GCISD Life 2014-2015

  • GCISD's FIRST July 28 Meeting Notes Posted
    GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD students. The Team kicked off on Tuesday, July 28. Notes and materials from the meeting have been posted on the GCISD FIRST website. Check it out!
    As a reminder, the district encourages community feedback through the Let’s Talk feature found on the FIRST website (www.gcisdfirst.net). Parents, community members, students and staff may submit questions or share thoughts on the information being shared and discussed during the meetings through Let's Talk.
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  • REAL School Garden coming to Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School


    Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School has been selected as a recipient of a REAL School Garden for the 2015-2016 school year.


    REAL School Gardens is a non-profit organization that creates learning gardens and then trains teachers on how to use them to provide hands on learning experiences that engage students and increase academic achievement. The gardens enhance learning in science, math, language arts and other core subjects, which is a perfect alignment for Cannon’s STEM focus said Principal Tona Blizzard.

    “Everything we do has a STEM focus and we look forward to incorporating our lessons into this outdoor learning environment,” Blizzard said. “To better align with our STEM curriculum, we have been working with the design architect to incorporate alternative energy sources such as solar beds and a rainfall collection system.”


    A community partner helps fund each REAL School Garden, and the Cannon garden will be sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. Volunteers from Mercedes-Benz will be on hand, along with parents, staff, students and community members to assist with installing the garden.


    To learn more information about REAL School Gardens, click here.

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  • GCISD Finance earns Platinum Leadership Circle Award
    platinum The GCISD Financial Services department again received recognition for its high level of transparency, earning a 2015 Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller's Office. Created in 2014, this is the second year the Platinum designation has been available. According to the Texas Transparency website, the Platinum designation "spotlights entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency." This is also GCISD’s fourth consecutive year to earn a Leadership Circle Award.
    “I am very proud of the GCISD finance team for once again receiving this award," said DaiAnn Mooney, GCISD chief financial officer. “It validates that we place significant value and high priority on  financial transparency and the good stewardship of taxpayer money.”
    The district earned this award by scoring 23 of 23 possible points on the program's ratings criteria--a perfect score. The Texas Comptroller's Leadership Circle program recognizes local governments across the state that strive to meet high financial transparency through online resources. Recipients of this award demonstrate transparency by providing citizens with a clear, consistent picture of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format.
    The platinum insignia (shown at right) has been added to the Texas Transparency website.
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  • Interim principal named for Colleyville Middle School

    Ryan Martin Grapevine High School Associate Principal Ryan Martin has been named the interim principal at Colleyville Middle School for the 2015-2016 school year.

    “We did a thorough search to find the next principal for Colleyville Middle School, and while it continues to be our top priority to find the right leader for our Colt families and community, we felt it was in the best interest of our students and staff to begin the school year with a leader in place,” said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. “I am fully confident in the abilities of Mr. Martin to assume this leadership role during this transition as we continue the search for the permanent principal at CMS.”

    The search for a new Colleyville Middle School principal began when David Denning was named the Grapevine High School principal.

    To read more about Martin, click here.  
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  • Free and Reduced-Price Meals - 2015-2016 Criteria
    Grapevine-Colleyville ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.
    Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school. Online applications are available at www.schoolunchapp.com. To apply for free and reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school or Nutrition Services Office. Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.
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  • Familiar face named Bransford Elementary Principal 

    Jamie Halliburton Jamie Halliburton, current Silver Lake Elementary School Assistant Principal, is taking on a new role as Bransford Elementary School Principal. The GCISD Board of Trustees approved this recommendation at a regular meeting on Monday, July 20.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our community as the new principal of Bransford Elementary School,” Halliburton said. “I look forward to building relationships with students, staff, families, and the community as we work together to implement LEAD 2021 initiatives, celebrate learning, and continue to build an excellent school together.”
    To read more, click here.  
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  • PreK Interested in Pre-K?
    GCISD offers a full and half day Pre-K program for qualifying four-year-old students. The half-day program is available at Silver Lake, Timberline and Bear Creek elementary school. Our full day program is available at Timberline and Silver Lake. District staff will host a registration event July 27 (1-5 p.m.) and July 28 (1-8 p.m.). Please bring the necessary documents and the child to the registration event next week. (Download the Event Flier)
    Head Start registration staff will also be on site for those interested in a full day PK program at Timberline or Silver Lake. (Download the Information Flier)
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  • Breakfast & Lunch Prices Increase
    School Lunch In accordance with section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) this provision requires school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure that schools are providing the same level of support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches (i.e. paid lunches) as they are for lunches served to students eligible for free lunches. The goal is for meal prices to reach an average price of $2.70 by raising prices gradually since 2011.  In order to be in compliance with meal pricing requirements, GCISD has raised meal prices for the 2015-2016 school year:
    • Breakfast Student Meal $1.35
    • K-8 Student Lunch $2.60 
    • 9-12 Student Lunch $3.00
    • Adult Lunch $3.35
    • Adult Breakfast $1.75 
    Adult lunches are higher because we do not receive the government reimbursement to subsidize the cost of the meal.
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  • GCISD Bus Rider Registration for 2015-2016
    bus Students who wish to take advantage of GCISD transportation services must be registered in order to ride a bus. Before submitting an application, parents and students must have read and reviewed the Bus Rider Handbook. To view the application in English, click here or to view the application in Spanish, click here.  
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  • GHS Oral Interp group earns national success
    GHS Oral Interp This past week, members of the Grapevine High School Interp Team (shown at right) proved that good things come in small packages. With only five members, the team placed in the top 20 in the nation, receiving a Speech School of Excellence Trophy. This is the second year in a row that Grapevine Interp has received this award.
    Individual Awards
    Humorous Interp (251 contestants)
    John Biebighauser 13th Place  (Competed 12 rounds)
    Luke Wodrich 24 Place  (Competed 10 rounds)
    Sana Moti  56 Place (Competed 8 rounds)
    Duo Interp (221 Contestants)
    Drake Leach/Alex Lehman 46 place (Competed 8 rounds)
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  • Board Approves Executive Director of Communications

    hadley Rick Hadley was named the Executive Director of Communications by the GCISD Board of Trustees at a special meeting held on Wednesday, June 24. Hadley, an award-winning and innovative news director with more than 25 years experience in the news field, will take over the job previously held by Megan Overman, who left GCISD in May to join Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD.

    “Rick Hadley has a proven track record of success in the competitive radio market and we are excited to welcome him to GCISD,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. “Hadley’s background as a reporter, anchor, producer and news director, provides him with a unique perspective that will aid our district as we continue to strengthen and enhance our communications and online presence.”

    Hadley currently serves as the news director for WBAP/KLIF radio in Dallas, where he oversees on-air and online news content. Under his leadership, WBAP was awarded its first DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award in 2005, which honors the best in broadcast, documentary and digital reporting. Prior to being named the news director in 2002, Hadley was a producer, reporter and anchor for WBAP radio.

    To read more click here.  
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  • Board officers elected for 2015-2016 
    The GCISD Board of Trustees elected new officers for the 2015-2016 school year. Trustees also welcomed newly elected board member Mindy McClure who was sworn into her new role this evening.
    2015-2016 Board Officers 
    President - Leon Leal
    Vice President - Lisa Pardo
    Secretary - Jesse Rodríguez 
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  • GCISD Director of Science & Instructional Technology earns state award
    Tony Zahn, GCISD director of science and instructional technology, earned the Texas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) K-12 Excellence in Digital Leadership Award. The ASCD award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary effectiveness, influence and curriculum development within the field of educational technology.
    "I'm truly humbled to receive such an honor," said Zahn. "I'm grateful to get to lead in a district that is redefining education, has such support for leveraging technology for learning and incredible teachers that integrate technology to meet the objectives of LEAD 2021."
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  • Future Problem Solvers earn top marks at International Competition
    LISTEN Project LISTEN from Cross Timbers Middle School won third place in the Health & Human Resources category at the Future Problem Solvers International Competition. Project LISTEN (Living In Safe Terms & Eating Nutritiously) competed in the seventh grade middle school division. In addition, Sixth Grader Amrit Rathie competed on a Multiple Affiliate Global Issue Competition (MAGIC) team with three students from around the country, and his team won second place in the junior division with their topic on Intellectual Properties. 
    GCISD was represented by additional teams: Operation NETWORK (New start to Education & Technology: a Working method Organizing Responsible Knowledge), Project PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare), as well as Global Issues students.
    All International Qualifiers were recognized at the June 15 Board Meeting (shown below).
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  • Familiar Face Named GHS Head Baseball Coach
    ghs baseball Current Grapevine High School (GHS) Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach Steven Hutcherson has been named the head baseball coach of the Mustangs.
    “I could not be more excited for this next season to continue working with the players currently in our program and to have the opportunity to positively impact future GHS baseball players for years to come,” said Hutcherson. “As a coach, I strive to build relationships with my players that extend beyond just the game and I look forward to continuing to build on the foundational relationships I developed this past season.”  
    Last season, Hutcherson served the Mustangs in two sports, as the assistant baseball coach as well as the varsity running backs coach for the GHS football program. Hutcherson came to Grapevine after serving as the assistant baseball coach for Corpus Christi Carroll High School, where the team finished with an overall record of 34-3 and was ranked as high as first in the state and fifth in the nation. Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, Hutcherson was the head baseball coach at Lampassas High School where he worked to increase program involvement from players, families and the community.
    To read more, click here.  
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  • New Principal Named at Silver Lake Elementary

    Cole The GCISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Shannon Cole as the new principal of Silver Lake Elementary School during the regular June 15 meeting. Dr. Cole comes to GCISD with 12 years of education experience, most recently in Irving ISD as principal of Farine Elementary.

    “We are excited to welcome Dr. Cole to the GCISD family,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. “Her passion for language acquisition and English language learners, partnered with her proven leadership experience of a dual language two-way campus, makes her a perfect fit for the Silver Lake students, parents and staff.”

    The search for a new Silver Lake principal began when Dr. Gilbert Gonzales accepted a position as a Secondary Bilingual Administrator in GCISD for the 2015-2016 school year. Input from staff and parents was used to determine the desired qualifications and characteristics of a new principal for Silver Lake.

    To read more, click here!
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  • New Principal Named at Grapevine Elementary

    Hilcher Liz Hilcher, current O.C. Taylor Elementary School Assistant Principal, is taking on a new role as Grapevine Elementary School Principal. The GCISD Board of Trustees approved this recommendation at a regular meeting on Monday, June 15.

    “I am thrilled to be joining Grapevine Elementary as the new principal,” Hilcher said. “I look forward to sharing my passion for instruction and student growth as I work alongside the students, staff and parents to continue our momentum with LEAD 2021 initiatives while ensuring student success.”  

    The search for a new Grapevine ES principal began when Kim Blackburn was named principal of Seven Hills Elementary School in Northwest ISD. Input from parents and staff was solicited to determine the desired qualifications and characteristics of a new principal for Grapevine ES.

    To read more, click here.  
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  • Election Update: Runoff Results
    The June 13, 2015 runoff election for the GCISD Board of Trustees resulted in electing Mindy McClure for Place 1, according to unofficial results posted by Tarrant County Elections on Saturday night with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
    For Place 1, Mindy McClure received 1,461 votes (54.56%) while opponent Mark Assaad received 1,217 votes (45.44%). 
    Final voting results will be canvassed June 24 during a special-called board meeting. At that time, McClure will be issued the oath of office and will begin her new term on GCISD's Board of Trustees. 
    Election results are:
    Election Votes
    Total Votes
    Place 1        
    Mindy McClure
    978 483 1,461 54.56
    Mark Assaad 829 388 1,217 45.44

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  • School supplies needed for annual GCISD Back-to-School Fair
    To help students get ready for the new school year, GCISD has again partnered with CONNECT and the community to provide backpacks, school supplies and school and community services information to students and families in need through the 4th Annual Back-to-School Fair. This year will be the largest ever for the Fair, with about 1,700 students registered, increasing the number of vital donations needed for our students.
    “The Back-to-School Fair serves as such a critical resource for our families, where school and community convene in one place at one time to provide necessary tools to families needing them most,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD superintendent of schools. “With the significant growth in attendance estimated for this year’s fair, we support our community's efforts to collect the necessary donations to help our students be prepared for the new year. We are relying on our community businesses and organizations to help fill this gap of donations, and greatly appreciate their support.”
    Here’s how to donate:
    • Directly purchase a supply pack online through the vendor’s website: www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks using the school code “GCE000.” Packs will be delivered to the students at the fair.
    • Through a PayPal donation on the GCISD Education Foundation’s website http://www.gcisd-k12.org/foundation (please note online that the payment is for “school supplies”)
    • Write a check to the “GCISD Education Foundation” with the note “school supplies.”  A check to GCEF can be mailed or delivered to the office at 3051 Ira E. Woods Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051.  
    For questions about the Back-to-School Fair or CONNECT, contact Emberly Spillman, GCISD director of counseling services, at emberly.spillman@gcisd.net or 817-251-5415.
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  • Familiar Face is Recommended Candidate for GHS Principal

    David Denning David Denning, principal of Colleyville Middle School, has been named the recommended candidate for the principal position at Grapevine High School. The GCISD Board of Trustees will vote on the recommendation at the Monday, June 15 regular meeting.

    “While I am sad to leave my Colt family at CMS, this was one opportunity to further serve my community that I could not pass up,” Denning said. “Having spent 17 years in GCISD as an employee, and as a future Mustang parent, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the prestigious Grapevine High School towards the next 100 years of rich tradition.”

    The search for a new GHS principal began when Shannon Tovar accepted a position as Director of Continuous Improvement and Accountability for GCISD.

