Friday, October 31, 2014

Greyhound NEWS


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10/30/14 > Spooky Story Invite
Please see invitation attachment.

10/30/14 > Pre-K Shaving Cream Art
Please see attachment.

10/30/14 > AXA Scholarship Information
$1.4 million available! Let your students know!
Attention high school seniors:
• Are you active in your community?
• Have you led a project that benefits others?
• Have you overcome personal challenges?











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• Apply by: December 15, 2014
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• Up to 375 winners nationwide
• Scholarships of $2,500
• Apply by: February 1, 2015
• Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. APPLY EARLY!





Visit www.axa-achievement.com
to learn more and apply online.

AXA Achievementsm is funded by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.

Please do not reply to this e-mail.
10/30/14 > DAR and Good Citizen Scholarship Information
10/30/14 > Revised Football Schedule
A revised football schedule is attached. Shamrock does not have a JV and there is a change to the JV schedule for next week.
10/28/14 > News from 1st Grade
Please see attached

10/28/14 > XC Send-Off
Due to an early start, the Regional Qualifying XC girls will have a “high five walk” at 8:05 from the HS Commons, out past the junior high, and through the elementary to get on their bus. Pick your spot and join us cheering our girls on to another victory!

GHS Cheerleaders
10/27/14 > Revised Football Schedule
A revised football schedule is attached. There are revisions to this Thursday’s schedule.

The 7th & 8th graders will play at Wheeler at 5:00 & 6:00

The JV will play at Canyon Randall at 4:00.

10/24/14 > Confidence Workshop
Please see attached

10/24/14 > Future Engineers
Good Afternoon,

Please see the attached flyer for a student event being held at WTAMU. This is an event to give potential engineering students exposure to the field. It is open to HS (9-12) students who are specifically interested in engineering. It will include interactive and hands on activities, discussions of education and career opportunities in engineering, and lab exercises to give students a feel for life as an engineering student. Lunch will be provided and all students will receive a t-shirt. This event is limited to 100 participants.

Please direct questions to:

Matt Jackson, Ph.D.
Bell Helicopter Professor of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science
West Texas

10/24/14 > Board Minutes
Please see attached minutes

Attachment:

 Board_Minutes.pdf
10/24/14 > Kinder Apple Tasting
Please see attached

10/23/14 > Halloween Carnival to move to City Park
Looks like the weather will be beautiful this weekend, so the Halloween Carnival will be moved to the Gruver City Park this year. The times for events will be the same as on posters around town. Hope to see you there!!
10/23/14 > TILF Borchure
Please see attached

10/22/14 > Picture Re-Takes
School picture RE-TAKES will be Monday, November 24th. You MUST bring your picture packet back on retake day. Retakes at “no charge” on retake day IF:
1. Your eyes are closed
2. Flaw in processing
3. Other error which BLUNCKS caused

Retake for $5.00 charge IF:
1. Different clothing choice desired
2. Different hairstyle desired
3. Anything over which BLUNCKS had no control

Thank you!
10/22/14 > So You Want to be a Veterinarian?
See this article on our website at http://www.opsu.edu/News/?page=Article&id=2534.

**For Immediate Release**
So, You Want to be a Veterinarian?

Goodwell, Okla. — How do I become a veterinarian? What kinds of classes will I take? If you have an interest in pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine, OPSU’s Alpha Zeta Organization has just the event for you!

Alpha Zeta will be hosting “So, You Want to be a Veterinarian?” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. This free event will be held on the OPSU campus in the Science and Agriculture Building in Room 101 and the public is invited to attend.

Working veterinarians as well as current veterinary school students will be on hand to present information and answer questions. Attendees will receive information to chart their career choice.

OPSU Animal Science Department Head Dr. Sandol Johnson said, “The requirements for veterinary school can be very hard for students to understand. Those interested in vet school may not know what college courses to take, how and when to apply to veterinary school or even where there are veterinary schools in the United States. It can be overwhelming and confusing for anyone exploring this career. Alpha Zeta, the Ag Honor Fraternity of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, would like to help answer questions in the meeting on Wednesday night. Along with information packets, we have invited several working veterinarians to share information and answer questions. Everyone is invited, even if they have to come in late to the meeting. There are many meetings and other activities during that time frame, but please come and ask questions.”

For more information please contact Dr. Johnson at 580-349-1508 or sandol.johnson@opsu.edu.
10/22/14 > News from Pre-K
Please see attachment.

10/21/14 > PTO Meeting
Reminder:
PTO will be meeting Tuesday, October 21st at 3:45 in the elementary teacher’s lounge.
10/17/14 > Gruver @ Booker Game on MaxPreps
Game Details:
Gruver @ Booker - Varsity Football
Date: Fri, Oct 17 @ 07:00 PM

Follow this link to view live updates: http://t.maxpreps.com/1pXIRS3

GO HOUNDS!

Thank you,
MaxPreps
10/17/14 > Band Receives Superior Rating
Congratulations to the 2014-15 Gruver High School Marching Band for receiving a "Superior" Rating during the UIL Marching Contest held last Saturday!

Please see the attachment for more information and a photograph.

10/16/14 > Flu Shots
Flu shots are available in the School Nurse’s office for staff and students. They are $15 each. Call the nurse’s office at 806-733-5415 if you are interested.
10/16/14 > Kinder News
Please see attached

Attachment:

 K Octopus Stew
10/15/14 > ACT Boot Camp
Just a reminder for Juniors and Seniors that are interested in a workshop to possibly help improve their ACT scores. There is scholarship money available to those students that are not able to pay the $39 fee. Please check with Mrs. Whitehead for additional information (806-733-2477).

Please see attachment.

10/15/14 > Elementary 1st Six Weeks Honor Roll & Perfect Attendance
Please see attached

10/10/14 > JH Students of the Six Weeks
Every Six Weeks our teachers are on the "look out" for students demonstrating good behavior and going "above and beyond" in their attitude and actions. The teachers will then place the nominee(s) in either the 5th Grade-, 6th Grade-, 7th Grade- or 8th Grade "Citizens of the Six Week" Box, decorated by the class officers. The names are then chosen at random and announced in front of the entire Jr. High.

The winners are not only recognized, but they receive a certificate and a free "Homework Pass". It just so happened that this Six Weeks all four winners were gentlemen: Brice McGlaughlin, Gage Gumfory, Wiley Haight, and Nick Johnson. Great job guys!!
10/10/14 > PTO Meeting
PTO Meeting on Tuesday, October 14th at 3:45 in the elementary teacher’s lounge.
10/09/14 > Farm Scholarship
Please see attached

10/09/14 > The Farm Scholarship and Amazon
Gruver ISD was informed by Amazon that the Gruver Farm Scholarship Foundation qualifies for their AmazonSmile program. This program donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization selected by their customers. Here is the link to shop and have Amazon donate to the Gruver Farm Scholarship Foundation. Thanks!

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/37-1664273
10/09/14 > MaxPreps: Gruver vs. Sunray Game Link
The Gruver vs. Sunray game can be followed on MaxPreps tonight, beginning at 7:00p.m., at the link below.
http://t.maxpreps.com/1siAdmZ
10/07/14 > Thursday Pep Rally
Varsity plays this Thursday at 7:00! We’ll have our pep rally Thursday at 3:00 in the Old Varsity. Come join us for a little midweek spirit!

GHS Cheerleaders
10/07/14 > News from Kinder

10/06/14 > 2015 CTAT Scholarship Program Launches
2015 CTAT Scholarship Program Launches

10/06/14 > Band Parent Meeting
Band parents will meet Tuesday, Oct 7 at 7:00 in the auditorium. We will discuss the marching contest and Halloween Carnival. Please attend.
10/06/14 > Kinder Visits Community
Please see attachment.

10/02/14 > Match the Promise Foundation Scholarship
It's never too soon ...
TO DREAM BIG



Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠
Scholarship Applications Available Now
Fifth through ninth graders whose families have an income of $100,000 or less can apply now for competitive matching scholarships and tuition grants offered by the Texas Match the Promise Foundation℠.
Match the Promise encourages families to prepay college tuition by supplementing their contributions to the Texas Tuition Promise Fund®, the state’s prepaid college tuition plan. The Foundation will award scholarships and grants of up to $2,000 worth of Promise Fund tuition units to top scoring applicants.
Dec. 31 — A Date to Remember
Eligible applicants have between now and Dec. 31, 2014, to apply for Match the Promise scholarships.* Families can also enroll in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund during this time if they haven’t already done so.
Visit the Match the Promise website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria, and apply now. If you have questions, you can contact us via email or at 1-800-531-5441 1-800-531-5441, ext. 3-7570.
Just remember, it's never too soon to dream big!
* Residency restrictions apply.
10/02/14 > FFA Fundraiser
Gruver FFA Fundraiser

It is that time of year again and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support each year during our fundraisers. We are beginning our meat fundraiser today September 29, 2014 and it will end on October 16th. Gruver FFA knows that during this time of the year each organization asks a lot from the community and we all appreciate you. The profit from this fundraiser each year goes into our local FFA activity account and is used to help support activities the chapter participates in each year.

We also have committed to doing a scholarship fund for the FFA and Agricultural Science students at Gruver ISD. The Dennis Stedje Memorial FFA Scholarship fund was started 13 years ago and awards a top 4 year student of the Gruver FFA and Agricultural Science program. I will give you a little bit of background on how this began. I personally was a scholarship recipient of the Kathy Stedje Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship at OPSU. With this scholarship I was able to help pay for part of my tuition. When I started teaching here I wanted to implement something that not only helped educate students but helped them financially. I was fortunate enough to meet Dennis during college and know how committed he was to livestock judging but most importantly giving back to youth. At this time we have given over $9000.00 in scholarships and I truly hope that this will continue to grow. This fundraising money helps support this ongoing commitment to our most important crop, youth.

A neat part of this fundraiser is that the company that we use is managed by a Gruver graduate, Justin Armes. Scott Stedje, Dennis’ son, is also a representative for this company. Not only does this fundraiser help support our youth, but it has a Gruver connection. Again, thank you for your support.

Products:
Spiral Sliced Ham- $30
The Original Hunter Pack- $27
Peppered Turkey Breast- $23
Smoked Turkey- $28
Smoked Pit Ham- $27
Smoked Sausage Links- $17
“Lil” Porkies- $16
Whole Hog Pork Patties- $18
Whole Hog Pork Roll- $14
Smoked Peppered Bacon- $17
Original Smoked Bacon- $17
Chicken Tenders- $23
Chicken Fajitas- $17
Beef Fajitas- $19
Fiesta Pak Pork Tamales- $21
Pork Steak-$24
Bacon Blast-$21
Marinated Pork Fajitas-$17
Pecan Cobbler- $15

Please contact a local FFA member or contact me at the numbers below.
10/02/14 > HS Red Ribbon Week
Please see attached

10/02/14 > JH Honor Roll
Please see attached

10/02/14 > Kinder Gingerbread Hunt
see attached

9/26/14 > Red Ribbon Week in the Elementary
9/26/14 > News from PK

Attachment:

 Greyhound_News-PK.pdf
9/26/14 > Horatio Alger Scholarship
9/22/14 > Functional Living Center
Gruver Jr. High is in the process of completing a "Functional Living Center" for the students of GISD. The idea is to create an efficiency apartment (minus the bathroom) so that some of our special-need students can have the opportunity to experience and practice the life skills they will need everyday once they leave GISD. Cooking, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, making a bed, etc... will be some of the keys to their independence.

The room, once complete, will have a stove/oven, a washer and dryer, a sink, a refrigerator, and a Murphy bed. Not only will our small number of special-needs students use it, but currently our sixth graders have a "Life Skills" class, taught by Roxie Ralston and Brooke Stewart, which will also teach them basic life skills, as well as responsibility and time/financial management. This Life Skills class will also use the Living Center often.

A special thanks to Clint Sims for constructing the room, and to Khris Kelp for helping oversee the project. We also want to say "thanks" to Pat Harris for getting the project started and Mr. Teal for his idea and vision.

Below is a picture of what it looks like today (Sept 19, 2014). More pictures to come!!
9/22/14 > Gruver HS Open House
Gruver High School will be having our annual Open House on Tuesday, September 30th from 6:00-7:00 pm. Please meet in the library and receive your student’s report card.

9/18/14 > Carson Williams Built Ford Tough Player of the Week
Congratulations to Carson Williams for being named the Class AA Texas High School Football Player of the Week. A presentation from Ford will occur at a later date where two trophies will be presented. One will be for Carson to keep, and the other will be for Gruver High School to keep.



Carson is also in the running for the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Player of the Week. You may vote on that award and do so until noon on Friday at www.texasfootball.com.
9/18/14 > Red Ribbon Assembly
Please see attached

9/17/14 > Homecoming Pep Rally
We are moving our Homecoming Pep Rally to the New High School Gym to be able to display our awesome class video competition. Please join us this Friday at 3:00.

GHS Cheerleaders
9/17/14 > News from Kinder
9/17/14 > GHS Academic News
Several students from Gruver High School attended the Academic UIL Student Conference at West Texas A&M in Canyon, on Saturday, September 13th to beef up their skills, as preparations begin for the Academic UIL meets slated for the spring semester.
Attending the conference were Ady Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Lizbeth Tarrango and Lizbeth Trejo. These students will be competing in Extemporaneous Speaking. All four of these students advanced to the district finals last year with three of the students advancing to the regional meet in Informative or Persuasive Speaking. Hannah Franklin also attended the conference and will compete again in Prose Interpretation. Hannah nabbed 5th place honors at the district meet last year as a freshman.
Last year Gruver High School won the District 1 1A Speech Award and would like to win it again in 2014-2015.
Meet Dates for the upcoming year include:
• District 2015 is March 27, at Amarillo College in Amarillo
• Regional 2015 is April 24, at South Plains College in Levelland
• State 2015 is May 26-28, at the University of Texas in Austin
9/16/14 > Carson Williams- TX HS Football
Below is an email we received about Carson Williams’ outstanding game vs. Texhoma. We encourage everyone to go vote for Carson at www.texasfootball.com. The poll is located on the lower right hand side of the page. Carson had 15 catches for 355 yards and 6TDs. Carson’s single game record of 355 yards ranks 9th All-Time in Texas HS history, and 2nd All Time in the Panhandle region behind Addison Bustos of Caprock who had 392 yards in 2012. Once again we encourage everyone to go vote for one of Gruver’s own.

Thanks,
Coach Felderhoff
9/16/14 > Open House Reminders
Reminder for Tuesday Night:
September 16th
Open House for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades
5:15-6:00 4th Grade (English and Spanish)
6:00-6:45 3rd Grade (English and Spanish)
6:45-7:30 2nd Grade (English and Spanish)
*Childcare will be provided*
9/16/14 > Race for the Cure Donations & Sponsors
We would like to encourage anyone who would like to donate to the Race for the Cure or sponsor a High School or Junior High student to please contact Coach Morrison. You may also bring a check by to Mrs. Shapley or to Mrs. Ward.

Thank you for your continual support.
9/15/14 > NASA Opportunity
Please spread the word to your high school juniors!!

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) 2014-2015 needs Texas high school juniors. Please visit our web site at: http://has.aerospacescholars.org/.

HAS is a NASA unique opportunity for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Selected students will begin their journey with the HAS Online Experience that will start in November and conclude in April. During this time, students will create technical writings and drawings, solve math problems, participate in discussion forums and chat sessions with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas teachers serve as our HAS reviewers who grade the students’ work. In April, students who successfully complete the HAS Online Experience will be qualified to be selected to attend the HAS Onsite Experience hosted by Johnson Space Center (JSC). Selected students will spend six days learning first hand from NASA engineers and scientists who not only speak to the group, but also serve as mentors for the teams. This program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Rotary NASA, at no cost to participants.

For more information and updated timelines, please visit the HAS website at: http://has.aerospacescholars.org/. You can also learn more about the program by viewing “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3HeXYi9Z5Q.

9/12/14 > Heisman Award
9/11/14 > News From Kinder
See Attached

9/11/14 > Gruver FFA Livestock Project Parent Meeting
Gruver FFA Livestock Project Parent Meeting/Gruver 4-H Livestock Projects that Use the School Farm Parent Meeting
The Gruver FFA and Jr. FFA members that are planning to participate in the livestock show program this fall and next spring will have a parent meeting this coming Monday, September 15th. During this meeting we will be discussing purchases, daily project care, swine validation, upcoming show dates, and times that entries are due back to the FFA advisor. If your student has not participated in this program before and is wanting compete in livestock shows, please come to the meeting Monday. We will be meeting in the Gruver agricultural science building at 7PM, Monday, September 15th. All livestock show participants parents are encouraged to be in attendance. If you are not in attendance at this meeting I will need state swine validation tag numbers by September 21st and we will need to further discuss your project plans.

Gruver 4-H members, parents or guardians, that are using the school farm also need to be in attendance at this meeting. We will be discussing ag farm rules during the meeting.
9/11/14 > Lowes Receipts
The Gruver Elementary School is participating in the Lowes’s Education Tapes for Education. Help our school earn credit free education supplies by saving your receipts from any Lowe’s. Our collection boxes are located in the Elementary School lobby at the South entrance. They are also located at City Hall, the City Library, Night and Day Salon and Shear Style.

The collection boxes will be open from August 17, 2014-March 31st, 2014.

Thank you for your support,
9/11/14 > Gruver FCCLA Zaks Cheese Sales
Gruver High School FCCLA kicked off the annual ZAK’S Cheese Sale on Tuesday, September 9th. Sales will run through September 23rd and the orders will be delivered the week of November 10th. These high quality food items are great for the holiday season and will be made at the cheese factory the week before delivery, so you can be assured of getting a freshly made food item. These items also make great Christmas gifts. Thank you in advance for supporting the Gruver High School FCCLA. The money earned from the sale is used for scholarships, community service projects, student activities and travel.

Items being sold include:
• String Cheese – 12 oz.
• Summer Sausage – 12 oz.
• Cheddar Cheese – 22 oz.
• Jalapeno Cheese – 22 oz.
• Ranch Cheese – 22 oz.
• Salami Cheese – 22 oz.
• Triple Treat Gift Box
• Family Favorites Gift Box
• Fudge with Nuts – 8 oz.
• Fudge without Nuts – 8 oz.
• Peanut Brittle – 8 oz.
• Mints – 12 oz.
• Summer Stix – 5 oz.
• Honey Crisps – 10 oz.
• 18 cup Caramel Popcorn
• 18 cup Cheddar Popcorn
• 18 cup Popcorn Ball Popcorn
• 18 cup Red Hot Popcorn
• 18 cup Toffee Popcorn
9/11/14 > Red Ribbon Week
Next week Gruver ISD will be participating in Homecoming and Red Ribbon Week. On Wednesday morning, David Verdu will speak with the student body about "SUSO...Standing Up and Standing Out!"
9/11/14 > JH New Staff
It has been a crazy, but good, first couple of weeks of school; nevertheless, we would be remiss if we did not mention our newest staff member, Carolyn Adams. Mrs. Adams was hired on the first day of school and she has been assisting our classroom teachers. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to help both our teachers and our students!

An Elementary Education degree-holder from Northern Colorado University, Mrs. Adams has over nine years of classroom experience, in addition to numerous other volunteer and career-related experiences. We are really excited to have Mrs. Adams on board and she strengthens an already fantastic staff.
9/11/14 > Senior Concession Stand
Senior parents, please email annelle.teal@gruverisd.net to sign up to work concession stand. We still have many dates to fill. We especially need help for Homecoming Sept. 19th. Other dates are Oct. 9, 24, 31 & Nov 6. Thank you for your help!
9/11/14 > JH Pep Rally and Games
Today marks the first Jr. High football game of the season. The 7th grade kicks off at 5 pm vs. Vega, followed by the 8th grade taking on Texhoma.

There will be a short pep rally in the Old Varsity Gym at 2:00 pm today. Come out and support our cheerleaders and football teams!!
9/09/14 > Open House
Open House Tonight for PK, K & 1st
September 9th
5:30-6:15 Mrs. Felderhoff PK (English & Spanish)
6:15-7:00 Mrs. Sparks & Mrs. Williams K (English & Spanish)
7:00-7:45 Mrs. Weller & Mrs. Grimes 1st grade (English & Spanish)
9/08/14 > Race for the Cure & Pink Shirt Re-Orders
RACE FOR THE CURE

It is time again for the annual Race for the Cure in Amarillo. We would like to invite everyone to join us in our quest to continue our outstanding contributions to the Susan B. Komen foundation. Gruver has been beyond generous over the last 8 years in giving to this cause we hope to see that continue. Over the last 8 years, we have donated over $12,000 and we would like to see that get to around $15,000 this year. I have attached the information about the race and how to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Morrison.

Also this year, the XC team has put out a pink t-shirt. We have decided it would be an excellent way to be more unified as a team the morning of the Race for the Cure. If you are interested in buying a shirt to have for the race please return the form to on the campus secretaries by this Friday, September 12th. I have attached the t-shirt form as well. Again, if you have any questions please contact Coach Morrison.

9/08/14 > Gruver JH & HS Recognition
Both Gruver JH and Gruver HS were recently recognized as Title I High Progress and High Performing schools. Here is an excerpt from an e-mail Mr. Teal received via Region 16:


David,

• Congratulations! Gruver JH School and Gruver HS have BOTH been selected as BOTH T-I High Progress and T-I High Performing Reward Schools! (This is the new name for T-I Distinguished Schools.)

• Region 16 ESC will be recognizing the Title I Reward Schools (High Performing and High Progress) at the PSLA meeting in the Panhandle Conference Center (ABCD) on October 8, 2014, starting at 9:30 a.m.


It's a testament to our students, aides, teachers...and really, our entire community! Great job!!!
9/08/14 > Junior High Open House
GJHS will host its annual "Open House" on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

(see attachment)

La escuela Jr. High tendra la "apertura" de ano 2014-15 el martes 16, de Septiembre a las 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

(ver accesorio)

9/05/14 > PTO Meeting
PTO Meeting
September 9th
Elementary Teacher’s Lounge at 3:45
Discussion: Halloween Carnival
9/05/14 > Superintendent Search
Gruver Independent School District
Hosting a Community Meeting
Seeking Input on Upcoming Superintendent Search
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Gruver High School Commons
9/05/14 > Friday Send-Off
Our team is getting an early start on the road to Boys Ranch! We will be sending off our boys in the high school halls at 2:30 Friday. It will be very short but please join us if you have the time!

