The Mustang Minute

10-19-15

Principal's Message

The weather has finally changed and it is beginning to feel like fall. With fall comes the feel of football games and band competitions. This weekend a very special thing happened, our football team loaded a bus to go and watch our talented band compete in a UIL Band Competition at Standridge Stadium. This idea was planted a few weeks ago in talking to a couple of our amazing band parents at a Friday night football game. They posed the comment, "How awesome would it be if our football team came to support the band, just like the band supports the team every Friday night". After talking with Mrs. Gill and Coach Jackson, both who loved the idea, we got the ball rolling. I can't be more proud of our students, coaches, directors and parents here at Grapevine High School. This is just another example of GHS UNITY!


Please enjoy the video from WFAA:

http://goo.gl/DuucMe

Counselors' Corner

Counselors have started visits to freshmen English classes. Counselors will be ensuring our freshmen know how to access important information such as how to view grades in Skyward and plan for high school and college in Career Cruising. Ask your freshman about Career Cruising http://public.careercruising.com/en/. Here is a link to the freshmen class presentation https://www.emaze.com/@AIIQTQFI/freshmen-presentation.


Starting the week of October 19, our Student Advocate and counselors will be going into science classes to share important information about the state mandated suicide prevention program. To proactively address these issues, GCISD offers depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program.


Don’t miss GCISD’s annual College & Career Night! It will be held Tuesday, October 27th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Colleyville Heritage High School. All students are encouraged to come browse the more than 100 universities, speak directly with university admissions representatives, and have the opportunity to ask your questions in a casual, one-on-one environment. We hope to see you and your student there.

Please go to http://www.gotocollegefairs.com/ to preregister.


Looking for places for great test prep for SAT and/or ACT? Check out MacinVia and Khan Academy. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/365/Free%20Test%20Prep%20MackinVia.pdf

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/365/SAT%20free%20practice.pdf

PSAT/SAT Information

In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, we strive to prepare students for their post graduation plans. To help students with their college planning, we want to make you aware of some upcoming changes to the SAT and PSAT college readiness exam.

This spring, the College Board announced it would be redesigning the SAT beginning in the 2015-2016 school year and our counseling department began planning for these changes and informing teachers and administrators of what to expect so that every child is well equipped for the redesigned exams. Some of the redesigned changes include:


  • No penalties for guessing. On previous SAT exams, students would receive points for correct answers but would be penalized for wrong answers. This made students hesitant to guess on questions on which they were not certain for fear of losing points.
  • The number of answer choices for multiple-choice questions has been reduced from five to four.
  • There will be two math sections and a calculator may only be used for one of the sections.
  • Finally, the SAT essay will be optional (for an additional charge) and those writing the essay will be asked to be analytical, rather than persuasive.


Starting in March 2016, students can take the redesigned SAT; however, the changes will go into effect for the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) this fall. In order to better prepare students for the PSAT/SAT, the College Board has formed a partnership with Khan Academy to offer free, online, official practice exams. For more information, please visit Khan Academy SAT.


If you have any questions about the redesigned PSAT/SAT, visit the district’s college entrance and readiness exams website or contact your student’s counselor.

National Honor Society Information

Juniors need to start getting documented service hours if they plan to join National Honor Society in the spring of their junior year. Your son or daughter can donate their time to any non-profit organization that is not school-related. 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… They should also begin trying to gain leadership hours that can be documented. Leadership 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. NHS applications are due by noon on January 21st in room 114 or 112. Two seminars will be held about “How to Fill out the NHS Application” on January 7th at 4:00 pm in room 114 and on January 8th at 8:00 am in room 114. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend one of these seminars. 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.

Goblin Day

Goblin Day is scheduled for October 29th. This is a long standing tradition at GHS where students can wear costumes, and clubs and organizations set up booths and sell items. It occurs at the beginning of the school day in conjunction with the pep rally. We ask that student costumes be in dress code with the exception of hats, hair color and make up. Masks and look alike weapons are prohibited. Students will report to their first period class where we will conduct a dress code check. Once the dress code check is complete, students will be released to the gym for the pep rally.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Students, please use the following link to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

For more information, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

Yearbook Sales

Online yearbook sales are now open! Please visit www.smart-pay.com and follow the instructions to purchase your 2016 Mustang Yearbook. The cost is $75, payable by credit card, debit card or check.

GHS Mustang Baseball: Booster Club 2015 Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Please show your support for our Mustang Baseball program by participating in the annual 10th Man Fall Golf Tournament at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club on November 4th, 2015. Please use the following link for more information on registration.


http://www.ghsmustangbaseball.org/golf_tournament.aspx

Choir Fundraiser:

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GHS Speech and Debate Earns National Recognition

The National Speech and Debate Association has named its top 100 schools in the nation for the 2014-15 academic year. Grapevine High School ranked 96 out of more than 3200 schools nationwide. "These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievements in speech and debate activities," stated Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "We are please to honor them for their hard work and dedication, and wish them continued success in the coming season."

AP Parent Breakfast

Dear AP Parents,


Please mark your calendars for this event that you won't want to miss.


AP Teacher/Parent Breakfast

Wednesday, October 21st

7:30-8:30 AM

GHS Library.


This is your chance to spend time with our AP teachers and hear what they feel is important that we parents know to help our students. You will also hear what topics are on the minds of other AP parents. Last year's event was incredibly informative. It went 2 hours and it still didn't seem like enough time with our teachers.


If you would like to help us by signing up to bring a breakfast item, here is how:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F044AAEAA2CA13-parentteacher

Note: If you are bringing food, please arrive between 7:15 and 7:30am.


Hope to see you there!

GHS Theater Presents:

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Seniors: A message from the GO Center

You are encouraged to submit your completed college applications, as deadlines are fast approaching. SAT/ACT scores are not required for initiating the application process. You can submit your test scores once you receive the results. If you have any questions or need help with applications or financial assistance, please stop by the GO Center. They are glad to help you!

It's Reflection time!

The theme this year is “Let Your Imagination Fly”. Entry forms are available in the GHS front office. Student can also go to the www.txpta.org to access forms and general participation rules. The deadline for entries will be Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

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Grapevine Parade of Lights

The Grapevine Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, December 3rd. Please use the following link if you would like to register a group for the parade.

http://business.grapevinechamber.org/Events/details/grapevine-parade-of-lights-171308

FIRST Committee

GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD 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.

This website has been created to inform our community. Frequently asked questions will be updated throughout the process. This site also is a place for community members to submit questions and share thoughts through use of the Let’s Talk button.


GCISD FIRST will keep the district’s mission and goals at the forefront of their discussions, working collectively, Building Excellent Schools Together.

CALENDAR

Monday, October 19 (A Day)

Extended Day 7-8:00 am

GO Center: University of Texas at Arlington and US Army

Cross Country District 6-5A Championship


Tuesday, October 20 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

GO Center: Stephen F. Austin University and TCC

Tennis District Semi-Finals at GHS 4:00 pm

Swim/Dive @ Keller 5:30 pm

JV & 9th Volleyball @ Lake Dallas 5:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball @ Lake Dallas 6:30 pm

Costa Rica trip parent information meeting 6:30 pm Lecture Hall


Wednesday, October 21 (A Day)

Wear Orange for National Unity Day

Student Council meeting 8:00 am or 4:00 pm

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Fr & JV Football Blue @ Lake Dallas 5:00 pm

Fr Football Red v YMLA 5:00 pm

JV Football Red v Carter Riverside 7:00 pm


Thursday, October 22 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Varsity Football @ Carter Riverside 7:00 pm


Friday, October 23 (A Day)

Debate @ Plano West

Golf Girls @ Lubbock

Golf Boys @ Grand Prairie

Tennis Area Finals TBD

9th & JV Volleyball @ Carter Riverside 5:30 pm

Varsity Volleyball @ Carter Riverside 6:30 pm


Saturday, October 24

ACT

Debate @ Plano West

Marching Band at UIL 5A Standridge Stadium, Carrollton

Golf Boys @ Grand Prairie

Golf Girls @ Lubbock

Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA