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McGregor Independent School District

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Congratulations to all of the McGregor High School Class of 2017 graduates!


Blake Boles


Dr. Keith and Lori Boles

College Plans

Texas A&M University, Biomedical Engineering

Top Achievements

Scored in 99th percentile on PSAT/NMSQT; presented the Year II rockets class flight profile prediction Excel project at NASA; voted Most Likely to Succeed by senior class; personal-best 13 feet in pole vault at regional meet; Academic All-State Elite Teams in tennis and golf.


Mary Graves


Dr. Frank and Ramona Graves

College plans

Michigan State University, Supply Chain Management and Spanish

Top achievements

Class president; Spanish Club president; Robotics Club president; Super Centex Girls Basketball First Team; Academic All-State Girls Basketball.

Watch MHS Seniors as they venture through the halls of McGregor Elementary during the Senior Walk!
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Bethany's Books

Sophomore Bethany Adcock has started a Little Free Library inside the playground at Zion Lutheran Church in McGregor.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes a love of reading, creativity and community involvement through the neighborly exchange of books. Readers can collect a free book from the enclosed box; they are also encouraged to leave a book for future readers. Bethany has worked to develop a healthy selection of books for kids, teens and adults of all ages. Now she needs readers!

Bethany wants to share her love of reading and the community with everyone. Visit Bethany's Little Free Library today!

A special thank you to Zion Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial and all individuals that have donated books.

You "Bake" Me Happy

Primary and Elementary students were excited to decorate cakes for their mothers in honor of Mother's Day. HEB provided the cakes and helped with decorating. The students did a great job with their designs!
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Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Kindergarten Graduates!

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Photos from McGregor Primary All-Year Awards

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STAAR Pep Rally

McGregor Elementary 3rd, 4th and 5th graders were recently treated to a STAAR Pep Rally to pump them up for success on their upcoming STAAR tests. Activities included a dance party with MHS PALS, drawings for prizes, a motivational dance by 5th grade students, cheers led by 3rd grade teachers, high fives and ball games. Motivational speeches were provided by MHS Valedictorian Blake Boles, MHS Salutatorian Mary Graves and MES Assistant Principal Tim Seward. The students also enjoyed a virtual speech by American Television Actor Kid President.

Texas Bluebonnet Books

On May 25, Mrs. Lenamon and Mrs. Barton took fifth grader, Leila Hogan, and fourth graders, Madilynn Hamilton, Makenzie Hamilton and Lesley Garcia to Barnes & Noble in Waco. Each of these students read at least 15 of this year's 20 Texas Bluebonnet Award books. As a reward for their accomplishment, these students picked out free books from Barnes and Noble. The students had a grand time shopping for their books.

Field Day Fun

Primary and elementary students enjoyed some Field Day competition on May 26, 2017. Below is a snapshot of an intense Tug of War match!
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Snack Time

McGregor Elementary 2nd graders enjoyed a little break for lunch during their annual field trip to Bewley Park.
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Skills and Wheels

McGregor Elementary students celebrated the end of the school year with their annual awards assembly. Students were honored for academic excellence, A & A/B honor roll, perfect attendance and AR reading points. The highlight of the assembly was a drawing for new bicycles. Student names were placed in the drawing pool throughout the school year as they achieved their academic goals. Winning students were 4th grader Juan David, 2nd grader Erik Sanchez-Lujano and 3rd grader Jairo Dominguez. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work!
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McGregor Elementary students raised a total of $1,417 in their recent Math-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Mrs. Hering's 5th grade class raised the most money and earned a pizza party!

Character Counts!

McGregor Elementary's Character Counts Committee recently enjoyed a celebration lunch at Bush's Chicken in McGregor. Character Counts students are responsible for identifying students who exhibit great character throughout the school year. These identified students earn the label of "Heroes." Character Counts participants are Kyla Shoppach, Garron Johnson, Ernesto Mercado, Chloe McCauley, Hannah Garrett, Robert Scott, Jared Martinez, Evelyn Martinez, Annisleide Benitez, Alexa Rivera, Anderson Carillo, Rafael Torres, Eric Sanchez, Sarai Hernandez, Alexis Ontiveros, Dixie Marsters, Brinley Anthony, Karma Mahan, Breana Martinez Salas, Kaydence Burson, Avery Pomerenke, Jairo Dominguez, Kinleigh Hering and Jenna Taylor. A special thank you to these students for their character and leadership.
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View the slideshow below to see photos from this year's elementary science fair!

