The Mustang Minute


Principal's Message

As stated in the letter sent home via e-mail on Friday, the GCISD Board of Trustees has called for a bond election on May 7th. Please take a few minutes to review the link below for more detailed bond information.

This time of year brings a multitude of events for our GHS Mustang teams. Please take a few minutes to read our GHS Celebrations below. I am always impressed with the dedication and success we have with all our students and coaches.

GHS Celebrations


To the following GHS art students, whose work has been selected to go on to state VASE competition in April: Phillip Neal (acrylic drawing), Mariana Prieto (colored pencil drawing) and Camille Krumwiede (marker drawing).

To our Fillies and Belles for their outstanding work at the MA Dance Competition:

Grapevine Fillies Officers Results:

Winner's Circle (2nd place overall officer groups)

Best in Class _- XL Officer Category

Choreography Awards

Lyrical "Wherever You Will Go"

Prop "Beautiful"

Contemporary "Depth Over Distance"

Technique Awards

Lyrical "Wherever You Will Go"

Prop "Beautiful"

Contemporary "Depth Over Distance"

Belles Results:

The Belles did wonderful this past Saturday at the MA Grapevine Dance Contest on 2.13.16 with the following awards:

  • 8th place overall (includes High School Varsity & JV, as well as all studio teams at the contest)
  • 2nd Place Overall JV Division (7 JV teams in attendance this year)
  • 1st Place Team Kick
  • 1st Place Team Lyrical
  • 2nd Place Team Pom
  • 2nd Place Team Contemporary
  • Officer Small Ensemble Champions
  • Soloist Robin O'Hanlon 5th Place Junior Division (out of 40+ soloists)

To our Harvard OI Competitors:

Drake Leach and Luke Woodrich
Semis /HI (top 12 out of 181)

Drake Leach and Grace Lord
Semis /duo (top 12 out of 142)

Luke Woodrich and Jackson Miller
Octos /Duo

GHS Swim/Dive Team:

The Grapevine HS swimmers and divers competed at the UIL 5A Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Texas at Austin on Feb 19 and Feb 20.

The Grapevine HS boys placed 4th overall. This is the highest place at State meet since 1998.

The Grapevine HS girls placed 21st overall.


Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay: Nick Tsigas, David Hallaron, Parker Schultz, Christian Hambrock - 6th place

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle: Parker Schultz - 6th place and GHS School Record

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle: Daniel Rutledge - 12th place

Girls 200 Yard IM: Madison Chao - 12th place

Boys 200 Yard IM: David Hallaron - 2nd place

Girls 1 Meter Diving: Erin Palmer - 9th place

Girls 1 Meter Diving: Katie Gary - 11th place

Boys 100 Yard Fly: Parker Schultz - 3rd place

Boys 500 Yard Freestyle: Ben Kalmbach - 4th place

Boys 500 Yard Freestyle: Daniel Rutledge - 9th place

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Parker Schultz, Daniel Rutledge, David Hallaron, Christian Hambrock - 9th place

Girls 100 Yard Backstroke: Madison Chao - 7th place

Boys 100 Yard Backstroke: David Hallaron - 3rd Place

Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay:Daniel Rutledge, Christian Hambrock, Eric He, Ben Kalmbach, Nick Tsigas - 10th place

GHS Wrestling Team:

The Grapevine HS Wrestlers competed at the UIL 5A Wrestling Championships on Feb 19 and Feb 20. Our team finished 9th place overall.

Individual Results:

Brian Andrews: State Championship- 285lb Division: Back to Back State Champion

Sammy Hodges: 4th Place- 126lb Division

Counselors' Corner

Counselors are very appreciative of all students who entered course requests for the upcoming school year. The request window is now closed and administration will be using the information to create the master schedule. Online Arena Scheduling windows are as follows:

· Current Juniors 3/28 – 3/30

· Current Sophomores 4/4 -4/6

· Current Freshmen 4/18 – 4/20

· 8th Grade 4/25 – 4/27


· 2016-2017 Juniors and Seniors interested in taking a Dual course during the 2016-17 school year if you missed the mandatory informational meeting, we will have a make-up meeting on Thursday, February 25th, during all student lunches in the lecture hall. Parents are not required to attend this meeting but are welcome to. We will plan to show a video recording from the mandatory meeting during the make-up meeting next Thursday.

· Students will be required to sign in during the make-up meeting and will be given a Dual Enrollment Commitment form to take home to parents. The form includes important information about Dual that is intended to help the student and family decide if Dual is the right option for their schedule next year. If students plan to pursue Dual, the Commitment form must be turned into the Counseling office by March 21st.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Seniors don’t forget to access our district scholarship page for available scholarship applications.

Interesting in taking the ASVAB: For many young adults, the prospect of embarking on a career, at times, can be daunting. Since students probably are aware of the current realities of the world of work, they may question what the future holds for them. ASVAB has endeavored to produce career exploration and planning materials that are future-oriented and empowering to all students.

Sign up for the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment that will be given on March 2, 2016 at 8:30 am in the Grapevine High School Lecture Hall.

Date: 03/02/2016 (Wed.)

Time: 8:30am - 11:30am CST


AP Testing Information: 2016

AP testing is May 2nd – 13th. Times: 7:45 and 12:00. Students riding the bus need to make alternate arrangements for transportation on their testing days.

We will be posting a list in all AP teacher classrooms shortly for students to check their orders. Any changes or additions can be made on March 3rd. Please make sure your order is correct.

The College Board charges fees for returned exams and any orders placed after the deadline will cost more…the closer to the test date, the more the added fee will be.

In order to use accommodations on your exam, students must request and receive approval from the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities. See Mrs. Parsley, GHS Counselor, to apply for accommodations. The College Board deadline for application is February 19th. You must be on the College Board’s Special Accommodations list to receive accommodations regardless of whether you have 504 or SpEd accommodations.

Late/alternate testing is available only under a few specific circumstances, such as school sponsored event, religious holiday, and doctor documented illness. Alternate tests are given on specific dates and times just like the regular AP test. If you have a conflict with a test, see Mrs. Henry as soon as you know of the conflict so we can get an alternative test ordered for you. If something happens during testing see or email Mrs. Henry immediately to make alternate plans. Alternate test dates are the week following regularly scheduled AP exams. Depending upon the reason for missing the test, some fees may apply.

We will have a pre-coding session at the end of April where Mrs. Henry will give you specific details about the testing – where to go, what to bring, etc., and you will fill out a bubble sheet and candidate pack. If you miss this meeting you will need to go by and see Mrs. Lynch in the front office prior to your first test.

If you do not take the AP exam, you are required to take a district exam, which will count as your semester exam grade. If you had Government 1st semester, we will go back and change your grade to reflect the district exam. This testing will take place on a different day and time from the AP exam. Mrs. Henry will let you know that schedule in May. This test is an actual AP exam with multiple choice and free response with the same time length as the regular AP exam.

Any questions, concerns, or requests need to be directed to Catherine Henry, Assistant Principal. The best way to reach her is via email:

Prom Information

Prom is May 7th at the Worthington this year and is fast approaching. Tickets will go on sale after Spring Break! While there is no specific dress code for prom, it is still a school event and Students need to be cognizant of their attire for this event. We encourage you to consider buying/renting appropriate formal attire fitting for a formal school event like prom. For our young women, we ask that the dresses not be too high or low cut or revealing in nature. For our young men, we ask that they consider wearing tuxes or suits appropriate for an elegant celebration like prom. Prom is a celebration of a Senior's four years in high school and we are excited to see everyone looking their best on Saturday, May 7th. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Terri Carter.

PTSA Meeting and Workshop: March 7th

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Come Support GCISD Special Olympics

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Graduating Seniors who attended Colleyville Middle School

UNTIL MARCH 24: Graduating seniors are invited to apply for PTA scholarships:

The PTAs of GCISD are proud to support our graduating Seniors by offering multiple scholarships through a Common Scholarship Application for 2016 graduates of GCISD.

Apply now:

All applications must be received no later than 11:59:59 PM on March 24, 2016 to be eligible for consideration.

Ambassador Program:

Seniors: The deadline to turn in your service hours forms for the Ambassador Program for the 2015-2016 school year is March 31st. After Mrs. Uselton and Mrs. Alvarado assertain your level of either Community Service Ambassador or Community Scholar Ambassador, you will receive more information regarding the cords to purchase for graduation. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have until the end of school to turn in their hours. Please contact Katherine Uselton, the 2016 Coordinator, at , or Kim Goad, Committee Chair, at if you have questions.

Updates for Class of 2016:

*The Council of PTAs offers a number of scholarships to graduating seniors. New this year is that students can apply for all PTA scholarships through one common application from now until March 24th. For the application, please visit

*Please be aware that scholarship and financial aid deadlines are fast approaching. Be sure to submit your applications by the due dates.

*Please make sure that you have ordered your cap and gown. If you have not, please do so as soon as possible by going to the Balfour website. The cap includes a tassel. All orders placed, whether in person or online, will be charged a handling charge and orders will be delivered to GHS. Announcement orders will be delivered to students on April 13th and cap/gowns on 11th.

*If your son or daughter is a member of National Honor Society, it is time to pay for an NHS stole to be worn at graduation. The stoles are $25.00 and each senior has been given a stole order form in their NHS blue folder. The stole order form must be filled out when payment is made. Payment can be check (made out to GHS) or cash. Payment is due to Mrs. Bakintas in room 112 before/after school or during 3rd or 7th periods. If your son or daughter is planning to borrow a stole - we still need the stole order form filled out with the name of the person's stole he or she will be using at graduation. The deadline is March 3rd.

Cheer Fundraiser

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Extended Day Tutoring:

Extended Day is available to all GHS students every Monday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 am and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm in the library, unless otherwise announced. It's an opportunity for students to get tutoring (math every session and science on Tuesdays and Thursday), complete assignments, retake tests and complete missed work. If you have any questions, please contact


Monday, February 22 (A Day)

Extended Day 7-8:00 am

Triple Threat Shoot Out for Special Olympics 6:30 pm Gym 1

School Board Meeting 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 23 (B Day)

FAA Teacher Appreciation Breakfast 7:15 am Library

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm Library

Girls Soccer JV2 @ Polytechnic 5:30 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity @ Polytechnic 7:00 pm

Boys Soccer JV v Polytechnic 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity v 7:30 pm Polytechnic

Softball JV @ LD Bell 6:00 pm

Softball Varsity @ LD Bell 7:00 pm

Baseball JV @ Denton Ryan 4:00 pm

Girls BBall Playoff v WF Rider @ Bowie HS 6:00 pm

Boys BBall Playoff v WF Rider @ Bowie HS after girl's game

Track Parent meeting 6:00 pm in SAC

Band Booster meeting 6:00 pm in Lecture Hall

Fillies Booster meeting 6:30 pm in Library

Wednesday, February 24 (A Day)

Student Council 8:00 am or 4:00 pm Lecture Hall

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm in the Library

German National Honor Society 6:30 pm Library

Thursday, February 25 (B Day)

Extended Day 4-5:00 pm

Dual make-up meeting in Lecture Hall during lunches

Council of PTAs Founders Day Luncheon

National Art Honor Society 4:00 pm Lecture Hall

Baseball JV Blue @ Grand Prairie Tournament (GPT) v Aledo 10:00 am

Baseball JV Blue @ GPT v Carroll Green 12:30 pm

Baseball JV @ SGPT v Royce City 1:30 pm

Baseball 9th @ HEB Tournament v Haltom 3:00 pm

Baseball JV @ SGPT v Southlake Carroll 4:00 pm

Baseball Varsity v Plano West 6:00 pm

Softball JV @ North Texas Tournament (through Sat.)

Softball Varsity @ Southlake Tournament (through Sat.)

Friday, February 26 (A Day)

Baseball JV Blue @ GPT v Mesquite 10:00 am

Baseball Varsity v Trinity 1:00 pm

Baseball 9th @ HEBT v Fossil Ridge 4:30 pm

Baseball Varsity v Keller Central 6:00 pm

Baseball 9th @ HEBT v LD Bell 7:00 pm

Boys Soccer Varsity @ Dunbar 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer Varsity v Dunbar 8:00 pm

Belles Banquet 5:30 pm

Saturday, February 20

Girls & Boys Golf @ Lubbock

Track @ Coppell

Winter Guard NTCA Contest @ Wakeland HS

Baseball Varsity v Boswell 10:30 am

Baseball JV Blue @ GPT v Carroll Black 11:30 am

Baseball 9th @ HEBT v CHHS 12:45 pm

Baseball JV @ SGPT v Waco University 1:30pm

Baseball 9th @ HEBT v Trinity 3:00 pm

Baseball Varsity v Irving Nimitz 6:00 pm

Baseball JV @ SPGT v S. Grand Prairie 6:30 pm

Mr. Mustang in Auditorium 5:00 pm

Grapevine Manestream

Student on-line publication

Grapevine High School PTSA

Official website of the GHS PTSA