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October 24: No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

October 25: No School

November 11: GHS Fall Sports Athletic Banquet | 6 pm

November 22: Red White Chili Scrimmage

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break


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90.7% of students 7-12 are reaching the 90/90 goal!

The goal of the 90/90 is to have 90% of our students with a minimum of 90% attendance.


From the desk of Mr. Gilmore...

The first quarter has flown by and report cards have been sent out. We have seen significant improvement in student achievement thanks to a small change to our Response to Intervention (RTI). We are currently using a zone system to support students with deficient grades, failing grades, or missing assignments. We look forward to visiting with parents during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, October 24th from 12:00-7:00 pm.

The weather is beginning to get cooler and students need to dress accordingly. Our Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) has been fundraising to support the backpack program along with other student needs including coats. Please let us know if you have noticed a student in need of appropriate winter attire. Care-to-Learn is also able to help with any hunger, health, and hygiene necessities. We are very thankful for our community partners and their support of these programs.

Gainesville School District has wonderful students! Thank you for taking the time to participate in your student's education. We would not have such great attendance, high academic achievement, and low discipline rates without supportive parents. Thank you!


From the desk of Mrs. Armstrong...

Hello Parents!

This has been such a wonderful start to the school year! I’m so happy to be back for year two. As first quarter wraps up, I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for letting us spend the day with your amazing kids! They are our passion and our purpose. It is truly a blessing to work with them each day.

We have settled into our new Junior High routines and are looking forward to the fall season which will be full of many more fun events. We have just finished our 1st Quarter Reading Challenge, and are getting started with our 2nd quarter goals now. Students are working towards a trip to the movies if they are able to complete our whole semester goals. Please encourage your students to read!

Basketball and Cross Country seasons are soon coming to a close. I am extremely proud of our students’ behavior and work ethic throughout their sporting seasons. It has been a pleasure to watch them compete in their areas of passion.

Our 7th grade Drama/Public Speaking class will be putting on a play for our elementary students. This will be held November 1st at 2 pm in the High School Gym. If you have a student in that class, you are encouraged to attend. All 7th graders will rotate through this class during the year. If your kiddo isn’t in that class now, be on the lookout for their scheduled play in the future.

Finally, the Winter Dance is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 13th. More details about this StuCo sponsored event will be available in the near future. If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to serve and happy to help. It is only through working together that our students will able to reach their very highest levels of success.



To correlate with a unit about Egypt, Mrs. Barcelona's 7th grade social studies students were given a choice to create a model, a slideshow, or a poster. they were also given a choice of Egyptian subjects to do their project on. They worked on them a full week in class, doing the research and putting them together.



Elementary and Junior High Cross Country are winding down for the year. It has been a great season with a large team that has done a great job making us all Bulldog Proud. Seth Johnson is our only Elememtary/Junior High runner to medal at every meet so far! Also, we are very proud of our new uniforms for our runners!



Our 7th and 8th grade students were challenged by Mrs. Armstrong to reach their 1st Quarter reading goals. Seventeen students met at least one goal. Ten students met all three goals and celebrated with a pizza party and an assembly.

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Goal 1 & 2 Completers

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:Skylar Acklin, Macenzie Avila, Jamie Sesena, Isaac Pippin, Tyler Massey, Walker House, Gentry Blackburn.

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Goal 3 (Grand Prize) Completers

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Jarett Hogan, Corwin Morris, Austin White, Brady Myers, Derek Winrod, Marcus Winrod, McCartney Armstrong, Maci Moseley, Emily McClure, Nicole Byerly



The Youth Empowerment Program sponsored a spirit week for the "Change the Culture" initiative to stomp out bullying. Students and staff members participate in dress up days including "sock it to bullying", "teach peace", "black out bullying", "be someone's hero", and on Friday participants wore t-shirt about the initiative.



FCA has had a great and adventurous start to the year! So far this year, FCA has hosted See You At Pole, a trip to JJ Weeks in concert in Ava, and Fields of Faith. Each of these events was well supported by the community and allowed our students to shine through this wonderful organization.



Gainesville high school Art 1 Students recently competed in the Baxter Regional Medical Center's Second Annual Project Semicolon Art Contest. Project Semicolon is a national organization dedicated to the prevention of Suicide. The contest was held during the month of September, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and was open to school districts in the surrounding area of Missouri and Arkansas. Over 100 artworks were submitted from area schools for the contest.

