Granger School Weekly Newsletter

January 21-24, 2019

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Jan. 20 No School

Jan. 27 SHAC/PTO meeting 6pm in cafeteria

Jan. 29-30 TSI testing for Sophomores, Jr. & Senior re-takes

SENIORS: Turn in your pictures for the Senior Graduation Slide Show!

Feb. 6 100th day of school

Planning Ahead:

Cinderella's Closet: Feb. 1st 10-3pm & Feb. 4th 4:30-7pm

Old Taylor High - Prom Dresses to borrow

410 W. 7th Street Room 216

Taylor, TX

Feb. 29 Junior/Senior Roaring 20's Prom 7-11pm @ Georgetown Community Center

Weather Watch:

*Please check the school website ( ) or social media platforms (Facebook/Twitter) for any updates and possible school closures during inclement weather.

*Check your phones, emails, and phone call messages for closures and updates.

*Check local news.

*The website will have all of the protocols and procedures posted for inclement weather for your reference.

***Please make sure your child's contact information is up-to-date!***

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

Virtual Reality Learning

Fifth and sixth grade students were the first to be introduced to Virtual Reality learning, a fun and exciting new way to teach students about the world around us!

Teacher: Seth Terry

Subject: Geography

Mr. Terry's 6th grade class used the Virtual Reality to learn about the Caribbean islands. They looked at underwater images of a shipwreck, sharks, and a picture of students at a school in Haiti. The students commented on the differences in the environment as well as how "clean" it looked. They also noted that all the kids at the school had to wear uniforms.

Teacher: Tawyna Shirocky

Subject: 5th Grade Science

Students looked at how wind, water, and ice causes weathering, erosion, and deposition. They also looked at glaciers, caves, sand dunes, and canyons.

Pictures below!

Quotes from those before us...

"Granger does not propose to be left behind."

~C. N. Shaver, Granger Superintendent 1919-1924

***Don't Forget to Check Lost & Found for Missing Items!***

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Congratulations goes out to Carlos Reyna for being selected to the FCA Victory Bowl, All Star Football Game and to Kylie Cruse for being chosen to cheer at the game!

When: Saturday, June 6, 2020

Where: Waco ISD Stadium

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Admittance $10 Parking $5

Message from the Principal of 1949

To you, the teen-age youth of today, will soon go the difficult task of over-coming the many mistakes of your elders, in addition to grappling with a host of new economic and social problems in our increasingly complex society.

The simulation from your imaginative minds, seasoned and sobered by your cultural heritage, justifies this responsibility: for the world's main hope for peace and progress lies in the continuous flow of creative youth - partially free from the prejudices of the past.

I have profound faith that you, if given proper training, will shoulder the responsibility well, and I pledge to help in your preparation to the best of my ability.

Clide Nalls, Principal

Source: The Lion's Paw 1949 Granger School Yearbook

Later years: Clide Nalls was Superintendent from 1953-1956

Is It True?

The Austria wildfires have been all over the news, but in case you didn't hear:

Dunnarts, the mouse-like marsupials, are in trouble. Little was known about them, and it is very possible we may never know, as the fires have destroyed their food source. It is very unlikely they could outrun a fire, but hope is held out some survived hiding in rock crevices.

The glossy back-cockatoo may be able to fly away, but their food source is destroyed now as well. Before they made their home on Kangaroo Island, humans destroyed a lot of their habitat on the mainland. Whether global warming or arsonist started the fires in Austria, either way it could be debated if humans play a factor in the disaster.

Koala's, one of the favorites in stuffed bear collections, is actually a marsupial whose future was promising with activists fighting to keep them off the endangered list. The fire has killed thousands. The ones on the island were disease free, however many on the mainland suffer from Chlamydia, which can cause reproduction problems.

Not only animals have been effected, which can be inferred above, but the island's flora has literally gone up in smoke. May its uniquest not be lost.


