The Mustang Minute

1-11-16

Principal's Message

After two weeks off it is always nice for the students to return to school. The energy level is always contagious as the students and teachers return from any break. As we move into the 2nd semester please make sure that you are taking a few minutes to look over this newsletter for all the important information.


Since we are mid-January and in the heart of the winter weather season, please take a few minutes to double check your information in Skyward and ensure your Family and Emergency Contact information is accurate. The Family and Emergency Contact information must be accurate otherwise your child will only be released to the individuals who are listed within Family and/or Emergency Contact within Skyward.

Counselors' Corner

Come join us for a Financial Aid/FAFSA Night January 11th 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. It will be located in the GHS Technical Center. Assistance with the FAFSA will be provided through the GCISD Go Center and with the help of representatives from TCC. More information is here: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/365


In the coming months counselors will be introducing information for the upcoming season of scheduling for the 2016-2017 academic year. For the timeline of arena scheduling please visit the district website: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena


The reporting period for current Juniors and Seniors for updated GPA will be mid-January. We will be disseminating that information to students once the Fall semester grades have been finalized. Updates will be provided. Transcript requests will be re-opened at this same point.


DUAL ENGLISH:

Dual English classes for enrolled Seniors begin again on Jan. 19th. If you have not already done so, the deadline to pay for spring semester Dual English is January 15th. Payment can be made through your WebAdvisor account or by contacting the TCC Business Services Office at 817-515-4PAY (4729).

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.

GHS School Report Card

Below you will find a link to our 2014-2015 School Report Card (SRC) from TEA. The purpose of the SRC is to inform parents and guardians about each school's individual characteristics such as student enrollment, class size averages, and financial expenditures, as well as, student performance on the STAAR. More information about School Report Cards can be found on the TEA website at http://tea.texas.gov/perfreport/src/index.html/. GCISD School Report Cards are posted on our website along with Accountability Summaries and Texas Academic Performance Reports at http://goo.gl/x3TirI

Texas Academic Performance Report: Grapevine High School

TAPR 2014-2015: Attached you will find our 2014-2015 Texas Academic Performance Report. This report is a culmination of our student and staff demographics, accountability and academic performance, as well as our state accountability rating for the 2014-2015 school year. Please use the following link to view our report.


http://goo.gl/E84Ge7

National Honor Society Application Deadline

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. 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.

Yearbook Information

Greetings Mustang Parents,

If you have not yet ordered a 2016 Mustang Yearbook, you have until Friday, Jan. 22 at midnight to do so. Please visit www.smart-pay.com and follow the instructions online to purchase.

Books cost $75 and you may purchase them online using a check or credit card. Please be aware we will have a VERY limited quantity of books for sale during distribution in May. Please do not risk being able to purchase a book in May and secure one today.

Are you unsure if you ordered a book? So duplicate yearbook orders are not created, we request you call 800-853-1337 or email me (Jillian.Rooney@gcisd.net) to check. An existing order can easily be confirmed before a duplicate order is created.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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

Jillian Rooney, Advisor

Jillian.rooney@gcisd.net

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:

It's time to place orders for your cap and gown and commencement announcements! Order packets are available in the office. Balfour will return to GHS to take orders this Wednesday, January 13th during lunches. This will be the last opportunity to order before late fees are added.


Senior parents should have received an email asking you to confirm your students legal name for his/her diploma. Your response is required by January 13th.


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.

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Student Drivers:

If you hold a red student parking sticker and wish to park in the student lot second semester, you will need to purchase a blue sticker. They are on sale in the front office for $50.

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 11 (A Day)

Extended Day 7:00-8:00 am

Garden Club meeting 7:45 am Rm 914

GO Center: Yale University presentation 11:00 am Community Rm

FAFSA Financial Aid Workshop 6:00 pm

Debate UIL Congress State through January 13


Tuesday, January 12 (B Day)

GO Center: University of Arkansas, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Central Oklahoma

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Swim/Dive Senior Night 5:00 pm

Girls Basketball JV @ Lake Dallas 5:00 pm

Girls Basketball Varsity @ Lake Dallas 6:30 pm

Girls Basketball 9th @ Lake Dallas 8:00 pm

Boys Basketball 9th Red @ Lake Dallas 6:30 pm

Boys Basketball JV @ Lake Dallas 5:00 pm

Boys Basketball Varsity @ Lake Dallas 8:00 pm

Boys Soccer JV v CHHS 5:30 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity v CHHS 7:15 pm



Wednesday, January 13 (A Day)

Cap & Gown orders with Balfour during lunches

GO Center: Harvard University presentation 11:00 am Community Rm; US Marine Corps

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Advanced Academics Booster Club meeting 6:30 pm Library


Thursday, January 14 (B Day)

Go Center: Six Flags Job Fair

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in Lecture Hall

Alumni (Home for the Holidays) College Presentations 6:00 pm Library

Boys Soccer JV Tournament @ Trinity through Jan. 16

Boys Soccer Varsity @ Georgetown Tournament through Jan. 16

Girls Soccer JV Tournament @ Trinity through Jan. 16

Girls Soccer Varsity @ RRISD Tournament through Jan. 16


Friday, January 15 (A Day)

Wrestling @ Bobby Lyons Invitational Sand Springs, OK

Wrestling JV/Varsity @ Jesuit Invitational 7:00 am

Debate & Oral Interp @ Guyer HS

Girls BBall JV v Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Girls BBall Varsity v Polytechnic 7:30 pm

Girls BBall 9th @ Kennedale 8:00 pm

Boys BBall Varsity @ Polytechnic 6:30 pm


Saturday, January 16

Debate & Oral Interp @ Guyer HS

Boys BBall 9th Red @ Polytechnic 9:30 am

Boys BBall JV @ Polytechnic 11:00 am


Monday, January 18 (NO SCHOOL)

Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA