Colt Courier

Week of February 1, 2016

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Principal Points

Wow! What an amazing week!

The 1:1 Initiative happened on Tuesday and was a very smooth process. Thank you to the Math Department, Technology Department, CMS students, CMS staff, CMS administrative team, and the PTA volunteers for making the distribution process smooth and non-disruptive. A HUGE thank you to everyone!!

The Pep Rally today was AWESOME! Great to see our students celebrating each of our sports throughout the year at each of our Pep Rallies!

Good luck to Band at their competition on Saturday!!


Ryan Martin

CMS Principal

Special Olympics Fundraiser

Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and along with Special Olympics parent organization will be hosting the Third Annual Triple Threat Shootout. The Shootout will include GCISD Special Olympians and Friends of Mustang-Panthers, a Special Olympics alumni group, competing against the Grapevine and Colleyville police officers.

Admission will be $2 and there will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring: a 2-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Dallas Stars tickets, sports memorabilia, golf course passes, over 30 various local restaurant gift certificates (Del Frisco’s, Dave and Busters, Outback), PS4, bicycle, gas grill and much, much more.

The Dove Dynamic Drummers will be the halftime show, as well as the Grapevine and Colleyville drum lines. The concession stand will be fully stocked and there will be event t-shirts and spirit t-shirts on sale to show your support.

So come out and join the fun on February 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine High School. GCISD serves hundreds of special needs kids ranging from ages 5 through 22.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please go to their fundraising page at .

Colt Champions

Girls Basketball vs. Dawson

A team - 10-28 (Dawson won)

B team - 21-15 (Colleyville won)

C team - 12-17 (Dawson won)

Players of the game

A team - Jacksyn Clark

B team - Taylor Hines

C team - Giselle Kieweg

Girl's Basketball Newsletter

UIL Academics Volunteer Opportunity

Parents, we need your help! Academic UIL is an annual event where many of our middle school students compete against 10+ other schools to earn medals in several academic categories. We rely on the parents of all the schools involved to help run and judge the events. Please help us by volunteering in the different categories. Link to signing up is below:


In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, our number one priority is student safety. The entire counseling department has worked to foster and develop a climate where students feel comfortable speaking to a campus counselor not only about future college and career plans, but also to address issues or situations that are not representative of the positive culture we are striving to create. We understand that while many students take advantage of our services, not everyone feels comfortable coming forward and reporting an incident to a counselor for a multitude of reasons.

In an effort to provide students with an additional outlet to report behavior that detracts from our positive culture, GCISD has partnered with Speak Up! for the first partnership of its kind in the United States. Speak Up! is an app that students download on their smartphone, from which they may anonymously report bullying, theft, suspected drug use, etc. The report is then sent to a counselor so that they may investigate the claim and take appropriate action. The app is of no cost to students and will be available for all students in grades sixth through twelfth.

We wanted to make you aware of the new app before your student is sent registration information. On Friday, February 5, your student will receive an email from Speak Up! that gives step-by-step instructions on how they can register and download the app on their smartphone. From there, they may begin to use the app to report suspicious behavior and help promote good citizenship by assisting counselors and campus administrators in maintaining a positive learning environment for all students.

Upcoming Events

February 1 - 7th & 8th Grade CMS Boy's Basketball @ Dawson

February 2 - 8th Grade Panoramic Picture

February 4 - 7th & 8th Grade CMS Girl's Basketball vs. Carroll @ CMS

February 5 - Program - Just Say Yes, Cotillion Finale @ CHHS

GRADUATING SENIORS that attended Colleyville Middle School– scholarship forms are here!!!*****

UNTIL MARCH 24: Graduating seniors are invited to apply for PTA scholarships:

The PTAs of GCISD are proud to support our graduating Seniors by offering multiple scholarships through a Common Scholarship Application for 2016 graduates of GCISD.

Apply now:

All applications must be received no later than 11:59:59 PM on March 24, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

Watch this page and the Council of PTAs web site for announcements and updates:

~M4W Save the Date~

The CHHS PALS and the Panther Band invite you and your family to be a part of the 2nd annual MARCH 4 WATER (M4W) 1mile/5k onSaturday, April 2nd at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Did you know that 1 out of 8 people in the world don’t have access to clean water? Be a part of the SOLUTION and help raise money to build clean water wells in South Sudan with Water is Basic!

Teacher of the Month February

Please click the link below if you would like to nominate a teacher for February Teacher of the Month. Voting will close Friday, February 26th.

Cast your vote here

Nurse Martin Tips

Counselor Corner

Counselor Corner

Week of January 25-29


Eighth graders completed Career Cruising this week through their social studies teacher. Please ask them to log in and show you their Leaning Style Inventory and Matchmaker they completed.

High School Presentation to 8th Graders

8th graders will be entering in their courses into Skyward on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in their English classes. Please look at the attached Freshman course sheet. Also, students received a copy from the high school counselors as well.

Freshman Course Selection - 2016-2017


TECC Field Trip for 7th graders is Thursday, January 28th.


January 27 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward

January 28 – 7th graders visit TECC at GHS

January 29 – 8th graders enter courses in Skyward


Join Remind 101 to receive deadlines and updates for course selection.

Text to 81010

Text message based on grade level




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

Stefanie Chapman – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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Students and staff at CMS are stacking the books that each reads for the 25 book challenge. Students are recording the books that they have read through their ELA classes on a specific form. If you want to join us, email me at and I will send you a form. The 25 Book Challenge will end in May.

Recommended Genre Categories:

Realistic fiction - 4

Historical fiction - 2

Fantasy - 3

Science fiction - 1

Mystery - 1

Informational - 4

Poetry anthologies - 2

Biography, autobiography, and/or memoir - 2

Free choice - 6

This is only a recommendation for each genre, but we do want to encourage students to read from all genres.

Spring Testing

Please note the following 2016 dates for Spring STAAR Testing:

March 29, Writing, Grade 7

March 29, Math, Grade 8

March 30, Reading, Grade 8

May 2-6, Algebra I, Grade 8

May 9, Math, Grades 6,7

May 10, Reading, Grades 6,7

May 11, Science, Grade 8

May 12, Social Studies, Grade 8