We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character-that is a true education -Dr. Martin Luther King


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

Elementary Awards Dates

Time: PreK-2nd: 8:10AM - 9:10AM 3rd-4th: 9:20AM - 10:20AM

3rd 9 weeks, March 27, 2020

4th 9 weeks, May 27, 2020

Renaissance Universal Screening

Jan. 20-24 Math MOY

April 6-10 Reading EOY

April 13-17 Math EOY

STAAR Testing

STAAR Spring Dates:

ENG I – April 7

4th/7th Writing – April 7

5th/8th Math – April 7

5th/8th Reading – April 8

ENG 2 – April 8

ALG 1 – May

BIO – May

US Hist – May

8th Science – May 7

8th Social Studies – May 8

3rd/4th/6th/7th Math, 5th/8th Retake – May 12

3rd/4th/6th/7th Reading, 5th/8th Retake – May 13

5th Science – May 14

Secondary Bell Schedule

Jr. High Class Periods

1st 8:00-8:46

2nd 8:50-9:36

3rd 9:40-10:26

4th 10:30-11:16

Lunch 11:16-11:46

5th 11:50-12:36

6th 12:40-1:26


Advisory 2:20-2:50

8th 2:54-3:40

High School Class Periods

1st 8:00-8:46

2nd 8:50-9:36

3rd 9:40-10:26

4th 10:30-11:16

5th 11:20-12:06

Lunch 12:06-12:36

6th 12:40-1:26

7th 1:30-2:16

Advisory 2:20-2:50

8th 2:54-3:40


· Pre K 10:25 – 10:55

· Kinder – 1st 10:30 – 11:00

· 2nd-3rd 10:35 – 11:05

· 4th 10:40 - 11:10

· 5th 11:10 - 11:40

· 6th - 8th 11:16 – 11:46

· 9th - 12th 12:06 - 12:36



8:50-9:36 Ivicic

12:40-1:26 Mr. Irisawa 3B


8:50-9:36 Chapman

12:40-2:50 5th Grade Classes

2:50-3:20 Pre-K


8:50-9:36 Steffek

12:40-1:26 Marek


8:50-9:36 Repa

10:30-11:16 Q. Kubacak

12:40-1:26 Michalik

1:30-2:16 Lewis 3A


12:40-1:26 Vanek

1:30-2:16 Sessums

Ninth grade every other Friday during 2nd, 4th, 7th Periods

Morning Pickup: Between 6:50 am and 7:20 am.
Afternoon Routes: Depart campus at 3:50 pm.
NW Quadrant – Bus 23, Mr. Terry
NE Quadrant – Bus 18, Ms. Baker
SW Quadrant – Bus 22, Mr. Holubec
SE Quadrant – Bus 16, Mr. Davidson AM/Mr. Valdez PM

Monthly Character Development Themes:

October: Responsibility

November: Respect

December: Friendship

January: Perseverance

February: Honesty

March: Self-Discipline

April: Leadership

School Board:

Sandra Carpenter, Secretary

Chelsey Ellison, Member

Tommy Filla, President

Mark Harwell, Member

Scott Murrah, Member

Daryl Stefek, Member

Timmy Tidwell, Vice President

Helpful Links:

Academic Counseling Service link:

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Video guides to college financial aide:

Overview of the Financial Aid Process :

How to Create Your FSA ID :

2019-2020 FAFSA Full Walkthrough :

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next :

Parent resource on E-Cigarettes and JUUL prevention:

Parent Portal to grades & attendance:

Resources and outreach available to students, teachers, and the community:

*Intervention Services: Alana Arndt or Aspen Weber are on campus daily during the school year for individual/family therapy and support (512-713-9886)

*Mobile Outreach Team: available for mental health crisis and can offer mental health resources in Williamson County area. (512-864-8277)

*The Christi Center: Offers free, ongoing support groups for adults grieving the loss of a child, spouse, parent, sibling or other loved one. (512-467-2600)

* Bluebonnet Trials 1-800-841-1255

*Crisis Hotline Text 741741

*Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255

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