Tuesday, March 5, 2019

We love our counselors!

GFAA counselors, Mrs. Rubio and Mrs. James, want to say thank you to all students and staff that made us feel special last week for National School Counseling Week. 

Friday, March 1, 2019


Did you know that all 6th - 12th grade students in GPISD now have the STOPit Reporting App on their district iPads? This GPCI student is ready to keep herself, her friends, and her school safe. Learn more at:www.gpisd.org/stopit #BeKindGPISD

Garner FAA counselor, Casey Rubio, taught 3rd graders about diversity, self-respect and kindness in relationships using M&Ms. 

Our students at Sallye Moore College and Career Preparatory enjoyed our Career Day. Our PK-7 students had the opportunity to hear from Lockheed Martin engineers, a sales manager for Michelin Tires, a Fox 4 News reporter, a Microscopist Biologist, a bank manager and many others about their careers. It was a day of having fun but also learning about the different possibilities for their future. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Counseling Services News

Crosswinds Accelerated High School PE Coach Bobbye Hill spoke at Career Day at the Global Leadership Academy at Barbara Bush

Truman Social Worker Ms. Barrett and Counselor Mrs. Blue-Hamilton spread kindness daily. 

 Garner FAA’s Kindness Crew members welcomed our volunteer speakers for Career Day and walked them to their classrooms. They did a great job introducing themselves and making the speakers feel comfortable. #BeKindGPISD

SGPHS Counseling Services team celebrated the upcoming arrival of our newest Warrior, with mommy to be, Maria Solano.
 Lee students are setting goals, capturing their future through the use of drawing glasses. The lesson was facilitated by counselor Ms. Todd. 

Counselors organized a job shadowing weather event project with Telemundo 39. There were some 4th and 5th grade student meteorologists who presented their severe weather projects and many of the students were able to witness the live viewing. It was a fun and exciting day at Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy!

 Our students at Barbara Bush Elementary enjoyed our Career Day yesterday. Our students K-5 had the opportunity to hear from many speakers about their careers. It was a day of having fun but also learning about the different possibilities for their future. 

Spring Career Day was a success at Garner FAA! A huge thanks to all of our amazing speakers that volunteered their time to visit our school yesterday. We had a wide range of careers from radio DJs to an interior designer, soccer coach, professional boxer, photographer, firefighters, chemical engineer, nurses, college professor, and retired U.S. State Department employee. 

Counselors Randle and Campbell (RC COLA) invited Recovery Resource Council to come and speak to students at YMLA about Teen Dating Violence, Bullying, and Building Healthy Relationships.  Students learned how to be safe, be leaders, and build relationships with the right tools. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

GPISD Rocks!

Special shout-out to Kaiser and Officer Huski for helping GPISD Transportation stay safe.

 Counseling Services hosted a Suicide Prevention Mental Health Awareness Parent Night at the Ed Center. There was a large parent turnout and great information shared. Special thank you to Elizabeth Hummert, our Student Mental Health and Safety Advisor, for organizing this successful event.

During the month of February, students in fifth grade learned about accepting others, diversity and being kind in their friendships amd relationships. Mrs. Glover, the counselor at De Zavala, visited KG - 5th classrooms and conducted SEL lessons along with a "Diversity Mixer" activity. 

David Daniels students practiced social emotional learning skills for calming down with their counselor. 

 Mr. Edwards' class at Seguin Elementary School wanted to spread kindness by bringing the front office flowers to brighten the spirits of everyone that passes by. They look and smell great! 

YMLA staff and students showed kindness to their counselors Lawrence Randle and Tonya Womack Campbell (RC COLA) for National School Counseling Week.  Staff members dressed in gold to support the counseling program's implementation of goal setting.  Principal Joseph Melms and Dean Sharlonda Kennedy provided lunch, breakfast and refreshments to RC COLA.  Staff and students also showered their counselors with snacks, goodie bags, gift cards, affirmations, serenades, and more.  Counselors even made celebrity status by being recognized on the school's marquee.  RC COLA flourishes because their campus supports them.   #BeKindGPISD

 Last Friday, the staff and students at Powell participated in their annual career day.  The counselor, Mrs. Meeks, had volunteers from the community and a couple of Powell parents come and present.  Students heard from Officer Hodges, Mayor Jensen, a nurse practitioner, a volleyball coach, and several others.  It was a great turnout and the students were introduced to several different career options.   

