September 26, 2015

Good afternoon Pony Parents,

Can you believe this is our last newsletter for September? The month has been busy with meeting new friends, after school activities, car pools, parents delivering forgotten items to school, and yes we still managed to sneak learning in there as well. Middle school teachers are masters at their craft!

We are excited to announce GMS has 66 students qualify for the Duke Talent Search. This honor is based on performance on our state assessment. To learn more about Duke TIP please visit our Adavanced Academic webpage.

Students who take th PSAT for several years prior to their junior year increase their chances of achieving National Merit status. As a middle school parent begin educating yourself now in this process. If you have any questions please call our counselors. It's never too early to think about the future!

Each month GMS staff honors Teachers and Para of the month. This honor includes the highly sought after designated parking space for the month! For September colleagues chose Mrs. Lilly Monson and Mrs. Nancy Quick as Teachers of the Month, and Mr. Jerry Cooper as Para of the month. Mrs. Monson teaches 6th grade ELA STEM and is one of the Department Learning Leaders. Mrs. Quick serves our students in Special Services and is the Department Leader for her content. Mr. Cooper is our Campus Technologist and his challenge is to keep every electronic device in our building operating every minute of every day! Congratulations to these deserving colleagues who are three more reasons GMS is a great place to learn!

GMS is committed to spreading @gms YOU Matter to our community, and Friday our Student Council delivered Thank You notes and cookies to our local Grapevine Police Department. Officer Moses Cabrera is our GMS officer and helps us provide a safe and secure environment for our students. Thank you to all Grapevine PD for all you do to keep our community safe!


Please visit the GMS homepage regularly for updates and announcements. The link is: GMS Athletics Booster webpage is full of information on dates, players of the week, and announcements. Please visit the site regularly to stay informed.

The parent viewing of Aim for Success will be held at the GCISD Administration Building in the Board room on October 1st from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. 6th grade students will be presented the program at GMS on October 15th.

Please visit our Counselors page for updates and getting involved in Middle School and the Middle Years Newsletter. You are an important link to your child succeeding in Middle School.

Our PTA is still in need of parents / grandparents to fill roles on our Board. One great need is a representative for each grade level. If you are able to assist in anyway please email me. PTA is an important part of the GMS Team and we need YOU! Board meetings are held once a month at 8:30 a.m. in the GMS Lecture hall. If you are interested we would love to find you a place to assist.

GMS will be placing an order for long sleeve spirit wear on September 28th. We have also had many requests to design a t-shirt which matches our @gms You Matter! initiative so those are for purchase as well. Don't miss the opportunity to show your Pony spirit!

Remember the order form is due TOMORROW!

Remember yearbooks are available for purchase. You may go to and place your order by January 20, 2016. Order forms are also available in the office.

Free and reduced lunch applications are available at the following site: Remember you must reapply each year and we do not want the time to lapse from your last application. Should you have questions please contact Julie Telesca at 817-251-5617.

GCISD has formed a Facility Innovation and Readiness Stakeholder Team (FIRST) to study and prioritize ways to create the best possible learning environment for GCISD students. This Team meets every other Tuesday and all minutes and updates are uploaded on their webpage. This is a critical time for our district as we look towards the future and what the educational needs will look like for our graduates. The FIRST website link:

Other communication links:

GMS Facebook

Twitter: @GrapevineMiddle


Linda Young, Principal


7th Football bye Week

GCISD Board Meeting @ 7:00 Central Admin


8th Grade Football bye week


Thank You Thursday

Band Practice-a-thon begins

Wildfire mascot tryouts 3:35 - 5:30

Volleyball 7th @ Coppell E 8th @ GMS


UIL Grade Check for Eligibility

Pep Rally @ 2:39 in gym

Choir Fall Concert @ 7:00 White's Chapel Church

Upcoming Events

AIM For Success - 8th Grade - October 8th

Student Holiday October 12th

PSAT Testing 8th Grade only - October 14th

7th Hearing and Vision Screening - October 14th

AIM For Success - 6th Grade - October 15th

First Grading Period ends - October 16th