Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence
This week I had the opportunity to be in Austin and work with some of the best principals in the state of Texas. As I engaged in meaningful conversations about teaching and learning and how to BEST serve students, I quickly realized how blessed we are in this community. Educating students in today's ever-changing world is a challenging process that requires a strong commitment between parents, students, and the school. Based on the conversations I had with other principals, I strongly believe our campus is moving in the right direction. While there is much work to be done in our goal of attaining EXCELLENCE, I am confident we have the students and faculty to achieve great things. This is evident when I see and hear about the amazing work our kids are doing on a daily basis. Our students are consistently at the forefront in all areas of academics, fine arts, and athletics. As a community, and as a campus, we have a lot to be PROUD of and I challenge each of us to take a moment to say thank you to our kids, teachers, and parents for the work we are doing to help CHHS students be successful.
Have a wonderful weekend!
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class is art with Mrs. Robertson, because students can develop their imagination. It is also an essential feature that identifies us. It is very important in society, because it gives us culture and disconnects us from the ordinary.
- Misael Tovalin
No Off-Campus Lunch
Parents and Students, we are a closed campus for all lunches. The only students that should be leaving during lunch are those that have to drive to GHS for class or have work obligations through their CATE class and this is verified by the attendance office. Students leaving for lunch will be given a two hour after school detention. Failing to attend detention results in an ISS placement. Multiple violations will result in an ISS placement. Parents are more than welcome to leave lunches up by the attendance office for students.
Panther Band Fundraiser
PREP Program: Panthers Ready for Extra Practice
Athletic Training Booster Club Stop-in Fund Raiser
Stop-in to any First Choice ER with this flyer and CHHS Athletic Training receives $10! CHHS Athletic Training Booster Club and First Choice ER will be hosting a Stop-in Fundraiser January 16 - January 30. Stop-in at any location and drop of the flyer to help out!!!!
Support Panther BAnd
CHHS Band is having a Pampered Chef Fundraiser starting January 7th and ending February 1st. There are some great new items in this year's catalog.
30% of the sales will go to your favorite band student for band fees or the band trip to Disney World this spring. Contact any band member or follow this hyperlink to order http://fondapc.com/CHHSBand.
STAAR Testing Dates
Here are the following dates for upcoming STAAR testing. Parents, please make sure you do not schedule any doctor appointments or pull-outs on these days. Students will not be released during testing.
English I - 3/29
English II - 3/31
Algebra I - 5/3
Biology/U.S. History - 5/4
Please contact Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Placement Exam Registration
We are pleased to announce that the registration and payment process for the 2016 AP Exams is completely on-line this year. The cost per exam is $96; the registration window will open on February 1, 2016. Payment must be made by March 7, 2016, to avoid incurring a late fee of $10. Registration will close on March 13. The registration site may be found at the following website:
This URL will also be posted on the CHHS website. ALL payments and exam registrations must be made through Total Registration; payments will not be accepted at CHHS. Parents will be able to pay by credit card, check, or money order. Please contact Karen Woodworth, AP Coordinator, at Karen.email@example.com if you have any questions.
Support Panther Choir
GCISD Special Olympics Shoot Out Fundraiser
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and its Special Olympics parent group will be hosting the Third Annual Triple Threat Shootout. The Shootout will include GCISD Special Olympics and Friends of Mustang-Panthers, a Special Olympics alumni group, competing against the Grapevine and Colleyville police officers. Admission will be $2 and there will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring, a 2-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Dallas Stars tickets, sports memorabilia, golf course passes, over 30 various local restaurant gift certificates (Del Frisco’s, Dave and Busters, Outback), PS4, bicycle, gas grill and much, much more. The Dove Dynamic Drummers will be the halftime show, as well as the Grapevine and Colleyville drum lines. The concession stand will be fully stocked and there will be event t-shirts and spirit t-shirts on sale to show your support.
So come out and join the fun on February 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine High School. GCISD serves hundreds of special needs kids ranging from ages 5 through 22. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please go to their fundraising page by clicking here.
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.
Attendance problems? We can help!
GCISD is offering classes that can help support you in your understanding
of compulsory attendance laws as well as insight into how you can turn your
absences into learning experiences and personal growth.
