November - December 2018

GCISD Animal Science Facility Ribbon Cutting

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the GCISD Animal Science Facility was held on October 9th. FFA students, parents, and supporters were in attendance. GCISD, Kubota, and families who are part of the FFA program were honored with a metal art created by students for their gracious donations to the program. For a chance to see the Animal Science Facility in action you are welcome to attend the 4th Annual GCFFA Animal Showmanship Event on December 11th, details are below.
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4th Annual GCFFA Chapter Showmanship Show

Date: Tuesday, December 11th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: GCISD Agricultural Science Facilities

What: All are invited to come out to this family-friendly event to watch the GCFFA members who show cattle, lambs, goats, and swine compete for the title of best showman in each species.

Certified Nursing Assistant Program Update

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students have started their clinical rotations this month. These students are providing hands-on care for the wonderful residents at Keller Oaks Healthcare Center. By providing direct care patient care, these students are gaining real-life experiences that will help launch their future healthcare career. These CNA students will be taking the CNA certification exam through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) in early May.

Culinary Arts

Our GCISD Culinary Arts students have "wowed" patrons during the months of October and November with their culinary works of art! Our Culinary students learn and develop good work ethic, team work, and enthusiasm for the industry during their 4 years in our program.

Chances are the student's first job will be in the restaurant industry. Our country will be better because these student will populate all kinds of work environments. At GCISD they are being trained for America's workforce with skills, capabilities and talent to move forward!

Future Explorations at OC Taylor with Health Sciences

On Friday, Nov. 16th, Mrs. Mordhorst’s 7th Period Health Science students participated in the “Future Explorations” program at O.C. Taylor Elementary. Future Explorations is weekly program at OCT in which the students get to choose a topic of their interest to explore. This year, the focus for the program is the 16 Career Clusters and students are able to explore careers and topics in the career fields that interest them. The Health Science students visited the “Future Doctors and Nurses” class and presented information on Infection Control. Mrs. Mordhorst’s students instructed the class on proper handwashing technique, and the various types of personal protective equipment that healthcare workers wear. Both sets of students enjoyed this learning experience!

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GCISD Go Centers

So far this year, the Go Centers have met face to face with over 450 seniors at least once, many have been seen on a continual basis, along with that 180 seniors have been sent communications from the Go Center to offer support in areas that they may need. In addition, the Go Centers have seen many 9th, 10th, and 11th graders as well, and put out a Financial Aid Smore newsletter to seniors and their parents, that has been viewed over 600 times. Links are below. Additionally, the Go Center has also held scholarship workshops during lunch at each high school, which were led by Yvette Grau and Emily Miller.

The Go Centers also partner with Tarrant County College each year for their College Access Program, which provides enrollment, testing, and advising services to students at their high school campus free of cost. In the initial meeting, 72 students participated in College Access, there will be makeup meetings in the Spring, to catch any students who have changed their minds about their future path, as well as TSI testing and advising for any students who are attending TCC.

Some new initiatives this year have been, developing a referral system in partnership with Counseling so that we can streamline student referrals from counselors. In the spring we will have grade-level parent coffee Q&A sessions, as well as partner with Counseling to hold special programming for first-generation college students.

If you know of a student who needs or would like an appointment with the Go Center, have them stop by to make an appointment or have them fill out the online referral form found on the Go Center Page.

Financial Aid Smore (English): https://www.smore.com/dfg4c

Financial Aid Smore (Spanish): https://www.smore.com/rhqsn

Principles of Hospitality and Toursim

During the Virtual Business challenge week with DECA, the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism classes competed against 44,000 students. We had 5 students place in the top 20 in Texas and 3 students place in the top twenty in the southwest region of the US.

Serving Honored Guests

Several students from Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism had the opportunity to serve 13 Congressional Medal of Honor winners dinner this past fall.

Additionally, The Floral Design and Hospitality and Tourism students helped plan, set up, and serve at the first annual WALK OF HONOR reception this past October for the first 8 honorees.

Stop the Bleed

On October 18th and 19th, Paulette Golden, RN- with Baylor Scott & White Grapevine presented the “Stop the Bleed” program to our Health Science and CNA students. The program focused on recognizing life-threatening bleeding, the immediate response to bleeding, and appropriate ways to stop bleeding. Students enjoyed learning how the C.A.T. tourniquet can be utilized to save lives as they experienced how to place the tourniquet on each other and securing it properly. Mrs. Golden also instructed the students on how to to pack a wound to stop the bleeding. The students practiced placing gauze into a wound and wrapping it appropriately.

Our students are now prepared to offer the help that can often make a difference between life and death, even before professional rescuers arrive. Each student received a Certificate for Completion of the course.

The Outpost is Open!

After months of preparation and test runs, The Outpost is officially open for business. Our current hours of operation are from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on B days, special events, such as pep rallies, and by appointment. For the latest information and merchandise updates, customers can follow us via our social media platforms. We can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by searching the handle @GVOutpost, or The Outpost at Grapevine High School. To place an order online, ask general questions or to provide feedback, please email grapevineoutpost@gmail.com.

University of Texas at Arlington Field Trip to the Smart Hospital

On October 29, CHHS and GHS students enrolled in the Health Science Theory with Clinical classes participated in a field trip to the University of Texas at Arlington. The students toured the college campus and learned about the admission process, college majors and walked through several campus building such as academic halls, dining halls and the Maverick Activities Center. The Health Science students also had a private tour of UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation Smart Hospital, which is a national demonstration center for healthcare provider simulation education, simulation research, and the development of healthcare innovations. They were able to interact with high tech patient simulators which the students learned could talk, blink, sweat, bleed, illustrate tremors, give birth and more. The students also saw different types of hospital rooms such as the labor and delivery suite, the team training room, the control room, and medication and supply stations. These 11th and 12th grade high school students enjoyed the tours at UT Arlington and experiencing the opportunities available on a college campus.

Link for UT Arlington: https://www.uta.edu/uta/

Link for UT Arlington Smart Hospital: https://www.uta.edu/conhi/smart-hospital/virtual.php