Thursday, April 27, 2017

Service Learning & Job Shadowing

Crockett EES Service Project

Thank you to Yadira Reyes, Crockett EES counselor, for planning and organizing our service project to create a play area for the Johnson's Mobile Home Park. Our students did an amazing job painting and constructing some of the items used in the play area.

Highly Gifted-School Counselor for a Day

Students from S4HG participated in the application and interviewing process to become a school counselor for a day. Pictured are Ms. Nyereyemhuka, counselor, along with the three finalists and the school counselor "New Hire." The student will get the opportunity to shadow the counselor and implement an Act of Kindness Challenge for the school to follow.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April Month of Service

Jackson Day of Service was a spectacular turnout, students taking care of their school and community.

Bonham Service Project

For Bonham's Bee Service Project, students made bird feeders and put them outside the school for the birds to enjoy. 

GPHS Day of Service
Members of Rachel's Club cleaned up the grounds around GPHS. They did an awesome job. We also want to give a shout-out to the grounds/maintenance crew. They do an amazing job of making sure our whole campus is clean.

Counselors at the Capitol

GPISD school counselors advocating for all school counselors in Austin, Texas.

April Month of Service

Austin Clean Up

Second graders raise their "helping hand" for Austin Elementary's Campus Clean Up Service Project. Students were eager to help beautify our school and community. Special thanks from Mrs. Rivers (counselor) to the 2nd grade class, Coach Tapia (P.E. teacher), Ms. Ross (music teacher), and Mrs. Creglow (art teacher).

Reagan Earth Day

Reagan Middle School's Knights of Kindness celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 21, by cleaning, picking up trash and beautifying the surrounding land around the school  PTA supplied the students with water, Gatorade, fruit and crackers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

GPISD Counselors ROCK!!!


Travis Earth Day

Students at Travis World Language Academy take pride and joy keeping their Earth and learning environment clean and safe from trash and debris. Students have taken a new outlook and ownership of their school since their participation with the April Month of Service.

Truman Friends of Rachel Day of Service

Last week the Friends of Rachel Club at Truman picked up litter and debris along Polo Road for our Day of Service project. The group was able to pick up 20 pounds of trash during the event and enjoyed making our neighborhood cleaner.

Truman Impact Grand Prairie Attendance Contest

In an effort to improve attendance at Truman, we have partnered with Impact Grand Prairie to reward students for good attendance. Our 8th graders had the highest attendance percentage for March and were rewarded with an ice cream social on April 20 for their win.

Florence Hill Green & Clean
Props to the Florence Hill Green & Clean Team along with their Student Council for bringing out 29 students, parents, and teachers. They collected 37 bags of litter to keep Main Street Fest litter free on Earth Day. #rachelschallenge

De Zavala Pennies for Patients

Students and staff at De Zavala participated in the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mrs. Balderrama's 2nd grade class raised the most money and received a yummy pasta luncheon. Great job!

YMLA Service Project

We conducted our April Month of Service project while celebrating Earth Day on April 21. We cleaned up our adopted section of 4th Street and the school perimeter. Mrs. Johnson allowed some of her boys from Checkers Club to help us out. Mrs. Tubbs' and Mrs. Beck's kids were a tremendous help with our F.O.R. Club, and we definitely appreciated their cooperation.

SGP Day of Service
The South Grand Prairie High School Day of Service was held on Thursday, April 20. Students from the Environmental Science Club, the Volunteers Club, AVID Club, National Honor Society, and the Fashion Club participated.

Johnson Clean Up
Johnson DAEP students worked in groups on April 21 to clean up the campus grounds. Some even helped to clean up the cafeteria after lunch. A few students made Earth Day posters to promote recycling.

Daniels Meets Horses
Grand Prairie Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit in conjunction with the counseling department and Ms. Gates sponsored a Western Day at David Daniels Elementary. The entire student body was able to meet the officers and their horses and hear all about a day in the life of a mounted officer. The students were able to dress in their western wear and were excited to meet the officers and their horses.

Whitt Job Shadowing/Hiring Process Recipients

Congratulations to our determined students who received the wonderful words, "You are hired," during the interview and call back hiring process.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Careers & Service Learning!

De Zavala Students Get Interviewed

These are just some of the many students that applied for our day of job shadowing at De Zavala. Students were interviewed by the professionals they would like to shadow for one day. Administrators, classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and counselors interviewed students. Counselors Ms. McGriff and Mrs. Glover will be delivering letters to the students chosen for the day of shadowing. All of our students did great; it will be hard to choose. 

GP ECHS Service Project
For April's service project, GP Early College High School participated in the annual Orphan Party, hosting children from Texas' Pythian House. The ECHS students and staff adopted 22-month-old Layla. The ECHS staff cast the vision for the party, and the students took hold of it in a major way. They purchased treats for Layla, decorated her table in her favorite character, Peppa Pig, and showered her with love and gifts.

The students of ECHS truly exemplified what it means to be leaders and experienced the joy of giving back to others. Many of them made plans to volunteer at the orphanage and now have a new passion of spreading love to all.

GPISD Counselors ROCK!!

Travis Job Shadowing

Ready, set, go - students were so excited to step into the many positions available at Travis World Language Academy during their job shadowing activity.

GPFAA Clean Up
The GPFAA Friends of Rachel Club and Green Team combined efforts to clean the GP Wetland Preserve and Outdoor Learning Area yesterday morning. The supplies and snacks were donated by Grand Prairie Impact. A huge thank you to the students, Blanca McGee (counselor), Megan Brigance (teacher) and Marissa Salinas (teacher).

Williams Student of Character

Wonderful Williams' own Kleber Herrera (5th grade) was recognized at the district level for great character. Kleber was recognized and presented with an award in front  the school board members with support from his family and school. Go Wolves!!

Day of Service & World of Work

Whitt FAA participated in another exciting year of Cleaning Up Around Our Community.

Marshall's Garden Day of Service
Marshall students, staff, parents, and community members collaborated in the April Month of Service, a service project to beautify the school garden.

Williams World of Work

Wonderful Williams students in 4th and 5th grade are gearing up for the "World of Work." Students completed job applications for positions on campus and were photographed with the big boss, Principal Ami Potts. Students were interviewed by the committee to show their knowledge of the hiring process. Our hiring committee included Dora Trevino (secretary), Ami Potts (principal), Eunicse Lozano (technology/media specialist), Angela Hernandez (campus volunteer), and Tonya Womack Campbell (counselor).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Day of Service

Lee Clean Up

Second grade Lee Bears took the time to help with beautifying our campus.

Williams Clean Up

Wonderful Williams Elementary gave a helping hand to the community. The PTA, Kindness and Compassion, Trash To Treasures, and Green and Clean clubs all worked together to complete a street and campus clean up. Students worked tirelessly at making their campus shine. Adult volunteers included PTA parents, Cassaundra Turner (Trash to Treasures sponsor), Amanda Esquivel (Green and Clean sponsor), and Tonya Womack Campbell (counselor and Kindness and Compassion sponsor). There were other adult contributors involved in the process not pictured. 

Day of Service

Eisenhower Day of Service

Eisenhower Kindness & Compassion Club and Green Clean Recycling Club joined forces to show how much we love what we do, helping our community in our Day of Service.

Another Day of Service at De Zavala

The students at De Zavala Elementary continue to show what they have learned throughout the year about kindness and compassion through Rachel's Challenge by participating in Days of Service. First, second, and fourth grade students had the opportunity to participate in our Days of Service here at De Zavala. The counselors Ms. McGriff and Mrs. Glover put together several Days of Service during the month of April. Second and first grade students picked up trash, and fourth grade cleaned out the weeds in and around the flower beds. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Service Project & Career Friday

Garcia Day of Service Project

Garcia students and staff did an amazing job cleaning up the garden and picking up trash.

SGP Alum Returns

This past week we hosted SGP alum Alanna Sarabia for a Career Friday presentation. She spoke to our journalism and audio/video production students about her role at WFAA and Good Morning Texas as a host/producer. Alanna answered the students' questions about her life growing up in Grand Prairie, her college experience and all the paths she took that ultimately got her into her current job. She stated that her extracurricular activities, along with lots of hard work, continue to contribute to her success. Thanks again to Alanna for continuing to support her community.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Keeping Grand Prairie Beautiful

Crosswinds and HOPE Service

Crosswinds High School and HOPE Academy had approximately 80 students participate in the campus community service project on Friday.

Travis Day of Service

Look what happens when you invite the KC Club, the Garden Club and the Art Club to join forces to give back to our school community - you get a beautiful learning environment.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hobbs Williams Counselor Nominated

Counselor Tonya Womack Campbell has been nominated for the 2017 Texas State School Counselor of the Year award through Texas Lone Star State School Counselor's Association.  

Nominators state that Mrs. Campbell has an effective counseling program that meets the needs of students, staff, and parents. Mrs. Campbell always has a smile on her face and a positive solution-focused attitude. Her leadership skills are far reaching, and she brings a fresh perspective to her Hobbs Williams campus and GPISD. Mrs. Campbell is energetic and enthusiastic which can be infectious to all around her. 

April Day of Service

Keep Adams Beautiful

Great job to the Adams school counselors Mrs Burton-Johnson and Mrs Soliz as well as Friends of Rachel for their initiation of a Garden Club to keep Adams Middle School Beautiful. 

Seguin's Monthly Project
We are pleased to share our students' commitment towards providing service to our school and community. For our April project, our Student Council and Kindness Club collaborated with our counselor in embracing "Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kindness Across the Prairie!

Dickinson Keeps Grand Prairie Beautiful

The Dickinson Kindness and Compassion Club invited students and teachers to make our community "Green and Clean" by picking up trash at Winsom Park for the April Month of Service project.

De Zavala Day of Service
The students at De Zavala Elementary showed what they have learned throughout the year about kindness and compassion through Rachel's Challenge by participating in Days of Service. The counselors, Ms. McGriff and Mrs. Glover, put together several Days of Service. Kindergarten students picked up trash around the school grounds, and third grade students pulled weeds from in and around garden beds. We can't wait to see how our school is beautified once the other grades do their part. Way to go, Lions!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Austin 5th Graders Ready to Move On

Austin Elementary counselor Latavia Rivers teaches 5th graders about careers and the GPISD Endorsement Options. Students were engaged and eager to learn.

Daniels Clean-Up

David Daniels Kindness and Compassion Club sponsored a Day of Service. The students cleaned the street adopted by the school and around the school building.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Counselor News

Moore STAAR Rally

Sallye Moore Elementary students would like to thank Cornelius Jones from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church for motivating our 4th and 5th graders at the STAAR pep rally. Mr. Jones spoke to the students about doing their best and taught them a STAAR test rap. Students also received encouragement from their teachers and administration at the pep rally.

Wonderful Williams Shows Counselor Some Love

Tonya Womack Campbell, the counselor at Hobbs Williams Elementary, is elated with her campus. Students and staff at Williams showed the counselor love and appreciation by giving their hearts, encouraging thoughts and kind words.  Thanks, wonderful Williams.

Girls of the Month & Williams STAAR Rally

Girls of the Month

Earlier this month the January and February 8th and 12th grade Girls of the Month were honored by the Soroptimist Club. Pictured are Barbara Dixon, president; Leslie Stull, District Girl of the Month Chairperson & School Counselor; Maya Amshay from Dubiski; Sarah Cliborn from GPFAA; Viviana Faz from SGPHS; Zuri Humphrey from GPFAA; Genesis Maldonado from Grand Prairie; Brandy Nwora from Truman; Katelyn Wood from Reagan, and Angela Giessner from the Soroptomist Club. Congratulations to these worthy recipients.

Williams STAAR Rally

Wonderful Williams had an awesome mini STAAR Rally with the 4th and 5th graders. Staff members Lauren Wirth, Estaban Soriano, Stephanie Humble and Taneshra Dixon participated in a skit to show students the improper way to take the STAAR test. Special guest Mr. Scott, martial arts/fitness instructor, provided students with encouraging words. Williams own counselor Tonya Womack Campbell kicked some rhymes to get students prepared for the test.