Garcia YMLA Newsletter

October 2016

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Dragon Family,

On behalf of the staff at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy, I am happy to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year! I am very proud to be the principal and leader of this wonderful campus. If you are a parent of an incoming 6th grader or new to our campus and not know or understand our campus model, let me provide a few details.




* 10/13 – My Brother’s Keeper kickoff

* 10/15 – 1st 6 Weeks Honor Roll Celebration

* 10/15 – Garcia YMLA 1st Annual Golf Tournament

* 10/15 – Orchestra Auditions

* 10/15 – BGC: UT Football

* 10/18 – Math & Science Benchmark

* 10/18 – Football game vs. Lamar

* 10/19 – CAC Meeting

* 10/20 – Guitar Auditions

* 10/20 – BGC Lights on Afterschool

* 10/21 – LBJ Band Night *Band Performs*

* 10/24 – Football game vs. Webb *Band Performs*

* 10/25 – Reading & Social Studies Benchmark

* 10/25 – New to AISD vision and Hearing Screening

* 10/27 – All City Choir

* 10/28 – 8th grade ELA Field Trip

* 10/28 – 8th grade Reward Day

* 10/28 – End of Kappa YMLA Reading Challenge




  • The Advanced Band recently completed several performances and trips both here at school and out in the community. First, we attended the Annual AISD Band Jamboree September 13th which features all the High School Marching Bands in AISD. Next, we performed with the Reagan High School Marching Band at their Middle School Band Night on September 23rd, along with several other middle schools from the surrounding area. On October 4th, we performed at the Gus Garcia YMLA Homecoming Pep Rally and also at the Homecoming Football Game (a joint performance with the Bertha Sadler Means YWLA Band).

Theater Arts

  • One Act Play participants will perform at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on November 15th at 12pm.
  • Classes will be starting a new unit featuring a lip sync battle between class periods. Students can choose songs from the 80’s, 90’s or 00’s.


  • Mitchell Victor, a bass player from the Advanced Orchestra, will be auditioning at the TMEA Region 18 Middle School Orchestra Auditions on Saturday, October 15th. He will be the first student to audition for a spot in the Region Orchestra in three years.
  • The Beginning Orchestra students will be attending the 43rd Annual String Festival at Zilker Hillside Theatre on November 8th at 12:15pm.


  • Advanced Guitar students will be auditioning for All-City/All-Region Guitar on October 20th.


  • The Advanced Choir recently performed for the student body and community members at our Homecoming Pep Rally with a beautiful acapella rendition of our School Song.


  • The first Garcia art classes have been working on observation drawings of trees with watercolor.


Student Voice with C. Brown

Powerful Pink

As you all know it’s October and October is a special month for all people. Other than the amazing holiday of Halloween,october is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is the month where you see all the movie stars and all the athletes wearing pink, but do you know why they are wearing pink and what it stands for. The color speaks for itself and if you're going to wear it make sure you know why you're wearing it and what it means. Pink ribbons, and the color pink in general, identify the wearer or promoter with the breast cancer brand and express moral support for women and men with breast cancer.

What is cancer?

Cancer is the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body. That basically means it’s a disease caused by cells that are not normal and that can spread to one or many parts of the body. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Fortunately less than 1% of all breast cancer develops in males, but just because only one percent of males get it doesn't mean that it’s impossible to get it. Statistics show that an estimated 2,600 men in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is estimated that 40,890 people (40,450 women and 440 men) will die from breast cancer this year.

How to stop/prevent Cancer?

Just because you have cancer doesn't mean it can’t be stopped. A few tips to prevent cancer is Limit alcohol. The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of developing breast cancer, don't smoke, control your weight, be physically active, and avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution. If you have breast cancer or know anyone with cancer, some ways they might deal with it or help fight the battle is chemotherapy‎, mammograms, and you can also self check for any bumps or abnormalities in the chest, breast, and armpit area.

Ways to support breast cancer

Just because you don’t know anyone with breast cancer or because you don’t have breast cancer doesn't mean you can’t help or show your support. You don’t have to always donate money to show your support for the cause. Here are 10 easy ways to show your Volunteer your time.Create your OWN fundraiser, participate in a fundraising walk or run, share information on social media, eat and drink pink, increase awareness in your community, encourage your friends and family, and stayed informed. Cancer affects us all in one way or another and we need to get up and stand strong cancer.


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What can you do if you’re bullied?

Why do people bully others? These are some common reasons.

  • They themselves have been bullied.
    “I was so sick and tired of being mistreated by my peers that I began to bully oth-ers just to fit in,” admits a young man named Antonio. “Later I looked back and realized how wrong it was to do that!”

  • They have poor role models.
    “Many times young bullies treat other people . . . the way they see their parents, older brothers and sisters, or other family members treat others,” writes Jay McGraw in his book Life Strategies for Dealing With Bullies.

  • They act as if they are superior—and yet they’re insecure.
    “Kids who bully have an air of superiority that is often a mask to cover up deep hurt and a feeling of inadequacy,” notes Barbara Coloroso in her book The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander.

What can you do if you’re bullied?

  • Don’t react. "Bullies want to know that they’ve succeeded in making you feel bad about yourself," says a young woman named Kylie. "If you don’t react, they lose interest." Wise words say, "He that is wise stays calm to the last".

  • Don’t retaliate. Revenge will add to the problem, not solve it. There is no reason to return evil for evil.

  • Don’t walk into trouble. To the extent possible, avoid people and situations where bullying may occur.

  • Tell someone. According to one survey, more than half of all victims who are bullied online don’t report what’s going on, possibly because of shame (especially for boys) or fear of retaliation. But remember, bullies thrive on secrecy. Speaking up can be the first step to ending the nightmare.

Young People Ask– Answers That Work Vol. 1

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Creative Learning Initiative (CLI)

The Creative Learning Initiative seeks to provide a quality arts-rich education for each and every child in Austin ISD, as well as professional development and ongoing support for teachers in arts-based instruction strategies through the collaborative support between Austin ISD, the City of Austin, MINDPOP, local artists, businesses and philanthropic organizations.


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Please remember that all entries need to be submitted by the 1st of each month.