The Mustang Minute

1-25-16

Principal's Message

I hope that everyone had a wonderful four day week. One of our goals is to look at ways to improve and look differently at how we allow students to work. One of these ways came to fruition over the holiday break, when we removed three banks of lockers and finished out the project with whiteboard paint. This allows our students and teachers to have a space that they can collaborate around meaningful work. It has been very exciting to see an idea that came from a simple discussion with a group of teachers to watching students work on Art projects and Calculus problems on our new workspaces.

Please remember that the next few months are extremely critical as we move into the testing season. We will have schedules and information in the Mustang Minute as we move through the second semester.

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Counselors' Corner

Beginning January 26th, counselors will start visiting students in the classroom to review the course request process. For the timeline of online arena scheduling please visit the district website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena

In the season of Course Selections, counselors will be presenting to incoming freshmen as well as our current high school students. We will be in and out of classrooms frequently and will get to email, phone calls, and other student concerns as soon as possible.

Seniors who did not pick up their updated transcript can now do so in the counseling office. Juniors will receive their new transcripts during class visits for course selections January 26-29. Sophomores and Freshmen will receive their updated transcript with recalculation of cumulative GPA during February class visits.

Evening meetings at middle schools covering graduation requirements for incoming 9th graders will be open to others interested in hearing about House Bill 5. This bill covers graduation requirements for the class of 2018 and beyond. CMS 1-19-16 @ 6:30-7:30, GMS 2-2-16 @ 6:30-7:30, and CTMS 2-4-16 @ 6:30-7:30.


NEXT YEAR DUAL COURSE INFORMATION: 2016-2017 Juniors and Seniors interested in taking a Dual course during the 2016-17 school year must attend one of the following mandatory meetings with a parent or guardian. Our TCC Dual liaison will present detailed information about the Dual program in order to help you decide if Dual is right for you.

Wednesday, February 10th @ 6:30 p.m. (CHHS Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. (GHS Auditorium)

**Students can attend either mandatory meeting regardless of home high school.


Interested in taking the ASVAB? For many young adults, the prospect of embarking on a career, at times, can be daunting. Since students probably are aware of the current realities of the world of work, they may question what the future holds for them. ASVAB has endeavored to produce career exploration and planning materials that are future-oriented and empowering to all students.

Sign up for the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment that will be given on March 2, 2016 at 8:30 am in the Grapevine High School Lecture Hall.

Date: 03/02/2016 (Wed.)

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am CST

SignUpGenius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aa8a929abfe3-asvab1

AVID Information:

Is AVID for YOU?


What is AVID?

AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that prepares students with high academic potential for success in college.

What are AVID student expectations?

AVID students are expected to maintain an absolute minimum of a “C” average in scholarship and citizenship, to study a minimum of 2 hours per night, and to enroll in rigorous college preparatory classes. The AVID student’s goal is to enroll in a four-year university.

What happens in the AVID class?

AVID students are supported in high-level academic skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading and academic behaviors.

Students are equipped with skills such as note taking, studying, test-taking, and goal setting.

Students receive academic support from college-age tutors through collaborative groups and are motivated to pursue academic excellence through cultural and college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building.

To apply to be an AVID student, please use the link below to access the student application.

2016-2017 AVID Student Application

If you have any questions, please contact Izzy Fowler by email at izzy.fowler@gcisd.net

We look forward to receiving your application!

Grapevine High School AVID Site Team

Important Yearbook Deadline


Dear GHS Parents:

Online yearbook sales will close January 31st. If you have not ordered a book for your student, please ensure you do so this week as we must place our final book total order with Balfour shortly. Please visit www.smart-pay.com to purchase a book.

Unsure if you ordered a book? Please contact me (jillian.rooney@gcisd.net) to confirm before placing an order. Duplicate orders are far easier to resolve now, rather than when books arrive in May.

Additionally, there are 33 parents who purchased senior tributes, but have not yet purchased a book. Please be aware and proceed as needed.

Thank you for your continued support of the GHS Journalism Department and helping us celebrate our 100th edition of the Mustang Yearbook.

Jillian Rooney

817-251-5278

Seniors 2016

The deadline to turn in your service hours forms for the Ambassador Program for the 2015-2016 school year is March 31st. After Mrs. Uselton and Mrs. Alvarado assertain your level of either Community Service Ambassador or Community Scholar Ambassador, you will receive more information regarding the cords to purchase for graduation. Please contact Katherine Uselton, the 2016 Coordinator, at mtuselton1@tx.rr.com , or Kim Goad, Committee Chair, at ghsambassadors@gmail.com if you have questions.

Class of 2016:

Please make sure that you have ordered your cap and gown. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible by going to the Balfour website. The cap includes a tassel. All orders placed, whether in person or online, will be charged a handling charge and orders will be delivered to GHS. Announcement orders will be delivered to students on April 13th and cap/gowns on May 11th.


Senior parents should have responded to an email asking you to confirm your student's legal name for his/her diploma. If you have not, please contact the counseling office.


The Council of PTAs offers a number of scholarships to graduating seniors. New this year is that students can apply for all PTA scholarships through one common application from now until March 24th. For the application, please visit gcisdcouncilofptas.com.

State bound GHS Students

The following students from Grapevine High School were district winners at the DECA competition for marketing students and qualified for the State DECA competition in San Antonio February 25-27:


Marketing Communications Team Decision Making: Julia Aguirre and Bailey Allen

Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing: Tara Harrell

Principles of Marketing: Peyton Link

Hospitality Services Team Decision Making: Suellen Matteus and Ashley Riggins

Professional Selling: Jennifer Schaefer


In addition, the following BPA (Business Professionals of America) students will be advancing to the State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi on March 2-5:


Advanced Accounting - 2nd Place: Stephen Lambert

Intermediate Word Processing Skills - 1st Place: Alisha Prasla

Medical Office Procedures - 1st Place: Hayden Juroska

PC Servicing & Troubleshooting - 1st Place: Dominic Genna

Systems Administration Using Cisco - 1st Place: Landon Molovich

Fundamental Desktop Publishing - 2nd Place: Rebekah Bryan

Advanced Interview Skills - 1st Place: Mindi Bracy

Extemporaneous Speech - 1st Place: Sanika Bhave

Economic Research Project - 1st Place: Pooja Manyam, Carson Taylor

Small Business Management Team - 2nd Place: Minid Bracy, Jennifer Schaefer, Annie Peta

Presentation Management Team - 2nd Place: Rebekah Bryan, Sophia Gray, Sanika Bhave


Congratulations, Mustangs! Best of Luck at State!

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Annual Fillies Trot Saturday, January 30


GHS Fillie Trot 2016

Due to current lake levels and park closures, the 2016 Fillie Trot has been moved to a new location - the race will start and finish at Church at the Cross, 3000 William D. Tate Ave. The Fun Run and 5K will begin at 8:30 am.

Extended Day Tutoring:

Extended Day is available to all GHS students every Monday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm in the library, unless otherwise announced. It's an opportunity for students to get tutoring (math every session and science on Tuesdays and Thursday), complete assignments, retake tests and complete missed work. If you have any questions, please contact traci.wilson@gcisd.net

Sophomore Class Fundraiser

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CALENDAR

Monday, January 25 (B Day)

Extended Day 7-8:00 am

Girls Soccer JV2 v Desoto 6:00 pm


Tuesday, January 26 (A Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

GO Center: US Marines

Girls Soccer JV1 @ Lake Dallas 5:30 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity @ Lake Dallas 7:15 pm

Boys Soccer JV v Lake Dallas 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity v Lake Dallas 7:30 pm


Wednesday, January 27 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the library


Thursday, January 28 (A Day)

Debate (Selected Varsity) @ Emory University

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Gymnastics @ Chisholm Trail 6:00 pm

Wrestling TRI @ Timbercreek

Baseball fundraiser at WhichWich Colleyville 5-7:00 pm


Friday, January 29 (B Day)

Pep Rally honoring Seniors

Debate & Oral Interp @ Flower Mound (through Sat.)

Track fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner SAC 5:30 pm

Girls BBall 9th v Central JrH 6:00 pm

Girls BBall JV v Carter Riverside 6:00 pm

Girls BBall Varsity v Carter Riverside 7:30 pm

Boys BBall Varsity @ Carter Riverside 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer JV @ Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity @ Polytechnic 7:30 pm

Girls Soccer JV2 v Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity v Polytechnic 7:30 pm

Theater Musical in Auditorium 7:00 pm


Saturday, January 30

Wrestling Keller Invitational 7:00 am

Fillies Trot 8:30 am @ Church at the Cross

Boys BBall 9th Red @ Carter Riverside 9:30 am

Boys BBall JV @ Carter Riverside 11:00 am

Theater Musical in Auditorium 7:00 pm

Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA