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Posted Friday, Feb 16, 2018 3:48:00 PM
Please read a letter from our superintendent sharing measures the district takes daily to ensure safety and security.

Dear Garland ISD Families:

Garland ISD is deeply saddened by the tragic events in Florida this week, and our hearts go out to those families and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims' families, the campus and the community who have been impacted.

In Garland ISD, the safety and security of our students, staff and visitors has been and will remain our very top priority and a primary focus of district operations. Our GISD Department of Security enlists extensive safeguarding measures and is very active and present on campuses. They provide training to all campus and facility staff on district safety protocols and mandate that campuses conduct drills on a regular basis.

The district also partners closely with the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse police departments, and we are well-served by the relationships we have with local law enforcement. We have 47 armed school resource officers patrolling our campuses, with officers present daily at our middle and high school campuses. Added police officers are assigned at four to five elementary campuses on a rotating basis. I have personally met with all three city police chiefs who are fully vested in the safety of the district's students and employees. We also benefit from having district security staff that provides ongoing assistance at our campuses and facilities.

Additionally, we have security cameras at entrances and around our buildings, and visitors are seen and heard before they are allowed to enter our campuses. Once inside, they must present picture identification and go through a background check.

These are measures that are in place every day to protect everyone at our campuses.

Moreover, Garland ISD remains vigilant through the work of its District Safety and Security Committee, composed of school personnel and emergency responders, who regularly evaluate GISD's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and safety and emergency training procedures.

As a result of these tragic events, our director of security sent a reminder to all staff about those important safety precautions we take every day:

  • Check for ID badges and visitor badges and positively engage anyone who does not have one
  • Sound the alarm when any issue arises following the Standard Response Protocol
  • Teach with classroom doors locked

We also have a strong counseling staff that is trained in helping students during times of anxiety or stress.

Vigilance, awareness and communication are critical in maintaining safe schools. Garland ISD knows and accepts these challenges, but an entire community effort is necessary for continued success. Please help us reinforce this message by talking with your children this evening about the importance of alerting adults to anything they may see, hear, read, view, experience or witness that has the potential to threaten the security of our campuses.

To make a report to district staff, please contact our 24-hour District Security Dispatch at 972-494-8911 or call our hotline number at 1-800-527-7140. Additional security information can be found on our website safety and security page.

I want to reassure you that Garland ISD has been proactive in preparing for those challenges that we hope and pray will never occur. We will remain vigilant in providing a safe school environment conducive to teaching and learning. Thank you for your continued support of Garland ISD.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Ricardo López, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Print version - Safety message from Dr. López (PDF)

Print version - Safety message from Dr. López - Spanish (PDF)

Print version - Safety message from Dr. López - Vietnamese (PDF)

Posted Monday, Feb 12, 2018 3:04:38 PM
We'd love to hear from you about your experiences with GISD school websites. Please take our quick survey.

collage of school website homepages

Your input will help us make improvements to our school websites so we may better serve you.

School website survey

Posted Thursday, Feb 8, 2018 2:30:00 PM
Current 10th and 11th Grade Students - Turn In Dual Credit packets by February 23rd by 3:00 pm.
Attention current 10th and 11th grade students interested in Dual Credit for the 2018-2019 school year:
Dual Credit packets will be available in the counseling office beginning Monday, February 12th.  Your completed packet is due February 23rd by 3:00 pm.  To find a complete list of all dual credit classes and dual credit information, see the Dual Credit page on this site.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 3:03:34 PM
GISD Family Engagement Survey 2017-2018 Available Now


Please take a few moments to fill out the GISD Family Engagement Survey.  Your input is extremely important.

Thank you.

Posted Monday, Jan 29, 2018 12:35:00 PM
GHS Students Participate in NAEP Assessment on March 1, 2018
A group of our 12th-graders will represent thousands of others across the country on March 1, 2018. Known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in a variety of subjects. Learn more.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 9:32:00 AM
AP Exam Registration

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Garland High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2018 AP exams, students at Garland High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can also be completed from any computer with internet access. Students will have the opportunity to register in their AP/IB class.

This year each AP exam costs $0.00, as long as the student attends the appropriate tutorial session for each subject in which the student would like to test. This information was outlined in the AP/IB student agreements which were sent home earlier this year.

Online Exam registration began on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 7:00 AM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on Naviance, the school website or visit this link to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end.

We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that if parents register their students, the student be present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. If a student will be taking IB exams as well as AP exams, it is imperative they check they will be taking IB exams through the AP exam registration process, AND check each IB exam they are taking. If they do not, conflicts will prevent them from taking requested AP exams.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 7:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 2:40 PM – Last day for students to register in class
  • Friday, March 2, 2018, at 3:00 PM – No other exams may be ordered after this time

Please use this link to access the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents.

Please contact Christi Auten if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

Posted Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 8:22:56 AM
The Owl's Eye Has a New Online Home, Making GHS News Much More Accessible For All
Please look over the new online home for the Owl's Eye.  The Owl's Eye Newspaper has been in existence since 1942 and this current move to the Internet makes it more accessible to all Owls - even former ones who want to see what's happening at GHS.
Posted Monday, Nov 27, 2017 1:15:58 PM
New GHS Student Activities Website Helps Students/Parents Know What School-Sanctioned Events are Scheduled for Each Day
Questions about what activities are coming up at GHS?  Please see the new GHS Student Activities Website.  You must have a Google email account to access this website.  All GISD students have Google email accounts, so parents may request this email login information from their child to gain access to this site.
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 1:50:00 PM
Local Employers Open Their Doors So Students Can "Job Shadow" and Learn

GHS students, Briyani Balleza, Crystal Robles and Abrielle Williams spent Friday, November 10, 2017, "shadowing" people in the real world of work.  The second annual Job Shadowing Event, organized by the Garland Chamber of Commerce, matches up local employers/organizations with interested students to allow select students an opportunity to actually "shadow" employees on the job.  

Briyani Balleza, pictured at right, spent the day with two wonderful employees at Montclair Senior Living. These wonderful women allowed her to see the business aspects and the health care side of this local business.  Briyani was even allowed to interact with residents as they had their blood pressure taken.  When asked about her day at Montclair she replied, "It was a great experience and I would do it again!"

Abrielle Williams shadowed members of the IT Department for the City of Garland.  She comments, "I had a great experience because the IT staff were very friendly and taught me what they do for the City of Garland.  I am very glad that I participated in the Job Shadowing Event."

GHS Student at Job Shadowing Event with Garland PD

Crystal Robles is pictured at left with a photo from the GarlandPD Twitter page. Crystal was so excited when she was chosen to shadow police officers and said, "She had a wonderful day and would love to do it again."

Thank you to all the companies who shared their time and knowledge with our students!  

Posted Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 2:51:00 PM
Attendance Matters: All Day, Every Day.
GHS Administration and Faculty are working to impress upon our students the importance of attending school every day. Please stress to your children, parents, the importance of being in school every day and not being late or leaving class for extended periods of time.   We, at GHS, believe that being in attendance all the time promotes the formation of healthy, life-long habits and success at school.
Posted Thursday, Jul 13, 2017 4:12:00 PM
The newly approved calendar for the 2017-2018 school year includes extended days for all campus levels.

See below for the general school hours for 2017-18.

Pre-Kindergarten (revised June 29, 2017)

  • 8:10 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. for Morning Pre-Kindergarten

  • 12:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. for Afternoon Pre-Kindergarten

Elementary School

  • 8:10 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Middle School

  • 8:50 a.m. - 4 p.m.

High School

  • 7:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Gilbreath-Reed Career & Technical Center

  • 7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Early dismissal times

  • Elementary School - 1:25 p.m.
  • Middle School - 2:05 p.m.
  • High School - 12:40 p.m.

Printable school hours fliers

2017-18 school hours flier 
2017-18 school hours flier - Spanish 
2017-18 school hours flier - Vietnamese

Printable school year calendars 

2017-18 calendar
2017-18 calendar  - Spanish
2017-18 calendar - Vietnamese
A/B Calendar for 2017-18 
Calendar FAQ for 2017-18

Posted Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 1:13:31 PM
Campus Needs Assessment Surveys Available Now for Parents and Students

Campus Needs Assessment Survey 

The surveys below were designed to provide schools and the district with data useful for evaluating needs in order to develop campus improvement plans. Your survey participation is very important to ensure accurate and useful data. As you answer the questions, please base your answers on your experiences only at the school that you'll select below. Questions about staff or adults at the school refer to all staff - administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, counselors, and other certified and classified staff. Please note that all responses are anonymous.

Student Survey

Parent Survey


Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 8:37:00 AM
GHS Teachers Support AVID
GHS teachers are supporting AVID by wearing their “Part of the AVID Family” shirts every Wednesday.  In addition, these teachers are incorporating WICOR strategies into their classes for WICOR Wednesday.  This means that teachers are using the following skills in class:  Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.
Posted Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 12:46:16 PM
Three (3) GHS AVID Students Named Dell Scholarship Finalists

On February 1st, the Susan and Michael Dell Foundation released its list of roughly 1,000 Dell Scholarship semifinalists, and we are so excited to share that we have three (3) AVID Seniors in the running!  Three hundred (300) students will each go on to win a $20,000 scholarship, a laptop, and other resources for college success.  It is a tremendous honor to have multiple students make it to the final selection round, so please join us in extending a huge congratulations to: 

  • Hector Cazarez
  • Isabel Martinez, and
  • Amberlyn Torres.

If interested, more information on the scholarship can be found on the Dell Scholars website.  Thank you so much for supporting all of our AVID students’ college dreams.

Posted Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 8:49:09 AM
Don't miss out on ordering your GHS yearbook.
Garland High School Yearbooks are on sale NOW!  
Posted Monday, Oct 10, 2016 1:32:00 PM
All Students at GHS will be Testing on October 19, 2016
Posted Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 2:16:00 PM
National Merit Commended Students

GHS has 14 National Merit Commended Students. Students who earned this honor are Gabrielle Alovera, Zain Hamid, Rebecca Harrison, Desiree Lopez, Luz Martinez-Lucas, Salvador Neri, Jessica Nguyen, Emma Parker, Katherine Ryce, Caleb Shi, Mabel Thai, Patrick Vu, Victor Vu, and Francisco Zapata-Alvarez.

Congratulations to all.  

Posted Monday, Sep 19, 2016 7:51:00 AM
GHS iPad Service Request Form

Students:  You may use this link to submit a service request for your iPads (login issues on iPad, broken screen, lost or stolen, etc.) using Google forms. You must be logged into your GISD student email account to utilize this request form. 
Posted Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 8:13:06 AM
National Merit Semi Finalists Announced at GHS

Congratulations to the National Merit Semi Finalists at GHS:

Back Row (left to right)
Katherine Sloan, Khanh-Linh Nguyen, and Jones Kalarickal

Front Row (left to right)
William Nguyen and Freya Hammar

Posted Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 1:51:00 PM
GHS iPad Deployment is September 12, 2016 - What is required of students to receive their iPads?
GHS iPad Deployment for students will be September 12, 2016.  Watch this video for more info regarding what students/parents must have turned in/completed in order for students to receive their iPads.
Posted Friday, Aug 12, 2016 10:10:00 AM
PSAT Parent Information Meeting at GHS on August 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Please make plans to attend one of eight information meetings, offered in English and Spanish, to learn how you can prepare for PSAT success.  PSAT Parent Informational Meeting at GHS (in English and in Spanish) on August 29th at 6:30 p.m.  See more info.
Posted Monday, Feb 29, 2016 1:26:00 PM
Garland ISD: Dr. Adolph Brown PSBM Program

Dr. Adolph Brown Spring GISD Parent University

Date: Wednesday - March 16, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard
Garland, TX 75040-2734

Garland ISD will receive a visit from internationally-recognized and sought after speaker Dr. Adolph Brown. All GISD students, families, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for complimentary pizza, drinks, and cookies. Presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Garland ISD: Dr. Adolph Brown PSBM Program

Posted Thursday, Feb 25, 2016 3:18:12 PM
Have questions about the Academic Jacket/Academic Patches at GHS? See information here and on the GHS Newscast/Announcements on the website.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 4:43:00 PM
All varsity football games scheduled for Oct. 30 will start at 6 p.m.

Due to the chance of lightning storms on Friday, Oct. 30 varsity football games scheduled in Garland ISD will start at 6 p.m. 

Varsity football games:

Posted Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 11:32:00 AM
Parents use your Skyward Family Access account to complete these important forms online.
Want a head start on filling out important back to school forms? Garland ISD traditionally sends home its Acceptable Use Agreement, Health Information Form and others the first week. This year, parents and guardians with Skyward Family Access accounts do not have to wait. You can now view Signature Packet documents and complete them online. Log in to Family Access and click the Signature Packet link in the upper left-hand corner to begin the process.
Posted Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 4:43:00 PM
When purchasing school supplies consider matching the new model for home use.

Students will be using new calculators in middle and high school math classes. The TI-Nspire CX (Non-CAS version) is replacing the T1-84 calculators used in years past. If you plan on purchasing a calculator for home use, consider purchasing the TI-Nspire for easier coordination with classroom activities.

Posted Thursday, Jun 4, 2015 4:07:00 PM
The athletics department has transitioned to an online system to streamline the process of completing and submitting pre-participation paperwork.

There are a variety of forms that must be completed before a student can participate in school athletics. These forms need to be submitted through the RankOneSport online system...Learn more

Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:07:00 PM
Today's AP tests will not be at the CCC.

Due to the Sunday night incident at the Curtis Culwell Center, Advanced Placement testing will not be held there Monday, May 4. Students should instead report to their high school campus.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 1:23:00 PM
GHS Counselors' Office Information updated daily on Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Readiness Info

Find College Readiness info, Scholarships and Financial Aid info Here.

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