The Gainesville art students who contributed artwork for the contest, along with teacher Mr. Milan Chisam, attended an awards ceremony on Sept. 26th at the Behavioral Health Unit of Baxter Regional Medical center. All participant's heard from Baxter Health unit specialists and many of the students shared stories and encouragement about their own experiences related to mental illnesses or suicide.

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During the awards ceremony, Jodi Leeker, Program director of Behavioral Health, presented Gainesville high school freshman Layla Biby with a $50 Visa card for her winning entry which received top honor of Best of Show. Congratulations Layla!



September was a busy month for the GHS Band. The band took part in Hootin’ and Hollarin’ on Friday with the costume parade and on Saturday in the big parade. The band boosters also had a booth and sold apple nachos, water, and glow toys. They also continued the tradition of providing the ring toss game, a favorite activity for the kids. The following weekend, the band traveled to the Stockton Walnut festival parade and took 4th place out of seven contenders in their class. The band will travel to Bolivar this Saturday, October 19 to compete in the SBU Homecoming parade. The following Saturday, October 26, they will travel to Springfield for the MSU Homecoming parade.

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This group of girls has been really fun to coach. They play extremely hard and give forth a lot of

effort. I really have enjoyed watching these girls develop and improve their game from the

beginning of the season until now. We have had our ups and downs this season, but we are

learning how to overcome adversity. One thing I love about this group is they never give up!

Our current record is 5-7 but we have played several close games that were within striking

distance, we just weren’t able to sneak out with the win. We have really started playing our

best basketball this past week. We are currently in the Norwood tournament and are playing

for 1st place on October 17th. We got the 6th seed in the Conference Tournament in Seymour and play our first game October 19 against the 6th seed, Seymour Lady Tigers at 1:00 pm.

Submitted by Coach Coach Lance West

Images by Gwendolyn Broderick - GHS Yearbook Staff
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Girls basketball placed 2nd in the Norwood tournament!



This was my first season as the junior high boys’ basketball coach here at Gainesville. The boys worked incredibly hard. The B team went 7-3 and all three losses were all within 3 points. They consistently found ways to keep themselves in a position to win. The A team’s season won’t be finished until the 22nd in the Summit Conference tournament, in which they are the #1 seed. So far, they have a 10-2 record with both of their losses being within 5 points. They are a great group of boys that compete every night. We play for first place in the Norwood tournament on October 17th. I am proud of all the boys that played this year and I am excited about their future.

Submitted by Coach Seth Lash

Images by Gwendolyn Broderick - GHS Yearbook Staff
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Boys basketball placed 1st in the Norwood tournament!



Our fall season came to and end with our record finishing at 8-7. We took some great steps as a program finishing with the first ever winning season as long as there as been a fall program, and the first season above .500 for fall or spring since 2001. The highlight of this season was winning the Seymour Wood Bat Tournament over Crane 5-4 giving the program a first place finish for the first time since the 1991 district championship team. The guys have put in a lot of work to change the direction and thoughts around baseball in Gainesville and I'm excited see what could happen in the spring.

Submitted by Coach Nathan Jones

Images by Karla Smith



Bulldog Softball is 3-19 on the season with wins against Willow Springs, Ava, and Alton. Each player has played hard all season and contributed in some way. We are losing 4 seniors after this season:

Patience Naegele who has contributed with great leadership a .909 fielding percentage even while being moved around a lot and a .231 batting average and .626 OPS.

Lori Ellison who has lead by example and put in extra time to help the team. She has recorded an .813 fielding percentage at the hot corner, one of the hardest positions on the field in high school softball.

Mallory Strickland has changed our team drastically after joining for the first time last spring. She brings a ton of energy and is without a doubt the best teammate on the field. She has taught each player what true passion for the game is. She has recorded a 1.000 fielding percentage!

Kady Lovan has overcome so many obstacles this season and that shows true toughness. She contributed a .909 fielding percentage and .286 batting average after a late start this season.

I am so appreciative any time one of the seniors speak up because they add knowledge of the game and a fire to the team. I am thankful for everything they have done for our program!