    The campus staff at both CMS and GHS were notified of the recommendation Thursday morning. District leaders will begin conducting a thorough search for the next leader for CMS, with the intention of having a new principal in place prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Input from staff, parents and the community will be used to determine the desired qualifications and characteristics of a new principal for CMS.
    To read more, click here.  
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  • Timberline students 'Discover Texas'
    Timberline Austin Trip Timberline Elementary School fourth graders traveled to Waco and Austin on an Education in Action Discover Texas Field Trip to experience what they learned in their Texas History studies this past year. Students visited the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, the Texas State Capitol, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. 
    During the ride to their first destination, the students discussed the unique Texas heritage and participated in activities and games in preparation for their day. At their first stop, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, students learned the history of the Texas Rangers and explored exhibits about the state’s earliest inhabitants and geographical regions. They then traveled to Austin to see the Texas State Capitol where their legislators office. Students saw first-hand where Texas laws are made as they toured the State Capitol, including the Senate and House of Representatives chambers. At the Bullock Texas State History Museum students learned about the Texas Revolution and the events that created the Lone Star identity. 
    Discover Texas Field Trips are presented by Education in Action, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to
    fostering educated and involved young people.
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  • Heritage MS Nutrition Services team hosts a beach party in the cafeteria
    Beach Feast Celebrating the end of the year and kicking off summer, the Heritage Middle School Nutrition Services team hosted "Beach Feast," a 'beach' party in the school's cafeteria. Decorations, games and fun beach party attire, the cafeteria transformed into a fun party for the students and staff.
    The Heritage MS art department helped in the decorating by making surf boards. The school's PALs joined in helping decorating the cafeteria, creating a fun atmosphere for the Feast. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans and watermelon were on the menu for the day, while music from The Beach Boys helped set the fun mood.
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  • Meet Your GCISD Valedictorians and Salutatorians
    Today, hundreds of GCISD seniors will cross the stage, accept their diploma and graduate from high school. Students from Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School will graduate this evening, while our first graduating class from iUniversity Prep, a Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Virtual Academy, will hold their ceremony on Friday, June 12. For each graduating class, it is a special achievement to earn the title of Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
    GCISD Valedictorians 
     CHHS Val
    Souvik Banerjee 
    Souvik plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin where he will study computer science.
    GHS Val
    Hasan Ammed Ashqeen
    Hasan plans to attend the University of Texas at Dallas where he will study engineering.
    iUniversity Prep 
    Sierra Noel Lavergne
    Sierra is still deciding where to go, but has been accepted to the following: OU, OSU, Ole Miss, TCU and ACU. She intends to study agricultural science.
    GCISD Salutatorians 
     CHHS Val
    John Moynihan
    John plans to attend the University of Oklahoma where he will study chemical engineering.
    GHS Sal
    Avilasha Sinha
    Avilasha plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin where she will study biology.
    iUniversity Prep 
    iUP Sal  
    David Andrew Foust
    David will attend the University of North Texas where he will study engineering.
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  • GCISD students across district take part in Celebrate Freedom Week
    Students across the district took part in school and class activities for Celebrate Freedom Week.
    Colleyville Heritage High School students researched historical examples of the founding principles for freedom, and then created a collage of what these principles mean to them and in America today. Students also researched the six basic themes of the Constitution and then found those themes in modern music.
    Teachers at Glenhope Elementary School worked collaboratively through joint Celebrate Freedom curriculum resources, as well as leading students through a Bill of Rights exploration activity.
    Colleyville Middle School students reviewed two videos to learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. 
    Even our district's Early Childhood Development Center students took part in the week's celebrations by learning about our country, the flag and how to demonstrate patriotism in all classrooms (babies to Pre-K). 
    Below are photos of students from Bear Creek Elementary School showing how their students celebrated the week. 
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  • TECC class leads student to floral design certification 
    Lambert Grapevine High School and Technology Education and Career Center Student Joanna Lambert recently earned her Level 1 Floral Design Certification. To earn this certification, Lambert had to pass a written exam and complete two arrangements that were judged by members of the Texas State Florists' Association.
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  • New Obstacle Course Open at Colleyville ES 

    The ribbon has been cut and students are ready to play! Colleyville Elementary School recently unveiled their new obstacle course to encourage family fitness and fun. The idea and desire for the course first started three years ago and construction just finished this May, in time for the school’s annual Start of Summer party. The obstacle course was a gift from the Colleyville ES PTA, who worked to raise funds to purchase and install the equipment.

    Principal Shelia Shimmick is thrilled to be able to offer a safe and family-oriented place for the community to get fit and have fun.

    “Not only will it provide our students a place to reach their healthy living and fitness goals during recess and physical education, but the course will be available on evenings and weekends as well,” Shimmick said. 

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  • Board of Trustees approves CHHS head football coach
    Joe Willis The GCISD Board of Trustees named Joe Willis as the new head football coach and boys’ athletic coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School during the Board meeting on Monday, June 1. 
    “I am so excited to be in a district like GCISD and a coach at Colleyville Heritage,” Willis said. “There are some exciting times ahead for us full of great challenges and great opportunities. We have a great coaching staff and together we will continue to build something special for the community, parents and students of Colleyville Heritage.” 
    The search for a new head football coach began earlier this month when Darren Allman accepted a position as the Executive Director of Athletics position in Carroll ISD.
    Willis brings 23 years experience in education. For the past six years, he has served as the head football coach and athletic director at Cedar Park High School in Leander ISD, helping to lead the Timberwolves to be a state finalist and leaders in the Lone Star Cup in 2014 after a 12-4 season in football. Willis also spent 10 years as an assistant head football coach, five at Cedar Park High School, three at Sweetwater High School and two at Olney High School.
    In 2014, Willis was named 25-5A Coach of the Year and in 2013 he was named the 25-4A Coach of the Year, in addition to many more accolades throughout his coaching experience. Willis earned his bachelor of science degree from East Texas Baptist University.
    “Joe brings a strong coaching experience, and will help lead our Panthers to a great season this fall,” said Bryan Gerlich, GCISD Executive Athletic Director. “We welcome Coach Willis to the athletic staff at Colleyville Heritage High School and we are excited to see how he will help our athletes grow and build on their continued success.” 
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  • GHS Academic Team Makes History at UIL State Championship 

    GHS The Grapevine High School UIL Academic Team is adding three 5A Academic State Championships to the list of Mustang Accolades. Math and Journalism teams earned top marks at their recent competition, placing the entire Academic Team in third place across the state in 5A. This is the highest placement GHS has ever earned in the UIL Academic Championship. 
    The Math Team earned a gold medal, with Hasan Ashqeen earning the Math Individual gold. Senior journalism student Shayal Vashisth was awarded top honors for her work in Headline Writing, and the Journalism Team ended up winning second place overall.
    Additional UIL State Meet Success:
    6th place News Writing: Shayal Vashisth
    6th place Editorial Writing: Shayal Vashisth
    3rd place Number Sense: Tine Valencic
    6th place Number Sense: Hasan Ashqeen
    4th place Science: Hasan Ashqeen
    Congratulations to the GHS Academic Team and their advisors!
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  • LEAD 2021: Author Visit Encourages Cannon Students to Dream Big

    class Students at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School welcomed a visit from Kathryn Gibbs Davis, a children's book author. When Cannon Librarian Tina Berumen learned of the visit, she knew her students would be excited and that the visit would fit in perfectly with their STEM curriculum. 
    "We had selected one of her books to be our April STEM, Science Technology Engineering and Math, book of the month, “ said Berumen. “We always tie our STEM book of the month into a monthly design challenge, and we knew for April we wanted to incorporate an Earth Day theme.”  
    Students read Davis’ book, “Mr. Ferris and His Wheel,” a non-fiction picture book that examines the history of the Ferris wheel and the science behind how it works. Davis then issued the design challenge to Cannon students, asking them to use recycled materials to create their own amusement park attraction.
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  • Bransford Elementary open Tuesday, May 26

    The district’s Facility Services, Risk Management and Technology Departments worked throughout the weekend to cleanup Bransford Elementary from the fire damage suffered on Thursday, May 21. Additionally, a contractor was brought in to assist with cleanup of the second-grade wing and to dry the classrooms that received water when the sprinkler system activated during the fire. Equipment also was used to eliminate the lingering smoke odor. Yesterday a structural engineer inspected the area of the building that was affected by the fire and confirmed that there is no structural damage. District officials walked through the building on Monday, May 25 and have determined that there are no health or safety concerns for students and staff returning to school tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26.
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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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  • Summer Meals 2015
    It’s back! The Summer Food Service Program will return to GCISD this year—and it’s FREE! Nutritious and delicious breakfasts and lunches will be provided at multiple campuses throughout the district and anyone up to age 18 is welcome. 
    Summer Program Sites are Open Monday-Friday. See below for location information:
    Cannon Elementary
    June 8—July 17
    Breakfast: 7 - 8 a.m. 
    Lunch: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Cross Timbers Middle School
    June 8—August 14
    Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 .a.m. 
    Lunch 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Through the program, children will build their lunch with fat-free milk, a main dish, and up to two fruits and two vegetables. (Each lunch must include three or more food items and at least on serving of fruit or vegetables.)
    Visit the website or contact the GCISD Nutrition Services department for more information: 817-251-5618. 
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  • GCISD Strings Orchestra Brings Home Top Honors
    Orchestra All three levels of the Grapevine Colleyville ISD Strings Orchestra received superior ratings at their most recent competition, and the advanced orchestra took home the Best Beginner Band as well as the Grand Champion trophy.

     First organized in 2012, the Orchestra is comprised of fourth and fifth graders from across the district. There are three levels of the music program beginner band, intermediate band, and advanced/concert band.

     GCISD Fine Arts director Patrick Antinone is proud of the successes of this budding program.

    “The hard work of the directors and students has really made all the difference,” Antinone said. “I am confident that this is simply the beginnings of great things to come for our student string players.”

    The Strings Orchestra will host their end-of-year concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Colleyville Heritage High School auditorium. Students will perform all the music pieces they have learned this year.
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  •  GCISD Visual Arts Exhibition Now Open
    Art Show GCISD student artwork and creativity has flooded the Grapevine Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for the district’s annual Visual Arts Exhibition, now open until May 25. Artwork from students across the district will be on display for the public each day from 8:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m.

    Every year, the GCISD Leadership Team purchases a student piece from the Exhibition to be displayed in the district Administration building.. The 2015 winner is Isabel Liang from GHS, for her work Metamorphosis.  Isabel will receive a payment of $200 for her work and she will be honored at the May 21 board meeting.

    GCISD Fine Arts director Pat Antinone is always impressed and moved by the vision and talent of the student artists.

    “The level of skill and individualism displayed is a tribute to the GCISD Visual Art Staff's philosophy that a student find their own voice as an artist and be provided the tools with which to express it,” Antinone said.

    To celebrate our student’s achievements, two receptions will be held in their honor. The Elementary Reception will be Tuesday, May 19, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and the Secondary Reception (students in grades 6 - 12) will be Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Receptions are open to the public and refreshments will be provided.
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  • GCISD schools earn spots in national top high school lists
    GCISD schools have once again earned ranking spots among national programs, such as U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools and the Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools lists.
    U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools across the nation to compile the 2015 rankings, which are based on state proficiency standards and how well the school prepares students for college. Colleyville Heritage High School is listed at #472, earning a Gold Level Recognition, and Grapevine High School is #606 nationally, earning a Silver Level Recognition in the report.
    In state rankings, CHHS and GHS ranked #55 and #71, respectively. Advanced Placement coursework is one of the measures evaluated for the ranking system and both GCISD schools have strong participation in this program.
    GHS and CHHS each made the  Washington Post's Most Challenging High School list. CHHS is 263 and GHS is ranked 425, out of more than 2,300 high schools across the U.S.
    The Washington Post evaluates schools on the number of Advanced Placement tests taken compared to the number of graduating seniors at each school.
    "In GCISD, we are working to provide college readiness opportunities for all of our students," Dr. Rick Westafall, chief learning officer. "This focus is driven by our strategic plan, LEAD 2021, and implemented by fantastic teachers and staff across the district. It is through our strategic plan that innovative programs, such as STEM at Cannon, our high school Go Centers and the GCISD early college high school (the GCISD Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast), have been created and carried out to provide a variety of opportunities for all students to stay focused on life beyond graduation." 
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  •  GHS Tennis and Track and Field Win State
    The Grapevine High School tennis and track and field programs had a successful weekend at the 5A State Finals, claiming state championship titles.
    In tennis, Alex Jospeh and Miha Valencic took home the 5A Boys Doubles State Championship. Keenan Rico and Octavia Malin were the 5A Mixed Doubles State Champions. Bella Bergman and Madison Cleff also made it to State Quarterfinals for Girls Doubles.

    "The Grapevine Tennis team had a great state tournament,” said Ryan Gillen, GHS tennis coach. “We had three doubles team compete and came home with two doubles teams as State Champs. The weather was tricky, but I feel as my players overcame the obstacles better than most. I am really proud of all of these kids that competed and represented GHS at a very high level."
    Zoe GHS
    At the Track and Field 5A State Finals, GHS Student Zoe McKinley earned the State Champion title for pole vault, clearing a 12’6” bar.
    Congrats to our new State Champions!!

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  • GCEF surprises teachers with grant awards
    Earlier in May, the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation “Star” Grant Patrol awarded funds for 28 GCISD projects totaling $43,769. In an atmosphere of excitement with drummers, balloons and oversized checks, teachers were surprised in their classrooms and proclaimed winners.
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  • Employees of the Year Announced
    GCISD administrators led a "surprise" patrol to various campuses and departments to announce this year's honored staff members. Fourth-Grade Cannon Elementary School Teacher Julee Vorachard was named the GCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. GCISD Collegiate Academy Teacher Kristinia Haney was named GCISD's Secondary Teacher of the Year. Cannon Elementary School's Special Education Assistant Anna Weston was named GCISD Paraprofessional of the Year.
    In addition to the district-level Elementary Teacher, Secondary Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year, district leaders also celebrated departmental employees of the year on their surprise tour. This year's winners are pictured below. Campus teachers and campus/department paraprofessionals of the year also will be honored during special celebrations with their colleagues at their schools or departments.
    GCISD employees of the year are selected by their peers and represent excellence in teaching/work abilities, innovative practices, positive relationships and communication, and leadership. Congratulations to all these outstanding GCISD winners!
    Elementary Teacher of the Year  
    Julee Vorachard 
    Secondary Teacher of the Year 
    Kristinia Haney 
    Paraprofessional of the Year 
    Anna Weston   
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  • GCISD Focus | The budget process
    The GCISD Financial Services team works diligently to develop and manage the district budgets each year. The Board must legally adopt three budgets—General Operating, Debt Service and Child Nutrition—each with their own source of funding.
    “The District spends a significant amount of time developing the budget each year,” said DaiAnn Mooney, chief financial officer. “We analyze student needs and strategically allocate the limited resources in order to achieve the greatest impact. Developing the annual budgets for approval each year is one of the most important tasks of the Board of Trustees and district staff.”
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  • CHHS siblings named Page for Day at the Texas Capitol
    Justine Garcia, a sophomore at Colleyville Heritage High School and her brother, Jacob, a freshman, both served as a legislative Page for a day at the Texas Capitol. This opportunity is available to students age 8-18 and allows them to help legislators with daily duties while in session. Pages are selected by their State Representative or Senator. The Garcia children were accepted as Pages after each submitted essays to Representative Capriglione's office.
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  • GCISD Nutrition Services and TECC culinary students create new recipes
    TECC Food The Grapevine- Colleyville ISD Nutrition Services department partnered with the Culinary Arts program at the Technology Education and Career Center (TECC) to bring new and exciting meal options to the high school campuses. 
    Nutrition Services approached the Culinary Arts class, wanting to find a way to introduce students to school cafeteria management. The class toured the high school kitchens, and sat down with the campus cafeteria manager to learn about the techniques and materials available, so students were aware of their resources before brainstorming new recipes. 
    The two senior Culinary Arts Practicum students Dylan Benefante (CHHS) and Kyle Tubbs (GHS) spent a month developing and perfecting three recipes. They took the recipe options to their peers and conducted a campus-wide poll to determine which meals the student body found the most appealing. 
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  • GCISD names new Executive Director of Athletics
    Bryan Gerlich to assume lead role following Phil Blue, who is headed to Abilene ISD
    Bryan Gerlich, who has served the past year as Director of Athletics, has been appointed Executive Director of Athletics for GCISD.
    Gerlich takes over for Phil Blue, who has been offered and accepted the Executive Director of Athletics position for Abilene Independent School District. The Board of Trustees in Abilene approved the recommendation to hire Blue at its regular meeting on Monday, May 11. 
    “This past school year we saw unprecedented levels of success in a variety of sports at both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High School,” said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. “While we didn’t anticipate losing Coach Blue so soon, we understand the importance of moving swiftly to fill our lead athletic role. Capitalizing on the talent we have in Bryan Gerlich now will allow the district to attract quality candidates and move quickly to fill vacancies in all sports. 
    “I have full confidence in Bryan's abilities to lead our athletic department, continue the vision of excellence in extracurricular activities, build positive relationships in our community, and continue our quest to be the best in our extracurricular activities,” Ryan added.
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    Author Richard Gary Visits Cross Timbers Middle School
    Cross Timbers Middle School received a visit from children’s author Richard Gary. He spent time with students explaining his writing process, and engaged the students in brainstorming activities.

    Learning Liaison Lisa Grimes was impressed by Gary’s desire to include and engage the students in the presentation.

    “He went beyond just reading his books and giving the general being an author speech,” Grimes said. “Students were able to make connections to a real world career, and get excited about writing!”

