The Mustang Minute


Principal's Message

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey:

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Grapevine High School and GCISD.

David Denning


Rachel's Challenge:

If you are interested in signing up to volunteer at the Rachel's Challenge Rally please use the following link:

Senior Students:

Registered to vote? If you're 18 years or older you are eligible to vote, but you must register. To register go to for more information. This is an extremely important aspect to complete as you turn 18 years old.

GHS Celebrations:


GHS girls placed 1st at the district meet and will advance to regionals.

Demetra Pursley placed 1st all-around, 1st on vault, 1st on floor, 1st on beam, and 2nd on bars

Erin Engelhardt placed 4th all-around, 4th on vault, 6th on bars, 4th on beam, and 4th on floor

Emily Stoller placed 6th all-around, 9th on vault, and 9th on bars

Mackenzie Megellas placed 5th on beam and 5th on floor

Maxwell Ortega placed 10th all-around and will be advancing to regionals as an individual.

Regionals are April 12-13 at Trinity High School.


Sixteen players advance to Regionals on April 18th and 19th in Lubbock. Best of luck, Mustangs!


Congratulations to the girls and boys golf teams on winning the District 6-5A Championships.

Lauren Chasczewski- 2016 Girls District Champion

Anna Takahashi- District Runner up

Baylee Oehlert- 3rd place

Will Hocker- 2016 Boys District Champion

Nic Bowles- District Runner up

2016 Girls All District Team:

Lauren Chasczewski

Anna Takahashi

Baylee Oehlert

Elly Baze

Kelsie Siporin

Karli Livingston

Alexia Saenz

Amanda Berry

2016 Boys All District Team:

Will Hocker

Nic Bowles

Austin Kelley

Mitchell Vetter

Matthew Bibby

GHS Winterguard:
Congratulations on their 6th place finish in their division at the NTCA and their 1st division rating (highest awarded). They also competed MA Nationals Championship yesterday and came in 3rd place.

GHS One Act Play:

CONGRATULATIONS to the cast, crew, and alternates of DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

We have advanced to Regionals in Lubbock.

Individual Awards are as follows:

Best Technician: Michael Hidinger

Honorable Mention Cast: Luke Wodrich and Matthew Lavery

All Star Cast: James Myers

Best Actor: Drake Leach

GHS Academic UIL: District Championship:

Students Who Qualified for Region:

Stephen Lambert (First Place Accounting)

Aaron Freedenfeld (Third Place Accounting)

Tine Valencic (First Place Calc. Apps, First Place Mathematics, First Place Number

Sense, First Place Science, First Place Physics

Kaab Ashqeen (Third Place Calc. Apps, Second Place Mathematics, Second Place

Number Sense, Second Place Science,

Luka Valencic (First Place Current Issues,

Miha Valencic (Third Place Number Sense, First Place Biology,

Hayden Juroska (Second Place Comp Apps)

Grant Kluber (First Place Computer Science)

Justin Farbisz (Third Place Computer Science)

Julianna Arca (First Place Editorial, Third Place Headline, First Place News)

Morgan Scott (Second Place Editorial, Second Place Feature, Second Place News)

Lindy Smith (Third Place Editorial)

Zoe Gehler (Second Place Headline)

Gabi Valverde (Third Place News)

Namita Saraf (First Place Informative)

Tiffany Sims (Second Place Informative)

Rachel Forslund (Third Place Informative)

Pierce Teeuwen (First Place LD)

Hannen Khan (Second Place LD)

Daniel Connors (Third Place LD)

Drew Dehaven (First Place Persuasive)

Sanika Bhave (Second Place Persuasive)

Meghan Williams (Third Place Persuasive)

Erica Lendl (Second Place Poetry)

Sarah Crawford (Third Place Poetry)

Drake Leach (First Place Prose)

Sloan Teeuwen (Second Place Prose)

Jacob De Jacimo (Third Place Prose)

Nick Pereda (Second Place Ready Writing)

Vivek Tanna (First Place Chemistry, Third Place Science

McKie Gribbons (Second Place Social Studies)

Catherine Lu (Computer Science Team)

Landon Hoffman-Molovich (Computer Science Team)

Gavin Rubin (Science Team)

NHS Information: Seniors

National Honor Society senior members must turn in their documented service hours in room 114 no later than noon on Monday, April 25. Seniors who cannot not attend Nash Farm on April 16 must contact Ms.Turpin in 114 about making up the required project. All requirements must be fulfilled in order for graduating seniors to receive a NHS stole.

GCISD Bond Election

On February 18, GCISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Early voting is April 25 - May 3. GCISD residents age 18 and up can register to vote through April 7. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at

Counselors' Corner

ONLINE ARENA SCHEDULING: Scheduling windows are as follows:

· Current Juniors: Closed

· Current Sophomores: Closed

· Current Freshmen (opens 7:30 a.m.) 4/18 – 4/20 (closes at midnight)

· 8th Grade (opens 7:30 a.m.) 4/25 – 4/27 (closes at midnight)

Counselors are available to students during these windows in the Lecture Hall from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and during all lunches. For middle school campuses, counselors will go to their campus on the first day of their scheduling window at 7:00 a.m. Counselors will return voicemails and emails as quickly as possible during this busy season. If students have a scheduling conflict during their scheduling time they will need to fill out the conflict form (Arena Schedule Information Report) on the counseling webpage. Conflicts should only be reported on this form rather than through email or calls.

