Colt Courier

Week of February 22, 2016

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Principal Points

What a great short week! We had a lot going on in just the 4 days that students were here.

Boy's Basketball ended with an amazing story giving CMS Basketball national recognition. The CMS front office received phone calls from neighboring districts praising our coaching staff.

5th Grade tours took place today where future Colts were able to visit CMS and see all the wonderful opportunities offered. Many of our current Colts helped with these tours either as tour guides or helping to promote all the different electives that are offered such as Band, Choir, Art, Theater, or our CTE. A huge THANK YOU to all of the CMS students who participated in this experience to help the future Colts have a great experience!

This weeks newsletter is longer than usual because of all the exciting things happening in GCISD or on our campus. Please enjoy reading and I do hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Bond Election Information

Message from the superintendent

Last night, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved ordering bond election for May 7, 2016.

This decision to call a bond election was based on the recommendations of FIRST (Facility Innovation & Readiness Stakeholder Team). This team was made up of 34 parents and community members and 25 GCISD employees. It is important to note that every campus was represented and every member had an opportunity to vote on each proposed project.

After more than six-months of meetings, site visits, financial presentations and committee work, FIRST recommended a bond package that covers four key objectives. For your reference, I have listed those objectives below, as well as some of the projects that are included:

  • Securing our District: Controlled visitor areas, security cameras, outdoor PA system for playground security, door hardware
  • Planning for Growth: Rebuild Cannon Elementary, classroom additions and cafeteria extension at Heritage Middle School and a multipurpose activity center at Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School.
  • Investing in Infrastructure: HVAC upgrades, improving accessibility, play structures, network capacity, transportation, kitchen equipment
  • The Classroom Experience: Technology (infrastructure and devices), classroom furniture, collaboration spaces

The total of the bond package is $248.975 million and the last time GCISD held a bond election was in 2011.

Now that the election has been called, I wanted to let you know about a website that will have all of the information about what is included in the package for each campus, as well as district-wide projects. Please visit for all of these resources. If you have additional questions, please visit Let’s Talk.

Thank you,

Dr. Robin Ryan

GCISD Superintendent

Mensaje del superintendente

Anoche, la Junta Directiva de GCISD aprobó la orden de elección de bonos para el día 7 de mayo de 2016.

Esta decisión de convocar a una elección de bonos se basó en las recomendaciones de FIRST (por sus siglas quiere decir: Facility Innovation & Readiness Stakeholder Team). Este equipo consiste de 34 padres de familia e integrantes de la comunidad y de 25 empleados de GCISD. Es importante tomar en cuenta que cada escuela estuvo representada y cada persona tuvo la oportunidad de votar por cada proyecto que fue propuesto.

Después de más de seis meses de reuniones, visitas a los sitios, presentaciones financieras y gestiones del comité, FIRST recomendó un paquete de los bonos que cubre cuatro objetivos clave. Para su referencia, a continuación les doy una lista de esos objetivos, así como algunos de los proyectos que van incluidos:

  • Protegiendo nuestro distrito: Áreas de visitantes controladas, cámaras de seguridad, sistema de sonido exterior para protección en el área de recreo, cerraduras para las puertas
  • Planificando para el crecimiento: Reconstruir la escuela primaria de Cannon, añadir salones de clases y ampliar la cafetería en la escuela secundaria de Heritage, un centro de actividades multifuncional en cada una de las escuelas preparatorias de Grapevine y Colleyville Heritage
  • Invirtiendo en la infraestructura: Actualizar el sistema de calefacción, ventilación y aire acondicionado, mejorar la accesibilidad, las estructuras de juegos, la capacidad de la red, transportación, equipo en las cocinas
  • La experiencia en el salón de clases: Tecnología (infraestructura y dispositivos), mobiliario del salón de clases, espacios de colaboración

El total del paquete de bonos es de $248.975 millones y la última vez que GCISD aprobó una elección de bonos fue en 2011.

Ahora que ya se ha convocado la elección, les quiero informar de un sitio web donde se encuentra toda la información sobre lo que va incluido en el paquete para cada escuela, así como para los proyectos a través del distrito. Favor de visitar para todos estos datos. Si usted tiene preguntas adicionales, favor de visitar la página de Let’s Talk, que se encuentra en el sitio web del distrito.

Muchas gracias,

Dr. Robin Ryan

Superintendente de GCISD

1:1 Reminders

Please remind your student to bring charging cords to ensure that their device is able to make it through the day. Additionally, help to remind your student to charge the device over night to ensure the device is fully charged each morning prior to coming to school.

If the student has headphones/earbuds, please have them bring them to school daily. This will help to ensure devices are able to be used to show educational videos without disrupting the classroom.

Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair

GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair onApril 16th. We will have two guest speakers and several student performances throughout the morning. If you would like to run in the 5K, showcase your business in our community fair, or volunteer your time please click here for more information.

Pasta for Pennies

On Thursday, February 18th, NJHS kicked off our annual Pasta for Pennies drive benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students are encouraged to bring in their change, dollars, or checks made out to LLS to donate to their 5th period classroom's collection box from February 18th-March 4th. The top 3 classrooms with the highest donations will win a prize!

UIL Academics Volunteer Opportunity

Parents, we need your help! Academic UIL is an annual event where many of our middle school students compete against 10+ other schools to earn medals in several academic categories. We rely on the parents of all the schools involved to help run and judge the events. Please help us by volunteering in the different categories. Link to signing up is below:

Upcoming Events

February 22

* Tennis - CMS vs Dawson @ CHHS

* Special Olympics Fundraiser 6:30 pm at GHS Gym 1

February 23

* Track - CMS @Coppell North

* 5th Grade Parent Night 6:30pm

February 25 - Region Choir UIL (7th/8th)

February 26 -

* Region Choir UIL (7th/8th)

* Pep Rally

~M4W Save the Date~

The CHHS PALS and the Panther Band invite you and your family to be a part of the 2nd annual MARCH 4 WATER (M4W) 1mile/5k onSaturday, April 2nd at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Did you know that 1 out of 8 people in the world don’t have access to clean water? Be a part of the SOLUTION and help raise money to build clean water wells in South Sudan with Water is Basic!

Teacher of the Month for February

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for February Teacher of the Month. Voting will close Friday, February 26th.

Cast your vote here

Nurse Martin Tips

Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner

Week of February 22 – February 26, 2016


February 22 – Counselors visit 5th graders at CES

February 23 – Counselors visit 5th graders at OCT

February 23rd – 5th Grade Parent Night

February 24 – Counselors visit 5th graders at HES

February 25 – Counselors visit 5th graders at BES


On March 10th, CMS will be participating in the Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use. This voluntary, confidential survey is conducted every other year in GCISD and is used to guide substance abuse prevention programming in the district. Attached, you will find the parent information/permission forms. If you would like your son/daughter to NOT participate in this survey, please complete the attached form and return to your child’s 6th period teacher.


April 16 - Rachel’s Challenge Rally


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

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

Rachel's Challenge Information

5th Grade Parent Night Flyer

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Students and staff at CMS are stacking the books that each reads for the 25 book challenge. Students are recording the books that they have read through their ELA classes on a specific form. If you want to join us, email me at and I will send you a form. The 25 Book Challenge will end in May.

Recommended Genre Categories:

Realistic fiction - 4

Historical fiction - 2

Fantasy - 3

Science fiction - 1

Mystery - 1

Informational - 4

Poetry anthologies - 2

Biography, autobiography, and/or memoir - 2

Free choice - 6

This is only a recommendation for each genre, but we do want to encourage students to read from all genres.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

March 30, Reading, Grade 8

May 2-6, Algebra I, Grade 8

May 9, Math, Grades 6,7

May 10, Reading, Grades 6,7

May 11, Science, Grade 8

May 12, Social Studies, Grade 8