SGPHS Counseling Services

Quarter 4 April 2023


We deliver an all-inclusive counseling program that offers every student the opportunity to attain optimal results in academia, supports their social and emotional development, and shepherds them on a path towards college and career exploration.


To equip students with the tools necessary to navigate an ever-changing global society by fostering their desire to pursue lifelong academic, cultural, social-emotional, and technological awareness that extends far beyond the high school experience.
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Self-Awareness Classroom Guidance

Student "I can" Statements:

  • Make accurate statements about events in my life

  • Teach another person to do something

  • Ask questions to clarify what I did not understand

  • Show an awareness of my personal strengths

  • Ask somebody for feedback

  • Describe how I was feeling

  • Give an opinion when asked

  • Follow rules

Take Time for a Mindful Minute

With the summer break approaching, we want to give you a few mindful minute activities that you can use to reduce anxiety and stress. Take a look at the items below.


In addition to the continuing counseling services provided by campus counselors and social workers, Grand Prairie ISD is offering an opportunity for students in 6th through 12th grades to receive virtual counseling services with a trained licensed professional counselor before and after school hours and weekends through DialCare. Counseling is available through the app or on the phone.

Adolescents are often faced with social-emotional challenges that may be difficult for them to handle on their own. Many times, just having the chance to talk through these issues can lead to personal growth and wellness. Actively taking steps to improve one's overall well-being and happiness is a key component of self-care. Self-care plays a vital role in helping adolescents cope with and conquer the challenges of life, especially during these unprecedented times.

GPISD is pleased to offer these services because self-care matters at every age.

Please see the DialCare link for more information,

Also, please visit the Virtual Counseling webpage to see the supports the GPISD Counseling Services provides at

What is your student's plan after high school? Which pathway will help them achieve their desired career?

To help you explore these pathways...

Check out all of the resources on XELLO!

  • Course Planning
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Career Assessments
  • College Search and Comparisons
  • Applying to College
  • College Essay Writing
  • Test Prep
  • Paying for College
  • And more!

College Planning Timelines from College Board (BigFuture)

Below are recommended timelines to help your student prepare for college admissions.





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Real Talk is a new program started by College Board designed to Connect Black Students to Colleges. It's never too early or too late to start planning for your future. Real Talk is here to guide you through the College Planning process, one step at a time. Real Talk is a safe space for you to learn and engage while also getting answers to your most pressing questions. Visit the College Board Website at

Upcoming Important Senior Dates:

  • Senior Week - May 15 - 19

  • Senior Recognition Night - Monday, May 15th @6:30pm in the Theatre (Walk & Awards)

  • Senior Decision Day - Tuesday, May 16th in the JV Gym - 4th period

  • Senior Clap-Out - Wednesday, May 17th at 2:30pm

  • Senior Sunset - Thursday, May 18th at Warrior Stadium @Sunset

  • Senior Breakfast (8am JV Gym) & Picnic (12pm Joe Pool Lake) - Friday, May 19th

  • Semester Exams - Wednesday, May 24th (A Day) and Thursday, May 25th (B Day)

  • Last Day of School - Thursday, May 25th

  • 2023 Graduation - Tuesday, May 30 at 5:00pm at Texas Trust Theater
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When: May 1st – 12th


Cost: $20 per half credit (.5) *payment needs to be made in My School Bucks

* Can only regain a maximum total of 2.5 credits

*Eligibility: -Must have attended 5 tutorials (per 9 weeks) in the subject you failed (tutorial logs

will be verified).

*Must have a Semester Grade above 60

*For more information about credit recovery contact the Dean of Instruction, Sara Barlow at

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Saturday Success Days

Saturday Success School will involve multiple opportunities for students to STAAR prep, attend HB4545 tutoring sessions or make-up attendance hours. For more information see below:

Time: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Dates: March 25th - May 6th (Saturdays)

-Attendance School: Please contact Assistant Principal, Jimmy Dixon at

-HB4545: Please contact Dean of Instruction, Sara Barlow at

-STAAR Prep: Please contact Assistant Principal, Erika McMinn at

Testing Season is upon us!

STARR EOC Testing Dates:

April 25th- English I

April 26th- English II

May 2nd- Biology

May 3rd- US History

May 9th - Algebra I

Summer EOC- June 20th-22nd

AP Testing: May 1st- May 12th

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Parent and Staff Resources

Parents can play a vital role in helping teens succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance. Even though teens are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success.


A message from the Surgeon General

GPISD Resource List

Other Resources


Grand Prairie ISD uses STOPit, an online and app-based reporting system, for students and parents to anonymously report concerns about school violence, bullying, and self-injury to school administrators.

Concerned individuals can anonymously submit a report, which will be evaluated by school administrators.

The Reporting Process

  1. Use the app or website to report credible concerns about threats to school safety, bullying, and self-injury. The access code is GPISD100.
  2. The app will route the concern to your campus administrators.
  3. Please give as much detail as possible to allow administrators to conduct thorough investigations.

Remember that STOPit should not be used in place of 911. If your report needs immediate police, fire, or medical attention, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Be Kind: Online - STOPit Reporting App


If you need a VOE, please email your student's attendance clerk 48 hours in advance to request the form.

A-ESQ- * , Nikki Gonzalez or Teri Lopez or Miranda Lopez,

ESR-LOO- Miranda Lopez,

LOP - RANNikki Gonzalez,

RAN - Z -Teri Lopez,

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Summer Success Academy

Dates: June 5th – June 15th

Times: Moring Session: 8:00AM-11:00AM / Afternoon Session: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Grades: 9th-11th

Credits: Students can earn up to 2 Credits (four .5 credits)

***Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students attending Summer Success Academy.***

For more information contact the Dean of Instruction, Sara Barlow at