The Mustang Minute

9-14-15

Principal's Message

What a wonderful week at Grapevine High School. Last week we announced that GHS has 10 National Merit Semifinalist. The 16,000 Semifinalists in the United States are the highest-scoring entrants from each state and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors. Please help congratulate the following National Merit Semifinalist:

Emily Chwa

Hannah Daniel

Kyle Flamm

Grant Hill

Grayson Jackson

Lorene O'Quinn

Namita Saraf

Skyler Simon

Miha Valencic

Tine Valencic


Please remember that Monday, September 21 will be our Open House. Attached you will find a letter with more information. This letter will also be given to your student this week to bring home.

Counselors' Corner

Students that have made a request for a level change, need to come into the counseling center on Monday morning to receive their new schedule. Use your paper copy for admittance into your new class(es). The official change in skyward will reflect the change as soon as gradebook closes for the three week period.

October 14th PSAT Information

Grapevine High School will administer the PSAT test on October 14th at 8:35am. GCISD pays for all sophomore students to take the PSAT test and we encourage any interested freshmen or junior students to sign up at a cost of $15. Registration will open September 10th and close September 25th. Please fill out the online form and bring your $15 payment for the test to Mrs. Wallace in the counseling office. We will start collecting payment on September 15th through September 25th to guarantee a spot. If you have questions, please contact Associate Principal Steffany Batik.


PSAT Registration Form

October 14th PSAT Bell Schedule

Learn more about what to expect in the redesigned PSAT and SAT.

PSAT/SAT Information

In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, we strive to prepare students for their post graduation plans. To help students with their college planning, we want to make you aware of some upcoming changes to the SAT and PSAT college readiness exam.

This spring, the College Board announced it would be redesigning the SAT beginning in the 2015-2016 school year and our counseling department began planning for these changes and informing teachers and administrators of what to expect so that every child is well equipped for the redesigned exams. Some of the redesigned changes include:


  • No penalties for guessing. On previous SAT exams, students would receive points for correct answers but would be penalized for wrong answers. This made students hesitant to guess on questions on which they were not certain for fear of losing points.
  • The number of answer choices for multiple-choice questions has been reduced from five to four.
  • There will be two math sections and a calculator may only be used for one of the sections.
  • Finally, the SAT essay will be optional (for an additional charge) and those writing the essay will be asked to be analytical, rather than persuasive.


Starting in March 2016, students can take the redesigned SAT; however, the changes will go into effect for the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) this fall. In order to better prepare students for the PSAT/SAT, the College Board has formed a partnership with Khan Academy to offer free, online, official practice exams. For more information, please visit Khan Academy SAT.

We also wanted to make students and parents aware of an important upcoming date. On October 14, all GCISD 8th graders and 10th graders will take the redesigned PSAT during the school day. The district will pay for these students to take the PSAT, but we will also allow 9th graders and 11th graders who wish to take this test to register with their respective high school. We encourage all juniors to take the PSAT on October 14, as this is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

If you have any questions about the redesigned PSAT/SAT, visit the district’s college entrance and readiness exams website or contact your student’s counselor.

Greenback Night

THE GRAPEVINE HIGH SCHOOL PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA) FUNDRAISING ALTERNATIVE

In order to raise money for GHS PTSA sponsored programs without the traditional ‘buy something’ fund raiser; GHS PTSA has an annual GREENBACK NIGHT. This year GREENBACK NIGHT is being held in conjunction with GHS Open House, Monday September 21st.

Please watch the following video with more information:

https://youtu.be/NzW8AKNh83M

Community Dinner

Please view the following free pizza opportunity and a way to help raise a little money for GCISD High Schools.


A new Pie Five is about to open next to Cane’s in Euless. They have offered to host a Community Dinner Night for GHS/CHHS.

The pre-opening event will be on 9/22 and 9/23 for lunch and dinner. All attendees will receive a free pizza but 50% of the proceeds from side salads, drinks and desserts would be donated to GHS/CHHS.

Here is the RSVP link. You MUST RSVP.

http://www.piefivepizza.com/event-rsvp/eulessvip/

Student Parking

All students must have a parking permit in order to park in the school lots. Permits cost $50 per semester and may be purchased in the front office. Students are asked to not park in painted parking spots, if they did not purchase these reserved spaces.

