The Pharr Citizen

Keeping the Super Leaders of Pharr in the Know!

Garden Night

Garden night is a event at Pharr. We have a huge garden. Mr. Jurick and Mrs. Jones are an important part of our garden. Garden night is for kids and parents to see our garden! Every year people get to see all of the improvements in our garden. One of the reasons I like garden night is because I love to learn more and more about the garden. I asked my friend Skylie what she liked about garden night. She said, "I love how all the kids and parents get together and bond to make new things and learn about the garden at the same time!" So, what do you like about garden night?

by Inora Wright

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Favorite Website of the Week

My favorite website of the week is This website allows you to help people in need while learning. There are several different subjects you can choose from including math, language learning and geography. You will be asked questions about these subjects and they get progressively harder as you go on. Each question you answer correctly they donate 10 grains of rice to people in need. It is a way to help the less fortunate while having fun.

by John David Lindsey

Relay for Life Pumpkin Contest

Pharr has a new tradition that started last year. It is a pumpkin decorating contest. You create something out of one pumpkin or more pumpkins. You do not carve the pumpkin, but you can decorate it.

Last year there was a pirate, princess, football field, and Minnie Mouse. Just bring your pumpkin to school when you finish decorating it. The 1st place winner gets a trophy. 2nd and 3rd place winners get a medal. You pay 1 dollar to vote on which is the best pumpkin. If you want to vote, go to the library in the morning during the contest. All of the pumpkins are displayed in the library. The winners are announced over the loudspeaker. The pumpkin with the most votes wins 1st place. The money from the votes is donated to Relay for Life. It is very important to support Relay For Life because it helps find a cure for cancer.

by Matthew Lotz

Recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

Pumpkin snickerdoodle Cookies

By: Olivia Hinshaw

What perfect way to celebrate the fall than to enjoy a perfect pumpkin snickerdoodle cookie!


1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ snickerdoodle cookie mix

Butter, water and egg called for on cookie mix pouch

2 tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

11/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 cup white vanilla baking chips


1 Heat oven to 375°F. Open cookie mix; remove and set aside cinnamon-sugar packet. In large bowl, stir together cookie mix and remaining ingredients until soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate dough 15 minutes.

2 In small bowl, pour contents of cinnamon-sugar packet. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into cinnamon-sugar mixture, rolling until coated. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3 Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are just set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Store tightly covered.


Source: Betty

Storybook Character Parade

The character parade is almost here! Everyone dresses up like a character from a book that the class has read. For your costume you can wear hats, clothes, and bring items that go with the character. At the parade you will see every student in every class walk around the school with their different costumes. You will hear clapping and cheering when the students walk by your class. It starts at your classroom and passes all of the other classrooms. The teachers can dress up too. Parents can come and watch. It is a Pharr tradition. Pharr has been doing it for many years. It is a lot of fun for everyone!

by Matthew Lotz

Mock Readers Rally Competition

We recently had our Mock Readers Rally Championship between 4th and 5th grade. In the mock Readers Rally, students answered questions on books from a predetermined list and earned points to help their grade level win. Both teams did a great job, but ultimately 5th grade won with a score of 37 to 16.

In the Ram Readers book club, you read books from a Predetermined List and then you create questions and answer questions to get points. The top 10 students at Pharr with the most points will get to represent our school in the Gwinnett Readers Rally competition at Berkmar High School. The winners of that go on to the Readers Rally Championship at the GCPS TV studio. Here is last years Championship.

by John David Lindsey

An Interview with Pharr's 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year (TOTY)

Azra:terrific typer

Skylie: interesting interviewer

Mr.Jurick is TOTY!!!

Skylie: “How did it feel to have to wear the tiara ?”

Mr.Jurick :“Funny and embarrassing’’

Skylie:“Did you want to be teacher of the year?”

Mr.Jurick :“no”

Skylie:“What inspired you to become teacher of the year?”

Mr.Jurick: “Many teachers and my wife say I should be TOTY”


Mr.Jurick:“Nothing better but to continue to enjoy teaching and inspiring others”

Skylie:“How did your family feel about you becoming TOTY?”

Mr.Jurick:“Very excited and happy for me”

Skylie:“How did you react to being TOTY?”

Mr.Jurick: “Really excited and humbled.”

Skylie:“Is this your first time being TOTY?”

Mr.Jurick: “Yes”

Skylie:How would you celebrate TOTY?”

Mr.Jurick: “Dinner at BoneFish Grill

Skylie:“What is your advice for teachers who want to be TOTY?”

Mr Jurick : To keep enjoying what you do and help others whenever you can; )”

Skylie:“What is your favorite quote?”

Mr.Jurick: “John 316”

Recipe: Potato Soup

Potato soup recipe


-1-2 tbsp vegetable oil

-½ jumbo sweet onion diced

-2 to 3 garlic cloves minced

-30 oz bag of cubed hash browns

-32 oz container vegetable broth

-1 can cream of potato soup

-8 oz block cream cheese

-salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste

-optional (shredded cheese, chives, bacon)


  1. Saute diced onions and garlic in large pot with the oil.

  2. When onions are just slightly browned add hash browns, cream of potato soup, vegetable broth, and salt and pepper.

  3. Heat thoroughly on medium heat until hash browns have softened, stirring occasionally.

  4. Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds then add to soup.

  5. Mix continuously until cream cheese is well blended.

  6. Add cayenne pepper if desired.

  7. Optional- top with shredded cheese, chives, or bacon

  8. Enjoy!!!

by Taylor Harrison

PTA MovieNight

PTA’s movie night was so fun! Everyone brought a blanket and pillows. Having a great time eating candy, drinks, popcorn, and pizza! I could just taste the buttery popcorn in the air. This was the most people I’ve think I would’ve seen at this movie night!

We all say a big shout out to PTA for making this a great movie night! The movie that was shown is… Zootopia! Thank you for setting up a sweet and funny movie We say a thanks for everyone coming and having a great time. By Vivian Hinshaw

Fall Book Fair

The book fair started on September 20th,and will end on September 28th. Be sure to check out the new “ Dog Man” from the creator of Captain Underpants! There is also a new “I Survived” book. My personal favorite is “When I grow up Misty Copland!”. I hope that a book can lead you to a magical world where all things are possible. So come and check out our scholastic book fair! By Vivian Hinshaw
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