The Growl Newsletter

McGregor Independent School District

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MHS earns @CollegeBoard's AP Honor Roll Recognition...

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.

Camp Read-A-Lot!

The first grade staff hosted a Camp Read-A-Lot Family Fun Night on November 7th. At the camp site, students and their parents rotated through literacy building stations. A popular station, Reading Under The Stars, allowed students to read books in a tent!
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McGregor Primary Character Counts Committee

Students selected for the third six weeks Character Counts Committee at McGregor Primary were Daniela, Aiden, Jackson and Alannah. These students worked with the school counselor each week on character focused activities. The theme for the third six weeks was respect.
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McGregor Elementary Character Counts Committee

Students selected for the third six weeks Character Counts Committee at McGregor Elementary were Juan, Andy, Diego and Reece. These students worked with the school counselor to discuss good character traits and to select the Hero of the Week.
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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

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McGregor Elementary students unload cans at the McGregor Food Pantry

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Student Appreciation Week @ McGregor Elementary

MES staff and faculty showed appreciation for their students by rewarding them with a special treat each day. These rewards included craft time, a no homework pass, a special movie day, free time and using iPads to learn more about a special interest.

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Become the Classroom Champion of the Week!

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






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.

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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

First Alternates

Justin Gilliland - Trombone

Leslie Pevia - Flute

AJ Jimenez - Saxophone

Second Alternates

Daniela Velasquez - Flute

Aaron Olvera - French Horn

Lena Lane- Percussion

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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.

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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

Congratulations, students!

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Cooking Up a Storm

McGregor 4H students participated in the district food show and food challenge held at the Bell County Expo on December 13th. The Spice Girls, featuring Kyndall Houchin, Kirsten Galle and Chloe McCauley earned 5th place in the intermediate food challenge competition. The McGregor Mixers, featuring Ali Denson, Parker Young, Cooper Young, Emily Velin and Mabry Miller earned 3rd place in the junior food challenge competition. Ali Denson, Emily Velin and Katy Scott all participated in the individual food show competition. Katy Scott earned 3rd place in the senior grains category.

The Spice Girls

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The McGregor Mixers

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#makersgonnamake #designerdogs

McGregor ISD received a grant from the Region 12 Technology Foundation and the McGregor ISD Education Foundation to implement Makerspaces on all campuses. Below are two recent creations at the high school.
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View the video below to see a working helicopter propeller created by 3D pen!

Christmas: A Claus for Celebration!

Continue scrolling to see how McGregor ISD enjoys the delights of December. Pictured below is the tree located in the lobby of H.G. Isbill Junior High.
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Peer Assistance and Leadership

MHS PALs recently spent the morning purchasing toys to donate to the McGregor Fire Department. The PALs are excited to help bring a MERRY CHRISTMAS to the children of McGregor.
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Interact Club Participates in Christmas Parade

The Interact Club advertised their newly established club and the upcoming Rotary pancake supper fundraiser by participating in the annual McGregor Christmas Parade on December 9th. The students will be selling tickets to the January 30th supper over the next several weeks.
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A sweet duet at the McGregor Primary Christmas Sing-A-Long

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Storybook Christmas with Dr. Everett and Coach Carey

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Aspiring Instrumentalists at the Kinder Christmas Program

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Smiling twinkies at the Elementary Christmas Luncheon

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Dress Up with McGregor Primary

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