Innovator Update

GPS Global Academy - August 2, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

Hello, Global Families!


On Friday we had a chance for all of our teachers to meet and prepare for the new year. They are so excited to meet you and your students!


We're excited to see Kindergarten through 6th grade students and families at Meet the Teacher Night this evening! This is a great night to meet the teacher via a virtual classroom visit. Last Friday, your teacher sent a welcome email contained a link to their WebEx rooms. Simply log in any time between 5 and 6:30 pm for a little meet and greet with teacher and classmates. Teachers will share a supply list in their welcome letters, as well as any other information pertinent to the start of the school year. For secondary students and families, Open House will be scheduled for the third week of school.


Please read the following newsletter carefully as it is packed with critical information you will need to begin the new year.

Wednesday, August 4th: First Day of School!

We are ready to kick-off a new school year!

K-6 students will begin each day at 8:00 am, and synchronous secondary students will be meeting in the mornings. Asynchronous classes offer student flexibility, but don’t wait too long to get started!


Please see below for information about daily schedules and more.

How does my student log in?

Your child's Buzz username can be found in your Infinite Campus portal by selecting "More" and then "Family information." The username is everything before @gilbertschools.net in your students' email address. Your child's password takes the following format: gps + first_initial + last 4 digits of their student id (example: gpsd1234).

How do I access the parent portal?

Parents can log into Buzz by clicking the large tile (shown, left) within their Infinite Campus portal.


If you would like to watch a parent onboarding video, please click here.

Bell Schedules

The following schedules will be in-place beginning Wednesday, August 4. Please note: while normally Wednesdays follow an early-release schedule, the first day of school will follow the Monday schedule.


Please remember: Our schedule identifies times where students will be engaged in their online classes, both on the computer and away from it. Our teachers will plan to build in breaks and a variety of activities to help keep students engaged during the day.


Elementary Schedules:


Secondary Schedule:

Class Schedules Available in Infinite Campus

Class schedules for all students are now available in Infinite Campus. Please review these schedules carefully and let us know if we can make any changes for you.




We have excellent teachers at each grade level who are excited to have your child in class and they have been chosen very carefully by our administration. Please note that due to our size and other factors, we will not be making any classroom changes based on teacher preference.

Some procedures and expectations have shifted this year

While last year was quite an anomaly, we have fine tuned Global’s previous procedures and processes to ensure a high quality educational experience for all. We will send student and family contracts by the end of the second week of school but if you would like to preview this overview, please check out the following documents:

Chromebook Pickup Continues This Week!

In order to access Global Academy classes, students will need an internet-capable laptop or Chromebook with the Google Chrome software installed. Families are welcome to use their own device(s), but if you would like to check one out you may do so.


Chromebook distribution dates/times:

  • Monday, August 2, 8am to 4pm
  • Tuesday, August 3, 8am to 4pm

Location: GPS Global Academy Office (55 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert AZ 85234)


For information about our district's device protection program, please click here!

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering at any capacity for our district or school? Check out our opportunities and let us know your interests using this form: click here!

Did you know?

GPS Global Academy has more than a decade of experience providing excellence in online education in Arizona. While we have previously focused on opportunities for junior high and high school students, the last year allowed us to expand to offering K-6 classes as well. We are thrilled to be able to embark upon a new journey as a K-12 learning institution.

Questions?

For other information, our brand new school website is a great resource. The easiest way to get there is to go to www.gilbertschools.net and select GPS Global Academy from the GPS Directory dropdown menu. Most of the most important links are immediately accessible on various tiles.

Other information will continue to be added in the coming weeks.