HELLO GRANGER GRIZZLIES!!!


Are YOU following Granger on Twitter???     You should be!!!!   

Check it out @GrangerIPSD204

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to everyone who voted for 8th grade piñatas. We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Piñata Contest: the 4th place winner is Colin McKee for his spinner fidget, 3rd place winner is Tanvi Walkay for Nemo turtle, 2nd place winner is Elaina Meisinger for the pineapple with glasses. The winner of 1stplace is Jaeshon Thomas for Jelly, his son! Congratulations! Thank you Granger for placing over 500 votes!


Which Piñatas Will You Pick

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You are cordially invited to vote for your favorite piñatas! Located in the two front display cases,  the contest is open to all staff and students from May 3rd to May 11th at 4:00 PM.  It's a simple contest...just vote for your top 3!  Winners will be announced Friday, May 12th on the morning announcements.

Place your votes by clicking on the link below!!!


WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!

Congratulations to Aparna Budithi (assisted by Bianca Ramirez) who submitted the 

winning cover for the 2017-2018 Granger Middle School Student Handbook. The winning cover is now on display in the window of the main office. Students who entered submissions for the contest my stop by the office to pick up their entries.


GRANGER TECH SQUAD

Attention Granger Tech Squad: We will have a meeting on Wednesday, April 19, starting at 7:30am in the Chorus Room. Please plan on getting a ride that morning and join us!


CRICKET CLUB

DUST OFF YOUR BATS AND WICKETS! It’s time to sign up for Cricket Club!

Cricket Club will run every Wednesday after school from 3:15 – 4:30pm from the Wednesday after Spring Break until May 10th. If you are interested, please pick up a permission slip from the main office or see Senora Chejfec or Madame Abraham for a copy. The deadline to sign up is March 24th.


SOCCER

Attention 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer. An informational meeting will be held Thursday, March 16th in room A215 from 3:00 until 3:20. Please have rides here by 3:20.

Tryouts are Tuesday, April 4th and Wednesday, April 5th from 3:00 – 4:30.

If you have any questions or can’t attend the meeting, see Coach Grape.

TRACK SEASON BEGINNING!
Attention all 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in Track and Field. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, March 14th after school from 3:05 until 3:30 in the Lower A House. If you cannot attend or have any questions, please see Coaches Axt, Lalko, Brucher, Hannon, or Yadgir. Hope to see you there!
SPIRIT WEEK Starts March 6th!!! Join the FUN!!!

Monday: America Day

    Tuesday: Tacky Tuesday

        Wednesday: Baseball Spring Training Day

            Thursday: Team Theme

                Friday: Grizzly Pride


CHESS ANYONE??? Granger Chess Club is starting Monday, February 27th! All levels of experience welcome!

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What time: 3 – 4:30 pm

Where: A206

What to bring: Signed permission slip

Questions: See Mrs. Szott


Permission Slip Here!



"Attention all Granger students, click on the link below if you are interested in signing up for our 2nd Annual Student Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, March 17 from 3:30-5 pm.  You must have between 5-7 players (any grade, boy or girl).  The top 2 teams will compete at the Staff Dodgeball Tournament later that evening! More info to come from the GrizLeaders in advisory...


DODGING HUNGER STUDENT GAMES 


YOUNG AUTHORS

It’s finally February! You know what that means! Young Author’s Month! So dust off your keyboards, sharpen your pencils, and find those old poems, essays, or stories you have never finished – or write a new one!

Having trouble getting ideas? Visit the LMC’s Literacy Lounge to read the top 3 story and poetry winners from the past 3 years.

Submit you work by the end of this month for a chance to represent Granger at the Illinois State Young Author’s Convention in Bloomington in May.

See your ELA teacher for more details! The deadline for submitting work is Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00.

Write on!

SPELLING BEE UPDATE...

Thrinav took 1st place in the district Spelling Bee and will be going to the County Spelling Bee in Wheaton on Feb. 22.

SPELLING BEE WINNER ANNOUNCED

This year’s Spelling Bee winners are:

  • 3rd place: Nikhil Venkatakrishan
  • 2nd place: Thrinav Sathya
  • And the 1st place winner is Shivam Kak

Congratulations Shivam! 

