Granger School Weekly Newsletter

March 26-29, 2018

Culture of Dignity: Lesson 3

The objective of this lesson is for students to "define listening as being prepared to be changed by what they hear." Students will increase nonverbal communication awareness, learn to make a sincere apology, recognize a sincere apology, and learn the SEAL strategy to help feel more in control.

Key Discussions:

*When students are angry, frustrated, or worried they can use the tool, SEAL, to think when under stress.

SEAL: Stop, Explain, Affirm and acknowledge, and Lock. ~ Ask your student for more details!

*Demonstrating Strength: when you sincerely apologize for your wrong.

*If you get an insincere apology, and respect your own feelings, you can respond by saying "Thank you for the apology" instead of "It's Okay". You don't want to seem like what happened didn't matter.

Next week: The Power of Gossip pg. 51

The programs credit goes to:

Book: Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice by Rosalind Wiseman

Interested in learning more?

Books for further research by Rosalind Wiseman:

Queen Bees & Wannabes

Masterminds & Wingmen

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads



Teacher and Student Thoughts: Owning Up Program

Teacher Quote: Tracy Terry

In the class that I'm leading, students are already discussing some pretty tough issues. They are also self-regulating their conversations and comments based on the guidelines that we set up on the first day. It is allowing them to say what is important to them within a safe environment. If a really hard topic arises, we can use the tools we are learning to sort it out. This is teaching them how to solve problems in a productive way instead of a hurtful way.

Even though these kids may have been taught the right and wrong ways to treat other people as young children, social media has changed the landscape and altered their way of thinking. I am glad that our school has made this program a priority to educate and demonstrate how to have healthy relationships both in person and on-line.

Student Quotes:

Callie Rodriquez, 8th Grade: I think it's a good way for students to express themselves about certain issues without others judging them. I believe if people hear how their words and actions affect others, they will change the way they act towards them. We've only had two lessons so far, so in the long run, it will be helpful.

Jaila Rollie, 6th Grade: I like how we can be open minded. I think it's helping me and other people. They aren't being as mean or rude as they use to be.

Payton Filla, 6th Grade: I like how we can speak our mind and teachers won't judge us. I also like how it effects our learning. There is not so much drama interrupting during class.

Quote of the Week

The worst battle you will ever have to fight, is between what you feel and what you know.

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

PTO Meeting Monday, March 26 @ 7:00 pm in cafeteria

No School Friday, March 30

April 9 SHAC meeting 4:00 in library

Thurs. April 12 Kindergarten pictures

April 17 High School Band in Bastrop for UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competition

April 15-17 Granger Student Council State Conference

3rd grade mock staar tests:

Math-April 10

Reading-April 11

April 4-7 FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Dallas

Sat., April 7 City Wide Garage Sale

April 17 High School Band @Bastrop HS UIL Region 18/26 High School Concert and Sight-Reading Competition.

Don't forget:

*Instagram: Follow the school yearbook @ grangerlionsyearbook

*Students have access to eBooks!

Padawan Graduated to Jedi Knight

Students were observed and nominated for exhibiting the following Jedi Knight traits: calm, responsible, patient, humble,thoughtful, mindful of others, in control of themselves, and works hard to improve themselves.
Below are the lists of students presented to the committee, and we congratulate them for their outstanding character and citizenship. However, only one from each month are ready to take on Jedi Knight status. Don't give up young Padawan's - for you may be ready next time.
Daniel Finch

Bianca Castro

Ariana Lopez

Gabby Garcia

Cyrus Carpenter

Jesus Rodriguez

Adrian Lizardo

And the Padawan to make Jedi Knight status is: Garbriela "Gabby" Garcia

Awesome job Gabby and all the wonderful Padawan students! Be vigilant, as names can be resubmitted for Jedi Knight status. May the Force Be With You.

