Friday, February 27, 2015

De Zavala Kindness Club In Action

De Zavala’s KC Club sponsored a toiletry items drive in support of the homeless. The Help the Homeless drive collected enough items to create 134 gallon-size bags to be donated to a local organization that will distribute the bags to the homeless.

Tonight on Cold Justice on TNT

As a victim services counselor, Lacy Hensley responded on scene with officers to assist victims of all types of crimes. Recently, an Arlington homicide detective contacted her about a cold case where she assisted the victim’s family. This case is featured on tonight’s episode of Cold Justice on TNT. Lacy was interviewed over the phone regarding her recollections of the case and may be featured on the episode.


Currently, Lacy Hensley is GPISD’s At-Risk Counseling Services Facilitator; she formerly served as a victim services counselor with the Arlington Police Department. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Job Hunting at Garcia

Students applied for a school position of interest by first completing a job application; then, the finalists interviewed for that particular position. 

Those that are selected for the job will get to shadow that person for an entire day. They will then write a paper about their experience and what they learned. We are moving our students from cradle to career.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Garcia Wears Yellow

School Counselor, Mrs. Swanigan, put together the Leukemia drive at Garcia Elementary. The school reached their goal by collecting over $2,000. On the last day of the drive, the students and staff wore yellow to support those who are fighting with Leukemia. 

Go Garcia Toros!

Kindness at Hobbs Williams

Hobbs Williams KC Club created Kindness stones to share with others. Students were encouraged to leave the stones at various places for others to find. In the last photo, KC member left a stone for someone to find while she was out grocery shopping with her family this weekend.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Career Cruising Online Course Registration

​Online Course Registration for GPISD high school students is currently underway.  Students are working with their School Counselors and parents to select courses for next school year and creating their Personal Graduation Plans.

GPHS Counselors Celebrate Teen Dating Violence Prevention Week by Wearing Orange

We Appreciate Our School Counselor: Garner FAA

We Appreciate Our School Counselor: Austin EL

Daniels Counselor Appreciated

Last week, Daniels had the pleasure of celebrating with Mrs. Alicia Polk for Counselor's Week. Students and teachers presented her with gifts and cards as a way to say thanks for the priceless work she does everyday. We appreciate you, Mrs. Polk.

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Dating violence can happen to anyone no matter where they live, how much money they have or what they look like. It doesn’t just happen in the movies. Visit our school counselor if you or someone you know needs help.

Hobbs Williams Kindness Week

Students at Hobbs Williams are being encouraged this week to take on some random acts of kindness to celebrate Kindness Week 2015. They are invited to share these acts on a post it note to fill the hearts with love!

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

​(These tips are to help raise your awareness for yourself and your students. Feel free to share this information.)

Over 57% of high school students know someone who is in a physically or verbally abusive relationship. If you’re not sure if your relationship is healthy, visit to take a quiz and get help.

Adams Middle School Loves their Counselors!


Counselors Helping the Community

Dentistry at Hobbs Williams

The Grand Prairie Rotary Club provides free dental screenings and sealants to our school's 2nd grade students. Sandra Williams, a dental hygienist and Rotary representative, came to give a lesson on dental hygiene to all the 2nd grade students at Hobbs Williams Friday. She also reviewed the techniques and steps that are used when applying the sealants. This is a great resource for our students, and we are lucky to be a part of this program. 

Dentistry at Lee

The counselors and nursing staff at Lee Elementary coordinated services with Community Dental Care to provide free dental screenings for all the students and staff at school in celebration of Better Dental Health Month. Thank you to Ms. Bowler, Ms. Winters, Ms. Loyd, and Ms. Rodriguez.

Powell 100th Day with Brighter Tomorrows

Powell Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school by having all grade levels collect items for the non-profit, Brighter Tomorrows. Items collected were kitchen sponges, toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, body wash and hand sanitizer. Over 100 of each item was collected for a total of 885 items. 

Shown in the picture are the Powell Student Council, the Kindness and Compassion Club, our school counselor, Kelley Meeks and the representative from Brighter Tomorrows. "Just another way we are teaching our students the joy of giving."

Bush Blankets

5th Grade donated the blankets they made learning area and perimeter to

Valentine Cards for Troops

Thank you so much to all who took the time to make Valentine Cards for the Troops. Over 1,000 cards were collected and sent to troops abroad and to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Can't wait to do it again next year! - Eisenhower

National Counselor's Week Thank You at Garcia EL

National Counselor's Week Thank You

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

1 out of 3 high school students will be in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate. Abuse can cause injury and even death; it doesn’t have to be physical.


It can include verbal and emotional abuse. This may include constant insults, isolation from friends and family, name-calling, extreme jealousy and controlling what someone wears.


If you or someone you know needs help, text loveis to 22522. Find out more.


National School Counseling Week

I want to say thank you to the staff at Hobbs Williams for all the kind notes and gifts this week in recognition of National School Counseling Week. Ya'll are incredible! 
Angela Argumaniz

Rayburn Special Education students (DLS and Inclusion) love our counselor, Mrs. Moon!

Sandra Garza from Seguin.

YWLA counselors held a “Chat and Chew” session for their middle and high school students. 
Students were able to get information about registering for classes, career cruising, and endorsements. 
Some students visited the table just to say “Hi” to their favorite counselors.


Friday, February 6, 2015

National school counselor's week

YWLA counselors provided desserts for their staff to help relieve a little stress for the day.
The theme: Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts

National School Counselor’s week at YWLA

During national school counselor’s week, YWLA counselors held a “Chat and Chew” session for their middle and high school students. Students were able to get information about registering for classes,  career cruising, and endorsements. Some students visited the table just to say “Hi” to their favorite counselors.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love for National School Counseling Week

The GPISD Social Workers would like to wish all of the Counselors an amazing week! We love working along side each and everyone of you. You always make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Moffitt Goes to Washington

As many of you know, I was named the Middle School Counselor of the Year last year for the State of Texas. The Texas Counseling Association nominated me for the American School Counselor of the Year Award. I submitted several items and was a semifinalist. I represented Texas on the national level at the White House and Gala at Union Station. 

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and actress Connie Britton gave a presentation and remarks at the School Counselor of the Year Ceremony. This is the first year this ceremony was held at the White House as a part of the FLOTUS Reach Higher Initiative. View the ceremony. (Amber Moffitt is the counselor at YMLA.)

Motivational Speaker Comes to GPISD

Motivational speaker, Jon Pritikin, spoke to SGP9 students Wednesday. He presented his inspiring, personal message about anti-bullying and being a hero to someone through kindness. Our students witnessed his strength from the inside out and left with a powerful reaction.    


National School Counselor's Week

National School Counselor's Week

Did you know? College and Career Readiness is part of our mission to guide students from Cradle to Career. School counselors teach students about college and careers beginning in Pre-K. Each student can access their Career Cruising login from home or school, and a majority of our elementary counselors have GO Centers on their campus for students to explore colleges and universities.