President, is her husband was Dana X Bible, the coach responsible for starting the Texas A&M 12th Man tradition. She herself was a student of UT and Mary Hardin Baylor.

The letter from Donna, a copy of Dorothy's obituary, and the yearbook can be found in the library. Because of its precious nature, like all the yearbooks, it will be for library viewing only. Please feel free to check in at the office, then drop by the library!

Now, this is the way to get in shape...

It takes 15 muscles to smile. Laughing uses more muscles at one time than any other activity. Go ahead, laugh yourself into shape!

-from book Wit, Wisdom, and Practical Advice: Useful Tips adn Fascinating Facts for Every Day of the Year by Editors of The Old Famer's Almanac

Raising Fundraiser Awareness

*SHAC Lion Heartbeat T-Shirt Sales - More information coming!

*Senior Class Kona Ice Sales are 3/6, 4/3. All of these are the first Tuesdays. Time: 3:00-5:00

*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!


Louise Thornton 10

Walt Brock 10

Marlana Sustaita 23

Eriya Irisawa 23

Lisa Repa 26

Rene Valdez 26

Janice Hajda 28


Renaissance Testing Dates (Reading & Math Progress Monitoring)

3rd Nine Weeks 01/08/2018 - 01/26/2018

4th Nine Weeks 03/05/2018- 03/30/2018

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

STAAR, EOC, and Finals Testing Dates:

April 10 & 11 4th Writing and 5th Reading and Math

May 7-11 EOC Exams

May 14 and 15 3-6 STAAR Tests

May 22-24 Finals Week


High School OAP dates are as follows:

Clinic Feb 17th

Clinic March 2nd

District March 8th

Bi-District March 21st

Sports Schedules

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

Boys Basketball

Jan. 12 Home vs Milano

Jan. 16 Home vs Thorndale

Jan. 23 @ Holland

Jan. 26 Home vs Thrall

Jan. 30 @ Milano

Feb. 2 @ Thorndale

Feb. 6 Home vs Mumford

Feb. 9 Home vs Holland

Feb. 13 @ Thrall

Feb. 19-20 Bi-District TBA

Feb. 23-24 Area TBA

Feb. 26-27 Regional Qtrs. TBA

March 1-3 Regional vs New Braunfels

March 8-10 State Tourney vs San Antonio

Girls Basketball

Jan. 9 @ Thrall

Jan. 12 Home vs Milano

Jan. 16 Home vs Thorndale

Jan. 19 @ Mumford

Jan. 23 @ Holland

Jan. 26 Home vs Thrall (Parents' Night)

Jan. 30 @ Milano

Feb. 2 @ Thorndale

Feb. 6 Home vs Mumford (Senior Night)

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

In Entertainment

Have you heard Luke Bryan's new song? Worth the time to take a listen.

Title: Most People Are Good

Link to song and interview: https://bobbybones.iheart

Quote of the Week

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

***Forgive Henry. He wrote this before the challenge of slow internet was invented.

Friendly Reminder

Students & Parents: Please be sure you (your student) do 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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