GHS- Back to School Information

August 5, 2022

Principal's Message

Mustang Family,

I'm excited about the start of the 2022-23 school year and can't wait to have all of the Mustangs back tomorrow! Welcome back to our families of 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students and welcome to our new 9th-grade families. This communication is to provide you all with important information pertaining to back-to-school norms and what to expect. Let's have a look, shall we?

School Opens @ 8:20 AM

Mustangs our campus opens each day at 8:20 AM. If your student arrives at the campus prior to 8:20 they will have to wait in the covered sitting area near the front of the building. Please plan your drop off to coincide with our 8:20 AM begin of school day.

Door Access Cards ($5 Charge old card will be disabled)

During the first 3 days of classes, Mrs. Rayburn (Librarian) will be available to make door access cards in the library from the 1st-8th period. Students who have never received their door access cards will receive one, free of charge. If a student has lost their original door access card, they will fill out the Door Access Card QR form and be provided a replacement asap. Replacement cards will be assessed a $5 charge to their account and their old card will be disabled.

Lunchtime Expectations

Closed Campus

We want to reiterate the expectations for our students and parents during lunchtime. GHS is a closed campus, meaning students may not leave campus during lunchtime. Exceptions are granted to students who have completed their classes for the day on senior release.


Lunch Drop Off

Parents may drop off lunches for their students in the front office secured vestibule. It is the parent's responsibility to notify their student that their food has been dropped off. It is the student's responsibility to retrieve their lunch from the secured vestibule.


No Commerial Deliveries

We do not allow any other food deliveries other than parent drop-offs. DoorDash, Uber Eats, or any other food delivery services will not be accepted.

Picture Day & C Day- Friday, August 19th

This Friday we will be running our C-Day schedule (more on that in a minute) and taking our yearbook photos. Remind your student that not only will these pictures appear in the yearbook, but they will also become their Student ID, which they will be required to wear daily.

C-DAY Schedule- Friday, August 19th

Run of Day

All students will report to their 1st period classes. During this period students will be participating in our emergency management drills. Once 1st period ends, students will report to their 3rd period class, where they will remain with that class and teacher until 3:00 PM. During that time students will participate in a plethora of activities, take student pictures, receive student IDs, have lunch, and become more enthralled in the GHS way! We will end the day, 8th period, beginning at 3:05 PM. Here students will finish the day participating in additional emergency management drills until dismissal at 4:00 PM.


*Note- If you have 1st period release, please report to your 3rd period class at 9:40 AM

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Bus Shuttle Reminders

Students how take classes at both GHS & CHHS will use the bus (shuttle) to travel back and forth. These students are encouraged to leave class 5 minutes prior to their shuttle departure. Students will catch their shuttle at the bus drop-off/pick-up area, located in the front of the school near the flag poles (see shuttle schedule below).


*You may see the term GHS BLZ it simply means bus lanes.

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Parent Morning Drop Off / Pick Up & Student Arrival

Parents

Parents that are dropping off or picking up their GHS students, please follow the flow chart provided below. You will utilize the second entrance located off of Timberline Drive to enter the campus and may exit back onto Timberline Drive or via the bridge towards Cross Timbers Middle School.


Students

You will enter utilizing the second entrance and find your assigned parking.

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Parking (Staff- Red, Student- Green, & Visitor- Blue)

Below is a map that reminds everyone where they are designated to park.

Students- Should park in their assigned spot in the student parking areas highlighted in green

Visitors/ Parents - That are entering the building should park in the visitor parking spot highlighted in blue.

Staff- GHS staff members should park in the designated areas highlighted in red.
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GHS Staff Entrance

Only GHS staff and GCISD buses should enter the entrance located off Mustang Drive (across from the 7/11 gas station). The routes to staff parking are depicted below.
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Bus Pick Up / Drop Off

GCISD buses will enter and exit utilizing the route shown below. Our buses pick up and drop off students from GHS as well as shuttle students to and from GHS throughout the day. We ask that parents and visitors please refrain from utilizing this entrance.
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Here Comes the Bus

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has partnered with an innovative mobile device app and website entitled, Here Comes the Bus®. Here Comes the Bus allows you to view the real-time location of your child’s school bus on your smartphone, tablet or computer. With it, you will have the information you need to send your children to the bus stop at just the right time, helping to protect them from inclement weather and other roadside dangers.


Getting started:
Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), the Here Comes the Bus app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

  1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com
  2. Click the Sign Up button
  3. Enter school code 79915 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
  4. Complete the User Profile information
  5. Click “Students” and enter your child’s last name and student ID number when prompted
  6. Once you confirm your information, you’re ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!


To sign up on the website, or to learn more about this service, visit the Here Comes the Bus website.


Shuttle Bus Schedule

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Attendance Staff & Reminders

If your last name begins with:


A-I - Lisa Towchik--817.251.5240 lisa.towchik@gcisd.net

J-R -Anabel PinedaCruz 817.251.5241anabel.pinedacruz@gcisd.net

S-Z - Lynn Rigler --817.251.5242 lynn.rigler@gcisd.net


The State of Texas requires students to attend 90% of each class they are enrolled in in order to be eligible to earn course credit. Please work closely with your teachers each semester to ensure you are meeting this guideline.


We understand that there are health appointments and other reasons your student may need to leave school early. In order to provide you with a smoother and quicker pick-up you may want to: Call ahead and let me know what time you would like your student ready to go! (At least 15 minutes, but early that day is good, too.)


Please make sure that the person picking up your student is a parent or emergency contact listed in Skyward. We cannot release a student to someone not listed!

GHS Counselors

Students are assigned to a counselor by their last name. Please see the alphas for the counselors below.


Marnie Pape (A-D) marnie.pape@gcisd.net

Abbey King(E-Le) abbey.king@gcisd.net

Moises Flores(Li-Ri) moises.flores@gcisd.net

Katherine Partridge (Ro-Z) katherine.partridge@gcisd.net

Mary Parsley (Lead Counselor) mary.parsley@gcisd.net


Jennifer Lemke (Student Advocate) Jennifer.lemke@gcisd.net


Geri Clayton (Registrar) geri.clayton@gcisd.net

Belinda Foster (Student Data) belinda.foster@gcisd.net


Please visit the counseling newsletter at the link below for more details:

https://www.smore.com/mg6b0

2022-23 Schedule Changes:

From the Course Selection Guide (CSG) website: Schedule Changes permitted during the school year. Schedule changes will only be permitted based upon the schedule change parameters listed in the CSG.


TCC Dual classes will begin on Monday, August 22nd. For all Dual class information, you will need to log into your Blackboard account. Remember, if you need to email TCC or a professor for any reason, use your TCC email account and include your TCC ID number. A Remind message will go out with more details prior to the first day of Dual.


Student Schedules


Please see the following notes about your 2022-2023 schedules:

  • Your unofficial schedule became viewable in Skyward (Student Access) on Friday, August 12th at 4:00 p.m.
  • If you have a room number that begins with a letter (example: F119), this class is located at CHHS. Students must take the shuttle bus that picks up outside the front of GHS. Room numbers that end in a letter (example: 701S) are located at GHS.
  • Your schedule on Skyward is considered official on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 17th.
  • Please follow your Skyward schedule beginning on Wednesday, August 17th.
  • Email your counselor if you find an error, such as a hole in your schedule, a class that you’ve already received credit for, or the wrong level of an activity or sport. Errors will be the only schedule changes addressed.


Students will be allowed to level up to Advanced or AP courses within the first 10 days of the fall semester by contacting their counselor. Students will be allowed to level down from Advanced or AP courses if needed at the end of the 4-week and 9-week points and at the end of the first semester (pending space and availability).


JUNIORS & SENIORS – Important Teacher Aide Information:

If you have a Teacher Aide listed in your schedule, please email the teacher you would like to serve as an aide for. If you already reached out to a teacher last spring, please follow up with them to make sure the period you have teacher aide works with their schedule (teachers did not know their schedules last spring). If a teacher approves you as their teacher aide, they will fill out a Google form they have been given from counseling. Once teachers submit the form, counselors will add the teacher's name and room number to your teacher aide period on your schedule.

Nutrition Services

Welcome back! Nutrition Services is excited about the upcoming school year. All menus will be available on the website this year; we will not be sending home a calendar menu. The district charge policy, menu item pricing and more can also be found here. To access calendar menus visit the nutrition services webpage on the gcisd website here:


https://www.gcisd.net/departments/nutrition_services/school_menus


More information including menu item nutritional information and allergens may be viewed through the nutrition services website or by downloading the Meal Viewer app through the apple or android store.


https://schools.mealviewer.com/results/grapevine-colleyville

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Grapevine High School- Website & Social Media

Frequently Asked Questions- Look Here!

Knowing who to contact when you have a question or concern at the high school level can be overwhelming. For this reason, we have created this Parent Information Directory to help you navigate your question/concern to the person who is most suited to meet your needs in a timely fashion.


We have alphabetized our most frequently asked topics/concerns so that you may find them easily. Our aim is to meet your needs both efficiently and effectively. I hope you find this resource to be both user-friendly and valuable.


Click Here for our FAQ.

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2022-23 PTSA Membership Drive

Please visit our website to see everything happening and to JOIN at https://ghsptsa.org/


You can also go directly to TXPTA to JOIN at https://txpta.secure.force.com/JoinPTA/


Remember everyone can JOIN! In order for SENIORS to be qualified to apply for ALL PTA Scholarships they need to be PTSA members of their campus. It also looks great on those college applications!


We are so excited to get this year started!

Rah, Rah, Rah...Mustangs Fight!

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