24 years of Pride at Colleyville Heritage High School
Dear Panther Families,
I hope you are all doing well. As we end the first week of face-to-face instruction, I am overcome with gratitude and pride. I am so proud of the way our Panther community has stepped up and continued our pursuit of excellence, despite the circumstances.
As I walk these hallways I see students who are taking care of themselves and each other by minding the expectations of wearing masks and getting to where they need to be in a timely manner. As I enter classrooms I see teachers connecting with students, both in-person and remotely, which has never been done on this scale before. I am blown away by our staff and student’s ability to adapt and excel in such challenging circumstances, and I’m hopeful that moving forward for us will only get better. We’re learning. We’re growing. We’re in this together.
As a reminder, our in-person procedures are here. Also, be sure to check out the information from our counseling team below. I hope you all have a phenomenal weekend and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Dr. James Whitfield
checking your child out of school
If you need to check your child out of school, there are several ways to facilitate this:
- send in a note in the morning with your child
- send an email to your child's attendance clerk
last name L - Z email@example.com 817.305.4717
- call ahead and allow at least 30 minutes lead time
**Your student may then meet you in the circle drive and parents will not come inside.
We very much appreciate your understanding as we are not allowing visitors in the building to limit exposures.
Suicide Prevention Awareness
September is National Suicide Preventation Awareness month, so we'll be sharing resources each week in Panther Pause. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great place to start to educate yourself about the risk factors and warning signs. "Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide." You can learn more here.
Tonight CHVB has their first scrimmages of the year! The varsity will head to Boswell, JV to Arlington, and the freshman will play host at Colleyville Heritage. We are so excited to get this season started and watch our teams compete. Due to COVID, no fans are allowed at the scrimmages tonight.
Tomorrow the Panther volleyball teams will be in action again against Byron Nelson, Southlake Carroll, and Arlington Lamar.
We have our first home game Tuesday night vs Trinity! The JV will kick the night off at 5pm followed by the varsity at 6:30. All tickets for Tuesday nights game at Colleyville Heritage must be purchased in advance. The Freshman team will travel to Trinity with the first game starting at 5pm. Come out to show your support as CHVB begins the 2020 season.
- Saturday 9/12 - Varsity at Keller Timbercreek - 9am
- Tuesday 9/15 - Varsity at Lake Dallas - 5pm
- Thursday 9/17 - Junior Varsity hosting Lake Dallas - 5pm
outstanding student fees
If you have outstanding student fees in Skyward, we are happy to announce that the district is waiving the $5 online processing fee through the end of business September 30. Please log in to Skyward and pay any outstanding fees.
Crossing Guards Needed
GCISD Council of PTAS
GCISD Council of PTAs is happy to host the GCISD Eats calendar- a community calendar that compiles the Spirit Nights at local restaurants that support our GCISD schools.
PTAs, Booster Clubs, Student Groups, and any organization that hosts a restaurant fundraiser benefiting GCISD may submit their event info to the calendar. Start here to submit an event or subscribe.
And look for the What's Cookin' in GCISD social media posts each week. Let's support our school while eating out!
Join the PTSA
Times are tough. Looking for a great way to support your teachers and school? Join the PTSA. Just 3 years of membership and a few simple requirements and you can have a PTSA CHampion cord for graduation. Due to a decrease in volunteer opportunities, we are waiving the PTSA volunteer hours requirement. Now you only need 3 points over your entire CHHS career to qualify. Just attend one PTSA general meeting for 1 point! Deadline for this year is October 31st. Join here and start supporting all the great things PTSA does for our teachers and school. Don’t forget PTSA membership also qualifies you for all of the local PTSA scholarships!
CHHS PTSA Link - chhsptsa.org
Red Rail Rivalry shirts
They are $15 and will be perfect for you to wear for us to Black Out the Stands as we take on Grapevine!
If you want one, please visit the link below to place an order:
2019-2020 Yearbook delivery/pickup
In Person Learner - please fill out this Google Form to have it delivered to your 3rd or 6th period classroom at CHHS the week of September 14th.
Remoter Learner - please sign up for a time to come and pickup your yearbook at CHHS in the Spirit Shop (detailed instructions are included on the Signup Genius). This is for Remote Learners only grades 10-12.
Don't know or remember if you ordered one? All yearbooks are purchased online with an email address. Go to your email, search JOSTENS, and if you purchased one, a receipt will appear. Please double check that the date is from June 2019 - April 2020.
