Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

March 31, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you well as we wrap up a great month at CMS! Our staff and students did an amazing job this past week handling the state testing, and we appreciate all of your individual efforts to help maintain a secure testing environment for our campus. As we enter the month of April, our track teams will be wrapping up a successful season, highlighted by last nights 8th grade girls district championship win and some new CMS records from the year! Our Tennis team will be competing in one last district match for an opportunity to bring another district championship home to CMS. We continue to encourage all of our students academically through the spring and this busy time of year. As always, thank you for your continued encouragement for our Colt community. Together, we have so much to be proud of in Colt country!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Personal Learning Plans

This coming week your student will be adding to his/her e-portfolio and PLP (Personal Learning Plan). As you know, we revisit these quarterly to help students reconnect with their goals and to make a plan to reach them. Check-in with your student this week by asking them to share their PLPs and ePortfolios with you.
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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!

Dry Erase Marker and Ear Bud Drive

FOR Club is sponsoring a dry erase marker and ear bud drive to help gather school supplies for CONNECT. These items will be used for the Back to School Fair in August. There will be a box located outside the library beginning March 1st-April 28th to collect the items. This is a great way to help students in need in our community. If you have questions please contact Leslie Walden or Krystal McCure in the counseling office.

Current GCISD 8th Graders and Parents

Collegiate Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year! If you are interested, go to our website, and click on the blue button to fill out an application online or pick up a paper application from your middle school counselor. If you would like more information please email Bobbe Knutz at bobbe.knutz@gcisd.netor call Collegiate Academy at 817 515-6775.

Counselors Corner

Week of April 3 – April 7, 2017

6th and 7th Grade Students/Parents

Students received a course verification sheet on Friday, March 31 to verify the courses that they selected to take next year. This is not a schedule. This is only a list of courses where you can make changes, if needed. Please send it back in if changes need to be made. Changes are due back by Thursday, April 13.

8th graders

On Tuesday, April 18 CMS counselors will be working with 8th graders to make a plan for their Arena Scheduling. Look for a plan home that day.

Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7 *dates recently updated

Online Arena Scheduling:

Arena Scheduling is a registration system through Skyward that allows students to create their own schedules similar to the scheduling systems used in college. Arena allows students greater control to build their schedules, and students will know their unofficial schedules by the end of the current school year so they can start their classes on the first day of school in the fall. Below is the timeline for the process.

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page.

Rachel’s Challenge Rally

The Rachel’s Challenge Rally is on Saturday, April 29. If you are interested in ordering a T-Shirt please see attached order form. Orders are due back to CMS campus by Friday, April 7. You can pay cash or write a check to the GCISD Education Foundation and put Rachel’s Challenge in the memo section. Please contact Leslie Walden if you have any questions.

Philanthropy Drive for Connect

We are collecting Dry Erase Markers and Ear Buds for the Connect Back to School Fair in August. The grade level that brings the most items will receive an outside fun day in May. Please help us support a great cause for GCISD students who are in need.

Report Cards

Report Cards have been posted in Skyward Family Access.

To View Report Card:

1) Visit GCISD’s webpage and click “Skyward Family Access” in the upper right hand corner.

2) Click the LOG IN Here box in the middle of the page

3) Log in using your Skyward Family Access ID and password

4) Click Progress Reports/Report Card and Letters on the menu on the left

5) Click on the line that says 2016-2017 3rd Nine Weeks Report Card

Summer School Registration

Summer school registration is now open. Students going from 6th – 8th students can take Touch Systems Date Entry. For other courses for 8th going to 9th please look at the Program of Studies for Summer School. For students interested in the Bridging class, please look on page 16, the last page of the 2017 Secondary Summer School Handbook and Brochure.

Instructions for Summer School Link

2017 Secondary Summer School Handbook and Brochure

Please contact the counseling department if you have any questions.

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

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

GCISD announces change to transfer process

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.

Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 3

CMS Spring Voice Recital - 6:30 - 7:30 pm CMS Choir Room

Tuesday , April 4

Track (click here for schedule details)

4:00 - 6:00 pm - 7th Grade All Team Zone Meet - George Dawson Middle School

Wednesday - April 5

CMS Talent Show - Dress Rehearsal 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Thursday - April 6

Track (click here for schedule details)

4:00 - 6:00 pm - 8th Grade All Team Zone Meet - Coppell High School

Friday - April 7

CMS Talent Show - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - CMS Cafeteria

CHHS & GHS Athletic Physicals

CHHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 20, 2017

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made to CHHS AT BC)

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers to reserve time slot

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers with questions:


GHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 13

3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made out to GHS)

Purchase ticket from Coach Atanga or Coach Carlson starting

Monday, March 20

Call with questions or to reserve a time:


or email

Visit to download required UIL Preparticipation Medical History and Physical Form

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

2017-2018 Colleyville Heritage JV Pantherette Dance Team Auditions

Applications for the 2017-2018 Colleyville Heritage Junior Varsity Pantherette Dance Team are now available in the front office. If you would like to be a part of the Award Winning Pantherette Dance team be sure to pick up your packet today! Auditions will be held at CHHS on April 13th and the packet information must be turned in to Ms. Stamps at CHHS, NO LATER than April 5, 2017. Applications are also available on the Pantherette website! You and one parent must attend a candidate meeting on April 4th @ 6:00PM at CHHS in the Lecture Hall.

GHS 2017-18 Dance Guard Auditions

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

CHHs 2017-18 Diamonds Dance Guard Auditions

Click here for the spring audition informational flyer.

Human Resources

Join the GCISD Team!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aides – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at:

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