We welcome Mrs. Burson to the Guthrie Pride!
Mrs. Burson is the new Pre-K Teacher at Guthrie CSD. Still a new and young teacher with only four years under her belt, Mrs. Burson has wanted to help children since early in her college days at Texas Tech where she graduated from. She’s wanted to work with children, by making an impact on their lives by loving and teaching them. Not only is she a new teacher, she’s a new resident of Guthrie, Texas. “I really enjoy the simple things in life, and Guthrie has just that. I am proud to call Guthrie home!” says Mrs. Burson. She also said her motivation comes from this scripture, “and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17.
We welcome Mrs. Burson to the Guthrie Pride!
Marianna Graves, known to students as Mrs. Graves, retired from Guthrie CSD after teaching for 37 years. During her 37 years, she was certified to teach Elementary, Family and Consumer Science, English, Reading, Business, Health, IPT, and Technology Applications. "My favorite part about being teaching in Guthrie was being a part of the community and county and participating in school/community/county activities and promoting the value of education." Anyone that saw Mrs. Graves in the hall could tell that she was Dedicated to her students. "I will miss the relationships with the students and school employees and seeing them on a daily basis."
Former Paducah ISD, Coahoma ISD and Guthrie CSD employ, Lynette Sweeney has decided to retired after 36 years of teaching. Before teaching, Lynette lived in Cameron, Texas and worked at a college registrar's office, was a camp counselor for rich kid's learning, and worked in her parent's funeral home. Lynette worked 18 years at Paducah ISD. Four of those years were teaching Home Economics, and Fourteen years teaching Special Education and Early Childhood. She also worked 7 years at Coahoma, where she spent four years in kindergarten and three years in 3rd grade. Last but definitely not least, she was the kindergarten teacher at Guthrie CSD for eleven years. I sat down with Lynette and asked her why she decided to retire and she told me because she felt like doing other things such as, working in the yard, cleaning, and relaxing on the beach.
Monday, Sept. 29th
For 29 years, Roddy Shipman gave everything he had for Guthrie Common School District. When most people think of Guthrie School, they think of Coach Shipman and everything he has done for this school. He dedicated the last 29 years of his life trying to do anything to improve and make the school and community a better place. Coach Roddy Shipman said, “He became a principal and a coach because he loves working with kids.” I think you could see that if you were around him daily and saw how he interacted with the kids at the school. He even proceeded to say, “I miss the interactions with the kids the most.” When asked what his favorite memory was he said, “Every day brought a memory. Way too many to pinpoint a favorite.” Everyone knows him and he had a great run at Guthrie Schools. Everyone appreciated him and looked up to him. When asked what he loved about Guthrie, he replied, “Everything, the students, faculty, staff, and community.” Coach Shipman was a great role model for everyone in this school. During retirement he plans just to take it one day at a time. From Coach Shipman to y’all, “Make someone’s day better.”
The Jaguars took the field on Friday night looking to keep their undefeated season alive and their dreams alive. If you've been watching the Jags play this season, you know how they always start the game. They started the game fast and scored on their opening drive. Tucker Brendle took it in from 7-yards out on a tough run. Adding the extra point by Christian Rocha, the Jaguars were up 8-0, early in the first quarter. After the Jaguars defense stopped the Yellowhammers, they took it to the air. Christian Rocha threw a 26-yard bullet to Tucker Brendle and ran it in for touch down. The Jaguars were up 16-0. Back on defense, the Jags got a huge interception by Dion Vasquez and he ran it back for a touchdown. The Jaguars were up 22-0. The Jags tough defense was there all night and kept the Yellowhammers out all night. The Jaguars fast offense got the ball back and scored on a 18-yard run, with great blocking by the front line of the Jaguars. The Jaguars were up 36-0 starting the second quarter. And the Jags weren’t done yet! The Jags defense kind of fell apart and let the Yellowhammers from Rotan creep on the goal, but the Jaguars showed that their defense wasn’t what people think of. They rised to the occasion, and got a huge interception on their own 2-yard line by Christian Rocha and returned it 78-yards for the touchdown. Being up 36-0, the Jags didn’t let off the gas pedal, and shut down the offense of the Yellowhammers and got the ball back. Once again on the ground again, Landon Roberts took it in on a 23-yard run, putting the Jags up 44-0 going into halftime. The Jags had to come out and make a huge stop and score again and the game would be over. And the Jags did just that. Stopping Rotan, and getting the ball back. One play people. One play, is all it took for the Jaguars to shut out the Yellowhammers and put the game away. Tucker Brendle took it on the ground from 25-yards out and ended the game. The Jaguars won 50-0. The Jaguars have an open this next week, and look to put their focus on going to Jayton and keeping their opportunity for a great season alive.
The Jaguars defense ready to stop anything.
