Saturday, October 10, 2015

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10/09/15 > GISD Shutterfly Site
FYI Parents: There is a Gruver ISD Shutterfly Account: Pictures are uploaded to this site throughout the year. To be able to save and order pictures, you need to have a Shutterfly account. The links to this account are also available on each campus’s home page at
10/09/15 > JH UIL Update
Even though the annual District UIL Academic contest is over a month away, the staff and students at Gruver JH are working diligently to prepare for it. Gruver has been blessed to have won the contest for several years in a row, but we all know how difficult it will be to again repeat as champions. Booker, WT, Sunray, Stratford, and Canadian will all have a say in this year's results, and several of the schools outnumber us in enrollment by a large margin. Be that as it may, our kids and UIL coaches are always up for a challenge! Here are the coaches and the events that they are working on this year:

Mrs. Bevill -- 5th-6th Oral Reading; 5th-6th Ready Writing
Mrs. Robinson and Mr. Muller -- 5th-8th Music Memory
Mrs. Gumfory -- 5th-6th Spelling
Mrs. Haynes -- 5th-6th Art Smart; Social Studies; Maps, Graphs, and Charts
Coach Brockman -- 5th-6th Number Sense; 6th Math; 6th Calculator; 6th-8th Chess
Mrs. Thompson -- 5th-8th Dictionary Skills; 7th-8th Modern Oratory
Mrs. Glass -- 5th-8th Listening Skills
Mrs. Adams -- 6th Impromptu; 6th Modern Oratory
Mrs. Seagler -- 7th-8th Ready Writing; Modern Oratory; Oral Reading; Editorial Writing
Mrs. Babbs -- 7th-8th Math; Calculator; Number Sense
Mrs. Ralston -- 7th-8th Spelling
Mrs. Stewart -- 7th-8th Science
Coach Morrison -- 7th-8th Social Studies; Maps, Graphs, and Charts
Mrs. Shapley -- 7th-8th Impromptu Speaking
Mrs. Juarez -- 7th-8th Grade Art Smart

What makes our "reign" as champions even more impressive is that we do NOT have a built-in UIL study time! Our teachers and students come in early, work during lunch, etc... just to find time to get in their extra work. By the way, our staff does not receive any extra stipend or incentive, other than they are competitors and take a real pride in what they do and how well their students do! It's an awesome thing to witness and, win or lose, we should all be grateful for what they, staff and students alike, do for our school!

Note: Gruver is hosting the speaking events here in Gruver on November 10 at 4:00 p.m., while the remaining events will take place on Friday, November 13 at Frank Phillips College.

Wade Callaway
Gruver Jr. High School
806-733-2081 (office)
806-679-3788 (cell)
806-733-5523 (fax)
10/09/15 > JH Citizens of the Six Weeks
Once again, Gruver Jr. High School recognized four students - one in each grade - who were observed by staff as going "above and beyond".
Each student was presented with a certificate and a "free homework pass". Great job!!

from left to right: Faith Olsen, Saxie Ralston, Luke Davis, Lexie Moreno
10/09/15 > Blackout Pep Rally
Today is our Annual Blackout Pep Rally! It’ll be at 3:00 in the Old Varsity Gym. See you there!
10/09/15 > Officer Appreciation Day
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10/08/15 > JH Honor Roll
Please see attached

10/07/15 > FFA Combined 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 will be doing both the annual meat and fruit fundraiser as one this year starting today October 7, 2015 and it will end on October 20th. 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 14 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 $10,000.00 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.

Meat Products:
Spiral Sliced Ham- $30
The Original Hunter Pack- $27
Peppered Turkey Breast- $23
Smoked Turkey- $30
Smoked Pit Ham- $27
Smoked Sausage Links- $17
“Lil” Porkies- $16
Whole Hog Pork Patties- $18
Smoked Peppered Bacon- $18
Original Smoked Bacon- $18
Chicken Tenders- $23
Chicken Fajitas- $17
Beef Fajitas- $21
Fiesta Pak Pork Tamales- $21
Pork Tamales-$21
Bacon Blast-$21
Pecan Cobbler- $15
Pizza Kit- $16
Holiday Sampler- $21

Fruit Products:
Gift Fruit Basket- $21
Sweet & Juicy Anjou Pears $21
Extra Fancy Red Delicious Apples- $20
Texas Navel Oranges- $16
Texas Red Grapefruit- $16
Mixed Fruit Pack- $19
Apples & Oranges- $20
Cheese and Sausage Combo- $17
“Lil Gems” Clementines- $ 15
Texas Mudslide Coffee- $13

Please contact a local FFA member or contact me at the numbers below.

Thanks again,

Weston Born

Gruver ISD - Agricultural Science Teacher
PO Box 747
Gruver, Texas 79040

(806) 733-2091 (office)
(806) 338-0437 (cell)
(806) 733-2596 (fax)
10/07/15 > Marching Band Contest Information
Hello Parents, Teachers and Students,

On behalf of the Greyhound Band, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come out and watch our Marching Band perform at the Region 1 UIL Marching Band Contest. The contest is on October 17, 2015 at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo, TX. Our Greyhounds perform at 10:45am. Please come out and support our Greyhound Marching Band.

Musically Yours,

Peter M. Muller, Jr
10/06/15 > Gruver Elementary Receives Award
Congratulations students, staff, parents, and community members!

Gruver Elementary has been selected as a Title I "High Progress Reward School. Our campus will be recognized along with the Jr. High at the Panhandle School Leaders Conference on Wednesday, October 7 at Region 16 in Amarillo.
10/06/15 > Kindergarten News
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10/06/15 > Mini Cheer Camp
Save the Date- October 13th
Gruver High School Cheerleading Camp

When: Tuesday, October 13th
Where: Elementary Gym
Time: 4:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Who: Girls ages PK-6th Grade
Cost: $10.00
10/06/15 > Preparing for UIL Meet
Preparing for UIL Meet


10/06/15 > JH & HS Basketball Schedules
Please see the attachments

10/06/15 > Flu Shots
Flu shots will be offered for GISD staff and students on Friday, October 16th from 12:00 to 3:30 in the High School Commons. Contact Sahala Gaillard in the School Nurse’s Office for more information at 806-733-5415.
10/05/15 > High School Open House
High School Open House will be Tuesday, October 6th, at 6:00 pm. Parents will meet in the commons at 6:00.
10/05/15 > JH Receives Title I Recognition
Gruver JH has been selected as BOTH a Title I "High Progress" and a Title I "High Performing" Reward School. Our campus will be recognized at the Panhandle School Leaders Conference on Wednesday, October 7 at Region 16 in Amarillo, Texas.

Way to go GJHS staff and students!!!
9/30/15 > PICTURE DAY!
Thursday, October 1st is PICTURE DAY! Don’t Forget! PK-11th will be taking their yearbook picture, as well as Faculty & Staff. SENIORS and Senior Sponsors will be taking their formal picture. Lifetouch provides a jacket, white shirt and tie for boys, if they don’t have those. Also, Seniors will be taking their class picture at 8:15a.m. at the school farm. They need to come to school wearing their jeans and black t-shirts.
9/30/15 > PTO Meeting
PTO will be meeting at 3:45 on Wednesday, September 30th in the teacher’s lounge to discuss the Halloween Carnival.
9/30/15 > Cross Country Update
This past weekend Coach Davis and Coach Winger took our JV Cross Country, JR. High Cross Country, Off Season Basketball and Softball girls and about 25 extra students to Amarillo to run in The Race for The Cure. In all I think we had about 48 runners. We can be very proud of our kids, they did a great job running for a great cause, and representing our community. After the race we loaded up on the bus and took the kids to the mall to let them shop and get something to eat and then headed home. Once again we can be very proud of our "Gruver Kids" they did a great job.

