Leopard Pride

GISD Newsletter

January 20, 2017 Edition


Welcome to the first edition of the Leopard Pride Newsletter, which will be distributed weekly, focusing on accomplishments from throughout Gainesville ISD.

Elementary UIL Champions!

The Elementary UIL competition was hosted by Gainesville ISD at NCTC on January 12 & 13. We are THRILLED to make the official announcement that our 2nd-5th grade UIL students finished in FIRST PLACE!
Detailed individual results will be released next week.

Point totals

Gainesville: 584

Sanger Clearcreek: 442

Krum: 434

Sanger Butterfield: 260

District Spelling Bee

On January 18, GISD students in 1st-8th grade participated in the annual GISD District Spelling Bee. All 19 of these students first competed at their individual campus spelling bees last month, and the highest performing students from each campus were invited to compete at the District Bee.

Amira Khan, 4th grade student at Chalmers Elementary, finished in first place. Nolan Gardner, Lee 6th grade student, finished second and Johany Marin, Lee 5th grade student, finished in third place. The students finishing in first place at their individual campus bees will represent GISD at the Cooke County Spelling Bee on February 7 at 2pm at the GISD Administration Center. Those students are Amira Khan (Chalmers), Johany Marin (Lee) and Jonah Chisolm (GJHS).

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Edison Elementary
1st grade: Swayam Rawal, Jarek Marin, Gibson Morgan, Ryan Byork, Adonai Gonzalez

Chalmers Elementary
2nd grade: William Drew, Maliah Diaz, Destiny Cardona
3rd grade: Jackson Otts, Isabelle Bumpus, Phoenix Kemp
4th grade: Amira Khan, De'Marcus Dunn, Avery Crutsinger

Lee Intermediate
5th grade: Johany Marin, Joey Stephens
6th grade: Nolan Gardner

Gainesville Junior High
7th grade: Pearson Neal
8th grade: Jonah Chisolm

Top Cat Chef Competition

Top Cat is a dynamic competition that challenges Gainesville High School culinary students to create a healthy school meal. This year, three teams competed to create delicious, healthy Asian influence entree for a panel of six judges. Each team chose an entree that met school nutritional guidelines, and worked on perfecting the dish in culinary class during the weeks leading up to the competition. At the competition, they were given an additional three mystery ingredients and were required to include at least one of them in their Asian entree.

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Judges for the competition were: Chef Patrick “Whitey” Hershorn (SYSCO chef); Mary Gerken (GHS Student Council President), Phil Nash (GHS Asst. Principal), Doug Wade (School Board), Dr. Jeff Brasher (Superintendent), Donna Hertel (Sarah’s on the Square). Thank you to our Aramark staff, Food Service Director Lynn Prichard and Asst. Director Pam Lammers for coordinating this event.


The first place Top Cat Chefs will move on to the regional competition in March at Baylor University. Congratulations Florence and Caleigh!

MLK Scholarship Recipients

Patrick Walterscheid, Kasabian Flowers-Lee, Thalia Hernandez, Mary Gerken, and Gabby Brasher were awarded scholarships at the MLK Celebration for their outstanding essays.

Leopard Drama Presents....Annie, Jr.

The GHS Leopard Drama cast did it once again! The cast and crew put on numerous OUTSTANDING performances of the winter musical, Annie, Jr. They put on three public shows and then on Tuesday performed again for over 1000 GISD and Saint Mary's students. BRAVO! Now onto the UIL show, "The Kentucky Cycle, Fire in the Hole".
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TASB Student Video Contest

Students from each campus created and filmed a video to enter into the Texas Association of School Board (TASB) Student Video Contest. The focus this year was "Public Schools Rock". Watch each video to see why all of our GISD campuses ROCK! Thank you to the staff that helped lead these students: Jeff Gerken, Sherri Baldwin, J.R. Johnston, Amy Allen, and Jill Linnell.
Gainesville High School ROCKS
Gainesville Junior High-The Discovery
Robert E Lee Intermediate ROCKS
Chalmers Elementary ROCKS
Edison Elementary ROCKS