Aubrey O’Neal, daughter of Terri and Chance O’Neal, was selected as the junior high student of the 2nd six weeks. Aubrey is in the 6th grade and is 12 years old. She is the younger sister of Zac O’Neal. Aubrey participates in 4-H, AQHA, and NRCHA. Aubrey’s favorite class is Athletics along with Coach Van Meter being her favorite teacher. Her goals for junior high are to be good academically and athletically. Aubrey qualified for the AQHYA Horse Show and placed 5th. She looks up to her older brother Zac. She would like to be the Masked Rider for Texas Tech. Everyone is proud of Aubrey and her accomplishments. Congratulations.
Guthrie Elementary and Junior High students competed in the District UIL Academic meet in O’Brien on December 4, 2014. The Junior High students came away with a third place finish with a total of 366 points. The Elementary students won the Academic Meet with a total of 834 points. Here are the Guthrie UIL results:
In second grade
Hello everyone! It is time for the fourth Book of the Month! This month, the books are Christmas themed! During the upcoming Christmas holiday make sure to curl up with one of these good books, and a nice mug of hot cocoa!
PreK - 2nd grade Book of the Month
Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh and J. Otto Seibold
Olive is not your typical reindeer. She’s not a reindeer at all! She’s a small dog with a big imagination. But when some bad weather almost ruins Christmas for Santa and his reindeer, Olive is able to step in and save the day.
3rd - 5th grade Book of the Month
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Christmas Surprise by Wanda Coven
Christmas is coming, and Heidi couldn’t be more excited! She loves everything about Christmas- the decorations, the cookies, and of course, the presents. When she takes her mom’s favorite bracelet without asking- and loses it- she worries that she has just ruined Christmas! When she finds it, it is totally crushed by a snow plow! Heidi tries to fix it, but nothing works. How can Heidi come clean with her mom- and will there be room for Christmas cheer?
6th-8th grade Book of the Month
The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab
Every year in the small town of Pine River, a Christmas tree appears in the town square- the Angel Tree. No one know who gets up in the middle of the night to put up such and amazing tree, but it has always been part of the tradition’s charm. Children tie wishes to the Angel Tree and somehow, those wishes are granted. Follow Lucy, Max, Joe and Cami as they try to solve the mystery so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.
9th-12th grade Book of the Month
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy
On July 28, 1914, World War I began. The Austro-Hungarian Empire began sending troops into its south. As the dominoes fell, European nation after European nation joined the war. But who would have thought that, on Christmas Day, the troops openly defied their commanding officers and stopped the fighting- to celebrate Christmas with their “enemies.” The book is filled with pictures and wonderful accounts of a miraculous Christmas Truce.
Adult Book of the Month
The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
All Eddie wanted for Christmas was a bike. He knew it would be hard for his mom since his father died and the family bakery closed. Instead, he got a sweater. “A stupid, handmade, ugly sweater.” Glenn Beck, #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio and televison host, delivers a holiday classic about boyhood memories, tough life lessons, and the true meaning of the gifts we give to others.
Extra Book of the Month
The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne
When Molar and his brother Aaron fill out their extremely long Christmas list, the Santa at the mall tells them that they won’t be getting anything they ask for. Instead, he says they will receive everything they never wanted. This Santa, Dr. Chris Ringle, is a pediatric oncologist who wants to make Molar and Aaron Santa’s elves for the children’s ward this holiday. Each boy is assigned a special person who is struggling in the children’s ward. Follow Aaron and Molar as they make Christmas something they’ll never forget.
Monday, December 15
Jaycee McCauley and Abby Gilbert are happy to release the newest in their video series titled "Kids Who Inspire." In each episode, they interview students about an inspiring word or concept. This week's word is faith. They interviewed 2nd graders and 11th graders for this episode. They hope you enjoy hearing our Guthrie kids talk about faith.
Monday, December 1
The Guthrie Jags, Lady Jags, and JV Jags are going to all be competing this weekend in multiple tournaments. We have attached below the brackets for the following tournaments. The Lady Jags will be competing in the Anton Tournament, the Jaguars in Roscoe, and JV Jags in Slaton.
On Monday, December 8th, students in Mr. Wilson's technology classes traveled to Abilene Christian University to visit their Maker Lab and Learning Studio. In all, there were over 50 6th through 12th grade Guthrie students and sponsors who participated in the field trip. The ACU Maker Lab is an area where students from all disciplines and majors come to create and collaborate, using a variety of high-tech and low-tech tools. The Maker Lab places an emphasis on critical and creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration. The ACU Maker Lab director, Nil Santana, led students through a series of activities that demonstrated the design process. The highlight of the experience was when students were challenged to create, prototype and test a structure made of a single sheet of paper, that could support up to 50 pounds of weight. While at ACU, student's also toured the campus, learned about college life and enjoyed a great lunch in the Campus Center.
