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  • Exam Students receive free vision exams
     
    GCISD students from across the district received complimentary vision exams courtesy of the Colleyville Lions Club. Working in conjunction with GCISD elementary and middle school nurses, doctors Brian Cherry and Mario Contaldi volunteered their Saturday morning, along with the Lions Club members, to perform exams on 19 students.
     
    In addition to the exam, students were able to select frames and the Lions Club will have glasses made for 16 of these children.
     
    Grapevine Outreach Coordinator Officer Colby Mowery also gave his support by helping set up the event at the Grapevine Community Outreach Facility.
     
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  • GCISD Participates in World Wide Hour of Code
     
    Hour of code More than 75 GCISD elementary and middle school teachers celebrated National Computer Science Education week (December 8-14) by hosting their own Hour of Code event.

    The Hour of Code is designed to be an introduction to Computer Science.  Teachers spend an hour discussing what coding is, and how it is applicable to their everyday lives. Students completed short coding exercises, and some classes Skyped with working professionals from Google and Indeed.com.
     
    Janie Stach is the lead instructional technology coach for secondary schools, and is a big supporter of the Hour of Code program.
     
    "We want our students to be creators rather than consumers of technology,” said Stach. “Hour of Code demystifies coding and supports the GCISD Portrait of a Graduate by teaching computational thinking in order to develop skilled problem solvers."

    If your student is interested in learning more about coding and computer science, visit www.hourofcode.com/us for more information.
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  • GES Students Get "Trapped" in Real Life Snow Globe
     
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    Grapevine Elementary third graders saw their fictional stories come to life this week, thanks to the help of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation department.

    The students wrote short stories about being trapped in a snow globe, and also created pictures to illustrate them. The Grapevine Parks and Recreation department heard about the student’s project and offered to bring over their giant, inflatable snow globe for a day. The third graders went first, recreating their stories. Over the rest of the day, the whole school got to enjoy the snow globe.
     
     
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  • TES students put new twist on New Year’s resolutions 

    tes Timberline Elementary School (TES) Kindergartner Iliana Sotelo already has her New Year’s resolution and she is determined to keep it.

    Her goal is to be a good leader in her classroom, and she also wants to finish learning the alphabet and how to count to 100. And she and her classmates have added a new twist to an old tradition to help them keep and achieve their goals.

    Using a new online application called Notability, TES students are tracking three varieties of goals – personal, leadership-oriented and classroom-based. Through the app, students can create, share and manage notes by combining handwriting, typing, audio recordings and photos.

    “Students in kindergarten through fifth grade are easily able to update their goals and track their progress toward meeting their goals on their individually assigned iPad,” said June Ritchlin, TES Principal. “As a result of using goal setting and data tracking with all of our students, we are finding that our students are highly motivated to reach their goals.”  

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  • Dedication to Success

    Posted by Communication Services at 12/12/2014
    I love hearing about the success of our students and staff! In the past few days alone, we have received several bits of good news about a few of our students, former students, and staff that highlight the great work happening in GCISD. Here are some highlights...
    • Abishek Kulshreshtha, the 2011 Valedictorian for GHS, has been named a Rhodes Scholar! Wow, what a high honor – and the first of its kind for a student from GCISD.
    • CHHS senior Anna Walsh was announced as the All-Area Player of the Year for volleyball.
    • We learned this week that Namita Saraf, a GHS junior, earned a perfect score on the PSAT.
    • Our counseling team was notified that GCISD was named a Skyward 2015 Leader in Excellence, an award given to districts that are developing innovative ways to streamline processes and provide even more support to students through scheduling.
    Recognizing award-winning students, staff and graduates is important to building community support and pride in our schools. It also is vital to understand that this success did not come easily. Sometimes we look at successful people and think that things come easily for them, but the opposite is true. It’s the successful person who practices that extra hour or two a day. It’s the successful student who studies and thinks just a little bit more or takes advantage of every opportunity for tutorials (even though they already have an A). It’s the successful teacher or administrator who is constantly thinking about improving our processes or lessons for students, even though we already have a great school district.
     
    And success doesn’t happen overnight. Somewhere across our district, there is a second-grader working math problems on her own with her iPad so she can become an engineer. Somewhere in our extra-curricular programs, there is a 6th grader – new to band this year – who is putting in additional practice time on his trumpet to become the next Wynton Marsalis. Somewhere in our schools, there is a teacher, coach, principal or librarian who is constantly searching for a new method or idea for students so they learn even more. Hard work and extra effort make champions, and we’ve got a ton of champions in GCISD!
     
    Thank you for your hard work and for continuing to champion our students and programs. Enjoy your weekend!
     
    BEST,
    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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