The Growl

McGregor Independent School District

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Welcome Back!

Thank you for reading the first Growl newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year.


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Hurricane Harvey Relief

McGregor Primary staff recently launched a supply drive to collect cleaning supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Parents, staff members and local community members responded well to the campus’ effort when they donated enough funds to fill the entire bed of a pickup truck with supplies. The trash bags, mold cleaners, bleach, buckets and dish soaps were delivered to Huffman, Texas, where McGregor graduate Molly Hutchinson Smith’s home and neighborhood was flooded. Smith and her brother traveled back to McGregor to pick up the supplies and were overwhelmed by the support. Principal Cheri Zacharias explained that most of the homes in the Smith’s neighborhood were flooded and ruined on the inside, needing complete interior remodels.


The primary campus was not alone in its relief efforts. The officers of the high school’s National Honor Society organized a lunchtime fundraiser where they raised over three hundred dollars for the American Red Cross. Other efforts included the student council officers manning a booth at a football game where they raised just over three hundred dollars for the Texas High School Coaches Association Benevolence Fund and change drives at the elementary and junior high campuses.

The cleaning supplies collected by McGregor Primary to benefit families affected by Hurricane Harvey filled the bed of a pickup truck.
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McGregor High School National Honor Society Officers Sonny Marquez, Cooper McCauley, Kennedy Hogan and Raven Carter collecting donations for the American Red Cross.

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McGregor Elementary students Jase Taylor, Jadyn Austin, Aaron Austin and Kendall Alls present the proceeds of their campus change drive, a check for six hundred dollars, to HEB for disaster relief.
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H.G. Isbill Adopts a Classroom Affected by Hurricane Harvey

In early September, The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) sent out an offer for Texas schools to adopt a classroom that had been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Junior High Technology Instructor Kris Bumsted and her sixth grade classes agreed to a virtual adoption of a seventh grade ELA classroom in League City. Ms. Bumsted communicated with classroom teacher Mrs. Meyer about the flood that had consumed the contents of her classroom, including an extensive library and flexible seating arrangement. Photos of the flooded classroom were shared with students of H.G. Isbill so they could understand the cause they were supporting.


The campus decided to donate the proceeds from fund drives led by Seventh Grade Science Teacher Kendra Miller and Sixth Grade ELA Teacher Sheryl Reeves to assist the adopted class in League City. Together, the staff and students of H.G. Isbill raised four hundred fifteen dollars to help the 7th grade ELA students at Brookside Intermediate School of Clear Creek ISD.

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Meet the Teacher

Kindergarten students receive their first activity from Mrs. Porter on August 15th.

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One Last Hug

Kiddos snag one last hug with mom and dad on the first day of school.
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Spirit Themes: Decades Day

These Pre-K students "sent the Groesbeck Goats back in time" by wearing seventies tie-dye and flower crowns.

Family Fun Nights

McGregor Primary hosted a Family Fun Night on September 18th. Students and their families enjoyed board games and popcorn! For more information on Family Fun Nights, contact the primary office.

Classroom Partnerships

Mrs. Scott's class joined Mrs. Houchin's class for apple investigations on September 21st. The students conducted taste tests between red, green and yellow apples and placed their favorites on a graph. They also studied the apples to find out their dimensions, if they would sink or float and whether they had a stem.
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Smokey the Bear Contest

Jackson, Corbin and Molly from Mrs. Houchin's class earned first, second and third place on their Smokey the Bear artwork. Great work, students!

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to see the Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl Contest results.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at McGregor Elementary School

The 4th graders at McGregor Elementary enjoyed observing the solar eclipse by use of the cereal box pinhole viewers they made in Mrs. Foster's science class.
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Snowball Readers

Students who read at least 8 books over the summer received a free snowball from Main Street Sno-balls in downtown McGregor. These cool readers are pictured below. Congratulations!

Cristian Guerra

Mickey Cook

Emma Barr

Ruben Sanchez

Andy Beiza

Kyla Shoppach

Alismar Pevia

Angalie Olvera

Abigail Nunez

Aracely Martinez-Salas

Javier Rebollar

Abrianna Cook

Bryan Suarez

Lydia Gonzalez

Evelyn Martinez

Haleigh Lanmon

Makenzie Hamilton

Madilynn Hamilton

Samantha Alvarez

Samuel Diaz

Raeven Millsap

Tracer Rice
Jillian Salazar
Shayla Craig
Tommy Marsters
Jacob Bell

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MES Character Counts Committee

Kaleign Leighton, Damon Amos, Alex Aviles and Hailey Ustick were selected for the first six weeks Character Counts Committee at MES. These students worked with the school counselor to pick the Hero of the Week and to discuss good character traits.

Books Boxes and Boats

Cindy Harrison, a McGregor community member, recently donated the book Book Boxes and Boats by Steve Holcomb to the MES library. Cindy is pictured below with students Xander H., Antonio R., Carysn H. and MES Librarian Michelle Lenamon.
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Pup Pound Pep

The Pup Pound enjoyed cheering for their McGregor Bulldogs before Homecoming on September 15th.

