Monday, March 30, 2015

Greyhound NEWS

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3/30/15 > Elementary Art
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3/30/15 > Skittles Lab
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3/30/15 > LHB Basketball Update 2
Reagan Haynes was inadvertently left the LHB news/notes as a TABC All Region selection in yesterday's Greyhound News.
She was also selected to play in the Golden Spread All Star games in Amarillo on April 9th,10th, and 11th.
3/26/15 > LHB Final UPdate
First and foremost, I would like to say a “Thank You!” to everyone who sent a prayer, a note, a letter, food, made a poster, or just wished us well on each and every trip we made all the way down to San Antonio. There is no way we can thank each one personally but know that everything was very much appreciated!!!! This is the best little town in the state of Texas and the support we received was spread throughout as Gruver Pride runs all over this great state. THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!

Following are accolades the girls have received for their outstanding basketball season:

District 1-2A Honors:
Brennyn Seagler- Most Valuable Player
Hadlee Spivey-Co Defensive Player of the Year
Reagan Haynes-1st Team All District
Bailey Stedje-Honorable Mention All District
Klaire Irwin-Honorable Mention All District

District 1-2A Academic All District:
Christina Ayala
Landry Davis
Michaela Davis
Patty Garcia
Reagan Haynes
Klaire Irwin
Kennedy King
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey
Bailey Stedje

Reagan Haynes
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

Reagan Haynes was selected to play in the TGCA All Star game in Austin this summer on July 17th!! This is an outstanding honor as girls are selected from all classifications (1A-6A) with 24 girls being chosen overall. Congratulations to Reagan!!

Reagan Haynes
Brennyn Seagler

These are tremendous honors for the girls and speaks highly of the type of team we had this year. Again, thanks for all the support and encouragement throughout this past season!
3/26/15 > Houndball Final Thoughts and Awards
I am so proud of this year’s basketball team and the success they experienced. The 2014-15 Houndball team finished third in a very difficult district which was enough to make the playoffs. The Hounds entered the Bi-District game vs. a very good Clarendon team. The Hounds were able to defeat the Broncos and move to the Area game vs. a talented Panhandle team. The Hounds came up short in a nail biter losing by 2 points, 54-56. I cannot express my appreciation to this team, parents, and community for your support this season. I am honored to report the following honors earned by these fine group of young men:

Gruver Boys Basketball Awards

Marco Ayala- Honorable Mention All-District
Academic All-District

Ben Book- Academic All-District

Anthony Montano- Academic All-District

Carson Williams- Academic All-District
Golden Spread All-Star

Aaron Felderhoff- Academic All-District
TABC All-Region

Trenton Finley- Academic All-District

Karsten Irwin- Honorable Mention All-District
Academic All-District

Jahir Rodriguez- Academic All-District
3/26/15 > Texas Hospitality Scholarship
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3/26/15 > Spearman JH & HS Track Schedules
The schedules for the Spearman JH & HS track meets are attached.

3/23/15 > Board Minutes
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3/11/15 > Gruver Tennis Shirt Order Form
Tennis shirt orders are due FRIDAY, March 13th by NOON. Order form is attached.

3/11/15 > Elementary News
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3/11/15 > Seaboard Scholarship Deadline

Seaboard Foods' scholarships have received many great applications, and we are excited to be able to award students with $1,000 scholarships to help them achieve their educational goals.
the application deadline is March 31, 2015.
To view eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit our website at
If you have any questions, please email or contact Judy Zollinger at (580) 338-4963.
3/11/15 > FCCLA News
The FCCLA Region 1 meeting was held on Sunday, March 1 and 2, in Lubbock. Students attending were Lizbeth Trejo, Lizbeth Tarango, Griselda Lopez and Ady Garcia. Lizbeth Trejo, was elected to serve as the Regional Vice-President of Correspondence for the 2015-16 school year. Lizbeth, is a junior at GHS and has been an active FCCLA member for the past 3 years. She currently serves as the GHS Chapter Vice-President of Finance.
Lizbeth Tarango and Griselda Lopez took FCSA tests over the FCCLA Creed, Mission and Purposes and both earned silver medals. Lizbeth, is a sophomore and Griselda, is a junior. Both students are very active FCCLA members. Griselda currently serves as the GHS Vice-President of Correspondence.
Ady Garcia, served in the House of Delegates, the governing body responsible for officer elections. She currently serves as the GHS Chapter Vice-President of Programs.
Gruver FCCLA received an award for the largest increase in membership for 2A schools and also received an award for the Service Learning Project for 2A schools.
These students did a terrific job in representing their families, the school and the community.
3/11/15 > Gruver JH Track Meet
Attached is a schedule of events for the JH practice meet that will be held on Thursday, March 12th.

3/11/15 > Perryton HS Track Meet
Attached is the schedule for the high school track meet on Perryton on Friday.

3/03/15 > Picture Day March 11th
Blunck’s will be taking PK-8th Grade class and individual pictures, as well as Spring Sport pictures WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11th. Packets have been or will be passed out to the children for orders.

Thank you!
3/02/15 > Conference 2A State Basketball Pairings

Friday, March 5

Conference 2A State Semifinals

LaPoynor (34-2) vs. Martin’s Mill (29-7)

Weimar (32-4) vs. Gruver (30-5)

Pairings For The Tournament
The League staff has paired teams according to season records. The two best season records were placed in opposite brackets. The team with the third best record was placed up or down according to a coin flip. The remaining team was placed in the empty bracket. The actual win/loss percentage determines the ranking of the teams, not the strength or weakness of the playing schedule.
3/02/15 > State Tournament Tickets
Tickets for the Girls State Basketball Tournament will be sold at the GISD Business Office on Monday & Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. Gruver ISD will collect the money for each ticket. Fans will be able to pick up their ticket(s) at the north “will call” box office at the Alamodome on Friday morning. A photo ID will be required to pick up the tickets. The tickets are $12.00 each, and all tickets must be paid for in person when they are reserved on Monday or Tuesday. An order form is attached and order forms will also be available at the business office.

3/02/15 > Gruver Hosts Playoff Games
Gruver will be hosting two boys playoff games on Tuesday. At 6:00 Canadian will play Panhandle, and at 7:30 Darrouzett will play Texline. Admission will be $5.00 for all adults and $3.00 for all students. Unfortunately, Gruver ISD staff and athletes cannot be admitted free of charge as is the case when it is our home game.
3/02/15 > State Pep Rally
Since our band will be returning from contest earlier than anticipated, we will be having our State Pep Rally Tuesday at 3:00 in the Old Varsity Gym. See you there!
2/26/15 > Radio Broadcast donations
Due to the impending inclement weather, the Booster Club has decided to provide the KXDJ radio broadcast of the Lady Hounds regional run to the title!!! Donations would be greatly appreciated to offset this large expense.

Donations can be mailed to:
Greyhound Boosters
Box 549
Gruver, TX 7904
2/26/15 > News from Gruver ISD Staff
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2/26/15 > UIL Girls Regional Basketball Tournament
Subject: UIL Girls Basketball Tournament 2015

The weather is not great and in spots will be really slick and nasty but we are planning on staying with our scheduled times listed for the tournaments. Please give yourself extra time, stopping distance and travel at a safe speed. If at all possible avoid the overpasses even if it causes you to have to exit and by pass them on the ground. Tell your fans to plan ahead because it will be slick and snowy. I do not see us changing anything but if we do stay close to your cell phone so I can call you. Be careful and drive safe…….
2/25/15 > News from PK
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2/25/15 > Send-Off
A change in plans has moved up the Lady Hound send off to 8:10 Thursday morning. Please stay in your building. The Lady Hounds will come to you

There is no send off today. Sorry if there was confusion. That didn’t get posted for Tuesday.

FYI-Per coaches’ request, the Hounds will have a high school only High Five on their way to their game Thursday afternoon.
2/23/15 > HS Honor Roll
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2/23/15 > News from 1st Grade
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2/20/15 > Kindergarten 100 Days of Fun
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2/20/15 > FCS Activities
Mrs. Sherrill’s Culinary Art’s Class prepare the Classic New Orleans’s King Cake.
Students – Jacob Collier & Blake Wills; Shianne Chism and Gabe Mundo; Rudy Carrazco, Oziel Rey and Cristal Martinez; and Valentin Trejo, Lupita Melendez and Misael Mendoza.
2/20/15 > JH Honor Roll- 4th Six Weeks
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2/13/15 > National FCCLA Week
MONDAY Each member received a coupon for a free burrito.
TUESDAY Valentine “Crush” activity. Students could pay $1 to have a special person in the Junior High or
High School “Crushed” by having a personal message and a can of Crush soda delivered to them.
WEDNESDAY Thirty FCCLA members delivered flowers to Hansford Manor residents for Valentine’s Day and
returned to the FACS classroom for pizza and cake. Lesley Bernal and Desiree Castorena were door prize winners with Lesley winning a red Valentine t-shirt from Neighbor’s Grocery store and Desiree winning a box of
Valentine candy.
THURSDAY Official FCCLA Dress Day
FRIDAY Red Rose Day – Each member receives a red rose – the official FCCLA flower.
2/13/15 > News from 4th Grade
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2/12/15 > College Goal Sunday
Just a reminder that College Goal Sunday is about two weeks away, on February 22nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m at the Liberal High School Library in Liberal, KS. It’s a great opportunity for students who think finances will be a roadblock to their post-secondary education.

Your high school seniors and their parents will receive FREE, personalized help in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application and have their financial aid questions answered.

One of the best parts is that there will be a drawing for a $500 scholarship at the end of the College Goal Sunday event at the 23 locations across the state. That’s a great start toward college financial aid for a first semester freshman in the fall of 2014.

So don’t forget to attend College Goal Sunday from
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 22nd at the Liberal High School Library. Typically, event attendance takes about 30-45 minutes. Parents can either bring their 2014 income tax return or estimate their 2014 earnings and revise the FAFSA later.

If you need more information, log on to the College Goal Sunday web site,

If you have any questions for me please email me at or call me at 620-417-1113.
2/12/15 > News from 1st Grade
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2/12/15 > Kindergarten Hat Day
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2/11/15 > Basketball Playoff Shirt Order Forms
Basketball Playoff Shirt orders are due THURSDAY, FEB. 12th by 2:45p.m. Order form attached! Go Hounds and Lady Hounds!

2/11/15 > Revised Softball Schedule
A revised softball schedule is attached.

2/11/15 > North Plains Electric At-Large Scholarship
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2/11/15 > North Plains Electric Members Scholarship
2/11/15 > Band News
The Following Students Competed at the UIL Region 1 Solo Contest on February 6th and 7th in Canyon, Texas. Students that received a medal for a Superior Rating
are as follows;
6th Grade- Kristen Olsen, Gage Gumfory
7th Grade- Kari Whitehead, Faith Olsen, John Robinson
8th Grade- Sam Gumfory
High School- Dayanara Barraza, Aby Garcia, Vanessa Garcia, Getsy Chavira, Trenton Finley, Ady Garcia, Oziel Rey, Madelyn Book, Antolina Mendoza, and Gabe Mundo
2/11/15 > Book Fair
It’s time for the annual elementary and junior high book fair! The book fair, located in the junior high library, will be open from 7:45 AM-4PM daily beginning Thursday, Feb. 12 and ending Wednesday, Feb. 18. We will not be open over the weekend and will be closed daily for lunch from 12:15-12:45. Come see all the great things the book fair has to offer!
2/06/15 > Haynes His Way
If you ordered a “Haynes His Way” shirt, please wear it tonight to the basketball games. The Hounds and Lady Hounds host the WT Comanches here tonight beginning at 4:00p.m.
2/06/15 > Kindergarten News
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2/06/15 > Splash Kingdom A Honor Roll Program
Gruver Jr. High and Gruver Elementary (grades 1-8) have enrolled in a fantastic program, brought to us by Splash Kingdom Waterpark in Amarillo. It is an incentive-based program for any 1st through 8th grader who makes the all "A" Honor Roll in the 5th Six Weeks. Please read below for more information!

Mr. Callaway,

The Splash Kingdom “A” Honor Roll Program provides any student (1st through 8th grade) who makes the “A” Honor Roll during the 5th six weeks grading period or the 3rd nine week grading period with a FREE student ticket to Splash Kingdom Waterpark. The tickets provided to the students are valid total 2015 Season, and can be used at any of our Splash Kingdom Waterpark locations. Splash Kingdom will also provide your campus with adequate 11X17 posters in January that may be displayed informing the students about the program. We also encourage teachers and principals to remind the students about this program through PA announcements or classroom mentions.

The program was created with teachers in mind, as we are very familiar with how busy your schedules are. The program is very user-friendly, and really takes minimal work on the school’s part. The school will simply provide Splash Kingdom with a list of all “A” Honor Roll students for the 5th six weeks and our staff will bundle the tickets for each campus and deliver the tickets to your school prior to the end of the year.

Again, this program is absolutely a NO COST program, and provides a great incentive for your students to finish strong.

A few key points of the program are:

• The program is only available to students in the 1st-8th grade.

• Only for the 5th six weeks grading period or the 3rd nine week grading period

• Tickets are for “A” Honor Roll students only (not AB)

• Splash Kingdom MUST receive your “A” Honor Roll list by the deadline of May 1, 2015.

• Free student tickets are valid 2015 Season (this is a change from June expiration last year) at all Splash Kingdom Texas and Louisiana Locations


Jonathan McCloskey
Park Manager
Phone: 903-603-0001
Splash Kingdom Big Texas
1415 Sunset Drive, Amarillo TX 79106

Thank you Jon and Splash Kingdom Waterpark!!!!!
2/02/15 > Haynes His Way T-Shirt
Order forms are attached and due to Campus Secretaries by NOON, February 4th, 2015.

