Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

February 17, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

I know that our students are excited about the three day weekend coming up. While our students are off on Monday, our staff will be engaged in professional development to continue perfecting our craft to provide the BEST instruction possible for our students. We hope to see you all at our CMS Showcase/Open House on Tuesday. We will have two separate sessions with the first from 5:15-6:15 for current 5th grade families that will join us next year, and for our current families Showcase/Open House from 6:15-7:15. Both Showcases will begin in the north gym, The Coltesium, and end in the school building where you will have a chance to visit with our teachers. I hope that you enjoy the weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Twitter: @CmsColts

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CMS wins the district Love Your Device contest!

CMS was the school winner for our districts Love Your Device contest! The idea was to capture the spirit and creativity of our students to promote better care of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD student devices and good technology citizenship. Congrats to all of our Colts!

Students Winners: Group Slideshow*, Mrs. Irick’s Media Technology Literacy Students, Darya Davanloo, Madelyn Kientz, Ariel Pivonka, Alex Siddons, Hannah West, Caleb Corbett, Parker Walden, Leisin Fowler, Lorna Young*, Audrey Isbell*, and Callie Faragher*

*Specific Contest Winners

Teachers/Administrator District Winners: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Irick, Mr. Sulak, Mr. Niemeyer, and Mrs. Heaton.

Best Middle School Slideshow- Mr. Niemeyer. and Mrs. Heaton of CMS

Best Middle School Movie-Lorna Y., Audrey I., and Callie F. of CMS

School Who Submitted the Most Entries-Colleyville Middle School

Best Technical Support- Mr. Sulak and Nick C.

Order your 2017 CMS Yearbook

The deadline to order a 2017 CMS Yearbook is February 24th. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $55. You may order your copy of the 2017 yearbook at "” Please feel free to email Morgan DuLaney with any yearbook questions at

Pasta for Pennies Drive

NJHS is hosting the annual Pasta for Pennies Drive benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year CMS raised over $4,000 for this cause. Teachers will collect donations from their 5th period classes. At the end of the drive on Thursday, March 2nd, we will count up the donations to determine which class raised the most money and will have the opportunity to enjoy a catered lunch from Olive Garden. We will announce the amount of money raised and the winner of the drive at our annual Teacher vs. Student Basketball game on Friday, March 10th.
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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!

Counselors Corner

Week of February 21 – February 24, 2017

2017-18 Course Selection Process for Current 8th graders

Step 1-Course Requests: 1/23 - 2/15--Students will be able input course requests through the students’ Skyward account for the 2017-2018 school year beginning January 23rd through February 15th. This process is for requesting courses, not scheduling courses. Students and parents can access the Program of Studies ( to read course descriptions and prerequisites. More course information will be available at -

Grapevine High School's Mustang Nation Night, Feb. 9th at 6:00 p.m.

Colleyville Heritage High School’s Parent University, Feb. 27th at 6:00 p.m.

Step 2- Master Schedule constructed: Administration will build a master schedule based on students’ course requests. Master Schedule constructed: 2/21 - 3/21

Step 3- Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7 *dates recently updated

Online Arena Scheduling:

Arena Scheduling is a registration system through Skyward that allows students to create their own schedules similar to the scheduling systems used in college. Arena allows students greater control to build their schedules, and students will know their unofficial schedules by the end of the current school year so they can start their classes on the first day of school in the fall. Below is the timeline for the process.

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page.


Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is accepting referrals February 22 - March 8 for current secondary students who may be eligible for Gifted/Talented Services for the upcoming school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual giftedness at an extraordinary level. Services are provided only upon identification of educational needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in sixth through eleventh grade this school year may secure a referral form from campus-counseling department. A copy of this form is also located on the District’s Advanced Academics webpage.


March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse


February 21 – CMS Counselors go to OCT to meet with 5th graders

February 21 – CMS Showcase for 5th graders/Open House

February 22 – CMS Counselors go to CES to meet with 5th graders

February 23 – CMS Counselors go to HES to meet with 5th graders

February 24 – CMS Counselors go to BES to meet with 5th graders

February 27 – Parent Night at CHHS

February 28 – CMS Counselors meet with 6th graders for 7th grade course selection

March 1 – CMS Counselors meet with 7th graders for 8th grade course selection


Please take a moment to review the math and science trajectory attachment as we are moving to course selection second semester. This information will be discussed with students during course selection. If you have questions, please contact the counseling department. Here is a link to the district website as well.

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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GCISD announces change to transfer process

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.

Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

Play it Safe Parent Letter

Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is the perfect place for parents to make contributions and recommendations on health initiatives that influence your child. Find out how you can join SHAC.

Top CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

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Upcoming Events

Monday, February 20

Student Holiday

Tuesday, February 21

Showcase/Open House North Gym - Incoming 5th graders 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

All current students - 6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

Bookfair - CMS Library

Tennis - (click here for schedule details)

CTMS vs CMS at CHHS - 5:00 -7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 22

Bookfair - CMS Library

Choir - 7th/8th District UIL - CHHS

Thursday, February 23

Book Fair - CMS Library

Tennis Parent Meeting - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - CMS South Gym

Friday, February 24

Book Fair -CMS LIbrary

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

Human Resources

Join the GCISD Team!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aides – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at:

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