On Tuesday Sept. 29th our Jr. High Cross Country girls went up to Guymon and ran in "Cross Country Rattlesnake Run". Marlie Kelp came in 8th, followed by Calissa Childers, Kari Whitehead, Hope Truitt, Grace Adams and Kearstin Babbs. There was a total of 104 runners and we placed 7th as a team. The girls are running better each meet and starting to see the improvement. This is a good little group and I really appreciate their how hard they have been working. Thanks to the parents that are able to come and watch the meets, and for getting your kids to workouts.
The Jr. High girls will run on Oct. 10 at Spearman (Out at the Lake) and then District on the 19th at Spearman (Out at the Lake again). Thanks again for all of the support.
9/30/15 > Gruver Jr. High excels on STAAR testing!
The results of the Spring 2015 STAAR testing are out, and we wanted to share the success that Gruver Jr. High achieved. The students, assisted by our awesome teachers and staff, "met standard" on all four indices set forth by the state of Texas: 1) Student Achievement; 2) Student Progress; 3) Closing Performance Gaps; and 4) Post-secondary Readiness.

Furthermore, GJHS received an incredible six out of seven "stars" for "Academic Achievement". The six areas of distinction in which GJHS were recognized are: 1) Reading/ELA; 2) Mathematics; 3) Social Studies; 4) Top 25 Percent Student Progress; 5) Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and 6) Post-secondary Readiness. The only area in which Gruver JH failed to receive recognition was in Science.

We missed the Science Distinction Designation by a single point! Bear in mind, our 7th and 8th grade Science classes are also the one area in which we have seen the most turnover; in fact, Mrs. Stewart (in her first year this year) is the fifth Science teacher our building has seen in the past seven years. We are excited about the stability that Mrs. Stewart could bring to that subject! She and Mrs. Glass, along with assistance from Mrs. Davis in the HS, are making a great team in the JH Science Department!

If you click on the attachments included in this e-mail, you will also see that Gruver JH School was ranked among 40 other schools around the state that have similar in size, makeup, etc... GJHS ranked tied at #5 in "Top 25% Students Progress" and ranked tied for #4 in "Top 25% in Closing Student Gaps"! To see more information regarding our school's performance, please refer to the aforementioned attachments.

Be sure and encourage ALL of the teachers and students in our district for the GREAT job they do, and thank YOU for your support and interest in our schools!

9/30/15 > Coca Cola Scholarship

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Coca-Cola
is helping students achieve their college dreams.
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the opportunity to enter for a chance to win
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Here's How To Apply:

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-Future dreams
-Academic achievements
-Contributions to their community
-And what they plan is to do with their college education

Potential winners will be notified on or around November 30, 2015.

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9/30/15 > News
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9/30/15 > Junior High Pep Rallies
Correction to the Sunray game.

We just wanted to clarify when we (the JR. HIGH) will have Pep Rallies, and when we will have Send Offs. We also wanted to remind everyone about the next couple of games, as there has been some confusion. Finally, there is a summary of the remaining football schedule, including Pep Rallies/Send Offs, below.

First, the Jr. High will have PEP RALLIES at 2:00 PM (usually) in the old Varsity Gym for every HOME game. We will only be having SEND OFFS for every AWAY game. The Send Offs will be in front of the Jr. High building at 2:00 PM and they will be very brief. So, for example, today (Thursday) we are hosting county-rival Spearman at 5:00 PM. As a result, we will have a Pep Rally at 2:00 PM; HOWEVER, today's Pep Rally will be held at the Football Field. The Varsity and Junior Varsity are "Open" this week, but NOT the Jr. High.

Below is a rundown of the remainder of the Jr. High football season, including pep rallies/send offs:

Oct. 1 --- Here vs. Spearman (Pep Rally at 2:00 PM at the Football Field)

Oct. 8 ---- AT Sunray (Send Off at 2:00 PM in front of the JH)

Oct. 15 --- AT Canadian (Send Off at 2:00 PM in front of the JH)

Oct. 22 --- Here vs. Claude (Pep Rally at 2:00 PM in the old Varsity Gym)

Oct. 29 --- Here vs. Wheeler (Pep Rally at 2:00 PM in the old Varsity Gym)

Nov. 5 --- AT Shamrock (Send Off at 2:00 PM in front of the JH)

Thank you for your support, and please call if you have any questions!
9/24/15 > Senior Pics- October 1st

Formal portraits for Seniors of 2016 will be taken October 1st. Lifetouch does provide a jacket, shirt and tie for boys, but if they would rather bring their own that is great. Girls will be pictured in a black top or dress. These pictures will be used for the class panel that is hung in the high school for years to come.

The seniors will also be taking a group photo in the corn field at the school farm. They will need to wear a SOLID, BLACK shirt and jeans for this photo.
9/24/15 > Elementary School Pics- October 1st
Parents- You have an option to pre-order online
Gruver Elementary School
Picture Day: Thursday, October 1
Picture Day ID: GE205182Y0
Picture Day is Thursday, October 1.
Be prepared by ordering online at
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online
• See more options available online
• Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site
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9/24/15 > Junior High Pics- October 1st
Parents- You have an option to pre-order online
Gruver Junior High School
Picture Day: Thursday, October 1
Picture Day ID: GE205178Y0
Picture Day is Thursday, October 1.
Be prepared by ordering online at
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online
• See more options available online
• Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site
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9/24/15 > High School Pics- October 1st
Parents- You have an option to pre-order online
Gruver High School School
Picture Day: Thursday, October 1
Picture Day ID: GE205183Y0
Picture Day is Thursday, October 1.
Be prepared by ordering online at
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school when you order online
• See more options available online
• Use credit card or PayPal on our secure site
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9/24/15 > Friday Pep Rally
The Gruver Greyhounds are hosting the Highland Park Hornets tomorrow night. Join us Friday (9/25) at 3:00 in the Old Varsity Gym for a pep rally to cheer on our football team!

GHS Cheerleaders
9/23/15 > News From Kinder
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9/22/15 > Zak's Cheese Sale
The Gruver FCCLA kicked off its annual ZAK’S Cheese Sale on September 15th. Student orders have to be turned in by Monday, October 5th. The products will be delivered the week of November 2-6. Please see any FCCLA member to make a purchase. Items include:
 12 oz. String Cheese
 12 oz. Summer Sausage
 22 oz. Cheddar Cheese
 22 oz. Jalapeno Cheese
 22 oz. Ranch Cheese
 22 oz. Salami Cheese
 Triple Treat Gift Box
 Family Favorites Gift Box
 8 oz. Fudge with Nuts
 8 oz. Fudge, plain
 8 oz. Peanut Brittle
 12 oz. Mints
 5 oz. Summer Stix
 10 oz. Honey Crisp Peanuts
 18 cup Popcorn – Caramel, Cheddar, Popcorn Ball, Red Hot or Toffee flavors
The money earned from this sale will be used by the GHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) for scholarships and activities throughout the school year. Thanks for supporting the Gruver FCCLA. If you would like to place an order and have not been contacted, please call Cherri Sherrill, FCCLA Advisor at GHS at 806-733-2477.
9/18/15 > FCCLA and FFA Cookout
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and FFA members gathered in the park on Tuesday, September 15th for the annual “Hotdog Cookout.” Good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
9/17/15 > Gingerbread Hunt
Please see attachment.


9/17/15 > Gruver FFA Meeting
Gruver FFA will be having a mandatory stock show project meeting for all FFA members including Junior FFA members and parents. The meeting will be held on September 21, 2015 in the Agricultural Education building at 7:30 PM. During this meeting we will be discussing daily care of swine projects, animal health, feeding and guidelines for stock show projects. Nick Slough from Gruver Ag Supply will be in attendance to discuss the products that he will have on hand locally. At this meeting exhibitors or parents will need to designate how many swine validation tags they will need for this year’s projects. The county will state validate all swine projects this year and the swine validation committee must have a total number to be ordered no later than Monday evening. This year’s tags will cost the exhibitor $12/tag; this increase comes from the increase cost of the state tags. Junior FFA dues will also cost $25/child for students younger than 9th grade. 8th grade students that are enrolled in agricultural science classes will not be charged a junior FFA due as they are on the active Texas FFA roster. If you have questions please do not hesitate to call or email the agricultural education office. I will also answer questions via text or by voice at the cell number below. I look forward to seeing all of you on September 21st!
9/17/15 > JH Pep Rally
The Junior High Cheerleaders will be revving up the crowd in the old Varsity Gym TODAY at 2:00 pm in hopes of motivating the Hounds as they square off against the Broncos of Clarendon here, at Greyhound Stadium, at 5:00 PM tonight. Please come out and show your Greyhound Spirit!!
9/17/15 > TRE and Bond Town meetings
The attachment is a list of town meetings about the upcoming TRE (Tax Ratification Election) and the Capital Improvement Bond.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

9/17/15 > JH Open House

On Tuesday, September 22nd, Gruver Jr. High School will be having its annual "Open House" from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. There will be two brief meetings, both held in the Library and both covering the same information. The first meeting will begin at 6:30 PM, while the second meeting will begin at 7:00 PM for any parents unable to make the previous one. A translator will be present at both meetings.

