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Glendale High School PTSA
"Building A Better School Community...TOGETHER!"
Weekly Recap 1/9 - 1/13
GHS DANCE TEAM TAKES SEVEN FIRST PLACE TROPHIES
AT USA REGIONAL COMPETITION IN LAS VEGAS!

This past weekend the Glendale High School Dance Team competed at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas for a United Spirit Association (USA) Regional Competition. This was a qualifying competition for the USA Dance Nationals at the Long Beach Convention Center on March 31st.
 
The team once again showed their dominance on the dance floor, placing 1st in the following categories:
 
Coed Dance
Large Hip-Hop
Large Lyrical
Large Military
Small Military
Character Dance 
 

In addition, the team placed 2nd in the All Male category.  GHS solo performers Aga Nogalska, Shara Lapides and Jodie Mendoza swept the solo category by taking top honors from all competing soloists!  They were honored as follows: 
 
Freshman Jodie Mendoza - 3rd Place
Senior Shara Lapides - 2nd Place
Senior Aga Nogalska - 1st Place
 


Since 1995, under the direction of Kelly Palmer, the dance/drill team program has won over 50 National Championship titles.  The team's next competition is on Saturday, January 14th at Valencia High School, followed by a Jan. 21st competition at West Covina High School. For a full list of the team's competition schedule, visit their website: ghsddt.com

This year, due to changes in competition fees and new music licensing fees, the team is having to seek outside sponsorship to offset the costs of competition.  If you'd like to sponsor or support the team, please contact Kelly Palmer at klpalmer@gusd.net

Congratulations to Ms. Palmer, the coaches and all of the performers.  You continue to make GHS so proud!
"LIGHTS OUT" DANCE
FEB.10TH 7-10 PM
IN THE GYM

 
Come out and dance while you glow in the dark to support the Class of 2018! Food trucks, DJ music, drinks, activities & FUN!  Ticket details coming soon....
 
FREE MICROSOFT 365 DOWNLOAD FOR EVERY GUSD STUDENT!

GUSD is providing Microsoft Office 365 for free to every enrolled GUSD student. Each student can install Microsoft Office 365 on up to five PCs and/or Macs, plus download Office apps on five other mobile devices, including phones and tablets.

Office 365 has automatic updates, so you and your student will have access to the latest version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. The subscription also includes one terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage for automatic device syncing. Your Office 365 products are available while your child is a GUSD student.

Please use the link portal.gusd.net

 

Follow the instructions below to download your free subscription of Microsoft Office 365 on your PC or Mac.
 
Enter your child’s GUSD account name using the following format:
  • first initial of first name +
  • first 3 letters of last name +
  • last 4 digits of student ID +
  • “@stu.gusd.net
Example: Mickey Mouse with ID: 123456 ➤ mmou3456@stu.gusd.net
 
  • Sign in using your child’s GUSD account name and Microsoft password (see below for more information about passwords)
  • Click "Install Office 2016"
What is my child’s Microsoft password?
Microsoft network passwords were assigned to all students at the beginning of the school year.
 
The password was originally set with the format: “gusdxxxxxx!”
Where “xxxxxx” is your child’s 6-digit student ID number.
 
Some students have changed their password. If your child has changed their password, enter the new updated password. If you do not know your child’s password, please have your child arrange for a password reset.

For iOS and Android mobile devices (5 licenses):
 
  1. Download your selected Microsoft apps from the app store.
  2. Once you are in the app, click “Sign in” and enter your child’s GUSD account name and Microsoft password.
 
Please note: Other GUSD schools may use different password formats. If you have children at multiple GUSD schools, please ensure that you use the correct password format.
 
DON'T MISS THIS FREE (AND AMAZING)
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE!
Starts at 6:30 pm in the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, followed by Art Show, Ceramics sale, and after party in the quad.
ATTENTION, JUNIOR GIRLS
Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County
Scholarships and Life Skills Training

Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County is looking for girls involved in school and/or community service/activities, outstanding academics, leadership, athletics or the arts who are interested in earning scholarships for college!

Distinguished Young Women is a unique program that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that prepares young women for the world after high school.  Through the Life Skills program, which includes workshops and online resources, participants can learn skills like interviewing, public speaking, self-confidence building and much more.


This year's program will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Loyola Marymount University.  For all details and application, visit http://la.ca.distinguishedyw.org/ 


Application deadline:  January 27, 2017.

PTSA FOOD DRIVE
JAN. 30th - FEB. 3rd
 
Please help us support local families in need.  All non-perishable items (no glass jars please) will be accepted starting Jan. 30th.  Further details coming soon.
 
USC BOVARD SCHOLARS PROGRAM IS LOOKING FOR
HIGH-ACHIEVING JUNIORS WITH FINANCIAL NEED

 
The USC Bovard Scholars program is designed to reach high-achieving juniors with financial need gain admission to and succeed at top Universities!  The program aims to provide selected students with career exploration opportunities, expert admissions and financial aid support, comprehensive test preparation and leadership development.

Students apply for USC Bovard Scholars during their junior year in high school. Selected students receive one-on-one guidance — personalized to meet their individual needs.

The program is offered at no cost to students or families.  Visit:  bovardscholars.usc.edu for all the benefits, requirements, and deadlines.    Application deadline is 2/17/17.
THE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS DATABASE HAS BEEN UPDATED ON THE GHS WEBSITE.
Check your hours HERE.
REFLECTIONS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to all GHS students who participated in our annual Reflections program and contributed excellent literature, film, dance, music and visual arts submissions. We had many marvelous entries this year inspired by the theme "What Is Your Story?" 

In October, the following students were chosen by our panel of judges to represent Glendale High at the Glendale Council PTA level of competition:

 
Isabella Ersoz - Literature
Cloe Field - Film
Zineb Fisher – Visual Arts
Paul Malhotra – Special Artist/Visual Arts
Jovanni Ferrer – Music Composition
Natalie Honarchian – Dance Choreography

Special congratulations to Zineb Fisher, Paul Malhotra, Jovanni Ferrer and Natalie Honarchian who all received the highest honor in their arts category at Glendale Council and have been selected to move on to the next stage of the competition at First District PTA!
 
All Reflections entries will be on display at VAPA night, Thursday, January 26th 
Please stop by and take a look at these marvelous pieces!
NEW AFTER SCHOOL HOURS
 
The library is now open after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 4:00 p.m and opens at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
HONORARY SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS NEEDED

Every year at Glendale High School, the Glendale High PTSA recognizes deserving parents, teachers, school administrators, or community members for their outstanding community service to children and youth. These individuals give their time and talent and go above and beyond the call of duty to serve our school and community! 

Now is your opportunity to nominate someone for this important recognition. Please submit your recommendation by downloading the
nomination form and returning it to the GHS PTSA mailbox in the school office no later than Friday, January 20th, 2016, or email your form to Jen Palacios at rjbpala@sbcglobal.net

A contribution is made in each recipient’s name to the Honorary Service Award Program of the California State PTA. These funds are used for student scholarships to further the education of our youth.

The Honorary Service Awards will be presented at the PTSA Founders’ Day on March 13, 2017 in the school Library.
New events in RED

Jan. 16: No School (MLK Day)
Jan. 17-20: Yellow Ribbon Week
Jan. 19: Instrumental Music Concert

Jan. 23: Banking Day
Jan. 23: Senior Class Panda Express Fundraiser
Jan. 24: Dance/Drill Show (7:00 JWPAC)
Jan. 26: Visual and Performing Arts Festival (6:30 JWPAC)
Jan. 26: Reflections Awards (at VAPA Festival)
Jan. 27: UCLA Blood Drive (small gym 7 am - 3 pm)

Jan. 30 - Feb. 3: PTSA's Winter Food Drive
Feb. 10: LIGHTS OUT DANCE (gym - sponsored by the Jr. Class)


*BANKING DAYS (12:57 Dismissal)                       
January 23, February 6, March 6, April 3 & 17, May 1

*MINIMUM DAYS  (12:57 Dismissal)
March 17, April 7

Student scholarships from California State PTA for
graduating high-school seniors!

Two scholarships are available for your application:

  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year. Applications, reference forms and letters must be received by California State PTA by February 1; proof of enrollment and completion of coursework must be provided to California State PTA by June 1.
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.
Applications and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check.

For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at grants@capta.org.

More information and applications are available on the GHS PTSA WEBSITE.   CLICK HERE to access the documents.

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