Are You Ready?
GISD believes that “college readiness” begins while students are in the early years of their education and includes a strong academic foundation for all. The school counselor facilitates various activities throughout the school year to reinforce college preparedness in a variety of ways. We have periodic school spirit days which allows students and staff to represent their favorite college or alma mater. Various websites including our own GISD “Ready! College. Career. Life” webpage allows both parents, students and teachers to view information to help reinforce how one prepares for college, career videos, career exploration, financial aid and several other topics related to college readiness.
Career Day is an important part of our Handley commitment by ensuring children have opportunities to interact with professionals from various career fields. Professionals are invited to the campus to speak on their college path and their career. Students sometimes participate in interactive activities during these presentations for a real-life approach.
Fifth graders have an opportunity to visit two of the district high schools that have specialized programs for training students for the world of work immediately after high school. This gives our students a view of how to obtain a skill early in high school if they do not want to follow a traditional college path.
How can you help as a parent? Reinforce the importance of reading by allowing your child to read to you, emphasize how math plays a role in everyday life and the need to be an effective writer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school counselor. To read more...
"Rooted In Our Past, Growing Toward Our Future"
What is Black History Month?
Carter G. Woodson, an American historian, sought a way to emphasize the importance of Negro history. He created Negro History Week (later to become Black History Month). Now America celebrates Black History Month every February. During this month, we recognize the great accomplishments and important events of African Americans. We are grateful for their service, contributions, and sacrifices to our country. America looks forward to future generations of citizens working together in peace.
Handley Elementary will host our Black History program on February 26, 2015, from 6:30-8:00pm in the cafeteria. All Handley students will come together to celebrate the plight of African Americans. Our guest speaker will be Ricky McNeal, President of the NAACP Garland Chapter.
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