May 1, 2016

Good Morning Pony Parents,

This school year we have scheduled a time each month where our students hear words of encouragement from important adults in their lives. Our superintendent, Dr. Robin Ryan, kicked off our first assembly in September with a story about a dog. Students today still talk about his dog story and how the lady didn't tell him "thank you". We have remained committed at GMS to expose our students to a positive culture surrounded by kindness and remembering to thank those who take care of us.

Friday we experienced an amazing assembly brought to us by Randy Naylor and Coach Eric Hill. I hope your Pony has shared with you their stories about hard work and finishing strong. When strong educator leaders speak from the heart students listen. Our gym of 799 students was completely silent as these two men gave our students a "peak" into their past. Incredible and inspiring doesn't begin to describe the emotions in the gym Friday. Thank you to educators who care about culture and building relationships.


Each month GMS grade level students select a teacher they feel has made a difference in their educational path. For April, 6th graders chose Paula Shope, 7th graders chose Carla Crow, and 8th graders chose Kee Dizzine. Congratulations to these three teachers for reaching out to students and showing them they matter @ GMS.


GMS staff members select two teachers and a para-professional each month who go above and beyond to make certain our campus is moving forward. For April, the staff chose Elise Dooley and Trelawny Shepherd as teachers of the month and Patsy Bishop as para-professional. It's always exciting to see educators honor their own for hard work and dedication!

GCISD 2016 Bond

Tuesday, May 3 is the last day for early voting, and I hope that you plan to exercise your constitutional right and make your voice heard. Throughout early voting, you may vote at any location in Tarrant County found at; however after early voting ends you may only vote at your designated precinct.

GMS 1:1 Initiative Begins Fall of 2016

As part of the GCISD LEAD 2021 Strategic Plan, GMS students will join the league of 1:1 on our campus. What this means is that every student at GMS will have a device to use daily in their classroom as well as to take home and use as necessary. We will hold our Parent Information meeting on May 19th at 6:00 in the GMS cafeteria. A letter was sent to each family last week outlining our 1:1 plan. This is one more way our district is preparing students for a world beyond the four walls of the classroom!

As always thank you for supporting all things GMS and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Have a blessed week,

Linda Young, Principal



Grapevine Rotary sponsored their annual banquet to honor our Olympians. GMS Ponies were in the spotlight for all their hard work and olympic ability. Thank you GV Rotary for being a strong partner in education to support students.


GMS Choirs participated in the Sandy Lake Music Festival last week and received superior ratings. Thank you Mrs. Garcia and all our choir members for finishing this year bringing home trophies!


Thursday night we hosted our 2016-2017 STEM parents for an information session. The cafeteria was filled with exciting faces as we prepare 5th graders to make the transition to middle school. Thank you to our STEM Board for helping advertise the evening and always helping where ever you are needed.


Please join us for an evening full of entertainment as our GMS Theater performs Dr. Seussical Musical. Seussical is a very special show. Boasting over 33 musical numbers, the show is told almost entirely in song. This has been an aggressive undertaking for our new Theatre program and our students have spent over 100 hours preparing this show for our community. We are so excited for you to join us in Dr. Seuss's magical world of imagination! We hope you'll join us for our show!

Tickets go on sale this week during lunch in the cafeteria. Please visit the Booster Club site for updates and information.


The first annual Powder Puff Derby will take place at GMS on May 5th from 4:30 - 6:30. Our 8th graders have been practicing hard to compete against their peers. Join us on May 5th as we cheer on our Ponies!


May 16th our PTA will host their annual FunDay. It takes lots of preparation and many helping hands to make this day a success. Please use the following link to sign up to assist.!/showSignUp/409054FAFA62FA75-gmsfunday

If you have questions please contact Kim Wilding at


Please follow the link to view the weekly STEM activities!


The annual 8th Grade Celebration will be held on May 20th from 7:00 - 9:30 in the GMS cafeteria. Tickets will be on sale the week of the dance during lunch for $15 each. The celebration is for 8th graders only and suggested attire for the evening is "party attire".


8th Graders will take their annual Burger's Lake trip on May 26th. Be certain to fill out the permission slip and return to Mrs. Eason by the deadline.


No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website and Child Nutrition Facebook page.


The Health Dept is coming on Wednesday, May 18th to administer the tDap and MCV to 6th grade students. Cost is $15 total with the returned permission slip to the RN clinic by Friday, May 13th. Permission slips will be sent home at the end of April. Parents to do not have to present.

Any questions, please contact Nurse Jansen., 817-251-5667.


We have completed our spring sports except for Tennis and Soccer. Please view the Athletics Booster Website for upcoming information on meetings, elections, and awards ceremonies for your athletes.

Coaches currently have an open gym scheduled allowing students to continue to work and stay in shape. This past week our athletes were using wrestling techniques to develop strength. Thank you Coach Hill for building our program from the ground up! Hard work will pay off!

Coaches have information about summer camps which are vital in keeping your athlete working out and staying fit over the summer break.

Volleyball League Information:

If your child is interested in playing volleyball next year, they need to be playing as much as possible. The league will provide our 7th and 8th graders (particularly the ones not playing club this spring) an opportunity to get touches on the ball heading into summer and ultimately tryouts next August. There is no limit to the number of teams you can have participate from your school. Flyer is attached for team options.

District Information



GCISD offers many exciting programs for your child. Please visit the website and view the video. Great learning experiences continue all through the summer!



Please visit the following website for information on accelerated options for mathematics.


A one stop place where you are able to ask questions about all things GCISD and get real answers!

Next Weeks Events

Monday May

Teacher Appreciation week May 2 - 6

May 3

STAAR Albegra EOC - Zero hour students report to GMS

May 4

STAAR Biology EOC May 4 - Zero hour students report to GMS

May 5

Powder Puff Derby 8th Grade 4:00 - 6:30 Football Field

May 6

Progress Reports

Pony Pride Officer Auditions 4:30 Gym

May 6 and 7

Dr. Seussical Musical @ 7 pm

May 9 - 13

STAAR Testing all grades

May 13

6th Grade Awards 8:30 - 11:00 cafeteria

May 14

Pony Pride Award Banquet 4:00 - 10:00 Cafeteria

May 16

PTA Funday - Please volunteer to help!

May 17

NJHS Induction Ceremony 7:00 in cafeteria

May 18

7th Grade Walking Field Trip

6th Grade Choir Contest @ Sandy Lake

May 19

25 Book Challenge Celebration 1:50 - 3:20 in cafeteria

1:1 Computer Device meeting for GMS parents 6:00 cafeteria

May 20

7th Grade Awards 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. cafeteria

8th Grade Formal Dance 7:00 - 10:00 cafeteria - sponsored by PTA

May 23

GMS Band Concert @ GHS 7:00

May 24

Theater Ceremony 7:00 cafeteria

May 25

8th Grade Awards 1:50 - 3:25 cafeteria

GMS Choir Spring Concert 7:00 GHS

May 26

8th Graders to Burger's Lake 830 - 2:00

Cheer Parent Camp Meeting 6:00 in D105

7th Grade Athletic Awards 6:00 - 8:30 Gym

May 27

Bad Weather Day - NO SCHOOL

Six Flags Field Trip for Band, Choir, Math/Science, Robotics

May 30



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June 1 and June 2

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