Bransford Blast

April 3, 2016


  • Fourth and fifth grade students did a great job with round 1 of STAAR testing. Results for fifth grade reading and math assessments are scheduled to be returned to campus around April 19 and fourth grade writing around June 15. We will be in communication as soon as possible.
  • Thank you for honoring the closed campus this week as we kept the testing environment secure. We look forward to having volunteers and visitors back on campus this week!
  • Three of our terrific Texan teachers were invited to take part in VALOR for the 2016-2017 school year. VALOR, Vanguard Association of Learning, Observation, and Reflection is a group of innovative, growth-minded teachers striving to reach new heights as educators as they work collaboratively to advance the achievement of their students through observation, reflection and scholarship.
  • The Board of Trustees voted on Monday evening to approve for-pay pre-k for the 2016-2017 school year! Bransford will be home to pre-k through fifth grade students next school year!

Rachel's Challenge

  • GCISD is gearing up for the annual Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Fair onApril 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.

  • Rachel’s Challenge-Last day to register for 5K is Monday, April 4!

  • Not running in the 5K? You can still join the fun! Visit all of the booths at the Community Fair and put your name in the raffle to win our Bransford Prize, “Pie with the Principal”! You and three friends of your choosing will get to have a Pizza Pie lunch and a Menchie’s Ice cream Pie for dessert. The raffle winner will also receive a $5.00 Menchies gift card.

Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration

Mark the calendar for Thursday, April 28 for Kindergarten and Pre-K registration from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for our new students to tour the campus, meet members of the BES staff, and get excited about the 2016-2017 school year!

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:

  • 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

Choose Your Own Adventure - GCISD Elementary Summer Programs

On Monday, March 28th, online registration will open for our Elementary GCISD Summer Programs which includes Summer Enrichment, KidzU Camps, and ECDC Camps. This summer we will offer courses for students completing K-6th grades. Our program brochure is available online on the Summer Enrichment page and a limited amount of printed brochures will be sent out to all elementary campuses the week of March 28th. If parents need assistance with the online registration or have questions, you can direct them to the Summer Programs Office which is located in the GCISD Tax Office this year. The number is (817) 251-5206 and the office will open Monday, March 28th.

The cover of the Summer Enrichment brochure (seen on the left) was designed by our own Kathryn DeYoung!

Math Telescoping Exams

Testing opportunities for telescoping in math for the 2016-2017 school year are available in the spring and summer for GCISD students who are completing grades K through 7.

The Math Telescoping Information Packet will be available the first week in March on the district website under the For Parents and Students Directory by selecting the link for Acceleration Exams, Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. From the Assessment Department page select either the ENGLISH or SPANISH version for Math Telescoping, Grades K-7.

Parents will find information about the requirements to qualify for Math Telescoping and instructions about the new TWO STEP Online Registration Process. There will be links to print the Information Packet, begin the TWO STEP Online Registration Process to register for the spring exams, view the TEKS on the TEA website, and download Study Guides for the exams purchased from UT-Austin.

The exam dates and registration deadlines for each exam date are listed below:

Spring Exam Date

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline,


The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., April 13, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

April 14, 2016 by noon

Summer Exam Date

Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Colleyville Elementary

Online Registration Deadline


Online registration for the Summer Exam Date will open the week of May 9th. The online registration form will become unavailable at 12:01 a.m., June 21, 2016.

Exam Fee Payment Deadline

June 22, 2016 by noon

Looking Ahead...

Monday, April 4

5th Grade Middle School Class Registration Day at BES

Texas Rangers Opening Day: Wear Ranger Gear and/or Red, White, and Blue

Tuesday, April 5

5th Grade Field Trip

Zoe's Spirit Night

Wednesday, April 6

GCISD Kindness Day:Wear your Rachel’s Challenge Shirt! If you don’t have one were a Bransford shirt.

Thursday, April 7

Patriot Paws Assemblies

Friday, April 8

BES Spirit Day

Tuesday, April 12

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal 3 p.m.

Friday, April 15

BES Sprit Day

First Grade Field Trip

Talent Show 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16

Rachel's Challenge Rally

Friday, April 22

Second Grade Field Trip

Girls on the Run Community Service Bake Sale (more information coming soon)

Dad's Club Camp Out

Tuesday, April 26

Raising Cane's Spirit Night

Thursday, April 28

Pre-K & Kindergarten Round-Up: If you have an incoming kindergartener, join us for this come and go event between 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20

Field Day