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A Splendid Surprise

April 4th, 2017

McGregor ISD ​received nearly $10,000 from the ESC Region 12 Technology Foundation to install MakerSpace technology on all campuses to engage students with Design, Engineering and Coding!

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Above: Students, teachers, administration and Region 12 Technology Foundation representatives gather to celebrate the funding of "DEC Space" at McGregor ISD.
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Above: MHS Technology Instructor Jennifer Millsap shares what's in store for McGregor ISD students with this grant.
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Above: MHS students Ty, Addison and Uridian share their excitement for future students that will participate in the Scientific Research and Design class.

McGregor ISD Education Foundation Awards Eight Innovative Classroom Grants

April 5, 2017

The McGregor ISD Education Foundation had the pleasure of presenting eight innovative classroom grants to teachers at all four McGregor ISD campuses.

The following teachers were surprised in their classrooms by school administrators, foundation directors and donors.

  • Tim Grace and Rebecca Reed received $5,000 for “Instrument Music Enrichment Program”
  • Chris Kuhl received $1,000 for “SR&D I/II Rocket Build”
  • Laura deWet received $1,000 for “Foundations in Personal Finance” and $256 for “Geometric Constructions”
  • Michelle Lenamon received $2,700 for “McGregor Reads One Book”
  • Jamie Taylor, Chris Kuhl, Melissa Marshall and Jennifer Millsap received $5,000 for “DEC Space”
  • Jennifer Scott received $500 for “Sensory Corner”
  • Dawn Ramos received $876 for “A Space to Perform”

Thank you to all of our applicants for your devotion to the academic achievement of McGregor ISD students.

A special thank you to our donors that participated in the awards process.

Retha Anderson
SpaceX Representative
Terry Sloan, Rocket Federal Credit Union

~McGregor ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors

Read the full press release here:

16-17 Classroom Grant Awards Slideshow
Above: View a slideshow of McGregor ISD teachers that earned a grant from the McGregor ISD Education Foundation on April 5th.

Literary Spirit Week

McGregor Primary celebrated Dr. Suess' birthday from February 27th to March 3rd by participating in the following spirit days inspired by Seuss titles.

Fox in Socks!

Students and teachers wore mismatched and crazy socks.

500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins!

Students and teachers wore their favorite hat.

Wacky Wednesday!

Students and teachers wore their clothes inside out and backwards.

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Students and teachers wore shirts that can be read.

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Students and teachers wore their favorite college or destination shirt.

Cereal Drive

The McGregor Girl Scout Troop 7028 and McGregor 4-H Club is sponsoring a cereal drive benefiting the McGregor Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted through mid-May. If you are interested in making a donation, or donations, over the next couple of months, please give your donations to a collection person on your campus. Please see the flyer below for more information. Thank you.

-McGregor Girl Scouts & McGregor 4-H Club

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Western Program at McGregor Elementary

McGregor Elementary second grade students sang, played and danced their way through a western program on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.
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Let's Talk Books

Marsha Thauwald, local author of the books, Big Southern Hair & Highlights:
Please don’t dye without us! and Southern Grit & Glamour: Back in Thyme, visited McGregor Elementary School on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Thauwald performed a skit for the students and handed out autographed copies of her book. She also shared tips with the students on how to present during their own book talks.

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Socks, Suess and Scholarship

McGregor Elementary staff and students celebrated Dr Seuss' birthday on March 2nd by wearing silly socks. Students also enjoyed reading Dr. Suess books during Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) time.

D.E.A.R is a celebration of reading that was coined and developed by children's author Beverly Cleary. The program seeks to encourage prolonged, independent, silent reading on a daily or weekly basis. To learn more about D.E.A.R, click here:

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Looking for Leprechauns

Mrs. Morgan's second grade class worked hard to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick's Day. The students collaborated to design traps and developed WANTED signs to enlist the help of other students in the chase. Way to work together, Mrs. Morgan's class!

Practice Makes Perfect

McGregor Elementary fifth graders entertained their families and friends on Thursday, March 23rd, with a recorder concert. Students displayed all the skills they have learned with various instruments this past school year. We look forward to seeing these students march at Bulldog Stadium in a few years!
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4-H District Photography Results

The following 4-H students placed in the countywide photography show. All 1st place entries qualify for the district photography show on May 6th, 2017.

Junior Division

Animals (Wildlife)

Kyndall Houchin, 1st Place

Dominant Color

Kyndall Houchin, 1st Place

Elements of Design

Kyndall Houchin, 1st Place

Nature and Landscape

Kyndall Houchin, 1st Place


Kyndall Houchin, 2nd Place

Senior Division

Animals (Domestic)

Katy Scott, 4th Place

Animals (Wildlife)

Katy Scott, 1st Place

Catch All

Katy Scott, 2nd Place

Details and Macro

Katy Scott, 3rd Place

Dominant Color

Katy Scott, 1st Place

Elements of Design

Katy Scott, 1st Place

Nature and Landscape

Jacob Singer, 3rd Place

Loren Perry, 4th Place


Katy Scott, 2nd Place

Junior High UIL Results

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Become the Classroom Champion of the Week!

