Planning for the Future
October 27 - 31 was Career Week at GAEC. Students had the opportunity to attend a variety of presentations given by area professionals. Among our presenters were a doctor, a nurse, a coroner, a veterinarian, machine, office, and warehouse specialists, the mayor, mechanics and body repair workers, technology experts, realtors, police and firefighters, finance specialists, a marine biologist, a dental hygienist, a lawyer, a videographer, and even a game warden. Throughout the week students in Middle School and High School listened to presentations and asked questions as they were encouraged to consider career possibilities for the future. Thanks to all of our presenters and Mr. Javier Pena (GAEC History Teacher) who coordinated this annual event again this year.
Online Learning and Cycle Recovery
Edgenuity is an online grade recovery program that is used in GISD/GAEC to help students stay on track with their graduation credit requirements. When students have failed a course during a grading cycle their teacher will assign them to that course in Edgenuity. Students can then log on to the course that has been assigned to recover (pass) for the failed cycle. This program is helping students avoid having to make up courses (at a cost of $125 for summer courses) in summer school. Students enrolled in Edgenuity can work on their course from any internet connected computer. GAEC has even opened its labs before and after school for our students to work on Edgenuity. Middle school students can attend from 6:50 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in computer lab 213. High school students can attend from 2:45 p.m to 3:45 p.m. in computer lab 104. If you have questions about this program please contact our HS Counselor, Jim Wood or our MS Counselor, Tiffany Crayton.
GAEC Steps into Health with ZUMBA!
Counselor Tiffany Crayton leads GAEC staff into health with Zumba every Tuesday and Thursday. Originally created in an intentional accident by aerobics instructor Beto Perez, Zumba has become a world wide popular way to have fun and burn some calories. To join the group for some fun and exercise at 3:30 p.m. any Tuesday or Thursday, contact Tiffany Crayton at 972-926-2691.
Skyward Allows You To Check Grades and Attendance Every Day
Would you like to check grades and attendance on a daily basis? SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS allows you to do just that. Families who returned the Family Verification Form and signature packet that were sent home with the students in August have been sent an email with login information. Click the icon on the right that links to the Skyward Student - Family Access for features and login help. You are also welcome to call GAEC's office at 972-926-2691.
Nurse Ford Promotes Health and Safety
No one is more concerned about the health and safety of our students and staff than Nurse Ford. Recently she met with our Middle Schoolers to encourage them to follow proper hand washing procedures in order to stop the spread of germs that can cause sickness and infection. In order to make his point, Mr. Peña washed his hands in glitter and hand sanitizer so that, as he greeted and shook hands with each student, he spread his "golden" germs. Students and staff were surprised at how easily they all were affected by one simple "exchange." So, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water if you don't want to spread germs and make others sick. Thanks for the reminder, Nurse Ford and Mr. Peña.
Baylor Medical Center Brings Health and Wellness to GAEC
Thursday morning, September 18th, a team of Baylor Medical-Garland health professionals came to GAEC to provide health screenings for GISD employees. A variety of screenings which included blood tests, blood pressure checks, and a BMI, will help staff members monitor their own health issues and get personalized recommendations from health care providers. Thanks to the fine folks from Baylor-Garland, our teachers will be in top shape to meet the challenges of another school year.
Meet One of Our Newest Additions!
We'd like to introduce our new cafeteria manager, Ms. Davis. This is Ms. Davis's first year working at the Garland Alternative Education Center. She has been preparing meals for students for about fifteen years. Every morning she wakes up at 4:45 a.m. to prepare breakfast at 6:30 a.m for students. Ms. Davis enjoys serving the kids and seeing them eat. The most challenging part of her job is when students aren't appreciative, but she loves when students listen and use their manners.
Ms. Davis not only keeps busy at school, she also has a busy home life. When she's at home she likes to cook Mexican food and bake desserts. Mrs. Davis has two children of her own named Jessica and Pamela. In her spare time she rescues dogs and cares for them. So far she has rescued four dogs and two cats. Let's give Ms. Davis a warm welcome!
GAEC's Hispanic Heritage Month
Students began celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a reading from the Hispanic Heritage Proclamation by Barack Obama and an afternoon nacho snack. A surprise enchilada, empanada, flan, and tres leches sampler plate ended the first full week of celebration. GAEC will be visited by Cynthia Izaguirre from Channel 8 News and other Hispanic community leaders throughout the month. Students will learn about important Hispanic heroes and words borrowed from the Hispanic community on a daily basis. The school will host live music, dance, food, and a friendly cultural tour competition from which students can learn more about Hispanic culture. We invite parents and community memebers to join GAEC in celebrating Hispanic Heritage. If you would like to help enhance our program as a speaker, presenter or volunteer, please contact Javier Peña at email@example.com or 972-926-2691.
How to Get Connected with GAEC
1. Download the app on Google play or the App Store.
2. Online at www.remind.com/join/gaecstu
3. Via SMS! Text message @gaecstu to 469-208-6080.
1. Download the app on Google Play or the App Store.
2. Online at www.twitter.com/GAEC_Phoenix
3. Via SMS! Text message Follow @GAEC_Phoenix to 40404.
Tips for a successful year
- Get your sleep. According to WebMD, seven through 10 year old children need 10 to 11 hours and 12 through 18 year old children need eight to nine hours of sleep.
- Eat the right foods. Use the Super Tracker to visualize and keep up with your food, fitness, and health.
- Be on time. Always plan for travel and traffic time. What time does class start? Find your schedule and be early for breakfast.
- Follow GAEC policy and procedures.
- Be organized. Keep your folders and mind clean so you can focus on learning.
Be a volunteer
When you are involved, students listen and learn. We welcome all parent figures to make a difference during the school day. Follow the following simple process. 1.) Complete a Volunteer Application Form (English, Español) and Criminal History Check if you will be working one on one or chaperoning overnight (English, Español).
2.) Sign up with the office and select where you want to help. Why be a volunteer? Visit the GISD Volunteer
page for more information. When visiting any GISD campus, always sign in with the office.