Granger School Weekly Newsletter

April 23-27, 2018

Culture of Dignity: Lesson 7

This Week: Facing Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Building from the last lesson, students will be challenged to think about how gender and racial stereotypes affect them and their peers, while also learning why people react the way they do when hearing about race, ethnicity, and gender.

Put yourself in their place:

This will be a hard topic to discuss.

Examples below are given to aide in empathizing how others may feel:

(These examples are geared towards secondary students, from the Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice by Rosalind Wiseman. pg. 105)

You are one girl in a room full of boys, and the topic is menstruation. How might she feel?

One boy in a group of girls, the topic is explaining erections. How might he feel?

One minority person does not make them an expert on the subject and may make them feel extremely self-conscious. Inside and outside the classroom, this student may be having similar experiences as well.


* Understanding cultural differences.

*Understanding that it is not inherently racist to genuinely seek understanding of someone else's history or life experiences.

*Make the lesson environment an acceptable, safe place to make a mistake by saying something "wrong" when sincerely seeking to learn.

*To appreciate difficulties and pressures one may feel being the only one to represent a minority group.

*How to use the SEAL strategy to address racism and bigotry.

Refresher: Stop, Explain, Affirm & Acknowledge, Lock (pg. 47)


*How easy it is to be ignorant of other cultures, and becoming more aware of the effects from this.

*To learn the difference between a curious question and a disrespectful one based on someone's race. (Ex. Where are you from? - curious VS Where are you really from? -fake curious)

*Don't shut down if you are accused of being racist when seeking to truly understand. Ask why your words or actions come across this way, as you really want to know. It can be difficult to find the right words, and the right time, to say them.

*Supporting a friend's right to speak their truth about how they are addressed and what they feel are bigoted comments.

Next week: 8 Finding Support

The programs credit goes to:

Book: Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice by Rosalind Wiseman

Resources: Interested in learning more?

Books for further research by Rosalind Wiseman:

Queen Bees & Wannabes

Masterminds & Wingmen

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads



Word of the Week

Cultural appropriation: The act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture.

Source: Cambridge dictionary

Wise Words

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all humanity. - Robert Alan

Please come out Tuesday and support the Granger Baseball Team playing in their last home game of the year. JV plays at 4:30 and Varsity at 7:00. The Varsity is making a push for the last playoff spot!

More Wise Words

The world which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you, they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.

-Wade Davis

Planning Ahead/Quick Reminders

Thurs. April 26 Rocketry Class to test launch model in Fredricksburg

Mon. April 30 PTO Meeting 7:00 pm

Wed. May 2 All Sports Banquet 6:00 pm

Tues. May 1 Pre-K-K registration 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wed. May 2 Pre-K-K registration 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thurs. May 3 Lower elementary field trip

Thurs. May 3 NHS Banquet 6:30

Fri. May 4 Band Competition Grades 5-12 in Riesel @ 4:00 pm

Sat. May 5 HS Band Spring Trip 5:30 am-10:00 pm

Wed. May 9 School Board Meeting 6:30

The JH and HS award assembly will both be held on Thurs. May 10th.

May 10: JH Awards Assembly 6:00 pm in Student Center

May 10: HS Awards Assembly at 7:00 pm in Student Center

***May 11 All Library Books Due

***May 11 All fees due for lost/damaged books and Laptop Insurance payments

***SENIORS: All obligations due to go on trips!

May 11-12 HS Track @ State University of Texas

Sat. May 12 Lakefest

Wed. May 16 Athletic Booster Club meeting 6:00

Thurs. May 17 Kindergarten Graduation @ 1:30 in Student Center

May 17-18 State Tennis Tournament @ Texas A&M

Friday May 18 Elementary Field Day

5/18 6th Grade Band Trip

5/18 - UIL Field Trip to Mel's Bowling - 8:30-11:15 - 5th, 7th, 8th, and High School grades

5/21 5th Grade Band Trip

5/22 - UIL Field Trip to Mel's Bowling - 8:30-11:15 - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, grades

Senior Trip: Wednesday, May, 23rd--BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas

Senior Field Trip: Thursday, May 24th--The Domain, Austin, Texas

5/24 Elementary Awards PREK-2nd @ 8:10-9:30 3rd-4th @ 9:40-10:40

5/25 EARLY RELEASE 1:00 pm Last Day of School!

Sat. May 26 High School Graduation 2:00 @ Taylor Event Center

Summer school begins Monday, 6/4/18

Don't forget:

*To check school website

*Instagram: Follow the school yearbook @ grangerlionsyearbook

*Students have access to eBooks!

Padawans to Jedi Knights!

Students were observed and nominated for exhibiting the following Jedi Knight traits: calm, responsible, patient, humble, thoughtful, mindful of others, in control of themselves, and works hard to improve themselves.
Below are the lists of students presented to the committee, and we congratulate them for their outstanding character and citizenship.
Jadn willis

Ozzie Robles

Alicia Valverde

Brooklyn Gaswint

Adrian Lizardo

Kye Welles

Jaxson Burnette

Emiley Payan

And the Padawans to make Jedi Knight status are:

Jadn Willis

Jaxson Burnette

Congratulations to all the nominees! Be vigilant wise ones, as one more Padawan will graduate before the school year ends!

Jedi Knight Jadn Willis

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Jedi Knight Jaxson Burnette

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Do you have a motto to encourage yourself or others?

Good, better, best.

Never let it rest,

Until your good is better

And your better is best.

-Ione Duncan's favorite motto she would tell her son, Tim Duncan. (NBA Champion)

Book: Tim Duncan by John Walters can be found in the school library.

Repeats Worth Repeating

Raising Fundraiser Awareness

Sat., May 5 Student Council Car Wash @ First State Bank 8:30-12:30

*Ongoing Fundraiser: SHOPPING!

School name: Granger School

School ID#: 192787

+++Family Book Store on home page and Caring for Classrooms donations count towards student's earning prizes. Merchants purchases raise money for the entire school but will not count for student's Prize Thermometer. All proceeds benefit the school.

Happy Birthday!


Sandi Dunn 7

Tawnya Shirocky 13

Kelly Brock 25

Dalila Rangel 26


Renaissance Testing Dates (Reading & Math Progress Monitoring)

End of Year 04/23/2018 - 05/11/2018

STAAR, EOC, and Finals Testing Dates:

May 8-10 - High School EOC: Algebra (5/8), Biology (5/9), US History (5/10)

May 14 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Math, 5th & 8th Math Retest

May 15 - Grade 3, 4, 6, 7 Reading, 5th & 8th Reading Retest

May 16 - Grade 5, 8 Science

May 17 - Grade 8 Social Studies

May 22-24 Finals Week

Sports Schedules

~You are invited to the sporting events and to share the excitement and support for the hard working Granger ISD Students and Coaches!~


Thurs.-Fri. May 17-18 State Texas A&M 8am


April 27-28 regional Track Meet at A&M

May 11-12 State Track Meet at UT

*Remember to check school website and Dojo in case of any last minute changes due to situations beyond GISD control.

********The end is nearer than you think:

Students & Parents: Please be sure you/your student does not have any unfulfilled obligations. It's not nagging, really. It is a gentle reminder to avoid unnecessary surprises.

Possible obligations: laptop insurance, bills carried over from last year, lunch bill, lost books or other borrowed items, FCCLA fees, club dues, athletic dues. Your understanding is appreciated.

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