• GCISD FastNews - June 28, 2012

    Posted by Public Information at 6/28/2012 8:00:00 AM
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    July 4th GCISD's Administration building and other district offices and programs will be closed the week of July 2-6. Summer Enrichment classes and the ECDC also will be closed. The KidzU Summer Camp extended care program will remain open.
     
     

    Silver Lake Elementary principal named at June Board meeting
    Veteran administrator and educator Gilberto Gonzalez, Ph.D., was named principal of Silver Lake Elementary by the GCISD Board of Trustees at its June 18 meeting. The position was previously held by Lisa Dunn who will be principal at Cross Timbers Middle School.The SLE PTA and Staff will host a community welcome for him at the school on June 28 from 3-5 p.m. Read more about Dr. Gonzalez.
     
    GCISD welcomes new Executive Director of Special Services
    Laura Hill has been named the new Executive Director of Special Services. Hill, who currently serves as an education consultant for the Region XI Education Service Center, brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in the field of education to her new role. The GCISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring recommendation in June. Hill will be taking over for Dr. Peggy Wheaton, who has served students and families in GCISD’s Special Services program for 18 years. Wheaton resigned her post in GCISD and has accepted a job in Denton ISD. Read more about Hill.
     
    Young Entrepreneurs Academy to be launched in GCISD
    The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business. The Grapevine Chamber is excited to announce the start of the YEA! program at Grapevine Colleyville ISD.YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of starting a launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims at teaching students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester with support from The Kauffman Foundation. Read more about the YEA.
     
    CTMS Got Ca$H team named FPS grand champions
    Cross Timbers Middle School's Future Problem Solving Team Got CA$H was named grand champion at the Future Problem Solving Program International competition in Bloomington, Indiana this month. Read more.  
     
    Teacher named Texas finalist for Presidential award 
    Wendy Hendry, Bransford Elementary School, is one of three teachers in the state to be named as a Texas finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. Hendry teaches kindergarten at BES and has been a teacher for 16 years, all of those at GCISD. The PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  Read more.
     
     
    Summer meals offered to students 
    GCISD Nutrition Services department continues to provide free breakfast and lunch during the summer to students ages 18 and younger. The program will provide meals with the essential nutrients for active, growing kids. No registration, PIN number, proof of age or income are needed to participate in the free meals program. All kids have to do is show up at a serving site. The entire meal must be consumed at the serving site; no "to go" meals available. Find out where to go and what time the meals are provided.
     
    Please take note...
    • Cross Timbers Track and surrounding fields are closed for the summer for construction.
    • Skyward Family Access will be unavailable until August 1 when online registration begins.
    • If you plan to volunteer at a school next year, please complete the Volunteer Background Check Form. You must complete a form each school year.
    • Students must be up-to-date on their immunizations before returning to school. Requirements are listed on the Health Services section of the GCISD website.
    Other News
    • GCISD @Our Best - new this week - Dallas Zoo visits the ESOL/Bilingual Summer School program
     
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 30, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 5/30/2012
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    Summer Break begins tomorrow!
    Summer

    Dates to Remember
    Early Release, Thursday, May 31 - Last Day of School
    Kindergarten-5th grades, 11:45 a.m.
    Grades 6-8, 12:10 p.m.
    Grades 9-12, 12:45 p.m.

    Graduation for the Class of 2012 
    Graduation ceremonies will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday, May 31.
    GHS - 3:30 p.m.
    CHHS - 7:30 p.m.
     
    Teacher Work Day - Friday, June 1
     
    Summer Hours for District begin - Monday, June 4
    The GCISD Administration building is open year-round but will begin observing summer hours on Monday, June 4. During the summer months, the district hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15, with offices closed on Fridays. The district will resume regular operating hours on Monday, August 13.
     
    Summer reading lists, back to school dates on the web
    Looking for something to read on summer vacation? Check out the recommended summer reading lists for great choices by grade and age-appropriate suggestions by the experts. The GCISD Language Arts department, grades K-12, requires students to read at least two books during the summer months. AP classes may require specific books which can be found on the campus websites. Back to school dates, forms you may need and other information is available on the Back to School section under the Schools tab and will be updated throughout the summer months. We will also post information on our Facebook page and Twitter so you can find out what you need to know throughout the summer and be ready to go on the first day of school, Monday, August 27. Download a copy of the Student-Teacher Calendar here. 
     
    GCISD families and students affected by apartment fire
    Ten GCISD students are among those families who lost their homes and belongings during a fire this week at the Ridge Crest Apartments on Mustang Drive in Grapevine. Read how you can help.
     
    Foundation fundraiser set for Texas Motor Speedway
    On June 9, see the "fastest race in Texas" and get a donation made to the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation. Texas Motor Speedway is hosting "Don't Blink," and by attending the race you can help the Foundation raise money that directly benefits the students of GCISD. For ticket information go to the Texas Motor Speedway website.
     
    Something for everyone with GCISD's Summer Programs
    Online registration for summer programs continues for elementary and secondary students, who have a wide variety of choices when it comes to summer fun and learning at GCISD. Available for students in grades K-8, Elementary Summer Enrichment offers a variety of class options intended to be fun and engaging for children, including music, arts and crafts, adventure-seeking, technology, science, math, cultural studies, social skills, literature, cooking, and field trips. In Secondary Summer School and Secondary Enrichment, students have options for credit recovery, acceleration and enrichment, including field trips. The summer programs at GCISD also include KidzU Summer Camp, Bowmen Sports Camps, Summer Enrichment for ages 3-5, and bridge classes in math for 6th and 7th graders for enrichment or acceleration. Visit the Summer School Programs section of the website for more details on any of these programs and for the online registration link.
     
    Summer meals offered to students
    GCISD Nutrition Services department will provide free breakfast and lunch during the summer beginning June 6 to students ages 18 and younger. The program, which will be held at four schools, will provide meals with the essential nutrients for active, growing kids. No registration, PIN number, proof of age or income are needed to participate in the free meals program. All kids have to do is show up at a serving site. The entire meal must be consumed at the serving site; no "to go" meals available. Locations, dates and times. 
     
    Other News
    • GCISD @Our Best - new this week
      CES 4th graders travel to Austin for a closer at Texas culture
      Cannon student receives special surprise
      HES counselor honored by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
      CMS student earns second place in Texas State Math Competition
      GES students pose with firefighters
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 24, 2012

    Posted by Public Information at 5/24/2012
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    Memorial Day Holiday - No School, District Offices Closed
    Monday, May 28 

    Dates to Remember:
    JPS Clinic Hours change on May 28 - more information

    Early Release,
    Wednesday, May 30
    Grades 6-8, 12:10 p.m.
    Grades 9-12, 12:45 p.m.

    Early Release, Thursday, May 31 - Last Day of School
    Kindergarten-5th grades, 11:45 a.m.
    Grades 6-8, 12:10 p.m.
    Grades 9-12, 12:45 p.m.

    Graduation for the Class of 2012 will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Thursday, May 31.
    GHS - 3:30 p.m.
    CHHS - 7:30 p.m.

    Teacher Work Day - Friday, June 1
    Summer Hours for District begin - Monday, June 4


    Grapevine Middle to welcome new principal
    Bringing 20 years experience as a teacher and campus administrator at the middle school level, Linda Young has been selected to serve as the new principal of Grapevine Middle School in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. She currently serves as principal of Zundelowitz (Zundy) Junior High School in Wichita Falls ISD. The GCISD Board of Trustees formally approved the recommendation to hire Young during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting on May 21. Young is expected to transition into her new role in GCISD during July. The GMS PTA is sponsoring a Meet and Greet from 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, in the library for anyone who would like to meet the new principal. Read more.
     
