Raider Reminder

Monday, September 14, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your weekly update for the week of September 14th. Election Day is right around the corner. Students and staff will be off on November 3rd but we are counting on our community to vote. Garland ISD has called a Tax Rate Election. To learn more about what this election means to you and how it will support our schools, visit

GISD is proud to offer all students a free breakfast and lunch for the remainder of this semester. Please complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application located here: Students will qualify for the free meals regardless of the results of the form. 

This week is College Week at North Garland. To celebrate, we will have a few dress up days and Advisory lessons all week. Here is the schedule for the week:

  • Monday- College Maze Monday (Dress your best!)
  • Tuesday- Can’t Cap Success (Wear your college cap!)
  • Wednesday- Show Your Raider Pride (Wear NGHS colors or items!)
  • Thursday- That Crazy College Journey (Wear crazy socks!)
  • Friday- Rep Your College (Wear a college t-shirt!)

Tuesday is GISD Virtual College Night. We will be using an online platform to bring a virtual experience.  Going virtual will allow students to explore more options after graduation, take virtual college tours and schedule individual follow-up appointments from home.  As an added bonus, the lines to see college representatives will be gone as well! We are excited to have our families attend College Night in spite of COVID-19. Students can register here: 

Do not miss your opportunity to choose the way your child will learn from October 12 through the end of the semester. Parents should complete this survey: The Quarter 2 Instructional Model Selection Form is temporarily closed but will reopen Monday morning. The deadline for completion has been extended to Friday, Sept. 18. Please note that if you do not complete the survey your child will stay in their current format of learning. 

Yearbooks are on sale now for the lowest price they will be all year. Please click on this link to purchase your yearbook: The price will increase after September 18th. If you have pictures you want in the yearbook, click on this to upload your own photos for consideration:

 We want to thank you for another great week at North Garland High School!

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

Thank you for a smooth first day of face to face learning! It was exciting to see so many of our students back in school face to face. This morning we received exciting news that all NGHS students will receive free breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria this year. Please complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application located here:

Regardless of your result, your child will receive free breakfast and lunch, whether they are remote learners or learning face to face.

We have a few reminders for our students who are joining us for face to face learning. First, please make sure that you are in compliance with Garland ISD’s face mask policy. Masks with vents or filters and gaiters are not allowed. Students will be given a replacement mask in the morning if they show up with the wrong type of mask. The student Dress Code Policy will be enforced strictly starting tomorrow. To review the policy, please click here: 

Students must wear shirts that cover all of their midriff, pants without holes above their fingertips, and clothes without offensive or inappropriate images. Students in violation of the dress code will have to call home for a change of clothes.

Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow morning. If it is raining in the morning, students may enter the building before 7:10 through the entrance near the Gym and the Main Entrance. They will be asked to report directly to the Cafeteria. All other entrances will open at 7:10. 

Thank you once again for another great day at North Garland High School!

Michael Arreola

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We are excited to welcome back all of our Face to Face learners tomorrow! If you still are not sure if your child can attend tomorrow, please check their schedule in Skyward. Only those with Face to Face in their Period 0 will be allowed to attend tomorrow.

If you want to make a last second change to remote learning, you can do so by emailing me at

Please remember that we return to our regular schedule tomorrow regardless of whether you are a remote learner or face to face. Our first class begins at 7:30 a.m.

Students who are attending face to face tomorrow must be wearing a mask over their nose and mouth at all times when they are on school property. They should bring a refillable water bottle, writing utensil, paper or a notebook, a fully charged device and charger, and headphones with a microphone. Students should arrive no earlier than 7:10. 9th graders should be dropped off in the entrance facing Buckingham Rd. 10th graders and all bus riders will enter through the Gym entrance near the tennis courts. 11tth graders will enter through the entrance in the back of the building closest to the football field. 12th graders will enter through the entrance in the back of the building across from the baseball field. 

All face to face learners will answer screening questions and have their temperature checked. 

Tomorrow is a B Day so students will report to their B5 class.

Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria. Students wishing to eat breakfast should report to the cafeteria immediately upon entering the building. All other students should report directly to their first class. 

We cannot have any visitors or accept deliveries of any kind for students. If you want to drop off medication, please email our nurses at or, or call them at 972-675-3120.  

If you missed our Meet the Teacher, you can still access the videos by going to this website:  

Every teacher has recorded a video introducing themselves and sharing important information about their class. Please take some time to visit the site and get to know your child’s teachers. There is a form on each page to request a conference or ask the teachers questions.

If you have any questions, please check our NGHS Reopening Guide at or reply to this email.

Thank you!

Michael Arreola

Monday, August 31, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your weekly update for the week of August 31st. 

We are excited to enter our fourth week of all virtual learning. Beginning on September 9th, only those students who are coded as Face to Face learners in their Skyward schedule will return to the building. It is important that you verify that information by logging into Skyward and checking your child’s schedule. If they show Face to Face and you would like to switch it to Remote, you can email me to request that change at

Student safety is our number one priority. There are many new safety protocols that Face to Face students will have to follow. One important one is that students should not be dropped off at school until 7:10 at the earliest.

Students should stay socially distant until we open our doors to allow them into school. Students will have their temperature checked and checked to ensure they are wearing their mask appropriately. Students who do not comply with our mask requirements will receive one warning before they will have a parent conference. If they violate the policy again, they will be switched to Remote learning for the remainder of the grading cycle.

For more information on all of our safety protocols, please watch this video:

This Thursday evening is our first Meet the Teacher Night of the year. You will have the opportunity to virtually meet your child’s teachers and submit questions for them to answer. Please be on the lookout for a call and email Thursday afternoon with more instructions.

Thank you for choosing North Garland High School! Have a great week!

Michael Arreola

Monday, August 17, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

This is your principal, Michael Arreola, with your weekly update for the week of August 17th. 

We would like to thank all of you for a great first week of school! Our Friday attendance ended up above average for a regular school day last year. We want to keep the momentum going this week! Monday is an A Day so students should report to their A1 classes at 8:40 a.m. Students will get to their classes by clicking on the red banners on their teacher’s Canvas page. Here are a few helpful links for students on Monday:


Help with District Devices:

If you still do not have a school device and would like to pick one up, please come to the school between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. to the area between the tennis courts and the building this Monday and Tuesday. If neither of these days work for you please email me directly by replying to the email that accompanies this call.

We want to remind all of you that only students who chose Face to Face instruction may return to the building when we reopen for students on September 8th. If you are unsure of the choice you made, you can check in Skyward or reply to this email to find out. Students will have an opportunity to make a choice for the second nine week grading period from September 7 to the 11th. All students who choose to enroll in Face-to-Face classes or to ride GISD school buses must comply with requirements for wearing face masks and face coverings at all times.

We will have a digital parent meeting next Saturday at 10 a.m. We will send a link to the meeting that morning. 

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reply to the email that accompanies this call. 

Thank you for choosing North Garland High School! Have a great week!

Michael Arreola

Saturday, August 8, 2020

School Starts Online at 8:40 a.m. Monday, August 10!

Good evening, North Garland families!

The day we have all been waiting for is right around the corner. The first day of school is Monday! This call and email contain all of the information you need to know for Monday. If you are not receiving the emails that accompany this call, please complete this form: 

If you would like to see the presentation your child received if they attended our Meet the Teacher, please click here: This presentation contains information that will help your child be ready to learn on Monday morning.

Please have students check their email today or tomorrow to make sure they can log in. They will need to check their student email after 7:45 a.m. on Monday morning. Students will receive an email with a link to a document with their schedules and where to go to meet their first period class digitally. If your child cannot get into their student email, they must request a password reset. 

Please make sure you are aware of our new schedule until September 7th. First period does not begin until 8:40 a.m. for high school students. You can view the entire schedule by clicking here: 

Please make sure your children can log into Canvas, our new learning management system, before Monday morning. They can do so by going to and logging in using their school email and password. If they cannot login for any reason, please have them complete this form:

Students and parents can also download the Canvas mobile app from iTunes or Google Play to monitor their grades and progress. Click here to download it in iTunes: 



Click here to download it in Google Play: 



If your child does not have internet access for Monday, please complete this form:

If your child has a school issued device and it is not working properly, please complete this form:

You will receive a call once your internet hotspot is ready to be picked up from the school.

If you have no way to log in on Monday, please call the school at 972- 675-3120 or reply to this email immediately.

We are excited to work together to make this a memorable year for our students! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and your child be successful. Please remember that you can stay connected through our social media pages. You may send us direct messages to any of the accounts to receive answers to your questions quickly.

Twitter: @NGHS_Raiders 

Instagram: nghs.official 


I will send out a video with all of these instructions and more detailed information tomorrow evening. 

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We are excited to see all of our students tomorrow, Friday, August 7, for our Meet the Teacher event!

Tomorrow morning, before 8:45 a.m., students will receive an email to their Garland ISD student email accounts. This email will contain a link to a document which will show them the codes they will need to meet their teachers. There will also be a video with directions for each student to follow to access the document.

This event is designed for students to meet their teacher and receive critical information they will need for Monday. If they are unable to attend tomorrow morning, we will send out a video this weekend to show them how to log in on Monday.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Michael Arreola

Monday, August 3, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We are excited to welcome all of our students back beginning next Monday, August 10th. Students can meet their teachers, virtually, this Friday from 9 to 11 am. Students will receive a link in their student email to follow to find their teachers. 

Students will be able to see their schedules in Skyward by Friday of this week. We want all students to check Skyward and communicate any concerns they have to the counselors before Monday of next week.

Due to a District cyber-security concern, we had to cancel all of our digital parent meetings for the week. We do want to address your questions and concerns. Please use this link: to submit any questions or concerns you have. We will then record a video addressing them and release it later this week.

We will begin distributing Chromebooks and internet hotspots this week. Please continue to check your email for updates on when you and your child can come to the school to pick up your devices.

We know that this is not the way we all want to kick off the new school year but we are determined to make it a great year at North Garland High School! Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help. 

Thank you,

Michael Arreola

Monday, July 27, 2020

Good afternoon, North Garland families!

We are excited to welcome you back for the 2020-2021 school year. The school year will begin on August 10, 2020.

You will need to log into your school email or Skyward on August 3rd to find your class schedule. If you have not completed the Back to School survey, you have until this Wednesday to do so. Here is the new link to the survey:

We would also like to thank all of our parents who were able to join us on Saturday morning for our Back to School Parent Meeting. If you were unable to attend, here is a link to the video:

Here is a link to the Garland ISD School Reopening page:

We are excited to host more meetings to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We will have parent meetings this week for each grade level. 9th grade parents are invited to join us Saturday morning, August 1, at 10 a.m. 11th grade parents are invited to join us Saturday morning, August 1, at 11 a.m. 12th grade parents are invited to join us Thursday evening, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. 10th grade parents are invited to join us Thursday evening, July 30, at 8:30 p.m. We will send out the links to the meetings an hour before the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you all then. Have a great week!

Thank you,

Michael Arreola 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Good evening, North Garland families!

We are excited to welcome you all back for the 2020-2021 school year! We are committed to coming back closer and stronger this year. As we begin planning for the school year we need you to choose whether your child will return in person or choose remote learning when our school building reopens. Please use the link below to let us know your choice. 

Access this form at . Submit a separate form for each student by July 23.

If you need help making a decision, please email or call 972-494-8255.

We are hosting a parent meeting to discuss our back to school plans this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. We will send out a link to the Google Meets on Saturday morning. We hope you will join us to learn more about how we can work together to support your child.

We hope you are enjoying this time off and look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Thank you,

Michael Arreola