GOPHER GAZETTE

MARCH 2020 4TH QUARTER EDITION

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GOPHERS, YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS!

DURING THIS TIME OF EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURE, GPHS COUNSELING SERVICES WANTS YOU TO KNOW WE ARE SENDING POSITIVE THOUGHTS YOUR WAY AND ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. WE HOPE ALL IS WELL AND YOU ARE PRACTICING ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS.

IN THE EVENT THAT YOU OR YOUR FAMILY ARE IN NEED OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS OR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE SEE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES BELOW.


Additionally, please visit the GPHS Counseling Services link or the GPISD COVID-19 district updates below. This will provide a way for you to contact your student's Counselor directly, as well as provide additional resources if needed.

FAMILY/COMMUNITY RESOURCES

GPISD and Community Resources

Food and Clothing:

Free Breakfast and Lunch Pickup at GPISD schools

· Children do not have to be students at the campus to qualify for the meal, and families can visit any of the participating sites. Any child 0-18 is eligible.

· 10:30am-12:00pm Monday through Friday – Breakfast & Lunch Curbside Pickup

  • South Grand Prairie High School – 301 W. Warrior Trail
  • Grand Prairie High School – 1010 Gopher Blvd.
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy – 1204 E. Marshall Dr.
  • Florence Hill Elementary School – 4213 Robinson Road
  • Sallye Moore College and Career Preparatory – 3150 Waterwood Dr.
  • Mike Moseley Elementary School – 1851 Camp Wisdom Road
  • Juan Seguin Elementary School – 1450 SE 4th Street
  • Lee Elementary School – 401 E. Grand Prairie Road
  • David Daniels Academy of Science and Math – 801 S.W. 19th Street
  • Travis World Language Academy – 525 N.E. 15th Street
  • Garcia Elementary School – 2444 Graham Street
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH IS GOOD FRIDAY, NO MEAL SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS DAY

Grand Prairie United Charities food and clothing pantry (please call ahead)

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm

Phone number: 972-262-2014

Address: 1417 Densman St, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Grand Prairie Food & Clothing Co-Op (please call ahead)

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Address: 118 NE 4th St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Phone number: 972-264-8540.

Mental Health 24 Hour Hotlines:

  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas – 24/hr Crisis Line: 214-828-1000
  • Transicare (formerly known as ADAPT): 866-260-8000
  • National Hopeline 1-800-784-2433
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Or call 911

Basic Needs:

Hope Supply Co. - Diapers, Hygiene, School supplies

https://hopesupplyco.org/

214-630-5765

Free Wifi:

Free home internet services Charter To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. More information :https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

STRATEGIES TO HELP WITH ANXIETY

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Examples of how to use your senses to relieve stress:


Sight - Use plants, flowers or bright colors to to brighten up you space; close your eyes and picture a place that feels peaceful


Smell - light a scented candle; use of essential oils or perfume; enjoy the clean fresh air

Touch - wrap self up in warm blanket; pet an animal; take warm shower; neck massage

Taste - savor the flavors of various foods; vary the temperature and texture of foods

Movement - go for short walk; dance around; use of stress ball

Sound - listen to uplifting music; hang wind chimes; hum/sing; listen to the wind

Mindfulness techniques

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation.

Basic mindfulness meditation – Sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra.

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COLLEGE, CAREER, & MILITARY READINESS

College Board Update

The May 2 SAT has been canceled in response to COVID-19.




This includes Subject Tests and international tests.




Refunds will be issued within the next few weeks.




Future additional SAT and Subject Tests will be scheduled as soon as feasible.

Free SAT Practice Tests Prepare for Future test days with a full-length practice test

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus Supporting AP instruction and testing.

AP Exam Update for GPISD

GPISD will not require students to take the AP exam.

All AP students must continue course work in order to get credit for the class as expected in any course.

Information about testing dates and launch of online testing for students will be released April 3, 2020.

College Board's Statement:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
  • The AP Exam will be a 45-minute online exam at home

College Board has also assured concerned parties that test security measures are in place. please read statement below:

Test security is a concern.

  • The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating; we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
  • Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam is not new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone courses.

Detailed information is available on the College Board AP Central website

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We know you and your classmates may be affected by the school closures. Don’t worry - we may have to practice social distancing during the current public health crisis, but we’re going to get through it together. Our team at Khan Academy is here to help you and we’ve created useful resources for you to keep learning and stay relaxed.


•Our suggested daily study schedule can help you build a routine while learning at home. Please adapt it to fit your own needs.

•In light of recent SAT test cancellations, get answers to your FAQ about the SAT and check out our suggested SAT study plan.

•To help you relax in a stressful time like this, we’ve created a meditation video playlist. In the videos, Sal introduces simple meditation techniques to help you calm your mind, relax, and focus.

•How else can we help? What other resources can we create for you? Let us know in this Google Form. And join Sal for a daily livestream on Facebook and YouTube, where he’ll answer your questions live.

Have fun studying and stay healthy!
The Khan Academy Team

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