2/02/15 > Seaboard Food Scholarship
The application for the Seaboard Foods' $1,000 scholarships is now available at Online applications are due by March 31, 2015.
For more information about the scholarships and requirements, please view our website, email or call Judy Zollinger at (580) 338-4963.
Below are more details about the scholarship program:
Community Scholarship Program
Seaboard Foods is proud to announce additional scholarships for students in the communities in which there are business operations. Seaboard Foods will offer 20 $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to attend full-time higher education (four-year, two-year or technical programs) for the 2015-2016 academic year. High Schools in the following communities include:
Oklahoma Kansas Colorado Texas
Texhoma Elkhart
Ulysses Holyoke
Julesburg Dumas
Children of Employees Scholarship Program
Seaboard Foods will once again offer scholarships for children of employees. Five (5) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to children of Seaboard Foods, High Plains Bioenergy and/or Seaboard Transport. Children must be high school seniors graduating and attending full-time higher education (four-year, two-year and technical education) for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Additional details and requirements are available online.
2/02/15 > Holocaust Webinar
Mrs. Seagler’s 8th grade students viewed a live webinar broadcast entitled:
Luna Kaufman & Her Story of Survival and Reconciliation in recognition of
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, celebrated January 27, 2015.

This incredible story of survival was offered to national schools through
The National WWII Museum. The class read and studied another such survivor
story in the novel, The Cage, in the fall semester. The students enjoyed watching
the live testimony of a living hero.

2/02/15 > Panhandle District Dental Society Memorial Scholarship Application
Panhandle District Dental Society Memorial Scholarship Application

2/02/15 > Buick Scholarship
Please see attached


2/02/15 > Revised Basketball Schedule
Tomorrow’s games at Sunray will start at 4:00 with the JV Girls, followed by the JV Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys. A revised schedule is attached.

2/02/15 > 4th Grade Ipads


1/29/15 > Spring Sport Schedules
The schedules for all five spring sports are attached with correct Baseball Schedule

1/27/15 > Sybil B. Harrington Scholarship
Subject: Sybil B Harrington Scholarship applications

As most of you know, the Amarillo College Foundation administers the Sybil B. Harrington Scholarship endowment which is for newly graduating high school seniors in the 26 counties of the Texas panhandle. 80% are for students attending any 4yr, accredited Texas college or university. 20% are for Amarillo College students. The Sybil B Harrington scholarship applications are due by Monday, February 2nd. For later arrivals, although our office closes at 5:00, our building is open until 7:00p.m. so the application can be slid under the door until that time. The applications, Personal Need Form and Reference Form are on our webpage, The student simply clicks on Scholarship Applications. The Harrington applications are at the bottom of the page. They are on PDF format, can be filled in and printed for delivery to our office. (They cannot be saved.) As long as I have an application with Personal Need form by Tuesday morning at 8:00 or it is postmarked no later than Monday the 2nd, I am willing to give the student more time to get the transcript, SAT/ACT score(s) and reference letter to me. Although the transcript must be an official transcript mailed or delivered with the school seal or in a sealed envelope, the other paperwork can be mailed, faxed, scanned and e-mailed or delivered to our office.

Also, for any students intending to apply to one of our Amarillo College campuses, please fill out our online Amarillo College Foundation general scholarship application. It is available on the same web page as the Harrington scholarship application. There is no deadline for filing but the sooner student files, the more scholarships are available to them. Simply completing our one, general application allows us to consider them for any AC Foundation scholarship for which they are eligible.

Please contact our office is you have any questions.

Kay Campbell
Administrative Assistant

Amarillo College Foundation
P O Box 447
Amarillo, TX 79178
(806)371-5370 fax
1/27/15 > GJHS Hoopla
Correction...attached is the schedule for the Gruver JH Tournament that will be held this coming Thursday & Saturday.


1/22/15 > Financial Aid + FAFSA Session in English and Spanish
On Wednesday, January 28th, at 6 p.m. CST, I will be hosting the online event Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session. A Spanish version of the presentation will be held at the same time by a member of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

As a former college and career counselor, I’d like to offer tips and advice to students and their families as they prepare, search, and apply for financial aid.

Event Details
• When: Wednesday, January 28th at 6 p.m. CST
• Where: Online (desktop or mobile device)
• Cost: FREE!
• Who: All high school students, their parents/guardians, and counselors are invited to attend
• How:
o To register for the online Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 session in English, visit
o To register for the Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session in Spanish, visit
Feel free to sign up for one or both sessions to access the recordings at a later date/time. Please note that the live English and Spanish sessions will be taking place at the same time.

Topics covered during the event will include: How to Pay for College, Types of Financial Aid, How to Apply for Financial Aid, Everything You Need to Know About the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – What it is, How to Apply, Who Should Apply, When to Apply, and What You Need to Apply, plus Tips for Winning Scholarships.

Here are printable flyers to pass out to students or to hang in your building. Available in English and Spanish!

If you have any questions, please contact me at I look forward to seeing you and your students there!

All the best,
Erin Howell
High School Relations Manager
(847) 859-5634
1/21/15 > Board Minutes
Please see attached

1/21/15 > Thank You Neighbors
The Jr. High School would like to thank "Neighbors" grocery store for their generous donation of over 100 packages of notebook paper! The 15,000 to 20,000 sheets of paper will no doubt be used surprisingly fast and we are appreciative for the gift!
1/21/15 > 5th Grade Visits the Manor
This past Friday, Mrs. Glass' 5th-grade "M.A.D." class ("Making a Difference" class) visited The Manor in Spearman to play Bingo, indoor horseshoes, and paint fingernails. It was a "win-win" situation in which all of the participants benefited and a great time was had by all!

The students were paired with members of The Manor and assisted them with hearing the call of the numbers/letters and finding the correct spots on their Bingo cards. A few of the girls went into another room or into residents' rooms to paint nails, while a third group broke off to play horseshoes. The only person who "misbehaved" was Coach Callaway when he was "hushed" during the VERY serious Bingo game for visiting too loudly with a resident!
1/21/15 > News from 3rd Grade
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1/21/15 > UIL Assembly
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1/21/15 > HS Geometry Quilt Raffle
The High School Geometry class will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a quilt. This year, they will be giving away four quilts instead of just one. Raffle tickets will cost $5 each, but if your name is not drawn, your raffle tickets will stay in for next week's drawing and so on. All proceeds go to the math department to give away a scholarship at the end of the year. We appreciate your support!
1/21/15 > Online FASFA session
1/21/15 > 5th Grade Boys M.A.D.
Our 5th grade boys and girls have a unique opportunity to learn some "real-life" lessons. Mrs. Lexy Glass has the 5th grade boys for 30 minutes, followed by the
5th grade girls for 30 minutes each day after lunch. They have learned a number of things, such as: responsibility, study habits, bully prevention, etc...

On January 14, the 5th grade boys learned how to tie a tie! Mr. Roy Mayhew and Coach Callaway walked the boys step-by-step on how to tie a tie for formal occasions.

Once they were confident enough to do so, the boys went and "showed off" for Mrs. Lanetta Shapley and Mrs. Shawn Thompson in the Library.
A great time was had by all AND they learned a practical skill! A special "thank you" to Mr. Mayhew, Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Shapley, and "The Open Door"
for the use of the ties. You can see the results below:

Looking good!!!
1/21/15 > More Real Life Opportunities
If you saw the "greyhoundnews" regarding the 5th grade boys' tie tying experience, you read about the M.A.D. class, which stands for "Making A Difference". The 5th graders are not the only students having "real-life" learning experiences.

In addition to our M.A.D. class, Mrs. Babbs teaches a 7th grade "Wellness" class, in which students have learned interpersonal skills and other things, such as balancing a check book, etc... Furthermore, our 6th graders have Mrs. Ralston for a "Life Skills" class, in which they have cooked, cleaned, and learned a number of other "life lessons".

