Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence
We have had such lovely weather this week - I can't believe that we are still in the month of February!
Last Friday, I had the privilege of traveling to San Antonio to the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Convention where eight CHHS students participated in the All-State Band and Choir clinic and concert. Colleyville Heritage set a school and district record this year where seven students participated in the All-State Choirs, and Jordan Drake placed 3rd in the All-State Symphonic Band on the euphonium. I was truly amazed at the high level of talent from these CHHS band and choir students.
CHHS also set another school record this week with eight students recognized as National Merit Scholars. Out of the 1.5 million entrants, only about 15,000 Semifinalists were notified this month that they had advanced to Finalist standing. So, this is a great honor for those students to receive, and I am so proud of them.
As always, the excellence demonstrated from CHHS faculty and students never cease to amaze me. Have a great weekend!
What do you think motivates students at CHHS to be the best?
As my senior year comes to an end, I have realized that my peers and teachers are definitely the driving force behind my motivation to be the best. CHHS has an incredible community of students that push one another to better themselves each day. There is no better feeling than the competition between friends to do better on a test and the bonding that is created as they study and learn together. Without a strong student body, the need to succeed would not be so powerfully felt. I know that my motivation was never truly founded until my second semester of freshman year when my friends started comparing their ranks. The underlying need for success became engrained in my head and it has never lessened. Besides the students, the wonderful faculty allow us to receive the support we need to continue growing intellectually and personally. The relationships I have created with my teachers and counselor have definitely helped me push through the stress and adversity I have faced throughout school. Ultimately, the combination of amazing students and faculty at CHHS create the perfect balance between friendly competition and support that motivates us, the students, to be the best we can.
- Michael Wright, National Merit Finalist
Last Chance to Buy a Yearbook
Lady Panther Softball
Varsity fought hard against Keller Central but fell short Tuesday night losing 7 to 13. Congratulations to JV Black on their 8-2 win over Keller Central! Please come support your Lady Panthers at these upcoming games:
Friday, February 19th Varsity Mansfield Tournament at Lake Ridge (101 N Day Miar Rd., Mansfield)
- 11:45 - CHHS vs Odessa
- 1:30 - Rouse vs CHHS
Saturday, February 20th Varsity Mansfield Tournament at Lake Ridge (101 N Day Miar Rd., Mansfield)
- 9:00 - Amarillo Caprick vs CHHS
- 12:30 - Colony vs CHHS
Monday, February 22nd at South Grand Prairie (305 W Warrior Trail, Grand Prairie)
- JV Red - 5:30/7:00
Thursday, February 25th Varsity Southlake Tournament (Bob Jones Park, 3901 N White Chapel Blvd., Southlake)
- 12:00 - Hebron vs CHHS field 2
- 4:00 - CHHS vs M Legacy field 6
Friday, February 26th Varsity Southlake Tournament (Bob Jones Park, 3901 N White Chapel Blvd., Southlake)
- 10:00 - Grapevine vs CHHS field 3
- 12:00 - Ridge Point vs CHHS field 6
Saturday, February 27th Varsity Southlake Tournament (Bob Jones Park, 3901 N White Chapel Blvd., Southlake)
- 9:00 - Timber Creek vs CHHS field 1
- 1:00 - CHHS vs Wakeland
CHHS Track and Field
All CHHS Baseball players are currently selling flowers and Ranger tickets to benefit the CHHS Baseball program. Please see any player or coach if you are interested in purchasing. Flower cost is $18 per flat and each flat consists of 18 x 4" plants. Ranger tickets are available for ALL games except opening day. Purchasing through the CHHS Baseball program may save you up to 33% versus the gate price at Globe Life Park.
All four baseball teams have scrimmages this weekend. Next weekend, Colleyville Heritage will play host to several tournament games starting on Thursday, 2/25/16. Come support your Panthers at the following games:
- 10:30am vs. JJ Pearce
- 6:00pm vs. Canyon
- 1:00pm vs. Nimitz
- 6:00pm vs. Plano West
- 3:30pm vs. Waxahachie
JV Black will be playing in the Highland Park Tournament 2/25-2/27/16.
