Panther Pause

26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School

08.20.21

Dear Panther Families,


It has been an amazing first week of the 21-22 school year! To see the staff and students in the building and feel the buzz of energy that permeates throughout has made my heart so happy!


We kicked off this morning with our first Panther Pep Rally of the year and students are attending various rotations throughout the day to learn all things CHHS. I am so proud of our staff and student body! How they’ve transitioned back to the day-to-day functions of school has been so impressive.


Next week is a big week here at CHHS as it is Red Rail Rivalry Week! We look forward to an exciting week as we prepare to Protect The Rail on Friday, August 27th at MPS. A huge shout-out to our Panther Football Team and Coaches as they prepare for the upcoming regular season. It’s so great to see all of our sports and various fine arts programs up and running! Our students and the adults who work with them are truly working magic and I know the Panthers are destined for great things!


Tonight, if you’d like a treat, come to the Panther Band’s Preview Performance at 6:30pm on the turf field! I PROMISE you will not be disappointed!


I hope you all have a great weekend! See you next week!


With PRIDE,

Dr. James E. Whitfield

CHHS Principal

#CHPantherPride

Highlights:

Counselor Corner

8/31: Last day to level up (on level to Advanced, Advanced to AP)

9/13-15: First level down window (AP to Advanced, Advanced to on level)

Counseling website


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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 allen.smith@gcisd.net.

Sports Updates:

Red Rail Game ticket information

On Friday, 8/27, from 8am-12pm we will be at MPS main gate selling cash tickets for the game that night.


You can also buy your ticket online using the link below:

https://Red Rail GHS vs CHHS


CHHS is the visiting team and guests can ONLY enter at the north gate! GHS will be the home team this year and guests will enter the game through the main gate. The south gate will be closed to the public due to media staging.

Panther Tennis

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Panther Volleyball

Panther Volleyball Schedule for the week! Follow us on Twitter for more updates: @VB_CHHS


Varsity:

8/20 - 8/21: Allen Tournament - TBA

8/24: CHHS vs. Keller @ Keller @ 6:30

8/26 - 8/28: Volleypalooza Tournament in Leander - TBA


JV:

8/24: CHHS vs. Keller @ Keller @ 5:30


Freshmen Black:

8/24: CHHS vs. Keller @ Keller @ 5:30


Freshmen Red:

8/24: CHHS vs. Keller @ Keller @ 6:30

CHHS Panther Band

TONIGHT, The CHHS Panther Band will be holding our annual Parent Preview Night! We hope to see you there
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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

CHHS Cheerfest 2021

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Panther Pride Night -- The Auction Continues!

Thank you CHHS! We had a great crowd for Panther Pride Night 2021 to kick off the school year! We have a few great items left from our auction, so we decided to put them back on the auction block!


Auction runs from 8 am Friday, August 20th to 10 am Friday, August 27th online


CLICK THIS LINK to view items and place your bids!

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Welcome to GCISD and CHHS event

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9th Grade Parent/New Student Parent Orientation

Our 9th Grade Parent/New Student Parent Orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 24th from 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the CHHS Auditorium.

CHHS Homecoming Dance 2021

We are so excited to bring back our annual CHHS Homecoming Dance for all students! The theme is DRESS TO IMPRESS! So, wear whatever you would like to look and feel your best to have a great time. The dance with a DJ is in Gym 1 from 7-10pm (please eat before you come) on Saturday, September 4th. All tickets are $10 at the door (cash or checks only).


If you are bringing a date to the homecoming dance that does not attend CHHS, please make sure to fill out this date form and turn it in to Mrs. Byers in the front office by Friday, September 3rd at 4pm.

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SCHOOL PICTURES

All grades 9-11 will have school pictures taken on Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th during all English classes.


**All seniors that did not get their senior picture taken in June for the yearbook will have a final opportunity on Wednesday, October 6th from 8-4pm in Gym 1.

Make sure to order your CHHS Yearbook!

You can now order your 2021-2022 CHHS Yearbook by going to www.jostens.com. Make sure to order it now at $80 before the next price increase on Friday, September 10th.

Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic

Calling all 4 year olds to 8th Graders to join us on Saturday, October 9th, for our Annual Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic!!

Sponsored by: Ambition Dance Productions


USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR JR. PANTERA!


Early Bird Registration Fee: $55 per participant or $45 per sibling
Runs from August 3 - September 17

Regular Registration Fee: $65 per participant or $55 per sibling
Runs from September 18 - October 9 (Day of Clinic)
*Register BY 9/29 to secure a T-shirt!!

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CHHS PTSA 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP

WELCOME BACK PANTHERS!!

IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP OR RENEW YOUR

CHHS PTSA 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP

Sign-Up table at Panther Pride Night or go to Join | CHHS PTSA

Questions? Email Janeece Garlish at vpmembership@chhsptsa.org

SUMMER PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS

If you did any volunteering for your favorite CHHS program this summer, please submit your volunteer hours for June, July, and August 2021 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 presents...

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CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions

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Ongoing Important Information:

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK

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: https://www.gcisd.net/cms/one.aspx?pageId=195550

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


2021-2022 Free Meals Update

For the 2021-2022 school year, students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy, will be eligible to receive a free healthy meal every day at school. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals; however, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. While a free and reduced application is not required for free meals, GCISD will process socioeconomic forms to determine student status which may provide other benefits such as discounts on bus services, academic testing fees, school fees, and college applications. In addition to these discounts, local community services and free hotspots for internet services are available.

For more information on the Seamless Summer option and the USDA Waiver #85, please click here.


Students that attend Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School must apply to determine eligibility to receive free or reduced-price meals. The application may be accessed at www.schoollunchapp.com. Questions may be emailed to child.nutrition@gcisd.net.

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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 ashley.chaney@gcisd.net.

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 brandie.moravek@gcisd.net.