Yesterday the Reagan Knights of Kindness representatives were trained in the second step of the “Starts with Hello,” “See Something/Say Something.”  The Kindness Crew representatives will be discussing along with teachers next week during Advisory, how to recognize the warning signs, signals and threats of potential violence and the importance of telling a trusted adult.  Even though this is a very difficult topic to talk about, Reagan MS is very pro-active in trying to keep our schools safe.

At Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy staff and students know the importance of being kind.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Career, College & Kindness

The GPFAA Counselors are working with current students to preregister for courses in Career Cruising.

Congratulations to Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute senior Makayla Dorrough. She was selected as one of the five winners of the Dallas Mavericks Black History Month Essay Challenge. She will be honored at a Mavericks game and take an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta. The trip will include visits to historical civil rights sites and college visits to the top universities.

 This week, Jackson’s principal and counselors are sponsoring an Acts of Kindness Challenge staff edition. Staff members that complete at least three of the acts listed will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Jackson staff lead by example. #BeKindGPISD #KindnessMattersatJMS

 Florence Hill Counselor Megan Hay and the Kindness Crew wrote kind, encouraging statements on Starbucks sleeves. We  included #BeKindGPISD to help spread kindness in our community. 

GPCI School Counselor Mrs. Swanigan and the Kindness Crew did an amazing job leading a lunch activity where scholars wrote kind messages to their friends and staff members. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Counseling Services News

 Mrs. Phipps’ first grade class at Garner FAA created a Crayon box full of students' special qualities after a Social & Emotional Lesson about self-respect, diversity and being kind in relationships by the school counselor, Casey Rubio. #BeKindGPISD

Moseley Kindness Crew member, Amos, cannot contain his excitement over the number of blankets we collected during our blanket drive last week. This week, we continue our month-long drive titled "Spread the Love" by collecting pants/shorts and shirts.

Truman Teacher of the Month Crystal Lopez was presented with a gift by our Kindness Crew Vice-President.
 Dickinson students wrote encouraging notes on “heart” leaves for our Kindness Tree. We also had students, staff, and parents sign our pledge to #BEKINDGPISD.

Crosswind's counselor, Mrs. Peterman, facilitated an activity with our students to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence. Helpful tips to recognize patterns of an unhealthy relationship and strategies to prevent dating violence were shared. 

Moseley's counselor delivered February's SEL lesson to third graders.  Students learned the positive impact of being kind in their relationships.

YMLA's Kindness Crew rewarded students for their contribution in donating warm scarves, gloves, and hats to those in need.  Students from Ms. Tubbs' and Gibbs' class donated over 100 items and received a pizza party from their counselors Randle and Campbell (RC COLA), and Bricia Hernandez (KC Sponsor).  #BeKindGPISD Video

Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy is thankful to all the guests for their support of Career Day.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Healthy Relationships

Reagan Middle School promotes Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

Bonham's school counselor helps to motivate our inner hero; "give kindness, get kindness." Teachers got their faces painted and arms tattooed for this wonderful cause. #BeKindGPISD #PenniesforPatients

The Be Project educated DAEP high school and middle school students about Teen Dating Violence. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Social Work Hub

The Social Work Hub, working in collaboration with Moseley Elementary, UTA and Tarrant County Adoptions, is paying kindness forward by donating stuffed animals for children being adopted. Now every child who is adopted in Tarrant County will receive a stuffed animal to celebrate their special day. Huge thank you to Moseley's STUCO officers, STUCO sponsor Mrs. Pipkin, school counselor Mrs. Green, and Jennifer Sterling from UTA. #BeKindGPISD

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kindness Rocks!