CHHS Band Spirit Night
COMMUNITY SERVICE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (“CSAP”)
The CSAP committee has extended the deadline for sophomores, juniors and seniors to turn in their volunteer cards from the 2019-2020 school year to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH BY 4:00 P.M.
Students may turn their cards directly into the counseling office and place them in the red CSAP collection box OR they may email a copy of their card to their CSAP class liaison.
Class Liaison Contacts:
Class of 2021: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2022: email@example.com
Class of 2023: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2024: email@example.com
Full program guidelines for Community Service Ambassador Program, and service hour logs can be found on the CSAP Website.
change from remote to in-person learning
CHHS PTSA BREAKFAST FOR STAFF
Monday, September 21st, the CHHS PTSA will provide breakfast for the staff to kick off their workday. Please consider donating items to help feed our amazing CHHS staff.
Student Parking Sticker Order Form
Please use the following link to complete the order form for your campus parking sticker. You must pay for your parking sticker in Skyward AND complete this form. Students that complete the form and have paid for their sticker in Skyward will have parking passes delivered to their classroom beginning the week of September 22.
Pictures from the summer
The CHHS yearbook will look a little different than in years past, and we need your help! This year's theme is Together, We Can! and it will literally be a team effort. Please submit any pictures you have of what you did over the summer to our yearbook editor, Saher Pirani, at firstname.lastname@example.org. They could be from vacations, work, school, etc....
Your email must include a clear picture (in a jpeg format; not a screenshot or a png) and the names of the students in the picture. You can most definitely submit more than one picture. Deadline for summer entries is September 30th.
School Pictures FOR ALL GRADES
All grades 9-11 will be taking their school picture during their English class on October 20 and 21 (depending on which day they have English class) in Gym 2. If you are learning remotely, please register here for a time to get your picture taken on these two days. (Please do not register for a time if you have in-person learning).
Seniors will be taking their picture at CHHS in the Gym 2 on November 2, 3, and 4th. All seniors (whether learning in-person or remote) will need to register here for a time. Each senior can choose to have their picture taken wearing the traditional tux or drape or in their Sunday Best clothes. Please know that that tux and drape are not washed between each wear, so due to Covid, each student can choose to wear it or not. The yearbook sitting fee is free for you to get your picture taken.
Legacy Studios will provide:
- Social Distancing of 6ft or more
- No-Contact photography process
- Masks worn by photographers and staff
CHHS PTSA Executive Board Openings
We are searching for a few volunteers to fill our executive board. Our current openings are: Community Service, Environmental, Advocacy (Legislative), and Youth Protection. These positions are open to students as well as parent members of our PTSA. If you are interested in serving on the CHHS PTSA Executive Board or would like more information, please email Leslie Williams at email@example.com.
ongoing important information:
Daily Health Screen Reminder
As we prepare to welcome students on campus beginning Tuesday, September 8, I wanted to remind all parents of the need to pre-screen your student for signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 before bringing your student to school. The signs and symptoms are to screen for are:
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
Loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath
Congestion or runny nose
Shaking or exaggerated shivering
Significant muscle pain or ache
Nausea or vomiting
If your child demonstrates any of the above signs or symptoms, they must stay home, and you need to report to the campus nurse the signs or symptoms your child is exhibiting. In the event that your child has a fever, they must be kept home from school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Please do not give fever reducing medication and send your child to school. Additionally, please do not send your child to school if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are test-confirmed with COVID-19.
This year, all GCISD secondary campuses will be utilizing a new character development curriculum called Character Strong. Each month, in their science class, students will view an introduction video focusing on a specific character trait/skill. For the month of September, we will be focusing on COMMITMENT. Here is a link to the VIDEO, if you'd like to check it out.
Additionally, students will be presented with daily CHARACTER DARES through Canvas, social media, and daily announcements. These are practical ways students can demonstrate the trait/skill of Commitment. If you are interested in participating in Character Strong at home, the program also provides Family Character Dares. These will be shared with you each week through Panther Pause. It's a great way for parents and siblings to join in some fun, family-friendly activities. Here's the first - Family Character Dare Week 1.
Need to see your counselor?
If you have a question, please email your counselor. Have more than just a quick question? Sign up for an appointment with your counselor. Emergency or crisis? If you're an in-person learner you may come to the counseling office with a pass from your teacher or during passing periods. Please note that COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in the counseling office and must be observed.
suicide prevention curriculum
As many of you know, every fall the counseling teams at each secondary school present an evidence-based suicide prevention curriculum called S.O.S. to all students, grades 6-12.
