GCISD Life 2015-2016
GCISD Dance and Visual Art students visit Europe
Earlier in June, students from the Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School dance and visual art programs participated in a cultural exchange program with the City of Grapevine’s Sister Cities of Krems, Austria and the community of West Lothian, Scotland. Students were accompanied by GHS Dance Director Kaylynn Renfro, CHHS Visual Arts Department Head Sarah Roye, GCISD Director of Fine Arts Pat Antinone and a small group of supportive parents.
Students began their tour in Bavaria where they visited the city center of Munich, Germany. Students experienced the Dachau concentration camp, and had a chance meeting with a liberated survivor of the camp itself. They then headed to Swangau, where they climbed to the Neuswanstein Castle.
New principal named for Bear Creek Elementary
At the June 20 Board of Trustees meeting, Trustees approved Bryan Calvert as the new principal for Bear Creek Elementary School. Calvert is currently serving as an assistant principal at Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School in Irving ISD.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to join GCISD and become a part of the great tradition of excellence at Bear Creek Elementary,” Calvert said. “It will be a privilege to serve the students and parents at Bear Creek, while working together with the staff as we strive to achieve the high expectations established for all students.”
The search for a new Bear Creek principal began in May when Brooke Moose announced her retirement after more than 40 years in education, 30 of which were in GCISD. Input from campus and community representatives was solicited to determine the desired qualifications and characteristics of a new principal for Bear Creek.
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Dove Elementary approved candidacy for International Baccalaureate
IB Dove Elementary School (DES) has been approved as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, pursuing authorization as an IB World School.
“We are honored to be granted status as an IB Candidate School,” said Cindy Galloway, DES principal. “Our teachers have already begun designing experiences that allow the students to explore learning while making an impact on the world around us.”
This past year, DES has been working towards becoming a candidate for IB, which encourages both personal and academic achievement by challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. Now that DES has been approved for candidacy, the campus will embark on a two-year process to fulfill the requirements for authorization as an IB Primary Years Programme.
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State announces changes for STAAR exam results for 2015-2016
On Friday, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced significant changes to June STAAR testing for students in fifth and eighth-grade. In a letter to district administrators across the State, Morath said: "As a result of ongoing reporting issues with our testing vendor, we will be removing student consequences attached to STAAR testing for grades 5 and 8 for the remainder of the 2015-2016 assessment cycle."
While the State will not administer any STAAR exams in June as a result of this decision, Commissioner Morath did ask school districts to use local discretion to determine if a student who failed the STAAR exam may advance to the next grade level. There is not one determining factor in this decision; however, successful completion of the Student Success Initiative or STAAR Academy will help inform the decision of grade placement.
Regardless of the State's ruling, the district will continue to provide accelerated instruction this summer in order to prepare students for advancement prior to the 2016-2017 school year.
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