Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Newsletter

March 27-31, 2017

Greetings Gladiator Community,

The first round of STAAR testing will be held this week. Tuesday is writing (7) and math (8). Wednesday is 8th grade reading. Students need to bring two sharpened pencils and a book to read. We ask that lunches not be dropped off in the front office for students on these days as their lunch times will be different.

We have an informational event on April 24th that all parents are invited to attend on internet safety. If your child has a cell phone, the session will be worth your time. Our PTA will serve light refreshments. (See flyer below for more details.)

Congratulations to our track teams! 8th grade boys are North Zone district champs! 7th grade boys took 3rd place. 7th and 8th grade girls are North Zone district champs! Great job athletes and coaches! Qualifying students will participate in the Meet of Champs on April 4.

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli


Does you child have access to the internet?

If so, then you'll want to attend an important information session for parents on how to keep your child safe on the internet. FBI agents will share tips and strategies to protect children from internet predators.
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It's the NEF - 5k time and that means it's time to get moving! As you know, NEF part-

ners with hundreds of families, sponsors, and vendors to support its mission of gener-

ating more resources for NISD faculty and staff to provide innovative educational

programs to more than 106,000 students. Please come out and join us and help our

school earn cash as well! If you can't go, you can still donate and help our school win!

You can register online or fill out a registration form in the front


When: Saturday, May 6th


  • $25 - Super Hero Individual
-Discounted to $20 with ($35) SeaWorld lunch and park ticket purchase

-Increase to $50 after April 14 and on race day

  • $70 - Super Group Family & Friends (3-6) members

-Increase to $140 after April 14 and on race day

  • $25 - Super Sleepwalker

- Sleep in, skip the race but still support NEF

-Increase to $50 after April 14 and on race day

  • $35 - SeaWorld lunch and park ticket per registrant

- This is an additional cost, not a stand-alone registration option.

- Aquatica is not included

- Deadline is April 14

For more information, please contact Kim Arnall ( or Irene

Astwood ( Thank you for helping out!

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Attention 6th Grade Parents

Immunizations Needed for 17-18 school year:

Your child will be required to show proof of the Tdap (within the last 5 years) and Meningococcal (MCV4 ) on or after their 11th birthday (Note: if student received it at age 10, this will satisfy the requirement) in order to start the 7th grade. Notices are being sent home this week for students who have not yet met this requirement. Please ask your child if they received a notice. If your child has already received these immunizations, please send in the record now. If you are unsure about whether or not your child turned in the record or needs these immunizations, then please do not hesitate to contact Merry Garcia, School Nurse, at (210) 397-8409.

Merry Garcia, School Nurse

Menactra (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine): This vaccine protects students 11 years of age and older from Meningitis. One dose is required for students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

For more information visit:
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MathCounts Team Competes in Austin

Good luck to our MathCounts team as they compete in Austin at the state competition! The team consists of: Ray Zhang (6), Yuto Takahashi (7), Anne Fu (8), and (8) Lindsey Ran. They are coached by Howard Villarreal.
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Important 8th Grade Dates

March 28, 2017 STAAR- 8-M, 7-W

March 29, 2017 STAAR- 8-R

March 31, 2017, Deadline for course letters to be returned with any changes

April 14, 2017, Holiday

April 21, 2017, Fiesta Texas Field Trip

April 26, 2017, Panoramic picture

April 28, 2017, Holiday

May 1, 2017 Algebra EOC

May 5, 2017, Dance 6:00-8:30

May 8, 2017, STAAR 6-M, 7-M, 8-M (Retest)

May 9, 2017, STAAR 6-R, 7-R, 8-R (Retest)

May 10, 2017 STAAR 8-Sci

May 11, 2017 STAAR 8-SS

May 30, 2017 Field Day

May 31, 2017, Awards Ceremony