It was a cold and wet morning as the Lady Jags and the lone Jaguar headed to Spur to compete in the cross country meet. But a little rain never stopped anyone! The Lady Jags ended up 2nd place this weekend, with 54 points! Reagan Maxwell finished 2nd, 13:15, Candace Tarver, 10th, 14:26, Cait McWhirter, 12th, 14:42, Jaycee McCauley, 13th, 14:43, Gina Cheyne, 17th, 14:58, Tristin Lewis, 26th, 16:12, Morgan Atkinson, 28th, 16:23, and last but not least, Yaretzi Sandoval, 18:37. Way to go Lady Jags! Jose Sandoval did an outstanding job, finishing 3rd, with a 20:45.
Don't think I forgot about the little Lady Jags, Karlie Van-Meter ended up 3rd, 14:35, Morgan McCauley, 7th, 14:58, Kaylie Green, 12th, and Kara Briggs, 27th.
The Lady Jags and Lone Jaguar will travel to Crowell next. Stay tuned for results!
Hello everyone! It is time for the first ever Book of the Month! No matter what your age, reading a good mystery book can be a lot of fun. With the change in seasons quickly approaching, September is a great time to curl up with a good book.
Prek - 2nd grade Book of the Month
Detective Blue by Steve Metzger illustrated by Tedd Arnold
If you like nursery rhymes, then this book is for you! Little Boy Blue, now known as Detective Blue, works for the Blue Detective Agency. His day started out as any other day, the dish ran away with the spoon. But on this fine day, he solves the disappearance of Miss Muffett. He interviews all his nursery rhyme friends, and searches far and wide for her. You’ll never guess where she was! This book is a great bedtime story for all the little kids out there!
3rd - 5th grade Book of the Month
Detective Pony by Jeanne Betancourt
In the middle of the night, Anna hears Acorn's whinny in the Crandal paddock. There is a fire in Dr. Crandal's animal clinic! If you love ponies and a good mystery, then this is the book for you! Read along and help Anna and Acorn solve the mystery of the fire and missing cat! Can Acorn save the animals?
Jodi Beck, 5th grader at Guthrie Elementary, also suggested another good mystery book. Middle World, by J&P Voelkel, gets her recommendation. She writes, "In the Mayan jungle, 14-year-old Max Murphy finds himself in the tiny country of San Xavier, where a desperate search for his missing parents begins and where he meets Lola, a quick-thinking Maya girl who helps him survive the dangers of the rainforest and unlock the secret of the Jaguar stones".
6th - 8th grade Book of the Month
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
When I first thought of a mystery book, this one popped up in my mind! I LOVED these books when I was in 6th grade. Skeleton Creek is a series of books written as the journals of two best friends, Ryan McCray and Sarah Fincher. The two search to find why their town in Oregon is called Skeleton Creek. They sneak out and investigate the town, mostly the haunted mechanical dredge, and weird supernatural events happen along the way. To make it even better, throughout the book there is a website and a code to enter to watch the videos of Ryan and Sarah’s nighttime adventures. So not only do you get to read the books, you get to watch them as you read!
Kaleb Brendle, 8th grader at GJH, thinks readers would also enjoy reading Violets Are Blue. by James Patterson. In his recommendation, he says, "It involves murder mysteries, and I like to try and figure out who the murderer is. Alex Cross, a special FBI detective, investigates a series of murders that appears to be by a vampire."
9th - 12th grade Book of the Month
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I must admit, I have not read this book, but it is on my list to read before the movie comes out (September 19!!!!!!!). I’m a bit upset that the reviews I have read have been negative, but I still want to push through and read it! The Maze Runner is the first of three of the dystopian world of “the glade”. Thomas, the main character, has woken up in an elevator remembering nothing but his name, and is thrown into a group of 60 other teen boys, who have all gone through the same thing. But once Thomas gets there, everything is changed. I am really excited to read the book, and see the movie, because who wouldn’t want to see a movie with Dylan O’Brian as the main character?
Mrs. Ferguson, Guthrie Library Aide, suggests the book Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts. She writes, "In 1972, DeClare, Oklahoma, a young mother, Gaylene Harjo was murdered, and when her son Nicky’s pajamas were found near a creek but didn’t find his body it was assumed that the child was also killed. But now, after thirty years later Nicky returns to Declare, shocking the town with his sudden reappearance and stirring up long-buried memories. But what he discovers about the night he vanished is for more than he, or anyone, bargains for. For a mystery, this story kept me wondering so that I wanted to keep reading to find out."
Guthrie HS senior, MacKenzie McGaha, believes many young adults would find The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot very interesting. MacKenzie says, "I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery series! There's a hot guy in Susannah Simon's bedroom. Too bad he's a ghost. Suze is a mediator-a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn't seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations. But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it's not that easy."
Disclaimer: Although these are great books, please know that Mrs. Shipman only has one copy of these books in the library. Really, the point of the Book of the Month is to spark your interest in reading, so if the book isn’t in the library, it’ll be okay. Mrs. Shipman and I have come up with a way for you to get a mystery book when the selected books are checked out. There will be a list of mystery books that you can look through and find a book on your level.
Monday, Sept. 22nd
Guthrie High School held a cross country meet this weekend, September 13th, HS Girls, HS Boys, Junior High Girls, and Junior High boys competed with 7 different teams! HS girls came out 3rd with 68 points! Reagan Maxwell, 3rd, 13:46, Candace Tarver, 8th, 14:40, Gina Cheyne, 19th, 15:25 (pb), Jaycee McCauley, 20th, 15:25, Cait McWhirter, 21st, 15:26 (pb), Tristin Lewis, 38th, 17:19, and Yaretzi Sandoval, 53rd, 18:42.
