Global Studies Academy

Week of January 11 - January 15, 2021 Newsletter

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Academy Updates

In this weeks newsletter you will find:

  • Some amazing new enrichment, volunteer and scholarship opportunities.
  • Mrs. Tarr will be on campus the week of 1/11/2021! (Tuesday and Thursday)

Emailing Mrs. Tarr: Please make sure to include your first name, last name, ID number, and the academy that you are in. This will make it easier for us to help you with your questions and concerns.

  1. Volunteer Hours Update: Spring Semester, you will need to complete 12.5 hours of Volunteering (virtual or in person). 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. We will talk more about this at our next monthly meeting and address any questions you may have.
  2. New Volunteer and Enrichment Opportunities have been added to the list below.
  3. NEW IN SCHOOLOGY!!! Media Album Folder added to your Materials Tab: Virtual School Pictures
  4. A Scholarship section has been added below.

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.

We Need Your Input

The theme of this year's Global Issues Summit is "Collaborative Communities." To go along with our theme, we would like for you to tell us, how do you build and maintain a successful community?

Please share your thoughts with us using the Global Issues Summit High School Survey.

Video Series

A Message from the GSA Booster Club

The next GSA BC Meeting Link:

GSA BC Meeting

Tue, Dec 8, 2020 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.

(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (786) 535-3211

- One-touch: tel:+17865353211,,147904637#

Access Code: 147-904-637

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

Mention us winning the CUPCAKE CHASE!!!!!!!!!! (Mrs. Chadwick, if you would like to add or enhance the wording, please do)

GSA Students and Parents! Congratulations to the GSA for Winning the Cupcake Chase! It was with your hard work, fundraising skills, and generous donations that the GSA Academy came out as the Winner for a fun-tastic event! We were awarded with $1,356.97! Just so you know, this goes into the GSA Academy directly to provide the students with opportunities such as Capstone, Travel Grants, GIS, Socials, Banquet and more! Please know, your hard work and dedication to this academy will make for an exciting year! We couldn’t have done it without you!!


Please consider a position on the GSA Booster Club Board as the Grants Chair & Co-Chair. We encourage a volunteer to assist us with such amazing opportunities for our students in regards to Travel and Capstone Grants. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact us at It takes us all to make wonderful things happen!

Below is Information on the next Spirit Night: The fundraiser chair provided the info below, not sure how you want to embed the information.

From Fundraising Team: Here you go. Click on the link to save the flyer via PDF. You can also use this to share on FB, Twitter, etc.

Remember we have to get at least $150 in sales in order to get 33%!

We strongly encourage our GSA community to become a Booster Club Member. Your efforts support our students in a variety of ways and it gives you access to information of booster club sponsored opportunities.

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.

Become a GSA Booster Club Member today!

Option 1: Go online to

Click on Become a Member

Option 2: Use the Updated GSA Membership form provided below:

Questions Contact: or

Option 3: Join @gsabooster on the REMIND app

Booster Club Contact Information

The Booster Club is asking parents to update their contact information so that they may create a contact data base. If you are interested in updating your information, please email with your phone number and email address.

If you do not want the GSA Booster Club to contact you, please complete the "Opt Out" form and email to

Questions About Transportation for Face to Face Students

I know some of you have been asking about transportation for academies students who have chosen to return to face to face instructions. It's my hope after the district has a better picture of the number of students request face-to-face instruction, FBISD transportation will be better able to coordinate bus routes for pick-up and drop-off. If you have specific questions about your child transportation you can contact FBISD Transportation at (281) 634-4077 or email them at

For further concerns or questions you can always go on FBISD Let's Talk and voice your concerns or questions. This is the best way for FBISD leadership to hear your concerns and questions.


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This year's theme: I am strong because...

Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

Our theme this year invites you to tell us what makes you uniquely strong.

Enter a Doodle

stossel private frontier student contests

Stossel wants to know what you think about entrepreneurship and innovation. In fact, they are giving away $20,000 this year to winners. There are two different contests; an essay contest and a video contest.

Click HERE for more information

Click Here for the Student Essay Contest

Click HERE for the Student Video Contest

Volunteer Opportunities

Advertise Your Academy

Promote your academy while earning volunteer hours!

Create a 30 second video/advertisement that encourages Middle School students and their parents to apply to the Global Studies Academy.

The 30 second advertisement needs to include:

  • Your favorite thing about the academy
  • What you have got out of being in the academy
  • What events, enrichments, and/or volunteer opportunities have you enjoyed (or what has 'spoken' to you)
  • Why you would recommend joining the academy

Remember any images, sounds, or songs you use must fall under the fair use policy (Example: Do not take a popular song and use it as your background music, as this violates copyright).

The video must be submitted by 1/25/2021 and will be featured as part of our district recruitment efforts.

Please email a link to your completed video to Mrs. Tarr @ Once the video has been approved you will earn 3 volunteer hours.

This volunteer opportunity is for Spring Semester (required volunteer hours for spring semester = 12 hours).

Filmmaker's Academy Facilitators

On January 30, 2021, Fort Bend ISD will be hosting the Filmmaker's Academy. We are looking for student volunteers who can assist teachers in facilitating elementary students virtually in Teams.

At this time, we are only looking for 5 students to volunteer for this event. Your role as a facilitator does not require that you have knowledge of film, photography, or editing programs, but it is a bonus if you are familiar with things such as Schoology, Teams, and WeVideo.

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity for the spring semester, please email both Mrs. Tarr and Mrs. Watson ( and on the same email, before slots fill up.

The event will take place virtually on Teams on 1/30/2021, and volunteers will be needed from 8:30AM-Noon.

You will receive 3.5 volunteer hours for this opportunity.

Arc of Fort Bend - Virtual Teen/Tween Social

Our next volunteer opportunities are for our "Virtual Teen/Tween Social" being held on Friday, January 8th and Friday, February 5th, 2021 from 6 - 8 pm. This fun event is held on the first Friday of the month from September - June and provides a fun opportunity for teens with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to interact with and practice social skills with their peers. Due to COVID-19, this event is currently being held virtually on Zoom meeting.

This fun and rewarding opportunity is for volunteers ages 14 +. Each Teen/Tween Social event is limited to a maximum attendance of 20 teens with IDD and 20 volunteers.

We ask that no more than 5 people from their group volunteer at each event, to allow room for other groups and individuals to volunteer with us as well.

Volunteers may sign up for upcoming Virtual Teen/Tween Social events here:

January 8, 2021:

February 5, 2021:

Peer Tutorials

We are looking for tutorial videos that can be used to support your peers within the Academy.

Use the Signup Genius to look at our current need for videos. You must signup to complete this volunteer opportunity, and spaces are limited. Additional opportunities will be offered throughout the Semester.

A successful Peer Tutorial Video would include:

  • Directions with images that demonstrate how to complete the task/use the tool
  • Introductory slide with title
  • Anything else noted on the Signup Genius related to your particular tutorial video

Remember any images, sounds, or songs you use must fall under the fair use policy (Example: Do not take a popular song and use it as your background music, as this violates copyright).

Email Mrs.Tarr with a link to the completed peer tutorial videos by 2/1/2021. Each completed video will count towards 1.5 volunteer hours.

If you have an idea for a peer tutorial video - email Mrs. Tarr and let her know.

Family Hope: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity

FOOD FAIR | Second Saturday of each month at 7:30am
Volunteers meet to sort food. Individuals and organizations are welcome to volunteer. Location: Parkway Fellowship (FM 1093 & FM 1463).

There is not sign up, just show up and help. Please know that you do not have to do this if you do not feel comfortable volunteering in a face to face situation.

For more information:

Archive Historical Documents

Fans of history may be interested in becoming citizen archivists for a non-profit organization such as the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Would you enjoy transcribing speeches made by Franklin Roosevelt, case histories made by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the Great Depression, or cataloging Purple Hearts awarded between 1942-1963? All of these tasks are awaiting the help of virtual volunteers right now. The Smithsonian also engages citizen scholars in tasks such as transcribing diaries of prominent Americans or joining the Wikipedia Volunteer Program’s efforts to strengthen the website’s offerings on Smithsonian-relevant content. You will need to download a the login page that shows your owns and upload that for the credit.

Virtual Teaching Option

"Our virtual volunteering options are a dream come true for our volunteers and their parents alike by removing the transportation component and opening up communities well beyond our local area and allowing direct interaction with people that need our help.

Sessions are delivered via laptops and even phones and are all recorded to ensure quality and safety."

Volunteer Here

"The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. The Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries." (

Fort Bend Regional Council

Here is an opportunity to earn service hours. Help an area nonprofit and promote positivity in your community by creating media content (videos, memes, interviews, or discussions) that promotes having fun, making good choices and being drug free.

Contact Leigh Haynes at 281-207-2426 or or

Instagram - @fbrc_squad

Volunteer Submission

Enrichment Opportunities

Fort Bend Regional History Day - Virtual Contest

The registration period is November 30, 2020 through January 24, 2021, at 11:59 pm.

  • All projects must be submitted digitally, through this portal, by 1/24/2021 at 11:59pm.

Judging for the contest will be held virtually February 1 - 16, 2021, and the Awards Ceremony will be posted on this site on February 20th.

Judge evaluation sheets will be sent electronically to students via Zfairs, and students who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in each category will be awarded medals, which will be sent to their campuses.

Click here to create an account and learn more.

Participation in this event will count for 2 Enrichment Activities.

Enrichment Opportunity: Filmmaker's Academy

This virtual academy teaches students how to use film to express themselves.

Registration opens January 6, 2021

When: January 30, 2021 from 9-Noon

Where: Virtual Event

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Scratch MIT

Explore and learn more about coding through Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scratch.

The website offers 25 activity guides/tutorials, you choose which 2 interest you the most! Use the activity guides/tutorials and complete the 2 activities of your choice. Complete the Enrichment Form found in Schoology, and earn credit for 1 Enrichment Activity.

Click here for a how-to guide.

You may only complete and submit this activity once during the Spring Semester.

Coding Competition - Fort Bend ISD

Video Game or Animation

The theme for the 2020-2021 Coding Challenges will also be "Life Reimagined with Robotics." Consider all the ways that robots and robotics have changed our lives. From surgery to food delivery, robots have changed how we now view ordinary tasks. Your team will earn points for incorporating the theme in a way where robots play a role in the project. For example, in an animation they could be a robot character that fits into the story or in a video game they may be the playable character or villain. The way the theme is incorporated is open but should flow and not seem like the robot is an afterthought in the project. Participants will use Scratch or other coding software to develop an E-rated, school appropriate animation or video game project. The project should be interesting and visually appealing.

Please see the competition details for more information (Note: Scroll down on the website and select "2020-21 Coding Competition Overview")

Participation in this event will count for 2 Enrichment Activities.


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THE COOLIDGE SCHOLARSHIP: For Juniors in High School

"The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited college or university in the United States. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.. (

Learn more HERE

Apply HERE

Application Deadline is: January 20, 2021 5 pm

Fort Bend Junior Service League Volunteer Scholarships

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) established a scholarship program in 2008 for local teens and women who desire to further their education. FBJSL awards up to four Volunteer Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to female high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in volunteerism and community service.

Deadline is February 1, 2021.

For more information CLICK HERE


The George Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program

The George Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students from Fort Bend County who have enrolled or plan to enroll at a public two- or four-year college or university in Texas. Students must demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership in addition to financial need. Awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first, contingent upon The George Foundation continuing the scholarship program.

Applications open 1/6/2021 and must be submitted by 3:00PM on 2/15/2021.

For more information CLICK HERE

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation

Each Spring, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation awards seventy (70) scholarships to Houston area high school seniors for undergraduate study. The award is $20,000., disbursed over four years (or until the student graduates, if earlier), provided the recipient conforms to the requirements set forth in the award. The recipient may select any major at any four year college or university in the United States.

Scholarship applications may be submitted during the student’s senior year in high school. Students may complete our scholarship forms online (see link below) after September 15th of their senior year. Do not submit an application before you take the SAT or ACT. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have a minimum SAT composite score of 1000 (on the Math and Reading/Writing portions combined), and/or an ACT composite score of 21. All SAT and/or ACT scores must be from the same test date.

George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation

3336 Richmond, Suite 310

Houston, Texas 77098

A number of finalists will be selected from the applications received and will be invited for an interview. They will subsequently be notified in writing/email if they will or will not receive a Hamman Scholarship. If a student is not invited in for a personal interview by March 15, they may assume that they are not a finalist and no correspondence will be forthcoming from the Foundation.

Applications due February 16, 2021.

Click here for more information.

Texas Comptroller

Multiple scholarships, grants, scholar programs, and federal programs are available through the Texas Comptroller website.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

"This year, BAM will award three (3) US $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable – each winner who continues to meet the criteria is eligible to receive an annual award of $5,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years for a potential total $20,000 scholarship. Up to 24 scholarship runners-up will be eligible for a one-time $2,500 BAM technology stipend based on need" (

For more information and to Apply Click Here

Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarships

"A program of Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Scholars is aimed at empowering success through education for people living with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Scholars offers scholarships for T1Ds entering college. Originally founded as the Diabetes Scholars Foundation in 2008, the goal was that – in this one small area of life – diabetes could be an advantage. Since 2008 the Foundation has awarded over $1.75 million in college scholarships to students with Type 1, through scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 each. In 2018, the Diabetes Scholars became a program of Beyond Type 1. 100% of scholarship funds donated by individuals or partners are awarded to recipients, with Beyond Type 1 absorbing all operational costs associated with the program" (

For more information and to apply CLICK HERE


A list of a lot of different scholarships available for high school students. click HERE to view the list.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholarship Programs

"The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation encourages the pursuit of education and self improvement by awarding scholarships to extraordinary young leaders ("

Three scholarship opportunities. Click HERE for more information.