Submitted by Coach Johnica Hanke

Images by Abigail Milligan - GHS Yearbook Staff



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Fall is a busy time of year for FBLA members. In September, 54 members attended the District 14 Fall Meeting. At the meeting, which was led in part by district officers Abigail Milligan, Hunter Webb, and Ben Pointer, members were able to network with other FBLA members in our district. The group also heard a motivational speech from Dylan Robertson.

October continues to be full of activities for our members. On October 12, members attended Sho-Me Leadership Conference hosted by Missouri FBLA at Silver Dollar City. At the conference, members participated in open testing, listened to an informative speech about careers in the theme-park industry and then spent time enjoying the park. We are so proud of Zach Matthews, Ben Pointer, Ruthanne Doebler, and Ashley Poe for placing in the open testing events at the conference.

Our annual Krispy Kreme fundraiser will begin Monday, October 21st and run-through Thursday, October 31st. The monies raised through this fundraiser help individual members earn points to be used for trips, activities, contests, etc. We appreciate the overwhelming support this fundraiser provides each year from the community.

The chapter is hosting a family movie night for the community on Thursday, October 24th at 7 pm. The event will be held in the elementary gym and the admission cost is $2 per person which includes popcorn, a drink, and snacks. All money raised will be donated to the Patsy Hambelton Memorial Scholarship. The movie will be Hotel Transylvania. All students and families are invited to attend.

In November, 27 members will be attending the National Fall Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado. This trip will give our members a chance to visit many attractions that the city has to offer and participate in leadership workshops and activities at the conference.

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From the desk of Mr. Morris...

We have just finished up a great first quarter. Student attendance has continued to be very good with ninety-two students completing the first quarter with perfect attendance. We want to encourage everyone to continue with the great attendance.

We have recently had an upgrade to our big playground as PTO helped us to purchase new basketball poles, backboards, rims, nets and basketballs. Students were so excited to have new basketball equipment for the playground. Thank you PTO for your assistance with the project.

We also want to remind everyone of our annual Veteran's Day Assembly that will take place on November 11th at 9:30. This is a great time for us to honor the veterans of our community. We want to invite anyone who has served in the military to come out and let us honor you during our Veteran's Day Assembly.


  • October 24th: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 24th: Family Halloween Move Night Sponsored by FBLA
  • October 21st-23rd: Red Ribbon Week
  • October 29th: Ozark County Spelling Bee
  • October 29th: Preschool Family Night
  • October 30th: Challenge Trip
  • November 7th: Dental Screenings
  • November 8th: PTO Free Movie Night
  • November 11th: Veteran's Day Assembly
  • December 6th: Special Choir Concert
  • December 10th: Elementary Christmas Concert
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During the months of August and September, our first graders have been studying library citizenship. We have been reviewing our book care rules and we are reading our way through the Library Mouse book series by author Daniel Kirk. First graders have enjoyed reading the stories and participating in various post-reading activities. The Library Mouse books are a great way for our first graders to learn about the library.

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Kindergarten has had an exciting month. They all received their free book of the month from

their community donors. They have also learned about apples and how to make homemade

applesauce. Kindergarten also learned about sequencing, scarecrows, and bats for some

October fun.

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Gainesville 2nd grade students developed models of land forms and bodies of water from salt dough. After painting the models, they proudly displayed them in the hallway.

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Third grade students are learning about drama, skits, and being a good audience member as the students perform the play “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.” Students chose characters and practiced their lines until comfortable enough to read in front of their peers. They also performed for the first grade classes.

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Students in 4th grade science went on a nature walk and was given the task to use their five senses to relate how animals make adaptations. The students heard crisp leaves crunching, sticks and twigs breaking, and even the bells at the church. Students then went inside and reflected on how they thought that certain animals would use their senses for protection against prey, and how they find food and water sources.

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Fifth graders always have an enjoyable time “getting down” when they have nutrition lessons with Mrs. Winrod. Not only are they becoming quite knowledgeable as far as food facts and the value of good nutrition, but they also are finding that engaging in physical activity can be loads of fun.

Our 5th graders recently tested their engineering skills through a STEM challenge integrating Science and Social Studies. We have been learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution, like the Boston Tea Party.

Students were given a task to create a crate that would keep a tea bag dry when placed in a container of water. Unfortunately, our Boston Harbor became a teapot, however several groups successfully kept their tea bag dry with their creative designs.


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