Global Studies Academy

Newsletter January 17, 2023

GSA Course Selection 2023-2024 School Year

Course selection is approaching, it is the STUDENT's responsibility to ensure you are taking the correct courses that coincide with the Global Studies Academy requirements. The counselors and I will do our best to ensure you are in the right courses, however, it is WAY EASIER if you select the required courses during the course selection process. See the required courses below for your grade level.

Course Selection Information: rising 10-12th Graders GSA

10th Grade GSA Requirements: Language II, ELA II AAC, World History (AP Recommended but not required)

11th Grade GSA Requirements: Language III AAC, ELA III AP, US History (AP Recommended but not required), Choice of: Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, OR AP European History

12th Grade GSA Requirements: Language IV AP, ELA IV AP, ECON/GOV (AP Recommended but not required), GSA Capstone

Important Weekly Newsletter Facts

Academy Students & Parents -

Each week, the Academy Newsletter is updated and by your Academy Coordinator. New opportunities for volunteer hours and enrichment activities can be found beneath the sections titled "After School Enrichment" and "Volunteer".

It is the responsibility of the Academy student to meet their Academy requirements at a time that best suits their schedules, which is why this newsletter acts as an aide to assist students in finding opportunities for them with varying dates, times, and locations.

For SCHOLARSHIP opportunities, scroll all the way to the bottom of the newsletter. Your Academy Coordinator updates this section as new opportunities are available.

Please ensure you are checking this newsletter WEEKLY for updates on these opportunities.

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GSA Class of 2023

Scroll down to the SCHOLARSHIP portion of the newsletter to see information on how to apply for the Global Studies Academy Scholarship for C/O 2023.

Global Studies Academy Travel Grant Information

Please take a moment to look over the GSA Travel Grant Application (document below) to apply for funds to assist in your summer travel plans for enrichment opportunities.

Email your completed application to Ms. Skelton at The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 10, 2023.
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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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Academy Bus Route Changes - Non-Zoned Students

Please see the letter below that was sent out to all Academy students regarding transportation to Academy campuses for non-zoned students beginning in January 2023.

Dear FBISD High School Parents and Students Participating in Academies, PTECH and Early College,

The FBISD Transportation Department has completed a review of its current bus routes used to transport students to our academies, PTECH and Early College programs. Based on the review, the district has identified a more time-efficient and cost-effective strategy for transporting students.

Effective after the winter break, the transportation department will change most of the pick-up/drop-off locations from the student’s zoned elementary school to the student’s zoned middle school.

This move will not only save the district money as it must continue to identify cost-cutting measures in the wake of the recent unsuccessful VATRE election, it will also result in later AM pick-up times. This will allow our students time in the mornings to get a little extra sleep -fueling their brains in alignment with the district’s Whole Child Health goals- since some students were required to be at their pick-up locations as early as 5:30 a.m.

A few of our pick-up/drop-off locations will remain at elementary schools due to logistical and safety considerations.

These changes will take effect starting on Thursday, January 5, 2023 -the first day of classes after the winter break holiday.

We wanted to make you aware of this change as far in advance as possible to give you enough time to adjust and plan for the modified bus pick-up/drop-off locations.

Before the winter break begins, the FBISD Transportation Department will send parents and students their new pick-up/drop-off locations and times.

As always, thank you for your support of the high school programs as we all work to provide the best possible level of service to our students and families under these difficult financial circumstances.


Oscar Perez

FBISD Chief Operations Officer

GSA Booster Club Membership Dues!!

Please pay your $45 GSA Booster Club membership dues. Click the link below to complete the registration form and submit your payment. Dues are used to pay for various events throughout the year including student socials, Lock-In, the Global Issues Summit and the End of Year Banquet. Funds are also used for student Travel Grants and for Senior Scholarships.

We also accept additional donations on our website and please reach out to businesses or companies that may be interested in donating to these wonderful students! Thank you for your support!

We appreciate your help in making this year the best GSA year yet!

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 or click the link below to join our group!

Hey, join our 'GSA Booster Club & Parent Band' group on BAND - The app for groups and communities!

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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.

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.

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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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RealTalk Virtual College Exploration

Real Talk is a virtual college exploration initiative designed to connect Black students and families with Black representatives from colleges and access organizations across the country. We empower Black students to own their futures their way.

Real Talk is a safe space for you to learn and engage, while also getting answers to your most pressing questions about life after high school. No matter where you are on your journey, we’re here for you. Family members and educators are also encouraged to participate!

CIEE Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad

Virtual Presentation Every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. EST

We want your students to apply for their study abroad programs with confidence!

That's why every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. EST, our helpful Enrollment Coordinators answer questions live on a virtual call.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators are all invited to join us to learn more about:

  • Program options
  • Application process
  • How to apply to a scholarships and more

Texas A&M University - Bush School of Government & Public Service recruiting events

Texas A&M University - The Bush School of Government & Public Service is hosting a series of recruiting events and webinars about their programs.

See the website below on how to register for their webinars and in-person events. These events may also count as enrichment credits.

Youth in Politics - Article Writing

See the link below to an organization created by one of our own GSA students!

Youth in Politics is an organization dedicated to creating more civically engaged and informed teens. If you are interested in writing article(s) to be published on their website, you may receive enrichment credit for each article that is published.

*NOTE* your article must be published to receive enrichment credit, if the owners of Youth in Politics choose not to publish your article, you will not receive enrichment credit.

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.

The Sugar Land Rotary Running With A Heart 5K

The Sugar Land Rotary Running With A Heart 5K wanted to share with you that they have an opportunity to volunteer at their 5K race. This year’s race benefits Parks Youth Ranch which provides emergency shelter for abused or neglected youth.

Volunteer opportunities range from water station to cheering on runners the day of the event, February 11, 2023. It takes place at Sugar Land Town Square.

Below is our sign-up link if you are interested in volunteering.

Malala Elementary School Multicultural Night Signup

Last year's Multicultural Night was a big success and we plan on this year being even better! Our theme is The Seven Continents. We are inviting parents to participate in the night's events by sharing about your culture!


You can put together a posterboard, bring in artifiacts, dress in attire that represents your culture, and/or share a skill or that represents the uniqueness of you! Each participant will be provided a table, in a specified grade level pod, to set up. We hope to have interactive displays to engage our young travelers as they move from continent to continent! Parents and students will be able to visit the displays, and speak to participants, from 5:00-7:00pm.


Just like last year, we will have a variety of dance performances from around the world. If you are interested in performing, please pick a slot. In the comments section, let us know what part of the world your dance originates from.


Would you like to share an artistic expression of your culture with Malala students? If you would like to host a Henna, face-painting, or other artistic station, we want to hear about it! Pick a slot and let us know, in the comments, what you would like to do!

It will definitely be a wonderful event. Thank you for your willingness to participate!

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of student volunteers to support the set up of the African American and Hispanic Pioneers –STEAM Traveling Museum at the Fluor Daniel Building located at One Fluor Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478.

Please use this link to see times available and other important details INCLUDING a pizza lunch!

Sign up to work either January 28th or January 29th

African American and Hispanic Pioneers -STEAM Traveling Museum sign up

Goodwill Houston Volunteering

Goodwill Houston needs volunteers like you to help change lives! Through our volunteer program, we offer fun, hands-on opportunities to get you involved and help us make a meaningful impact in the Greater Houston area.

If you are interested in making a difference, Goodwill Houston is the place for you!

We welcome the following types of volunteers:

Volunteer Program

Student Program

Vocational Learning Program

Community Service

Volunteer with SBP Disaster Relief

See the flyers below on how you can help people in your community who are still struggling with damages caused by the winter storm and Hurricane Harvey.

Experience meaningful volunteer experiences that teach you life skills as well as help your community! Scan the QR code on the second flyer below to learn more!

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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
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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Global Studies Academy Booster Club Senior Scholarship

GSA Seniors,

Please see the attached information file below regarding the application process for the GSA Senior Scholarship awarded by the Global Studies Academy Booster Club.

All questions can be sent to either myself or

The application packet is due by 3:00 PM on March 1, 2023 and should be submitted to

January Scholarship Newsletter

Class of 2023 Students -

See the document attached below for the list of this month's scholarship opportunities available for soon-to-be graduates!

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