Student VoicePosted by Communication Services at 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 at 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 SchoolsThe B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
What Stories Would You Tell?Posted by Communication Services at 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 SchoolsThe B.E.S.T. Report is a weekly communication from our superintendent about our schools and community.
Why GCISD is the BEST!Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org at 9/15/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ Innovate
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 at 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 at 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 at 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
Back to SchoolPosted by Communication Services at 8/18/2017The B.E.S.T. Report
Building Excellent Schools TogetherExpect ~ Relate ~ InnovateIt’s here! On Monday morning we will begin fulfilling our purpose by beginning another school year. For some of you, this may be your first day of school in GCISD. For others this is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting. As I mentioned Tuesday, this will be my 50th first day of school and it remains one of my favorite days of the year. With all of the excitement of next week, I want you to remember a few things in those moments of nervous energy:We are prepared.We are motivated.We are excellent at what we do.This is going to be a terrific year for our students and families whom we serve. Each one of us will do our part to Build Excellent Schools Together!See you Monday!BEST,RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
2017 Employees of the YearPosted by Communication Services at 5/12/2017
They were humble. They were surprised. They were a little embarrassed by the attention.
This week, we recognized the GCISD Employees of the Year in many categories. Each time, a small group accompanied me to the employee’s campus and interrupted their day to make a brief presentation and tell them how much we appreciate the work they do on behalf of students and families in GCISD.
After a brief pause and a few pictures, each Employee of the Year just wanted to get back to their job serving others. In addition to the support and applause from the students, what also struck me was the level of support from their peers. People cheered loudly, gave hugs, clapped and even shed a few tears of joy for our honorees.
Our newest Employees of the Year will have their portrait on the Wall of Honor at the PDEC so that all visitors may take a moment to learn a little bit about these recognized individuals. Additionally, our two Teachers of the Year, Will Boykin from Glenhope Elementary and Jon McCormick from Colleyville Heritage, will now advance to the Region 11 competition. The entire list is below. If you see one of these amazing GCISD employees, it might embarrass them a bit, but please thank them for a job well done. We all know that it is the people that make GCISD the BEST!
2016-2017 Employees of the Year
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jon McCormick
Colleyville Heritage High School
Elementary Teacher of the Year: William Boykin
Glenhope Elementary School
Paraprofessional of the Year: Heather Hedges
Colleyville Heritage High School
Nurse of the Year: Kendra Consilio
Cannon Elementary School: A GCISD STEM School
Extended Care Service Employee of the Year: Jill Dashner
Early Childhood Development Center
Facilities Services Employee of the Year: Hilberto Urtiz
Nutrition Services Employee of the Year: Cathy Clayton
Heritage Elementary School
Transportation Services Employee of the Year: Cliff KosecDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools
Educator AppreciationPosted by Communication Services at 5/5/2017
How many students and families could you positively impact in 972 years?
That may seem like a strange question, but 972 is the total number of years of service for the district’s educators who are retiring at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. More impressive, 778 of these years were served right here in GCISD!
It is appropriate that during our observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, I attended two special events to celebrate the lasting impact of GCISD teachers. The first was at a local congregation where more than 70 students invited their favorite teacher to be their guest. The students provided their teacher a nice meal, and then students took the microphone and spoke from the heart about the positive impact their teacher had on their lives. It was incredibly moving and a tremendous honor for those in attendance.
We also held the annual GCISD Retiree’s Dinner, sponsored by the GCISD Education Foundation. We honored the service of the amazing professional educators who have given of their time and talents to shape the future for children.
Those in education make a choice to impact the future. Clearly, it is our people that make the difference and are the key ingredient in Building Excellent Schools Together!
Have a great weekend.
RRDr. Robin RyanGCISD Superintendent of Schools