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  • GCISD Middle Schoolers Honored by Duke University

    Fifty Grapevine-Colleyville ISD seventh-graders have been invited to attend the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s (TIP) state recognition ceremony at Texas Christian University on May 26. Additionally, five of these students scored high enough to receive Grand Recognition, a nation-wide honor, and will be recognized on May 18 at Duke University.
    Duke TIP is a nation-wide initiative that encourages seventh-grade students to take college entrance exams to qualify for entrance into the program. To be accepted, students must score at or above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT.
    According to the TIP website, once students are accepted into the program, they receive benefits throughout high school, including access to resources for gifted students developed by experts in the field of gifted education.
    To see the list of students earning state and grand recognition, click here
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  • CHHS to begin search for new head football coach 

    allman Darren Allman, who has served as head football coach and boys athletic director at Colleyville Heritage High School (CHHS) this past school year, has accepted the Executive Director of Athletics position in Carroll ISD.

    “I am proud of the progress that has been made and I’m excited to see the Panthers do great things in the future,” Allman said. “There will be new opportunities for growth and progress, and the success of the program will be a result of the leadership among the guys wearing the jerseys.” 

    District and campus leaders will immediately begin the process of finding the best candidate to continue the tradition of the CHHS panther football program.

    CHHS Principal Conrad Streeter said Allman’s leadership provided an exciting and competitive year for our student athletes, fans and community supporters.

    “We appreciate the work Coach Allman has done in a short amount of time with our athletes and coaches at CHHS,” Streeter said. “He instilled a drive and commitment to excellence in our players that will continue well beyond next season. We thank him for his work and we wish him the best as he moves into his new role in our neighboring district.”

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  • Votes tallied for 2015 trustee election, runoff planned for Place 1
    The May 9, 2015, election for GCISD Board of Trustees resulted in no majority winner for Place 1 and the re-election of incumbent Becky St. John for Place 2, according to unofficial results posted by Tarrant County Elections on Saturday night with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
    For Place 1, no candidate received the majority vote (more than 50%). Candidate Mark Assaad received 2,384 votes (36.87%) while opponent Mindy McClure received 2,196 votes (33.96%) and opponent Kathleen Thompson received 1,886 votes (29.17%). A runoff election will be held June 13, 2015.
    In the election for Place 2, St. John received 3,735 votes (62.95%) while opponent Jesse Hoffman received 2,198 votes (37.05%). 
    Final voting results will be canvassed May 20 during a special-called Board meeting. During the regularly scheduled monthly Board meeting on May 21, St. John will be issued the oath of office and will begin her new term on GCISD's Board of Trustees. 
    Election results are:
    Election Votes
    Total Votes
    Place 1        
    Mark Assaad 1,529 855 2,384 36.87
    Mindy McClure 1,456 740 2,196 33.96
     Kathleen Thompson 1,258 628 1,886 29.17
    Place 2        
    Jesse Hoffman 1,406 792 2,198 37.05
    Becky St. John (incumbent) 2,510 1,225 3,735 62.95
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  • GCISD Focus | Stay informed during the 84th Legislative Session
    The 84th Texas Legislative Session is underway and GCISD is closely watching proposed legislation that directly or indirectly impacts public education. We encourage our community to be informed and involved in the legislative process.
    “It has been a while since the news from Austin has been good news,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent of Schools. “In 2011, the Legislature cut state funding for public education, which resulted in $14 million less for GCISD. In 2013, they only replaced a portion of those cuts, which translated to $1.6 million per year for our district. So when we don’t have the dollars for staff salary increases, supplies, etc., to support our classrooms, it is directly related to the decisions made in Austin.”
    “In fact, our legislators have a great impact on what happens in every public education classroom in Texas,” he added “I believe the first thing our folks can do is educate themselves about what is happening in Austin.”
    To help keep our community updated, the district developed a Legislative Resources website. This page explains how to stay informed, get involved and be an advocate during the legislative sessions. The site includes a list of organizations you can follow for updates, as well as links to finding your senators and representatives.
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  • Run For Change donates $2,800 to GCISD Counseling Services
    Run For Change Check Presentation On Thursday, May 7, 2015 GCISD counselors received a check for $2,800 from the Fellowship of the Parks Run for Change Fun Run.
    "We had a very successful run with 534 registered runners," said Shannon McMahon, Fellowship of the Parks children's ministry director, "It was amazing to see our community come together to support the cause and raise money for your department."
    The Run for Change event, held Saturday, April 11, 2015, benefitted the counseling programs at GCISD, Keller ISD and Northwest ISD.
    Fellowship of the Parks is already planning their next Run For Change in 2016.
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  • HMS Book Club sits down with Obert Skye, fiction author
    HMS Book Club The Heritage Middle School Book Club invited Young Adult Author Obert Skye to visit their campus on Tuesday, May 5. Skye spent the day speaking to English classes about the #GCISD25 challenge and the importance of the new English / Language Arts electives. 
    “From published authors, students are able to learn that ‘real’ authors struggle with many of the same things they do--organization, purpose, ideas, revision and editing,” said Suzanne Newell , GCISD Humanities Director, explaining the benefits of connecting our students with authors. “Students get a better idea of both how to communicate clearly in writing, as well as what kinds of processes are involved with taking your message to a wider audience through publication.” 
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  • GHS speech & debate teacher inducted into national hall of fame
    Boyd Grapevine High School Speech Teacher Jane Boyd has been named to the 2015 class of inductees for the National Speech and Debate Association Hall of Fame.
    "Jane has been a prominent coach on the national scene, coaching several students to regional and national recognition," said Dave Huston, NSDA board member and 2012 NSDA Hall of Fame Inductee. "Her inclusion recognizes her many years of service to the NSDA."
    Boyd has been in education for 31 years as a speech teacher and debate coach, and 27 of those years have been at GHS. In addition to speech and debate, Boyd also teaches Professional Communication at GHS. 
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  • LEAD 2021: CHHS students revamp their global image
    Wikipedia Colleyville Heritage High School students, along with their AP English teacher and librarian decided it was time to revive their school's Wikipedia page. They spent months researching their school to properly update the site, supporting the district goal for all students to become collaborative learners and positive participants in their communities.
    "The new Wikipedia page gives a better, more complete impression of Colleyville Heritage High School, and therefore the community as a whole," said Ben Hickey, CHHS student. "It will provide more complete information to prospective students, as well as anyone looking to learn about the school." 
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  • GHS Gymnasts earn state awards
    GHS Gymnastics The Grapevine High School Gymnastics Team took fifth place at the state meet. Demi Pursley earned third placed on vault, eighth place on floor, and seventh place all-around. Carley Heck placed third on beam.
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  • Road to State: Spring 2015
    Sports teams from across the district are paving the way to state competition this spring.
    Six GCISD students are advancing to the State track meet at the Mike Meyers Track Complex in Austin, TX May 14-16.
    • Peyton Weissmann - Pole Vault
    • Zoe McKinley - Pole Vault
    • Alex Cleveland - 3200m
    • Skyler Simon - 1600m & 3200 


    • Megan Harris - 200m dash
    • David Strome - 3200m
    ghs gym The Grapevine High School gymnastics team took second place at regionals, and qualified for the 5A state finals on May 1-2.

    Demi Pursley (sophomore) took first place in floor and vault, and came in second in the all around. Carley Heck (senior) and Erin Engelhardt (junior) also qualified to compete in the individual meets at State. Emily Stoller (sophomore) and Mackenzie Megallas (sophomore) will be competing in the team round of competition.

    Grapevine High School’s boys and girls Golf team qualified to attend the 5A State Championship April 27-28 in Bastrop, TX.  They each won the district 6-5A tournament by a large margin. Seniors Kyle Corey and Will Hocker were the individual district champions.

    This is the second consecutive year for the girls to make State and this is the first time for the boys to make State since 1981. 
    ghs boys golf  ghs golf girl     

    Grapevine High School Tennis will send six students to compete in the state tournament on May 12-13 in College Station. Alex Joseph and Miha Valencic were the regionals Boys Doubles champions. Bella Bergman and Madison Cleff were the regionals Girls Doubles runner-up, and Keenan Rico and Octavia Malin (Mixed Doubles) took home the Regional Champion title                     .
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  • GHS UIL Academics Advance to State
    ghs uil Grapevine High School's UIL Academic Team won the 5A Regional Championship in Lubbock on April 25. They outscored the second place team by more than 100 points, winning with a score of 237. Eight students from GHS will advance to the State meet, as well as two students from Colleyville Heritage. The meet will take place on the University of Texas-Austin campus May 26-28.

    Jillian Rooney, the UIL Academics coordinator and Journalism coach is thrilled with how the teams have performed.

    “Winning the overall regional championship as a school is an amazing feeling and was only possible because everyone involved worked for months to prepare,” said Rooney. “The UIL competition is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and intelligence.”
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  • GHS principal accepts move to district leadership role 
    Input from parents, teachers and staff to be used in principal search process
    Shannon Tovar has accepted the open position of Director of Continuous Improvement and Accountability for GCISD. Tovar, who has served the past three years as principal at Grapevine High School, will take over the job previously held by Dr. Gayle Smith, who left GCISD in March to join Garland ISD. This is not a new administrative position.
    “While I did not anticipate leaving Grapevine High School after just three years, I was very intrigued by this opportunity when it became available,” Tovar said in a letter to parents. “Helping all students identify, measure, and exceed their academic goals is an area I am passionate about, and so I am excited about the opportunity to work in role that supports student success at every grade level.”
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  • LEAD 2021: GCISD transition students create businesses
    Transition Students Students at the Grapevine High School Special Education Transition program are putting their business skills to the test through their Take Note customized memo pad business. Through the support of the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, Transition established the student-run business this spring. Students learn a broad set of business-related skills that they can translate to employment.
    "Every bit of this business encompasses everything that Lead 2021 is all about," said Debra Tridico, GCISD job coach. "This business promotes good citizenship and prepares, motivates and encourages each student to reach his or her full potential within a safe, caring, cooperative environment by providing an effective and enduring education, an education that directly involves their future."
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  • Grapevine Elementary students provide new links to kindness 
    Second-graders start Friendship Fridays at their school
    When you walk into Natalie Finch’s second-grade classroom at Grapevine Elementary School, you can’t miss the paper chain links that are draped at the front of the room. Each of these links represent individual acts of kindness as part of Rachel’s Challenge, which motivates students to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion to impact their school and community.
    As part of Rachel’s Challenge, Finch’s students participate in “Thank You Thursdays” where they write thank you notes on links for classmates or teachers who have helped them during the week. For second-graders Ashley Mitchell and Aleysa Stephen, they did not want to be limited to being thankful only one day out of a week, so they took matters into their own hands.
    “We took Rachel’s Challenge and turned it into something new to get more kindness around our school,” Ashley said.
    Their desire to get more kindness around the school resulted in the creation of Friendship Friday.
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  • Board of Trustees approves CHHS head volleyball coach
    The GCISD Board of Trustees named Hollie Huston as the new head volleyball coach and girls’ athletic coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School during the Board meeting on Monday, April 27. and girls’ athletic coordinator at Colleyville Heritage High School during the Board meeting on Monday, April 27.
    “The welcome to GCISD has been overwhelming,” Huston said. “I look forward to the journey with my new family and am excited to grow alongside the excellence that exudes from Colleyville Heritage High School. I welcome the challenge of taking an outstanding program to the next level.”
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  • Board of Trustees approves new GHS head basketball coach
    The GCISD Board of Trustees named J. Jeremy Mills as the new head boys’ basketball coach at Grapevine High School during the Board meeting on Monday, April 27.
    Mills comes to GCISD from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, where he has served as the head boys’ varsity basketball coach since 2010. In 2012, Mills led his team to the state playoffs for the first time since 1988 and the team returned to the playoffs in 2014.
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  • One Act Play Advances to State
    OAP Colleyville Heritage High School (CHHS) UIL One-Act Play, Fire in the Hole, has advanced to the State round of competition at the Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas-Austin on May 28, after advancing this past weekend from the regional competition. This is the first time the CHHS Theater program has made it to the State round in One-Act Play.
    One-Act Play is a contest where schools present a 18-40 minute play in front of a panel of judges. With more than 14,000 students participating in over 1000 plays, the UIL One-Act Play contest is the largest high school theater contest or festival in the world.

    Throughout the various levels of competition, the CHHS production and the Grapevine High School production of Look Homeward, Angel, have won various honors in their respective divisions.
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  • Future Problem Solvers earn top marks at State, headed to Nationals
    FPS Sendoff Cheered on by staff and family, several dozen middle schoolers and their teachers/administrators departed from the Mustang-Panther Stadium parking lot en route to Austin for the Future Problem Solvers State Bowl competition on Friday, April 24. Select student teams earning top marks at state will represent Texas and GCISD in Iowa for the National Bowl.
    Global Issues Problem Solving
    3rd place Junior Individual CTMS
    2nd place Junior Team (they will represent Texas in Iowa) CTMS
    1st place Middle Alternate CTMS
    Finalist Team in Middle Division CTMS
    5th Place Senior Division GHS
    Community Problem Solving
    Grand Champion Middle Division HMS (representing Texas in Iowa)
    At Large Champion Junior Division CTMS (representing Texas in Iowa)
    At Large Champion Middle Division CTMS (representing Texas in Iowa)
    1st place Category Winner - CTMS
    "These students were wonderful and certainly represented GCISD well," said Lynne Buchwald, Cross Timbers Middle School Future Problem Solvers coach. "Now on to Iowa!"
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  • GCISD Focus | Rachel's Challenge Rally & Fair celebrates kindness
    Close to 1,000 students, staff, family and community members came together on Saturday, April 18 to celebrate kindness and promote respect through the district's Rachel's Challenge Rally and Community Fair. The event kicked off with inspiring messages from Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans, Olympic Speed-Skating Medalist Jordan Malone and GCISD Director of Counseling Emberly Spillman. Participants then headed to the Fun Run starting line for a warm-up before the race began.
    "Our Rachel's Challenge Rally and Community Expo was a great success," Spillman said. "We had lots of community participation and everyone had a wonderful  time. We were so thankful that Miss Texas and Jordan Malone were able to join us too. Celebrating kindness is always enjoyable." 
    More than 60 vendors had booths set up with activities, freebies and information to promote healthy living and choices. Vendors included the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, GCISD football and basketball, campuses and more. 
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  • CTE Region Administrator of the Year
    RickBracy GCISD Director of Career & Technology Education (CTE) Rick Bracy was named 2015 CTE Region IV Administrator of the Year. Region IV includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
    Bracy is now headed to the National Competition.
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  • CHHS swimmers sign on to college
    Three Colleyville Heritage High School swim team athletes were joined by family, teammates and coaches as they signed on with colleges across the U.S. Congratulations to Wyatt Davis, who will attend Iowa Central CC and be part of their swim team; Bridget Pacilio, who will attend Nebraska and be part of their swim team; and Sara Lopez, who will attend Siena College and be part of their water polo/swim team.
    swim signing  
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  • GCISD Students Shine in PTA Reflections Contest
    Eight students from across the district recently competed in the state Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections competition and one student has been selected to advance to the National PTA Reflections competition.

    The Reflections contest is a fine arts competition that lets students showcase their skills through several different art forms. Students may submit entries in the following categories: film production, dance choreography, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. This year’s national PTA Reflections Program theme is “Let Your Imagination Fly”.
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  •  CHHS Musical Theater Program on Fox 4
    curtains Check out the Colleyville Heritage High School theater department on Fox 4’s “Good Day” this Friday, April 24. Students will perform a piece from their Spring Musical, “Curtains.” The performance is expected to air between 8:50 - 9 am.

    CHHS was invited to perform as a result of their nomination for Best Musical from the Dallas Summer Musical (DSM) High School Musical Theater Awards program. The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 29.

