Gladiator News

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School Newsletter

March 13-24, 2017

Greetings Gladiator Community,

Current 6th and 7th-grade students received a copy of their course selections for the 17-18 school year. The courses are not in any particular order. Students have until June 2, 2017, to make any changes to their course selections. Students should see their counselor regarding any changes or questions about their schedule.

Students that have applied to attend a magnet school for the 17-18 school year should receive notification in the next few days. If they have been accepted, the student needs to inform our counseling office that they will be accepting the placement. If the student chooses not to attend a particular school, please inform the counseling office of that decision as well.

Good luck to our FLL Robotics teams! They have advanced and will compete on Sunday.

Have a safe and restful spring break!

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli



It's the NEF - 5k time and that means it's time to get moving! As you know, NEF part-

ners with hundreds of families, sponsors, and vendors to support its mission of gener-

ating more resources for NISD faculty and staff to provide innovative educational

programs to more than 106,000 students. Please come out and join us and help our

school earn cash as well! If you can't go, you can still donate and help our school win!

You can register online or fill out a registration form in the front


When: Saturday, May 6th


  • $25 - Super Hero Individual
-Discounted to $20 with ($35) SeaWorld lunch and park ticket purchase

-Increase to $50 after April 14 and on race day

  • $70 - Super Group Family & Friends (3-6) members

-Increase to $140 after April 14 and on race day

  • $25 - Super Sleepwalker

- Sleep in, skip the race but still support NEF

-Increase to $50 after April 14 and on race day

  • $35 - SeaWorld lunch and park ticket per registrant

- This is an additional cost, not a stand-alone registration option.

- Aquatica is not included

- Deadline is April 14

For more information, please contact Kim Arnall ( or Irene

Astwood ( Thank you for helping out!

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Attention 6th Grade Parents

Immunizations Needed for 17-18 school year:

Your child will be required to show proof of the Tdap (within the last 5 years) and Meningococcal (MCV4 ) on or after their 11th birthday (Note: if student received it at age 10, this will satisfy the requirement) in order to start the 7th grade. Notices are being sent home this week for students who have not yet met this requirement. Please ask your child if they received a notice. If your child has already received these immunizations, please send in the record now. If you are unsure about whether or not your child turned in the record or needs these immunizations, then please do not hesitate to contact Merry Garcia, School Nurse, at (210) 397-8409.

Merry Garcia, School Nurse

Menactra (Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine): This vaccine protects students 11 years of age and older from Meningitis. One dose is required for students in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

For more information visit:
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Important 8th Grade Dates

March 13-17,2017 Spring Break

March 22, 2017, Magnet commitment letters due

March 28, 2017 STAAR- 8-M, 7-W

March 29, 2017 STAAR- 8-R

March 31, 2017, Deadline for course letters to be returned with any changes

April 14, 2017, Holiday

April 21, 2017, Fiesta Texas Field Trip

April 26, 2017, Panoramic picture

April 28, 2017, Holiday

May 1, 2017 Algebra EOC

May 5, 2017, Dance 6:00-8:30

May 8, 2017, STAAR 6-M, 7-M, 8-M (Retest)

May 9, 2017, STAAR 6-R, 7-R, 8-R (Retest)

May 10, 2017 STAAR 8-Sci

May 11, 2017 STAAR 8-SS

May 30, 2017 Field Day

May 31, 2017, Awards Ceremony

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Listen To Our Award Winning Choir!

Advanced Choir

Congratulations to Math & Science UIL

Congratulations to the HGMS Math & Science UIL Team for qualifying at the regional meets these last two weekends. The following students will be competing at the state TMSCA UIL Championship in April:

6th grade:

Jimmy Chen- Number Sense

Jeffrey Wang- Science

Ray Zhang- Number Sense, Science, and General Mathematics

7th grade:

Evelyn Huang- Science and General Mathematics

Yuto Takahashi- Number Sense and General Mathematics

Ronald Zhu- Number Sense and General Mathematics

8th grade:

Annie Fu- Number Sense

Sonia Rao- Science

Lindsey Ran- Number Sense, Science, and General Mathematics

The state finals will be at UTSA on April 22nd.

These accomplishments would not be possible without the dedication and guidance of their coach, Howard Villarreal. Congratulations team!

Self Image Video Created by HGMS Students

Nine HGMS eighth graders have been working on earning a Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest award middle school Girl Scouts can earn and is both a service project and leadership development as the girls plan, lead and share their project. Each girl has committed at least 50 hours of community service for this project.

They began a year ago by choosing three issue areas they wanted to learn more about. They decided to focus on supporting the Eating Recovery Center of SA. Their project includes one team in the troop painting inspirational messages on stones and building a patio for the center’s therapeutic garden, another team is developing a video on self-image, and a third team planned an event for other pre-teens and teens to share info about positive self-image and eating disorders.

The girls in the troop are:

Alexandra Castillo

Amelia Blackmon

Casey Van Alstyne

Emma Garza

Gemma Di Giosia

Isabella Sotelo

Jennica Lopez

Leslie Goodman

Lilly Sanchez

Their video is included below.

Beauty as You Are by Girl Scout Troop 592 2017

Orchestra UIL Results

Congratulations to our Orchestra for their incredible job this week at UIL competition!

Philharmonic: Superior on Stage, Excellent in sight-reading
Sinfonia: Excellent on stage, Superior in Sight-reading
Camerata: Superior in both stage and sight-reading, Sweepstakes
Honors: Superior in both stage and sight-reading, Sweepstakes

Great work by our students and directors, Danica Murphy and Josh Cox!

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