Panther Pause

26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School


I hope that everyone was able to enjoy their Thanksgiving Break with family and friends. It is hard to believe that we have only two weeks remaining in this semester. Please be diligent in checking Skyward and having your students communicate with their teachers in regards to their grades. Finals will begin Wednesday, December 15th.

I want to give a big shout-out to our choir program who in conjunction with the GHS choir performed before the holiday break in Austin at the State Board of Education meeting and in the Capitol Rotunda. Their performance gave everyone watching goosebumps. Thank you for all your hard work.

Please remember that our football team will be competing in the Regional Finals on Friday, December 3rd at 7 pm at Birdville Athletic complex. This is a chance to play in the State semifinals. We are incredibly proud of their hard work.

As we inch closer to the 2nd semester, senior parents, please make sure you are staying up to speed with all the events and deadlines happening.


Mr. Denning

Highlights from GCISD:

Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo

Join our GCISD community on December 11 for a FREE walk-up Winter Wonderland 1 mile Fun Run/Walk and Health & Wellness Expo at Grapevine High School’s Mustang Activity Center (MAC)! There will be prizes for most festively dressed Winter Wonderland participants, multiple door prizes and raffle prizes! The Fun Run/Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Vendor Expo open from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strollers are welcome! If you are interested in hosting a booth, please complete THIS VENDOR FORM by Friday, December 3rd. PTA, Campus Groups, Student Groups, Community Businesses, and more welcome!

The GCISD Early Childhood Development Center is hiring!

The ECDC is a childcare center available to employees of GCISD for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. We have part time and full time positions available with flexible schedules. The District is offering quarterly retention payments of $500 to full time employees, childcare benefits and competitive compensation. Full time applicants can apply here. Part time applicants can apply here.

Applying for Fall Semester Exemption

Today at 4:30pm, the window for students to apply for exemptions for fall semester exams ends.

Please use the link below to access the CHHS Fall 2021 Semester Exam Schedule and Exemptions Criteria/form. Students must first check with their teachers to verify that the course exam can or cannot be exempted.

Helpful PSAT Information

What do I need to know about the PSAT Score Report?

PSAT/NMSQT scores will be available to Texas students on December 6. Score reports for PSAT-related assessments are now exclusively online in the student's College Board account. Students 13 years old and older who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheets will receive an email reminder to view their October PSAT/NMSQT scores online.

With online reporting, students are seamlessly connected to other College Board opportunities, Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy®, college readiness resources, and a path to find scholarships.

Do you have questions about PSAT Scores?

This short video provides a brief overview to help your student interpret their score report. College Board has a wealth of PSAT resources for parents and students .This link will connect you to additional information on the College Board Website and this link will connect you to a relevant College Board Blog post.

What should I do if my student doesn't have a College Board Account?

Students can create a College Board account by clicking on this link.

How can a PSAT score reduce my student's college costs?

Depending on a student's 11th grade PSAT Score they could qualify for scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program and/or College Board's Scholarship partnerships.

Highlights from counseling:

Counselor Corner

Please look over the December Counselor Newsletter here.

Please join Canvas:

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Class of 2024

Class of 2025

Financial Aid Graduation Requirement

Junior Parent/Counselor Meetings

It's not too late to sign up for a meeting with your student's counselor! We'll be discussing senior year and post-high school plans. Please check your email for more information and the link to sign up or email your student's counselor directly.


PREP is a great resource for so many reasons! Learn more about how PREP can help your student.

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GRACE Christmas Cottage Drive

Celebrate the holidays with GRACE and help us collect new, unwrapped toys for families in need! CHHS is partnering with this vital agency to support children here in our neighborhood. General information about GRACE can be found here and their Christmas Cottage wish list can be found here. Donations may be taken directly to GRACE or brought to the CHHS Counseling Office before December 17.

For more information about this donation drive, including how to receive holiday help for your family, contact

Future Planning Hour

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This week’s Project Graduation Senior Spotlight is Olivia Ashmore. Olivia is a member of the CHHS cheer team. She is also in PALS and MC's the Pep Rallies and other PALS events. She's a member of National Honor Society, Redefining Beautiful, Jersey girls, Black Attack, Class Council, She's the First, and the Cookey Club. Outside of school, Olivia works for Girligirl Boutique and The Nutrition FIX. Olivia is also a member of National Charity League, and has volunteered over 100 hours throughout high school. She enjoys YoungLife, working out, traveling and hanging out with friends and family.

Olivia thinks Project Graduation will be a positive, fun way to enjoy one last time together before the senior class all goes their separate ways.

We are looking for students to help us promote CHHS Project Graduation! Being involved will also promote your sport, club or organization! If you are interested, we will coordinate with you to determine which date you will be featured as our Senior Spotlight Student. Only a certain number of applicants will be accepted so apply quickly to get a spot. Please fill out the following Google Form or contact Rhonda Byers if you are interested in being featured in the Senior Spotlight.

Panther Sporting Events:

Panther Football

Today is the fourth round (Quarterfinals) of the 5A Division 1 State football playoffs. The Panther football team will travel to Birdville ISD Stadium today for a 7:00p.m. kickoff against the Mansfield Summit Jaguars. We are close to home and would love to pack out the stadium! Please consider coming to the game and supporting these young men and coaches.

As always, thank you for your support.


Site: Birdville ISD Stadium - FAAC

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Opponent: Mansfield Summit High School The Jaguars

Playoff shirts can be purchased here:

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Panther Band Concerts

The Panther Band has two concerts coming up, and we wanted to extend the invite to you!

Both of these concerts will be held in the CHHS Auditorium.

Tonight at 7:00 PM: A Remembrance Concert in Honor of David Zahrndt

Performances by all middle school/high school top performing ensembles, including a never performed commissioned piece in honor of Mr. Zahrndt.

Monday 12/6 at 7:00 PM: CHHS Band Winter Concert

Performances by Diamonds, Jazz Catz, and our three concert band ensembles.

GCISD College Visits

This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured.

support CHHS Basketball

Please help us support the CHHS Basketball Program by participating in our Poppin Popcorn Fundraiser from Monday, 11/29/21 to Sunday, 12/19/21. There are numerous popcorn flavors to choose from and all purchases will be shipped directly to you in plenty of time to enjoy or to “gift” for Christmas! Just click the link below to select your favorite flavors. Thanks so much for your support!

Singing Holiday Cards

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Support CHHS Project Graduation

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Support CHHS PTSA and eat Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5-7pm, at the Colleyville location! Drive-Thru only!
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Fall 2021 Exam Schedule Dec 15-17

Senior Yard Signs and Spirit Items

The Project Graduation's Swag Shop is NOW OPEN: Pre-Order your yard sign, license plate cover, and t-shirts through Thursday December 2nd for arrival before the Winter Break. Orders received after December 2nd will arrive after the Winter Break. T-shirt options include designs for Mom, Dad, Seniors, and the Panther community!

Project Graduation would like to congratulate Senior Reagan Brown. Reagan submitted an original design that was selected for the Project Graduation Senior T-Shirt. A special thank you to Reagan for taking the time to support her senior class and Project Graduation.

For more information about Project Graduation and how you can help, visit:

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  • This will keep you warm whatever outdoor sport you are watching!
  • Easy to store and carry, zipper closure
  • Help support the tennis team when you purchase
  • Bags can be customized to your child's sport, baseball, soccer, football, tennis
  • $85/bag

Contact Shannon @ to order your bag today.

  • Orders take roughly 3 weeks to customize, don't delay
  • More information found here

You've Been Pawed

Help raise funds for Project Graduation and nominate a friend to receive a yard full of Panther Paws! Visit the You've Been Pawed website for program details. For questions or to "Paw" someone, contact Barbara Fleet at

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Support CHHS Project Graduation

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Community Service Ambassador Program (CSAP)

All students are invited to participate in the CHHS Community Service Ambassador Program. Information about the program can be found here.

Due to Covid restrictions at many philanthropies in the area over the last 18 months, students from the Class of 2022 need 65 hours to complete the program. Have questions or need to check your hours? See Mrs. Howard in the counseling office or use the class specific email below.


Do you volunteer for your favorite CHHS program? Please submit your volunteer hours and encourage other volunteers to do the same. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other uses. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: Volunteer hours

CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions

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Order your CHHS Yearbook - FINAL DEADLINE

Make sure to order your CHHS Yearbook! You can now order your 2021-2022 CHHS Yearbook by going to Make sure to order it now before the FINAL DEADLINE on Friday, January 28.


You can pay and create your Senior Ad TODAY! Senior ads in the yearbook are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. To purchase and create your ad, follow the instructions found here. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. All ads must be paid for and submitted online before the FINAL DEADLINE on Friday, January 28. Senior ads are for seniors only.

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Save the Date

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Ongoing Important Information:

Support Project Graduation

Project Graduation is an all-night lock-in party designed to keep our seniors off the roads on graduation night and provide a safe, drug-free and alcohol-free celebration. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Project Graduation Committee is open to Parents from the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 and needs the support of underclassmen parents in order to keep this CHHS tradition alive. Students may also volunteer to earn service hours. Volunteer on our website or contact


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Ordering school pictures

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CHHS 21-22 Student Planners

We are 6-weeks into the school year and hope that your students are all reaching their academic and extracurricular goals! In case they could use a little help with organization and keeping track of all that their classes and extracurriculars require, we have a resource that could be very useful for them!

We have CHHS 21-22 Student Planners for $5 and they include the bell schedule, our nine-week planning calendars, monthly planning calendars, AND weekly planning calendars! Students can see Mrs. Byers in the front office to purchase one.


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Earn your Champion Cord for Graduation!

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CHHS PREP Services ‘21-’22

CHHS Football Spirit Wear

Buy yours today! Click THIS LINK to go to the store!

Sign Up Today Class of 2022 Parents and Students

With Class of 22 Image included below, put the following text:

Class of 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 Students & Parents ~ WE NEED YOU! We want to keep CHHS Project Graduation going for years to come and we need your help to start planning for our 2022 Seniors! Our goal is to have parents and students from ALL grade levels on the committee! Most positions are a minimum time commitment. More than one person can help with each position so get a friend or two and sign up together. Please use one space per name and note in the comments if you would like to work as a team. Students can also volunteer to help with any positions and earn service hours! Students would be perfect to help with website, social media, contacting businesses and more!

Click THIS LINK to go to the Sign Up Genius and Volunteer Today!

The Roaring Red

Check out the CHHS Newspaper, The Roaring Red, for an in-depth look of what’s happening on our campus!





Sign-Up by going to Join | CHHS PTSA

Questions? Email Janeece Garlish at

Community Membership Campaign

Our GCISD Council of PTAs is kicking off our Community Membership Campaign for the 21-22 year!

Support our local PTAs by joining all 17 campuses with a Community Membership.

Details of the program are on our GCISD Council of PTAs Website. A direct link to join as a Council Community member is linked here.

COVID-19 Protocol Information

Please visit for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:

Go Center

College Applications:

Seniors! College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Or send an email to Please check your school email for follow-up communication.

Do you have general questions about what may be next after graduation? We are here to help you make a plan whether that is heading off to college, joining the military, or jumping into the workforce. Please come by so we can help you with your next steps!

Virtual College Visits:

Curious to how you can visit schools virtually and take advantage of their online opportunities? Check out this great resource that links you to each college's virtual experience page!


Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.

Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.

Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!

GCISD College Visits:

This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured below.

Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!

Cafeteria Menus

GCISD school cafeterias follow a calendar-cycle menu at breakfast and lunch. This menu begins on September 13th, 2021. During the first 4 weeks of school, all schools will follow a simplified lunch menu to allow all students to adjust to the new school year and to re-familiarize themselves with the cafeteria and their PIN number. The simplified menus can be viewed online using our menu system MealViewer. Printable copies of all menus can be downloaded here. If you have questions please contact GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!


All volunteers at CHHS (and for any GCISD school) must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the CHHS Volunteer Verification form. You must also complete the GCISD Background check. All volunteers are required to reapply each year at this link:

House Bill 4545

Given the disruptions of the 2020-2021 school year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545, signed on June 16, 2021, which provides additional learning opportunities for students who did not meet standards on the STAAR exam in the form of extra tutoring.

For Families of Students Who Did Not Perform Satisfactorily on STAAR Exams

If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR, STAAR End of Course (EOC), or STAAR Alt exam, in any STAAR assessed grade levels and subjects, the District will provide accelerated instruction.

For a student who does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading assessment in grades 3, 5, or 8, the District will establish an Accelerated Learning Committee (ALC), which includes the student’s parent, to develop an educational plan for accelerated instruction to enable the student to perform at the appropriate grade level by the conclusion of the next school year. Accelerated instruction entails delivering supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.

For Families of Students Who Did Not Take STAAR Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year

For students who were absent or otherwise unable to take the STAAR or STAAR EOC for the 2020-2021 school year, the district may administer an assessment to determine student grade level proficiency on the state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If the student earns a passing score, then the student can be exempted from the House Bill 4545 tutoring requirement.

GCISD will also provide more information to parents as we work with and gather additional insight from TEA to support our students with HB 4545 requirements.

Additional information on HB 4545 can be found at

Student Fees and Parking Permits

Please log into your parent portal to check all student and course fees. Some courses do have fees associated with them, along with the $5 student photo id that is charged each year. Parking permits are $100 for the full year and additional fees do apply for the painted parking spaces that are sold through StuCo. The information below will show you the steps to view and make payments online:

  1. Log in to the Skyward Parent Portal using the desktop version only

  2. Click on Fee Management on the left hand side of the list of activities. (Fees can be viewed here)

  3. Click on Make a Payment

  4. Select the fees you want to add to your cart, you can also add the fee for parking at this time.

  5. Click Checkout, which will direct you to the RevTrak page for payment.

  6. Log into RevTrak and complete your payment

The $5 online processing fee will be waived from August 3rd - 11th. Should you wish to pay these fees in person, this can be done once school is back in session or payment can be mailed to the school with attention: Ashley Chaney.

For any questions or concerns regarding fees, please contact the CHHS Bookkeeper, Ashley Chaney at 817-305-4746 or

CHHS to GHS Shuttles - Transportation Safety Protocols

Students riding shuttle buses between CHHS and GHS will be assigned to a specific bus this year. Once a bus is assigned, students will ride the same bus each time they shuttle between campuses. In the event we have a positive test, all passengers on the bus will be notified.

Standard Response Protocols

The GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, has asked that we provide you with information regarding Standard Response Protocols.

GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district.

  • Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.

  • Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.

I have included the SRP Posters that are displayed in your student’s classrooms so that you can review with your student at home and discuss with them when they take part in the drills during the first two weeks. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at

Panther Pause

Need to inform others of an event in your club/organization using Panther Pause? Please email your information by Thursdays at noon to

Colleyville Heritage High School is Hosting Junior Tennis Skills Clinics (6-8th grade)

**Deadline is today, December 3rd to register for Session 1.

Session 1 Dec.11th & Session 2 Jan.15th

10:30am-12:30pm CHHS courts

Kids are grouped based on skill level:

• Beginners: Introduction to proper grips, swing pathways (forehands, backhands, overheads and serves) and

movement to ball.

• Intermediate: Introduction to increased racquet swing speed (forehands, backhands, overheads and serve)

and ball placement skills.

• Advanced: Ball control, targeting of shots during match play and serving skills

$40 per session or $75.00 for both

**Session 2 incorporates the skills learned in the 1st Session

CHHS coaches and Shaughnessy Bland from Matchtime Tennis will be running the clinic.

Please register here by Dec. 3rd for session 1 and Jan. 7th for session 2. Please call or text Michelle Barron-817-939-9430 if you have any questions.

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