GCA Weekly Update


Hello Spartan Community,

As we continue our November focus on gratitude, I need to point out the Spartan family’s generosity. Today, we wore sweats to raise money for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). I did not ask participants for a specific dollar amount but asked them to be generous. Our students and staff brought in $1024 for us to donate to FMSC on Tuesday. It warms my heart the way our community comes together to help those less fortunate than us. Along those same lines, I sent an email earlier today outlining the Spartan Helping Spartans tradition. If you could use some help this season, please let us know by filling out the form. If you are looking for ways to help people in our community, please keep an eye on the needs list or bring in gift cards to share with needy families. Our Spartan Community is amazing!

Saturday Tutoring

Saturday Latin Tutoring

Mr. Merrill will be holding Latin Tutoring this Saturday, October 29th, in his classroom (room 124) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring $5 to stay as long as you want. Students should come prepared with either homework to work on or specific questions or difficulties they need help with.

No Math Tutoring this Saturday

Annual GCA Food Drive

GCA’s annual food drive to benefit the United Food Bank is in our FINAL PUSH. Students, please continue bringing non-perishable food items to your legion teachers' classrooms, like peanut butter, canned foods, cereal, pasta, and rice. GCA’s goal is to donate 5,000 lbs of food by next Tuesday, Nov 22nd! Any legion earning more than 50 points (point sheet) will earn a dress-down day. The legion collecting the most food items will win a Pizza Party, and 2nd place will win a Donut Party. Come on Spartans! Make sure to bring in those donations and help those in need.

Please bring your non-perishable food items to your legions before or after school (please do not disrupt a class). These donations will help people in our local communities. Please do not bring in glass, candy, expired, stale, and, most of all, opened items. We cannot give those to the food bank. Thank you for making a difference in our community.

GCA Peer Tutoring Club

GCA Tutoring is back for the school year! If you know a student who needs additional help in classes, has 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.

GCA Music News

A special congratulations to Mr. Gibson on his nomination and selection from BIG 94.5 FM as a Music Educator of the Year. We are excited about his $1000 prize. It was well earned and well deserved!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new, all-inclusive online community! We have created an account on Band (like a rubber band that brings us all together) to communicate all GCA music department dates, announcements and documents to all of our students and parents. Please join our community! You can either use it through a web browser or you can download the app. Please go to https://band.us/n/a5a480C6L5i2N to join!

Winterfest is coming up! We are excited to have our 16th annual event on Saturday, December 10th. We need YOUR help to make it happen! Winterfest is our main music fundraiser each year and it will feature performances by all bands, orchestras, choirs and our guitar class. We will also have food, carnival games, raffle baskets, silent auction and vendors. Thank you to those who have already responded regarding the below items. We are currently needing help with the following:

  1. Soliciting for donations to our silent auction and raffle items. If you own a business, know people who own a business or are willing to reach out to a local business, please send or print this letter and form to that business and ask for a donation. Passes, gift certificates, or physical items are all appreciated. Hard copies of these letters are also available from your child's music teacher.

  2. Donating items or money for our class auction baskets. Rather than asking our students and families to sell candy or cookie dough or candles, we ask you to just make a one-time donation to our auction basket and that takes care of our fundraising for the year. Please see this letter for your child's theme and for more information.

  3. Donations of extra passes or tickets if your family holds a membership or season tickets to a local venue or team. Sports teams, arts organizations and museums all fit this category. If you have extra games or concerts with a season pass that you will not be using, we would love to use those extra tickets for our silent auction

  4. Volunteers to plan the menu and go shopping for the food for the event. Information from previous years and funding is provided.

  5. Volunteers to help with coordination of game tickets and other pre-sale items.

  6. Volunteers to plan the space and draw a map for the event. Between the performance space, the outside vendors, the carnival games, the auction, the food and the parking, there is a lot to fit on our campus!

Please fill out this brief FORM to get on our volunteer list for Winterfest. If you have specific ideas or specific areas in which you can help, please reach out to Mrs. Joslin, Ms. Cheer or Mr. Gibson.

Important Dates:

Thursday, November 17th- Next Hawaii payment due to the Brightspark/Worldstrides portal. See this folder for more information.

Monday, November 21st- deadline to sign up for Regional Auditions (high school only). See your Google Classroom or your music teacher for more details.

Saturday, December 3rd- Wind Ensemble to attend the Fall Band Festival assessment. More info to come from Ms. Cheer.

Saturday, December 10th- 16th Annual Winterfest, 11am, more info to come! See above for immediate needs.

Friday, December 16th- Symphonia Festi, a holiday concert featuring Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Symphonic Strings. 7pm @MJHS

Wednesday, January 4th- Final Tax Credit Deadline for Hawaii payments due to GCA front office. See this folder for more information

Good Things

Our Seniors were able to participate in their annual Thanksgiving feast

Our Latin Club was able to go to the ASU Fall Forum for the first time in three years.

Our Model UN is competing at ASU. Good Luck!

Athletic News

Congratulations to Cole Dunnett and Alvaro Testa, who earned medals at the State Dive Meet. Cole got 3rd place and Alvaro 4th. Solomon Rokusek also finished strong with a 7th-place finish!

On the swimming side, we ended the season with great performances from several people! Terry Li set the school record twice over the weekend in the 100 Backstroke finishing 6th overall in the state with a new school record time of: 58.16!

Terry also placed 14th in the 200 IM.

The boys 200 Medley Relay of Terry Li, James White, Steven Li, and Michael Chen finished in 11th place.

On the girl's side, the 200 Free Relay team of Kiara Johnson, Cecelia Meier, Maggie Hartman, and Lea Dennis finished the season in 16th place!

We are so proud of those that placed at the state meet and the rest of our team that competed in the prelims on Friday. We saw a lot of Best Times on Friday!

I've completed and attached this season's Best Times sheets for both the Boy's and the Girl's teams. I've also updated the Combined Record Book for both the Men and the Women, another Excel Workbook you can review. Since our team is only 12 years old and the coach that started the program used my Best Timesheets, it is a record of every single swimmer in GCA history. You can look at it to see where you rank all-time in school history overall and specific events.

Boy’s Best Time Girl’s Best Time Men’s Combined Relays Women’s Combined Relays

Counseling Corner

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

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

Senior News!

Counseling has recently met with the Senior Service Learning classes to discuss the Senior Time-line for applying to college. In addition, students can email the counselors to make appointments for questions at any time.

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.

Have an excellent weekend,

Dan Hood Ed.D.


Gilbert Classical Academy