Welcome to the Week of September 27, 2020
Dear Families,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your incredible generosity on North Texas Giving Day! As a special thank you, we would like to share a performance of "Mischievous" by Nikolai Rakov recorded by our 3rd-5th Grade Music Teacher Mr. Beck. We hope you will find its beauty an expression of our gratitude.

It was rejuvenating to see our campus come alive again last week with students. I am thankful for the work our teachers and staff are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy, and I am proud of the way our students stepped up to the challenge and accepted new routines and policies. 
 
As we step into our first full week with students on campus this week, it is still at the forefront of our minds that teachers are serving students both online and on campus. As we reflect on the first half of the quarter, we recognize a single change that we can easily implement that will increase students’ engagement and alleviate teacher workload. While we are still conscientious about students’ total time spent in video instruction, our teachers can schedule more live, zoom classes beginning this week. Students can find their weekly schedule on the Google Classroom Stream and under the “Classwork” tab.

Also, teachers will be announcing their weekly tutoring times this week. For online students, a zoom link for tutoring will be made available at the top of “Classwork” in Google Classroom. Again, I thank our teachers for their herculean work. 
 
Google Classroom can be tricky to use. Below you’ll find a pictorial guide on how to navigate to the assignment list for a given class, which includes assigned, returned (graded), and missing work for a class.
In addition to the highlighted topics presented above, please take a moment to browse the information presented below. As always, please reach out to us with questions and we look forward to another week!

Yours in Partnership,
Michael Cowan
Headmaster, Upper School
Great Hearts Irving
At a Glance
September 29 | Junior Parent Night with College Counselor
October 1 | Distance Learning Meal Pickup (8:30-10:30am)
October 2 | Early Release (pickup begins at 1:40 and ends at 2pm)
October 6 | Financial Aid Night
October 6-8 | Curriculum "Night" Online
October 12 | Student Holiday
October 16 | End of Quarter 1
October 19-23 | Fall Break
A Closer Look
On Campus Attendance

Students who elected in-person learning must attend school in-person. If they are not attending classes
in-person, they will be marked absent for the whole day unless a parent submits a medical note
to Ms. Weatherton. (Tamara.Weatherton@GreatHeartsIrving.org). If you elected Brick and Mortar but would like to switch to Distance Learning until the end of the first quarter, please also email Ms. Weatherton.
Junior Parent Night

Parents and students of the Class of 2022 are invited to a night with our college counselor via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th from 7-8pm. The evening will outline parent, student, and counselor roles as students prepare for life after high school.
Click the button below to join Tuesday Night!
Curriculum "Night" Online

Like many things, Curriculum "Night" will look a little different this year. Teaches will be recording introductions and sample lessons that will be made available online October 6-8. Expect more detailed information next week.
Homework Club

Homework Club is designed to provide a place for upper school scholars to complete homework, receive peer tutoring, and quietly socialize with friends in a structured, supervised environment. Homework Club will be available for students on campus beginning Monday, September 21. For questions, please contact your Campus Coordinator, Shanda Stanley, at Programs@GreatHeartsIrving.org.
Mustang Athletics

Let’s get ready for the 2020-2021 seasons!
The Athletics Page will be updated by the end of every week. Checkin often! Contact our Athletic Director, Gary Gray, with questions
From Our College Counselor
Financial Aid Night

On Tuesday, October 6th, 11th and 12th Grade students and parents are invited to attend our Financial Aid Night. We will hear from a Trinity University Financial Aid Officer who will explain the college financial aid process. Sign up now!
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!