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GRADUATION IS MAY 25, 2019

SENIORS- ARE YOU ON TRACK FOR GRADUATION?????

FINAL CHECKOUT:

MAY 15TH 3:00-5:00P.M.

Have you cleared all fines?

Did you make up your attendance hours?

Are you passing ALL of your classes?

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2019!! YOUR HARD WORK WILL SOON PAY OFF! GRADUATION CEREMONY IS MAY 25, 2019 @ THE THEATER IN GRAND PRAIRIE 3P.M.

SEE THE CHECKLISTS ABOVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!!!!!!!
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ONLY A FEW MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPLETE GOPHER ACADEMY &/OR ATTENDANCE HOURS


ALL Gopher Academy work MUST be turned in by May 10th

Remaining days are: 3:10 – 5:00pm (bus on Tue/Thur)

Mon 4/29, Tues 4/30, Thurs 5/2, Mon 5/6, Tues 5/8 & Thurs 5/9

TEST SEASON IS UPON US

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Here are the dates for upcoming tests:


May 6th – May 10th – Paper Administration for Alg 1, Biology, & US History EOC’s

May 6th – May 17th – Online Administration for Alg 1, Biology, & US History EOC’s

May 20th – May 24th – final exams (last day of school may 24th)

May 6th-May 17th- AP Testing

Mon, June 24th – Summer Retest for Eng 1 EOC

June 24th – 28th – Summer Retest for Alg 1, biology, US History EOC’s

Wed, June 26th – Summer Retest for Eng II EOC

*REMEMBER – passing all 5 EOC’s subjects by end of senior year is required for graduation

TIPS TO HELP WITH TEST ANXIETY

http://www.testanxietytips.com/coping-with-test-anxiety/

Before the test:

· Review and study for the exam, Know the test format & time length

· Get 8 hours of sleep the night before

· Eat a healthy breakfast – be sure to include some protein

· Read all the directions carefully

· Don’t worry about how fast others are finishing

· Look back over your exam before turning it in

· Have a positive attitude and visualize success

During the test:

Sometimes you do everything you can in order to alleviate test anxiety, yet you may still find yourself freezing up or going blank when the test is put in front of you. In these situations-which hopefully will be rare-having a set of coping tools at hand to manage test anxiety while you are actually taking the test can help you make it through.

1. Assessing the Test - Oftentimes, simply taking a look through the entire test can give you a good idea of what you will need to know and how you should pace yourself during the test. Hopefully, if you have studied thoroughly and efficiently, this glance over the test will be encouraging and will help alleviate some of your test anxiety.

Another approach might be to answer a few questions that you feel particularly confident about, even if it means answering them out of order. Once you have successfully finished a few questions, you will likely feel more in control, which will help with any impending test anxiety.

2. Relaxation Techniques

a. Slow your breathing. Count each breath, up to five breaths. Continue counting to ten if the anxiety does not subside.

b. Close your eyes and count to ten or twenty to bring your thoughts back into focus.

c. Stretch in your chair to loosen the tension that could be adding to your test anxiety. Stretch your arms and legs and release tension in the shoulders and neck by rolling your head or by crossing one arm over your chest and pressing your elbow toward your body.

d. If possible, stand up to stretch or even take a short walk, perhaps to get a drink.

e. A quick break from the stress of the test might be enough to get your brain back on track.

f. Skip questions you do not know the answers to. You can always come back to them later. Using this strategy is beneficial because you are less likely to be short on time, which can cause you to rush through other questions that you do know, thereby losing points farther along in the test.

GPISD BE KIND CAMPAIGN

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#BeKindGPISD – 2019

· kind·ness - noun: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.Kindness is a behavior marked by a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue and is recognized as a value in all cultures.


Sometimes it is easy to feel like the world is getting harder, but if we look closer: on the web, in our families, neighborhoods and classrooms, you will find empathy, compassion, and respect. Every day we hear new stories of people trying to make the world a better place.

In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and social workers work directly with students to prevent bullying in schools, foster empathy and good decision-making skills in students and facilitate a global perspective through community-based outreach. Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD is a multi-faceted initiative that encourages students, staff, and community members to become emotionally connected and to cultivate respect for others. This is a commitment to change the culture of our schools and community by promoting kindness and compassion. It is our hope that the lessons shared by school counselors and social workers can spark a movement that makes the world a little bit kinder for all of us.

Being kind often requires courage. Grow with us as we explore intentional acts of kindness.

Practice Kindness: Give honest compliments, celebrate someone you love, send an email thanking someone, tell someone how special they are to you, help a neighbor with yard work or food, open a door, listen, and refuse to gossip.

Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else's successes.
Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person.
Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?


Every month, the Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD campaign will focus on a theme that corresponds to the work being done in schools to teach students about kindness.

STOPit Reporting


Grand Prairie ISD uses STOPit, an online and app-based reporting system, for students and parents to anonymously report concerns about school violence, bullying, and self-injury to school administrators.

The app will be on all secondary (6th – 12th grade) GPISD issued iPads and can also be downloaded to the personal devices of all students (PK – 12th grade) and parents.

Students and parents can also make reports through this website.Opens a New Window.

Concerned individuals can anonymously submit a report, which will be evaluated by school administrators.

The Reporting Process

  1. Use the app or website to report credible concerns about threats to school safety, bullying, and self-injury. The access code is GPISD100.
  2. The app will route the concern to your campus administrators.
  3. Please give as much detail as possible to allow administrators to conduct thorough investigations.
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Summer Timeline for High School Students

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Getting prepared for college takes years. Summer activities experts even go so far as to offer a year-by-year strategy for high schoolers with college dreams:

  • Rising freshmen should plan the coming school year’s course load with an eye to college, build or add to their volunteer work portfolio, begin the college scholarship search, and attend freshman orientation.

· Rising sophomores should study for the PSAT/NMSQT, start researching careers, take a career assessment (to reduce guesswork in long-term planning. You can find career assessments on https://www2.careercruising.com/default/cplogin/GP

  • Rising juniors should prep for the PSAT/NSMQT, visit colleges, evaluate their GPA, and review their high school records for weaknesses.
  • Rising seniors should put the scholarship search near the top of their to-do list, rank a target college list, study for standardized tests, and think about recommendation letters.

That’s a lot to do, and it doesn’t even cover the final summer before college.

Graduating Seniors, Use That Final Summer Wisely!!

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Along with staying committed to all the things that got you this far and locking in the orientation date, college-bound high school graduates should: Keep that summer job going as long as possible. If you have managed to get a job that’s in line with your career goals, the experience will be as beneficial as the money you sock away. Continue extracurricular activities, especially the ones tailored to your college and career plans. Wrap up any loose ends in the college enrollment process, and check off everything on your get-it-done-before-college-starts list. The road to college can be long and tricky. Remember that there are professionals at places such as your college admissions office who can help.
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Training & Education Opportunities for Students

Training & Education Opportunities for Students


TWC provides training opportunities that help young Texans acquire skills that will put them on a career path.

Dual Credit Programs

Get a head start toward a college degree or certification while you are still in school.

· Dual credit programs

Apprenticeship

Obtain valuable industry-related skills in more than 1,200 occupations.

· Apprenticeship Training Program

· U.S. Department of Labor list of apprenticeship occupations

Search for Texas Education & Training Providers

Locate community or technical colleges, universities or other institutions that offer education and workforce training.

· View education and training provider information using the State Training inventory

Internships

Gain work experience before graduation while sharpening your job skills.

· Frequently Asked Questions about internships

Get Help with Training

Find your closest Workforce Solutions Office for assistance with job training programs, including on-the-job and customized training, program eligibility and career development.

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Teen Job Interview Questions, Answers, and Tips BY ALISON DOYLE

When you are a teen preparing for a job interview, it can be helpful to review typical interview questions that you will most likely be asked. Reviewing answers as well can help you come up with your own responses. Take the time to personalize your answers, so they reflect you, as a person and as a candidate for employment.

Watch Now: 7 Most Important Interview Tips for Teenagers

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/teen-job-interview-questions-and-best-answers-2063882

Teen Job Interview Questions and Answers

Why Are You Looking for a Job?
Of course, everyone wants to make money at a job, but the reasons you should share with a potential employer should reflect your interest in the field, or in helping to develop your skill set. - Best Answers

Why Are You Interested in Working for Our Company?
Employers ask this question to gauge your interest in the field, and to see if you have done your research. Make sure you check out the company’s website at the very least and familiarize yourself with what the company does, what the work and the work culture are like, and what’s important to them. - Best Answers

How Has School Prepared You For Working at Our Company?
Here is your opportunity to talk about the skills you have gained in your education that will make you an ideal candidate for the position. - Best Answers

Why Should We Hire You?
New hires take time to train, and the company wants to know you are worth it. Let them know about your interest in contributing to the company immediately, and be sure to mention if you think they are a firm you would like to consider when your studies are complete. - Best Answers

What Do You Think It Takes to be Successful in This Position?
The job posting can be very helpful in letting you know how they will want you to answer this question. Let them know about the skills you have that they are looking for. - Best Answers

How Would You Describe Your Ability To Work as a Team Member?
There have likely been many times you have worked as a team, on projects, in sports or while volunteering. The interviewer will want to hear a specific example of a time you worked successfully in a team situation. - Best Answers

What Has Been Your Most Rewarding Accomplishment?
You don’t want to brag, but you should share an accomplishment that relates to some of the qualities or experiences required for the job you’re interviewing for. - Best Answers

What Are Your Salary Expectations?
With this question, the employer is trying to establish that your expectations are reasonable. As a young worker, the salary you are offered will probably align with an entry-level position. It’s usually best to avoid a specific number unless you know for a fact what the job pays. - Best Answers

Tell Me About a Major Problem you Recently Handled.
With this question, the interviewer is trying to determine how skilled you are at problem-solving. It’s fine to use an example from school, work, sports or volunteering. Make sure you show a positive resolution. - Best Answers

Have You Ever Had Difficulty With a Supervisor or Teacher?
The interviewer will ask this question to determine how you relate to authority. Always answer honestly, but make sure that you have a positive outcome. Remember that the most difficult situations are sometimes the best learning experiences. - Best Answers

Additional Tips:

Be Prepared – Learn as much as you can about the job/company before you go to interview, dress appropriately, now you skills, bring all necessary papers with you

Be Polite – you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Don’t use slang or swear. Listen

Know Your Schedule – know what days & hours you will be available to work

Be on Time – arrive 5-10 minutes early, make sure you know where job is located before going

Go on our Own – if your parent drives you to the interview don’t have them go in with you