SGPHS Counseling Services

February 2, 2021

SAT Prep: Free for GPISD students 9-12

SGPHS Counseling Team Mission Statement

We deliver an all-inclusive counseling program that offers every student the opportunity to attain optimal results in academia, supports their social and emotional development, and shepherds them on a path toward college and career exploration.

Our Vision

To equip students with the tools necessary to navigate an ever-changing global society by fostering their desire to pursue lifelong academic, cultural, social-emotional, and technological awareness that extends far beyond the high school experience.

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Credit recovery opportunity for all students!

Students needing to recover credit from the first semester will have another opportunity at the end of February. Registration for Credit Recovery and Warrior Academy will open soon. Join the Canvas pages, links are below, to find out more about this opportunity. Don't miss out!

Warrior Academy:

Credit Recovery:


  • 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!

  • Login Instructions

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

    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 Introduction Video
Xello: Make Every Student Future Ready!


Access the College Planning Tools

To begin with, go to College Planning from the Goals & Plans link in the top menu of on the Dashboard. This page is a central hub to view all the applications you're tracking, and local scholarships available. Or check our the Knowledge Hub with topics to help you plan for college.

Create an Application to Track

Click Create Your First Application to choose the college you want to track your application with. If this isn't your first one, this page will be a list of your previous applications.

Use the search bar to enter the school name and click Select, then click Next.

On the next page, add details such as your application Admission Type and Deadline. Then click Create to begin tracking your application for this college.

Send a Transcript

In the application tracker for the college, you'll see the Applications Checklist. Use this checklist to track the things you need to complete for the application. From the list, where it says Transcript, click Request to request your high school send your transcript to the school.

If you don't see Transcript listed under the requirements, this college may not require it. You can still make a request by clicking Add Task and selecting Transcript.

View the Progress

View the status of your sent Transcript by opening the Application Tracker of the college you want to view. From under Application Checklist, click the drop-down next to Transcript and select Track Transcript. View the chronological updates of your transcript request.

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I've been accepted to college! Now what?

After you've received your college acceptance letters, made your decision, posted your college acceptance reaction on social media, and celebrated with friends and family, there's more work ahead. Here’s a checklist of tasks to complete after you’ve been admitted to college.

1. Carefully review your admissions and financial aid offers. Make sure the information in the admissions offer is correct. For example, have you been accepted to the term (fall, spring, or summer), campus, and academic department or program you expected?

If you received financial aid, make sure you understand the terms of any loan or scholarship you are accepting and that you understand how much you and your family will be paying out of your own pockets.

2. Formally accept your admissions offer. Follow the instructions on your acceptance letter, email, or admissions portal.

3. Decline other offers of admission. Colleges want to know if you won’t be attending so they can offer your spot to another student. This can be as easy as clicking a box on the admissions website or emailing the admissions office.

4. Set up your college email account. Once set up, use it for all your college communications.

5. Follow your college on social media. Join the Facebook group for your freshman class. Also follow the social media accounts of the admissions office and relevant academic departments and clubs so you don’t miss important announcements or events.

6. Ask your high school to send your final transcript to the college. Don’t let your grades slip. Deciding that you've worked hard enough for 3 1/2 years and coasting in the second semester of your senior year could get your college acceptance revoked. It's not common, but it does happen.

7. Sign up for freshman orientation. Even though orientation might consist of one or more virtual events, you might still need to sign up to reserve your spot.

8. Register for placement tests, if required. Also, be sure to complete any assignments from your college that you might receive.


Carefully read every email, text, or letter you receive from your college. Share this information with your parents, especially if they will be making payments or deposits on your behalf. Here’s some of the information you can expect to receive.

  • Confirmation of your final financial aid award. Indicate which awards you'll accept, and return the signed form to the financial aid office.
  • Housing and meal-plan forms. Look for a housing application and contract, and instructions for selecting a roommate and paying your housing deposit. You'll also get instructions for selecting a meal plan. Some colleges have postponed assigning or guaranteeing on-campus housing due to the pandemic. Check with the housing or admissions office for further instructions.
  • Medical records and coverage.Your college may want to see your immunization record or require a physical exam. It may also offer you medical insurance.
  • Bills for room and board, tuition, and other fees. Although payment policies may be altered or postponed due to the pandemic, colleges normally expect you and your family to pay what you owe by the beginning of each semester or quarter.

Feeling stressed lately? Here are a few tips for managing stress

  • Manage time. Proper time management is one of the most effective stress-relieving techniques (Macan et al., 1990). Whether it’s relaxation, work or study, time must be spent wisely. Students must be able to design and stick to a timetable. Choose a relaxing break between work and study, even if it’s just taking out time to breathe.
  • Exercise and get some air. A healthy lifestyle is essential for students, especially at university level. Instead of partying at night and being cooped up at home studying throughout the day, take out time to get some air and exercise. Stress is generally lower in people who maintain a healthy routine.
  • Stay positive. If you keep focusing on the negative aspects of a situation, you will be burdened by mental stress (Thompson & Gaudreau, 2008). Instead, try to look at the glass half full, and stay optimistic through tough times. For example, instead of feeling upset over a bad grade, try to maintain a positive attitude and look at ways to improve the next time.
  • Organize your academic life. Organization is very important in academic life for dealing with stress (Sinha, 2014). By keeping academic notes organized, turning in assignments on time, and keeping track of all deadlines, stress can be reduced to a great extent.
  • Stop procrastinating. The best way to stop procrastinating is to get the most difficult tasks out of the way first. Most people procrastinate because they dread the task they’re putting off. Get rid of the dreaded deed, and you’re good to go.
  • Take one step at a time. Don’t put too many eggs in one basket. Instead of feeling overwhelmed about all the deadlines, it’s best to make a list and sort them out one by one. This helps you to be more efficient and productive with your time.
  • Spend time with friends. A cup of coffee with family or friends is all you need to bring your stress levels back to normal. Stress can also get worse if a person feels lonely. By letting out all your thoughts to someone you trust, you immediately feel a lot better.
  • Water therapy. Water therapies are effective for reducing stress and relaxing the body (Lewis & Webster, 2014). By drinking lots of water and treating yourself to hot baths, you can help your body relax. By adding aromatic oils in your bath, you can double your relaxation effect and improve your academic performance.
  • Do something you love. If you feel extremely stressed out, take a break and do something you love. Whether it is painting or listening to music, doing something you enjoy can cheer up your mood and distract you from a stressor.

Scholarship Information

Visit the GPISD College Access Page for information on scholarship opportunities.
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SGPHS Counseling Services Team

Kaci Bunnell: A-Carp

Yolanda Sampson: Carr-F

Patricia Alarcon: G-Ja

Joyce Kinney: Lead Counselor- Je-Mb

Kristina Sanders: Mc-Ph

Maria Solano: Pi-Sm

Byron Wright: Sn-Z

Maria Herrera: Social Worker

Laura Delacruz: Skyward Access and Data Clerk