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Glancy Named as New GHS Principal

GISD is proud to announce the new Principal of Gainesville High School, Mr. David Glancy. Glancy has been an administrator at GISD for the past 11 years. During his time at GISD, he has served as an Assistant Principal at GHS, Assistant Principal at GMS, Principal at GHS, Director of Secondary Curriculum, and for the past 2 1/2 years has been the campus leader as Principal at GJH. Prior to becoming an administrator at GISD, Glancy was a Spanish teacher at Cedar Hill HS, Keller HS, and Northwest HS.

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Brandon Whiten: New Chalmers Principal

GISD is proud to announce Mr. Brandon Whiten as the new Principal at Chalmers Elementary.

Whiten has been in administration as Assistant Principal and Principal for 9 years, including the last year as the Assistant Principal at Lee Intermediate. Whiten is looking forward to moving into the role as Principal at Chalmers, as a majority of his experience has been with those grade levels.

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STAAR Scores: Online Access

STAAR scores are now available online in the Texas Assessment Management System.

1. Click on the link below and then click on "Log In To Student Portal."

2. Click on "Lookup Access Code."

3. You will then be asked to type in your child's PEIMS ID, which is your child's Social Security Number. This will give you the access code for your student.

4. Go back to previous screen and enter the access code to retrieve the results of each of your child's STAAR tests.


Each campus will also be sending the scores home via mail.

Choir Competes at TSSEC

Four students from the Leopard Chorale proudly represented GHS at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble contest. At this contest, students showcased the work that they have been doing on a single piece of music, beginning in January, and extending into the moments before their final performance. This level of music is studied at various levels in collegiate music education.
We are proud to announce that Niaomi Dawson and Eryka Kitundu both received a Division I rating (Superior), which is the highest honor a student can receive on their individual performance. In addition, Andrew Carroll and Ruby Pingleton both received Division II ratings (Excellence) on their solos.

Science Fair

Students in 2nd-8th grade were invited to participate in our first annual GISD Science Fair and showcase on May 2. All entries were judged and the top three students in the elementary, intermediate and junior high divisions were awarded. In addition, best of category was awarded to three students overall. These students were recognized for their efforts at the Board meeting on June 17.

Grand Champion: Jackson Otts, 5th grade
Best of Show: Owen Perez, 4th grade
Research Champion: Melaina Denison, 8th grade

Band TSSEC Results

GHS band students recently competed in the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Just to qualify for this contest is an honor. We had 21 band students qualify in either a solo, an ensemble, music theory, or combinations of the three. One student qualified in all three events.

At TSSEC, two of the soloists, and three ensembles received a rating of 2 (Excellent) and the brass quintet received a rating of a 1 (Superior). In Music Theory, Harmony Rutherford and Desmond Pouncil both received a 1 rating (Superior) and Emmanuel Vargas received a 2 rating (Excellent).

Brass Quintet: Kate Jones, Cesar Barrios, Harmony Rutherford, Mauricio Millan, Melody Rutherford

Sax Quartet: Miguel Covarrubias, Luis Avila, Keller Neu, Mason Lorne

Clarinet Quartet: Michelle Moreno, Vanessa Victoria, Cecilia Corona, Crystal Burns

Flute Trio: Deserae Pouncil, Lori Bailey, Katie Malavar

Soloist: Katelyn Fryberger

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Band Leadership Camp

It’s Band Leadership camp week at TAMU-Commerce! Congratulations to our 2019-20 Red Coat Band leaders!

Katie Malavar (Middle School Liaison), Melody Rutherford (Secretary and Asst. Drum Major), Harmony Rutherford (Historian) , Eduardo Diaz (Guard Captain), Cesar Barrios (Rep. At Large), Mason Lorne (President and Head Drum Major), Mauricio Millan (Quartermaster), Angel Avila (Vice-President), Keller Neu (Librarian)

FFA Leadership Camp

The 2019-2020 FFA officers attended the Area Leadership camp this week. Thank you for your dedication to the FFA program!

Anna Smith (President), Desiree Stephens (1st Vice President), Maria Arellano (2nd Vice President), Jayden Pickett (Secretary), Austin Sparks (Treasurer) , Marian Motomochi (Reporter), Alex Medina (Sentinel), Kyleigh Chaffer (Student Advisor), Danielle Partridge (Parliamentarian), Daniel Buenos Aires (Historian), Natalie Putnam (Chaplain)

UIL camp

Thank you to the GHS UIL Academics sponsors and students for hosting the second annual UIL camp for incoming 6th-10th grade students. They came and explored the new events in which they can compete and practiced with the GHS UIL veterans. It was a great learning experience for all!


The GHS Varsity cheerleaders have been working hard at cheer camp in Gulf Shores, Alabama this week. The team earned 1st place in the cheer division, and 3rd place in the Rally Routine Division. In additoin, five girls earned ALL AMERICAN cheerleader! The GHS Cheer Coach is Leisa Boswell.

Varsity Cheer: Yolanda Marin, Marina Walterscheid, Autom Sanders, Lilliana Lovato, Cheyenne Hellinger, Alexa Green, Hayley Colwell (All American), Jayelynn Graham, Arsyl Saballero (All American), Janae Manuel (All American), Marissa Andujo(All American), Mackenzie Lamb (All American)

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