A Parent Newsletter for HMS Broncos
May 22, 2023
This is the final Bronco Bits Parent Newsletter of the school year! Thank you for trusting us with your student. We have loved every minute learning with them, and we hope they enjoy their summer!
Please see below for this week's finals schedule.
Have a nice rest of your day!
Principal, Heritage Middle School
Facebook- Heritage Middle School
Monday, May 22
A/B Honor Roll Celebrations (Thank you to the HMS PTSA for the popsicles and Honor Roll stickers!)
GCISD School Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 23
2nd period exams (see complete schedule below)
HMS READS Celebration
Washington, DC Trip Parent Meeting 5:30 pm in the HMS SAC
Wednesday, May 24
HMS Spirit Day with Marble Slab Creamery in Colleyville (all day- see details below)
1st, 3rd and 4th period exams (see complete schedule below)
Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm
Cheer Practice 1 to 3 pm in Gym A
Thursday, May 25
Last Day of School
6th, 7th and 8th period exams (see complete schedule below)
Lost & Found items donated after today (see blurb below)
Early Dismissal at 12:10 pm
Friday, May 26
Teacher Work Day- no students
HMS End of Year Exam Schedule
On the boys side, the "A" Team did an amazing job as they defeated CTMS in a nail biter. The game was back and forth with one goal after another, but ended with a score of 4-3 in the Broncos favor. Goals came from Henry Mishoe and Luke Gleich. The "B" Team also had a memorable season. Unfortunately, last week did not end in the Broncos favor, but there was a lot of growth between all players throughout the course of the season. Coach B. Beasley is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to coach these young men and is very proud of their accomplishments this season.
The girls soccer teams wrapped up the season against CTMS with two complete shutouts! The "A" team won 4-0 with Lizzie Baker scoring first off an assist from Leighton Pillow and again with 20 seconds left in the first half. Addison Shimmick chipped in two more goals in the second half off of assists by Addison Bizjack. The "B" team had a dominating performance with numerous shots on goal that just couldn't reach the back of the net until Londen Fitzgerald-Traylor connected with 27 seconds left to play to end the game with a 1-0 victory. It was an awesome season for all of the girls with lots of growth.
May HMS Students of the Month
Lost and Found
As the Spring semester has progressed, lots of items have found their way to our Lost and Found bins! These are located in the SAC, Gym A, locker rooms, and even teachers classrooms!
There are many items that can be found such as clothing, jackets, sweatshirts (oh how many sweatshirts!), lunchboxes, water bottles, and all kinds of things.
Please have students check for any missing items over these next few weeks. These bins will be cleaned and emptied on May 25th with useable items being donated to charity.
It's summer time! Time to clean house!
Skyward Parent Portal Required Password Update
Starting May 15, all parents will need to reset their password in order to log in to Skyward Parent Portal. This is a standard security measure required by Skyward, the parent portal information system vendor used by GCISD.
Please do not change the password until May 15 or after since that is when the vendor will be requiring the new passwords.
Thank you for helping us to continue to keep our parent information site secure.
Celebrate the Last Week of School at Marble Slab!
8th Grade Clap Out
Students will not be allowed back into the building after the clap out.
8th Grade Parents- driver’s license permits
TEA Forms are required for all students that will be obtaining their driver’s license permits, license or renewals this summer for 15 years of age. These forms verify school attendance. The forms can be obtained prior to the last day of school from the student’s middle school campus and will be good for the remainder of the summer.
The high schools will not have access to these student records and will not be able to complete the forms for incoming 9th graders.
Please contact Hina Virani – Attendance Clerk for a Verification of Enrollment and Attendance form (VOE).
firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-305-4804
School Supplies for the 23/24 School Year - ON SALE NOW!
Registration for 23-24
Students new to the district (including those entering kindergarten) must provide proof of residency, birth certificate, social security number, immunization record, emergency contact numbers and a report card from the previous school unless enrolling in kindergarten.
RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION: Returning student registration is now open, and will remain open through Friday, May 19. While parents are able to register up until the first day of school, the district is trying to gather enrollment numbers as early as possible for planning purposes.
During the registration process, parents will also be able to register your student as a bus rider for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have specific questions regarding bus registration, please contact Transportation Services at 817-251-5590 or email@example.com.
