24 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School
Dear Panther Families,
Please enjoy the video update found here!
Dr. James Whitfield
Webex Update for your students
As a District, we are always looking for additional ways to secure and reinforce our technology resources for the safety of our students and staff. Beginning Friday, September 25 at 4 p.m. Webex personal meeting rooms will have an additional level of security so they can only be accessed by GCISD students and staff.
Students that are in kindergarten through third-grade will no longer be meeting in the teacher's personal meeting room but will instead access the Webex through a new link that will be posted in SeeSaw.
Students in fourth through twelfth-grade will still use their normal link to access their teacher's Webex room; however, there will be an additional step requiring that students login using their GCISD username and password. For instructions on how to enter your username and password to access the Webex, please click here.
If your student has any issues accessing a Webex next week with these new security measures, please contact the help desk at 817-251-5629 or submit a help ticket through Classlink.
The Panther JV and Varsity volleyball teams have duel matches today at Keller Central vs. L.D. Bell at 6:30 and Keller Central at 8:00. The Freshman team plays at Hillwood Middle School vs. L.D. Bell at 6:00 and Keller Central at 7:00.
Tomorrow the Panthers have a HOME game vs. Keller. Varsity plays at 1:00, JV at 2:30 and Freshmen at 3:30.
On Tuesday, we have our BIG RIVALRY GAME game vs. Grapevine AT HOME! Come be loud, and cheer on the panthers as we take on the mustangs. Varsity plays at 5, JV at 6:30 and Freshmen at 8:00.
Due to COVID, all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Panther Tennis Varsity and JV teams are currently 2-0 in district play. Come out and support us at our next matches!
Panther tennis upcoming schedule:
- 9/25 - at Lamar HS - 4:30pm
No skateboards on the bus
Students and others are not permitted to use their skateboards, scooters and/or roller blades on campus grounds at any time. Skateboards are not permitted on school buses. If a student is using any one as a means of transportation to or from school, he/she must walk and carry the skateboard, scooter and/or roller blades while on school property. Skateboards, scooters, or roller blades should be kept in a locker or designated place approved by campus administration or staff until the end of the school day.
Changing Instructional Model
Changing Your Instructional Model: Window for returning to in-person learning open now until October 2nd
Families that are wishing to change from remote to in-person learning may only do so at the end of a grading period. For families that wish to change at the end of the current grading period, beginning on September 20 you may log in to Skyward Family Access and complete the changing instructional models form. The campus must receive the completed form before the end of day on October 2.
If you have any questions regarding the timing of when parents may change the instructional model selected, or the associated process, please contact your campus counselor.
Project Graduation Kick Off Planning Meeting
Project Graduation is a program designed to keep or seniors off the roads on graduation night in a safe, overnight lock-in event which is alcohol and drug free.
The plan is to include tons of food and fun activities like games, karaoke, a hypnotist and illusionist, plus prizes and giveaways. We hope to give away prizes to each student who attends. The goal is to provide our kids with a safe, fun and memorable event that is no cost to them.
To achieve this, we need volunteers! Please plan on attending the Zoom Meeting.
Topic: CHHS Project Graduation 2021 Initial Meeting
Time: Sep 28, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 905 469 8208
Attention Senior Parents!
2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 Senior 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 2021 Seniors! Our goal is to have parents and students from ALL grade levels! Signing up below is NOT a commitment. You will be contacted with more information regarding the position and to confirm your interest. 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. Students can also volunteer to help with any positions and earn service hours! We will be meeting soon so sign up today and join the CHHS Project Grad team at bit.ly/PGTeam2021
Exceptional Children Committee (ECC)
ECC Best Practices Parent Chat
Tuesday, September 29th - 7:00pm
The GCISD Council of PTAs Exceptional Children Committee (ECC) is a support organization for parents with students who learn outside the standard learning model. This includes students who receive services or accommodations through gifted education, special education, or have IEP or 504 plans. We are hosting our first virtual parent chat for parents to share best practices for students that are receiving services and accommodations in GCISD! Please check out our Facebook event for more information:
outstanding student fees
If you have outstanding student fees in Skyward, we are happy to announce that the district is waiving the $5 online processing fee through the end of business September 30. Please log in to Skyward and pay any outstanding fees.
