Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Career Day & Senior Breakfast

Reagan's 2nd Annual Career Day

Our Reagan Knights had a great time interviewing and visiting with the many presenters that stopped to share a wealth of knowledge about their careers. 

GPFAA Senior Breakfast
The senior class was honored with breakfast before Decision Day at GPFAA. Our guest speaker Mr. John McGee of the Flippen Group encouraged students to pursue their dreams. We also had college representatives from UNT, UTA, UNT Dallas and Oklahoma City University. The counselors did an amazing job organizing this event and sent each student home with a gift basket for their dorm room.

Johnson Family Game Night

Johnson DAEP had a good time ending the year with a Family Game Night. We had a good turnout, and everyone had fun. Thanks to Grand Prairie IMPACT for sponsoring the event and providing the food and some of the games. Also, we love our banner and are excited about using it next year.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

GPISD Counselors are the Best!!!

GPFAA Student Wins Laptop

A huge thank you to Aisha Hutcherson-Jones of Simply Technology 4Kids for providing one our seniors with a free laptop. Paola Rivera plans to use technology as she pursues her art degree from St. Catherine University in Minnesota.

Lee Student Shadows

Lee Elementary 4th and 5th graders had an opportunity to apply for several positions on campus. They had to complete an application, and the selected candidates were interviewed. The students really enjoyed themselves shadowing our staff. They are on the road for success.

GPISD Counselors Doing Great Things

Florence Hill Job Shadowing

Florence Hill Elementary students had a wonderful time on Job Shadowing Day. After the students applied, interviewed and were selected by a committee, they had the opportunity to shadow the principals, counselor, music, PE, and art teachers. One student also chose to shadow her former 3rd grade teacher. They did a great job.

Whitt Job Shadowing Day

Even though our Job Shadowing Day was Tuesday, May 16, it is still leaving a lasting impression in the minds of many. Great job, Whitt FAA Job Shadowing recipients/staff.

Newcomer Graduates

Adams Middle School counselor (former Lee Middle School and Fannin Middle School Newcomer teacher) graduates her first Newcomer student, Tamara Akramawi, from Young Women's Leadership Academy.

Lee Elementary Principal for a Day
Stephanie Martinez was chosen out of several applicants to be principal of Lee Elementary for a day. She was given several tasks to complete such as hall duty, lunch duty, helping the office, and monitoring the awards ceremonies. She did an awesome job, and we are very proud of all her hard work and dedication. Way to go, Steph!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jackson Career Fair

Jackson Middle School counselors hosted a Career Fair for our Eagles. Many guests were in attendance including the Mayor, fire department, a judge, fashion designer, attorney, nurses, a professional dancer, and a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Powell Students Teaching

Palomino proud of our student teacher from 3rd grade who applied and interviewed with our counselor Kelley Meeks and earned a day to shadow Mr. Pennebaker in art. Our young artist kicked it up a notch and planned lessons from the textbook with 1st grade and also taught figure drawing with manikins to 2nd and 3rd grade. Keep Rockin' the Arts in Grand Prairie ISD!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


GP and SGP ECHS counselors are hard at work this morning planning student schedules for next year. Teamwork makes the dream work. We're excited to get these kids one step closer to getting their associate's degrees.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teaching compassion and perseverance

Crockett Pennies for Pasta

Crockett EES wrapped up its "Pennies for Pasta" fundraiser, benefiting the Leukemia Foundation. We are so grateful for our families who open their hearts and helped us greatly with this noble cause.

Garcia Hosts BMX Riders
Garcia Toros were excited and motivated by a special team of BMX riders. Students received the message of perseverance and how dreams can be achieved with hard work. Garcia produces winners.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Fannin Clean Up

Rachel's Kindness Club students at Fannin MS participated in keeping our campus clean with trash pick-up in the front and back of the school campus.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Treats & STAAR

Parents provide Adams counselors with a sweet treat for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Texas Rangers' Captain offered Garner students great STAAR tips at a motivating pep rally.

Williams Appreciates Staff
Lunch, massages, facials...oh my!  Wonderful Williams staff have been pampered and appreciated all week. Staff indulged in massages, facials, breakfast, a dessert bar, and lunch. The red carpet was rolled out. Week long goodies were provided by principal Ami Potts, lunch and massages by the PTA, and facials by the counselor Tonya Womack Campbell. Our wolf pack is loved and stands strong.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Career-Bound Reagan

Reagan counselors enjoyed interacting with 7th grade teacher Mrs. Folse and her Texas history class yesterday as they cruised for careers on Career Cruising. #careerboundandbeyond

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


YMLA toured the UTA campus with 70+ 8th graders. Planning for college starts now.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April Month of Service

Moseley Garden

Moseley's Garden Club and KC Club participate in the Keep Moseley Beautiful project for GP April Month of Service.

Ochoa's Day of Service
Ms. Rios' first grade class at Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy helping to beautify our campus for Ochoa's April Day of Service.

GPCI Day of Service

Students at Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute participated in the annual Day of Service. Students helped to keep the campus beautiful by doing a Campus Clean-Up. The students had a great time.

Monday, May 1, 2017

School Counselors... Changing Lives Daily!

Eisenhower Job Shadowing

Eisenhower leaders Dr. Handcock, Mrs. Bagley and Mrs. Aquino interviewed our scholar candidates for our Cougar Job Shadowing Event. All candidates will discover what loving what we do really means, once they shadow their favorite teacher, counselor or principal. 

Williams World of Work

Wonderful Williams has completed their "World of Work" event. Students earned jobs through the interview and application process. Students came ready to get the job done, were serious, and were in their business attire. We had principals, nurses, librarians, counselors, office staff, and hall monitors. 

GPHS College Signing Night
The College and Career Center hosted an amazing GPHS College Signing Night. Advise Texas advisor Ms. Crimmins did a wonderful job organizing the event with the help of college advisor Mrs. Montero and CTE counselor Mrs. Swanigan. Students were able win prizes such as bikes, mini refrigerators, printers, dorm and school supplies. We are so proud of all the seniors and excited about their bright future. Go Gophers!

Travis College and Career Awareness Night

A very special guest attended TWLA College and Career Awareness Night - Mrs. Sallye Moore photographed with Mrs. Lopez, school counselor, and Principal Mr. Mojica.

Adams Endorsement Signing Night

Adams Middle School counselors, Schavonda Burton-Johnson and Monica Soliz, along with Dean Tiffany Smith, hosted an Endorsement Signing Night at Adams Middle School. Families received helpful information about their student's endorsement, Career Cruising, and financial aid.

Proud Counselor Shouting It Out

The counselor at Hobbs Williams would like to highlight Dana Jackson. She is the Director of Counseling Services for GPISD. She was honored this weekend by a local community organization (Armstrong AME Church.) They highlighted her as a community trailblazer, bringing new and innovative ideas, resources and people to directly impact the lives of our students and their families. Mrs. Jackson is an advocate for all those that support a student's mental, behavioral, physical and social well-being. 

Like the popular song says, "I'm sorry, Ms. Jackson, I am for real."  You really and truly are a jewel to counseling services and GPISD. Other district supporters present were Patricia Calahan and Cheryl Golden.