• Freshman Year Success Guide THRIVE Gilbert Public Schools

First Quarter

  • Check Your Schedule

    Check that you don't have double periods (two 3rd hours), that you know where your classes are located, and that most importantly you are in the correct classes based on your academic abilities.  

    Remember to check your schedule through your Infinite Campus Student Account.

Freshman Campus Orientations

  • Every GPS high school has some type of special orientation or first day of school for Freshmen. Make sure you attend!

    Orientation is a great way to meet upperclassmen mentors, learn the layout of your new campus, pick up some school traditions, and maybe even make some new friends. 

Access to Your Student Accounts

  • There are several accounts that you will need to have access to and will be expected to be using on a regular basis.

    Here are some helpful links and information about logins:

    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.

    AZCIS – Arizona Career Information System (ECAP)

    Arizona Career Information System is the tool we use to build your Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP), assess your interests and skills, and much more. The goals of ECAPs are to guide students and parents through successful high school and post-secondary transitions, increase retention and graduation rates, provide career planning, guidance, and development resources.

    Logging into AZCIS is easy - Login to Rapid Identity and click on the AZCIS icon.  

Organization & Academic Resources

  • Get Organized

    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 on all platforms. 

    Familiarize Yourself with Academic Resources

    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.

    Important: Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before, eat breakfast, and dress in layers so you can be comfortable if the testing room is hot or cold.

Free/Reduced Lunch Application – for More than Just School Lunches!

  • 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.

    Did you know that if you qualify for assistance through the National School Lunch Program (NLSP), you may eligible to receive fee waivers for the SAT/ACT exams, some College Applications and fee reductions for AP Exams?

    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. 

    Accepting Your Fee Waiver Benefits

SMART Goals Worksheet & Information

  • SMART Goal Worksheet (doc)

    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.

    Specific
    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.

    Measureable
    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.

    Attainable
    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.

    Relevant
    Your goals must be relevant to what you want to achieve in the short term and the long term.

    Time-based
    This sometimes overlaps with the goal being Specific, but it aims to ensure that you put a time-frame to your goals.

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Last Modified on November 26, 2019