We absolutely are teaching Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic; however, we also have the objective of helping our students become responsible and effective members of society once their time at GISD has been completed. We are blessed to live in a community that encourages and values such things! Thank you!
1/21/15 > Holiday Time around Gruver Elementary
1/21/15 > Great Aid Available
Your 2015 Grant Verification/Deadline
Additional student grants are available. Once they fill up, they will be depleted and no longer available. Grants do not have to be repaid.
Your Progress: EDU-A30900 www.student/edu/grt-6345347334534.html
Note: Since new grants are now available please see this as soon as you can.
1/21/15 > WT UIL Practice Meet
West Texas HS Academic UIL Practice Meet

Gruver High School had 16 students that competed in the following Academic UIL Events on Saturday, January 10th, at West Texas High School in Stinnett. Other high schools competing included Booker, Borger, Clarendon, Dalhart, Dumas, Perryton, Sanford Fritch and West Texas.

Editorial Writing: Michaela Davis
Feature Writing: Hannah Franklin and Kennedy Venneman
Literary Criticism: Johanna Borunda, Noemi Guereca, Amber Johnson, Mattie Mayfield and Brennyn Seagler
Headline Writing: Brennyn Seagler, Kennedy King, Mattie Mayfield
News Writing: Hannah Franklin and Kennedy King
Science: Michaela Davis, Trenton Finley, Aaron Felderhoff, Klaire Irwin, Macy Haight, Mason McLain, Abigail Trejo, and Kailey Whitehead

GHS students and teams that placed in the top six include:
Editorial: Micaela Davis – 2nd Place
Feature: Kennedy Venneman – 4th Place
Literary Criticism: Team – 3rd Place
Brennyn Seagler – 4th Place
News Writing: Hannah Franklin – 2nd Place
Science: 2nd Overall Team
Mason McLain – 3rd High Individual, 1st Place Biology and 2nd Place Physics
Michaela Davis – 5th High Individual
1/20/15 > Gruver JH Hoopla
The schedule is attached


1/08/15 > Bushland JH Tournament
The brackets for the Bushland JH Basketball Tournament are attached.

1/08/15 > AWN Scholarship Program Application
AWN Scholarship Program Application

1/08/15 > Scholarship


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1/08/15 > Pep Rally
Our Hounds and Lady Hounds district basketball pep rally is this Friday at 3:00 in the Old Varsity Gym. Please join us for a rollercoaster of spirit!

GHS Cheerleaders!
1/08/15 > News from 3rd Grade
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1/05/15 > Blunck's Pictures Wednesday
Blunck’s will be back at GISD January 7th to take JH & HS Basketball pictures and HS Class & Senior Favorite Pictures.
1/05/15 > FFA Sweepstakes
Gruver FFA Wins District Sweepstakes Award

Twenty Gruver FFA students competed in Leadership Development Events this past fall. The Top O, Texas district consists of sixteen different schools including Booker, Canadian, Darrouzett, Follett, Fort Elliott, Gruver, Higgins, Kelton, Lefors, Miami, Pampa, Perryton, Spearman, Sunray, Wheeler and White Deer. 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 competed in 9 different events and producing a total of 76 points towards the sweepstakes award. The sweepstakes award was presented to the Top O’ Texas District winner at the District Banquet held December 8th. Please congratulate these students on a job well done.


1/05/15 > 3rd Grade Ice Cream Party
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1/05/15 > LHB Update
It has been a few games since I have updated everyone so I am going to do an update rather quickly!

Since we last visited, the Lady Hounds have played several games including two tournaments. I will begin with Perryton game from 12-3:
Traveled to Perryton to play the always tough Rangerettes. Took a 15-9 first quarter lead and never looked back. Kept adding to the lead till the 4th quarter where we were able to get several easy transition points and exploded for 26 in the quarter to win by a score of 66-37! Reagan had 22 followed by Brennyn’s 19 points and 10 boards! Hadlee added 11, Kennedy had 4 as did Bailey. Strong effort by everyone to send our record to 4-2.

Headed to the Tomahawk Classic in Miami Thursday thru Saturday and came home as Champions once again! Played a big Shamrock team first and came away with a 56-29 victory. Hadlee finished with 19 points and 7 steals, Reagan added 14 points to go along with 4 assists, and Brennyn had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and 7 deflections! Landry scored 5 points and added 2 steals. Good solid win!

Next we faced Fort Elliot and the girls did a great job of playing defense coming up with 23 steals for the game along with 31 deflections! Reagan scored 13 followed by Brennyn with 12, Hadlee with 11, and Kennedy chipped in 8. Brennyn had 12 boards as well to go along with 9 assists which is 1 assist shy of a triple double! She also had 7 steals so she was a force throughout the entire game! Reagan and Kennedy were also in on the “thefts” as Reagan had 6 and Kennedy had 5! Christina was not far behind with 3 steals of her own and she also had 6 deflections. Moved LHB to the semis versus Fritch.

In this game, LHB left no doubt who the better team was. From the tip, scoring came early and often as we raced to a 27-2 lead after the first quarter! The final ended up 83-23! Reagan poured in 28 points scoring in various ways. She was missed 3 shots for the game going 9/10 from 2 point range and 3 of 5 from downtown! She also had 5 steals and 4 rebounds. Hadlee finished with 17 points including three 3 pointers. Brennyn had another double double (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Bailey had 6 points, 6 boards, and 6 steals! Christina chipped in 7 points off the bench. Now on to the finals versus the Demonettes from Dumas.

In the championship, the Demonettes were at full strength having all their volleyball kids back. They were looking for revenge from the previous defeat they suffered at the hands of LHB. We came out of the gate early and was leading 19-9 after one quarter. The scoring slowed in the second but we lead 28-16 at the half. We were able to extend the lead after 3 to 41-23 and went on to win by a score of 60-35 to defend our title at Miami!
Hadlee had 24 points to lead the team, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter alone! She also had 6 rebounds. Reagan had 13 points, 4 assists, 4 steals and continued her hot shooting! Kennedy hit two from deep and finished with 9 big points and 3 assists! Brennyn had 7 points and 8 boards and added 4 steals as well. Moved our record to 8-2!

On 12-9, Beaver came to town and the Lady Hounds defeated the Lady Dusters by a score of 72-18 to the delight of great home crowd! Again, the scoring was spread out, which is a great sign and shows the strength of the team! Reagan had 17, Christina had 13 (2 three pointers), Hadlee had 11, Kennedy had 11, and Brennyn tallied 8. Record now stands at 9-2!

LHB traveled across the borders to Kansas to attend the Red and Blue Classic in Hugoton this past weekend. In the first round on Thursday, we matched up against Southwestern Heights and came away with a 55-27 victory. Hadlee had a very good offensive game, scoring 19 points. Brennyn followed that with 13 and Kennedy continued her good offensive play by adding 10. With the win, the Lady Hounds moved into the semifinals against Guymon.

Friday’s game saw the Lady Hounds struggle a little bit offensively in the first half, scoring 25 points against the Lady Tigers but holding them to only 14. In the third quarter, LHB turned up the defense and outscored Guymon 26-5 for a comfortable 51-21 lead headed into the final stanza. Putting up only 6 in the 4th but holding the Lady Tigers to 2, the final outcome would be 55-23 and sending LHB to the championship game versus home town Hugoton on Saturday night.

