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The 2015-2016 school year kicks off on Monday, August 24. We're excited to have everyone back for another exciting year. Use the link below to download and print the full 2015-2016 GCSD school calendar.
Parents, we've had a great school year! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life. The last day of school is Friday, May 29th. We will begin the day with our graduation and awards ceremonies in the auditorium. Below is a schedule of the events that will take place.
Friday, May 29:
9:00am Elementary Awards
*9:45am Kindergarten Graduation
*10:00am JH & HS Awards
*10:30am JH Graduation
*We will operate on a rolling schedule. These times are only estimates.
11:30am Buses run
8:00pm HS Graduation in the Auditorium
9:30pm Reception in Activity Center
Hope too see you on the 29th!
Tuesday, May 19
It is time for my last Book of the Month! This month, I am going to write about my all time favorite authors. These are authors that I have read and re-read throughout my school years. Come by the library and pick up books by these great authors!
Mo Willems is most known for all of his pigeon books like, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”, “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy” and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late”. I love these books! They are full of sarcasm and jokes and witty responses.
Barbara Park is the author of “Junie B. Jones”. I was obsessed with these books in elementary school! My first and second grade teachers read them to my class and we all fell in love with them. The Junie B. Jones series are stories of a super funny kindergartner who has made me laugh for years. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you will always get a laugh out of these books.
Mary Pope Osborne
If you would have asked me in 5th grade who my favorite author was, I would have said Mary Pope Osborne without a second thought. She is the author of the millions of “Magic Tree House” books. These were my all time favorite books. I loved that how every book was different, and that you never knew what adventure Jack and Annie would go on that day. I loved the variety of her books. They are still some of my favorite books today.
R.L. Stine is a great author. Toward the end of elementary school and going into 6th grade, I was really into scary and mystery books. I never read his “Goosebumps” series, but I read the “Fear Street” series. I am pretty sure that I read every “Fear Street” book known to man. Those were good books that I could never put down and I could finish in a day or two.
Junior High Authors
Susan Beth Pfeffer
Susan Beth Pfeffer wrote, “Life As We Knew It”, “The Dead and the Gone”, and “This World We Live in” that I read and loved. Those three books were post-apocalyptic novels that I was really into in 6th grade. And these books weren’t about the end of the world caused by war and disease. It wasn’t a typical apocalyptic story.
Back in 7th and 8th grade, I fell in love with Meg Cabot’s “The Mediator” series. Looking back now, it is a really weird series. It is about a girl who is a mediator- a girl that has the abilities to see, touch and talk to ghosts- and she helps them travel to the afterlife. She makes an interesting main character, and then you find out she is in love with a 19th century ghost that she calls Jesse. Apparently I loved that kind of stuff back then, and I read every book. They were interesting, but kind of weird.
Scott Westerfeld wrote “Uglies”, “Pretties” and “Extras”. These three books are, surprise, post-apocalyptic! I really liked that genre in junior high! In the society that Tally Youngblood lives in, when teenagers reach their 16th birthday, they undergo a surgery to mold them into a so-called “Pretty”. But when Tally’s new friend runs away to a refugee camp for those who oppose the city’s government, Tally becomes unsure of the operation herself. This book is full of action and adventure, and it has a twist on typical post-apocalyptic book series.
I’m sure everyone has read “The Hunger Games” series. We had to read “The Hunger Games” in Mrs. Brendle’s 7th grade English class, and I fell in love with them. I read ahead of the rest of the class, and eventually read the other two books after that. Those books were intense and action packed. It may have been a typical post-apocalyptic series, and it may have had a typical love triangle in it, but I still recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.
High School Authors
This is another series that I am sure everyone has read. It took me a while to jump on the Harry Potter train, but I started reading it Freshman year and I couldn’t put the books down. I read those books as fast as I could, and I loved every book. After I would finish a book, then I would watch the movie. I am still a huge HP fan and I recommend these books for anyone looking for a great series.
Cassandra Clare is a great author and has very interesting books. Her series “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” are two of my very favorite series. I watched the movie first, and just fell in love with the characters and the story line. It is full of angels and demons, and half-human half-angel beings called Shadowhunters. Every book is packed with adventure, monsters, and, of course, a love triangle. I recommend these series for someone looking for a different type of adventure and mystery.
John Green is one of my favorite authors and favorite person. Not only is he a great writer, but he is a great person. My favorite books by him are, “Looking for Alaska”, “An Abundance of Katherines”, “Paper Towns” and “The Fault in our Stars”. These books are contemporary and realistic, which makes them great books. After years of reading about ghosts, wizards, and apocalyptic books, these real books were great reads. John Green isn’t just an author, but he is a Youtuber. John and his brother, Hank, have a YouTube channel where they share awesome content about real world problems.
Last, but not least, James Dashner. Last year, the amazing movie The Maze Runner was released and I went to see it. It was a great movie, with A++ casting, and it made me want to read the books. So after we left the theater, I went and bought all four books. I finished the series pretty recently and I loved it. It was action packed and you never could tell what was going to happen next. You never knew where the story was headed and if it could end. I really recommend these books to everyone!
As you can tell, I love a lot of books! I am the kind of person that loves almost every book I read. It is hard for me to not like a book. These were my favorite books written by my favorite authors and I hope that you love them all as much as I did.
The Guthrie Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Monday-Friday, May 11-15. The book fair will be open from 8:00-5:00 each day. Students, parents and community members are invited to come and find some great books to purchase.
Monday, May 11
Hector Javier Contreras, also known as Tito, was selected as this months High School Student of the Month. Tito is 18 years old and he is a senior here at Guthrie. His parents are Hector and Rosa Contreras, and he has an older sister, Kimberly Contreras, and an older brother, Kevin Contreras. Tito has been involved in a lot during his high school career including: FFA, Basketball, Track, One Act Play, Church, UIL, and National Honor Society. Tito has also received a number of awards including: the English 1 Award, High School Math Award, Biology Award, and many more. His favorite class is technology and his favorite teacher is Kevin Chisum. Tito recently achieved one of his biggest high school goals which was the becoming the Valedictorian of the Guthrie class of 2015. After high school, he plans on attending South Plains College and majoring in music. Congratulations Tito! Guthrie is proud of you!
Keltyn VanMeter was selected as this months Elementary Student of the Month. Keltyn is 10 years old and is a 4th grader here at Guthrie. His parents are Shasta and Trent VanMeter, and he has two sisters, Karlie and Mylee. Keltyn’s favorite class is Mrs. Mcneill’s math class, and his favorite book is Cowboy Up by Larry Dane Brimner. In his spare time, Keltyn likes to read books and run outside with his friends. Keltyn looks up too senior Brady Roberts. When he grows up, Keltyn has dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. Keltyn, no matter what curveballs life throws at you, just remember to always follow your dreams. Congratulations!