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Yes, it is that dreaded time for most students once AGAIN. 


Some students may take it serious.  Some students may blow it off.  Either way, trust that the teachers have done their very best to prepare each and every student to have much success.  I would like to give parents and students alike some testing tips to help make this season of testing be not so dreaded but more of a celebration that we are at the end of the school year being assessed on what has been learned.

For Parents:
1. Ensure your child gets proper rest the night before.  Eight hours of sleep is essential.
2.  If your child is not eating breakfast at home, strongly encourage them to eat breakfast at school.  They need fuel for their brains and bodies to help them not be anxious or get frustrated easily.
3. Encourage them to do their best and reassure them that they will have a great day and be successful.
4. At the end of a test day, converse with your child about how they felt about the test.  Let them tell you what went well and what didn't go so well.
5.  This may sound silly but we all need to be reaffirmed so, Thank them for trying their best and for toughing out the hard times during the test.

For Students:
1. Go to sleep at an early time the night before your tests.  You need the rest to be prepared.
2. Eat breakfast.  Food fuels the mind and the body.
3. Ask your teacher for a break if you need it.
4. Listen closely to any instructions given by the teacher.
5. Read the test through first.
6. Focus on addressing each question individually.
7. Relax - Remember there is no need to stress.
8. You got this!

Best Wishes and Good Luck to all!

Posted by Guest  On Mar 24, 2018 at 8:58 PM 1 Comment

I would like to welcome you back to Gila Crossing Community School.  With this new school year, comes great possibilities.  If last school year was a struggle, you get to start with a fresh new feeling about your future.  I want to encourage you to speak positive things to yourself everyday.

A to Z List of Inspirational Quotes for Students - Teaser
As always, I love to hear from you.  Do me a favor and leave a message about which inspirational quote you like and let me know what you will do to be successful in this school year.

Mrs. Tang-Taylor
Your Middle School Counselor


Posted by Guest  On Aug 17, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Many of you may be counting down the days until the end of the school year.  Well guess what? After tomorrow (April 22nd), you will have 4 Mondays and 4 Fridays left to see your teacher's bright, smiling face.  You may think, "I can't wait until the end!", but is it really the end?  

Can I answer this for you?  You know I am going to give you an answer anyway, right?

Yes, this school year ends, and no, it is not really the end.

I know what you are saying: "What the heck, kind of answer is that, yes and no?"

Here’s the deal!

Learning is ongoing throughout life.  What is happening to you, at this point, is that you are evolving to the next phase of your life.  This is whether you move to the next grade or are required to repeat the current grade.  It all is a phase that is pushing you to be the great and awesome you on your journey to being a productive citizen of the world.

I want to encourage you to take this opportunity to reflect on what you learned this school year because guess what, you learned a lot.  You may not remember everything, but I bet if you think about it all, you have read books and stories you knew nothing about before this school year.  Maybe you learned a lesson or two in math that you thought was a special code that could never be broken, but you learned it.

After you read this blog entry, I want you to repeat this TRUE statement about yourself:

I am beautifully and wonderfully made to accomplish great things because I learn everyday!

As always, I like to know what you think of my post, so do me two favors please:

  1. Tell me what you think of this post.
  2. Share a favorite quote to help encourage your classmates. It can be from the internet.



Posted by Guest  On Apr 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM

It really is happening!  You are moving forward in life.  Do you realize you have completed 6, whole, months of school? Yes 6 months!  You did that!  It may have been rough, but if you are reading this post, you made it through the toughest part.  Now, moving forward, you have 4 more months to go.  Guess what?  These 4 months are going to fly by.  It really is happening!  So I want to leave you with a few questions and thoughts to ponder.


1.  What do YOU need to do in order to successfully complete this school year?

2.  Who do you have for support when times get tough?  Think of at least one adult and one friend.

3.  What do YOU want your life to be like (now and when you grow-up)?  The world is your oyster, you can do and be whatever you want.

 Thoughts: You matter in this world.  You are cared for and cared about by many people.  There is nothing that you can’t accomplish if you try.  Make the rest of this year your best!  It really is happening!

If you don’t mind, please share a comment about this post.  I like to hear what you think. 

Posted by Guest  On Feb 03, 2016 at 9:08 AM
Welcome to the GCCS Counseling Blog

This is a new outlet that the Counseling Department will be using at least monthly to inform you and/or give you tips to assist in the success of all in our school community.  If at anytime you have any ideas that could make this blog better, contact one of the counselors.  We look forward to a productive year. Stay Tuned!


All personal information shared with a school counselor is confidential unless it involves:

1.    Harming Yourself
2.  Harming Others

3.  Abuse or Neglect

In these situations, we are required by law to report this information to parents and/or the appropriate agencies.

Posted by Guest  On Nov 05, 2015 at 12:31 PM

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