The Growl Newsletter

McGregor Independent School District

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Jennifer Scott's Kindergarten class recently made a commercial to demonstrate what a typical day in class is like. Each child had a chance to video portions of the commercial. The footage includes the students engaged in reading groups, motor lab, Makerspace, recess, math lessons and language groups.

Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

First grade enjoyed a hay ride on a sunny day at the Robinson Family Farm Pumpkin Patch.
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Genius Hour with Mrs. Houchin's Class

Mrs. Houchin's 1st grade class constructed catapults and targets during Genius Hour! The students used the devices to launch objects such as blocks, marshmallows, beans, rocks, candy pumpkins and small pumpkins. Next, they discussed which objects traveled farther and why. MHS Senior and PAL Cooper McCauley regularly joins the group during their Genius Hour. He prepared a larger catapult for himself, the mega-launcher.

During Genius Hour, students focus on STEM projects and dig deeper into content areas. Through the engagement of varying types of technology and other stimulants, students are able to identify with and master an activity they are passionate about.

Watch the clip below to see the sheer excitement of the students as they witness the mega-launcher in action!

Fall Festival Smiles

Students enjoyed a great evening with friends and family at the annual fall festival on October 25th.

Red Ribbon Week

Each October, McGregor ISD joins the country in the annual drug and violence prevention awareness campaign, Red Ribbon Week. Scroll down to see photos of this year's activities.

Below: Kindergarten students sign their pledges to to be drug free and to make safe and healthy choices.
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Red Ribbon Walk Against Drugs

The cold didn't stop these primary students from showing their commitment to say "no" to drugs. On the Red Ribbon Walk Against Drugs, students, parents and MISD faculty walk together to promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

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Wear Red

McGregor primary and elementary students wore red to symbolize their commitment to raising awareness about drug destruction.

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Law Enforcement “Swarm” McGregor Primary and Elementary Campuses

Officers from several area law enforcement agencies stopped by to educate MISD students about Red Ribbon week. The students enjoyed the interactive presentation and the opportunity to test out some of the gear.
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A+ Card Winners

The following primary and elementary students were rewarded a limo ride for selling at least fifteen A+ cards.

Elementary: Layden, Kinleigh, Haleigh, CJ and Cristopher

Primary: Laylah, Kyle, Tyler, Hayden and Kinzer

Congratulations, students!

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Classroom Spotlight

Here's a sneak peek of what's going on in the Makerspace room with Mrs. Taylor's 5th grade class.

Career Day @ McGregor Elementary

MES students enjoyed yet another great Career Day where they had the opportunity to learn from businesses such as HEB, Main Street Dental, The United States Postal Service, The City of McGregor, Purina Mills and many others. A special thank you to all of the presenters for doing such a great job!

Junior High Classroom Champions

The following junior high students were recognized by teachers for their character and participation in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities during the months of September and October. Congratulations, students.

Got Spirit?

H.G. Isbill Junior High certainly does. Below are photos from Camo Day and Pink Out Day.

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Peer Assistance and Leadership

The MHS PALs have had a strong start to the 2017-18 school year.

During the month of September, they hosted a PALs training and JH Girls Volleyball Tourney, taught "Keeping Tobacco Away from Kids" to the McGregor Elementary 4th grade class and assisted in the Kindergarten Rodeo.

Awesome work, PALs!

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Munchin' in the Media Center

High School Media Coordinator April Ocampo invited McGregor High School students to the media center for a picnic. There, students were encouraged to check out a library book and relax during their DOG Time break.
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High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Attend Fields of Faith Event

Members of the McGregor High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended the Fields of Faith Rally at Waco I.S.D. stadium on October 11th. Guest speakers were Baylor basketball player Kristy Wallace, Baylor volleyball player Katie Stager and Baylor baseball player Richard Cunningham. Music was provided and a great time was had by all.
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Lady Dog Volleyball Award Winners

All-District Honors:

Senior Libero Isabella Chavez, Defensive Player of the Year

Senior Middle Blocker Erin Rice, 1st Team All-District

Freshman Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter Audrey Lillard, 2nd Team All-District

Senior Defensive Specialist/Outside Hitter Hannah Deeringer, Honorable Mention All-District

Junior Setter Hailey Burgess, Honorable Mention All-District

Academic All-District:

Seniors: Hannah Deeringer, Hannah Rice and Isabella Chavez

Juniors: Hailey Burgess, Paige Olivarez and Elizabeth Frost

Freshmen: Mara Hering, Caitlin Jones and Audrey Lillard


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McCauley is a KWTX Classroom Champion!

Click here to see why Cooper believes that "learning is everything."

2017 Heart of Texas Western Heritage Art and Photography Scholarship Competition

Twenty-one McGregor High School Art students competed in the 2017 Heart of Texas Western Heritage Art and Photography Scholarship Competition for this year’s fair and rodeo. Five students placed and earned scholarships.

In the Western Heritage Art Senior Class Division, Senior Stephanie Licea earned 2nd place Reserve Grand Champion and a $500 scholarship with her colored pencil piece, The Guarded Rose of the West. Senior Raven Carver earned 3rd place with her colored pencil and graphite piece, A Rodeo Retiree.

In the Western Heritage Photography Senior Class Division, Senior Kayeci Holt earned Grand Champion and a $1,000 scholarship for her piece, Fishing in Gruene. Senior Briceyda Ulloa earned 2nd place Reserve Grand Champion and a $500 scholarship with her photo, The Coming Up. Senior Elisa Munoz earned 4th place with her photo, Texas Sky.

Thank you to all of the twenty-one students who submitted pieces under the theme of Western Heritage.

The Bulldog Pride

The Bulldog Pride band performed their “X Marks the Spot” routine at the Region 8 UIL Marching Contest in Groesbeck on Saturday, October 21st. They earned 1st divisions and positive comments from all judges. Reflecting on the students’ performance, McGregor High School Band Director Tim Grace remarked, “This performance was one of the best marching performances I have seen from the Pride in my six years as their director. I am not only proud of their performance, but of their hard work to get there.”

The students worked hard over the next week to perfect their routine. At the Area Contest at Midway Stadium on October 28th, The Pride turned in a great preliminary performance that advanced to the finals, but missed the chance to advance to the State Marching Contest by one place. The Pride tied for fourth place with Troy and did not advance after the tie breaker was implemented. The Pride earned the designation of first alternate to State.

In an attempt to reiterate the success of their season, Grace stated, “the Pride worked early mornings and late nights to proudly represent the community of McGregor at the highest level. I beam with pride to be their leader.”

Below: McGregor High School Senior and Drum Major Elizabeth G. salutes to the crowd at the close of the finals

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Below: The Bulldog Pride in formation during the prelims at the Area Band Contest at Midway

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McGregor ISD band members react upon learning they advanced to finals

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Distance Dogs

The McGregor High School boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for state at the regional meet in Huntsville on October 23, 2017. This is the first time in the history of the program that both teams advanced in the same year. Leading the boys team was McGregor High School Senior Ivan Solis, who earned the Region III Champion title.

The state meet was held on November 4th in Round Rock, where the Distance Dogs were placed among the other top three 3A teams in the state. The boys placed tenth out of sixteen teams, and the girls placed thirteenth out of sixteen teams. Ivan Solis placed sixth in the individual competition.

Below: Distance Dogs and their fans gather for a group photo after the state meet at Round Rock on November 4th

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High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes Attend Baylor FCA Night

Twenty members of the McGregor High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes attended the Baylor FCA High School night on Monday, November 6, held at the Baylor indoor workout facility. It was a night of music, fellowship and Bible study, all of which was led by Baylor students. A good time was had by all.

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Dem Bones

Thanks to MISD teacher Lisa Hall and Nurse Amanda Franks, Mrs. Snyder's art classes can now draw bones! A howling wolf, a haunted steed and a human skeleton were temporarily provided to the art class for inspiration. View the photo below to see the artists at work.
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Makerspace: Imagine, Tinker, Explore and Create!

Check out this video created by High School Media Specialist April Ocampo that shows MHS students and their Makerspace creations!

A Makerspace is a collaborative work environment where students use high and low tech materials to create and solve problems.

#makersgonnamake #designerdogs

Thank You McGregor ISD Staff For Your Efforts

The McGregor ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all McGregor ISD faculty and staff for their efforts during the first staff campaign. Together, you raised over 10% of the organization's fundraising goal.

A special thank you to campus liaisons Jennifer Scott, Jamie Taylor, Kendra Miller and Jennifer Millsap for leading their campus through the two-week campaign.

The following totals reflect monies raised on each campus.

Primary: $2,435.00

Elementary: $3,447.20

Junior High: $2,055.00

High School: $1,589.00

Admin: $1,850.00

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It is an important time of year for the McGregor ISD Education Foundation. The organization's board of directors kicked off their 2nd Annual Support Campaign on Tuesday, September 5th, with the goal of raising $103,000 by the end of the year. With the support of McGregor ISD staff, local businesses and members of community, the foundation is currently 71% to this goal.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the foundation awarded over $26,000 in innovative classroom grants, student development and staff development in McGregor ISD.

We need your help to keep this momentum! Become a donor today, and join the foundation representatives in their commitment to the continued success of McGregor ISD students and schools. Thank you!

Contact: Amy LaBrie

(254) 840-2828

Grants in Action

View the video below to see what MISD teachers Jamie Taylor, Jennifer Scott and Jennifer Millsap are accomplishing with their grant funds received by the McGregor ISD Education Foundation last spring.

Video created and edited by the MHS AV Team

Teacher applicants, take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about a grant! See the flyer below.

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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving, Bulldogs!

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