5K Color Run

Fifth grade faculty teamed up to take on the Founder's Day 5K Color Run on September 16th.
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to see the 1st six weeks top three AR point earners from each first grade class.

Thank You Very Munch

McGregor Primary hosted a "Bulldog Tailgating" style burger luncheon on September 21st for Staff Appreciation Day. PEIMS coordinator Andrea Wright created the sign for the food table.
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Bulldogs to the Rescue!

Elementary staff dressed up like their favorite super hero during Homecoming spirit week.
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Solar Eclipse Viewing at H.G. Isbill Junior High

Junior high staff and students viewing the solar eclipse through their protective glasses on August 21st.
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Introducing the 2017-2018 Junior High Cheer Squad!

Front Row: Rylee, Galelia, Lena, Kaylee, Mollye and Karina

Second Row: Mascot Angelina, Daniela, Katherine, Selene, Aleah, Zoie and Jacky

Third Row: Paige

Not Pictured: Kati Paschall, Manager

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Bulldog Pride Members Attend Texas A&M University Commerce Summer Leadership Camp

Fourteen Bulldog Pride members attended the Texas A&M University Commerce (TAMU) Commerce Leadership Camp on June 18th through June 22nd. The camp was a three-part experience that taught Drum Majors, Colorguard and general leadership skills in performance, marching, leading and motivation.


The following students were fortunate to attend sessions led by Frank Troyka, education director for Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, motivational and team dynamics expert and Koji Mori, former drum major for Phantom Regment Drum and Bugle Corps.


Drum Majors

Elizabeth Grace (Head) and Kennedy Hogan (Assistant)


Colorguard members

Adriana Macedo (Captain), Haley D'Angelo, Perla Reynoso, Breely Pabst and Nayeli Rodriguez


Drill Instructors

Dawson Brown, Marissa Licea, Frank Olvera, Sam Dutschmann, Seth Byas, Jacob Grace and Jocelyn Salazar

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Senior Bertha Palma Named National Hispanic Scholar


McGregor High School Senior Bertha Palma has been named a National Hispanic Scholar. Bertha received the news in March 2017 that she had scored in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in her region. As a result, she was invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).


Bertha completed the online application process in the spring and has since been patiently waiting for the results. A letter addressed to High School Principal Seth Fortenberry on September 5th, 2017, declared Bertha’s application status as “Complete.”


Bertha is one of the 2% of Hispanic/Latino students recognized by the NHRP that took the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year. To be eligible to apply, Bertha had to achieve the minimum required PSAT/NMSQT selection index score in her region and earn a GPA of at least 3.5 by the middle of their junior year.

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Congratulations to the 2017 MHS Homecoming Queen!

The 2017 McGregor High School homecoming court was presented during halftime of the McGregor vs. Mart football game on September 15th. The court included four Queen nominees and three Duchesses that were escorted by their fathers. Connie, escorted by her Father, Arturo, was crowned 2017 Homecoming Queen. Connie is a participant of the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program, a state band qualifier for three years and a class officer for three years.


Duchesses: Maria Z., Vanessa D. and Sydney K.


Princesses: Paige J., Connie M., Paige L. and Zoila V.

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Burton Lawless Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship

McGregor High School Senior Cooper M. was recently selected as the male recipient of the Burton Lawless Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarship. Cooper was honored at a banquet held in conjunction with the Grant Teaff FCA golf tournament held at Ridgewood Country Club. He is pictured below with his father, Todd, his mother, Amy, and Grant Teaff, former Head Football Coach of Baylor University. Cooper is acting president of the McGregor Chapter of the F.C.A. and participates in football, powerlifting, golf and track.

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See You at the Pole

Members of the McGregor High School student body recently participated in the annual “See You at the Pole.” The event is a non-denominational gathering in which students assemble at the flagpole to pray, hear a message and fellowship. Speakers at this year’s event were Cooper McCauley, a McGregor High School senior, and Cade Zacharias, a junior at McGregor High School.
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Makerspace: Imagine, Tinker, Explore and Create!

McGregor ISD received a grant from the McGregor ISD Education Foundation and the Region 12 Technology Foundation in early spring to implement a Makerspace on each campus. These makerspaces are collaborative work environments where students use high and low tech materials to create and solve problems. Current materials in use by MISD students include but are not limited to 3D printers, snap circuits, building blocks, legos, robots, coding technology, cardboard connectors, 3D pens and hot glue. Keep up with the Growl to see more creations by McGregor ISD students!

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McGregor ISD Education Foundation: Impact

Thanks to the generosity of the McGregor community, the foundation successfully awarded over $26,000 in creative and innovative projects to enhance the educational experience of McGregor ISD students last school year.


This funding included:


  • 8 Innovative Classroom Grants
  • The Revolution 2.0 – MHS students ventured into the city of McGregor to provide various acts of service for their neighbors
  • "McGregor G Suite Summit" – cutting edge professional development for MISD staff


Thank you to our donors. Your gift is providing educational resources, funding new technology, training our teachers and introducing meaningful leadership and service opportunities to our students.

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