The HS Boy running was Jose Sandoval ended up 8th with a time of 20:21!
Junior High Girls came out 4th with a total of 94 points! Karlie Van-Meter, 14:10 (pb), Morgan McCauley, 8th, 14:45, Kaylie Green, 16th, 16:09, Kara Briggs, 38th, 18:40, and Emily Rocha, 51st, 24:28. Sixth graders ran with them but we could not count towards team points! Those 6th graders were, Rachel Brendle, Abby Jones, Kate Wilson, Novalee Dumbrowski, Aubrey O'Neal, Jolee Braley, Kirsten Smith, and Hanna McCullogh.
Last but not least, Junior High boys! Kaleb Brendle finished, 12th and Cutter Jones, 13th! Way to go Guthrie! Stay tuned for next week as we travel to Spur
The Jaguars took a trip 30 miles south to take on the Aspermont Hornets and keep their great season going. They did just that defeating the Hornets 66-19, in a exciting game by the Jaguars. The spectacular offense from Guthrie started with the ball and picked up once again where they left off from the previous week. Tucker Brendle took a hand off right up the middle for a 4 yard touchdown run.
The Jaguars defense came out slow and allowed the Hornets to score 13 points in the first quarter. But as soon as the second quarter came the defense came and the Jaguars were on fire.
Back on offense, the jags did what they do best. Run the ball. Brendle took a sweep and ran it in from 44 yards out, with exceptional blocking by the Jaguars front line. Christian Rocha added the extra point and it put the Jaguars up 16-7. Rocha was 5 for 7 on extra points. The defense stepped up and made a huge stop and got the ball back. Back on offense, Landon Roberts took it in again on run from 39 yards out. That run put the Jaguars up 24-7. But the Jaguars weren't done yet, on the next kickoff Landon Roberts took it back all the way to the house with a 68 yard kick return.
Not letting the Hornets score, the Jaguars got the ball back and immediately scored on a pass from Quarterback Christian Rocha to Tucker Brendle.The score was 40-13. Again with a huge stop on defense, the Jaguars went back to work on offense and scored on beautiful 38 yard pass from Rocha connecting with Dion Vasquez. At this point the Jaguars look like the team that was playing the first two weeks of the season. The Jaguars had a let down and let the Hornets into the endzone but came roaring back with a touchdown of their own. With time running down in the half, the Jaguars picked up the tempo and scored on 26 yard pass from Rocha to Roberts ending the first half.
After the half, the Mean Green were determined to end the game, and that is just what they did. Scoring on the opening drive with a 15 yard pass from Rocha to Brendle. Back on defense the Jaguars got a huge turnover from the duo of Graden Garrison and Tucker Brendle disrupting the backfield. Garrison recovered the fumble and gave the "O," the ball back. Wanting to end the game, the Jaguars threw a pass and ended the game. Zac O'Neal received a 49 yard pass from Rocha ending the game.
Even though it was an ugly win for the Jaguars, they still got their business done and kept their opportunity for a great season alive. Come out next week and watch the Jaguars play the Rotan Yellowhammers in Guthrie at 7:30. Hope to see you there.
The Lil' Jags win their opener against the Aspermont Stingers 38-6. Way to go Jags!
Jr. High Little Jags will play IN ASPERMONT tonight at 5:30 p.m. The HS football game will also be played tonight in Aspermont at 7:30 p.m. Yep, a double header. Go JAGS!!!
"My freshman year I was in Mr. Wilson’s class and he suggested that I help him repair some computers, he taught me what to do, and I've been doing it since then" says Sandoval. When computer accidents happen and screens get broken on laptops or iPads, Mr. Wilson takes them to Gustavo for repair. Sandoval says, "Replacing the screen on an ipad is the hardest part of that class, because you have to be really careful , because if you do something wrong to it, it is going to cost some money."
Gustavo took Principal Chisum's laptop which had a good screen but some problems with the keyboard, and replaced the keyboard on a laptop that had a broken screen. Gustavo also added some more storage capabilities to the laptop while he was at it, like it was no big deal. Techpowerup.com lists computer repair rates at a flat rate of $80.00 per hour, plus travel expenses. If the typical iPad screen repair takes Gustavo three hours, that would be a bill of $240.00 for labor, not counting the cost of the new screen and any delivery charges that may apply. Gustavo takes this job very seriously as he feels it will help him later in life.
Not only is Gustavo doing a great service for Guthrie CSD, he is honing his skills for his future in Diesel Mechanics. He plans to use what he is learning here at Guthrie High School to attend South Plains College and receive his Diesel Mechanic Certification. Sandoval says, "Diesel mechanics have a lot to do with using computers and technology." With his experience in repair work, he is heading into the right career and will one day make an amazing mechanic. If you see Gustavo walking the halls, tell him thank you for a job well done.
Thursday, Sept. 18th