Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School

April 4- 8, 2016

Greetings Gladiator Community,

April 4-8 is bus driver and assistant appreciation week. Driving 100,000+ students to and/or from school is a daunting task! We are fortunate to live in a district that offers this service for our families. Next week would be a perfect time to show our drivers how much we appreciate them and their valuable role in our children's education.

If your student does not ride the bus in the AM and you drop them off, please remind them to enter the building through the doors in the cafeteria foyer. (Best place to drop them off is at the flag pole.) We have seen an increased number of students in the hallway and computer labs in the morning. All students need to be in the cafeteria until they are released to their assigned hallway or tutoring at 7:50 am.

University Health System is offering a convenient way for parents to stay up-to-date with their childs' immunizations, flu shots, and physicals. They will dispatch a mobile clinic to six NISD campuses in April. They will be at Garcia on April 20th from 2:30-6:00. See link for required immunizations and more details.

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli


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Regional Science Fair Champ

The Alamo Regional Science Fair was held February 27-28 at St. Mary's University. Six middle schools competed and 5 of 19 Grand Prizes were awarded to Northside students. Our own 6th grader, Brett Lasater, earned 4th place Grand Prize in Environmental Science for his work on plastic in the ocean and 1st place for all 6th grade students. He was also nominated for the Broadcom Masters Award. Congratulations Brett, we are so proud of your accomplishments! He is already thinking about how he can improve for next year! Here's a link to all the winners:
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Post STAAR Ice Cream Social

Our first round of STAAR ran smoothly. There are so many logistics and details to organizing state assessment. Our counselor, Angela Ross, and Academic Dean, Veronica Poblano, managed it like pros! Our second round will occur in May. To celebrate the conclusion of the first round, our PTA organized an ice cream social for the staff!

Priscilla Sigala (math), Manuela Marones (PTA Volunteer), Diana Biasello (PTA Board Member), LeighAnn Worrich (PTA Volunteer), Lisa Pollet (math), and Brenda Johnson (orchestra) enjoying the ice cream treats provided by our devoted PTA!

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Taking Care Of Our Own

This time of year is a buzz around school with our NJHS students completing and presenting their service projects they have chosen. I am always amazed at the compassion and creativity our students posses when designing these projects! Diego Escobedo's project really touched me! He chose to recognize three deserving teachers for their dedication to the profession and for impacting his life. He created a rubric and selected educators that met the rubric requirements; a tough rubric, I might add! He solicited local businesses and asked for gift card donations and presented them to the deserving teachers on Friday. His presentation was touching and one that none of these teachers will ever forget. Thank you Diego for recognizing and rewarding our own!

Pictured: Joyce Mounts, 6th grade ELA, Matthew Kraft, 7th grade science/coach, and Shelley Beck, 8th grade science.