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  • Elementary Open House Nights Rescheduled
     
    Due to inclement weather and school closings on Thursday, the Open House nights planned at all GCISD elementary schools for March 5 have been canceled. All elementary schools except Bear Creek ES and Silver Lake ES will host their Open House nights on Thursday, March 19. Bear Creek and Silver Lake will host their Open House nights on Thursday, March 26. Please check with your elementary campus for specific times and campus-specific information.
     
    Thank you to all our parents for your flexibility during this winter weather event, and we look forward to welcoming our families to our elementary schools for Open House!
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  • Nutrition Services Receives Excellent Review
     
    The GCISD Nutrition Services team earned an Excellent ranking from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) during their recent state audit. They also reported no findings, meaning the auditors couldn’t find anything wrong with the department.
     
    The audit, which is referred to as an Administrative Review Process, encompasses the entire federal program including financials, paperwork, procedures, food safety and training, food production and a nutritional analysis of the menus. The review started in January, when the Nutrition Services Department submitted documents to the TDA auditor for an off-site evaluation. The on-site review was two days, and covered three schools: Bransford Elementary School, Cross Timbers Middle School and Grapevine Middle School.
     
    NS1  NS2  NS3
     
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  • GCISD Dance Teams Sweep Competition
     
    The GCISD Varsity Dance Teams melted away the competition this past weekend. The Grapevine High School Fillies and the Colleyville Heritage Panteras both competed at the Marching Auxiliary Regional Dance Competition at Haltom High School on March 1. The contest was originally scheduled for February 28, but was rescheduled due to the icy weather.
     
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  • GHS Wrestling Wins Big at State
     
    Brian Andrews Grapevine High School sophomore Brian Andrews won the 5A Wrestling State Championship in his weight class (195 lbs). He was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler for 5A, and went undefeated (49-0) the whole season.

    “Brian continued to dominate his opponents as he has done all year long,” said Kent Hall, GHS Wrestling Coach. “Winning state as a sophomore, he has a possibility of being the first Grapevine High School student to be a four time state placer and could be our first three time state champion.”
     
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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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