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  • An open letter to the community:

     

    Like you, I watched in horror last week as we witnessed the reports of another tragic school shooting. This one, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of students and staff. Everyone associated with schools: students, parents, staff members and community members feel the pain and trauma each time this happens in our country. We search for answers to questions like: “How could this happen again?” and “How can we keep it from happening in the future?” As we grieve with the families in Florida, we also look to the security measures we have in place to protect our students and staff.


    In GCISD, we practice several different types of scenarios and implement security measures accordingly. We make every effort to physically keep our students safe and we are taking additional steps thanks to our supportive community. In 2016, GCISD voters approved a bond package that included measures to secure students and staff including new security cameras, controlled entrance access for campuses and a fully integrated network security system.


    Additionally, each secondary campus has a police officer that is stationed at the school every day and our counselors have resources for reporting concerns on their websites. We work closely with our local police departments and school resource officers to investigate every  concern quickly and thoroughly and we communicate with staff, parents and the community when matters arise that need a wider response. We understand that when we do have to communicate, there are questions that may be left unanswered for our families based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the district and campuses from sharing specific information related to the incident or students. Please know that we do have policies and procedures in place for addressing these incidents, even if we are unable to provide you with those details. For more general information on the district’s disciplinary guidelines, please review the Student Code of Conduct.


    The most important thing that we can all do is to build strong sense of togetherness and pride in our community’s schools and ensure our adults are building healthy relationships with students. Beginning with ‘“circle up” time in elementary schools, our students begin to build those relationships with their teachers and with each other. Those relationships are the foundations that are built upon when students get to middle and high school. This provides a safe space to have conversations with students when issues arise on campus, in our community and in our nation.


    We also encourage everyone to report if they have a suspicion that something might be wrong. The adage of “see something, say something” may seem like a basic concept, but it is critical in our ability to get ahead of a potential threat.


    We will continue to practice, review  and refine our safety and security measures as the safety of our students and staff is our top priority of the GCISD Board of Trustees and our staff members.

     

    Dr. Robin Ryan

    GCISD Superintendent

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  • GCISD Swimmers and Divers Compete in State Competition

     

    GCISD swimmers and divers competed at the UIL 5A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas at Austin on February 16 and 17.

     

    Results:

    State Swim/Dive Competition  

    • David Hallaron (Grapevine HS) won the 200-yard Individual Medley state title and placed second in the 100-yard backstroke. David broke the 200 yard IM and 100-yard backstroke school record and achieved the automatic All-American time standard in the 200 yard IM and All-American consideration time standard in the 100 back.  

     

    • Samantha Tatum (Grapevine HS) placed 22nd in the 100-yard freestyle.

     

    • The Grapevine HS boys 200 free relay (Gavin Carey, Eric He, Lyon Lee, David Hallaron) advanced to the consolation finals.

     

    • Abby Devereaux (Colleyville Heritage HS) placed seventh in 1-meter diving.

     

    • Sasha Culbertson (Colleyville Heritage HS) placed 10th in 1-meter diving.

     

    Congratulations to our swimmers and divers on a successful State competition!

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  • Students Skype with Olympic Commentator Lewis Johnson

     

    Students from Glenhope skype with Lewis Johnson

     

    On Wednesday, students at Glenhope Elementary skyped with NBC Olympic commentator Lewis Johnson at the base of the bobsled track for the 2018 Olympics. With a 15-hour time difference, the students said 'good morning' as Johnson was getting ready to say 'good night' from PyeongChang, South Korea. The Skype session with Johnson took place due to a connection with Glenhope Elementary Learning Liaison Jeanette Fink. 

     

    "We are always looking for ways to make global connections as it aligns with our district goals of developing Global Citizens," said Fink. "We also had another connection to the Olympics as a former Grapevine High School student is interning with NBC in PyeongChang!"  

     

    Second-grade teachers designed lessons that connected growth mindset using Olympic athletes as exemplars. Students focused on setting goals, teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance as part of the lesson. 

     

    Some of the questions students asked included:

    • How long have you been reporting for the Olympics?
    • How many athletes do you talk to in a day?
    • Who is the most famous Olympian you have ever met?
    • How are they making the Luge, Bobsled and Skeleton racing as safe as possible? 
    • What is your favorite food in South Korea?  
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  • Rachel's Challenge 5K CHOOSE KINDNESS: Join us for our 2018 Rachel's Challenge 5K


    Grapevine-Colleyville is hosting the Rachel's Challenge 5K race on April 21, 2018, at Colleyville Heritage High School. The official 5K race is 3.1 miles, with official timing through No Limits Timing. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. for a fee of only $25. GCISD students and staff may participate for free. For more information on the Rachel's Challenge 5K, click here.

     

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  • Building Strong Relationships

    Posted by Communication Services on 2/16/2018
    The B.E.S.T. Report
    Building Excellent Schools Together
    Expect ~ Relate ~ Innovate
     
    Like you, I watched in horror this week as we witnessed the reports of another tragic school shooting. This one, at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of students and staff. 
     
    Everyone associated with schools: students, parents, staff members and community members feel the pain and trauma each time this happens in our country. We search for answers to questions like: “How could this happen again?” and “How can we keep it from happening in the future?”
     
    We conduct drills and we implement security measures. We make every effort to physically keep our students safe. Most importantly, we build strong healthy relationships with students. Beginning with ‘“circle up” time in elementary schools, our students begin to build those relationships with their teachers and with each other. We also encourage everyone to report if they have a suspicion that something might be wrong. We work closely with our local police departments and school resource officers to investigate concerns quickly and thoroughly. We communicate with staff, parents and the community when matters arise that need a wider response.
     
    We will continue to practice and refine our safety and security measures. In addition, I encourage all of us to reach out to our students daily, to continue to build strong positive relationships with each one, and to speak up if something seems out of the ordinary. Preparation and a personalized environment will help GCISD remain a safe place to learn as we continue to Build Excellent Schools Together.
     
    BEST,
     
    RR

     

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    Dr. Robin Ryan
    GCISD Superintendent of Schools
     
    The B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.

     

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