GCA Weekly Update


Hello Spartan Community,

My hope is that this letter finds you and your family in a better place in 2023 than you were in 2022. If it is not, reflect on the circumstances you have control of and do what you can to change those things. A relationship you can reconcile, a habit that is causing problems, or an attitude on how you look at situations. Every hardship is valuable because it brings learning opportunities. Covid has taught us that. We have been evaluating cohorts through our PSAT scores for our students, and we do not see a dip in overall scores. We had 14 students qualify for National Merit Scholarships this year, twice as many as we have had in the past. We had a couple of years of hardship in Latin. We adjusted and have those students performing at a high level again. We are going to do the same thing in our science department. The bottom line is that we need not get stuck in the dot that is now and live for the line that is the hope for the future. For Spartan students, that future is bright.

How Can a Parent Help the School

We have a teacher appreciation PTO luncheon on Jan 25, 2023. If you would like to help with the luncheon, please click on the Sign-up Genius link to help in some way.

We need parents to help with Armageddon. Please put March 9th and/or 10th in your calendar to help at the school and enjoy a fun day(s) with our students.

2nd Semester Fees

The fees for second-semester classes have been added to accounts. Please go into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to check for those fees.

Seniors - Have you taken care of all your fines/fees? What about any missing textbooks? Library books? Take care of this today to avoid the extra stress of not being able to graduate.
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Saturday Tutoring

Ms. Vincent will be holding Saturday Latin Tutoring this Saturday, January 21, in her classroom (room 125) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring $5 to stay as long as you want.

GCA Peer Tutoring Club

If you know a student who needs additional help in classes, have them fill out the form below to find a tutor. Also, if you have any questions, please email the club President oavollan@gilbertschools.net.

Link to Form: https://forms.gle/3dD4BiDJna1nXyQq6

Private Tutoring

Ben Ash is a GCA Alumni who is looking to help students for a fee. Ben has experience tutoring GCA students while he was a student and is now looking to use that experience to help current GCA students. If you are interested in Ben’s services and want more information please email him.


The Gardening Club is selling roses to be delivered on Valentine’s Day. Go to the link below to order the roses. On the form below, we are also selling tickets for $0.50 to a drawing to win a succulent plant.

Here is the link to the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeD4brwwFPTiTNH7fLuog6bITvEqJeJw6BniYXLfx7U34QDQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Science Fair Judges - We can still use more judges.

The 2023 GCA Science and Engineering Fair is on Friday, February 17th. We need about 25 judges

willing to review and rate these fantastic projects. Judges need to have a college degree and be at

school from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Vanessa Ameziane at Vanessa.waiteameziane@gilbertschools.net. She is on leave next week so be patient for her reply. Thank you in advance for your support.

GCA Music News and Winterfest information

The third quarter is a busy time in the music world and has some of our best music-making. We are excited to share our learning with the community, both at our concerts and our formal, judged assessments. Please get our third quarter concert dates into your family calendar:

Band- Thursday, February 16th, 7pm at MJHS

Orchestra- Tuesday, February 28th, 7pm at MJHS

Choir- Monday, March 6th, 7pm at MJHS

Congratulations and good luck to 7th graders Steve W and Maddie V on participating in the GPS Junior High Honor Orchestra this weekend. We are proud of you both! They will perform in a free concert on Saturday, 1/21, at 2 pm in the Highland High School Auditorium.

HAWAII UPDATES: Flight information is now available in the Hawaii Google Drive folder. Please pay attention to what time you will need to arrive at the airport as well as how you will be transporting your instrument. More information and documents will be added to this folder across the next several weeks! Final, added payments ($76/student) have been updated on the portal with a due date of February 10th. Please email your music teacher with any further questions.

GCA Good Things

Last Friday, GCA sent two teams to the We the People competition. GCA brought home a 4th-place trophy and was the top team in two out of six units. Way to go Spartans!

If you have anything good and you want to share it with our community, I want to share it too. So please send me an email, and I will get it out there.

Athletic News

Next week is huge for Seniors and H.S. Sports! So please try to attend one.

Today 1/20- Home H.S. Boys Soccer @ 3:30. Boys are currently undefeated! Please come out and support us!

Tuesday- Home Basketball games starting @ 3:00- 8:30 vs. Miami

Wed- Home Soccer games @ 3:30 and 5:30, Home Basketball games starting @ 2:30 - 8:30. Senior Nights for Basketball

Friday- Home Soccer- 3:30 and 5:30 Senior night for both teams!

GCA Counseling Corner

Pier O’Brien, pier.obrien@gilbertschools.net A-L

Kathy Diggs, kathleen.diggs@gilbertschools.net M-Z

Junior Service Learning College Application Lessons are now complete. Junior one-on-one conferences begin next week with the counseling Department.

Please ask your junior student about the lessons and what they learned.

The Lessons:

Lesson 1 - Academic Resume (assigned homework)

Lesson 2 - Personal Essay (assigned homework)

Lesson 3 - College Application Process (next steps, deadlines, transcripts)

Lesson 4 - How to fill out the Common Application and Why

Lesson 5 - Scholarships and Where to Find Them

Lesson 6 - FAFSA - Why and When to Apply

The Counseling Department will review the lessons at the beginning of senior year.

FAFSA Opened on Oct. 1, 2022

Tips for filling out the form: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out

Most colleges will ask for the FAFSA to be filled out.


Here is an example of what many schools do to make paying for college more affordable. It is a Grants, Not Loans, movement. https://www.princeton.edu/admission-aid/affordable-all


A Resource for most things High School and applying to College. Some things are slightly different for GCA as we do things differently from the rest of the district. One example is that GCA does not offer Dual Enrollment courses, IB (International Baccalaureate Program), or CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses. Check the site out when you have questions.

Mental Health Counselor

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health or need family support, please don’t hesitate to contact me at nicoleta.alfaro@gilbertschools.net.

Make it a great weekend,

Dan Hood Ed.D.


Gilbert Classical Academy