For more information, visit GCISD’s 2023-2024 registration page. The registration page is under the "Parents" tab at the top of GCISD's home page.
Families who are awaiting a transfer request should register for the campus they are currently zoned for. Transfer requests will be processed at a later date. To view attendance zones, visit our School Maps Online.
Transfering to Another School District?
If you know your student will not be returning to GCISD next school year, please contact Hina.Virani@gcisd.net and/or Laurie.Denny@gcisd.net so she may prepare school records and collect chromebooks and chargers from your students by the end of May. And you will need your child’s vaccination record for any transfer. Please print a copy from your Skyward family access before you withdraw your student from GCISD to make the enrollment process at the next school much easier. Login to Skyward (do not use the App), select your student’s name at the top if you have more than one student in the district, select “Health” at the bottom of the column on the left, then click “display options” in blue lettering at top. “Immunizations” will show in a pop up box that you can select to see and print their vaccination record. You can also take a screenshot of this record and store it in your phone for easy access in the future.
UIL Physicals for 2023-2024
Any student who participates in Athletics, Cheer, or Dance must have a UIL Physical completed each school year and on file before they are allowed to participate.
A copy of this form for is available below and students were provided with a hard copy to bring home last week. There are additional copies available in each locker rooms as well for them to pick up.
This form CANNOT be dated prior to April 1, 2023 and must be completed by a licensed medical physician in order to be valid for next school year.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Coach Cruson or Coach Drye.
EOC Exams State Timelines
STAAR State Reporting Timelines
School Nurse Information
INCOMING 7TH GRADE VACCINE REQUIREMENTS - SCHOOL NURSE
Good day Bronco parents and guardians!
The school nurse will need an updated shot record or waiver for all incoming 7th grade students prior to the first day of school in August. The state of Texas requires documentation for Tdap and Meningococcal vaccinations for 7th grade. These two vaccines are often given at the 11th year check up by your primary care doctor. You may email me a copy of the updated vaccination record as soon as it is available to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (817)305-4815. Please send this record as soon as possible to allow for a timely review.
If you are underinsured or do NOT have health insurance, the Tarrant County Health Department is available to provide students vaccines for a fee at the Bagsby-Williams location at 3212 Miller Ave. Fort Worth, Tx 76119 or the Watauga location at 6601 Watauga Road Suite 122 Watauga, Tx. Please call for an appointment as they will not take walk-ins. For the Bagsby-Williams location call 817-531-6738 or for the Watauga location, call 817-248-6066
If you DO have health insurance, please contact your primary care physician as your child may already have received these vaccines at an earlier appointment, and the school needs the updated record or contact CareNow, Walmart pharmacies, Walgreens or CVS as they are offering vaccinations as well. Call ahead to verify and/or to make an appointment. Remember to take a copy of your current vaccination record. You may obtain your child's record by logging into Skyward with family access and selecting “Health” on the bottom left column and “display options” then “immunizations”. You can also take a picture of this printed record and store it in your phone for easy access in the future. For more information on the vaccine/immunization requirements for school, see the link below to the Texa Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/school-requirements.aspx
Please see the link below regarding information on conscientious waivers. The conscientious waiver forms may take up to 2 weeks to arrive to you and they require a notary signature so plan ahead. The waivers expire 2 years from the date of signature. The COVID-19 vaccine is not required by the State of Texas to attend school.
MEDICATION ON CAMPUS - SCHOOL NURSE
Below is a link to the medication permit. A new form is needed for each school year for any medications your child may require at school. You can print this copy and take it with you to your appointment with your child's physician or send it to your physician’s office to provide the school nurse with instructions. Controlled Medications, by State Law, require a Doctor and Parent signed Medication Permission Form with specific wording. Controlled Medications given at lunch time should say "To give at lunchtime." This allows for flexibility when schedules and lunch times change due to testing, field trips or other special days. Daily morning medications are given at home unless your 7th grade student participates in athletics and has a morning practice. Please call the school nurse to discuss and make arrangements.
Nurses are able to give a total of 10 doses for the year of non-controlled/over the counter medications with a parent signature on the medication permit, after 10 doses, we will need a doctor's signature. Please provide all medications in the original container and ensure they are not expired. School nurses do not keep stock medications.