Everyone did a fantastic job! The Spelling Bee went for 20 rounds! Good luck at the District Bee on February 2nd!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Congratulations to Milind Sagaram, winner of the 1017 Granger Geography Bee and to Siddharth Prabakar, runner up. Thank you to all the participants!

AND...

We are pleased and excited to announce that three Ganger Students' Reflections entries have advanced to the state level of the competition. Those entries are:

  • Nikhil Venkatakrishnan's Literature entry "Home"
  • Samvrit Punyapu's Music entry "My Grizzly Story"
  • Celine Chang's Visual Arts entry "Combining Cultures"
Congratulations and best of luck continuing on in the competition.

Set Design/Tech Crew for the Spring Musical

Are you interested in helping to design the scenery for the Spring Musical? Do you want to help out backstage during the performances? If so, sign up for the Set Design/Tech Crew! Go to the “Into the Woods” musical website (www.grangermusical.weebly.com) and click the sign-up button below the rehearsal calendar. Set construction will begin the second week of February. See Mr. Haeger if you have questions!

GETAWAY/SPIRIT WEEK PLANNING MEETING

Students… If you would like to plan the next Granger Getaway, spirit week, and pep assembly, there is a very quick informational meeting in room B119  Wednesday, January 18th at 3:05PM. If you have any questions, see Ms. Kandl.

ATTENTION 7TH & 8TH GRADE GIRLS:

There will be a basketball informational meeting after school on Wednesday, January 18th in the cafeteria. You MUST have a current sports physical and parent consent form to try out.

Try out dates for 8th gradeJanuary 24th 3:00- 5:00 P.M. and January 25th 6:45 – 7:45 A.M.

Try out dates for 7th grade:  January 26th and 27th 3:00- 5:00 P.M.

WRESTLING

The Granger Wrestling Team finished its season last Saturday at Naperville North High School. The Grizzlies had 4 wrestlers place in the top 4. Finishing in 3rd place were Syncere Arroyo at 168 pounds, Brady Pierce at 185 pounds, and Leo Gonzalez at 135 pounds. Finishing in second place was Thomas Shaw at 100 pounds. Thank you wrestlers for a great season! 

All wrestlers please turn in your singlet, sweatshirt, and headgear to either Coach Burson or Coach Nelson this week.

PACK THE HOUSE is BACK!!!
This Thursday, Dec. 15th, the 8th Grade Boys Basketball team will be taking on the Hill Trailblazers. Plan to stay after school for the game and show your GRIZZLY PRIDE!!! Concessions will be available!  Come on now GRIZZLIES....let's PACK THE HOUSE!

The 2016 HOUR of CODE is here!!!! 
In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, Science classes will be going to the LMC to participate in Hour of Code on Dec. 5th and 6th. Use your google login credentials to create an account. If you already have an account just click on the "Sign in with Google Account" link on the right side of the screen. Creating an account will save your activity progress!

Hour of Code



Spring Musical Audition Information
Auditions for this year’s musical – “Into the Woods” - will begin on Monday, December 12. All interested students should register for auditions on the website http://grangermusical.weebly.com.  You can try out in pairs and auditions will consist of acting out a short scene and singing a short solo from “Into the Woods”. Act fast – audition slots are on a first come, first served basis. Good luck!
LMC NEWS
 The 2016 Tree of Knowledge is up in The White House. Stop in and see the festive fun in the LMC!! And, while you are in there, grab a personal reading book. The shelves are stocked right now with tons of great reads and new releases. Mrs. White would like to give a shout out of thanks to the 7th and 8th graders who helped build the tree during lunch periods yesterday. Mrs. White would also like to announce some December literacy fun: Fridays during the month of December will be Kahoot Friday in the LMC. Get a lunch pass, bring your friends, and fire up your chrome book for Kahoot book trivia on Fridays in December during all lunch periods. Everyone is invited to compete, and lots of prizes will be awarded! Read ON...Play On!
SPELLING BEE CLUB
Calling all spellers! It’s that time of year again…
Spelling Bee Club will be starting next Tuesday, Dec. 6th, meeting from 3:05 until 4:30. Permission slips can be found in the main hall display rack.
Please join us for word games, munchies, and Spelling Bee practice as we get ready for the spelling BEE on January 24th.
Can you spell F-U-N!