Darren Wilson is not only Guthrie’s technology director, but a world traveler and minister as well. He has been to Kenya, Africa seven times since 2008 and helps out many Christian organizations that serve the very poor in Kenya like: Ring Road Orphanage, Change a Life Ministry, Hope School of Leadership, and Made in the Streets.
The first time he went to Africa, he worked with Made in the Streets. He helped them build a computer lab for their school and helped train teachers. He went to share his talents, but found out God had a bigger plan for him. He says, “God brought me to Kenya to teach me that there was just as much for me to learn about life and love there than I had to share about teaching and technology.”
Over the years, other ministries have contacted him and asked if he would help them out as well. “I keep going back because God keeps finding more things for me to do there. I have made it a habit of saying only “yes” to anything having to do with Kenya.” Because he said yes, he has added three more organizations to his list and been able to work with many more incredible people.
During his trips to Kenya, he has seen and met some very interesting people. “It is hard to understand why so many people have it so hard in life (when we have it so easy), but they are still so content and happy. Anyone who can be happy and content with very little is incredibly rich in spirit.” Whenever he returns from his trips, he always shares his experiences. He has talked at several churches, and even in school. “ Here at home, I get caught up in the many, many things in life that don’t really matter. There, I find myself doing things and paying attention to things that I don’t normally do here.”
All of his trips have been to Kenya. He has stayed in Nairobi, Kamulu and Kisumu. Nairobi is a huge city, larger than Dallas and Fort Worth combined. Kamulu is a small village about the size of Guthrie. Kisumu is the size of Childress, and it is Mr. Wilson’s favorite place to visit. While he is there, he enjoys taking pictures and shooting videos. “When I get my camera out, all the kids love it so much and smile and laugh. Most kids don’t have access to a mirror at their house, so they don’t get to see themselves very often.”
Mr. Wilson is planning a trip back to Kenya in April of 2015. He will be doing a week long teacher training retreat for the 18 teachers at Change a Life Academy, which is an elementary school in one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa. We wish him safe travels, and we can’t wait to hear his new stories!
If you would like to find out more information or help out with these ministries in any way, visit:
www.changealifeministry.org, www.madeinthestreets.org, www.ringroadministries.org, www.hopeschoolofleadership.org, or get in contact with Darren Wilson at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guthrie Jags ended their season with a 12-1 record with a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Throckmorton Greyhounds. The Jags had some great players and it showed when coaches released the District 9-A All-District Honors.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tucker Brendle received Offensive MVP, McClendon Hill received First team All-District Tight End, Dion Vasquez received First team All-District Wide Receiver, Graden Garrison received First team All-District center, Christian Rocha received First team All-District Quarterback and All-District Kicker, Landon Roberts received First team All-District Running Back.
On the defensive side of the ball, Landon Roberts received District MVP for Defense,Tucker Brendle received First team All-District Defensive Linemen, Dion Vasquez received First team All-District Cornerback, Zac O’Neal and Christian Rocha both received First team All-District Safeties. Graden Garrison and LT Sharp both received Second team All-District Defensive Linemen. Great job to all the Jaguars this season, it was a great season.
Monday, December 1
The Guthrie Basketball Tournament will be held on December 4-6.
CLICK HERE to view/print the boys & girls tournament brackets.
Hey Jaguar fans, if you aren't able to be there in person, you can listen to the game Thursday night live on the internet with play by play commentary on The Tucker Brown Show starting at 6:50pm. Go to www.TheTuckerBrownShow.com from your computer, iPad, or smart phone and cheer on the Jaguars. You can also tune in while you are at the game to hear the play by play as it happens. Spread the word so that all fans, friends and family who can’t make it to cheer on the Jaguars in person so they can listen and route for them online. You can also go to “The Tucker Brown Show” on Facebook and give shout outs, ask questions, and find out more information about future broadcasts.
There will be a send-off pep rally in the Jack Huey Stadium parking lot in Guthrie at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Come cheer the JAGS on as they head to their state quarterfinal football game in Seymour, where they will face the Throckmorton Greyhounds at 7:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the Guthrie Jaguars on their victory over the Chillicothe Eagles. The Jaguars will continue their bid in the playoffs and take on Throckmorton on Thursday, November 27th (Thanksgiving Day) in Seymour at 7:00pm. The Jaguars will be the visiting team. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Go Jags!