January 31, 2016

Good Evening Pony Parents,

Isn't it hard to believe that January has flown by. When you look at our February calendar we do not have room for any bad weather so let's hope Mother Nature keeps the ice and snow away.

This past week our student visited the TECC Center at GHS, participated in the Area Spelling Bee, were successful on the basketball court, achieved excellent results at the MS Band Ensemble contest, experienced their second week of Cotillion, participated in a Math / Science meet, and had a SCI Girls Saturday at CR Smith Museum. All this plus preparing for choir UIL, melodrama tryouts, and thinking about high school preparation.

Not to mention we all expected them to keep up with their studies, turn in work on time, study for tests, and complete projects. Yes it is a lot of work being in middle school! Thank you parents for helping on your end to keep a healthy balance in your child's activities and school work. We could not do it without you!


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.

GMS February 2, 2016 6:30 - 7:30. Please attend this very important presentation by your high school counselors.


Our PTA Fundraiser Campaign, "Pony Up for PTA" begins tomorrow. A separate email has been sent providing you the form and instructions. The PTA has developed a campaign where you nor your child has to sell anything! All they are asking is that each family donate as they are able. Thank you in advance for supporting all their efforts to make GMS a great place to learm.


This is where parents will hear presentations on the districts STEM and Dual Language Programs on February 16 @ CTMS 5:30 - 7:30. Here parents will hear presentations on the district's options and plans for next year. If you are currently in these programs and would like additional information, this is night to attend!


From 4:00 - 5:00 on February 17th GMS counselors and administrators will share the requirements for course selection in 7th grade. Parents will leave with information to assist their students in developing next's years schedule.


From 5:30 - 6:30 From 4:00 - 5:00 on February 17th GMS counselors and administrators will share the requirements for course selection in 8th grade. Parents will leave with information to assist their students in developing next's years schedule. As a 7th grade parent interested in getting a head start on planning for high school, please plan to attend the Mustang Nation and Panther Evenings at the respective high schools. We will share the dates as we get more information.

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

Have a great week and @gmsYOUMatter!

Linda Young, Principal

FIRST Committee Update

Below you will see information on our district FIRST committee. This facility planning team comprised of parents, community constituents, and campus and district staff has been brought together to consider the district’s financial position and strategic plan as it relates to programs for students, facilities, infrastructure, technology, security, etc. I am a part of this committee, which has been meeting twice monthly since July 28th.

We are into our final meetings and will soon be speaking with our local Board on our findings and what we suggest as we move forward with a possible Bond proposal. Please keep up with these discussions on the district website or call me and I will explain any questions you might have. This is a critical time for our district in planning and it's imperative that all citizens in our district have correct information.

We live in a premier district but that is because our community supports efforts to keep our facilities updated. This comes with a price as we give 25-26 million dollars each year back to the state of Texas in Robin Hood funds. That's 25 million dollars that we do not get to use on our own children; therefore, other means must be found to educate GCISD students. The FIRST Committee is committed to keeping GCISD in the forefront of education preparing our students for jobs which do not yet exist. Again I am passionate about our work and would love to answer your questions.


Ponies in Action


Congratulations to Pranav Veerza for being the runner up in our Area Spelling Bee. The competition went into seventeen rounds and Pranav represented GMS down to the final second. We are so proud of you, Pranav!


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!


This year the PTA will be selling carnations to be delivered to students for Valentine’s Day. They have done this for the past several years, and the students seem to enjoy it. The carnations will be ordered by the students at lunch, and then delivered to their friend(s) during lunch on February 12. Last year, it was made available for parents to order carnations as well. You can come up during lunch on the dates listed below, or return the bottom half of this form with money in an envelope to the office.

The envelope needs to be marked with my name “Kandy Beese” or “carnation sales”. Each carnation is $1.00 and they come in a variety of colors. You do not get to pick your color.

