Global Studies Academy

Week of August 31st

First Week is in the Books

Volunteer Hours Update: This semester, you will need to complete 6 hours of Virtual Volunteering. Two opportunities are listed below. If you know of other Virtual Volunteering opportunities with 503C organizations, please let us know so that we can add it here.


Media Album Folder added to your Materials Tab: Virtual School Pictures

Since we can't be together in the classroom, I'd like to get see your wonderful faces through pictures. Upload pictures of your first day of school, your at home work station, or just some fun pictures of virtual school that you have I'd like to be able to put them in our weekly newsletters in the Media Album: Virtual School Pictures. Please provide a caption that I can I can include.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you have to myself ( or Mrs. Suarez (

Enrichment Hours: You will find links in the newsletters to enrichment opportunities for the semester. Please remember that you will need to complete two enrichments per semester for a total of 4 for the year.

GIS Interest Meeting on Tuesday, September 1

Hello Class of 2024 GSA members!

The Global Issues Summit is GSA’s annual flagship event. GIS exists to turn awareness into action through an empowering summit. We bring in speakers to talk about many different issues in the world, non-profit groups set up tables and share information about their organizations, freshmen projects are presented, and we also have a showcase of cultural performances. It is extremely fun and rewarding experience.

GIS is 100% student run, and that is where you come in. GIS needs collaborative and diligent students to join the team and take on the challenge of planning this engaging and action-oriented experience for our community. Committee applications are opening, and this is a great opportunity for freshmen to get involved and meet a lot of other academy members. There are several committees (IT, decorations, hospitality, sponsorship, and more) which allow students multiple ways to share their talents.

If you think you might be interested, please join us Tuesday, September 1 at 3:30 to find out more. Please use the link below.

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

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GIS Applications

Our GIS Application is now open!

The Global Issues Summit exists to turn awareness into action through an empowering summit that is 100% student run by Global Studies Academy Students! We're looking for collaborative and diligent students to join our team and take on the challenge of planning an engaging and action-oriented experience for our community. If you have an interest in event planning, professional and servant leadership development, team skills, and a great addition to your college resume, please fill out the application here. Only students in GSA can apply. All new and returning members must re-apply to secure their spot on a committee. Application closes September 4th at 9:00 PM. Contact with questions or concerns.

Find the application here: Application closes September 4th at 9:00 PM!

A Message from the GSA Booster Club

Congratulations on making it through the first week of school. We invite all parents to take an active role in guiding their child's success in GSA.

Here are four ways you can support your student this semester:

1. Join the GSA Booster Club (see attachment)

2. Join @gsabooster on the REMIND app

3. Attend Drive-thru Fundraising events (this is our best fundraising avenue with COVID)

4. Reach out to the Booster Club to discuss how you can use your gifts to support our student

-we have several board member positions still available

-we have an urgent need for a TREASURER, assistant webmaster, social media lead & fundraising supprt

By joining this parent organization you get first-hand knowledge and advice from those parents who have gone before you. You also get to see your kids in action as a volunteer at school events.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Color a Smile


Organization: Color a smile, a Non-profit organization, 501 (C) (3). Founded in 1986.

Students take printouts from the website, color them and mail it to Color A Smile foundation. Before mailing, Mrs. Cain, Mrs. Chadwick or Mr. Lam needs to approve the hours based on the coloring sheets worked by the students and track it for GSA. The below link explains steps required for tracking volunteer credits. 3 Sheets equals 1 hours of volunteering.

Instructions for the volunteer work and credits

Spread Joy Through Cards and Notes for Senior Citizens

Bring smiles to isolated seniors through cards and letters. People of all ages are encouraged to volunteer! (Group activities also encouraged!)

Assisted living facilities aren't allowing visitors and some seniors are quarantined within their rooms due to COVID-19. Many seniors are feeling lonely, isolated, and bored while they can't see their loved ones. YOU can help keep cheer seniors up during this uncertain time by making cards or writing notes. They'll bring smiles to seniors' faces and remind them that they are not alone during this difficult time.

You will truly help many nursing home residents fight loneliness and isolation! Thank you for making a difference.

*Brighten A Day is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and we can verify your service hours.

3 Cards equal 1 hour of volunteering for GSA. You will need to upload pictures of the cards along with your service hours sheet. Volunteer HERE

Fall Enrichment Opportunities

Virtual: Young Adult Advisory Council at Sienna Library

Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

Meet with other teens to help develop and organize upcoming teen activities and suggest teen programs for the library to host.

Registration is required:

Virtual: String Pulling

Monday, Sep. 21st, 12am

This is an online event.

Learn how to make unique artistic pieces with string and paint. First Colony Branch Library staff will demonstrate how to dip string into various colors of paint and use a string-pulling technique to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. This will be a pre-recorded video. A link to the video will be added here the day of the scheduled program.

String Pulling Site

TED Talks

You may use one TED Talk on any of the Global Issues topics that speak to you for an enrichment opportunity this semester. The talk must be at least 20 minutes long.

TED Talks Global Issues