Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Having a great day!

Crosswinds' Friends of Rachel coordinated a Teddy Bear drive/donation for the GPPD.


Jeans Day Passes on Sale

GPCI teacher Mr. Kasper was the first person on campus to purchase his pass for the districtwide Jeans Day.  Proceeds will go to the David Daniels Scholars Textbook Scholarship Fund.

From Cradle to Career

The Rayburn Kindness & Compassion Club decided to do an outdoor school clean up. They were so excited to pick up trash, one would think it was an Easter egg hunt.

Rayburn Career Fair

Rayburn 5th grade learned valuable life lessons and career opportunities from many different, interesting individuals. Thank you to the speakers, the counselor Mrs. Maples, and everyone who had a part in putting together this wonderful Career Fair. 

Williams Career Day

The counselor Tonya Womack Campbell promotes career exploration and college readiness from Pre-K to 12th grade (From the Cradle to Career). Wonderful Williams hosted a Professional Career Fair.  Presenters included:
Kevin Locks - personal trainer with Camp Gladiator
Hope Williams Bowie - Fitness Instructor and owner of Hope2bfit
Devon Scott - martial arts instructor/Dojo owner/Martial Arts School of Enlightenment 
Beth with Big D's Cupcakes - baker
Tim Costello - announcer/broadcaster with Texas Air Hogs
Lemarcus Campbell - automotive service manager NTB/owner of Campbell Automotive Repair 
Maribel Garza - cosmetologist 

Florence Hill Career Day
Career Day at Florence Hill was a great success. Thank you to our presenters for supporting cradle to career and helping our students think about the future.

Powell Career Day

Powell Elementary had a great Career Day on February 26. K-5 students enjoyed hearing about various careers throughout the day. Counselor Mrs. Meeks was happy to schedule this day so students could learn about these different careers.

Jackson Visits De Zavala
Jackson counselors, principal, Fine Arts Department and clubs visited De Zavala's 5th graders. They presented the many programs that make Jackson an outstanding school and program of choice. The students of De Zavala enjoyed seeing what middle school has in store for them.

Garcia Elementary Career Day
At Garcia's annual Career Day, students learned from a variety of careers: a pilot, mayor assistant, zookeeper, pet groomer, firemen, and policemen. Thank you Mrs. Bejarano, school counselor, and Mrs. Dombroski, teacher, for a successful Career Day.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Garner Visiting Artist Day

GFAA counselors Lewis and Moon would love to thank our special guests for making career day a huge success. The students enjoyed presentations from different fine arts careers to include an opera singer, a country music singer/songwriter, choreographers, and jazz musicians. In addition to showcasing their talent, each speaker delivered inspiring messages about pursuing their dreams, setting goals, and doing what they love.

Friday, February 23, 2018

GPISD Counselor News

Adams counselors continue their elementary recruiting at Austin Elementary today.

Rebekah Swaim Wins in Austin
The GPISD Counseling Services team is very proud of our teammate Rebekah Swaim, Early Childhood Development Specialist. She received an award at the 2018 School Social Workers Conference in Austin for the outstanding support she provides students, school counselors, and campus staff.

Williams Retreat for Parents

The counselor Tonya Womack Campbell and community liaison Rosanelda Foo hosted a Retreat for Parents. Parents learned how to identify, monitor, and manage stress. Vendors from Parkland, Amerigroup and Zermat were all on site to provide services for parents. Students from Hobbs Williams also taught parents how to use deep-belly breathing and positive self talk to stay calm. Parents were also able to produce  original art pieces to take with them. Go, Wolves!

Moore Career Day
Sallye Moore College and Career Prep hosted its annual Career Day. Our guest speakers provided information from a variety of career paths. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Counselors Making a Difference

Moseley's Pre-K students use kinesthetics to reinforce their counselor's guidance lesson on love.

Adams Middle School
counselors and administrators met with students at Daniels Elementary to discuss the new programs Adams will offer next year. We can't wait for all the new changes. 

Florence Hill Wins Olive Garden
Mrs. Flavin's fourth grade class at Florence Hill raised the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's "Pennies for Patients" Fundraiser with $453.39 raised. The students enjoyed a catered lunch from Olive Garden for their fundraising accomplishments.


Williams Pop and Roll

Students in Mrs. Thompson's class at Wonderful Williams show kindness.  Students donated socks to a local homeless shelter for their "Warm Soles" sock drive.  They were rewarded with a  "Pop and Roll" party by their counselor Tonya Womack Campbell.  They danced, learned the tootsie roll dance, ate tootsie rolls and blow pops.  GO WOLVES!