    GHS & CHHS included in Newsweek's "Best High Schools of 2012" list
    GHS and CHHS have been ranked in the top 1,000 public high schools in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine. Colleyville Heritage High comes in at number 198 in the country, while Grapevine High ranks as number 396. Read more 

    GHS student's artwork to be displayed at Administration building

    Meg Van Over, a senior at Grapevine High School, was recognized at the May 21 Board of Trustees meeting for her artwork "breadth." The piece was selected as the winner of the 2012 GCISD Art Show. Each year, the district purchases one student piece for $200, rotating grade levels each year. The picture will be framed and added to the permanent display in the Administration building. Photos

    PARENT SURVEY CLOSES FRIDAY AT 5 p.m.
    The GCISD parent satisfaction survey has been reopened through 5 p .m. on Friday, May 25 to provide parents with more time to respond. Completing the survey takes about 25 minutes and answers will be confidential. Results will be used to continuously improve our school and our district.  Begin the survey here.

    GCISD holds rally for Rachel's Challenge
    Hundreds of GCISD parents, students and teachers gathered at Mustang-Panther Stadium Tuesday night in support of Rachel's Challenge, a national program that has been incorporated district wide since 2008 to promote kindness, volunteering and tolerance. Highlights included the Link Presentation, which represented over 46,000 random acts of kindness. Read more and see photos on FaceBook.

    Board of Trustees elects new officers for upcoming school year
    The Board of Trustees elected their new officers for the 2012-2013 school year before the general school board meeting on May 21. Jorge Rodriguez was selected as President, Becky St. John was elected Vice President, and Leon Leal was elected Secretary. In addition to the naming of officers, two Board members were sworn in last night. Kimberley Davis, who was elected to Place 1 this year, took her oath of office first, followed by Becky St. John. Mrs. St. John was re-elected to Place 2 in this year's election. Read more and see photos.

    Something for everyone with GCISD's Summer Programs
    Online registration for summer programs continues for elementary and secondary students, who have a wide variety of choices when it comes to summer fun and learning at GCISD. Available for students in grades K-8, Elementary Summer Enrichment offers a variety of class options intended to be fun and engaging for children, including music, arts and crafts, adventure-seeking, technology, science, math, cultural studies, social skills, literature, cooking, and field trips. In Secondary Summer School and Secondary Enrichment, students have options for credit recovery, acceleration and enrichment, including field trips. The summer programs at GCISD also include KidzU Summer Camp, Bowmen Sports Camps, Summer Enrichment for ages 3-5, and bridge classes in math for 6th and 7th graders for enrichment or acceleration. Visit the Summer School Programs section of the website for more details on any of these programs and for the online registration link.
     
    Summer meals offered to students
    GCISD Nutrition Services department will provide free breakfast and lunch during the summer beginning June 6 to students ages 18 and younger. The program, which will be held at four schools, will provide meals with the essential nutrients for active, growing kids. No registration, PIN number, proof of age or income are needed to participate in the free meals program. All kids have to do is show up at a serving site. The entire meal must be consumed at the serving site; no "to go" meals available. Locations, dates and times. 
     
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 17, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 5/17/2012 12:00:00 PM
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    Elementary registration changed for parent convenience
    Parents of Elementary students: remember to turn in two proofs of residency to your school by Friday, May 18. Then you will be able to complete your child's registration online during the summer...no standing in line in August! Elementary principals sent home letters in April explaining the new process and information is on the school websites. By verifying residency now, you will be able to complete registration online beginning August 1. If you did not receive a letter from your elementary school, please contact the office today.

    Parent Survey extended; your feedback is needed
    The GCISD parent satisfaction survey has been reopened through 5 p .m. on Friday, May 25 to provide parents with more time to respond. Completing the survey takes about 25 minutes and answers will be confidential. Results will be used to continuously improve our school and our district.  Begin the survey here.

    New Summer Program 
    Know a 6th or 7th grader who needs to strengthen math/science knowledge, thinking skills?
    Summer Bridge Math and Science Acceleration or Enrichment courses are designed to help students succeed in 7th or 8th grade Math and Science. Check out this program and other summer programs offered by GCISD. Download a flyer about the Bridge program.
     
    Something for everyone with GCISD's Summer Programs
    Online registration for summer programs continues for elementary and secondary students, who have a wide variety of choices when it comes to summer fun and learning at GCISD. Available for students in grades K-8, Elementary Summer Enrichment offers a variety of class options intended to
    be fun and engaging for children, including music, arts and crafts, adventure-seeking, technology, science, math, cultural studies, social skills, literature, cooking, and field trips. In Secondary Summer School and Secondary Enrichment, students have options for credit recovery, acceleration and enrichment, including field trips.
    The summer programs at GCISD also include KidzU Summer Camp, Bowmen Sports Camps, Summer Enrichment for ages 3-5, and bridge classes in math and/or science for 6th and 7th graders for enrichment or acceleration. Visit the Summer School Programs section of the website for more details on any of these programs and for the online registration link.
     
    School meal prices to increase in fall
    Student lunch prices will increase by ten cents beginning with the 2012-2013 school year to meet USDA regulations. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires school districts to annually assess meal prices with the end goal of all paid lunch prices at least equaling the free reimbursement rate minus the paid reimbursement rate. The US Department of Agriculture currently reimburses Grapevine-Colleyville ISD $2.79 for free lunches. The new prices for the 2011-2012 will be $2.15 for elementary students and $2.40 for secondary students. Breakfast prices will be unchanged at $1 for full price and .30 for reduced price. 
     
    Go EXTREME with the Foundation fundraiser at Texas Motor Speedway
    The Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation has partnered with Texas Motor Speedway for an exclusive ticket offer for the upcoming Hoon Kaboom Texas Global Rally Cross race as well as the Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Series race on June 9. Get two tickets for $49, with $9 going back to the Foundation. See your favorite extreme stars Travis Pastrana, Tanner Foust, Ken Block and more, while raising funds that benefit GCISD students. Download the flyer.
     
    On the Calendar
    May 19 - Special Services Department Spring Social & Cook Out, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    May 22 - Rachel's Challenge Rally in Mustang-Panther Stadium, 6 p.m
    May 22 - Bridges Graduation, 7 p.m., Colleyville Community Center
    May 24 - Academic Recognition Banquet, sponsored by the GC Education Foundation, 6:30 p.m., Embassy Suites
    May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School, district offices closed
    May 31 - Last day of school
     
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 15, 2012 Summer School Programs

    Posted by Verone Travis at 5/15/2012

    There's something for everyone with GCISD's Summer Programs so take a look at what's available and register your child today for some fun and learning this summer.

    Online registration for summer programs continues for elementary and secondary students, who have a wide variety of choices when it comes to summer fun and learning at GCISD. For kindergarten through grade 8, enrichment classes are engaging and exciting, giving students a taste of art, music, drama, science, math, technology, reading, travel or sports. Elementary Enrichment classes meet for three hours a day, five days a week, for one week. Classes are held at Cross Timbers Middle School, with the first session beginning the week of June 4 and the last session the week of August 20.
     
    With Secondary Summer School and Secondary Enrichment, students have options for credit recovery, acceleration and enrichment, including field trips. Secondary summer programs will be at Heritage Middle School. Morning and afternoon classes are available, and several online classes are available.  Session A is June 4 through June 15; Session B is June 18 through June 29.
     
    The summer programs at GCISD also include KidzU Summer Camp, KidzU Extended Care, Bowmen Sports Camps, Summer Enrichment for ages 3-5, ESL/Bilingual and bridge classes in math and/or science for 6th and 7th graders for enrichment or acceleration.
     
    The Summer Bridge Math and Science Acceleration or Enrichment Program courses are designed to strengthen math and science knowledge and thinking skills. The program is designed to support current students in On-Level, PAP or Accelerated Math or Science for success in 7th or 8th grade Math and Science. Each course, taught by GCISD math and science teachers, is three weeks in length for four hours a day, and runs concurrently with GCISD summer school courses.
     
    Visit the Summer School Programs section of the website for more details on any of these programs and for the online registration link.
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 11, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 5/11/2012
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    Election Day
    Saturday, May 12, is Election Day so please take a few minutes to get out and vote. On the ballot are candidates for two places on the GCISD Board of Trustees. Board members are elected to three-year terms, are unpaid and do not represent specific geographic areas. Place 1: Kimberley Barber Davis, Julia Guzman-Henderson. Rick Hinckley will be on the ballot but is no longerseeking election; Place 2: Becky St. John-  (Incumbent), Gary Harrison-Ducros. Michael McCoy  will be on the ballot but is no longer seeking election. A sample ballot is available here. For additional information, please visit the Tarrant County Elections website.
     
    Parent Satisfaction Survey closes at 5 p.m. today
    Today is the last day to give us your feedback on the Parent Satisfaction Survey. Survey closes at 5 p.m.
     
    High schools named to list of "best schools" by U.S. News
    Colleyville Heritage High School was ranked 37th and Grapevine High School was 47th in Texas in this year's U.S. News Best High Schools list, published this week. Nationally, CHHS was ranked #417, while Grapevine High School ranked #529. The 2012 rankings including data on nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia. CHHS received a Gold Medal, one of only 46 in Texas awarded. GHS received a Silver Medal, one of 123 in Texas to receive that additional honor. U.S. News included 402 Texas schools in the rankings. Read more.
     
    Congratulations to our GCISD Employees of the Year
    Three GCISD employees were named teachers of the year and paraprofessional of the year during festive campus visits by the "Surprise Patrol." Secondary Teacher of the Year is Nichole Cruson, Heritage Middle School, Elementary Teacher of the Year is Linda Fullhart, Silver Lake Elementary, and Paraprofessional of the Year is Bev Bergeland, Bridges.

    The employees were visited at their campuses with the fanfare of drums and the excitement of students and co-workers cheering them on as Superintendent Robin Ryan made announcements to each one and gave them gifts from the district. Janice Kane, Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation Executive Director, presented each with an invitation to the Foundation's Star Awards Banquet where each will receive a check from the Foundation. Other members of the "Surprise Patrol" included Chief Learning Officer Rick Westfall, and Patti Davis, Executive Director of Administration. Several members of the Colleyville Heritage High School Drumline set the exciting pace for the presentations.

    View photos of this year's recognitions for Teachers of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, Auxiliary Employees of the Year and retirees. 
     
     
     

     
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  • GCISD FastNews - May 3, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 5/3/2012
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    Silver Lake Elementary principal to join CTMS
    Lisa Dunn, principal of Silver Lake Elementary School, has accepted an opportunity to serve as principal of Cross Timbers Middle School in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. Long-time educator Linda Tidmore, current CTMS principal, is retiring at the end of this school year. Dunn has been principal of SLE for nine years and has a total of 11 years campus administrative experience in education and 22 years in GCISD. Dunn will finish out the school year at SLES before officially taking over the leadership role at CTMS. Read more
     
    Parent meetings set in May for dual language programs
    Parent informational meetings for the Two-Way Dual Language Program will be held in May at the three GCISD campuses that have the program. Schools with the program are Silver Lake Elementary, Cannon Elementary, and Timberline Elementary. Applications for the Dual Language Program for 2012-2013 will be available at the meetings and accepted beginning Monday, May 21. Registration for incoming kindergarten students who would like to participate in the Two-Way Dual Language Program during the 2012-2013 school year will be held in May. Enrollment in the Two-Way Dual Language Program is open to ALL incoming kindergarten students in the District, as space is available. Currently space is available at Cannon and Timberline elementary schools. Read more
     
    Rachel's Challenge Rally set for May 22
    The public is invited to attend The Rachel's Challenge Rally in Mustang-Panther Stadium, May 22, 6 p.m. The rally will be a fun and exciting event to celebrate and congratulate all students, grades K-12 grades, who have made the commitment to kindness and compassion and have followed it so diligently throughout this school year. Rachel's Challenge is a program that has been implemented throughout GCISD to promote kindness and compassion so that our schools remain safe places to learn. More than 4,000 participants are expected for the event. Read more
     