Lunch Dates for Sales:

Thursday, February 4

Friday, February 5,

Monday, February 8

All money and forms must be turned into the office by Monday, February 8th at 3:25 pm.

If you have any questions, please email

Carnation Sales

Students Full Name: ________________________________________

Grade: ___________________________________________________

Lunch time (if known): _______________________________________

Number of carnations: ___________ Amount enclosed: ____________

From_____________________________Phone Number _______________________

Please place money and form in envelope and drop in office. Mark envelope with “Kandy Beese” or “carnation sales”. Checks can be made out to GMS PTA.

District Information


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


Please view the latest from our trustee Becky St. John.


Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize 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.


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.


Students may not start 7th Grade until proof of these immunizations are received: tDap / Meningococcal/ Varicella. GMS Nurse Jansen is now accepting Immunization Records.


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.


In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, our number one priority is student safety. The entire counseling department has worked to foster and develop a climate where students feel comfortable speaking to a campus counselor not only about future college and career plans, but also to address issues or situations that are not representative of the positive culture we are striving to create. We understand that while many students take advantage of our services, not everyone feels comfortable coming forward and reporting an incident to a counselor for a multitude of reasons.

In an effort to provide students with an additional outlet to report behavior that detracts from our positive culture, GCISD has partnered with Speak Up! for the first partnership of its kind in the United States. Speak Up! is an app that students download on their smartphone, from which they may anonymously report bullying, theft, suspected drug use, etc. The report is then sent to a counselor so that they may investigate the claim and take appropriate action. The app is of no cost to students and will be available for all students in grades sixth through twelfth.

We wanted to make you aware of the new app before your student is sent registration information. On Friday, February 5, your student will receive an email from Speak Up! that gives step-by-step instructions on how they can register and download the app on their smartphone. From there, they may begin to use the app to report suspicious behavior and help promote good citizenship by assisting counselors and campus administrators in maintaining a positive learning environment for all students.

If you have any questions about the Speak Up! app, please feel free to contact myself or your campus counselor.

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

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

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Next Weeks Events

Monday February 1

Boys Basketball @ GMS 7th & 8th 5:00

Tuesday February 2

Play It Safe 7th Grade

8th Grade to 9th Grade Academic Night

6:30 - 7:30 Cafeteria

Wednesday February 3

Tennis Tryouts 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Musical Auditions 4:00 - 8:00 Cafeteria

Thursday February 4

Scoliosis screening 8th Grade Girls Locker Room

Tennis Tryouts 3:45 0 5:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball GMS @ Coppell W 7th & 8th 5:00

Musical Auditions 4:00 - 8:00 cafeteria

Friday February 5

GMS History Day Mr. Hannon's Class

Pep Rally in gym 2:30

Boys Choir after school practice 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cotillion 7:00 - 9:00 cafeteria

Saturday February 6

Math / Science District Meet @ GMS 7:00 - 4:00

Musical Auditions and Call Backs 10 - 4 in Drama Room

Pony Pride participates in Spring Fling @ CHHS

Monday February 8

PTA Carnation Sales begins

PTA Executive Board Meeting 8:15 Lecture Hall

Girls Basketball @ CMS 7th & 8th 5:00

Tuesday February 9

Symphonic and Honors Band Clinic 9:00 - 10:30 Band Hall

Mr. Streeter and Mr. Denning speak @gms You Matter assembly

Boys Basketball @ Coppell W 7th & 8th 5:00

Cheer Parent Try Out Meeting 6:30 Cafeteria

Choir Booster Parent Meeting 5:00 - 7:00 Lecture Hall

Wednesday February 10

High School Counselors visit 8th Grade Course Advisement

Thursday February 11

One Act Play Performance for Families 6:00 in cafeteria

Future Events:

February 15 Student Holiday

February 16 & 17 8th grade students Field Trip to Dallas Museums

February 16 District Programs Expo

February 17

Course Selection Information Night 6th grade 4:00 - 5:00

7th Grade 5:30 - 6:30