Granger School Weekly Newsletter

Nov. 4-8, 2019

Quick Reminders/Planning Ahead

1st Wed. of every month: Monthly Morning Meetups with Mr. Abbott and Dr. Resla 8-9am in the student center

Nov. 8 First 9 Weeks Elementary Awards

Nov. 12 Picture Re-Takes

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day program 9:30 am

Nov. 11-15 Scholastic Book Fair

Nov. 15 last day to sign up for GYAA basketball

Nov. 14 Board Meeting 6:30 in Student Center

Nov. 15 Elementary Fire Safety Presentation 8:30-9:30 am

Nov. 15 Thanksgiving Lunch

Planning Ahead:

Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-29

Dec. 2 We Are Granger Shirt orders due

Dec. 4 UIL Elementary Writing/Speaking in Holland

Dec. 5 Senior Pictures in student center

Dec. 11 Granger hosting elementary UIL

Gifted & Talented Nominations due Dec. 20

Christmas Break Dec. 23-Jan. 7 (for students)


Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

PK-K 10:00 am - 10:30 am

1st-2nd 10:35 am - 11:05 am

3rd-4th 11:15 am - 11:45 am

5th-8th 12:06 pm - 12:36 pm

9th - 12th 12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

Friendly Reminder: All students in grades 7-12 have laptop dues of $35 for the 2019-20 school year. Please pay in the library. Checks can be made out to GISD.

November Monthly Character Theme

Respect - I am polite, courteous and caring. I treat all people with equity and dignity and I uphold their rights. I strive for understanding and I learn from the wisdom of my elders.

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We Are Granger

Great for all sports, all year around gear choices, and a wonderful Christmas gift! T-Shirt, Long sleeve T-shirt, V neck T-shirts, sweatshirt, and hoodies available. The problem? Which style to pick! Order forms went out with students. More can be found in elementary foyer. Proceeds benefit Granger Varsity Cheer. Orders due Dec. 2nd. Thank you for your support!
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Leadership Ambassadors

What is a leadership ambassador? Leadership ambassadors are often the silent role models in the class. These students want to make a difference and encourage their peers and younger classmates to make the right choices.

Some activities they have presented in the past to assist students in making better behavior choices include the following:

Sixth grade orientation (how to act, organize, respect others, and respect themselves)

Job shadowing (each member takes a 5th or 6th grader to class so they can see how high school works)

Video presentations on behavior, choices, etc.

And the ever popular: just being a role model, making the right choice about school, sports, and social life

Students were nominated to be an Ambassador for the following character traits:

  • actions show they have strong ethics
  • actions show they care about others
  • actions show they respect themselves and others
  • actions show they are self-reflective and committed to self-improvement

Your 2019-20 Leadership Ambassadors are:

McKenna Stefek

Jenna Carpenter

Carlos Garza

Alexi Wade

Joey McDaniel

Alex Rodriguez

Johnny Ryder

Bonnie Sanchez

DJ McClelland

Nate Tucker

Natalie Martin

Last of the known Pep Rally Schedules

Monday, Nov 4th - Volleyball pep rally

Friday, Nov 8th - last regular Football pep rally

Any others after are TBA

New Perspective on Learning

What does extended reality technology mean in regards to education? Though new to the learning world, it is been proven to be a beneficial tool in learning and is creating a buzz in preparing students for the future. Can't imagine it? VR will turn it into a 3D model, which is great for visual learners. The possibilities are endless, but let's start with the beginning. Below are terms to familiarize yourself with the future.

Extended reality is a term referring to all real-and-virtual combined environments and human-machine interactions generated by computer technology and wearables. It includes representative forms such as augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality and the areas interpolated among them.

Virtual reality is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. Applications of virtual reality can include entertainment and educational purposes. Other, distinct types of VR style technology include augmented reality and mixed reality.

Mixed reality is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

Augmented reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory.

Please Participate 7-12th Grade

Granger ISD has been selected to participate with the administration of The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use conducted by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

*This survey is completely anonymous and it is completely voluntary for the students.

**Information sheet below. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the signed form to Mrs. Thorsen by November 29, 2019.

UIL Scholarship Information for Seniors

Students who meet the following criteria:

Must have competed at the UIL Academic, Congressional Debate, One-Act Play, or Theatrical Design State Meet any year of their high school career OR must have advanced to the second day of the CX Debate State Meet OR must be a state finalist in the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition, the Latino History Essay Competition, or the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival OR must have been a member of one of the top 10 teams per competition group at the BEST or FIRST state robotics contests

*Must plan to attend an accredited college or university in the state of Texas

*Must plan to enroll as a full-time college student in the fall 2020 semester

*Must have taken either the SAT or the ACT Must be graduating from high school during the current year


*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

1st 9 weeks, Friday, November 8, 2019

2nd 9 weeks, January 17, 2020

3rd 9 weeks, March 27, 2020

4th 9 weeks, May 27, 2020


Oct. 16 Juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT

Oct. 23 8th grade will be taking the PSAT 8/9

Renaissance Universal Screening

Sept. 23-27 Reading BOY

Sept. 30-Oct.4: Math BOY

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

Monthly Character Development Themes:

October: Responsibility

November: Respect

December: Friendship

January: Perseverance

February: Honesty

March: Self-Discipline

April: Leadership

Helpful Links:

Academic Counseling Service link:

Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Gifted & Talented Nomination Forms:

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 :