GOPHER GAZETTE

2020-2021 2nd Quarter Edition

COUNSELING SERVICES IS HERE FOR YOU!

Congratulations! You made it through the 1st 9 weeks of the school year!!

Thank you for doing your best!


You've got this!!!!

SENIOR CHATS ARE HAPPENING!

COUNSELORS ARE MEETING WITH SENIORS THROUGH ENGLISH CLASSES.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK IN TO YOUR ENGLISH TEACHER'S ZOOM FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GRADUATION, FAFSA, & APPLYING FOR COLLEGE.

Calling All Seniors!

We are here to support you. Please review the information to complete your FAFSA. Click the Link!

FAFSA ePacket - GPISD.pdf

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Visit our College Access link below

Be Kind With Words and Actions

October is also Bully Prevention Month, so the GPHS Counselors combined the two events. Students were provided with Social Emotional Lessons through their Canvas Gap Advisory Course. Counselors also spent time with students promoting they be a HERO by Helping Encouraging and Respecting Others.

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Every month, the Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD campaign will focus on a theme that corresponds to the work being done in schools to teach students about kindness.

The theme for October was Be Kind With Words and Actions

FALL SERVICE PROJECT

GPHS Counselors and the Kindness Crew also sponsored the OPERATION GRATITUDE service project this month that benefits active soldiers by collecting personal items, writing letters and making paracord bracelets.

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November - Be Kind: For Your Future

The theme for the Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD campaign for the month of November is Be Kind: For Your Future.

The GPISD Counseling Services, College and Career, and Career and Technical Education Departments collaborate together to support future planning for all students. Whether a student chooses a college, a career or the military, GPISD works to develop a clear plan for after graduation. Join the movement at www.GPISD.org/BeKind. #BeKindForYourFuture #BeKindGPISD

Parent Workshop Opportunities:

“Planning for Graduation and Beyond starts NOW” – tentative date Nov 6th virtually 6-7pm – more information coming

Parent Night- Facebook Live- November 10th 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

October/November Events Include:

Grade Level Chats:

· Jr. occurred during September, but we are still available for makeups

· Sr. occur Oct. 19-Oct. 30

· Sophmores occur Nov. 2 – Nov. 13

· Freshman occur Dec. 1 – Dec. 16

FAFSA opens – district FAFSA overview nights: or by appointment with College & Career Advisors

GEN TX - https://youtu.be/DPCZhj7wTpoGen TX:

Grade Level Checklists:

12th/ Senior – http://gentx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/13_Senior_Prep_Checklist.pdf

11th / Junior – http://gentx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/10_Junior_Prep_Checklist.pdf

10th / Sophomore – http://gentx.org/wpcontent/uploads/2015/08/07_Sophomore_Prep_Checklist.pdf

9th / Freshman - http://gentx.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/04_Freshman_Prep_Checklist.pdf

RED RIBBON WEEK OCTOBER 23-30

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Counselors in the Cafe' 10/28/2020

2020 Fall Dress Up Days

Oct. 23- Western Gear

Oct. 26- Hawaiian Shirts

Oct.27 Neon Colors & Sunglasses

Oct. 28- Referee attire

Oct. 29- Wear scrubs

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Social Emotional Learning - GPISD Counseling Services Department
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In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our Family First Be Project representative will host a zoom table talk during all student lunches on Tues., Oct 27th and Friday, Oct 30th. This is not a therapeutic group time but rather a question and answer open dialogue time for those students that are wanting to participate or just listen.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

Tuesday, Oct. 27th 2020 at 11am

GPHS- VIA ZOOM- Zoom meeting ID number: 844 6348 2 7 62 

VIRTUAL LUNCH TABLE featuring BE PROJECT


Zoom meeting ID number: 844 6348 2 7 62

YOUR 20-21 COUNSELING SERVICES TEAM

Vision Statement 2020-2021

Gopher Counseling Services inspire success one student at a time to reach their fullest education potential, ensured by support of a comprehensive counseling program that partners with families, staff, and community members. We ensure access to the necessary skills and tools for students to meet their goals towards College, Career, and Military Readiness.

Mission Statement 2020-2021

Grand Prairie High School Counseling Services is an integral part of the school’s total commitment to helping each student meet their maximum potential. Counseling Services will implement a comprehensive counseling program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to promote college, career, and/or military readiness while partnering with families, staff, and community members.
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Everyone needs someone to talk to. DialCare is standing by.

In addition to the continuing counseling services provided by campus counselors and social workers, Grand Prairie ISD is offering an opportunity for students in 6th through 12th grades to receive virtual counseling services with a trained licensed professional counselor before and after school hours and weekends through DialCare. Counseling is available through the app or on the phone.

Adolescents are often faced with social-emotional challenges that may be difficult for them to handle on their own. Many times, just having the chance to talk through these issues can lead to personal growth and wellness. Actively taking steps to improve one's overall well-being and happiness is a key component of self-care. Self-care plays a vital role in helping adolescents cope with and conquer the challenges of life, especially during these unprecedented times.

This program is easy to use:

• Students can schedule counseling sessions Monday through Friday before or after school hours and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Counseling sessions should not be scheduled during school hours.

• Our mental health professionals will reach out via phone or video chat upon request.

• Consultations are available in both English and Spanish.

How it works:

Step 1: Students can schedule an appointment by app, website or phone: 844-249-4094

When signing in through the website or app, your member ID is your student ID

Step 2: Our mental health professionals will reach out to the student via phone or video chat at the scheduled appointment time.

Step 3: Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.

THIS IS NOT INSURANCE and is not intended to replace health insurance.

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Mental Health Flyer for Parents from Counseling Services

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Need Tech help? Click the tech help link below

Canvas Overview for Students Canvas Tutorial Video Series
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Xello Introduction Video

SAY HELLO TO XELLO!


Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use software that students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices. Using Xello, students plan their journeys toward the future by creating their very own unique roadmap for future success

  • The program is implemented through the GPISD Counseling Services Department at every elementary and secondary campus. The mission of the Counseling Service Department is to guide students from cradle to career, making every student future-ready!



Xello Login Instructions

Login Instructions

Get started on the journey to becoming future-ready by logging in to Xello.

xello.world

Username: GP-Student ID Number (no spaces)
Password: fllllmmdd

  • f: first letter of the first name
  • llll: first four letters of the last name
  • mm: the month of birth
  • dd: day of birth
Xello: Make Every Student Future Ready!

START WITH HELLO

What is the program?
Start with Hello is designed to help students and school staff members create and sustain an inclusive school culture / community by implementing three simple steps:

  1. See Someone Alone
  2. Reach Out + Help
  3. Start with Hello
  4. Make a new friend