GHS Cheerleaders
9/05/14 > Gruver vs. Boys Ranch Game on MaxPreps
We had a fan volunteer to send game information out Friday night through the Max Preps website. To follow the game online, click on the link below. Game time is at 7:30
Link for Sharing to send to your family, friends and loyal followers to view your live updates: http://t.maxpreps.com/1t8XiVG

Thank you,
MaxPreps
9/05/14 > Race for the Cure 2014
RACE FOR THE CURE 2014

The Race for the Cure in Amarillo is quickly approaching and we would like to invite everyone to join us in this event. Over the last 8 years, Gruver has been able to make a great contribution to this event and organization and we would like to continue. The high school has even been recognized for their efforts in the past years. This event will be held on September 27th in downtown Amarillo, near the Amarillo National Bank building. I have attached the packet of information with transportation forms for High School and Junior High students and also the paper registration form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks,
Coach Morrison

9/04/14 > Board Minutes
See Attached

9/04/14 > FCCLA News
The Gruver FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) have had a busy start of school. These are some of the things accomplished so far this year and some of the upcoming events for September.
• Officer elections were held in May, and the student leaders elected to serve for the new school year, include the following:
President: Noemy Guereca, Senior
V. President of Finance: Lizbeth Trejo, Junior
V. President of Correspondence: Griselda Lopez, Senior
V. President of Records: Patty Garcia, Senior
V. President of Programs: Ady Garcia, Junior
V. President of Membership: Caty Rodriquez
• The Gruver FCCLA Officer Team met on August 21, to develop a program of work for its membership and to learn how to become an awesome FCCLA leader “Anchored in Success.”

• The FCCLA and FCS students will provide free face-painting to all elementary students on Friday, September 19, on GHS Homecoming Day to promote school spirit.
• FCCLA members will kick-off the Zak’s Cheese Sale on Tuesday, September 9th. Students will be taking orders for food items until Monday, September 22th.
• The Gruver FCCLA/FFA annual cookout will be held Tuesday, September 23, in the city park. All students interested in joining one of these awesome student-led organizations are invited to attend.
• FCCLA members will travel to Vega High School on September 30, for the Fall Leadership Workshop.
9/04/14 > Revised Football Schedule
A revised football schedule is attached. The changes are to next Thursday games. The 7th grade will play Vega & the 8th grade & JV will be playing Texhoma. All three games are here, and the 7th grade will start at 5:00.
Thanks,
Terry

9/03/14 > Greyhound Booster Spirit Shirt- FINAL ORDER
The Greyhound Boosters will be taking a FINAL ORDER for this year’s spirit shirt. An order form is attached and orders are due back to campus offices by 2:45p.m. Thursday, September 4th.

9/03/14 > Gruver Greyhound Shutterfly Site
We have added a link to our campus WebPages called “Photo Gallery”. This link will take you to a Gruver Greyhound Shutterfly site. From this site, you can view, download, and order pictures and so much more. The link to the Shutterfly site is:
https://gruverisdgreyhounds.shutterfly.com/

We hope this will be a much more convenient way to view photos.
9/03/14 > Blunck's Picture Dates
October 1st:
Memory Mates PK-11th
Memory Mates Faculty
JH Cheer, Football, Cross Country
HS Cheer, Football, Cross Country

October 16th:
Senior Portraits
Senior Group

November 24th: (JH will be taken 1st because they are benchmark testing)
PK-12th Retakes
Elementary UIL
JH UIL, Band, NJHS, Class Officers
HS Band, Choir, FCA, FFA, NHS, Student Council, Yearbook, Class Officers

January 7th:
JH Basketball
HS Basketball
HS Class Favorites
Senior Favorites

March 11th:
Elementary Casuals and Class Pictures
JH Casuals and Class Pictures
JH Track
HS Track, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Softball
HS UIL

Thank you!
8/29/14 > JH Bell Schedule
Here is the updated JH Bell Schedule. We are on Pep Rally schedule today!

Attachment:

 JH_Bell_Schedule.pdf
8/28/14 > ACT Dates

Attachment:

 ACT_Test_Schedule.pdf
8/28/14 > Tuition for FPC Classes
Tuition for Frank Phillips Classes are due this week.
If you have any questions please call (806) 733-5111.
8/28/14 > Greyhound Football on MaxPreps
We had a fan volunteer to send game information out Friday night through the Max Preps website. To follow the game online, click on the link below. Game time is at 7:30

Link for Sharing to send to your family, friends and loyal followers to view your live updates: http://t.maxpreps.com/1pdmZX0


Thank you,
MaxPreps
8/28/14 > Pep Rally
Let’s kick off our season with spirit for our Cross Country and Varsity Football teams! See you at the Old Varsity Gym at 3:00 on Friday for our 1st pep rally of the year!
8/26/14 > News from the Elementary Meet Your Teacher
Please see attachment.

8/26/14 > Board Minutes
See attached

8/26/14 > Meet the Hounds
Reminder that Meet the Hounds is this evening at 7:00 at Greyhound Stadium.
8/25/14 > Fall Sport Schedules
The football and cross country schedules are attached.

8/21/14 > Lady Hound XC Shirt
The Lady Hounds XC shirt order forms are due by Friday, August 29th. If you have any questions feel free to contact Coach Morrison.

Attachment:

 XC T-Shirt 2014
8/21/14 > Meet the Teacher
Reminder:
Gruver Elementary Meet the Teacher will be in the Auditorium
Friday, August 22, 2014
10:00 in English
10:30 in Spanish
Bring your school supplies!!!!
8/21/14 > JH Load Your Locker
Junior High students are welcome to come and "Load Your Locker" on Friday, August 22 from 9-12.
8/21/14 > GISD Earns the State's Highest Honor
Gruver ISD is one of only 26 districts out of the more than 1200 districts in the state to earn the state’s highest honor, “Distinction for Postsecondary Readiness.”
Postsecondary Readiness – Emphasizes the importance of earning a high school diploma that provides students with the foundation necessary for success in college, the workforce, job training programs, or the military.

“Earning a distinction is not easy,” said Commissioner Michael Williams. “Any school earning one or more distinctions should be recognized in its community for the outstanding work.”
Postsecondary readiness is the only distinction at the district level. Twenty-six school districts and charters earned this distinction for 2014. Districts and charters earning a postsecondary readiness distinction include: Carroll ISD; Cisco ISD; Clifton ISD; Falls City ISD; Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts; Glasscock County ISD; Glen Rose ISD; Gruver ISD; Harmony School of Science (Houston); Harmony Science Academy (Waco); Highland Park ISD (Dallas); Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD; Kerrville ISD; Los Fresnos CISD; Lovejoy ISD; Martins Mill ISD; Medina Valley ISD; Mumford ISD; Richardson ISD; School of Science and Technology (Leon Valley); Sharyland ISD; South Texas ISD; Uplift Education-North Hills Preparatory (Irving); Uplift Education-Williams Preparatory (Dallas); Valley View ISD; and Wimberley ISD.
8/18/14 > JH Football Equipment Issue
JH Football equipment issue Wednesday, August 20th, 11:00, in the field house. If you child cannot be there he will get equipment the first day of school.
8/15/14 > 5th Grade Parent Meeting
5th grade parent orientation meeting on Tuesday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Jr. High Library.
8/14/14 > Meet Your Teacher
Please see attachment for Meet the Teacher this year.

Attachment:

 Meet_the_Teacher.docx
8/14/14 > Booster Club Spirit Shirts
2014-2015 Booster Club Shirts are here! They may be purchased in Mrs. Irwin's classroom at the High School from 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m. this Thursday & Friday!

Short Sleeve Shirts: $10
Long Sleeve Shirts: $15
Crewneck Sweatshirts: $20
Hoodie Sweatshirts: $25

(there is an extra $1.00 charge per 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)

The t-shirt design is attached!

Thanks and Go Hounds!

8/14/14 > JH Staff Changes and Additions
NEW MATH TEACHER:
Gruver Independent School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Mrs. Julie Babbs to teach 7th and 8th grade Math. Mrs. Babbs is no stranger to GISD and returns to us with a wealth of experience and accolades. She instructed at Gruver High School from August 2002 to May 2006 and also taught and coached at Booker ISD from 1999 to 2002.

Mrs. Babbs, a graduate and Valedictorian of Perryton High School, received her undergraduate degree from WTAMU, where she was also a member of the Lady Buffs basketball team! Upon graduation, Mrs. Babbs went to Booker ISD where she was nominated for the "Kappa Delta Pi National First-Year Teacher of the Year" award and went on to win the WTAMU "First-Year Teacher of the Year" award!

The mother of three and wife to husband, Kevin Babbs, is a great addition to our already outstanding staff here at Gruver Jr. High School. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the upcoming school year!


NEW SCIENCE TEACHER AND HEAD OF MAINTENANCE:
We are also very excited to announce that Coach Tori Skarke will be teaching 7th and 8th Grade Science this upcoming school year! Coach Skarke, whose classes had among the best STAAR Math scores in the state of Texas this past year, has an even greater passion about teaching Science; consequently, we cannot wait to see what she brings to the already strong Jr. High Science Department!

Furthermore, Coach Khris Kelp, our former 7th and 8th grade Science teacher and current Head Baseball coach extraordinaire, has taken over as Head of Maintenance. Coach Kelp has an incredible knack for being a "jack of all trades and master of...most"! There are several projects currently under way and we look forward to see them completed and fully functional!

We have some great things going on at Gruver Jr. High (and in the entire school district) and it is a testament to the current and former teachers, students, and community members of this great town and surrounding area! Thank you for your support!
8/11/14 > Freshman Parent Meeting
August 19th @ High School Gym
1:00 - 2:00 P.M. or 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
*If unable to attend please call 733-5111 to set up a meeting.

Discussing new graduation program and the Farm Scholarship.
8/11/14 > Board Minutes
See attached

8/11/14 > JH New Student Registration
Gruver Jr. High school is inviting all new students and their parents to visit the Jr. High on Tuesday, August 12 and register for the upcoming school year. Registration will be officially from 9 am to noon; however, if Aug. 12 is NOT possible then we encourage you to come up on any day from Aug. 11 to Aug. 15 and register.

If you have any questions, please contact Wade Callaway at (806) 733-2081.

Thank you!!
8/11/14 > 8th Grade Students and Parents
8th Grade Students and Parents of 8th Grade Students:

We are excited to announce two new additions to our Jr. High schedule. Beginning this year, all 8th graders will have the choice to either take "Principles of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources" with Mr. Weston Born OR "Family and Consumer Sciences" with Mrs. Cherri Sherrill.

In order to have the schedule set by the first day of school, we are asking students/parents to notify the school as to which option each 8th grade student wishes to take. We are going to have "New Student Registration" on Tuesday August 12 beginning at 9 am. (If anyone cannot make that date, simply come up as soon as you can next week). Parents of current 8th grade students (or the students themselves) may come up at that time and notify Mrs. Shapley or myself as to which class they are choosing. You may also call the Jr. High and leave a message (806) 733-2081 or e-mail Coach Callaway at wade.callaway@gruverisd.net.

We think it is a great opportunity for our 8th graders to begin their transition into High School and receive a High School credit at the same time! Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible!
8/11/14 > BIM 2/ Concurrent FPC 1405
Microsoft Office 2007: Advanced Concepts and Techniques, Shelly, Cashman, Vermaat
ISBN-10: 1-4188-4332-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4188-4332-8
8/11/14 > JH Load Your Locker
Junior High students are welcome to come and "Load Your Locker" on Friday, August 22 from 9-12.
8/11/14 > Band Practice
Band practice at band hall Monday - Thursday, August 11th -14th from 6:00-8:00pm.
8/06/14 > Book List for College Courses
ISBN # Title of Textbook Publisher Author Required
9780393934069 America: A Narrative History. (Vol. 1-Paperback) 8th Edition. Norton Tindall, George B. & Shi, David E.

ISBN # Title of Textbook Publisher Author Required
978-0-618-76125-8 ECONOMICS 7TH EDITION HOUGHTON MIFFFLIN COMPANY WILLIAM BOYES AND MICHAEL MELVIN Yes

ISBN # Title of Textbook Publisher Author Required
9780393149579 We The People: An Introduction to American Politics-{Eighth TEXAS Edition-Paperback} Norton Benjamin Gingsberg, Theodore J. Lowi

ISBN # Title of Textbook Publisher Author Required
Mathxl Mathxl Mathxl.com Will be given instructions on how to purchase on the first day of class.
8/04/14 > High School Supply List
7/28/14 > Elementary School Supply List
7/28/14 > JH School Supply List
Here is the 2014-15 Jr. High Supply list (please view the attached PDF file). You may also access it on the GISD webpage under the "Jr. High School" tab.

7/28/14 > Yearbooks are HERE
Yearbooks are HERE! They may be picked up in Mrs. Irwin's High School classroom this Monday, July 28th and Tuesday, July 29th from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m., and 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. If you did not pre-purchase a yearbook, there are extras for sale at a cost of $50.00.

Thank you!
7/28/14 > FFA Leadership Camp
Area 1 FFA Leadership Camp

Gruver FFA had three students attend the Area 1 FFA Leadership Camp June 24-26th. Maddie Book, Hunter Hopkins and, Miguel Perez attended the camp that included multiple different workshop activities that focused on team work, leadership, character, citizenship and much more. Workshop presenters included the Area Officer Team, the incoming 2014-15 State Officer, the current State Officer, and representatives from local colleges and universities. As a community service project this year the students visited the local nursing home and spent time with the elderly residence. These Gruver students were among 350 students that attended Clarendon College for the leadership camp from across the panhandle. Gruver FFA will also be attending the 86th annual State FFA Convention this July.
7/28/14 > HS School Supply List
7/15/14 > Dual Credit Scholarship
Dual Credit scholarship applications must be complete by August 22, 2014. You can apply by going onto the FPC website. Applicants must include and essay as well as their high school transcript. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
7/15/14 > Board Minutes
See attached

7/15/14 > New Band Director
We are excited to announce the hiring of Mrs. Shannon Landrum, our new band director at GISD! Shannon and her husband, Chris, moved to town on Monday and are excited to be here! We, in turn, are very excited to have them!

Shannon and Chris, newlyweds, come to us from Beaumont, Texas where Shannon was Assistant Band Director at Odom Middle School. In addition to her role as assistant band director, Mrs. Landrum was also the Middle School Curriculum writer, a member of the District Educational Improvement Committee, and a mentor teacher. Furthermore, she was a Worship Leader for the Calvary Baptist Church Orchestra there in Beaumont. Prior to Beaumont, Mrs. Landrum was the 5th Grade Band Director at Port Arthur ISD, in Port Arthur, Texas.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington, Shannon marched for the UTA marching band, was the Clarinet Section leader and the President of the band-affiliated Tau Beta Sigma chapter. A native of Prague, OK (where in 2004 she was the President and Chapter Representative of the American Red Cross Chapter), Mrs. Landrum is just a few classes away from receiving her Administrative Certification from Lamar University.
6/09/14 > Baseball Camp
The Greyhound Baseball Camp will be June 16th - 18th. A camp flyer is attached. If you have any questions please contact Coach Kelp at 806-330-0801. Sign up deadline to receive a camp t-shirt at camp is June 9th. (Late sign-ups and walk-ups will receive their shirts at a later date)

Attachment:

 Camp_Form_2014.pdf
6/05/14 > Board Minutes
See attached

6/05/14 > Scholarship Opportunity
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We are offering three $2,500 scholarships to the winners of our essay contest. The scholarships will be awarded to one person in each of the following categories:
· current high school senior enrolled at a college or university in the fall of 2014
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http://www.storage.com/scholarships
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6/05/14 > All-District Baseball Team 2014
The 2014 District 6-A All District Baseball Team is attached.

6/05/14 > Elementary Awards
Please see attached

6/05/14 > Houndball Shootout
The schedule for this weekend’s Houndball Shoot out is attached.

5/29/14 > NJHS
The outgoing 8th grade officers helped to induct 17 new members into the 2014 Gruver Junior High National Junior Honor Society. After the ceremony, the students were served dinner by their NJHS advisors. Looking forward to next year!!!!

Attachment:

 njhs.pdf
5/29/14 > Science Fair
Excellent job to all and thank you to our guests!

Attachment:

 Science_Fair_2014.pdf
5/29/14 > Austin the Wallaby Visits
Austin the Wallaby Visits

Attachment:

 wallaby.pdf
5/29/14 > State Academic UIL
Gruver High School had seven students travel to Austin, for the State Academic UIL Meet on May 19-21. Congratulations to Travis Stedje, a third place winner in the Ready Writing event. Reagan Haynes placed 8th in the Computer Applications event. Participants in the Spelling and Vocabulary event were Zoe Cantrell, Katy McLennan, Cassie McKay and Hannah Speck. Jace Lane was an alternate for the Prose event.

5/28/14 > Greyhound Football Camp
The Greyhound Football Camp will be July 29th & 30th. A camp flyer is attached. If you have any questions please contact Coach Felderhoff at 806-736-0203.

5/27/14 > Duke TIP
Please see attached

Attachment:

 Duke_TIP_2014.pdf
5/27/14 > Kindergarten Rodeo
Please see attachment.

5/27/14 > Science Fair
The 5th-8th grade will host their 1st Annual Science Fair which is set-up in the Jr. High library. Viewing will begin on Thursday, May 22. During their science times, the students will be there to speak about their projects and using their Ipads, some showing a video of the activity! They are very excited about their projects and models and we welcome anyone and everyone to come and view!!! I know that the last few days are busy so it will also be there on Monday as will students if you can't make it on Thursday. There are plaques for the top three projects in each grade level and I must say that the competition is looking to be fierce! Smiley Come enjoy the fun.
5/27/14 > PK-K Field Trip
Please see attachment

Attachment:

 PK__K_FieldTrip.pdf
5/27/14 > Mighty Milers
Please see attachment

5/15/14 > Texas Basketball Magazine All-State Team 2014-2015
Congratulations to Brennyn Seagler and Hadlee Spivey on their recent selection to the Texas Basketball magazine All State Team for 2014-2015! A very nice honor for both of these young ladies! As Coach Callaway mentioned, the magazine will be available online but not for several more months.
Congrats to Carson, Brennyn, and Hadlee for their selections!
5/15/14 > Rocket Launch
Please see attachment

5/15/14 > Root Beer with the Olsons
A big thank you to John & Mary Olsen for sharing with our students!

Attachment:

 root_beer.pdf
5/15/14 > YMI Library Donation
Gruver Jr. High had the distinct pleasure of having Dr. Bob Adams visit our campus on Tuesday, May 13. Dr. Adams (or "Dr. Bob", as he is know to legions of young men) was on hand, along with his "YMI - Young Men of Integrity" group, to present to GJHS a check. The donation was worth over $150 and was fundraised by the YMI group during a bike ride held in rather inclement weather.



Thank you Dr. Bob for all you do for this community and thank you awesome 8th grade boys in YMI for your hard work and your generous donation as a result of it!
5/15/14 > Fritch ISD Student Relief Fund
The Gruver High School National Honor Society is taking monetary donations for the Fritch ISD Student Relief Fund. This money will be dispersed to those students who recently lost their homes and possessions in the wildfire that affected the Lake Meredith and Fritch area Sunday, May 11, 2014. You may bring your donation to Kelly Hart in the High School library. GHS students are being asked to bring a $10 minimum to support this great cause.

5/15/14 > Vet for a Day
A special thanks to Dr. Irwin for volunteering his time teach students and show them career options!

Attachment:

 Vet_for_a_Day.pdf
5/15/14 > 4th Grade Weathering
Please see attachment

5/13/14 > News from 4th Grade
Please see attachment

5/13/14 > Pizza for Parents 2014
Please see attachment

5/13/14 > Pre-Season All-State
On May 12th, Texas Basketball Magazine announced that Carson Williams was selected to it's 2014-15 preseason All-State team. The letter states: "this honor is only awarded to the very best players in the State of Texas".

Congratulations Carson!!

The 2014-15 edition will not be out for several more months; however, if you would like to view past editions, go to www.texasbasketballmagazine.com.
5/13/14 > NJHS Induction
We are going to hold our 2nd annual National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony on May 20th at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium. We encourage and welcome any who can make it to be there.

Thank you!
5/09/14 > NJHS Induction
Please join the National Junior Honor Society on Tuesday, May 20th at 11:30 in the Gruver Auditorium for the induction of the 2014 members.
5/07/14 > State UIL Shirt
Don’t miss out on ordering a State UIL Academic Shirt! The order form is attached. Orders are due Monday, May 12th by 2:45p.m.

Attachment:

 State_UIL_Shirt.pdf
5/07/14 > Athletic Banquet
The High School Athletic Banquet will be Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30, in the First Baptist Church Activity Center. See the attached flyer for more information.

5/05/14 > Spring Band/Choir Concert
The Spring Band/Choir concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00PM in the Auditorium. These students have worked very hard on their concert music this year and would love for you to come out and listen to them perform!
5/05/14 > Band/Choir Awards Banquet
The Band/Choir Awards Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th at 7:00PM. This banquet is for the 8th-12th Band, HS Choir, and their parents. The main dish at the banquet will be pork loin. All of the students have signed up to bring a side dish or dessert. The banquet is free of charge.
5/05/14 > 1st Grade News
Please see attachment.

5/05/14 > Free Athletic Physicals
Free athletic physicals for any student that is currently 6th-11th grades, and plans to participate in any athletic activity next school year, will be on May 7th & 14th. If your child in currently in athletics he/she will receive paperwork from the coaches. However, a copy of the forms are attached.

Free athletic physicals for the boys will be May 7th beginning at 1:45 in the field house.

Free athletic physicals for the girls will be May 14th beginning at 1:45 high school gym.

4/29/14 > Hadlee State T-Shirt
Hadlee Spivey has qualified for State Track and we are so proud of her! Attached is a special shirt for anyone to purchase, in support of this achievement! The shirts are short sleeve and the color is coral.

Orders are due Friday, May 2nd at 3:30p.m.

4/28/14 > News From the Elementary
Please see attachment.

4/28/14 > Hospitality Association Scholarship
HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION TO AWARD $10K TO GRADUATING SENIORS

AUSTIN (April 25, 2014) – The Texas Hospitality Association will award a total of $10,000 in scholarships to four 2014 Texas high school graduating seniors as part of their campaign to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility.

THA will award a $5,000 scholarship to the Texas high school senior who submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: “If you are under 21, it’s illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas.” A $2,500 scholarship will go to second place, $1,500 will be awarded for third place, and $1,000 will be awarded for fourth place. The winning posters will be used as part of a statewide alcohol awareness campaign.

The contest is open to all 2014 Texas high school seniors, including those graduating from private schools, charter schools, and homeschools. Artwork must be an original design and may be hand drawn, photographed, or computer- or electronically-generated. Students should keep in mind a billboard display when designing their poster, which should be between 8.5x11 and 14x18 inches.

Students have until Friday, May 16, to submit their entry to THA, and winners will be announced on June 1. For more details on the scholarship competition, visit www.TexasHospitalityAssociation.com.

For more information on THA, contact Todd Kercheval at (817) 296-9575 or toddkercheval@aol.com, or Joey Bennett at (512) 496-9575 or joey@joeybennett.com.
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The Texas Hospitality Association is a statewide, non-profit association made up of Texas businesses that sell or serve adult beverages. THA’s mission is to encourage the responsible sale and service of adult beverages and to fight underage drinking through public awareness campaigns and education.

Serving Texas Responsibly
4/28/14 > FCCLA Spring Luncheon
The FCCLA Spring Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 23, in the Family Consumer Science department. The food that included fajitas, chips, salsa, brownies and ice cream was prepared by the students in the FCS classes. Following the lunch, members were recognized for their participation in the organization this past school year and the 2014-2015 officers were installed in a ceremony. New officers elected for the upcoming year will be:

President: Noemy Guereca
Vice-President of Finance: Lizbeth Trejo
Vice-President of Correspondence: Griselda Lopez
Vice- President of Records: Patty Garcia
Vice- President of Programs: Ady Garcia
Vice-President of Membership: Caty Rodriguez
Alternate: Lizbeth Tarrango
4/28/14 > FCCLA State Convention
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a student-led organization with the family as its central focus and youth are empowered to address personal, work and societal issues through involvement in the organization.

