Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Newsletter

May 30- June 2, 2017

Greetings Gladiator Community,

This will be the last edition of Gladiator News for the school year. We are fortunate to have the parental support and involvement that we do at Garcia. Thank you for being an integral part of your child's education. It takes all of us working together for the success of the students.

Tuesday, May 30th will be 8th grade field day. Students must return a signed permission slip in order to participate in the games portion of the day. Students may wear their gym shorts with the turquoise class shirt or a Garcia shirt. The staff has worked hard to organize a fun filled day. I know the students will enjoy the event!

Mark your calendar to attend Market Day on August 16th. Market Day is a come and go event from 8:00-5:00 pm in the cafeteria. Students may purchase a school planner, PE uniforms, buy a yearbook, join PTA, purchase a school shirt, get their schedule and locker, talk to transportation, etc. Each station is a different group, so either bring cash or checks to pay. (PTA takes credit cards!)

Thank you for a successful school year. Back to school letters will be mailed in late July.

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli


Robotics Competition

This past weekend the Robotics Team traveled to Hutto HS to compete in the TCEA Intermediate Arena. Kate Lambert (6th Grade), Brett Lasater (7th Grade), and Evelyn Huang(7th Grade) were part of our school's team. The team started off strong with an AMAZING run that really impressed the judges. Unfortunately, the second run experienced a lot of problems that were not anticipated and that lowered the score. The third run was better. This resulted in the team placing 14th out of 60 school teams across the state. We are very proud of them. HGMS had to beat a lot of teams to get to state.

Chris Lambert

Robotics Coach

Important Information for Students in Athletics for the 17-18 school year


Regardless if your child will be in athletics at the middle school or high school level for the 17-18 school year, there are required online forms that must be completed. Get a jump start on those requirements now!

Click on this link:

Complete Directions:

Here is a You Tube link with all the directions in video format:

Brandeis link:

O'Connor link:

All Garcia students were given a handout with this information during PE/athletics class.

You may begin completing all necessary paperwork now for the 17-18 school year.

For questions, please email

Electronic Form Suppor-OC

Will your child be in 8th grade for the 2017-2018 school year?

Please ensure that your child signs up for the Google Classroom for summer reading assistance!
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Young Authors at Garcia

To be able to describe yourself as an author is quite a feat, and to accomplish this in middle school is even more impressive. We are lucky to have students who truly have the intrinsic desire to write. Writing is a challenging process in itself: an enigma of the mind, a process of journey and exploration of self and creativity, and often times unseen. Stephen King once wrote, “You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair--the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart...You can come to it because you...want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.” And, so we have thirteen young writers here at Garcia Middle School that did just that. They wrote! They wrote with heart! They wrote to be published in Northside’s Young Authors’ Anthology.

Tuesday, May 23, we celebrated these young authors with a breakfast, awards ceremony, and a time to skype with the author, Haroon Monis. We would like to congratulate these young writers! Please remind them to keep writing, filling that blank page with another piece of themselves! Students honored included: Isabelle Bangerter, Gabriel Botello, Georgia Decker, Carolina Espinoza, Britton Frances, Brett Lasater, Landon Mayfield, Neriah Olivier, Leala Punjabi, Lana Rafati, Eriana Reetz, Addison Surrett, and Baig Zainub.

Bianca Jahnke

ELA Coordinator