George Ranch H.S.

GRHS Sunday Longhorn News 8-22-2021

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FIRST DAY FUNNY!

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A Message From Heather Patterson, GRHS Principal

Happy Sunday GRHS Longhorns,


It's finally here...the first day of school is tomorrow and the first day of #buildingGReatness begins! Doors open at 7:30am to students and they will report directly to the gyms to pick up a GREEN hard copy of their schedule. This is their ONLY ticket to get in their first period class, so ALL STUDENTS MUST REPORT TO THE DESIGNATED GYM BELOW from 7:30-8:10.


  • Last names beginning with "A-L" will report to the BIG gym
  • Last names beginning with "M-Z" will report to the SMALL gym


There will be plenty of GRHS staff to point you in the right direction. We will all be wearing the gray "Living that George Ranch Life" that you see in the pic below! We are glad you are here and are ready to help!


GRHS Counselors will have their "out of office" response turned on this week as they are leveling (reducing class sizes) and adjusting schedules of the students that have "missing classes" due to the auto populating of Skyward.

If your student STILL has a concern about their schedule you MUST FILL OUT THE LINK BELOW that was sent out last week and they will get to it as soon as possible during this first week. We appreciate your patience, as this will take the entire first week to get it all addressed. I promise that they are actively working on it.


DEADLINE FOR ALL CHANGES IS 4PM, THURSDAY AUGUST 26TH. Here is the link again. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=YLr5XW0hUkih1cpB5PakUvAHnVlaRrBCpCHJSVptZ5ZUQUlOR0s2TkNQRE5QVEJZWjM3NFhZOTlWNS4u


If your beginning of year forms are complete, you are able to view the schedule in Skyward, but you will STILL NEED TO REPORT TO THE GYMS BETWEEN 7:30-8:10 to pick up your GREEN hard copy, this is your TICKET into first period. *Any student that does not have the designated green printed schedule will have to go back to the gym to get it before they can go to first period. If you are missing a first period, please report to the auditorium so that we can get that corrected.


This year, I have created a welcome back and expectation video that each teacher will be showing our Longhorns on Monday and Tuesday during their 4th period advisory classes, instead of the whole grade level gatherings we traditionally have in the auditorium. I will be sending these out via e-blast once I have shown them to our Longhorns for parents to be in the know, too!


We appreciate your patience and kindness as we are working hard to get 2600+ Longhorns settled back into a routine this first week. This is no easy task, but I promise you that I have the GR-eatest team that is ready and willing to help! I am asking that you show respect and a grace this first week as there will be class leveling happening, schedule glitches that will be getting fixed, all while reacclimating into a school building for many kids that have not been in one (or GRHS) since March of 2020. We are spending the first two days just getting to know our longhorns to build those strong relationships, reviewing protocols/routines/ expectations, and finding their way around this building so they can quickly adjust to the Ranch life!


*Late arrival seniors you can begin picking up your green hard copy schedule at 8:45am from the student service window and then go wait in cafeteria for the 2nd period bell to ring.


Masks Optional:

As you have heard, masks are OPTIONAL, so we encourage your student to do what is BEST FOR THEM AND YOUR FAMILY! Everyone has a story and we are not here to judge, but to embrace each and everyone of them with open arms as we welcome them to the Ranch for a GR-eat new year! I do understand that we all feel very strongly about this decision, on both sides, but what I do ask is when you enter this building that you choose to be KIND and RESPECTFUL of those individual choices, and not cause divisiveness amongst this campus by making people feel uncomfortable about their personal and family's choice.


We will continue to clean, use the e-mist system (purchased by the district) and provide hand sanitizer stations in the classrooms and throughout the building for everyone to use. The teacher's are ready to teach and I know that for the mental health of many of us and our students coming back to school provides a sense of normalcy in what has been a very turbulent and uncertain year and a half. I appreciate your support, as we will continue to do whatever it takes to create a safe, inclusive, academically challenging, and kind learning environment for our GRHS Longhorns!


If you haven't completed your Beginning of Year Forms, this is why you can't see your schedule yet!


The front office is open Monday- Friday 8:00-4:00pm to assist you. You can also directly email us or call 832-223-4200 during the same hours. We are happy to help!


Admin contact info (by last name alpha split):

Chris Cuellar - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split A-Dan) ccuellar@lcisd.org

Carrie Yanta -Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Dao-Hou) cyanta@lcisd.org

Jessie Eilenstine Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Hov-Mom) jessie.eilenstine@lcisd.org

Judy Momanyi - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Mon-Sac) judith.momanyi@lcisd.org

Quantas Floyd Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Sad-Z) qfloyd@lcisd.org


Nicholas Cavallo - Campus Athletic Coordinator (athletic questions/concerns) ncavallo@lcisd.org


Vivian Patton - GRHS Nurse (Medical/COVID questions) vpatton@lcisd.org


GRHS Counselors: (by last name alpha split)

Jamie Rufo (alpha split A-Dan) jrufo@lcisd.org

Stacey Richards (alpha split Dao-Hou)stacey.richards@lcisd.org

Abraham Vil (alpha split Hov-Mom) abraham.vil@lcisd.org

Alicia Henley-Stegent Dual Credit & (alpha split Mon-Sac) alicia.stegent@lcisd.org

Ashley Hunt (alpha split Sad-Z) ashley.hunt@lcisd.org

Carin Reeves 504/AP creeves@lcisd.org


Included in this edition of our GRHS Longhorn News:

  • ALL GRHS STUDENTS NEED TO REPORT TO THE GYMS BETWEEN 7:30-8:10 to pick up your GREEN hard copy, this is your TICKET into first period.
  • If you/your student STILL has a concern about their schedule you MUST FILL OUT THE LINK in the newsletter (also sent out last week) and the counselors will get to it as soon as possible during this first week. (Deadline to fill out is 4pm on August 26th)
  • Back to School Pointers and Reminders! My grade level expectation presentation will be done via video and shown through all advisory classes on Monday and Tuesday.
  • TONIGHT! (Sunday - 8/22/2021- 6-8pm) GRHS CLASS OF 2022 SENIORS ONLY! Time to CHALK YOUR SPOT! Your parents are welcome to join you...and help you! :)
  • HURRY! IF YOU STILL HAVE TEXTBOOK and/or TECH TO CHECK IN YOU NOW HAVE A HOLD ON YOUR SCHEDULE! Bring it to the gym on MONDAY morning to get this hold lifted.
  • Clubs/Organizations/Sports Opportunities to Join!
  • Get your GAME DAY SPIRIT WEAR for COLOR OUT DAYS!
  • PTO Longhorn Merch for Sale! Earrings and Keychains
  • Transcript and VOE Requests Procedures
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THANKS GRHS CHEER FOR MAKING SIGNS TO HELP OUR LONGHORNS KNOW WHERE TO GO ON THE FIRST DAY!

1,000's rooms (1300, 1400,1500,1600) are ALL downstairs and 2,000's (2100, 2200, 2300, 2400) rooms are all UPSTAIRS! "GR" rooms are the portables!

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  • School Hours: 8:15am to 3:40pm. (bell schedule attached below)
    • For those who require early arrival, the building opens at 7:30am.
    • You may enter through the main front door or back doors by gyms and proceed to the designated gym to pick up GREEN schedule (your ticket to first period)
    • Students will be held in cafeteria and gyms until 8:00am each day, unless they have a designated pass for tutorials. (Tutorials start after 2nd full week- Tutorial Schedule will be on Teacher's Canvas pages)
    • Late Start Seniors - You can pick up your GREEN schedule from the student service window starting at 8:45am, then wait in cafeteria until the second period bell rings.
  • Transportation: If your student will be using district transportation, please visit the LCISD Find My Bus page to get detailed route information. https://www.lcisd.org/students-parents/find-my-bus-school
  • DRESS CODE....IT'S A REAL THING! See the visual below. Armpits to mid thigh (3inches down your thigh MUST BE COVERED COMPLETELY. (see visual) If you raise your hand I should NOT see mid drift skin...this means your shirt is too short. Also, shirts should not be so oversized it is covering your shorts, it means your shorts are to short. If you violate this, you will be sent to AP to change. If you refuse it will be come a disciplinary consequence, which can effect your semester exemptions. FOR NOW, caps, slides, leggings, and appropriate length shorts are IN DRESS CODE). Please don't abuse this, or we will adjust accordingly!
  • LANYARDS W/GRHS ISSUED ID...IT'S A REAL THING TOO! 1st ID/Lanyard will be given to you on Wednesday during lunches, after that replacements are $5. Starting Wednesday after all lunches these must be VISIBLEY WORN on the TOP half of your body. If you refuse it will be come a disciplinary consequence.
  • PARKING PASSES ARE MANDATORY IF YOU ARE DRIVING TO GRHS. Please make sure you have purchased yours and you are parked in your ASSIGNED spot. DAY ONE you must either have the temporary pass printed and placed in windshield or the permanent Longhorn pass hanging from your mirror. If you are still needing to pick up your permanent pass you can stop by the student service window during all lunches on Monday. IF SOMEONE IS PARKED IN YOUR SPOT THE FIRST DAY....DON'T WORRY...WE WILL BE SHOWING A BIT OF GRACE UNTIL ALL PASSES ARE HANDED OUT THE FIRST DAY DURING LUNCHES! PARK IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE SPOT FOR DAY ONE! Day two should be back to normal! If you still have questions about parking, please email Delores Sanchez mailto:dsanchez@lcisd.org
    • Lunch Deliveries: GRHS does NOT accept 3rd party lunch delivers for students. No DoorDash, UberEats. GrubHub or any other type of pizza or food delivery. Only family members can deliver lunch to their student. Lunches are left at the front office on the designated table with the student's name, grade, and ID number. Students are responsible for picking it up on their way to lunch. They will not be delivered and they may not leave class early to get it, as this disrupts instruction. Thanks for your understanding.