The following junior high students were recognized for their character and participation in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities during the month of February.

Natalie O.

Galilea D.

Jennifer H.

Josie M.

Congratulations, Champions!

Good Timin’

On March 16, 2017, Sebastian V. broke a school record in the 2400 meter run with a time of 8:31.49 at the Junior High track meet hosted by McGregor.
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Art Show at H.G. Isbill Junior High

The 3rd Annual Spring Art Show was held Tuesday evening, March 21st, in the junior high cafeteria. The come-and-go event was well attended by family and friends, and an offering of dessert treats provided by art teacher Judy Gromatzky added to the festive occasion. A total of 90 students submitted art pieces for competition and display. Voting was carried out by a group of independent art critics and staff.

Below: 1st Place Winners and Best of Show

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MHS Seniors Present at Local Rotary Clubs

Below: McGregor High School seniors, Jessica L. and James L., represented MHS at the Waco Rotary Club meeting on March 13th. During the meeting, Rotarian Tim Brown introduced the two students before listing their activities and areas of leadership. Each student was asked to share their future plans as well as provide a brief explanation of the upcoming school-sponsored community service initiative, The Revolution 2.0, that will take place on May 19th, 2017.

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Below: McGregor High School Seniors Ryan H. and Mady N. represented MHS at the McGregor Rotary Club meeting on March 15th. The students shared a meaningful presentation on the Revolution 2.0, which will take place on May 19th, 2017.

Ryan and Mady shared what this day means to them and their peers, as well as their intent to connect to the community through acts of service.

During the Revolution, McGregor High School students will go out into the City of McGregor and complete various tasks such as window washing, yard work, painting and clean up around homes. Ryan and Mady challenged the Rotarians to spread the word of the Revolution and to encourage McGregor residents to voice their needs.

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Lady Dog Basketball 19AAA District Honors

Mary Graves, Defensive MVP

Essance Porter, Offensive MVP

Kylie Smith, 1st Team All-District

Alli Ainsworth, 1st Team All-District

Mady Norwood, 2nd Team All-District

Hailey Burgess, 2nd Team All-District

Erica Maye, Honorable Mention

Mary Graves, Super Centex 1st Team

Essance Porter, Super Centex 2nd Team

Academic All-District

Kylie Smith, Essance Porter, Mary Graves, Camryn Thane, Alli Ainsworth, Hailey Burgess and Mady Norwood

Girls Regional Powerlifting Results

The following high school students advanced to the Region 2 Powerlifting Meet on March 18, 2017.

Girls Regional Powerlifting Meet

Essance Porter, 5th place finish

Sydney Kasting, 4th place finish

Brianna Tippie

Adriana Rodriguez

Miranda Young

Kim Aviles

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McGregor Senior Earns Bronze at State Powerlifting Meet

Miguel C. competed for a state championship in Abilene at the State Powerlifting Meet on March 25, 2017. Miguel competed in the 220 pound weight class against 16 other lifters. He placed 3rd overall in the state and received the bronze medal. He squatted 600 pounds, bench pressed 365 pounds and dead lifted 585 pounds for a total of 1,545 pounds. All three lifts were personal bests for Miguel. "I was so proud of the season that Miguel had, he truly proved that if you work hard enough you can achieve what you set your mind to," remarked powerlifting coach Kyle Shoppach.

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McGregor Archery

For the first time ever, the McGregor Archery Team competed in the Texas State NASP Archery Championship in Belton, Texas. Jared Lorenz shot a team high of 266 and earned 11th place finish in the 11th grade boys division. Sal Garza shot a 265 and earned 38th place in the 10th grade boys division. The team placed 38th in the state over all. Other competitors were Moriah Balch, Jasmine Snell, Bryan Ramirez, Bella Valdez, Luis Olmos, Joanly Martinez, Katherine Hernandez, Allie Ainsworth, Josh Kelley and Tanner Ladesma. It was great experience for the new Bulldog team and they look forward to achieving even more success next year.

SpaceX Announcement Fuels Excitement for MHS Science Research and Design Class

McGregor High School District UIL Results

It was a phenomenal day for McGregor High School at the District 19-3A Academic UIL Meet at West High School on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

MHS won the overall championship with four 1st place team plaques, four 2nd place team recognitions, seven 1st place individual medals, two 2nd place individual medals, three 3rd place individual medals, five 4th place ribbons, seven 5th place ribbons and four 6th place ribbons!

McGregor High School Regional UIL Results

Congratulations to all the students that competed at the Regional UIL Academic meet at Blinn College in Brenham on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Number Sense

2nd Place Team (1st Alternate to State)

Team members include Cameron Ruland, Addison White, Jorge Camacho, Sophie Arnold, Isaias Espinoza and Gabriela Monterrosas

Cameron Ruland, 2nd Place Individual (Qualifies for State)

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2nd Place Team (1st Alternate to State)

Team members include Cameron Ruland, Ty Finley, Gage Hollingsworth and Shae Langenegger

Cameron Ruland, 1st Place Individual (Qualifies for State)

News Writing

Paula Hoke, 4th Place Individual (1st Alternate to State)


Dawson Brown, 5th Place Individual (2nd Alternate to State)

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District Tennis

McGregor won the District tennis tournament at Groesbeck on April 4-5, 2017.


Boys Singles: Tanner Rummel

Mixed Doubles: Brooke Guest and Coby Bess


Boys Doubles: Seth Melton and Andrew Taylor

Mixed Doubles: Addyson Melton and Blake Boles

Boys Singles: Dawson Bates

The following athletes will advance to Regionals:

Blake Boles

Addyson Melton

Brooke Guest

Tanner Rummel

Dawson Bates

Andrew Taylor

Seth Melton

Coby Bess

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Above: District Tennis Champions Bersain S., Josh C., Blake B., Addyson M., Brooke G., Tanner R., Dawson B., Andrew T., Seth M. and Coby B.

District Golf Results

The boys golf team placed fourth at the District Tournament in Sammons Park on April 10th, 2017.

The girls golf team earned a district championship at the tournament. The following athletes are headed to regionals in Brenham on April 25-27.

Paige J.

Bella V.

Alli A.

Paige G.

Moriah B.

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Paige G. was the district individual champion with scores of 86 and 80.

Dark Road

The McGregor High School One Act Play (OAP) finished up a successful season by making it to the Area round of competition. They performed their play for the final time on Monday, April 10th, at the MHS Auditorium for the McGregor community to enjoy.

Under the instruction of OAP Director Gwen Parker, the students performed Dark Road, a play by Laura Lundgren Smith. The play focuses on a German girl who tried to provide for her sister by getting a job as a guard in a female concentration camp during WWII.

Members of the cast and crew were:

Hannah Garcia, Caleb Gorman, Gage Hollingsworth, Jessica Lammert, Alex Ramos, Jolene Hadley, Jordan Hilliard, Adriana Macedo, Kennedy Hogan, Elizabeth Grace, Hannah Ekwall, Grace Baker, Joseph Mooney, Josh Coffey, Maria Zarate, Camryn Thane, Brooke Guest, Coby Bess, Paula Hoke, Stephanie Licea, Marissa Licea and Chris Olvera.

District Contest Results

McGregor OAP placed 1st place at the District contest at Groesbeck High School on February 28th. The following students earned individual honors:

Hannah Garcia, Best Actress

Jessica Lammert, All-Star Cast

Camryn Thane, All-Star Crew

Bi-District Contest Results

McGregor OAP placed 3rd at the Bi-District contest at Groesbeck on March 24th.

The following students earned individual honors:

Brooke Guest, All-Star Crew

Hannah Garcia, All-Star Cast

Jessica Lammert, All-Star Cast

Alex Ramos, Honorable Mention

Area Contest Results

McGregor OAP placed 6th place at the Area contest at Midway High School on April 4th.

The following students earned individual honors:

Camryn Thane, All-Star Crew

Jessica Lammert, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast

Hannah Garcia, All-Star Cast

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Outstanding Youth Citizenship Award

Congratulations to Sarah for being the McGregor High School nominee for the Youth Citizenship Award.

Find Sarah's feature in the Waco Trib here:

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Shoes for Orphan Souls

The McGregor High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring its third annual Shoes for Orphan Souls Campaign. Shoes for Orphan Souls is a program run by Buckner Children’s Home of Dallas. Each year, Buckner sends thousands of shoes to orphans around the world. Any church, group or individual that wants to participate may do so by bringing a new pair of inexpensive athletic shoes or socks to McGregor High School. You may also make a tax-deductible contribution by picking up an envelope at any school office. FCA will do the rest!

Below: FCA Officers are Hunter R. (Vice President), Andrew T. (Secretary), Sandra T. (President) and James L. (Secretary)

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Staff Spotlight

Laura deWet, Math teacher at McGregor High School, has been chosen to be an Academic Coordinator for Duke University’s TIP Summer Studies Program. Duke's TIP Summer Studies is an intense, yet rewarding program, that allows students to take part in interactive, inquiry-based learning that challenges them to think critically about themselves and their world. Led by content experts, courses are equivalent to a semester-long college course or a year of high school instruction.

As the Academic Coordinator, Laura will support all elements of the instructional program, directly supervise instructional staff, conduct the instructional portion of staff training and assist with preparations for student arrival. During the term, the Academic Coordinator visits classes regularly, provides feedback to the instructional staff and conducts regular staff meetings.

In deWet's words,“I am honored to have been chosen for this position, and I am excited by the challenge. Some of the instructors in this program already have patents! I am awed by the level of intelligence that I will be working with, in both the teachers and the students.”

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