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  • Taking History Lessons Beyond The Classroom
     
    GCISD staff celebrate Independence Day by touring Mount Vernon. History came alive for six GCISD staff members and about 32 students and parents this Independence Day. Instead of cookouts and pool parties, they spent their holiday watching fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. During the trip, the tour group spent a week exploring the historic Virginia towns of Jamestown and Williamsburg; and Washington, D.C. GCISD instructional coach Evan Payne has lead this trip for the past 14 years, and says that it is one of the highlights of his year.

    “It was a great educational experience, and a memory that
    everyone will never forget,” Payne said.

    The group enjoyed visiting colonial Williamsburg and learning about colonial trade jobs and the origins of the American government. In Jamestown, they explored the archaeological fort of the Jamestown settlers from the early 1600s, as well as learned how these English settlers navigated the seas. In D.C, they toured museums and monuments, sailed up and down the Potomac River on a dinner cruise, toured the Capitol and the White House, and also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

    The staff members that traveled together to our nation’s capital were: Alecia Engle (Bransford fifth grade teacher), Amy Montemayor (OC Taylor learning liaison), Robin Davis (CHHS crisis counselor), Laura Koehler (CHHS assistant principal), Susan Weston (OC Taylor fifth grade teacher), and trip leader, Evan Payne.
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  • Two GCISD teachers named Outstanding Educator Finalists
     
    The Texas PTA recently recognized two GCISD teachers as Outstanding Educator Finalists in their second awards program.
     
    Leigh Leigh Ballard, a fourth grade ASPIRE Academy teacher at Glenhope Elementary School, has been teaching for 13 years. Prior to teaching inGCISD, Ballard was an Advanced Academic Specialist in Birdville ISD. She received her B.B.A from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Gifted Education from Hardin Simmons University.
     
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    Gerald Brown, U.S. history teacher and football coach at Colleyville Heritage High School, completed his sixth year with GCISD. He is entering his 33rd year of teaching and coaching and enjoys the individual connections with students. Brown received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters from Tarleton State University.
     
    Texas PTA’s Outstanding Educator Awards is always eager to recognize teachers, principals and superintendents from across the state who have shown that a strong family‐school partnership is the key to student success.
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  • Teacher Spotlight: Elementary Teacher of the Year Cindy Pearson – Dove Elementary

    Cindy Twenty-five years in the classroom and Cindy Pearson is just getting started.

    Pearson is excited about how the district is embracing transformation and innovation to provide future-focused learning and instruction for students. She was selected to serve as a member of GCISD’s inaugural class of VALOR, a group of growth-minded teachers who work collaboratively to observe and reflect on their teaching practices with the goal of continually improving their instruction for their students. Also a digital classroom teacher at Dove Elementary, she is eager to learn more about how she can continue to grow the use of technology in her classroom.

    “No matter what you’ve done before, how successful it was, or whatever the outcome – don’t stop growing,” Pearson said. “There are always new methods, new thought, and new ways to look at things. Our world is changing rapidly and we have to keep up with it.”

    It is partly this philosophy of continuous improvement that lead Pearson’s peers to choose her as the 2013-2014 GCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.

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  • Noodle Hockey KidzU campers explore wacky world of sports
     
    From noodle hockey to lawn bowling, students from across the district and community are suiting up with KidzU this summer to explore the exciting – and sometimes wacky – world of sports. 
     
    The camp opened in June with campers learning all about hockey. Each week they will learn about a new sport, ranging from bowling and tennis to football, track and field and water sports.
     
    Madison Hall, a fourth-grader from Heritage Elementary School, said she liked hockey because she played goalie and got to stop the opposing team from scoring. During the game, she played alongside Mikey Strobel, who just completed sixth grade at Colleyville Middle School and was excited about how KidzU put a new twist on a traditional game. 
     
    “It’s just a blast,” Mikey said. “I mean, how fun is it to use noodles instead of hockey sticks?”
     
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B.E.S.T. Report

  • Graduation Day

    Posted by Communication Services at 6/5/2014
    The B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication during the school year from our superintendent about our schools and community. The B.E.S.T. report will start back up in August 2014. 
     
    Seventy years ago, thousands of 17, 18 and 19-year-olds across the nation were gathering for a very special moment. On June 5, 1944, these young people were preparing to make history and, the very next day, they did just that. Conducting the largest landing in history on the beaches of France, they fought, they died and they saved the world from tyranny on a day we now remember as D-Day. If you have ever met a member of the Greatest Generation, you just can't help but be in awe.
     
    The following link is an interesting depiction of what those young people faced as they embarked into the unknown. Be sure to click on each photo to see how their global contributions impacted our world today. I find this to be an interesting perspective…
     
     
    Today is Graduation Day for our seniors. As they cross the stage and prepare to embark on the unknown, we know they are prepared to make history and make the world a better place. Through their years with us, we all have played a part in molding and nurturing them into future scientists, doctors, engineers, chefs, teachers and others leaders of tomorrow. Their future awaits them and the sky is the limit!
     
    This is a time for great celebration and reflection. Families will gather together, friends who have seen each other every day for years will be together for the last time, and principals will hold their breath until the last graduate crosses the stage. It is a very special moment for our families and our district and a day that they will remembered forever.
     
    So as we celebrate our graduates today, take time to consider the enormous impact that the Class of 2014 will have in shaping our future world. On June 6, 1944, those thousands of 17, 18 and 19-year-olds changed the future. Seventy years from now, I'll bet they say the same about this graduating class.
     
    Enjoy the last day of school, enjoy the summertime and remember those who have gone before us to pave the way for the freedoms we enjoy today. Celebrating our graduates and remembering the Greatest Generation are just two ways we Build Excellent Schools Together.
     
    Enjoy your summer!
     
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    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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  • Transfer Window
    The next opportunity to submit Transfer Requests will be July 28 - August 1. This for New, Special Circumstances students.

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    State’s Motion to Recuse Judge in School Finance Trial Denied

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  • Summer STAAR Testing Dates, Times & Locations
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  • Summer Hours 
    From June 9 - August 15, GCISD Offices will operate on a summer schedule. GCISD Administration will be open Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Offices will be closed on Fridays during the summer.
     
    Offices will also be closed July 7 - 11.

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  • Kindergarten Registration 
    Have an incoming kindergarten student for 2014-2015? Registration is now open! To start the process online, visit http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/22 and visit the “New to GCISD Student Registration” instructions for the 2014-2015 school year. To find out what campus your child will attend, visit our School & Bus Route Finder site. Contact the campus for more details about parent information nights.
     
    Please note: Current GCISD PreK students will register online in July as a returning student.  

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  • NEW! Graduation Requirements & House Bill 5 information
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  • Texas Tribune Poll on Education
    A recent poll conducted by the University of Texas and Texas Tribute indicates that a large number of Texans favor increasing funding for education. In fact, increased funding topped the list of survey responses as to what would be the most effective way to improve education in Texas.  

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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. Please click here for more information.

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