The Mustang Minute


Principal Message

I wanted to say THANK YOU to our amazing commUNITY for donating close to $5000 in gift cards that will help students, teachers, and families at Riverwood Middle School. Grapevine High School is an extremely special place and has shown extreme empathy in helping families impacted by the hurricane. Below is an email I received from Donnie Bodron, Principal of Riverwood Middle School, and I wanted to share it with you.

Counseling update: Please see the letter below that was sent on Friday. We had an addition that was made. Mary Parsley's caseload is seniors only.

Congratulations to Debra Tridico, Nikki Cook, Diane Elliott, and Dough Hood for receiving an $1849 grant from the GCISD Education Foundation.

Congratulations to Julee Sanders-Diehl, Madeleine Backstrom, Courtney Bingham, JJ Burton, and Andy Jacobs for receiving a $2000 grant from the GCISD Education Foundation.

Next edition of Mustang Minute will be January 7, 2018!


Mr. Denning,

I just wanted to reach out again and say thank you for your awesome efforts to support us here in Humble ISD. It is amazing and overwhelming to see the response that your school had for the devastating flood that affected our area.

I am so very excited to share your generosity with our teachers, students, and families that were directly impacted by this event. The more than $4000.00 in gift cards that you sent us will be distributed over the coming days to all of those directly impacted by the flood. It will be a truly unexpected gift at a very challenging time for many of our families this holiday season.

It is amazing leaders and schools like yours that continue to reassure me that our world is filled with students and families filled with empathy and compassion. We are eternally grateful to you and your campus, please do not hesitate to ask if we can ever return the favor.

With sincerest gratitude and appreciation,

Donnie Bodron


Riverwood MS

Mr. Denning,

I am a teacher at Riverwood Middle School here in Humble ISD and was one of the many unlucky ones who were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. I am not sure if words can say how thankful I am for people like you and your staff and community who have shown up over and over again in droves to help out so many of us who were affected. Amazed, overwhelmed, emotional and in awe of the unbelievable generosity that your community has provided.

It is amazing to see that it sometimes takes the worst events to bring out the absolute best in people, and Grapevine HS has made this Christmas so much brighter.

I teared up more than once writing this email, so I hope my appreciation shows up in the text. Sometimes angels do not wear halo's and have big beautiful wings; sometimes they are just employees and community members of a local high school who answered the call to helping their neighbors.

Please share this message of gratitude on to the rest of your staff and community. Please tell them that the Blayney's and all of the teachers and students you have helped are so thankful and grateful.

Mr Denning,

Thank you so much for the wonderful gift cards your team collected for those of us that flooded from Hurricane Harvey. My family will be putting them to good use to help rebuild our home. The love and support our town has received from strangers has been amazing! We know our lives will be back to normal soon but the kindness we have received from near and far will live on forever.

Thank you!

Counseling Updates: Letter sent Friday (one adjustment)

Dear Families,

We are rapidly approaching the end of the first semester at Grapevine High School. These past few months have been an exciting time for both our students and staff.

As we have progressed throughout the semester, we have determined that a necessary change needs to take place beginning January 2018. We are reorganizing the alphabetic counselor-student partnership to allow our families one consistent point of contact in the counseling department. I want to assure you that our counselors will continue to collaborate to support the success of all GHS students. Starting in January, the alpha counselor will serve as the first point of contact on a regular basis. The following are the new alphabetic counselor splits:

Counselor Alpha Split:

Cathy Lamb: A-C

Shelly Ray: D-H

Francisco Cepeda: I-M

LeeAnn Farris: N-Se

Chris Cook: Sf-Z

Mary Parsley: Nj-Si (Seniors Only)

*All counselors will keep their current seniors.

We are so excited about how the year is progressing at GHS and we thank you for your patience as we make the necessary adjustments for the benefits of our students. If you have any questions about either change, please contact me or Tina Garrett.

PSAT Information:

In October of 2017, the PSAT was administered to all Grapevine- Colleyville ISD ninth, tenth and eleventh students. Those results are expected to be available to students starting December 12th using their College Board accounts at

Also, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently determined that ninth graders earning a score of 450 or higher on the mathematics section of the PSAT may substitute that result for the Algebra I STAAR End of Course (EOC) exam. Additionally, ninth graders earning a score of 410 or higher on the evidence-based reading and writing section of the PSAT may substitute that result for the English I STAAR End of Course (EOC) exam. If your student qualifies for either of the PSAT graduation requirement substitutions and you would still like for your child to participate in the corresponding EOC exam, please contact your campus testing coordinator at (insert phone number) by (insert date) so that EOC materials can be ordered for your student.

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TEA School Report Card

Attached you will find our 2016–17 TEA School Report Card (SRC) . The School Report Card provides information concerning student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), as well as, as information on student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures. The School Report Card for each campus can also be found on TEA's website at

In addition to the School Report Card, the more detailed Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) for our campus can be accessed online at

School Messenger Update

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is making some changes to the School Messenger automated calling system. Currently, when GCISD sends a phone message, it uses the main district line. Moving forward, calls will come from the following number: 866-264-0350. By using this toll-free number, call recipients will be able to place a call back to this number to hear any missed calls, which is an added benefit to all families. Please save this number to your contacts as a reminder that these calls are coming from GCISD

Mustang Celebrations

*The 38th annual Grapevine Parade of Lights was held on December 7th. This year's theme was "Holiday Memories." Congratulations to the GHS Band, winner of the best marching group category!

*Congratulations to Lori Cleveland, Carlus McBride, Steve Murray and Jane Rose on their nomination for the 2018 HEB Excellence in Education Awards!

*GHS had five boats bring in fish at the Lake Texoma tournament on December 2nd. Jackson Badgett and Kamon Martin finished 2nd out of 252 teams with 17.38 lbs. They are in second place at this time for "Anglers of the Year." Nex,t we had Erick Salas and Braxton Burgess with 10.15 and Garrett Wright who had big fish for Grapevine with a nice 4.92 small mouth. The team finished 4th overall with 39.78 lbs.

*Grapevine HS Sports and Entertainment Marketing students recently competed in the National Fantasy Football Competition hosted by Sports Career Consulting. Out of 40 teams from across the country, GHS received first place. Congratulations!

*The Grapevine HS and Colleyville Heritage HS swim and dive teams delivered gifts and food to area families on Saturday.

*Mustangs selected for 8-5A All District Honors:

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Counselors' Corner

Leveling Down: The leveling down window is now closed. Schedules will be processed prior to the start of the new semester and will be viewable in Skyward and ready to follow by the start of second semester.

*Updated payment information for current Junior and Senior Dual students: Payment for spring semester Dual Credit courses is due no later than Monday, January 15th. Payment can be made online through the student's TCC WebAdvisor account or in person at any TCC Business Services Office. *The TCC Business Services office will be closed on Monday, January 15th. Therefore, students are encouraged to make payment before January 15th. Please see the GHS Dual Enrollment webpage for more details on payment ( Payment not received prior to the 1st day of 2nd semester Dual class will result in the student being removed from the Dual program. 2nd semester Dual class starts on Tuesday, January 16th.

Transcript requests: Students in need of an unofficial or official transcript will need to request those through a link to Parchment on the GHS Counseling website: You will be prompted to set up a Parchment account if you have not already created one. Please only access Parchment through the link provided on the Counseling website so your account is linked to GHS. When setting up your account it is not necessary to complete the scholarship/college search portion, skipping this portion will expedite the account setup.

Important Message for Seniors: Please make sure that you are requesting your transcripts for universities, scholarships, and Common App through Parchment. Your CommonApp process will stall if you have not requested your transcript through Parchment. Also remember those using AppyTexas will need to request a transcript to each individual college you listed in your ApplyTexas application. If you are having difficulty requesting transcripts come by and see your counselor ASAP. Early application deadlines are typically November 1st and December 1st, check on the college website to ensure you are aware of the date!

