May 15, 2016

Good Morning Pony Parents,

Last week was an amazing week even with STAAR Testing occupying a great deal of our time. We managed to end the week the Grapevine way with celebrations of excellence.


GCISD District Leadership honored Mrs. Kelley Willmann as the GCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2016. This is an outstanding testament to the instructional leader Mrs. Willmann is at GMS. We are blessed to have a building filled with incredible teachers who love what they do and lead with passion. Thank you to the GCISD Education Foundation for providing Mrs. Willmann with a classroom grant to go along with her honor.


As part of the GCISD LEAD 2021 Strategic Plan, GMS students will join the league of 1:1 on our campus. What this means is that every student at GMS will have a device to use daily in their classroom as well as to take home and use as necessary. We will hold our Parent Information meeting on May 19th at 6:00 in the GMS cafeteria. A letter was sent to each family last week outlining our 1:1 plan. This is one more way our district is preparing students for a world beyond the four walls of the classroom!


For the past two weeks, GMS Theater has presented two different performances to a full house. Ms. Goodsell has created a love for theater among our students and they are blossoming before our eyes. I've included many pictures in this newsletter but please visit her GMS Theater Facebook page for many more! Thank you to the students and our GMS Booster Club for an outstanding year of entertainment.


GMS had students competing last weekend at the Gears Robotics competition at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) engineering building. The 8th grade students competing were: Paula Valencia, Ethan Hallman, and Prithvi Senthilkumar. The seventh grade students were Jay Maganti and Daniel Cowley. Sixth grade team members were Ben Kobel, Matt Monson, Solenne Hallman, and Katherine Blake.

There were 20 teams competing at UTA from around the area and GMS students received the following awards:

Best Team Name, Creative Design, and 3rd Place in robot challenge - Daniel Cowley and Jay Maganti

Second Place on essay and 6th Place in robot challenge - Paula Valencia, Ethan Hallman, and Prithvi Senthilkumar. GMS has had a GREAT robotics competition year with First Lego League and Gears Robotics!!!

Thank you Mr. Slatton and Mrs. Adkins for providing the opportunity for our Robotics Team to grow!


Last week GMS held our first Powder Football Tournament. Many teams competed and worked hard to make the final round. In the end, Herricanes beat the 24/7. It was a great afternoon of competition and a big shout to Coach Hill and Coach Hudnall for making this event possible.


Friday morning we honored all the successes from our current 6th graders. Thank you to our 6th grade teachers for nurturing our students and preparing them for the 7th grade Academic Hallway! The morning was filled with smiles both from students and parents.


Friday we ended our busy week with our final Pep Rally for 2015-2016. Many pictures are included in this newsletter. We introduced our new Pony Pride Dance Team, 2016-2017 Cheerleaders, and all athletes participating in spring sports were recognized. Thank you to our Band and Choir for memorable performances, our Playbill students for a brief scene from their performance, and to our PALS for helping us honor our Special Olympians. It was a combined effort with many working parts to make the afternoon a success. It truly was a great day to be a Pony at GMS where you matter!

Have a blessed week,

Linda Young, Principal



May 16th our PTA will host their annual FunDay. It takes lots of preparation and many helping hands to make this day a success. Please see the attached information for Fun Day Activities and participate financially if possible. This is a fundraiser for our PTA while allowing our students to participate in school activities with their friends.



The annual 8th Grade Celebration will be held on May 20th from 7:00 - 9:30 in the GMS cafeteria. Tickets will be on sale the week of the dance during lunch for $15 each. The celebration is for 8th graders only and suggested attire for the evening is "party attire". Flyers were sent home with 8th grade students last week. They are printed on red paper so be on the look-out.


No charging will be allowed starting May 9th. Students must have a positive balance in order to purchase items in the school cafeteria. Any student without a positive balance will receive an alternative meal at lunch. Please visit to monitor account balances and set up low-balance email alerts. We appreciate your prompt attention in maintaining a positive meal balance. Additional information may also be found on the districts website and Child Nutrition Facebook page.

iStation: Please review the following message from iStation about summer access for students. Did you know that you can use Istation throughout the summer months to combat Summer Slide? Istation believes a break from school needn’t be a break from learning. These printable brochures for teachers and parents explain how to access Istation at home. Need a brochure in Spanish? You can get one here. Think a video might work better to help inspire summer reading? Our Istation characters Justin Time and Paige Turner put together a short video about using Istation Home during the summer. Please share this video with students and their families:

Watch Paige and Justin discuss Istation Home.

We hope schools with subscriptions to Istation will encourage families to log in and keep learning all summer long! Please help your students start the summer months at the place that is right for them! Have them take the ISIP assessment at school in May, so that when they begin home use during the summer months they are placed correctly into the adaptive curriculum in Istation Home.


The Health Dept is coming on Wednesday, May 18th to administer the tDap and MCV to 6th grade students. Cost is $15 total with the returned permission slip to the RN clinic by Friday, May 13th. Permission slips will be sent home at the end of April. Parents to do not have to present.

Any questions, please contact Nurse Jansen., 817-251-5667.

District Information

SHAC: The State of Texas mandates that each school district have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the implementation of a coordinated health program including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement. SHAC is in need of dedicated members for the 2016-2017 school year.


GCISD offers many exciting programs for your child. Please visit the website and view the video. Great learning experiences continue all through the summer!



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Next Weeks Events

May 16

PTA Funday - Please volunteer to help!

May 17

Collegiate Academy Family Day

6th Grade Field Trip to museum

NJHS Induction Ceremony 7:00 in cafeteria

May 18

7th Grade Walking Field Trip downtown Grapevine

6th Grade Choir Contest @ Sandy Lake

May 19

25 Book Challenge Celebration 1:50 - 3:20 in cafeteria

1:1 Computer Device meeting for GMS parents 6:00 cafeteria

May 20

7th Grade Awards 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. cafeteria

8th Grade Formal Dance 7:00 - 10:00 cafeteria - sponsored by PTA

May 23

GMS Band Concert @ GHS 7:00

May 24

Theater Ceremony 7:00 cafeteria

May 25

8th Grade Awards 1:50 - 3:25 cafeteria

GMS Choir Spring Concert 7:00 GHS

May 26

8th Graders to Burger's Lake 8:30 - 2:00

Cheer Parent Camp Meeting 6:00 in D105

7th Grade Athletic Awards 6:00 - 8:30 Gym

May 27

Bad Weather Day - NO SCHOOL

Six Flags Field Trip for Band, Choir, Math/Science, Robotics

May 30



May 31 - June 2

May 31


June 1

Athletic Booster Club meeting 6:00 in cafeteria

June 1 and June 2

Early Release 12:10

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