Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School~ Northside ISD

May 6-10, 2019

Upcoming Dates:

May 6: Algebra EOC

May 6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8: School Nurse Appreciation Day

May 8: 8th grade panoramic picture

May 8: 5:00 Soccer vs. Stevenson (Boys H, Girl A)

May 13-16: STAAR Testing (Campus will be closed for lunch drop off)

May 21: 6:45 pm PTA meeting

May 23: Yearbook Distribution

May 27: Holiday

June 3: Awards Ceremony

June 5: 8th grade Field Day

June 6: Students last day

2019-2020 School Year Important Dates:

August 14 Market Day 8:00-5:00 PM (come and go)

August 23 6th grade open house A-L 2:30-4:00, M-Z 5:00-6:30

September 4 7/8 open house

September 6 Fall Pictures

September 16 Parent Presentation (Rachel's Challenge) 6:00-7:00 PM

October 25 Gladiator Games

8th Grade Panoramic Picture

The 8th grade class will take their panoramic picture on Wednesday, May 8th during 1st period.

The picture will be taken in the front parking lot, so a portion of that lot will be coned off in the AM.

We ask that all students wear their 8th grade shirt or any Garcia spirit shirt.

Pictures will be delivered on May 9th during lunch. Payment is due at that time.

Big picture

8th Grade STAAR Scores

8th grade STAAR scores were sent home with students on Thursday, May 2nd. For more detailed information about your child's results, see the information below.

Our students did an OUTSTANDING job on the 8th grade Reading and Math STAAR!

Math: 97%

Reading: 93%

The STAAR Student Portal will be accessible to parents by Tuesday, April 30. Parents can access their child’s results using a unique access code which can be found at the bottom of their child’s STAAR Report Card.

Parents can also view the assessment questions, their child’s answers to the questions, and correct answers and rationales. Additionally, parents can view their child’s performance relative to the campus, district, and state.

Campus Calendar

Click here for the Garcia campus calendar of events

Kind of a big deal...

Our PTA is incredible! Thursday night was the last district meeting for the year and our PTA was honored with a certificate recognizing all of the accomplishments they have earned over the year. Thank you for your support in helping earn these awards!

We have a spectacular PTA Board and many of them are leaving us at the end of the year. I'd like to thank them for their dedication and service to our school and community. Some of them have served our school for 9 years!! I will personally miss working with this group. Thank you for all you have done for our school.

President: Angela McDonald

1st VP Membership: Andi Geary

Treasurer: William Burrus

Arts in Education: Dana Barber

Publicity- Social Media: Meredith Zingelmann

Summer School To Get Ahead

Does your current 8th grader want to take high school classes this summer to get ahead? If so, click the link below for more information. They can also talk to their counselor, Mrs. Yzaguirre, in the counseling office for more information.
Brandeis & O'Connor Summer Camp Information

Strength & conditioning and football camp information.

Start Time 2019-2020 School Year

Dear Northside families,

For years we have had a staggered start time for elementary, middle, and high schools. This gap in time between grade levels has helped our departments run efficiently as well as allowed for families to get multiple children to school in a timely manner.

The current start times have been in existence for a number of years. However, the number of students and the expansion of neighborhoods throughout our District has increased dramatically in recent years. This has led to increased traffic in and around our schools. Traffic, coupled with continued construction in many of our communities, has sometimes caused both District buses and commuting families to arrive late to school.

In an effort to alleviate the compressed time between elementary and secondary schools, we will delay the start time by ten minutes at all middle and high schools. Therefore, middle school start time will be at 8:40 a.m. instead of the current 8:30 a.m. and high school start time will be 9:00 a.m. instead of 8:50 a.m.

This change will go into effect in August 2019 and in no way will affect instructional time. Dismissal will be 3: 50 p.m. for middle school and high school will end at 4:15 p.m.

We hope this minor change will provide added time for families and buses to get to school on time. Expect more information and a reminder from your campus principal as the new school year begins in August of 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to call your campus principal. Thank you for your support of your children and Northside schools.


Brian T. Woods