The Mustang Minute


Principal's Message

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend with family and friends.

Senior Parents:

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

Senior Students:

Registered to vote? If you're 18 years or older you are eligible to vote, but you must register. To register go to 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

Best Crew

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

Counselors' Corner

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:

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Seniors don’t forget to access our district scholarship page for available scholarship applications. 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.
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Ambassador Program:

Seniors: 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. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have until the end of school to turn in their hours. Please contact Katherine Uselton, the 2016 Coordinator, at , or Kim Goad, Committee Chair, at if you have questions.

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

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

The GCISD Solar Car Team, made up of students from both GHS and CHHS, plans to participate in the 2016 Solar Car Challenge, a cross country road race from Ft. Worth to Minneapolis, to be held this coming July. The team is holding a fundraiser to offset the cost of the design and construction of their full-size, road-legal, solar-powered car, THE LIGHTRIDER. Students are selling delicious tamales provided by Tommy Tamales. Tamales are $12 per dozen. Orders will be taken through Sunday, April 3rd. The tamales will be available for you or your student to pick up at GHS on Friday, April 15th at 3:45pm. Orders can be placed by online at

Choir Fundraiser

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Prom is May 7th at The Worthington Hotel

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 28th. Please see Mrs. Gunn before or after school or during lunches to purchase tickets. The cost is $85 per person through April 15th. Ticket price will be $90 from April 18th-29th. If your date does not attend GHS, you will need to obtain a date form from Mrs. Gunn.

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

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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

Volunteer Opportunity:

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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

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Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA