BEST Report

  • Building Strong Relationships

    Posted by Communication Services on 2/16/2018
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    Like you, I watched in horror this week as we witnessed the reports of another tragic school shooting. This one, at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of students and staff. 
     
    Everyone associated with schools: students, parents, staff members and community members feel the pain and trauma each time this happens in our country. We search for answers to questions like: “How could this happen again?” and “How can we keep it from happening in the future?”
     
    We conduct drills and we implement security measures. We make every effort to physically keep our students safe. Most importantly, we build strong healthy relationships with students. Beginning with ‘“circle up” time in elementary schools, our students begin to build those relationships with their teachers and with each other. We also encourage everyone to report if they have a suspicion that something might be wrong. We work closely with our local police departments and school resource officers to investigate concerns quickly and thoroughly. We communicate with staff, parents and the community when matters arise that need a wider response.
     
    We will continue to practice and refine our safety and security measures. In addition, I encourage all of us to reach out to our students daily, to continue to build strong positive relationships with each one, and to speak up if something seems out of the ordinary. Preparation and a personalized environment will help GCISD remain a safe place to learn as we continue to Build Excellent Schools Together.
     
    BEST,
     
    RR

     

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • It's Musical Season!

    Posted by Communication Services on 1/26/2018
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    We enjoy so much talent in GCISD. From academics to athletics and the arts, our students and teachers amaze me with their level of talent. It is “musical season” and I attended a performance last night that was a tremendous example of the talent in our district. 
     
    The CHHS Theater Department performed “The Sound of Music” to a standing ovation. From Maria and Captain von Trapp to the incredible cast (which included elementary, middle and high school students) to the orchestra, to the techies backstage and the folks in the sound booth, it was an amazing team effort. Clearly, the performing arts are on display at a high level.
     
    This week, you can enjoy The Sound of Music (tickets at https://www.chhspanthertheatre.com/)  and next week, you can catch “Into the Woods” at GHS (tickets at http://www.ghstheatre.org/). You will be impressed!
     
    BEST,
    RR
     

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • Education Foundation

    Posted by Communication Services on 1/19/2018
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    We’ve all been there. Buying extra classroom supplies with our own money because we want our students to have everything they need to be successful. Fortunately, there is some relief for staff and it comes from our friends at the Education Foundation.
     
    The Education Foundation is an organization outside of GCISD whose sole purpose is to raise funds for needed programs and projects for GCISD teachers and students. The leader of the Foundation for the last 14 years has been Janice Kane. Janice is responsible for bringing millions of donated dollars to thousands of students and teachers in GCISD. Janice is retiring at the end of the month, and we are so fortunate to have benefitted from her leadership as she arguably has been GCISD’s # 1 cheerleader.
     
    We will miss Janice and her dedication and service to our district. The Foundation is strong, and will keep getting stronger each year, due to the wonderful leadership legacy of Janice Kane. If you have received support from the Foundation, I hope you will drop Janice a line and thank her for her untiring work on behalf of our teachers and students. It is just another way GCISD is Building Excellent Schools Together!
     
    BEST,
    RR

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • Building Excellent Schools Together!

    Posted by Communication Services on 1/12/2018
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    Did you watch the National Championship game last Monday night between Georgia and Alabama? Millions of people around the country watched until the last play of the game, which was either thrilling or heartbreaking...depending on who you were hoping would win.
     
    Interestingly, we all had several choices for how we wanted to watch the game. You could choose to watch the game the “old fashioned” way with two TV broadcasters describing the action. You also could choose to watch the game on the Coaches Film Room view, where several college coaches sit around a table eating pizza and commenting on the details of each play. You could choose the Homers Telecast, led by former players from Alabama and Georgia.  There was the Finebaum Film Room, where Paul Finebaum and friends commented and took viewer calls during the game. You could choose to watch the Command Center view, with a split screen and multiple camera views and isolated camera feeds on both head coaches. You could watch ESPN Deportes to hear the commentators in Spanish. You could watch the game online from the SkyCam angle and an even higher angle that showed all 22 players on the field at one time. You could even go “old school” and listen to the game on the radio.
     
    Our society wants to have input on just about everything, even how to watch a football game on TV. Luckily, in GCISD we also provide choice and opportunity for feedback. Many of our students have choices about the programs in which they are involved. Our teachers have been pioneers in the Student Voice initiative, uniquely empowering our students to have a voice and choices in their education. We have instituted Arena Scheduling for our high school students to choose their exact schedule, much like in college. And the GCISD Learning Institute provided our staff a voice and choice in professional development opportunities.
     
    I am proud to work with such a dedicated staff who understand the demands of 21st Century Learning and who are meeting those challenges with innovative solutions. It’s just another way we are Building Excellent Schools Together!
     
    Happy 2018!

    RR

    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted by Communication Services on 11/17/2017
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    It'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 Ryan
    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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  • Veterans Day

    Posted 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,
    RR
    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • Which side will you be sitting on at the game?

    Posted by Communication Services on 10/27/2017
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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.


    BEST,

    RR


    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


     
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  • Student Voice

    Posted by Communication Services on 10/13/2017
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    When 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,
    RR
     
     
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    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • Annual Traditions

    Posted by Communication Services on 9/29/2017
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    For 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,
    RR
     
    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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  • What Stories Would You Tell?

    Posted by Communication Services on 9/22/2017
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    If 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,
    RR
    Dr. Robin Ryan
    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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