Seniors Requesting Counselor Recommendations: If students have submitted requests for counselor recommendations to accompany their college application, counselors will have those uploaded into systems such as CommonApp and SendEdu by the admission deadline window indicated. If you are requesting a recommendation letter (required as part of the application) to be mailed to an institution, please provide an addressed envelope with postage.

Did you know?: Local scholarship information is currently being updated daily with new opportunities for graduating seniors. It’s also never too early to start looking at what scholarships are offered on an annual basis. Check out the GCISD scholarship page here:

Angel Tree to help our community

GHS counseling department thanks you for your support of the Angel Tree. Please drop off your gifts by the end of the day this Monday, December 18th. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

ALL SENIORS: It's time to order graduation announcements, caps and gowns!

Balfour will be back on campus to take orders for graduation caps & gowns, announcements and class rings on the second Wednesday of the each month through February. The next date is January 10th.

You may also place your order online at

Please remember the sooner you order the sooner you will receive some of your products.

For questions feel free to contact Balfour at

The link below is a short video to assist parents with the ordering process.

Class of 2019 Fundraiser: A great holiday gift idea for your current or former student!

The Class of 2019 is selling personalized bricks which will be laid in the parking area in front of the school. These will make great Graduation presents. We are preordering now! Please visit Caity Armstrong's page on the GHS website, visit

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Class of 2021 fundraiser:

Class of 2021 is selling sweatshirts for $30. They are available in Room 911 or in the front office. They make great last minute gifts!
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Please follow the link and instructions below to order YOUR 2018 GHS YEARBOOK!


2. On the right-hand side of the page you should see “No Customer Number?” Please fill in the information requested for city and state.

3. Once you click “Locate your school” it will take you to another page which asks you to select your school. Please select the option for Grapevine High School.

4. Once you click on GHS you will be taken to the order and selection page. On the left-hand side of the page you will an “Individual Items” section. The yearbook its self is at the top, the rest are customizations you can add as you like. If you are not sure what something is, click on the item to bring up a description.

5. On the right-hand side of the same page you will see “Start your order”. Please fill in the information requested and click next.

6. You will add your yearbook 1st, then click the next button to add any additional items that you would like.

7. The final page will allow you to review your order to ensure that it is correct and it will prompt you to fill in your payme information.

**You will be receiving notice via regular mail, to purchase your yearbook online, if you have already submitted an order please disregard the mailer. If you are unsure if you order one or not, please don’t hesitate to reach out and the yearbook staff can double check for you!

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for this great GHS tradition, this will be our 102nd publication of the yearbook and it would not be possible without you!

NHS Hours due January 11th!

Current senior NHS members must turned in their blue folders with 10 documented fall hours no later than January 11th, 12:00 noon to Mrs. Cleveland in Room 703 S. Late folders will NOT be accepted.

Bus Safety Speech Contest

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Mark your calendar for the annual Fillie Trot--February 3rd!

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Textbook Exchange

If you are taking a one semester course in the spring and need to exchange any textbooks, Mr. Crow will be in the book room before and after school every day this week. He will also be available before and after school during our first week back in January.


Monday, December 18 (B Day)

Board Meeting 7:00pm Admin Bldg

Tuesday, December 19 (A Day)

Finals: 2nd & 4th--Regular bell schedule

GSA meeting 8:00am in Room 110

Current Events team 4:05pm Room 615

Girls BBall Varsity v Polytechnic 6:00pm--Alumni Night

Boys BBall 9th Red v Polytechnic 6:00pm

Boys BBall JV v Polytechnic 6:00pm

Boys BBall Varsity v Polytechnic 7:30pm--Alumni Night

Wednesday, December 20

Finals: 5th, 6th, 8th--Early Release 12:45pm

National Letter of Intent Signing 8:00am Auditorium

Wrestling Girls @ Keller Central Tournament

Wrestling JV @ Flower Mound 4:30pm

Thursday, December 21

Finals: 3rd, 7th, 1st--Early Release 12:45pm

Winter Break: December 22-January 9---Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 27-28

