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  • ACT Success for GCISD


    ACT logo Students across the district found success by earning top scores on the recent ACT. Both Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine high school’s average composite scores were higher than the state and national composite score average. Check out the results below:

     

    • CHHS tested 312 students, average Composite Score: 24.9
    • GHS tested 288 students, average Composite Score: 25.4
    • GCISD tested 611 students, average Composite Score: 25.1
    • State tested 142,877 students, average Composite Score: 20.6
    • Nation tested 2,090,342 students, average Composite Score: 20.8

     

    “It’s exciting that as we increase the number of test takers, our composite score has continued to increase,” said Shannon Tovar, GCISD director of accountability and continuous improvement. “High college-readiness scores reflect the strength of our school district. I want to congratulate all of the students, teachers, and parents for their outstanding performance in 2016. We look forward to seeing what the class of 2017 will achieve.”

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  • GCISD bond sale secures 2.8% interest rate

     

    Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has issued a portion of the $248.97 million bond package approved by voters in May. The district issued $188.65 million in bonds for the 2016 bond program at an interest rate of 2.8 percent. Prior to the public’s vote on the bonds, the district communicated to voters a projected maximum Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate increase of 12.81 cents. As a result of a secured lower interest rate, the actual I&S tax increase for these bonds will be 7.66 cents. The interest rate for the remaining unsold bonds could vary.

     

    “We remain grateful for the community support we received during the 2016 bond election, and we are excited to have sold bonds at a lower interest rate than initially projected,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, superintendent of schools. “As we continue redefining education in GCISD, these bonds will further enhance the learning experience for all students. The new facilities and technology, upgrades and renovations to existing structures and the purchase of new equipment will help propel our students and staff as we continue to strive for success each and every day.”

     

    By securing the 2.8 percent interest rate, projections show that over the 25-year repayment period, GCISD taxpayers will pay $84.9 million less in interest costs than what was originally projected for the 2016 bond program.

     

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  • An update on water quality in GCISD
     
    With safety of students and staff in mind, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is taking action after an analysis of water samples revealed elevated lead content at a drinking fountain and sink at O.C. Taylor Elementary and a baseball concession stand sink at Grapevine High School. GCISD requested testing at facilities constructed prior to 1989 amid questions about lead levels in drinking water in some area school districts. This testing, which included seven campuses, targeted facilities constructed prior to 1989. Congress mandated that any construction post-1986 be done with lead-free drinking water components.
     
    Based on these results, the district will conduct further testing on all of the campus water fountains at O.C. Taylor. During this time, water fountains will be turned off and bottled water will be provided for students and staff.
     
    A second round of samples collected from the baseball field concession stand sink at GHS and the kitchen prep sink at O.C. Taylor, taken 30-seconds after the first tests, met water quality standards. Taking a second test 30-seconds after the initial test is part of the EPA guidelines. As a recommended measure, the district is also installing a point-of-use National Sanitation Foundation-certified lead reduction filtration system at the respective sinks.
     
    GCISD has created a page with FAQ’s and links to additional resources. Click here to learn more. If you have further questions, please submit via Let’s Talk.
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  • Students get ready for new year at Back to School Fair

     

    Back to School Fair The GCISD community came together to help 1,227 students gear-up for the new school year at the Back to School Fair. This is the highest number of students to attend the fair. Students received a free backpack and set of school supplies for the new school year through the Fair held at Grapevine High School on Saturday, Aug. 6. 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.

     

    "Our fifth annual Back to School Fair was a huge success," said Emberly Hill, director of counseling and general education homebound services. "We served 1,227 total students. We know those students have the tools they need to start the year successfully and that they will begin the year feeling ready to learn.

     

    Check out the Fort Worth Star Telegram story about the Fair!

     

    More than 200 volunteers from a number of community organizations, schools and churches served as guides for families as they walked though the fair. GCISD's Nutrition Services staff provided snacks. Families were offered assistance in completing online school registration, were able to submit applications for free and reduced lunches and learned about immunizations needed for the beginning of school. In total, about 1,700 backpacks were donated and more than $40,000 worth of school supplies were purchased for the fair.

     

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  • GCISD Then and Now

    Posted by Communication Services at 8/26/2016

    On Monday evening, after the first day of school, I was honored to speak to the Grapevine Historical Society. This group is comprised of local citizens, most of whom have been in this area for a few years...to say the least. My topic was GCISD: Then and Now.

     

    In preparation for this event, I gathered about 50 pictures from days gone by; from one of the first teachers in the 1870s to the first permanent school building, to old football and band pictures from the 20s and 30s. My plan was to show the audience the old pictures, then proceed to share pictures and stories of current classroom activities.

     

    My lesson plan didn't work. My biggest mistake was distributing hard copies of these pictures throughout the audience, planning to refer to each of them throughout the presentation.

     

    They immediately began comparing pictures, showing others their picture, trading pictures with their friends, and a fight almost broke out over one particularly popular photo. I finally was able to begin my presentation after a helper picked up all of the pictures from this energetic crowd with a promise to give them back after the program.

     

    Amazingly, when I showed pictures of a former teacher, or principal, or even the former superintendent Mr. Cannon, the crowd cheered! When a couple of photos of former teachers came up on the screen, the crowd made the sound of a suppressed boo! This reaction came from a crowd of folks whose age was probably between 55-95! Even 50-70 years after graduation, some of the most upstanding citizens of this community still had "teacher love" and "teacher hate". I was astonished.

     

    As I proceeded through the presentation, the crowd was impressed with the things happening in our classrooms. But my takeaway that night was more about the permanent impression that we leave on our students.

     

    Fifty or sixty years from now, during a presentation, some of our pictures might be shown. How will the audience react? My guess is they will cheer!!

     

    BEST,
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    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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    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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