Patriot Pulse

November 2019

2nd Quarter

We can't believe that it's second quarter already!!! We have a lot of important events coming up this month and before we know it, winter will be here. Don't forget to set your clocks back on November 3rd.

Upcoming Events

October 31: Half Day/Dismissal 12:00

November 5: Tax Levy presentation at D140 Board of Education Committee Meeting of the Whole, 7:00 p.m. at PV

November 5: PTO meeting, 6:30 in Grissom's Teacher's Lounge with Dr. Gay, Superintendent of District 230

November 8: Report Cards issued

November 9: 8th Grade PSAT testing, 8:00 a.m. at VJA

November 11: Veterans' Day

November 18-22: Book Fair

November 21: Board of Education Meeting

November 25: Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 26: Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 25-29: No School Happy Thanksgiving!!

Volleyball (Tuesdays) & Basketball (Thursdays) Intramurals continue through November 7th.

Save the date! December 9: Parenting the Digital Generation, 6:30 pm at PV.This is a parents only presentation on Digital Parenting, Internet Safety, Social Media, popular apps, and online trends.

Box Tops

Please remember to download the BoxTops app as a way to raise funds for Grissom's PE department. You can get if from the App Store on your phone. It's easy to use... no more cutting, just scan your receipts. We are under Virgil Grissom Middle School.

Thank you for your support!

8th Grade

Girls' Softball

The Lady Patriots took first place in Conference with an 11-0 record. They scored 101 runs and only allowed 20 runs against them. Great season Lady Patriots!
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Boys' Softball

The Patriots finished the season 14-0 winning both the SWIC regular season and tournament titles! Way to go Patriots!
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A record number of students attended our Fall Dance hosted by Student Council. Students had an awesome time dancing, taking pictures at the photo booth, and enjoying consessions.

Notes from Nurse Carol:

Facts about the Flu

Influenza or “the flu” is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs. Influenza symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms include fever, feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose , muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some people may have vomiting or diarrhea. The influenza virus is spread by tiny droplets made when people cough or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people thereby spreading the illness. Less often, a person may get the flu by touching contaminated surfaces or objects that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The time from when a person is exposed to and infected with flu to when symptoms begin is about 2 days, but can range from about 1 to 4 days. It is very important to remember when you are sick to cover your coughs and sneezes with an elbow and to wash your hands frequently to help stop transmission of any cold or flu virus. The yearly influenza vaccine is also available to prevent transmission of the flu. As a reminder, please keep your child home when they are sick with:

  • A temperature 100 or greater
  • A full 24 hours until fever free without fever- reducing medications
  • Cold symptoms with a fever
  • A sore throat with a fever
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • A full 24 hours after first dose of any antibiotic therapy
  • A full 24 hours after vomiting/ diarrhea illness

Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). (2019, September 13). Retrieved from

PTO News You Can Use!

The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m., at Grissom, in the Teacher’s Lounge. Dr. Gay, Superintendent of District 230, will be at the meeting to bring us up to date on the latest news and happenings at Andrew High School and the rest of District 230. All are welcome! We hope to see you there!

A few notes and reminders ...

  • If your student is a walker or car rider, please make sure that they are crossing the street by the crossing guard and not crossing in the middle of the street. Student safety is our first priority!
  • As the temperatures are getting cooler, please make sure your student is dressed for the weather. Students are not permitted to enter into the building until 8:35 unless there is precipitation or it's below 30 degrees.
Grissom Middle School Website

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Keep in Touch!

We encourage you to visit for information regarding key events pertaining to Grissom and KSD140. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us with any conerns or questions that you may have.


Mrs. Deborah Broadwell


Mrs. Karyn Bissell

Assistant Principal