Welcome to the Week of November 1, 2020
Dear Families,
We are excited to announce our Senior Trip to Washington, DC this March! With so much unknown over the last 8 months, we were not sure we could pull this off for the Class of 2021, but we are now confident we can make this trip happen for our inaugural graduating class! The trip will be led by Education First Tours and our seniors will be joined by seniors from our two sister Great Hearts Upper Schools in San Antonio. Education First is reputed for their safe and thoughtful approach to tours and has added additional safety regulations given the current environment. I am thrilled we can make this happen for our seniors and am looking forward to this memorable experience. 

Please join me on Wednesday, November 4th at 6 pm for an informational meeting via Zoom using the link below.
We had our first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences on Friday and they seemed to go well! Thank you for your patience as we navigated conducting conferences via Zoom for the first time. The sign-up for conferences this Friday, November 6 will be closed at the end of the day Monday, November 2. Please email info@greatheartsirving.org if you are trying to sign up for a conference but there are not spaces available. To sign-up, please refer to the email sent on Tuesday, October 27 with grade and section specific sign-ups (search your inbox for "Parent-Teacher Conferences").

Also, for your convenience, you can find the Upper School Tutoring Schedule here, or on the GHI website on the Upper School Campus Updates page found under the "Academy Life" dropdown menu.

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
At a Glance
November 5 | Picture Day
November 6 | Parent-Teacher Conferences
November 6 | Senior Parking Space Painting Day
November 13 | Senior Parking Space Painting Day
November 16-20 | Homecoming Week!
November 18 | Spirit Night at Lamberti's Ristorante
November 23-27 | Thanksgiving Break
A Closer Look
Picture Day

Upper School Picture Day is this Thursday, November 5!
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.
Upper School Conferences

Conference sign-ups for Friday, November 6 conferences will close at the end of the day Monday, November 2. Conferences are being offered for students who earned a C or lower in one or more of their classes. If all conference time slots are full for your student's section, please reach out to us at info@greatheartsirving.org. Refer to the communication sent on Tuesday for conference
sign-ups by grade and section.
NHS Applications Coming Soon

The Great Hearts Irving Chapter of NHS will soon be accepting applications from qualified 10th-12th grade students. Current NHS members will be visiting 10th grade classrooms this week to answer questions and a Zoom meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 2 for interested Distance Learning Students. Please click the link below for more information!
Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for students new to Great Hearts Irving begins Monday, November 9 and closes Friday, December 11. Applications submitted during will be entered into the lottery and will have the best chance of receiving an offer.
Homecoming Week!

Great Hearts Irving Homecoming Week will run from November 16-20! Here are some highlights to look forward to!

  • Themed Days Monday - Friday
  • Homecoming Volleyball Game
  • Powderbuff Boy's Volleyball Game
  • Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Game
  • Outdoor Festivities Friday Evening

Painting Senior Parking Spaces

Seniors who turned in their designs before Fall Break will be painting their parking spaces Friday 11/6 and Friday 11/13 after school from 2-5:30pm. Bring a change of clothes, some snacks, and, most importantly, your paint! Please refer to the guidelines below for what kind of paint to buy. If you have any questions please reach out to Mr. Malpiedi (michael.malpiedi@greatheartsirving.org).
Spirit Night At Lamberti's Ristorante

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at Lamberti's Ristorante for Spirit Night! A portion of the proceeds Lamberti's makes from Great Hearts Families will go back to Great Hearts Irving!
Students may wear Spirit Wear shirts (GHI shirts, House Shirts, or GHI events shirts) to school with their uniform pants, sweaters, and shoes to show their School Spirit!
Mustang Athletics

Cross Country and Girls Volleyball are in full swing! Join us on Facebook Live for our Home Volleyball Games to cheer on our Lady Mustangs!
Please refer to the athletics page located under "Academy Life" on the GHI website for more information. Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions (gary.gray@greatheartsirving.org).
From Our College Counselor
College Counseling Webpage

Stay up to date with news from the College Counselor by checking the website! You can find the College Counseling page on the GHI website located under "Academics," or simply click the link below!
Virtual College Visits During Lunch

College virtual visits are happening throughout the fall for 9th -12th grade. All the visits are located in google classroom under the course titled “College Virtual Visits” . On campus students may join Ms. O’Neill in the library during lunch to participate in a college visit.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

The NACAC Virtual College Fairs are occurring throughout the fall! For each session, more than 600 colleges will offer Zoom meetings. These fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to explore their college options! See below for dates & links.

Monday, October 12 (1:00-9:00pm)
Sunday, October 18 (12:00-8:00pm)
Sunday, November 8 (2:00-10:00pm)
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!