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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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  • Weather Responders

    Posted by Communication Services at 2/27/2015
    Wow, what a week. Once again we are monitoring the winter weather.
     
    I know first-hand that there were many folks all across the district who pitched in to make our winter weather response this week as successful as possible. From driving roads to shoveling walkways to rescheduling events/schedules to restructuring lesson plans, everyone’s efforts are critical when winter weather causes delays and closures. During these times, we have one division that always rises to the occasion.
     
    Most of the time, they go about their business behind the scenes, rarely in the spotlight. This week, though, they were our shining stars. Your GCISD Operational Services team began prepping for the impending forecast over the weekend and, once the winter weather hit, they sprang into action. And they stayed on alert all week, prepping for the next round that came even today. Most of us don’t often think about how much work goes into preparing our buildings when weather events occur, so I’d like to share a small glimpse into their week:
     
    As early as Sunday morning, our Operations office and Risk Management began communicating with our local and regional Offices of Emergency Management. Throughout the next four days, they had multiple phone conferences with the National Weather Service and local emergency agencies. (I would like to note that several of these were at 4 a.m. … and 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. … and did it all again on Thursday night and Friday)
     
    Once the weather arrived, the GCISD Facilities Services crew left their warm, comfortable homes to check on our schools and to begin the process of salting sidewalks and clearing ice in parking lots and other places. They drove the slippery streets at 4:30 a.m. and shoveled ice after sunrise. They checked our mechanical systems to make sure the heat and equipment was operating properly.
     
    Other operational duties included:
    • Checking in with local police and neighboring districts on road conditions
    • Arriving early to get buses checked, ready and warmed up for routes
    • Notifying GCISD families of school closings, delays and important news (in English and Spanish) using multiple (and simultaneous) communication methods
    • Re-setting door controls at all schools and offices to keep our buildings secure
    • Cancelling activities and notifying the affected groups
    • Preparing for possible adjustments to lunch serving lines
    • Rescheduling of fine arts and athletic events, some of which were playoffs and required collaboration with other districts and the UIL
     
    And the list goes on and on…
     
    This is not comprehensive by any means, and I can tell you from personal witness that our Operations folks are second to none. And they do their jobs proudly – not for recognition or fanfare, but because there’s a job that needs to be done and that’s what you do when you’re part of a winning team. As they like to say among their circles, “If you have an operational need, we’ve got an OPS for that!”
     
    We are so blessed to have an “OPS” team that cares enough to deliver such personal, professional and excellent service to our district, even in harsh conditions. When you see them out and about across the district, I hope you will take a minute to thank them for a job well done. They will likely be uncomfortable and not want to talk much about it, but I know that they will appreciate your words. Our behind-the-scenes folks are another reason GCISD is the BEST!
     
    Stay warm and dry this weekend,
    RR
    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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