26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School
I want to thank you for welcoming me this week under unique circumstances. While I may have met many of you during my tenure in GCISD, there may be many of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting or who may not know much of my background in this district.
I started my career in GCISD in 1998 as a teacher and coach at Cross Timbers Middle School. In 2006 I became assistant principal at Colleyville Middle School where I served for five years before moving to Grapevine Middle School as an assistant principal. In 2012, I was named the principal of Colleyville Middle School, where I remained until becoming the principal at Grapevine High School in 2015. In the summer of 2020, I transitioned from the campus to the administration building as the Director of Human Resources where I currently serve.
I am looking forward to meeting all of the students and families of the Panther community and am available if you need anything.
It has been a wonderful experience this week as I see the great PRIDE during our Homecoming week. The students were amazing during our Community Pep Rally and Parade. I look forward to a victory on Friday night and watching our students perform under the Friday night lights.
GCISD COVID-19 Resources
Please visit www.GCISD.net/COVID19 for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.
Recursos de GCISD sobre COVID-19
Por favor visite www.GCISD.net/COVID19 para acceder a muchos recursos del Distrito sobre COVID-19. Allí, se puede encontrar preguntas frecuentes actualizadas, protocolos actuales de GCISD sobre COVID-19, información sobre el Centro de Pruebas para COVID-19 en GCISD, información sobre las conferencias remotas, y estadísticas sobre los casos de COVID-19 en GCISD y más.
It has come to our attention that some CHHS students may be planning a walkout next week that may occur during the school day. While it is our goal in GCISD to teach students to become effective communicators and global citizens with an exceptional academic foundation, leaving class is not necessarily the appropriate time and place. Students not in class when attendance is taken will receive an unexcused absence. The CHHS counselors and administrative team are available to address questions or concerns that you or your students may have.
CHHS Lunch Plans
We offer two options for students who are wanting to social distance during lunch:
Lecture Hall (used for students looking to meet some new people and as a social distancing option)
Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application
GCISD is now accepting National School Lunch Program (NSLP) applications for 2021-2022. While students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade, and also at Collegiate Academy, will be provided meals at no cost due to the USDA Waiver #85, a free and reduced application is highly encouraged.
There are many other benefits associated with the free and reduced application, such as free hotspots, SAT, ACT, AP Exam Fees waived, discounts on college applications, discounts on summer school classes, other school activities and much more.
Students that attend Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School must apply to determine eligibility to receive free or reduced-price meals. Questions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Opportunities from Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne
The office of U.S. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, who represents the 24th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, has shared several opportunities for GCISD students to participate and compete in throughout the year. More information for each program can be found at https://vanduyne.house.gov/services.
Please see the following eligibility requirements and some upcoming deadlines for each program:
Congressional Art Competition – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas
Congressional App Challenge – Student can participate in the district in which they reside or attend school
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Congressional Youth Advisory – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas
Deadline: September 10, 2021
Elementary Art Showcase & Forum – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas
US Military Academy Nomination – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas
Deadline: October 15, 2021
To determine if a student resides in the 24th Congressional District, please visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.
Panther volleyball has 2 more HOME GAMES this week and next week before we start district play on September 10th. Come out and support the panthers and follow along with our team on Twitter! @VB_CHHS
09/03 CHHS vs. Argyle at HOME @ 5:00
09/07 CHHS vs. Byron Nelson at HOME @ 6:30
09/03 CHHS vs. Argyle at HOME @ 6:00
09/07 CHHS vs. Byron Nelson at HOME @ 5:30
09/03 CHHS vs. Argyle at HOME @ 6:00
09/07 CHHS vs. Byron Nelson at HOME @ 5:30
09/07 CHHS vs. Byron Nelson at HOME @ 6:30
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
CHHS Homecoming Dance 2021
If you are bringing a date to the homecoming dance that does not attend CHHS, please make sure to fill out this date form and turn it in to Mrs. Byers in the front office by TODAY - Friday, September 3rd at 4pm.
Peer Role-Playing Therapy Group
GCISD Mental Health Awareness Day
GCISD Mental Health Awareness Day is September 9th, 2021 in honor of Suicide Prevention Week and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Students will hear/see announcements encouraging them to speak up if they are concerned that they, or their friends, might be struggling with mental health issues. Counselors are available to support students and parents and will be conducting Suicide Prevention Curriculum this semester at all secondary campuses.
"Out of the Darkness Walk" with GCISD Hope Squads Oct. 30th - click HERE to register
Live the suite life!
All raffle proceeds will benefit the CHHS Band and Diamonds Dance Guard. Drawing will take place 9/6/21 @ 9pm. Any questions, email email@example.com.
SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program
The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficulty for youths, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is the leading risk factor for suicide. To proactively address these issues, GCISD offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program.
The SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program is designed for all secondary students grades 6-12.
The GCISD School Health Advisory Committee has previewed and recommended these programs for all GCISD secondary schools.
A parent preview of the program will be held on Tuesday September 7, 2021 at 10:00am and at 6:00pm at the GCISD Administration Building – Board Room, 3051 Ira E. Woods, Grapevine, Texas 76051.
Make sure to order your CHHS Yearbook!
Seniors! College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Or send an email to Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check your school email for follow-up communication.
Do you have general questions about what may be next after graduation? We are here to help you make a plan whether that is heading off to college, joining the military, or jumping into the workforce. Please come by so we can help you with your next steps!
Virtual College Visits:
Curious to how you can visit schools virtually and take advantage of their online opportunities? Check out this great resource that links you to each college's virtual experience page!
Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.
Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.
Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!
GCISD College Visits:
This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured below.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM - DATES EXTENDED
The Community Service Ambassador Program is designed to encourage all 9th - 12th grade students to serve their community by preforming 100 hours of approved community service while a student at CHHS. Students meeting this requirement will be recognized locally as Community Service Ambassadors and will have the opportunity to purchase a cord for their robes at Graduation.
Sophmores, Juniors and Seniors- The CSAP review board has extended the deadline to turn in Ambassador forms from the 2020-2021 school year. Form must be turned in to the red box in the Counseling Office (no virtual forms will be accepted) by Monday, September 13.
Interested in knowing more about the CSAP? Information can be found at chhs.gcisd.net/activities/clubs___extracurricular/community_scholar_ambassador_program
Contact the class liaison (do not use a student GCISD email account, please use a personal email account so that liaisons can respond) with questions.
Sign Up Today Class of 2022 Parents and Students
With Class of 22 Image included below, put the following text:
Class of 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 Students & Parents ~ WE NEED YOU! We want to keep CHHS Project Graduation going for years to come and we need your help to start planning for our 2022 Seniors! Our goal is to have parents and students from ALL grade levels on the committee! Most positions are a minimum time commitment. More than one person can help with each position so get a friend or two and sign up together. Please use one space per name and note in the comments if you would like to work as a team. Students can also volunteer to help with any positions and earn service hours! Students would be perfect to help with website, social media, contacting businesses and more!
CHHS Panther Theatre Booster Club Kickoff Meeting
SAVE THE DATE:
Tuesday, September 14th
6:30pm in the Auditorium
Come be a part of the theatre - learn about what's happening this season, membership benefits, volunteer opportunities, and something sweet!
Community Membership Campaign
Our GCISD Council of PTAs is kicking off our Community Membership Campaign for the 21-22 year!
Support our local PTAs by joining all 17 campuses with a Community Membership.
All grades 9-11 will have school pictures taken on Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th during all English classes.
**All seniors that did not get their senior picture taken in June for the yearbook will have a final opportunity on Wednesday, October 6th from 8-4pm in Gym 1. Seniors can get this done before school at 8am, during their lunch, or during class with permission from their teacher. No appointment is needed.
Project Graduation Information and Kick Off Meeting
Please join us for a Zoom meeting to learn all about Project Graduation and how to throw the ultimate party for seniors! All grade levels are welcome to attend and help because someday everyone will have a senior! We will be going over dates, volunteer spots needed, and what it takes to throw a PG party.
Meeting: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7 PM on Zoom
To Join the Zoom Meeting, use this link
Meeting ID: 783 573 29623
ASVAB Career Exploration Program
Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic
Calling all 4 year olds to 8th Graders to join us on Saturday, October 9th, for our Annual Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic!!
Sponsored by: Ambition Dance Productions
Early Bird Registration Fee: $55 per participant or $45 per sibling
Runs from August 3 - September 17
Regular Registration Fee: $65 per participant or $55 per sibling
Runs from September 18 - October 9 (Day of Clinic)
*Register BY 9/29 to secure a T-shirt!!
SUMMER PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS
If you did any volunteering for your favorite CHHS program this summer, please submit your volunteer hours for June, July, and August 2021 and encourage other volunteers to do the same. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other uses. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: Volunteer hours
CHHS Panther Theatre presents...
CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions
Ongoing Important Information:
The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!
GCISD school cafeterias follow a calendar-cycle menu at breakfast and lunch. This menu begins on September 13th, 2021. During the first 4 weeks of school, all schools will follow a simplified lunch menu to allow all students to adjust to the new school year and to re-familiarize themselves with the cafeteria and their PIN number. The simplified menus can be viewed online using our menu system MealViewer. Printable copies of all menus can be downloaded here. If you have questions please contact email@example.com. GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK
House Bill 4545
Given the disruptions of the 2020-2021 school year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545, signed on June 16, 2021, which provides additional learning opportunities for students who did not meet standards on the STAAR exam in the form of extra tutoring.
For Families of Students Who Did Not Perform Satisfactorily on STAAR Exams
If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR, STAAR End of Course (EOC), or STAAR Alt exam, in any STAAR assessed grade levels and subjects, the District will provide accelerated instruction.
For a student who does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading assessment in grades 3, 5, or 8, the District will establish an Accelerated Learning Committee (ALC), which includes the student’s parent, to develop an educational plan for accelerated instruction to enable the student to perform at the appropriate grade level by the conclusion of the next school year. Accelerated instruction entails delivering supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.
For Families of Students Who Did Not Take STAAR Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year
For students who were absent or otherwise unable to take the STAAR or STAAR EOC for the 2020-2021 school year, the district may administer an assessment to determine student grade level proficiency on the state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If the student earns a passing score, then the student can be exempted from the House Bill 4545 tutoring requirement.
GCISD will also provide more information to parents as we work with and gather additional insight from TEA to support our students with HB 4545 requirements.
Additional information on HB 4545 can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-4545-implementation-overview
Student Fees and Parking Permits
Please log into your parent portal to check all student and course fees. Some courses do have fees associated with them, along with the $5 student photo id that is charged each year. Parking permits are $100 for the full year and additional fees do apply for the painted parking spaces that are sold through StuCo. The information below will show you the steps to view and make payments online:
Log in to the Skyward Parent Portal using the desktop version only
Click on Fee Management on the left hand side of the list of activities. (Fees can be viewed here)
Click on Make a Payment
Select the fees you want to add to your cart, you can also add the fee for parking at this time.
Click Checkout, which will direct you to the RevTrak page for payment.
Log into RevTrak and complete your payment
The $5 online processing fee will be waived from August 3rd - 11th. Should you wish to pay these fees in person, this can be done once school is back in session or payment can be mailed to the school with attention: Ashley Chaney.
For any questions or concerns regarding fees, please contact the CHHS Bookkeeper, Ashley Chaney at 817-305-4746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHHS to GHS Shuttles - Transportation Safety Protocols
Students riding shuttle buses between CHHS and GHS will be assigned to a specific bus this year. Once a bus is assigned, students will ride the same bus each time they shuttle between campuses. In the event we have a positive test, all passengers on the bus will be notified.
Standard Response Protocols
The GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, has asked that we provide you with information regarding Standard Response Protocols.
GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district.
Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.
Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.
I have included the SRP Posters that are displayed in your student’s classrooms so that you can review with your student at home and discuss with them when they take part in the drills during the first two weeks. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at www.gcisd.net/our_district/safety_and_security. If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at email@example.com.