The Mustang Minute


Principal's Message

Monday, February 8th we will be holding Mustang Nation Night. This night has historically been held for our incoming 9th graders. However, after receiving feedback from our community, we have made the decision to open up the evening to our current students as well. Mustang Nation Night will allow you to attend break out sessions and ask questions of teachers, counselors and administrators before you finalize your schedule for the next year. Please see the information below.

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Swimming team for their Region 2-5A Championships. This marks the first regional championship for our boys since 1998 and our first regional championship ever for our girl swimmers. Very proud of Coach Jau and his athletes. Coach Jau was also named Regional Coach of the year.

Wednesday was an incredible day at Grapevine High School. During the day, we had nine different athletes sign National Letters of Intent to continue playing at the collegiate level. Please use the following link to view pictures of this very special day for our students.

Our junior class also had the opportunity to preview the film "The Luft Gangster". This film is a documentary chronicling the life of Lt. Colonel Alexander Jefferson one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. This film will be shown on all American Airline flights during the month of February and Grapevine High School was the first school in the nation to view the film. Along with viewing the film our students had the chance to ask questions to surviving members of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. This day truly made history come alive. The following link has more information about this amazing film:

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Counselors' Corner

Beginning January 26th, counselors started visiting students in the classroom to review the course request process. For the timeline of online arena scheduling please visit the district website:

In the season of Course Selections, counselors will be presenting to incoming freshmen as well as our current high school students. We will be in and out of classrooms frequently and will get to email, phone calls, and other student concerns as soon as possible. Counselors will be visiting middle schools Feb. 8th-10th to continue working with course selections.

Mustang Nation Night: Feb. 8th 6:30-8:00 p.m., Counselors will have a FAQ in the Auditorium from 7:00-7:30 p.m. for current students in grades 9th - 11th.

NEXT YEAR DUAL COURSE INFORMATION: 2016-2017 Juniors and Seniors interested in taking a Dual course during the 2016-17 school year must attend one of the following mandatory meetings with a parent or guardian. Our TCC Dual liaison will present detailed information about the Dual program in order to help you decide if Dual is right for you.

Wednesday, February 10th @ 6:30 p.m. (CHHS Auditorium)

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. (GHS Auditorium)

**Students can attend either mandatory meeting regardless of home high school.

Interesting in taking the ASVAB: For many young adults, the prospect of embarking on a career, at times, can be daunting. Since students probably are aware of the current realities of the world of work, they may question what the future holds for them. ASVAB has endeavored to produce career exploration and planning materials that are future-oriented and empowering to all students.

Sign up for the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment that will be given on March 2, 2016 at 8:30 am in the Grapevine High School Lecture Hall.

Date: 03/02/2016 (Wed.)

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am CST


Speak Up APP

In Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, our number one priority is student safety. The entire counseling department has worked to foster and develop a climate where students feel comfortable speaking to a campus counselor not only about future college and career plans, but also to address issues or situations that are not representative of the positive culture we are striving to create. We understand that while many students take advantage of our services, not everyone feels comfortable coming forward and reporting an incident to a counselor for a multitude of reasons.

In an effort to provide students with an additional outlet to report behavior that detracts from our positive culture, GCISD has partnered with Speak Up! for the first partnership of its kind in the United States. Speak Up! is an app that students download on their smartphone, from which they may anonymously report bullying, theft, suspected drug use, etc. The report is then sent to a counselor so that they may investigate the claim and take appropriate action. The app is of no cost to students and will be available for all students in grades sixth through twelfth.

We wanted to make you aware of the new app before your student is sent registration information. On Friday, February 5, your student will receive an email from Speak Up! that gives step-by-step instructions on how they can register and download the app on their smartphone. From there, they may begin to use the app to report suspicious behavior and help promote good citizenship by assisting counselors and campus administrators in maintaining a positive learning environment for all students.

If you have any questions about the Speak Up! app, please feel free to contact myself or your campus counselor.

Emberly Hill

Director of Counseling Services

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.

The cost is $92 per exam. Payments can be made from Feb 8th through the 12th in the SAC during all lunches. We will then post a list in all AP teacher classrooms for students to check their order. Any changes or additions can be made on March 3rd. Please make sure your order is correct. Financial aid is available. Contact Mrs. Henry to see if you qualify. Taking multiple tests is not a reason for financial aid.

Method of payment: Cash, Check, or MC/Visa. All students must fill out an order form, which will also be your receipt. Order forms will be available in the SAC during the February payment window. All payments can be made during all lunches in the SAC. Students may pay for all tests with one check. Families with multiple students taking exams may pay with one check. Checks need to be made out to GHS.

