The Mustang Minute
I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend with family and friends.
Last week you should have received an e-mail from Parchment. Parchment will be our new tool to electronically request your transcripts online. This is an effort to streamline the process for requesting official transcripts, GCISD and Grapevine High School have partnered with Parchment to send high school transcripts electronically, securely and confidentially, to colleges and universities.
Your Senior received an email on their district email from Parchment last week. Current students are able to request transcripts for free until August 1, 2016, at which time they will be deemed as alumni and will be required to pay a small processing fee. If you have questions please let us know. Further information can be found on parchment.com/studentkit.
Registered to vote? If you're 18 years or older you are eligible to vote, but you must register. To register go to http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/ for more information. This is an extremely important aspect to complete as you turn 18 years old.
GCISD Board Meeting Update:
In an effort to invite community members to see our district at work, the Board of Trustees are taking some monthly Board meetings on the road! On Monday, March 28, the GCISD Board of Trustees will host its regular meeting at Colleyville Middle School, located at 1100 Bogart Drive Colleyville, TX 76034. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. We hope to see you there!
Congrats to the cast and crew of Death of a Salesman, the GHS UIL One Act Play entry. They are District winners!
Individual Awards went to:
Outstanding Technician - Autumn Pope
Honorable Mention Cast - Ashley Munson
All Star Cast - Drake Leach
Best Actor - James Myers
Bi-District competition will take place on Friday, April 1.
GCISD to Host Bond Election Information Meetings
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting four bond election meetings starting March 10 to provide voters and community members with information on the proposed package. On February 18, GCISD Trustees voted to call a $248.975 million bond election for Saturday, May 7, 2016.
“We are holding informational meetings at each of our middle schools to give members of the community the opportunity to choose the most convenient time or location to learn more about the bond proposition,” said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent.
Quadrant meetings will be held:
March 31 at Colleyville Middle School, 1100 Bogart Drive, Colleyville
April 5 at Cross Timbers MIddle School, 2301 Pool Rd, Grapevine
The one hour meetings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the campus cafeteria. During the meeting, district leaders will give an overview of the proposed projects, explain the community-led selection process, where and how to find specific information about each campus and facility, discuss the tax rate, and answer questions from community members.
Early voting is April 25 - May 3. GCISD residents age 18 and up can register to vote through April 7. Detailed information on the bond proposal can be found at GCISDBond2016.com.
ONLINE ARENA SCHEDULING OPENS FOR FIRST WINDOW MONDAY: Online Arena Scheduling windows are as follows:
· Current Juniors (opens 7:30 a.m.) 3/28 – 3/30 (closes at midnight)
· Current Sophomores (opens 7:30 a.m.) 4/4 -4/6 (closes at midnight)
· Current Freshmen (opens 7:30 a.m.) 4/18 – 4/20 (closes at midnight)
· 8th Grade (opens 7:30 a.m.) 4/25 – 4/27 (closes at midnight)
Things to remember: Students can currently view the course master in their Student Skyward under the ARENA SCHEDULING tab according to their requests and alternates. They can make mock schedules to be prepared once their window opens. Students will need to use their STUDENT SKYWARD LOGIN to build their schedule. Resources, reminders, tips, and a conflict form (Arena Schedule Information Report) are located here: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/42539
UPDATE: Quartile cutoffs will be published for Seniors and Juniors. This information can be found on the counseling webpage along with the top 10% G.P.A. cutoffs. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/365
SCHOLARSHIPS: Seniors don’t forget to access our district scholarship page for available scholarship applications. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/30816 There are many Grapevine-Colleyville organizations, including your previous middle and elementary school PTA’s that have scholarship dollars to give away! Apply, apply, apply! Many deadlines are coming up soon. Do it today!"
2016-2017 DUAL COURSES: Current Juniors registering for Dual English IV for the 2016-2017 School Year will receive an appointment ticket on Monday or Tuesday. This appointment ticket will be used on Wednesday, March 30th to meet with a TCC Representative to complete their Active Apply (application) and learn about the TSI.
HB 2610 Information
I want to take a moment to remind you about a change to the instructional calendar that will be going before the Board at the regularly scheduled meeting on March 28 at Colleyville Middle School.
Every year, the District Excellence Committee, comprised of teachers, staff, parents and community members, as well as district and campus leadership, review possible calendar options before presenting to the Board of Trustees. This year, we had the additional complication of HB 2610, which was developed and passed during the 84th Texas legislative session. It requires districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days. Due to the new legislation passed by the State, there will be some changes made to the student-teacher calendar in GCISD.
To maintain the calendar the community desires and has previously approved, elementary, middle and high schools must have 435 instructional minutes per day. In order to accommodate the new requirements, the district had to make adjustments to the school day for elementary and high school students. The new start and dismissal times are impacted not only by the change in the required instructional minutes but also by the resulting shift in the transportation schedules. Below is the proposed schedule for 2016-2017 school year:
Elementary School 7:40 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Middle School 8:10 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
High School 8:40 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
If the Board approves the proposed changes to our bell schedule, the district will post information on the district website and share through campus social media channels.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
IMPORTANT STAAR TEST INFORMATION
AP Testing Information: 2016
AP testing is May 2nd – 13th. Times: 7:45 and 12:00. Students riding the bus need to make alternate arrangements for transportation on their testing days.
We will have a pre-coding session at the end of April where Mrs. Henry will give you specific details about the testing – where to go, what to bring, etc., and you will fill out a bubble sheet and candidate pack. If you miss this meeting, you will need to go by and see Mrs. Lynch in the front office prior to your first test.
If you do not take the AP exam, you are required to take a district exam, which will count as your semester exam grade. If you had Government 1st semester, we will go back and change your grade to reflect the district exam. This testing will take place on a different day and time from the AP exam. Mrs. Henry will let you know that schedule in May. This test is an actual AP exam with multiple choice and free response with the same time length as the regular AP exam.
Any questions, concerns, or requests need to be directed to Catherine Henry, Assistant Principal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates for Class of 2016:
*Please be aware that scholarship and financial aid deadlines are fast approaching. Be sure to submit your applications by the due dates.
*Please make sure that you have ordered your cap and gown. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible by going to the Balfour website. The cap includes a tassel. All orders placed, whether in person or online, will be charged a handling charge and orders will be delivered to GHS. Announcement orders will be delivered to students on April 13th and cap/gowns on 11th.
Solar Car Team Fundraiser
Prom is May 7th at The Worthington Hotel
While there is no specific dress code for prom, it is still a school event and Students need to be cognizant of their attire for this event. We encourage you to consider buying/renting appropriate formal attire fitting for a formal school event like prom. For our young women, we ask that the dresses not be too high or low cut or revealing in nature. For our young men, we ask that they consider wearing tuxes or suits appropriate for an elegant celebration like prom. Prom is a celebration of a Senior's four years in high school and we are excited to see everyone looking their best on Saturday, May 7th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Terri Carter.
Mens Soccer Fundraiser
Extended Day Tutoring:
Monday, March 28 (B Day)
Extended Day 7-8:00 am
Arena Scheduling Opens
Annual Spring Blood Drive
Prom tickets go on sale
GO Center: University of South Alabama; University of Central Oklahoma; University of Central Arkansas
National Honor Society Induction 6:00 pm Auditorium
Baseball JV Blue v CHHS 6:00 pm
School Board Meeting 7:00 pm at CMS
Tuesday, March 29 (A Day)
STAAR: English 1
Extended Day 4-5:00 pm Library
Baseball 9th @ Birdville 5:00 pm
Baseball JV v Birdville 5:00 pm
Baseball Varsity v Birdville 7:30 pm
Softball v Dunbar 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 30 (B Day)
Student Council meeting 8:00 am or 4:00 pm Lecture Hall-Mandatory for students running for class officer, student body officer or applying for Leadership class.
Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the Library
One Act Play, "Death of a Salesman" 7:00 pm Auditorium
Thursday, March 31 (A Day)
STAAR: English II
Extended Day 4:00 pm Library
Girls Gymnastics Districts @ Saginaw HS
Choir District UIL Contest
Bond informational meeting 6:00 pm at CMS
Fillies and Belles Audition meeting 6:30 pm Library
Friday, April 1 (B Day)
Grapenuts officer nominations due (for current Juniors)
Boys Gymnastics Districts @ Saginaw HS
Baseball JV Blue @ E. Hills 5:00 pm
Baseball 9th v E. Hills 6:00 pm
Baseball Varsity @ E. Hills 7:30 pm
Softball JV v E. Hills 6:00 pm
Softball Varsity v E. Hills 7:30 pm
Girls Soccer Playoffs vs. Burleson Centennial @ 6:00 pm (Pennington Field
Saturday, April 2
Track: Chisholm Trail
Track (for qualifiers): Texas Relays
Water Polo GCISD Tournament
UIL District 6-5A Academic Meet at CTMS
Baseball JV @ Coppell 12:00 pm
Baseball JV Blue @ Coppell 2:00 pm
Grapevine Chamber of Commerce Job Fair 1-5:00 pm