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WELCOME BACK TO THE COUNSELING SERVICES NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER ISSUE 2019-20

MEET THE GPHS COUNSELING SERVICES TEAM

Stacy Parker- Brown, Lead Counselor

Twila Read (A-CHAT)

Danielle Townsend (CHAV-GL)

Meagan Brown (GO-LOP)

Teresa Sandoval (LOR-ON)

Rhona Rosenthal (OR-R)

Melissa Zarazua (S-Z)

Gwendolyn Sanders, Licensed Master Social Worker

Ross Pride, Social Work Intern

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Counseling Services offers the following Social/Emotional Support Programs at all GPISD campuses

Our Vision: Gopher Counseling Services inspire success one student at a time to reach their fullest potential, ensured by support of a comprehensive counseling program, that partners with families, staff, and community members. We equip students to conquer challenges of tomorrow and move them forward into unparalleled excellence.

In addition to advising students about their personal graduation plans, endorsement and college & career decisions.

Our Mission

Grand Prairie High School Counseling Services believe in assisting all students with removing social emotional barriers that are impeding student academic achievement through implementation of a comprehensive counseling program that promotes resilience and focuses on college, career, and/or military readiness by partnering with family, friends, and community members.

Welcome to our Future Ready Counselor, Mrs. Ronda Swanigan, School Counselor / Future Ready Lead Grand Prairie High School

SENIORS, GET FUTURE READY WITH THE SEPTEMBER CHECKLIST

Senior September Checklist


  • Narrow your selection of colleges and universities to your top 6-8 choices
  • Start working on or completing all required college essays
  • To begin the college application process
  • Register to take the next available ACT ( Oct. 26 deadline to register September 20th) Fee waivers are located in the college center
  • School wide SAT day Oct. 16th for all seniors.
  • Send transcripts off to colleges by logging into your Xello account ( www.xello.world)
  • Submit at least 5 of your applications and other documents to the universities by November 1st
  • Attend College Night September 19th, at SGP at 6:00pm
  • Apply for 3 scholarships this month
  • Create your FSA ID to prepare for FAFSA, which opens October 1st.
  • Use the Counseling Office and Go Center for college and scholarship searches

Please see your Future Ready Counselor Mrs. Swanigan on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday if you have any questions about applying for college.


Free SAT prep classes provided by UTA Sign - up


https://www.uta.edu/universitycrossroads/sat/registration.php


Full Tuition Senior Scholarships for September


Questbridge- Due September 26


https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match/how-to-apply


Gates Scholarships- Due September 15

https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship

PLEASE VISIT WITH MRS. SWANIGAN, AS SHE SERVES OUR CAMPUS ON TUESDAY, THURSDAY, OR FRIDAY

Ronda Swanigan, School Counselor / Future Ready Lead

Grand Prairie High School

HBCU (HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY) WEEK SEPTEMBER 9-13, 2019

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WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE COUNSELING SERVICES DEPARTMENT 2019-2020?

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, Sept 9th – Meet the Teacher from 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Thursday, Sept 19th – College Night from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm at South Grand Prairie

High School (401 S. Warrior Trail)


Tuesday, Sept 24th – Be Kind Online Parent Night – hotdog dinner at 6:00pm &

Program at 6:30pm at Grand Prairie High School Chambers Auditorium

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The Be Kind program will host a different Parent Night topic each month-most will be held at the Education Center.


Oct 29th- Be Kind with words & actions - Ed Center, 6-7pm


Nov 12th- Be Kind for your future- Ed Center, 6-7pm

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Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD

In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and social workers work directly with students to prevent bullying in schools, foster empathy, and good decision-making skills in students and facilitate a global perspective through community-based outreach. Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD is a multi-faceted initiative that encourages students, staff, and community members to become emotionally connected and to cultivate respect for others. This is a commitment to change the culture of our schools and community by promoting kindness and compassion. It is our hope that the lessons shared by school counselors and social workers can spark a movement that makes the world a little bit kinder for all of us.

Start With Hello

A prevention program that teaches children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. Start With Hello asks students, educators, parents and other community leaders who interact with children to take steps in class, the lunchroom and/or other times in their day to be inclusive and connected.

Join the Kindness Crew

Be a role model on campus and initiate the Start With Hello program through acts of kindness & service. See the video below to learn how to join.

The GPHS Kindness Crew is recruiting!
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Have you Xello’d today?

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. Xello is your student “go to Hub” that will help to link you to your Skyward account, access your counselor, college & scholarship information, and much more.

Login Instructions

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

xello.worldOpens a New Window.

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

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Check your Skyward account to monitor grades & attendance at least once a week.

Progress Report and Report Card Dates for 1st semester


1st Nine Weeks Progress Reports – 9/18/19



1st Nine Weeks Report Cards – 10/23/19



2nd Nine Weeks Progress Reports – 11/20/19



Semester exams – week of Dec. 16th – Semester ends 12/20/19



2nd Nine Weeks Report Cards – 1/8/19

Be Project – promoting healthy relationships

Did you know that 1 in 3 teens will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by a dating partner?

Grand Prairie High School is excited to partner once again with the Family Place to bring their classroom education series, Be Project, to our health classes. Their mission is to empower youth to be part of the solution to end relationship violence and to help promote a safe, violence free campus. Jackie Guardiola, will be our campus facilitator & she will also be working with some of our student leadership organizations and assisting our campus social worker with conducting therapeutic groups. She will also be providing workshops for our staff and parents so stay tuned for dates and times.

More Exciting Campus Events include:


Suicide Awareness & Prevention Week – Sept 9 – 13



Bully Prevention Month – October Red Ribbon Drug Prevention Week – Oct 21-25



Gen TX College & Career Focus - November

For more information about the Counseling Services and what is happening on campus check out our website and follow us on one of our social media sites.

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