Guthrie CSD will start school at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, January 22, 2015. Moisture is falling and the forecast does not look very promising. The late start will allow all our route drivers to move cautiously and in daylight tomorrow morning. Safety first.
Monday, January 26
January is School Board Appreciation Month in the state of Texas. With over a thousand public school districts in the state that translates into 7,000+ citizen volunteers who commit their time, their energy, their expertise, and their emotional effort in the interest of the children of their respective communities. And, not a singe one of those board members gets paid for that service. Guthrie CSD is blessed to have exceptional folks serving on the Guthrie CSD (GCSD) Board of Trustees.
The current members of the GCSD school board are: Travis Adams, Brenda Jones, Toby Oliver, Terri O'Neal, Wendy Masterson, and Clell McCauley. The Guthrie community owes and extends to them a heartfelt thanks for their work toward ensuring the very best possible futures for the children served by the Guthrie School.
Guthrie had a special guest last week. Nil Santana visited Guthrie high school on Wednesday, January 7, to checkout Guthrie’s very own Black Box Studio. Dr. Santana is the Director of the ACU Maker Lab and the Instructor of Art & Design at Abilene Christian University. When Mr. Wilson’s technology classes took a field trip to ACU back in December, they got to meet up with Dr. Santana in the ACU Maker Lab to learn about design, engineering, and art.
Dr. Santana came out to Guthrie to look at Mr. Wilson’s classroom, learn about the innovative projects going on and visit with the students. Dr. Santana got to interact with the students and watch them work on their individual projects. He was very impressed with the classroom and the projects being made. He said that the Black Box was, “Applying making principles, creativity, and innovation in education.”
The goal of the Black Box Studio is to provide Guthrie students a place to learn and work that allows for individualization, creativity, and innovation.
Monday, January 19
Pre-K - 2nd grade Book of the Month
Froggy Plays T-Ball by Jonathan London
It is the first day of T-ball for Froggy, and he can’t wait! He can see himself hitting home runs and cheering crowds. But, nothing goes right for Froggy. He hits his friend with a baseball bat, throws himself out of first base, and spends his time in the outfield catching flies. Froggy has one last chance to prove he is a real T-ball star.
3rd - 5th grade Book of the Month
Horse of Her Dreams (Thoroughbred Series #24) by Joanna Campbell and Allison Estes
Twelve-year-old Christina Reese is the luckiest girl in the world. She lives with her parents, Mike and Ashleigh Griffin, on the Whitebrook farm. Her mom is one of the worlds most famous jockeys. Christina asked for a horse for her birthday she got Wonder's Legacy, the last foal of her mom's famous racehorse, Wonder. Everyone wants Christina to become a jockey, but she doesn’t want to. Then she finds another horse. Will she risk it to take a chance on a dream?
6th - 8th grade Book of the Month
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Jordan Woods is the captain and quarterback of her high school team. The team sees her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. Jordan just wants that athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But all her hard work is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. He’s a great quarterback and very hot. For the first time, Jordan is feeling vulnerable.
9th - 12th grade Book of the Month
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
When Jessica loses a leg in a car accident she thinks her life is over. She’ll have to walk with a prosthetic leg for the rest of her life. But who cares about walking when she lives to run. While Jessica struggles to get used to her crutches and prosthetic leg, other people don’t know what to say or how to act around her. With the help of an unusual friendship, family, a coach and her track teammates, Jessica may be able to run again.
With all this musical influences, Mr. Ballard has spawned his own musical history. He was a trombone player all through junior high and high school He claims his experience with the trombone was one of his more enjoyable high school experiences. He’s even had multiple experiences in the musical work force, being a stereo salesman as well as being a DJ at KBST out of Big Spring, Texas.
Mr. Ballard shared some details about his DJ experience, and told us that this was the most “formatted” job he had. “They were very picky about what songs you played, the order you played them in, when you took commercial breaks, did weather updates, etc. We had program charts for every hour of the day and every day of the week. The station's music director put all the songs into categories. Then he put little colored dots on the label of each record. The program charts had the same type of dots, so you knew what type of song you were supposed to play next. One day I came in and the secretary had written the word "red" on every red dot, the word "blue" on every blue dot, etc. The bins where we kept the records were also labeled with the words for each color. When I asked the program director about it, he said, ‘You know that part timer, Mark, we just hired - he's color blind!’”
Nowadays, Mr. Ballard is the disk jockey for Guthrie CSD. He often announces at the football games and peprallies, and made the playlist for the football and basketball games with a rockin’ sound. He’s helped build multiple students playlist, and often promotes the musicians who came from Guthrie themselves. Several students have talked about how he’s helped them with any music challenge, whether it be finding some new tunes or getting the perfect song for an event. Guthrie has become one of the most musically diverse schools in the region, and we have Mr. Ballard to thank for it.
The Guthrie Jags took on the Rangers from Patton Springs on Tuesday night. Coming off a loss from Highland before the Christmas break, the Jags were looking to rebound, and come out with a win. The first quarter the Jags were on fire and scored 21 points, holding the Rangers to 4 points. The second quarter, the Jags slowed down and only had 8 points the whole quarter. Coming out of halftime, the Jaguars picked up the pace again, and started playing like they have been. Scoring 23 points in the third quarter the Jags pulled away and kept that lead.The fourth quarter was the same as the third, the Jags just kept pulling away. The Jags came out on top with a 70 to 46 victory. They made one step closer to their goal. Come out on Friday, and support the Jags and Lady Jags against Matador.
Attention seniors and senior parents, Guthrie CSD will be hosting an informational meeting about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) presented by Courtney Adams on Wednesday, January 21, from 7:00-8:30pm. The meeting will be in the auditorium. Form more information, contact Lynn Hill.
The Guthrie JH Basketball Tournament will be on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Click the graphic below to view/print.
Tuesday, January 13
Guthrie's basketball games against Crosbyton on January 2nd have been canceled due to icy road conditions. Stay warm and have a Happy New Year!
The Guthrie CSD and King County Library will be open the following days/times during the Christmas break.
Friday, Dec. 19 - 12:00 - 7:30
Saturday, Dec. 20 - 6:30-7:00
Tuesday, Dec. 23 - 12.:00-6:00
Monday, Dec. 29 - 7:30-5:30
Tuesday, Dec. 30 - 7:30-5:30
The Lady Jags and the Jags took on the Lubbock Coronado Sophmore teams last night and came out with a win, but the JV Jaguars came up short. All the teams played great, and showed their heart, love and passion for the game.
The Guthrie CSD administration and school board members have changed the way Guthrie students eat in the cafeteria because they believe what was being served was not healthy for the students. The main reason it was unhealthy is because of all the added chemicals in the food. Pat Bradbury, also known as Mrs. Pat, head of the cafeteria, states that “chemicals make plants grow faster, produce more, and have less problems such as rotting or being infested with bugs.” These chemicals have been used to “improve” the quality of the food, when in essence, they are causing the food to lose the original nutritional value found in the food.
One of the major changes to the food served in the cafeteria is the switch from regular flour to spelt flour. “Spelt flour is not a genetically modified organism and is an ancient grain,” says Mrs. Pat. Research shows that the husks found on spelt flour protects it from pollutants and insects which allows growers to avoid using pesticides. This absence of pesticides allows the flour to maintain its original nutritional value without harmful toxins being introduced to the food, and therefore our body.
While spelt flour is better for you than all purpose flour, it is also more expensive. Walmart sells a bag of five pound all purpose flour for $2.46, which comes out to $0.03 per ounce. D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition sells a five pound bag of spelt flour for $15.00, which comes out to $0.19 per ounce. The health benefits well out-weigh the cost difference.
Not only has Mrs. Pat changed the recipes she uses, she now shares those recipes on the school website. Mrs. Pat says that, in her opinion, the most liked dish in the cafeteria would either be pizza or bacon wrapped chicken.
Even though changing the menu has been an adjustment for Mrs. Pat as well as the students, the cafeteria and administration feel the hassle and price are not as significant as the long term benefits on the health of Guthrie students.
Monday, January 5