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McGregor Independent School District
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For the second year in a row, McGregor High School has been named to the CollegeBoard's AP Honor Roll. McGregor High School is one of 447 schools across the U.S. and Canada to receive this honor. Access the press release by clicking here.
McGregor Primary Character Counts Committee
Food for Families
McGregor ISD joined the community in the fifth annual Central Texas Food for Families campaign on November 18, 2017.
Each campus competed to contribute the largest donation of non-perishable food items to the local food pantry. McGregor Elementary was the winning campus, donating a total of 5,528 pounds. McGregor Primary was second with 3,596 pounds. McGregor Junior High students contributed 1,246 pounds, and McGregor High School contributed 1,000 pounds.
Students from various grade levels teamed up to load and unload the items. Taking the lead on this effort were members of the McGregor High School Peer Assistance and Leadership program (PALs). Jerry Lynch, sponsor of PALs in the district, remarked, “The MHS PALs were very proud to pick up, deliver and help stock the pantry with over 12,000 pounds of food. We are McGregor Proud.”
In addition to MISD students, over 80 volunteers from the community participated. At the end of the day, an overall total of 52,000 pounds were donated to the McGregor Food pantry. The annual drive is overseen by the McGregor Ministerial Alliance with MHS graduate Teresa Sneed as director. Teresa and her husband, John, were overjoyed by the results. "I want to thank all those taking part in this necessary food campaign, shared Teresa. "It is so heartwarming to see the community come together to help meet the needs of those in our city with limited income, making sure they have enough to eat."
McGregor High School PALs pose in front of a fully stocked trailer
McGregor Elementary students unload cans at the McGregor Food Pantry
The McGregor Rotary club welcomed the first ever McGregor ISD student body InteractClub to a lunch and presentation on November 29, 2017. Interact clubs are independent of Rotary clubs but operate under the same motto: Service Above Self.
The presenting McGregor High School students were Vice President Kaylen Sloan, Treasurer Katy Scott, Secretary Bethany Adcock and Sergeant At Arms Sam Dutschmann. President Charlotte Ford was not able to be present but prepared the presentation for the group. McGregor ISD faculty sponsors Jennifer West Millsap and Todd McCauley also joined the students.
The club has attracted strong attendance at the high school since its origin about three months ago, maintaining a current membership of over thirty students. Vice President Kaylen Sloan commented that the club’s goal is to reach fifty members by the end of the school year. The club recently participated in the Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive and is gearing up for the McGregor Christmas Parade – where a colorful Interact Float will be featured.
The club’s principal project will be a portable store on the McGregor High School campus, where spirit items, school supplies and light refreshments will be served. Sponsor Jennifer Millsap remarked, “We are pleased with the amount of students that wanted to join Interact simply for the purpose of helping others. With the store, these students will be in charge of developing a business model and managing the profits.” Millsap also commented that the club will engage in monthly service projects in addition to the store.
To maintain membership, students must sustain a minimum of ten hours of community service per year and attend the monthly meetings on campus. There is currently no GPA requirement to be a part of the club.
Sponsor Todd McCauley mentioned that the name of the club properly describes the goal for the club’s founding year. “Within Interact, these students are taking breaks from their phones and tablets and interacting with one another again to make an impact in their school and community.”
From left to right: Presenting Interact Officers were Sergeant At Arms Sam Dutschmann, Treasurer Katy Scott, Secretary Bethany Adcock and Vice President Kaylen Sloan. Not present for photo was President Charlotte Ford.
THSCA Academic All State
Four McGregor Bulldogs were named to the 2017 THSCA Academic All-State Football team. Cooper McCauley earned First Team honors, while Michael Irons and Jose O'Campo earned a spot on the Second Team. Aaron Benitez was placed on the Honorable Mention list.
In addition to the THSCA award winners, we also had two seniors commit to continue their football careers at the college level. Johnathan Phenix committed to continue his education and play football at the University of Houston and Michael Irons recently committed to Cornell University.
"These young men do an excellent job representing McGregor ISD in the classroom and on the playing field. Teachers and staff we appreciate everything you do for these young men. Go Dogs!" - Coach Judd Thrash
"They are exceptional leaders within our program and set a great example for future members of the Bulldog football program. We are proud of these young men and wish them the best in their future academic and athletic endeavors." - Coach Taylor Wilson
The Bulldog Pride: ATSSB Region 8 All-Region Audition Results
The Bulldog Pride All-Region Team competed in the ATSSB Region 8 All-Region Auditions on Saturday, December 2nd. 18 students earned chairs and
13 students are advancing to Area auditions for a chance to advance to All-State.
Uridian Reyes - 1st Chair Flute Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Elizabeth Grace - 7th Chair Flute Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Katy Scott - 3rd Chair Flute Concert Band
Shae Langenegger - 10th Chair Flute Concert Band
Kennedy Hogan - 1st Chair Clarinet Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Jorge Comacho - 6th Chair Clarinet Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Jennifer Hernandez - 7th Chair Clarinet Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Hailey Morgan - 7th Chair Clarinet Concert Band
Savanah Lester - 2nd Chair Bass Clarinet Concert Band
Dawson Brown - 5th Chair Alto Sax Concert Band, Advancing to Area
Jacob Grace - 2nd Chair Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Marissa Licea - 6th Chair Trumpet Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Grace Baker - 1st Chair Trumpet Concert Band, Advancing to Area
Austin Klatt - 2nd Chair Bass Trombone Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Rolando Sanchez - 1st Chair Euphonium Concert Band
Michael Ramos - 4th Chair Tuba Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
Joslyn Salazar - 1st Chair Tuba Concert Band, Advancing to Area
Eric Santander - 6th Chair Percussion Symphonic Band, Advancing to Area
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Junior High Band All-Region Results
The following students made the All-Region band at the Robinson tryouts on December 13th.
Julie Killgore- 1st Chair Flute
Selene Castro - 4th Chair Flute
Aleah Keith - 2nd Chair Flute Combined Band
Maria Jaramillo - 3rd Chair Flute Combined Band
Leslie Alvarez - 18th Chair Clarinet
Lesly Rebollar - 10th Chair Clarinet Combined Band
Natalie Olvera - 16th Chair Clarinet Combined Band
Kaitlyn Hudock - 1st Chair Bass Clarinet
Isabelle Martin - 1st Chair Alto Saxophone
John Whiteside - 4th Chair Alto Saxophone Combined Band
Juliet Cortez - 2nd Chair Trumpet
Aiden King - 7th Chair Trumpet
Kadence Hodgkins - 18th Chair Trumpet
Luis Medina - 6th Chair Trumpet Combined Band
Deja Threadgill - 10th Chair Trumpet Combined Band
Oliver Jenkins - 14th Chair Trumpet Combined Band
Bryan Santander - 18th Chair Trumpet Combined Band
Abigail DeJesus - 2nd Chair French Horn
Elizabeth Mooney - 6th Chair French Horn Combined Band
Pilar Perez - 7th Chair Trombone
Katy Paschall - 8th Chair Trombone
Braydon Patterson - 9th Chair Trombone
Riley Martin - 10th Chair Trombone
Alejandra Mercado - 4th Chair Trombone Combined Band
Jennifer Rocha - 10th Chair Trombone Combined Band
Brice Lechler - 2nd Chair Baritone
German Garza - 2nd Chair Baritone Combined Band
Jamie Smith - 1st Chair Tuba
Oliver Santander - 1st Chair Percussion
Jared Diaz - 2nd Chair Percussion
Fiona Steed - 5th Chair Percussion
Sierra Caufield - 8th Chair Percussion
Andrew Boles - 4th Chair Percussion Combined Band
Justin Gilliland - Trombone
Leslie Pevia - Flute
AJ Jimenez - Saxophone
Daniela Velasquez - FluteAaron Olvera - French Horn
Lena Lane- Percussion
MHS SR&D II Students Travel to NASA
McGregor High School Seniors Dawson Brown, Austin Klatt, Angel Lopez and Cooper McCauley visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston to present a mathematical model of a transonic rocket design on December 5-6. The students prepared an Excel profile that detailed every aspect of the rocket, from its projected altitude to the changing velocity. The four seniors created a professional presentation that they presented to several NASA engineers and nearly 20 schools from across Texas. The students will use the Excel model to guide the design of their rocket during the second semester.
Below: McGregor High School Seniors Austin Klatt, Dawson Brown, Cooper McCauley and Angel Lopez stand in front of the suits used on the Moon Landing.
First Ever Junior High One Act Play Earns District Champion
The first ever McGregor Junior High One Act Play earned District Champion at the contest in Groesbeck on December 14th. The following students earned awards for their play, Any Body For Tea?
All Star Cast - Tracer Rice, Meghan Dunn and Jamie Smith
Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Chloe McCauley
Best Technician - Katy Paschall
Cooking Up a Storm
The Spice Girls
The McGregor Mixers
View the video below to see a working helicopter propeller created by 3D pen!
Christmas: A Claus for Celebration!
Interact Club Participates in Christmas Parade
A sweet duet at the McGregor Primary Christmas Sing-A-Long
Storybook Christmas with Dr. Everett and Coach Carey
Aspiring Instrumentalists at the Kinder Christmas Program
Smiling twinkies at the Elementary Christmas Luncheon
Dress Up with McGregor Primary
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