Panther Pause

26 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School

9.10.21

What a wonderful way to end last week with a Homecoming victory and all the pageantry that accompanies that evening. We look forward to seeing everyone Monday, September 13 at our annual Open House. This is an evening to meet the teacher, obtain information about the class, and follow your students' schedule. If you need to meet individually with the teacher please set up a time at a later date to conference. Please see below for more information.


Here is the schedule:

5:30-6:00 Parent Meeting - Auditorium

6:06-6:15 Period 1

6:21-6:30 Period 2

6:36-6:45 Period 3

6:51-7:00 Period 4

7:06-7:15 Period 5

7:21-7:30 Period 6

7:36-7:45 Period 7

7:51-8:00 Period 8


For your information, we do have disposable masks available in the attendance office if your student needs a mask during the school day. These masks will also be available for visitors to CHHS if needed.


CHHS PRIDE,

Dave Denning

Highlights from the principal:

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:

CHHS Lunch Plans

We offer two options for students who are wanting to social distance during lunch:

  1. Outdoor courtyard

  2. Lecture Hall (used for students looking to meet some new people and as a social distancing option)

GCISD COVID-19 Resources

Please visit www.GCISD.net/COVID19 for lots of resources from the District pertaining to COVID-19. There you can find updated frequently asked questions, current GCISD COVID-19 protocols, information on the GCISD COVID-19 Testing Center, information on remote conferencing, statistics regarding COVID-19 cases in GCISD and more.


Recursos de GCISD sobre COVID-19

Por favor visite www.GCISD.net/COVID19 para acceder a muchos recursos del Distrito sobre COVID-19. Allí, se puede encontrar preguntas frecuentes actualizadas, protocolos actuales de GCISD sobre COVID-19, información sobre el Centro de Pruebas para COVID-19 en GCISD, información sobre las conferencias remotas, y estadísticas sobre los casos de COVID-19 en GCISD y más.

Trinity River Authority Art Contest

The Trinity River Authority's (TRA) annual art contest calls on 1st-grade through 8th-grade students who live in the Trinity River basin to create original artwork depicting this year's theme, "Save Your Pipes, Don't Flush the Wipes". The contest aims to raise awareness about the importance of conserving and protecting our water supplies from potential pollution.


A winner from each grade is selected and an overall grand-prize winner is selected from among the winning entries. The winners are invited to attend the October TRA Board of Directors meeting where they are individually recognized and receive prizes.


More information and rules can be found here. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2021.

Student Opportunities from Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne

The office of U.S. Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne, who represents the 24th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, has shared several opportunities for GCISD students to participate and compete in throughout the year. More information for each program can be found at https://vanduyne.house.gov/services.


Please see the following eligibility requirements and some upcoming deadlines for each program:

  • Congressional Art Competition – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • Congressional App Challenge – Student can participate in the district in which they reside or attend school

    • Deadline: November 1, 2021

  • Congressional Youth Advisory – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: September 10, 2021

  • Elementary Art Showcase & Forum – Student may reside in or out of the 24th Congressional District of Texas

  • US Military Academy Nomination – Student must reside in the 24th Congressional District of Texas

    • Deadline: October 15, 2021

To determine if a student resides in the 24th Congressional District, please visit https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.


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Highlights from counseling:

Counselor Corner

Level Down Window

Monday, 9/13 - Wednesday, 9/15 using the form that will be shared in Canvas and on the counseling website. "Students will be allowed to level down from Advanced (formerly Pre-AP) or AP courses at the end of the 4-week and 9-week points and at the end of the first semester (pending space and availability). The student’s current grade will have 10 points added and will move with the student to the new class at the end of the 4-week and 9-week points, but not at the end of the first semester. The increase in grade cannot be used to alter a student’s previously determined UIL eligibility status."

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

CHHS will be offering the ASVAB Career Exploration Program test on September 27, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. This is an excellent way for students to learn about their strengths and passions and the careers that will match. Each student who takes this test will receive a 45 minute personalized session to go over their results when they are available. Click here to learn more and here to sign up.

Out of the Darkness Walk

"Out of the Darkness Walk" with GCISD Hope Squads Oct. 30th - click HERE to register.

Panther Events:

Panther Volleyball

Panther Volleyball starts district play this week. We have the BIG RIVALRY GAME on Friday (09/10) and a HOME GAME against Lake Dallas on Tuesday night (09/14). Here is the week's lineup!


