Colt Corner

Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

March 24, 2017

Dear Colt Parents,


This week we wrapped up another 9 weeks grading period, which means that we are heading towards the final stretch of the year with the last grading period. This coming week, all 7th & 8th graders, and a small number of 6th graders, will be involved with STAAR state testing. With that, we ask that you partner with us to ensure that the students are getting a good nights sleep the days before testing. We will have a CLOSED campus on testing days to ensure that we have a secure testing environment for our staff and students. Thank you for your continued help as we continue to support our students to stay focused and finish the year out strong. Have a great weekend!


BEST,

David Arencibia, Ed.D.

CMS Principal


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CMS - closed campus (including lunch time) on 3/28 & 3/29

CMS will be a closed campus Tuesday, March 28th and Wednesday, March 29th for testing. Parents and all guests will not be allowed to come into the school during school hours.


Since we will have a closed campus on testing days, lunch deliveries/drop offs won't be allowed. Students will not have access to their cell phones or be able to pick up a lunch by attendance due to the restricted testing areas and their varied lunch times. Lunches should either be purchased from the cafeteria or brought from home.

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Click below for the order form

GHS & CHHS High School Physicals for Athletics

CHHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 20, 2017

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made to CHHS AT BC)

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers to reserve time slot

Contact CHHS Athletic Trainers with questions:

817-305-4754


GHS Athletic Physicals Day

April 13

3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

$25 (Cash or Check made out to GHS)

Purchase ticket from Coach Atanga or Coach Carlson starting

Monday, March 20

Call with questions or to reserve a time:

817-251-5289

or email

antse.atanga@gcisd.net

robert.carlson@gcisd.net


Visit grapevinecolleyville.rankonesport.com to download required UIL Preparticipation Medical History and Physical Form

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Want to learn more about options for students to accelerate in math in GCISD? Watch this informative video! https://youtu.be/tV6IcBs_OlM

Dry Erase Marker and Ear Bud Drive

FOR Club is sponsoring a dry erase marker and ear bud drive to help gather school supplies for CONNECT. These items will be used for the Back to School Fair in August. There will be a box located outside the library beginning March 1st-April 28th to collect the items. This is a great way to help students in need in our community. If you have questions please contact Leslie Walden or Krystal McCure in the counseling office.

Current GCISD 8th Graders and Parents

Collegiate Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017/2018 school year! If you are interested, go to our website, http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/2203 and click on the blue button to fill out an application online or pick up a paper application from your middle school counselor. If you would like more information please email Bobbe Knutz at bobbe.knutz@gcisd.netor call Collegiate Academy at 817 515-6775.

Counselors Corner

Week of March 27 – March 31, 2017

6th and 7th Grade Students/Parents

Students will receive a course verification sheets home on Friday, March 31 to verify the courses that they have selected to take next year. This is not a schedule. This is only a list of courses where you can make changes on there if needed and send it back in if you need to make changes. Changes are due back by Thursday, April 13.

8th graders

On Tuesday, April 18 CMS counselors will be working with 8th graders to make a plan for their Arena Scheduling. Look for a plan home that day.

Online Arena Scheduling:

8th Grade: Window opens at 7:00 a.m. on 5/4; closes at midnight 5/7 *dates recently updated

Online Arena Scheduling:

Arena Scheduling is a registration system through Skyward that allows students to create their own schedules similar to the scheduling systems used in college. Arena allows students greater control to build their schedules, and students will know their unofficial schedules by the end of the current school year so they can start their classes on the first day of school in the fall. Below is the timeline for the process.

Adjustment Windows- Students with schedule errors or concerns may submit one change request form online during each adjustment window.

Window #1: May 22 – 24 Window #2: July 24 - 26

You can find the Online Arena Scheduling timeline and additional resources on the district's Counseling Services page. http://www.gcisd-k12.org/arena

Rachel’s Challenge Rally

The Rachel’s Challenge Rally is on Saturday, April 29. If you are interested in ordering a T-Shirt please see attached order form. Orders are due back to CMS campus by Friday, April 7. You can pay cash or write a check to the GCISD Education Foundation and put Rachel’s Challenge in the memo section. Please contact Leslie Walden if you have any questions.

Philanthropy Drive for Connect

We are collecting Dry Erase Markers and Ear Buds for the Connect Back to School Fair in August. The grade level that brings the most items will receive an outside fun day in May. Please help us support a great cause for GCISD students who are in need.

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GCISD announces change to transfer process

On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.


Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.


"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."


From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:

  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.


Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).


For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the district website.

Nurse Martin's Tip Newsletter

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CMS TWEETS from the WEEK

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday , March 28

STAAR Testing 7th Grade Writing and 8th Grade Math


Wednesday, March 29

STAAR Testing 8th Grade Reading


Thursday - March 30

STAAR Testing 7th Grade Accelerated Math

Track - (click here for schedule details)

4:00 - 6:00 pm - Cross Timbers Middle School

CMS Dance Team- Costume Fittings 5:30 - 8:30

GHS Belles Dance Team Tryouts

Click here for the Spring audition information flyer.

Human Resources

Join the GCISD Team!

Many opportunities are available in our auxiliary departments:

  • Nutrition Specialists -PT w/ benefits – work while your students are in school!
  • Kidzu Site Aides – PT w/benefits – this schedule works well for local college students!
  • Night Custodians
  • Bus Drivers & Monitors
  • Maintenance Engineers

Apply online at: www.gcisd-k12.org

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