Global Studies Academy

Newsletter August 15, 2022

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From your Academy Coordinator -

In this newsletter you will find helpful information, news from the GSA Booster Club, and some volunteer opportunities and Enrichment Opportunities.

Parents/Guardians, please make sure that you have gone into skyward and checked your email addresses. It is our main way of communicating with everyone and last week many were undelivered. If it is incorrect, please update it.

If you need to, email Ms. Skelton and make sure to include your academy, campus, and ID number in the body of your email. Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you have to Ms. Skelton (

Enrichment and Volunteer Hours: You will find links in the newsletters to enrichment and volunteer opportunities for the semester. Please remember that you will need to complete two enrichments per semester for a total of 4 for the year and 12.5 volunteer hours for a total of 25 hours a year.

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GSA Parent & Booster Club BAND

GSA Parents -

Please take a moment to download the "Band" app, this is a quick and easy way to stay in touch as a group. GSA Booster Club is very active and hosts a lot of spirit nights, parent socials, and invites all GSA parents to play an active role in GSA through opportunities provided in the Booster Club. Scan the QR Code below to join our group!

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Academy Bus Routes 2022-2023

See the file below for this year's Academy bus routes for Travis High School Academies. If you do not see your zoned elementary school on the list as a bus stop, please go to the stop nearest you. If this stop does not work for you long-term, let me know ASAP so I may notify transportation.
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NEW! Band APP for STUDENT ONLY communication through GSA

We will be begin using Band for all GSA informal communication beginning in August.

Feel free to scan the QR code below to join our Band to stay up to date on all things GSA!

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Global Studies Academy Student Survey

GSA Students -

Please take some time to fill out the form at the link below from our GSA Student Executive Leadership Team. GSA's Student Executive Leadership Team is working diligently to ensure your experience in GSA is memorable and enriching.

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GSA Booster Club

Why should you join the GSA Booster Club?

(i.e. how we use your $45 membership fee to help our students)

Support student socials

  • Plan events like the Lock-In and the End of the Year Banquet
  • Assist with the student-led Global Issues Summit
  • Provide transportation fees for student field trips
  • Award Capstone grants
  • Award travel grants for student trips abroad
  • Award 2 senior scholarships
  • Network with other GSA parents for support and advice throughout the year

Join now through our website:

Or use this QR reader:

The GSA Booster Club needs you! We are looking for a few parents to join our team. Please email us at if you’re interested or want to learn more

Open Positions: Vice President, Secretary, Travel Grants Chair, Fundraiser Chair

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on GSA BC happenings:

Thank you for supporting the GSA Booster Club! Remember our sole purpose is to help our students have a successful school year in the Travis High School GSA program!

We would like to start highlighting our outstanding Academy students and their accomplishments in and outside of school. If your student has won an award, received a scholarship, participated in a competitive summer program, etc. please submit this form. We will post your student's accomplishment in/on the varies academy social media platforms and they may be featured in other community publication.

The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form

Schoology Course Codes

Please make sure that you have joined your class GSA Schoology Course. This is where you will upload your Enrichment Activities, find links to upload your Volunteer Hours, and be able to track your Enrichment Activities and Volunteer Hours in gradebook. Updates can also be found there as well.

Class of 2026: BNKQX-H3TT8

Class of 2025: VPJX-CW5H-VGHTF

Cass of 2024: VT9G-5M3S-FZ88N

Class of 2023: 8JDHC-R5M8M

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GSA Academy students are required to complete 4 enrichment activities a year . That breaks down to 2 each semester. You will be able to find enrichment activities in each weeks newsletter.
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Harris County Elections Needs Civic Minded Students!

In Texas, high school students age 16 years and older can get paid to work on Election Day. We would like to encourage students across Harris County to apply to work in the upcoming November 8, 2022 cycle. Please note this is not a guaranteed position.

Students can apply online and find more information at the link below.

When students serve on Election Day, they receive:

  • $17/hour
  • Paid training
  • An excused absence from school (up to 2 days per school year)
  • A letter of recommendation from Elections Administrator

When students apply, an email will be sent directly to the principal for their consent.

Community Mapping 101 - Enrichment Opportunity

Please check out the link below to complete the activity for an additional enrichment opportunity!
GSA Academy students are required to complete 25 hours a year of volunteering. That breaks down to 12.5 hours each semester. You will be able to find volunteer opportunities in each weeks newsletter.
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GSA Students must complete a total of 25 volunteer hours per school year. This breaks down to 12.5 volunteer hours per semester. You may find some opportunities available to you below.

**CHANGE: You will now submit your volunteer hours directly to Schoology. You must upload your volunteer hour documents in a way that can be opened and viewed or you will not receive credit.

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Cards for a Cause

Cards for a Cause is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the spirits of disheartened, hospitalized, and/or seriously ill children by creating and sending encouraging homemade cards to give them something to smile about during a difficult time.

Make and send 6 cards to equal 1 volunteer hour. Make sure you take a picture of the cards you send and upload them with your volunteer forms.

See website on how to get involved:

Letters Against Isolation

Spend some time spreading joy to senior citizens who have spent the majority of the pandemic isolated in senior care facilities. Senior loneliness is a well-documented issue and has effects not only on seniors’ mental health but on their physical health.

Make and send 6 cards to equal 1 volunteer hour. Make sure you take a pictures of the cards you send and upload them with your volunteer forms.

See the website on how to get involved:


TeensGive volunteers are high school students who want to use their skills to give back. So, what better way than through helping younger children learn? We offer three options to our members:

  1. In-person tutoring at our network of after-school programs
  2. Virtual volunteering: tutor children from Title 1 schools online on our platform
  3. Teach our entrepreneurship curriculum, Counting Cupcakes, which teaches math and business skills in a fun and delicious way!


Sign up to Virtually Volunteer HERE


TED Translators are a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders.

Volunteer Roles: Apply HERE

The TED Translators program encourages the growth and advancement of all of our volunteers. There are specific roles volunteers can achieve to engage in the program and develop their skills:

Translator / Transcriber

Translators and transcribers are volunteers who create subtitles on CaptionHub. New volunteers should work on one assignment at a time before claiming a new video to subtitle.


Virtually National Archives Transcription and Tagging VIRTUALLY NATIONAL ARCHIVES TRANSCRIPTION AND TAGGING

"Welcome to our Citizen Archivist program. You can contribute to the National Archives Catalog by tagging, transcribing and adding comments to our records, making them more accessible and searchable. Join us! Every contribution you make helps unlock history." (

Topics that the National Archives is looking for help with include: Sign up Here

  • Homestead Final Certificates 18-63-1894
  • African American History Documents
  • The American Soldier
  • African American Civil Wars Soldiers
  • and Many more
  • At the bottom of this page, they have documents categorized by beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.


"The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. The Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries. (

Second Mile

Whether you love to work one-on-one with people in need or to work diligently behind the scenes, we have a place for you. People like you give their time and talents to help us serve our neighbors through the most devastating moments of their life. We could not do this work without generous volunteers. Volunteers ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

    1. Before your volunteer session and for a quicker check-in, complete this online volunteer application:
    2. Please be sure to sign in at the volunteer kiosk and sign out after volunteering. We will not be able to process your volunteer records without these steps.

    Mask Mandate Update (August 2021)

    In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines and with the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, masks are required for all individuals who enter Second Mile.

    Thank you for your help in supporting this ministry while prioritizing the health of our community.

Houston Food Bank

Click the button to sign up to volunteer with the Houston Food Bank

Project C.U.R.E

Please join us in saving lives by preparing medical supplies for shipment to hospitals and clinics in need around the world. Activities may include organizing warehouse inventory, sorting medical supplies, supporting administrative efforts, pulling for and loading containers, or other projects to be accomplished for the day. This will be a fun, engaging, and hands-on experience.

Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. Project C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment needed to deliver healthcare in communities. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to people in need in more than 130 countries.

  1. Go to this link:
  2. Scroll to the calendar and select a date which you are available (Make sure to go fast, spots are filling up!)
  3. Select “Sign Up” and “Create new account”
  4. Once you have created your account, you will be emailed a confirmation
  5. Students below 18 must print/ fill out a waiver form signed by their parent/guardian and bring it to the event *The waiver will be in your email confirmation
  6. New volunteers must arrive 10-15 minutes early to their volunteer slot for an orientation

Important Information:

Thank you for volunteering to serve with Project C.U.R.E.

Project C.U.R.E.’s Houston facility is located at 8303 Kempwood Drive, Houston, TX 77055. We are located in Spring Branch near the intersection of Bingle and Kempwood.

Before arriving, please review the safety guidelines in this video.

Also, please keep the following in mind:

  • Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes in the warehouse.
  • Please dress comfortably and wear weather appropriate clothing - the warehouse can be warm in the summer and cool in the winter.
  • Some of our tasks can be physically demanding but are always optional
  • Minimum age to volunteer is 15 (under 18 requires parent/legal guardian signed consent in advance).

We look forward to working with you soon! Thanks for your interest in helping in our mission of "delivering Health & Hope to the world!"

The safety of our volunteers and staff is our top priority. We are taking all possible precautions. During your volunteer time, we will be following CDC recommendations and all volunteers and staff are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask and gloves. If you have your own mask, please bring it to your volunteer session. Disposable masks will be provided if needed. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer throughout your volunteer session. Please do not come volunteer if you are feeling ill or have been in contact with someone feeling ill. Your support in maintaining a safe facility is tremendously appreciated!

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Attire: Volunteers are required to wear closed-toed shoes. We recommend comfortable, weather-appropriate attire that you don't mind getting dusty. The warehouse is colder in winters and warmer in summers.
  • Timing: Please arrive on time. You will be led by a Volunteer Leader and they will need adequate time to explain to you what will need to be done.
  • Food/drink: You are welcome to bring water and small snacks with you if you wish.
  • Age: The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old; volunteers younger than 18 years old will need parent/legal guardian consent signature.
  • Cancellation concern: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration so we do not schedule staff unnecessarily.

We look forward to working with you soon! Thank you for helping us in delivering health and hope to the world.

Target Hunger

Target Hunger Website

Target Hunger depends upon the support of the community to fulfill our mission. A vital aspect of that support is volunteerism. Each year, Target Hunger welcomes hundreds of volunteers who donate their time to help children, families, and seniors in need of food assistance. If you are interested in volunteering with Target Hunger, please register below.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Drive-Thru Food Distributions

Volunteer to help pack bags filled with food and place into the trunk’s of cars.

Register to Volunteer at a Food Distribution

Community Garden

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Do you want to share your passion for gardening with others? We welcome both novice and experienced gardeners to volunteer at our Garden. Volunteers work together to grow 6,000 pounds of nutritious produce that is distributed through Target Hunger Pantries and Food Fairs.

Register to Volunteer at the Garden

Community Garden Volunteers: Missouri City

The Lettuce Live community garden is in Buffalo Run Park in Missouri City, Texas. We have shifts every Saturday from 8:15am - 11:30am to help maintain the Lettuce Live community garden. We're looking for energetic volunteers to join us to harvest, weed, paint, plant seeds and have fun.

Sign up to volunteer at

We have precautions in place to ensure the safety of our volunteers. These include outdoor space to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance, using gloves to handle produce, and wearing of masks or protective coverings over the nose and mouth in spaces where sufficient social distance cannot be maintained. We recommend volunteers bring their own drinking water to the garden and ask that you stay home if you are not feeling well.

Volunteer Form

You will need to print out the volunteer form and take it with you when you volunteer. Fill it out and have the person in charge of the volunteer event sign the form for you.

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