"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."


September 19 - 21: Hootin' & Hollarin'

September 20-23: No School

October 15: District-Wide School Picture Day

October 24: No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

October 25: No School



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Top: Renee Hambelton, Alison Decker & Jared Wigger

Middle: Seth Lash, Maggie Rozean & Sydney Fox

Bottom: Bethany Barcelona, Brianna Johnson,

Karen Schlegel & Kara Wigger



Gainesville R-5 Schools | September 2019 District Highlight | Preschool Expansion


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88.5% 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.


From the desk of Mr. Gilmore...

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start. Our updated facilities have provided even more environments for student-learning and collaboration. This year, Gainesville High School will be utilizing the Launch program to give students access to courses not offered at GHS. The updated learning lab has enabled students to earn college credit in 12 different courses during any hour of the day.

We are continuing to see an increase of students attending the VoTech programs offered through West Plains with 19 students enrolled this year. These programs include the fields of culinary arts, welding, graphic design, construction trades, auto body, pharmaceutical technician, and information technology. We are also proud to offer vocational training at GHS in business, agriculture, nursing, and auto mechanics.

Our sports teams are beginning their fall seasons and we invite the community to watch our students in action at a game or meet. We are proud of the changes that have taken place within the school and are excited to watch our students succeed throughout the upcoming year. We appreciate the continued support from our community and parents. I am proud to be a Bulldog!



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Gainesville High School was fortunate enough to receive $20,000 in grant funding this year from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks Coover Grant and a local matching grant from the McGinnis Family Fund as part of the Ozark County Community Foundation. With these funds, GHS was able to create a new Learning Lab and Library Media Center. Both of these learning spaces are invaluable to our students and are utilized every hour of every day. The district would like to thank everyone who helped make these changes possible for our students.



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A Vocational Enhancement Grant was used to provide a new state of the art greenhouse for our Agriculture department. Mr. Wilson states that it, “provides an enhanced learning environment that matches industry standards and allows students to gain knowledge and experience in greenhouse management.”

A generous donation from the Harlin Family as well as funds from the Vocational Enhancement Grant made the updated Business lab possible. This lab is positively impacting what Mrs. Gilmore is able to do in class each day. She commented, “Technology and the world around us is ever-changing. The new Mac lab, and the opportunities it provides, allows me to be sure I am teaching the most updated, relevant technology curriculum to my students."



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Colton Anderson (Junior) entered two pieces of artwork in the Ozark Independent Living (OIL) 7th Annual Art Show. The show ran from May 18 - 27 at the West Plains Civic Center Gallery on the mezzanine. The art show featured artists of all ages who are residents of Ozark, Howell, Douglas, Oregon, Shannon, Texas and Wright counties. Artists were allowed to enter one piece of artwork into each of the seven different categories (mixed media/other, fabric, three dimensional, graphic design and illustration, drawing, photography, and painting).

Colton entered his pencil drawing of a crane. This drawing won 3rd place in his division. He also entered a watercolor painting of a duck. This painting won 1st place in his division. The photo shows Colton with Art teacher Milan Chisam holding his pieces entered and his awarded medals. Great job Colton!



We are 3-2 so far this fall with a conference record of 3-1. Our wins have came against Conway Mansfield and Seymour, three teams that are top of the conference year in and year out. Our pitching has been great so far this season competing in every game we have played with strong performances from Seniors Tanner Jennings and Ben Pointer. At the plate we have been lead by another senior Will Uchtman, who has 4 extra base hits in 5 games and leads the team in average. Our team is much different this year and is competing at the level we expected to giving ourselves a chance to win each night.

Submitted by Coach Nathan Jones

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We are 1-3 so far this fall. Our win came against Willow Springs. Our Seniors are Lori Ellison, Patience Naegele, and Mallory Strickland. We have had standout players in several games for hitting and pitching including Erin Mckinzie, Shayla Wages, Hallee Donley, and Gwendolyn Broderick. Our girls have worked very hard so far this season and continually give us a chance to compete!

Submitted by Coach Johnica Hanke



The GHS Future Business Leaders of America have been busy making plans for the 2019-2020 school year. This semester, the club will travel to Denver, Colorado for the National Fall Leadership Conference, attend the Sho-Me Leadership Conference at Silver Dollar City, support our district officers at the District 14 meeting at Mountain Grove High School, and raise funds for these activities by selling Krispy Kreme donuts and by running the concession stand at home basketball games. This month's community service activity will be to clean up the town square after the Hootin' an Hollarin' festivities have ended. We are looking forward to the new year and growing as leaders through the activities and events FBLA offers!

We are still accepting new members - Join today!

Interested in becoming a Professional Member?

Contact Mrs. Gilmore for details:


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From the desk of Mr. Morris...

We are off to a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. Currently we have 372 enrolled in preschool through sixth grade. We have started the year out with great attendance with 97.9 % attendance rate so far. We have many exciting things going on for the start of the new year. We have a new preschool facility, new classroom furniture in fourth grade through sixth grade, and a great Scholastic Book program started.

We are excited to have our new early childhood facility. This allows us to meet the needs of our community with two classrooms that meet five days a week. With our two full-time classrooms we have the ability to service forty preschool students.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students were welcomed back to school with new student desks and chairs. This was a great improvement to our facility. As well as desks and chairs, each classroom added a new kidney-shaped table for group work.

This year we will be able to purchase a new book each month for every kindergarten through fourth grade student. We have had several donations to this program and the students have been excited to each have a new book to take home and read.



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Kindergarten has been learning their alphabet and

listening to "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". As

a culminating activity, they enjoyed cracking a coconut

open and tasting the coconut water and

fresh coconut. It’s fun to see a thumbs up for

“yes” they liked or a thumbs down

for “no” they didn’t!

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First grade learned about colors at the beginning of the year. We learned how to recognize the

color word names when reading them in a story, learned about primary and secondary colors,

graphed gummy bears, and enjoyed some yummy treats while learning about colors!

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Second grade students read First Day Jitters and enjoyed making "jitter juice".



Third graders explored the playground to identify living

and non-living things. In science, students are working

on identifying organisms, population,

community, and ecosystem.

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Students in 4th grade science were learning how the different types of textures on the ramps

would affect the speed of hot wheels cars. This activity taught students about force and motion, as well as friction. There were 3 different types of ramps that the students had to test: paper towels, cardboard, and aluminum foil. Much to their surprise, the cardboard sent the cars down the fastest. This activity also allowed the students to familiarize themselves with the scientific method.



Fifth graders cooperatively work to practice

their spelling words. One activity they enjoyed was using

Scrabble tiles to spell out their words. As a challenge,

we raced against the clock.

Fifth graders are studying story elements. Students use actions and mirror the teacher as they practice identifying the five parts of a story plot, point of view, and




Sixth grade students had a hands-on math lesson involving ratios and fruit loops. Students sorted their cereal by color and completed a series of ratios, ratio tables, and tape diagrams.

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

- Nelson Mandela