NEWS FROM THE CORRAL

January 15, 2016

Good Evening Pony Parents,

It is truly amazing that January is at the mid-point. We have had a busy week in Pony Land and all are looking forward to a three day weekend. Classes will resume on Tuesday.


This week we recognized Student Choice Awards to the following staff:

6th Grade Jason Williams - Head Band Director

7th Grade James Mele - Touch Systems and Boys Coach

8th Grade Bob Lashbrook - Biology anf PAP Science

These three staff members work tirelessly to ensure our students have the BEST each day. Thank you students for recognizing the hard work of your teachers.


The monthly calendars are filling up with important dates so please stay tuned to future events. In particular make note of the dates counselors will visit with 8th grade students concerning next years course selection. We are already planning for 2016-2017 and want all students to be informed of the many choices offered.


Upcoming 6th Grade Information Session for current 5th Graders

February 23 5:30 - 6:30 GMS Cafeteria

STEM information available at the District EXPO


As always we welcome your questions and concerns and look forward to visiting with you at GMS events.


Have a great weekend and @gmsYOUMatter!

Linda Young, Principal

Ponies in Action

RISING FRESHMEN

GHS and CHHS school counselors will present information on general 9th grade requirements and school life as well as talk about how the new graduation requirements (House Bill 5/HB5) impact class selection and the future.

When: February 2nd

Where: GMS Cafeteria

Time: 6:30PM-7:30PM


PALS Begin Dove Mentorship

GMS PALS has reignited their relationship with Dove Elementary and enjoyed their first opportunity to meet their mentee. Thank you Mrs. Aschenbrenner for working with our students and supporting this relationship.


Dual Language Performs at Grapevine Rotary

Grapevine Rotary has partnered with many years and we always enjoy sharing the exciting learning taking place on our campus. This week our Dual Language presented the play, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", completely in Spanish. It was a crowd pleaser and the students did an excellent job representing our program. Thanks to Ms. Haley Wise, Dual Language teacher, for keeping the passion going with this exceptional opportunity for GMS students.


7th Grade Girls Basketball SWEEPS CTMS Wolves

Thursday was a fantastic evening for our 7th grade girls basketball by winning all three games against tough CTMS teams. Congratulations to our coaches and players for continuing to get better every week. This is a great way to head into the tournament this weekend at HMS. Go Ponies!


CHHS JV Panteras Perform at GMS

CHHS Panteras and Flag Team performed for our students to demonstrate some of the choices available in high school. Be sure and see the picture below of former GMS students posing with some of their former teachers. They did an outstanding job representing our high schools and sharing their talents. Thank you to their directors for helping us keep students involved at the next level!


Outstanding Student Breakfast

Friday morning the library was filled with students and parents for our Outstanding Student Breakfast for the second grading period. Thank you students and parents for focusing on grades, behavior, and character. You Matter at GMS.


PTA UPDATES

Please remember to continue to turn in your Box Tops for Education to the GMS office. This is a great way for our PTA to earn money on items we need and use everyday in our homes. Just places the box tops in an envelope and Mrs. Bice or Mrs. Serrano will take them!


FUTURE PTA FUNDRAISER

Stay tuned for announcements on an upcoming PTA fundraiser. The great news is you don't have to sell or buy anything! You can't beat a deal like that.

District Information

Excellence in Education Video

Please follow the link below and hear from our superintendent, Dr. Robin Ryan, on the various ways GCISD funds your child's education.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZK8EMQ3kZM


FIRST COMMITTEE

Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study andprioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment forGCISD students. This facility planning team comprised of parents, community constituents, and campus and district staff will be brought together to consider the district’s financial position and strategic plan as it relates to programs for students, facilities, infrastructure, technology, security, etc. The membership structure of the FIRST is available under the tab marked TEAM.

GCISD has not called a bond election but is researching the possibility of a May 2016 referendum through this process. http://www.gcisdfirst.net/


LETS TALK

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is excited to offer Let's Talk!, a new way to engage the district in conversation for parents, staff and the community. In an effort to continually improve the district's communication with stakeholders, Let's Talk! streamlines the process for parents, staff and community members to submit a question, comment, suggestion, concern or compliment.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/talk


SPECIAL PROGRAMS EXPO February 16

From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy and Dual Language programs. New to the Expo this year, families may also learn about the proposed tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten program, iUniversity Prep and Collegiate Academy. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of these programs will be delivered in the lecture hall and Student Activity Center (SAC).

The applications for dual language, STEM academies and tuition-based pre-kindergarten will be available online beginning Friday, Feb. 17 and are due by Friday, March 25. If more applications are submitted than the maximum number of students each campus may accept, then a lottery will be conducted on Friday, April 1, and streamed live on the district’s website. More information will be available on the website after the Expo.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1


Texas Academic Performance Report

Below is the link to our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. This report is a culmination of our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Campus report cards were attached to your student report card sent home last Thursday. Please call should you have questions on our performance report.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/42024


The 2016-2017 GCISD Student Staff Calendar is available for viewing at:

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/70/2016-2017%20Calendar%2012-14-15.pdf

Should further updates come from state decisions our Board will continue to provide parent this information.

Next Weeks Events

Saturday Robotics First Lego League Second Round Qualifier

Pony Pride Clinic 12:30 - 6:00 GMS Cafeteria

Girls BB Tournament @ HMS


Monday January No School


Tuesday Exito Hispano 6:30 in Lecture Hall

Boys Basketball @ GMS 7th & 8th


Wednesday High School Counselors from GHS and CHHS with 8th graders


Thursday GMS Spelling Bee 8:00 am in cafeteria

Girls Basketball @ Coppell N 7th & 8th 5:00


Friday 6th Grade Cotillion 6:00 - 9:00 in cafeteria

Boys Basketball Tournament 7th A Team @ Hurst JH

8th A Team @ Harwood JH


Saturday Boys Basketball Tournament Continues

Math / Science Team to CMS


Future Events:

January 26 7th Grade Field Trip to Career & Tech Center @ GHS

January 29 Progress Reports Available

MS Band Ensemble @ CTMS

January 30 Sci Girls STEM to Smith Museum

Math / Science Team to Forte Jr High in Azle 6:30 - 2:00


February 2 Play It Safe 7th Grade presentation

HS Night for current 8th graders


February 3 Musical Auditions


February 4 Scoliosis screening


February 8 PTA Carnation Sales


February 16 District Expo