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  • Future Problem Solvers earn top marks at State, headed 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.
     
    RESULTS 
    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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  • Road to State: Spring 2015
     
    Sports teams from across the district are paving the way to state competition this spring.
     
     
    GYMNASTICS 
    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.

     
     
     
     GOLF 
    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. 
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    TENNIS
    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 Champions, and Keenan Rico and Octavia Malin took second place in Mixed Doubles.
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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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  • Be Informed and Be Involved

    Posted by Communication Services at 4/10/2015
    When I started teaching 29 years ago at Hurst Junior High, I never thought about my Senators and Representatives or the State Legislature. I just did not think that what they did in Austin would ever affect me in my classroom in Hurst, Texas. How wrong I was! In fact, they have a great impact on what happens in every public education classroom in Texas.  
     
    It has been a while since the news from Austin has been good news. 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.  
     
    This week, however, was a different story. House Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don Aycock announced HB 1759, which takes a very positive step toward restoring the cuts of 2011. (This bill has the support of our Representative Giovanni Capriglione.) The school finance system in Texas is notoriously complicated, as you can see from the vocabulary in the announcement below, but simply put, HB 1759 reduces Robin Hood, increases equity and provides more dollars for the students in public education. For GCISD, this could be a $7 million increase in funding. It is not a full restoration of the 2011 dollars, but it is a very big step in the right direction.
     
    HB 1759 is still a long way from becoming law, but this is a very positive start. I hope you will watch the progress of this bill and others that are being considered this session.  It’s important – and it affects every person involved with public education. I just wish I could have figured that out 29 years ago.
     
    I encourage you to be informed and be involved in the future of public education. Our legislators want to hear from teachers, school staff and parents. Our GCISD Champions group found out recently just how easy it is to call or email our legislators directly and provide feedback – you could ask your campus or department Champion about that! Texans For Local Schools is another resource you can use to register your position on proposed legislation. Together, each one of us can have an impact on the future!
     
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    House Public Education Committee Discusses HB 1759 School Finance Bill
     
    The House Public Education Committee met today, and Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock laid out HB 1759. He began by noting that the goal was to do what is best for Texas’ 5.2 million Texas public school students, while also trying to simplify the school finance system.  
     
    Aycock stated that no school will lose funding for the 2015-17 biennium under this plan. He noted that the bill does not deal with the weights and facility funding, but that they are important issues that will need to be addressed in the 2017 legislative session. The bill adds approximately $3 billion above the funding needed to cover enrollment growth.
     
    HB 1759 Highlights:
    • Increases the Basic Allotment (BA) from $5,040 to $5,888
    • Raises the Equalized Wealth Level to $588,800
    • Repeals the CEI and flows the funding through the BA
    • Repeals the transportation allotment and flows the funding through the BA 
      ($125 ADA = small district adjustment)
    • Flows funding from the High School Allotment through the BA
    • Flows Additional Aid for Nonprofessional Salary through the BA
    • Repeals the 1992-93 chapter 41 Hold Harmless
    • Extends the CTE allotment to eighth-grade students
    • Phases out the Midsized Adjustment over several years at 5 percent
    • Does not change small school adjustments
    • Moves the majority of schools from ASATR to the formulas by flowing funding through the BA
    • Addresses the issue of fractional funding up to $1.00
    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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  • Chic Boutique is Open!
    The Chic Boutique will be open every Saturday from April 11-May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Chic Boutique, located at the district administration building, is a GCISD parent-led enterprise is a shopping boutique for middle and high school students that provides gently used banquet and prom dresses at no cost to the student.

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  • GCISD Finance earns Platinum Leadership Circle Award

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  • Tax Rate Legal Posting 
    Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year's tax rate. Visit our Tax Rate Information page.

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  • Record destruction schedule set by state regulations
    Consistent with the notification requirements set forth in federal and state regulations regarding the destruction of confidential records, Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed or graduated on or before June 2010 will be destroyed June 5, 2015 (34 CFR 300.624).  If you have any questions about this process or about student specific records, you may contact personnel at GCISD’s Special Education Department at (817) 251-5533.
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