GCA Weekly Update

10/15/2021

Hello Spartan Community,


Spirit week and Breadbowl are here.

The theme of Spirit week is Wizard of Oz related “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.”

Monday - “We’re not in Kansas anymore!” (Western theme - Cowboy hats, boots, jeans, flannel, etc.)

Tuesday - “Twister Tuesday” (Wacky hair, mix-matched clothes, funky socks, etc.)

Wednesday - “Wicked Witch Wednesday” (Witches, wizards, and magic, Oh my!)

Thursday - “Anything but a (black) backpack” (Bring your things in anything but your black backpack - baskets, duffels, backpack with bright colors, briefcase, etc.)

Friday - “Choose a Side!” (Wear purple to support the Juniors, or black to support the seniors, or wear the white 2021 Bread Bowl Shirt)


Breadbowl Tickets are on sale NOW!

Breadbowl is next Friday, October 22nd, @ 6:30 pm on the GCA Stadium Field. We look forward to this night of chili, cornbread, chocolate chip cookies, and I almost forgot, a football game between our seniors and juniors.


These Ticket Prices are Unbelievable.

$10 - Breadbowl admission, Breadbowl T-shirt (while supplies last), a bowl of chili, cornbread, and a cookie.

$5 - Junior and Senior Breadbowl shirt

$25 - Ticket for Homecoming only

$30 - For Homecoming, Breadbowl admission, Breadbowl T-shirt (while supplies last), a bowl of chili, cornbread, and a cookie.

You can purchase tickets each day in the Cybrary. Purchase early if you want a 2021 Breadbowl shirt.


We need parents to help.

To be part of the team that helps with PTO, please click this link and volunteer to help in some significant way.

2021/2022 Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Registration and Payment

Students must register through their AP Class with the specific class code. Students must choose “YES” under ORDER EXAM to register for their AP class exam. They have until Nov 5, 2021, to register and pay. There is a late payment fee of $40.00 per exam if you miss the deadline.

● AP Exam Fees will be $96

● Exams can be paid for online through Infinite Campus (InTouch), as well as through the Cybrary (cash, check, tax credit).

● If a student decides not to take the exam, a $40.00 fee will be deducted from their refund by the College Board through GCA.

● Students who pay with a tax credit will not receive a refund (It is a donation).

Exams take place in May of 2022


AP Exam Fee Waiver: If a student's family qualifies for Free & Reduced lunch, they will be eligible for reduced fees on AP Exams. See a counselor for more information.

Saturday Latin Tutoring

Ms. Vincent will be holding Saturday Latin Tutoring this Saturday, October 16, in her classroom (room 125) 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.


Character Strong

We started our ‘to be’ lists this week. We talked about what we did not want to be and then found the opposite to be. We will continue with creating our ‘to be’ lists for the following two Wednesdays. Your children are supposed to be looking for someone they admire and ask them what they value and who they try to be. Hopefully, they will ask you.

The plastic bottle cap drive is in full swing.

Save all of your plastic bottle caps over the break and bring them into your legion when we get back. The money raised will be to pay for children to receive cancer treatments in Mexico. The legions with the most bottle caps win their choice of a dress-down day, donut party, and the top 10 legions receive legion points.

Walk4Hearing

Join our district Deaf and Hard of Hearing Department for this great fundraising event to help our students with hearing loss. See this flyer for more information on the November 6th event.

Athletics and GCA Good Things

Our High School Cross Country team did outstanding at their meet on Wednesday

Girls: 1st place Ayla Young, 9th place Danna Carrazco Rios


Boys: 5th Owen Reich, 6th Adam Dennis, 8th Regan Birk, 9th Arturo Pacheco, 10th Soto Katsanos

GCA Music News

Thank you to all who attended our Winterfest planning meeting last night. We are excited about bringing this event back in person this year on Saturday, December 11th, beginning at 11 am. We will have more information about this event throughout the coming weeks, so please read through this section of the newsletter each week.

If you were unable to attend last night's meeting but would like to help, we still need many volunteers! Please fill out this form to let us know how you can help. Thank you for your willingness to assist our music department!

GCA Counseling News

Senior Families please find information and instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA and resources on how to pay for college in the following two links.


FAFSA Resource for Seniors and Parents - Active Oct 1, 2021


Paying for College


Parent and Student Career InvestIN Journey for Dream Careers- Check it out to discover some top options.


After break we will take the opportunity to meet with 9th grade students on campus to deliver resources and a pathway plan for them to put into action their beginning steps to college. Counselors will visit the Logic/Academic Workshop Classes and cover everything from academic resumes that will be created this year, to the 16 core worksheet for admissions into universities and other things such as community service (seals) and more. Please ask your student to invite you to their Google Classrooms for all classes. Counseling has a Google Classroom for all High School students that has many resources to assist your student.


This year the Alpha is split by the counselor as follows:


Ms. O’Brien

7th – A- L,

8 and 9th – A - K,

10th – A - L,

11th – A - J,

12th – A - K


Mrs. Raunig

7th – M- Z,

8 and 9th – L- Z,

10th – M - Z,

11th – K - Z,

12th – L- Z

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.

Be the Best you,

Dan Hood

Principal

Gilbert Classical Academy