Girls BBall Varsity @ Weatherford Tournament

Thursday, December 28-30

Boys BBall SubVarsity Heritage Tournament

Boys BBall Varsity @ MT Rice Tournament

Friday, December 29

Girls Soccer JV @ Byron Nelson 5:00pm

Girls Soccer Varsity @ Byron Nelson 7:00pm

Saturday, December 30

Girls Soccer Alumni Game 10:00am CTMS

Tuesday, January 2

Girls Soccer Varsity & JV @ Southlake 9:00am

Boys Soccer JVB v Midlothian scrimmage 9:30am CTMS

Boys Soccer JVA v Midlothian scrimmage 11:00am CTMS

Boys Soccer Varsity v Midlothian scrimmage 12:30pm CTMS

Girls BBall 9th @ Dunbar 12:00pm

Girls BBall JV @ Dunbar 12:00pm

Girls BBall Varsity @ Dunbar 1:30pm

Thursday, January 4

Girls Soccer Grapevine JV Tournament (through Jan. 6)

Girls Soccer Varsity NEPS @ Keller & Southlake (through Jan. 6)

Wrestling Varsity, JV & Girls Grapevine Duals (through Jan. 6)

Boys BBall 9th Red @ Dunbar 5:00pm

Boys BBall JV @ Dunbar 6:30pm

Friday, January 5

Debate @ Coppell (through Sat.)

Girls BBall JV @ Carter Riverside 12:00pm

Girls BBall Varsity @ Carter Riverside 1:30pm

Dive @ Kyle Tilley Invitational 3:00pm Westside Natatorium

Boys BBall Varsity @ Carter Riverside 5:00pm

Saturday, January 6

Oral Interp @ Coppell HS

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

Boys BBall JV @ Carter Riverside 11:00am

Next edition of Mustang Minute: January 7

Project Graduation:

Keep up with all of the information about Project Graduation via:

Facebook @GHSProjectGrad

Twitter @GHSProject_Grad


Email us at

Ways to help:

  • Be a flocker! You get to give people the bird(s)! Flocking is our #1 fundraiser and super easy since you do it on your own time! Flocking Sign Up

  • Sign up to help at the event on Graduation Night here

  • Donate using GoFundMe - if every household represented at GHS donated $10 we would be able to pay for all graduating seniors to attend for free

  • Seniors - Be an Exclusive Project Graduation Mustang Model sign up here.

Support Project Graduation via Amazon Smile.

1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

3. Select Grapevine Graduation Celebration, Inc.

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to

Grapevine Historical Book

GRAPEVINE, TEXAS: Discover where Bonnie and Clyde hid out during their crime spree, which attraction took 1.6 million man hours to construct, what dinosaur roamed Grapevine Lake, which winery has been visited by paranormal societies and many more amazing facts and stories in Grapevine: A Visual Journey through a Beloved Texas Town. The 152-page book highlights Grapevine’s intriguing history, public art, working artists, wineries, attractions, seasonal events, and haunted hot spots. Fifty percent of book proceeds will benefit a Grapevine-Colleyville ISD school of the buyer’s choice until Jan. 1, 2018. Books must be purchased at to meet fundraising requirements. Local Author and Photographer, Kristi Reese, was born and raised in the Lone Star State. Kristi’s background in tourism management and marketing, coupled with her love of photography and passion for Grapevine, paved the way for her to take readers on a historical and creative journey through the beloved Texas town. “Grapevine holds a special place in my heart. It’s where my husband and I met, had our first date, exchanged wedding vows and started our family. Grapevine is the backdrop of my fondest stories.“ - Kristi Reese
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TWEETS from the WEEK

Follow us at @Grapevine_HS and #GHSUnity
Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA