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  • An update on the 2016-2017 Student Teacher Calendar 




    In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, we understand the importance of releasing the academic calendar early in the year to give families ample opportunity to plan; however, new Texas Legislation has delayed the creation of the district's instructional calendar.
    Under the new House Bill (HB) 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, school districts are required to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days of instruction. By changing the way the school year is measured, it is meant to give districts more flexibility in how they make up for missed instructional days.
    While this provides flexibility in the district's calendar, it also provides unique challenges when determining how to capture the required number of minutes, while still providing staff professional development, student early release days and bad weather days.
    The GCISD District Excellence Committee, comprised of teachers, staff, parents and community members, as well as district and campus leadership, have reviewed possible calendar options for the 2016-2017 school year, and once finalized a recommendation will be made to the Board of Trustees. Once approved, the 2016-2017 academic calendar, as well as more information about how HB 2610 will impact GCISD, will be available on the district website.
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  • GCISD Launches Excellence in Education Video Series


    GCISD is starting a new monthly video series called Excellence in Education, which will give community members a look at district programs, finance, facilities and other initiatives. The first YouTube segments highlights school funding and the impact of the state’s Robin Hood finance system on GCISD. The video can be seen at the district’s YouTube Channel, GCISD TV.


    Upcoming Excellence in Education segments will cover how each tax dollar is spent, debt service, facilities, learning environments, safety and security, and more.


    The goal of the video series is further transparency between the district and parents, staff and others in the GCISD community.

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  • ASPIRE Academy earns state innovation award

    ASPIRE Academy  

    The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD ASPIRE Academy, which serves students in grades first through sixth, was recently named a Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Innovation in Gifted Award recipient. This award seeks to recognize and showcase exemplary projects, programs or ideas that address the unique needs of gifted students in innovative ways. 
    The ASPIRE Academy is a self-contained highly gifted academy that provides a culture where learners engage in rigorous and meaningful learning experiences that empower them to take risks, pursue passions, and make a positive impact on the world.
    As part of the 2015 Innovation in Gifted Award, the ASPIRE Academy has been awarded $5,000 for the program.
    “ASPIRE Academy plans to use the money to further address the varied interests of our students,” said Becky Manning, GCISD Director of Advanced Academics. “Many of them have a passion for coding, robotics, and engineering. This award will allow us to buy materials and support additional extra-curricular activities in which these students could pursue their passions.”
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  • Author Visits Timberline Elementary



    Timberline Elementary School students welcomed  author and screenwriter Michael Anthony Steele who visited their campus this week. Steele has written more than 100 books for children, as well as episodes of “Wishbone” and “Barney.” Most of his books are adaptations and novelizations of popular television shows, movies, and pop culture phenomenons, such as Garfield, Legos, Tony Hawk and the movie “Night at the Museum.”


    TES Librarian Audra Harms was glad her students had the opportunity to hear from a successful author.

    “He shared his positive message with the whole school,” Harms said. “His motto is ‘I can do that!’ and he encouraged all of our students to repeat that phrase every day.”

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  • Persistence

    Posted by Communication Services at 11/20/2015

    It took me nine years to finish my doctorate. Nine years! Many times I wanted to stop, but others in my life supported me and encouraged me to finish. (Plus...my wife already had her doctorate, and I was tired of getting mail addressed to "Dr. and Mr. Ryan".)


    Through it all, I never had to deal with the amount of adversity that Sebastian experienced. Sebastian joined GCISD at CTMS, then attended GMS before he went to CHHS. When he arrived at CTMS, he did not know English, so it took a while for him to advance. He was in the Class of 2011 at CHHS, but never received his diploma. The Math portion of the TAKS test was his obstacle. After leaving CHHS, Tiffany Carey worked with him on his math and Robin Davis kept him informed about the TAKS re-test dates. Three more times he tried and three more times he was unsuccessful.


    So when we received the results this week from the October administration of the TAKS test, Sebastian was thrilled to get the call that he had passed! He will finally get his CHHS diploma.


    I called Sebastian today to congratulate him. Check out what he had to say:
    I had to do this for my family. I am the first to graduate and I had to set the example. If I can do it, they can do it. I had to show them.

    • A lot of people give up when things get hard. It took time, but I finally did it.
    • Education opens doors.
    • Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Davis helped me so much. And my girlfriend kept encouraging me. She values education and she pushed me to keep trying.
    • Now, I want to attend culinary school and business school and run my own business.


    I am so proud of the persistence he showed during this time. We all have setbacks and call upon our supporters to see us through. We are lucky to have Tiffany and Robin on the GCISD team, and we have hundreds of employees just like them. This is why GCISD is the BEST!


    I bet Sebastian has a tremendous Thanksgiving, and I hope you do too.


    Safe travels,

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    GCISD Superintendent of Schools
    The B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
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