The Mustang Minute


Principal's Message


Thank you to everyone who attended Mustang Nation on Monday evening. I enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of our current and future Mustangs. In an effort to continually grow and to provide the best programs for our parents and students, please complete the form linked below to provide us with feedback.

Mustang Nation Feedback form:

Students and parents who want to see the slides from the Advanced Academics session at Mustang Nation Night can find the slides at the link below.

Congratulations to our diving coach, Stacy Marincasiu, who was selected as the Regional Girls Diving Coach of the Year and to Katie Gary who was named Girls Diver of the Year.

Congratulations to the Belles JV Dance team. On January 30, the girls competed in Wylie, Texas. They won Grand Champion in the JV division. They received best in Pom, Lyrical, Kick and Contemporary dance. Madeline Cox was the first place solo winner and Alex Uceda received second place in solo.

In the last few Mustang Minutes, we shared information about the new APP-SpeakUp. Please check out the latest news on this innovative tool:

Counselors' Corner

Counselors have met with students in the classroom to review the course request process and input selections. For the timeline of online arena scheduling, please visit the district website:

The course selection window will be open through Feb. 19th. Please remember to select both semesters of a full year course and put in alternates. Counselors will be available the week of Feb. 16-19 in the cafeteria during all lunches for support in course selections.

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 working world, 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


AP Testing Information: 2016

AP testing is May 2nd – 13th. Times: 7:45 and 12:00. Students riding the bus need to make alternate arrangements for transportation on their testing days.

We will be posting a list in all AP teacher classrooms shortly for students to check their orders. Any changes or additions can be made on March 3rd. Please make sure your order is correct.

The College Board charges fees for returned exams and any orders placed after the deadline will cost more…the closer to the test date, the more the added fee will be.

In order to use accommodations on your exam, students must request and receive approval from the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities. See Mrs. Parsley, GHS Counselor, to apply for accommodations. The College Board deadline for application is February 19th. You must be on the College Board’s Special Accommodations list to receive accommodations regardless of whether you have 504 or SpEd accommodations.

Late/alternate testing is available only under a few specific circumstances, such as school sponsored event, religious holiday, and doctor documented illness. Alternate tests are given on specific dates and times just like the regular AP test. If you have a conflict with a test, see Mrs. Henry as soon as you know of the conflict so we can get an alternative test ordered for you. If something happens during testing see or email Mrs. Henry immediately to make alternate plans. Alternate test dates are the week following regularly scheduled AP exams. Depending upon the reason for missing the test, some fees may apply.

We will have a pre-coding session at the end of April where Mrs. Henry will give you specific details about the testing – where to go, what to bring, etc., and you will fill out a bubble sheet and candidate pack. If you miss this meeting you will need to go by and see Mrs. Lynch in the front office prior to your first test.

If you do not take the AP exam, you are required to take a district exam, which will count as your semester exam grade. If you had Government 1st semester, we will go back and change your grade to reflect the district exam. This testing will take place on a different day and time from the AP exam. Mrs. Henry will let you know that schedule in May. This test is an actual AP exam with multiple choice and free response with the same time length as the regular AP exam.

Any questions, concerns, or requests need to be directed to Catherine Henry, GHS Assistant Principal. The best way to reach her is via email:

Prom Information

Prom is May 7th at the Worthington this year and is fast approaching. Tickets will go on sale after Spring Break! While there is no specific dress code for prom, it is still a school event and Students need to be cognizant of their attire for this event. We encourage you to consider buying/renting appropriate formal attire fitting for a formal school event like prom. For our young women, we ask that the dresses not be too high or low cut or revealing in nature. For our young men, we ask that they consider wearing tuxes or suits appropriate for an elegant celebration like prom. Prom is a celebration of a Senior's four years in high school and we are excited to see everyone looking their best on Saturday, May 7th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Terri Carter.

PTSA Meeting and Workshop: March 7th

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Come Support GCISD Special Olympics

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Graduating Seniors who attended Colleyville Middle School

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.