Truman visits Moseley
Moseley's counselor would like to extend a big thank you to Truman counselor Twila Read, athletic coordinator Brian Hale, and JCC Chief Parnell Cross for speaking with our fifth graders about the ins and outs of middle school.

Teen Dating Lessons at DAEP 

Big shout-out and thank you to Lacy Hensley from One Safe Place who presented Teen Dating Violence Awareness lessons to our middle school students at Johnson DAEP.  Matt Jacobs with the Be Project from The Family Place will be presenting to the high school students next week.  LOVE IS RESPECT.

Kindness... Pass it On!!!

The Be Project and the Dubiski counselors are helping to promote healthy relationships.

Eisenhower Unicorn Kindness Crew

The Eisenhower administrators and counselors struck on Friday as the Unicorn Kindness Crew. They went to classes, passing out certificates, prizes, and unicorn pencil toppers to deserving students that completed the Random Acts of Kindness towards staff and peers. The students consistently show kindness and were rewarded for the kind deeds. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GPISD Counselors ROCK!

Adams Middle School students from a few of the elective groups rotated through Lee's 5th-grade classrooms so the students could see some of the electives offered at middle school up close and personal. 

Seguin Hosts Public Service Career Day 

Seguin Elementary School hosted a Public Service Career Day. Guest speakers included Mayor Ron Jenson, City Council Members Jorja Clemson and Mike Del Bosque, GPPD, GPFD, members of different departments of the City of Grand Prairie, and even Epic Waters.

Jackson Learns about Safe Driving 
Mark Johnson, GPISD's Drug Prevention and Intervention Counselor, teamed up with Jackson's counselors to host Baylor Scott & White's RED program. Students received a valuable opportunity to learn firsthand about the dangers of alcohol in a safe and engaging way.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Teen dating violence may be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.
For more information go to Youth,gov website

Friday, February 16, 2018

Counselors: The Heart of Every School

Grand Prairie Officers Brandon Poor and Rick Brannon spoke to GPFAA students about cyber safety yesterday.

Dubiski Friends of Rachel

Dubiski's counselors and the Friends of Rachel's Club members set the example for others and encourage students to perform random acts of kindness and assist in creating a positive atmosphere for all students. In promoting a positive culture at Dubiski, the FOR Club hosted an activity during lunch, encouraging students to share the love and give affirmations

Reagan Reality for Education Drivers
Reagan Middle School would like to thank Mark Johnson, GPISD's drug prevention counselor, for bringing Reality for Education Drivers (RED) to our school. The simulators showed students the reality of drunk driving behind the wheel.

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

Bowie Junior Optimist Club
Shout-out to the Bowie Elementary Junior Optimist Club for delivering sweet treats to the local nursing and rehabilitation center. Spreading kindness is an important core value these students learn daily here at Bowie, and we couldn't be prouder of them.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kindness Matters

De Zavala counselors started their middle school transition lessons with 5th grade and reviewed how to fill out course selection forms for next year. Next stop 6th Grade.

Friends of Rachel encouraged the students at Adams Middle School to create Valentine's Cards for the senior residents of Heritage at Turner Park Health & Rehab.  

Whitt Kindness 
Counselor Tamara Collins is excited to award the first Kindness Unicorns at Whitt Fine Arts Academy this week.  On their own, these students decided they would organize a drive to benefit the animals at Prairie Paws.  Way to go, girls! 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Counselor News

Counselor Ms. Martinez appreciates everyone on the Bowie staff. She says, "You all go over and beyond. It's truly amazing to work with each of you."

Moseley's counselor, Beverly Green, issued a challenge to her students to show kindness, responsibility, and respect at home as well as at school. The challenge winners received piggy banks donated by Jake Richter of Edward Jones.

Encouraging kindness is the Power of GPISD Public Schools at Dickinson Elementary.


SRO K9 Kaiser and SRO Brandon Darrough presented at Barbara Bush's Career Day.

GPFAA students give teachers personal notes of affirmation to our fantastic directors and instructors.


GPHS counselors support healthy teen relationships. TDVAM: Orange4Love Campaign (Break the Cycle)

Ochoa honors their counselor Krystal Jones in a mini-student assembly. Watch the video.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

TDVAM is a national effort supported by GPISD counselors to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote programs that prevent it.
Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts. To get help call 1.866.331.8453 or text loveis to 22522.