The College Board charges fees for returned exams and any orders placed after the deadline will cost more…the closer to the test date, the more the added fee will be.

In order to use accommodations on your exam, students must request and receive approval from the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities. See Mrs. Parsley, GHS Counselor to apply for accommodations. The College Board deadline for application is February 19th. You must be on the College Board’s Special Accommodations list to receive accommodations regardless of whether you have 504 or SpEd accommodations.

Late/alternate testing is available only under a few specific circumstances, such as school sponsored event, religious holiday, and doctor documented illness. Alternate tests are given on specific dates and times just like the regular AP test. If you have a conflict with a test, see Mrs. Henry as soon as you know of the conflict so we can get an alternative test ordered for you. If something happens during testing see or email Mrs. Henry immediately to make alternate plans. Alternate test dates are the week following regularly scheduled AP exams. Depending upon the reason for missing the test, some fees may apply.

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, GHS Assistant Principal. The best way to reach her is via email:

AVID Information:

Is AVID for YOU?

What is AVID?

AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that prepares students with high academic potential for success in college.

What are AVID student expectations?

AVID students are expected to maintain an absolute minimum of a “C” average in scholarship and citizenship, to study a minimum of 2 hours per night, and to enroll in rigorous college preparatory classes. The AVID student’s goal is to enroll in a four-year university.

What happens in the AVID class?

AVID students are supported in high-level academic skills in writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading and academic behaviors.

Students are equipped with skills such as note taking, studying, test-taking, and goal setting.

Students receive academic support from college-age tutors through collaborative groups and are motivated to pursue academic excellence through cultural and college field trips, classroom guest speakers, and AVID team building.

To apply to be an AVID student, please use the link below to access the student application.

2016-2017 AVID Student Application

If you have any questions, please contact Izzy Fowler by email at

We look forward to receiving your application!

Grapevine High School AVID Site Team

Volunteer Opportunity:

High school students in need of volunteer hours, you have an opportunity to earn volunteer hours on Saturday the 13th of February on the GHS campus. The Grapevine Fabulous Fillies are hosting a dance competition and are in need of hall monitors, parking attendants, and various other jobs to assist with the competition. We have several shifts available from morning, mid-day, through late evening. Please contact Lori Steinle at, or Carol Jacobs at

Come Support GCISD Special Olympics

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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.

Class of 2016:

Please complete the Senior Activity Index for the 2016 Yearbook. This is where you will list all clubs, organizations, sports, etc. you have been involved in during your years at GHS. The deadline to submit the Index is February 12th. Here's is the link for the Senior Activity Index:

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

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 May 11th.

GCISD Special Programs EXPO

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Mustang Men's Soccer

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Sophomore Class 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


Monday, February 8 (B Day)

Extended Day 7-8:00 am

Mustang Nation Night: PTSA Meeting at 5:30 pm; Incoming 9th graders 6:00-8:00 pm; Incoming 10th, 11th, 12th graders 6:30-8:00 pm

Girls Soccer JV1 v Denton Guyer 6:00 pm

Tuesday, February 9 (A Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Girls Soccer JV2 v Carter Riverside 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity v Carter Riverside 7:30 pm

Boys Soccer JV @ Carter Riverside 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity @ Carter Riverside 7:30 pm

Softball JV @ Frisco 5:30 pm

Softball Varsity @ Frisco 7:00 pm

Girls BBall JV @ Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Girls BBall Varsity @ Polytechnic 7:30 pm

Girls BBall 9th @ Frisco Reedy 5:00 pm

Boys BBall JV v Polytechnic 5:00 pm

Boys BBall 9th Red v Polytechnic 6:30 pm

Boys BBall Varsity v Polytechnic 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the Library

Advanced Academics Booster meeting Library 6:30 pm

Thursday, February 11 (A Day)

Oral Interp @ Harvard (through Tuesday)

Gymnastics @ Highland Park 5:00 pm

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the Lecture Hall

District Excellence Committee 6:00 pm

Friday, February 11 (B Day)

Debate @ Arlington (through Sat.)

Girls Golf @ Flower Mound (through Sat.)

Wrestling Regionals (through Sat.)

Softball @ Irving

Boys Soccer JV v Birdville 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity v Birdville 7:30 pm

Girls Soccer JV1 @ Birdville 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity @ Birdville 7:30 pm

Boys BBall Varsity @ E. Hills 6:30 pm

Saturday, February 12

Fillies MA Dance Contest at GHS

Winter Guard MA Contest at GHS

Boys BBall 9th Red @ E. Hills 9:30 am

Boys BBall JV @ E. Hills 11:00 am

Monday, February 15


Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA