GCA Weekly Update


Hello Spartan Community,

We are out at 11:20 am today. Please make sure your child has a place to go after school.

Enjoy Fall Break

Urgent attention needed!

The deadline for Payment for the upcoming PSAT is next TODAY, SEPTEMBER 30.

Students must pay in order to complete registration for the PSAT

Tuesday, Oct 25 - Schoolwide PSAT DAY EXAMS

We are administering the PSAT to 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students on Oct 25, 2022.

Here are instructions on how to submit payment in the IC Parent Portal. The testing fees are as follows:

PSAT 8th - $20

PSAT 9th - $20

PSAT 10th - $0 (Free covered by district)

PSAT 11th (NMSQT) - $20.

Your payment will serve as proof of registration (no other paperwork will be required). If you have trouble paying online or have questions regarding payment, please contact the Cybrary at 480-497-4034 x2137.

We want all 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade students to take this exam. If the fee is going to be a hardship, please reach out to your counselor. All Junior (11th grade) who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive a reduced rate. Make sure those who are eligible have their free and reduced paperwork completed. See counseling for more information.

Tips for students taking the Digital PSAT 8/9

Such as what to bring to the exam - a fully charged Chromebook, for example)


Tips for students taking the Paper PSAT 10, Paper PSAT/NMSQT 11

(Such as what calculator is accepted)


FAFSA Opens Oct. 1, 2022

Tips for filling out the form: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out

All Seniors who are applying to college should fill out the FAFSA during fall break if possible. In addition, most colleges will ask for the FAFSA to be filled out.


Here is an example of what many schools are doing to make paying for college more affordable. It is a Grants Not Loans movement. https://www.princeton.edu/admission-aid/affordable-all

No Saturday Tutoring over Break

Students can access Net Tutor by going to the Rapid Identity Tiles → Clicking the Net Tutor tile → Follow the directions. Check it out.

GCA Peer Tutoring Club

GCA Tutoring is back for the school year! If you know a student who needs additional help in classes, has them fill out the form below to find a tutor. Also, if you have any questions, please email the club President oavollan@gilbertschools.net.

Link to Form: https://forms.gle/3dD4BiDJna1nXyQq6

AP EXAM Registration and Payment - Deadline Nov. 1, 2022

All students taking AP Exams in May 2022 will now register with their teachers within their AP classes. Teachers will give students their exam code for that specific class. Students will indicate that they are registering for the exam by selecting “YES” within Myap.collegeboard.org. They will do this in class. Payment will complete their registration for the exam only if they have completed the step above.

Payment is due Nov 1, 2022. Late payments will not be accepted. Families can pay within Infinite Campus with the InTouch tab. If your family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch, please contact your counselor for more information on reduced AP Exam costs.

AP Registration and Payment information

Good Things

Michelle Hein was selected Town of Gilbert Student of the Month.

Jr. High Boys Soccer made it to the semi-finals playing with 8 players. Way to fight Spartans!

GCA Music News

Congratulations to all of the GCA Choir students on last night's wonderful concert. It was amazing, as always! We love hearing our incredible choirs and look forward to more great performances this year.

A huge congratulations to the GCA Symphonic Strings on their SUPERIOR rating at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association Fall Orchestra Festival last Friday. This group worked incredibly hard to impress the judges and had a great clinic to learn new skills and techniques.

Our next music parent meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4th, at 7 pm on Zoom. We will be discussing fundraisers and Winterfest! Join us at

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84377456642 (Meeting ID: 843 7745 6642). We hope you are able to join us for this quick meeting!

HAWAII UPDATES: Members of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Strings, and Chorale: Please visit this folder for all information related to this trip. The next payment deadline is OCTOBER 13TH, and the next TAX CREDIT DEADLINE is Tuesday, November 1st! Make sure to turn in your tracking sheet to Ms. Branham in the front office by this day. All forms and instructions to submit tax credit can be found in the Google Drive folder. Aloha!

Athletic News

This afternoon, GCA students get in Free to our Home Volleyball Games @ 4 and 5 vs. Sequoia Path Way!

Then, on Saturday, October 15th, the last weekend of Fall Break, come cheer on our Lady Spartans @ home vs. San Tan Charter! Game time, Noon, 1 and 2 pm.GCA Students get in Free! Great way to end Fall Break!

The themes for our remaining home games are:

9/30-pink out

10/15-frat boy


10/25-black out

Counseling Corner

Pier O’Brien, pier.obrien@gilbertschools.net A-L

Kathy Diggs, kathleen.diggs@gilbertschools.net M-Z

Senior News!

Counseling has recently met with the Senior Service Learning classes to discuss the Senior Time-line for applying to college. In addition, students can email the counselors to make appointments for questions at any time.


A Resource for most things High School and applying to College. Some things are slightly different for GCA as we do things differently from the rest of the district. One example is that GCA does not offer Dual Enrollment courses, IB (International Baccalaureate Program), or CTE (Career and Technical Education) courses. Check the site out when you have questions.

Mental Health Counselor

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health or need family support, please don’t hesitate to contact me at nicoleta.alfaro@gilbertschools.net.

Enjoy the Break,

Dan Hood Ed.D.


Gilbert Classical Academy