Students may self-carry non-expired Inhalers and Epinephrine Auto-Injector medication only with a physician and parent signed medication permit (and the self carry box checked) and turned in to the nurse. Students are not allowed to self carry any over the counter (OTC) or prescription medications except the pre-approved inhaler and/or epinephrine auto-injector . Please do not send Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums or other OTC or controlled/prescribed medications to school with your student. This is per district policy and for the safety of all students on campus. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Lisa Cunningham, BSN, RN, NCSN Phone 817-305-4809 Fax 817-305-4815
**Please remember to label inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors with a pharmacy label. Pharmacies will print an extra label for free. Unlabeled inhalers/Epi-pens found on campus will be properly discarded.
All other forms and authorizations (ie - Diabetes, seizure disorder, food allergy statement, etc) can be found on the GCISD website - go to Departments, pick Health Services and then on the left pick Forms and Authorizations.
Attention Incoming 9th Grade Parents:
If your student will be going to CHHS, GHS or Collegiate Academy in August, they will get a new privilege. They are allowed to self carry over the counter (OTC) medications if they have the following nonprescription medication permission form signed by the parent and student and turned into the high school/collegiate academy nurse. If you know your child will need any OTC medication including Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Tums, Lactaid, etc. you may fill out this form and provide it to the campus nurse. This is a parent driven form and only for high school students. Please read the nonprescription medication form carefully and follow all instructions. Any prescription medications, controlled drugs like ADD/ADHD medications MUST be kept in the nurse’s office with the appropriate medication permit with the exception of pre-approved self carry inhalers and/or EPI PENS.
Use this form for any prescription medications including self-carry inhalers and EPI PENs that your child may need during the school day. These medications require a physician and parent signature on the medication permit. Please know that school nurses do not keep stock medications. If you have any questions, you may refer to the appropriate high school nurse’s website below and/or the student handbook. For convenience, you may email a copy of the form to the high school nurse.
CHHS: Debbie Barber, RN https://chhs.gcisd.net/resources/nurse
817-305-4722 Email: email@example.com
GHS: Ruth Shook, RN https://ghs.gcisd.net/resources/ruth_shook__bsn_rn
817-251-5244 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Collegiate Academy: Toni Bourgeois, RN https://ca.gcisd.net/resources/health_clinic
817-515-6786 Email: email@example.com
Fun Math Activities for K-5 Families to Enjoy Together at Home
Helping your child with math at home can be fun! HERE are some everyday math activities that you can do at home with your child to sharpen their mathematical skills. The activities on the site will be updated during the next several weeks. Utilize the menu on the site for grade level specific ideas.
Actividades divertidas de matemáticas para que las familias con estudiantes de K-5to puedan disfrutar juntos en el hogar
Ayudar a su hijo en casa con las matemáticas puede ser divertido. AQUÍ encontrará actividades diarias de matemáticas que usted puede hacer en casa con su hijo para mejorar sus habilidades de matemáticas. Las actividades en la página web serán actualizadas durante las próximas semanas. Utilize el menú desplegable en la página web para obtener ideas específicas dependiendo del nivel de grado.
8th Grade Broncos Going to CHHS
8th Grade Bronco families,
The Colleyville Heritage High School PTSA is looking forward to welcoming our new Panthers this August! As we are planning for the 2023-2024 school year, we would like to invite all 8th Grade families to get plugged into your student's high school experience by joining us in the PTSA. We are looking for 8th grade families to participate on a PTSA committee or if interested, helping with one of the board positions. Please complete the following form by checking ALL interests and we will contact you. https://forms.gle/vcmrZM9ErKcKL6Su9
We look forward to seeing you in the Fall! Stay connected @http://www.chhsptsa.org
Here are the procedures for new chargers:
Here are the direct Amazon links for the models:
All students have to turn in their school issued Chromebooks with a charger to the school district before they are issued a new one in high school. Parents are charged for any missing Chromebooks, chargers, or damage that has been done. Talking to your child about how they care for their devices is important. Thanks for your help with this.
Math Telescoping K-7
Testing opportunities for telescoping in Math for the 2023-2024 school year are available in the summer for GCISD students who are completing Grades K-7.
The Parent Information Packet will be available on the District website under the Parents tab by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams/Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.
The packet will contain the registration form. Payment is made online following the submission of the form.
Parents will also be able to view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from University of Texas at Austin, UT High School.
Registration for the June exam administration is March 20-30, 2023.
