"We will commit our financial, educational, and personnel resources to equip all students with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop to their fullest potential as self-motivated, life-long learners."


NOVEMBER 19-23: Thanksgiving Break

DECEMBER 24 - JANUARY 2: Christmas Break

JANUARY 14-18: Spirit Week

JANUARY 18: Homecoming



Visit the website to access the Junior High/High School calendar and announcements.


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91.3% 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. Currently, 91%% of our student population has over 90% attendance.


Junior High | High School News

  • Archery team will be competing in their first archery tournament of the year on Nov. 17, 2018 at Norwood High School. We will have 17 archers competing from grades 5-10.

  • Chess team will be competing in their first chess tournament of the year on Nov. 17, 2018 at Willow Springs High School. We will have 6 students competing.

  • Ms. Oswald's RTI class made Halloween treats and delivered them to the residents at the nursing home.
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The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Over the week of Halloween the Gainesville Art Club sponsored "The Great Pumpkin Decorating contest" for the 25 homeroom classes of GHS and GJHS. The classes were supplied two pumpkins which they could decorate with a school appropriate fall or Halloween theme. The top two classes in Jr. high and High school won class parties: Pizza party for 1st place and Ice Cream party for 2nd place supplied by the principals.

The winners in the High school were Mrs. Donley's homeroom, 1st place with their pumpkins, "Doggone good Brains" and Mr. Chisam's homeroom, 2nd place with their pumpkin, "In the blink of an Eye...OUCH!!!" The Junior high winners were Mrs. Smith's homeroom, 1st place with "Scrumpkin", and Mrs. Poe's homeroom, 2nd place with "Monster's Inc." Principal's choice awards went to Mrs. Skaggs' homeroom with "Nightmare before Christmas" and Mrs. Smith's homeroom with "Trumpkin". The contest was designed to promote a school spirit of team building and also give students the opportunity to show off their many creative and artistic abilities.

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Softball Update


Cassie Carlo 1st team All-Conference

Shayla Wages Honorable Mention All-Conference

Blakely Morrison 1st team All-District and 1st team All-Conference

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Cross Country Update


Division; JHB

Place Score Team Name


2nd 58 SPOKANE


4th 71 FORSYTH


AUSTIN PECINA 10:01.86 (2nd)

JARETT HOGAN 10:36.23 (9th)

JACOB LAUB 10:56.17 (13th)

SAMUEL WYNN 11:19.36 (15th)

ISAAC PIPPIN 11:26.80 (16th)

ELIJAH BORROW 12:40.91 (24th)

CORWIN MORRIS 12:53.62 (27th)


LILLIAN WINROD 12:16.63 (11th)

MATTIE COOLEY 12:21.70 (14th)

SAVANNAH BUSHNER 13:03.51 (21st )

Summit Conference XC Meet Boys Results 10/22/18

Team Results 2nd Place

Ben Pointer 00:18:11.44 (1st) Conference Champ

Elijah Howard 00:19:43.63 (8th) All Conference

Andrew Botts-Papcke 00:20:13.12 (10th) All Conference

Maverick Bushner 00:21:02.52 (13th)

Eli Amyx 00:22:37.58 (26th)

Robert Clark 00:23:00.28 (28th)

Isaac Archey 00:23:07.65 (29th)

District XC Meet 10/27 and State Meet 11/3

Ben Pointer Placed 9th at Districts in Viburnum, Missouri, Which qualified him for the State Meet on Nov 3rd at Jeff City, Placing 79th out of 175

The team showed a lot of dedication and will this season .



The Gainesville Bulldog band competed in the MSU Homecoming Parade on October 20, 2018. The band received 6th place, competing against 12 other bands from various schools across the state and receiving the highest scores since 2012. The band received 2nd place out of 6 bands at the Pirate Power Classic in Pleasant Hope on October 6th.

Three students auditioned for the All-District Honor Band at Parkview High School on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Sophomore Hannah Carter was accepted into the top band and is eligible to audition for the All-State Honor Band December 1st. The band will perform in the Branson Adoration Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2 and the Gainesville Christmas Parade on December 8th. The Band and Choir Christmas Concert will be December 16th at 3:00 pm in the High School Auditorium.



Recently, during the month of September, the Baxter Regional Behavioral Health Program invited area high school art students to participate in their 1st Annual Project Semicolon (Your Story Isn't Over) art contest. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and Project Semicolon is an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Their work is based on the belief that suicide is preventable, and everyone has a role to play in preventing it.

Students from Mr. Chisam's high school Art 1 and Advanced Art classes spent many hours creating thought provoking images for this contest, many of which had very personal stories behind them. Students all had to focus their art on the theme, "Your Story Isn't Over" and include the semicolon in some way. During the time they were creating work, BRMC Program Director Jodi Leeker also came to GHS on Sept. 12th, and spoke to art students about suicide awareness and steps to prevent it.

Contest entrants were also invited to Baxter Regional Medical Center, on Sept. 24, 2018, to participate in a tour, view winning artworks and to meet staff of the Behavioral Health Program. Gainesville entrants participated in this tour and were able to learn information about how to raise awareness for suicide prevention from BRMC Program Director Jodi Leeker and several other professionals of the Behavioral Health program. Students were also able to meet and interact with art contest participants from several other Arkansas school districts while viewing the amazing art submissions and winners artwork.

The GHS Art Club recently traveled to Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, MO. Members of the club were able to view artworks from two exhibits. The Four by Four exhibit, consisted of works by artists from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Students were also able to view works from the Decades: 90 years of Collecting exhibit which consisted of works from the museums permanent collection. Students later enjoyed some fun and food at Incredible Pizza Co. in Springfield also.

The Art Club is also currently working on an exciting new mural for the front lobby of the high school. We also are creating artwork for various school groups and organizations.




  • Districts Sign-Up by November 30th
  • Next meeting November 30th
  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest @ Meeting

FBLA Visits the Windy City

Chicago was the cite of the 2018 FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference. Attending the conference were 33 GHS FBLA members including national officer Eli Amyx. The members took in the sights at Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and took a tour of the city by boat.

At the conference, members participated in leadership workshops, networked with other FBLA members from across the country and listened to exceptional motivational speakers. Century Bank of the Ozarks sponsored a meal for the students at Giordano's and gave students the opportunity to experience " Chicago style" pizza. New experiences created lifelong memories for these members and created a new excitement for FBLA.

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Gainesville FFA

  • Attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis

  • Charted a bus with West Plains and Dora FFA Chapters

  • 20 Gainesville Students attended

  • Over 69000 FFA members in attendance


  • Held November 2 in the Ag Shop

  • King and Queen winners were Augustus Goodman and Gracyn Blackburn

Speaking contest

  • Our officer team placed second in the Area Rituals contest.

  • Augustus Goodman in Pet Producers

  • Elizabeth Kinworthy in Missouri Quarter Horse

  • Aidan Murphy in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives. Advanced to districts.

  • Cheyenne Clinton in Sheep Producers. Advanced to districts.

  • Abby Donley in Young Farmers and Farm wives. Advanced to districts.

  • Westin Wilson in Farm Bureau. Advanced to districts.

  • Jaima DeVries in Pork Producers. Advanced to districts.

Meat and cookie dough have arrived. Please contact the Ag Department with any questions about your order.

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FCCLA has been busy. On Thursday, Nov. 1st, our entire teem attended the Region 9 meeting in Houston, MO, where we were fortunate to see KC Wolf, the Mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a fantastic motivational speaker. We also collected moneys for local charities and enjoyed entertainment by a ventriloquist.

On Friday, Nov. 2nd. FCCLA joined FFA for their Barn warming dance and Sunday Nov. 4th FCCLA members served chicken dinners at the Gainesville Senior Center. Next Thursday, FCCLA Officers will be leaving tor the National Cluster Meeting in Louisville, KY, where we will learn additional leadership skills. .



Visit the website to access the Elementary calendar.


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Temperatures are dropping but fun and excitement are still heating up the air in the elementary school. We had a great day October 16 when the Elks Lodge of Mountain Home, Arkansas came up for Red Ribbon Week. The Elks Lodge grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for all students and staff. Students had a great time eating lunch in their classroom. The Elks Lodge also brought up Red Ribbons and drug free coloring books for each student.

Parent Teacher Conferences were a huge success as we had a ninety-one percent participation rate. Thank you for attending and we look forward to seeing you again at our Parent Teacher Conferences February 15, 2019.

Our annual Principal’s Reading Challenge is underway. Mr. Morris kicked off this year’s challenge with a cruise on a pirate ship. The theme for the challenge this year is ‘Going on a Journey’. Mr. Morris stressed how you can go anywhere and learn anything by picking up a book. Students who complete the Principal’s Reading Challenge will earn a special surprise from the Mr. Morris.

The annual Ozark County Spelling Bee was held on November 1 and Gainesville Elementary did a great job. Each student who participated did an outstanding job representing our school district. We had seventeen Gainesville students place in this year’s competition, great job to all.

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Kindergarten had a fun time exploring with pumpkins. We measured them in a variety of ways. We measured their circumference, counted how many pumpkins tall we are, and conducted a sink and float activity. To end the unit, we carved the pumpkins with a little bit of help from Mr. Morris! Fun was had by all!



Second grade students completed a unit on weather erosion and landforms. Students enjoyed creating and painting their own landforms.
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Third grade students are learning to measure using the metric system. Students are measuring capacity in milliliters and height in centimeters. Once they collect their data from various samples, they will plot these measurements on a number line and round their data to the nearest 10.



Fifth grade science classes have been working on a unit, Nature Unleashed, provided by a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The students are studying various ecosystems and the interactions among living things and the nonliving components that are needed for survival.



Mrs. Massey's class completed book reports using pumpkins. They read a book and when they finished they were to complete a book report. The students also decorated or painted pumpkins to look like their favorite character in the book they chose to read. The students were very creative with their pumpkins.
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