GCISD @Our Best - 2012-2013

  • ESOL/Bilingual Summer School celebrates Independence Day

    Posted by Christian - Multimedia Specialist Hughes at 7/10/2013
    Students in the ESOL/Bilingual summer school program at Silver Lake Elementary took a break from their lessons to celebrate U.S. independence this past Tuesday, July 3. Patriotically-clad students marched around the Silver Lake campus waving American flags and streamers before finishing up with a hot dog lunch in the cafeteria. The students also made 4th of July arts and crafts to display for the event. Great celebration, Silver Lake!

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  • Future MD's operate during Summer Enrichment

    Posted by Kristin Biery at 6/20/2013
    On Thursday, June 20, students in the 'Future MD' enrichment class dissected a heart to look at all the arteries and chambers inside. Check out a few photos here!

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  • Mavs Man visits KidzU

    Posted by Kristin Biery at 6/13/2013
    On Thursday, June 13, Mavs Man visited students at KidzU and showed off some of his moves. Check out the photos below:
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  • Summer Enrichment kicks off

    Posted by Heather Willden at 6/11/2013 8:00:00 AM
    The GICSD Summer Enrichment program kicked off on Monday, June 10. From paint to clay to Legos, students found many creative outlets on their first day of classes.
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  • Colleyville Elementary Day

    Posted by Kristin - Communications Coord. Biery at 6/11/2013
    At the June 4 Colleyville City Council Meeting, Mayor Kelly presented Colleyville Elementary with a Proclamation naming June 5, 2013 Colleyville Elementary Day. This was done in celebration of Colleyville Elementary's 50th anniversary and the first graduating fifth-graders to have received all of their elementary education in the new Colleyville Elementary School building. Mayor Kelly also attended the fifth-grade awards ceremony on June 5 and presented the proclamation a second time so that every fifth-grade student could be part of this occasion. 
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  • CTMS drive for our soldiers

    Posted by Kristin Biery at 6/11/2013
    Students from Cross Timbers Middle School recently completed a drive for soldiers in Afganistan. Student Lauren Pebbles organized the drive called "A bit of home for our heroes." The campus adopted a Joint Legal Center in Afghanistan. See photos of the soldiers receiving their gifts below:
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  • Timberline puts their pennies to good use

    Posted by Heather Willden at 6/5/2013 3:00:00 PM
    TimberlinePennies Timberline Elementary School students and staff put their pennies together this year to collect more than $5,000 for the Pennies for Patients campaign to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). During an end-of-the year pep rally, Steve Abrey, a representative from the LLS, presented the school with a Champions of Change banner to display at the school. 
    The Pennies for Patients was a three-week campaign to benefit the LLS.  Money raised will help support research for a cure for blood cancers. A portion will directly benefit North Texas families, by helping to pay for treatment for those in need.  
    According to School Nurse Miriam Bridges, this service-learning opportunity benefited the students in several ways.  
    "It gave them the opportunity to learn a little bit about blood cancers and to see some students their own ages who are survivors--Honored Heroes. It teaches students empathy and kindness for the needs of others.  It also teaches them that everybody can do something to help others, be it on  a big or a small scale," said Bridges. "And it was an amazing example of synergy, of what can be accomplished by working together toward a common goal.  I loved seeing how proud the students were to have raised so much to help other kids with blood cancers."
    The school held a kick-off assembly, which was organized by the LLS School and Youth Programs. At this assembly, both students and parents learned about the campaign and why the school was supporting it.  The students were each given a donation box to take home to collect spare change or any donations from family or friends.  
    Each Friday, the school collected and counted the money. Throughout the week, they had special activities, announcements and lessons in the classrooms to keep the momentum strong.  The entire school collected a grand total of $5,681.37.  The winning class was Ms. Irene Sotelo's second grade class who collected the most most money in the school. As a reward, they were treated to a special pasta lunch, courtesy of Olive Garden,
    for their hard work.
    Ms. Sotelo's Second Grade Class 
    Timberline Pennies  
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  • Grapevine High School Students Qualify to Attend Prestigious National Tournament

    Posted by Christian - Multimedia Specialist Hughes at 6/4/2013 11:00:00 AM
    Seven students will travel to the prestigious 2013 LFG / NFL National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, June 15-22, 2013. The event, which caps an outstanding year of competition for the Grapevine High School speech and debate team, is billed as the world’s largest academic competition.

    The students will join nearly 3,500participants from across the country and several other countries. Top winners from each event take home more than $200,000 in college scholarships. National competition occurs in eleven main events—Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate–House, Congressional Debate–Senate, Original Oratory, United States Extemporaneous Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation—as well as seven consolation and supplemental events.

    Grapevine High School will be attending its 21stNational Tournament. Since 1990, Grapevine High School has qualified 90 students for the National Tournament winning two (2) National Championships, as well as, multiple students in the final round, in the top 10, and in elimination rounds.

    Jane Boyd, Director of Debate said: “I remember the thrill when we qualified our 1ststudent to the National tournament 21 years ago. I get that same thrill each time we qualify new students. The NFL National tournament is one of the greatest high school competitions in the WORLD. Qualifying is such an honor, but to also achieve the outstanding results we have over the year is fantastic.”

    National qualifiers from Grapevine High School include the following:
    • Alexander Yoakum, sophomore, Lincoln Douglas Debate
    • Kenny Johng and Connor Smith, juniors, Policy Debate
    • Tanner Terrell and Tatum Wilson, seniors, Duo Interpretation
    • Jordin Willis and Maryn Richardson, juniors, Duo Interpretation

    The Debate team is coached by Ms. Jane Boyd and the Speech team is coached by Mr. Grant HahnFor more information about the National Forensic League National Tournament, visit the tournament website:www.NFLnationals.org.

    GrapevineHigh School National Qualifiers:
    • Front Row – Kenny Johng, Maryn Richardson, TatumWilson, Tanner Terrell
    • Secondrow – Alexander Yoakum, Connor Smith, Jordin Willis
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  • GHS Junior named National Forensic League Academic All-American

    Posted by Kristin Biery at 6/3/2013 11:00:00 AM

    Kenny Kenny Johng, a junior, from Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas has been named a National Forensic League (NFL) Academic All American in recognition of speech and debate excellence and academic success. League students may be nominated for this prestigious award if they have a GPA of 3.7/4.0 or higher, and an ACT score of 27+ or an SAT score of 2000+. Academic All Americans must hold an NFL degree of Superior Distinction or higher, reflecting the attainment of 750 or more degree points earned through competition or service. Finally, they must demonstrate outstanding character and leadership.

    “Kenny is a talented and dedicated member of the debate team.  He works hard on all his classes, debate work, and gives service to the team and community.  I am very proud of his accomplishments and to have him on my team.”  Said Jane Boyd, Director of Debate at Grapevine High School.

    There are approximately 120,000 active students in the National Forensic League. Each year, fewer than 500 high school students nationwide achieve Academic All American status, placing them among the top half of one-percent of League members.

    Congratulations Kenny! 

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  • Heritage ES Honor Society visits Ballpark

    Posted by Heather Willden at 6/3/2013 10:30:00 AM
    The Heritage Elementary School National Elementary Honor Society, under the direction of Counselor Regina Rockwood, celebrated the end of the school year by going on a field trip to the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday, May 31.  
    "The 32 fifth-grade students selected for membership in the inaugural year of the school's Honor Society have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, responsibility, leadership, service, citizenship, and character," said Rockwood. 
    According to Rockwood, the group's tour guide at the ballpark, a former teacher, was very impressed with the students' respectful attention as they listened and followed directions.  
    "They are a credit to HES," said Rockwood.
    HES @ Ballpark  HES @ Ballpark
    HES @ Ballpark  HES @ Ballpark  
    HES @ ballpark  HES @ ballpark  
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