Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

March 10, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

Hello spring break! This week we gave our staff and students an extended lunch day on Tuesday to help get them into the spring spirit. Our campus enjoyed the 70 degree weather and sunshine giving us a chance to take a mental break and take in the fresh air and company of our fellow Colts. The week ended with an ever so exciting faculty-student basketball game pictured below! Our staff and students have done an amazing job getting ready to close up the 9 week grading period, which concludes at the end of the week when we return. I do hope that each of you get to take some time to enjoy your family over the break. Have a great week!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Purple Day

Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26th annually, people in countries around the world are invited to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. Last year, people in dozens of countries on all continents participated in Purple Day!

We will be celebrating here at CMS on March 24th by wearing purple in support of student's with Epilepsy or affected by the disorder.

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GHS & CHHS High School Physicals for Athletics

CHHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 20, 2017

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made to CHHS AT BC)

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers to reserve time slot

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers with questions:


GHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 13

3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made out to GHS)

Purchase ticket from Coach Atanga or Coach Carlson starting

Monday, March 20

Call with questions or to reserve a time:


or email

Visit to download required UIL Preparticipation Medical History and Physical Form

UIL Academic Volunteers Needed

The UIL Academics is an annual event where many of our middle school students compete and earn medals in several academic categories against 10+ other schools. Parent volunteer participation is always a big part of the events success, with parent volunteers helping run and judge the events. The signup for volunteering is located here.

This year the event is being held on Friday/Saturday, March 24/25, 2017 at Coppell Middle School North, 120 Natches Trace, Coppell, TX 75019.

If you are able to volunteer, you will need to complete the volunteer background check and information if you have not already done so this school year. Volunteer background sign up information can be found here.

If you have questions or need any additional information please contact Amy Norris at or 817-305-2242.

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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!

Dry Erase Marker and Ear Bud Drive

FOR Club is sponsoring a dry erase marker and ear bud drive to help gather school supplies for CONNECT. These items will be used for the Back to School Fair in August. There will be a box located outside the library beginning March 1st-April 28th to collect the items. This is a great way to help students in need in our community. If you have questions please contact Leslie Walden or Krystal McCure in the counseling office.

Current GCISD 8th Graders and Parents

Collegiate Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year! If you are interested, go to our website, and click on the blue button to fill out an application online or pick up a paper application from your middle school counselor. If you would like more information please email Bobbe Knutz at bobbe.knutz@gcisd.netor call Collegiate Academy at 817 515-6775.

Counselors Corner

Week of March 20 – March 24, 2017

6th and 7th Grade Students/Parents

Students will receive a course verification sheet home later this month to verify the courses that they have selected to take next year. This is not a schedule. This is only a list of courses where you can make changes on there if needed and send it back in if you need to make changes.

8th graders

Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7 *dates recently updated

Online Arena Scheduling:

Arena Scheduling is a registration system through Skyward that allows students to create their own schedules similar to the scheduling systems used in college. Arena allows students greater control to build their schedules, and students will know their unofficial schedules by the end of the current school year so they can start their classes on the first day of school in the fall. Below is the timeline for the process.

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page.

Please contact the counseling department if you have any questions.

Krystal McCure – Counselor A-K – 817-305-4916

Leslie Walden – Counselor L-Z – 817-305-4917

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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GCISD announces change to transfer process

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.

Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

Click on Newsletter for the nurses tips.

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is the perfect place for parents to make contributions and recommendations on health initiatives that influence your child. Find out how you can join SHAC.


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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 20

CMS Cheerleading Meeting - 6:30 pm - Library

Tennis (click here for schedule details)

CMS vs HMS at CHHS - 5:00 pm

Tuesday , March 21

CMS Cheerleading Uniform Fittings - 3:30 pm - Library

Talent Show Tryouts - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 22

Talent Show Tryouts - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Cafeteria

Thursday - March 23

Track - (click here for schedule details)

4:00 - 6:00 pm - Cross Timbers Middle School

Friday, March 24

UIL Academics Meet - 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Coppell Middle School West

CMS Band Pre-UIL - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Grapevine High School

Saturday, March 25

UIL Academics Meet - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm - Coppell Middle School West

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

Human Resources

Join the GCISD Team!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aides – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at:

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