The counselor at Garcia promoted our Be Kind campaign at the campus' STAAR Night by providing parents with ideas on what kindness looks like. 

Dickinson counselor Latavia Rivers recognized Mrs. Ylda's kindergarten class with Kindness Duck pens for being so awesome.  They completed the most acts of kindness during our campus-wide kindness week.  Way to go! #BeKindGPISD

 Thank you to the Eisenhower school counselors and Kindness Crew for spreading love and kindness on Valentine’s Day to the whole school. They handed out Valentine’s Day cards, treats, and cheer to everyone on the campus. Thank you for reminding us all to BE KIND!

School for the Highly Gifted - Be Kind: In Relationships. SHG upperclassmen had the opportunity to discuss the importance of Being Kind in Relationships through reflecting on Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  They learned important values such as having and showing respect, trust, and keeping a sense of individuality in all relationships.  Creating and discussing their very own "Roadmaps to Healthy Relationships" was a blast. 

Thank you to Adams Middle School counselors Mrs. Burton-Johnson and Mrs. Soliz, Fannin Middle School counselor Mrs. Gonzalez, and the Program Director for the Digital Arts and Technology Academy at Adams for coming to speak to the Eisenhower students and parents about transitioning to middle school on Valentine’s Day. Thank you for your commitment to our students.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Counseling services News

Last week began Moseley's month-long drive titled, "Spread the Love."  Every week for a month, our Student Council and Kindness Crew will be collecting different items to be donated to families in the area. Last week students donated their “gently loved” stuffed animals.

Feeling the love! I want to give a shout-out to the GPHS Student Council for making a valentine heart with the name of everyone in the school (students and staff) so no one was left out, and then randomly placed them on lockers and windows around the school.  Everyone who found their name was then given a treat.

YWLA held its 7th annual mother/daughter workshop as part of the GPISD #BeKind initiative. The students and their mothers learned how to communicate effectively and work through differences to build a healthier relationship. The YWLA counselors would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Esmeralda Rodriguez for her informative and energetic presentation.  

The GPFAA counseling department collaborated with the Teen Leadership class, taught by Kelsi Livesay, to chalk about love for Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

 The BeProject, Social Work Intern, and Social Worker at Dubiskispread awareness to students about Teen Dating Violence. Students participated in a trivia game of facts and myths over teen dating violence and pledged "What love is to them."

Meteorologist Greg Fields from WFAA presented all there is to know about meteorology, weather and the importance of working hard in math and science. Thank you, Greg Fields, for taking the time to visit with our 2nd grade students. GFAA appreciates you! 

Thanks to Bonham Career Day guest speakers including Officer Huski and Kaiser, Officer Dye, and Mrs. Evelyn for baking and showing how to decorate some delicious cupcakes. Other community guests included Bear Creek Dentistry and U.S. Army.  #BeKindGPISD 

Truman staff and students wore orange 4 Love on 2/12/19. #BeKindInRelationships

Last week SGPHS Counseling Services provided Teen Dating Violence outreach during lunch periods at the main campus and Dr. Alexander Building. Trivia games and hashtag pics were a hit. #healthyrelationships #BeKindGPISD #BeProject

Garner Fine Arts Academy kindergarten students participated in a “Be Kind” activity during their February social emotion lesson with their counselor Mrs. James. #BeKindGPISD

Truman students were treated with information and a treat on 2/14/19 in honor of Respect Week and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. #BeKindInRelationships

Students from SGP Early College High School wanted to ensure that women sheltered at Brighter Tomorrows felt special on Valentines Day.  Our social worker, Ms. Herrera, delivered Valentine's Day cards and flower arrangements to GPISD Connections Coordinator Sonnia Ortega and Brighter Tomorrows Shelter Coordinator Crystal.  They were happy to accept these gifts on behalf of the women.  #BeKindGPISD.  For more information on Brighter Tomorrows, please visit https://www.brightertomorrows.net