Registration for the July exam administration is June 2-20, 2023.
See .pdf below for more details.
Bringing Food Into HMS
Also, please remember that due to health services and nutrition services guidelines, parents or guardians can only drop off food/drinks for their child and not for someone else's child.
We appreciate your help with understanding this, as the ladies in the office are only doing what they have been asked to do and do not make up the rules.
Student ID Badge - IMPORTANT!
It is an expectation that students wear ID badges everyday at HMS. Each day students need to display their badge when entering the building and keep the badge on throughout the school day. Students who don’t have an ID will be issued a day temporary ID/sticker, and may be given a lunch detention. Starting March 6, students that have been issued a day temporary ID, will have their cell phone collected until the end of the day.
Every HMS student received an ID with their name and picture on it. If they lose their badge, it will be a $5.00 fee for a replacement badge.
Dress Code in Middle School
It is very important to us that our students follow the dress code guidelines that are in the student/parent handbook that is provided to you electronically when you register your student(s) for school in GCISD. We prefer not to spend instructional time during the day addressing dress code violations.
Please note the specifics below:
While wearing tank tops or shirts with spaghetti straps students must wear a shirt or jacket over these. These cannot be worn by themselves. No undergarments should ever be seen such as bra straps. Shirts must not expose the midriff of the student. Sleeveless blouses/tops must have the outside edge of the sleeve touch the outside edge of the shoulder. Also, shorts and skirts must be long enough to extend mid-thigh and allow students to be able to stand, sit and/or bend with modesty. Jeans with holes are not allowed, except below the knee. Holes should be subtle and not show skin. No graphic t-shirts with inappropriate words, signs, or symbols are allowed. Students that come to school dressed in clothing that is not dress code approved, will be sent to the office to call their parents to bring up other appropriate clothing.
*Pajama pants and pajama slippers are also not to be worn to school except on PJ days which are rewards for the students and would be publicized in the newsletter prior to the day.
If your family (or someone you know) is currently in need of support, GRACE Grapevine, Tarrant County United Way, and Tarrant Area Food Bank are some local resources that may be able to provide your family some assistance. You may also call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 to learn about additional resources that your family may qualify for receiving.
Friends for Life
This is an anonymous way to make a report if a student sees or hears about anything that is concerning. Students (or parents) can call the Friends for Life Hotline at (817) 469-8477
or can visit the GCISD Counseling Website by clicking HERE for information to make an online report and access additional resources.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns!
Molly Miller, Academic Counselor (A - K) - firstname.lastname@example.org; 817-305-4798
Renae Garrett, Academic Counselor (L - Z) - email@example.com; 817-305-4796
Will Wright, Student Advocate - firstname.lastname@example.org; 817-305-4799
Did you know that GCISD has various summer camp options? From summer enrichment to athletic and e-sport camps, we have many programs for your students to choose from. Check out the GCISD summer camps web page as more opportunities are added weekly!
CHHS Summer Camps for Girls!
Summer time is right around the corner and it's a great opportunity to work on different sports skills to prepare for next year! The coaches of Colleyville Heritage High School offer a wide variety of opportunities and HMS athletes are highly encouraged to attend. You can click the links below to access information or you can also find them on the HMS Girls Athletics Webpage (HERE) as well as in student's Canvas Announcements.
Please follow the links below for CHHS Summer Camp Programs:
CHHS Lady Panther Basketball Camp - 2023
CHHS Volleyball Camp - 2023
CHHS XC Incoming Freshmen - 2023
CHHS XC - Middle School - 2023 Summer Workouts
CHHS Lady Panther Soccer Camp - 2023
CHHS Summer Wrestling Camp- 2023
CHHS Summer Track & Agility Camp - 2023
CHHS Softball Camp - 2023
Grapevine Colleyville Ice Hockey Team
Did you know Grapevine Colleyville has an Ice Hockey Team? Anyone born in 2010 or older is eligible to play in the High School Hockey League as a Jr Varsity Player! Join GC Ice Hockey this summer in our Skills & Scrimmages Camp to get ready for the 2023-24 Tryouts.
Camp runs from June 6th - July 27th, every Tue & Thrs night from 6:00-7:00
Only $450 per player
Registration link: https://gciha.sportngin.com/register/form/150617830
Questions email email@example.com