26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School
It has been a very busy week at CHHS. This past weekend our Panther Band finished 2nd in the Area competition and qualified for the State Marching Competition in San Antonio. The competition will begin on Monday, November 1st. We wish our Panther Band all the luck!
In addition, our Cross Country team ran at the Regional meet in Lubbock on Monday. Our boy’s team finished 7th place, which was their highest placement, and our girl’s team finished 3rd which qualified them for the State Meet in Round Rock. We are so incredibly proud of all of our students and their hard work as they demonstrate Panther PRIDE across the state.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the annual GCISD College and Career evening on Tuesday, November 2 at Grapevine High School from 7pm-8:30pm. There are scheduled to be over 120 different institutions represented at the fair and assistance with all things college and career planning, including FAFSA information.
Highlights from GCISD:
Does your child like gaming? GCISD is expanding its Championship Esports program!
Did you know GCISD has one of the top-rated Esports programs for our students? With several state titles, GCISD has developed a program that takes students beyond just the game. With a focus on communication, collaboration skills, and teambuilding, GCISD esports is much more than playing games.
Esports is a growing industry, and chances are your child either plays or watches video games online. This 1 Billion dollar industry has more significant viewership than any other professional sport. With over 250 colleges offering scholarships!
As GCISD grows our Esports program to allow access to more students at campuses across the district, we need some help.
If you have upgraded your gaming system or want to clean out some gaming systems and controllers, why not donate them to the GCISD esports program. We could use Playstations, Xbox, and Nintendo switches to offer more students the opportunity to be a part of an esports team. So dig through the closets or pass on that old system you just upgraded.
Let's allow every student to be a part of something!
If you want to learn more about GCISD esports and how we are preparing students for this Billion dollar industry in areas of broadcasting, content development, marketing, gameplay, and much more. Attend our online presentation on Nov 2nd at 5:45 pm, followed by Q&A around esports and GCISD.
Email Kyle Berger to donate items.
H-E-B Scholarship Program
H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to https://www.sportsinaction.com/scholarship/ by no later than January 28, 2022:
Minimum 3.3 GPA
Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
A Letter of Recommendation
A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”
There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships. Please make your students and/or support staff aware of this opportunity.
The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is still 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!
GCISD's annual College and Career Night
GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest
All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.
The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card will receive $25 and recognition at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and used in district publicity.
Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.
AP EXAM REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFORMATION
By now all AP students should be enrolled in AP Classroom and have made a decision on whether or not they will take the exam in each of their courses. If your student has not yet made their decision to take the exam, please ask them to email Mrs. Mann, campus AP testing coordinator, with their decision. Our next major deadline is November 11, 2021 -- payment is due in Total Registration. For more information about your student’s exams, please contact the your student’s AP teacher, Mrs. Mann, or our campus testing Web page.
Highlights from counseling:
Next week, November 1st-5th, we'll be featuring trades and trade schools that are potential career options for students after high school. Each day will feature a career pathway such as cosmetology/barber, plumbing, HVAC, emergency responders, automotive and culinary. Students should look for announcements in their Canvas Class of 202X course for all Trades Week information.
Future Planning Hour
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.
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT - Jaclyn Pereira
This week’s Project Graduation Senior Spotlight is Jaclyn Pereira. Jackie is a member of the CHHS cheer team. She is in National Honor Society, GCISD Communication Intern, Skills Officer for CHHS Varsity Cheer, Social Officer for She's The First, and also part of Black Attack, Redefining Beautiful, Jersey Girl, Young Life, Spirit Sisters, and Cookey Club. Jaclyn is also a registered USAG Gymnastics Coach and has worked at Sunbelt Gymnastics for the last two years.
Jaclyn plans to attend Project Graduation because she will get to share a lasting memory with the Class of 2022.
Project Graduation is a program designed to keep our seniors off the roads on graduation night in a safe, overnight lock-in event which is alcohol and drug free. The event takes place directly after Graduation on May 26th and is an exciting night that includes food, fun activities, games, prizes and giveaways.
CHHS families we would love your help! We are looking for business sponsors and community donations! Please contact Jacque Oley here for more sponsorship information and levels. We are also looking for volunteers to help with fundraiser volunteering, chaperoning and donating. Please join our email list by filling out this form.
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:
The regular season is over for Panther Volleyball! Our Varsity finished as District Champs with a record of 13-1. Our JV, Freshman A, and Freshman B teams had winning records and we are very proud of their hard work this season!
Varsity starts playoffs next week (Monday 11/01 or Tuesday 11/02) against either Granbury or Brewer. Stay up to date with our playoff schedule by following us on Twitter @VB_CHHS.
GHS and CHHS Rise showdown
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
Annual CHHS Senior Cookout
The PTA Reflections is an opportunity for you to let your creativity flow and express yourself. This year's theme is “I Will Change the World By…” Present your interpretation through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, or visual arts. This year will still be digital submissions only. The submission deadline has been extended to November 1. Get creative !!!
Brief overview of reflections: Reflections is a program that provides an opportunity for recognition and access to arts in which students can express themselves, gain confidence, and find success within arts and life. Each year over 300,000 students create an original piece of art in response to the theme expressing their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
This year’s theme: I Will Change the World By....…
Submission EXTENDED Deadline: November 1st, 2021
Submissions will be DIGITAL
Requirements must include submission form and membership registration to PTSA
You can find more information from the following link:
football playoff shirt
Purchase your playoff shirt today from Bling It Boutique at https://www.blingitboutiquetx.com/chhsfootballspirit. Short sleeved and long sleeved versions available in both cotton and dri-fit materials. Shirt will be ready for pick up after the last regular season game.
Support CHHS Panther Tennis
Support CHHS PTSA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHHS 8th Annual Color Run
Texas PTA presents YES: Youth Empowered for Success
High school juniors and seniors, do you want to positively impact your community? Be part of Texas PTA's Youth Empowered for Success (YES!) program!
YES! is a series of FREE virtual summits. Students who attend all three sessions throughout the school year receive a “Youth Civic Leader” certificate.
Our first summit is set for November 8 and will focus on civil dialogue. Learn how to encourage different viewpoints and discuss tough topics from the summit's special guests and hosts.
You will not want to miss the conversation with CBS Austin's Walt Maciborski and Adam Burklund of Burklund Consulting!
Register today: https://www.txpta.org/yes
Order your CHHS Yearbook
SENIOR ad in the CHHS YEARBOOK
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 price increase on Friday, November 12th. Senior ads are for seniors only.
PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS
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
Ordering school pictures
5th Annual CHHS Baseball Booster Club Golf Classic
The 5th Annual CHHS Baseball Booster Club Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday, November 18th. Start making plans now to show off your skills, or lack of skills, on the course and participate in the day's events including the auction and dinner. Go to www.chhspantherbaseball.com to sign up.
SUPPORT PANTHER SOFTBALL AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS
Support CHHS PTSA
Earn your Champion Cord for Graduation!
CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions
Ongoing Important Information:
CHHS PREP Services ‘21-’22
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!
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.
COVID-19 Protocol Information
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 Emily.email@example.com. 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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
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 https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-4545-implementation-overview
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:
Log in to the Skyward Parent Portal using the desktop version only
Click on Fee Management on the left hand side of the list of activities. (Fees can be viewed here)
Click on Make a Payment
Select the fees you want to add to your cart, you can also add the fee for parking at this time.
Click Checkout, which will direct you to the RevTrak page for payment.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.gcisd.net/our_district/safety_and_security. If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.