    GRHS DRESS CODE - REVIEW IT - KNOW IT - BE IN IT ON DAY ONE!

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    What do I do if my student tests positive for COVID? See the campus protocol below for how you need to report in order for us to ensure that minimal disruption will happen to your student's schedule. You can help us help you by closely following these steps!

    If your student test positive for COVID-19 please follow the steps below ASAP to notify the campus and you student's Assistant Principal will be getting back with you with the next steps to keep your student connected to the learning during this temporary period.


    TWO PEOPLE NEED TO BE EMAILED IMMEDIATELY:

    1. GRHS Nurse - Vivian Patton vpatton@lcisd.org
    2. Your student's Assistant Principal (listed below by last name alpha split)

    Admin contact info (by last name alpha split):

    Chris Cuellar - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split A-Dan) ccuellar@lcisd.org

    Carrie Yanta -Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Dao-Hou) cyanta@lcisd.org

    Jessie Eilenstine Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Hov-Mom) jessie.eilenstine@lcisd.org

    Judy Momanyi - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Mon-Sac) judith.momanyi@lcisd.org

    Quantas Floyd Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Sad-Z) qfloyd@lcisd.org


    In the email please include:

    1. Student Name
    2. Grade Level
    3. Student ID
    4. Date of Confirmed POSITIVE


    Thanks for helping us keep our campus and Longhorns safe and connected!

    21-22 LCISD COVID-19 Protocols

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    ANY GRHS Student that rides the bus must have a SMART TAG! If you NO LONGER HAVE YOUR SMART TAG FROM LAST YEAR, you can purchase a new one using by clicking the button below. If you were AT GRHS last year, but virtual all year, we have your tags and will give you them this week. If your student is NEW to LCISD we will have yours on-site, as well!

    COUNSELOR INFO FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES!

    At this time, the counseling office is working diligently to make the first day of school a success. Email requests will no longer be considered, as we are now scheduling new students and leveling classes. Please use the new procedure below.


    Remember: ALL SCHEDULES THAT ARE VIEWABLE IN SKYWARD MAY NOT BE FINAL DUE TO LEVELING.


    Do not email/or call, you must use the link or QR code form for your request to be considered. (SEE QR CODE BELOW)

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=YLr5XW0hUkih1cpB5PakUvAHnVlaRrBCpCHJSVptZ5ZUQUlOR0s2TkNQRE5QVEJZWjM3NFhZOTlWNS4u


    Counselors are out of the office most of this week and don’t want to miss your requests. (please allow 3-5 school days for Skyward to process the requests.)


    Below are ONLY reasons for schedule changes:



    *per 2021-22 LCISD Secondary Course catalog pg. 20


    FYI:

    • Teacher change requests and lunch period requests will not be honored.
    • Course level changes- you may request to level up this week (ex: academic to PAP or PAP to AP), if there is space in the course.
    • Leveling down changes will not be an option until the end of the first six weeks. (ex: PAP to academic level)


    BELOW IS A QR CODE TO TAKE YOU TO THE CHANGE REQUEST FORM.

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    2021-2022 Instructional Calendar!

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    Need a Printable 21-22 Instructional Calendar? We have you covered! Click the Link Below!

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    THIS IS TODAY! GRHS CLASS OF 2022 SENIORS ONLY! Time to CHALK YOUR SPOT! All GRHS SENIORS THAT PURCHASED A PARKING SPOT you are welcome to come up Sunday August 22nd between 6-8pm to CHALK YOUR SPOT! (NO PAINT!) Please share your pictures on social media and with Mr. T for the yearbook! I will also be around getting a few pictures, as well for my newsletter! Can't wait to see your GR-eatness SHINE this year! Here is an example from Bailey C/O 2021 to get you started!

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    Hey GRHS VOLLEYBALL Fans…it’s finally time to FILL THE STANDS! Let’s MAROON OUT and get ROWDY to support our Lady Longhorns at home on Tuesday!

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    GRHS Students interested in graphic design, camera operations, drone filming, and equipment management...check out this opportunity to be part GR-eatness!

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    This graphic is a little hard to read, so I have attached the link to a printable PDF below!

    THIS THURSDAY IS OUR FIRST SPIRIT DAY! 4TH PERIOD WITH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF PARTICIPATION WILL WIN A CLASS PRIZE ON FRIDAY! PICTURE MUST BE TWEETED OUT BY TEACHER USING OUR HASHTAG #WEAREGR!

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    SATURDAY GAME IS A MAROON OUT! LET'S FILL THE STANDS WITH MAROON AGAINST HOUSTON LAMAR! LET'S GO HORNS!

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    Instructions for Completing Online Forms:

    Completing the Beginning of Year online forms through Skyward Family Access is very easy and will take just a few minutes. Below are your steps for completing these forms:

    1. Click on the Family Access login button to the right.
    2. Login with your LCISD Family Access credentials.
    3. Click on the Beginning of Year Forms link in the Family Access main menu.
    4. Complete each step, making changes as necessary, and clicking the “Complete Step X” button at the bottom of each form.
    5. Once all forms are complete, click the “Submit Beginning of Year Forms” button on the last page.


    For those who need access to a computer or the Internet, computers will be available on campus Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily starting August 2nd.


    To speak with someone regarding a Family Access issue at GRHS, please contact our campus representative: Mrs. Roberta Hall rhall@lcisd.org

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    Student Parking Link!

    Students will need to use their Office 365 LCISD Student Email account to access this! They all have one and should be checking this regularly anyway. Get them in the habit now, it's part of HS responsibility.


    Documents that you will need to have ready when you start the ONLINE process:

    1. Copy of Drivers License UPLOADED (NO PERMITS allowed)
    2. CURRENT Insurance Card UPLOADED (with GRHS student LISTED AS DRIVER)
    3. Vehicle Make, Model, Year, Color, and License Plate Number
    4. 1st color zone selection, 2nd color zone selection, and 3rd color zone selection (must choose 3 different ones)
    5. Parking Pass Payment Receipt UPLOADED
    6. Rules and Regulations Acknowledgment read and signed


    Here is the LINK: https://forms.office.com/r/YTcDedJEDd


    If you have additional questions please contact Mrs. Sanchez via email dsanchez@lcisd.org or by calling the front office 832-223-4200.

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    Hey Longhorns, Whatcha Been Doing This Summer? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

    • Send us your pics from summer travel, road trips, camps, hanging out, etc for use in our 2022 Legacy Yearbook!
    • SENIORS SEND YOUR CHALK THE SPOT PICS TO US TOO! 8-22-21 6-8PM
    • Email the pics to georgeranchyearbook@gmail.com (Please include your name, email and year in school.)


    Thanks!

    Mr. T

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    GRHS Student Council Application 2021-2022 - Closes September 6th!

    Please click the link below to complete this form to be considered for membership for Student Council.


    You must agree to the code of conduct in order to obtain membership.


    If you have any questions about membership, please email Miss Torres at CLTORRES@LCISD.ORG.

    NHS Mathematics Honor Society Opportunity! Mrs. Vaca is the contact person!

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    All Longhorns that are going to wrestle this year must be signed up for the Longhorn Wrestling SportsYou app. Contact Coach Kirby right away for the code to join!

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    PTO LONGHORN MERCHANDISE FOR SALE! Keychains and Earrings!

    If you can help them, sign up to purchase and drop off donations or send monetary donations to PTO through PayPal: PTO email is grhspto@gmail.com. Just go to PayPal and use the PTO email to donate. Thanks for your support!


    Check out the NEW LONGHORN SPIRIT KEYCHAINS AND EARRINGS by clicking here: https://www.myvlink.org/georgeranchpto/news.php?ID=8900

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    Hey LONGHORNS! The GRHS ABC 2021-22 Spirit Wear bundle is now available for purchase online. We will be having COLOR OUT FOR ALL SPORTS THIS YEAR, SO YOU WILL GET A LOT OF USE OUT OF THEM! Check out these new designs. Be sure to order yours today!!

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    IF YOU STILL HAVE TEXTBOOKS and/or TECH TO CHECK BACK IN this MUST happen MONDAY - BECAUSE YOU NOW HAVE A HOLD ON YOUR SCHEDULE ASAP!

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    Have a New Driver? Need a VOE? We have you covered, even remotely!

    If you are needing a VOE, we are able to help you remotely by clicking this button above! Please allow 24 hour (business day) turn around on all requests. You can also call the GRHS front office during summer hours (Mon-Friday 8:00-3:30pm) for assistance @ 832-223-4200 or email Mrs. Lujan at blujan@lcisd.org

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    GRHS Admin Team Support

    Our Admin Team is ready and willing to support! We are available (via email) during business hours and will be promptly getting back with you for assistance.


    Please feel free to reach out to your child's Assistant Principal (alpha split by last name) for student specific concerns or assistance.


    Heather Patterson - Principal hpatterson@lcisd.org

    Brian Forshee - Associate Principal bforshee@lcisd.org

    Chris Cuellar - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split A-Dan) ccuellar@lcisd.org

    Carrie Yanta -Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Dao-Hou) cyanta@lcisd.org

    Jessie Eilenstine Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Hov-Mom) jessie.eilenstine@lcisd.org

    Judy Momanyi - Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Mon-Sac) judith.momanyi@lcisd.org

    Quantas Floyd Assistant Principal (Alpha Split Sad-Z) qfloyd@lcisd.org

    Nicholas Cavallo - GRHS Campus Athletic Coordinator (athletic concerns/questions) ncavallo@lcisd.org

    MEET THE TEAM!

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    Counselors, College Career Facilitator, and Registrar Squad!

    Our GRHS Counselors, College Career Facilitator, and Registrar are ready and available to support you. The best way to contact them is via email and they will be getting back with you for assistance within 24 business hours. From schedule questions, college questions, transcript requests, to any student concern our GRHS team is here to assist you and your child. Feel free to email them with any questions or concerns. (Alpha Split by Student LAST Name for Counselors)


    Counselors:

    Jamie Rufo (alpha split A-Dan) jrufo@lcisd.org

    Stacey Richards (alpha split Dao-Hou)stacey.richards@lcisd.org

    Abraham Vil (alpha split Hov-Mom) abraham.vil@lcisd.org

    Alicia Henley-Stegent Dual Credit & (alpha split Mon-Sac) alicia.stegent@lcisd.org

    Ashley Hunt (alpha split Sad-Z) ashley.hunt@lcisd.org

    Carin Reeves 504/AP creeves@lcisd.org


    Lauren Ford - College Career Facilitator (CCF)- lauren.ford@lcisd.org

    Marci Macha -George Ranch Registrar - mamacha@lcisd.org

    Texas Kids First Individual Accident-Only Insurance options available for your student.

    The following three coverage options are available to you for your student:

    1. Accidents at school
    2. Accidents on or off campus
    3. Accidents for sports only

    The document below provides detailed information about the coverage along with how to purchase. Feel free to contact Texas Kids First at 1-800-366-8354 or you may retrieve information online at www.texaskidsfirst.com.

    This plan serves as a supplemental policy to help assist with medical costs in the event of an accident.

    Please click the link below to get more information.

    Follow our Hashtag on Twitter

    Follow Us on Twitter! @WeAreGRHS Search for this hashtag (#WeAreGR) and see what is all going on already!

    SPORTS AND STUDENT CAMPUS HAPPENINGS, SCORES, AND PICS WILL BE INCLUDED NEXT WEEK! STAY TUNED! For now, you can always stay up to date by following us on Twitter #WeAreGR

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    BACK TO SCHOOL POINTERS and REMINDERS!