Gunter ISD Online Newsletter
The Lone Star Cup was delivered and presented before the football game on September 15th! Our GHS students earned took 1st place because of the TPW attitude we instill in Gunter ISD. The UIL Lone Star Cup program began in 1997 and recognizes one school in each of the six divisions based on a point system earned through academics, athletics, fine arts, robotics, and music championships. Both, Gunter ISD and Corpus Christi London earned 79 points throughout the 22-23 academic school year. A tie is broken with the number of State Titles, and with Gunter ISD having two (football and volleyball) we moved into 1st Place.
Special thanks to Ray Zepeda (UIL AD), Gene Darnell (Texas Farm Bureau Insurance), and Adam Hochfelder (Sports in Action) for personally delivering and presenting the trophy to Mr. Scott Martindale (Superintendent), Mr. Josh Barton (GHS Principal), Shaye Murphy (CAO), Mr. Lance Lemberg (GHS Asst. Principal) and our GISD School Board Members. The trophy will be proudly displayed!
Especially, thank you to our Gunter Tiger fans for always supporting our students and cheering them on in their competitions. You definitely make a difference!
Gunter ISD Board Briefs
Click here to view the following Board Briefs:
Visit the GISD Board of Trustees page on our website for more school board information.
🚌 Transportation Remind Account
If your child rides a bus, please join the Transportation Remind account. If we ever have a bus that is not running on schedule, the Transportation department will send out a message here. To join the list, Text @gisdtra to 81010
Important Dates in October
- October 2 - Custodial Workers Recognition Day
- October 2-6 GMS Scholastic Book Fair
- October 5 - World Teacher's Day
- October 5 - Gunter ISD Annual Flu Clinic for GISD Employees (and their spouse) and GISD students. (more information below)
- October 5 - Title 1 Parent Information Meeting for Elementary Parents (See info below)
- October 9 - Columbus Day Holiday (No School for Staff and Students)
- October 9-13 - National School Lunch Week
- October 13 - Grading Period Ends
- October 23 - Staff Professional Development (No School for Students)
- October 23-27 Red Ribbon Week
- October 24 - Middle School Yearbook Photo Day
GISD Flu Shot Clinic - October 5th
Celina Drug's Annual Flu Shot Clinic for Gunter ISD will be held on October 5th at each campus.
The clinic is for GISD Employees and their spouses, and students aged 7+
You must complete the consent form and bring your RX Insurance card with you to receive your vaccine. There will be extra sign up forms available on the clinic days, however filling out the consent form will expedite the process.
If you have questions, contact Celina Drug at 972-382-2832.
Faculty, choose which location works best for you:
Elementary School - 7:00-8:30 AM
Middle School - 9:00-10:30 AM
High School - 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Other vaccines offered include Shingrix, DTaP, Meningitis & B12. All are covered by insurance with exception of B12 ($20 cash or venmo). List the vaccines you want.
Breast Cancer Awareness
HOSA will be having a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Members will be selling bracelets, sweat bands, stickers, temporary tattoos, pens, pencils, hair ties at the middle school and high school before school on each Friday during October. All items will be $1 or less, and the proceeds will be donated to Women Rock.
🚧 Construction Zone - Please Respect the Fenced Areas 👷♂️
Construction Zone: Fencing has been placed between the middle and high school. Construction on the Gunter Bond 2022 projects is beginning and that area is not accessible to you. For your safety, please DO NOT enter that area.
For bond updates, please visit our Bond Update website at https://www.gisdbondprogress.com/ or follow our progress on Facebook using the hashtag #gunterisdbondprogress
Homecoming 2023 was an exciting, adventurous week!
Dress Up Days did not disappoint. The elementary, middle, and high school students all donned their favorite costumes to participate in each day. The photos are just a few ... ALL of the costumes were "photo worthy" but we can only show so many!
Monday - PJ Day
Tuesday - Adam Sandler Day
Wednesday - Teacher / Student Swap
Thursday - Anything but a backpack...
Friday - Gunter Spirit Day
The Wednesday of Homecoming Week is always a highlight! Thank you to GTFC for planning such an awesome evening, thank you to the vendors for setting up and delivering so many goodies, and thank you to the crowd for showing up for the Tailgate and the Pep Rally. Great performances from our MS and HS cheerleaders and band along with our flag team and twirler were enjoyed. We were also excited to see our Homecoming Court all dressed up, walking the 50 yard line as we learned about some of their favorite memories. We ended the evening with a fantastic firework show by Davis and Miller Fireworks.
