May 20, 2016

Good Evening Pony Parents,

Can you believe today is our last Friday of 2015-2016 school year? Next week is a short week with us having Friday off as a bad weather day. I know we have many planned activities but it will be good to have a four day weekend to gear up for the final week.

This past week brought lots of rain which made it difficult to work in our yearly activities. PTA FunDay looked gloomy at the beginning, but the sun broke through and the day was a complete success. Gator Ball champion photos are included in the newsletter! Thank you to Kim Wilding, Mona Tucker, John Logan and all your volunteers for planning a day enjoyed by all. Thank you parents for allowing your child to purchase items from PTA which will benefit the school as a whole.

NJHS held their yearly induction ceremony on Tuesday evening and the cafeteria was filled with outstanding students and proud parents and families. Mrs. Kelley Willmann, GCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, spoke to the students about meeting challenges and taking risks with learning. Mrs. Sloan and Mrs. Kirby are the sponsors and we appreciate all of their work this year with NJHS.

8th graders selected to attend Collegiate Academy next year spent Tuesday on campus becoming familiar with academic life as a freshman. The family day provided an opportunity for students to get to know their teachers and learn their way around campus prior to the beginning of school. We look forward to hearing great success stories from this group!

Friday morning we celebrated 7th grade successes with our end-of-the-year awards ceremony. Congratulations to our outstanding students and parents who continue to make GMS a great place to learn.

We ended the week with our final atgmsYOUmatter assembly where students honored their choices for Teacher of the Year, Bob Lashbrook 8th grade, Coach Eric Hill 7th grade, and Taryn Baker 6th grade. Coach Steve Chippeaux shared words from his heart about the lessons taught to him by his Momma. He shared his magical words stories and we thank you Coach Chippeaux as you continue to make a difference in the lives of our students.

Enjoy your time this weekend and rest up for the swift days ahead.


Linda Young, Principal



Grapevine Middle School 8th Graders:

Earlier this semester I sent an update to families regarding the fall campus-wide launch of the 1:1 initiative, which would provide every student with a dell laptop. I know that for some eighth-grade parents, this may have raised questions about what would be available for your student as they transition to high school. I am pleased to let you know that all incoming freshmen at Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School will be receiving a dell laptop in August. The high school campus will provide more details as we get closer to the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, but I just wanted to update you before everyone leaves for the summer. If you would like to learn more information about the 1:1 initiative, please visit this website.


No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website and Child Nutrition Facebook page.

iStation: Please review the following message from iStation about summer access for students. Did you know that you can use Istation throughout the summer months to combat Summer Slide? Istation believes a break from school needn’t be a break from learning. These printable brochures for teachers and parents explain how to access Istation at home. Need a brochure in Spanish? You can get one here. Think a video might work better to help inspire summer reading? Our Istation characters Justin Time and Paige Turner put together a short video about using Istation Home during the summer. Please share this video with students and their families:

Watch Paige and Justin discuss Istation Home.

We hope schools with subscriptions to Istation will encourage families to log in and keep learning all summer long! Please help your students start the summer months at the place that is right for them! Have them take the ISIP assessment at school in May, so that when they begin home use during the summer months they are placed correctly into the adaptive curriculum in Istation Home.

District Information

Math Telescoping for Students in Grades K-7: July Math Telescoping Online Registration for Returning and New students is now available. The registration deadline is June 20 and the Exam Fees are due by noon on June 22. It can be accessed under the For Parents and Students directory on the district website. Please visit for more information.

SHAC: The State of Texas mandates that each school district have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the implementation of a coordinated health program including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement. SHAC is in need of dedicated members for the 2016-2017 school year.


GCISD offers many exciting programs for your child. Please visit the website and view the video. Great learning experiences continue all through the summer!



A one stop place where you are able to ask questions about all things GCISD and get real answers!

Next Weeks Events

May 22 STEM Family Picnic

May 23

GMS Band Concert @ GHS 7:00

May 24

STEM Chromebook swap during the day

Theater Ceremony 7:00 cafeteria

May 25

7th Grade Grapevine Walking Field Trip

8th Grade Awards 1:50 - 3:25 cafeteria

GMS Choir Spring Concert 7:00 GHS

May 26

8th Graders to Burger's Lake 8:30 - 2:00

Cheer Parent Camp Meeting 6:00 in D105

7th Grade Athletic Awards 6:00 - 8:30 Gym

May 27

Bad Weather Day - NO SCHOOL

Six Flags Field Trip for Band, Choir, Math/Science, Robotics

May 30

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS OR STAFF - Remembering those we lost while serving.


May 31

Final 1st period

8th Grade Athletic Awards Night 6:00 - 7:30 Gym

June 1


Early Release 12:10

Athletic Booster Club Meeting 6:30

June 2


Early Release 12:10

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