Coulter Reel was selected for the Student of the 1st six weeks. She is the daughter of Jodie and Summer Reel. Coulter is the older sister of Griff Reel. She is only in 5th grade and is 10 years old. She’s already an outstanding runner, making it to state in track. When she’s not running, Coulter likes to ride her bike. Her dreams and aspirations are to become an olympian. Coulter looks up to Reagan Maxwell. Everyone is very proud of Coulter and her accomplishments. Congratulations.
Our school has created and opened our very own online store! With the help of Mr. Wilson, and his students in Digital Graphics and Illustration, the very first round of stickers have gone up. The class is made up of seniors, Laura Wilson and Summer Wright, and freshmen Kylee Oliver and Yaretzi Sandoval.
The first sticker is a jaguar paw print holding a football with the high school football numbers punched in them. There is also an option to get a paw print without a number. They are 5” x 5” and can be printed in black or white, and cost two dollars each. Payment is made through credit card or a Paypal account.
The online store will also include items that the Junior class is selling, and items that Cassie Daniel’s class is making. Over the next few weeks, students will post more of their stickers on the website. If you have a great design idea, feel free to go talk to Laura, Summer, Kylee or Yaretzi!
Go check it out at: www.guthriejags.com/store
The theme for this year's Chili Cook-off is "It's Homecoming".
Guthrie is starting a new tradition. We will not only be crowning a Homecoming Queen, we will also be naming a Homecoming King! We are proud to introduce the following nominees.
Kylee Oliver is the daughter of Cody and Keela Oliver. She is involved in 4-H and Ag.
Paden Rothwell is the son of Kelly Rothwell and Steven and Karen Rothwell. He is involved in Football, 4-H, and FFA.
Sarah Ballard is the daughter of Kent and Tammy Ballard. She is involved in Robotics, UIL Science, Vet Tech Ag, and Book Club.
Gabriel Garcia is the son of Jessie Garcia and Jolene Adcock. He is involved in Football, FFA, and Track.
Candace Tarver is the daughter of Dale and Jodi Tarver. She is involved in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, FFA, 4-H, and photography.
Dion Vasquez is the son of Billie Jo Vasquez. He is involved in Football, Basketball, Track and FFA.
MacKenzie McGaha is the daughter of Cody McGaha and Kristy Wyatt. She is involved in FFA, OAP, FCCLA and UIL.
Graden Garrison is the son of Kelly and Crystal Garrison. He is involved in Football, Basketball, Track and FFA.
Monday, Oct. 6th
Kenzie Chisum is a long time Guthrie Family Member, but a first time Guthrie Teacher. Married to Kevin Chisum, Guthrie’s principal, they’ve been Guthrie residents for nearly a decade. Kenzie began teaching in 2002, but took 5 years off to raise her children. She’s taught at Spur, Post, and The Connections Academy, an online learning institution, and has taught 4th grade, middle school science, chemistry, biology, physics, and all levels of math from 4th grade through college algebra. Mrs. Chisum got her Bachelors education at Lubbock Christian University, and her Masters at Texas Tech University. When asked about her life in Guthrie, she said, “I can’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family. My kids get to see multiple examples of compassionate, hard-working people everyday. It’s a great community and school, and I’m happy to be a part of it.” We welcome Mrs.Chisum to our teaching staff with high hopes!
Monday, September 29, Guthrie Lady Jags and Jaguars traveled to Crowell and competed in the cross country meet. High School girls were 4th place with 64 points. Reagan Maxwell finished 4th, 13;56, Candace Tarver finished 10th, 14:52, Jaycee McCauley finished 13th, 15:14, Cait McWhirter finished 17th, 15:32, Gina Cheyne finished 25th, 16:20, Trisitn Lewis finished 30th, 17:03, Morgan Atkinson finished 31st, 17:05, and Yaretzi Sandoval finished 52nd, 20:01. Our lone Jaguar placed 8th with a 23:39. Way to go Jose Sandoval!
Junior High girls did not place due to them not having enough for a team, however they did a great job! Karlie Van-Meter finished 4th, 14:34. Morgan McCauley finished 12th, 15:30, Kaylie Green finished 17th, 16:20. Kara Briggs finished 33rd, 19:05.
Last but not least we have our Junior High boy Blane Blount. He finished 9th with a 14:00.
The cross country will run at Rule on the 15th!
The Guthrie CSD library has started its very own book club! The club was thought of and put into place by Jaycee McCauley with the help of JoAnn Shipman and Romy Ferguson. The first book the club has started reading is Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally. Jaycee was the one to recommend the book and said, “ The book definitely made me see dating and marriage in a different light and made me think about so many different things that have never crossed my mind. I wanted the girls in our school to also experience this awesome book.”
Mrs. Shipman says, “The book is a guide to preparing young girls for making one of the most important decisions in their lives, which is about relationships with boys, the dating scene, and future marriage partners. The book uses a study guide for the girls to use personally to review, learn and grow, and search their inner hearts. The book uses a sense of humor, Godly principles, and a fairytale allegory to ‘draw pictures’ that will hopefully help attendees better understand the principles. Illustrations, memory verses, and practical assignments will challenge students and make this a perfect book to use for small groups.”
All girls, 6th grade and above, are invited and most welcome. They meet every Wednesday at 11:30 in the little gym foyer. The goal is to read one chapter a week and to answer the questions in the study guide as well. No one will ever be singled out, asked to speak, and the study guide questions are personal and confidential. The library wants to make sure everyone has the best time and gets the most out of it as possible! In the words of Jaycee, “I'm so excited to see how far these girls are going to take this book! I can't wait to see what steps they'll take towards purity and God’s way for dating. It's amazing that our school can do things like this, and I think we will all change the way we see dating and marriage after reading this book. It will be awesome to see what God does these next few months!”
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.