As an extension of the classroom experience, six Gruver High School students and the FCCLA Advisor, Cherri Sherrill attended the State FCCLA Conference on April 10-12, in Corpus Christi. The conference included three days full of leadership opportunities and enabled members to learn career readiness skills while expanding their leadership potential and building skills for life. Students listened to featured speakers Judson Laipply and Aric Bostick. The group also took an educational tour to the State Aquarium. Leadership Tracks included: STOP the Violence; Power of One; Student Body; Distracted Driving and Dressing for Success. The students also enjoyed dinner on San Antonio River Walk and a trip to the Corpus Christi beach.


Noemi Guereca, Junior; Ady Garcia, Sophomore; Patty Garcia, Junior; Cassie McKay, Senior; Griselda Lopez, Junior and Lizbeth Trejo, Sophomore
4/28/14 > 8th Grade Parent Meeting
Required - 8th Grade Meeting

Where: High School Gym
When: Tuesday, April 29th @ 6:00 PM
Why: Discuss the new graduation requirements. (House Bill 5)
Who: 8th grade students and their parents

If you are unable to attend, please contact
Mr. Seagler or Mrs. Whitehead at– 806-733-2477.
troy.seagler@gruverisd.net
raquel.whitehead@gruverisd.net

State law (HB5) requires that we have this meeting.
4/24/14 > IPSA Scholarship
Please see attachment

Attachment:

 IPSA_Scholarship.pdf
4/24/14 > Sky Camp
Please see attached

Attachment:

 SKY_CAMP.pdf
4/24/14 > Lady Hound Basketball Camp---Date Changed
Please disregard the previous GREYHOUND NEWS about girls basketball camp. The dates will be JUNE 16th-18th!!!!!!! Use the attached form when signing up for camp. Thanks and apologies for the confusion!!!

4/23/14 > PK and K Round-Up
Please see attached

4/23/14 > 8th Grade Parent Meeting
All 8th Grade Parents are encouraged to attend a meeting this Thursday, April 24th, in the Jr. High Library at 7:00 pm. The meeting is in regards to JH graduation and the Parent-sponsored party following the event.
4/23/14 > UIL Regional Academic Shirt
If the sign of a successful high school is how many “playoff” t-shirts are created, then I will say Gruver High School is VERY successful!

Please find attached an order form for the UIL Regional Academic T-shirt. Orders are due Thursday at 2:45p.m.

4/23/14 > Student Assistant of the Year
We would like to offer our congratulatory sentiments to Gruver senior, Coley Ruebush, for being selected as one of a handful of TABC (Texas Association of Basketball Coaches) "Student Assistants of the Year"!

Coley was a tremendous asset to Houndball this year with his servant leadership. Whether it was filming games, filling up water bottles, helping coach and encourage or saying the team prayer before meals, Coley was always there for us.

Thank you Coley and congratulations on this well-deserved honor!


(to see the complete list, please see the link below Smiley

http://tabchoops.org/awards/studenttrainers.html
4/23/14 > Mount Vernon Portrait Program
Mount Vernon, our first president's residence, recently sponsored a "George Washington Portrait" program in which, upon request, they would send each school a portrait of George Washington, an American flag that had flown over Mt. Vernon, and a certificate of authenticity! Gruver Jr. High simply wrote a letter to Mt. Vernon requesting the portrait and flag, in return, we promised them to place the objects in a prominent place so our students could view them daily. As promised, Mt. Vernon delivered; consequently, GJHS reciprocated! Below you will see the portrait, flag, and certificate in our library where they are currently on display:


For more information, please visit the following link on Mount Vernon's website:
http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/teachers-students/george-washington-portrait-program
4/21/14 > Regional Track Shirts
Order form for Regional Track Shirt is attached. Due to the quick tunraround, orders are due by noon today, April 21st.

4/21/14 > Elementary 5th Six Weeks awards
Please see attachment.

4/21/14 > Houndball Basketball Camp Dates
The Houndball Basketball Camp dates have been announced:

Camp 1: Saturday; May 10th
Session I: this year's 1st-4th graders -- 9 am to Noon
Session II: this year's 5th-6th graders -- 1 pm to 4 pm

Camp 2: Saturday; May 31st
Session I: this year's 1st-4th graders -- 9 am to Noon
Session II: this year's 5th-8th graders -- 1 pm to 4 pm

This year we will have two separate dates, but campers are encouraged both sessions as the second camp will build upon fundamentals learned in the first one. That being said, any camper not able to attend the first one will be just fine attending the second one.

Current 7th and 8th graders can ONLY attend the second camp due to UIL rules.

In an attempt to allow any student who would like to attend to attend, we have lowered the cost to $10 per camper per camp. There will be no basketballs or camp t-shirts this year.

Registration flyers will be coming home soon or if you have questions, please call Coach Callaway at (806) 679-3788.
4/21/14 > Scholarship News
Do you know any high school seniors or active college students majoring in an ag-related field who might benefit from a scholarship?

As proud members of the Independent Professional Seed Association (IPSA), we’re dedicated to promoting the interests and capabilities of family-owned Ag companies as well as the farming communities they serve. These IPSA scholarships benefit the future of the Agricultural industry by supporting and encouraging the education of future Ag professionals. Please feel free to pass this fantastic opportunity along to any potential scholarship candidates in your area.

These scholarships are available to high school seniors or active college students majoring in an ag-related field of study. The due date for applications is May 15th.


Click here to download the application form and to view additional details.

Applications must be submitted by May 15th to:
IPSA - P.O. Box 241312 - Omaha, NE 68124-5312
Ph. 402/991-3550 Fax: 877/415-1306 info@independentseeds.com
www.independentseeds.com


Myron “Ted” Asplin Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship was created by the Asplin family in memory of Myron “Ted” Asplin.

Student Recognition Award
The IPSA Student Recognition Award was created in 1997 from funds donated by the Independent Corn Breeders Association.

Buckhorn Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Buckhorn, Inc. to benefit the future of Agriculture.

Requirements for Application:
• Applicant must be a high school senior or active college student majoring in an ag-related field of study
• Include most recent student transcript
• List any academic honors and/or awards received
• Two (2) or more references and their contact information (phone number and email)
• Explanation of relationship to IPSA Seed or Associate member company, if any
• Recent photo (head & shoulder preferred), with name printed on back
• Applicant must complete the following essay questions (300 word maximum per question, typed and double spaced answers)

Essay questions:
1. What is your intended college major and why have you chosen that field?
2. What are your career goals?
3. What experience do you have relevant to your career goals?
4. What extracurricular activities have you been involved in and why?
5. Why do you feel you should be selected to receive this scholarship award?

Selection Criteria:
Selection will be based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agricultural involvement. Applications will be judged by the Education Committee and the Board of Directors of the Independent Professional Seed Association.

4/21/14 > Regional Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Regional Track Meet is attached.

4/21/14 > Jr. High 5th Six Weeks Honor Roll
Jr. High 5th Six Weeks Honor Roll

4/17/14 > Area Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Area Track Meet is attached. The meet will be held in Panhandle on Friday.

4/17/14 > 1st & 2nd Grade Field Trip
Please see attachment.

4/10/14 > TABC All-State
Gruver senior, Beau Blankenship, was recently named to the TABC Academic All-State basketball team. This prestigious honor recognizes seniors who excel both on the court and in the classroom! Way to go, Beau!
4/10/14 > Ozarka Scholarship
Please see attached

Attachment:

 Ozarka.pdf
4/10/14 > Revised Softball Schedule
A revised Softball schedule is attached. The Clarendon game has been moved to Saturday, April 19th at 11:00.

4/10/14 > District Track Meet Schedule
The schedule of events for the District Track Meet is attached. The meet is tomorrow and will be held in Sunray.

4/10/14 > News from 2nd Grade
Please see attachment.

4/10/14 > March on Mondays
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 March_on_Mondays.pdf
4/10/14 > News from 3rd Grade
Please see attachment.

4/10/14 > Gruver Tennis Shirts
Orders are being taken for Gruver Tennis Regional Qualifier shirts. They are short sleeve and will be $12.00. To get these shirts by Monday, we MUST have your order by NOON! A form is attached. Turn your orders into Coach Borunda or call him to order 806-367-4010.

4/04/14 > Gruver Lady Hound Golf Shirt
Please see attached

4/01/14 > STAAR Testing
Parents,

Tomorrow (April 2) begins our annual STAAR testing for students in the 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. On Tuesday, the 5th AND 8th graders will take the Math test, while the 7th graders will begin taking the Writing test. On Wednesday, April 3, the 5th AND 8th grades will be doing the Reading test and the 7th grade will finish up the Writing portion.

I assure you that both the teachers and students have been working hard and we believe we are ready to roll! I just wanted share some simple suggestions/reminders from northtexaskids.com:
Here are 10 ways to help our children be successful with STAAR testing

1. What they should expect. Talk to your kids about what to expect and how the STAAR test is not that different from regular tests and exams. When I pointed out to my daughter that she was already doing well in Language Arts and making good grades on her writing projects, she relaxed. Sometimes just reminding them that they already have the skills and a record of success can build their confidence.
2. Sample tests. If they are feeling stressed, you can see example of the types of questions and problems kids can expect at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/. When I reviewed one of the 4th grade reading tests, I knew my daughter would be fine. It’s very similar to the type of work she has been doing in class already. Let them take a sample test and see how well they do. Talk through some of the problems that may be challenging them.
3. Get plenty of sleep. A tired child cannot stay focused for hours on end.
4. Eat a healthy breakfast. Minimize sugar and carbohydrates and make sure your child has some protein to help keep their energy stable for a longer period of time. In many cases, schools are providing hot breakfast for kids this week. Check with your local school. Sometimes getting to school early to have breakfast with friends can help relax your child and take their mind off the test.
5. Make sure they get plenty of exercise and free play time after school. The test is stressful and the kids’ normal routine at school is different this week. Their minds need a mental break and after sitting all day, your younger ones will have excess energy to burn off. Physical activity is also great for helping kids to relax and sleep better!
6. Support and praise them. It may sound simple, but just tell them you are proud of them and know they will do a great job. Knowing you are rooting for them can help boost confidence.
7. Eat Healthy. Send a healthy lunch or talk to your kids about choosing a healthy lunch at the school cafeteria. Explain how healthy food supports their brains, kind of like Popeye and his spinach! My son’s middle school has required us to bring a sack lunch for the two days of testing. Kids will be eating in their testing rooms, so check your school’s regulations today.
8. Surprise them with a special note. Put a note in their lunch box to just say hi and you hope they are having a great day. Nothing fancy, just a sticky note saying “I love you” will lift tired spirit. Got older kids? Send them a quick lunchtime text showing your support. Don’t ask how it’s going, just say, “I am thinking about you, have a great day.” Whether they admit it in public or not, our kids need our love and support on a daily basis.
9. Go to the Dollar store and buy a couple of fun, colorful pencils. Even something this small brightens their day and gets them excited. As we near the end of the school year, pencils tend to be worn down and erasers nearly gone, make sure your kids are prepared.
10. Celebrate when the testing is complete and again when you get the scores. Acknowledge your child for their effort and their success. It might help to tell them that you will go out for ice cream or for a movie or a walk in the park at the end of the week. The key here is to keep their spirits up throughout the week!
- See more at: http://northtexaskids.com/ntkblog/index.php/10-tips-for-a-successful-staar-testing-week/#sthash.s3UCn2tC.dpuf
Here are 10 ways to help our children be successful with STAAR testing
4/01/14 > Revised Baseball Schedule
A revised baseball schedule is attached. Changes include today’s game with River Road JV that will start at 5:00, and next week’s game with Follett that has been moved to Monday, April 7th.

4/01/14 > News from 1st Grade
Please see attachment.

4/01/14 > News from 4th Grade
Please see attachment.

3/31/14 > Revised 2014 Tennis Schedule
A revised Tennis schedule is attached. Changes have been made to the Panhandle Tournament this week and the District Tournament next week.

3/31/14 > Gruver HS Academic UIL Results
The Academic UIL District meet was held Friday, March 28, at Amarillo College. Gruver High School had 51 students compete in 19 events. The high schools participating in the meet were Booker, Claude, Clarendon, Gruver, Panhandle, Vega, Stratford, West Texas-Stinnett and White Deer. GHS emerged from the competition as the District champs. The point totals earned by the schools are listed below.
Gruver – 339.33
West Texas – 278.83
Clarendon – 205
Stratford - 200
Panhandle – 80
Claude – 79
Vega – 71
Booker – 70.50
White Deer – 40.33

Gruver HS students that placed in the top six are as follows!!!
Accounting
3rd Travis Stedje*
4th Kailey Whitehead
Calculator Applications
1st Karsten Irwin*
3rd Kennedy King*
4th Reagan Haynes
Current Events
4th Zoe Cantrell
Computer Applications
3rd Reagan Haynes*
6th Noemi Guereca
Editorial Writing
6th Micaela Davis
Feature Writing
4th Micaela Davis
6th Kennedy Venneman
Informative Speaking
1st Vanessa Garcia*
2nd Lizbeth Trejo*
4th Antolina Mendoza
Literary Criticism
1st Rachel Teal*
3rd Madi Teal*
Mathematics
4th Hannah Speck
5th Travis Stedje
Number Sense
6th Karsten Irwin
News Writing
2nd Michaela Davis*
Persuasive Speaking
1st Emily Harris*
2nd Lizbeth Tarango*
5th Ady Garcia
Prose
2nd Jace Lane*
5th Hannah Franklin
Ready Writing
2nd Travis Stedje*
Social Studies
2nd Cesar Mendoza*
Spelling and Vocabulary
1st Hannah Speck*
3rd Zoe Cantrell*
6th Cassie McKay

Team Results Include the following!!!
Accounting – 2nd Place
Calculator Applications – 1st Place*
Literary Criticism – 1st Place*
Mathematics – 2nd Place
Number Sense – 2nd Place
Social Studies – 1st Place*
Speech ( Prose & Poetry; Informative & Persuasive Speaking; CX-Debate; and L-D Debate) – 1st Place
Spelling and Vocabulary – 1st Place*

* Indicates students and teams that will compete at the Academic Regional Meet at South Plains College on May 2nd
3/31/14 > Texas Hospitality Scholarship
Please see attached

3/31/14 > Elementary Celebration PK-K
Please see attachment.

3/31/14 > JH District Track Meet Schedule
The schedule of events for the JH District Track Meet is attached. The meet will be held on Friday in Stratford.

3/31/14 > Gruver Yearbook on Sale
Order Your 2013-2014 Gruver ISD Yearbook TODAY! Yearbooks are $40.00 before April 15th, after that date they will be $50.00 and there will not be a guarantee that yearbooks will still be available for purchase. An order form is attached.

3/31/14 > Baseball Game Time Change
Tomorrow's baseball game vs. River Road JV will start at 5:00 instead of 4:30.
3/31/14 > Stratford Relays
The schedule of events for the Stratford HS Track Meet is attached. The meet will be held this Saturday.

3/27/14 > WTAMU Engineering
Please see the attached flyers forwarded on behalf of the WTAMU Engineering program.

May 15 is Experience Engineering: It is essentially a one day minicamp for students of all ages to give them exposure to STEM and especially engineering.
June 8-13 is engineering and computer science camp. This event is for grades 7-12 and is for students with a more serious interest in exploring engineering and computer science topics.

Contact information for questions regarding the engineering camps is located on each flyer.

3/25/14 > Spearman Track Meet
The schedule of events for the Spearman Track meet is attached. The JH meet is Thursday, and the HS meet is Friday.

3/24/14 > North Plains Electric Contest
North Plains Electric is sponsoring a contest. The winner will go on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington, DC on June 12-20, 2014.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are eligible to compete.
Applications are in the high school office and due by March 28, 2014. It is a large packet so you need to come in quickly to pick it up.
There will be and interview on Monday March 31 @ 6:00
3/24/14 > news from pre-K
Please see attachment.

3/24/14 > District UIL Meet
The District 1 Academic UIL meet will be held on Friday, March 28, at Amarillo College. Gruver High School has 52 students competing in 19 events. Each of these students should be congratulated for the efforts they have made this school year to achieve a higher standard of academic excellence.
Each student has been given a consent form that is due on Wednesday, March 26th. If they plan to ride home with a parent, a note must be turned in with the consent form.
There will be a bus that leaves at 6 a.m. and one that leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the football field parking lot. All students competing in the morning are on the 6 a.m. bus. Students competing at 12 p.m. or later are on the 8:30 bus. The event times are as follows:
• Accounting – 12 p.m.
• Calculator Applications – 10 a.m.
• Current Events – 9 a.m.
• Computer Applications – 11 a.m.
• Editorial Writing – 2:30 p.m.
• Feature Writing – 1 p.m.
• Headline Writing – 3:30 p.m.
• Informative Speaking – 12 p.m.
• Literary Criticism – 12 p.m.
• Mathematics – 3:30 p.m.
• Number Sense – 9 a.m.
• News Writing – 12 p.m.
• Persuasive Speaking – 12 p.m.
• Poetry Interpretation – 8:30 a.m.
• Prose Interpretation – 8:30 a.m.
• Ready Writing – 9:30 a.m.
• Science – 12 p.m.
• Social Studies – 2:30 p.m.
• Spelling & Vocabulary – 12 p.m.
3/24/14 > FREE VCFT In the News Cowboy Culture Grades Pre-K through 6th
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum presents
"In the News" Cowboy Culture

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00am-9:45am central Time
Grades Pre-K - 6

Howdy Partner!

Cowboys in the Texas Panhandle faced many obstacles including weather, wildlife
and wily livestock. Thus, the cowboy traveled light and owned very little. Every
article of clothing and equipment had to be functional and serve a multitude of purposes.
This program will discuss the role of cowboy clothing on the range and the purpose of each piece.
We will also talk about cowboy cuisine, cowboy customs, and tools of the cowboy trade.
3/24/14 > News from 1st Grade
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 1st_Grade_100.pdf
3/18/14 > Blunck's Picture Day March 21st
Friday, March 21st, will be the last Blunck’s Picture day of the school year. We will be taking PK-8th Grade Class Groups and Individuals, as well as Junior High and High School Spring Sports. Picture packets will be sent home this week for PK-8th grade students.
3/18/14 > Lady Hound Basketball Honors
After a very successful season, Lady Hound Basketball members have received several post season honors:

DISTRICT 1-1A
MVP-Brennyn Seagler
Defensive MVP-Hadlee Spivey

1st Team All District
Reagan Haynes
Bailey Stedje
Kennedy King

ACADEMIC ALL DISTRICT
Patty Garcia
Reagan Haynes
Bailey Stedje
Kennedy King
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey
Sarah Jackson


TABC ALL REGION
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

TGCA ALL STATE
Brennyn Seagler


During the season, Brennyn was selected as the AGN Media & Happy State Bank Athlete of the Week during January and, as part of the honor, will attend a banquet to recognize all the athletes who have been selected throughout the year!

Congrats to all the girls!!
3/18/14 > Houndball Basketball Honors
The 2013-14 TABC Boys All-Region Basketball list was recently released by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. In what turned out to be a very tough region, Gruver had one student-athlete selected to this prestigious group: Carson Williams.

Carson, a junior, averaged 15.7 points per game; 5.0 rebounds per game; 2.2 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game. He was also the district's Offensive MVP and was named All-Tournament in both the Hugoton "Red and Blue Classic" and the "Gruver Holiday Classic".

Only 20 young men from the 32 teams in Region I were selected so it is no small task to be included on this team. Again, congratulations to Carson, and the rest of Houndball, for a great season!
3/17/14 > Greyhound Relays
3/17/14 > One Act Play
The high school one act play will be performing for the public at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 18th.
3/07/14 > 3rd Grade news
Please see attached

3/05/14 > Revised Softball Schedule
A revised Softball schedule is attached. The only change is that the Follett game for this coming Saturday will be played here in Gruver at 1:00 instead of at Follett. Follett has agreed to play both softball games here in Gruver because their field is not ready yet.

3/05/14 > 2014 Football Schedule
The 2014 Football Schedule is attached. Homecoming will be on 9/19/14 vs. Clarendon.

3/04/14 > Farm to Table
5th grade Science used fresh ingredients to make a healthy snack while learning about how plants can be turned into food for energy!

Attachment:

 farm_to_table.pptx
3/04/14 > GHS UIL Update
Gruver High School is currently competing in the Best of Texas, online practice contest to prepare for the upcoming District UIL meet that will be occurring on Friday, March 28th, at Amarillo College. The Best of Texas offers three rounds of online tests for the following UIL events:

• Accounting
• Calculator Applications
• Computer Applications
• Current Issues and Events
• Mathematics
• Number Sense
• Science
• Social Studies
• Spelling and Vocabulary

GHS had the following students place in round two of the contest and they are listed as follows:

 9th Place in Calculators – Karsten Irwin
 1st Place in Computer Applications- Reagan Haynes
 4th Place in Computer Applications – Karsten Irwin
 10th Place in Computer Applications – Noemy Guereca
 2nd Place in Chemistry – Macy Haight
 8th Place in Chemistry – Mason McLain
 10th Place in Social Studies – Wiley Wright
3/04/14 > Revised Baseball Schedule
A revised baseball schedule is attached. Changes have been made to games on March 8th, 12th, & 18th.

3/04/14 > Greyhound Relays
The schedule of events for the Gruver Track meet is attached.

3/04/14 > News from 3rd Grade
Please see attachment.

3/03/14 > Red and Jeans
Way to go Gruver ISD staff!! We had 36 staff members participate in our RED and JEANS Wednesdays during the month of February. Over $700 was sent to the American Heart Association.
3/03/14 > Big Brother Big Sister
Scholarship Application

3/03/14 > Houndball Finale
On February 21, the Greyhounds season concluded with a disappointing 65 to 48 loss to the hands of a hot-shooting Hale Center squad. What the Hounds lacked in sharp shooting, they did not lack in hustle and grit! Down big at times, the Gruver boys were still diving on the floor for loose ball and taking charges...right up to the end!

The Owls of Hale Center began the game with a "step-back" three-pointer and rolled from there. Their two main scorers who were averaging over 30 points combined were held to held to 18 points combines; however, their two guards who were averaging about 14 pts per game together had over 30 points combined. It was, unfortunately, "one of those nights".

There were three double-digit scorers for Houndball. Carson Williams pumped in 14 points, while Dax Haight pitched in another 13 points (including three 3-pointers). Playing in his last game for Gruver, Beau Blankenship scored 12 points, 10 in the second half. What a great career Beau had for Gruver and he will sorely be missed next season! Another senior who will also be missed greatly is our filmer extraordinaire, Coley Ruebush. Whether it was helping load the bus, saying our post-meal prayer, or be an all-around great guy, Coley was a blessing to have around and we appreciate him! Two great young men that we wish nothing but the best for and look forward to tracking their future successes!

The loss ended the Hounds season at 22-8. All in all it was a great year! Beginning with an exciting overtime win over 3A Perryton, defending the Miami Tournament title, beating #1 in state Texline at home, and coming back to defeat Vega in a thrilling bi-district game, Houndball has nothing to hang it head about. Thanks again for ALL the great support and we look forward to next season!!




2014 DISTRICT 1-1A HONORS:

At the district meeting, the coaches met to vote for all-district accolades. We as coaches can nominate our student-athletes; however, we are not allowed to vote for our own players. Here is how it shook out this year and it is well represented by your Greyhounds!!!

DISTRICT CO-MVPS: BEAU BLANKENSHIP (Sr), GRUVER and Trevor Melton (Jr), Stratford
OFFENSIVE MVP: CARSON WILLIAMS (Jr), GRUVER
DEFENSIVE MVP: Sterling Audrain (Sr), Stratford

ALL-DISTRICT:
MARCO AYALA (Jr), GRUVER
AARON FELDERHOFF (Soph), GRUVER
DAX HAIGH (Jr), GRUVER
Jared Reagan (Jr), Booker
Hunter Lile (Jr), Booker
Juan Castellanos (Soph), Sunray
Trevor Millard (Soph), WT
Ty Hess (Soph), Stratford
Rett Schoonover (Jr), Stratford
Jack McBryde (Soph), Stratford
Tanner Stone (Soph), Stratford

HONORABLE MENTION:
L.C. PEREZ (Jr.), GRUVER

As you can see, there are only two seniors on the whole list so hang on to your hats next year!! Add to this group the return of Canadian to District 1-1A and it could/should be one of the best, if not THE best, districts in the state in Class A!!
3/03/14 > Greyhound Ballpark Opening Day
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND

GREYHOUND BALLPARK
OPENING DAY CEREMONY
MARCH 4, 2014
4:00 P.M. DEDICATION
FOLLOWED BY
CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH
LADY HOUNDS SOFTBALL VS. MCLEAN
GREYHOUND BASEBALL VS. TURPIN



The Greyhound Ballpark will not be 100% complete.

There will be no concession stand.
2/27/14 > Strive for 5 Million
Please see attachment.

2/27/14 > Gruver Tennis Shirt
We are taking orders for 2014 Gruver Tennis shirts. They are “Gravel” Grey and come in short and long sleeve. The order form is attached. Orders are due Friday, February 28th at 3:30p.m., to Mrs. Irwin in the High School.

2/27/14 > Sunray Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Sunray Track Meet this weekend is attached. This is a two day meet for Jr. High and High School.

2/26/14 > FIWT Scholarship
Please see attached

Attachment:

 FIWT_Scholarship.pdf
2/25/14 > Best of Texas Round 1 Results
Gruver High School is currently competing in the Best of Texas, online practice contest to prepare for the upcoming District UIL meet that will be occurring on Friday, March 28th, at Amarillo College. The Best of Texas offers three rounds of online tests for the following UIL events:

• Accounting
• Calculator Applications
• Computer Applications
• Current Issues and Events
• Mathematics
• Number Sense
• Science
• Social Studies
• Spelling and Vocabulary

GHS had the following students place in round one of the contest and they are listed as follows:

 2nd Place in Computer Applications – Reagan Haynes
 4th Place in Calculator Applications – Karsten Irwin
 7th Place in Computer Applications – Karsten Irwin
 7th Place in Chemistry – Brett Wills
 8th Place in Current Events and Issues – Nicholas Key
 9th Place in Chemistry – Karsten Irwin
 9th Place in Chemistry – Nicolas Rivera
2/25/14 > 2nd grade penguins
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 2nd_Penguins.docx
2/24/14 > End of 6 Weeks Celebration
Please see attachment.

2/24/14 > Going for the Gold- 6th Physics
Please see attachments

2/24/14 > Simple Machines Project
Please see attached

2/24/14 > Aggie Scholarship
The Amarillo Area A&M Club is giving a scholarship awarding $1,000.00 split between two semesters. If you have questions regarding this scholarship opportunity please contact Alason Moorhead.

,
806-220-3055 or admoorhead@yahoo.com .

2/24/14 > Spring Sports Schedules
Spring Sport Schedules are attached. The baseball schedule is the only one with revisions made since the original schedules were emailed out a few weeks ago.

2/24/14 > LHB vs. Wellington
The Lady Hounds laced them up versus Wellington in the Regional Quarterfinals this past Tuesday in a matchup that pitted #13 vs #2 in the state. With a raucous crowd on hand and high expectations in the air, LHB got out in front early but struggled scoring the rest of the quarter and fell behind 3-8 after one quarter. Needing better offense execution in the 2nd quarter, the Lady Hounds continued to struggle putting points on the board and went into halftime trailing 12-20. The 3rd quarter saw the girls come out more determined and more focused on both ends of the floor. Outscoring Wellington 12-3, the Lady Hounds took a 24-23 into the final stanza! LHB was able to extend the lead to 3 before a bevy of three pointers changed the momentum of the game and gave the Lady Skyrockets a lead they would not relinquish. The final quarter saw Wellington outscore us 13-19 for a final margin of 37-42. With the loss, we finished the season 23-7 and with heavy hearts.
Brennyn led us in scoring with 16 points and pulled down 4 rebounds. Reagan tallied 11 points and 5 rebounds, while Hadlee finished with 10 points and 9 boards. We had 18 TO’s in the game with 13 of those coming in the first half. Too many TO’s in a big game like that which led to fewer scoring possessions.
After reflection on this season, this team fought through trials and tribulations but never wavered in their belief and vision. The good news is we do not graduate anyone. I love watching the girls play and compete and look forward to continuing to coach and mentor to these young ladies.
Thanks to everyone for their support whether it be through words, prayers, or just sitting in the stands and cheering them on, your encouragement is very much appreciated!!! Can’t say it enough, THANK YOU!!!!
2/24/14 > Houndball Update
On Tuesday, February 18, the Greyhounds played their bi-district ballgame against the always-tough, Vega Longhorns. Many will remember this same team eliminating Gruver last year in the same ballgame.

The first half seemed to indicate that history would repeat itself as the Hounds started slow and found themselves in a 9-point hole after 16 minutes of action. Fortunately for the Gruver faithful, Houndball looked like a different team and behind the efforts of many, fought back to win the game by a final of 52 to 46.

Leading the comeback were Carson Williams and Aaron Felderhoff. Carson finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Aaron had 14 points and 14 rebounds! Two sharp-shooting guards also helped pave the way to victory: L.C. Perez hit two huge 3's, while Dax Haight also knocked one down. L.C. ended with nine points and Dax pitched in seven.

Houndball would like to thank the fans for their tremendous support; in particular, they would like to let the Lady Hounds how much they appreciated their cheering! After a tough loss, most teams would go home and pout...not our Lady Hounds! They stood at the rail and yelled and cheered their hearts out! It was really awesome to see!

Gruver tips off again tonight at Amarillo High at 7:30 pm. Gruver will again be the visiting team. Stratford and Memphis will play in front of the Gruver/Hale Center contest. Be safe traveling and we'll see you at the game!!!!
2/21/14 > Send-Off Friday
The Hounds will be traveling to Amarillo High to battle Hale Center. Be “part of the pack” as we send them off at 2:40 in the new gym on Friday!
2/19/14 > Gruver JH Honor Roll 4th Six Weeks
Please see attached

2/19/14 > Local Scholarship Application
Please see attached

2/19/14 > Valentines 2014 Gruver Elementary
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 Valentines_2014.pdf
2/19/14 > Scholarship Opportunities
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE MARCH 28, 2014
Applications must be typed or word-processed and postmarked no later than this date.

Supporting the development of a skilled workforce in Texas, Mahindra USA Inc., and Career and Technology Association of Texas, Inc. have partnered to create the Mahindra Texas Pride scholarship program. The scholarship fund will offer Texas high school seniors participating in CTE the opportunity to obtain scholarships to pursue a college education in preparation to enter a globally competitive workforce.

Mahindra USA generously sponsors 12 Mahindra Texas Pride scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, with one scholarship available for each of the 12 CTAT Areas. CTAT offers additional scholarships annually in the amount of $1,000 each, funded through donations by members and supporters.

Please note there are multiple tabs within the application and all pages must be completed. Students participating in any of the CTE Career Cluster programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must plan to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher learning for the fall semester of 2014 and the spring semester of 2015.

Download a scholarship application here.

Please contact Jami Gigliotti at 512-288-8666 or jami@ctat.org if you have any questions.


Kind regards,

Mindy White
Education Specialist, Career and Technical Education
School Services
Region 16 Education Service Center
5800 Bell Street
Amarillo, TX 79109
Office: (806) 677-5145
Fax: (806) 677-5207
www.esc16.net
2/17/14 > Send-Off Tuesday
We will send off our Hounds and Lady Hounds Tuesday at 2:00 in the new gym. Come join us as we celebrate our Champions!
2/17/14 > 5TH GRADE REVIEW MODELS
5TH GRADE REVIEW MODELS

Attachment:

 3D_MODELS.docx
2/17/14 > Fun with Physics
Please see attached

Attachment:

 egg_mobile.docx
2/17/14 > North Plains at-large Scholarship
Please see attached

2/13/14 > Workers Needed
In just three short weeks, Gruver will be hosting the Greyhound Relays on March 6th & 7th, and we will be needing many volunteers to help run the track meet off. Gruver has done a great job of putting on a first class track meet in the past, and we have received many compliments from coaches of other schools on how great of a job everyone did. None of this would be possible without the help of volunteers from the school and community. The Junior High Track Meet will be on Thursday, March 6th, with field events beginning at 3:30 and the running events beginning around 5:30. The High School Meet will be on Friday, March 7th, with field events beginning at 12:30 and the running events beginning around 4:30. If you can help out in any way, please contact Coach Felderhoff at 806-736-0203 (call or text) or by email at terry.felderhoff@gruverisd.net .

Thanks,
Terry
2/13/14 > News from 2nd Grade
Please see attached

2/13/14 > News from Gruver Elementary Music Class
Please see attached

Attachment:

 Music_Class.pdf
2/13/14 > Send-Off Friday
We will be sending off our Varsity Girls with spirit and pride at 2:45 on Friday. Please line up along the sidewalk in front of the junior high as we cheer our girls on to a playoff victory!
2/13/14 > News from Kinder
News from Kinder

Attachment:

 Kinder_100_Days.pdf
2/12/14 > 1st Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game
1st Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game

Attachment:

 Coach_Callaway.pdf
2/11/14 > New Scholarships
I wanted to make you aware of new scholarships that were just made available on our online scholarship application.

1. Panhandle Restaurant Association Scholarship – this is for any graduating high school senior in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle who are currently employed at a restaurant. The student may attend any accredited college/university and preference will be given to students who plan to major in culinary arts, restaurant management, or a related field. As part of the application process, students will be required to submit an additional (third) letter of recommendation from his/her employer to verify employment at a restaurant.
2. Power of Knowledge Scholarship – this scholarship has changed from years past. It is now available for any graduating high school senior from Amarillo, Caprock, Palo Duro, or Tascosa high school who plan to attend Amarillo College or West Texas A&M University and major in any field of study.

As you know, the deadline is Friday, February 14th. The submissions are trickling in.

Please contact me with questions. Thanks!

Christina C. Williams
Program Officer for Scholarships & Grants
Amarillo Area Foundation
801 South Fillmore Street, #700
Amarillo, TX 79101
806-376-4521
www.amarilloareafoundation.org
2/11/14 > National FCCLA Week
The Gruver FCCLA officers and members will celebrate National FCCLA Week with the following activities.

members will kick-off the week by receiving a coupon for a free breakfast burrito.

all members that wear official FCCLA dress will have their names put in a drawing for a special Valentine surprise.

members will visit and deliver a red rose to each Hansford Manor resident. Members will then return to the
FCS classroom for a pizza party.

all week long the officers will be on the lookout for GHS students committing “Random Acts of Kindness” and those
students names will be entered into a drawing for a special Valentine surprise.

each member will receive a red rose, the FCCLA symbol for the beauty of everyday living.
2/10/14 > Houndball Update: Booker game
Booker vs. Gruver: Feb 7, 2014

Geoffrey Chaucer, back in 1374, spake the phrase: "All good things must come to an end". A fitting and appropriate tribute to our lone senior on "Senior Night". That's right...Beau Blankenship, a three-year starter, concluded his playing days in our fine facility this past Friday. Moreover, we would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge the weighty contributions of our filmer/manager/prayer warrior and all-around super guy, Coley Ruebush! Houndball will dearly miss both young men next year!

The Greyhounds hosted Booker in their home finale and faced a stern test in the hot-shooting Kiowas, especially in the first half. Equal to the task, however, were the Hounds of Gruver as they out dueled BHS and earned a 50-37 halftime lead. In the second half, Gruver pulled away a bit and finished the game with an 81 to 56 victory. The win was the Hounds' 20th of the season and improved their district record to 6-1 to keep pace with the Elks of Stratford.

Although Beau did not lead the team in scoring, he still went out in fine fashion! Beau scored 13 points, had four rebounds, snared seven steals and a career-high 14 assists! His unselfish play paved the way for others to score, such as the quartet of other Hounds who pumped in at least 10 points: Carson Williams (17); Dax Haight (14); Aaron Felderhoff (12); and Karsten Irwin (11). In fact, every Greyhound scored in the game and contributed in some way to the final home victory of the season!

The Hounds will face Sunray on Tuesday for the final District 1-1A contest. It is another "boys only" game and will be played at around 5:15 pm following the JV boys game at 4:00 pm. We would love to see you at the game and we certainly appreciate all of your support!!
2/10/14 > Application at Large
application-at-large

2/07/14 > Sunray Game Change
Boys basketball game time changes at Sunray on Tuesday, 2/11/14. JV at 4:00 & Varsity at 5:15.
2/07/14 > Stratford Game
What a GREAT crowd was on hand Tuesday night to watch the Hounds and Lady Hounds battle Stratford!!! Thank you!!! We have the best fans in the state!!!

Unfortunately, Houndball fell short in an exciting and pivotal game; however, spirits are still high and we are eager to hopefully bounce back in our upcoming game versus Booker (here on Friday...5:00 pm JV boys and 6:30 pm Varsity boys -- NO girls game).

Carson Williams had another really good game and let the way with 20 points. Joining Carson in double-digit scoring were fellow juniors Marco Ayala (14 points) and Dax Haight (12 points). Seven missed FT's and a lack of rebounding, coupled with foul trouble, led to the demise of the Hounds that fateful night; nevertheless, there's no time to pout and they are well aware of that.

Although Gruver lost you can be proud of the effort and attitude. We preach winning AND losing with grace and dignity and they've been outstanding examples of that thus far! We hope to see you Friday night here vs. Booker!!! It's a huge game with playoff seeding implications!!
2/07/14 > Playoff Shirts due today at 1p.m. (2/7)
Basketball Playoff shirt orders are due today at 1:00pm. Shirts are $10.
2/05/14 > Basketball Playoff Shirts
Basketball Playoff Shirt Order form is attached. Order forms are due back on Friday.

2/05/14 > AAF Scholarship
It’s officially crunch time!

Amarillo Area Foundation’s Scholarship Application Deadline is
Friday, February 14th.


To access the online application directly, please click here: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/aafsch/. Or, you can visit the Foundation’s Scholarship Map Page here: https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/scholarship-map.

As of today, 780 online applications have been started, and only 77 applications have been submitted.

All applications must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered. The Foundation’s office is open daily Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for students wishing to hand deliver their attachments. Students who plan to mail their attachments must receive a postmark of or before 2/14/2014 in order for them to be considered.

For those of you in Randall, Deaf Smith, and Parmer counties, please be advised that our online map is not functioning properly for these counties. If you wish to see scholarship specific information for one of these counties, please click on the following links. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Randall County:
https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/_redesign-2013/pages/internal/receive--scholarships-by-county-randall

Deaf Smith:
https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/_redesign-2013/pages/internal/receive--scholarships-by-county-deaf-smith

Parmer:
https://www.amarilloareafoundation.org/_redesign-2013/pages/internal/receive--scholarships-by-county-parmer


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the assistance you give to our Panhandle students!

Christina C. Williams
Program Officer for Scholarships & Grants
Amarillo Area Foundation
801 South Fillmore Street, #700
Amarillo, TX 79101
806-376-4521
www.amarilloareafoundation.org
2/04/14 > Mining Silver in Chemistry
The high school chemistry classes have been studying types of chemical reactions and molar relationships. In the laboratory investigations, students began with a known mass of copper wire and a known mass of silver nitrate in solution.


When the wire was placed in the solution, a chemical reaction occurred. The copper replaced the silver in the silver nitrate, resulting in a copper nitrate solution and silver.


While the reaction was taking place at their lab stations, the students viewed the same reaction under a dissecting microscope. They were able to see the silver crystals "grow" on the microscope slide.




When the reaction was completed in the beaker, the silver was filtered from the now blue colored solution.


The remaining copper and the silver product were both massed. The values were used in several calculations, including a dollar value for the silver that was made.

Many were disappointed to find that the current market value for the product of their reaction was only about 25 cents.
2/04/14 > Texas Department of Transportation Scholarship
Please see attached

2/03/14 > WHITE OUT the ELKS
Tuesday night, the Hounds are going to WHITE OUT Stratford. Please wear white to the game to show off our spirit!

GHS Cheerleaders
1/31/14 > 2014 Spring Sport Schedules
1/31/14 > LHB vs. WT
Subject: LHB vs WT
Lady Hound Basketball traveled down the road to Stinnett to take on the Lady Comanches this past Tuesday. Entering the game with a 6-0 district record and looking to continue to move forward, LHB took the floor and made a statement in the first quarter and that carried over for the rest of the game. With the final score 65-25, LHB was led in scoring by Brennyn who had 23 points but also had 8 boards, 5 assists, and 5 steals!!! Hadlee added 20 points, 6 boards, while shooting 3 for 3 from 2 point range & 3 of 4 from 3 point range! Reagan chipped in 9 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals nearing a triple double. Kennedy also scored 9 points, hitting 3 of 4 shots from downtown! With the win, LHB moved to 21-6 on the season and 7-0 in district. The Lady Hounds will finish district play this coming Tuesday at home versus Stratford! We are looking for a great crowd! Come on out and show your support for the all the teams as they do battle with Elks & Lady Elks! See you at the games!!!


Coach Lankford
1/30/14 > Houndball Update: WT
January 28, 2014: Houndball 76; WT 44

The Hounds made the relatively short trip to Stinnett on Tuesday evening to face the West Texas High Comanches. A hot-shooting WT squad came out strong and battled hard, especially in the first half. Gruver was not necessarily playing poorly, but WT could not miss early. A scant seven point halftime lead gave many players, coaches, and fans pause; nevertheless, the Hounds came out strong in the second half and outscored the Comanches 44 to 19 in the final two quarters. At the end of the evening the Greyhounds came out on top by the score of 76 to 44.

Carson Williams and Beau Blankenship once again had very solid games. Carson ended with 18 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and one blocked shot. Blankenship's stat line was also impressive: 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and 2 steals. Two other Gruver players joined these two with double-digit scoring: Aaron Felderhoff (on 5 of 6 shooting from the field) added 11 points, while sophomore, Jahir Rodriguez, pitched in 10 points. Dax Haight, LC Perez, Karsten Irwin, and Ben Book all contributed great minutes and did a variety of great things!

The win pushed the Hounds to 19-5 overall and 5-0 in district. Gruver is "open" this Friday and returns to action on Tuesday against rival Stratford (currently 4-1 in district). The game is here and we expect a packed house so get here early and stay late! Thank you for all of your support!!
1/30/14 > H&H Scholarship
Good afternoon. We are pleased to let you know that the H & H scholarship is now available. It can be accessed by going to our website www.myhhfcu.org.
Click on the promotions tab. Next click on other promotions and finally click on the Frank Lewis scholarship. If I can be of further assistance please call (806) 878-2452.
Thank you,
Terry Maxwell
1/30/14 > Panhandle Dental Scholarship
Please see attached

1/27/14 > Houndball Update: Booker and Sunray
1/21/14: Gruver 71; Booker 39

Tuesday evening, the Hounds traveled into Lipscomb County (although a small portion of Booker does lie in Ochiltree County) to face the Kiowas of Booker High School. A balanced scoring attack that saw four Greyhounds in double digits, combined with a solid defense effort, allowed Gruver to leave on top by a score of 71 to 39. Dax Haight led the way with 15 points, followed closely behind by a trio of Hounds: Felderhoff (14 pts), Blankenship (12 pts) and Williams (10 pts). Beau Blankenship also pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out six assists! Williams grabbed eight boards, while Felderhoff had six. Even more impressive than the six rebounds was Aaron's THREE charges taken! It was a game where every Greyhound cager scored at least two points and yet another game where Houndball had more assists (18) than turnovers (10), which is indicative of their unselfish, team-oriented play!



1/24/14: Gruver 60, Sunray 32

It was an action-packed, and fan-filled gym at Gruver ISD on Friday night! The Lady Hounds had a huge win over Sunray, Coach Felderhoff kissed a pig, and the Dribbling G's (a youth basketball-handling group headed up by Bethany Lankford) performed magnificently! To cap it all off, Houndball won another District 1-1A contest (this time versus the Bobcats of Sunray) to remain a game ahead of Stratford. The final tally was 60 to 32.

Carson Williams led all scorers with 20 points (he also had six rebounds, four assists and four steals!). Aaron Felderhoff also had a big game with 11 points and nine rebounds. Blankenship had nine points and six assists, while L.C. Perez contributed seven points and five assists. Again, it was another solid defensive effort and an unselfish offensive performance.

The Hounds want to say a big "thank you!" to all the great fans who come out and support the guys and girls of GISD! We think you're the best!!



Next game: All four teams will be in action on Tuesday at Stinnett as they face WT High. We hope to see you there!
1/27/14 > LHB Update: Booker and Sunray
This past week saw LHB take on Booker Tuesday night and Sunray at home Friday. Here is a recap of the games:

Traveling to Booker with a district leading record of 4-0, LHB stepped on to the floor Tuesday night with the right mindset and prevailed by a score of 66-20. Hadlee Spivey led the way with 15 points and 7 steals followed by Kennedy King’s 13 points hitting 4 three’s in the process!! Kennedy also tied with Reagan Haynes for the most assists with 4. Reagan and Brennyn Seagler also chipped in 11 points apiece. Bailey Stedje and Brennyn lead the way on the boards with 5 each. It was an all around good performance by the girls!!

Friday saw Sunray invade our gym with the hopes of upsetting the Lady Hounds and forcing a tie for the district lead. LHB was up to the task and played a very solid game, winning by the score of 53-37. Hadlee Spivey led in scoring with 21 and also lead in the rebound department with 12 for a very nice double-double. Reagan Haynes poured in 14 points scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone hitting 3 deep bombs from the perimeter! Brennyn Seagler was steady throughout scoring 13 points and pulling down 8 big boards! With the win, the Lady Hounds have sewn up first place in the district with two games to go! Nice job ladies! Christina Ayala and Sarah Jackson played some really solid minutes with Sarah coming up with 6 deflections in the game.

Tuesday we travel to WT and Friday is an open date.

As Coach Callaway mentioned, we are very grateful to the everyone for coming out and supporting these athletes like you do!!! The crowds have been spectacular, lots of noise and cheering for the players on the court. Thank you!!!!

Coach Lankford
1/27/14 > GJHS Hoopla
The schedule for the JH Basketball Tournament that will be held this weekend is attached.

Attachment:

 GJHS_Hoopla_2014.docx
1/23/14 > Little Dribblers
The Little Dribblers committee is looking for some willing sponsors to donate or help buy new uniforms for our girls all-star teams. If you are willing to help or want to sponsor, please call Bill Jack Pittman @ 806-674-5550 or Christi Pittman @ 806-674-3611. Thanks so much!
1/23/14 > Junior Parent Meeting
There will be a junior parent meeting on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school library to discuss prom. Please plan to attend because the prom committee needs your help!!
1/23/14 > Link to FPC Scholarships
Attached are two links to our website in regard to scholarships at Frank Phillips College. One link is the scholarship application and the other is a list of scholarships.
List of Scholarships: http://www.fpctx.edu/Students/Documents/ScholarshipPublication2013.pdf

Scholarship application: https://fpcsecure.fpctx.edu/Forms/scholarships/scholarshipapp.asp


Cordially,

Jerri Aylor
College Advancement/
Community Relations
1301 W Roosevelt
P.O.Box 5118
Borger, TX 79008

806-457-4215
1/23/14 > Scholarship Drive for FPC
Greetings!

It is time to begin the Scholarship Drive for the upcoming fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. The deadline for students to apply is April 15, 2014. Applications must be submitted online at www.fpctx.edu click on the scholarship tab and complete the application. Please remind students to attach a brief essay and a copy of their transcript if they have not attended FPC in the past.



Cordially,

Jerri Aylor
College Advancement/
Community Relations
1301 W Roosevelt
P.O.Box 5118
Borger, TX 79008

806-457-4215
1/21/14 > One Chair at a Time Fundraiser
On January 26, 2014 there will be a Wheelchair Basketball game at Bushland High School at 3 pm. A couple of individuals with Gruver connections have been asked to participate in this awareness-raising and fund-raising event. Trent Seagler (Dumas Physical Therapy PT MPT and Gruver graduate) and Wade Callaway (Gruver coach) will both be joining in on the fun, Trent as a wheelchair player and Coach Callaway as a coach.

Joining these two are a number of area personalities, such as: several retired and current military servicemen, the mayors of Amarillo and Pampa (Paul Harpole and Brad Pingle); three high school wheelchair athletes; Andy Justus (KAMR); Jacob Albracht (KFDA); Julian Reese (Amarillo Venom Head Coach) and many others. It should be a great time watching everyone attempt to play basketball while sitting in wheelchairs. More importantly, we hope that it will raise awareness and some money as well.

A link to the "One Chair At A Time" website is listed below. For more information on how to become involved or make a donation, please contact Joe Chris Rodriguez. Joe Chris is from Sunray, Texas and served four years in the Air Force before receiving a gun shot wound leaving him paralyzed. His story is very inspirational!

http://www.onechairatatime.org/
1/21/14 > Booker Game
Just a reminder that the Hounds play at Booker on Tuesday night. Both squads are 2-0 and tied for first place in District 1-1A. Thank you again for all of your support!!

5:00 pm JV boys
6:30 pm Varsity girls
8:00 pm Varsity boys
1/21/14 > Houndball Stratford Game
On Friday, January 17, Houndball visited the quiet, placid, tranquil confines that is the Stratford High School gymnasium. Okay...it got a little crazy, but it proved to be entertaining, to say the least! After an action-packed 32 minutes, the Greyhounds prevailed 51 to 40. The win moved Gruver to 2-0 in district and 16-5 overall.

In a game that saw the Hounds miss 19 FT's and not knock down a single three-pointer, they found a way to overcome all of that....and more! Beau Blankenship had 21 points and six rebounds to lead the charge versus the Elks. Marco Ayala also came up huge with nine points and game-high eight rebounds. Aaron Felderhoff, banged up foot and all, finished the game with 10 points and took another big charge! Rounding out the scoring were juniors, Dax Haight (5 pts and 4 rebs) and Carson Williams (4 pts, 6 rebs, and 4 assts), and sophomore, Jahir Rodriguez (2 pts and 2 rebs).

The composure of the Hounds was impressive despite the hostile environment and it is those types of games that prepares teams for, Lord willing, the playoffs! Great job by our community coming out and supporting and to our players for showing a quiet, yet determined, toughness. They are a GREAT group of guys to coach!

The next game is also on the road (at Booker) on Tuesday, January 21. There is no JV girls game so the boys JV game will tip at 5:00 pm, followed by the varsity girls, and concluding with the varsity boys. Come support your Hounds and Lady Hounds as both attempt to stay atop the District 1-1A standings!! See you at the game!!
1/20/14 > WT Invitational UIL Meet
Gruver High School competed in 10 different events on Saturday, January 11th, at West Texas High School Academic UIL Invitational Meet. GHS had 42 entries into the various events with 25 students attempting to bring home the gold. First through Sixth place results are as follows:

• 6th Place Feature Writing – Michaela Davis
• 1st Place News Writing – Michaela Davis
• 1st Place Computer Applications – Noemy Guereca
• 5th Place Computer Applications – Karsten Irwin
• 2nd Place Literary Criticism – Rachel Teal
• 3rd Place Literary Criticism – Madi Teal
• 1st Place Literary Criticism Team – Maggie Gaspar, Brennyn Seagler, Madi Teal and Rachel Teal
• 1st Place Physics Portion of Science – Mason McLain
• 5th Place Science – Mason McLain & Trenton Finley (tie)
• 1st Place Calculator – Reagan Haynes
• 6th Place Calculators – Karsten Irwin
• 6th Place Headlines – Brennyn Seagler
1/20/14 > LHB Update
It was a great week for Lady Hound basketball so let's recap the games:

On Tuesday, the Guymon Lady Tigers traveled across the state lines to invade our territory but didn't like what they received. In a non-district game in the middle of district, the girls were ready to play, played some good defense early, executed offense with precision and dominated both ends of the floor. The result of their play was 63-32 victory. Hadlee had a great overall game, pouring in 26 points, grabbing 9 boards, dishing out 4 assists, pilfering 4 balls, and getting 5 deflections! She was also 5 for 5 from behind the arc! Brennyn contributed 14 points and an amazing 15 deflections of the ball! Reagan scored 15 points and had a season high 7 assists to contribute to the victory as well as coming up with 5 steals of her own. Moving up from the JV, Christina Ayala played and provided some quality minutes in her second stint on the varsity.

This past Friday, the LHB traveled over to Stratford in the last matchup in the first half of district. We were 3-0 going into the game, were looking to finish the first half a perfect 4-0 but the Lady Elks stood in our way. The girls were ready, amped up, looking forward to the game with the biggest district rivalry. With a great and raucous crowd on hand, former and future Lady Hounds in the stands either reminiscing of their playing days or reveling in the idea of playing in this type of game in near future, LHB tipped it off. We missed some shots early probably due to the high energy levels the girls were experiencing but nonetheless, ended the first period ahead 9-6. The Lady Hounds extended the lead to 17 to 9 going to halftime with a solid defensive effort in the second. The second half saw the bench play a significant role. Sarah and Christina came in to provide quality minutes after Reagan went down with slight injury and Bailey got in foul trouble. The Lady Elks made a push at the lead, cutting the deficit to 3 at the end of the 3rd quarter, 22-19. The Lady Hounds responded with a tremendous defensive effort in the 4th, holding the Lady Elks to 3 points while scoring 16 to prevail 38-22 in hard fought battle. Reagan returned at the beginning of the quarter, provided a needed spark and went 4-5 from the line. She finished the game with 13 points and 3 steals. Brennyn scored 11 and had 10 big rebounds for a nice double double! She also had 4 steals and 5 deflections. Hadlee added 13 points as well,pulled down 8 boards and stole the ball 3 times. Christina came in and handled the ball with confidence and had a beautiful backdoor pass to hard cutting Hadlee at a timely spot in the 4th quarter. Nice play!!! With the W, the Lady Hounds improved to 18-6 overall and more importantly, 4-0 in district.

This past week, Brennyn Seagler was selected as the Happy State Bank Athlete of the Week for her efforts victories over Sunray and WT! A very nice award and we are very proud of her!!! Way to go Brennyn!!!
1/17/14 > Hannah Speck All State Band
The Association of Texas Small School Bands is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 ATSSB All-State Band. More than 9,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state and only 290 of these 1,620 students were selected for all-state honors.

The ATSSB All-State Bands will meet in rehearsals in San Antonio, Texas, February 12-15 and will present a concert beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in the Lila Cockrell Theatre of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in downtown San Antonio.

Richart Floyd, Director of Music-Emeritus for the University Interscholastic League, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Symphonic Band. Dr. Timothy Rhea, from Texas A&M University, will be the clinician-conductor of the All-State Concert Band.

Hannah Speck, a member of the Gruver High School Band, was selected as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. She was chosen for this honor in competitive auditions held this year across the state at region and area levels. Speck is a private student of Amber TeBeest and plays the alto clarinet at school under the direction of Katherine Nusz. This is Hannah's first time to perform as a member of the ATSSB All-State Band. Hannah is the daughter of Tom and Paige Speck.
1/17/14 > 3rd Grade Visits JH Science Classes
Please see attachment.

1/16/14 > Scholarships for University of Texas in Odessa
Scholarships for University of Texas in Odessa

1/16/14 > Houndball Update Borger & AHS JV
Houndball 57; Borger 52

The Hounds hosted the 3A Borger Bulldogs on Jan. 3 and came out on top 57 to 52. Carson Williams led the way with 18 points and six rebounds, while lone senior, Beau Blankenship, had 14 points, six assists and four rebounds. The team leader in rebounds was once again sophomore, Aaron Felderhoff, with seven. Aaron, along with fellow big man, Ben Book, also took a huge charge that really impacted the game! Dax Haight had another solid night and ended up with eight points.


On Monday, Jan. 6, the Hounds traveled to Amarillo High to face a very stout AHS JV squad who has been laying waste to 4A and 5A's around the region. After digging a fairly deep hole in the first half, the Gruver cagers battled back and tied it down the stretch.

With only a few ticks on the clock, Aaron Felderhoff took a monster charge (Dax Haight also took one!) and 1.1 seconds remained on the clock. On the ensuing inbounds, Beau was fouled and, after some confusion with the clock and referees, stepped to the line and downed both FT's for the win!

Beau ended the game with 16 points and five rebounds. Carson Williams had another great night finishing with 22 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Felderhoff contributed eight points and five rebounds.


Basketball Trivia: Why does Coach Callaway use the term "cager" in some of his write-ups?? For the answer, please see the attached article from Sports Illustrated:

http://si.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1140230/index.htm
1/16/14 > Houndball Update: WT & Guymon
Gruver 65; WT 28

The Gruver Greyhounds opened District 1-1A play in front of a great home crowd on January 10 versus the Comanches of WT High. The Hounds jumped to a 41 to 10 lead at halftime and never looked back. The final tally was 65 to 28 and was a nice start to the district season.

Four Houndballers scored in double digits led by Dax Haight (13 pts), Beau and Carson (11 each) and Felderhoff with 10. Felderhoff also pulled down eight rebounds while Jahir Rodriguez snatched six and a trio of his teammates (Ben Book, Carson Williams, and L.C. Perez) all grabbed five. The game saw every Greyhound score and was a really good team effort.


Guymon 69; Gruver 63

In a rematch of a previous contest, the Guymon Tigers rolled into town and downed the Greyhounds 69 to 63. The contest saw the Hounds give up too many layups to a hot Guymon squad and, in spite of a valiant fourth-quarter comeback, the deficit proved to be too much for Gruver.

Williams had a nice night with 23 points, six steals, and five rebounds! Blankenship added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Dax Haight pitched in nine points while both Jahir Rodriguez and Aaron Felderhoff scored eight. Felderhoff also had a huge night defensively with THREE charges taken!

The loss dropped the Hounds to 15-5 overall; however, the primary focus of the week is on Friday night's contest AT STRATFORD! Stratford is 2-0 and the defending district champions with basically their entire team back from last season. It's always an event when the Hounds travel to Stratford and we would love your support!! Thank you and we'll see you at the game!!!
1/14/14 > Blunck's Picture Day
Wednesday, January 15th, Blunck’s will be at Gruver ISD to take the following pictures:
JH & HS Basketball
8th Grade Class Officers
NHS Officers
FFA Officers
Senior Class Officers
HS Favorites

Basketball picture forms are being sent home today (Monday, January 13, 2014). They must be prepaid and returned to school Wednesday morning if you are ordering individual or team pictures.
1/14/14 > Spearman JH Tournament
The schedule/bracket for the Spearman JH Basketball Tournament is attached.

1/13/14 > Gruver Holiday Classic
On the precipice of 2014, Gruver ISD hosted its third annual "Gruver Holiday Classic". For the second year in a row, the tournament was sponsored by the SportZone. We also had a number of other sponsors, donation-givers, cookers, servers, and various and sundry other volunteers and workers. In great part to all of our fantastic help, it was another great success!!

Houndball opened the tournament on the morning of the 30th with a convincing 85-23 victory over Hartley. Beau Blankenship had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Teammate, Carson Williams had 19 points and six rebounds, while L.C. Perez added 14 points. The leading rebounder was Aaron Felderhoff with 8 boards.

Later that evening, Gruver squared off against a tall Boise City, OK squad. The Hounds prevailed by a final tally of 72 to 55. Again, the dynamic duo of Blankenship and Williams led the way with 27 points/6 rebounds and 17 points/6 rebounds respectively.

The next day saw the Greyhound cagers face the Class A, Division II top-ranked Tornadoes of Texline. Gruver prevailed in a thrilling overtime contest that saw Felderhoff have a double-double: 11 points and 12 rebounds. Williams added 21 points and nine rebounds, while Blankenship contributed 19 and five.

It was a battle of the Greyhounds in the championship game: Gruver vs. Throckmorton. The purple-clad Greyhounds, unfortunately, came out on top by a score of 72 to 62. Junior Dax Haight regained his shooting touch and led the way with 16 points, while Beau and Aaron each pitched in 11 points.

All in all it was a great tournament for the Hounds! Receiving All-Tournament recognition were: Williams, Blankenship, and Felderhoff; however, it was a team effort each and every game and the young men battled every possession!

Thanks again for all of the support!! You guys are the best!!!
1/13/14 > TTA Foundation Scholarship
Please see attached

1/13/14 > OPSU Scholarship
Please see attached

Attachment:

 OPSU_Scholarships.pdf
1/13/14 > Financial Aid Toolkit
Please see attached

1/13/14 > Texas Lyceum Scholarship
The Texas Lyceum is a non-profit association whose purpose is to identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in Texas. The Lyceum acts as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to focus on national and state issues. We have a total of 96 Directors from around the State of Texas.

In 2014, the Texas Lyceum will be offering four (4) $5,000.00 scholarships to high school seniors for the 2014 – 2015 freshman year.

The application deadline, with all supporting documentation is due on or before March 7, 2014. Applications can be accessed on the Texas Lyceum website at www.texaslyceum.org.

If you have any questions please contact:

Craig D. Cherry
Board Certified - Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law,
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified - Civil Trial Advocacy,
National Board of Trial Advocacy
1/13/14 > JH Honor Roll
1/13/14 > Elementary News
Please see attachment.

1/13/14 > Texas A&M Summer Architecture Camp
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1/13/14 > Lady Hound Basketball Update
District has started and LHB is off to a perfect 3-0 start! On January 3rd, the Booker Lady Kiowas came to town to begin the district slate. Excited to begin the “2nd season”, the Lady Hounds wasted no time, starting with a flourish, winning the quarter 22-0. Booker has trouble scoring in the second and third quarters as well while the Lady Hounds poured in 29. LHB won by a final score of 63-20. Booker did not have a JV, so I brought up everyone off the JV to suit and play if needed. Hadlee Spivey and Brennyn Seagler led in scoring with 18 and 14 respectively while Kennedy King scored in double digits as well with 10. Reagan Haynes tallied 9 points. She also led the team with 6 steals. Michaela Davis led in rebounding with 5 as the rebounding was spread throughout pretty evenly.

LHB traveled to Sunray on Tuesday, January 7th for a battle with the Lady Cats and a battle it was. Sunray started out well, winning the first quarter 2-11. We had plenty of good looks at the basket but couldn’t get ball to go in. In the 2nd quarter, our defense stepped up and held them to 2 while offensively we put in 11 for a 13-13 halftime score. Points were still hard to come by in the second half, but we continued to play solid defense. Reagan hit two 3’s in the quarter which allowed us to take a 2 point lead going into the final stanza. We got continued to get some excellent looks at the basket but still had trouble putting the ball in but were able to hold on and win 31-30. Reagan led in scoring with 12 and again, had 6 steals. Hadlee had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Brennyn was huge on the glass with 11 boards. Despite the shooting woes, LHB was able to play some superb defense and come away with the win giving us a 2-0 district record.

This past Friday, West Texas came to town to take on the Lady Hounds. LHB jumped out early and often outscoring the Lady Comanches 23-2 after one quarter. We went to halftime with a comfortable 36-6 lead and expanded that lead to 56-14 after three. The final outcome was 69-25. Brennyn had and offensive explosion racking up 31 points and 10 boards for a very nice double-double. She also had 5 steals on defense. Hadlee had 13 points, 6 boards and 5 steals. Kennedy scored 8 points, Reagan had 7 and 4 steals and dished out 7 assists! With the win, LHB ran their record to 3-0 in district and 16-6 overall.
1/09/14 > Texas Lyceum Leadership Award
Scholarship opportunity for seniors!!!!


Subject: Texas Lyceum Leadership Award
Greetings!

I hope this finds each of you doing well. I am the Vice President – Leadership for the Texas Lyceum. The Texas Lyceum is a non-profit association whose purpose is to identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in Texas. The Lyceum acts as a catalyst to bring together diverse opinions and expertise to focus on national and state issues. We have a total of 96 Directors from around the State of Texas.

I am writing to let you know that in 2014, the Texas Lyceum will be offering four (4) $5,000.00 scholarships to high school seniors for the 2014 – 2015 freshman year. We are excited to award four large scholarships to deserving Texas high school seniors.

We are asking you to pass this information onto your high schools across the state. The application deadline, with all supporting documentation is due on or before March 7, 2014. Applications can be accessed on the Texas Lyceum website at www.texaslyceum.org.

Please contact me with any questions. Thanks!!

Craig D. Cherry
Board Certified - Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law,
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified - Civil Trial Advocacy,
National Board of Trial Advocacy
1/08/14 > Basketball Pep Rally
District basketball pep rally on Friday, January 10 @ 3:00 in the Old Varsity Gym. We hope to see you there!

Love them hounds!
GHS Cheerleaders
1/07/14 > Amarillo Area Foundation
Happy New Year!

As you begin a new semester, I wanted to remind you that the Amarillo Area Foundation’s scholarship application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2014. All applications must be submitted electronically by the 14th, and all attachments must be either hand delivered or postmarked by 2/14 in order to be considered. Faxed attachments will not be accepted.

A direct link to our online application can be found by clicking here: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/aafsch/.

Students will need to begin by creating a username (email address) and password. Once a student hits the “submit” button, he/she cannot go back and make changes, so encourage them to double check their work before submitting.

I am available for questions via phone (806-376-4521) or email, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you or your students have questions. I have also attached a PDF copy of our scholarship brochure for you to post (Facebook, website, etc.) and/or distribute. If you want me to make hard copies, please contact me directly. Thanks!

Christina C. Williams
Program Officer for Scholarships & Grants
Amarillo Area Foundation
801 South Fillmore Street, #700
Amarillo, TX 79101
806-376-4521
www.amarilloareafoundation.org

1/07/14 > Elementary News
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1/07/14 > 4th Grade Scavenger Hunt
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1/07/14 > Texas Lyceum Scholarship
Scholarships - The Texas Lyceum Leadership Award


One of the missions of the Texas Lyceum is to identify and develop the next generation of top leadership in the State of Texas and to do this, we invest in our Texas schools, communities, and future leaders by offering scholarship awards to qualified individuals. Our purpose in offering this scholarship is to assist motivated Texas students, exhibiting leadership qualities, to attain their goals through higher education.
The scholarship award is intended to promote education and leadership within the great state of Texas, as well as to reflect its diversity. Eligible candidates are graduating high school seniors planning on attending any accredited Texas College or University. Any student meeting the eligibility requirements may apply for a Texas Lyceum Leadership Award. The Texas Lyceum is offering four (4) $5,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 freshman year. The award will be paid directly to the College or University. The award will be paid prior to the freshman year once the student has presented proof of acceptance. It will be the student's responsibility to send proof of acceptance, as well as to whom and where scholarship monies should be sent, to the Lyceum office.
The following is the list of eligibility criteria for application consideration:
• Texas Resident and U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident
• Exhibited leadership in school and community activities
• Enrollment in any accredited Texas College or University
• Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
• Scholarships are limited to students who are graduating from high school in the year in which the scholarship is awarded
Eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply for a Texas Lyceum Leadership Award. There are no restrictions on full or part time student status or course of study. All prospective candidates must submit a completed application prior to the deadline date (incomplete applications will not be considered). Applications can be accessed on the Texas Lyceum website only at www.texaslyceum.org. Click here to apply.
The application and all supporting documents are due on or before March 7, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
The Texas Lyceum Leadership Award program will be managed by the Texas Lyceum Leadership Award Committee. In exercising its role, the Committee has the following responsibilities:
• Review the program annually
• Establish the program policies
• Oversee and approve changes to the program requirements
• Coordinate the selection process
• Review specific issues raised by individual participants
Award recipients are selected on the basis of leadership, academic record, honors, personal essays, letters of recommendation, potential to succeed, and participation in school and community activities. The Texas Lyceum Scholarship Committee has the sole responsibility for selecting recipients, basing the decision on criteria as set forth in the program's narrative and submitted applications. Decisions of the Committee are final.
12/22/13 > Houndball Update
Gruver 51; Spearman 39:

'Twas the week before Christmas and all through the town,
folks of Hansford County were in the "Dog Pound";
To watch their Houndballers take down the Lynx
In a very good win, though their shooting did stink.

A young man, last name: Williams, led Gruver in scoring,
With a sundry of shots, and not one of them boring.
By the end of the contest, 17 was his tally,
Enough to suppress Spearman's second-period rally.

Another athlete who kept the Hounds out of trouble
Was young Felderhoff: yet one more double-double!
11 rebounds, 12 points! A magnificent total!
Whether playing in Gruver or Constantinople!

Other key players who helped us keep a grip
were Marco Ayala and Beau Blankenship!
Eight rebounds had Marco, Beau with nine points
On team that plays hard and rarely disappoints.

Rounding out this crew who played with no fear:
L.C. and Dax and sophomore, Jahir.
In his second game, Irwin, seemed quite non-plussed,
And unfortunately for all, Ben was still somewhat concussed.

The Hounds record improved to 9 wins and 2 losses
A feat that to some might seem quite colossus.
But we all know we have unfinished business...
Like to wish all of you a very good Christmas!!
12/22/13 > Lady Hound XC Honors
Lady Hound XC Honors


Emilynn Robinson and Hadlee Spivey were chosen to the CCCAT All Region XC team. In order to receive this honor, they must finish in the top 15 at the Regional Meet. Emilynn finished 11th overall and Hadlee finished in 15th place. These two girls were also chosen to the TGCA All-State XC team. This selection is made by a committee of TGCA members and cross country coaches around the state. I am very proud of these two girls and their accomplishments this season. They and the rest of their team worked very hard this year and finished as the 4th place team in the state.

Maggie Gaspar was chose to the TGCA and CCCAT Academic All-State teams. In order to receive these awards you must be a senior and have maintained at 94 and above average over their high school years.

Maggie and Emilynn are both seniors and will be greatly missed next cross country season. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment over the past 4 years.
12/22/13 > GHS Academics UIL News Update
There are a few GHS students that have competed this fall in the Virtual Challenge, a online practice meet for the non-speaking Academic UIL events. There are 55 Class 1A schools that have participated and 525 students tested.
Congratulations to Madi Teal for being awarded 10th place in Literary Criticism in the Virtual Challenge Meet #3. Other students competing on the team include Maggie Gaspar, Brennyn Seagler and Rachel Teal.
The UIL Literary Criticism Contest is a 90 minute test in which the student’s familiarity with the concepts associated with literary analysis, authors, and works that represent English-language literary history, as well as some of its classical and international influences, is assessed.
If you have some extra time, take a look at a the sample test and see how you would score. You can find more information about Texas Academic UIL on the state website www.uiltexas.org.
12/22/13 > Scholarship Update
MEMO


From: Kathy L. Duggan, Assistant Manager
XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Date: December 19, 2013

RE: XIT Rural Telephone Educational Program Scholarship


This is being sent as a reminder that time is running out for high school seniors to apply for the XIT Rural Telephone Educational Program Scholarship. This is the fifteenth year for the program.
Applicants must be the son or daughter of any member of XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. graduating from an area high school within XIT’s rural service area. The member’s telephone number must begin with 377, 384, 727, 769, 343, 753, or 362. This number must be a landline number of a rural member.
The scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities and financial need. A selection committee will review the applications and choose the winners based on the established criteria. Selections will be determined through a majority vote of the scholarship committee without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The application deadline for scholarships totaling $10,000 is Friday, January 17, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. at XIT’s headquarters office. The scholarships may be used at any state or church-sponsored college or university – or at any accredited vocational or technical school. Applications and instructions can be downloaded online at www.xit.net/about_us/educational_programs/index.asp.
The winners will be announced initially at the Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting on March 12, 2014. Should you have any questions regarding XIT’s Educational Program, please feel free to contact the XIT Marketing Department at 384-3311 or toll free 1-800-232-3312. Remember, Friday, January 17, 2014 by 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for applying!
12/18/13 > Christmas Carolers
Several residents of Gruver were surprised Sunday night, Dec 15, to the joyful, if not slightly off-key, croonings of the boys basketball team! Riding through the town on a hay-ladened trailer and making stops as the went, the enthusiastic carolers did their best to spread the Christmas joy. The playlist included: Feliz Navidad, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, Silent Night, and Away in a Manger.

A great time was had by all!!!
12/18/13 > Perryton Game/ Miami Tournament
Perryton at Gruver: Dec 3

The 2013-14 Houndball Basketball season got underway on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd with two practices under their belts. The opponent was the always-tough, Perryton Rangers, at home in our beautiful facility.

The Rangers got off to a quick start and held a six-point advantage at the midway point; however, the Hounds stormed back behind the hot shooting of Marco Ayala, who finished with 17 points, and Dax Haight, who ended with 16 points. Lone senior, Beau Blankenship, had a very solid all-around game with seven points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Carson Williams also pitched in seven points.

The Greyhounds sealed the deal in overtime and came out on top: 55-50.



Tomahawk Classic: Dec. 5-7

The Greyhounds traveled back to Miami this season to defend the title they won last year at the Tomahawk Classic. The first round opponent was the Owls of Hedley. Gruver grabbed the early lead and never relinquished it. Four Greyhounds finished with double-digit points: Carson Williams (22 points), Aaron Felderhoff (20 points), Dax Haight (17 points), and Jahir Rodriguez (13 points). Felderhoff led the team in rebounds with nine, while Beau Blankenship had another solid game with seven points, four rebounds and five assists in limited minutes.

The final was Gruver 84, Hedley 39.


The second round saw the Hounds playing a talented Shamrock Irish squad. Houndball trailed at the half by 10 points; nevertheless, they fought back and won the contest 61-55. The tournament was especially challenging due to the "stomach bug" being spread amongst the squad. It was a real team effort in which the scoring was evenly distributed: Haight (14 pts), Ayala (12), Blankenship (9), L.C. Perez and Williams (8 each), and Rodriguez with seven points. Felderhoff pulled down 12 rebounds and junior, Ben Book, contributed all tournament long with great hustle and enthusiasm!

In the third round, Gruver faced off against a talented Bushland JV team. Bushland had defeated Clarendon by nearly 20 points the day before. Another quick start assisted the Hounds to a 59-50 victory. Haight led the way with 20 points, followed by Williams with 17. Felderhoff grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds and Blankenship pitched in nine points, three rebounds and three assists.

The championship game pitted the Greyhounds versus the Ft. Elliot Cougars, a playoff team from a year ago with a number of key returners. Another very balanced scoring night contributed to the Hounds bringing home the championship by the score of 65 to 54. Beau Blankenship led the team with 17 points AND 10 assists (only one turnover!!), while Williams, Perez, and Haight all added double-digit scoring with 16, 13, and 11 points respectively.

The win not only brought home the championship hardware, but it also brought the season record to 5 wins and zero losses.
12/18/13 > Beaver, OK & Hugoton Tournament
The Hounds next four games saw a four-game swing through Oklahoma and Kansas!

at Beaver (OK): Dec 12

The first stop on their tri-state trek was to the Duster Dome in Beaver, OK (a place none too kind to visiting teams in the past).

A 40-28 halftime lead expanded into a 73 to 50 victory for the Greyhounds. Three Gruver players scored in double digits. Haight again led the way with 20 points on 5 for 8 shooting from "3"; additionally, Blankenship tossed in 17 points (along with nine assists) and Williams added 14 points. Aaron Felderhoff was just barely in single digits (nine points) and Marco Ayala rebounded the ball a team high five times.


at Hugoton (KS): Blue and Red Classic

The "Sunflower State" was the next stop on Houndball's journey across state lines. The Broncs of Lakin (KS) were the opponents of Gruver in the first round of the very competitive tournament.

Despite leading 35-26 at half, the Greyhounds could not finish the Broncs off in the second half and a tip-in at the buzzer downed the Hounds 74-72. 9 for 21 FT shooting and lack of rebounding led to GHS' demise; however, FIVE players scored 11 points or more for the Hounds! Carson Williams had a breakout game with 25 points and six rebounds! L.C. Perez, Beau Blankenship, and Aaron Felderhoff each had 12 points. Felderhoff also pulled down 10 rebounds while Beau dished out nine assists. Haight wrapped up the double-digit barrage with 11 points.


vs. Guymon (OK): 2nd rd of Blue and Red Classic (Hugoton, KS)

The second round opponent was a team that defeated the Hounds 53-39 the previous year, Guymon (OK). In a game that saw key reserve player, Ben Book, go down with injury (he'll be back sooner than later!!) and key starter Beau Blankenship go down with five fouls, Houndball showed great resolve in coming back from a late deficit to take the W!!

Another 20+ point performance by Williams (22 pts and six rebs), along with 17 from Blankenship (and seven rebs) and 16 points from Ayala (also with seven rebs), pushed the Hounds to a 73 to 65 victory.


Consolation Champ of Blue-Red Classic vs. Southwestern Heights (KS)

The big team from Kismet, KS started strong versus the tired and seven-player strong Greyhounds. That being said, the Hounds fought like crazy until the final buzzer. In the second buzzer-beating game of the tournament, Gruver committed a late foul with one second remaining on the clock to allow SW Heights to escape to a 68-66 win.

Beau Blankenship had a monster game with 33 points, five rebounds , four steals and four assists. Perez, Williams, Haight, Ayala, Felderhoff, and Rodriguez added 7, 6, 6, 5, 5, and 4 points respectively. Once again, Felderhoff had 10+ rebounds with 11 for the game.

Despite the two tough losses, the tournament was a GREAT learning experience for the Hounds and we came away much smarter in knowing what "not to do" down the stretch of close games. They played incredibly hard and behaved outstanding under adverse conditions!!

Due to their fine play, both Carson Williams and Beau Blankenship were named to the "Blue and Red Classic" All-Tournament team. Congratulations and well deserved!!
12/18/13 > Nazareth Game
Nazareth at Gruver: Dec 16

Few teams in the state have the tradition that Houndball has; however, one team that is known for its basketball prowess is the Swifts of Nazareth. This aforementioned squad came to town on Monday, Dec. 16 for a non-district contest.

The 19th-ranked Swifts fell behind quickly and could never catch back up to the Hounds as prevailed 63 to 41. The Greyhounds were again without key reserve, Ben Book; nevertheless, all eight players who suited up scored! Blankenship had 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists; while Aaron Felderhoff scored 11 points and snatched 10 rebounds. Dax Haight scored nine points, while Williams and Ayala each finished with eight points. Perez chipped in six points and Rodriquez knocked down a FT. Varsity neophyte, Karsten Irwin, hit his first "3" on his first varsity attempt and finished with three points.


The next game for Houndball is again at home, this time for the "Hansford County Championship" against Spearman!! We thank you for your support and we'll see you at the game!!!!
12/17/13 > Scholarship for Business majors
Scholarship for business majors

12/17/13 > News from the Elementar
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12/17/13 > News from 2nd Grade
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12/17/13 > Holiday Classic Sponsorship
The deadline for sponsoring the Gruver Holiday Classic is Wednesday, Dec. 18th. This is so we can get the program finalized and put together. Also, if you are a sponsor and have not sent the artwork in for your ad, please do so by Wednesday, Dec. 18th. You may contact Leticia at 806-733-2821 or by email at leticia.salazar@gruverisd.net
Thanks,
Terry
12/17/13 > LHB Update
Greetings from Lady Hound Basketball! Need to bring you up to speed on recent games and happenings involving the girls. Let's go back to last weekend and the Miami Tomahawk Classic:

The first game of the tournament was against Darrouzett. The Lady Hounds started out strong outscoring them 29-3 in the first quarter and thats the way the rest of the game went as we went on to win 84-18. Reagan had 26 points to lead us followed by Brennyn with 18, Kennedy with 15, Hadlee had 13. Every member of the team scored. Next up, Wheeler. Wheeler was a much tougher test as we struggled early offensively but were able to hold our own defensively. Wheeler led 3-7 at the end of the 1st, but we were able to cause a few turnovers that led to easy baskets and outscored them 19-10 for a 22-17 lead at the half. The second half had its ups and downs as we were able to stretch our lead to 12 only to see Wheeler battle back and tie the game at 33 before we outscored them 12 to 1 down the stretch to win 45-34. Wasn't our best offensive game but we came up with stops when we needed to. Brennyn and Hadlee had 14 each to lead in that category while Reagan chipped in 10. Moving on to the semifinals, we faced Fritch on Friday night. Having lost to them earlier in the first game of the year, the girls came out motivated and ready to play and jumped out to a 19-13 lead after one quarter. In the middle two quarters, we played some really good defense, played well on offense and outscored them 24-9 for a 43-22 lead heading into the fourth and final stanza. It turned kinda ugly offensively and the final ended up 47-27 with LHB heading to the championship game vs 3A Pampa. Reagan and Brennyn led in scoring with 16 and 11 points, while Bailey provided a spark with aggressive play and rebounding. Kennedy scored 6 and played a very solid game on both ends.
The championship game versus Pampa saw us jump out to 18-9 first quarter lead thanks to solid defense and a bevy of 3 pointers. Reagan had 3 and Hadlee had 1 in the quarter. The next two quarters were more of the same as we outscored them 37-19 for a comfortable 55-28 lead going to the fourth quarter. Hadlee was a big part of the reason as she came up with several steals and poured in 16 points in those two quarters on her way to a game high 24 points. Reagan finished with 22 followed by Brennyn with 13. Brennyn had a good game defensively as she clogged up the paint and defended a very athletic and bigger post. Bailey also played well defensively. The final of the championship game was 66-37!
On Tuesday, we traveled across the Oklahoma state line to face the Lady Dusters from Beaver. We started off sluggishly on offense and defense but managed to secure an 8-6 lead after one quarter and extended the lead to 26-14 at the half. The sluggishness continued in the second half but we persevered and won 50-35. Reagan and Brennyn provided the scoring with 15 and 14 respectively. Kennedy had 3 three pointers and scored 9. Sarah came in and played pretty well hitting a timely 3 at a crucial point in the second quarter. The win moved our record to 8-3.
Thursday, December 12th, we traveled through to two states to play in the Hugoton, KS Red and Blue Classic. We faced Lakin, KS in the first round. The first half saw us struggle making shots from the perimeter but were able to hold them to 10 in a half while we scratched for 25 first half points. The second half was a little better offensively as we managed 30 more points while holding them to 14 for a 55-24 victory. Hadlee had 16, followed by Brennyn with 14, and Reagan with 13.
Friday, we returned to Hugoton to play the host team on their home floor in the semifinal game. Hugoton is not a big team but relied on quickness and depth to wear down opponents. Knowing they were going to press and try to play at a fast pace, we game planned to control the tempo and play very fundamentally sound basketball. Unfortunately, we did not do the latter very well early. We had several easy looks on offense and didn't convert. On the other end we did not play well either and that turned into a 18-25 halftime deficit for us. We needed to correct our mistakes and felt we had a great opportunity to do so only being down 7 with as bad as we had played. We continued, however to make mistakes and ultimately dug ourselves a hole, down 25-36 after 3 quarters. We battled back in the fourth but were too far behind and fell to Hugoton 42-48. Too many turnovers and poor shooting from the perimeter were culprits in the loss. In two games in Hugoton, we were 2 for 27 from 3 point range. We did however, shoot 13/15 from the charity stripe. Reagan was our only double digit scorer as she had 14.
On Saturday we faced the Perryton Rangerettes for Third Place. We finally started hitting from the outside as we canned a couple of treys in the first quarter and lead 12-6. Defensively, we played pretty well for 3 quarters. Brennyn had a great game going for a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Reagan scored 18 and Hadlee 11 as were able to overcome a very shaky 4th quarter and win 50-34 to improve our overall record to 10-4.

Hadlee and Reagan were named to the All Tournament team.
12/16/13 > GHS Favorites
The Gruver High School students have voted on Senior and Class Favorites for the 2013-2014 school year.

MR. & MISS GHS: Travis Stedje & Hannah Speck
Runners-Up: Beau Blankenship & Madison Williams

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Travis Stedje & Hannah Speck
Runners-Up: Jace Lane & Madison Williams

FRIENDLIEST: Coley Ruebush & Madi Teal
Runners-Up: Manuel Borunda and Lupita Mendoza

MOST HANDSOME & MOST BEAUTIFUL: Victor Guereca & Rachel Teal
Runners-Up: Jace Lane & Hannah Speck

MOST ATHLETIC: Beau Blankenship & Maggie Gaspar
Runners-Up: Johnny Terrazas & Emilynn Robinson

SENIOR CLASS FAVORITES: Eddie Borunda & Lupita Mendoza

JUNIOR CLASS FAVORITES: Mason McLain & Noemy Guereca

SOPHOMORE CLASS FAVORITES: Nic Rivera & Brennyn Seagler

FRESHMAN CLASS FAVORITES: Miguel Perez & Sarah Jackson
12/13/13 > Prom Video Pictures
Seniors,
Over the break gather your pictures for the senior video. You must give your pictures to Mrs. Irwin by Friday, January 10th.

Please include the following pictures:

infant picture
toddler picture
elementary picture
junior high picture
high school picture
group pictures
12/13/13 > Lady Hounds vs. Hugoton Streamed online
The girls game tonight vs. Hugoton is supposed to be streamed over the internet. To view the game go to www.ustream.tv then search "hchannel12", this should take you there to get to a link to listen. Game time is 6:30.
12/12/13 > Hugoton Tournament Today!
Today's basketball games vs. Lakin, KS will be streamed live over the internet through Lakin's internet feed. The boys play at 3:00 and the girls play at 4:45

The link to the boys game is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/79779

The link to the girls game is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/79781

The link to the Lakin's main broadcast page is: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/lakin-lakin-kansas
12/11/13 > All-Region Band
The following Jr. High Students recently earned spots in the All-Region Band:

Aneth Jimenez, Aby Garcia, Faith Olsen, Klaire Irwin, and Carlos Tarango.

The following High School students recently earned spots in the All-Region Band:

Mattie Mayfield, Hannah Speck, Emilynn Robinson, Abigail Trejo, Maddie Book, Zoe Cantrell, and Gabriel Mundo.

Hannah Speck and Zoe Cantrell are Area Qualifiers and will audition for the Texas All-State Band on January 11th in Idalou, TX.

The audition music for the All-Region band is very difficult and it takes a great amount of hard work and dedication to prepare for the audition. I am very proud of all the students who worked on this music and especially proud of the students who earned spots in the band! The All-Region clinics are January 17th and 18th. The concerts are on January 18th at WTAMU in Canyon.
12/11/13 > 5 State Honor Band
The following Junior High Students recently earned spots in the 5-State Honor Band:

Johana Borunda, Luz Gaspar, Aneth Jimenez, Faith Olsen, Aby Garcia, Kaycee Anderson, Klaire Irwin, Fernando Villalobos, and Grace Adams.

The following High School Students recently earned spots in the 5-State Honor Band:

Vanessa Garcia, Amber Johnson, Emilynn Robinson, Hannah speck, Rachel Teal, Mattie Mayfield, Christina Ayala, Lizbeth Trejo, Abigail Trejo, Zoe Cantrell, Maddie Book, Antolina Mendoza, Oziel Rey, Brett Wills, Trenton Finley, Nick Rivera, Sarah Olmos, and Ulysses Valverde.

I am very proud of these talented, hard-working students! Their clinic and concert is in Guymon, OK this Saturday, December 14th. The concert is at 7:00PM in the Guymon High School Auditorium.
12/11/13 > Elementary Christmas Concert
The Pre-K through 4th Christmas concert is on Thursday, December 19th at 9:30AM.

12/11/13 > JH & HS Band & Choir Concert
The Junior High/High School Band and Choir Concert is on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00PM.

12/10/13 > Hugoton Tournament Brackets
The brackets for the Hugoton Tournament are attached.

12/10/13 > Housing Scholarship
Students attending or Seniors applying to colleges in Austin, College Station or Denton

12/10/13 > Holiday Tournament Clock and Bookkeepers
If anyone would like to keep clock or book for the Holiday Tournament on December 30th or 31st, please contact Coach Felderhoff by email at terry.felderhoff@gruverisd.net or by phone/text at 806-736-0203. Game times are as follows:

Monday 12-30-13 Tuesday 12-31-13
HS Gym Varsity Gym HS Gym Varsity Gym
8:30 8:30 8:30 8:30
10:00 10:00 10:00 10:00
11:30 11:30 11:30 11:30
1:00 1:00 1:00 1:00
2:30 2:30 2:30 2:30
4:00 4:00 4:00 4:00
5:30 5:30 5:30 5:30
7:00 7:00 7:00 7:00
8:30 8:30 8:30
12/05/13 > All District Football
The Football All District Team is attached and Gruver is represented very well!

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone that came to the games and supported the boys. We all really appreciate your support, especially to those that traveled to the games out of town. We would also like give special thanks to those that traveled to the Area Playoff game vs. Seagraves at River Road and supported the boys in the freezing weather.

I also want to acknowledge David Teal, Troy Seagler, Trent Lankford, & Pat Harris for their efforts in getting the field at River Road ready to play. These four men traveled to River Road on the morning of the game, and helped the River Road staff clear the field so the game could be played that evening. Using only shovels, they manually cleared the entire field of ice and snow. We are very grateful to be part of a staff that works well together, with a “can do attitude,” and puts the kids first! A before and after picture of the field is also attached.

Once again thank you to all those that supported the boys during this past football season. Please congratulate these young men when you see them, and wish them well during the rest of the school year!

Thanks,
Terry

12/05/13 > Gruver Basketball Schedules
12/03/13 > Madison Williams State FFA Qualifier
Madison Williams State FFA Qualifier

Madison Williams will be competing this coming Friday in Huntsville at the State FFA Leadership Development Events. Madison, the daughter of Kristi and Johnnie Williams, was the Area 1 FFA Association winner in the Sr. Creed Speaking competition earning a spot in the state competition this coming weekend. Madison started preparing a couple of months ago to compete in the creed speaking LDE and has committed a lot of time to learning the FFA Creed that was written by EM Tiffany. The creed competition consists of reciting the creed and answering three thought questions that pertain to the creed. She will compete against 20 other students from across the state as she represents the Gruver FFA, the Top O’ Texas District, and the Area 1 FFA Association. Madison was also the district winner back in early November. Please congratulate Madison and wish her luck at the state competition!! Please see the attached photo.

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 Madison_Williams.jpg
12/03/13 > Miami Basketball Tournament
The bracket for the Miami Tournament is attached

12/03/13 > Gruver JV Basketball Tournament
The bracket for the Gruver JV tournament is attached

12/02/13 > JH Game Change
The Jr. High games vs. Fritch on Monday, December 2 have been moved to HERE (Gruver)! Come out and watch your Greyhound and Lady Greyhound Jr. High hoopers this coming Monday! 7th grade boys will be in the Varsity Gym at 5 pm followed by the 7th grade girls. Both 8th grade teams will play in the High School gym beginning with the girls at 5 pm.

See you at the game!!
12/02/13 > Holiday Classic Sponsors
With the help of our great community, the Gruver Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament has been an outstanding success. The 2013 Gruver Holiday Classic, which will be held on December 30, 31, & January 1, is set to be another great event. This year will feature an 8 team bracket for the girls and a 14 team bracket for the boys. As we stated in past years, many people may not realize the expense of putting on a top notch varsity tournament over the Christmas Holidays. There is “competition” to get teams to come to holiday tournaments. The better the tournament, the more likely the tournament will succeed in following years. A holiday tournament is not like the average tournament, there has to be a draw for teams to attend. These include quality of teams, facilities, taking care of and feeding all the teams, etc. Also, Gruver ISD’s desire in hosting this tournament is to bring many people in from out of town which will help local restaurants and businesses. This tournament will also alleviate the travel and expenses incurred by the many families and supporters of our own athletes by allowing them to stay in town instead of traveling to another tournament for three or four days.

Last year’s tournament expenses totaled over $16,000.00. These expenses include, but are not limited to, officials, a meal for each team daily, trophies/awards, hospitality room for visiting coaches, administrators, and officials, janitorial services, etc. We estimate that the gate receipts will cover about 30% of these expenses.

The sponsorships, along with the gate receipts, will be used to help offset the expenses of hosting the tournament. We are again opening the tournament up for sponsorships from businesses as well as individuals, and there are 4 different levels of sponsorship.

Gold Sponsor - $500.00
Sponsor will get a sign in the gym during the tournament, a full page ad in the tournament program, 4 tournament passes, and a tournament gift.

Frankincense Sponsor - $250.00
Sponsor will get their name in the gym during the tournament, a half page ad in the tournament program, and 2 tournament passes.

Myrrh Sponsor - $100.00
Sponsor will get their name in the gym during the tournament, a quarter page ad in the tournament program, and 1 tournament pass.

Program Sponsor - $20.00
Sponsor will their name in the tournament program.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2013 Gruver Holiday Classic please see the attached form or contact Leticia Salazar at 806-733-2821. Also, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

12/02/13 > Houndball Update
The 2013-14 Gruver Greyhound boys basketball season tips off at home on Tuesday night versus the #23-ranked AAA team in the state, the Perryton Rangers. There will be four games (2 girls and 2 boys) beginning at 4:00 pm with the JV girls.

The Hounds will then travel to Miami to try and defend their Mohawk Classic championship and open with the Owls of Hedley at 1:00 pm in Miami's "Old Gym". They will then face either Shamrock or the host team, Miami, in the next round on Friday.

We are excited to get started and look forward to seeing you at the games!
12/02/13 > Elementary Awards
Please see attachment.

12/02/13 > Thanksgiving Meal
This year we served over 600 trays at our Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to all involved and to our great community for your participation in this special day for our students. Have a Happy Thanksgiving Gruver!!!!

Please see attachment for photos and our student’s Fall Art.

Attachment:

 Thanksgiving_Meal.pdf
11/25/13 > Gruver vs. Seagraves Football Game
The game will be played in River Road at 5:00p.m.
11/25/13 > WTAMU Scholarship Opportunities
WTAMU Scholarship Opportunities

Attachment:

 WT Scholarship
11/25/13 > Free Virtual College Fair
There is a FREE VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR for the state of Texas! This fair is scheduled for December 9th-14th and is for students in the state of Texas. You need to log-on now to register at www.collegefairsonline.com . Once you register you can then log on any time during the week of the fair and get information from many colleges. There will be times set up at each institution’s booth for a live chat session with a college representative from that institution. Go to www.collegefairsonline.com and click on the students tab to register before the fair and a reminder e-mail will be sent before the fair starts. This service is completely free, you need to register as soon as possible if you would like to participate.
11/22/13 > Elementary UIL
Congratulations Gruver Elementary for bringing home the silver at UIL this year!!!! We are so proud of our students, coaches, and family members that have worked so hard to make this possible.

Booker 26 points
Gruver 249 points
Stinnett 486 points
Stratford 91 points
Clarendon 92 points
Claude 42 points
Vega 210 points
White Deer 40 points
11/22/13 > Send-Off Celebration Friday
We are celebrating the success of our football and FFA teams this Friday. Come wish them luck at 2:35 in the HS Gym as they get ready to compete in Area competitions on Saturday.
11/22/13 > Stone Soup Invitation
Please see attachment.

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 Stone Soup Invitation
11/22/13 > Band Info for Saturday
All HS Band students need to meet at 8:45 Saturday morning. We will leave at 9:AM. We will eat at Golden Corral in Amarillo at 11:00AM. We will also provide a meal on the way home. Please have your child dress warmly! They may wear coveralls and bring blankets. We will not be wearing our uniforms, so wear as many layers of clothing as you can!
11/20/13 > Football Playoff Game Change
The Area Football Game vs. Seagraves has been rescheduled and will be played on Saturday at 2:00 in Hereford.
11/20/13 > Gruver JH UIL
The annual UIL Acadmeic District Meet was held November 15 at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas. This year saw the addition of several more schools, bringing the total number of participating institutions to eight. At last count, more than 700 elementary and Jr. High students descended upon FPC, so the competition was fierce.

That being said, Gruver Jr. High once again defended their Jr. High UIL Academic championship with a resounding 817 points, to the nearest competitor's - Vega - with 423.33. It was a total team effort from students and teachers alike!

Congratulations to everyone who went and represented Gruver so well!!
11/19/13 > Science & Math Scholarship
The Texas Science Scholar Program

$10,000 Bachelor of Science Degree
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa Texas is proud to offer a $10,000 Bachelor of Science degree to qualified students seeking to study on a full-time basis. Eligible disciplines include:
• Chemistry (All Tracks)
• Computer Science
• Geology (All Tracks)
• Information Systems
• Mathematics
This opportunity is available for outstanding physical science and mathematics students in Texas. They will receive a high quality degree at a cost of only $10,000 in tuition and fees for the four-year curriculum.
Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions about the Texas Science Scholars Program.
Cost Comparison
The table below demonstrates the cost comparison of the $10,000 Texas Science Scholar to the regular in-state tuition and fee estimates. (* based on 30 semester credit hours)
Per Semester Per Academic Year
Regular In-State Tuition and Fees $3165.55 $6331.10*
Texas Science Scholar $2500*




Student Qualifications Check-list
General Student Qualifications
• Must be a Texas resident
• Must be admitted unconditionally to the University with a major in
o Chemistry (All Tracks)
o Computer Science
o Geology (All Tracks)
o Information Systems
o Mathematics
• Must minor in one of the above science disciplines (or Biology), if a minor is required by the degree plan. InfoSys majors are required to minor in general business.
• Must apply for admission by going to www.applytexas.org
• Go to http://ss.utpb.edu/admissions/apply-now/ and select "Freshman Student Applicant" to learn about unconditional admission to UTPB.
• Must be unconditionally admitted, complete all placement exams, and register for first semester by August 1.
Freshmen Students
• Submit official high school transcripts.
• Submit SAT scores (College Board Code: 0448) or ACT scores (ACT Code: 4225).
• Submit TAKS scores (if available).
• Must be eligible to take Pre-calculus (MATH 2412 or its equivalent).
• Must be eligible to take General Chemistry (CHEM 1311-1111) during first year at the University, if applicable.
• Must not be placed in any developmental coursework.
Transfer Students
• Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
• Must have completed Pre-calculus (MATH 2412 or its equivalent).
• Check that coursework integrates into the chosen degree plan to be on track to graduate with a four year degree.
• Must have a 3.0 overall cumulative G.P.A.
How to Apply
To apply for the Texas Science Scholar you must complete the following:
• The Texas Common Application for Admission. This will be your Admission form to the University
• The Texas Science Scholar Application - This will be your Application to be a Texas Science Scholar
• The Federal Application for Student Aid (optional) - This will determine if you qualify for any non-UTPB financial aid
• The Student Housing Application (Texas Science Scholars must live in UTPB housing unless they have a proper exemption)
Complete these steps as soon as possible. There is limited space available.

Once You Are Admitted
Once you have been admitted as a Texas Science Scholar:
• Meet with a UTPB Texas Science Scholar advisor and determine a degree plan for a major in Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Information Systems or Math with a minor in one of these programs or Biology.
o Advisor : Haesun Lee - 432-552-2251 - lee_h@utpb.edu - Office: ST 2118
• Complete 30 course hours per academic year (Fall / Spring / Summer) with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better with all courses meeting degree requirements as outlined in the degree plan
• Pay $2500 at the beginning of the academic year. This covers tuition and fees for 30 hours of coursework in the current academic year. Payment plans will be available.
• Check with the Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify for non-UTPB financial aid, such as the Texas Grant, Federal Pell Grants, or privately funded scholarships. You must have previously completed the Federal Application for Student Aid.
• Fill out the Student Housing application, and plan your stay in Student Housing. Texas Science Scholars must live in UTPB housing unless they have a proper exemption
• If you have a smartphone, download the UTPB Mobile App to see what's happening on campus, and get involved!

Contact Information
• Office of Admissions
o Phone: 432-552-2605 - Fax: 432-552-3605 - admissions@utpb.edu
• Office of Financial Aid
o Phone: 432-552-2620 - Fax: 432-442-2621 - finaid@utpb.edu
11/19/13 > Gruver Farm Foundation Harvest
Please see attachment.

11/19/13 > Midland Scholarship
The Charles, Lela and mary SLough Foundation Scholarship

11/19/13 > Nursery & Landscaping Scholarships
Scholarship for Nursery & Landscaping Majors

11/19/13 > Bus College Tours
11/19/13 > November 20th Picture Day
Wednesday, November 20th, Blunck’s will be back to take School Day photos for new students, students who were absent on picture day in October, and those needing retakes. We will also be taking Yearbook group photos for: Elementary UIL, Junior High UIL, Junior High Class Officers, 5th Grade Band, 6th & 7th Grade Band, High School Band, HS Choir, National Honor Society, Student Council, FCA, FFA, FCCLA, Yearbook.

If your student wants retakes, they must return their original packet and their might be an additional charge. Please read their packets.

Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately!
11/18/13 > Lady Hound Basketball News
Welcome to another season of Lady Hound Basketball! It is an exciting time of the year with football in the playoffs, XC coming off another stellar season, JH UIL teams winning, and roundball getting started! LHB is off and running! Games have already been played and plenty of hoops action coming your way. Before I get to the games, let me start by introducing you to the members of LHB:

JH B Team
Cristal Alvarez
Johanna Borunda
Cassandra Briones
Olundra Borunda
Esme Lara
Sierria Butman

JH A Team
Klaire King
Klaire Irwin
Aby Garcia
Aneth Jimenez
Leonor Acosta
Kaitlyn Stedje

Junior Varsity
Dara Arrington
Christina Ayala
Macy Haight
Antolina Mendoza
Mattie Mayfield
Tania Ortiz
Kennedy Venneman
Kailey Whitehead

Varsity
Landry Davis
Michaela Davis
Patty Garcia
Maggie Gaspar
Reagan Haynes
Sarah Jackson
Kennedy King
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey
Bailey Stedje

The JH started things off in White Deer on 11/4 and came away with two wins! B team won 31-16 while the A team won 37-6. They suit up and play again Monday (11/18) versus Sunray at Sunray.
The varsity Lady Hounds and jv Lady Hounds traveled to Fritch for their first action this past Tuesday. The JV lost in a close ballgame 25-30 but battled throughout. Plenty of room for improvement but the girls fought hard and look to come back even better in their next contest this Tuesday against Panhandle. Lady Hound basketball took to the court vs Fritch as well in a rough and physical contest but came up short in OT 39-40. During the pregame warm-up, Landry Davis came down awkwardly on her leg and twisted her knee. She was unable to play due to the injury and has not seen a doctor yet but we are optimistic about the extent of the injury and are praying for a healthy knee and return to action. Kennedy King was thrust into the starting lineup a few minutes prior to tip-off and she played an outstanding game for her first time in a varsity uniform! Very proud of her performance. The game was close throughout, tough defense was displayed, and big shots made but we came out on the short end in OT. Reagan Haynes led in scoring with 16, followed by Hadlee Spivey with 10 and Brennyn Seagler with 8. Hadlee had 7 rebounds and Kennedy had 5. A paltry 3 for 17 from 3 point range didn’t help the cause however we were 12 of 26 from inside the arc. We came up with 13 steals but didn’t convert enough of them into baskets to help secure the W.
This past Saturday, LHB played visiting Dalhart in a varsity contest only. This was another closely contested game that went back and forth early on. The Lady Wolves pressed early and often and we did not value the basketball like we needed and turned it over 15 times in the first half. Still, down only 20-25, corrections needed to be made at the half and we were looking to shore things up on offense. The second half started a little like the first with several TO’s and we found ourselves down 23-31 in the third. Needing a spark, the defense picked up and managed to turn over the Lady Wolves and get an easy basket and a timely 3 to cut the deficit to 28-31heading to the final stanza. The 4th quarter saw lots of action with the Lady Hounds taking a 4 point lead with about 27 seconds to go. Unfortunately we couldn’t hold the lead and Dalhart scored two easy baskets to send it to overtime. In OT, we got down 4 early and needed a timely 3 by Reagan and two ice-in-her-veins FT’s by Brennyn to get the lead. Our defense was able to get a stop at the end to seal the victory. Brennyn led LHB with 18 points and 7 boards. Hadlee followed with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Reagan had 8 points and 4 steals. We shot the ball better going 7 for 13 from downtown but struggled to 9 of 26 from two point range. We had 25 turnovers which is far too many. All things correctable and we will work on that. This game saw freshmen Sarah Jackson get moved up and play some really big minutes throughout due to foul trouble of some of the starters. She did a really good job and I am very proud of her for her composure and aggressiveness.

Next game for the varsity and jv will Tuesday at home vs Panhandle.
11/18/13 > CollegeWeek Live Virtual Preview
Good Afternoon! I am forwarding this email to you on behalf of CollegeWeek Live. Attached you will find a flyer with information about the organization. This organization will be hosting a virtual college fair online next Thursday, November 21. There will be over 200 schools online that day to share information about their campuses, college applications, and financial options. The fair is free for anyone that is interested. If you have questions about the fair or anything related to CollegeWeek Live, please contact Charlie Bain. Below you will find his contact information.

11/13/13 > GJHS 2nd Six Weeks Honor Roll
please see attached

11/13/13 > PK Fall Art
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 PK_Fall_Art.pdf
11/12/13 > FFA Results
Gruver FFA competed Wednesday, November 6th, at FPC in Borger in Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). The Gruver FFA district consists of fifteen different schools including Booker, Canadian, Darrouzett, Follett, Ft. Elliot, Higgins, Kelton, Lefors, Miami, Pampa, Perryton, Spearman, Sunray and Wheeler. The LDE competitions consist of Ag Advocacy, Ag Issues, Junior Chapter Conducting, Junior Creed, Junior Quiz, Junior Skills, Job Interview, Public Relations, Radio Broadcasting, Senior Chapter Conducting, Senior Creed, Senior Quiz, and Senior Skills. Gruver FFA had 17 students participate in the LDE contest and 12 of the 17 students will be advancing to Area competition held November 23rd on the campus of WTAMU. Gruver FFA teams competed in Junior Chapter Conducting, Junior Quiz, Senior Creed, Senior Quiz, Job Interview, Public Relations and Radio Broadcasting.

Competition District Placing Area Qualifier
Junior Chapter Conducting 1st Qualifier Maddie Book Blaise Davis Brittney Grimes Macy Haight Sarah Jackson Randi Jines Amber Johnson Kennedy Venneman
Public Relations 1st Qualifier Emily Harris Hunter Hopkins Nicolas Rivera Hadlee Spivey
Sr. Creed 1st Qualifier Madison Williams
Junior Quiz 3rd Maddie Book Brittney Grimes Macy Haight Kennedy Venneman
Junior Quiz 6th Blaise Davis Sarah Jackson Randi Jines Amber Johnson
Senior Quiz 4th Marti Frazier Serena Harbour Matthew Pierce Travis Stedje
Job Interview 3rd Hadlee Spivey
Job Interview 5th Emily Harris
Radio Broadcasting 4th Hunter Hopkins Matthew Pierce Nicolas Rivera

Please congratulate each of these students on a job well done. We look forward to competing November 23rd at the Area level.
11/12/13 > XC Update
Lady Hound Regional and State XC

On November 2nd the Lady Hound XC team competed at the Regional meet in Lubbock. The Lady Hounds ran a very impressive race and pulled out the victory over top ranked Sundown by 5 points. Emilynn Robinson lead the way for the Lady Hounds as she finished in 11th place with a time of 12:40. Next in for the Lady Hounds was Hadlee Spivey in 15th place, Bailey Stedje in 19th place, Sarah Jackson in 24th place, Reagan Haynes in 26th place, Antolina Mendoza in 33rd place and Maggie Gaspar in 37th place. This regional victory made the Lady Hounds the Region 1-1A champions for 5 years standing and advanced them on to the State Meet in Round Rock.

The Lady Hounds participated in the State Meet in Round Rock this past Saturday, November 9th. This race looked to be one of the most competitive 1A state meet in the last several years. The Lady Hounds got a rough start and got boxed in on the first 200 meters and had to work very hard to make up ground in the back mile. They finished strong as ever but ran out of time. The Lady Hounds took 4th place and were just 2 points out of being on the medal stand. This team accomplished so much this year and had a great run at it. Emilynn Robinson and Maggie Gaspar will be leaving the team due to graduation and I just want to thank them for their 4 years of hard work and dedication. I do know that they will be rooting on the Lady Hounds next year as we expect to make another great run at it.

Thanks again to the entire community of Gruver for all of their support. These kids successes could not happen without the amazing support given by the entire community.
11/11/13 > FCCLA Spotlight
Noemy Guereca is a junior at Gruver High School. She is the daughter of Victor and Julia Guereca. She has an older brother, Victor. He is a senior at Gruver High School.
Noemy is enrolled in the Culinary Arts FCS class. She plans to attend Texas Tech University and pursue an accounting or an electronic media and communication degree.
Noemy is involved in yearbook, cross country, National Honor Society, tennis, multiple college classes, cheerleading, and UIL. She is president of the junior class and Gruver FCCLA.
11/11/13 > Hispanic & Coca Cola Scholarship
https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/hsf/
11/11/13 > XIT Scholarship
Please see attached

11/11/13 > High School Aerospace Scholars
High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS), a unique program that encourages high school juniors from across Texas to explore the vast opportunities awaiting them in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Today’s workforce suffers from a shortage in these fields, but with your help we can work to improve the nation’s pipeline.

HAS is an interactive, online learning experience in which selected students complete online lessons interact with students from across Texas, and qualify to travel to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for a six-day residential summer experience. During their week at JSC, students are divided into teams and work under the guidance of a NASA mentor and certified Texas teacher. HAS is a great opportunity for juniors to discover the opportunities available to them, especially if they have an aptitude in math or science elective credit towards graduation upon successful completion of the program.

The State of Texas, along with community organizations, has partnered with JSC to support HAS. State Senators and Representatives from each district administer the selection process and ensure representation from around Texas. Lodging, meals and transportation to and from JSC are provided at no cost to the student.

Visit the website: HAS.aerospacescholars.org for more information about the program and to access the student application. Students must submit a complete application NO later than November 15, 2103.

Certified teachers throughout Texas serve as HAS counselors during the summer and are integral parts of the program. Selected teachers receive a stipend and guide the students’ learning experience. If any teacher is interested in serving as a HAS counselor for the summer please also visit HAS.aerospacescholars.org for more information on the program and to access the teacher/counselor application.
11/07/13 > Halloween & 4th Grade Spooky Stories
Please see attachment.

11/07/13 > LHB Game Change
The girls basketball originally scheduled for Tuesday November 12th has been moved to Thursday November 14th. The game is still in Fritch and game times are JV at 5:00 and Varsity to follow at 6:30.

The JH games scheduled against Booker here in Gruver on November 14th have been cancelled due to Booker’s football playoff game that day. We are currently searching for a game to replace this one. Any updates will be sent through Greyhound News!

Thanks and see you at the games!!!!
11/07/13 > Football Playoff Shirts
An order form for the football playoff shirts is attached. Order forms are due back to school on Wednesday, November 13th.

11/07/13 > Baseball/Softball Field Image
A picture is attached of the "Gambler G" being installed behind home plate.

Attachment:

 baseball_image.jpg
11/06/13 > DIM Students
Gruver High School students, in Kimberly Irwin’s DIM classes, were recently given the opportunity to design menus for the El Vaquero Restaurant. New owners, Brant and Stacie Armes, approached Mrs. Irwin with the idea for a class project. Mrs. Irwin and her students were thrilled for the opportunity to use the tools they were learning for a “real world” experience. Each student designed a menu and submitted them to the Armes. The decision was not easy, as all the students did a very good job. In the end, three designs were chosen for the restaurant. When you visit the El Vaquero, check out the creativity of these menus designed by Ella Speck, Lizbeth Trejo and Caty Rodriguez!

Great job!!!
11/06/13 > Veteran's Day Program
Please come and help us honor our veterans!!!

11/05/13 > Thursday Send-Off and Pep Rally
Our 2013 XC Regional Champions will be traveling to state competition this Thursday, Nov 7. We will send them off with pride at 8:15am in the New HS Gym. Line up around the top.

We will be acknowledging our seniors at a 3:00 pep rally this Thursday as our 2013 Football District Champions set their sights on an undefeated season against Amarillo High’s JuniorVarsity that evening.

GHS Cheerleaders
11/05/13 > FFA Fundraiser
Fruit Fundraiser

The Gruver FFA is starting its annual fruit fundraiser. We will be starting today, November 4th, and will complete the fundraiser on November 18th. Please find a local FFA member for your fruit items or contact me at the numbers below. You may also contact me by emailing me at weston.born@gruverisd.net. We continue to be grateful for this community that supports all of our school activities.
11/05/13 > 1st Grade Smores
Please see attachment.

Attachment:

 1st_Grade_Smores.pdf
11/01/13 > Senior Night
Reminder...this week's football game vs. Vega is Senior night. The recognition of this year's seniors will begin at 7:10. Hope you can come out and show your appreciation for all that these student-athletes have done for GISD the last several years.
11/01/13 > 4-H Scholarship
Are You A High School Junior or Senior?
Are You Planning on Attending College?

If so, join the Texas A&M University Collegiate 4-H Club for this 4-H Scholarship Workshop.












Saturday, November 16, 2013
10 am to 2 pm
Wellborn Community Center, College Station
The Texas A&M Collegiate 4-H Club will be hosting a scholarship training for Texas 4-H members and parents who are wanting to learn about completing a 2014 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Application, or how to prepare and plan for applying in future years.

The workshop will include:
• Overview of the scholarship processing including the scoring and selection.
• Criteria and eligibility
• Detailed review of each section of application
• Hints and tips for submitting a quality application
• General information about college financial aid

Registration is $20.00 per person and includes all workshop materials, breaks and lunch.

Registration deadline is Monday, November 11, 2013

To register, click HERE to download the fillable pdf registration form. Complete the form and mail with your payment to: TAMU Collegiate 4-H, 4180 State Hwy 6S, College Station, TX 77845.


Address for Wellborn Community Center:
4119 Greens Prairie Rd, West
College Station, TX 77845

Thank you for supporting the TAMU Collegiate 4-H Club
11/01/13 > Coca Cola Scholarship
Click here to view this email as a web page

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship for High School Seniors

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. It is our privilege to award over $3 million annually in scholarships to these young leaders.

Current high school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA may apply using the following link through October 31:

http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants

For additional information about this scholarship and profiles of past recipients, please visit our website at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org .

We ask that you kindly share this information with your students so that we may extend this opportunity to as many high school seniors as possible.

Thank you!

Warmly,

The Coca-Cola Scholars Team

CokeScholars@coca-cola.com
1-800-306-2653



Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
P.O. Box 442
Atlanta, GA 30301
11/01/13 > RED X-Grain Pull-over
We are going to place another order of Greyhound pullovers. The order is due by November 7th. It takes almost 4 weeks for the order to be delivered.

10/30/13 > Elementary Honor Roll
Please see attachment.

10/30/13 > District XC Update
LADY HOUND SWEEP!!!!

The Lady Hound XC Program swept the district on Monday, October 21st at Thompson Park in Amarillo. The tone was set for the day with the JV Lady Hound team pulling out a close race and winning the district title by 2 points. This district title took every one of the JV girls to get the job done as they ran with just 5 girls. Emily Harris won the JV individual district title with a time of 14:33. Kennedy King and Macy Haight also found themselves with individual medals as they finished 3rd and 4th, respectively. Next up was the Varsity Lady Hound XC team, currently ranked #2 in the state, these girls ran very well and left no question who the District Champions were as they won by 13 over Stratford. Finishing in the top 10 in the varsity race were Hadlee Spivey, 4th place with a time of 13:21, Emilynn Robinson, 5th place with a time of 13:23 and Bailey Stedje, 8th place with a time of 13:29. This program has picked up on the nickname, HoundPack, and the varsity girls times tell exactly why. Their times 1-5 were only 28 seconds apart and 1-7 was less than a minute. The JH Lady Hound XC team was the last to compete for Gruver that day and went into the race with the pressure of finishing the job of going 3 for 3 on the day with district titles. These girls did exactly that and stepped up to the plate and won the district title by 9 points over Booker. Finishing in the top 10 for the JH race, were Cassandra Briones in 3rd place with a time of 13:47 and Kaitlyn Stedje in 4th place with a time of 13:48.

I just want to say a special thanks to the parents, booster club, administration and the entire community of Gruver for all of your support during this XC season. These girls put in lots of hard work and many early mornings to make this goal of a “sweep” at the district meet happen. The Varsity Lady Hound XC team will continue their season as they will compete at the Regional Meet this Saturday at 9am at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. This race looks to be one of the toughest regional meets in the last few years, as there are 4 of the top 10 teams in the state competing for 3 spots to go to Round Rock next week. Again, thank you for all of your support this season. These accomplishments could not be achieved without all of the community support.
10/30/13 > Double Whammy Friday
Friday, we will be sending off our District Champion XC Team at 8:45 in the New HS Gym. Line the walking track in 2 lines for our girls to walk through. Then join us at 3:00 in the Old Varsity for a pep rally to celebrate the creation of a winning “DYNASTY.” We have a lot to celebrate, so make plans to join us!

Varsity Cheerleaders
10/30/13 > Gyms Closed Friday- Monday
A crew will be here refinishing the gym floors on Friday. The High School Gym and the Varsity Gym will be closed this coming weekend, from Friday through Monday, while the work is being performed and the floor finish is curing.
10/30/13 > JH Games Added
We have added/found JH games for next week. The JH will play at Spearman on Tuesday, November 5th. The 7th grade will start at 5:00, and the 8th grade will follow at approximately 6:15. These games are being played on Tuesday because the varsity will be playing a rare Thursday night game next week. A revised football schedule is attached.

10/25/13 > Football Schedule Change
Next Thursday, 10/31, we will play three sub-varsity football games in Vega. The 7th grade will start at 4:00, followed by the 8th grade at approximately 5:15, followed by the JV at approximately 6:30. We are also still looking for a JH opponent for the following week, and will forward that game information as it becomes available. A revised football schedule is attached.

Thanks,
Terry

10/25/13 > O'Malley Scholarship
The year 2014 marks the twenty-first time that the Texas Medical Association Young Physician Section will award its rural science scholarship. This $1,000 award is given to a rural Texas high school senior who excels in science, for use toward continuing his or her education in the field of medicine.

In 2007, the YPS Rural Scholarship was transformed into a memorial scholarship for Michael O’Malley, MD. Dr. O’Malley, a recipient of a similar scholarship himself, was an internal medicine physician in Galveston and past chair of the TMA Young Physician Section. Tragically, Dr. O’Malley died from cardiac arrest in his home at the age of 43 and left a wife and two young children. In his memory, the young physicians’ are continuing the tradition of helping rural high school seniors pursue a degree in the field of medicine.

All outstanding rural high school seniors interested in pursuing their education and becoming a physician are invited to apply for this award. The application form and submission details are attached. Please feel free to make additional copies to distribute.

Applications must be postmarked by January 10, 2014 and sent via mail to Texas Medical Association, YPS Coordinator, 401 West 15th Street, Austin, TX 78701. The scholarship winner will be notified by mail in March 2014 and is encouraged to attend the TexMed 2014 conference in Fort Worth on May 3 to receive his or her award (travel assistance is available).

The future of medicine depends on a high quality applicant pool and this scholarship is designed to help assure that the most talented students are given the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine. We appreciate your continued support and your assistance in sharing this information with the students in your school.

Sincerely,

Carrie de Moor, MD
Chair, Young Physician Section
YPSInfo@texmed.org

10/25/13 > Halloween Carnival
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10/24/13 > Spooktacular Pep Rally
Friday is our Annual Blackout Pep Rally! It’ll be at 3:00 in the Old Varsity. Glow necklaces will be sold Friday morning before school for $1. We ordered a lot more this year, so everyone can have several! Let’s spook those Mustangs with our glow-in-the-dark spirit!
10/24/13 > Coca-Cola Scholarship
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship for High School Seniors

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. It is our privilege to award over $3 million annually in scholarships to these young leaders.

Current high school seniors with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA may apply using the following link through October 31:

http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/applicants

For additional information about this scholarship and profiles of past recipients, please visit our website at http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org.

Thank you!

Warmly,

The Coca-Cola Scholars Team

CokeScholars@coca-cola.com
1-800-306-2653
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
P.O. Box 442
Atlanta, GA 30301
10/24/13 > OPSU Aggie Preview Day
Students attending Aggie Preview Day will be able to find out about scholarships, financial aid, housing and areas of study at OPSU. Seniors that attend will receive a $450 Tuition Scholarship, a $900 Housing Credit and a free OPSU T-shirt. They will also be able to tour the campus (weather permitting), eat a free lunch in the cafeteria, and attend an OPSU football game. Registration time will be from 11:00 am until 11:30 am in Hughes-Strong Auditorium and the program will begin at 11:30 am.

You may register online at www.opsu.edu or email layne@opsu.edu or breanna.drayer@opsu.edu.
10/22/13 > Playing with Purpose Award
Please see attached

10/22/13 > Baylor Scholarship
Please see attached

10/17/13 > News from 2nd Grade
Please see attachment.

10/17/13 > PTO Meeting
PTO Meeting
o Wednesday, October 16, 2013
o ElementaryTeacher’s Lounge
o 3:45
o We will be discussing the Halloween Carnival
10/15/13 > Kinder News
Please see attachment.

10/14/13 > Essay Scholarship
please see attached

10/10/13 > 10 Tips for Scholarship
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10/09/13 > Blunck's Picture Day
Blunck’s Photography will be here Wednesday, October 16th to take individual pictures of students from grade PK-11th. They will also be taking faculty and administration pictures this day, as well as Junior High & HS team and individual pictures for fall sports: Football, Cross Country, Cheerleading. Picture packets for school pictures AND sports pictures will be sent home this week. Please remember to send these packets back with your child October 16th. They must be filled out and paid for in advance.

Thank you,

Kimberly Irwin
10/09/13 > Bully Prevention Month
Spread The Word About National Bullying Prevention Month
Make bullying prevention a movement that touches every community. Share information about the event through website updates; posts on social media channels; articles in newspapers, magazines, and online publications; or just connecting with someone in person.
Check out all the videos available for you… http://www.pacer.org/bullying/video/
Video Downloads… http://www.pacer.org/bullying/video/downloads/
You’re not alone…video http://www.pacer.org/bullying/video/player.asp?video=58

Every year, 13 million kids in America are bullied. PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages, and educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through the use of creative, interactive resources. PACER has three helpful websites that offer a wide variety of free resources teachers, students, and families can use to address bullying in schools, the community and online.
Bullying Info and Facts… http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/info-facts.asp
Join the Movement… http://www.pacer.org/bullying/wewillgen/join-wwg.asp
Calling all students from kindergarten to high school! Be a part of the generation that changes what has happened to so many for too long. When 1 out of every 3 students is bullied, it is likely that this is happening to someone that you know and care about. Will you join?
WE = Uniting as a community
WILL = Creating positive, inspired change
GENERATION = Recognizing today’s student as leaders
Spanish Handouts http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/publications/somali-materials.asp
Somali Handouts http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/publications/somali-materials.asp

JOIN There Facebook! KEEP UP! https://www.facebook.com/PACERsWEWILLGeneration
Connect with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center…http://www.pacer.org/bullying/about/contact.asp
10/09/13 > 3rd Grade Recycling
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10/08/13 > Foster Care/Adoption Exemptions
Texas Students in Foster/Residential Care Exemption Program
The Students in Foster or other Residential Care (Foster Care/Adoption Exemption) was established to provide college financial assistance to students who were in foster care when they turned 18 years of age or who were in foster care and eligible for adoption as of their 14th birthday.

Who can apply?
Individuals who:

-Have been in the care or conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) on the day before his/her 18th birthday; or
-Have been in the care or conservatorship of TDPRS on the day of his/her 14th birthday (if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day)
-Have been in the care or conservatorship of TDPRS on the day of his/her graduation from high school or receipt of GED
-Enroll in a public college or university in Texas within three years of the relevant date mentioned above, but no later than his/her 21st birthday
-Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e. a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs).

Where may the awards be used?
Must be used at a Texas institution.
Available only for use at a public college or university.

How much can be awarded?
Tuition and fees; however, once a student has been determined eligible for the benefit, the benefit continues indefinitely. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years a student may receive this exemption.

How can I apply?
Provide the college registrar written proof, from the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, of eligibility.
http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/texas-scholarships/texas-students-in-foster-residential-care-exemption-program/
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10/08/13 > Texas Professional Nursing Scholarships
Texas Professional Nursing Scholarships
The Professional Nursing Scholarships (PNRS)was established to provide financial assistance to encourage students to become Professional Nurses.

Eligibility:

-Are Texas residents
-Show financial need
-Register for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement
-Enroll in classes leading to Licensure as a Professional Nurse
-Enroll on at least a ½-time basis

FYI: Some, but not all funds are targeted to students from rural communities. Some are targeted to graduate students in nursing.

Where may the awards be used?
Only in-state (Texas) colleges or universities may participate in the program. Both public and private, non-profit colleges or universities with professional nursing programs may participate in the programs.

How much can be awarded?
No individual award may be for more than the student’s financial need. The maximum award is $3000.

How can I apply?
Obtain an application from the Financial Aid Office or by calling the Student Services Division at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at 800/242-3062.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.collegefortexans.com/
10/08/13 > Scholarships for Theatre Students
Please see attached

10/08/13 > FPC Night for Seniors & Financial Aid
Reminder: October 8, Frank Phillips College will be here at 6:00 in the high school to answer questions about financial aid, applying to colleges and applying for scholarships.
10/04/13 > Alphabetical Index of Scholarships
Alphabetical Index to Scholarships and Other Financial Aid Programs
Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation
AFSA/CMSAF/AMF Scholarship Program
Air Force Aid Society Education Grants
Air Line Pilots Association Scholarship Program
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
American Chemical Society Scholars Program
American Legion Auxiliary (Texas) Scholarships
American Legion Oratorical Contest
Annual National Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship Award
APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Charles, Lela and Mary Slough Foundation Scholarship
Chopin Piano Competition
CHRISTUS US Family Health Plan Nursing Scholarship
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Education Program
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc.
Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation
Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger Scholarship Program
DECA Scholarship Awards
Disciples of Christ Student Scholarship Fund
ESA Foundation
Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education
Family, Career & Community Leaders of America, Texas Association
• C.J. Davidson Scholarship
• Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarship
• FFCLA Regional Scholarship
• Blue Bell Scholarship
Federal Programs
• AmeriCorps
• William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan)
o Direct (Unsubsidised) PLUS Loan
o Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan
o Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
• Federal Pell Grant
• Federal Perkins Loan
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
• Federal Work-Study (FWS)
• Iraq And Afghanistan Service Grant
• ROTC Scholarship Program
o Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program
o Army ROTC Scholarship Program
o Navy-Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship Program
• Service Academies
o Service Academy - Air Force
o Service Academy - Army
o Service Academy - Coast Guard
o Service Academy - Merchant Marine
o Service Academy - Naval
• Teacher Education Assistance For College And Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
• U.S. Army Reserve
• U.S. Bureau of Indian Education
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits For Dependents
Francis P. Matthews and John E. Swift Educational Trust Scholarships
George & Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation Scholarships
Hope Pierce Tartt Scholarship
IFT Scholarship/Fellowship Program
Irene S. Wischer Foundation Scholarship
Jewish Guild Healthcare
Knights of Columbus Pro Deo Et Pro Patria Scholarships
Military Officers Association of America Educational Assistance Program
Minority/Disadvantaged Scholarship
Most Valuable Student Scholarship/Leadership Award
Music for the Blind
National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, Educational Foundation Scholarship
• Bradford White Corporation Scholarships
• DELTA Faucet Company Scholarship Program
• PHCC of Texas Auxiliary Scholarship Program
• PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Program (Need Based)
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Honor Society Scholarship
• National Honor Society Scholarship
• Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
National Federation of the Blind Scholarships
National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
• DAR American Indian Scholarship
• Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger
• American History Scholarship
• Lillian and Arthur Dunn Scholarship
• Margaret Howard Hamilton Scholarship
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs
Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
Rebekah Assembly of Texas (Irma Gesche Scholarship)
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association Scholarships (River Rats)
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Second Marine Division Association Memorial Scholarship Fund
SEG Foundation Scholarships
Sid Richardson Memorial Fund
Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology
Society for Science and the Public
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program
State Programs
• Bordering States Waiver
• College Access Loans (CAL)
• Good Neighbor Scholarship Program (GNSP)
• License Plate Insignia Scholarship (LPI)
• Texas B-On-Time Loan
• Texas College Work-Study Program (TCWSP)
• Texas Educational Opportunity Grant Program (TEOG)
• Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
• Texas Tuition and/or Fee Exemptions
• Top 10% Scholarship Program
• Towards EXcellence, Access & Success (TEXAS) Grant Program
• Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)
Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Texas Department of Transportation's Conditional Grant Program
Texas Floral Endowment
Texas Mutual Insurance Company Scholarship Program
Texas Restaurant Association for Food Service Scholarships
Two Ten Footwear Foundation Footwear Design Scholarship Program
Two Ten Footwear Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program
Union Plus Education Foundation Scholarship
Voice of Democracy Contest
William C. Doherty and John T. Donelon Scholarship Fund
4-H Opportunity Scholarships
10/04/13 > JH Pep Rallies
The Jr. High cheerleaders will be leading pep rallies at 2:00 pm on the following dates:

October 3
October 17
October 24

On October 10 and 31 there will be a very brief "send off" because of the length of the trips on those two dates (at Wheeler and at Vega).

See you there!!!
10/04/13 > Greyhound News & Red Ribbon Week in the Elementary
Please see attachment.

10/03/13 > Important Band News
1. The contest scheduled for Saturday, October 5th in Amarillo has changed. We will be attending the Panhandle Marching Clinic/Contest on Saturday, October 5th. Your child needs to arrive at the band hall at 6:45AM Saturday morning. We should arrive home about 2PM.
10/03/13 > No Pep Rally October 4th- Send-off Instead
The Hounds have to leave early Friday to travel to Shamrock. There will be NO pep rally; just a short send off by the high school fans. XC will compete in Canyon on Saturday. Wish members of both teams good luck when you see them this Friday!
10/03/13 > Join PTO
PTO will be meeting on Monday, October 7th at 3:45 in the elementary teacher’s lounge. We will be planning the Halloween Carnival.
10/03/13 > Texas Student Scholarship
Please see attached

10/01/13 > Senior Parent Night
Frank Phillips College will be at Gruver High School Tuesday, October 8, at 6:00 to inform parents about financial aid, applying to college, applying for scholarships and to answer questions concerning college.
10/01/13 > FFA Fundraiser
Gruver FFA Fundraiser

It is that time of year again and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support each year during our fundraisers. We are beginning our meat fundraiser today October 1st and it will end on October 21st. Gruver FFA knows that during this time of the year each organization asks a lot from the community and we all appreciate you. The profit from this fundraiser each year goes into our local FFA activity account and is used to help support activities the chapter participates in each year.

We also have committed to doing a scholarship fund for the FFA and Agricultural Science students at Gruver ISD. The Dennis Stedje Memorial FFA Scholarship fund was started 12 years ago and awards a top 4 year student of the Gruver FFA and Agricultural Science program. I will give you a little bit of background on how this began. I personally was a scholarship recipient of the Kathy Stedje Memorial Livestock Judging Scholarship at OPSU. With this scholarship I was able to help pay for part of my tuition. When I started teaching here I wanted to implement something that not only helped educate students but helped them financially. I was fortunate enough to meet Dennis during college and know how committed he was to livestock judging but most importantly giving back to youth. At this time we have given over $8000.00 in scholarships and I truly hope that this will continue to grow. This fundraising money helps support this ongoing commitment to our most important crop, youth.

A neat part of this fundraiser is that the company that we use is managed by a Gruver graduate, Justin Armes. Scott Stedje, Dennis’ son, is also a representative for this company. Not only does this fundraiser help support our youth, but it has a Gruver connection. Again, thank you for your support.

Products:
Spiral Sliced Ham- $29
The Original Hunter Pack- $26
Peppered Turkey Breast- $21
Smoked Turkey- $28
Smoked Pit Ham- $27
Smoked Sausage Links- $18
“Lil” Porkies- $16
Whole Hog Pork Patties- $17
Whole Hog Pork Roll- $13
Smoked Peppered Bacon- $18
Original Smoked Bacon- $18
Chicken Tenders- $23
Chicken Fajitas- $17
Beef Fajitas- $18
Fiesta Pak Pork Tamales- $21
Pork Steak-$22 (New)
Bacon Blast-$20 (New)
Marinated Pork Fajitas-$17 (New)
Pecan Cobbler- $15

Please contact a local FFA member or contact me at the numbers below.
10/01/13 > Band Parent Meeting Tuesday
Band parents, please meet Tuesday, Oct 1 at 5:30 in the auditorium.
10/01/13 > News from Kindergarten
Please see attachment.

9/27/13 > HP Game Time Changed
Kickoff for tonght's game with Highland Park has been moved to 6:30. This gives us an extra hour to deal with probable weather issues.
9/27/13 > Friday Pep Rally
Please join us in the Old Varsity Gym today at 3:00 to cheer on our Hounds. We have a busy weekend, with our Varsity Football going up against Highland Park tonight. On Saturday, our XC team will be competing at Tascosa and we have many participating in Race for the Cure. We’ve got a lot to cheer about!
9/27/13 > Elementary Event Change
Kickoff for tonight's game with Highland Park has been moved to 6:30pm.

o 2nd grade students will sing the National Anthem before the game tonight. Please bring your second grader to the old concession stand at 5:45pm.

o Cheer Camp Cheerleaders will be cheering 1st quarter instead of 3rd quarter in hopes of beating the rain tonight.

Hope you can make it to the games to cheer on our Greyhounds!!!!!
9/25/13 > ACT Bootcamp
Just a reminder for Juniors and Seniors that are interested in a workshop to possibly help improve their ACT scores. There is scholarship money available to those students that are not able to pay the $45 fee. Please check with Mrs. Whitehead for additional information. Please see attachment.
9/25/13 > HS Open House
We will be having our Open House on Oct. 1st from 6:30-7:30, this will be our Title I meeting. Please see the attachment.

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9/25/13 > Homecoming Week Winners
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9/25/13 > TILF Scholarship
Please see attached

9/25/13 > Heisman Scholarship
Please see attached

9/25/13 > 2014 XIT Scholarship
Please see attached

9/25/13 > FCS Face Painting
The Gruver Family and Consumer Science classes invited the elementary students over to the FCS classroom on Friday, September 20th to have their faces painted as a show of school spirit for homecoming. There are 43 high school students enrolled in the 6 FCS classes and those students painted the faces of the 186 elementary students with creative images of pompoms, footballs, goalpost, band notes, cleats, GHS etc.
9/25/13 > Kinder Teddy Bear Picnic
Please see attachment.

9/20/13 > X-Grain Pullovers for Sale
Please see attached

9/20/13 > Revised XC Schedule
A revised Cross Country schedule is attached. We have added a JH meet for October 1st and deleted the JH meet on October 5th.

9/19/13 > Gruver Jr. FFA Membership Sign-Up
Gruver Jr. FFA Membership Sign-up, Validation Information and School Farm

It is that time of year again that we start to plan for the upcoming show season. If you are planning on showing through the Gruver Jr. FFA program please contact Mr. Born at the numbers below. Gruver Jr. FFA dues are set at $25 and please make your check to the Gruver FFA. The Jr. FFA dues are collected and one check from the Gruver FFA activity fund is sent to pay state Jr. FFA dues.

The Ag Farm is filling up fast with current and new FFA members and spaces are limited for barrows and gilts at the school farm. The pens are for FFA and Jr. FFA members and we will allow 4-H members on the school farm if enough space is available. If space is available we will be charging 4-H members $25 for a pen space with 1hd per pen. This charge is to help with renovations to the Morton building that the Gruver FFA activity fund is purchasing.

County validation for swine will be in November and will be at the cost of $5 for county tags and $10 for state validation tags. Remember that state validation numbers need to be given to Mr. Born by September 19th. You will also need to start turning in county tag numbers.

If you have any questions please email or call me at the email address or phone numbers below.
9/19/13 > Homecoming Pep Rally
Come join us in the NEW GYM this Friday at 3:00 to DOWNLOAD THE GREYHOUND SPIRIT! We will feature our Junior High cheerleaders and the Varsity Cheerleaders will perform their award-winning Extreme Routine. We’ll watch the YouTube video competition and reveal the winner of our class cyber competition.

Don’t miss it!
9/19/13 > Gruver FFA Attends Leadership Conference
Gruver FFA Attends Leadership Conference

Gruver FFA’s Principles of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources class attended the 2013 FFA leadership conference on Tuesday. Maddie Book, Blaise Davis, Brittney Grimes, Macy Haight, Ramiro Hernandez, Sarah Jackson, Randi Jines, Amber Johnson, David Lopez, Reese Mussman, Miguel, Perez, Meny Terrazas, and Kennedy Venneman were in attendance in Canadian for multiple leadership workshops. The Top O Texas District officers along with our current Area 1 FFA officer presented leadership and character building workshops to help first year students in agricultural science classes and the FFA. The district meeting was well attended by just over 300 agricultural education students from the Top O Texas district. The Top O Texas district includes Booker, Canadian, Darrrouzett, Follett, Fort Elliott, Higgins, Kelton, Lefors, Miami, Pampa, Perryton, Sunray, Spearman, Wheeler, and White Deer. This is a great class of young energetic students!!

9/19/13 > XIT Scholarship
Please see attachment.

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9/19/13 > Reading in the Elementary
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9/17/13 > Gruver FFA Major Stock Show Validation
Gruver FFA Major Stock Show Validation

If you are planning on showing swine at a major stock show this upcoming show season please let me know by Thursday, September 19th. I will need to know the number of tags for barrows and gilts you or your child will be needing for major stock shows so that we can order tags from the state FFA office. Please do not turn in numbers for county. I also need to know if you are needing my help in the purchasing process of your show project this year. You can ca