New Family Questions
WHEN I HAVE A GENERAL QUESTION?
Your first source of information is found on the Gorman website at www:bishopgorman.net. If no answer is found there, please call the school office at 903-561-2424.
WHAT DOES THE PARENT SECTION OF THE SCHOOL WEBSITE TELL ME?
Besides giving you access to the yearly and daily calendars, it also provides curriculum information, the bell schedules for a given day, summer reading lists and student supply lists for the school year, cafeteria info, forms and documents.
TO FIND THE YEARLY CALENDAR?
On the school website, go the "Quick Links" drop down menu adn select printable calendar. Direct Link: http://www.bishopgorman.net/calendar
HOW TO FIND IF IT IS A GREEN OR WHITE DAY?
To find out if it is a green or white day, check the school calendar. It will usually be the first listing. The calendar also lists all events taking place that day.
HOW TO ACCESS INFORMATION FROM THE STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK?
Each student is issued a handbook at the beginning of the school year. This handbook is also available on the school website in the parent and student sections. Direct Link: http://www.bishopgorman.net/downloads/students/current_student_handbook.pdf
HOW TO ARRANGE SCHOOL LUNCHES, PRICES AND HOW TO PAY?
School lunches cost approximately $5.00 per day. Plate lunches including drink and dessert are available every day as well as a la carte items such as burgers, salads, soups, etc.
Students can open an account by bringing a check to the school. Accounts are kept daily and student will be notified when their account is low. On the Parent page of the school website, parents and guardians will find the MySchool Bucks PrePay link which allows them to put money on the student account using a credit card. On the daily calendar and in the Daily CRU email, the menu for the day is announced.
Absences and Tardies
WHEN MY STUDENT IS ILL AND CANNOT ATTEND SCHOOL?
Please call and notify the school at 903-561-2424 before 9:00 am that morning or e-mail Debbie Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO GET HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS WHEN MY STUDENT IS MISSING SCHOOL?
First, check on RenWeb for the lesson plans and homework assignments. Next, email the teachers. Go to http://www.bishopgorman.net/directory/ to find the teacher or team to contact.
IF MY STUDENT DEVELOPS A HEADACHE AT SCHOOL?
The office staff and faculty are not allowed to dispense medicine to students except by a filled prescription from a doctor. Parents or guardians must come to the school and give non-prescription medicine to the student directly.
WHEN MY STUDENT NEEDS TO HAVE A PRESCRIPTION DRUG AVAILABLE TO TAKE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?
Parents or guardians need to bring the bottle of prescribed medicine, prescription or aspirin to the school office and fill out a form. The drug will then be available for the student to come to the office to take.
WHEN THE SCHOOL ASKS FOR SHOT RECORDS?
Shot records are required by the state and county. Students at Gorman will not be allowed to remain in school after a specific date without this information. Please make sure a student’s previous school has forwarded this information to the school.
Uniforms and Dress
ABOUT ORDERING UNIFORMS FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR?
Gorman uniforms are ordered through Mills Company at www.millswear.com or 1-800-541-1850 in Dallas and should be ordered ahead of time allowing for back order, wrong sizes, etc. For additional questions please refer to the uniform guidelines at http://www.bishopgorman.net/parents/schooluniforms/
WHEN WE ARE NOT SURE OF THE APPROPRIATE UNIFORM TO WEAR THAT DAY?
Please see the school website at www:bishopgorman.net and look at the daily calendar. It will list the appropriate green or white day schedule including Mass days or special uniform days (especially Honors Convocation).
WHEN MY CHILD DOES NOT COME TO SCHOOL IN THE APPROPRIATE UNIFORM?
If possible, the student can access the uniform closet to borrow the items necessary. If items are not available, parent will be called to bring the appropriate uniform. If unable to dress in the correct uniform. Student will be issued a pink slip or detention for being out of uniform.
TO USE RENWEB/PARENTSWEB AND WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
All grades and assignments can be accessed through RenWeb. Parents are able to view the student’s progress, access contact information for teachers, and see progress reports and report cards.
TO GET A SCHOOL LOCKER?
School lockers are issued with the initial schedules by either the Middle School Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Schick or the high school by faculty liaison, Mr. Jerril Burnette. If for any reason a student is not assigned a locker, he or she should ask in the school office or address Mrs. Schick or Mr. Burnette directly.
TO GET A CLASS SCHEDULE?
All student schedules are assigned through the counselor’s office. For scheduling changes for grades six through twelve, the contact is Heather Roberts at email@example.com or for grades te. For a copy of existing student schedule please ask in the school office.
TO FIND SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS?
Summer Reading assignments are always available in the office and are also available online at the school website on the home page. Each grade level is assigned specific summer reading assignments. Some Summer Bridge classes work on Summer Reading assignments during the summer.
What percentage of Gorman graduates attend colleges and universities?
One hundred percent of Gorman students attend colleges and universities after graduation. The 48 students in the class of 2010 received $4.5 million dollars in scholarship offers.
What is the teacher/student ratio?
In both the middle and high schools, the average student:teacher ratio is 11:1.
What foreign languages are offered at Gorman?
Spanish is required in sixth grade through eighth grade. Spanish and Latin are offered in the high school.
Pickup and Drop Off
WHEN WE DROP OFF OUR STUDENT IN THE MORNING?
All middle school students should be dropped off at the middle school gym in the mornings between 7:30 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. After 8:10 a.m. the student will be tardy and needs to come to the office for a tardy slip before going on to class.
All high school students should come in the main door of the campus and report to the cafeteria between 7:30 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. After 8:10 a.m. the student needs to report to the office for a tardy slip.
IF WE ARE UNABLE TO PICK UP OUR STUDENT ON TIME?
Gorman offers after school care through an Extended Day Program for a daily charge of $6.00 or a weekly charge of $30.00. There is an additional $25.00 registration fee for the weekly care.
All middle school students left on campus after 3:45 will automatically be sent to Extended Day and charged the daily fee. Students must be picked up by 5:30 or a $15.00 charge will be added for each 15 minutes they are here after the deadline.
Does Gorman provide transportation to and from home?
No. Many families form carpools.
Sports & Physical Education
How difficult is it for a student to make a sports team?
Of Gorman’s thirteen varsity sports, some have tryouts and cuts (basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, Cheerleading, and dance), while others offer a spot to every student who tries out (football, cross country, swimming, wrestling, track, dance team, tennis, and golf). Many sports field both varsity and junior varsity teams.
TO GET A GYM LOCKER AND TO GET A LOCK FOR THE GYM LOCKER?
The first day of classes all sixth graders will be issued a locker and a lock. Seventh and eighth grade students need to request both from their coach. High school students will address the issue with their PE teacher or coach for individual sports.
TO GET A PE UNIFORM?
The Gorman Booster Club sells a pre-packaged PE uniform for $30.00. PE uniforms are required for all middle school students but are optional for high school students. The also sell individuals items such as shorts, shirts, drawstring bags, etc. Please contact the school office at 903-561-2424 for contact information.
TO SIGN UP FOR A SPORT?
Please contact the school Athletic Office at 903-561-2424 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on individual sports and how to sign up. Coaches of each individual sport will have planned meetings for students and parents during the year.
ACCESS ATHLETIC FORMS AND INFORMATION?
The Gorman website at the Athletics tab allows you to access forms such as physical and permissions forms and print them. It further gives you new about individual sports, maps and directions to games, scores and TAPPS information.
Does Bishop Gorman offer scholarships?
Bishop Gorman offers only need-based tuition assistance, not academic or athletic scholarships. A student must be registered at Bishop Gorman before financial assistance is considered.
All funds are distributed in the form of need-based financial assistance. The school allocates approximately $150,000 per year in financial assistance. Most financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis with initial application due February 28. Most financial assistance is awarded by June each year.
Are siblings and children of alumni guaranteed admission?
No students are guaranteed admission. Admission decisions are based primarily on the composite qualifications of the individual candidates. Major factors in admissions decision are current grades, behavior records, motivation, and standardized test scores.
How is financial aid calculated?
The Financial Committee takes into consideration the needs analysis for each family as provided by PSAS, an independent analysis company, the resources of the family and individual circumstances, as well as the availability of financial aid funds when making the final determination of financial aid awards. Criteria on which PSAS determines a family's need for assistance are:
- Family's income
- Family's assets
- Family's liabilities
- Unusual expenses
- Family size
- Retirement needs
- Number of children attending tuition-charging schools
Does Bishop Gorman have a waiting list?
The school uses a waiting pool at various grade levels when the class has reached capacity. A waiting pool differs from a waiting list in the sense that the school may pull applicants from the pool as appropriate for the school needs.