Parents are encouraged to: a) listen to the first meeting and then go visit with their child's teachers; b) visit with the teachers and then go to the 7:00 PM meeting; OR go to the late meeting and then briefly have a chance to visit with any instructor(s) they would like to see.


Prior to "Open House", Troy Seagler, GISD Superintendent, will speak to the GJHS faculty and staff AND any parents or community members that would like to attend. This meeting will also be held in the Library, and in it, Mr. Seagler will go into detail the information regarding the community's upcoming Tax Ratification Election (TRE) and Bond Election. The TRE/Bond Election meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.

See you there!!
9/16/15 > GHS Businessman vs Hobo
GHS Businessman vs Hobo


9/16/15 > JHXC at Spearman
Our JH girls ran at the Spearman CC Meet this weekend and ran very well. Marlie Kelp came in 9th, followed by Kari Whitehead in 11th, Hope Truitt 21st,Grace Adams 22nd and Kearstin Babbs 23rd. (Calissa Childers stayed home due to sickness) As a team they finished 4th. I 'am very proud of these girls, they have been working very hard and it is starting to show in their races. We are Proud of our JH "HOUND PACK" A special THANKS to all the parents for bringing the girls up for morning workouts and coming to watch the girls run.The JH girls will run on Sept. 26 in Amarillo for "The Race For the Cure"
Thanks for your support
Coach Davis
9/16/15 > Wendy's Heisman Scholarship
Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship

Due date to apply: 10/2/2015
9/14/15 > HS Homecoming Dress Up Day Winners
Homecoming 2015 High School Dress Up Day Winners


9/14/15 > more HS Homecoming Week Winners
9/14/15 > Tacky Tourist VS Duck Dynasty Winners for High School
Tacky Tourist VS Duck Dynasty Winners for High School

9/14/15 > Disney Vs Marvel Winners For High School


9/14/15 > Spirit Day Winners for High School
Spirit Day Winners for High School


9/14/15 > Pickup/Drop Off Area
Gruver ISD Community,

We have designed a way to pick up and drop off students before and after school to reduce traffic and hopefully avoid an accident. Parents must pick up and drop off their children in front of the Junior High at the designated area. PLEASE DO NOT drop your children off behind the elementary or Junior High because this is the area where the buses drop off kids. We had a “close” call earlier this year when a student ran in front of the school bus as the bus was leaving.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our kids safe!
9/11/15 > Race for the Cure
It is time again for our annual participation in the Race for the Cure in Amarillo. The race will be held this year on September 26th in downtown Amarillo. Gruver ISD has teamed up with the great community of Gruver over the past 10 years to raise over $15,000 for breast cancer awareness. We would like to invite anyone that wants to join our team, if that be to participate in the race, sleep in for the cure, donate to the cause or sponsor a kid in the race, to please do so. The deadline to register under Gruver High School is next Friday, September 18th by noon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Morrison or Coach Lankford.

Thanks again for all that you do for our school and community!!! Simply the best!!!
9/11/15 > Revised Football Schedule
Changes have been made to the JV schedule.

9/10/15 > Parent Night at Gruver Elementary
Gruver Elementary Parent Night 2015

September 14th:
5:30 – Kindergarten
6:15 – 1st Grade
7:00 – 4th Grade

September 15th:
5:30 – PK
6:15 – 3rd Grade
7:00 – 2nd Grade

*Childcare will be provided*

If you are not able to attend at the time listed, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a time to meet with her individually. Can’t wait to see you there!

Gruver Elementaria Noche de Padres 2015

Septiembre 14:
5:30 – Kindergarten
6:15 – 1ro Grado
7:00 – 4to Grado

Septiembre 15:
5:30 – PK
6:15 – 3ro Grado
7:00 – 2do Grado

*Se proveera cuidado de niños*

Si usted no puede asistir en el tiempo anotado en la lista, favor de contactar a la maestra de su niño/a para hacer una junta individual con ella. Espero en verlos alli!
9/10/15 > ACT Bootcamp
Stratford Guests Only ACT 2015 Bootcamp Flyer

9/10/15 > Board Minutes
Please see attached

9/09/15 > Lowe's Receipts
The Gruver Elementary School is participating in the Lowes Education Tapes for Education again this year. Thank you for your past support and please continue to 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, as well as City Hall, the City Library, Night and Day Salon and Shear Style.

The collection boxes will be open from August 17, 2015-March 31, 2016.

Thank you for your support,
9/09/15 > Teddy Bear Picnic
Please see attachment.

9/08/15 > PTO Meeting
PTO will have our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 9th in the elementary teacher’s lounge at 3:45pm. We hope to see you there!!!
9/08/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 5
Celebrating Making Healthy Choices
"Wherever you go...choose to be drug free"


9/08/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 5 Winners
The final day of "Red Ribbon Week" allowed our students to show off their Greyhound "Red, Black, and White" spirit. Nearly every student (if not every student) wore some combination of these colors. A special "thanks" to Mrs. Glass and Mrs. Whitehead for organizing "Red Ribbon Week". They always do a great job!

Please see the attachment to see today's winners! Also, below is a link on which you can click in order to read more about "Red Ribbon Week".

9/08/15 > Race for the Cure Packet
Once again, Gruver XC and Gruver schools will be participating and raising valuable money for a very worthy cause called the Race For The Cure! We are excited about the opportunity to support such an outstanding organization such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Attached you will find out how to sign up for and help raise funds for the upcoming race. Please take the time to look over this information and get signed up to support! As always, your help is very much appreciated!!!! Thanks for the being the best little town in the state!!! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to call either Coach Morrison or Coach Lankford.

Trent Lankford
Head Coach
Lady Hound Basketball
Assistant XC/Track
806-206-2942 (cell)
"If you focus on results, you'll never change. If you focus on change, you'll get results."


9/03/15 > 2015 Red Ribbon Week- Day 1 Winners
Every year, during Homecoming Week, GISD participates in "Red Ribbon Week". It is a week of dressing up, contests, etc..., BUT most importantly, it is a week to remind students to stay away from drugs and to make great choices in life. Today's dress-up day was "Wall Street".

Please see the attached document regarding today's dress-up winners! They were: Ridge Holland; Payton Glass; Meny Trejo; Mia Salcedo; Laura Borunda; Zail Barraza; Nick Johnson and McKendree Dick.

9/03/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 2
Celebrating Making Healthy Choices
"Duck Dynasty vs. Tacky Tourist"


9/03/15 > Red Ribbon Week- Day 2 Winners
Day 2 of Red Ribbon Week saw no shortage of masquerading middle schoolers! The theme for Tuesday was "Louisiana: Duck Dynasty vs. Tacky Tourist". Please click on the attachment to see our awesome winners!

9/03/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 1
Celebrating Making Healthy Choices! Believe, Achieve, Succeed...Be Drug Free!

9/03/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 3
Celebrating making healthy choices!
"Wherever you drug free!"


9/03/15 > Red Ribbon Week- Day 3 Winners
Wednesday saw heroes and villains of all shapes and sizes descend upon GISD. It was day three of Red Ribbon Week and the theme for Wednesday was "California Theme Parks". Teachers and staff were encouraged to dress like their favorite Superhero or Villain. The results were amazing! Please see for yourself by viewing the attached document.

Have a great day!

9/03/15 > Junior High Open House
We want to invite every parent of every Gruver Jr. High School student to take part in our annual "Open House" event. This year, are having "Open House" on Tuesday, September 22 from 6:30 PM. to 7:30 PM.

