Raider Reminder

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Good evening North Garland families!

We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 this Saturday at 8 am at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Please remember that students should arrive at the stadium before 6:45 am

We will host ticket pick-up tomorrow, Thursday, June 11, between 8 and 11 in the morning and 5 and 8 in the evening. Tickets can be picked up from the back of the school near the baseball field. You may enter through the Buckingham entrance near the tennis courts and drive back to the rear parking lot.

Tickets must be picked up tomorrow, Thursday, June 11. If you know you cannot attend tomorrow, please reply to this email. If you missed our pick-up last week and still need to pick up your chords, stoles, and programs, they will be available tomorrow.

We have a few updates to the requirements for Saturday’s ceremony. Students will not be allowed to bring in bottled water. All students will have to wear a mask when entering the stadium. 

Students who need bus transportation to the ceremony must email me to RSVP for the bus. The bus will be at the front door at NGHS and depart for Arlington at 6:00 am on Saturday.

Students who are not attending the ceremony may pick up their diplomas beginning Monday morning at 9 am. They will need to reply to this email to schedule a time to pick their diploma up.

If you have any questions about anything concerning North Garland High School, please feel free to email me at

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Friday, June 5, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

Due to the threat of severe heat, and to ensure the safety of our students and staff, the Texas Rangers asked us to move our graduation to June 13th at 8 am at Globe Life Field. Since we are moving to a new venue with different seating arrangements, we will need to distribute new tickets.

You will be able to pick up your new tickets on: 

Thursday, June 11th from 8 to 11 am and from 5 to 8 pm.

We will host a parent meeting for 12th grade students on Monday evening, June 8, at 8 pm. I will send a code for the meeting on Monday evening.

Link to Senior Awards Ceremony:

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Monday, June 1, 2020

Good afternoon,

We are excited to announce that our 12th grade students will be able to pick up their cords, stoles, medals, and graduation tickets on Thursday, June 4th between the hours of 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon.

Students will drive through the Buckingham entrance by the tennis courts and make your way to the back of the building to pick up your packets.

Students must be present or a parent must bring their student ID to collect the packet.

We will use the following schedule for students to pick up their packets:

Last names beginning with A through J can come between 8 and 11 in the morning.

Last names beginning with K though Q can come between 11 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.

Last names beginning with R through Z can come between 2 and 5 in the afternoon.

All students who have not returned items to the school will be able to do so on Thursday as well.

Our fabulous Technology Applications teacher, Mr. Hensley, has put together a great Senior Awards Ceremony for you. You can view the ceremony by going to this link:  2020 Senior Awards

We hope you enjoy the ceremony!

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful week! We will see you all on Thursday!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your last weekly update for the 2019-2020 school year!

I would like to start by thanking all of our teachers for their work this year! They showed incredible resilience, and dedication to our students, after the global pandemic hit. They have worked hard to keep our students engaged and to make sure all of our 12th grade students reach graduation!

If you have items that must be picked up from the school, your opportunity to do so is the next two weeks. Please email Mr. Thompson with any requests you have for items to pick up. 

Graduation packets are almost ready! We will have your cords, medals, stoles, and graduation tickets available next week. We will send out a schedule early next week.

12th grade students must RSVP for graduation by completing this survey:

Your child must be logged into their Garland ISD email to complete the survey.

We will host a digital parent meeting for all 12th grade students tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. We will send out a code for the meeting tomorrow afternoon.

Final Report Cards should be posted to your Skyward accounts by the end of next week. You can monitor grades and find Summer School information in Skyward and on our website.

Thank you again for a wonderful 2019-2020 school year. It has been an honor to serve as your principal this year, and I look forward to serving you again next year!

Michael Arreola

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We hope that you are safe and healthy. As we reach the end of our school year, we are having a time for you to return items to the school.

You will have to return textbooks, library books, fine arts of athletics uniforms, and any other athletic gear. You will need to attach a paper or note to all of these items with your name and ID number clearly marked. (See information image below.)

We will also have stations for items that must be picked up from school. Those items include yearbooks, letterman jackets, and personal items from lockers

You will have an opportunity to drop off and pick up items on May 19th, 20th, and 21st from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. (See information image below.)

Students who ordered letterman jackets will pick those up on Wednesday between 10 A.M. and noon.

For everyone’s safety, we are asking that you follow a few safety procedures:

1. Everyone must stay in their car.
2. Students will not be allowed to walk to the school to return or collect items.
3. People who are sick or may have been exposed to those who are should not come to the school.
4. People should wear a face covering at all times. 

For help making fee payments online using Skyward, instructions are available here: How to Pay a Fee in Skyward.

If you have any questions, please email

Directions for entering campus to return items are found in the email that accompanies this call, and as an image below.

Lastly, if you have a paper student work packet to turn in, this will be returned to the front of the building on May 18th from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. 

Directions (map available below):

You will enter on Clearview Drive off Buckingham for anything pertaining to Performing Arts such as band, choir,  drill team, cheer, theater, or orchestra. 

All others will enter on Sam Houston Drive to turn in or pick up anything for athletics, technology, and textbooks.

Here is a map of the entrances available: 

To make the lines run as smooth as possible: 

1. Please label a piece of paper with your student’s name, ID number, and grade level to hold while in line for easy identification, or you can print the following form - 

Once again, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If there is anything we can do to help you, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you,
Michael Arreola

Senior Item Return Schedule
Underclassmen Item Return Schedule
Drop Off - Pick Up Locations


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

If you received a paper packet of your assignments, your first opportunity to turn in the packets is tomorrow evening from 4 to 6 p.m. To turn in your packets you will go to the front entrance of the building and follow the directions listed there. 

Please remember that all grades are due on May 18th. If you have extenuating circumstances that are preventing you from completing work, please email me by replying to this email.

If you are interested in joining the Mamselles, please join their Google Classroom. The code for the Classroom is byg76py. This is the link to the JV drill team:

We hope you will join us for our next parent meeting, next Tuesday on May 12th at 8 p.m. We will send out a link to the meeting the evening of the meeting.

We hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If there is anything we can do to help you, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Monday, April 27, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We received an update to our grading procedures that impact all of our students. For more information on how GPA will be calculated, how Senior rank will be determined, and for information on requesting paper packets of work please go to the link included in the email that accompanies this message.


We will host a parent meeting on Tuesday, April 28th at 8 p.m. to review these new procedures. We will send out a code for the meeting on Tuesday evening via email and a phone call.

If you would like to watch last week’s virtual meeting, please go to the link included in the email that accompanies this message.


GISD is continuing to strive to be #GISDAlwaysConnected. It is in this spirit that we would like to celebrate our students who are transitioning at milestone grade levels. GenTX Decision Day 2020 is a statewide initiative with the goal to recognize and celebrate seniors for their post-secondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for college.

Garland ISD would like to virtually celebrate all students in the following grade levels: Pre-K Centers, 5th, 8th, and Class of 2020 Graduating Seniors. Please complete the form below including uploading one current picture of your 12th grade student. 


Please reach out to your counselor if you have questions.

If you are interested in joining North Garland cheer for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please join the NGHS Cheer Google Classroom (Google Classroom code: qv2ezlj (lowercase L)) to receive updated information, turn in your tryout packets, and participate in the virtual tryout process! Tryout packets are due by May 8th at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Coach Rose or Coach Sheckells.

We hope you stay healthy and safe. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Monday, April 20, 2020

Good evening, North Garland family!

We are excited to continue our at-home learning this week. Garland ISD released new grading procedures this week and also made the announcement that we will not return to the building for the 2019-2020 school year.

We know that this is creating a lot of questions for parents and students. To answer, and collect, some of your questions, I am hosting a Virtual Parent Meeting tomorrow evening, Monday April 20th, at 8 p.m. To access the meeting, please follow these instructions:

Updated meeting information:

To join the video meeting, click this link:
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 573-833-4175 and enter this PIN: 180 816 057#
To view more phone numbers, click this link:

Hazel Health is excited to continue offering medical services to North Garland families. Please see this flyer for information on how to schedule a doctor visit from home for free for all North Garland students.

We miss all of our North Garland families and hope that you are all healthy and safe. If there is anything we can do to help you, please email

Thank you!

Michael Arreola

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with an update for April 1st.

We will host a digital Parent-Principal Coffee this Saturday at 10 a.m. Here is the information to log into the meeting:

For English or Spanish:

To join the video meeting, click this link:  

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 929-249-4870 and enter this PIN: 394 237#

As we continue our digital learning journey, your child will be expected to complete no more than two assignments in their classes each week. If you would like more details about what your child will be learning this week you can email their teachers or ask your child to show you their Google Classrooms. Joining a teacher’s Google Classroom will allow you to monitor if they have turned in their assignments. If your child is taking AP, or any course for college credit, they may have more than two assignments per week. For more information, please contact your child’s teacher.

In the email sent with the April 1st Skyward callout, there is attached an infographic with directions on getting setup with guardian access on Google Classroom and a little information about it. I am also adding a video to our Youtube playlist for students/parents. 

Here is the link to the videos on YouTube:

We hope you have a wonderful week!

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

How to Set-up Guardian Summary Reports - Parent Directions.pdf 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your weekly update for the week of March 23rd. This will be a week unlike any other. Although the building has been closed, the learning has not stopped. We will begin our at home learning this week beginning Monday March 23rd. To learn more about the at home learning program please go to the link on the email that accompanies this call:

Our top priority during these difficult times is to ensure that all of our students and staff are safe and healthy.  It is important that students follow the guidelines that have been set out by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.  We hope our students are washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, that they're coughing into their elbow, that they're maintaining a safe space between themselves and other people in public, and that they're staying home as much as possible.

We hope that if everyone does their part that we will return to the school building soon.  Until we return to the school building, our number one priority is to make sure that our students have technology available to them so that they can continue learning. If you have not completed the technology survey from Garland ISD please do so by clicking on the link found in the email that accompanies this call:

We need to know who needs a computer so we can provide it as soon as possible. Please complete the survey for each of your children in GISD. They will all need their own device to complete their work. Our first opportunity to pick up computers is tomorrow afternoon, Monday, March 23. To pick up a device you will drive to the area between the tennis courts and the school.

If your last name falls between A-O, you can pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. P-Z can pick up between 4 and 6 p.m. You can only pick up your device on Monday, March 23, if you completed the survey. You must drive up and stay in your car. For safety purposes, we cannot distribute devices to people who walk to the school.

We also know that many of our  families do not have internet access at home. There are several companies that are offering free internet during these difficult times. Or a full list of companies that can provide free internet please go to the link in that can be found in the email that accompanies this call.

Our teachers have been hard at work this week preparing their Google Classrooms so that they have assignments for all of our students to keep them learning. While our goal is for our students to continue learning we do not want to add additional stress to what is already a very stressful time in this world. Our teachers are willing to work with our students regardless of what their circumstances might be. We understand that some students may be taking care of siblings, working jobs themselves, or dealing with a lot of anxiety and stress from the situation that we are currently living in. We understand this because we are also dealing with those same circumstances. Many of our teachers have had to transition to working at home creating lessons and caring for their families at the same time.

To ensure that we do not lose touch with our students, each teacher has created a 2-hour conference time where they are available to meet digitally with students everyday.  Parents are also able to meet with teachers during that time. If you would like to set up an appointment with a teacher please email them at their GISD school email account.  For a full list of email addresses is available at the North Garland High School website located here:

Each teacher has created a Google classroom for each of their classes. A full list of Google Classroom codes can be found at the link included in the email that accompanies this call:

We encourage students and parents  to sign up to Google Classroom to receive an update and to stay in communication with their teachers. Teachers will also communicate with students through Google classroom. 

We want to thank all of the parents that joined us for our digital parent meeting this past Saturday March 21st. If you were unable to attend and would like to watch the recording of it you may do so at this link found in the email that accompanies this call: 

This video answers a lot of important questions such as those about state testing, AP testing, Special Education and 504, where to find free meals, and many more. If you have questions that are not answered by the video, please email me by replying to the email that accompanies this call.

We know that this is a very uncertain time for all of our students especially our seniors who are losing a portion of their senior year. This is a very special year for them and we want to make sure that we continue to keep it special. While all of our senior events will look a little different this year, we will still have senior events. I'm looking for a few students to join me on a committee to brainstorm events that we can have during the school closure. Prom and graduation are being rescheduled and we will provide that information as soon as it is available to us. When these events will be scheduled for will be determined mostly by the guidelines we receive from state officials. Seniors who would like to be on that committee can do so by emailing me at my email address,

Counseling services are still available to our students. Counselors will be available every day each week from 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. on Google Hangouts. Please send an email to your counselor to schedule a time to meet with them.

Please stay healthy and safe. We miss all of our students and families and hope to see you all very soon!

Thank you,

Michael Arreola