Varsity:

09/10 - CHHS vs. GHS @ GHS at 6:30

09/14 - CHHS vs. Lake Dallas @ HOME at 6:30 (this is senior night, so make sure you come out to support our seniors)


JV:

09/10 - CHHS vs. GHS @ GHS at 5:30

09/11 - Frisco Tournament - times TBA

09/14 - CHHS vs. Lake Dallas @ HOME at 5:30


Freshman Black:

09/10 - CHHS vs. GHS @ GHS at 5:30

09/11 - Keller Central Tournament - times TBA

09/14 - CHHS vs. Lake Dallas @ HOME at 5:30


Freshman Red:

09/11 - Keller Central Tournament - times TBA

Panther Tennis

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UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:

yearbook price increase tonight

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 at $80 before the next price increase on Friday, September 10th.

CHHS Football Spirit Wear

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

COMMUNITY SERVICE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM - DATES EXTENDED

The Community Service Ambassador Program is designed to encourage all 9th - 12th grade students to serve their community by preforming 100 hours of approved community service while a student at CHHS. Students meeting this requirement will be recognized locally as Community Service Ambassadors and will have the opportunity to purchase a cord for their robes at Graduation.


Sophmores, Juniors and Seniors- The CSAP review board has extended the deadline to turn in Ambassador forms from the 2020-2021 school year. Form must be turned in to the red box in the Counseling Office (no virtual forms will be accepted) by Monday, September 13.


Interested in knowing more about the CSAP? Information can be found at chhs.gcisd.net/activities/clubs___extracurricular/community_scholar_ambassador_program

Contact the class liaison (do not use a student GCISD email account, please use a personal email account so that liaisons can respond) with questions.


chhsambassadors2022@gmail.com

chhsambassadors2023@gmail.com

chhsambassadors2024@gmail.com

chhsambassadors2025@gmail.com

CHHS Panther Theatre Booster Club Kickoff Meeting

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SCHOOL PICTURES

All grades 9-11 will have school pictures taken on Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th during all English classes.


**All seniors that did not get their senior picture taken in June for the yearbook will have a final opportunity on Wednesday, October 6th from 8-4pm in Gym 1. Seniors can get this done before school at 8am, during their lunch, or during class with permission from their teacher. No appointment is needed.

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.

GCISD Fishing Team

We have several students interested in participating in the GCISD Fishing Team, but need adult volunteers with boats to serve as boat captains. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Robin Davis at robin.davis@gcisd.net in the CHHS counseling office.

Peer Role-Playing Therapy Group

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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.

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!

SPIRIT WEAR FUNDRAISER SUPPORTING CHHS SWIM & DIVE

Anyone else excited to be sitting IN the stands this year IN their awesome CHHS spirit wear while cheering ON their favorite Panther? CHHS Swim & Dive is excited to offer you the opportunity to purchase some awesome CHHS Spirit Wear items through our current fundraising campaign. Please visit fancloth.shop/1TCVU to see the over 40 products available for purchase. Great selection for any school event or as Christmas gifts - tees, hoodies, pajama pants, sweatpants - even youth sizes for the future Panther! Orders ship directly to you - do not delay, last day to order is 9/21!


Feel free to reach out to the GCISD Swim & Dive Booster Club with any questions: gcisdswim@gmail.com

Project Graduation Information and Kick Off Meeting

Please join us for a Zoom meeting to learn all about Project Graduation and how to throw the ultimate party for seniors! All grade levels are welcome to attend and help because someday everyone will have a senior! We will be going over dates, volunteer spots needed, and what it takes to throw a PG party.


Meeting: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7 PM on Zoom


To Join the Zoom Meeting, use this link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7835732962?pwd=cm1zN0VjUWNsUC9odnAyeTVjZFBXUT09


Meeting ID: 783 573 29623

Passcode: Panthers

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Choir Car Wash

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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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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

SUMMER PARENT VOLUNTEER HOURS

If you did any volunteering for your favorite CHHS program this summer, please submit your volunteer hours for June, July, and August 2021 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

CHHS Panther Theatre presents...

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Senior Cookout

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CHHS Panther Theatre upcoming attractions

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Ongoing Important Information:

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.