Gunter ISD Online Newsletter
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
MAKING A DIFFERENCE is a mindset, it is OUR mindset. The faculty, staff, food service, bus drivers, custodians ... yes, everyone in this district will make a difference in the lives of our students (and each other).
Thank you to our GHS Band and GHS Cheerleaders for your exciting beginning to the 22-23 Convocation! https://youtu.be/QMJQ_afNg0s
Convocation 2022 reminded us that we chose this profession for a reason. Thank you to our GHS and GMS 21-22 Teachers of the Year (Chonté Reeves and Coach Justin McDaniel) for reminding us that teaching is a calling, and we cannot do it alone. Your amazing stories inspired us to be present and to make connections.
Thank you to our Guest Speaker, Roy Layman, for challenging us to drift in the right direction, because wherever our mindset is, that is the direction we will drift. Your story reminded us that we never know when a student is looking to us for leadership, or looking at us as their inspiration. We definitely are in the position to touch the life of a child. We will take your message to the heart and be the teacher, the coach, the administrator, the food service worker, the custodian, the bus driver who will MAKE A DIFFERENCE each and every day.
The Gunter Educational Foundation spoils our students and teachers year round. Today, the teachers were on the receiving end of their generosity.
As part of the back to school festivities, GIFT members provided a Babe's lunch to our district and some awesome prizes were given away to members of the faculty during the annual drawing. This organization provides scholarships to students and grants to teachers. They also are helping to keep the Kerfoot Scholarship fund alive in GISD.
If you are looking for a worthy foundation to donate to, please check out GIFT at guntergift.com.
Special THANKS to all those who have brightened our day in some way!
You made the start to our year extraordinary! Thank you so much for the food, gifts, and love you poured out for our staff!
- GES PTO welcomed the staff back with an Olive Garden lunch spread
- GMS PTO & North Side Pie served up a great pizza spread for our middle school teachers/staff
- GMS PTO provided a chicken salad lunch spread and a first Friday Dip
- GHS PTO & Simmons Bank combined efforts to provide a Chick fil a & sides lunch spread
- Angela Yosten with AY Designs blessed us with pens and coozies
- Celina United Methodist Women dropped off cookies for each campus to enjoy
- Lamar Bank in Celina hosted our New Employee lunch
- The U.S. Army for dropping off donuts
- GISD Cafeteria staff for cooking up a breakfast for the district
Want to become a part of the fun? Join your campus PTO today!
Gunter Elementary School PTO - Join Here
Gunter Middle School: Send a text to 81010 with this message - @gtmspto
Gunter High School PTO - Send a text to 81010 with this message - @ghspto1
Classroom Highlights on the Web!
There are always exciting things going on at our campuses, and now you don't have to wait to read about it in the Tiger Times... simply visit our website and get all the up to date classroom happenings in a timely manner!
Our website and the GISD App offer the ability to share news stories relating to the campus or district. Please visit our website to view the latest stories inside the classroom and around the campus. Click the campus below to view the home page for each site where the News section appears.
The best resource for activities taking place in our district is the District Calendar.
Click here to download the 2022-23 Academic Calendar.
Keep scrolling in this newsletter to find announcements, sports updates, reminders, highlights, and much more!
Elementary School Book Fair
SAVE THE DATE!! Gunter Elementary School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair! Students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during their "Specials" time in the schedule. It's always fun to choose and purchase a book on your own!
Dates: September 26 - September 30
Gunter Middle School Book Fair
SAVE THE DATE!! Gunter Middle School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair! Discover new books with your kids while supporting our school.
Dates: September 30 - October 7
High School Remind Accounts
Students or Parents:
Please join the appropriate class to receive the most up to date info from the GHS office.
Send a text to 81010 and in the message area, use the following for the class you are wanting to join:
Class of 2023 (Seniors) @hdff3g
Class of 2024 (Juniors) @h49gc3c
Class of 2025 (Sophomores) @bh8b796
Class of 2026 (Freshmen) @gunterms6
✏️ A note from the GHS Counselor's office...
PSAT Test Information
The PSAT will be given at GHS on October 12th. This test is mandatory for all 10th graders and optional for 9th and 11th graders. If you are in the 9th or 11th grade, and wish to take the test, please fill out this Google Form to reserve your spot: https://forms.gle/8BcpSGBt17sXSwuU7
The cost for 9th and 11th graders is $17. There is no fee for 10th graders taking the PSAT.
Chicken Wing Taste Test
Students at the high school had fun during the cafeteria's "chicken wing taste test". They placed a sticker to mark their vote, and you can see the wings were a huge success. This food item will be added to the menu on September 7th!
Special thanks to Tyson Foods and Linda Ballas from Tyson for helping with this!
Gunter ISD Police Department Partners with iWatchTexas
Protecting Texas students, faculty, and schools requires everyone’s support. iWatchTexas encourages students, administrators, parents, and concerned individuals to report anything that may trouble you: no concern is too small. By alerting the proper authorities to incidents that concern you, we can take steps toward preventing rather than reacting to school violence.
Depending on the nature of the report, referrals will be made to appropriate authorities which could include school ofﬁcials, district ofﬁcials and local law enforcement.
Using a single, statewide reporting system ensures that tips from different parts of the community are all integrated in order to link critical data. The iWatchTexas initiative is part of the DPS Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division (ICT), which serves as the central clearinghouse for the collection, management, analysis and dissemination of law enforcement and homeland security intelligence in Texas.
For more information, download the brochure by clicking the link.
Please download the App from your App Store!
Officers Take Oath
The officers who make up the Gunter ISD Police Department took an oath to protect and serve the students and faculty of Gunter ISD during the August School Board Meeting. We are lucky to have these officers at our campuses. Thank you, Chief Shannon Thomas, Officer Jason Satre, and Officer Steven Nabors for your commitment to keeping us safe.
School Board Briefs
Kids are back in school, please drive safe! As you are out and about driving the roads of Gunter and Gunter ISD, please be mindful of our students entering or exiting a school bus, walking to or from school, crossing the roads, or walking through the parking lot.
The best way you can keep our kids safe is to pay attention to your surroundings while driving.
- Red Flashing Lights and the Stop Sign are NOT suggestions. STOP!
- Slow the roll in the school parking lots. Pay attention in the car line and be patient.
- Use caution in the school parking lots. Students may come from between parked cars.
- PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
The elementary school has made adjustments to the car line map. Please click the link for more information, and a printable PDF of the route.
Free/Reduced Lunch Application
Free and Reduced qualification will be determined through an application process for the 2022-23 school year. Please fill out the Free/Reduced meal application today! You may download the application and directions on our website at https://www.gunterisd.org/page/food-services
Return all applications to Mrs. Lauren Rogers at the high school campus.
The federal program that allowed our cafeterias to provide free meals for our students last year has not been renewed. Gunter ISD Child Nutrition Department will be charging for all meals (Breakfast and Lunch) during the 2022-23 school year. Read the full press release here: https://5il.co/1e0b6
Official 2022-23 meal prices are listed on our website at this link: https://www.gunterisd.org/page/menus
Homecoming - Early Preview!
Homecoming Week - October 10-14
"Saddle Up and Ride for the Tigers"
* More information will be available soon, but we wanted to let you know the daily themes so that you can begin preparing!
- Monday, October 10th (School Holiday, dress how you like! lol...)
- Tuesday, October 11th - "Home on the Range" - Wear your PJ's
- Wednesday, October 12th - "Under the Light of the Neon Moon" - Wear your brightest NEON colors
- Thursday, October 13th - "Country vs Country Club" - Partner up and be Opposites!
- Friday, October 14th - "Blue & White and Boots & Bling" - Country Flare Spirit Wear!
The GHS Homecoming Dance will follow the football game on Friday night from 10 PM - Midnight. Tickets will be available soon. Dress is casual.
GHS Annual Character Dinner
September 30th, 6-8pm
$18 for Adults & Students 10+
$10 for Kids 2-10 years old
(Children under 2 attend for free)
Come and enjoy an Italian buffet style meal with a coffee/dessert bar at intermission along with photo ops with favorite Disney characters. We hope to see you there!
"Tickets are limited! Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance! Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $15 for kids."
Purchase tickets online: https://gunterisd.hometownticketing.com/embed/all?single=0
Special GISD Board Presentation
Gunnar Griggs-Bell presented his State FFA Officer Jacket to the District. The District plans to display his jacket in the High School trophy case. Thank you to Gunnar Griggs-Bell for this special gift. This is the official jacket that Gunnar wore while serving as our State FFA Officer. It is traditionally given to the Ag Advisor that oversaw the whole officer process for the student. It was decided for the entire district to share in that honor.
Clay Shoot Fundraiser - Huge Success
The Alumni FFA Clay Shoot was a huge success.
Billie Bennett - Top Overall Shooter
Amanda Sampson - Top Female Shooter
Rhys Dainauski - Top Youth Shooter
Billie Bennett, Rob Newley, John Autry, Steven Lee - 1st Place Team, Overall
Kasey Kuykendall, Justin Rauschuber, Jacob Sikes, Cody Lierow - 1st Place Team, 2nd Flight
Joe Rathbone, Ethan Lisenby, Scott Harper - Consolation Prize Winners
Thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make this event possible!
Don't forget to support the Ag / FFA program on Friday nights at the "Hamburger Hut" inside Tiger Stadium. You'll love their food!
Fall Sport Schedules
Coaches will place their 2022-23 Schedule on their sports page of our website.
Cross Country - Cross Country | Gunter ISD
Football - Football | Gunter ISD
Volleyball - Volleyball | Gunter ISD
** Schedules are subject to change. 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.
Football Gate Entry Fees at Tiger Stadium for 2022 Season
Gate entry fees have changed for the 2022 season. Please make a note of these price changes before coming to the games.
** All Gunter students in grades 5-12 may show their school ID for free entry to home games. **Grade amendment made on 9/1/22.
- Sub-Varsity Games: $3 Students and Adults
- Varsity Games: $5 Students and Adults
🏈🏈 Football Scoreboard 🏈🏈
Catch the 1st official game of the year, Friday, September 2nd vs TCA Cedar Hill.
Kickoff at Tiger Stadium @ 7:30 PM
Junior Varsity - Blue
52--0 WIN | August 20 vs Frisco Legacy Christian
Junior Varsity - White
14--0 WIN | August 20 vs Godley
* Photo Credits: OurGunter
Volleyball & Basketball Gate Fees
Gate entry fees for the 2022-23 Volleyball and Basketball season.
** All Gunter students in grades 5-12 may show their school ID for free entry to home games.
**Grade amendment made 9/1/22
All team levels are priced the same:
- Adults $3 | Students $2
Please make a note of these entry fees before coming to the games.
🏐🏐 Volleyball Scoreboard 🏐🏐
- August 9th vs Decatur (26-24, 25-18, 25-16) - WIN
- Garland Tournament - 5th Place
Gunter beat 6A Naaman Forest 25-11, 25-16
Gunter beat 6A Royse City 18-25, 25-19, 25-12
Gunter beat 6A Plano Sr High 25-6, 25-12
Gunter lost to 6A Wylie High 20-25, 19-25
Gunter beat 6A Wylie East 21-25, 25-19, 25-21
- August 17 vs Aubrey 25-23, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19 - WIN
- Glen Rose Tournament - 1st Place
Gunter beat Trinity Christian Academy 2-0
Beat Nolan Catholic 2-0
Gunter beat Brock 2-0
Gunter beat Bushland 2-0 (Quarterfinals)
Gunter beat Liberty Hill 2-1 (Semis)
Gunter beat Denton High 2-0 (Championship)
- August 23 vs 5A Frisco Lone Star 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-8 - WIN
- Volleypalooza Tournament - 39th Place (of 68 teams) - TIE with Allen ISD
5 Wins / 4 Losses
Wins: 5A Grapevine, 5A Argyle, 6A Round Rock Westwood, 5A Gregory-Portland, 6A Seven
Losses: 3 sets to 6A Rockwall, 2 sets to 6A Bridgeland, 3 sets to 6A Boswell, 2 sets to 6A Deer Park
* Photo Credits: OurGunter
🏃🏃♀️ Cross Country Results
August 19th @ Pilot Point
- Middle School:
Kamden Campbell - 10th Place
Gina Aiken - 18th Place
- Varsity Girls - 6th Place
- Varsity Boys - Brody McDonald - 13th Place
August 27 @ TCS Sherman
- Varsity Girls - 2nd Place
- Varsity Boys - 4th Place
- Top Ten Runners: 5th Brody McDonald | 4th Micah Fisher | 5th Ella Thompson | 7th Diego Munoz
Pep Rally Time!
The cheerleaders are excited about the 2022-23 sport season. They are always supporting other programs, please be sure to support them as well.
The cheerleaders have planned a theme for each week of football season. We are excited to see the fun these themes ignite! Click here to find the schedule of themes.
Click here to find the 2022-23 Pep Rally Bell Schedule
GHS will have Pep Rallies on the following days.
Are you in need of Gunter Gear?
Consider supporting the Gunter Cheerleaders in their Fundraiser! The site is full of great apparel and more. The sale will end on September 6th, so hurry!
Scott Martindale, Superintendent - Email
Shaye Murphy, Chief Administrative Officer - Email
Melissa Kelly, Chief Academic Officer - Email
Caleb Bell, Chief Operations Officer - Email
Brittany Floyd, Chief Financial Officer - Email