Gladiator News February 22-26, 2016

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Middle School

Gladiator Games: Volunteers Needed!

Hello Gladiator Families,

March 11th we will have our first annual Gladiator Games! We've almost met our goal! If you have not registered your child, there is still time!

In order for this event to happen, we need help! Would you consider volunteering? Information below:

  • Shifts are in 2-2.5 hour blocks-feel free to sign up for more than one shift!
  • Lunch will be provided to those volunteers staying for 2 or 3 shifts!
  • Our goal is to have 4 volunteers at each of the 10 gladiator games (soccer, football, sling shot chicken, wacky relays, javelin, chess/checkers, pictionary, tower build, basketball, battle of the books)
  • Volunteers will be placed at one of the 10 Gladiator Games for your shift. If you would like to be at a particular game, please list that when you sign up.
  • Grade levels will participate at different time slots. You can volunteer when your child participating or you can choose a time when your child is not participating.
  • Please make sure you have a background check done. If not, complete one via this link:

If you can volunteer some time, we would appreciate it a great deal. Click here to sign up:

All funds raised go to enhance student programs and educational materials. All proceeds directly benefit HGMS students! Thanks in advance for your support and to our dedicated parents for organizing this event.

It's a GREAT day to be a Gladiator!

Tracy Wernli


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Garcia Sweeps Mathcounts!

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, the Hector Garcia MS Math team competed at the Bexar Regional MathCounts Championship meet at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Out of all of the schools from Bexar County and the surrounding counties, which included BASIS, School of Science and Technology, San Antonio Academy, Keystone School, Harmony School of Excellence and many Northeast powerhouse teams, Garcia MS placed 1st in every category. This included the Individuals category, Team category and Coaching category. Six students will advance to the MathCounts State Finals in Dallas, Texas in March.

MathCounts is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places in the United States. Its founding sponsors include the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The competition is designed for all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in the country. The subject matter includes geometry, combinatorics, number theory and algebra.

Pictured (L to R) Coach Howard Villarreal, 8th grader Yuri Kobayashi, 8th grader Sarah He, 7th grader Lindsey Ran, and 8th grader Andrew Luo.

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Garcia Students Bring Home Science Bowl Trophy

Garcia students competed in the Regional Science Bowl this past Friday and Saturday at John Jay High School. HGMS had three teams compete under the guidance of science teacher, Shelley Beck. For the past 7 years Garcia has placed either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Regional Science Bowl!

The Red team (all 8th graders) came in 2nd place! Pictured (L to R) Brandon Chin (team captain), Andrew Luo, Praneel Sunkavalli, Donnel Zhu, Joanna Cao, and Coach Shelley Beck.

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