Panther Pause

26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School

10.08.21


I hope that everyone had an incredible week. Please remember that Monday, October 11 will be a school holiday. I have mentioned our incredible PTSA in previous messages in Panther Pause. I would like to issue a challenge to increase our membership. Our CHHS PTSA currently has 500 active members. Our goal is to increase our membership to over 700 members. The support by our parents is what makes this community so special and allows us to Build Excellent Schools Together. Please use the QR code below to sign up to become a member.


Please note that Wednesday, October 13, 2021, will be our PSAT/SAT testing day at CHHS, not all students will participate. Please review the information below. Following the testing, all students will participate in our 2nd “C” Day of the year.


CHHS PRIDE,

Mr. Denning

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Highlights from GCISD:

PSAT/SAT testing day on Wednesday, October 13

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD high school students will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and the School Day SAT next week. These are important tests that can help students along the path to college.

Eligible students are automatically enrolled for these exams and do not need to do anything to register.


PSAT Exam

The PSAT exam will be given on campus to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors on


Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

For all students, the PSAT/NMSQT is also considered valuable practice for the SAT. Personalized feedback will be provided and students can also link their results to KHAN Academy for additional feedback. You will receive instructions from your campus on how to access this information after the test date.

If your child is a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers him or her the opportunity to enter competitions for scholarships that can assist with college financial aid.

For more information about the PSAT exam, please contact Frances Mundo, PSAT testing coordinator. For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit psat.org.

Please click here for the PSAT test day checklist, including the approved calculator list.


School Day SAT Exam

The SAT will be given to all qualifying seniors at the same time on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. To be eligible for the School Day SAT, students must be of senior standing and must not have taken the exam as juniors on campus in March 2021.

To learn more about the SAT School Day exam, click here or contact Kelli Mann, SAT School Day testing coordinator.

Please click here for the SAT test day checklist, including the approved calculator list. Please note, this checklist is written for students testing at a testing center. While we do expect students to follow standard COVID protocols, we will not be conducting a health screening prior to the exam.


Non-Testing Students

Students who are not testing are not expected to come to campus until 1:30pm where they will follow a C-Day schedule.

GCISD's Secondary STEM Newsletter

Secondary STEM News and Notes.

Inside you will find:

  • A page for each campus

  • STEM Students of the Month

  • Celebrations

  • Upcoming Classroom Events

  • And More.

New to the newsletter is our Outside of GCISD Opportunities. This section contains events scholarship opportunities and general STEM activities for students and parents. (Juniors and Seniors should especially pay attention to this page.) Please note, nothing in this section is an official GCISD event.

National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week is October 11-15, 2021. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Nutrition Services will continue the tradition of celebrating the State Fair of Texas! This school year, the USDA has extended universal free meals to many students attending schools that participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. All Grapevine-Colleyville ISD students in grades Pre-K to 8th grade, and Collegiate Academy, are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost in the school cafeteria in the 2021-2022 school year.


On Thursday, October 14, we will celebrate with a State Fair-themed menu including a corn dog or hamburger/cheeseburger, curly fries, corn in a cup, Texas watermelon and a cinnamon sugar churro for those with a sweet tooth! We hope you will join us, after all, who doesn't love a Free lunch!

GCISD’s Parent Technology Academy

GCISD’s Parent Technology Academy is returning for the 2021-2022 school year! The first Spanish session of the year will be held on Tuesday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Timberline Elementary. The session will include the unveiling of the new ClassLink Parent Portal which will give parents one-click access to resources such as Skyward, RevTrack, Lightspeed Internet Reporting and more. No registration is required.

Information from the previously held English version of this Parent Technology Academy can be found by clicking here.


¡La Academia de Tecnología de GCISD para Padres ha regresado para el ciclo escolar 2021-2022! La primera sesión del año ofrecida en español tendrá lugar el martes 12 de octubre a las 6:30 p.m. en Timberline Elementary. La sesión incluirá la inauguración de Portal ClassLink para Padres, el cual ofrecerá a los padres acceso a recursos como Skyward, RevTrack, Informes de Internet Lightspeed y más con un sólo clic. No es necesario inscribirse.

Se puede encontrar información sobre la versión inglesa ofrecida previamente de esta Academia de Tecnología para Padres haciendo clic aquí.

Lightspeed Internet Usage Reports

Starting in the month of October, parents will be receiving internet usage reports for their children using district devices from Lightspeed. Reports will include most visited sites and a link to a parent dashboard with more details and the ability to pause the internet on student devices after school hours. For more information, check out the Lightspeed Parent Port Site.

GCISD Holiday Greeting Card Contest

All elementary, middle, and high school students are invited to submit original artwork for the cover of GCISD’s official holiday greeting card. This year’s theme is "A Season of Kindness.” Three student designs—one each from the elementary, middle, and high school levels—will be selected and sent out on behalf of the GCISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan.


The three students whose works are selected for the GCISD Holiday Greeting Card will receive $25 and recognition at the December meeting of the Board of Trustees. The selected artwork will be featured on the district’s website and used in district publicity.


Complete rules and guidelines can be found on this flyer.

Highlights from counseling:

GCISD's annual College and Career Night

GCISD will host its annual College and Career Night on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at Grapevine High School. All GCISD students and families are invited to this event that is organized by GHS and CHHS counselors and GoCenters. Over 120 universities, junior/community colleges, technical schools, military schools and military recruiters will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity to ask FAFSA questions and complete the application. For more information, check out the flyer or contact your counselor.

Red Ribbon Week October 25-29

GCISD will be sponsoring a drug prevention poster contest.

  • All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 26th to Robin Davis in the counseling office.
  • Posters must be on 11 x 17 paper or ½ of a posterboard.
  • Please include the student’s name, grade and school on the back of the poster.
  • District winners will be announced on Friday, October 30th


GCISD is also sponsoring a Public Service Announcements competition.

  • All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 26th to info@gcisd.net.
  • Please title the email “RRW PSA 2021”.
  • Entries must be no longer than 30 seconds.
  • Winners will be announced Thursday, October 28th.


All first-place district-level winners will be recognized at the November school board meeting. Your campus principal and counselor will be notified.

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CHHS 21-22 Student Planners

We are 6-weeks into the school year and hope that your students are all reaching their academic and extracurricular goals! In case they could use a little help with organization and keeping track of all that their classes and extracurriculars require, we have a resource that could be very useful for them!


We have CHHS 21-22 Student Planners for $5 and they include the bell schedule, our nine-week planning calendars, monthly planning calendars, AND weekly planning calendars! Students can see Mrs. Byers in the front office to purchase one.

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT - Nicole Wright

This week’s Project Graduation Senior Spotlight is Nicole Wright. Nicole is the lieutenant of the CHHS cheer team. She is also in Young Life, Jersey Girls, Spirit Sisters. She plans on going to college for nursing.


Nicole thinks Project Graduation is a great way to celebrate our end of high school. She thinks it is a great final moment of having fun and celebrating the fact we made it through high school. Her favorite verse is Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”


Project Graduation is a program designed to keep students off the roads on graduation night in a safe, overnight lock-in event which is alcohol and drug free. The event will be 11pm - 5am at Dave and Buster’s in Euless on Graduation night, May 26th and include tons of food and fun activities like games, karaoke, a hypnotist, comedian or magician, plus prizes and giveaways.


We are looking for students to help us promote CHHS Project Graduation! Being involved will also promote your sport, club or organization! If you are interested, we will coordinate with you to determine which date you will be featured as our Senior Spotlight Student. Only a certain number of applicants will be accepted so apply quickly to get a spot. Please fill out the following Google Form or contact Rhonda Byers if you are interested in being featured in the


Senior Spotlight: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13wQPJ8tJHmROnDEDTBaxyh5fliQ8MmazzyiSCBpGaIs/edit

Panther Events:

Panther football

Varsity Game Day- October 8, 2021

OPPONENT: Red Oak HS

SITE: Billy Goodloe Stadium

KICK OFF: 7:00 p.m.

TICKET INFORMATION: Varsity Ticket Online Information: Adults$6 and Students$4

Panther Volleyball

Panther Volleyball SWEPT Grapevine on Tuesday! Shoutout to Black Attack for showing up, being loud, and helping us win!

We have 2 more games this week - 1 on the road and 1 at home.


Varsity:

10/08 - CHVB vs. Lake Dallas @ Lake Dallas at 6:30

10/12 - CHVB vs. Richland @ HOME at 6:30


JV:

10/08 - CHVB vs. Lake Dallas @ Lake Dallas at 5:30

10/12 - CHVB vs. Richland @ HOME at 5:30


Freshman Black:

10/08 - CHVB vs. Lake Dallas @ Lake Dallas at 5:30

10/12 - CHVB vs. Richland @ HOME at 5:30


Freshman Red:

No game on Friday!

10/12 - CHVB vs. Richland @ HOME at 6:30

Panther Tennis

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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic

Calling all 4 year olds to 8th Graders to join us on Saturday, October 9th, for our Annual Jr. Pantera Dance Clinic!!

Sponsored by: Ambition Dance Productions


USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER YOUR JR. PANTERA!


Early Bird Registration Fee: $55 per participant or $45 per sibling
Runs from August 3 - September 17

Regular Registration Fee: $65 per participant or $55 per sibling
Runs from September 18 - October 9 (Day of Clinic)
*Register BY 9/29 to secure a T-shirt!!

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GCISD College Visits

This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured.


Thursday, October 14th

Savannah College of Art and Design

Support The CHHS Color Run

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Support Panther Cheer

To order, please click here.

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Attention seniors - TCC College Access

If you have a possible interest in attending Tarrant County College after high school either in the Summer or Fall of '22, please know that TCC facilitates the entire TCC registration process and does so here on our campus. In order to participate in this process, you must complete and submit the interest form questionnaire. Upon completion, you will be assigned a date and time to attend the following required meetings to complete your TCC registration:


1/ TCC 101 and Application Completion - October 21st

2/ WebAdvisor and Pre-Assessment Activity - March 10th

3/ TSI Testing - March 31-April 1st


By participating in College Access you are by no means obligated to attend TCC and you can opt out of the program at any time. If you have any questions please see us in the Go Center.


PTA Reflections

The PTA Reflections is an opportunity for you to let your creativity flow and express yourself. This year's theme is “I Will Change the World By…” Present your interpretation through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, or visual arts. This year will still be digital submissions only. The submission deadline is Oct. 27th. Get creative!!!

  • Brief overview of reflections: Reflections is a program that provides an opportunity for recognition and access to arts in which students can express themselves, gain confidence, and find success within arts and life. Each year over 300,000 students create an original piece of art in response to the theme expressing their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

  • This year’s theme: I Will Change the World By....

  • Submission Deadline: Oct. 27th, 2021

  • Submissions will be DIGITAL

  • Requirements must include submission form and membership registration to PTSA


You can find more information from the following link:

CHHS Senior Cookout & Poster

It is time to celebrate the Class of 2022 with the Annual CHHS Senior Cookout. The CHHS PTSA Senior Events Committee invites Senior Parents to join their student for lunch on Friday, October 29th in the CHHS Courtyard. The cookout is FREE, and Senior Parents are needed to help make this CHHS tradition a fun day!


Click on the Signup Genius to help at the event or donate items: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ea4af2ca3fdce9-chhs


Additionally, the Senior Events Committee is asking parents to create and drop off a poster celebrating their student to display at the luncheon. Posters can be creative or simple. You can use pictures from just high school or from the past 18 years. Our goal is for every senior to be represented! PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE POSTER TOO HEAVY TO HANG on the wall. Posters can be dropped off on Wednesday, October 27th or Thursday, October 28th in the Attendance Office. Posters can be picked up after the cookout or will be in the office the following week for pick up. Please put your name and cell number on the back of the poster.


Questions? Contact Denise Helou, CHHS PTSA Senior Events Chair, at seniorevents@chhsptsa.org.

CHHS 8th Annual Color Run

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PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS

Do you volunteer for your favorite CHHS program? Please submit your volunteer hours and encourage other volunteers to do the same. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other uses. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: Volunteer hours

Order your CHHS Yearbook

Make sure to order your CHHS Yearbook! You can now order your 2021-2022 CHHS Yearbook by going to www.jostens.com. Make sure to order it now before the next price increase on Friday, November 12.

SENIOR ad in the CHHS YEARBOOK

You can pay and create your Senior Ad TODAY! Senior ads in the yearbook are a great way for parents, families and friends to commemorate student achievements and important milestones. To purchase and create your ad, follow the instructions found here. Jostens is managing your school's yearbook ad sales so please do not contact or send materials to the school. All ads must be paid for and submitted online before the price increase on Friday, November 12th. Senior ads are for seniors only.

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5th Annual CHHS Baseball Booster Club Golf Classic

The 5th Annual CHHS Baseball Booster Club Golf Classic is scheduled for Thursday, November 18th. Start making plans now to show off your skills, or lack of skills, on the course and participate in the day's events including the auction and dinner. Go to www.chhspantherbaseball.com to sign up.

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Support CHHS PTSA

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Earn your Champion Cord for Graduation!

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CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions

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Ongoing Important Information:

CHHS PREP Services ‘21-’22

CHHS Football Spirit Wear

Buy yours today! Click THIS LINK to go to the store!

Sign Up Today Class of 2022 Parents and Students

With Class of 22 Image included below, put the following text:


Class of 2022, 2023, 2024 & 2025 Students & Parents ~ WE NEED YOU! We want to keep CHHS Project Graduation going for years to come and we need your help to start planning for our 2022 Seniors! Our goal is to have parents and students from ALL grade levels on the committee! Most positions are a minimum time commitment. More than one person can help with each position so get a friend or two and sign up together. Please use one space per name and note in the comments if you would like to work as a team. Students can also volunteer to help with any positions and earn service hours! Students would be perfect to help with website, social media, contacting businesses and more!

Click THIS LINK to go to the Sign Up Genius and Volunteer Today!

The Roaring Red

Check out the CHHS Newspaper, The Roaring Red, for an in-depth look of what’s happening on our campus!

CHHS PTSA 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP

WELCOME BACK PANTHERS!!

IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP OR RENEW YOUR

CHHS PTSA 2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP

Sign-Up by going to Join | CHHS PTSA

Questions? Email Janeece Garlish at vpmembership@chhsptsa.org

Community Membership Campaign

Our GCISD Council of PTAs is kicking off our Community Membership Campaign for the 21-22 year!


Support our local PTAs by joining all 17 campuses with a Community Membership.


Details of the program are on our GCISD Council of PTAs Website. A direct link to join as a Council Community member is linked here.

COVID-19 Protocol Information

Please visit www.GCISD.net/COVID19 for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find all of the following information, plus more:

Go Center

College Applications:

Seniors! College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Or send an email to Emily.miller@gcisd.net. Please check your school email for follow-up communication.


Do you have general questions about what may be next after graduation? We are here to help you make a plan whether that is heading off to college, joining the military, or jumping into the workforce. Please come by so we can help you with your next steps!


Virtual College Visits:

Curious to how you can visit schools virtually and take advantage of their online opportunities? Check out this great resource that links you to each college's virtual experience page!


Scholarships:

Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.

Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.


Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!


GCISD College Visits:

This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps back in the Go Center! They will be hosted at the Go Center counter during lunches. The calendars, where you can see who is visiting each day, can be found on the Go Center website as pictured below.

Cafeteria Volunteers

The GCISD Nutrition Services Department is looking for volunteers! Come get to know the students while serving them a nutritious lunch in the school cafeteria. You can volunteer at your child's school or any school in the district. You must be registered as a volunteer in the district, or get signed up as a volunteer today so you can join the amazing kitchen staff serving the students. Please see the flyer for details and a link to sign up!


Cafeteria Menus

GCISD school cafeterias follow a calendar-cycle menu at breakfast and lunch. This menu begins on September 13th, 2021. During the first 4 weeks of school, all schools will follow a simplified lunch menu to allow all students to adjust to the new school year and to re-familiarize themselves with the cafeteria and their PIN number. The simplified menus can be viewed online using our menu system MealViewer. Printable copies of all menus can be downloaded here. If you have questions please contact child.nutrition@gcisd.net. GCISD Nutrition Services looks forward to serving your family in the upcoming school year!

VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK

All volunteers at CHHS (and for any GCISD school) must read the Volunteer Handbook and complete the CHHS Volunteer Verification form. You must also complete the GCISD Background check. All volunteers are required to reapply each year at this link: https://www.gcisd.net/cms/one.aspx?pageId=195550

House Bill 4545

Given the disruptions of the 2020-2021 school year, the 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4545, signed on June 16, 2021, which provides additional learning opportunities for students who did not meet standards on the STAAR exam in the form of extra tutoring.


For Families of Students Who Did Not Perform Satisfactorily on STAAR Exams

If a student does not perform satisfactorily on a STAAR, STAAR End of Course (EOC), or STAAR Alt exam, in any STAAR assessed grade levels and subjects, the District will provide accelerated instruction.


For a student who does not perform satisfactorily on the math or reading assessment in grades 3, 5, or 8, the District will establish an Accelerated Learning Committee (ALC), which includes the student’s parent, to develop an educational plan for accelerated instruction to enable the student to perform at the appropriate grade level by the conclusion of the next school year. Accelerated instruction entails delivering supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day and meeting HB 4545 requirements.


For Families of Students Who Did Not Take STAAR Exams for the 2020-2021 School Year

For students who were absent or otherwise unable to take the STAAR or STAAR EOC for the 2020-2021 school year, the district may administer an assessment to determine student grade level proficiency on the state standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). If the student earns a passing score, then the student can be exempted from the House Bill 4545 tutoring requirement.


GCISD will also provide more information to parents as we work with and gather additional insight from TEA to support our students with HB 4545 requirements.


Additional information on HB 4545 can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/house-bill-4545-implementation-overview


Student Fees and Parking Permits

Please log into your parent portal to check all student and course fees. Some courses do have fees associated with them, along with the $5 student photo id that is charged each year. Parking permits are $100 for the full year and additional fees do apply for the painted parking spaces that are sold through StuCo. The information below will show you the steps to view and make payments online:


  1. Log in to the Skyward Parent Portal using the desktop version only

  2. Click on Fee Management on the left hand side of the list of activities. (Fees can be viewed here)

  3. Click on Make a Payment

  4. Select the fees you want to add to your cart, you can also add the fee for parking at this time.

  5. Click Checkout, which will direct you to the RevTrak page for payment.

  6. Log into RevTrak and complete your payment


The $5 online processing fee will be waived from August 3rd - 11th. Should you wish to pay these fees in person, this can be done once school is back in session or payment can be mailed to the school with attention: Ashley Chaney.


For any questions or concerns regarding fees, please contact the CHHS Bookkeeper, Ashley Chaney at 817-305-4746 or ashley.chaney@gcisd.net.

CHHS to GHS Shuttles - Transportation Safety Protocols

Students riding shuttle buses between CHHS and GHS will be assigned to a specific bus this year. Once a bus is assigned, students will ride the same bus each time they shuttle between campuses. In the event we have a positive test, all passengers on the bus will be notified.

Standard Response Protocols

The GCISD Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith, has asked that we provide you with information regarding Standard Response Protocols.

GCISD partners with the I Love U Guys Foundation and uses the Standard Response Protocols (SRP) to respond to any situation or emergency that takes place at school or in the district.


  • Each campus will conduct drills throughout the school year. These drills are based on the Standard Response Protocols of Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, and Hold. GCISD developed one additional protocol known as Clear.

  • Completion of the drills is mandatory for each campus during the first two weeks of school, so that students and staff are prepared. Drills help us learn and know how to respond in the case of a real emergency at school. Our drills also help us to check certain equipment and responses. Our emergency management leaders on each campus will work with students and staff to complete our drills and document the results.


I have included the SRP Posters that are displayed in your student’s classrooms so that you can review with your student at home and discuss with them when they take part in the drills during the first two weeks. More information about Safety and Security in GCISD can be found at www.gcisd.net/our_district/safety_and_security. If you have any questions, Allen is very receptive to speaking with parents about our safety practices and may be reached at allen.smith@gcisd.net.

Panther Pause

Need to inform others of an event in your club/organization using Panther Pause? Please email your information by Thursdays at noon to brandie.moravek@gcisd.net.