Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

February 24, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend our CMS Showcase/Open House this past Tuesday! We had a great turn out that evening and were able to showcase a lot of things going on at CMS.

This week our staff honored Jennifer Foster as Paraprofessional of the Year and Leslie Spaeny as our Teacher of the Year! These two individuals go above and beyond for our students at CMS and are a great representation of the wonderful staff that we have. I hope you will help us in congratulating them for all of their hard work and continued efforts! Have a great weekend!


David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal

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Fitness Gram Assessment

Off campus students and 8th graders not participating in athletics will be doing the Fitness Gram Assessment on February 27- March 1. Students will need to wear athletic shoes and comfortable clothes (no dresses or skirts).

Is your student Interested in competing in Robotics?

FIRST LEGO League information and applications for the 2017 season will be available February 27 on the student grade-level Google Classroom pages. Students can print off and turn in the completed application to Mr. Miller in room 135. Applications are due March 3.


If you are available, join us for a coffee chat in the CMS Library on Friday morning, March 3 (8:15-9:30 a.m.). Our counselors plan to participate, so it's a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from others. You are welcome to invite other parents you think would be interested. Please bring your own beverage.

Pasta for Pennies Drive

NJHS is hosting the annual Pasta for Pennies Drive benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year CMS raised over $4,000 for this cause. Teachers will collect donations from their 5th period classes. At the end of the drive on Thursday, March 2nd, we will count up the donations to determine which class raised the most money and will have the opportunity to enjoy a catered lunch from Olive Garden. We will announce the amount of money raised and the winner of the drive at our annual Teacher vs. Student Basketball game on Friday, March 10th.
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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video!

Counselors Corner

Week of February 27 – March 3, 2017

6th and 7th Graders

Parents of 6th graders look for a green course sheet on Tuesday, February 28 for course selection for 7th grade. Students will need to use their unique log in to enter in the courses into Skyward. Green course sheets are due back to their PE teacher by Wednesday, March 8 and courses need to be entered into Skyward by then.

Parents of 7th graders look for a blue course sheet on Wednesday, March 1 for course selection for 8th grade. Students will need to use their unique log in to enter in the course into Skyward. Blue course sheets are due back to their history teacher by Wednesday, March 8 and courses need to be entered into Skyward by then.

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.


Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is accepting referrals February 22 - March 8 for current secondary students who may be eligible for Gifted/Talented Services for the upcoming school year. This program is designed for students who exhibit intellectual giftedness at an extraordinary level. Services are provided only upon identification of educational needs of the student. Anyone wishing to refer a student attending Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in sixth through eleventh grade this school year may secure a referral form from campus-counseling department. A copy of this form is also located on the District’s Advanced Academics webpage.

Progress Reports

Progress Report Cards have been posted in Skyward Family Access.

To View Progress Report:

1) Visit GCISD’s webpage and click “Skywards Family Access” in the upper right hand corner.

2) Click the Log IN Here box in the middle of the page

3) Log in using your Skyward Family Access ID and password

4) Click Progress Reports/Report Cards on the menu on the left

5) Choose 2016-2017 Progress Report 6 Report Card


March 10 – 6th Grade – Survivors of Abuse


February 27 – Parent Night at CHHS

February 28 – CMS Counselors meet with 6th graders for 7th grade course selection

March 1 – CMS Counselors meet with 7th graders for 8th grade course selection


Please take a moment to review the math and science trajectory attachment as we are moving to course selection second semester. This information will be discussed with students during course selection. If you have questions, please contact the counseling department. Here is a link to the district website as well.

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.

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

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

Shari Vanderwork – Registrar – 817-305-4955

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.

Play it Safe Parent Letter

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, February 27

Fitness Gram Assessment - Off campus students and 8th graders not in athletics

Tennis - (click here for schedule details)

CMS vs Carroll at Carrol Senior High School - 5:00 - 7:00pm

Tuesday , February 28

Fitness Gram Assessment - Off campus students and 8th graders not in athletics

Wednesday, March 1

Fitness Gram Assessment - Off campus students and 8th graders not in athletics

Thursday - March 2

Track - (click here for schedule details)

CTMS - 4:00 - 6:00pm

Friday, March 3

Pep Rally - CMS North Gym - 2:45pm

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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