Welcome to the Week of January 10, 2021
Dear Families,
After a wonderful return to school last week, we now look forward to a busy last week of the 2nd Quarter and conclusion of the 1st Semester. In addition to end-of-quarter tests, we have drama performances from our Juniors and Seniors, Soccer Tryouts on Monday, the Boy's Basketball Season in full swing, and a Rugby interest meeting on Thursday. While the end of a quarter is always busy, students can look forward to a 4-day weekend for rest and relaxation as a reward for their hard work and diligence in the 1st Semester.

Please note two important changes that will be happening at the end of this semester:

First, we will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom in lieu of narrative evaluations this semester. These conferences will be held on the afternoons of Friday, January 29th and Friday, February 6th. Information on how to signup will be sent after families receive Semester 1 Report Cards.

Second, as we welcome more students back to campus for the 2nd Semester, there is a possibility that your student will be assigned to a different section resulting in a schedule change beginning Wednesday, January 20th.
Below are announcements and important upcoming dates. 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
January 11 | Soccer Tryouts on the Courtyard
January 14 | Rugby Interest Meeting
January 14 | Junior Production of Arms and the Man
January 15 | End of Semester 1
January 16-18 | MLK Weekend - No School
January 19 | Faculty PD - No School
January 20 | Beginning of Quarter 3
January 29 | Upper School Conferences
February 5 | Upper School Conferences
A Closer Look
Lunch with the College Counselor

On Monday, January 11th, parents are invited to join Mrs. Fitzgerald, Director of GHTX College Counseling, for the monthly virtual lunch about all things college. The topic for January is Standardized Testing. After a short presentation, Mrs. Fitzgerald will take questions.
Mustang Athletics

Soccer Tryouts:
Middle and High School Soccer Tryouts will be held Monday, January 11th on the courtyard at campus. Dress to play and bring a water bottle.

Rugby Interest Meeting:
There will be a Rugby interest meeting held from 3:30-3:50 on Thursday, January 14th in room 103 for both the Middle School and High School teams. No previous experience of rugby is necessary.

´╗┐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).
Community Partners

We are working to build relationships with local businesses that are connected to our school community. If you own your own business, or know of one that might be interested, please reach out to Keo.Strull@greatheartsirving.org.
Semester 1 Conferences

We have changed the dates for Semester 1 Conferences. Save the dates of Friday, January 29th and Friday, February 5th for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Information on how to signup will be sent after families receive Semester 1 Report Cards.
National Language Exam

You should have received a message last Tuesday (1/5) concerning registering your student for a National Language Exam. Below are the registration deadlines with links to the original message.

Campus Reminder

At the end of each school day students must be picked up in carline or driven home by a student driver. Students are not permitted to walk off campus unless they live within walking distance of the school and parents have given consent to Patrick Malone (patrick.malone@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!