Due to our unusual circumstances this year, we have decided to postpone the S.O.S. presentations, preferring to wait until we can share this critical information in-person.
We do want to share with you how our counselors are continuing to support our students during this time. Counselors are available for students and parents via Webex and phone. Each campus has a form available on their website to request to meet with a counselor. Additionally, counselors are reaching out to students to check in on them and will continue to do so throughout the year. Counselors are prepared to support students both remotely and in person. For students who are returning to school in person, counselors are accessible by going directly to the counseling office, or by requesting an appointment. For students who will continue with remote learning, counselors are accessible by phone or Webex.
In addition to the support provided by our counselors, the counseling page on the GCISD webpage has resources that are available for parents on a variety of topics.
CHHS Dual Students
We hope your dual class has gotten off to a great start! Make sure you are checking your TCC email and Blackboard DAILY for class lectures, assignments and schedules for your TCC dual class. Your professors communicate through your TCC email and Blackboard which is found in Webadvisor. Be proactive and don't be afraid to ask questions. If you have trouble logging into Webadvisor call 817-515-8324.
Students and families in GCISD still have an opportunity to participate in the 2020 Census. An accurate representation of our student and family population is important for future federal funding implications. If you have not already done so, please complete the 2020 Census for your family.
- Schedule Changes: If you are requesting a schedule change based on an error, please continue to follow your current schedule until we have notified you that the change has been made.
- Bell Schedule: 2020-2021 Bell Schedule
- A/B Day Schedule: 2020-2021 A/B Day Schedule
- Technology Help Info: Please submit a request to the GCISD Help Desk to request a device exchange appointment. To access the HelpDesk, please log into ClassLink first. Still not sure how to submit a request? This document will walk you through the process, and there’s a video at the end as well. Students submit a HelpDesk Request and then the technology department will schedule a pick-up time with the family.
- Log-In Instructions: CHHS Student Log-In Instructions
- Official Schedule: Make sure you are following your official schedule in Skyward
- Canvas: Canvas does not necessarily match your schedule in Skyward due to how the teachers are grouping classes. However, you are enrolled in the class that your official schedule in Skyward lists- please be sure to follow that schedule while in Canvas. If you need further explanation, please reach out to your specific subject teacher.
STUDENT FEES AND PARKING PERMITS
There are fees for some courses as identified in the Course Selection Guide. Please note that several fees for Career and Tech courses have been adjusted to accommodate virtual learning situations. In addition to course fees, all students must purchase a student picture ID for $5. You may log into your Skyward Family Access here to pay all fees. A convenience fee will not be charged, if fees are paid by September 11, 2020. If students are unable to pay for fees, please contact your campus bookkeeper.
The District will not charge extra-curricular fees for the 2020-2021 school year. This includes the fees for all sports, band, choir, cheer, and drill team.
Parking PermitsAll students that will park a vehicle in the campus parking lot will need to purchase a parking permit. Students can purchase a parking permit for the full year for $90. If a parking permit is needed for the 2nd semester only, the permit can be purchased at a later date for $50. You may log into your Skyward Family Access account here to purchase a permit. Please bring a paid receipt to school to pick up your parking permit after we return for in person learning. In addition, if you purchased a painted parking space, please bring the receipt showing your parking space number.
For questions, please contact Ashley Chaney at 817-305-4746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Rights & Responsibilities During COVID-19
If your student was a senior last year and missed picking up their yearbook during Senior Checkout or did not purchase one and still need to, please email Mrs. Moravek at email@example.com and she can leave it in the front office for you to pickup.
Click here to purchase your 2020-2021 CHHS Yearbook at the lowest price all year at $70! Hurry now before the price goes up!
We are back and can’t wait to meet with the students to discuss their college, career and post high school plans! If you are new to GCISD and have yet to meet us, click here to learn about the Go Center. We look forward to partnering with you and your student this year.
Another great resource we have put together for our students can be found here.
Seniors! College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have. Due to the changes we are experiencing, you can set up a virtual or phone appointment until we are back in person. Click here to sign-up for an appointment! Please check your school email for follow-up communication.
Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.
Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.
Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!
TCC College Access Program:
If you have a possible interest in attending TCC after high school in the Fall of ’21, please know that TCC College Access facilitates the entire TCC registration process and is done during the school day. In order to participate and be included in this process you must complete an interest form questionnaire that will be provided soon. You can email Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you are interested in the program.
We encourage you to come see us (reach out virtually to us) at the Go Center for any questions you may have regarding your post high school plans.