There will be TWO separate meetings for the parents, both of which will be held in the Jr. High Library. The first meeting will begin at 6:30 PM., while a later meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. Both meetings will include the same information and will have a translator present. You need only to attend one meeting.

The remainder of the time, we strongly encourage you, the parent, to visit with your child's/children's teachers. The primary purpose of "Open House" is to help facilitate a closer relationship between school and family so that communication can occur at a higher level.

Please contact the office if you have any questions. See you there!!
9/03/15 > Red Ribbon- Day 4
Celebrating Making Healthy Choices
"Wherever you do...choose to be drug-free!"
9/03/15 > Red Ribbon Week- Day 4 Winners
Today we had a large number of students displaying their school spirit for their favorite college or university. Once again, we had some outstanding entries and it was, once again, very difficult for the judges to decide. At the "end of the day" the judges selected the following students: Alyzabeth Taylor; Mason Gibson; Leo Harper; Javier Tarango; Bailey Glass; Rudy Acosta; Hunter Haynes and Calissa Childers. Great job!

(Please see the attachment for the photo and more information)

9/03/15 > Homecoming Pep Rally
Come join us in the Old Gym this Friday at 3:00 to celebrate with our Homecoming pep rally! We will announce the winners of the homecoming games for the High School! Join us to cheer on our Greyhounds against the Boys Ranch Roughriders!

Don’t miss it!

GHS Cheerleaders
8/28/15 > Booster Shirts - Last Order
An order form is attached for the 2015-2016 Booster Club Shirt and Yard Signs. This will be the LAST order on the shirts and Yard Signs. Orders are due Wednesday, September 2nd by 3:30p.m. to the campus secretaries.

Go Hounds!

8/28/15 > Pep Rally Friday
Please join us today at 3:00 in the Old Varsity gym to kick off our season opener against West Texas tonight!

GHS Cheerleaders
8/28/15 > New Elementary Staff
Gruver Elementary would like to welcome Melodie Kelp to our staff. Mrs. Kelp grew up in Spearman and graduated from WTAMU. She married Khris Kelp and began teaching at New Deal. She taught there for 6 years, and then stayed home to raise their 3 children. After four years of being a stay-at-home mom, the family moved to Spearman where she taught first grade for 8 years. Two years ago, the Kelps moved to Gruver and this year, Mrs. Kelp will be working with our Special Education and Reading Recovery students. We are extremely excited to have her join our Greyhound team.
8/28/15 > Thank You
The 7th and 8th grade math classes and Mrs. Babbs would like to thank Trisha Fitzgearld from Gruver State Bank for providing a personal financial literacy program for our students today. This six weeks, these students will be learning to record withdrawals and deposits in a check register, to write checks and keep a record of their daily account balance, and to manage personal funds.
Thank you Mrs. Fitzgearld and Gruver State Bank for enhancing and fostering our learning!!
8/26/15 > XC Shirt LAST Order
Attached is an order form for the 2015 XC Shirt. This will be the last order placed for this shirt. Order forms are due to the JH Office by Noon Friday, August 28th.


8/26/15 > Homecoming Candidates 2015
The 2015 Homecoming Queen Candidates are Kennedy King, Hadlee Spivey, and Ella Speck. Congratulations!

8/25/15 > Meet the Hounds
Meet the Hounds is TONIGHT, Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30p.m. at the Football Field! The Booster Club will be selling this year’s PRIDE shirt and taking orders on yard signs. There will also be a parent meeting immediately after Meet the Hounds to get organized for the upcoming year. ***GO HOUNDS***
8/20/15 > Today's Scrimmaged moved to Amarillo High
Tomorrow's Football scrimmage vs. Memphis has been moved. It will now be at Amarillo High School starting at 5:00. Varsity will go first.
8/20/15 > Board Minutes
See Attached

8/20/15 > Meet Your Teacher
Sorry for the late notice, but Meet Your Teacher's time has been changed to 8:30-9:30 tomorrow so that staff and community members may attend a funeral.
8/18/15 > 2015 Revised Football Schedule
Please see attached

8/17/15 > Homecoming Theme 2015
Homecoming 2015
Theme: Road Trip to State

First we will travel to…

Monday – New York (Wall Street)
Businessman vs. Hobo
Dress to impress for a day of business or dress like a Central Park hobo
Tuesday – Louisiana
Tacky Tourist vs. Duck Dynasty
Bring your camera and fanny pack to dress like a tourist or dress in camo and get ready for the hunt
Wednesday – California (Theme Parks)
Disney Vs. Marvel
Dress as your favorite Disney hero, character or princess or dress as your favorite Marvel superhero or character
Thursday – U.S.A. (FAVORITE College/University)
Sorority vs. Athlete
Dress to support your favorite college (hats, jerseys, etc.)
Friday – Texas – “Where BEST State Champions are crowned” (Spirit Day)
Wear red and black to show Gruver spirit and pride
8/16/15 > Greyhound Booster Shirts & Yard Signs
The Greyhound Booster shirts are HERE! Come by Mrs. Irwin’s classroom located at the North side of the High School to buy yours! Shirts will be sold from the classroom:

Friday, August 10th from 1p.m.-3p.m.
Monday, August 17th from 10a.m.-Noon and 1p.m.-3p.m.
Thursday, August 20th from 10a.m.-Noon and 1p.m.-3p.m.
Friday, August 21st from 10a.m.-Noon and 1p.m.-3p.m.

Short Sleeve $10.00 – Long Sleeve $15.00 – Sweatshirt $20.00 – Hoodie $25.00 (add $2 for 2xl/$3 for 3xl/$4 for 4xl

After those dates, they will be sold at “Meet the Hounds”, August 25th and then the first couple home football games.

Yard Signs may also be ordered this year for HS Athletes. An order form is attached and Tracy Smith is in charge of those.

Thank you and GO HOUNDS GO!

8/16/15 > Senior Parent Meeting
We will be having a senior parent meeting on Tuesday (8/25) at 6:00 p.m. (just prior to “Meet the Hounds”) in the HS Commons area to discuss football concession stand. We would greatly appreciate it if you could attend.

Thank you,
Senior class sponsors

Vamos a tener una reunión de padres de alto nivel el Martes (08/25) a las 6:00 pm (antes de "Meet the Hounds") en el Commons para discutir el puesto de comida de fútbol. Agradeceríamos si pudiera asistir.

Patrocinadores de los graduados
8/16/15 > Elementary School Supply List
Please see attached

8/16/15 > News From Elementary
Gruver Elementary News

Registration for new students will be Friday, August 14th, from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and withdrawal form from the previous school.

Friday, August 21st, parents and students are invited to a “Meet Your Teacher” time from 10:00-11:30. Please bring your school supplies and be ready to fill out registration paperwork. Class lists will be posted on the computer lab windows. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Noticias Gruver Elementaria

Registraciones para nuevos estudiantes seran el Viernes 14 de Agosto de 9:00-12:00 y de 1:00-3:00. Favor de traer certificado de nacimiento del nino/a, tarjeta de seguro social, tarjeta o cartilla de vacunas, y forma de retiro de la escuela previa.

Viernes 21 de Agosto, padres y estudiantes estan invitados a "Conoser A Su Maestra" horario es de 10:00-11:30. Favor de traer sus utiles escolares y estar listos para llenar el papeleo de registracion. La lista de clases esta puesta en la ventana de el cuarto de Computadoras. Nos gustaria que todos asistan.
8/13/15 > 5K Registration
See attached


8/07/15 > 2015 XC Shirt
Order your 2015 XC Shirt by Wednesday, August 12th! Order form is attached!


8/05/15 > High School Supply List 2015-2015
Please see attached

8/05/15 > GHS Registration
GHS New School Registration will be Friday, August 14th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00

GHS Schedule Pick Up for Juniors and Seniors will be on Monday, August 17th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00

GHS Schedule Pick Up for Freshmen and Sophomores will be on Tuesday, August 18th from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00

All schedule changes must be completed by Noon on Wednesday, August 19th.
8/04/15 > Gruver JH School Supply List
August is upon us and school is right around the corner. Here is this year's supply list. Thank you and have a great rest of the summer!