Pictures from the summer
The CHHS yearbook will look a little different than in years past, and we need your help! This year's theme is Together, We Can! and it will literally be a team effort. Please submit any pictures you have of what you did over the summer to our yearbook editor, Saher Pirani, at firstname.lastname@example.org. They could be from vacations, work, school, etc....
Your email must include a clear picture (in a jpeg format; not a screenshot or a png) and the names of the students in the picture. You can most definitely submit more than one picture. Deadline for summer entries is September 30th.
PSAT/NMSQT testing dates and information
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD high school students will be participating in the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) in the upcoming months. This is an important test that can help students along the path to college. Remote learners will have the opportunity to come to campus to test on their assigned testing date. If your student is a remote learner and would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT, please complete the respective form below.
If your child is a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT test will be offered to all junior students on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Remoter learners have the opportunity to respond to this survey indicating their intent to test by Thursday, October 1, 2020.
If your child is a sophomore, the PSAT/NMSQT test will be offered to all sophomore students on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Remote learners have the opportunity to respond to this survey indicating their intent to test by Thursday, October 1, 2020.
If your child is a freshman, the PSAT/NMSQT test will be offered to all freshman students on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Remote learners have the opportunity to respond to this survey indicating their intent to test by Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Students not testing will participate in remote independent learning during the time of the test. Testers will be released from campus at the conclusion of testing and buses will run at that time to provide transportation home. Grab-and-Go lunches will also be available for students on the day of testing.
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 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.
For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit psat.org.
Suicide Prevention Awareness
"According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 adolescents are suffering with a diagnosable mental health disorder, 70% of which go untreated. Are we prepared to identify and help our children if they’re suffering from a mental health disorder, like depression?" Read more from MindWise Innovations about suicide prevention and how to ACT here.
CHHS Senior Ad
CHHS PTSA General Meeting Registration Link
"At Character Strong, we are always looking to provide practical tools for weaving social-emotional skills and character development into the daily fabric of campuses and classrooms. A key component of all of our curricula is the Character Dare: actionable ways to bring the sometimes abstract concepts, values, and traits of character to life. We believe that character is a set of skills and all skills require practice!" The upcoming week's Family Character Dare is below:
Support CHHS Project Graduation
Suicide Prevention Training for Parents
"Save the Date" for Oct. 13th at 7:00 PM for a Suicide Prevention Program featuring Hope Squad founder Dr. Greg Hudnall and Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation Program Director Kristi Wiley. More details to come.
Colleyville Heritage Dual Credit Students
As of Spring 2019, all new to TCC students are required to complete the #NotAnymore video program before registering for their second semester at TCC.
Therefore, if you plan on taking dual credit classes Spring 2021, please complete the required #NotAnymore. The deadline for completion is October 15.
If you fail to successfully complete the #NotAnymore program prior to registering for Spring 2021 at TCC, you will not be able to enroll in your Spring 2021 dual classes. To access the program Log into your TCC WebAdvisor account (wa.tccd.edu) and choose “Students.” Under the Prepare to Register section in the left column, choose “#NotAnymore” to go to your myTCC (TCC Blackboard) account. Complete the training and email your certificate of completion to email@example.com.
Make sure you are logging into Webadvisor and checking your Blackboard and TCC email account for your assignments, grades and updates from your professors. TCC grades are not posted in Skyward until the end of the semester.
We are back and can’t wait to meet with your student to discuss their college, career and post high school plans! If you are new to GCISD and have yet to meet us, click here to learn about the Go Center. We look forward to partnering with you and your student this year.
Another great resource we have put together for our students can be found here.
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. Due to the changes we are experiencing, you can set up a virtual or phone appointment until we are back in person. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Please check your school email for follow-up communication.
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! Resource provided by Texas DARN. You can also visit DARN’s YouTube Channel to catch up on the virtual college fair that they hosted.
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!
TCC College Access Program:
If you have a possible interest in attending TCC after high school in the Fall of ’21, please know that TCC College Access facilitates the entire TCC registration process and is done during the school day. In order to participate and be included in this process you must complete this interest form questionnaire: http://tinyurl.com/tcc21. You can email Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you are interested in the program.
We encourage you to come see us (reach out virtually to us) at the Go Center for any questions you may have regarding your post high school plans.
GCISD Virtual College Night 2020
Colleyville Virtual Cafe: Tutoring for Remote Learners
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Compass Center, 4201 Pool Rd, Grapevine, TX
Virtual Cafe is a partnership of Compass Christian Church and Bear Valley Community Church. It will be staffed by a team of young adult volunteers from Bear Valley and hosted in the student ministry building of Compass. We will provide tutoring and internet access for students enrolled in remote instruction at Colleyville Heritage High School and Heritage Middle School. We will provide snacks each day, but not breakfast or lunch.
Registration will be capped at 15 students per day. Registrants beyond this capacity will be placed on a waitlist and informed when we have the capacity to serve more students.
Questions? Contact Kyle Bauman at email@example.com
CHHS PTSA 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 is: I matter because....
Submission Deadline: October 28, 2020
Submissions will be DIGITAL
Requirements: must include sumnission form and membership registration to PTSA
Detailed links and information can be found here:
School Pictures FOR ALL GRADES
All grades 9-11 will be taking their school picture during their English class on October 20 and 21 (depending on which day they have English class) in Gym 2. If you are learning remotely, please register here for a time to get your picture taken on these two days. (Please do not register for a time if you have in-person learning).
Seniors will be taking their picture at CHHS in the Gym 2 on November 2, 3, and 4th. All seniors (whether learning in-person or remote) will need to register here for a time. Each senior can choose to have their picture taken wearing the traditional tux or drape or in their Sunday Best clothes. Please know that that tux and drape are not washed between each wear, so due to Covid, each student can choose to wear it or not. The yearbook sitting fee is free for you to get your picture taken.
Legacy Studios will provide:
- Social Distancing of 6ft or more
- No-Contact photography process
- Masks worn by photographers and staff
CHHS 2019-2020 Yearbook
All in-person learners can come to the Yearbook Lab in F115 any day before school starts in the mornings.
All remote learners can do a drive-by yearbook pickup on Thursday, November 5th from 4:30-5pm in the back of the school or come by Yearbook Lab in F115 any day before school starts in the mornings if they choose to come back to in-person learning after October 19.
**There will be no more yearbooks delivered to in-person learners and no alternative pickup dates for remote learners.
Join CHHS DECA
CHHS Baseball Golf Classic
Crossing Guards Needed
STUDENTS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF PTSA - Students join today
Times are tough. Looking for a great way to support your teachers and school? Join the PTSA. Just 3 years of membership and a few simple requirements and you can have a PTSA CHampion cord for graduation. Due to a decrease in volunteer opportunities, we are waiving the PTSA volunteer hours requirement. Now you only need 3 points over your entire CHHS career to qualify. Just attend one PTSA general meeting for 1 point! Deadline for this year is October 31st. Join here and start supporting all the great things PTSA does for our teachers and school. Don’t forget PTSA membership also qualifies you for all of the local PTSA scholarships!
CHHS PTSA Link - chhsptsa.org
ongoing important information:
Please be aware that as we move through this unique school year with in-person and remote learners, the way in which our teachers take attendance in Skyward has become much more complex. Therefore, to make better use of instructional time, teachers now have the flexibility to formally enter attendance into Skyward up to a full day after the attendance period.
