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  •  CHHS Musical Theater Program on Fox 4
    curtains Check out the Colleyville Heritage High School theater department on Fox 4’s “Good Day” this Friday, April 24. Students will perform a piece from their Spring Musical, “Curtains.” The performance is expected to air between 8:50 - 9 am.

    CHHS was invited to perform as a result of their nomination for Best Musical from the Dallas Summer Musical (DSM) High School Musical Theater Awards program. The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 29.

    “I am really excited that DSM and Fox 4 have offered this opportunity to my students,” said CHHS Theater teacher Jacquie Devino. “ This performance will give them the opportunity to showcase their incredible talents while also offering them on-camera experience.”
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  • GCISD Transportation Team shines at annual ROAD-EO
    Bus Team On Saturday, April 18, six members Transportation Services Department represented GCISD in the annual bus ROAD-EO at Plano East High School. Competing against area districts, the GCISD team tested their bus and transportation knowledge, as well their driving skills through an obstacle course. As a result of their high-quality performance, two drivers will advance to the state level of competition on June 26 in Dallas.
    Cliff Kosec and Trisha Dunstan placed first in the Region 11 ROAD-EO, in the special needs division and will advance to state (shown below, right). Lynora Lewis was recognized at the ROAD-EO for earning the highest overall individual score in the parallel parking portion of the competition (shown below, left).
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    2015 GCISD ROAD-EO Team
    Conventional Bus:
    Lynora Lewis
    Charise Stormes
    Erving Sharpe
    Farell Denton
    Special Needs:
    Cliff Kosec
    Trisha Dunston 
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  • GCISD Track and Field Results
    Track The Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School track and field teams will be sending athletes to the regional and area level of competition.

    GHS competed in the district 6-5A track meet. The men’s track team took first, and will send 17 athletes to regionals. The women took second place, and will send 11 athletes to regionals at Fuller Track at Texas Tech in Lubbock, May 1-2.

    CHHS competed in the district 7-6A meet. The men and women’s teams both placed fifth, and will send 12 students to the area meet on April 22 at Cedar Hill. Students who advance from area will compete at the May 1-2 regional meet at Maverick Stadium at University of Texas at Arlington.
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  • GCISD Update on Student Audio Recording
    On Thursday, we informed you that a student-created audio recording using vulgar and racially insensitive language had been circulating among our students. Today we learned that a remix of the original recording was posted overnight on social media. While we do not yet know the author of the remix, school and district officials are investigating.
    We were appalled by the original student-created recording and we are shocked and dismayed that anyone would create a remix. Our students have been working throughout this hurtful and emotional time to build unity and bring about positive change.
    For example, today approximately 200 students at Grapevine High School took part in a peaceful walk-out this afternoon where they gathered together on their school’s front lawn. Students shared messages of ending racism and promoting respect in our community. A small number of students also gathered in the school’s library to work directly with our counselors, who provided an opportunity for students to write down their feelings and share thoughts and ideas on how their school can move forward.  
    We know the healing process will take time, but we are encouraged by the steps our students and staff took today. We will continue to build on this energy and strengthen our culture of respect throughout the district.
    Posted April 17, 2015 
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  • Be Informed and Be Involved

    Posted by Communication Services at 4/10/2015
    When I started teaching 29 years ago at Hurst Junior High, I never thought about my Senators and Representatives or the State Legislature. I just did not think that what they did in Austin would ever affect me in my classroom in Hurst, Texas. How wrong I was! In fact, they have a great impact on what happens in every public education classroom in Texas.  
    It has been a while since the news from Austin has been good news. In 2011, the Legislature cut state funding for public education, which resulted in $14 million less for GCISD. In 2013, they only replaced a portion of those cuts, which translated to $1.6 million per year for our district. So when we don’t have the dollars for staff salary increases, supplies, etc., to support our classrooms, it is directly related to the decisions made in Austin.  
    This week, however, was a different story. House Education Committee Chair Jimmie Don Aycock announced HB 1759, which takes a very positive step toward restoring the cuts of 2011. (This bill has the support of our Representative Giovanni Capriglione.) The school finance system in Texas is notoriously complicated, as you can see from the vocabulary in the announcement below, but simply put, HB 1759 reduces Robin Hood, increases equity and provides more dollars for the students in public education. For GCISD, this could be a $7 million increase in funding. It is not a full restoration of the 2011 dollars, but it is a very big step in the right direction.
    HB 1759 is still a long way from becoming law, but this is a very positive start. I hope you will watch the progress of this bill and others that are being considered this session.  It’s important – and it affects every person involved with public education. I just wish I could have figured that out 29 years ago.
    I encourage you to be informed and be involved in the future of public education. Our legislators want to hear from teachers, school staff and parents. Our GCISD Champions group found out recently just how easy it is to call or email our legislators directly and provide feedback – you could ask your campus or department Champion about that! Texans For Local Schools is another resource you can use to register your position on proposed legislation. Together, each one of us can have an impact on the future!
    House Public Education Committee Discusses HB 1759 School Finance Bill
    The House Public Education Committee met today, and Chairman Jimmie Don Aycock laid out HB 1759. He began by noting that the goal was to do what is best for Texas’ 5.2 million Texas public school students, while also trying to simplify the school finance system.  
    Aycock stated that no school will lose funding for the 2015-17 biennium under this plan. He noted that the bill does not deal with the weights and facility funding, but that they are important issues that will need to be addressed in the 2017 legislative session. The bill adds approximately $3 billion above the funding needed to cover enrollment growth.
    HB 1759 Highlights:
    • Increases the Basic Allotment (BA) from $5,040 to $5,888
    • Raises the Equalized Wealth Level to $588,800
    • Repeals the CEI and flows the funding through the BA
    • Repeals the transportation allotment and flows the funding through the BA 
      ($125 ADA = small district adjustment)
    • Flows funding from the High School Allotment through the BA
    • Flows Additional Aid for Nonprofessional Salary through the BA
    • Repeals the 1992-93 chapter 41 Hold Harmless
    • Extends the CTE allotment to eighth-grade students
    • Phases out the Midsized Adjustment over several years at 5 percent
    • Does not change small school adjustments
    • Moves the majority of schools from ASATR to the formulas by flowing funding through the BA
    • Addresses the issue of fractional funding up to $1.00
    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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  • Chic Boutique is Open!
    The Chic Boutique will be open every Saturday from April 11-May 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Chic Boutique, located at the district administration building, is a GCISD parent-led enterprise is a shopping boutique for middle and high school students that provides gently used banquet and prom dresses at no cost to the student.

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  • Slow and steady wins the race, good luck to our students taking STAAR this week!
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  • GCISD Finance earns Platinum Leadership Circle Award

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  • Tax Rate Legal Posting 
    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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  • Record destruction schedule set by state regulations
    Consistent with the notification requirements set forth in federal and state regulations regarding the destruction of confidential records, Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed or graduated on or before June 2010 will be destroyed June 5, 2015 (34 CFR 300.624).  If you have any questions about this process or about student specific records, you may contact personnel at GCISD’s Special Education Department at (817) 251-5533.
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