Happy ThanksgivingPosted by Communication Services on 11/17/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateIt's hard to believe...but we made it to Thanksgiving Break. We have a lot to be thankful for in GCISD, but I want you to know how thankful I am for each and every one of you. And I'm not the only one who appreciates you. Please watch this special holiday message from our Trustees. It doesn't include a jeans pass, but it does include something that I think you will want to hear.I hope you have the BEST Thanksgiving with family and friends.BEST,RR
Dr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of SchoolsThe B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
Veterans DayPosted by Communication Services on 11/10/2017
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You have heard me say time and time again that Convocation is one of my favorite days of the year. Another one of my favorite days is Veterans Day. It has special sentiment to me as a retired Army Reserve officer, but the thing I love the most is how our students, staff and community come together to honor those who served our country. Each campus has their own unique way of celebrating Veterans, but each and every celebration is special, heartfelt and full of gratitude. It’s an opportunity for our students to see that we have Veterans in our community who are taking the lessons they learned during their military service and applying them to their daily lives. The characteristics that make a good servicemember - sacrifice, courage, commitment, patriotism, integrity and citizenship are also traits we are trying to instill in our students.These six character traits listed above are the foundation for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, and they serve as the guiding principles for this years’ American Airlines Sky Ball. A fundraiser for the Airpower Foundation, this event features military dignitaries, celebrities, Veterans, volunteers and this year...seven of our students. These seven students were selected to design the official challenge coins for Sky Ball - a tremendous honor as there will be nearly 5,000 in attendance. To learn more about these students and their challenge coin designs, click here.Just as I have come to you in previous weeks with a challenge to be a good local citizen, I am also going to echo the words from President John F. Kennedy: “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Let’s work to ensure that the respect, honor and appreciation demonstrated by our students today is not a one-day event, but rather a daily occurrence.We have tremendous students, staff, parents and community members in GCISD, and we are all part of Building Excellent Schools Together.BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of SchoolsThe B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
Which side will you be sitting on at the game?Posted by Communication Services on 10/27/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
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Tonight is the annual “Battle of the Red Rail”. The football game between Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage is certainly a big event. Of course, there is the game played on the field, but there is also a host of students who participate in other ways. Bands, Drill Teams, Cheerleaders, Pep Boys and Spirit Rustlers will perform before a huge crowd of students, parent and community members on both sides of the field.
I’m sure many of you may be wondering why the game is called the “Battle of the Red Rail”. The Red Rail trophy is symbolic of two things that connect people in our district. The railroad connects both the cities of Grapevine and Colleyville and the color red is found in both high school's official colors.
Outside of the two festivals hosted by the City of Grapevine, those in attendance tonight will make up the largest crowd assembled in our community for the entire year. It is a fun, positive way to support our students, our schools and our community.
I hope to see you tonight at the Battle of the Red Rail.
Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds, that on other fields and on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.
General Douglas MacArthur
Student VoicePosted by Communication Services on 10/13/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateWhen our kids were very young, Cindy and I tried to provide opportunities for them to make choices. In my opinion, one of the best things we can teach our children is how to make decisions and that begins long before they are in high school. So the first choices were about clothes to wear. “Today, do you want to wear the white shoes or brown shoes?” “Do you want to wear the solid maroon shirt or the maroon shirt with white stripes?” Getting dressed seemed to go a little better when they had a voice or choice about what to wear.In GCISD, we have built an entire initiative around student voice, asking students their opinions about how to make their learning better, or to choose assignments based upon how they best learn. I am so proud of our staff who have worked hard to develop what Student Voice looks like in GCISD. It is much bigger and more important than what color of shirt you want to wear. Student Voice is about our core business: learning. When students own their learning, they benefit by challenging themselves to reach new heights. Student Voice is powerful!Thank you for having the courage to try something new. As I observe what is happening in our classrooms, Student Voice is just another way we continue to Build Excellent Schools Together!Have a great weekend.BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of SchoolsThe B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
Annual TraditionsPosted by Communication Services on 9/29/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateFor some, Homecoming Week is one of the favorites of the year. With hall decorating contests, parades, coronations and the victory on the field of play, homecoming is always a memory-making event.For me, the best part is the community and student involvement in our schools. Thousands of students and families take part in this annual tradition, which this year takes place during the same week for Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage High Schools. At first, I wasn’t sure how two homecomings in one week was going to work, but thanks to the planning of student leaders and sponsors, it has been truly fun and successful.The ideals of celebration, tradition and school and community pride are important and alive and well in GCISD! They bind us and connect us from one generation to the next and is one way we continue to Build Excellent Schools Together.BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
What Stories Would You Tell?Posted by Communication Services on 9/22/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateIf someone asked you to talk about your experiences with GCISD, what would you say? What stories would you tell? What if someone asked our students about GCISD? What would our students say?In my role, I get to talk to students, staff and parents every day. I often ask them to tell me how things are going and what they like about GCISD. I also get to speak to numerous groups in our community and often show a video to help tell our story. So, we recently asked a few questions of some of our students and staff and had the camera rolling. The result is what I would call “GCISD gold.” I hope you will click on and view this video.I am so proud to serve our students alongside tremendous professional educators. All of us have a GCISD story to tell, and this is an example of excellent storytelling. If you see the students or staff featured in this video, please tell them “thank you” for sharing our story so well.
BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
Why GCISD is the BEST!Posted by email@example.com on 9/15/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
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Every day, all across GCISD, I see examples of Building Excellent Schools together. This week, two such examples come to mind that are very special.
, principals, PTA presidents and other administrative and parent representatives gathered for the annual GCISD PTA Principals’ Breakfast. It is a time each year when representatives from two important aspects of education, parent leadership and campus leadership, gather to symbolically begin working together as we start the new school year.
Today, our Trustees gathered to walk through the numerous construction sites in GCISD. Whether it be updated Learning Commons, additional classrooms, maker spaces, Multi-Purpose Activity Centers or the Mustang-Panther Stadium, our Trustees received an in-person update to the progress we are making with some of the results of the 2016 Bond program.
Both of these examples show the community’s commitment to an innovative and personalized education for our students. Our Trustees and parents represent an important part of our community. We cannot provide an excellent education for students by ourselves, we must have community support. These are just two examples of why GCISD is the BEST!
Have a great weekend.
RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
Lean on me!Posted by Communication Services on 9/8/2017
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Expect ~ Relate ~ InnovateSometimes in our lives we all have painWe all have sorrowBut if we are wiseWe know that there's always tomorrowMost people recognize the opening lyrics of “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers. Many have sung it, even if it is in their own personal version of Carpool Karaoke. Music is powerful. It tells a story. Throughout history, music has played a large part in almost every society.This week, music from Texas took over YouTube. Through the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, a spontaneous outbreak in song at a relief shelter has caught the attention of every major news outlet in the country. From the video, it is clear that this gift of song brought immediate relief to everyone in the shelter.Texans across the state have come together to do their part to gather supplies, donate money, send personal thoughts and prayers, write notes, and make deliveries to the thousands of fellow Texans in need. I am very proud of our schools and community for doing their part to help others carry on.After the video hit the news, (see attached CBS clip), the singers were invited to sing “Lean on Me” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (see the second clip).Every day, through good times and bad, we make a choice about how we live our lives and how we treat others. This is an example of using the gift of music. We will continue to provide help for those affected by Harvey, and each of us can use our gifts every day in GCISD for our students, for our families and for our communities. It takes all of us to Build Excellent Schools Together, all across Texas.Lean on me, when you're not strongAnd I'll be your friendI'll help you carry onFor it won't be long'Til I'm gonna needSomebody to lean onBEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
What is the Biggest Story of the Week?Posted by Communication Services on 9/1/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateWhat is the biggest story of the week? Is it the devastation from last weekend’s storm? What about the second version of Harvey doing even more damage to the coast? Maybe it is the long lines of cars waiting to fill up with gasoline? Could it be the Cowboys and Texans cancelling their football game?It may not be the biggest, but to me, the best story is about the response of Texans and others. There has been an outpouring of help and hope from all across our country. People helping people and each of our schools are doing their part to help. I have been so proud to see various campuses using the #GCISDhelps throughout the week to showcase the tremendous heart of this community to come together to support those in need., across the state of Texas, football teams, bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, fans (and even referees) will gather for the opening game of football season. Only this time, at almost every venue, relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey will take place. Yes, football is important in Texas, but so is taking care of each other. So is teaching the lesson that the first step toward being a good global citizen is being a good local citizen.It is a fact of life that difficult, terrible, & challenging things sometimes happen. It’s how we respond to adversity with grit, resilience and determination that teach important lessons. I am proud of everyone in this district each and every week - but especially this last week. Thank you for your continued efforts as #GCISDhelps those in need.BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
Great first week!Posted by Communication Services on 8/25/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateWhew! It has been a wonderful first week of school across GCISD. I know there have been bumps in the road, but overall, this week was tremendous. The fact that the week was so spectacular is not an accident. It is by design.From the planning last spring to the hiring process and professional development in the summer, preparation for the beginning of a new school year was excellent. Many people gave of their time and talent for our students to have a great first week. From facilities to teachers, nutrition to coaches, technology to curriculum and instruction...it was a truly united effort.Thank you for doing your part in Building Excellent Schools Together. Get some rest and we’ll see youfor Week 2!BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools