2ND QUARTER ISSUE, October 2019





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Sophomore Chats begin Tuesday, October 29th through World History & Political Science classes.

Freshmen Chats will start November 12th through World Geography classes.

We will go over how to check grades and navigate skyward, assess a transcript, why credits are important, the attendance policy, do a Xello exploration, plus the significance of an Endorsement/Pathway, and Personal Graduation Plan. We will also do a credit check and counselors will be pulling certain individuals to address high needs individually.

Have you Xello’d today?

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Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use software that students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices. Using Xello, students plan their journeys toward the future by creating their very own unique roadmap for future success.

The program is implemented through the GPISD Counseling Services Department at every elementary and secondary campus. The mission of the Counseling Service Department is to guide students from cradle to career, making every student future-ready!

Xello Introduction Video
Xello: Make Every Student Future Ready!


Mission Statement
Grand Prairie High School Counseling Services believe in assisting all students with removing social emotional barriers that are impeding student academic achievement through the implementation of a comprehensive counseling program that promotes resilience and focuses on college, career, and/or military readiness by partnering with families, staff, and community members.


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Vision Statement
Gopher Counseling Services inspire success one student at a time to reach their fullest education potential, ensured by support of a comprehensive counseling program that partners with families, staff, and community members. We equip students to conquer the challenges of tomorrow and move them forward into unparalleled excellence.


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On November 3-5 Counselors from GPHS will attend the annual Lone Star School Counselor Association state conference. The Counseling team will also be recognized as recipients of the 2019 LONE STAR BRONZE AWARD. This award highlights the goals and implementation of an outstanding comprehensive counseling program at Grand Prairie High School.

Bullying Prevention and Awareness

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David’s Law (Senate Bill 179) relates to student harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, injury to or death of a minor; creating a criminal offense. Effective September 1, 2017. It is the David’s law of bullying that the district follows which is:

Changes include:

Definition of bullying changed to

single significant act or pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power nclude

  • Is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student
  • materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school
  • Infringes on the rights of the victim at school and
  • Cyberbullying

Definition of Cyberbullying

Bullying that is done through the use of electronic communication, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a pager, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, Internet website, or other Internet-based communication tool.

Bullying that occurs

  • On or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property
  • On a publicly or privately owned school bus or van being used for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity

Cyberbullying that occurs

  • Off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related activity if the cyberbullying
  • Interferes with a student’s educational opportunities
  • Substantially disrupts the orderly operations of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related activity

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Did you know:

Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common types are verbal and social bullying.

    • Young people who are perceived as different from their peers are often at risk for being bullied. Disabled students are 2 to 3 more times likely to be bully than non-disabled students.
    • Bullying affects all youth, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who see bullying going on. Some effects may last into adulthood – such as depression, poor peer relationships, or criminal convictions.
    • Bullying is not usually a simple interaction between a student who bullies and a student who is bullied. Instead, it often involves groups of students who support each other in bullying other students.
    • There is not a single profile of a young person involved in bullying. Youth who bully can be either well connected socially or marginalized, and may be bullied by others as well. Similarly, those who are bullied sometimes bully others. Youth who both bully others and are bullied are at greatest risk for subsequent behavioral, mental health, and academic problems.
    • That 160,000 students a day across US don’t go to school for fear of being bullied.

Promising Prevention Strategies:

o Solutions to bullying are not simple. Bullying prevention approaches that show the most promise confront the problem from many angles. They involve the entire school community—students, families, administrators, teachers, and staff such as bus drivers, nurses, cafeteria and front office staff—in creating a culture of respect. Zero tolerance and expulsion are not effective approaches.

o Bystanders who intervene on behalf of young people being bullied make a huge difference.

Bullying Prevention Resources for Parents
According to Opens in New Window, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Behavior is considered bullying if it materially and substantially disrupts the educational environment and/or infringes on the rights of another student(s) at school.

Bullying is often confused with another type of aggressive behavior: mutual conflict. It is not bullying when two kids with no perceived imbalance of power disagree, have an argument, or fight. Although both situations are serious and require intervention, each requires different prevention and response strategies.

Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, check out these resources found at

Complete Parent article from StopBullying.govOpens in New Window

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

Additional Resources:

Parent Perspective | PACERTalks About Bullying
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National Statistics

Been Bullied

  • The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, nationwide, about 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying.
  • The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 19% of students in grades 9–12 report being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Bullied Others

Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.

Seen Bullying

    • 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.3
    • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.3
When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.

Been Cyber-bullied

    • The 2017 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text.
    • The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that an estimated 14.9% of high school students were electronically bullied in the 12 months prior to the survey.

  • How Often Bullied
    • In one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.
    • Defining "frequent" involvement in bullying as occurring two or more times within the past month, 40.6% of students reported some type of frequent involvement in bullying, with 23.2% being the youth frequently bullied, 8.0% being the youth who frequently bullied others, and 9.4% playing both roles frequently.3
  • Types of Bullying
    • The most common types of bullying are verbal and social. Physical bullying happens less often. Cyberbullying happens the least frequently.
    • According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced these various types of bullying: name calling (44.2 %); teasing (43.3 %); spreading rumors or lies (36.3%); pushing or shoving (32.4%); hitting, slapping, or kicking (29.2%); leaving out (28.5%); threatening (27.4%); stealing belongings (27.3%); sexual comments or gestures (23.7%); e-mail or blogging (9.9%).3
  • Where Bullying Occurs
    • Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. Bullying also happens wherever kids gather in the community. And of course, cyberbullying occurs on cell phones and online.
    • According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced bullying in these various places at school: classroom (29.3%); hallway or lockers (29.0%); cafeteria (23.4%); gym or PE class (19.5%); bathroom (12.2%); playground or recess (6.2%).3
  • How Often Adult Notified
    • Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.13
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October - Be Kind: With Words and Actions

Parent workshop Oct.29th at GPISD ED CENTER from 6-7:00pm

The theme for the Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD campaign for the month of October is Be Kind: With Words and Actions.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. The GPISD Counseling Services department works with students from pre-k through 12th grade to practice kindness with their words and their actions. #BeKindWithWordsandActions #BeKindGPISD

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Be Kind: Online - STOPit Reporting App

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 i

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At GPHS we have been sharing statistics about bullying with students over the announcements. Some students participated in our Kahoot Bully Free game quiz. Students were given the opportunity during lunch to take our campus Anti-Bullying/Kindness Pledge (see link below if you would like to take the pledge as well) and test their knowledge about bullying and what to do if being or seeing bullying by way of trivia questions.

We will share results of the pledge & survey questions in our next newsletter.


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  • The FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid is available October 1st. Please complete your FAFSA by January 1st.
  • Visit website : Create your FSA ID as well as your parent
  • Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA application
  • Continue searching and applying for scholarships. You are in the peak season at this time.
  • Request recommendation letters at least 3 weeks in advance from coaches, teachers, or
    community leaders who will give you a positive recommendation
  • Submit you official transcript to all colleges you apply to on
  • Continue working on college applications and
  • Visit with college representatives when they are on campus. Check with College and Career Center for college visit dates
  • Visit: and complete the FAFSA4caster. This will give you an estimate of the amount of federal aid you may receive.


  • Submit at least 3 college applications .
    • Applications must be complete, including transcripts, recommendation letters, and submitted fee waivers/payments by Dec. 1st
    • Meeting this deadline (Dec. 1st) ensures that you are considered for university scholarships
  • Confirm all deadlines
  • Complete the Dallas Promise Pledge if you haven't already. To be eligible for The Dallas Promise you must complete all three steps

Top Senior Scholarships


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Red Ribbon Week Update

During the week of October 28-31, GPHS will be observing Red Ribbon Week by Sending a Message to Stay Drug Free. Lessons will be taught in the health classes about the dangers of drugs to our bodies. Counselors will be handing out information pamphlets to parents in the pickup line in front of the school on Wednesday and will be in the Café during Thursday’s lunches to provide information on the dangers of vaping.

The district is hosting a Be Kind with Words and Actions Parent Enrichment Class on Tuesday, October 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the GPISD Education Center at 2602 S. Belt Line. We encourage all parents to attend to learn how to keep drugs away from our students.

Vaping Is NOT A Safer Alternative!

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Q: What are e-cigarettes? • E-cigarettes come in many forms and are known by different names, including “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS). These products are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals in the form of an aerosol that users inhale.

Q: What are the major conclusions of the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report, Electronic Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults? • E-cigarettes are a rapidly emerging and diversified product class. These devices typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users via an inhaled aerosol. These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” and “tank systems.” • E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, surpassing conventional cigarettes in 2014. E-cigarette use is strongly associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including combustible tobacco products. • E-cigarette use among youth and young adults has become a public health concern. In 2014, current use of e-cigarettes by young adults 18-24 years of age surpassed that of adults 25 years of age and older. • The use of products containing nicotine poses dangers to youth, pregnant women, and fetuses. The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including in e-cigarettes, is unsafe. • E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful constituents including nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain. • E-cigarettes are marketed by promoting flavors and using a wide variety of media channels and approaches that have been used in the past for marketing conventional tobacco products to youth and young adults. • Action can be taken at the national, state, and local levels to address e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. Actions could include incorporating e-cigarettes into smokefree policies, preventing access to e-cigarettes by youth, price and tax policies, retail licensure, regulation of e-cigarette marketing likely to attract youth, and educational initiatives targeting youth and young adults.

Q: Why does this report focus on youth and young adults? • This report focuses on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults because research indicates that this is a critical period for influencing tobacco use and related behaviors. • Nearly all adult tobacco users first initiated tobacco use in youth or young adulthood. • Previous Surgeon General’s Reports (1994 and 2012) have highlighted the effectiveness and importance of interventions to prevent and reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults. • This is the first Surgeon General’s Report focused on the issue of e-cigarettes and young people.

• E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine derived from tobacco. • Generally, e-cigarettes that contain nicotine that comes from tobacco meet the definition of a “tobacco product” under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. • A federal appellate court decision (Sottera, Inc. v. Food & Drug Administration, 2010) ruled that FDA must regulate e-cigarettes and other products made or derived from tobacco as tobacco products under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009), unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes (e.g., marketed as products that help smokers quit).

Q: Are e-cigarettes regulated at the federal level? • Yes. In August 2016, the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration was extended to cover e-cigarettes through the agency’s “deeming rule.” • FDA currently enforces a ban on sales to minors, free samples, and vending machine sales of e-cigar

We’re Generation TX

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We are Generation TX

GenTx Week is November 4-8 , which will begin a full month of events to promote College, Career and Military Readiness. Stay tuned for more details on Go4News.

Some events will include:

College Corner Contest for teachers/staff

Advice for seniors from teachers, staff and former Gophers

College Application Workshops

Promise Pledge Days

Mock Interview Day
Scholarship Application Workshops
Pledge to be College, Career or Military Ready

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Our Gopher faculty and staff are partnering together by participating in our Hand Prints on Hearts Mentoring program.

Orientation was held on October 15th.

We will have our big “Kick off” on October 31st, 7:00A.M.- 8:00A.M., in the student union. This will give the students an opportunity to meet their Mentors and get acquainted with one another.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Mrs. Rosenthal / Ms. Zarazua

This program has made an impact on the lives of our students.

Together, let’s make a difference.

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Kindness Crew Spreads Some Homecoming Cheer & Help Students Get Connected

Kindness Crew is currently working on mums for some of our special education students.

Our 2nd annual Connections Fair was had on 10/29/19 during all lunches, in the Student Union. This was an opportunity for our students to see some of the different organizations we have on campus and get involved.