December 18, 2015 - Vol. 48

Inspiring Blend of Art, Graphic Design and Math on Display at the GMS Learning Commons

GCISD Winter Break: December 19 - January 4

Students return to class on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016.

Have a safe and restful holiday!

Opportunities for the Spring Semester

Are You interested in becoming a GMS STEM Academy Ambassador?

GMS STEM Academy Ambassador applications will be accepted in January for:

  • new 6th grade Ambassador positions;
  • additional 7th grade Ambassador positions

Calling All Makers to the FAB NOW Conference 2016 in Fort Worth

At the FAB NOW Conference 2016, Makers and Learners meet to show a project, demo it, explain it: why you did it, how you built it, what’s important about it! On the TCC Campus in Forth Worth, you will have a six foot table, electrical power, wifi, two chairs - and all day Saturday, February 20th, 2016 to showcase your work!

GMS STEM Academy students who are interested in participating will be eligible to attend. Your teachers will have more information after the break on sighing up. For now, click this link for a copy of the invitation flyer to get more information.

Visioneering 2016 - SMU Lyle School of Engineering

Saturday, February 20, 2016:

Visioneering celebrates the ways that engineering makes a difference in the world by immersing middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in the fields of engineering, the design process, team work, presentation, and problem solving skills.

For more information on GMS team participation contact Mrs. Adkins.

Thank you to all our boosters, donors and supporters. Your generosity has made a huge difference!

EV3 Robot Project funded by GHS Graduate and NFL ProBowl Player

Mrs. Adkins' EV3 Robot project needed $680 by January 1. Last week, GHS alum Henry Melton, stepped up and funded the entire project, wishing everyone at GMS STEM Academy Happy Holidays!

Many of you may have followed Henry Melton's career as a 3-Sport athlete at GHS, a member of UT's 2005 National Champtonship team, and as a NFL player with the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

STEM is Expanding in GCISD

STEM Academy will be expanding to the high school grades.

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.