The Mustang Minute

1-18-16

Principal's Message

I hope that everyone enjoys a relaxing three day weekend. Please remember that Monday, January 18 will be a school holiday. Over the next few days, take a moment to watch the following video to familiarize yourself with how your money is spent in GCISD. This video was in the latest edition of the GCISD LEADer and is a very quick overview with a lot of good information. Thank you for being such a wonderful and supportive commUNITY.

How Your Dollar Is Spent In GCISD.

Counselors' Corner

Beginning January 26th, counselors will start visiting students in the classroom to review the course request process. For the timeline of online arena scheduling please visit the district website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena

Counselors will be handing out updated Senior transcripts with recalculation of GPA on January 22nd in the cafeteria during all lunches. Juniors will receive their new transcripts during class visits for course selections January 26-29. Sophomores and Freshmen will receive their updated transcript with recalculation of cumulative GPA during February class visits.

Senior transcript requests will re-open the week of January 19th.


DUAL ENGLISH:

Dual English classes for enrolled Seniors begin again on Jan. 19th.

Evening meetings at middle schools covering graduation requirements for incoming 9th graders will be open to others interested in hearing about House Bill 5. This bill covers graduation requirements for the class of 2018 and beyond. CMS 1-19-16 @ 6:30-7:30, GMS 2-2-16 @ 6:30-7:30, and CTMS 2-4-16 @ 6:30-7:30.

Information About PSAT Scores


The PSAT scores are in. The campuses will then receive paper scores around January 29th. Student test books will be returned to students through their English classes after paper scores are received by the school.


In order for students to have access to their online scores, they will need to create an account with College Board. Students may already have an account if they have created one for previous tests through AP, PSAT/NMSQT, CLEP or BigFuture. If you need to create an account, please use this link: https://account.collegeboard.org/iamweb/smartRegister?appId=319&affiliateId=arupnssr&bannerId=cbacct&DURL=https%3A//collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores


Since the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT is different from the previous tests, the numerical scores on the two tests are not equivalent. The link below is to a preliminary concordance table to help show how pre-2015 and redesigned PSAT/NMSQT scores relate to one another. Final tables will be available in May, but this will help with planning for point boosters and other college readiness activities.

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/k12-educators/psat-nmsqt-concordaunce-tables


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzCSIilL3WQ&feature=youtu.be


Students will need to link their College Board account with a specific access code to their test score for the October PSAT. If you did not receive an email with an access code from College Board, you may contact the Associate Principal of Academics at steffany.batik@gcisd.net or your student's counselor.

Volunteer Opportunity:

High school students in need of volunteer hours, you have an opportunity to earn volunteer hours on Saturday the 23rd of January. Colleyville MS is hosting a TMSCA tournament and is need of proctors, runners, hall monitors and graders to assist with the tournament. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please contact Joe Morgan at joe.morgan@gcisd.net.

National Honor Society Application Deadline

NHS applications are due by noon on January 21st in room 114 or 112. NHS application forms can be found on the NHS page via the Activities tab on the GHS website. Students must have a 4.25 GPA to apply. Documented service hours performed at any non-profit organization that is not school-related can be use for NHS. Nonprofit groups you can consider are: GRACE, Grapevine Public Library, Baylor Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, National Charity League, Grapevine Historic Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, nursing homes, etc… Leadership hours that can be documented would include these examples: shift leader or trainer at their job, holding an office or chairing a committee in a club or at church, mosque or temple, serving as captain of a team and editor on the newspaper staff, etc.

Important Yearbook Deadline


Dear GHS Parents:

Online yearbook sales will close January 31st. If you have not ordered a book for your student, please ensure you do so this week as we must place our final book total order with Balfour shortly. Please visit www.smart-pay.com to purchase a book.

Unsure if you ordered a book? Please contact me (jillian.rooney@gcisd.net) to confirm before placing an order. Duplicate orders are far easier to resolve now, rather than when books arrive in May.

Additionally, there are 33 parents who purchased senior tributes, but have not yet purchased a book. Please be aware and proceed as needed.

Thank you for your continued support of the GHS Journalism Department and helping us celebrate our 100th edition of the Mustang Yearbook.

Jillian Rooney

817-251-5278

Seniors 2016

The deadline to turn in your service hours forms for the Ambassador Program for the 2015-2016 school year is March 31st. After Mrs. Uselton and Mrs. Alvarado assertain your level of either Community Service Ambassador or Community Scholar Ambassador, you will receive more information regarding the cords to purchase for graduation. Please contact Katherine Uselton, the 2016 Coordinator, at mtuselton1@tx.rr.com , or Kim Goad, Committee Chair, at ghsambassadors@gmail.com if you have questions.

Class of 2016:

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.


Senior parents should have responded to an email asking you to confirm your student's legal name for his/her diploma. If you have not, please contact the counseling office.


The Council of PTAs offers a number of scholarships to graduating seniors. New this year is that students can apply for all PTA scholarships through one common application from now until March 24th. For the application, please visit gcisdcouncilofptas.com.

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 traci.wilson@gcisd.net

CALENDAR

Monday, January 18

NO SCHOOL

Debate UIL Cross Exam

Girls Soccer JV1 @ Nolan Catholic


Tuesday, January 19 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

GO Center: US Marines

Girls Basketball JV @ E. Hills 6:00 pm

Girls Basketball Varsity @ E. Hills 7:30 pm

Girls Basketball 9th @ Central JrH 4:30 pm

Boys Basketball 9th Red v E. Hills 6:30 pm

Boys Basketball JV v E. Hills 5:00 pm

Boys Basketball Varsity v E. Hills 8:00 pm

Boys Soccer JV v Irving @ CTMS 5:30 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity v Irving @ CTMS 7:15 pm



Wednesday, January 20 (A Day)

Student Council meeting 8:00 am OR 4:00 pm in Lecture Hall

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in Rm 624

German Club 4-6:00 pm in Library

Wrestling Dual @ Byron Nelson


Thursday, January 21 (B Day)

National Honor Society applications due by noon

GO Center: TCC Registration 7th & 8th periods; US Air Force

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Girls Soccer JV1 v Keller @ HEB through Sat.

Girls Soccer Varsity @ Berkner Ice Bowl through Sat.

Dive 6-5A District Championship


Friday, January 22 (A Day)

Girls BBall JV/9th @ Dunbar 6:00 pm

Girls BBall Varsity @ Dunbar 7:30 pm

Boys BBall 9thRed v Dunbar 6:30 pm

Boys BBall Varsity v Dunbar 8:00 pm


Saturday, January 23

Winter Guard NTCA Contest at Lamar HS

Swim 6-5A Swim District Championship 2-4:00 pm

Wrestling A&M Invitational in Houston

Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA