Check Your Schedule
Check that you don't have double periods (like two 3rd hours), that you know where your classes are located, and most importantly, that you are in the correct classes based on your academic abilities.
Check your schedule through your Infinite Campus Student Account!
Freshman Campus Orientations
Every GPS high school has some type of freshmen orientation. Be sure to attend!
Orientation is a great way to meet upperclassmen mentors, learn the layout of your new campus, pick up on some school traditions, and maybe even make some new friends.
Access to Your Student Accounts
Here are some helpful links and information about the accounts that you will be expected to know and use regularly as a student:
- Student Google Account (via Rapid Identity Login) - You will use a Google/Rapid Identity account to login to any computer you use in high school.
- Infinite Campus - Infinite Campus is where you can check your grades, see assignment calendars and check your credit progress.
- Google Classroom - Google Classroom is the online tool used by Gilbert Public Schools to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. Most of your classes will have a Google Classroom for assignments and activities. Teachers will provide you with a code to sign up for their class at the beginning of the year. Tip: Find all your Google Classrooms at https://www.classroom.google.com.
Organization & Academic Resources
Create a planner or calendar to keep track of your assignments and important dates. Find a system that works for you.
If you need help getting organized, speak with your counselor or teachers for additional suggestions. If you are inseparable with your phone, check out MyHomework - a student planner app that works with all platforms. Check out these free web resources!
Khan Academy – Videos and practice activities from top educators covering almost every core subject step-by-step including AP courses and SAT test prep.
Quizlet – Digital note cards and games created by students and teachers from around the world. Quiz yourself at any time on your phone with the app. Studying is now easier than ever before. Try looking for note cards by vocabulary terms, subject, or even a specific textbook and chapter!
Register, Prepare & Take the PSAT/NMSQT® Test
Listen to the announcements at your school for sign-up instructions to register, prepare, and take the PSAT/NMSQT® test.
Be Prepared – Free PSAT questions and test practice to help you prepare yourself for test day.
After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SAT—based on your personal test results—through Khan Academy®.
You also get free access to the Roadmap to Careers online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your interests.
Get & Stay Involved!
Looking for ways to get involved? Keep a lookout for your school’s club fair!
It is always a good time to get involved on your high school campus. There are clubs for everyone ranging from coloring clubs, K-pop, volunteer/service, mentoring, equality and many more. Also, all CTE programs have student organizations, as do all of the performing/visual arts and sports teams.
GPS High School Clubs & Activities
Meet With Your Counselor
Your counselor can help you with much more than just schedule changes!
GPS Counseling Departments
Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!
Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may be eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?
Free and reduced-price meals are available to families who qualify. If your family chooses to apply, please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Application.
From the College Board:
"The College Board fee-waiver service assists qualified, economically disadvantaged students who plan to take the SAT/SAT Subject Tests/PSAT/NMSQT/AP Exams. A student must be either enrolled in, or eligible to participate in, the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) in order to receive a fee waiver. Schools participating in new federal programs such as Community Eligibility may not be able to use the NLSP criterion to identify and verify individual student fee-waiver eligibility. However, several other criteria or indicators can still be used to confirm eligibility for fee-waiver benefits."
For more information, please speak with your counselor.
SMART Goals Worksheet & Information
A Brief Guide to SMART Goal Setting!
A SMART goal is a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. In other words, a goal that is very clear and easily understood.
The goal must clearly state what is to be achieved, by whom, where and when it is to be achieved. Sometimes it may even state why that goal is important.
Measurability applies to both the end result and the milestones along the way to attaining a goal. It answers the question of quantity – how much, how often, how many? The milestones are signs along the way that will tell you that you are on the right track to achieving your goal.
You should ensure that the goals you set are achievable. You must believe that you can manage to do what you are setting out to do. If you set goals that are unbelievable even to yourself it is very unlikely you will achieve them.
Your goals must be relevant to what you want to achieve in the short term and the long term.
This sometimes overlaps with the goal being Specific, but it aims to ensure that you put a time-frame to your goals.