Ambassador Program:

Seniors: 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. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have until the end of school to turn in their hours. Please contact Katherine Uselton, the 2016 Coordinator, at , or Kim Goad, Committee Chair, at if you have questions.

Guest Speaker

Please join us in welcoming a guest speaker in the lecture hall on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 4:00 pm. Our speaker is Maria Myers who is the co-founder and CEO of Pretty Purposeful. Maria works as a independent graphic designer and a social media marketing strategist. Her nonprofit organization focuses on empowering girls and raising awareness about women's issues. She has been interviewed on TV for U.S. and Asian media outlets and featured in several newspaper articles and magazines. Maria spoke at the 2014 United Nations Youth Assembly on Global Partnerships panel where she discussed her nonprofit and ways young people can make a difference.

Updates for Class of 2016:

*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

*Please be aware that scholarship and financial aid deadlines are fast approaching. Be sure to submit your applications by the due dates.

*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 11th.

*If your son or daughter is a member of National Honor Society, it is time to pay for an NHS stole to be worn at graduation. The stoles are $25.00 and each senior has been given a stole order form in their NHS blue folder. The stole order form must be filled out when payment is made. Payment can be check (made out to GHS) or cash. Payment is due to Mrs. Bakintas in room 112 before/after school or during 3rd or 7th periods. If your son or daughter is planning to borrow a stole - we still need the stole order form filled out with the name of the person's stole he or she will be using at graduation. The deadline is March 3rd.

Volunteer Opportunity for GHS Students:

GMS is hosting the 7th grade district boys basketball tournament on Thursday and Friday the 18th and 19th. We are wanting to offer volunteer hours to the high school students. Below is the sign up link.

Thank you.

Come See What's Going On in GCISD

Project Graduation

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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
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Monday, February 15


Oral Interp @ Harvard (through Tues.)

Girls BBall Bi-District (through Tues.)

Boys BBall 9th Red @ Dunbar 6:00 pm

Boys BBall JV @ Dunbar 7:30 pm

Cheer Banquet 5:30 pm

Tuesday, February 16 (A Day)

GO Center: US Marine Corps

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

CEC Meeting 4:00 pm Library

Mandatory Dual Meeting 6:30 pm Auditorium

Girls Soccer JV1 @ Flower Mound 4:30 pm

Girls Soccer JV2 v E. Hills 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity v E. Hills 7:30 pm

Boys Soccer JV @ E. Hills 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity @ E. Hills 7:30 pm

Softball JV @ Trinity 5:00 pm

Softball Varsity @ Trinity 7:00 pm

Boys BBall Varsity @ Dunbar8:00 pm

Girl's Playoff Basketball vs. Chisholm Trail @ Chisholm Trail 6pm

Wednesday, February 17 (B Day)

GO Center: Western State Colorado University

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the Library

Young Feminists Lecture 4:00 pm Lecture Hall

Band Chamber Concert SAC 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 18 (A Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Choir Solo & Ensemble Contest 3:00 pm

Track Mustang Panther Relay

Girls Gymnastics @ Mark Williams Invitational

Girls BBall Area Championship (through Fri.)

Softball @ Mansfield Tournament (through Sat.)

Friday, February 19 (B Day)

Choir Invitational for Harmonics @ Mansfield Legacy HS

Boys Gymnastics @ Mark Williams Invitational

Boys Golf @ Flower Mound (through Sat.)

Wrestling Sate Championship (through Sat.)

Swim/Dive 5A/6A State Championships in Austin (through Sat.)

Fillies Contest @ Timber Creek HS Keller (through Sat.)

Girls Soccer JV1 v Lake Dallas 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity v Lake Dallas 7:30 pm

Boys Soccer JV @ Lake Dallas 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity @ Lake Dallas 7:30 pm

Saturday, February 20

Girls Soccer JV2 @ Benbrook 10:00 am

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