    “I am really excited that DSM and Fox 4 have offered this opportunity to my students,” said CHHS Theater teacher Jacquie Devino. “ This performance will give them the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents while also offering them on-camera experience.”
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  • GCISD Transportation Team shines at annual ROAD-EO
    Bus Team On Saturday, April 18, six members Transportation Services Department represented GCISD in the annual bus ROAD-EO at Plano East High School. Competing against area districts, the GCISD team tested their bus and transportation knowledge, as well their driving skills through an obstacle course. As a result of their high-quality performance, two drivers will advance to the state level of competition on June 26 in Dallas.
    Cliff Kosec and Trisha Dunstan placed first in the Region 11 ROAD-EO, in the special needs division and will advance to state (shown below, right). Lynora Lewis was recognized at the ROAD-EO for earning the highest overall individual score in the parallel parking portion of the competition (shown below, left).
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    2015 GCISD ROAD-EO Team
    Conventional Bus:
    Lynora Lewis
    Charise Stormes
    Erving Sharpe
    Farell Denton
    Special Needs:
    Cliff Kosec
    Trisha Dunston 
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  • GCISD Track and Field Results
    Track The Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School track and field teams will be sending athletes to the regional and area level of competition.

    GHS competed in the district 6-5A track meet. The men’s track team took first, and will send 17 athletes to regionals. The women took second place, and will send 11 athletes to regionals at Fuller Track at Texas Tech in Lubbock, May 1-2.

    CHHS competed in the district 7-6A meet. The men and women’s teams both placed fifth, and will send 3 students to the regional meet at Maverick Stadium at University of Texas at Arlington, May 1-2.
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  • GCISD Update on Student Audio Recording
    On Thursday, we informed you that a student-created audio recording using vulgar and racially insensitive language had been circulating among our students. Today we learned that a remix of the original recording was posted overnight on social media. While we do not yet know the author of the remix, school and district officials are investigating.
    We were appalled by the original student-created recording and we are shocked and dismayed that anyone would create a remix. Our students have been working throughout this hurtful and emotional time to build unity and bring about positive change.
    For example, today approximately 200 students at Grapevine High School took part in a peaceful walk-out this afternoon where they gathered together on their school’s front lawn. Students shared messages of ending racism and promoting respect in our community. A small number of students also gathered in the school’s library to work directly with our counselors, who provided an opportunity for students to write down their feelings and share thoughts and ideas on how their school can move forward.  
    We know the healing process will take time, but we are encouraged by the steps our students and staff took today. We will continue to build on this energy and strengthen our culture of respect throughout the district.
    Posted April 17, 2015 
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  • District Statement on Student Audio Recording
    We are appalled by a student-created recording that has been circulating among our students. The recording uses vulgar and racially insensitive words that are offensive and unacceptable. This type of language is not reflective of the culture of respect, understanding and sensitivity toward others that we expect in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. 
    The recording was first posted on social media almost two years ago during summer vacation in June 2013. However, we just became aware of this recently. Because the students made the recording when school was not in session, and because no district equipment or facilities were used to produce or distribute the recording, the district does not have legal disciplinary authority. Once we learned of the recording, the students removed the original file and each student issued a formal apology letter.
    Our students, staff, families and community are upset that the perception of their school is being negatively characterized by this incident. It is not consistent with the values that we work to instill in our students and is not a true representation of our schools and district as a whole.
    This situation has been emotional and hurtful. As we begin the healing process, we will seize this moment to strengthen our culture of respect throughout the district. 
    Posted April 16, 2015 
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  • GCISD Focus | GCISD spotlights STEM careers through college night expo
    GCISD will host its first STEM Expo College Night on Tuesday, April 28, 6 – 8 p.m. at Grapevine High School to feature STEM-related education programs and career fields. Open to all high school students in GCISD and across the metroplex, the expo will provide a platform for students to visit with STEM-related colleges and industry professionals. Students will have the opportunity to tour interactive exhibits while engaging in conversations with professors and admissions counselors.
    “Students rarely have the opportunity to meet with college professors, let alone dean’s of programs,” said Marland May, Grapevine High School counselor. “The STEM Expo is an opportunity to fully investigate a campus of your choice based on their perspective major.”
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  • GCISD Math and Science Teams Travel to State Contest
    TMSCA The GCISD middle school Math and Science teams attended the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State (TMSCA) competition at the University of Texas- San Antonio on April 11.
    The four middle schools had more than 15 students place in the top 20, with two students from Colleyville Middle School tying for first place in the seventh grade Number Sense contest.
    Colleyville Middle School and Heritage Middle School competed in the 6A division and placed ninth and 32nd respectively out of more than 80 schools.
    Grapevine Middle School and Cross Timbers Middle School competed in the 5A division and placed 14th and 22nd overall out of 60 schools.
    To see the full results, click here. 
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  • Glenhope DI Team Advances to Global Finals
    improv team The Glenhope Elementary ASPIREneers improvisation team is headed to the Destination Imagination (DI) Global competition Finals in Knoxville, TN from May 20-24 after placing third in the state competition on April 11.

    The team consists of four fifth graders, Amira Lee, Crystal Manylou, Ava Davis, and Lauren Tran. They participated in two different events in order to advance to the next round of competition.

    In the first challenge, the team was given a list of elements to be incorporated into three separate skits and they had one minute to prepare, and two minutes to perform each skit. The second event was an instant challenge: students were given a prompt and had to give as many different answers as they could in a short amount of time.

    According to Glenhope Principal Wynette Griffin, watching her students compete at the state tournament was a reminder of the incredible opportunity DI provides for students.

    “The Improv team had some challenging elements to include in their performance, and it was exciting to watch them quickly formulate ideas and then perform for the judges,” said Griffin. ” I know they have gained valuable skills from the months of working together to get to this point, and the opportunity to travel to Global competition will just enhance an already rich experience.”
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  • LEAD 2021: HMS student creates hope boxes for kids battling cancer


    olivia GCISD sixth-grader Olivia Ringo is taking her language arts project personally. And she’s having a big impact not only with other students in GCISD, but for youth around the globe.

    “My grandmother died recently from ovarian cancer and it was really sad for my family, so I decided to help kids with cancer,” Olivia said.

    Olivia was given the chance to pursue this passion as part of a structural redesign of middle school language arts electives, which provides students with more choices in their literacy learning. For Olivia’s elective, she chose the gifted and talented independent study. Throughout the course of a school year, she has been researching her cause, structuring essential questions to answer, developing her project and, ultimately, presenting her findings.

    Based on the experience Olivia and her family had with her grandmother, Olivia decided she wanted to help kids who were battling cancer. So she set out to make a connection with a children’s cancer organization. A visit to Medical City Dallas Hospital resulted in a referral to the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation, which was started in memory of 16-year-old Anna Basso who was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that primarily affects children and young adults.

    Click here to read more about Olivia and her project. 
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  • STEM Expo GCISD College Night, April 28
    The GCISD Counselors are hosting a STEM Expo on April 28, 6 - 8 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All high school students are invited to attend. For more information about the event, check out the STEM Expo website
    There will be opportunities for students to visit with schools who offer STEM programs, as well as attend presentations from various industry professionals.
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  • GCISD Focus | Accept the challenge and team-up against bullying
    Rachels challenge Students, staff and families from across the district will come together Saturday, April 18 for GCISD's 2015 Rachel's Challenge Rally, Run and Community Fair. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the Rally kicks off at 8 a.m. and features Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans and Olympic Medalist Jordan Malone. Following the Rally, the event's fun run and community fair will begin.
    "We expect this year's Rachel's Challenge Rally and Community Expo to be an event that brings our community together," said Emberly Spillman, GCISD director of counseling. Spillman explained that with the partnership of PTA Healthy Lifestyles and GCISD Diversity Advisory Council, the event has expanded to include not only an anti-bullying rally, but also several events and vendors encouraging teamwork and healthy choices. 
    "The Rachel's Challenge Rally will benefit our students, staff and families by focusing on the amount of kindness and respect our students have expressed with each other," Spillman said. "It is an opportunity for our students to proudly display their understanding of respect and compassion for others. Additionally, it will bring our community together for a celebration of positive choices and working together as a team. Our Motto this year is 'Stronger as a Team' and we are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy the day."  
    Teams for the Fun Run who pre-register online can compete for the team prizes, such as Most School Spirit and Most Creative. The Community Fair will promote kindness, healthy choices and diversity. Fair goers will have the opportunity to visit community vendors, watch healthy demonstrations and student performances, enter to win door prizes, and much more.
    Learn more at the event website or download the event flier
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  • Small change leads to big results in community outreach
    CES Donation In February, three Colleyville Elementary School students came to their Principal Sheila Shimmick to discuss a community outreach proposal they developed. Fifth-graders J.D. Rice and Trey Leathers, along with Third-grader Justin Leathers, shared with Shimmick their desire to help raise $3,000 for GRACE, a local nonprofit relief agency.
    In February, a fire broke out in GRACE's Donation Station facility. According to a GRACE press release, no injuries occurred, but damage was overwhelming. The fire caused loss to clothing, as well as sorting bins, clothing racks, staging structures and an equipment shed.
    The students shared details about the GRACE fire with Shimmick and asked if Colleyville ES could raise money for GRACE to help them rebuild and restock.
    "I was overwhelmed by their proposal and their desire to help GRACE with rebuilding part of their facility and their supplies which ultimately helps others in need," Shimmick said. "They expressed their appreciation for what GRACE does to help our community members and wanted very much to show that appreciation by helping GRACE during its own time of need. I was proud of the boys and felt great pride that they recognized how GRACE's misfortune was felt throughout our community, and they chose to do something about it by rallying the students of CES to make a decision to help support and rebuild GRACE by giving their 'Change for GRACE!'"
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    Grapevine High School Wins District UIL Academic Meet
    Grapevine High School earned the 2-5A UIL Academic District Championship title Saturday, March 28. Forty-one GHS students competed in 24 events, with seven teams and 17 individuals winning first place titles. This is GHS’s seventh consecutive UIL Academic District Championship.
    "I am extremely proud of our students and coaches. They all work diligently through the practice season to ensure they are fully prepared for district competition by participating in after school practices and weekend practice meets,” said UIL Academic Coordinator, Jillian Rooney. “All this effort shows at our district meet each year. They are truly awesome.”
    Thirty students will advance to the UIL Academic Regional Meet in Lubbock, April 24-25.
    Click here to see the full results:
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  • GCISD Focus | Kindness Day 2015
    KindnessDay Students and staff across the district took part in GCISD's inaugural Kindness Day on April 1. While we celebrate random acts of kindness in our schools year-round, this was a special day designated to bring attention to the positive impact even a small act of kindness can make and also to help us gear up for the district-wide Rachel's Challenge Rally on April 18.
    In celebration of GCISD Kindness Day, students and staff across the district wore a Rachel’s Challenge shirt as a reminder to spread kindness throughout the day.
    Kindness Spread Students and staff also celebrated by leaving each other Kindness Notes on bulletin boards and lockers, and PTA members brought treats to teacher. Cannon Elementary School talked about how kindness is contagious and passed along "Glitter Kindness" through high fives and compliments.
    "The chain reaction begins with only a few, but spreads to everyone very quickly," said Amanda Coburn, Cannon Counselor. "A few students received the 'Glitter Kindness' on their hands and then spread the kindness throughout the room with high fives leaving everyone smiling and complimenting each other. Within seconds the room was filled with happy, glittery handed students!"
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  • Meet Your National Merit Finalists, Part Three
    GCISD Communications recently met with each of the district's 18 National Merit Finalists to learn a little more about them and their future endeavors. Check out our third and final group of interviews!
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  • #GCISD25 inspires young readers
    books Earlier this school year, students in grades 3 - 12 took on the district's challenge to read 25 books, above and beyond their required reading this school year. Even staff and families from across the district have taken on this challenge. #GCISD25 is helping students explore different types of reading and find a new love for books. We currently have 370 students whose names have been submitted for completing the challenge, and many of these students have read far more than just 25 books. The deadline for completing the challenge is May 15, so there's plenty of time for students to complete their challenge.
    "The 25 Book Challenge is having such a positive impact across the district," said Suzanne Newell, GCISD director of humanities. "I am so pleased with the enthusiasm students have for this challenge. Our students have realized that the reward of reading is better than any prize, and the long-term benefits to their love of reading will be seen for years to come."
    On the submission form, teachers are encouraged to include any special notes about students' accomplishments, making some great testimonials. Here are a few of these comments:
    Claire wasn't sure she could read 25 books with ALL those different genres within the school year. She is proud indeed!
    Ben reports that he reads approximately three hours each night. He enjoys it that much!
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  • GCISD Theater Programs Receive Nominations
    DSM Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School received a combined eight nominations for the Dallas Summer Musical High School Musical Theater Awards on April 29. They will join the 63 other schools that have received nominations for their outstanding work in Musical Theater.
    Grapevine received nominations for Best Costume Design, Best All-Student Orchestra and Best Choreography for their production of Oliver.

    Colleyville Heritage received nominations for Best Costume Design for Curtains, Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Morgan Young for Urinetown and Audrey Jefferies for Curtains, respectively), Best Actress (Monica Lockwood for Curtains) and Best Musical for their production of Curtains.

    “I am so proud of the students and directors of the GCISD High School Theater Programs, said GCISD Fine Arts Director Pat Antinone. “These nominations represent the continuation of a most successful year. This is well-deserved recognition for hours of hard work and commitment by all.”

    The awards ceremony will take place at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas. Best Musical nominees will perform a production number from their show, accompanied by the Dallas Summer Musical’s orchestra.  The Best Actor and Actress nominees will also perform a number from their show, as well as compete for a chance to travel to New York City to represent their school at the National High School Musical Theater Awards.
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  • April First is Kindness Day
    This year we are excited to announce our inaugural GCISD Kindness Day on April 1. While we celebrate random acts of kindness in our schools year-round, this is a special day designated to bring attention to the positive impact even a small act of kindness can make and also to help us gear up for the district-wide Rachel's Challenge Rally on April 18.

    In celebration of GCISD Kindness Day, students and staff across the district are encouraged to wear a Rachel’s Challenge shirt as a reminder to spread kindness throughout the day.

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  •  GCISD Hosts Special Olympics Relays
    special olympics GCISD hosted their 20th annual Special Olympics Mustang-Panthers Relays on Wednesday, March 25. Ninety GCISD students participated with students from eight other school districts in different track events such as the 100-meter dash, shot put, and the long jump. The other special events included assisted walks/run, wheelchair events, and a unique mini javelin throw.

    “The Special Olympics event is about bringing together the entire district and community for one special day of celebrating achievement,” said Leslie Low, the adaptive PE teacher who started the Mustang-Panther Relays twenty years ago. “Participation in Special Olympics allows our students with special needs not only the chance to develop sports skills, but also provides them with social skills necessary to be a vibrant, contributing part of the community.”

    More than 400 GCISD secondary students attended the events to provide assistance throughout the day. PALS, Student Leadership, Best Buddies and the Varsity football teams were on hand to support the Special Olympics athletes and to help the event run smoothly.

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  • Meet your National Merit Finalists, Part Two
    GCISD Communications recently met with each of the district's 18 National Merit Finalists to learn a little more about them and their future endeavors. Check out our second group of interviews!
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  • GHS team wins honorable mention in math competition

    m3 A team consisting of five Grapevine High School (GHS) earned an honorable mention in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge 2015 and will each receive a $250 college scholarship.

    Members of the team include Senior Hasan Ashqeen, Senior Emily deJong, Junior Tine Valencic, Junior Kaab Ashqeen and Junior Miha Valencic.

    According to its website, the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a math modeling contest for high school students where they tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints that would be similar to those faced by industrial mathematicians. The title of the problem this year was “STEM Sells: What is higher education really worth?”

    GHS teacher and M3 coach Lori Cleveland said it was a long day of competition but a great learning experience and even a little bit of fun.

    “The students get the problem at 7 a.m. sharp and their solution must be submitted by 9 p.m. that evening,” Cleveland said. “I am so proud of these students and love watching them work. They are truly an inspiration!”

    Only 201 of the 1,128 teams that submitted viable solutions were selected to advance to the second round of judging, and the GHS team was selected as one of 53 teams to receive an honorable mention. Only 5.8 percent of the submitted papers were selected for recognition.

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  •  GCISD Students Advance to State Geography Bee

    geography bee Three GCISD middle school students will represent the district at the State Geography Bee on March 27. The competition will take place at the Pat May Center in Bedford, at 8 a.m. The top 100 students from Texas have been invited to compete. The winner of the State Bee will receive $100, a medal and a spot to compete in the National Geography Bee finals in Washington D.C.

    “The importance of holding geography bees in GCISD is to promote an interest in building knowledge and awareness about the geography of our world,” said Evan Payne, GCISD Instructional Coach. “For students to win their campus bee and then to advance to the state level competition is such a huge accomplishment.  One hundred students from across the state advance to this competition and for GCISD students to make it to this level to represent our district is an achievement worth celebrating.”

    The students representing GCISD are:
    Jayaker Kolli, Heritage Middle School
    Fernandeo Fernandez-Knott, Grapevine Middle School
    Jacob Gregg, Colleyville Middle School
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  • Cannon Elementary Choir Visits Kindred Rehab
    Cannon Choir The Cannon Elementary first and second grade choir warmed up Kindred Rehab, a transitional care center in Grapevine, with their island themed choir performance.

    This is the first time the choir has performed at Kindred. The performance featured tropical music, with songs from Bob Marley, Disney and a Caribbean hand clapping game.

    Music teacher Patrick Lollis was eager for his students to serve the community, and to see the power that music has. After the performance, the students spent time talking with the seniors in the community.

    “Watching our students interact with the Kindred residents was the highlight of the day,” said Lollis. “There were lots of hugs and handshakes, and I know our students learned about how music can heal and motivate others.”
    Cannon principal Tona Blizzard was moved by the choir’s performance.

    “At Cannon, we are always looking for meaningful ways to connect our students to the community, in order to develop service-minded students who understand the importance of giving back,” said Blizzard. “Both the seniors and our students were mutually rewarded through gifts of music, smiles, hugs, and memories made for a lifetime."
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  • GCISD taking steps to reduce $4.8M in interest costs
    Proactive financial management has saved $63.9 million in overall interest over past decade
    The GCISD Board of Trustees recently approved the refunding of voter-approved bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates, which is projected to result in approximately $4.8 million in interest savings to the district and its taxpayers. This step is part of a strong fiscal management program that has saved taxpayers a total of $63.9 million in interest costs on voter-approved bonds over the past 10 years.
    The district is refunding these bonds as soon as allowed by law, which is May 2015. District personnel are watching the market closely and will obtain pricing when interest rates are most favorable. Based on projections, district financial leaders expect to reduce the interest rate from 5 percent to below 2 percent on these bonds. This significant rate reduction will result in GCISD taxpayers paying less in interest on these voter-approved bonds, which will culminate in a predicted $4.8 million savings. The maturity date will remain the same.
    Over the past decade, GCISD has implemented several refunding transactions to save a cumulative $30.4 million in interest costs on voter-approved bonds.
    Breaking Down the Tax Rate:
    Your Dollars at Work
    The GCISD budget is divided into two sources of revenue: Maintenance & Operations (M&O) and Debt Service. Of the total district tax rate of $1.3201, $1.04 funds the M&O budget, or daily operations, and $0.2801 funds the Debt Service budget, or voter-approved bonds for capital improvements.
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  • Meet your National Merit Finalists, Part One
    GCISD Communications recently met with each of the district's 18 National Merit Finalists to learn a little more about them and their future endeavors. Check out our first group of interviews!
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  •  TECC Students Engage in Global Experience
    Skype Debbie Hoard and Janet Martin’s Health Science class engaged in a global experience without ever leaving their classroom.
    “Janet and I were excited for this opportunity to have an international Skype session with a Norwegian Physical Therapist,” Hoard said.

    Hoard and Martin invited Stian Lund to speak with class via Skype. The students submitted questions in advance, and took turns speaking with Lund.  The questions ranged from general inquiries about Norway and its culture, to more in-depth questions about his work as a physical therapist, as well as health care in other countries.

    “I really enjoyed learning about the varying cultural similarities and differences,” said student Emily Baker. “It was very cool learning about other lifestyles and ways from another place in the world. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and would love the chance to do something like that again.”

    Health Science courses are offered through GCISD’s Technology Education and Career Center. Students are given opportunities to learn about the wide variety of medical fields they could pursue as a career. 
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  • Summer Enrichment Brochure Art Contest Winners

    Colleyville Heritage High School freshman Livian Green, Cross Timbers Middle School eighth-grader Ruth Schlenker and Colleyville Elementary School second-grader Keeley Hogan created artwork that was selected to be featured in the 2015 Summer Enrichment brochure.

    The announcement came as a surprise to the students as school and district staff flooded each students’ classroom to share the good news.

    Livian Green 
     Livian art1  
    Ruth Schlenker 
     ruth art2  
    Keeley Hogan
     Keeley art3  
    The theme of Summer Enrichment for this year is ‘Learning Without Limits’.
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  • Lady Mustang earns All-State in Basketball 
    Reem Reem Bayaa of Grapevine High School and a member of the girls basketball team earned an All-State achievement by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Bayaa was also selected for the All-Region achievement by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. According to Coach Lindy Lombard, both achievements are huge honors. Bayaa is one of 40 girls in the entire state 5A classification to make All-State.
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  • Reminder of Inclement Weather Makeup Days
    calendar GCISD has two makeup days built into the Student-Teacher Calendar each year to accommodate for the possibility of school closures due to inclement weather. For 2014-2015, the two scheduled makeup days are Friday, April 3, and Friday, May 22. The calendared makeup days will cover the instructional and work days missed on February 23-24, 2015. 

    For the school closure on March 5, district leaders intend to file a waiver from the Texas Education Agency. A final decision from the TEA may not be rendered until April, and we will provide that information to parents through district and campus communication avenues as soon as it is available.
    Thank you again to all parents for your flexibility and cooperation during this winter weather season.
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  • Nutrition Services Receives Excellent Review
    The GCISD Nutrition Services team earned an Excellent ranking from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) during their recent state audit. They also reported no findings, meaning the auditors couldn’t find anything wrong with the department.
    The audit, which is referred to as an Administrative Review Process, encompasses the entire federal program including financials, paperwork, procedures, food safety and training, food production and a nutritional analysis of the menus. The review started in January, when the Nutrition Services Department submitted documents to the TDA auditor for an off-site evaluation. The on-site review was two days, and covered three schools: Bransford Elementary School, Cross Timbers Middle School and Grapevine Middle School.
    NS1  NS2  NS3
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  • GCISD Dance Teams Sweep Competition
    The GCISD Varsity Dance Teams melted away the competition this past weekend. The Grapevine High School Fillies and the Colleyville Heritage Panteras both competed at the Marching Auxiliary Regional Dance Competition at Haltom High School on March 1. The contest was originally scheduled for February 28, but was rescheduled due to the icy weather.
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  • GHS Wrestling Wins Big at State
    Brian Andrews Grapevine High School sophomore Brian Andrews won the 5A Wrestling State Championship in his weight class (195 lbs). He was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler for 5A, and went undefeated (49-0) the whole season.

    “Brian continued to dominate his opponents as he has done all year long,” said Kent Hall, GHS Wrestling Coach. “Winning state as a sophomore, he has a possibility of being the first Grapevine High School student to be a four time state placer and could be our first three time state champion.”
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  • World Read Aloud Day 2015
    WRA Day GCISD schools participated in World Read Aloud Day, a yearly event designed to motivate students to celebrate the power of words. Over one million people in more than 80 countries participate in World Read Aloud Day.
    Bear Creek Elementary School brought in a special guest speaker: children’s author Polly Holyoak. She spoke to students in every grade about the process of bringing a book to life; from researching the material, to writing, editing and revising, to designing the cover. Holyoak also encouraged the students to spend time creating something every day.
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  • GCISD Celebrates Texas Public Schools Week
    Cannon Celebrate Home This week, March 2 - 6, students across the state are celebrating their schools for Texas Public Schools Week. From award-winning academics and extra-curricular activities, GCISD has much to celebrate.
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  • LEAD 2021: Glenhope students aim to prevent erosion at Grapevine Lake
    glenhope PBL Glenhope fourth-graders were spread out across Katie’s Woods in Grapevine, investigating the land and collecting soil samples. Some students were picking up rocks, examining trees, and taking notes on the lake’s water level. Other students were observing the amount of erosion and weathering that had occurred on the land around the lake.

    Christina Hayes, a Glenhope fourth-grade teacher, got the idea for a Project Based Learning (PBL) assignment about weathering and erosion after a luxury home fell into Lake Whitney back in 2014. The home was on a cliff that collapsed due to land erosion over a significant amount of time. Hayes shared articles with her class about Lake Whitney to get them started.
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  • Friday Focus: Collegiate Academy’s Leadership Team
    Leadership Team The Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast, GCISD’s newest high school, opened this school year as an early college high school opportunity for our students. As the school year began and progressed, students and staff decided they needed to form a group to coordinate social and service activities for the school; and thus, the Collegiate Academy Leadership Team was born.
    "It is important to have a leadership committee at school to help voice the students’ concerns to the faculty,” said Lily Derr, Collegiate Academy student.
    According to the Team’s sponsor Omar Melendez, the school is very excited to have an opportunity, such as the Leadership Team, in the first year of school. 
    “The primary goals of the team are to build a community within our school that promotes advocacy within the student body, and to better serve the community as well,” Melendez said. “I hope our students can and will develop a sense of pride, ownership and input in our school, as well as develop characteristics that are valued in the work place, such as initiative, responsibility and leadership.”
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  • GCISD sends 28 teams to Destination ImagiNation tournament
    Once again, GCISD will have a great showing at the 2015 Mid-Cities Regional Tournament for Destination ImagiNation, to be held at Richland High School Saturday, February 21. Twenty-eight teams, representing seven elementary schools, two middle schools, Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage high schools and the new GCISD Collegiate Academy, will present their solutions to appraisers in the hopes that their creativity and teamwork take them to the State Tournament level, and hopefully even to the Global Tournament level.
    Our region consists of nine school districts and private or home-schooled groups. GCISD is the second largest participant, with Irving ISD being largest. This tournament will include 205 total teams.
    Teams have been working hard to assemble their most creative solution to one of six types of challenges offered. They choose from Scientific, Technical, Structural, Fine Arts, Improvisation or Service Learning and begin in the Fall to culminate their efforts in a performance at the Regional Tournament in February. Even kindergarten - second graders have a non-competitive role and their own custom challenge to tackle, teaching them research/script creation/teamwork skills. Team scores also include a round of Instant Challenge that presents a mystery problem the team has to creatively solve in 5 minutes, usually with a story to go with it.
    "I am so proud of the teams that have committed to this program this year and the volunteer Team Managers--some parents, some teachers--giving so much time and teaching energy to them," said Lisa Massey, GCISD Council of PTAs CHHS liaison.
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  • The GCISD community comes together to support Special Olympians 
    Triple Come join the GCISD Special Olympics team as they host their second Triple Threat Shootout. The event, which is a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics team, features a basketball game between the Special Olympics team and police officers from the cities of Grapevine and Colleyville.
    The Shootout is planned and organized by parents and volunteers, including the National Charity League and the Grapevine and Colleyville police departments. Members of the Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine high school marching bands will perform before and during the game to help cheer on the student athletes. The Dove Elementary Dynamic Drummers will provide the halftime entertainment. 
    Event coordinator Tracey Clements is looking forward to a great turnout from the community to support Special Olympics.
    “These athletes are very enthusiastic supporters of their peers in the school districts sports,” Clements said. “I’m hoping we can get some of that enthusiasm back from their peers for their special night.”
    The Shootout begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23, at Grapevine High School in Gym 1. The community is invited and encouraged to attend. 
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  • TECC Students Advance to HOSA State Finals 
    Texas HOSA Three Grapevine High School students are advancing to the Texas State HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Finals, which is a national organization for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The students are a part of the health science program at the GCISD Technology Education and Career Center (TECC). 
    "HOSA is new to our district and we are proud of our students for participating and well representing GCISD,” said Health Science Teacher Debbie Hoard. “HOSA competitions are quite competitive and requires a lot of personal commitment and preparation from the students.”
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  • GCISD Art Students Advance to State

    GHS GCISD Art students received high marks at the annual Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) in Mansfield. This regional competition includes schools from across North Texas. More than 1,000 artworks were judged, with 131 advancing to the state round--18 of which are from GCISD.
    Colleyville Heritage High School submitted 52 pieces of art, with 42 receiving a IV, the highest possible score and seven advancing to the state competition. Grapevine High School submitted 57 pieces of art, with 42 receiving the highest possible score and 10 advancing to the state round of competition.
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  • Heritage Middle School Choir performing at the Capitol
    HMS Choir
    The Heritage Middle School Choir is hitting all the right notes this year. They have been selected to perform at Arts Education Day at the Capitol in Austin on Wednesday, March 4. 
    “What an honor it will be to have the HMS Choir to represent Secondary Choral Music for public schools,” said GCISD Fine Arts Director Pat Antinone. “This invitation is the culmination of years of excellence on the part of Julie Ann Allen and the HMS Choirs. What a fitting response to such an outstanding organization. I am so proud that GCISD will be leading the way to showcase the importance of Arts Education in our public schools."
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  • 18 GCISD students named National Merit Finalists
    Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School will send a combined total of 18 students to the next level of achievement in the National Merit Scholars Program. The following students have been named National Merit Finalists: 
    CHHS National Merit Finalists                                             GHS National Merit Finalists  
    Souvik Banerjee                                                                        Quaan Ashqeen
    Olivia Black                                                                               Jared Barker
    Tausif Faizullah                                                                         Kyle Corey
    Nicholas Lunceford                                                                   Emily De Jong
    Elizabeth MacGregor                                                                Ryan Dewillis
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    The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for not only recognition, but also scholarships. Students enter this competition by taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Across the U.S., 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the program. In September, these students are notified as either Commended or National Merit Semifinalists--only about 16,000 students reach the Semifinalist level. 
    In February, 15,000 of the Semifinalists are announced as Finalists in the program. All winners of the scholarship awards are selected from the Finalist group. Students are evaluated based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments.  
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  • Friday Focus: Applications for STEM, Dual Language and ASPIRE Academy now available! 

    2015 Program Expo

    More than 200 students and parents attended the inaugural GCISD Programs Expo on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Cross Timbers Middle School. The evening featured stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Two-Way Dual Language programs. Additional presentations focused on the instructional components and benefits of these programs.

    This year, the district is using an online application process, which is different than year’s prior. The application for STEM and Dual Language may be found here; applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, March 6, and streamed live on the district’s website.

    Applications for the ASPIRE Academy are being accepted now through March 3 for currently identified gifted students. The link to the application may be found here. From March 23-April 10, GCISD students who are not currently identified as gifted in grades 1-4 may be nominated and considered for ASPIRE Academy placement if their test scores fall within the highly gifted range. 

