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    Tona Blizzard named National Distinguished Principal Finalist


    Tona Blizzard

    The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) has named Tona Blizzard, principal at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School, as a National Distinguished Principal Finalist. The National Distinguished Principal program recognizes exemplary leaders who are setting the standard across the State of Texas and is the highest recognition a principal can receive from his or her peers.


    "I'm very honored to be nominated for such a prestigious recognition and was absolutely speechless when I received the call to notify me I was one of the finalists,” said Blizzard.  “I truly believe that I have the very best job in the world and I feel so fortunate to have the honor of serving as the principal of a school community that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our Cannon Cubs every day."


    Blizzard has been the principal of Cannon Elementary School for eight years and has spent her entire career in GCISD.



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    Candace McGowan awarded CTAT Career Guidance Award


    GCISD Career and Technical Education Coordinator, Candace McGowan, has been honored with the Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT) Career Guidance Award for her outstanding work in the district. McGowan opened “Go Centers” at Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School, which allows students to learn what is necessary to continue their education after high school. In addition to opening the Go Centers, McGowan has also partnered with each high school counselor to ensure all seniors have education plans for after high school and have assistance with goal-setting.


    “There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a student achieve great things after they leave our program,” said McGowan. “That is why we do what we do, to ensure that our students can be a success after graduation and go on to live happy and productive lives.”

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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.



    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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  • Spring Break

    Posted by Communication Services on 3/9/2018
    The B.E.S.T. Report
    Building Excellent Schools Together
    Expect ~ Relate ~ Innovate

    We made it to spring break! 
    I am so proud of the work of our GCISD team this semester. I have seen engaging teaching,  amazing professional development, expertly designed lessons using technology, successful extra-curricular activities and wonderful community involvement. Even the manner in which we have designed the tradition of “open house” has changed for the better. 
    Thank you to everyone for your part in the educational process. Whether you are in a support role or on the front lines in the classroom, your work is important. I know you are constantly thinking about how you can positively impact our students and community.
    Our work, though rewarding, is not easy. I hope you will take time next week to be with your family and friends, and return rested and recharged for the final push to the end of the year. 
    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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    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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