Jackson Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Jackson's students and staff wore orange to help the counselors promote Teen Dating Awareness and Prevention. Dandreon Gray from Helping Us Help Her was their guest speaker along with counselor Amber Moffitt to ensure students were educated on the topic, know the warning signs, and foster self esteem and self love.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

National School Counseling Week

Did you know?  Middle school counselors work with students to prepare them for high school by meeting with each student to develop their Personal Graduation Plan for all four years of high school. The counselors provide information regarding the options for each feeder high school, answer any questions, host Parent Night Workshops, and encourage them to look beyond high school to begin to imagine what their futures could look like.

Watch GPISD's Why I Became a Counselor.


Dickinson counselor Latavia Rivers positively impacts student achievement by rewarding students who are recognized by their peers for demonstrating kind and heroic acts.

Ms. Jones, school counselor at Ochoa, positively impacts student achievement by partnering with feeder schools to ensure a smooth transition to middle school.

Counselors at TWLA host a Danish with Dad event providing resources and information to inspire and motivate for greatness.

Garcia students were encouraged to be a friend not a bully through John Pritikin's message. Thank you, Gateway Church, for making this possible. 

YWLA counselors praise superhero staff members. During National School Counseling Week, the YWLA counselors want to recognize all the staff who they consider superheroes because of all they do for our students.

School counselors at Lee positively impact student achievement by facilitating guidance lessons in helping students put their love glasses on and color their world with love and diversity.

SGPHS students expressed how much they appreciate the counselors of South.

SGP Counselors positively impact student achievement by assisting and supporting students in their post-secondary endeavors.  Congratulations to the SGP student athletes that signed their National Letter of Intent today.

Reagan counselors celebrating National School Counseling Week with a pot of gold.

GP ECHS's Lenora Brown and Kelly Newman positively impact student achievement by encouraging our students to commit to graduate.

The Counselors at Lee provided donuts to the staff to kick off National School Counseling Week. When you "donut" know what to do, see the school counselors.

The Jackson counseling team shows thanks to their staff for "sticking" by their students.

Happy National School Counseling Week to our amazing Crockett Early Education School counselor, Yadira Reyes. You are truly the heart of our school, and we are so grateful for you.

Johnson counselor Mrs. Rosenthal and counseling intern Mrs. Untz help students to aspire and celebrated their successes with Starburst candy and a star on the banner brag board.

Counselors from Young Men's Leadership Academy and Garcia collaborate to speak to 5th grade students about middle school.

Reagan counselors are busy going over PGP's with 8th graders and course selections with the 6th and 7th graders. 2018-2019 will be here before we know it.

Williams Counselor Week
School counselors positively impact student achievement by...providing wellness resources/tips for staff and guidance lessons and strategies for "Self Love" for students.  Counselor Tonya Womack Campbell at Wonderful Williams gave staff daily encouraging words and treats to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being.  Mrs. Campbell dressed in workout gear to encourage everyone to not only workout the muscles on their body but also their brain, and heart.  Students received guidance lessons and visual/physical reminders to use positive self-talk to stay uplifted and love themselves as well as others.  

GPFAA Seniors Earns West Point Appointment 
GPFAA is incredibly proud of senior Joshua Riddick for receiving his congressional nomination from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Thank you to his counselor, Mrs. McGee, for her ongoing guidance and dedication in helping Josh and all of our seniors with their college choices. 

In Celebration of National School Counseling Week

What I love about being a counselor in Grand Prairie ISD...
The social and emotional health of our student and families has always been a passion of mine. My role allows me to work with our school district's youngest learners to remove barriers that can stand in the way of them reaching their full potential. Each day I have the opportunity to do the kind of work that shapes our future and changes lives. I am so grateful for the families, students and staff at Crockett Early Education School that give me this opportunity every day. - Yadira Reyes, Crockett counselor

Whitt shows Love for Their Counselor 
Counselor Tamara Collins has felt so loved by the Whitt Fine Arts Academy staff and students during National School Counseling Week. All week she has been showered by "heart" messages. In appreciation for all of the support the counseling program has received from the Whitt staff this year, she provided a dessert table for the staff.

GPCI Seniors Winning
GPCI school counselor Mrs. Swanigan positively impacts student achievement by assisting them with their post-secondary goals. As of today the first senior class of nine have ALL submitted college applications, completed FAFSA, accepted into a four-year college/university and received a total of $1.5 million in scholarships so far.  

Bowie Junior Optimist International Club
The Bowie Junior Optimist International Club students bring joy to the Metroplex Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by making Valentine cards and goodies!  Thank you to Bowie counselor Miriam Martinez for teaching students the value of spreading kindness and love.