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Lee 5th Grader Wins Cooke County Spelling Bee!

The 2018 Cooke County Spelling Bee took place on Monday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at the GISD Administration Building. The Bee went 25 rounds, with the top two battling it out for the last 18 rounds. Amira Khan, Lee Intermediate 5th grade student, placed first by spelling the winning word: cupolas. Also participating in the Cooke County Bee were Davis Pouncil (4th grade) of Chalmers Elementary, Jonathan Dyke (8th grade) of Gainesville Junior High, and Cassy Acayan (7th grade) of Muenster ISD.

Khan will represent Cooke County at the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. It will be broadcast on Sunday, March 25, from 4pm-5pm on WFAA Channel 8.

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Influencing Positive Choices

On Thursday, Tim Cortes from the Cooke County Veterans Affairs Office and retired Marine spoke to the students at the Margaret Galubenski Achievement Center along with Spencer Kimball of the Denton County Veterans Service Office and former Marine. They addressed the topic of coping with adversity through good character, positive choices and healthy relationships, as well as relating their experiences as a veteran of our US armed forces. These are the first of many speakers to come through the Center to inspire and motivate our students!


Both shared how they had been in similar experiences during their youth as the students at DAEP.

Cortes: "I am a lot like you. I was the student who got in trouble and was in DAEP. Somehow I survived." He also discussed some of his moving experiences in the Marines, showing pictures of children from other countries living in poverty and helped the students compare and contrast living there with living in their home and town.


Kimball: "I was the student in an alternative education school. I didn't want to go to school. I was given a second chance by serving in the USMC. It gave me a career, opportunity. This is not the end. It’s only the beginning. Seize every opportunity to learn as much as you can.


Students reflected after the guest speakers on how they were impacted. Overall, it was a very positive learning experience for everyone involved!

Mrs. Hutchison welcomes officer William Trackett from Denton Fire Department to present to GHS physics and PLTW engineering scholars on the use of robotics.

Exxon Mobil Grant

Gainesville Junior High would like to thank Douglass Distributing in Sherman for delivering a check to GJH for $500.00. It is a grant from Exxon Mobil and it comes to us from Lone Star on California. Thank you, Exxon Mobil, Lone Star and Douglass Distributing!

Chalmers Students of the Month (Dec, Jan, Feb)

Empowering Educators to Excel

Gainesville High School E3 grant Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) presents to staff on "Empowering Educators to Excel" and their rock!
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