Thank you to the Gunter Tiger Fan Club for building such a great HOCO Parade! A lot of time, patience, effort and collaboration go into putting this parade together. We appreciate you! Thank you also to our GISD Police Department for leading the parade and assisting with route plans. Thank you also to the Gunter City Police Department for your help in the parade planning and helping us to block off Hwy 289 to keep fans and floats safe. Shout out of thanks to all the GISD employees who manned the side roads and the parade unloading areas.
The collage is definitely not all of the float entries! For all the pictures, check out Marion Cole and OurGunter websites.
Pre-Game Coronation festivities were so much fun! The GHS 2023 Homecoming Court nominees were escorted by their parent down the 50 yard line while we learned about each one of them. The girls looked beautiful in their dresses, and the boys were dressed ready to play the game. Congratulations to everybody!
King and Queen - Walker Overman and Abby Elmore
Queen's Court - Ryli Bracewell, Berkeley Caple, Kinley Johnson, Keeli Sweet
King's Court - Carter Layton, Cannon Lemberg, Hayden Rippamonti, Colson Wood
Photos may be downloaded from: Marion Cole and OurGunter
Thank you to the committee of parents who planned the Homecoming dance for the students. They had a great time and looked fantastic.
A Note from the GISD Cafeteria Manager, Lauren Rogers
October is "Farm to School" month, and the Gunter ISD cafeterias will be participating by featuring local beef and chicken that has been sourced by local ranchers. Farm to school brings together a community of individuals across sectors, generations, and interests—farmers, parents, students, advocates, teachers, food service workers, and lawmakers—who all share a common vision of an abundant, nourishing, and equitable food system. For more info, click here.
On October 13th, True Harvest Farms, from Belton, Texas will be presenting a program on totally organic hydroponic gardening and the production of the lettuces we use in the cafeterias.
National School Lunch Week is October 9-13. We will be creating an atmosphere of fun in the cafeterias with some educational games and worksheets for the students. Also, be on the look out for some special taste testings at each campus to introduce some new menu options.
Check out your campus cafeteria menus and LEVEL UP WITH SCHOOL LUNCH!
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has delayed the release of A-F Accountability Ratings for the school districts throughout the state. The release was originally delayed from its typical release date of mid-August to September 28th, but is now delayed further.
STAAR results are available. Please take the time to review your child’s progress using the instructions below.
To access your child’s STAAR scores from Spring 2023, you can access through our parent portal system and click the "Texas Assessment" tab in the parent portal. This should take you to Texas Assessment where your child’s scores are located. If you don’t see this tab on the screen you can also access through this link https://www.texasassessment.gov/index.html. If you don’t know your child’s portal ID number please contact your child’s school and they will provide it to you.
If you have any questions or issues accessing, please don’t hesitate to contact Heather Hale firstname.lastname@example.org
We will release more information about the A-F Accountability Ratings and the release of the ratings as we learn more. Below is a link to the original TEA message about the delayed release.
Thank you to the campus PTO's for knowing exactly what to do and when to do it to brighten the day of our staff!
GES PTO - The Touchdown luncheon was so good! Also, thank you for partnering with our GES Librarian, Mrs. Genthner, to help with the Scholastic Book Fair. The Teacher Preview Day was so much fun with the goodies and contests. And, one more mentionable for the month -- thank you for manning the Charleston Wrap fundraiser, which is a huge help to the campus.
GMS PTO - You made our teachers feel special by celebrating the September birthdays! Thank you also for helping to pump up the spirit by selling tattoos at lunch. We also were very grateful for the Homecoming lunch. That week is very exciting and fast paced, and a lunch like that helped our teachers get through with their sanity still in place!
GHS PTO - Thank you to for organizing the "Muffin but the Best" breakfast spread the week after Homecoming. Our staff enjoyed coming to work to find a table full of goodies to start out the day! It gave us all the "fall feels" we need to get ready for the next few weeks :)
Join your campus PTO
Each campus has a wonderful group of parents who work together to help bring smiles to the teachers and students. Check out their Facebook page or contact information below to join them.
- GHS PTO - Email your name, cell number and email address GHSPTO@mail.com
- GMS PTO - Contact us through our Facebook page @guntermiddleschoolpto
- GES PTO - Contact us through our Facebook page | @gunterelementarypto - Text @gespto1 to 81010 to join
The PTO family does so much for our campuses, and we appreciate every single thing! Here are a few highlights. They can't do this without parent participation. Thank you for volunteering your time and making such wonderful donations to make our teachers feel loved.
