November 14, 2015

Good Afternoon Pony Parents,

As I write this newsletter, I am reminded of the phenomenal service we experienced last week honoring our Veterans. It's very easy to gather together in a building and say 'thank you' to those in our armed services and then continue with our own lives. After the events of Friday in France, it truly brings their importance to the forefront. How many of us watched the video and listened to the media reports as the events unfolded and at the same time in our hearts felt blessed that we have men and women willing to sacrifice all for our liberty? For me sleep didn't come as easily Friday night. There was worry for our country and concern for those prepared to protect me. I found a quote from John F. Kennedy which I included in my Saluting America's Heroes edition and it is worth repeating again: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." President John F. Kennedy

Have a blessed week,

Linda Young, Principal

Ponies in Action

Math Science Team Results

The following students received trophies and/or medals on Saturday, November 5th at our GMS Math/Science Tournament:

Olivia Galloway 13th place Science

Moira Hilton 20th place Mathematics, 24th place Science

Molly Hilton 13th place Number Sense, 13th place Mathematics

Ethan Maday 16th place Mathematics, 15th place Science

Isabella Nicholls 8th place Science

Prithvi Senthilkumar 12th place medal Number Sense, 10th place Calculator,

6th Mathematics, 19th place Science

Pranav Veera 7th place trophy Number Sense, 11th place Mathematics

GMS received 3rd place in Science for 7th grade team


STEM students spent the weekend of November 4-6 showcasing their talents at Barnes and Noble in Town Center. It was a busy weekend and helped serve as a fundraiser by our STEM Booster Club. Thank you to our STEM staff, students, and parents who participated. I visited the students "at work" and they were having a great time sharing their knowledge.

Saturday, November 14, our STEM families gathered for a picnic in Pickering Park. Pics are available on the STEM Facebook and we will have them for the newsletter next week.

The link for the STEM Facebook page is:

Band All Region Results

We comgratulat the following students for accomplishing a position in All Region Band:

Preston Cornelius – Trombone

Moira Hilton – Clarinet

Joe Hill – Bass Clarinet

Julian Ligon (Alt.) – Tenor Sax

Isaac Logan – Alto Sax

Ava Machado – Percussion

Erin Reed – Oboe

Thank you to Jason Williams, Band Director, and Jennifer Fisher, Assistant Band Director, for your constant efforts to make our Pony Band fantastic!

Choir Booster Club

The GMS Choir Booster Club is hoping to clean up with their BRAX SpiritCups and Soapbox fundraisers that started Tuesday, November 10. In addition to selling BRAX's popular SpiritCups and SpiritTravelCups, the recently organized booster club is the first in North Texas to sign up for the unique soapbox program that not only raises funds for the choir, but also donates one bar of the French-milled soap to a shelter or food bank for every bar sold. This year's recipient is The Gatehouse living community in Grapevine where women and children in crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent change.

Money raised from the programs, which run through November 20, is earmarked for the booster club's community relations and student recognition programs including festivals, concerts and awards.

Please contact the GMS Choir Booster Club for further details via email.

Theater Melodrama

Our GMS Theater Department, led by Nichole Goodsell, held their first performance of the year on Friday. The morning performance was attended by the 3rd graders of Silver Lake Elementary. The evening dinner theater was also a tremendous success and students in both productions were incredible. Thank you to the GMS Theater Booster Club for supporting the melodrama through ticket sales and behind the scenes work.

Ms. Goodsell has developed a talented cast and we can't wait to see what they deliver next!

GMS Robotics Team

Saturday our GMS Robotics Team attended their first scrimmage. They were up early in the morning and worked hard all day. We look forward to watching them participate successfully in upcoming meets. Thank you to sponsor Shon Slatton for preparing our robotics teams!

More Updates


The GMS Counselors page provides information for parents as you conquer the social, emotional, and educational needs of our middle school students.

Pony Athletics

GMS Athletics Booster webpage is full of information on dates, players of the week, and announcements. Please visit the site regularly to stay informed.

Weekly schedule for all sports:

Student Attendance at After School Events

Once students enter into the gym for basketball we do not allow them to leave and re-enter. Safety of students is our first priority. We want you to feel comfortable leaving your child with us at these events knowing they are in the presence of school officials. Should your child go against our request and leave the activity you will need to pick them up immediately. We do not want students lingering in areas without supervision. Should you have questions, please let me know.

Yearbook Purchase

Remember yearbooks are available for purchase. You may go to and place your order by January 20, 2016. Order forms are also available in the office.

FIRST Committee

GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD students. This Team meets every other Tuesday and all minutes and updates are uploaded on their webpage. This is a critical time for our district as we look towards the future and what the educational needs will look like for our graduates. The FIRST website link:

GMS Facebook

Twitter: @GrapevineMiddle


Linda Young, Principal


Girls Basketball Parent Night 6:15 in gym

GCISD Board Meeting 7:00 at Central Administration


Cross Country Meet

Exito Hispano Meets 6:30 in Lecture Hall


GCISD MS District Band Clinic / Concert @ GHS


Thank You Thursday

Geograhy Bee 8:15 in cafeteria

Leadership Grapevine visits GMS

7th & 8th grade Basketball Scrimmage


7th Grade to Stockyards 8:45 - 2:00

Athletic Fundraiser ends

Thanksgiving Break November 23 - 27