GCA Weekly Update
Hello Spartan Community,
I want to use this update to celebrate some good things that are happening around GCA. We have amazing students who have accomplished excellence in the past few weeks.
4th place - 8th grader, Iijie (pronounced E.G.) Nhan
3rd place - 7th grader, Lalelei Sotoa
2nd place TIE - 8th graders, Faith Li & Ayden Theilsen
1st place - 8th grader, Rhema Li -- Her championship word was "Finnic."
Let's wish Rhema good luck as she prepares to represent G.C.A. in the district spelling bee in January!
Along with GCA being a Platinum AP School, nationally ranked within the top 50, and the number 7 high school in the state, according to US News, US News has now ranked us as the number 4 middle school in Arizona. Go Spartans!
GCA’s Model U.N. team recently competed at the 14th annual SUNMUN ASU tournament. Not only did our students have a great time and win numerous awards, they were able to hear from some very impressive guest speakers, including Adrian Fontes, Arizona's Secretary of State, Christine Marsh, an Arizona State Senator, and David A. Merkel, a U.S. diplomat who worked in the White House, Department of State, and the U.S. Treasury. Merkel received the NATO Star Award for his contributions to European security, and negotiated the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership while serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. It was an amazing opportunity for our students to hear from such prestigious speakers, and especially to have time to ask them questions like, “What can I do now to become a U.S. diplomat in the future?” In addition, Arizona Governor, Katie Hobbs, recorded a special message to the students competing at the tournament.
Our Model U.N. students were also able to catch up with Ritisha (Risha) Das, a 2020 GCA graduate and Flinn Scholar, who is currently a senior at Barrett's Honor College at ASU. Risha has served as Secretary General of the ASU Model U.N. team for the last two years, and this will be her last year in the position. While serving as Secretary General, Risha and her ASU team were able to travel to Europe and compete in collegiate tournaments, showing our students what is possible if they continue their membership with Model U.N. at the university level.
Congratulations to our SUNMUN ASU winners!
- Jackson Peterson & Caoimhe LaSpaluto won Best Position Paper, representing China in the Security Council (double delegated)
- Alexander Tangpan won Best Position Paper, representing Spain in the Human Rights Council
- Benson Gailey won Best Diplomat, representing Thomas Edison in the Historical Crisis Committee set in the Gilded Age
- Farhan Islam won Best Delegate, representing Andrew Carnegie in the Historical Crisis Committee set in the Gilded Age
- Audrey Ray won Best Novice Delegate, representing Henry George in the Historical Crisis Committee set in the Gilded Age
Great job to all of our SUNMUN Model U.N. participants and winners!
Math tutoring is in Mrs. Maas’ room (room 126) from 9 to 11 am. Bring $5 for all the help you need.
Mrs. Sprinkle will hold Latin tutoring this Saturday, December 2nd, in her classroom (room 125) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring $5 to get as much help as you want.
Winterfest - Next Saturday, December 9th.
If you want to reserve a parking space for $50, please follow the instructions below -
Email PTO that you would like to purchase a saved parking spot to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address.
PTO will email you an invoice for $50.
Once your invoice is paid, the spot is yours!
The saved spots will be marked off with an orange cone with your family’s name on the cone.
All proceeds directly benefit the GCA Music Department.
December 4 - 8 - Next week is National Computer Science Education Week. There will be events in the Cybrary on Tuesday, 12/5, and Thursday, 12/7, during both JH and HS lunches. On Tuesday, there will be a TI Rover programming activity led by our GCA math teacher, Mrs. Maas. Thursday, the Career Center invited PacWest Banc's VP of Application Development Manager, Ms. Blia Ramirez, to speak about careers in Computer Science and women in technology. There will be a short talk and Q&A. Students, please bring your lunch and join us in the Cybrary.
Saturday, December 9th - Winterfest
Friday, December 15th - Tuesday, December 19th - Final Exams - Here is the Schedule
Friday, December 20th - Winter Break Begins.
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GCA Music News
Winterfest is next week! Thank you to all for your generous donations to our auction baskets. We are excited to have these baskets up for auction at the event. We are also excited to have Winterfest be bigger and grander than ever before. We will have more vendors, more games and a special closing event. The concert portion and closing event are free to attend but bring your cash, cards or check books to purchase food, vendor items, auction items and game tickets. It is an event not to be missed!
The 17th Annual GCA Winterfest, Saturday, December 9th, 11am-4pm.
11:00am- Junior High Bands and Orchestras
12:30pm- Guitar Ensemble
1:00pm- High School Bands and Orchestras
2:15pm- All choirs
3:00pm- Jazz Band
3:30pm- A special, brand new closing event in the gym!
If you can't make it to Winterfest or just want more musical cheer in your holiday season, join us for Symphonia Festi on Friday, December 15th at 7pm in the MJHS Auditorium. This concert will have performances by Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Strings. It is a free concert and will feature our grand finale, the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. All GCA Alumni and community members are invited to sing or play with us.
Thank you for an incredible first semester. We are looking forward to the spring semester!
GCA Counseling Corner
Christy Kline, Christina.email@example.com Guidance Counselor
Beth Brewer, Beth.firstname.lastname@example.org College Center Coordinator
The Counseling Dept and College Center now have a webpage with a ton of useful information!
Information about the upcoming changes with the FAFSA will be on under the “Opportunities and Helpful Links” page soon.
Please feel free to contact us at any time with concerns or questions. Throughout the year, we will be seeing students for grade-level classroom advisement and also on an individual basis.
Dan Hood Ed.D.
Gilbert Classical Academy