Saturday arrived and the Lady Hounds were ready for action versus the #1 ranked 4A team in Kansas on their home court. With a raucous crowd on hand, a big game expected, LHB left no doubt who the better team would be this evening. A fast and furious start led to a 17-0 run to begin the game for the Lady Hounds and we never looked back. The second quarter was a little slower paced and LHB led 36- 15 at the break. In the second half, more of the same continued as stellar play by all the Lady Hounds let to a 66-34 outcome and LHB winning the Hugoton Red and Blue Classic for the first time ever!! Hadlee and Brennyn were selected to the All Tournament team while Reagan was selected as the MVP!!!
1/05/15 > Careers in Ag
Good afternoon,
As a valuable member of the agriculture community, we are thrilled to share with you news about a new scholarship program, America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, providing over $500,000 in scholarships.
This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. And at the same time, raising awareness of the diverse career opportunities in our industry.
Help build the future of ag by spreading the word to students you know!
In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students FA Schocan apply for this scholarship through the National Flarship Program. Students do not need to be FFA members to apply or win. Farmers play an important role in the process, as students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers.
November 15 through February 1, students can apply online at Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015. You can help by spreading the word to other farmers and students you know. Let’s work together to grow the next generation of ag!
Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative to support rural America, which also includes America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Supported by the Monsanto Fund, these three programs are making a difference for rural nonprofit organizations, public school districts and youth.
For more information about America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
1/05/15 > Kaitlyn Stedje competes in State FFA
State Contest Results

Kaitlyn Stedje competed December 5 & 6th in the state leadership development events at Sam Houston State University. Her training for this competition started back in October with after school practice and a lot of time spent at home reciting the FFA creed. Statewide the Greenhand Creed Speaking contest started with 664 total students. Our Area has the high percentages of schools participating in LDE contests with 93.4% of 92 schools competing. Overall, 881 of 1038 chapters participated at the district level state wide, which is 84.87% of all chapters. With this said, Kaitlyn competed extremely well. Listed below is her progress throughout the year. Please congratulate her on a job well done!

Competition District Area Heat #1 State Finals
Greenhand Creed Speaking 1st 1st 2nd 8th Kaitlyn Stedje
1/05/15 > Gruver FFA Competes in Leadership Development
The Gruver FFA competed Saturday, November 22nd, at WTAMU in Canyon in Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). 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. These Gruver FFA students advanced to the Area round of competition and competed well. The Area 1 FFA Association consists of the entire Texas panhandle, with schools of all classification. Listed below are the team results.

Competition Area Placing State Qualifier
Junior Creed 1st Qualifier Kaitlyn Stedje
Senior Creed 9th Nicolas Rivera
Public Relations 7th Macy Haight Hunter Hopkins Nicolas Rivera Hadlee Spivey
Job Interview 10th Hadlee Spivey

Please congratulate each of these students on a job well done.
1/05/15 > UT Dallas Scholarship
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It's not too late for your students to apply to the UT Dallas Eugene McDermott Scholars Program.

The four-year award includes:
• UT Dallas tuition and fees and yearly book stipends.
• $1,200 per month for on-campus housing and living expenses.
• Up to $12,000 for study abroad.
• Up to $3,000 for academic conferences, graduate school interview travel and test fees.
• Cultural experiences in the Dallas Arts District.
• Cohort travel to Santa Fe, NM; Austin, TX; and Washington, DC.
The McDermott is valued at more than $225,000 for out-of-state students and $140,000 for in-state students.

Do you know perfect candidates for this program? Help them apply by the Jan. 7 deadline.

Contact us at 972-883-4610 or if we can help you or your students with an application.

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1/05/15 > News from PK
Please see attached


1/05/15 > 3 new scholarship opportunities
Happy New Year! I just wanted to remind everyone about some scholarship deadlines coming up quickly.
Please see the attached sheet to review 3 scholarships and their deadlines for applying.
If your students qualify for any of these, please let them know.
The XIT Rural Telephone and FRS scholarships requires their parents or guardians to be XIT Rural Telephone members in order to apply.
The TTAF scholarship is open to everyone.
If you have any questions, just give me a call!
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children!

Mary Beth

1/05/15 > Revised JH Basketball Schedule
Due to the lack of availability of officials we have moved the remainder of our JH home games to one gym. A revised schedule is attached.


12/28/14 > Gruver Holiday Classic Bracket
A bracket for the Gruver Holiday Classic is attached.

The 4th Annual Gruver Holiday Classic will be held Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday. There will be 40 games played over the three days, and daily admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. The Greyhounds will start off the action at 9:00 Monday morning vs. Ascension Academy in the Old Varsity Gym. The Lady Hounds first game will be at 4:30 in the High School Gym vs. the Amarillo Home School Flames.

12/08/14 > Excel Job Opportunitites
12/08/14 > HNBF is Accepting Applications for the 2015 Future Latino Leaders Camp
HNBF is Accepting Applications for the 2015 Future Latino Leaders Camp

The Hispanic National Bar Foundation's Future Latino Leaders Law Camp Program announces the opening of the 2015 application process. Please encourage high school students interested in law and legal careers to apply. The Law Camp will be held from July 11 to July 19, 2015 in Washington, D.C. This program is offered free of charge for selected Latino high school students (rising sophomores through seniors) from across the nation through the generous support of our donors and corporate sponsors. Law Camp students will have the opportunity to enjoy the culture and history of our nation's capital while being immersed in a legal profession preparation curriculum with prominent Latino leaders as mentors. Complete applications must be received by March 1, 2015.

The HNBF's mission is to empower Latinos to achieve their potential through access to higher education and increase diversity in the legal profession. Held each summer over nine days in Washington, D.C., the program gives high school students from across the country an opportunity to live on a college campus while exploring the nation's capital and meeting influential Latino attorneys and judges. Students receive behind the scenes tours of the U.S. Capitol, State Department, Department of Justice, and Supreme Court. The classroom and mock trial competition experience offers students an opportunity to develop valuable skills, such as team work and collaboration, oral presentation, critical thinking, productive argument and persuasion, and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.

In addition to exposing the students to legal culture, the Future Latino Leaders Law Camp also serves as a place where young Latino students can see positive Latino role models.

"The best part of the Law Camp was the people. The students, the presenters, and the staff made the camp one of the most amazing weeks of my life. Hearing the success stories of people who came from similar backgrounds as me has inspired me, and showed me that the legal field is an amazing place for Hispanics."
-Luis Alvarez, Law Camp Participant

Goals of the HNBF Future Latino Leaders Law Camp and Mock Trial Program Include:
• Promote and further an understanding of and appreciation for the American judicial system and court procedures;
• Build and improve basic life skills such as networking, critical thinking, public speaking, reading comprehension, reasoning, team collaboration, persuasive argument and advocacy;
• Provide mentoring opportunities between legal professionals and students that encourage students to excel;
• Provide a meaningful experiential opportunity for students that heightens awareness of careers within the judicial system;
• Provide an educational event that supports communication, cooperation and respect for students with diverse abilities, backgrounds and interests;
• Inspire students to set their career aspirations high and to pursue academic achievement.
HNBF know that if students perceive little or limited support and sense barriers to desired career paths, they may be unlikely to pursue those career pathways despite their interests and abilities. Throughout the Law Camp experience, students are exposed to various career pathways taken with a law degree by successful Latino leaders. They also gain a greater appreciation for the importance of higher education and learn about the support available to them.

The Future Latino Leaders Law Camp application and more information about the Law Camp and student eligibility can be found at Students may access the application online (preferred method). The paper version of the application is also available online. The complete application must be received by March 1, 2015.

To read more about the Law Camp experience, check out the latest edition of the HNBF Review. If you have any questions direct them to HNBF's Executive Director, Alba Lucero Villa, at 202.496.7206 or
12/08/14 > Holiday Tournament Sponsorhips
The deadline for sponsorships for the 2014 Gruver Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament is next Monday, December 15, 2014. We will need all artwork for sponsor ads by that date in order for the tournament programs to be produced and printed. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Leticia Salazar.

Thank you,

12/08/14 > Elementary Awards
Please see attached

12/08/14 > Clock/Books for Holiday Tournament
We have the following spots open for clock/book during the Holiday Tournament. If you would like to keep the clock or book for any of the games listed below please contact Coach Felderhoff at or 806-736-0203. A tournament bracket is attached.

9:00 Monday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
10:30 Monday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
12:00 Monday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
1:30 Monday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
3:00 Monday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)

1:30 Tuesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
3:00 Tuesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
6:00 Tuesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
7:30 Tuesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)

10:30 Wednesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)
12:00 Wednesday Varsity Gym (Book or Clock - 1 slot only)

9:00 Wednesday High School Gym (Clock only)
10:30 Wednesday High School Gym (Clock only)
12:00 Wednesday High School Gym (Clock only)
1:30 Wednesday High School Gym (Clock only)

12/05/14 > Elementary News
12/02/14 > Board Minutes
See attached minutes

12/02/14 > Gruver JV Tournament Brackets
A REVISED Gruver JV Tournament schedule is a attached.

12/02/14 > Hugoton Varsity Tournament
The bracket for the Hugoton Varsity Tournament that will be held next weekend is attached.

12/01/14 > 1st Grade Pumpkins
Please see attachment.

12/01/14 > 6th Grade Wellness Kids
The 6th grade Wellness class, helped the HCHD Auxiliary make pies to celebrate residents’ birthdays!

12/01/14 > All-District Football News
Attached is a copy of the Football All District Team. Gruver is very well represented. Please congratulate these young men on their accomplishments when you see them.


12/01/14 > Houndball is Back
There is little time to rest after most of our guys have just completed a very successful football season!! Basketball season (which has already begun in earnest for our H.S. girls) begins tonight for our Jr. High teams as they battle always tough Canadian. The format is a little different this year so we want to make sure everyone is on the same page. Tonight there will be four games; however, the times will be different from years past.

At 5:00 pm there will be two games: the 7th Boys in the Varsity (older) gym and the one girls' team (6th - 8th combined) in the H.S. (newer) gym. Following the girls' game, there will be an 8th-grade boys' game at 6:00 pm. With our numbers in the boys' program finally being larger, we will have a Jr. High "Red" game, which will be four 6-minute, running-clock quarters in the HS gym at the conclusion of the 8th grade boys' game around 7:00 pm.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will be hosting Hooker (OK). All games will be played in the H.S. gym, beginning with the J.V. girls at 4:00 pm. The J.V. boys, Varsity girls, and Varsity boys will follow in that order.

We hope to see you at the games and we appreciate the great support we get...thank you!!
12/01/14 > Gruver Holiday Classic Sponsors
With the help of our great community, the Gruver Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament has been an outstanding success. The 2014 Gruver Holiday Classic, which will be held on December 29, 30, & 31, is set to be another great event. This year will feature an 8 team bracket for the girls and a 16 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.

We are estimating that the tournament expenses will be around $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 2014 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.


12/01/14 > NEW-memo to counselors on 3 scholarship opportunities
NEW-memo to counselors on 3 scholarship opportunities

12/01/14 > News from Elementary
Please see attachment.


12/01/14 > Miami Tournament Brackets *REVISED*
Brackets for the Miami Varsity Tournament are attached.

11/21/14 > News from PK
Please see attachment.


11/21/14 > Keep Texas Beautiful Scholarship
Keep Texas Beautiful and Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship awards increase for Texas High School Seniors

11/21/14 > JH Citizens of the 2nd Six Weeks
Teachers once again nominated students they noticed going "above and beyond" regarding their attitude, effort, politeness, etc... The names were gathered and selected at random from our decorated "Citizens of the Six Weeks" boxes. The following young men and women were our honored recipients for this, the Second Six Weeks:

5th Grade: Mary Gonzalez
6th Grade: Rudy Acosta
7th Grade: Faith Olsen
8th Grade: Jaedon Seagler

Great job gang!!!
11/21/14 > Lady Hound XC Honors

Bailey Stedje has been chosen as the 2014 TGCA Class 2A Cross Country All-Star. Bailey will represent Gruver High School this summer at the TGCA summer clinic in Austin. This is quite an honor as there is only one senior girl chosen for each classification to be an All-Star. Bailey has definitely left her mark on the Lady Hound XC program. Bailey has competed all four years at the state meet finishing with one gold medal, one bronze medal and two fourth place finishes. She also finished her career as a three time regional champion and four time district champion including being this year’s district individual runner-up.

Bailey Stedje and Hadlee Spivey have been named to the 2014 TGCA Cross Country All-State list. These two young ladies and their teammates had another fantastic season finishing as the 4th place team at the state meet in Round Rock. These girls also helped lead their team to the Lady Hounds 6th District Championship in a row and being the Regional Runners-up to the eventual State Champion, Sundown.

Bailey Stedje and Reagan Haynes also were named to the 2014 TGCA Cross Country Academic All-State list. These two young ladies are not just great competitors but even better students. In order to achieve this award you must be a senior competing in cross country while carrying a GPA of 94 and above. These two have represented Gruver High School and Lady Hound XC very well over their four year career. There is no doubt that these two young ladies will move on to do great things in their future.
11/21/14 > PTO Meeting
PTO meeting Monday, November 24th at 3:40 in the elementary lounge.
11/21/14 > Gruver JH & Elementary UIL Champions
On November 14 Gruver ISD sent around 80 students from grades 2 to 8 to Frank Phillips College to participate in the annual UIL Academic contest. The competition was tougher than ever as W.T., Stratford, Sunray, Booker, and Canadian were all vying with Gruver for the academic title.

In the Elementary contest it was Canadian, with their high enrollment numbers, and West Texas, with classes specifically designed for UIL training, that looked to be the most challenging competitors. In spite of all this, Gruver Elementary, who narrowly missed out winning it all last year, came through in a big way to capture first place! The teachers and students worked incredibly hard and it paid off for them. The Elementary UIL results are as follows:

Booker – 94 points
Canadian – 262 points
Gruver – 368 points
Stratford – 210 points
Sunray – 49 points
West Texas – 314 points

Gruver Elementary UIL Academic Champions!!

Gruver Jr. High School, the defending UIL Academic champs, also faced a particularly difficult challenge this year. The UIL Academic Committee voted to include every academic event for the Jr. High division, with the exception of One-Act play! Chess, 7th and 8th grade Art Smart, etc... were all new events this year. Canadian, whose 6th, 7th and 8th enrollment is about 220 students (compared to Gruver's 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade enrollment of 119), figured to be the team to beat as they could fill every event much easier than the other school participating. It did, in fact, come down to Gruver and Canadian, but Gruver came through! I can't say enough great things about our teachers and students and the extra work they put in before school, during lunch, etc... Great job!! The Jr. High results are below:

Booker – 192 points
Canadian – 704 points
Gruver – 804 points
Stratford – 385 points
Sunray – 147 points
West Texas – 407 points

Gruver Jr. High UIL Academic Champions!!
11/17/14 > Football Playoff Shirts- 2nd Order
The Booster Club is going to have a 2nd order of Football Playoff Shirts. Order forms are due, Tuesday, November 18th, no later than 2:45p.m. Order form is attached.

11/17/14 > Better Business Bureau Scholarship Application
Please see attached

11/17/14 > FFA District Results
The Gruver FFA competed Wednesday at FPC in Borger in Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). The Gruver FFA district consists of fifteen different schools including Spearman, Perryton, Booker, Darrouzett, Follett, Higgins, Canadian, Ft. Elliot, Wheeler, Pampa, Lefors, Miami, Kelton and Sunray. 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 competed in 9 different events and cumulated a total of 76 points towards the sweepstakes award. The sweepstakes award will be presented to the Top O’ Texas District winner at the District Banquet held December 8th at the MK Brown Center in Pampa. Gruver FFA had 20 students participate in the LDE contest and 4 teams will be advancing to Area competition, November 22nd at WTAMU. Gruver FFA teams competed in Junior Chapter Conducting, Junior Creed, Junior Quiz, Senior Creed, Senior Quiz, Sr. Chapter Conducting , Job Interview, Radio Broadcasting and Public Relations.

Competition District Placing Area Qualifier
Junior Chapter Conducting 3rd Klaire Irwin Kaitlyn Stedje Klaire King Leonor Acosta Mollie Harbour William Robinson Tyler Stedje Cody Waldrop
Junior Creed 1st Qualifier Kaitlyn Stedje
Junior Quiz 4th Klaire Irwin Klaire King Leonor Acosta William Robinson
Junior Quiz 5th Mollie Harbour Tyler Stedje Cody Waldrop
Senior Chapter Conducting 3rd Maddie Book Macy Haight Brittney Grimes Sarah Jackson Randi Jines Amber Johnson William Harbison
Senior Creed 2nd Qualifier Nicolas Rivera
Senior Creed 3rd Brittney Grimes
Senior Quiz 4th Serena Harbour Dara Arrington William Harbison Amber Johnson
Public Relations 2nd Qualifier Macy Haight Hunter Hopkins Nicolas Rivera Hadlee Spivey
Job Interview 1st Qualifier Hadlee Spivey
Radio Broadcasting 3rd Maddie Book Sara Jackson Randi Jines
Radio Broadcasting 10th Dara Arrington William Harbison Hunter Hopkins

Please congratulate each of these students on a job well done. We look forward to competing next weekend at the Area level.
11/17/14 > Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship
Here is the website for the Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarships:
11/17/14 > Lady Hound Basketball Update
Greetings, and welcome to a new season of Lady Hound Basketball! We kicked off the season this past week in fine fashion with 2 wins over 5A Dumas on Tuesday and 4A Dalhart on Friday. But before I give a recap of the games I need to breakdown the teams for this year.

Let's start with the Junior High Lady Hounds. We began with only 7 girls (7th & 8th combined) when school started and 9 on the first day of practice which led to the decision of bringing up 6th grade girls who were interested in playing. Per UIL rules, once a school decides to bring up 6th graders it can only have 1 junior high team, even if later on the school has more players come out or move into the district that puts the combined participation of 7th & 8th grade players at or over 10. So this year, we will have 1 team to play games with but with a combined 6-7-8 grade. This means all 7th/8th grade girls will suit up for every game with a rotation of 6th graders joining them to play. It will appear that we will have plenty of girls for 2 teams, but because of UIL regulations, we can only play the 1 team. Their first game will November 24th versus Canadian in Gruver. Coach Skarke has been working very hard with the girls and they are ready to get started. Here are the Junior High Lady Hounds:

Cristal Alvarez
Alondra Borunda
Esme Lora

Marlie Kelp
Kari Whitehead
Calissa Childers
Gisele Rey
Lindsey Hartsfield
McKenna Hartsfield
Suzy Chavira

Grace Adams
Kearstin Babbs
Laura Borunda
Ivee Chitty
Bailey Glass
Kayesee Moreno
Kristen Olsen
Saxie Ralston
Abigail Salgado
Andrea Salgado
Ariana Trejo

2014-2015 Lady Hounds are as follows:

Landry Davis
Michaela Davis
Patty Garcia
Reagan Haynes
Bailey Stedje

Kennedy King
Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

Christina Ayala
Sarah Jackson

Klaire Irwin

JV Lady Hounds are:

Dara Arrington
Mattie Mayfield
Kailey Whitehead
Kennedy Venneman
Leonor Acosta
Klaire King
Kaitlyn Stedje

11-11-14 The Dumas Demonettes traveled over to #14 ranked LHB territory for the first game of the year. We started out with a strong first quarter, outscoring the opponent 15-8. The 2nd quarter was more of the same and LHB led 27-14 at intermission. We had a lull on defense the 3rd quarter and were outscored 10-13. The final stanza we played a little better and finished them off for a 53-40 victory to begin the season. Brennyn Seagler had a stellar game with 23 points and 5 rebounds to go along with 8 deflections/blocks. Hadlee Spivey lit it up from the perimeter hitting four 3's and scoring 14 total points while leading the team in rebounding with 7. Reagan Haynes tallied 12 points from the field but was also handing out 8 assists and getting 7 steals! The entire team played some solid defense throughout which led to 26 turnovers by the Demonettes.

11-14-14 We traveled to land of the Wolves Friday night to take on 4A Dalhart. The game was called tightly by the referees which led to both teams being whistled for several early fouls and a little bit of foul trouble for us. Nonetheless, LHB jumped out early and led 16-9 after one quarter of play. The second quarter saw 3 starters on the bench saddled with 2 fouls. Christina Ayala, Klaire Irwin, Sarah Jackson, Michaela Davis, Patty Garcia and Landry Davis all came off the bench to provide several solid minutes of play, doubled the lead and we were up 33-16 at the break. Christina played solidly on defense the entire game coming up with 3 steals and providing good rotations in help! Klaire scored all of her 7 points in the 2nd quarter and was spark off the bench. Brennyn had an excellent overall game with 19 points, 9 boards, 11 deflections/blocks, and 3 steals. Hadlee scored 12 points (all in 2nd half) while Reagan was steady throughout tallying 12 points as well. She also had 3 steals and as a team we forced 23 turnovers from Dalhart. Bailey Stedje provided solid inside play with her defensive pressure and passing out of the post to open perimeter players. Overall it was solid game played and the bench did a tremendous job of playing to their roles and then some.

See you at the games this week!!!
11/14/14 > JH Honor Roll
11/13/14 > Football Send-Off Friday
We will “Pump Up” the playoff-bound Hounds for a victory this Friday! Join us at 2:35 around the top of the New Varsity Gym.
11/13/14 > Board Minutes
Please see attached minutes

11/13/14 > 6th Grade Parents Shot Clinic
Dear Parents,
Before your child enters 7th grade next year (August 2015), they will be required to receive two vaccinations. The vaccinations are Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal). These vaccines are available in the school nurse’s office at no charge for students who have no health insurance, have health insurance that does not cover the cost of vaccines, or have Medicaid. If you feel that your child might qualify for the free vaccines, please contact the school nurse’s office at 806-733-5415. The school will be holding a shot clinic on Thursday, December 11 in the Nurse’s office.

Estimados Padres,
Antes de que su hijo/a entren al 7 para el año que entra (Agosto 2015), van a se requeridos que reciban dos vacunas. Las vacunas son Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) y MCV4 (Meningococcal). Estas vacunas estan disponibles con la enfermera de la escuala sin costo para los estudiantes que no tengan seguro medico, que tengan seguro medico y que la aseguransa no cobra las vacuanas o sin medicade. Si usted cree que su hijo/a califica para estas vacunas gratis, por favor de contactar a la enfermera de la escuela al 806-733-5415. La escuela tendra una dia de vacunaciones el Jueves, 11 de Diciembre en la oficina de la enfermera.

Sahala Gaillard RN, BSN
District Nurse
11/13/14 > Pink and Jeans
Please see attachment


11/13/14 > UIL Speaking Event Rules for Spectators
We begin UIL speaking events this evening in Stinnett and wrap up Friday at Frank Phillips College. We welcome any parents who would like to attend to do so; however, we do want everyone to be aware of the following rules:

* Adults may listen to the speakers.
* Adults with school-age siblings may also listen to the speakers.
* You must be in the speaking event room at the start of the event and may not leave until the last speaker has spoken.
* No cheering or applause.

These were proposed and accepted in order to make a "level playing field" for all of the speakers.

Thank you!!
11/13/14 > OBU Information
11/13/14 > News from 3rd Grade
Please see attachment

11/13/14 > Greyhound Basketball Schedules
Correct basketball schedules are attached.

11/10/14 > Football Playoff Shirts
A football playoff t-shirt order form is attached. Orders are due to the campus offices Monday, November 10th, no later than 2:45p.m.

11/10/14 > XIT Scholarship
11/10/14 > Reagan Haynes Signing Day
This Thursday, November 13th at 11:55 am in the High School commons, Reagan Haynes will be signing her letter of intent to continue her basketball career as a Lady Buff!!! She will be signing in the commons at the high school so please come out and tell her congratulations! This is a tremendous accomplishment and we are very proud of her and for her! See you there!
11/10/14 > Band Parent Meeting
Band Parent meeting in the auditorium tonight at 7:00.
11/07/14 > Football Playoff Shirts
With a WIN against Shamrock this Friday night, the Hounds will be headed to the PLAYOFFS!!!! A playoff t-shirt order form has been attached. Orders are due to the campus offices Monday, November 10th, no later than 2:45p.m. Hope to see you in Shamrock Friday night to cheer on our Hounds!

11/06/14 > Major Stock Show Entries
Fort Worth entries are due next Monday, November 10th. Please contact me at the numbers below to receive an entry. All other major show entries are due on Monday, November 17th. These include San Angelo, San Antonio, Austin and Houston entries.
11/06/14 > Amarillo Area Foundation
The Amarillo Area Foundation scholarship’s application deadline for 2015 is February 13, 2015.
The online application is now available directly at:
11/06/14 > News from PK/K
Please see attachment.

11/06/14 > Elementary Roars with Spirit
Please see attachment.

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?

AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report
• A winner in every state, Washington, DC & Puerto Rico
• Scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000
• Apply by: December 15, 2014
• Only the first 10,000 applications will be accepted. APPLY EARLY!

AXA Achievementsm Community Scholarship
• 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!

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


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

**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
10/22/14 > News from Pre-K
Please see attachment.

10/21/14 > PTO Meeting
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:


Thank you,
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


 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!
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.
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 ...

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.

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


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
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 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.

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:

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: You can also learn more about the program by viewing “High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery” video at

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 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

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:


• 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:

Thank you,
9/05/14 > 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.

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.

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:

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

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


8/28/14 > ACT Dates


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:

Thank you,
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.


 XC T-Shirt 2014
8/21/14 > Meet the Teacher
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.


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
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!

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

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

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 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)


6/05/14 > Board Minutes
See attached

6/05/14 > Scholarship Opportunity
Good Afternoon,
My name is Brad Pitzl, and I'm with, one of the leading online directories in the self storage industry, which helps people find storage units across the U.S.
Students and their families are a big part of our customer base, and that's why we are proud to announce the launch of our inaugural College Scholarship.
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
· current college student previously enrolled at a college or university in the spring of 2014 and enrolled in the fall of 2014
· parent/guardian of a student enrolled at a college or university in the fall of 2014
I have provided a link below with full details, including rules and regulations.
The deadline to participate is July 31, 2014, so we suggest that you add our scholarship link to your school's website as soon as possible to allow your students enough time to complete their entries.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Also, we would appreciate it if you would respond to this email once you have informed your students of this opportunity, as we are trying to keep track of how many entries we should expect.
Brad Pitzl
Scholarship Coordinator -

This email was sent by:
B2 Interactive
4223 S 143rd Circle
Omaha, NE 68137
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!!!!


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


5/29/14 > Austin the Wallaby Visits
Austin the Wallaby Visits


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


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


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!


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!


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

5/13/14 > News from 4th Grade
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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
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.


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

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

For more information on THA, contact Todd Kercheval at (817) 296-9575 or, or Joey Bennett at (512) 496-9575 or

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.

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


4/24/14 > Sky Camp
Please see attached


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
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:
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

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


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
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4/10/14 > News from 3rd Grade
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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
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4/01/14 > STAAR Testing

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
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 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!
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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
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4/01/14 > News from 4th Grade
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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!!!
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*
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
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
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3/31/14 > Elementary Celebration PK-K
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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
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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
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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:

MVP-Brennyn Seagler
Defensive MVP-Hadlee Spivey

1st Team All District
Reagan Haynes
Bailey Stedje
Kennedy King

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

Brennyn Seagler
Hadlee Spivey

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!


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!!


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
DEFENSIVE MVP: Sterling Audrain (Sr), Stratford

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


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

MARCH 4, 2014

The Greyhound Ballpark will not be 100% complete.

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


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
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2/24/14 > End of 6 Weeks Celebration
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2/24/14 > Going for the Gold- 6th Physics
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2/24/14 > Simple Machines Project
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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 .

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
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2/19/14 > Local Scholarship Application
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2/19/14 > Valentines 2014 Gruver Elementary
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2/19/14 > Scholarship Opportunities
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 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
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 > Fun with Physics
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2/17/14 > North Plains at-large Scholarship
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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 .

2/13/14 > News from 2nd Grade
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2/13/14 > News from Gruver Elementary Music Class
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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


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


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
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

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: Or, you can visit the Foundation’s Scholarship Map Page here:

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:

Deaf Smith:


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
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
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.


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:

Scholarship application:


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

1/23/14 > Scholarship Drive for FPC

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 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.


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

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!
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. 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:
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