NEWS FROM THE CORRAL

April 9, 2016

Good Evening Pony Parents,

As I was looking at the calendar dates for the remainder of our school year, I realize we have only 38 days left of 2015-2016. I can't imagine where all the time has gone. Those 38 days are packed with end of year ceremonies, state testing, and ensuring our students are ready for the next step in their academic career.

Thank you so much for continuing to help us finish strong. When spring sets in students realize the end of the school year is near. It becomes "easier" for them to lose assignments and dates, and "harder" for them to get up in the morning. We appreciate your continuing to get to school on time and scheduling appointments outside instruction time. We are proud of our success as we continue to grow academically, athletically, and socially. At GMS each student matters!

As always we thank you allowing us to educate your child.

Have a great week,

Linda Young, Principal


GCISD BOND INFORMATION

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is hosting bond election meetings 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.


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

http://www.gcisdbond2016.com/


PARENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 5 (HB 5), which made significant changes to curriculum and graduation requirements, as well as, the assessment program and accountability system. In addition to the new graduation requirements, HB 5 also includes a requirement for school districts to conduct a community or parent engagement survey and report results to the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The information collected in this survey will help us highlight areas of excellence, as well as recognize areas of growth as we strive to Build Excellent Schools Together.

The survey link included in this message may be used multiple times in the instance that you have students on different campuses and will be active from April 11 through May 6, 2016. Once you click on the link, you may select if you would like to complete the survey in English or Spanish.

Click here to take the HB 5 survey:

http://www.k12insight.com/GCISD/ParentEngagementSurvey/2016.html

I want to thank you for your participation in this survey and your continued support of Grapevine Middle School and GCISD.


HB 2610 Information

What is House Bill 2610?

HB 2610, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, requires school districts to provide at least 75,600 minutes of instruction, rather than 180 days of instruction. By changing the way the school year is measured, it is meant to give districts more flexibility in how they make up for missed instructional days.


What does this mean for GCISD?

Due to the new legislation passed by the State, there will be some changes made to the student-teacher calendar in GCISD. Currently, our elementary school students have 72,840 minutes of instruction, which does not meet the new requirements. By adding fifteen minutes to each elementary school day, this will allow GCISD to meet the state standard of instructional minutes. Additionally, GCISD will be extending the high school day by 5-minutes to meet the new requirements. The middle schools already receive the required instructional minutes so their day will not require an extension.


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. The new times may be found below:

· 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.


GMS Scoreboard

Mother Nature decided we needed a new scoreboard! If you haven't noticed, the wind storms took their toll on the scoreboard on our athletic field. Central leadership is in the process of accepting bids and a replacement will be installed prior to the beginning of our 2016 football season. This item was on our "wish" list and we hoped to be able to replace it sometime in the future. Circumstances out of our control have taken it off the "wish" list and added to the necessary list! Thank you our GCISD community for ensuring our facilities are a priority.

CAMPUS UPDATES

NJHS COMMUNITY SERVICE
Saturday morning when most teenagers were sleeping, our NJHS members were busy at Vineyards Campgrounds giving back to our community. They spent the day cleaning and painting the grills at Vineyards Campground as we enter the season of visitors to our community. Thank you Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Sloan for giving your time to our students and setting an excellent example of community service.

PALS PARTICIPATE IN CLEAN UP COMMUNITY
Our GMS PALS are featured in our newsletter as they cleaned up the area around our school. As you can see in the picture many bags were collected. Thank you students for caring about our environment and thanks to Ms. Aschenbrenner for your leadership.

GHS DANCE TEAM

Attention all 8th Grade Girls!

Did you miss the GHS Belles JV Dance Team Meeting but would still like to tryout! No problem! You have until Monday, April 11th, to turn in your forms. All forms can be found on-line at the GHS Belles webpage,. No dance training is required to audition, Mrs. Hansen will teach you!


RACHEL'S CHALLENGE AT GCISD

GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair on April 16th. We will have two guest speakers and several student performances throughout the morning. If you would like to run in the chip-timed 5K, showcase your business in our community fair, or volunteer your time please click here for more information. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/32352.

Link for volunteer sign ups:

www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4EADA62EA02-rachels2


IMMUNIZATION OPPORTUNITY

The Health Dept is coming on Wednesday, May 18th to administer the tDap and MCV to 6th grade students. Cost is $15 total with the returned permission slip to the RN clinic by Friday, May 13th. Permission slips will be sent home at the end of April. Parents to do not have to present.