September GES Students of the Month
Congratulations to the September Students of the Month at GES!
GES had the "grandest" time at our Grandfriends Luncheon. It was a pleasure meeting so many friends and seeing the smiles you brought to our students faces. These are just a few of our visitors!
Tiger Tickets! They're Greeeaaaat!
GES is passing out tickets...Tiger Tickets that is! These students were the first recipients of the Tiger Ticket drawing and won a Smalltown Sweet Tooth gift card. The students can earn Tiger Tickets for following campus expectations, showing kindness, meeting goals, and lending a helping hand. Their tickets are entered into a drawing every two weeks and announced during our Good Morning Tigers assembly. Congratulations to these winning students: Emersyn, Carter, Maverick, Jase, Kolson and Rachel!
Dot Day - Make a Mark
Students at GES celebrated International Dot Day on Friday, September 15th by wearing polka dots and reading the book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
GES students learned that with courage we can all make a mark and see where it leads us. We hope you will follow us throughout this school year to see how GES students leave their mark and make an impact on our school and community.
Pictured is Mrs. Smith's class collaborating with each other using only dots and paper to build the tallest tower.
* Our GES Cafeteria team also got in on the fun to make their MARK on the world (which they do every single day).
Map Reading Skills
In this "digital world," Mrs. Locke’s Social Studies class went on a map scavenger hunt using "old school" paper maps. This collaborative activity reinforced how to use a compass rose, grid system & map scale which helped the students locate Texas cities, towns and regions.
Self Portraits in Kinder
Kindergartens have been learning how to draw people. the final project was to draw a self portrait. They used mirrors to look at our features and they did a fabulous job!
Mrs. Harper's 3rd grade students used what they learned about energy during their STEM unit to build some roller coasters!
Mrs. Keller & Mrs. Brackeen hosted the first Surprise Attendance Day today at GES! All students that were at school got to soak the principals! We loved celebrating our students today because attendance truly matters! Keep an eye out for the next Surprise Attendance Day…you never know when it will happen! You’ll want to be at school so you don’t miss out!
Watch D.O.G.S. 🐕🦺🐾
Calling all elementary dads, grandpas, uncles, and father figures to join us on campus as a positive role model for students. Visit dadsofgreatstudents.com for more information about the program.
If you are interested in becoming part of our GES program, contact Tanner Smigh at 469-371-7766 or email him at email@example.com
Tigers of the Month
CONGRATULATIONS to these middle school students who have been named the September GMS Tigers of the Month!
- 5th Grade - Karis Gortmaker
- 6th Grade - Valeria Mendoza
- 7th Grade - Kason Lorenzini
- 8th Grade - Jackson Houser
Mrs. Schroder’s reading classes participated in Socratic seminars for their novel, “Restart.” The Socratic strategy is a teaching tactic in which questions are continually asked until the teacher is satisfied with the student’s responses. This method promotes discussion and engagement with the reading material.
Mrs. Bon's 5th grade scientists were hard at work in the lab deciphering between mixtures and solutions. They watched regular water boil into a pile of salt, mixed several things together to either form a solution or mixture, and then the final experiment brought iron shavings and rice together. The ability to pull the iron shavings out with a magnet proved that this was not a solution... and it was fun to see how the shavings made some pretty awesome formations on the magnet.
Historical Classroom Museum
Coach Parker's 7th grade classroom was transformed into a "Native Americans of Texas Museum" full of exhibits for the students to visit. The students were able to soak up the information in their own way, while leisurely spending time looking and reading about the artifacts and events.
Fat Bear Week - October 4-10
Join in on the fun, along with Mrs. Loewen's class as they learn about the Brown bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Every year explore.org hosts Fat Bear Week where you can vote on your favorite bear as they fatten up for hibernation.
Meet the bear competitors here: https://explore.org/meet-the-bears and choose your favorite.
Go to https://explore.org/fat-bear-week#about to find the schedule of events and more. See if you can choose which bear will be crowned the champion of this year's Fat Bear Week!
National Yearbook of Excellence Gold Level
Congratulations to the 22-23 Yearbook staff and Mrs. Clement for being recognized and given the status of National Yearbook of Excellence Gold Level! GMS Principal, Sarah Claunch, said "Congratulations Mrs. Clement and students on a fantastic program!" She is absolutely correct, the program is stellar!
The yearbook is something to cherish now and forever. If you haven't ordered your yearbook for this year, don't miss out!
Our 23-24 yearbooks for this coming year are on sale NOW!
You are also able to purchase a personal ad for your student or business.
Click the link below to purchase a yearbook or an ad.
Students in Mr. Moore's Chemistry classes got slimed during class! The lesson objective was to witness a chemical reaction that forms an object. The process was messy, but fun! Once each group had some slime created, they were able to test the stretch-ability or bounciness of it.
Some of our newest members attended Area 5 Greenhand Camp yesterday where they participated in leadership development workshops, met other members and officers, and learned about FFA!
📖 GHS Yearbook and Ad Sales
GHS Yearbook and Ads on Sale NOW
2023-24 GHS Yearbooks and Ad Sales are currently taking place. Senior parents, if you'd like to put a special ad in for your graduating senior, this is the place to do it! Businesses are also encouraged to purchase ad space as well.
Yearbook Cost: $60
Yearbook Link – Purchase your book here!
Ad Link – Purchase your AD here! Ad Sales end on November 10th.
Band Contests - You're Invited!
9/29 Aubrey Marching Classic
*Earned 2nd Place Overall
*Earned Best Music for 3A
*Earned Best Marching for 3A
*Earned Best Colorguard for 3A
*Earned Best Overall for 3A
The GHS Marching Band would love for you to attend their upcoming contests and cheer them on! Mark your calendar for the following dates.
-Region 25 Marching Contest: Wednesday, 10/11 | Time 4:30 PM | Location: Celina HS
-Area Marching Contest: Saturday, 10/28 | Location: C.H. Collins Stadium - Denton, TX | Time TBA with a possible Finals Performance in the evening
Tigers as Role Models
Coach Fieszel and some of our senior football players traveled to GES and talked about their favorite books and the importance of reading everyday. The students loved hearing from our varsity players, and learned that reading is something that stays with you at all ages.
Cheers for our cheerleaders!
The Gunter Varsity Cheerleaders were the special guests at Good Morning Tigers at GES. These talented ladies taught a cheer, the Fight Song, and awarded the Spirit Stick to 3rd grade. They found out that GES students might be tiny but they are mighty in spirit! Thank you ladies for making the GES assembly so spirited!
Lady Tiger Basketball went to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Prosper and volunteered with GraceBridge. Our girls helped distribute groceries, self-care packs, kids packs, and miscellaneous items to families in need. The girls were able to give the groceries to families and also talk to them about the gospel.
What makes a great morning to a tiny Tiger? Having a GHS Tiger open their car door for them! This month the cheerleaders, football team and volleyball team helped the "littles" out of their cars... and they were excited!
Fall Sport Schedules
Coaches will place their 2022-23 Schedule on their sport page of our website. Schedules change due to a variety of factors. All events are placed on the District Calendar located on our GISD website. This is the best place to look for schedule changes during the year.
- Cross Country - Cross Country | Gunter ISD
- Football - Football | Gunter ISD
- Volleyball - Volleyball | Gunter ISD
Check out the football themes designed by the cheerleaders to the left and dress the part!
September Scores and Results
9/23 Lake Lewisville Tournament
Gunter Team - 10th Place out of 50 schools
10 fish caught @ 18.87 total lbs
Individual Results: (254 Anglers competed)
- 15th Place - Logan Hill and Colton Lee - 4 fish @ 7.89 lbs
- 21st Place - Hayden Rodges And Braeden McDaniel - 4 fish @ 7.53 lbs
- 66th Place - Kane Bolt and Trevor Wright - 2 fish @ 3.45 lbs
- 69th Place - Brodee Parker and Reid Brackeen - 1 fish @ 3.33 lbs
- 77th Place - Garrin Goetz and Colson Wood - 1 fish @ 2.5 lbs
- 77th Place - Zachary Hales and Brody Bracewell - 1 fish @ 2.5 lbs
9/29 @ Cleina
- 7th Place Brody McDonald
- 8th Place Tristan May
9/23 @ Denison
- 6th Place Brody McDonald
- 8th Place Micah Fisher
- 15th Place - Tristan May
9/15 @ Pilot Point
- Great day with multiple PRs
9/9 @ S&S
- 12th Place Liv Thomas
- 13th Place Micah Fisher
- 6th Place Brody McDonald
- 12th Place Raiden Windlow
- 14th Tristan May
Great job at all levels! District is coming, and they are getting ready.
