Gopher Gazette

GPHS Counseling Services

2nd 9 Weeks is in Progress!!!

Students it is imperative for you to have access to Skyward and check your grades and attendance. Academic achievement is important during your high school years. Set short-term and long-term goals; afterwards, strive to achieve. After-school tutoring, Gopher Academy, and Attendance School is available to students Monday-Thursday. Check with your teacher for additional information (designated days and times).

Are you happy with your College Entrance Examination scores?

How are you going to pay for college?

Important Dates for Dallas Promise

February 8, 2019: Pledge and Apply

March 8, 2019: Submit FAFSA/TASFA

July 31, 2019: Register for Fall classes

Other Important Dates for Dallas Promise Partners:

December 1, 2018: Priority Deadline to be accepted to UNT Dallas

January 15, 2019: Deadline for competitive SMU Mustang Scholars program and Promise Pledge

See GPISD College and Career Readiness website for additional information

Note: The College and Career Center is assisting with this process.

Local and Regional Scholarships

Listed on GPISD website

Raise Me

Earn money for college through academic achievement and extracurricular involvement (leadership roles)- All High School Students, grades 9-12.

University Scholaships

Prospective college students should always check for scholarship opportunities at their colleges of interest. A few schools are listed below.

Juniors, Its time to prepare!

Career Cruising
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Career Cruising: Online College and Career Readiness Resource (scan barcode for additional information)

Career Cruising Access:


Student Login: GP-Your Child’s Student ID

Student Password: Your Child’s Date of Birth


Student Login: GP-111111

Student Password: 01/01/2018

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Activities and Clubs/Organizations

Why should you get involved? Here are 12 reasons.
  • You’ll learn more about yourself.
    • Joining a student organization presents many opportunities to learn more about yourself, your goals, and your strengths. You can learn from how other students handle certain situations and test your current knowledge. You can also find out what you’re good at, whether that’s multitasking, staying organized, generating ideas, or serving others. This self-awareness will be beneficial in your future career.
  • You’ll develop soft skills.
    • Soft skills are essentially “people skills” — they’re the skills that allow us to effectively interact with others, like communication, attitude, and work ethic. Participating in a student organization not only teaches you these skills, but also helps you broaden and improve those you already have. You’ll learn the best way to communicate with both individuals and large groups, and you’ll gain emotional intelligence as you develop new relationships.
  • You’ll learn how to work with a team.
    • Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own.
  • You’ll get networking opportunities.
    • Another great benefit of student organizations is that you get the opportunity to network. Meeting new students, making connections, and building relationships will all help down the line when you’re looking for a college or job. Because you’re all part of the same organization, you know the people you’re meeting have at least a few of the same interests as you, so their connections will be valuable.
  • You’ll gain practical experience in a safe environment.
    • Participating in a club or an organization based around your particular area of study will give you practical experience within that field. And what’s great about student clubs is that while you learn to use skills like project management, event planning, and fundraising, you get to test them out in a safe environment where making mistakes is OK. Everyone is there to support you, so there’s no fear in messing up or being wrong.
  • You’ll be able to use the skills you’ve learned in class.
    • As students, you are able to apply classroom experience in your student organizations, and also develop leadership and life skills that help you become more effective in classroom team projects.
  • You’ll learn how to engage with diverse groups of people.
    • Chances are, the organization you choose to participate in will include a diverse group of people — you’ll be faced with the same situation in college and the working world! Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations will help you develop your skills in presenting and implementing ideas.
  • You’ll gain leadership skills.
    • Becoming a leader or an officer in an organization will help you develop leadership skills that will be invaluable in all areas of life. You’ll be presented with opportunities to improve in public speaking, and gain confidence in yourself as an individual.
  • You’ll get a break from your studies.
    • Concentrating on schoolwork is obviously important but giving your mind a break is necessary (and beneficial). While taking part in club activities, you’ll be able to socialize with like-minded individuals and actually learn as much from them as you would your schoolwork.
  • You’ll expand your resume.
    • There’s no arguing that organizations and activities look good on a résumé. Showing colleges and employers that you participated in, or (better yet) lead, a student organization, they’ll know that you’re hard working and can handle multiple responsibilities.
  • You’ll be able to give back to the community.
    • Many student organizations provide opportunities to give back to the community, whether through acts of service, sponsoring events, or hosting charity drives. Not only is this good for society, but it will teach you how a you can give back to your community in the future.
  • You’ll have fun!
    • Another simple reason to join a student organization is to have fun. Meeting new people, making new friends, and participating in activities will help you make the most of your high school experience.

Kindness Crew is inviting new members...

See your GPHS Counselor if you are interested in joining a club or organization at GPHS.


Grand Prairie ISD

Provides a community folder for non-school groups/organizations

monthly events are listed

Teen Time

For teens in grades 6-12.

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    Wednesdays, September-December, 4:30pm
    Come hang out with us - table top games, crafts, video games and more. Email for more information.

    Tabletop Gaming Meetup

    For teens in grades 6-12.

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      Wednesdays, September-December, 6-7:30 p.m

      . Join us for some tabletop gaming fun! Use the library’s games or bring your own.

      Grand Prairie Event Calendar


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      Workforce Solutions Resume Help

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        The Grand Prairie Workforce Center has an English and Spanish speaking representative at the library every Monday. Come get help finding a job or preparing and updating your resume. Learn about helpful resources at NO COST!

        Upcoming Events

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        Veteran's Day: GPHS Counseling Services Celebrate

        Grand Prairie High School counselors celebrated our Social Worker, Gwen Sanders, a veteran of the United States Military who served as a dispatcher for a Helicopter Medevac Unit overseas. Mrs. Sanders is truly a blessing to our team, campus, and district as she has a heart for servant leadership. We thank her, all those that served and are still continuing to serve for our country!

        Social-Emotional Support


        1. Select the situation: Avoid circumstances that trigger unwanted emotions.
        2. Modify the situation: Perhaps the emotion you’re trying to reduce is disappointment.
        3. Shift your attentional focus: Focus on what you’re doing, and in the process, you’ll eventually gain some of the strength you desire.
        4. Change your thoughts: At the core of our deepest emotions are the beliefs that drive them. By changing your thoughts you may not be able to change the situation but you can at least change the way you believe the situation is affecting you.
        5. Change your response: Gather your inner resources and force yourself at least to change your facial expression if not your mood.

        -Psychology Today


        The internet and social media are very popular places to hang out these days. Unfortunately, horrible things can take place online if you are not proactive. Having boundaries and precautions can help protect you from cyberbullying.

        Here are some tips to follow:

        • Only be “friends” with people you know and trust online.
        • Do not send messages that you will later regret- once it is typed it cannot be “undone”
        • Stay positive. Do not send threatening or negative posts or comments to others.
        • If you see threats posted or someone wanting to harm themselves or others, screen shot it and report it to a school administrator or another trusted adult.
        • Refrain from sexually explicit or nude photos. In many cases this can be against the law if under a certain age.

        GPISD and Grand Prairie High School have a zero-tolerance policy for Cyberbullying.

        If you see something, say something!

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        GPHS Counseling Services won an Honorable Breakfast for Red Ribbon Week School Decor Contest