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We are now in the thick of winter sports and barreling towards holidays, along with (what’s been on a lot of our minds) Winter Break! But before we part, school is still buzzing with activities and announcements.

First of all, the backgrounds on our chromebooks have changed; a change which I’m sure we have all noticed. But has anyone done more than “noticing” and actually read it? If you have, then you know that Mrs. Jackson is looking for creative kids to enter the contest currently going on for the new chromebook screensaver. Your 15×19 jpeg should be submitted to the library before December 19, 2018. After that, who knows? Your artwork may be displayed for the 900+ students attending here! There are other ways to be involved in school without designing backdrops. For example, Spirit Week is coming up the week of December 17th. Listen to the afternoon announcements for more details.

Speaking of the week of December 17th, another important event is happening that same time, finals. For your information, the schedule is slightly different from last year. Thursday, December 20th and Friday, December 21st will both be half-days, similar to the schedule at the high schools. On Thursday, you will test in your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd hour classes for a little more than an hour in each with no break for lunch. Friday is the same, except with 4th/5th hour, 6th hour, and 7th hour replacing the first three.

Now onto winter sports. Softball, wrestling, cheer, danceline, basketball, and cross country are all happening right now. Most sports, like softball, usually have their games on Monday and Thursday afternoons, except for cross country which has its meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 4:30pm. Basketball games start at 4 o’clock for 7th grade, and 5 o’clock for 8th grade, with cheer and danceline performing throughout the games. Wrestling matches are around two hours, starting a 4pm.

Have you got any spare change? By now, you should know about “Donut Fridays”, where donuts are sold for $1 in the courtyard every Friday morning, starting at 7:30am. Another cheap treat will be sold starting the week of December 10. Candy Grams (fundraiser-candy canes) can be purchased for 50¢ during both lunches and will be delivered to students the week after. Candy Grams can be a fun surprise for your friends, signed or anonymous, or even a sweet gift to yourself.

With all these events and entertainments, these short weeks before break will be gone in the blink of an eye. Don’t forget to listen for more announcements, check out the flyers and posters lining the halls, and keep reading GRZEXP.


By: Becky Wood

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