** Photos courtesy of Marion Cole
9/8 vs TCA Addison - 38-0 WIN
9/15 vs Brock - 35-12 WIN
9/22 vs Gladewater 49-7 WIN
9/7 vs TCA 50-0 WIN
9/14 vs Brock 8-6 WIN
9/21 vs Wichita Falls Hirschi (Canceled due to weather)
9/28 vs Best Midlothian Heritage 15-13 WIN
JV White (Freshmen)
9/7 vs Plano Vines 27-7 WIN
9/14 vs Brock 27-46 LOSS
9/21 vs John Paul II-Plano 48-13 WIN
9/28 vs Bishop Lynch 58-0 WIN
9/7 vs. TCA won 6-0
9/14 vs. Brock won 12-0
9/27 vs Collinsville 6-12 LOSS
9/7 vs TCA 30-0 WIN
9/14 vs Brock 20-12 WIN
9/21 vs Argyle Liberty Christian (Canceled due to weather)
9/7 vs TCA 45-0 WIN
9/14 vs Brock 26-6 LOSS
9/21 vs Muenster 8-18 LOSS
9/26 vs Van Alstyne 38-0 WIN
The Gunter Middle School Special Olympics Athletes competed for the first time this school year at the Anna Bocce Ball Meet and were supported by their awesome GHS PALS! Thank you Coach Sartain, Presley Cobb, Cameron Cravey, Daniel Dominguez, Avery Hale, Parket Hoel, Kylee Keller, Tara Nemoto, Skylar Pogue, and Mia Smith for enduring the heat and cheering on our athletes!
Our athletes were amazing and such troopers during the hot competition and won the following ribbons:
- Josh Loftice-1st place
- Chance Nichols-2nd place
- Grace Kruzie-3rd place
- Alayna Hulsey-3rd place
- Noah Green & Ayden Perez-2nd place
- Joshua Robinson & Clark Smith-2nd place
- Finn Pines & Noah Wade-3rd place
** Photos courtesy of OurGunter
9/1 vs Hockaday - 21-25, 21-25,25-23,12-25 - LOSS
9/5 vs Ponder - 21-25, 16-25, 26-28 - LOSS
9/88 vs Howe - 25-7, 25-10, 25-12 - WIN
9/12 vs Bonham - 25-11, 25-12, 25-17 - WIN
9/15 vs Celina - 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 25-21 - WIN
9/19 vs Leonard - 25-7,25-3, 25-14 - WIN
9/22 vs Pottsboro - 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 WIN
9/26 vs Blue Ridge -25-15, 25-12, 25-11 WIN
9/29 vs Bells - 25-18, 25-19, 25-7 WIN
9/1 vs Hockaday - 2-0 LOSS
9/5 vs Ponder - 25-18, 25-21 - WIN
9/8 vs Howe - 2-0 - WON
9/9 - Celina Tournament
- Little Elm Won 2-1
- Denton Won 2-0
- Sunnyvale Lost 1-2
- Celina Lost 0-2
9/12 vs Bonham Won 25-11, 25-12 - WIN
9/15 vs Celina - 0-2 - LOSS
9/19 vs vs Leonard - 2-0 - WIN
9/22 vs Pottsboro - 2-0 - WIN
9/26 vs Blue Ridge 25-18, 25-16 WIN
9/29 vs Bells 25-12, 25-17 WIN
9/11 vs Howe
8A - 25-12, 25-15 WIN
7B - WIN
8B - WIN
9/18 vs Blue Ridge
7A - WIN
8A - 25-23, 25-20 WIN
7B - WIN
8B - WIN
9/25 vs Pottsboro
7A Grade - 25-19, 25-8 WIN
8A Grade - 25-21, 22-25, 15-11 WIN
7B - WIN
8B - WIN
Cheer and Band
Thank you to our cheerleaders and the band for adding so much fun to our Friday Night Lights!
Red Ribbon Week
Gunter ISD will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 23-27. Students will have the opportunity to dress up each day (see below) to show that they are drug free!
Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Read more about the longest running drug use prevention campaign at https://www.redribbon.org/
Save the Date
2023 GIFT Round Up
Only a select number of tickets will be released...more info coming soon!!!!
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE, but only a limited number will be sold! Tables, couples and individual tickets available!
Join us for an evening of music, dinner, drinks* and fundraising for the GIFT education foundation November 11, 2023 at 7pm. The evening will feature live music, as well as live and silent auctions supporting the students and teachers of Gunter. Dress is casual, boots are a plus. *must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Purchase Tickets - Click Here
November 11, 2023
520 JC MAPLES RD, Gunter, TX
* All proceeds from this event benefit the Gunter ISD Education Foundation.