SPIRIT WEEK:  Oct. 31 - Nov. 4
Monday- pajama day- wear your comfy and appropriate pajamas
Tuesday- twin day- find a friend to dress like
Wednesday- sports day (a team you play for or favorite professional team, etc.)
Thursday- mismatched day (dress silly, wear clothes that don’t match such as mismatched socks, accessories that clash)
Friday- Granger Spirit Day wear Granger t-shirts or Granger colors
PEER MENTOR CLUB
Peer Mentor Club will be starting on Wednesday, Oct. 19th after school until 3:45. We will meet on Wednesdays after school. If you are interested in becoming a peer mentor please stop by Room B104 for a permission slip.
Digital Footprint Video Contest
In an effort to increase awareness of responsible digital citizenship, KidsMatter has partnered with District 204, District 203, and the Naperville Police Department to offer students the opportunity to participate in a video contest and win cash prizes. The contest is open to all students in District 204 and provides the opportunity to help solve a real-world problem by submitting videos of their own creation as a single or group submission about digital citizenship. One winner will be selected at the elementary, middle and high school level.
For more information, visit Digital Footprint.

Do you love Geography?
Want to learn more about the world?

Come to Geography Club to get ready for the 

                            Granger Geography Bee!

                                                            October 26,  November 2, 9, 16, 30,  December  7, 14,  January 11

                                                    Granger Geography Bee:  January 18, 2017    3:15—5pm


 COMPUTER/CODING CLUB STARTING SOON!!!

What:  Open lab for Computer Activities of your choice! Games, coding, app design, web design and more!!!

NEW this year...work with a Raspberry Pi!

Where: Computer Lab D137

When: Tuesdays @ 3:00—3:55

        Oct. 11, 18, and 25

        Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

        Dec. 6, 13 and 20


Yearbooks On Sale Now!!! Don't miss out!!!
Order your copy of the 2016-2017 
Granger Middle School Yearbook for just $20.00!!! 
To place your order, log on to our secure website: 
Enter Order # 8987
Please be sure to complete your order by Monday, October 31st.
Yearbooks will not be available for sale at the end of the school year.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB
If you are interested in learning American Sign Language, stop by the greeter desk to grab a permission slip to join us this Wednesday September 21st from 3:10-4:00 in room B208. ​Please return the permission slip to Mrs. Hannon on or before our first meeting on Wednesday September 21st. See you there!

Are you a ShutterBug?!?  Someone who likes to take photos, edit photos, manipulate photos, or make things with photos? The Granger Photography Club is for you!!! Join Ms. Henderson in Rm D129 starting Wed. Sept. 28th and meeting on specific Wednesdays! Permission/Info sheet available outside her classroom door. What will you create?

COME JOIN THE YEARBOOK CLUB!

Are you interested in leaving your mark on the 2016-2017 school year? 

Then come be a part of Granger’s Yearbook Club. We need dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

 

As a member of the Yearbook Club you’ll have the opportunity to:

 

Choose this year’s cover design

Assist in organizing sales

Decide which pictures make it into the yearbook

Design Yearbook Pages

Get a sneak peek of the final product

And…

Have fun with friends!

Come join Ms. K. White and Mrs. Edwards for our 1st meeting:

Thursday, September 22nd from 3:05 – 4:00pm in the LMC


Click here for permission slip and more information!


JOIN ABC! Anti-Bullying Club
The Anti-Bullying Club will have its first informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7th. Get involved! Help make your school a better place! Please meet in the Lower A House at 3:05. Have your parents pick you up by 3:45. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Amedei.

2016 Granger Volleyball Schedules

2016 Granger Football Schedule

CROSS COUNTRY TRACK SCHEDULE
Are you participating in Cross Country this year? Follow the link below to view schedule of events and other dates important for cross country runners.

2016-17 Fall Sports Information
Girls Volleyball
Any girl interested in 7th and 8th grade volleyball should attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, August 24 from 3:00-3:15 in the cafeteria.  
7th grade girls’ volleyball tryouts will be Tuesday, August 30 from 3:05-5:00 pm and Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30-7:45 am. Students need a current athletic physical on file with the school nurse before they can try out.  Please consider getting this done before school starts.  Parent permission slip (Sports Participation Agreement) also needs to be turned in before tryouts begin.  Both of these forms can be found on the Granger home page under the Athletics tab.  YOU MAY NOT TRY OUT WITHOUT BOTH ON FILE! Email Coach Brucher with any questions. sarah_brucher@ipsd.org
8th grade girls’ volleyball tryouts will be Friday, August 26 from 3:05-5:00 pm and Tuesday, August 30 from 6:30-7:45 am.  Students need a current athletic physical on file with the school nurse before they can try out.  Please consider getting this done before school starts.  Parent permission slip (Sports Participation Agreement) also needs to be turned in to Coach Yadgir or Coach Grape before tryouts begin.  Both of these forms can be found on the Granger home page under the Athletics tab.  YOU MAY NOT TRY OUT WITHOUT BOTH ON FILE! Email Coach Grape or Coach Yadgir with questions.kristin_grapenthien@ipsd.org michael_yadgir@ipsd.org
Football
The football informational meeting and weigh-ins will take place on Wednesday, August 24 (this is a new date, not Aug. 23rd!) at 3:05pm in the gym for any 7th or 8th grade student interested in playing football.
Paperwork will be handed out at this meeting along with information about practice days and times.NoteStudents need a current sports physical on file with the school nurse prior to the first practice.First day of practice will be August 30 from 3:15-4:30.
Cross Country
Cross country is open for all 7th and 8th grade students who like to run, no experience needed; all levels of runners are welcome.  The season begins the first week of school and lasts until late October.  Practice is after school until 4:30.  Our meets, which are once a week on various days, are at schools throughout the district.  We provide bus transportation to and from the meets, which end around 6:00, but parents may bring their students home after their event. 
The informational meeting will be after school on Wednesday, August 24th from 3:00 until 3:30 in Lower B House.  Informational and permission forms as well as the season's schedule will be handed out at that time.  The first practice will be Friday, August 26th. 

Boys Soccer
Attention 7th/8th grade boys!!  Fall Soccer Informational meetings will be briefly after school in Mr. Sanders Room B215 on Tuesday 8/23 and Wednesday 8/24. Players should come on either day. Tryouts will be held August 25th and 26th until 4:30pm. Practices will begin immediately thereafter at the middle school fields. All 7th and 8th grade boys interested in trying out for soccer should have a current sport physical on file with the school or turned into the coach prior to August 25th. Necessary forms and waivers for participation are posted at  waasports.org  Please print, complete and bring to your coach at the pre-season meeting. All forms will be due prior to tryout. All other requirements will be reviewed at the pre-tryout meeting (August 23rd and 24th).

Entries below this point are from the 2015-16 School Year!!!


Students! Please take a few minutes to watch the Peer Mentors' fabulous video! 

Peer Mentors Video



ATTENTION TRACK TEAM!!!!
Please note the Naperville Little Red Ribbon Track Meet is this Saturday, April 23rd, not the 30th as listed in the track schedule. Participants will be selected by their coaches on Wednesday and are to be at Waubonsie Valley High School at 9:30am.
Any questions, please email Coach Axt at: carla_axtpilon@ipsd.org
Who Doesn't Love to go Barefoot?!?!? However...please remember....shoes must be worn at all times when in the building. Not only is this part of the dress code but it is also a Health Department requirement that ensures the health and safety of everyone in our building. Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy by wearing your shoes when in the building!
ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOK COVER WINNER
Thank you to everyone that submitted a cover for next year’s assignment notebook. This week staff and faculty voted on a winner. This year’s winner of the annual cover contest is Nikhil Venkatakrishnan! Congratulations to Nikhil!
Attention Track Team Members!!!
To view the calendar of events for Track 2016, please follow this link! TRACK 2016

Congratulations to 8th grade student Toma Obayashi! 
 Toma’s 2015-2016 Reflections program visual arts entry titled “My Peaceful World” advanced to the National level!  Way to go Toma!
CRICKET CLUB
CRICKET CLUB SIGN UP IS FINALLY HERE!  Cricket Club will be starting the Wednesday after Spring Break from 3:05 to 4:30 and we will play every Wednesday for 6 weeks.  Permission slips are available in the main office or from Señora Chejfec in room C106.  If we have 16 girls or more we will host 2 separate female teams; otherwise all teams will be CO-ED.  The club will be limited to 65 members and in order to participate your permission slip must be filled out, signed, and returned by Thursday, March 25th, 2016 which is the day before Spring break.  Dust off your bats!
TRACK
On your mark, get set, GO…calling all runners. There will be an information track meeting on Wednesday, March 16th at 3:05 in the cafeteria. All paperwork and schedules will be handed out at the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please see Coach Axt or Lalko with questions.
 
SOCCER
Attention 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing soccer. An informational meeting will be Thursday, March 17th in the cafeteria from 3:00 until 3:20. Please have your rides here by 3:20.
Tryouts are Tuesday, April 5th and Wednesday, April 6th from 3:00 until 4:30. If you have any questions or can’t attend the meeting see Coach Grapenthien.
CONGRATULATIONS to our YOUNG AUTHOR WINNERS!!!
Short Story and Essay Division:
1st Place - "Cinderella"  by Alyssa Ayala
2nd Place – "Without You"  by Rissa Bajusz
3rd Place – "Family of Love"  by Danielle Moy
 
Poetry Division:
1st Place Poetry -  "Sold"  by Tanya Sheth
2nd Place – "Washing Away"  by Danielle Moy
3rd Place – "As Time Ticks By"  by Danielle Moy
Pack the House!  8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Game – Monday, March 14
Don’t miss the last home game of the Granger 8th Grade Girls Basketball team as they tip off against Still Middle School on Monday, March 14th at about 4:15pm.  Come help Pack the House! to cheer on our lady Grizzlies!  Concessions will be open for drinks and snacks, so don’t forget to bring some money.  Go Grizzlies!
Granger Student Handbook & Assignment Notebook Opportunity!!!
Would you like to design the next cover for the Granger Student Handbook & Assignment Notebook?!?!? If you would like to submit a design here's what you need to know:
  • Design should be submitted on an 8.5 X 11" document
  • Designs must be submitted in the form of a hard copy to the front office by the end of the day April 8th
Include the following information:  
  • Francis Granger Middle School, 
  • 2016-2017 Student Handbook & Assignment Notebook
  • Created by:  (Your Name)
Winner will be selected by April 15th

SPIRIT WEEK! Feb. 22 - 26
Monday: Sportswear Day (No Hats or Props)
Tuesday: Disney/Marvel/Star Wars Day
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday (Dress like your teachers!)
Thursday: Pajama Day
Friday: Team Shirt / Granger Wear Day

Granger Getaway!!!
Tickets go on sale before school starting Monday, Feb. 22!!! Tickets are $1 in advance or $2 at the door. Sixth graders come from 6:15 - 8:15.  Seventh and Eighth graders fro 6:30 - 8:30. Come JOIN THE FUN!!!

GRANGER STEM CLUB Starting SOON!!!!!

Do you enjoy hands-on activities involving science, technology, engineering and math? If so, STEM Club may be the after school activity for you.  The Granger STEM Club will be starting up again on Monday, February 8th.  The club will meet each Monday from 3:00-4:00 in Mr. Hoskins room.  Some of the topics being investigated this year include forensics, engineering, spectrometry and chemistry. Permission slips can be obtained from your science teacher or in the main office and should be returned to Ms. Rigney or Mr. Hoskins.  Space is limited, so make sure permission slips are in by Friday Feb. 5! 

Granger Night at Cougars Game!

Have you ever dreamed of throwing out a first pitch at a professional baseball game? Well, here’s your chance!!! On Friday, April 8th we will be having our first ever Granger – Kane County Cougars night! Plan to join your friends and family for an exciting evening! Get this, we have box seat tickets for just $10! You know what is really cool about these tickets? If you can’t make it on the 8th, they can be exchanged for another game during the Cougars’ season! Additionally, for every ticket you and your family purchase you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to throw out the first pitch! Information forms are available in the office and online. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Sadler. Click here for more information.

Join Chess Club!
Anyone interested in playing a game of strategy and logic is encouraged to join the fun!  All levels of experience are welcome. The first meeting is Thursday, Feb. 11th in room B112. We will meet Thursdays from 3:00 until 4:00. Permission slip required. Please see Mrs. Scott if you have questions.

Aladin Jr. is Coming to a Stage Near You!!!!
Join the fun! For musical audition information, tech crew sign up, and lots more...check out the official GMS Musical Website !!!

MATH COUNTS COMPETITION
This past Saturday, 20 math team students competed in the district’s Math Counts Competition at Scullen Middle School. Special congratulations to: Aabha Vyas, Nikam Ishan, and Ethan Wipff as they earned the top three scores for Granger! Mrs. Near is proud of all of the math team students who showed up bright and early to represent our school. Your time, enthusiasm, and effort are very much appreciated!
SPRING MUSICAL
Calling all actors! Are you interested in auditioning for the Granger Middle School 2016 Spring Musical? If so, you’re in luck! Auditions are coming soon so get ready! For this past week we have been giving hints about the title of the show. Next Tuesday, we will announce the name of the musical. Today’s hint is that this musical is based on a movie that came out in 1992 (A starring Broadway actor in this musical also played the role of Simba the lion in The Lion King). Stay tuned for more hints soon to come!


GIRLS BASKETBALL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
Attention all 7th and 8th grade girls interested in trying out for the basketball team.
There will be an informational meeting Thursday, January 14th from 3:05 – 3:30 in the gym. Please have rides here by no later than 3:30 after the meeting.
Tryouts will be held beginning January 20th. You must have a current physical on file in the nurse’s office to try out.
Please see 8th grade coaches Mrs. Brucher or Mr. White, or 7th grade coaches, Mr. VanDusen or Mr. Nelson if you have any questions.
KidsMatter is looking for student videographers to help combat online bullying by creating a 1 to 2 minute video about how students would encourage others to stand up to online bullying. Students can star in their own production or gather a group of friends and be the director. Every student who enters a video will walk the red carpet and have pictures taken with Mayor Emeritus Pradel in his tux and top hat. Cash prizes for videos receiving the most votes at the KidsMatter Hollywood Premier. The contest is open to elementary, middle, and high school students. Videos must be submitted by January 22.
For more information visit www.kidsmatter2us.org.

The Hour of Code is Here!!!

During the week of Dec. 7 - 11, several GMS Science teachers have signed up to participate in the Hour of Code! Thanks to these teachers and Mrs. White, students will be traveling to our very own White House to explore computer science and programming activities.

Everything you need to get started with the Hour of Code activities can be found by following this link: The Hour of Code

Once you open the link, plug in a set of headphones, watch the intro video, and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will be on your way to joining millions of students around the world as you write lines of code!!!!

HAVE FUN!!! And... be sure to THANK Mrs. White and your SCIENCE TEACHER for this great opportunity!!!


Attention Grizzly Girls!!! You are Invited to Granger's First Ever ...

                    Made with Code Party!!!

Join Mrs. Alsirt for a fun intro on how to use code to build the world you want to live in:

  • Create custom avatars

  • Create a custom beat track!

  • Create an animated GIF to post online!

  • Snap a photo and learn how to customize and accessorize it with visual elements!

  • Write your first lines of CODE (or build on a project you have already started!!)

Mark your calendar for Dec. 10th from 3-5:00pm. Spread the word! Invite your girlfriends!
Pick up a Permission Slip with all the details from Computer Lab D137 or the Front Office.

Last Call for Yearbook Orders!
The online order deadline for the yearbook has been extended until December 11th.  This is your FINAL opportunity to order the Granger 2015-2016 yearbook.  Yearbooks WILL NOT be on sale at the end of the school year. To order, log on to our secure website:YearbookOrderCenter.com    (Order # 8987)

WE'VE GOT SPIRIT... YES WE DO!!!!!!!!

YouTube Video


Help Spread Holiday Cheer!  Would you like to help make the holidays a little brighter for a family in your community?!? Talk to your parents about participating in Frosty's Friends. Purchase and donate gift cards and the PTSA will use them to make holiday wishes come true! Pick up one or more or Frosty's Mittens which will be available beginning Thursday, Nov. 19th through December 2nd in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. All students wishing to choose a mitten must RETURN A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP to one of Frosty’s helpers. For more details click here!


All students are invited to participate in the Kids Matter Digital Footprint Project

For details, click HERE! Winners receive a trophy, picture with the mayor and cash prizes!!! 1st Place = $200.00!!!!


Show your School Spirit Grizzlies!!!

Please join us on Nov 19th as we Pack the House for the 8th grade Boys’ Basketball game!!!  Wear white!!!

Students report to the cafeteria after school.


Plan to attend STEM NIGHT @ Granger!!!

TONIGHT!!! Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 6:00 - 8:00pm

Earn extra credit for Science class, learn cool stuff and have fun!!!


