Granger School Weekly Newsletter

January 7-10, 2020

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

Jan. 10 ACET and NAFEPA Scholarships due

Jan. 9 Student Council Meeting during Advisory Period

Jan. 15 School Board Meeting 6:30

Jan. 16 Elementary Awards *NOTE DATE CHANGE*

Jan. 20 No School

Jan. 27 PTO & SHAC meeting 6pm in cafeteria

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!***

January Character Development

Perseverance: I believe in myself that I can accomplish my goals. I know that when I make mistakes I am learning and growing. I work hard to make progress and celebrate each small step it takes to accomplish goals.

It's Okay to Ask for Help

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

Thank you to the Granger Volunteer Fire Department

Thanks to the Granger Volunteer Fire Department, Santa had a goodie bag for each student in grades Pre-K-4th when he came to visit on December 19th. The kiddos eyes lite up while exploring the sweet treats (and sneaking a few before they went back to class! ).

We are truly thankful for the Granger Volunteer Fire Department and all they do for the community and outlying areas. You are appreciated!

Purple Santa Success

Thank you Jimmie Baker, FCCLA, and Purple Santa Helpers for all you do to ensure the magic of Christmas is felt by the students and residents of Granger. Each year you take time from your busy schedule to make a difference. The extent of work is unknown by those who receive, but has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

Granger Jr. High UIL One-Act-Play Shining Stars

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Come Watch the Granger Lion Basketball Players!

Game is here Friday!

For schedules and basketball news:

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2020 ACET and NAFEPA Scholarships for students and adults

Financial aide opportunities for seniors attending first year college and paraprofessionals. This information is also posted on the ACET website which can be accessed by clicking this link:

Application Deadlines:

* January 10, 2020 = NAFEPA
* February 14, 2020 = ACET (student and adult)

* Must be postmarked no later than the established deadline.

Mail completed applications to:

Natalie Weber

ACET Region #13 Director
1150 County Road 336

Granger, TX 76530

* No fax applications will be accepted.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact me by phone at (512) 365-4319 or by email at

Natalie B. Weber

Administrative Specialist

District Support

Congratulations Roaring Readers

The following third and fourth grade Roaring Readers met, or exceeded, their reading goals for the 2nd nine weeks and have their name in the drawing for a cool outdoor game are:

3rd Grade:

Hope Alvarez

Case Bohac

Maura Buenrostro

Siena Cortez-Calderon

Ryker Ellison

Brodie Fudge

Syndi Good

Tyler Hamende

Kristopher Kelley-Dufrain

Jenson Kuecker

Cohen Repa

Jayden Samaniego

Casey Schaefer

Syanne Smith

Ayden Stevens

Kevyn Stevens

Mason Vanek

4th Grade

Sadvita Acharya

Daniel Finch

Grant Hand

Rylee Irisawa

Allen Martinez

Avery Michalek

James Springer

Skyla Thorsen

Rikki Weatherford

Kendall Welles

Special Acknowledgement: Ian Lamoureux, 4th grade, set his own reading goal at a lofty level, and gave it a good try, making the highest amount of points earned in the entire school at 80.1. Way to go Ian! Don't be discouraged. We are proud of you. Read on. Read on.

January is...

National Thank-You Month

Brainteaser Month

International Creativity Month

Jan. 1st New Year's Day

Jan. 2 National Science Fiction Day

Jan. 7 First Presidential Election (1789)

Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 25 Chinese New Year

Achoo! Well, no wonder...

Past Pollen Count:

30,961 1/10/06

27,750 1/23/09

27,639 1/6/20

25,270 12/21/18

23,559 1/12/17

23,039 1/19/10

22,600 1/7/01

21,250 1/25/01

20,096 1/15/02


*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

2nd 9 weeks, January 16, 2020

3rd 9 weeks, March 27, 2020

4th 9 weeks, May 27, 2020

Renaissance Universal Screening

Jan. 13-17 Reading MOY

Jan. 20-24 Math MOY

April 6-10 Reading EOY

April 13-17 Math EOY

STAAR Testing

STAAR EOC December Retakes:

Eng I – Dec 10

Algebra – Dec 11

Eng II and Bio – Dec 12

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:

In Memory of Travis "T-Mill" Miller

June 28, 2002-December 23, 2019

Forever in our hearts.

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