8/04/15 > ACT Registration
Anyone planning on taking the ACT in September here in Gruver will need to go ahead and sign up if you have not done so already. Deadline for the September ACT administration is this Friday, August 7th. If you need help singing up please contact me at 733-5111.
8/04/15 > Extra Curricular Drug Testing
On Thursday, August 6th, GISD will be testing the following groups of students.

High School Football - 7:30 a.m. in the Field House
High School Cross Country - 8:30 a.m. in the High School Commons
Marching Band - 8:30 a.m. in the High School Commons

Students must have the signed permission slip turned in before testing.
8/04/15 > Greyhound Booster Shirt for 2015
The 2015 Greyhound Booster Shirt is ***COMING SOON***
The shirts are Charcoal Heather and will be available in:
Short Sleeve $10
Long Sleeve $15
Crewneck Sweatshirt $20
Hoodie Sweatshirt $25

Don't miss out on your Greyhound Pride shirt!

7/21/15 > 2015-2016 GISD Revised Calendar
Please see the attachment for the revised 2015-2016 Gruver ISD Calendar.

7/21/15 > Two $2500 Scholarships available from
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7/14/15 > Greyhound Football Camp
The Greyhound Football Camp will be held on July 28th & 29th. A registration form is attached. Forms are due on July 21st to guarantee a shirt at camp. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Coach Felderhoff at 806-736-0203.

7/14/15 > School Immunizations
Please see attached

7/07/15 > FASFA Completion Amarillo
Good morning Texas Panhandle!

I am writing to share information about an upcoming event and to ask your help in spreading the word. Amarillo College will be hosting a FAFSA completion event on campus July 15, and TG will be providing food, door prizes and chances to win scholarship money! Students and parents are encouraged to come out and get assistance completing the FAFSA from financial aid professionals.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY INTEND TO GO TO COLLEGE!!! They DO NOT have to attend or plan to attend Amarillo College to come and participate in this event!

Attached is a flyer with details about the event. Questions should be addressed to Donna Boutwell (below).

7/07/15 > June 10th Regular Board Meeting Minutes
Please see attached board minutes

6/16/15 > All-District Baseball Team News
The All-District baseball team for District 1-AA has been announced.

Below are the Gruver players that received All-District honors.

1st Team:
Anthony Montano
Jordan Seay

2nd Team:
LC Perez
Ulysses Garcia
Cole Logsdon

Honorable Mention:
Ben Book
Brandon Watson
6/10/15 > Houndball Shootout
Houndball Summer Shootout is this Thursday - Saturday.

Varsity will play on Thursday & Friday. JV & JH will play on Saturday.

Admission is $3 for adults & $2 for students.

A concession stand featuring brisket sandwiches will be available.

A schedule is attached.

6/08/15 > Hands on FASFA Event
Amarillo College will host a FAFSA event on July 15 from 9a to 7p on the Washington Street campus. This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors who have just graduated from high school to get additional help if they have already completed their FAFSA or to obtain help in completing the FAFSA if they have not already done so. Parents are welcome as well. Students do not have to be attending Amarillo College this fall in order to receive help.
For additional information, please contact Kelly Prater, Director of Financial Aid/Amarillo College, at 806.371.5311 or

Wendy Branstine
Migrant College Access Specialist
Region 16 ESC
806.677.5157 office
806.677.5161 fax
Or VoIP Participating Districts at 5157
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5/29/15 > New JH Science Teacher
Gruver Jr. High School's newest hire is certainly no stranger to Gruver, nor to the Jr. High. If you see Brooke Stewart, please congratulate her, as she is our new 7th and 8th Grade Science teacher. A native of Sudan, Texas, Brooke graduated from OPSU with a degree in Animal Science and Agribusiness. She is currently going through the "iteach" Texas program; nevertheless, because of her degree, Brooke will be considered "Highly Qualified" by our state's standards for the 2015-16 school year.

Mrs. Stewart has been employed at GISD the past two years as the Jr. High's "Special Needs" Education Aide. Because of this, Mrs. Stewart already has an established relationship with teachers and students alike. Not only will Mrs. Stewart bring energy and enthusiasm to the Science classroom (much like Coach Skarke did!), but she will -- we hope -- bring some stability to a position that will have seen five different teachers over the past seven years.

Mrs. Stewart is the wife of Gruver graduate, Wade Stewart, and they, along with their three children: Case, Ella, and Bree, should be here for a long time to come. We are excited about that prospect and look forward to having Mrs. Stewart teach our students Science!
5/29/15 > End of School celebration
Reminder for Friday:
Elementary end of school celebration will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015. Students will receive their award envelopes as a class and then go to the City Park for a picnic lunch.
School will be dismissed at 12:00 noon for the year.
5/29/15 > Dual Credit Economics Book
Principles of Macroeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6th or 7th edition, South-
Western Cengage Learning
6th edition ISBN 978-0538453066
7th edition ISBN 978-1285165912

If students go to they can see where the cheapest textbook is.
5/29/15 > AR Top Readers
The following students really took their reading seriously and were the top point-earners in our Accelerated Reader program
of each of their grades. From left to right, they are: Samuel Gumfory (8th grade); Giselle Rey (7th); Ailyn Hernandez (6th);
Isabella Borunda (5th). They each accumulated over 200 points, but Ailyn Hernandez was the "cream of the crop", earning
more than 600 points! Each student was rewarded with a $50 Gift Certificate to Wal-mart from the PTO for their efforts!!

Also...two "lucky" readers were selected from all of the students who were able to get their A/R points every
Six Weeks. These winners received a $25 Gift Certificate to Wal-mart. And the winners were: Samuel Gumfory
and Bailey Glass!! Great job and thank you PTO!!

Wade Callaway
Gruver Jr. High School
806-733-2081 (office)
806-679-3788 (cell)
806-733-5523 (fax)
5/28/15 > Greyhound Football Camp
The Greyhound Football Camp will be held on July 28th & 29th. A registration form is attached. Forms are due on July 21st to guarantee a shirt at camp. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Coach Felderhoff at 806-736-0203.

5/28/15 > PK and K News
Please see attached


5/22/15 > Elementary Track Meet Change
Due to the weather, the Lion’s Club track meet will begin at 12:00 tomorrow. Pre-k -2nd grades will run all their events and 3rd-6th grades will follow.

Debido al tiempo, las carreras y eventos de el Club de Leones (track meet) empezaran mañana a las 12:00. Pre-k asta 2do grado correran sus eventos y luego 3ro asta 6to grado seguiran.
5/22/15 > Farm Foundation Donations Needed
Please see attached flyer. Thanks for all of your continued support!

5/21/15 > Baseball Game Change
Baseball game change...Due to poor field conditions in Perryton, today's game vs. Booker will now be in STINNETT starting at 4:00.
5/20/15 > Send off Thursday
Come send off our State Bound UIL Calculator Applications competitor, Karsten Irwin and the Greyhound Baseball team to the Regional Quarterfinals! Please meet in the High School hallway this Thursday at 1:30 pm!
5/20/15 > Rocket Launch Wednesday
5th grade rocket launch will be tomorrow at 2:45 from the tennis courts. Forecast shows a clear afternoon!
5/19/15 > Athletic Banquet
Athletic Banquet is Tuesday, the 19th, at 6:30 in the First Baptist Church activity center. $10 per plate.
5/19/15 > National Police Week
This week is "National Police Week", and we wanted to express our gratitude to our local law enforcement officials for helping keep our school and community safe! As you may or may not know, we have members of the Hansford County Police Department come and walk our campuses at various times every week. They are always armed and uniformed and...they are always very friendly and professional. In addition to this, we have Baxter, the drug dog, come to our campus at least once a month. He is always a big hit with the students!

