SGP Counseling Services Newsletter

Fall Edition

SGP Counseling Services Team

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SGPHS Counseling Team Mission Statement

We deliver an all-inclusive counseling program that offers every student the opportunity to attain optimal results in academia, supports their social and emotional development, and shepherds them on a path toward college and career exploration.

Our Vision

To equip students with the tools necessary to navigate an ever-changing global society by fostering their desire to pursue lifelong academic, cultural, social-emotional, and technological awareness that extends far beyond the high school experience.

Are you a graduating senior?

Dallas County Promise can help you succeed in college and careers you’re passionate about, and help you prepare to advance professionally in life. With tuition assistance, success coaching, and advising, our Promise is to support you in earning your credentials in the form of a career certification, associate or bachelor’s degree. Take the Promise Pledge and begin to explore tuition-free college opportunities.


http://dallascountypromise.org

Seniors, have you completed the FAFSA or TASFA? Do you need money for college?

Financial aid is an important resource that helps you and your family pay for college. This financial assistance can cover educational costs including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and even some employment opportunities through work-study programs. Both the federal government and the State of Texas provide financial aid opportunities. For more information concerning paying for college visit: highered.texas.gov

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Skills for success

  1. Organizational Skills: Keep all of your study materials in one convenient location. Have separate notebooks/binders for each of your classes or separate courses with dividers inside of a binder. Bring all materials to class each day.
  2. Good Study Habits: Set aside time each day to study even if you don't have homework or a test the next day. It's a good idea to review your notes daily rather than cram for tests the night before.
  3. The Ability to Set Attainable Goals: It's important to set goals, as long as they're attainable. Setting goals that are unreasonably high is a set-up for disappointment and frustration.
  4. Completion of Assignments: Homework is assigned to enhance what has been learned in class.
  5. Commitment: Finish strong! Do your best and get the most out of every course you take. Your commitment will pay off in the end.
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2021-2022 Course Registration

Current 11th graders who missed the opportunity to meet with a counselor to choose courses for next year should contact their counselor as soon as possible. Current 10th graders will meet with counselors in November to finalize course selections for the 2021-2022 school year. Current 9th graders will meet in December. Students can go to Xello.World to view available courses. Endorsement sheets and elective choices can also be found on the South Grand Prairie school website. Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Will you be able to afford the lifestyle you want?

It's difficult to predict the future, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.


https://texasrealitycheck.com/

Message from Mrs. Herrera, SGP Social Worker

Have you noticed that your student is struggling more than usual? Are you unsure how to help? Please know that you are not alone! We are experiencing more than usual concerns with regards to low grades and lack of motivation. The good news is that at SGP we have a great counseling team that is able to provide emotional and social support to our Warriors. Your student can request an office visit with their counselor and/or myself through the SGP Counseling Services Canvas Page.


Virtual Learning can be stressful. When it comes to our student’s health and well-being, early identification and providing appropriate services for students and their families can make a difference. That’s where the virtual counseling program through DialCare comes in. Middle and high school students can connect with mental health professionals who can work with conditions such as depression, stress, anxiety, relationships, grief, eating disorders, addiction and more.* Sessions are available in both English and Spanish during after school hours. For more information, visit gpisd.org/DialCare. *This is a free service for GPISD students in Texas. This is not insurance.


As your school social worker I am also able to provide you with other community resources you may need. If you or someone you know is struggling with food, clothing, shelter, or at risk of becoming homeless, please contact me for those resources.


Maria Herrera, LMSW

School Social Worker

South Grand Prairie High School

301 W. Warrior Trail

Grand Prairie, TX 75052

(972) 343-1667 Office Number

(469) 645-8620 Google Voice – Text

maria.herrera@gpisd.org

SGP Counseling Services Virtual Webpage

Click here to find additional information that we offer our students.

Upcoming Events

  • December 7-11- STAAR EOC Retakes
  • December 16-20- Semester Exams
  • December 21- January 4- Winter Break
  • January 5- Semester 2 begins