With that said, it is important for parents to know that if you access Skyward to view your student’s attendance, it is possible the system may show them as being absent for the current day, even if they were present in class or online. Additionally, it is possible that remote learning students may still display as absent up until the following day.
As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.
A friendly reminder to parents
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to offer meals FREE
USDA has issued a nationwide waiver, allowing Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to offer meals FREE at no charge through December 2020 at all elementary and middle school campuses and meal bundles at curbside locations.
Beginning on September 22, 2020 Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will begin providing free meals to students as part of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program. Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), this program will allow any student in elementary or middle school to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal in the school cafeteria, with the option to purchase a-la-carte items. Additionally, the District will offer meal bundles at no cost available for curbside pick-up that will contain meals for the entire week, including the weekend.
Curbside meals may be picked up on Wednesdays at Grapevine Elementary, Cross Timbers Middle or Grapevine Middle from 4-6 p.m. The meal bundles will include seven breakfast, seven lunches and a choice of chocolate or white ½ pint milk (14 milks will be provided). Heating instructions will be included so that families can prepare the meals at their convenience.
GCISD’s high schools do not participate in the federally funded program and therefore meals will be charged as normal in those cafeterias; however, high school students are able to pick up a meal bundle from one of the curbside locations.
Parents are encouraged to continue filling out the free and reduced application online at www.schoollunchapp.com. The benefits from being approved for free or reduced-price meals, may include discounts for transportation, standardized tests, college application fees and technology fees to name a few. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-251-5617.
checking your child out of school
If you need to check your child out of school, there are several ways to facilitate this:
- send in a note in the morning with your child
- send an email to your child's attendance clerk
last name L - Z email@example.com 817.305.4717
- call ahead and allow at least 30 minutes lead time
**Your student may then meet you in the circle drive and parents will not come inside.
We very much appreciate your understanding as we are not allowing visitors in the building to limit exposures.
Daily Health Screen Reminder
As we prepare to welcome students on campus beginning Tuesday, September 8, I wanted to remind all parents of the need to pre-screen your student for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 before bringing your student to school. The signs and symptoms are to screen for are:
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
Loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath
Congestion or runny nose
Shaking or exaggerated shivering
Significant muscle pain or ache
Nausea or vomiting
If your child demonstrates any of the above signs or symptoms, they must stay home, and you need to report to the campus nurse the signs or symptoms your child is exhibiting. In the event that your child has a fever, they must be kept home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Please do not give fever reducing medication and send your child to school. Additionally, please do not send your child to school if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are test-confirmed with COVID-19.
Need to see your counselor?
If you have a question, please email your counselor. Have more than just a quick question? Sign up for an appointment with your counselor. Emergency or crisis? If you're an in-person learner you may come to the counseling office with a pass from your teacher or during passing periods. Please note that COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in the counseling office and must be observed.
suicide prevention curriculum
As many of you know, every fall the counseling teams at each secondary school present an evidence-based suicide prevention curriculum called S.O.S. to all students, grades 6-12.
Due to our unusual circumstances this year, we have decided to postpone the S.O.S. presentations, preferring to wait until we can share this critical information in-person.
We do want to share with you how our counselors are continuing to support our students during this time. Counselors are available for students and parents via Webex and phone. Each campus has a form available on their website to request to meet with a counselor. Additionally, counselors are reaching out to students to check in on them and will continue to do so throughout the year. Counselors are prepared to support students both remotely and in person. For students who are returning to school in person, counselors are accessible by going directly to the counseling office, or by requesting an appointment. For students who will continue with remote learning, counselors are accessible by phone or Webex.
In addition to the support provided by our counselors, the counseling page on the GCISD webpage has resources that are available for parents on a variety of topics.
Students and families in GCISD still have an opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census. An accurate representation of our student and family population is important for future federal funding implications. If you have not already done so, please complete the 2020 Census for your family.