Click on the link below to take the...

Grizzly Greatness Survey


“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”  Jeff Miller


Do you have lots of candy left over from Halloween and don’t know what to do with it? You can bring it in to school to be donated to the veterans through the program Operation Gratitude. Bring in candy from Thursday Nov. 5th to Wednesday Nov. 11th to the Upper B House in the morning. For every day that you make a donation, you will get a camo heart sticker.


Geography Club Now in Session!

Learn about the world Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 with Mrs. Szott in Room B112

Prepare to compete in the Granger Geography Bee in January!!!



Yearbook Orders Due Oct. 30
Don't miss out!!! Order your GMS 2015-16 Yearbook and have your own personal keepsake of great middle school memories!
To order, go to:  www.YearbookOrderCenter.com Granger's unique "order number" is 8987! 
Coat Drive going on NOW!!!
The Indian Prairie Parents' Council is accepting donations of gently used winter coats, boots, mittens, or gloves Oct. 27 and 28th. Items should be placed in the boxes in the main hallway and will be delivered to IPPC on Oct. 29th.   
WRESTLING
Any 7
th or 8th grader interested in coming out for wrestling needs to see Coach Burson or coach Nelson to get your information packet. The season will start Nov. 4th at 3:15 in the small gym. Remember, you have to have an updated physical on file with the nurse in order to attend practice.
Calling all WORD GAME WHIZZES!!!
Meet in Room A106 for Word Games, Munchies and Practice
Mondays, 3:05 - 4:00, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec. 7, 14
Wednesdays, 3:05 - 4:00, Jan, 6, 13
Spelling Bee -- Wednesday, January 20, 2016 


Girls in Engineering, Math and Science Club Presents...
 Waubonsie Valley Tech Fest!!!
...Learn how to extract DNA from strawberries or kiwis
...Learn about Biotechnology and how it solves crimes, helps study diseases, and creates cures
...Play interactive DNA games
...You will be able to discuss your science fair project with a high school student
...Learn about engineering projects you can do on your own
...Try out interactive sites for computer coding, circuit building and others
Location: Waubonsie Valley High School, Room 179
Date: October 22nd from 6-7:00 PM
RSVP: Please let Ms. Westfall know by 10/21/15 if you plan on attending. Any questions can be directed to Ms. Westfall to: pam_westfall@ipsd.org


BOYS BASKETBALL MEETING
Attention 7th and 8th grade boys interested in trying out for Granger’s basketball teams. There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, October 22nd in the Cafeteria from 3:05 until 3:30. Please make sure you arrange your ride home. Any questions, see Coach Branson, Coach VanDusen or Coach Sadler.
WINTER COAT DRIVE
Attention Granger Grizzlies! Our annual winter coat and boot drive will be on October 27th. Please donate new or quality used coats, boots, or other winter clothing.
ART CLUB
If you are interested in joining Art Club this year, there will be a short informational meeting after school on Monday, October 19th in room B215. Please make arrangements to be picked up by 3:15. See Ms. Rigney or Ms. Gruette with questions or if you are unable to attend. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Are you a ShutterBug?!?  Someone who likes to take photos, edit photos, manipulate photos, or make things with photos? The Granger Photography Club is for you!!! Join Ms. Henderson in Rm D129 starting Wed. Oct 14th! What will you create?


Reflections Entries

Remember, reflections entries are due no later than Oct. 16th. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly". Details of the program along with the entry forms are available in the main hall display rack and on the Granger website under the PTSA Reflections tab.


Need tips on how to handle Cyber-bullying?

Follow the link below to watch a short video! It will only take a minute!

Haters and Trolls

SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB    American Sign Language Club will be starting on Tuesday, October 6th in room B208. Please grab a permission slip from the main hall display rack and return it to Ms. Gruette before our first meeting. See you there!

Math Team Meeting Dates & Times!     

The first Math Team meeting will be on Tuesday, October 6th . Math Team will meet on the dates below from 3:05-4:00pm in Room A108. Mark your calendars!!! See Mrs. Near if you have any questions.
October 6, 13, 20, 27 
November 3, 10, 17
November 21st – Marmion Math Contest  
December 1, 8 
January 5, 12, 19, 26 
February 2, 9, 23 
March 1, 8, 22
GRANGER GREEN-THUMB GARDENING
Attention Granger Grizzlies! Are you interested in how things grow? Do you like to get down and dirty? Would you like to help feed our world? If so, then the Granger Green-thumb Gardening Club is for you! Our 1st meeting will be Tuesday, October 6, from 3:05 until 3:40 in room A208. Y’all come out and bring your green thumb!

PACK the HOUSE GRIZZLIES!!

On September 29th please join your fellow Grizzlies at the 8th Grade Girls Home Volleyball Game! Wear your Granger gear or blue and gold. Encourage your friends to join you as we cheer the girls on to VICTORY!!!


COME JOIN THE YEARBOOK CLUB!

Are you interested in leaving your mark on the 2015-2016 school year?  Then come be a part of Granger’s Yearbook Club. We need dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Join Ms. Wisniowski and Mrs. Edwards for our 1st meeting:

Thursday, September 24th from 3:05 – 4:00pm in the LMC


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART FIELD TRIP

Back by popular demand our annual field trip to the Museum of Mexican Art! If you want to see the world-class museum, as well as experience Day of the Dead traditions and artwork, then this is the field trip for you! After visiting the museum, we will eat a delicious Mexican lunch at a nearby restaurant. The field trip is Saturday, October 24th. The cost is only $10.00. You can pick up a permission slip in the main hall display rack. See Mr. Walsh with any questions and to turn in your permission slip.
GRANGER SPIRIT WEEK!!! 9/21-9/25 
  • Monday:  Super Hero Day 
  • Tuesday: "Dress Dapper" Suit & Tie Day
  • Wednesday: Twin Day (Matchy-Mathcy!!!)
  • Thursday: Crazy Sock Day
  • Friday:  "THE Shirt" or Team T-Shirt Day
GRANGER GETAWAY
The first Granger Getaway of the year is Friday, September 25. The Getaway is a fun evening to dance, play games and socialize. Concessions such as pizza, popcorn, chips, candy and juice are available so be sure to bring some extra cash if you want a snack.  6th graders attend the Getaway from 6:15pm -8:15pm, and 7th and 8th graders attend from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets will be sold for $1.00 outside room B215 before school starting Tuesday. Tickets are $2.00 at the door. School dress code will be enforced and all detentions must be served prior to the dance in order to attend.

CODING/COMPUTER CLUB Off to a Great Start!!!
Computer Club Student Advisors

During our first club meeting, students learned how to create a webpage using html and write their first lines of code!!!! Thanks Pranav and Vinayak for sharing your knowledge with us!!!

It's not to late to join the fun!!! Whether you want to learn how to write code, design games, or work improve your keyboarding skills, Computer Club is for everyone!!!

We meet in Computer Lab D137 from 3:05-3:55 on Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome, but permission slips are required! Pick up information sheet/permission slip outside Room D137 or by the front entrance of the building.

CROSS COUNTRY Update!!!
The Sept. 15th Cross Country Meet has been changed to Sept. 17th due to a religious holiday. 
Goodbye Edline!!!
As you probably know by now, Edline is gone! Instead of Edline, every teacher has a Google Website that they will use to post assignments and other information you need to know for their class. You can use this page to get to your assignments and other important links. Click on the "Staff Contacts" tab in the top right corner of this page. Once the page opens, just find your teacher's name on the directory and click on it:  you will be directed to their Google Site. Once you are on a teacher site you will find links to emails, textbooks, online resources (like Google Classroom) and a calendar. You can also learn fun information about your team of teachers!
Contributed by W.Hopkins and A.Foster

Welcome to a New School Year!!!
WhPrincipal Fiorenzaether you are a returning student, an incoming sixth grader, or a transfer student from another school, I would like to personally welcome you to Granger Middle School.  At Granger Middle School we take great pride in our tradition of academic excellence and outstanding extracurricular activities.  It is important that all of our students be successful and ready to meet life’s demands both at school and in the community.  To help you meet these demands, we have a dedicated group of teachers and staff ready to help you.

Our expectation is that you will accept the responsibility of working hard, take pride in your school and community, and respect the rights of others.  We believe that Granger provides a nurturing environment for all students.  It is important that we all work together (parents, students, and staff) supporting you as you become well educated and ready to meet life's challenges.  Feel free to stop by and see me anytime.

HAVE A GREAT 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR Laurie Fiorenza, Principal