GCISD FastNews - Feb. 23, 2012

Posted by Public Information at 2/23/2012 1:00:00 PM

GCISD FastNews
STAAR - The Next Generation for state assessments
The new standardized testing program begins this year and will be phased in, as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) is phased out. Beginning in March, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8,  and to high school students enrolled in courses associated with an end-of-course exam. For this year's freshman class, STAAR end-of-course exams will be included in a student's graduation requirements. In addition to completing required coursework, students are required to meet standards on end-of-course exams in order to earn a high school diploma.  For the 2011-2012 school year, students in grades 10 and 11 will continue to participate in the TAKS assessments and will not participate in the STAAR assessments. Students in grades 10 and higher as of the 2011-2012 school year will continue to have TAKS as their graduation requirement. If you have questions about the STAAR assessments your child will take, please contact one of the counselors on the campus, the assistant principal or the principal.
No early release on March 7
GCISD’s 2011-2012 Early Release Calendar shows March 7, 2012, as a day when high school students are dismissed early after completion of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Students in grades 10 and 11 will still take the English/Language Arts TAKS on March 7; that day, however, is no longer an early release day and a modified schedule will be in place for all students, including those in grades 9 and 12. Students in grades 10 and 11 should arrive on their campus by 8:35 a.m. on March 7 to begin the TAKS. Those in grades 9 and 12 should arrive by 11:50 a.m. to be counted as present in compliance with state attendance laws. The state requires that students are in attendance a minimum of four hours.  Please check your high school website for specific information about  lunch, transportation and the  modified class schedule.
GCISD planning 50th anniversary celebration
In 1962 the Grapevine and Colleyville school districts consolidated to form Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.  A 50th anniversary celebration is set for April 12 to celebrate this event and all past and present students, employees, superintendents, board members and community members are invited to attend. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the GCISD Administration building. At 5:30, the celebration will move inside the Administration building for a reception sponsored by the Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation, displays of memorabilia, student exhibits and mini performances. Please spread the word of this event and if you have photos from the past that you'd like us to share on our 50th Anniversary website and on Facebook, please email them to publicinformation@gcisd.net. If there are people in the the photos, please provide the names and any other information you know about the location, event, etc.
March 5 last day to file for May Board election
Those interested in having their names on the ballot for the May 12 GCISD Board of Trustees election have through March 5 to file the elections paperwork. GCISD voters will have an opportunity to vote for Board members to serve in Places 1 and 2 during early voting April 30-May 8 and on Election Day, May 12. Three GCISD patrons have filed -  Becky St. John, incumbent, has filed for Place 2; Kimberley Barber Davis and Julia Guzman-Henderson have filed for Place 1. For more information, please call 817-251-5501.
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