January 10, 2016

Good Evening Pony Parents,

The beginning of the new semester has arrived. We hope you enjoyed time with family and friends and are geared up for a swift spring semester. It does seem ironic that we call this our "spring" semester when we know there will be winter weather at some point!

Report cards were sent home with students on Thursday so please make certain you have received the results of the fall performance. As always if you have questions or concerns teachers are available to help.

Teachers of the Month for December were chosen by their peers: Natalie Ledbetter, Art Teacher, Katy Smith, AVID teacher, and Christy Finlay, paraprofessional were selected for December. Please visit the link for pictures. Teachers of the Month for December

Thank you for your support as we work as a team to produce strong levels of student engagement as well as our leaders of tomorrow.

Have a great week!

Linda Young, Principal

Ponies in Action

Texas Academic Performance Report

Below is the link to our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. This report is a culmination of our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Campus report cards were attached to your student report card sent home last Thursday. Please call should you have questions on our performance report.

GMS Counseling Department Receives Prestigious CREST Award

CREST stands for Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas. Schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment using the school guidance and counseling program to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains. The Texas School Counseling Association is proud Grapevine Middle School is awarded this designation for 2015.

CREST looks at the counseling program in 7 areas: Principal’s Support, School Counseling Advisory Council, School Climate and Safety, Student Results, Major Achievements, Community Partnerships and Resources, and Parent Collaboration. The guidance support team prepares a document that highlights these areas and communicates just what the counseling program is doing to help students succeed. These documents are sent to reviewers throughout the state of Texas to be judged according to pre-set standards of excellence.

Congratulations to GMS for being one of a group of only 91 schools from across the state to win the CREST Award for Counseling Excellence for 2015.

Robotics Team Receives Donation

Lu Adkins, one of our Robotics Team Sponsors, woke up to a fantastic surprise concerning her EV3 Robot project. It needed over $680 and was due in January. She thought there was no way to fund it by then. To her surprise a former GHS graduate and now NFL player funded it for GMS. Henry Melton, now with the Tampa Bay Bucs funded the project and wished us Happy Holidays. You can view the information and picture of the robot at the following link! Thank you Mr. Melton for continuing to support GCISD prepare our students for the future!

The 2016-2017 GCISD Student Staff Calendar is available for viewing at:

Should further updates come from state decisions our Board will continue to provide parent this information.

Looking Ahead for STEM

When Cannon Elementary became the district’s first STEM program for the 2013-2014 school year, it served students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade. Seeing the need to continue this focused STEM instruction, the district expanded the program into Grapevine Middle School in the Fall of 2014. The program at GMS now includes students in sixth and seventh grade, and in August 2016 it will extend to eighth-grade. Currently, the district’s STEM program stops at the middle school level; however, campus and district leaders are looking ahead to the future and beginning in the Spring 2016, staff at Grapevine High School will begin professional development with the aim of offering specialized STEM instruction for ninth-grade students in the Fall of 2017. The decision to locate the high school STEM program at GHS was made after considering the curricular resources already in place at the GCISD Technology Education and Career Center, which currently serves both Colleyville Heritage and GHS students. As with the program at Grapevine Middle School, the STEM Academy will continue to progress each year with students, eventually becoming a kindergarten through twelfth-grade initiative. While the district and Grapevine High School are very early in the planning stages, we wanted to let our STEM families know that the district is looking ahead and we are excited for the opportunity this will present for our students. We will continue to update you throughout the next year as we continue to grow the STEM program in GCISD.

January Events

Monday January 11 PTA Executive Board 8:15 Lecture Hall

Boys Basketball 7th @ Coppell E 8th @ GMS 5:00

Wednesday January 13 GMS Students of the Month and Dual Language present to

Grapevine Rotary

Thursday January 14 Girls Basketball 7th and 8th @ GMS

Coach Joe Willis from CHHS speaks on @GMS You Matter 1:05

Friday January 15 Outstanding Student Breakfast 7:30 Library

Girls Basketball Tournament @ HMS

Saturday January 16 First Lego League Qualifier

Pony Pride Clinic 12:30 - 6:00 Cafeteria

Girls Basketball Tournament @ HMS 7th & 8th

Monday January 18 Student and Staff Holiday

Tuesday January 19 Boys Basketball @ GMS 7th & 8th 5:00

Exito Hispano 6:30 in Lecture Hall

Wednesday January 20 CHHS & GHS Counselors visit with 8th graders

Thursday January 21 Spelling Bee 8:00 a.m. in cafeteria

Harvard Law School Presentation 1:05

Girls Basketball @ Coppell N 7th & 8th

Friday January 22 6th Grade Cotillion 6:00 - 9:00 cafeteria

Boys Basketball Tournament 7th @ Hurst JH

8th @ Harwood JH

Saturday January 23 Boys Basketball Tournament 7th @ Hurst JH

8th @ Harwood JH

Math / Science Team to CMS 8:30 - 12:30

Future Events:

January 26 7th Grade Field Trip to Career & Tech Center @ GHS

January 29 Progress Reports Available