Things to remember: Students can currently view the course master in their Student Skyward under the ARENA SCHEDULING tab according to their requests and alternates. They can make mock schedules to be prepared once their window opens. Students will need to use their STUDENT SKYWARD LOGIN to build their schedule. Resources, reminders, tips, and the conflict form (Arena Schedule Information Report) are located here:

UPDATE: Quartile cutoffs will be published for Seniors and Juniors. This information can be found on the counseling webpage along with the top 10% G.P.A. cutoffs.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Seniors don’t forget to access our district scholarship page for available scholarship applications. Grapevine-Colleyville Education Foundation scholarship deadlines are due May 1st! Many other scholarship deadlines are coming up soon too. Apply, apply, apply!

SUMMER SCHOOL: Information is available on the GCISD website under summer programs. Students can access the course catalog and counselor form on the site.

2016-2017 DUAL STUDENTS: TSI testing must be completed by Friday, April 15th. If you are TSI exempt, you must send your official SAT or ACT scores directly from your College Board or ACT account to the TCC Northeast Campus by April 15th. No other submission method will be accepted by TCC.

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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 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, Assistant Principal at

Updates for Class of 2016:

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

*National Honor Society senior members must turn in their documented service hours in room 114 no later than noon on Monday, April 25. Seniors who cannot not attend Nash Farm on April 16 must contact Ms.Turpin about making up the required project. All requirements must be fulfilled in order for graduating seniors to receive a NHS stole.

*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 May 11th.

Other important dates:

*Prom is May 7th at the Worthington Hotel in Ft Worth. Tickets are on sale now.

*Baccalaureate is Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm in the GHS Auditorium.

*Senior Awards Ceremony is 6:00 pm Thursday, May 26th in Gym 1

*Mandatory graduation practice is Wednesday, May 25th at 8:45 am in Gym 1.

*Senior Cookout is May 25th after graduation practice at McPherson Park.

*Senior Final Exams are on May 26th, 31st and June 1st.

*Top 20 Banquet is on May 31st 6:30 pm at Towne Place Suites DFW North.

*Graduation is June 2nd at 3:30 pm at UTA College Park Center.

*Project Graduation is June 2nd at Main Event, Grapevine at 11:00 pm

AP Parent/Student Questionnaire

Please help The Advance Academic Booster Club prepare for their Academic Awards Banquet on Wednesday May 18 by filling out this questionnaire with your student.

It will help determine teacher and student awards so VOTE for your favorite AP teachers! ...and let us know what students have inspired you.

Kindly respond by Wednesday, April 20th.

Prom is May 7th at The Worthington Hotel

Tickets are now on sale! Please see Mrs. Gunn before or after school or during lunches to purchase tickets. The cost is $85 per person through April 15th. Ticket price will be $90 from April 18th-29th. If your date does not attend GHS, you will need to obtain a date form from Mrs. Gunn.

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.

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

Volunteer Opportunity:

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Volunteer Opportunity

"Art in the Square" in Southlake is looking for volunteers to work the Kid's Corner to help with face painting and supervising the craft areas; The Zone to help with inflatables and the rock wall; Artist Tent to deliver refreshments to participating artists and to help with set up of the festival. Art in the Square takes place April 22, 23 and 24. Community hours will be awarded to volunteers. Sign up at and click on the volunteer tab.


Monday, April 11 (B Day)

Extended Day 7-8:00 am

Leadership Applications due

Boys Golf Regional @ Lubbock (through Tues.)

Track: District @ Lake Dallas (through Tues.)

Baseball JV Blue v Timber Creek 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12 (A Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm Library

Girls Gymnastics Regionals

Choir: Varsity Men's UIL Contest 8:20 am Newman Smith HS

Choir: Varsity Treble UIL Contest 10:50 am Newman Smith HS

Choir: Varsity Mixed UIL Contest 3:50 pm Newman Smith HS

Softball JV v Carter Riverside 6:00 pm

Softball Varsity v Carter Riverside 7:30 pm

Baseball Varsity @ Dunbar 7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 13 (B Day)

Girls Golf Regionals @ Lubbock

Boys Gymnastics Regionals

Balfour delivering Graduation Announcements during lunches

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm Library

Thursday, April 14 (A Day)

Girl's Soccer State Semi-final game vs. College Station @ Georgetown 9:30am

Choir to Disney World (through Sun.)

Debate @ NSDA Congress (through Sat.)

Dallas Summer Musical High School Awards

Student Body Officer elections

Extended Day 4:00 pm Lecture Hall

Friday, April 15 (B Day)

Student Body Officer elections

Water Polo Regional Championships

Oral Interp NSDA Qualifier

Baseball 9th v Birdville 5:00 pm

Baseball JV @ Birdville 5:00 pm

Softball JV v Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Softball Varsity v Polytechnic 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 16

Rachel's Challenge Rally

Softball @ Richland 11:00 am

Baseball JV Blue v Keller 1:00 pm

Baseball Varsity @ Frisco Liberty 1:00 pm

Baseball 9th @ CHHS 2:00 pm

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Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA