Wednesday, January 31, 2018

We love our Counselors!!

GPCI is thrilled to have their new bench that was delivered Tuesday from the Miles for Smiles campaign.

Keep Ochoa Beautiful
Ochoa Student Council shows what it takes to be a leader in our community by picking up trash around the front of our campus. We are so proud of their efforts to Keep Ochoa Beautiful

Marshall Career Fair

Marshall's Career Fair was a great success. Organized by the counseling department at Marshall, by Mrs. JimĂ©nez, and made possible by the members the community who presented about their careers.

Dickinson Learns About Responsibility

Dickinson students are eager to learn about responsibility during guidance and create personal goal-setting plans with school counselor Latavia Rivers.

Monday, January 29, 2018

GPISD Counselor News

The assistant principal Ms. Rodriguez and counselor Mrs. Mays at David Daniels hosted a behavior improvement lunch.

GPFAA Counselors Helping Students
GPFAA counselors provided updated transcripts with GPA and class rank to all of our eager high school students. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and celebrate their achievements. GPFAA counselors are proud of our students and their motivation to succeed.

De Zavala Winter Wear Drive
De Zavala's KC Club, along with counselors Nedin Glover and Evetta McGriff, sponsored "Warming the Hearts of the Community" winter wear drive to support Beat the Streets Outreach, an organization that supports the homeless in the Metroplex. 

UNT Admissions Counselor at GPFAA
GPFAA counselors organized a visit with UNT admissions counselor Mrs. Romero. She spoke with students who have been accepted and explained financial aid and scholarship offers. 

Moseley Serves Dessert

Moseley's principal, assistant principal, and counselor are served dessert by students who met at least two goals on quarter two summatives.

Character, Wellness & Goal-Setting

Character at Moseley

Moseley not only celebrates our students who exhibit good character but also our teachers who help instill good character in our students.

GPCI Passport to Wellness

This month GPCI staff had their Passport to Wellness challenge and there were three winners: Mrs. Saenz, Mrs. Lebouef, and Ms. Mihelich. School counselor Mrs. Swanigan gave them a special prize for their dedication to wellness.


Guidance at Dickinson
Dickinson students were attentive and engaged as their school counselor provided guidance on responsibility, goal-setting and test-taking skills.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Simply Amazing... GPISD Counselors!!!

Grand Prairie City Council's Presentation to GPISD Counselors

On Tuesday, January 23, Grand Prairie's City Council presented the GPISD Counseling Department with a proclamation for our upcoming National School Counseling Week. National School Counseling Week is to be held on February 5-9. It was a proud moment for all who attended to be honored by our very own Mayor Ron Jensen and the City Council. GPISD counselors would also like to thank Dr. Alexander and Mr. Harrison for coming out to support us. 

GPCI at The Compelling Why
GPCI school counselor Mrs. Swanigan took a group of scholars to The Compelling Why seminar. They learned about college readiness, career exploration, and how to find their purpose. The seminar was located at UT Dallas, and students toured the campus as well.

Daniels Spreads Kindness
David Daniels counselor Mrs. Mays along with the KC Club spread kindness at David Daniels by surprising teachers with a sweet treat.

GP Thank You to Lee and Uplift Lee

Thank you Lee Elementary and Uplift Lee Preparatory for this sweet delivery and kind notes. We know you understand the sadness we still feel. The Gopher Nation loves and appreciates you.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Counselor News

Dubiski Counselors hosted a celebration breakfast for the mentors and the mentees of Dubiski's Handprints on Hearts program.

Fielder Kids at Marshall Leadership Academy
Marshall Leadership Academy is excited to partner with Fielder Kids to provide parents with the Raising Highly Capable Kids Program. This 13-week course will help build stronger families by giving them the confidence, tools and skills needed to raise healthy, caring and responsible children. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

GPISD Counselors ROCK!!!!

Jackson Scholarship Finalists

The Jackson counselors are proud to announce our two state finalists for the Bobby Bragan Scholarship: Michael Vasquez and Benjamin Soesbee. Way to soar, Eagles!

November and December Girls of the Month

On January 13, our local Grand Prairie Soroptimist Club honored our November and December Girls of the Month.  It was a joy to see grandparents and parents present to help us honor their students. A huge thanks to the ladies of the Soroptimist Club for their dedication to GPISD. Students in attendance were: Amy Kane, Citlalli Escobar, Stephanie Guzman, Victoria Inope, Maddy Lievrouw, Bryleigh Liles, and Bailee Smith.

Also included in the photo are: Barbara Dixon, past president, Donna Koepke, president,  Angela Giessner, Girl of the Month chairman, and Patricia Calahan, GPISD counselor.

Eisenhower Career Day 

We had some wonderful presenters at the Eisenhower Career Day.  The administrators, teachers, staff, and students loved the great presentations that we heard from community members.


Lee Career Day
The students at Lee were engaged in hearing from a variety of guests, sharing their keys to making their career a success. The careers included mechanic, family specialist, city manager, banker, marketing director, 97.9 The Beat radio DJ, entrepreneur, graphic artist, environmental specialist, and detention officer.

Moseley Career Day
Moseley students had a great time participating in this year's Career Day. Presenters from Tarrant County College-South Campus, Dallas Behavioral Healthcare, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Southeast Fort Worth, Inc., Edward Jones, Frito Lay, Cook's Children Healthcare System, DeSoto ISD and the Grand Prairie Police Department shared their expertise in their respective fields.

Adams Handprints on Hearts
Adams Middle School counselors host a Handprints on Hearts mentoring breakfast. Studies have shown that mentoring enhances student achievement. Special thanks to GPISD Counseling Services for sponsoring the event. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Character & Service Matters

Jackson Middle School Rachel's Challenge 

Jackson's Rachel's Challenge Club, sponsored by the counselors, hosted a school-wide food drive contest. The students eagerly participated and collected hundreds of food items to donate to local families in need. Way to go, Jackson!

Florence Hill Student of Character
Florence Hill fourth-grader, Jesse Flores accepts his Student of Character honor Thursday night at the GPISD Board Meeting. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments. With him are Dr. Catherine Bridges (principal), Tay Nguyen, Victoria Flavin, (teachers) and  Megan Hay (counselor).

Keep America Beautiful
Congratulations to Daniels, Florence Hill and SGP for receiving their Keep America Beautiful School certification. These three campuses are among the first five in the country to complete the requirements by:

  • measuring changes in litter on campus after an awareness campaign, intervention, and cleanup
  • conducted a waste audit and found solutions to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • created a tree trail on their campus which includes environmental and economic benefits.  Check them out

Interested in doing this at your campus?  Check out the resources at Youth Initiatives Guide. If you have any questions, contact or

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Bonham Breakfast

School Counselor, Crystal Hernandez and family engagement specialists at Bonham prepared a quick breakfast to get their teachers week started. There's a "latte" going on in Pre-K.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Travis WLA KC Club

Counselors at TWLA sponsored a clothing and toy drive with the assistance of the Kindness and Compassion Club.

Florence Hill Hosts Guest Readers

Florence Hill had the privilege of having guest readers Ms. Ponzio, Mayor Jensen, Ms. Eileen Littel, Board Member Mr. Hall and Board Member Mr. Espinosa read the Polar Express on Friday, December 15. Thank you for reading to our Broncos.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Holiday Cheer!

Adams counselors and Friends of Rachel host a warm drive to assist families in need.

South Grand Prairie Softball helps out a good cause, Santa Cop.

GPCI Santa Cop Helpers

Counselors at TWLA hosted an amazing and relaxing event for both mentors and mentees.

Counselors Volunteer at Santa Cop

On Wednesday GPISD's counselors volunteered with GPPD's Santa Cop to help distribute Christmas gifts and bikes for our GPISD families who are in need of help this holiday season. A great time was had by all who were able to participate. Families were extremely thankful for the help, and it was an added treat for them to see their school's counselor working the event. Please see the link for the photos from the event from last night.

School for the Highly Gifted T.A.L.K. Club

SHG counselor and the Try A Little Kindness Club surprised our cafeteria workers with thank you cards for all of the hard work that they do everyday. Club members also received a special gift for all of their hard work spreading acts of kindness.

De Zavala Toy Drive
For the month of December, De Zavala's KC Club and counselors Nedin Glover and Evetta McGriff sponsored our 2nd annual toy drive and also decorated holiday cards to send to the elderly. We believe in kindness and compassion toward others.

Eisenhower Christmas at Brookdale

Eisenhower KC club and choir hosted the residents of Brookdale in Grand Prairie. We had a festive Christmas party. A great time was had by all. A special thanks to the Eisenhower KC Club, Eisenhower Choir, and Eisenhower teachers and staff for being so hospitable to our guests. The Brookdale residents had so much fun that they want to get together again.

GPISD Counselors Rock!

Florence Hill Handprints on Hearts

Counselor Megan Hay at Florence Hill organized a Handprints on Hearts activity to make Christmas cards for a children's hospital while enjoying a cookie and holiday music. 

Dickinson Career Fair
Counselor Latavia Rivers is super proud of our fifth graders for a job well done on the Peer to Peer Career Fair.

Eisenhower Gen Tx. Week
Eisenhower had a great Generation Texas week. The students and the teachers had an opportunity to wear college gear, create college posters or pennants, dress up, and hear career presentations. 

Daniels Career Fair
Mrs. Mays, counselor at David Daniels, coordinated with 5th grade students and teachers to conduct a peer-to-peer career fair for KN-4th grade. Students were excited to showcase their plans for their futures.

Florence Hill Coffee Connection
Counselor Megan Hay and teacher Lindsay Reeves helped our student council to complete PART TWO of Starbucks coffee sleeves with inspirational quotes. 

Sallye Moore College and Career Prep Academy Career Explorations
Congratulations to the winners of the CTE Career Awareness Poster Contest. With help from the art teacher, Mrs. Desmarais, Counselor Neal selected one student from each grade level to represent Moore in the district contest. Good luck to all contestants. Pictured are the K-6th grade student winners.

GPISD Counselors Preparing Students for the Future

Counselors at TWLA ensure that every student is focused on their future career.

Fourth and fifth graders at Moseley had a spectacular time speaking to kindergarten, first, and second graders about their future careers.

GPCI Seniors Are College Bound

Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute would like to spotlight Ashley Galicia, who is currently a senior. She has received acceptance letters from Philander College, Baylor University,  Creighton University, and Texas A&M University - Texarkana. She has also received over $110,000 in scholarship money so far.

Florence Hill Rewards

Florence Hill Elementary Student Council received a kind note and gift cards after they wrote inspirational quotes on Starbucks sleeves. #payingitforward

De Zavala Poster Winners
All students at De Zavala worked hard to complete their career poster drawings. It was difficult to choose, but we have six awesome entries. We have a zookeeper, art teacher, artist, veterinarian, surgeon and cartoonist. They will move to compete at the district level. Students were encouraged by counselors Ms. McGriff and Mrs. Glover to use Career Cruising. 

De Zavala Career Fair

Mrs. Glover and Ms. McGriff, counselors at De Zavala, coordinated with 4th and 5th grade students and teachers to conduct a peer-to-peer career fair for 2nd and 3rd grade. Students used different presentation methods to showcase their plans for their futures.