You may have noticed that the flags on our campuses are at half-mast today. The reason is that today, May 15th, is Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls is Police Week. We at Gruver ISD say "thank you" to Sherriff Tim Glass and all his officers for the service and duty! We want to thank the following for walking our halls, campuses, and community to help secure our safety:

Tim Glass
Dee Mayfield
Gene Smith
Keith Merrick
Shaun Hubbard
Darrel Scroggs
Bob Mahaffee

For more information regarding Police Week, please visit the following site:
5/19/15 > FCCLA Update
The spring FCCLA Luncheon & Officer Installation was held on Wednesday, May 13th, in the FACS classroom. Students were treated to a gourmet hot dog bar, brownies and ice cream to celebrate the end of the school year. Six students were installed to serve in the 2015-2016 school year. Incoming officers include Lizbeth Trejo, President; Ady Garcia, VP of Finance; Lizbeth Tarango, VP of Correspondence; Abigail Trejo, VP of Records; Antolina Mendoza, VP of Programs; Lupita Melendez, VP of Membership. Getsy Chavira and Aby Garcia are alternates.
5/19/15 > New Band Director
We are sad to see Mrs. Landrum leave for Oklahoma, where her husband, Chris, was re-located. She has done a tremendous job for us and we appreciate it very much!

We are excited, nonetheless, to welcome our new Band Director: Peter Muller. He is a very energetic, enthusiastic gentleman, and will, no doubt, continue to build upon Gruver's recent successes! Here is a bit more about Mr. Muller:

Born in Carmel, NY and raised in Homestead, FL, Peter Muller received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida International University, where he studied French Horn. Mr. Muller received his Master's Degree in Conducting from Northern Illinois University, where he served as the director of the All-University Band. His principal conducting teachers include: Dr. Clare McElfresh, Dr. Phillip Fink, and Dr. Ronnie Wooten. While at NIU, Mr. Muller was a contributing author to "Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz" Vol.1.

After graduating from FIU, he became Director of Bands at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL. During his time at American Heritage he revived the Marching Band and Orchestra Program. Next, Mr. Muller spent six years as the Music Director at Miami Springs Sr. High School, where he taught Band, Orchestra, Choir, Piano, Guitar, and AP Music Theory. During his time at MSSH, the marching band participated in the Bands of America Regional in Orlando, FL and was a 2-time State Finalist in the Florida Marching Band Coalition State Championships.

He also served as Director of Bands at Hialeah Middle School, where his bands traveled throughout the United States performing at many Music Invitationals. Mr. Muller was also a member of the music teaching staff for The Magic Drum and Bugle Corps. Most recently, Mr. Muller has been the Director of Bands and Collaborative Learning Facilitator for Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD, a 4-A program southeast of Huntsville, Texas.
Mr. Muller will come to Gruver in 2015, and along with his wife Catherine and two stepsons (Kenny and Andy), "look forward to a long stay in Gruver ISD".

We look forward to having the Mullers in town and are excited to see what his exuberance and expertise will bring to our school and our music program!
5/19/15 > Boys Club Donation
On May 13, Dr. Bob Adams swung by the Jr. High with a check for $200, in which he and members of Gruver's "Boys Club" and "YMI" presented to our Librarian, Shawn Thompson. The boys raised the money in conjunction with a bicycle race that was held previously. A "tip of the hat" to our very own Dr. Bob for all the great things he does for our community! Great job and congrats to our young men, as well!!
5/14/15 > NJHS Induction
Please join the Junior High National Junior Honor Society on Tuesday, May 19th at 11:15 a.m. in the auditorium as they induct the 2014-2015 members.
5/14/15 > Junior Parent Meeting
A Junior parent meeting will be held in the New Gym at 6:00 on May 26. This meeting will cover the following information: applying for scholarships, applying for college, and filling out the FAFSA (Federal Student Aid). Junior students are encouraged to attend as well.
5/14/15 > Alex Ellis Memorial Run/Walk
Registration Deadline for the Alex Ellis Memorial 5K Run/1 Mile Walk is Monday, May 18th.

The event will take place on Memorial Day, May 25th.

Registration and payment can be completed online at:

Also, written registration forms are available at City Hall, GHS Business Office, GJH, Ellis and Co. and Panhandle Anchors.

Questions? Please contact me at the number below.


Lee Bob Harper, DVM
Assoc. Director, Beef Strategic Tech Services Zoetis
5/14/15 > Revised Football Schedule
A revised football schedule is attached. The dates for the Sunray game have changed back to the traditional JH/JV games on Thursday & the varsity game on Friday.

5/12/15 > 4th Grade Wax Museum
We're delighted to invite you to...
The 4th Grade Hero Wax Museum
May 13, 2015
Elementary Gym
5/12/15 > Rabies Awareness & Prevention Poster Contest Winner Info / Runner up list
We would like to congratulate two of our 5th graders for being "finalists" in the state-wide "Rabies Awareness and Prevention Poster" Contest:
Kami Whitehead and Mia Salcedo!!

Thanks also goes to Mrs. Lexy Glass for organizing our students and encouraging them to participate! You can read more about it below!

Way to go!!!!
5/12/15 > Regular Board Meeting
Please see atached

5/12/15 > Special Board Meeting
Please see attached

5/07/15 > Retirement Reception
Retirement Reception
David Teal
and Kevin Hart

Wednesday, May 20th

High School Commons
5/04/15 > Junior Fed Beef Program
Junior Fed Beef Program

5/04/15 > Sky Camp
Please see attached


5/04/15 > FW: Press Releases Update TEA identifies more than 400 Title I Reward Schools
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April 30, 2015
TEA identifies more than 400 Title I Reward Schools

AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified more than 400 campuses across the state as high-performing and/or high-progress Title I schools for 2014-2015. Title I schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40 percent low-income.
The identification of high-performing and/or high-progress Title I schools is a part of the state’s conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). The identification of high-performing and/or high-progress is based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments under the State Accountability System in the 2013-2014 school year and graduation rates.
"While we talk of the need to close the education achievement gap, the real work in accomplishing that goal is already taking place on these campuses," said Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. "Whether identified as high-performing, high-progress or both, we should be proud of what’s taking place at these schools and what it means for the future of Texas."
A high-performing reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance, as well as the highest graduation rates at the high school level. For 2014-2015, TEA has identified 192 Texas campuses as high-performing.
School districts and charters with more than one campus identified as high-performing include: Alief ISD (2); Amarillo ISD (2); Austin ISD (4); Brownsville ISD (8); Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (3); Dallas ISD (15); Edinburg CISD (9); El Paso ISD (3); Flatonia (2); Garland ISD (4); Houston ISD (16); IDEA Public Schools (4); KIPP Inc. Charter (3); Lone Oak ISD (2); Los Fresnos CISD (5); McAllen ISD (2); Mumford ISD (2); Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (3); Roma ISD (3); Sharyland ISD (2); Socorro ISD (3); South Texas ISD (2); Valley View ISD (3); and Ysleta ISD (3).
A high-progress reward school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or a school in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps (based on state accountability system safeguards in the 2013-2014 school year). For 2014-2015, TEA has identified 218 Texas campuses as high-progress.
School districts and charters with more than one campus identified as high-progress include: Alief ISD (2); Amarillo ISD (3); Austin ISD (5); Brownsville ISD (9); Bryan ISD (2); Carroll ISD (2); Carrollton-Farmers Branch (6); Copperas Cove ISD (2); Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (2); Dallas ISD (10); Edinburg CISD (11); El Paso ISD (10); Ennis ISD (2); Garland ISD (3); Gruver ISD (2); Houston ISD (8); Los Fresnos ISD (5); IDEA Public Schools (3); KIPP Inc. Charter (2); Lone Oak ISD (2); Los Fresnos CISD (6); Mansfield ISD (2); McAllen ISD (2); Mount Vernon ISD (2); New Braunfels ISD (2); North Lamar ISD (2); Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (2); Port Aransas ISD (2); Rio Grande City CISD (2); Roma ISD (3); Sharyland ISD (3); Socorro ISD (5); United ISD (3); and Valley View ISD (3).
The complete list of 2014-2015 high-progress and high-performing schools (school districts and campus names) may be viewed on the TEA website at,_Focus,_and_Reward_Schools/.
5/04/15 > 5th Grade Parent Meeting
Parent meeting for the 2015-2016 incoming 5th grade students on Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 in the Junior High.
5/04/15 > Baseball Playoff Shirts
Hey everyone!

The baseball team has their first playoff game this Friday! Attached is the playoff shirt order form.
Orders are due this Wednesday, May 6th by noon. You may turn in orders to me or the HS office.

Go Hounds!

4/29/15 > City Wide Clean-Up Day
Please see attached...

4/28/15 > Pep Rally Wednesday for Baseball and Softball
Please come to cheer and celebrate the Hounds & Lady Hounds baseball/softball teams on Wednesday, April 29th at 3:00 pm in the Old Varsity gym. Both teams have made it to the playoffs for the first time in GHS history!
4/28/15 > Regional Academic Meet
Gruver High School Students competed in the Region 2A Meet on Saturday, April 25, at Odessa College in Odessa. Karsten Irwin and his coach Stacie Armes will be traveling to Austin where he will compete on Tuesday, May 26th. These Gruver students are to be commended for the hard work and effort they put forth this year.

 Klaire Irwin – Calculator Applications and Science Alt.
 Hannah Franklin – Prose, News Writing and Feature Writing Alt.
 Michaela Davis – Ready Writing, Accounting and Editorial Writing Alt.
 Reagan Haynes – Accounting, Calculator Applications and Computer Applications, Alt.
 Ella Speck – Ready Writing and News Writing, Alt.
 Kailey Whitehead – Accounting
 Patty Garcia – Ready Writing
 Getsy Chavira – Spelling ( she was Ill and not able to compete)
 Abigail Trejo – Science
 Kennedy King – Calculator Applications
 Vanessa Garcia – Informative Speaking
 Mattie Mayfield – Headline Writing
 Noemy Guereca – Computer Applications
 Lizbeth Tarango – Persuasive Speaking
 Brett Wills – Science
 Mason McLain – Science
 Cole Logsdon – Number Sense
 Karsten Irwin – Calculator Applications and Computer Applications
 Aaron Felderhoff – Science
 Carson Williams – Accounting
 Macy Haight (Not Pictured) Science Alt.
4/28/15 > Election
We will not be having a School Board Election this year, but do not forget to go vote for the
Gruver City Election. Early voting is at the City Hall from 8:00am – 5:00pm April 27th thru May 1st.
On May 4th and May 5th they will be open from 7:00am – 7:00pm for early voting.
Election day is Saturday, May 9th in the Gruver Junior High Library from 7:00am – 7:00pm.
4/28/15 > 4th Grade News
please see attached


4/28/15 > PK PE Fun
please see attached

4/28/15 > JH 5th Six Weeks Honor Roll
please see attached

4/27/15 > Scholarship Application Deadlines due May 1st
Spring Scholarships Due May 1
Deadline for Spring 2015 Scholarship Competition approaching
If you know someone who graduated from a ChalleNGe Academy and he or she is interested in attending college, trade or vocational school, encourage them to apply for the NGYF scholarship! We have $3,000, two-year scholarships and $5,000, four-year scholarships available.

Please note that applications are due to NGYF by May 1, but they must be submitted through the program director at the ChalleNGe Program from which the applicant graduated before the May 1st deadline.
For more information on NGYF's scholarship programs, guidelines and application, click here.

Career Readiness Program
NGYF Launches New Workforce Development Initiative with the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Louisiana
NGYF has launched a workforce development pilot program with the National Black Chamber of Commerce, which will train and hire hundreds of graduates of the Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program by 2016.

This pilot will serve as a model for forthcoming workforce development programs and partnerships to be developed with other chambers of commerce and organizations at all 29 states and territories where ChalleNGe programs are located.

View the press release here.

ChalleNGe News

The Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy now offers an opportunity for cadets to get a head start at Eastern Wyoming College.
Read the story here.

The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy is working to serve more Michigan youth by increasing their recruiting efforts in Western Michigan.
Read the story here.

NGYF STEM Training Pilot Update: 14 ChalleNGe sites are now participating in EverFi's STEM Radius Program. Check out this news story on Alaska Military Youth Academy's involvement.
4/27/15 > Elementary News
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4/27/15 > Regional Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Regional Track Meet is attached this time.

4/23/15 > Softball Playoff Shirts
Hey Everyone- I’m helping out Coach Skarke and Coach Shelley and getting the word out on their 2015 Softball Playoff shirts. It’s a VERY quick turnaround. Orders are due Thursday (tomorrow), April 23rd by 2:00p.m. to Coach Shelley. Shirts are short sleeve and $12.00.

Go Lady Hounds!

4/18/15 > 2015 Football Schedule
Please see attached

4/18/15 > Ozarka Scholarship
Please see attached

4/18/15 > Area Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Area Track Meet is attached.

4/16/15 > ***YEARBOOK DEADLINE*** Friday April 17th
Friday is the LAST day to pre-order your 2014-2015 GISD Yearbook at the cost of $45.00 for one or $40.00 for two or more. It is also the last day to reduce the quantity of yearbooks ordered from our publisher. We have NOT had a great response to pre-sales. If this remains the case by Friday, I will be reducing the quantity of yearbooks ordered. Please be aware that there might not be many extra yearbooks to purchase.

Thank you,
Kimberly Irwin
4/15/15 > UIL Regional Academic Shirts
UIL Regional Academic T-shirts are for sale. An order form is attached and orders are due April 15th by 3:30p.m.

4/15/15 > AGN Media Golden Spread Class 2A Basketball Team
Recently, Brennyn Seagler and Reagan Haynes were selected to the AGN Media Golden Spread Class 2A Basketball team. Brennyn was chosen as the Player of the Year by the AGN sports staff! This a tremendous honor for both of these awesome young ladies!! Following is a link to the article:

There is a Super Team chosen from all classifications (1A-6A) and Brennyn was selected for this team as well! I have not been able to find a link to the article.

This past weekend, Reagan competed in the Golden Spread All Star games in Amarillo leading her team to a 1-1 record. Here is a link to her game Thursday evening.

She did an outstanding job in both games! She will compete next in the ASCO All Star game in Lubbock June 6th then in the TGCA ALL STAR game in Austin July 17th!
4/15/15 > State FCCLA Meeting in Corpus Christi
Six Gruver High School students attended the State FCCLA Conference on April 9-11, in Corpus Christi. The 4000 students and advisors celebrated the 70th Birthday of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) formerly known as Future Homemakers of America (FHA). The conference was full of leadership opportunities to learn career readiness skills while expanding student’s leadership potential and building skills for life through participation in the programs and listening to some exciting speakers. Featured speakers included Bobby Petrocelli and Evelyn Von Banks. The group toured the USS Lexington and some even experienced the flight simulator ride. Lizbeth Trejo, incoming 2015-2016 Region 1 Vice President of Communications helped to administer the FCSA tests. The group were also privileged to listen to Jacob Smith, a National FCCLA officer who was returning home from the state meeting last year and was severely injured in a car accident, when hit by a drunk driver and he encouraged all students through his personal story about the consequences of this costly choice.
4/15/15 > News from 2nd Grade
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4/15/15 > News from 3rd Grade
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4/15/15 > Keep Texas Beautiful Scholarship
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards. The award program honors extraordinary Texas students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Awards are given in a number of categories to elementary through college-level youth, as well as educators and youth organizers.

I have attached a press release with more information. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Melissa Trahan Pecorino
Events and Marketing Director
Keep Texas Beautiful

4/09/15 > District Track Meet Schedules
Attached are the schedules for the HS & JH District Track Meets that will be held this Friday and Saturday.

4/09/15 > 8th Grade Parent Meeting
Gruver JH will be hosting an 8th-Grade Parent Meeting on April 28th at 6:30 pm in the Library. Mrs. Whitehead, the HS counselor, will be discussing next year's High School schedule and Coach Callaway will go over 8th Grade Promotion. An interpreter will be provided.

Thank you!
4/09/15 > All-Star Game
Reagan Haynes and Carson Williams will be competing in the Golden Spread All-Star games in Amarillo this weekend. Carson will play Friday the 10th at 6:00pm and Reagan will play tonight at 6:00pm. Games will also be played on Saturday, but the times are to be determined. The games will be played at WTAMU Event center. Good luck to these students.
4/07/15 > 2014-2015 Yearbook Order Form
The GHS Yearbook Staff is taking orders for the 2014-2015 GISD Yearbook. One yearbook is $45.00, two or more yearbooks are $40.00 each. An order form is attached. Orders are due Friday, April 17th. The price of the yearbook increases to $55.00, if ordered AFTER April 17th.

New this year is online ordering:, search for Gruver High School in Gruver, TX. Click “Yearbook” and you are at the order screen.

4/07/15 > Junior Parent Meeting

There will be a Junior parent meeting on Thursday, April 16th at 6:00 in the HS commons.
4/03/15 > ACT vs. SAT
One of the many questions our clients ask is about, “SAT vs. ACT – Which one should I take”. So I have attached to this email some information from The Princeton Review to help you answer that question, which you can download below.
But first I want to share with you some information that we share with our clients and also recruits, when I was coaching:

1. Neither the SAT nor the ACT is “easier” or “harder" than the other, but different types of students usually do MUCH better on one than they do on the other.

2. Take both tests as early as possible, to find the right “FIT” and to give you as much time for tutoring and additional exams.

3. Choose the test you scored the highest on and then work to improve that score.

4. After you choose the “right” test, you must plan to take it multiple times. For football recruits you should have multiple scores by October of your senior year.

5. Combining scores - If you have a really high Math score on Test 1 and high Reading score on Test 2 you can combine those scores.

6. Generally speaking if you are:
a. Strong Math / Weak Reading = ACT
b. Strong Reading / Weak Math = SAT

7. Scoring Differences
a. ACT has no penalty for wrong answers, so don’t leave any questions blank.
b. SAT has a ¼ point deduction for all wrong answers, so a “rule of thumb” is if you can narrow answers to a 50/50 choice – pick one. If you have no clue = skip it

8. Colleges will accept either the ACT or the SAT – They are more concerned with high scores!

9. ACT has a Science section, which really is more about using charts and graphs properly (so don’t’ stress) – SAT does not.

10. SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary.

We hope the “10 THINGS EVERY FAMILY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ACT & SAT” has been helpful. Please know that we are here to make your recruiting process a smooth and enjoyable journey. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call.

Coach Cohen
4/03/15 > Senior Video Pictures
Senior Parents,
We need the following pictures by Friday, April 10th for the PROM Video:
Junior High
High School

…and any group photos of any ages you would like to share. Please put them in an envelope or ziplock bag and send them to school with your child.
If they are digital, please put them on a flash drive or email them to:

Thank you,
Kimberly Irwin
Gruver High School
CTE Educator/Yearbook Advisor
806-733-2477 ext. 1101
4/03/15 > HS District UIL Results
The District Academic UIL Meet was held Friday, March 27th, at Amarillo College. Students from Booker, Canadian, Gruver, Stratford, Sunray and West Texas made up Conference 2A, District 1. Gruver High School had 44 student entered in 19 events. All of the students did a excellent job of representing Gruver High School and the community. Regional Qualifiers will advance to the regional meet on Saturday, April 25, at Odessa College in Odessa. The students that participated and the results are as follows:
Accounting – 1st Place Team/Kimberly Irwin/Coach
• Kailey Whitehead- 2nd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Michaela Davis -3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Reagan Haynes - 3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Carson Williams-5th Place/Regional Qualifier
Computer Applications /Kimberly Irwin/Coach
• Noemy Guereca – 2nd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Karsten Irwin – 3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Reagan Haynes-4th Place/Regional Alternate
Calculator Applications-1st Place Team/Stacie Armes/Coach
• Karsten Irwin -1st Place/Regional Qualifier
• Reagan Haynes -4th Place/Regional Qualifier
• Kennedy King- 5th Place/Regional Qualifier
• Klaire Irwin-Regional Qualifier
• Macy Haight-District Alternate
Number Sense – 2nd Place Team/Stacie Armes/Coach
• Cole Logsdon - 3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Carson Williams-5th Place
• Karsten Irwin
• Abigail Trejo
• Christina Ayala-District Alternate
Editorial Writing-Kelly Hart/Coach
• Michaela Davis/4th Place/Regional Alternate
• Ella Speck/6th Place
• Cole Logsdon
• Kennedy King
Feature Writing-Kelly Hart/Coach
• Hannah Franklin/4th Place Regional Alternate
• Ella Speck
• Kennedy Venneman
• Nicholas Key-District Alternate
Headline Writing-Kelly Hart/Coach
• Mattie Mayfield-1st Place/Regional Qualifier
• Caty Rodriquez
• Kennedy King
• Brennyn Seagler
News Writing-Kelly Hart/Coach
• Hannah Franklin-3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Ella Speck-4th Place/Regional Qualifier
• Kennedy King-5th Place
• Cole Logsdon
Informative Speaking-Cherri Sherrill/Coach
• Vanessa Garcia-3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Lizbeth Trejo-5th Place
• Antolina Mendoza
Persuasive Speaking-Cherri Sherrill/Coach
• Lizbeth Tarango-3rd Place Regional Qualifier
• Tania Ortiz-5th Place
• Ady Garcia
• Maddie Book, District Alternate
Literary Criticism-Annelle Teal/Coach
• Brennyn Seagler
• Mattie Mayfield
• Amber Johnson
• Johana Borunda
Mathematics-Jill Watson/Coach
• Karsten Irwin/5th Place
• Reagan Haynes
• Mason McLain
• Michaela Davis
Poetry Interpretation-Melissa Shelley/Coach
• Kaitlyn Stedje/5th Place
• Ulysses Valverde
• Lesley Bernal
Prose Interpretation-Melissa Shelley/Coach
• Hannah Franklin/3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Nicolas Rivera/6th Place
• Maddie Book
Ready Writing-Sarah Clark/Coach
• Patty Garcia-1st Place/Regional Qualifier
• Michaela Davis-2nd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Ella Speck-3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
Spelling & Vocabulary-Sarah Clark/Coach
• Getsy Chavira-3rd Place/Regional Qualifier
• Hunter Hopkins
• Shianne Chisum
• Brittney Grimes
Science-1st Place Team/Krista Davis & Nikki Hart/Coaches
• Mason McLain-1st Place in Science & Chemistry/Regional Qualifier
• Abigail Trejo -4th Place/Regional Qualifier
• Brett Wills-6th Place/Regional Qualifier
• Aaron Felderhoff/Regional Qualifier
• Macy Haight/Regional Qualifier
• Klaire Irwin/Regional Qualifier
• Trenton Finley-District Alternate
Social Studies-Shanae Messer/Coach
• Hunter Hopkins
• Dax Haight
• Wyatt Payne
• Braxton Crane
Meet Totals
Canadian – 409 points
West Texas – 346 points
Gruver – 344 points
Stratford – 211 points
Booker – 130 points
Sunray – 35 points
4/03/15 > 6th Grade Volcanos
6th grade has been studying earth science. They looked at plate movement and how volcanoes are formed.

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.
3/30/15 > Sports Pics Flash Drives for Sale
Lisa Johnson has sports pictures on flash drives for sale.

Varsity Girls: (64gb) basketball games- $60
Varsity Boys: (16gb) basketball or football games- $35
Jr High: (16gb) football games, track- $35

Sr night and girls poster pictures can be added also.

Cheer pics are on a CD and are available for $15

*Prices may vary as flash drives need reordered; first come first serve.

Contact: Lisa Johnson
3/30/15 > Coach Lankford Honored
Coach Trent Lankford was recently honored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Coach Lankford was named the TGCA Class 1A-4A Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season. The link for this announcement is

In addition Coach Lankford was selected to coach in the TGCA Class 1A-4A All-Star Game that will be held this coming July in Austin. Coach Lankford will be the head coach of the “Red Team” and will be assisted by Jill McDill of Sunnyvale High School. The link with this information is
3/30/15 > Highland Park Track Meet Schedule
The schedule for the Highland Park Track Meet is attached.

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
please see attached

3/26/15 > Spearman JH & HS Track Schedules
The schedules for the Spearman JH & HS track meets are attached.

3/23/15 > Board Minutes
See attached

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
Please see attachment.

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
Please see attached

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
Please see attached

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
Please see attachment.

1/21/15 > UIL Assembly
Please see attachment.

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
Please see attachment.

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
Please see attached

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?

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• 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!

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• Up to 375 winners nationwide
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• 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
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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:
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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.