Any questions, please contact Nurse Jansen. connie.jansen@gcisd.net, 817-251-5667.


STEM NEWSLETTER

Please follow the link to view the weekly STEM activities!

https://www.smore.com/4hr2s-gms-stem-news?ref=email

ATHLETICS UPDATES

TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS

GIRLS TRACK ANNOUNCEMENTS

7th grade awards:

Rachel Sutliff 1st place in the 1600 and 2400

Morgan Sessom 3rd place in the discus

Rylin Baker 6th place in the shot put

8th grade awards:

Emmalee Drake 2nd place in the High Jump

London Jackson 3rd place in the 100 meter dash

Tate Tshirhart 3rd place in the 100 Meter HurdleS


BOYS TRACK ANNOUNCEMENTS

The 7th grade track and field team finished 5th place at the Zone track meet. This year was a successful year for the track and field team. We are so proud of our boys for the success that they enjoyed this season. The 8th grade team finished 9th in the Zone Meet on Tuesday night. The 8th grade team had a year that saw them enjoy success early in the year, only to be bitten by the injury bug as the season progressed. Those athletes that finished the year did an awesome job of holding the team together.

7th Grade outstanding participants were:

Chris Molina- Zone Champion in the 2400m run and 2nd place in the 1600m Run

Alphrege Ntumba- Zone Champion in the Long Jump and 2nd place in the triple jump.

4x100m Relay- Cameron Johnson, Alphrege Ntumba, Chris Molina, Julian Newhouse placed 2nd.

Keegan Garwood- 3rd place in the 100m hurdles.


8th grade outstanding participants were:

Matthew Pavlicin- 3RD Place In the 800M Run. Although Matt is the only 8th grader that placed higher than 7th place, these young men competed extremely hard. We are very proud of each of them.


GMS PHYSICALS
April 13th. Dr. Jennifer Choate will be at GMS all day to perform sports physicals. The physicals will cost $20. Our goal is to have all our athletes get here physicals at this time. This will help with each athlete being able to start next year without the delay of not having a physical. All 8th graders who are going into 9th grade can take their physical as well. We will get those to the high school trainers as soon as they are done.


GHS PHYSICALS

Please go to the following link for GHS physicals if that is your high school for 2016-2017.

http://www.gcisdk12.org/cms/lib4/TX01000829/Centricity/Domain/1/GHS_PhysicalFlyer_16.pdf


Volleyball League Information:

If your child is interested in playing volleyball next year, they need to be playing as much as possible. The league will provide our 7th and 8th graders (particularly the ones not playing club this spring) an opportunity to get touches on the ball heading into summer and ultimately tryouts next August. There is no limit to the number of teams you can have participate from your school. Flyer is attached for team options.

District Information

SUMMER PROGRAMS at GCISD

GCISD offers many exciting programs for your child. Please visit the website and view the video. Great learning experiences continue all through the summer!

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/79


SUMMER ENRICHMENT VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ArZ7pFOimM&feature=youtu.be


MATH TELESCOPING EXAMS

Please visit the following website for information on accelerated options for mathematics.

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/171


LETS TALK

A one stop place where you are able to ask questions about all things GCISD and get real answers!

http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Page/38712

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Next Weeks Events

Monday April 11
PTA Executive Board 8:15 Lecture Hall

Tennis Meet @ GHS 4:30


Tuesday April 12

Cheer Uniform Fittings 4:30 - 5:30 Theater Room

Thursday April 14

Dual Language Parent Education Event 6:00 - 8:30 Cafeteria

Friday April 15

CmPS to State Bowl in Austin

TMSCA State Meet San Antonio


Saturday April 16

Rachel's Challenge 5K and Rally 8:00 - 12:00


Monday April 18

8th Grade Panoramic Picture 1:00 in Gym

Tuesday April 19

Exito Hispano 6:30 in Lecture Hall
Choir Tie Dye Party 3:30 - 6:00 cafeteria

FUTURE EVENTS

Symphonic 2 & Jazz Band Contest April 21

Art Trip to Ft. Worth Museums April 22

Beginner Band to Sandy Lake April 22

Pony Pride Spring Audition April 22

Band 8th Grade Hype Day April 23