    Dr. Ryan leads state legislators on campus visits; Rep. Truitt talks school finance with community
    At the invitation of Superintendent Robin Ryan, state legislators Rep. Vicki Truitt and Sen. Wendy Davis toured several campuses, talked with students about their various projects and got a first-hand look at the new digital classrooms that have been implemented this year across the district. In addition to her campus tour, Representative Truitt partnered with GCISD  to host a Town Hall meeting regarding Texas school finance on May 1 at Cross Timbers Middle School. About 80 parents and school administrators were in attendance as Rep. Truitt discussed the looming difficulties facing the state's public education funding and addressed questions and comments from many members of the audience. Truitt said she will take all the feedback from constituents back to Austin to share with legislators as a newly appointed member to the Select Committee on Public School Finance, which will study the issue in depth and make recommendations to the 83rd Legislature in 2013. 
     
    Graduation for Class of 2012
    Graduation for seniors at Grapevine High and Colleyville Heritage High will be held on May 31, at College Park Center - UT Arlington. The center is located at 601 S. Pecan Street, Arlington, TX 76019  map and directions.  Commencement for GHS is at 3:30 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. for CHHS. 
     
    Early voting underway for two places on GCISD Board
    Early voting began on Monday for the GCISD Board of Trustees election to fill Places 1 and 2. Two candidates, Rick Hinckley, Place 1, and Michael McCoy, Place 2 have notified the district in writing that they are no longer actively seeking election to the GCISD Board of Trustees. March 8 was the official withdrawal deadline for candidates to have their names removed from the ballot, so both Hinckley and McCoy still will be listed as candidates on the election ballot. Votes cast for them will be tabulated as for any other candidate, but neither is seeking a place on the Board of Trustees. Board members are elected to three-year terms, are unpaid and do not represent specific geographic areas. Early voting continues throughMay 8. Election Day is May 12. More about the election, voting locations. 
     
    Say thanks....
    • National Teacher Day, Tuesday, May 8
    • National School Nurses Day, Wednesday, May 9
     
    Registration underway for Elementary, Secondary Summer Programs
    Registration for Elementary Summer Enrichment and Secondary Summer Enrichment registration is underway. For more information, visit the Summer School section of the website.
     
     
     
     
     
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  • GCISD FastNews - April 30, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 4/30/2012
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    Want to vote early? Early voting begins today
    Early voting begins today for the GCISD Board of Trustees election to fill Places 1 and 2. Two candidates, Rick Hinckley, Place 1, and Michael McCoy, Place 2 have notified the district in writing that they are no longer actively seeking election to the GCISD Board of Trustees. March 8 was the official withdrawal deadline for candidates to have their names removed from the ballot, so both Hinckley and McCoy still will be listed as candidates on the election ballot. Votes cast for them will be tabulated as for any other candidate, but neither is seeking a place on the Board of Trustees. Board members are elected to three-year terms, are unpaid and do not represent specific geographic areas. Early voting begins today (April 30) and ends on May 8. Election Day is May 12. More about the election, voting locations.
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  • GCISD FastNews - April 26, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 4/26/2012
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    Parent Satisfaction Survey - Your Feedback is Needed!
    The GCISD parent satisfaction survey is now open. It will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential. Information you provide will be used to continuously improve our school and our district, so please take a moment to complete the survey. The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Your feedback is vital in helping us serve you better! Begin the survey here.
     
    GCISD and Rep. Truitt partner on school finance town hall meeting
    State Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Keller) and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are partnering in a town hall meeting to engage local residents, educators, parents and students in a discussion about challenges with the public school finance system. Truitt is organizing the meeting to better understand the concerns of those that she represents in the Legislature. The town hall meeting will be held from 6::30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 76051.more information
     
    Early voting for Board of Trustees election begins April 30
    The polls open for early voting on April 30, and voters will have an opportunity to elect two board members to serve on the GCISD Board of Trustees. Places 1 and 2 on the Board are open. Candidates are elected to three-year terms, are unpaid and do not represent specific geographic areas. Early voting ends on May 8 and Election Day is May 12. Candidates for Place 1, currently held by Charlie Warner, are Kimberley Barber Davis, Julia Guzman-Henderson and Rick Hinckley. Candidates for Place 2 are Becky St. John, incumbent, Gary Harrison-Ducros and Michael McCoy. more information
     
    Frequently Asked Questions for proposed attendance zone adjustment for SLES, Dove, Cannon 
    Questions and answers related to the proposed attendance zone adjustment have been posted on the district website. The questions were taken from the recent parent survey offered to those at Cannon Elementary, Dove Elementary and Silver Lake Elementary regarding a plan being considered to adjust attendance zones for those three schools. The plan would alleviate crowding at SLES caused by steady growth in student enrollment. A proposal is scheduled to be recommended to the GCISD Board of Trustees during a meeting on May 7. The recommendation originally was planned for the April 23 meeting, but district leaders delayed to allow the district more time to study parent survey responses and to give parents additional time to review the details of the proposal. Thank you for your feedback. Read the FAQs.
     
    Pickup packets for next year's kindergarten, prekindergarten registration
    Enrollment packets for students who will be entering prekindergarten or kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year will be available for pickup at each elementary campus, during April 30-May 4, 7:30-3:30 p.m. Completed packets may be returned anytime during the week of April 30-May 4 during regular school hours. Packets may also be pick up and/or returned on Tuesday, May 1, during evening registration/orientation at each campus. During this time, parents and students also may visit the school and meet some of the administrative staff and teachers. This year’s enrollment process for prekindergarten and kindergarten is different from that of previous years, allowing parents more flexibility to pick up the registration packet, complete the enrollment information and return the packet to the campus.  Find out registration requirements and May 1 times for each school.
     
    Registration underway for Elementary, Secondary Summer Programs
    Registration for Elementary Summer Enrichment and Secondary Summer Enrichment registration is underway. For more information, visit the Summer School section of the website.
     
    Rachel's Challenge Rally - May 22, 6 p.m.  
    Rachel's Challenge Rally will be held at the Mustang-Panther Stadium on May 22 at 6 p.m.. Sponsored by GCISD and the GC Education Foundation, Rachel's Challenge will be a fun and exciting evening to celebrate and congratulate students throughout the District who have made the commitment to kindness and compassion and who have followed it so diligently. More than 4,000 participants overall are predicted to attend this year, including 900 elementary students, 800 middle school choir members, high school drum lines, and clubs from middle and high schools. The GHS Drill Team will have a donation table at the rally for its annual Kick-a-thon Fundraiser to benefit the Beth DuPertuis Scholarship Fund. This fund has awarded $15,000 in scholarships since 2000. For more information on Rachel’s Challenge visit www.rachelschallenge.org
     
     
     
     
     
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  • GCISD FastNews - April 20, 2012

    Posted by Verone Travis at 4/20/2012 12:00:00 PM
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    TAKS and STAAR testing next week
    Students in this year's 10th and 11th grades will take the TAKS test next week. The tests must be passed for graduation and will be used by colleges to determine readiness for higher education. Sophomores will be testing on April 24 (Math), April 26 (Science) and April 27 (Social Studies), while Juniors will be testing on April 25 (Math), April 26 (Science) and April 27(Social Studies). Students taking exit level retests for graduation will take them on April 24, 25, 26 and 27th. Students in third and fourth grades will take the STAAR Math Test on Tuesday, April 24 and the STAAR Reading Test on Wednesday, April 25. Fifth graders will take the STAAR Science Test on Thursday, April 26. STAAR is the new state-mandated assessment. More information about STAAR is available here.
     
    Parent meetings set for Two-Way Dual Language Program
    Parent informational meetings for the Two-Way Dual Language Program will be held in May at the three GCISD campuses that have the program. Schools with the program are Silver Lake Elementary, Cannon Elementary, and Timberline Elementary. Applications for the Dual Language Program for 2012-2013 will be available at the meetings and accepted beginning Monday, May 21. Registration for incoming kindergarten students who would like to participate in the Two-Way Dual Language Program during the 2012-2013 school year will be held in May. Enrollment in the Two-Way Dual Language Program is open to ALL incoming kindergarten students in the District, as space as available. Currently space is available at Cannon and Timberline elementary schools.

    Cannon - May 8

    • English meeting: 6-7 PM
    • Spanish meeting: 7-7:30

    Silver Lake - May 8

    • English meeting: 6-7 PM
    • Spanish meeting: 7-7:30
    Timberline - May 9
    • English meeting: 6-7 PM
    • Spanish meeting: 7-8 PM
    The Two-Way Dual Language program provides opportunities for students to acquire a second language  while maintaining their home language and achieving academic performance at or above grade level. Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students are together in a classroom, and daily instruction is delivered in both Spanish and English.

    Parent Survey opens next week
    It is that time of year when we ask for your feedback about the experience you and your child have had with the academics and operations at your school and in the district. Your input is used in measuring our progress and ensuring the decisions we make, and the priorities we set, continue to align with the expectations of the families we serve. Spring 2011 was the first year GCISD coordinated a district-wide survey effort to gauge parent satisfaction with its campuses, staff and operations. In previous years, each school conducted individual surveys of parents. The purpose of having a district-wide effort is to streamline the survey process, provide more meaningful data collection and two-way communication, and align with the district’s LEAD 2021 strategic plan. This year’s survey will begin next week and will remain open for two weeks. The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential. We then will share the results with you and outline what changes you can anticipate as a result of your feedback. Please watch for specific survey dates coming next week.

    GCISD and Rep. Truitt partner on school finance town hall meeting
    State Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Keller) and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are partnering in a town hall meeting to engage local residents, educators, parents and students in a discussion about challenges with the public school finance system. Truitt is organizing the meeting to better understand the concerns of those that she represents in the Legislature. The town hall meeting will be held from 6::30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, at Cross Timbers Middle School, 2301 Pool Road, Grapevine, TX 76051. Read the news release for more information.
     
    Nutrition serves spring newsletter to parents
    GCISD Nutrition Services' parent newsletter, "Around the Plate," is out and you won't want to miss it! In the Spring issue of the newsletter, learn about nationwide program that provides free, nutritious breakfasts for students, see the dates and locations for the Summer Feeding Program, meet the District's new registered dietitian and get some guidelines for storing summer produce. The Nutrition Services website is also a great source of information about food related topics such as ideas for healthy snacks, gardening with children, nutritional data on items served in the school cafeterias, the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, and food allergens. Download the newsletter here; visit the Nutrition Services website.
     
    Earth Day observances get students to think "green"
    Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, and schools throughout the district celebrate with a variety of events and activities. Check out what some schools did and how the students learned more about recycling, reusing and renewing resources, plus a photo gallery of the Recycled Hat Day contest at Heritage Elementary.
     
    Pickup packets for next year's kindergarten, prekindergarten registration
    Enrollment packets for students who will be entering prekindergarten or kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year will be available for pickup at each elementary campus, during April 30-May 4, 7:30-3:30 p.m. Completed packets may be returned anytime during the week of April 30-May 4 during regular school hours. Packets may also be pick up and/or returned on Tuesday, May 1, during evening registration/orientation at each campus. During this time, parents and students also may visit the school and meet some of the administrative staff and teachers. This year’s enrollment process for prekindergarten and kindergarten is different from that of previous years, allowing parents more flexibility to pick up the registration packet, complete the enrollment information and return the packet to the campus.  Find out registration requirements and May 1 times for each school.
     
    Registration underway for Elementary, Secondary Summer Programs
    Registration for Elementary Summer Enrichment and Secondary Summer Enrichment registration is underway. For more information, visit the Summer School section of the website.
     
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