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  • Middle and High School campuses move to nine-week grading cycles

    After receiving a unanimous recommendation from all secondary campuses and soliciting feedback from the campus' students, parents and staff, the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD administration has determined that the district's middle and high school campuses will move to nine-week grading cycles starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
     
    The district began looking at the current grading cycles because of the school calendar. When the academic calendar changed so that semester exams could be completed before Winter Break, it was a welcome reprieve for most students and families. However, it subsequently caused the fall semester to have 20 less days of instruction than the spring semester. This imbalance between the semesters has resulted in shorter grading cycles in the first semester, which creates an unintended strain on students and staff. While a change in the grading cycle doesn’t balance the semesters, it does provide more opportunities for instruction and assessment during the longer grading cycles.
     
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  • Partnership with City of Grapevine to amount to significant savings over time 

    Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and the City of Grapevine are strengthening their longstanding partnership by investing in a fiber optic cable system that will benefit all city residents and the entire district.

    “I am so proud of the partnership that we have with the City of Grapevine,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent of Schools. “Working together we will be able to better serve our GCISD students while creating significant savings over time.”

    GCISD Executive Director of Technology, Lane Hunnicutt, said the new system will not only provide the potential for greater network reliability and faster connectivity for district technology, it will also be a significant cost savings for the district. 

    “By partnering with the City, the district is able to save more than 50% on installation of the new fiber optic cables,” Hunnicutt said. “Additionally, since the City is enabling the district to own our own fiber, we will no longer be reliant on a third-party provider for monthly service and maintenance.”

    According to Hunnicutt, that savings alone amounts to almost $200,000 per year for 1 GB of bandwidth; however, that cost would have increased as the district has a need to expand the overall bandwidth. 

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  • Bransford closed Friday, May 22
     

    The district’s facility services department has spent the afternoon working with the City of Colleyville Fire Department to assess the damage and begin to clean the affected areas. Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff. While we were able to clean up the water from the sprinklers, our main concern now turns to the air quality resulting from the fire. It is due to these concerns that we have decided to cancel school at Bransford on Friday, May 22. We anticipate that the building will be ready to welcome students after the long holiday weekend on Tuesday, May 26.

     
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  • District statement on Bransford fire
     

    This morning, students and staff were safely evacuated from Bransford Elementary School after the fire alarm sounded. The Colleyville Fire Department responded and confirmed that a fire did occur prompting the sprinkler system to activate. Once determined we could not re-enter the building, students and staff were transported to nearby Colleyville Middle School (CMS) to be unified with parents as part of the district’s emergency management plan.


    “Every campus in GCISD routinely practices our emergency procedures for events that we hope will never occur” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent of Schools. “As a result of the preparation, campus and district staff were able to act quickly to ensure the safety of our students, transport everyone to an alternative location and enact the reunification process, all while remaining calm.”


    GCISD Transportation Services dispatched buses to Bransford to transport students and staff to CMS. Since the fire occurred during lunch, the Nutrition Services department worked to provide lunch for third through fifth-grade students who had not yet eaten.


    Once Bransford staff enacted the reunification process, parents were notified through multiple communication channels that they could pick up their student at CMS. The staff at CMS volunteered to assist as the Bransford students arrived and continued to support the reunification process throughout the afternoon. Bransford staff remained at the campus until every student was picked up and bus riders were taken home on their regular schedule. Additionally, KidzU staff remained at CMS for students enrolled in the program whose parents were unable to pick them up earlier.


    While staff worked to reunite parents with their student, GCISD Facility Services and the Colleyville Fire Department worked to assess the damage and begin to clean the affected area. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire.


    “I am so proud of the safe and organized manner in which our students and staff at Bransford responded to the situation this afternoon,” Dr. Ryan said. “I want to thank our Bransford parents and staff for working together this afternoon to help the reunification process run smoothly. I also want to thank the dedicated employees of Transportation Services, Nutrition Services, Facility Services, Colleyville Middle School, the City of Colleyville and area fire departments who jumped into action to assist the students and staff at Bransford.”


    GCISD will update parents and staff as needed as we continue to assess the situation at Bransford.

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  • Appreciation

    Posted by Communication Services at 5/11/2015
    I visited several schools this week and at every one, I was greeted at the door with delicious smells, friendly smiles and the sounds of celebration of our campus staff.
     
    This week was Teacher Appreciation Week, so the smells from supportive PTAs providing breakfast or lunch permeated our schools. Beyond the mouthwatering smells were the individual tokens of love and support from students and families to our dedicated teachers and support personnel. I am so glad that we have a week dedicated to thanking educators across the district, state and nation for their service. In GCISD, we are fortunate to have amazing professionals in our classrooms who work so very hard for our students. Teaching is tough, and anyone who dares to say otherwise clearly has not been in the classroom. Thank you, teachers, for being the backbone of our democracy and the foundation upon which every single profession is built! And thank you to the support personnel who make what teachers do possible every single day!
     
    This week we also celebrated School Nurse Day. Our nurses are so professional and so dedicated to the health of our students and staff (you don’t EVEN want to know all of the things they deal with!). Nurses are integral to the success of students – without good health and wellness, it is much more difficult to engage in learning. I know I am not at my best when I don’t feel well, and I would venture to say most of you would say the same about yourself. Our students are no different. The role our school nurses play is vital, so please stop by your school nurse’s office and say a word of appreciation!
     
    Thank you for a great week of celebrating our dedicated campus personnel! Teachers and nurses are two key ingredients in our mission to Build Excellent Schools Together.
     
    BEST,
    RR
     
    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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  • Tax Rate Legal Posting 
    Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. Visit our Tax Rate Information page.

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  • Record destruction schedule set by state regulations
    Consistent with the notification requirements set forth in federal and state regulations regarding the destruction of confidential records, Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed or graduated on or before June 2010 will be destroyed June 5, 2015 (34 CFR 300.624).  If you have any questions about this process or about student specific records, you may contact personnel at GCISD’s Special Education Department at (817) 251-5533.
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