Attending the GCISD Why Try? Classes will support you and a parent on your
journey. Classes are one Saturday a month from 8-11am AND you can receive
double seat time hours if you and a parent attend. That's six hours of seat time
for only three hours of your time! Interested? Click here for details!
Classes are available on the following dates:
Feb. 6 & 20
Apr. 9 & 30
SENIOR PTA SCHOLARSHIPS
Attention Seniors: The PTSA scholarship application is now online and ready for you to complete. This year there is one application for the entire district. You are able to complete an essay for each school you attended (elementary, middle and high school) as well as the GCISD Council of PTA's essay, with general information being filled out only one time. Click on the link below here https://goo.gl/1dPMyD and get started! The deadline for the application is March 24, 2016. The requirements for eligibility are listed on the PTSA website, www.chhsptsa.org.
If you have any questions, please email Cheryl Redfearn at firstname.lastname@example.org
March for Water (M4W) registration
DECEMBER VOLUNTEER HOURS
It’s time to submit the number of adult volunteer hours you volunteered in DECEMBER for any CHHS organization. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours, so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other used. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: http://www.chhsptsa.org/submit-volunteer-hours.
SENIORS: JOIN OFFICIAL WEBSITE
125 Days until Graduation!!! Stay informed on Senior events thorough the year on the official CHHS website for Class of 2016. Seniors and their parents are encouraged to join. There is a photo and video page. Please upload photos and videos for end of year events. Request to join at https://chhs2016.shutterfly.com
Community Scholar Ambassadors Program
The Community Scholar Ambassadors Program (CSAP) is a program that encourages students to take a challenging curriculum, as defined in the grades 9-12 GCISD Program of Studies, and to perform 100 hours of APPROVED community service while maintaining a 70% or higher average in each course, and other academic requirements as stated in the CSAP guidelines. Students fulfilling these criteria will be locally recognized as GCISD Community Scholar Ambassadors upon graduation from high school.
ATTENTION SENIORS: THE DEADLINE FOR SENIORS TO SUBMIT HOURS FOR CSAP IS MARCH 31st, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Hours cards should be placed in the red box in the Counseling Office designated for CSAP.
A list of seniors who have met the 100+ hours requirement for CSAP is posted on the Community Service Board in the Panther Den. The list will be updated monthly through the March 31 deadline. Academic requirements will be verified by counselors in April. A final list of Community Scholar Ambassadors for the Class of 2016 will be posted in May.
The yearly hours deadline for freshmen, sophomores and juniors is the last day of each school year. The CSAP Committee is currently reviewing hours served between 4:01 p.m. June 4, 2015 and 4:00 p.m. June 2, 2016. For Seniors: 4:01 p.m. June 4, 2015 through 4:00 p.m. March 31, 2016. For more information on CSAP, pick up a copy of the program guidelines in the Counseling Office. An updated list of approved hours is provided to Counseling at the end of each month. To find out your total number of approved hours, please contact Mrs. Buttell in Counseling. CSAP hours are NOT listed in Skyward.
New Advance Class Offerings
CHHS will be offering new classes next year: Advanced Humanities Research & Advanced Chemistry Research and Design. The classes do have
Advanced Humanities Pre-requisite (Application Only):
Srs. - AP Language
Jrs. - Concurrent w/ AP Language
All applicants - Score of a 3 or better on at least 1 AP test that incorporates
Teacher Recommendations from core classes
Average of B or higher in core classes
Advanced Chemistry Research and Design Pre-Requisite: AP Chemistry
For more questions: See Ed Wevodau, Kelli Mann (ELA), and Sonya Loughran (science).
Inclement Weather Procedures
To sign up for text alerts, parents should text "Yes" to 68453 to subscribe to the service. The cellular phone number must be listed in Skyward Family Access in order for a parent to receive text messages from the district office or their child's school. Parents may check or change the phone number listed by logging in to Family Access and clicking the button to update their phone numbers.
CHHS PTSA Information
- Join CHHS PTSA! Download the form from chhsptsa.org and send it to the front office with a check; or you can join and pay online.
- Be sure to like our Facebook page, CHHS PTSA, and follow us on Twitter @PTSACHHS.
- If you would like access to our campus Student Phonebook, follow this link chhsptsa.org on our website for instructions.