GOPHER GAZETTE

WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021 1st Edition

COUNSELING SERVICES IS HERE FOR YOU!

WE KNOW THAT THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEGUN LIKE NO OTHER! VIRTUAL LEARNING HAS US ALL EXPANDING OUR KNOWLEDGE AND WAY OF "DOING SCHOOL"!!!!!
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MEET YOUR 20-21 COUNSELING SERVICES TEAM

Vision Statement 2020-2021

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 ensure access to the necessary skills and tools for students to meet their goals towards College, Career, and Military Readiness.

Mission Statement 2020-2021

Grand Prairie High School Counseling Services is an integral part of the school’s total commitment to helping each student meet their maximum potential. Counseling Services will implement a comprehensive counseling program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to promote college, career, and/or military readiness while partnering with families, staff, and community members.
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Everyone needs someone to talk to. DialCare is standing by.

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.

This program is easy to use:

• Students can schedule counseling sessions Monday through Friday before or after school hours and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Counseling sessions should not be scheduled during school hours.

• Our mental health professionals will reach out via phone or video chat upon request.

• Consultations are available in both English and Spanish.

How it works:

Step 1: Students can schedule an appointment by app, website or phone: 844-249-4094

When signing in through the website or app, your member ID is your student ID

Step 2: Our mental health professionals will reach out to the student via phone or video chat at the scheduled appointment time.

Step 3: Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.

THIS IS NOT INSURANCE and is not intended to replace health insurance.

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Mental Health Flyer for Parents from Counseling Services

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2020-2021 Welcome Letter from Principal Boyle

Dear Gopher Families,

On behalf of the staff at Grand Prairie High School, we would like to welcome you back for another great year! We are looking forward to an amazing school year. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. Below you will find important information that will help us all ease into a smooth school year. Parents, we ask for your patience, grace, and cooperation during this time.

What is Canvas?


  • This is our way of keeping all information uniform during online learning
  • Think of it as one place where all assignments, notes, and communications are posted from your teachers
  • If you are needing assistance with how to log into Canvas, please visit this link Overview of Canvas and scroll down to “How to Log Into Canvas.”
  • Canvas Tutorial for Students
  • Once in Canvas, your student will have access to each teachers’ syllabi which provides the zoom information to log into the instructional setting.

Canvas Overview for Students Canvas Tutorial Video Series
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Save the Date


  • Meet the Teacher (Virtual)- Monday, August 31st from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • More information to come in the upcoming weeks

The theme for August is Make New Friends

Every month, the Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD campaign will focus on a theme that corresponds to the work being done in schools to teach students about kindness.

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What it Means to #BeKind

kind·ness - noun: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
Kindness is a behavior marked by a pleasant disposition and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue and is recognized as a value in all cultures.

Sometimes it is easy to feel like the world is getting harder, but if we look closer: on the web, in our families, neighborhoods, and classrooms, you will find empathy, compassion, and respect. Every day we hear new stories of people trying to make the world a better place.

In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and social workers work directly with students to prevent bullying in schools, foster empathy, and good decision-making skills in students and facilitate a global perspective through community-based outreach. Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD is a multi-faceted initiative that encourages students, staff, and community members to become emotionally connected and to cultivate respect for others. This is a commitment to change the culture of our schools and community by promoting kindness and compassion. It is our hope that the lessons shared by school counselors and social workers can spark a movement that makes the world a little bit kinder for all of us.

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Xello Introduction Video

SAY HELLO TO XELLO!


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 Login Instructions

Login Instructions

Get started on the journey to becoming future-ready by logging in to Xello.

xello.world

Username: GP-Student ID Number (no spaces)
Password: fllllmmdd

  • f: first letter of the first name
  • llll: first four letters of the last name
  • mm: the month of birth
  • dd: day of birth
Xello: Make Every Student Future Ready!

START WITH HELLO

What is the program?
Start with Hello is designed to help students and school staff members create and sustain an inclusive school culture / community by implementing three simple steps:

  1. See Someone Alone
  2. Reach Out + Help
  3. Start with Hello

Start With Hello - A Kindness Initiative in Grand Prairie ISD