McGregor Elementary Science Fair 2017

Two Thumbs Up

The 6th grade band students recently held a concert for 5th grade students to showcase all that they had learned in band class this school year. Great job, students!
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Career Day @ McGregor Elementary!

McGregor Elementary recently hosted their annual Career Day for 3rd-5th graders. Students were presented with information from a variety of occupations, given an opportunity to ask questions and even enjoyed a little "hands on" experience.

A special thank you to ALL of the presenters!

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Anderson Autographics

"You're Instrumental!"

The Bulldog Pride participated in a Disney "You're Instrumental" workshop in Orlando, Florida, on June 4-8. During the two-and-a-half hour workshop, members of the Pride recorded their own performance onto a soundtrack for a Disney animation and rehearsed music from the Disney animated film repertoire. Starting with an easy selection, the conductor, a professional Disney World musician, quickly increased the difficulty of each following piece. The students learned how to rehearse with more engagement and success! For the finale, the students were given fifty-five minutes to learn, rehearse and record an entirely new piece of music as a soundtrack to the "Stampede" clip from The Lion King animated movie. The clinician was very impressed with the Pride's rehearsal and performance.

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FCA Victory Bowl Band

The following McGregor students volunteered to perform in the 7th-Annual Fellowship of Chirstian Athletes (FCA) Victory Bowl Band. The band, which also performs for the Waco Department of Veterans Affairs, is arranged by an organizing body that meets for rehearsal the Friday before the FCA Victory Bowl football game. McGregor band directors Tim Grace and Greg Vaughn are part of this organizing body.

The FCA Victory Bowl is a Central Texas All-Star game that includes graduated seniors from the 12 county area covered by the Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A special thank you to these student volunteers.

Gage Hollingsworth

Eric Santander

Jacob Grace

Dawson Brown

Seth Byas

Camryn Thane

Alicia Maldonado

Jorge Camacho

Seth Melton

Elizabeth Grace

Joslyn Salazar

Marissa Licea

Kaycee Edwards

Samuel Dutschmann

District 8-6A Central Texas All-District Baseball Designations

First Team

Zach Lester

Devon Patterson

Second Team

Brady Davis

Jared Lorenz

District 8-6A Central Texas All-District Softball Designations

First Team

Kylie Smith

Madison Knox

Erin Rice

Second Team

Caitlyn Graves

Sophie Arnold

Honorable Mention

Izzy Valdez

McKenzie Lassiter

Academic All-District

Kylie Smith, Erin Rice, Izzy Valdez, Gabby Oliver, Monica DeJesus, Britany Webb, Hailey Burgess, Amber Gonzales, Sophie Arnold, Madison Knox and McKensie Lassiter

Academic All-State Designations


Coby Bess, 1st Team

James Lane, 2nd Team

Andrew Taylor, 2nd Team


Ryan Hering, Elite Team

Sarah Heiner, 1st Team

Allyson Jacobs, 1st Team

Coby Bess, 2nd Team

James Lane, 2nd Team

Madyson Norwood, Honorable Mention

Essance Porter, Honorable Mention


Blake Boles, Elite Team

Camryn Thane, 1st Team

Coby Bess, 2nd Team

Josh Coffey, 2nd Team

Brooke Guest, 2nd Team

Andrew Taylor, 2nd Team

Bethaney Binder, Honorable Mention

Essance Porter, Honorable Mention


Kylie Smith, 1st Team


Mary Graves, 1st Team

Ryan Hering, 1st Team

Kylie Smith, 1st Team

Camryn Thane, 1st Team

Coby Bess, 2nd Team


Devan Patterson, Honorable Mention


Moriah Balch, 2nd Team

Blake Boles, Elite Team

Josh Coffey, Honorable Mention

Cross Country

Cristian Espinoza, 1st Team

It's Not a Goodbye, It's a See You Later

McGregor ISD welcomed the community to a retirement reception for Kevin Houchin, John Hudson and Carolyn Lillard on June 8, 2017 to honor a combined 93 years of service to the district. The guests of honor enjoyed reminiscing with friends, family and coworkers, while community members took the time to express their well wishes.

On behalf of McGregor ISD, we thank you for your dedication to our students, and for successfully carrying out our mission, which is to empower every student with skills, knowledge, and experience in a safe atmosphere of respect, communication, and cooperation, encouraging all to become responsible and productive citizens.

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Project Graduation

This year's Project Graduation was a huge success thanks to our parents and a long list of sponsors. The MHS Class of 2017 gathered at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco to enjoy a safe and drug-free celebration on their last night together. The group enjoyed casino games, pool, ping pong, foosball, board games, movies, karaoke, raquetball, human gerbil ball races, dodgeball, basketball, a bounce house, snacks and door prizes.

A special thank you to all that helped make the event possible.

Project Graduation Sponsors: Thrivent Financial, The First National Bank, McGregor Lion's Club, McGregor Rotary Club, McGregor Mirror, TxDOT, PALS Home Health Care, Matrix Corporation, Stanley Ford, Camille Johnson Realtors, Jerry Don's Lawns, Kid Stop, Lakeway Home Health, Little Pup Academy, Just Around the Corner Screen Printing & More, Armadillo Prints, Victory Chapel Church and Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention & Treatment grant funds.

McGregor ISD Education Foundation and TFNB – Your Bank For Life Present $5,000 to McGregor High School for Revolution 2.0 Community Service Initiative

TFNB – Your Bank for Life President David Littlewood joined the McGregor ISD Education Foundation in awarding $5,000 to McGregor High School to fund the Revolution 2.0 community service day on May 26, 2017. During the Revolution 2.0 on May 19, 2017, McGregor High School students ventured into the city of McGregor to complete various tasks such as window washing, yard work, painting and clean up.

The McGregor ISD Education Foundation is proud support the Revolution 2.0 as its first student development program. The funding allowed MISD students to participate in a community service project that promotes character and leadership development.

TFNB – Your Bank for Life has supported the mission of the McGregor ISD Education Foundation since its origin in early 2016. The bank pledged $12,500 over the next four years to the foundation’s annual support campaign for a grand total of $50,000.

Littlewood views the quality of the local public school system as the cornerstone of the future of McGregor. He says the McGregor ISD Education Foundation will create opportunities to reach so many students and faculty in positive ways outside of public funding that truly enhance and make a difference.


McGregor High School Principal Robert White, TFNB – Your Bank for Life President David Littlewood, McGregor ISD Education Foundation President Terry Arp and McGregor ISD Education Foundation Director Amy LaBrie

McGregor High School students Addyson White, Hannah Ekwall, Madison Knox and Mary Graves

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McGregor ISD Education Foundation

The MISD Education Foundation is dedicated to providing resources to enrich the educational opportunities available to all MISD students. Click here to help us reach our goal of raising $103,000 to support progressive programs and trainings!

Heart of Texas Cooperative for Exceptional Children

On June 12, 2017, Kevin Houchin was recognized for 17 years as the Presiding Officer of the Heart of Texas Cooperative board of managers. Mr. Houchin is retiring from McGregor ISD after serving 31 years in the district. Gatesville ISD was also recognized for 43 years of membership in Heart of Texas Cooperative for Exceptional Children during the coop management board meeting. Gatesville ISD is withdrawing from the coop at the end of June and will stand alone in the 2017-2018 school year.

Pictured left to right: Gary Martel, Moody ISD; Dr. Kenneth Hall, Crawford ISD; Kevin Houchin, McGregor ISD; Regina Pruitt, Gatesville ISD, Jason Jones, Oglesby ISD and Kevin Harrington, HOT Coop.

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