    To view the presentations and learn more about the programs, click here
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  • Spring Sports Round-Up
    wrestlers Spring sports are underway and GCISD teams are earning top marks across the region. Students in Wrestling, Swimming and Diving, and Basketball are all advancing to regional and state rounds of competition.
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  • Heritage 7th grader advances to Regional Spelling Bee
    Bee Varshini Krishnan, Heritage Middle School seventh grader, will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 18 at TCU. After 28 rounds in the Area Spelling Bee on February 5, the judges announced that both Krishnan and an eighth grader from Carroll ISD will both move forward in the Regional Spelling Bee to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 
    Campus champions competed in the Area 14 Spelling Bee, which included a total of 14 schools, nine of which were from GCISD--Colleyville MS, Cross Timbers MS, Grapevine MS, Heritage MS, Bransford ES, Glenhope ES/ASPIRE Academy, Heritage ES, O.C. Taylor ES, and Timberline ES--with a total of 29 students participating.
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  • GCISD hosts inaugural Programs Expo
    Expo will highlight ASPIRE Academy, Dual Language and STEM Programs
    From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the inaugural Programs Expo on Thursday, February 12 from 5:30-8:45 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. Students and teachers representing each of these programs will be at each station, ready to discuss the work they have completed this year. Stations will be in the Student Activity Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and library.
    Presentation Schedule:
    Elementary STEM 6:00-6:30 p.m. Lecture Hall
    Elementary Dual Language 6:30-7:00 p.m. Lecture Hall
    Middle School STEM 7:00-7:30 p.m. Lecture Hall
    Lottery Process 7:30-8:00 p.m. Lecture Hall
    ASPIRE Academy 8:00-8:45 p.m. Library
    Expo Info The applications for dual language and STEM programs will be available online beginning Friday, Feb. 13 and are due by Tuesday, March 3.  If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, March 6, and streamed live on the district’s website. More information will be available on the website after the Expo.
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  • State math standards increasing for high school students
    math When planning and selecting classes for 2015-2016, students and parents of high school students across the state likely will notice that the bar has been raised in math courses.
    In April 2012, the Texas State Board of Education revised the math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which are the state standards for what students should know and be able to demonstrate. Following the timeline set by the State Board, this increased level of difficulty in math courses began in kindergarten through eighth grade in 2014-2015 and will extend to grades 9-12 next school year.
    “The revision of the math TEKS is in many ways a complete overhaul,” said Jennifer Hylemon, GCISD Director of Mathematics. “It required not only that the curriculum be re-written, but that our teachers use new instructional materials and our students master math concepts earlier than required previously.”
    At the January 29 GCISD Board of Trustees meeting, Hylemon shared information about the revised math TEKS, what this means for students across the state and how GCISD has been transitioning teachers and students to the new standards. 
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  • Vet visits Timberline kindergarteners 
    Timberline ES Timberline Elementary School kindergarten students welcomed a visit from Dr. Megan McCarthy, who discussed her role in helping the community by caring for pets and animals as a veterinarian in Keller, TX.  
    "I think the Vet visit was a positive experience for the Kindergarten students," said Audra Harms, Timberline librarian. "Many of the students have pets and it was good for them to learn about the importance of veterinarians in our community. The cat was also a big hit!"
    Kindergarten has been learning about Community Helpers in January, and have learned how leaders and helpers play an important role in communities and how they help address the needs of the community.
    Dr. McCarthy shared that Veterinarians keep both animals and humans safe by providing preventative care through immunizations. She also performed a physical exam on her cat, D.C., and talked about what signs she looks for when examining animals since they cannot verbalize their needs.
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  • GCEF Executive Director named Citizen of the Year
    JANICE Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation Executive Director Janice Kane has been named the 2014 D.E. Box Citizen of the Year. Individuals who have received this honor have voluntarily and sincerely given of their time and leadership through an overall community development program—working together to improve the economic, civic and cultural well-being of the Grapevine area.
    "Being named the D.E. Box Citizen of the Year is very humbling as you look down the list of past recipients over almost six decades," Kane said. "It takes a village, working together to make our community the best of the best, so this honor goes to not only the past recipients and me, but to every citizen in Grapevine who continuously work for the betterment of our community."
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  • GHS student earns perfect ACT score 
    Tine Grapevine High School student Tine Valencic earned a perfect ACT Score--less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT across the U.S. earn a top score of 36.
    The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures skills and knowledge taught in school and deemed important for success in college.
    The ACT comprises subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, plus an optional Writing Test. Introduced in 1959, the ACT is taken by high school students and college-bound individuals. Scores are used by colleges for admission, course placement and advising purposes, as well as by states, districts, schools, teachers, and students for diagnostic, monitoring, and intervention purposes.
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  •  GCISD Students Honored by Colleyville ChamberYouth Leadership

    Thirteen GCISD students were recognized by the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce during their recent Sterling Awards luncheon. The students graduated from the Chamber’s Youth Leadership Program, which is a program designed to develop leadership skills and a sense of community. The six-month course is open to high school sophomores where they learn about volunteerism, public speaking and economic management.
    The class also completed a community service project. They helped beautify GRACE’s transitional housing project by planting flowers and gardens and cleaning up the houses. 


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  • 5 GCISD students named All-State Musicians
    AllStateMusic Students from both Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School earned the title of All-State Musician as a result of the students' final auditions earlier this month. The Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote musical knowledge and skill among students.
    According to GCISD Director of Fine Arts Patrick Antinone, these students were chosen from a multi-stage audition process that began with over 15,000 students state-wide. The students will attend the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio February 11-14. While there, the students will perform in series of All-State concerts on Saturday 2/14 at the culmination of the conference.
    GCISD All-State Musicians
    --CHHS-- (shown at right)
    CHOIR: Chasen Watson, Bass 1, 12th Grade
    CHOIR: Cecilia Yip, Alto 1, 11th Grade
    ORCHESTRA: Kelsey Park, Violin, 12th Grade
    BAND: Jisu Jung, Flute, 11th Grade​
    --GHS-- (shown below)
    CHOIR: Nicholas Bennett, Bass1, 12th Grade 
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  • GMS students awarded new trumpets
    Anthony Hearst and Mateo Vesce, two Grapevine Middle School band students, received new trumpets from Trumpets4Kids, a local organization that awards new trumpets to local musicians every year. 
    Band director Jason Williams recommended that the students apply to the program. 
    “Both of these boys started playing trumpet in sixth grade, and, from the beginning, they have shown a great work ethic and musical promise,” Williams said. “They are the perfect example of model students and leaders, not only in band, but in the school.”
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  •  Timberline Art Night

    TES Art Night  

    Timberline Elementary School hosted their second Art Showcase on Thursday, January 15.
    “This event provides a unique opportunity to showcase the many visual and performance talents of our Tigers,” said TES Art Teacher Camille Hernandez.


    The event featured artwork from students in kindergarten-fifth grade, as well as art from Hernandez. The evening kicked off with student-led bilingual tours of the artwork. There were also interactive activities for families and live music provided by TES Music Teacher Robert Beale and TES fourth grader Navi Malloux.


    Families even created their own sculptures and unique pieces of art to take home with them. They also brought home local art museum information to continue their art-learning experience.


    “The evening was a great success,” said Hernandez. “Students and their families enjoyed spending time together and learning more about the world of Art.” 
    To see more pictures, click here.
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  • CHHS Senior Receives Recognition for Research
    souvik Colleyville Heritage High School senior Souvik Banerjee has been selected as one of 300 semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.


    Banerjee’s research project “Design of a Novel in situ Raman Spectroscopy Cell for Lithium Ion Batteries” set him apart from the other 1,800 entrants. He completed this research while attending the Welch Summer Scholar Program at the University of Texas Austin in June 2014.


    Welch Scholars engage in hands-on, college-level research projects using state-of-the-art equipment and modern technology not typically provided in the average high school classroom.  They choose a research project that graduate students and professors are currently working on, and then assist them with their research throughout the summer.


    Banerjee’s research involves finding methods to test lithium ion batteries and observing how the batteries fail through overheating, bursting into flames and losing capacity over time.


    As a semi-finalist, Banerjee wins $1,000. Another $1,000 is awarded to CHHS to benefit STEM education on campus.
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  • GCISD Purchasing Department earns Elite Status
    tasbologo GCISD earned the Elite Status award level for the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations. GCISD is the only large enrollment school district to earn this status level. 
    “Being selected to receive the Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations by TASBO validates what we are doing at GCISD in the area of procurement, and affirms much of our efforts in providing the efficient and effective acquisition of goods and services for our district," said Gary Kerbow, director of purchasing. "Having been selected to receive the Elite status is overwhelming, but further validates our processes and practices as being on the cutting edge of public procurement. We are extremely honored to have been selected for this award.” 
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  • GCISD Students in DFW Art Exhibit
    DMA Winners Soon you will be able to see the artwork of five GCISD students at the Dallas Museum of Art. Both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High Schools will have students featured in the 21st annual Young Masters Exhibition, which is sponsored by Advanced Placement (AP) Arts and the O’Donnell Foundation.
    Students who are in AP fine arts classes were eligible to submit an original essay for AP Art History, an original four-minute composition for AP Music Theory or an original two-dimensional or three-dimensional artwork piece for AP Studio Art.
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  • CHHS Cheer earns national American School Spirit award
    The Colleyville Heritage High School cheerleading team won the American School Spirit Award sponsored by ESPN, Varsity Cheer, and the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA).
    "This award is a pretty big honor for our squad," said Leslie Ferris, cheerleading instructor. "It honors the team for their spirit, cheer skills, community service and academics. I’m excited and very proud of the girls."
    According to CHHS Senior and Varsity Cheerleader Jamie Black, winning this award is important because "being a part of a talented team with such big hearts is rewarding itself, but to be recognized for it makes it that much more special."
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  •  CHHS Debate Team Advances in National Competition
    One of 32 teams, the Colleyville Heritage High School debate team will advance in the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF), a one-of-a-kind competition that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.
    “I am so proud of our students,” said CHHS Debate Coach David Huston. “This is such an exciting process and a great learning opportunity for them.”
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  • BCES Kindergarteners Enhance their Global Learning

    samantha Kindergarten students at Bear Creek Elementary School reached beyond their classroom to enhance their global learning. 
    Lorrie Butts and her kindergarten class joined the Global Read Aloud program this past fall, a program that pairs classrooms together from around the world. The two classes read books with each other and then discuss what they have read through a video chat.
    Butts’ class was partnered with a school in Rosemont, Pennsylvania and they connected for a video chat several times during the semester. Students discussed wide ranges of topics, from opinions about the books, to questions about their cities and classes.
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  • HMS Students Visited by TCC GO Center

    Go Centers Heritage Middle School students got the chance to jump-start their college planning when the Tarrant County College Mobile Go Center visited their campus.


    HMS seventh graders explored the GO Center’s resources on college preparation and admission. The GO Center travels to schools, churches and community events to provide information about higher education.


    Students also participated in an online activity at texasrealitycheck.com. Students took a virtual look at life after graduation and tallied up expected expenses.  The website then calculated an expected amount the students would need to earn to meet these expenses and goals, as well as what kind of college degree and jobs will help them achieve that salary. 
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  • GHS student making his mark in science
    Liu In prepping for his senior year, Grapevine High School Senior Jim Liu attended the STARS Program at UT Southwestern. Liu is the first GHS student accepted into the eight-week, highly competitive internship program. Recently, Liu presented his summer research to his fellow students at GHS.
    Liu spent his internship studying the effect of Metformin on hepatic glucose production and oxygen consumption. In addition to his research and findings, Liu developed new lab skills, such as genotyping, glucose extraction and blood collection.
    Typically about 800 students compete for 30 spots to take part in this program, which is designed for students who hope to pursue a career in science, medicine or health-related fields. Participants work in a modern biomedical laboratory under a mentor in a specific field. In addition to the opportunity to work in a professional setting, Liu attended weekly seminars and meetings on various scientific topics, gained first-hand experience in the lab and developed a close-knit relationship with fellow participants and staff members. 
    Liu has been accepted to Duke University and is a national merit semifinalist.
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  • CTMS counselors earn state recognition in CREST Award
    ctms The CTMS counseling services team earned the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) award, sponsored by the Texas School Counselor Association. School counseling programs that meet CREST requirements demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results.
    "This is an incredible honor," said Emberly Spillman, GCISD director of counseling services. "The Texas School Counselor Association has recognized CTMS for excellence in their counseling program. Cross Timbers Middle School is a shining example of doing whatever it takes to prepare our students for the next step."
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  • Exam Students receive free vision exams
    GCISD students from across the district received complimentary vision exams courtesy of the Colleyville Lions Club. Working in conjunction with GCISD elementary and middle school nurses, doctors Brian Cherry and Mario Contaldi volunteered their Saturday morning, along with the Lions Club members, to perform exams on 19 students.
    In addition to the exam, students were able to select frames and the Lions Club will have glasses made for 16 of these children.
    Grapevine Outreach Coordinator Officer Colby Mowery also gave his support by helping set up the event at the Grapevine Community Outreach Facility.
    Lions Club  
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  • GCISD Participates in worldwide Hour of Code
    Hour of code More than 75 GCISD elementary and middle school teachers celebrated National Computer Science Education week (December 8-14) by hosting their own Hour of Code event.

    The Hour of Code is designed to be an introduction to Computer Science.  Teachers spend an hour discussing what coding is, and how it is applicable to their everyday lives. Students completed short coding exercises, and some classes Skyped with working professionals from Google and Indeed.com.
    Janie Stach is the lead instructional technology coach for secondary schools, and is a big supporter of the Hour of Code program.
    "We want our students to be creators rather than consumers of technology,” said Stach. “Hour of Code demystifies coding and supports the GCISD Portrait of a Graduate by teaching computational thinking in order to develop skilled problem solvers."

    If your student is interested in learning more about coding and computer science, visit www.hourofcode.com/us for more information.
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  • GES Students Get "Trapped" in Real Life Snow Globe
    snow globe
    Grapevine Elementary third graders saw their fictional stories come to life this week, thanks to the help of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation department.

    The students wrote short stories about being trapped in a snow globe, and also created pictures to illustrate them. The Grapevine Parks and Recreation department heard about the student’s project and offered to bring over their giant, inflatable snow globe for a day. The third graders went first, recreating their stories. Over the rest of the day, the whole school got to enjoy the snow globe.
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  • TES students put new twist on New Year’s resolutions 

    tes Timberline Elementary School (TES) Kindergartner Iliana Sotelo already has her New Year’s resolution and she is determined to keep it.

    Her goal is to be a good leader in her classroom, and she also wants to finish learning the alphabet and how to count to 100. And she and her classmates have added a new twist to an old tradition to help them keep and achieve their goals.

    Using a new online application called Notability, TES students are tracking three varieties of goals – personal, leadership-oriented and classroom-based. Through the app, students can create, share and manage notes by combining handwriting, typing, audio recordings and photos.

    “Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are easily able to update their goals and track their progress toward meeting their goals on their individually assigned iPad,” said June Ritchlin, TES Principal. “As a result of using goal setting and data tracking with all of our students, we are finding that our students are highly motivated to reach their goals.”  

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  • GHS Tennis Coach Named
    GHS mustang logo The GCISD Board of Trustees named Ryan Gillen as the head tennis coach of Grapevine High School during the December 15 meeting. Gillen comes to GCISD with 20 years of experience both as a player and a coach; six of those years he has served as a head coach, most recently at S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls. 

    “We are very excited to have Coach Gillen join the staff at Grapevine High School,” GHS Principal Shannon Tovar said. “His experience as a player, professional and coach will benefit our students and I look forward to the continued success of GHS tennis under his leadership.”

    The search for a new varsity tennis coach began in September when long-time coach Angel Martinez accepted a head coaching position at Texas Wesleyan University.

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  • Technology Center Wins Design Award


    TECC wins award
     The GCISD Technology Education and Career Center (TECC) has won the prestigious Learning by Design 2014 Outstanding Project Award. Huckabee, the design firm behind the TECC, submitted the building for consideration.
    The TECC is one of two specialized learning centers that received this honor. A panel of judges evaluates projects based on interior and exterior photos, a written statement of challenges and solutions and the floor and site plans.


    The judges were impressed by how well the TECC created an independent environment for students from the two high schools to come together, the state of the art technology and the overall collegiate feeling of the building.


    Learning by Design is the premiere source for education design, and has a twice yearly publication that features the best of the best in education design.


    To read the full article from Learning by Design, click here.
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  • GCISD named 2015 Leader in Excellence Award Winner
    Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has been selected as a Skyward 2015 Leader in Excellence Award winner. According to Skyward, GCISD received this award for demonstrating that the district "is improving education by using Skyward to move and inspire people with new ideas and initiatives."
    "This award is a special recognition for the incredible work we do daily to find ways to prepare students for college," said Emberly Spillman, GCISD director of counseling services. "We strive to improve our effectiveness and efficiency and Skyward has recognized our efforts."
    GCISD families use Skyward to access grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, emergency information, and more. This year, the district also implemented the Arena Scheduling process for high school course selections through the Skyward system. Employees also use Skyward to access their personnel information.
    GCISD will be recognized at the 2015 iCon, Skyward's national conference in Florida, during the event's opening remarks.
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  • GHS Junior Earns Perfect PSAT Score
    Namita Saraf, a Grapevine HS junior earned a perfect score (a 240) on her PSAT. That puts Namita in the top 99th percentile in the United States. Congrats Namita!
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  • Robotics Teams Win Big
    Cannon RoboSTEM
    Cannon Elementary, Grapevine Middle School, and Cross Timbers Middle School sent their Robotics teams to the First LEGO League FCA qualifier on December 6, where they faced 28 other teams, and competed for seven major awards.


    Cannon’s team, RoboSTEM, earned the First Place Project Award, for presenting the best project idea to the judges.
    Cross Timbers's team, The Robotic Llamas, placed thirteenth overall. This was their first time competing as a team, and are excited to continue growing their program.


    Grapevine Middle’s team, Tech Wizards, placed seventh overall out of the 31 teams. They will now advance to the Second Chance Qualifying round in January, and try to earn a spot in the state competition. The Tech Wizards also placed in the top three for the Core Values Award, which recognizes a team’s teamwork skills.

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  • 2014 Holiday Card Contest Winners Announced
    Students from across the district took part in the annual GCISD Holiday Card Art Contest with Savannah Stockenberg of Colleyville Heritage High School, Miranda Drake of Heritage Middle School and Crystal Manyloun of Glenhope Elementary School were named winners in their grade levels. Students followed the City of Grapevine's parade theme of "Christmas Around the World" as the focus for their artwork.
    In addition to having their artwork used for the district's annual Holiday Card, Stockenberg, Drake and Manyloun will be recognized at the December 15 Board of Trustees Meeting. 
    Check out their artwork below:
    HS  ms  
    Top Left - Savannah Stockenberg's "Holiday Joy"
    Top Right - Miranda Drake's "Christmas Around the World"
    Above - Crystal Manyloun's "Christmas Around the World" 
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  • CHHS Senior Awarded Volleyball Player of the Year
    Anna Walsh
    Anna Walsh, a Colleyville Heritage High School senior, has been named the Dallas Morning News SportsDay's Volleyball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. She is the first student in the past five years to receive this award twice.

    Walsh was one of four players in Texas named a first-team Under Armour All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Additionally, she is an all-state selection and was named the District 7-6A Most Valuable Player.
    Anna will be attending the University of Virginia to play volleyball.
    (photo credit to Kye R. Lee/Dallas Morning News)
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  • CHHS Student Earns a Perfect ACT Score

    Colleyville Heritage Senior Rachana Kolli earned a perfect ACT Score--less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT across the U.S. earn a top score of 36. She is the third GCISD student this year to earn a perfect score.
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  • GHS graduate named 2015 Rhodes Scholar
    Scholarship recognizes commitment to service, character, leadership and intellect
    Photo from 2011 GCISD Valedictorian Announcement 
    Grapevine High School Class of 2011 Valedictorian Abishek Kulshreshtha has been named to the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2015. Kulshreshtha is one of 32 scholars in the United States chosen to participate in the Rhodes Scholarship program from 877 candidates, and the first recorded Rhodes Scholar from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
    Kulshreshtha now will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other countries and jurisdictions across the globe. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for a minimum of two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Each year, about 80 scholars worldwide are selected for this prestigious honor. 
    Read more... 
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  • GCISD schools earn top awards in Parade of Lights
    Schools from across the district participated in the City of Grapevine's annual Parade of Lights on Thursday, Dec. 4. This year's theme was: Christmas Around the World. Dove, Silver Lake and Cannon elementary schools, as well Colleyville Heritage High School, each earned top awards in the parade.
    First Place - Dove Elementary Dad's Club - Christmas Cards from Around the World
     Silver Lake
    Second Place - Silver Lake Elementary Dad's Club - Santa Tracker
    Third Place - Cannon Elementary Dad's Club - Toys for Around the World 
    Best Marching Group - Colleyville Heritage High School Band
    Colleyville Lion's Club placed fourth with their "Santa's Majestic Sleigh" float, and The More the Merrier Farm earned the Judges' Merit award for their "Christmas Eve at the Piñata Factory." Congratulations to all the winners and participants in this year's parade! Click here to see a photo album of parade participants. 
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  • Culture Club Brings the World to Students

    Culture Club On Mondays after school, Joyce Mery can be found getting her classroom ready for her Culture Club meeting. She organizes snacks and crafts, all designed around the culture she and her students will study that afternoon. Her classroom is filled with mementos from around the world and brightly colored flags hanging from the ceiling. The students enter the room, talking and giggling, waiting for their meeting to begin.


    Mery, who is currently the Spanish teacher for Glenhope and Dove Elementary, founded the Culture Club back in 2007. She manages the club at both campuses, during alternating six-week periods. Mery believes the club gives students an opportunity to learn about the different cultures of the world in a fun, informative and relaxed atmosphere.  
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  •  Breakfast in the Classroom Program a Success for GCISD Campuses
    Breakfast in the Classroom Getting children ready for school and out the door on time can be hectic in the mornings, but two GCISD schools have found a way to relieve some of that stress.

    Both Timberline and Cannon elementary schools offer breakfast in the classroom programs. Students can choose to buy breakfast when they get to their rooms from the variety of healthy food options being offered every day.

    “Breakfasts can range from cereal and milk, to a muffin and yogurt, to a hot kolache and 100 percent fruit juice,” said June Ritchlin, Timblerline principal. “We can go a week without having to repeat a meal.”

    The program started three years ago when the district’s nutritional services wanted to provide new and different options for the breakfast program.
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  • GMS Dinner Theater a First for Program
    GMS Play The Grapevine Middle School theater program will present its first ever Melodrama Dinner Theater on Friday, December 5 at 7 p.m in the GMS Café.
    More than 50 students auditioned for Rollin’ in Dough in Mistletoe, a holiday-themed, interactive melodrama. A melodrama is a sensationally dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and events intended to appeal to the audience’s emotions.

    “I chose a melodrama for our first show because they are fun, silly and low pressure,” said Nichole Goodsell, GMS theater director. “Middle school students relate well to the melodramatic emphasis placed on the characters, so it was a natural choice. It is a very cute holiday show that is fun for the whole family!”

    Want tickets? Download the order form, and bring it to the school’s front office.
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    GES Inducts Inaugural class to New Honor Society Chapter
    ges Grapevine Elementary School (GES) has established a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) to recognize their most outstanding students. 47 fourth and fifth grade students were inducted into the Grapevine Elementary NEHS during a formal ceremony on Friday, November 14.
    “Grapevine Elementary has a long history of student success and what a great way to recognize our students’ accomplishments as we celebrate our 20th year,” GES Principal Kim Blackburn said. “The inaugural chapter of the Grapevine Elementary National Elementary Honor Society is an excellent way to honor our past and look toward our future.”
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  • Red Ribbon Week PSA contest, winners announced!
    As part of the GCISD Red Ribbon Week celebration and commitment to stay drug free, students across the district were invited to take part in a PSA contest. Students developed 30-second Public Service Announcements to encourage their peers to stay away from drugs. In its inaugural year as a new addition to Red Ribbon Week, two students were named co-winners:
    Dean Hopkins
    Cannon Elementary School

    Aslynn Williams
    Heritage Elementary School

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  • Students record views of outer space as part of STEM learning 
    If you strolled through Historic Grapevine's Settlement to City Museums on Wednesday, November 19, you might have seen some student artwork that's truly out of this world. 
    Sixth-grade students in the STEM Academy at Grapevine Middle School are participating in a program titled, “Youth Capture The Colorful Cosmos.” The program is sponsored by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Harvard College Observatory.
    STEM is an approach to student learning that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into all aspects of a students learning. These GMS students are using what they are learning about STEM to explore and document the “final frontier” known as outer space.
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  • Cannon Elementary Hosts First Family STEM Night
    Cardboard Museum More than 350 families attended the first Family STEM Night of the school year at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School. Students explained science, engineering, math and technology concepts to their families, and helped them construct windmill blades, bridges, ramps and more. Families worked together to engineer their designs and then tested them for stability, strength and balance.

    Families also toured the Cardboard Creations Museum, an exhibit created by Cannon students. They built more than 250 cardboard designs that were invented for this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge, which is a world-wide celebration of child creativity. There was also a demonstration from Cannon’s competitive robotics team, RoboSTEM. They showed off their project and robots that they designed for their upcoming LEGO League competition in December.

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  • Award Winning Poet Visits Heritage Elementary
     Heritage Elementary School students had the opportunity recently to participate in a poetry workshop with poet and artist Douglas Florian. The students discussed rhythm and rhyme as well as alliteration and repetition, while also learning about the process of publishing a book.
    Florian, who has written and illustrated dozens of children’s books of poetry, read some of his poetry aloud to the students. He shared his insights on the process of book publishing, the literary elements of poetry and how he develops story ideas. The students are beginning a poetry unit, and will soon be writing their own poetry.
    Watch a clip of Florian's presentation below:
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  • GHS Student named to Grapevine Parks and Recreation Board

    Abby Sandy
    Grapevine High School junior Abby Sandy was appointed to the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Board in October. Abby is a Grapevine resident and will be the GHS Student Representative on the city advisory board, serving a two-year term. She was chosen for this position because of her participation in youth sports growing up in Grapevine and for her volunteerism with city heritage festivals and local philanthropies like GRACE, Meals on Wheels and the Grapevine Public Library. Abby wants to be involved with the recreation developments that Grapevine is doing for city residents of all ages in the park system and remodeled Community Activities Center. Abby also plays for the Grapevine High School girls varsity basketball team and works as an umpire at the Oak Grove Complex.
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  • Former NFL Player Speaks to Silver Lake Elementary Students
    Keith Davis, a former NFL player for the New York Giants, spoke to students at Silver Lake Elementary about making good choices in life. The assembly was a high-energy event, with Davis and an assistant demonstrating skills of physical strength. They encouraged the students to persevere through the difficult things in their lives, while stressing the importance of education.
    Davis works for Just Say Yes, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to say yes to their dreams and goals.
    Check out the video below to see one of their strength demonstration. 
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    Varsity Fall Sports Roundup
    GHS Tennis GCISD varsity fall sports are ending their season in style, with several teams winning district and state competitions.

    The Grapevine HS Mustang tennis team won the conference 5A UIL State Championship in Team Tennis. Congrats Mustangs!
    The GHS cross country team competed at the 5-A UIL State Cross Country Meet. The girls placed second and the boys placed sixth in the team division. Skyler Simon won the gold medal in the girls individual awards and Alex Cleveland placed fourth for the boys.
    David Strom from Colleyville Heritage won the boys individual 6-A UIL State Cross Country Meet. He ran the three mile course in 15:23.
    GHS and CHHS varsity football teams are both headed to their first round of playoffs.
    GHS will play Witchita Falls Ryder HS at Northwest ISD Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will cost $6 for adults and $4 for students, and will be available at the gate for $8.

    CHHS will play Cedar Hill HS at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 2:00 p.m.Pre-sale tickets will cost $8 for adults and $6 for students, and will be available at the gate for $10.

    GHS and CHHS volleyball teams both won their area rounds, and will continue on to the regional quarter-finals round of playoffs. Grapevine will play Granbury HS at Saginaw HS on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Colleyville Heritage will play Hebron HS at Marcus HS on Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m.
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  • Breaking Sports News: GHS Tennis Team Named State Champion
    Grapevine High School is the Conference 5A UIL State Champion in Team Tennis--way to go Mustangs!
    GHS Tennis  
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  • GCISD schools honor veterans with Veterans Day events
    Veterans Day Veterans Day will be observed on Tuesday, November 11, and many schools are hosting activities to honor the men and women who served or are currently serving our country.  Programs featuring guest speakers and patriotic activities are planned throughout the district, with activities starting as early as Friday, Nov. 7. The community is invited to join our students, staff and district in honoring and thanking our veterans for their service.
    To see the list of events and celebrations happening around the district, click here. 
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  • Collegiate Academy Accepting Applications for 2015-2016
    Collegiate Academy If your child had the opportunity to graduate with their associate’s degree in two years, and have it cost you nothing, would you want them to take it? If you said yes, then the GCISD Collegiate Academy might be a good fit for your family.

    Collegiate Academy, GCISD’s early college high school, opened its doors in August 2014 to more than 100 freshmen. The school is a partnership with Tarrant County College (TCC), and is located on their Northeast campus in Hurst. Students who attend and graduate from Collegiate Academy will not only receive their high school diploma, they will graduate with an associate degree from TCC Northeast, at no cost to the family.
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  • GCISD Middle School Band Students Succeed at Regionals
    Members of the GCISD middle school bands competed for a spot in the Regional band on Nov. 1. More than 50 GCISD students were selected to be members of this elite band. They were placed in one of four different bands: Wind Symphony, Honor, Symphonic, or Concert. The students will participate in an all-day clinic and concert on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Carroll High School.
    HMS All Region Band Students
    Heritage Middle School All Region Band Members
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  • GCISD community task force researches new feeder patterns

    Map The 2014 Feeder Pattern Task Force kicked off Thursday, Oct. 30, to begin the process of researching the benefits of creating direct secondary feeder patterns. The focus of this community group will be to research and propose options for realignment of attendance zones for middle and/or high school. Current attendance zones for grades K-5 will not be altered during this process. Read more about the community task force and the process.
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  • ECDC pumpkin contest winners
    Children and their families at the Early Childhood Development Center took part in a pumpkin decorating contest. Colleyville Heritage High School Assistant Principal Amy Dill, Director of Facility Services James Hoey and Human Resources Assistant Sherry Greathouse served as judges, picking first, second and third place winners, as well as a staff favorite.
     First Place
    First Place
    Ice Cream Cone presented by the Hendrickson Family
    Second Place
    Second Place
    ECDC ROO presented by the Massey Family
     Third Place
    Third Place
    Owl presented by the Sotelo Family
    Staff Favorite
    Staff Favorite
    Olaf at the Beach presented by the Griffith Family
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  • Winners announced for Red Ribbon Week activities
    can Students observed Red Ribbon Week with campus as well as district-wide activities including a poster contest, essay contest, and indoor and outdoor decorating contests. 
    The Red Ribbon Week exterior decorations winners are Cannon Elementary and Colleyville Middle School.
    The Red Ribbon Week interior decorations winners are O.C. Taylor Elementary and Colleyville Middle School. 
    The Red Ribbon has become a symbol of the nation’s fight against illegal drugs, and Red Ribbon Week is observed to promote drug awareness and prevention, honoring the memory of Kiki Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agent who was killed in the line of duty in 1995.
    Click here to see a list of our poster contest winners!  
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  • GCISD annual survey invites feedback from community about schools, services

    ipad Periodically GCISD leaders ask for your feedback about the experience you and your child have had with the academics and operations at your child's school. Your input serves as an important component in decisions designed to continuously improve the educational experience for your child. Click here to read a letter from GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. To view and complete the survey click here

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  •  Canon Elementary Students Create Storybook Pumpkins
    Frozen Pumpkins The Cannon Elementary School library is looking festive this week with elaborately decorated pumpkins sitting on top of the bookshelves, ready to be admired, as part of the school’s Storybook Character Pumpkin contest.
    The contest is a recent fall staple at Cannon, challenging students and their families were to recreate their favorite storybook character in pumpkin form. Characters like Harry Potter, Arthur the Aardvark and Rapunzel are created using paint, yarn, construction paper and many other crafty items.
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  • GCISD Volleyball Teams Win District Titles

    The Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine high school varsity volleyball teams have both earned district champion titles in their respective districts.
    Colleyville Heritage is the champion for district 7-6A. They are undefeated in district play, and 33-9 overall. The bi-district playoff match will take place against Cedar Hill at Mansfield Summit High School on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
    Grapevine is the district 6-5A champion, and are also undefeated in district and 30-13 overall. Their bi-district playoff match will take place against Azle at Haltom High School on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
    CHHS Volleyball   GHS Volleyball
    Colleyville Heritage (on left) and Grapevine (on right) celebrate after claiming district champion titles.
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  • GCISD High School Marching Bands Win Highest Achievement at UIL Contest
    On October 18, the GCISD Marching Bands competed in the Region 24 UIL Marching Competition. Both the Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School Bands received the highest rating of I (superior) for their performances. Bands are judged on both the music and visual quality of their performance.
    “This success is reflective of a community of buy-in and support across the board.,” said Pat Antinone, GCISD’s director of fine arts. “From the hours of volunteer time that the parents invest, to the dedication of the students, to the flexibility of our coaches and administrators in facilitating schedules for students and the use of our athletic fields for shared practice, our community comes together to provide the bands with the tools necessary for success.”
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    Grapevine Band Colleyille Band  
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  •  Red Ribbon Week in GCISD

    Red Ribbon Red Ribbon Week, an annual campaign designed to promote health and a drug-free life, kicks off Monday, Oct. 27 in GCISD.
    Students and staff will participate in daily dress up themes. Campuses will also have other Red Ribbon events during the week, including guest speakers, canned food drives, poster contests, campus decorating contests, a PSA contest and special assemblies.

    Check out the list here to see what’s happening around the district!

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  • GCISD Theatre Programs selected to perform at Texas Thespian State Festival
    Bravo! Bravo! The theatre programs at Colleyville Heritage High School (CHHS) and Grapevine High School (GHS) have been selected to perform on the main stage at the Texas Thespian State Festival at the Dallas Convention Center, Nov. 20-22. 

    “What a tremendous honor for both high school theatre programs to be selected for this prestigious opportunity,” said Pat Antinone, GCISD director of fine arts. “Very few high schools from across the state are selected as featured performances during the state festival and we are honored to have two of the three slots to showcase our talented students and quality programs.”

    Click here to read more
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  • Cannon creativity soars in global challenge
    cardboard Cannon Elementary School students took part in the Global Cardboard Challenge this month, making their own local event, called: Cannon's Cardboard Creations Challenge. More than 200 students in grades kindergarten through fifth accepted the challenge, developing a wide array of creations, such as robots, houses with functioning elevators, games and more. One student even wore his creation, an airplane, to school.
    According to Tona Blizzard, Cannon principal, through this challenge, students exercised a great deal of design and engineering processes in their projects. Students who chose to add pulley systems and levers to their designs continually tested their design methods to ensure they achieved a workable outcome.
    On Friday, Oct. 10, all Cannon students had the opportunity to browse through the projects during a gallery walk around the school. Check out Facebook for photos of the Gallery! 
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  • Students advance in region choir program 
    Students from both Colleyville Heritage HS and Grapevine HS auditioned for the Texas Music Educator's Association Region 24 Choir on Tuesday, October 7. As a result, 21 were selected to a Region Choir with 15 advancing to the Pre-Area Round. CHHS had 12 students selected to a  Region Choir with eight advancing to the Pre-Area Round while GHS had nine students selected to a  Region Choir with seven advancing to the Pre-Area Round.
    Only the top 15 chairs per voice part advance to Pre Area. The students that place in chairs 16+ are placed in either the region Mixed or Treble Choir for the All-Region Choir Performance on November 15 (at Newman Smith HS), but do not advance to the Pre-Area Audition on November 18 (at R.L. Turner HS). There are eight voice parts: Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto I, Alto II, Tenor I, Tenor II, Bass I and Bass II.
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  • Southlake Rotary donated dictionaries to GCISD 3rd Graders
    Dictionary Members of the Southlake Rotary visited three GCISD elementary schools--Timberline, Cannon and Silver Lake--to donate dictionaries to each third grade student. Rotary members took time to explain the value of both the dictionary and their program. Each child who received a dictionary was invited to truly make it personal by writing his/her name in the inside cover page.
    Students expressed excitement as they flipped through the fresh pages of their new books. Cannon students even started looking up words, such as Scholar and Leadership, together. 
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  •  Grapevine High School Inducts 24 New Members

    NHS Grapevine High School inducted 24 new members to their National Honor Society (NHS) this fall. These students will join more than 120 other students to make up the GHS chapter.
    NHS is a leadership organization that honors the students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, service, scholarship and character. NHS members are expected to keep a 4.25 GPA and complete 15 service hours a year.
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  • O.C. Taylor Mascot Try-Outs
    Mascot Try-Outs O.C. Taylor Elementary School fifth graders pounced on the chance to be the new school mascot. The students auditioned in front of a panel of judges, made up of their teachers and principals. The school mascot appears at certain school events, and is responsible for promoting school spirit on campus.
    “I want to be the school mascot because it would be a good experience,” said Jadd Hashem, one of the mascot candidates. “I would get to cheer people up if they were having a bad day, and I would get to go to all the school events and have fun with my friends.”
    Students put on the tiger costume and performed a short dance routine for the judges. They also participated in a short interview with the judges, answering why they were the best choice for mascot, what their definition of school spirit is and what they thought the mascot should do on campus.
    Four of the candidates were chosen to act as the mascot throughout the year: Evelyn Griffith, Hayden Gainer, Kyra Rinon and Sarah Henderson.
    To see more images from try-outs, check out our album on Facebook!
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  • Grapevine HS students featured in new art exhibit art identity
    art2 Grapevine High School students were joined by school staff, friends and family members to kick off and celebrate their new “Who am I: Images of Personal Identity” exhibit on display in Grapevine’s Grand Gallery during a reception on Saturday, October 4. The exhibit will run through November 3.
    Featuring the works of 21 Advanced Placement Drawing and 2-D Design students, this exhibit showcases each artists’ unique, original work representing their personal identity.
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  • Snaps, pops and poetry fill CHHS library
    poetry Colleyville Heritage High School students came together to share creative poetry about teen life at the Poppin' Poetry Slam on Thursday, Sept. 25. Students took the mic and expressed themselves through rhythmic poetry while their peers attentively listened, snacking on popcorn and 'soda pop' and expressing their appreciation with light snaps and soft "wooos."
    CHHS Senior Inaara Shiraz has spearheaded this effort, creating the Spoken Word Poetry Club at CHHS as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The group meets on the last school Thursday of every month, alternating between open-mic poetry slams and poetry-writing workshops. 
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  • GCISD students earn perfect ACT score
    Nicholas Lunceford, a senior from Colleyville Heritage High School, and Emily DeJong, a senior from Grapevine High School, each earned a perfect ACT Score--less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT across the U.S. earn a top score of 36.
    Nicholas Lunceford
    Colleyville Heritage High School
    Emily DeJong
    Grapevine High School
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  • GHS Teacher Selected to be AP Advocate
    Dianna Trang Dianna Trang, an Advanced Placement English Language Arts teacher at Grapevine High School, has been selected to be an AP Advocate for the state of Texas.
    As an AP Advocate, Trang will work with other AP teachers in Texas to share resources and bring advanced classes to more students. They will have the opportunity to speak directly to policymakers and be able to fight for protecting and expanding AP programs.

    “We are very excited for Diana and the opportunity she will have to be an advocate for the students, parents and educators of GCISD,” said GCISD Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Rick Westfall. “As we work to emphasize college and career readiness for all students across the district, we strive to continually develop the way in which we educate with our best and brightest students.”

    This is the first year that the Advocate program will be offered in Texas. It first launched in the winter of 2013 in California, Florida, New York and Georgia.

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  • CES Kindergarteners Celebrate Dot Day
    Dot Day Celebrations Colleyville Elementary School (CES) kindergarteners celebrated Dot Day by making their mark in a big way. Dot Day is an international event, based off of Peter Reynold’s book The Dot. The inspiring story encourages kids to find out what their talents and gifts are, and to use those gifts to make their mark on the world.
    “The Dot’s powerful theme is that everyone has a gift to give,” said CES librarian Karen Kessel. “We want our students to learn early on that everyone is important in this big, wide world!”
    Kessel, and the art teacher, Allyson Thomas, worked together to create an exciting Dot Day experience for the students. In art, they learned about the artist Wassily Kindinsky and his circles. At the library, they split into groups and worked on different dot-related assignments, including a scavenger hunt and craft projects using dots.
    “We loved being able to work with Mrs. Kessel. She taught the kids how to respond to a story in creative ways,” said kindergarten teacher Jana Schultz. “The whole school dressed up in dots to support and participate with the kindergarteners. It made them feel so special!”
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  •  Giving Day a Success for Education Foundation 
    Giving Day The GCISD Education Foundation raised $10,030 on September 18 as part of the North Texas Giving Day.  This was the first year the Foundation participated in the annual event, which is dedicated to raising money for North Texas non-profit organizations.

    “North Texas Giving Day was such a fun and positive first-time experience for our Education Foundation,” said Janice Kane, director of the Education Foundation.  “Thank you to the generous donors who participated. Their support is so very important as we continue our mission to provide necessary resources to our students and teachers and demonstrates the true meaning of Building Excellent Schools Together.”
    The Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the students, staff and educational programs of the district. The funds they raise help facilitate student achievement and staff development, recognize and encourage staff excellence, and expand community involvement. They also provide grants, endowments and scholarships for staff and students.

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  • GCISD & TCC celebrate Collegiate Academy, our newest high school
    Ribbon Cutting2 The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 18, to dedicate and celebrate the opening of GCISD’s newest high school.
    “We are excited to welcome the inaugural class of students into the GCISD Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. “This partnership with Tarrant County College further expands the goals of our strategic plan, LEAD 2021, and our desire to create opportunities for all our students to be prepared for their future college or career paths.”
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  • GHS Speech and Debate Team Ranked Nationally

    GHS Speech and Debate
    The National Speech and Debate Associate have released their newest rankings and the Grapevine High School Speech and Debate Team are ranked 70th in the nation, out of more than 7,000 schools. They are 3rd in the state of Texas, and 2nd in their district.
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  • CHHS Student Becomes Mascot

    Jayden Thompson was a member of the Colleyville Heritage football team before he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer. The school honored him this past week by making him the mascot, so he could still support his team. Fox 4 recently did a story on Jayden. Check out his story here.
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  • HES Kicks Off Rachel's Challenge

    Rachel's Challenge Heritage Elementary students spent their Friday afternoon kicking off this year’s Rachel’s Challenge program, bringing the whole school together for the assembly.

    The Heritage Middle School band played “Don’t Stop Believing” and other pep tunes as the elementary students walked in, many of them clapped and danced along to the music. The Colleyville Heritage High School Cheerleaders, Panteras and mascot were also in attendance, lending to the pep rally atmosphere.

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  • 19 students named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists
    Nineteen GCISD seniors have been named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Selection is based on the students' scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT.) Read more...
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  • GCISD High Schools and The O'Donnell Foundation Partner Together for Grant Program
    test Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School have been invited to participate in the O’Donnell Foundation’s Create Schools of Excellence in Fine Arts four-year incentive grant partnership program.
    “I am so honored for GCISD to be included in the O’Donnell Foundation’s Create Schools of Excellence in Fine Arts District Grant,” said Patrick Antinone, the Director of Fine Arts in GCISD. “This recognition stands as a tribute to the great work that our AP Fine Arts Teachers have been doing, and represents an awesome opportunity for our students and programs to grow for years to come.”
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  • GCISD issues 25 Book Challenge
    book High school PALs, Student Councils competing in book drive to support challenge

    25 books.
    282 days.
    Countless choices.
    Are you up for the challenge?

    Students across GCISD have been challenged – read 25 books over and above required class reading before the last day of school in June. The challenge is open to students in grades 3-12, but students and parents of all ages are encouraged to join the effort.
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  • College Colors Day 2014
    College Colors Day Friday, August 29, is National College Colors Day. Please participate by wearing your favorite college t-shirts on this day. College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience. This program is being sponsored by the GCISD AVID College Readiness System.
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  • Welcome Back 2014!
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     For more Back to School photos check out our Facebook album
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  • Become a Varsity Football Junior Captain!
    football Are you an elementary school student in GCISD? Are you excited to become a Grapevine Mustang or Colleyville Heritage Panther? Ever wish you could be on the field during a varsity football game? Well here’s your chance!

    Simply send your back-to-school photos to communication.services@gcisd.net during the week of August 25-August 29 and include your name, grade, campus, phone number and whether you are a future Mustang or Panther, and you’ll be entered to win the chance to be a Junior Captain during an upcoming varsity home football game at Mustang-Panther Stadium!

    If selected as a Junior Captain, you will get to walk out to the 50-yard line with the varsity game captains for the coin toss and you will be recognized in the end zone during the first quarter. 

    Students who submit a back-to-school photo will be placed in a drawing and selected at random. Elementary students selected for Junior Captain will be notified during the week of September 2-5. Good luck!

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  • GCISD Teacher attends Shakespeare Summer Workshop
    Haney Bridges Accelerated Learning Center’s Kristinia Haney was recently selected as one of the top 25 secondary school teachers from across the country to attend the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Summer Teaching Shakespeare Institute in Washington D.C. Starting this school year, Haney is moving to the district’s newest school; the Collegiate Academy at Northeast Tarrant County College.
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  • Students gear up for new year at annual Back to School Fair
    BTSF14 Early estimates report that more than 1,000 students received a free backpack and set of school supplies for the new school year through the district's third annual Back to School Fair held at Grapevine High School on Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m. - noon. Sponsored by GCISD and CONNECT, a non-profit organization managed by and funded through the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, the Fair was held for preregistered students who were recommended by their campus leaders.
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  • GCISD teacher named Region Elementary Teacher of the Year
    Pearson Dove Elementary School's Cindy Pearson has been named Teacher of the Year at the Elementary Level for the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Region 11. The surprise announcement was made during a special awards banquet on July 31.
    "The talent, dedication and creativity that Ms. Pearson brings to her students at Dove makes her a phenomenal teacher here at GCISD," said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. "This is an incredible and deserving honor. I congratulate her and wish her well in the next stage of the state program."
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  • CTMS Jazz Band record album in Dallas studio
    CTMS Jazz Band
     On 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.
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  • Taking History Lessons Beyond The Classroom
    GCISD staff celebrate Independence Day by touring Mount Vernon. History 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.
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  • Two GCISD teachers named Outstanding Educator Finalists
    The Texas PTA recently recognized two GCISD teachers as Outstanding Educator Finalists in their second awards program.
    Leigh 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.
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  • Teacher Spotlight: Elementary Teacher of the Year Cindy Pearson – Dove Elementary

    Cindy 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.


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