Thoughtexchange:

Dear Grapevine High School Parents, Staff and Community Members,


As we enter the fifth year of our strategic plan LEAD 2021, you have the opportunity to help us continue shaping the future of your school and our district. We are unveiling a new process to better understand shared concerns and positive things at GCISD.


The process is made up of three steps: Share – Star – Discover.


You should have received an invitation to answer four open-ended questions. This first interaction – Share – takes about five to fifteen minutes of your time. The subsequent steps – Star and Discover – will come later this fall.


I invite you to share your thoughts and consider the thoughts of others, as we work to make GCISD the best it can be!

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Students, please use the following link to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

For more information, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

Juniors:

Balfour will be on campus on Monday, Sept. 14 to present ring options to our Juniors. They will return on Sept. 21st and 22nd to take orders during lunches. Balfour will return the second Wednesday of each month for the duration of the school year to take ring orders.

Yearbook Sales

Online yearbook sales are now open! Please visit www.smart-pay.com and follow the instructions to purchase your 2016 Mustang Yearbook. The cost is $75, payable by credit card, debit card or check.
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Football Tickets

Pre-game football tickets will be on sale in the front office. Please see Mrs. Muehlstein, Monday through Thursday before 4:00pm and until noon on Friday. Adult tickets are $6 and $4 for students K-12. Tickets at the gate will be $7. Go Mustangs!

Grapevine Parade of Lights

The Grapevine Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, December 3rd. Please use the following link if you would like to register a group for the parade.

http://business.grapevinechamber.org/Events/details/grapevine-parade-of-lights-171308
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Fillies Information

Fillies Varsity Dance Team will be hosting its annual "Camp Fillies" Junior Dance Clinic on Saturday, September 26th,11a-3p at CTMS. The event will be for girls ages K-5th. Participants will have to opportunity to perform at halftime of the JV Mustang football game on Thursday, October 1. "Camp Fillies" Registration forms are available online at www.ghsfillies.org.


Fillies Varsity Dance Team Officers will be hosting multiple dance technique workshops for 8th-11th grade girls interested in dance team audition preparations for JV and Varsity dance team membership for 2016-17. Information regarding workshops may be accessed on the GHS Fillies Activity website, or from Fillies Director, Kay Lynn Renfro, Cost of each individual class is $10, with discounts offered for multiple class participation. Funds raised through these workshops will help offset Fillies Dance Officers expenses for the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.


Go Mustangs! Go Fillies!

Parking at Football Games:

Unfortunately, we don’t have enough parking for everyone in the stadium parking lot. Please use the GHS parking lot for overflow. The district provides a shuttle service. Please do not park on private property-the apartment complex on Mustang Drive--as your vehicle will be towed.

CALENDAR

Monday, September 14 (A Day)

Garden Club 7:45 am in Rm 914

Balfour visits with Juniors for Ring Presentation 8:30 am

GO Center: University of Arkansas; Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails


Tuesday, September 15 (B Day)

GO Center: Illinois Wesleyan University; Colorado State-Pueblo; Southwestern College

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Grapenuts (Spirit Club): overall decorating

Tennis @ Boswell 4:00 pm

JV & 9th Volleyball @ Dunbar 5:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball @ Dunbar 6:30 pm

Baseball Red v Carroll Black 6:00 pm


Wednesday, September 16 (A Day)

GO Center: St. John's University

Baseball Blue v Carroll Green

Extended Day 4-5:00pm


Thursday, September 17 (B Day)

GO Center: Miami University; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Whittier College; University of Tennessee

Extended Day 4-5:00pm

Football: 9th Red @ Arlington Hgts 5:00 pm

9th Blue v Paschall 5:30 pm

9th Red @ Arlington Hgts 5:00 pm

JV Blue v Berkner (MPS) 7:00 pm

JV Red @ Arlington Hgts 7:00 pm


Friday, September 18 (A Day)

Pep Rally-Rockstar

Tennis @ Coppell 4:00 pm

JV & 9th Volleyball @ Eastern Hills 5:30pm

Varsity Volleyball @ Eastern Hills 6:30pm

Varsity Football v Arlington Hgts 7:30pm


Saturday, September 19

Cross Country @ Keller Classic

Interp @ Parish Episcopal

Cheer Classic 12:00-3:00 pm

Tennis @ Highland Park 10am