Jedi Knight Gabriela Garcia

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High School Academic U.I.L. Results


4th Place


Feature Writing - Kiara Miller 7th / Paige Pearson 8th

Headline Writing - Faith Scruggs 4th - Alternate for Region UIL

News Writing - Alexi Wade - 5th / Kiara Miller 6th / Paige Pearson 8th

Ready Writing - Lee Ryder - 2nd - Advances to Region UIL

Ryan Pickett - 4th - Alternate for Region UIL

Journalism TEAM - 3rd Place


*Calculators - Colby Marek - 13th / Travis Miller - 16th / Hunter Ivicic - 17th / Oscar Torres - 18th / TEAM - 5th place

*Mathematics - John Schneider - 5th / Ryan Pickett - 9th / Bruce Lay - 13th /

Kiara Miller - 15th / TEAM 3rd place

*Number Sense - Ryan Pickett - 9th / Bruce Lay 12th / Kiara Miller 15th / Jake Kaminkow 17th / TEAM - 4th place

*Social Studies - Mikayla Schrhak - 6th / Caleb Filla - 7th / Lee Ryder - 10th / William Jones - 14th / TEAM 2nd place - Alt. for Region

*Science - John Schneider - 15th / Mikayla Schrhak - 18th / Lee Ryder - 19th / Ryan Pickett - 23rd / *Travis Miller - 24th / Alexis Overmyer - 25th /

*John Schneider - Top Score Physics - Advances to Region UIL / TEAM 5th Place


Granger has awesome students! Please praise these scholars for a job well done! They represent our district well - not only are they super intelligent, but they are always so respectful, well-behaved, and mature!

Thank you everyone for your support!

Jennifer Cundieff

Parents: We Need You

Please take on an active role in the PTO. With the growth, and projected growth, you play a more vital role than ever as a support system for students and teachers. Thank you!

Repeats Worth Repeating

Raising Fundraiser Awareness

FCCLA selling $1 variety bars, and $2 Mint Meltaway, $2 Caramel Swirl and $2 Chocolate Almond candy bars.

*Senior Class Kona Ice Sales are 4/3. Time: 3:00-5:00

***Want your student to have a special spot highlighted in the yearbook? Ads are for sale, but priceless memories preserved!

1/8 page for $6

1/4 for $13

1/2 for $25

Full for $50

*Ongoing Fundraiser: SHOPPING!

School name: Granger School

School ID#: 192787

+++Family Book Store on home page and Caring for Classrooms donations count towards student's earning prizes. Merchants purchases raise money for the entire school but will not count for student's Prize Thermometer. All proceeds benefit the school.

Happy Birthday!


Donna Griffis 4

Andrea Dolan 6

Michael Abbott 11

Margaret Vrana 15

Tiffany Michalik 16

Jennifer Rhoades 18

Frank Rivera 20

Tracie Niskern 21

Ernest Valdez 21

Brent Holubec 23

Elizabeth Lewis 28


Third Grade Mock STAAR Tests

Math-April 10

Reading-April 11

Renaissance Testing Dates (Reading & Math Progress Monitoring)

4th Nine Weeks 03/05/2018- 03/30/2018

End of Year 04/23/2018 - 05/11/2018

STAAR, EOC, and Finals Testing Dates:

Feb. 26 - April 4 - TELPAS

April 10 - Grade 4 & 7 Writing, Grade 5 & 8 Math, English I EOC

April 11- Grade 5 & 8 Reading

April 12 - English II EOC

May 8-10 - High School EOC: Algebra (5/8), Biology (5/9), US History (5/10)

May 14 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Math, 5th & 8th Math Retest

May 15 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, 5th & 8th Reading Retest

May 16 - Grade 5, 8 Science

May 17 - Grade 8 Social Studies

May 22-24 Finals Week

Sports Schedules

~You are invited to the sporting events and to share the excitement and support for the hard working Granger ISD Students and Coaches!~


Wed. March 28 Academy V 8am

Mon. April 9 District V Thrall 8am

Tues. April 10 District JV Thrall 8am

Wed.-Thurs. April 18-19 Regional - Corpus Christi 8am

Thurs.-Fri. May 17-18 State Texas A&M 8am


Thurs. March 29 Chilton Pirate Relays

Wed. April 4 District Track Meet at Holland

Wed. April 16 Area Track Meet

April 27-28 regional Track Meet at A&M

May 11-12 State Track Meet at UT

*Remember to check school website and Dojo in case of any last minute changes due to situations beyond GISD control.

********The end is nearer than you think:

Students & Parents: Please be sure you/your student does not have any unfulfilled obligations. It's not nagging, really. It is a gentle reminder to avoid unnecessary surprises.

Possible obligations: laptop insurance, bills carried over from last year, lunch bill, lost books or other borrowed items, FCCLA fees, club dues, athletic dues. Your understanding is appreciated.

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