CTMS Jazz Band record album in Dallas studioOn June 5, the Cross Timbers Middle School jazz band had the special opportunity to record their music at the world- famous Crystal Clear Sound Studio in Dallas. This recording studio has been host to several top recording artists such as the Dixie Chicks, the Eli Young Band and UNT's One O'Clock Lab Band.The seventh and eighth graders who participated in this recording were treated like professional musicians. They spent four hours performing their music, and learning what goes into creating a top quality recording.
Taking History Lessons Beyond The ClassroomHistory came alive for six GCISD staff members and about 32 students and parents this Independence Day. Instead of cookouts and pool parties, they spent their holiday watching fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. During the trip, the tour group spent a week exploring the historic Virginia towns of Jamestown and Williamsburg; and Washington, D.C. GCISD instructional coach Evan Payne has lead this trip for the past 14 years, and says that it is one of the highlights of his year.
“It was a great educational experience, and a memory that
everyone will never forget,” Payne said.
The group enjoyed visiting colonial Williamsburg and learning about colonial trade jobs and the origins of the American government. In Jamestown, they explored the archaeological fort of the Jamestown settlers from the early 1600s, as well as learned how these English settlers navigated the seas. In D.C, they toured museums and monuments, sailed up and down the Potomac River on a dinner cruise, toured the Capitol and the White House, and also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
The staff members that traveled together to our nation’s capital were: Alecia Engle (Bransford fifth grade teacher), Amy Montemayor (OC Taylor learning liaison), Robin Davis (CHHS crisis counselor), Laura Koehler (CHHS assistant principal), Susan Weston (OC Taylor fifth grade teacher), and trip leader, Evan Payne.
Two GCISD teachers named Outstanding Educator FinalistsThe Texas PTA recently recognized two GCISD teachers as Outstanding Educator Finalists in their second awards program.Leigh Ballard, a fourth grade ASPIRE Academy teacher at Glenhope Elementary School, has been teaching for 13 years. Prior to teaching inGCISD, Ballard was an Advanced Academic Specialist in Birdville ISD. She received her B.B.A from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Gifted Education from Hardin Simmons University.Gerald Brown, U.S. history teacher and football coach at Colleyville Heritage High School, completed his sixth year with GCISD. He is entering his 33rd year of teaching and coaching and enjoys the individual connections with students. Brown received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters from Tarleton State University.Texas PTA’s Outstanding Educator Awards is always eager to recognize teachers, principals and superintendents from across the state who have shown that a strong family‐school partnership is the key to student success.
Teacher Spotlight: Elementary Teacher of the Year Cindy Pearson – Dove Elementary
Twenty-five years in the classroom and Cindy Pearson is just getting started.
Pearson is excited about how the district is embracing transformation and innovation to provide future-focused learning and instruction for students. She was selected to serve as a member of GCISD’s inaugural class of VALOR, a group of growth-minded teachers who work collaboratively to observe and reflect on their teaching practices with the goal of continually improving their instruction for their students. Also a digital classroom teacher at Dove Elementary, she is eager to learn more about how she can continue to grow the use of technology in her classroom.
“No matter what you’ve done before, how successful it was, or whatever the outcome – don’t stop growing,” Pearson said. “There are always new methods, new thought, and new ways to look at things. Our world is changing rapidly and we have to keep up with it.”
It is partly this philosophy of continuous improvement that lead Pearson’s peers to choose her as the 2013-2014 GCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.
GHS junior selected to Tisch summer programPosted by Communication Services at 6/5/2014
Grapevine High School junior Lexee Leach has been accepted to the summer theatre program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Lexee was selected from a pool of 900 applicants and is one of 16 participants in the program.
The Tisch School of the Arts summer program offers high school students the chance to participate in intensive training in New York City. This program offers students an enriching and enlightening experience, and a better understanding of the nature of a professional training program. Students are enrolled in rigorous and highly structured college-level courses taught by Tisch faculty, and upon successful completion of the program, students earn six college credits.
Exploring careers at Heritage ESPosted by Communication Services at 5/22/2014Heritage Elementary School brought in 14 speakers from around the community, representing different career paths, to share their experiences with students in grades 2 - 5. Each student heard from five different speakers."Last year we held our first Career Day. It was so popular with both students and teachers that we offered it again this year," said Regina Rockwood, school counselor. "We believe it plays an important role in our students’ career development. The career speakers help our students see that the school subjects they are studying now are very relevant to their success in their future jobs.”The Heritage ES Career Day was inspired by the district's LEAD 2021 strategic plan, which is designed to prepare students to be college and career ready. Teachers at Heritage ES strive to be responsive to the needs of the students, make education more relevant to the workplace, and increase the ability of the students to apply what they learn to real life situations."These teachers are transforming the school culture to provide the foundation that today’s 21st Century learners will need to be successful now and in life beyond high school," said Rockwood.
Panther choir students earn scholarshipsPosted by Communication Services at 5/22/2014The Colleyville Heritage High School Panther Choir Booster Club awarded scholarships to six outstanding choir students. They are, from left to right, Aman Sunderji, Hannah Williams, Clara Tiggelaar, Christine Embry, Katelyn Romero and Justin Wilson.
CHHS Jazz Choir honors Police OfficersPosted by Communication Services at 5/21/2014
The CHHS Ovation! Jazz Choir participated in Southlake’s Memorial Service for Fallen Police Officers, which was held as a part of National Police Week.