Welcome to the Week of November 29, 2020
Dear Families,
We hope you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday! We have a busy week ahead of us, including the NHS Toy Drive, GHTX Info Night, Picture Day, Senior Parent Lunch with the College Counselor, and the beginning of our Winter MAPS Testing. Please see below for details!

Most importantly, this week we welcome students back to campus for in-person learning. Faculty and staff, alike, are excited to see campus buzzing again. At the same time, we are even more aware of the possibility of the spread of Covid-19, especially as we return from another week-long break. Please take time to review our Upper School Campus Updates linked below, first published Friday, November 20th in a message to the community.

The change that will most immediately impact students is the new Staggered Class Schedule that will begin Monday morning for online and on-campus students. These schedules can be found at the top of the Upper School Campus Updates page.
We look forward to a wonderful week and, as always, please reach out to me with your questions.

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
At a Glance
November 9-December 11 | Open Enrollment
December 1 | NHS Toy Drive Deadline
December 2 | Picture Day
December 2-11 | MAPS Testing
A Closer Look
MAPS Testing

Winter MAP testing for 6th to 9th grade students will begin Wednesday, December 2nd and will continue through Friday December 11th. Please click on the link for scheduling, technical information for distance learners and general information about the importance of the exams.
Great Hearts Texas Info Night

Join Great Hearts Texas on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:00pm for a virtual informational session. Learn how our education cultivates the hearts and minds of students in the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
NHS Toy Drive

The GHI National Honor Society is collecting toys for the Warren Center's Operation Santa 2020. The Warren Center serves students with disabilities. Bring your donations to campus Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st! There will be a box in the school lobby to drop off your donation. For more information please see the flyer below. Thank you for your generosity!
Picture Day

Upper School Picture Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 2!
On-Campus students will have their pictures taken in the morning, and Online students are invited to campus from 1-2:30 pm to get their pictures taken.
Please reach out to Patrick Malone (patrick.malone@greatheartsirving.org) with questions.

To pre-order pictures go to www.mylifetouch.com and enter the Picture Day ID GFBTKJTVE.
Senior Parent
Lunch with the College Counselor

On Wednesday, December 2nd, parents of seniors are invited to join Mrs. Michelle Fitzgerald, Director of GHTX College Counseling for a virtual lunch about supporting students through the entire college application process. Topics to be discussed will include: acceptance decisions, financial aid, scholarships, and much more. After the presentation, Mrs. Fitzgerald will take questions.
Open Enrollment Nov. 9 - Dec. 11

Open Enrollment is for your family if:
1. Your current Great Hearts student has a sibling whom you want to attend Great Hearts next school year.
2. You would like your currently enrolled Great Hearts student(s) to attend a different Great Hearts academy next school year. Click here for transfer eligibility requirements and process.
Mustang Athletics

Please visit the athletics page located under "Academy Life" on the GHI website for all news and updates for Mustang Athletics. Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions (gary.gray@greatheartsirving.org).
Ways You Can Help

´╗┐Substitute Teachers

Due to the current state of affairs, we anticipate an increased need for:
  1. Short and long-term substitutes
  2. Athenaeum teachers and assistants
  3. Teachers available to fill mid-year openings

If you or someone you know has interest in applying, please use the links above to complete an online application today! Please reach out to careers@greatheartsamerica.org with any questions!