Freshmen will be playing in the HEB Tournament 2/25-2/27/16.
Scheduled games are on the CHHS baseball website.
Advanced Placement Exam Registration
We are pleased to announce that the registration and payment process for the 2016 AP Exams is completely on-line this year. The cost per exam is $96; the registration window will open on February 1, 2016. Payment must be made by March 7, 2016, to avoid incurring a late fee of $10. Registration will close on March 13. The registration site may be found at the following website:
This URL will also be posted on the CHHS website. ALL payments and exam registrations must be made through Total Registration; payments will not be accepted at CHHS. Parents will be able to pay by credit card, check, or money order. Please contact Karen Woodworth, AP Coordinator, at Karen.email@example.com if you have any questions.
Support GCISD FFA Program
Treasurer WANTED for CHHS Athletic Booster Club:
The Athletic Booster Club (ABC) supports the following teams at CHHS:
Track and Field
If your son or daughter is a member of one of these teams, and you would like to volunteer to help out with CHHS ABC as the Treasurer, please contact:
Kathy Brasher - ABC President at 817-701-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CHHS Boys Soccer Fundraiser
We only have 15 shirts left! Order from Stacy Cannaday in the front office at CHHS or Susan Lyons @ 817-925-0911. Make checks payable to CHHS Boys Soccer and indicate SHIRT SIZE - we only have S, M, L. Your shirt will be delivered the NEXT DAY for pickup!
Thank you for supporting CHHS Boys Soccer!
The Colleyville Heritage High School Band is still selling spirit blankets to keep you warm and dry. These awesome 2 sided blankets are soft on one side and have a great rain and wind layer on the other. Great for ALL outdoor activities! They are $50. cash or check and $55. credit. All proceeds will benefit the Band. There is a limited supply so don’t wait! Questions? Contact Dawn Treese at email@example.com.
GCISD Special Olympics Shoot Out Fundraiser
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and its Special Olympics parent group will be hosting the Third Annual Triple Threat Shootout. The Shootout will include GCISD Special Olympics and Friends of Mustang-Panthers, a Special Olympics alumni group, competing against the Grapevine and Colleyville police officers. Admission will be $2 and there will also be a raffle and silent auction featuring, a 2-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, Dallas Stars tickets, sports memorabilia, golf course passes, over 30 various local restaurant gift certificates (Del Frisco’s, Dave and Busters, Outback), PS4, bicycle, gas grill and much, much more. The Dove Dynamic Drummers will be the halftime show, as well as the Grapevine and Colleyville drum lines. The concession stand will be fully stocked and there will be event t-shirts and spirit t-shirts on sale to show your support.
So come out and join the fun on February 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine High School. GCISD serves hundreds of special needs kids ranging from ages 5 through 22. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to donate, please go to their fundraising page by clicking here.
DESTINATION IMAGINATION REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
CHHS DI team, the Liberal Conservative Moderates, will be competing in the DI Regional Tournament at South Grand Prairie HS this Saturday, February 27th. Their chosen challenge is weight-bearing structure that also can be played as a musical instrument, along with musical characters that present a political satire of the French Revolution. Wish the team luck and a hopeful trip to State! Team members are Jacob Hethcock, Michelle Reitz, John Langenbahn, Kiara Galais, Chloe Ayers and Dani Melrose.
CELEBRATE 20 YEARS AT CHHS
The whole CHHS community, past and present, is invited to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of Colleyville Heritage High School at a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29 in CHHS Auditorium. Past principals and teachers will be honored and the school’s many accomplishments will be recognized. The new 20th Anniversary Memorial Wall, paid for by CHHS PTSA, will be officially revealed following the ceremony. Refreshments will be served in the Panther Den at a reception where student organizations will have tables to highlight their accomplishments. For more information, email Dr. Groppel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTSA GENERAL MEETING FEB. 29
CHHS PTSA will hold a very short General Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29 in the Lecture Hall in order to elect its nominating committee for Officers for 2016-2017, and to vote to hold its General Meeting and Elections on April 12, in lieu of a March meeting. If you are attending the CHHS 20th Anniversary Celebration that night at 6:30 pm please stop by the Lecture Hall before proceeding to the event. For more information please contact Robyn Schmidt at email@example.com.
CHHS Cheer Tryouts
If you are interested in trying out, make plans to attend one of our informational meetings on Monday, February 29 at 6:00 pm at the CHHS Gym 3 (please enter through the Gym entrance doors) or Tuesday, March 1 at 6:00 pm at the GHS Lecture Hall.
Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use
No Off-Campus Lunch
Parents and Students, we are a closed campus for all lunches. The only students that should be leaving during lunch are those that have to drive to GHS for class or have work obligations through their CATE class and this is verified by the attendance office. Students leaving for lunch will be given a two hour after school detention. Failing to attend detention results in an ISS placement. Multiple violations will result in an ISS placement. Parents are more than welcome to leave lunches up by the attendance office for students.
PTA PRESENTS NETSMARTZ PROGRAM
Designed by experts at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the NetSmartz program will inform parents, teachers, and students of potential dangers for students online. Topics include cyberbullying, inappropriate content, exploitation, revealing too much information, and sexting. This program brought to you jointly by Heritage Elementary PTA & Colleyville Heritage High School PTSA on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the CHHS Lecture Hall.
CHHS BAND FUNDRAISER - RAFFLE OF A LUXURY TEXAS RANGERS SUITE
STAAR Testing Dates
Here are the following dates for upcoming STAAR testing. Parents, please make sure you do not schedule any doctor appointments or pull-outs on these days. Students will not be released during testing.
English I - 3/29
English II - 3/31
Algebra I - 5/3
Biology/U.S. History - 5/4
Please contact Mrs. Lindsey Hopkins if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance problems? We can help!
GCISD is offering classes that can help support you in your understanding
of compulsory attendance laws as well as insight into how you can turn your
absences into learning experiences and personal growth.
Attending the GCISD Why Try? Classes will support you and a parent on your
journey. Classes are one Saturday a month from 8-11am AND you can receive
double seat time hours if you and a parent attend. That's six hours of seat time
for only three hours of your time! Interested? Click here for details!
Classes are available on the following dates:
Feb. 6 & 20
Apr. 9 & 30
CHHS Athletic Booster Club Scholarship
SENIOR PTA SCHOLARSHIPS
Attention Seniors: The PTSA scholarship application is now online and ready for you to complete. This year there is one application for the entire district. You are able to complete an essay for each school you attended (elementary, middle and high school) as well as the GCISD Council of PTA's essay, with general information being filled out only one time. Click on the link below here https://goo.gl/1dPMyDand get started! The deadline for the application is March 24, 2016. The requirements for eligibility are listed on the PTSA website, www.chhsptsa.org.
If you have any questions, please email Cheryl Redfearn at email@example.com
Community Scholar Ambassadors Program
The Community Scholar Ambassadors Program (CSAP) is a program that encourages students to take a challenging curriculum, as defined in the grades 9-12 GCISD Program of Studies, and to perform 100 hours of APPROVED community service while maintaining a 70% or higher average in each course, and other academic requirements as stated in the CSAP guidelines. Students fulfilling these criteria will be locally recognized as GCISD Community Scholar Ambassadors upon graduation from high school.
ATTENTION SENIORS: THE DEADLINE FOR SENIORS TO SUBMIT HOURS FOR CSAP IS MARCH 31st, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Hours cards should be placed in the red box in the Counseling Office designated for CSAP.
A list of seniors who have met the 100+ hours requirement for CSAP is posted on the Community Service Board in the Panther Den. The list will be updated monthly through the March 31 deadline. Academic requirements will be verified by counselors in April. A final list of Community Scholar Ambassadors for the Class of 2016 will be posted in May.
The yearly hours deadline for freshmen, sophomores and juniors is the last day of each school year. The CSAP Committee is currently reviewing hours served between 4:01 p.m. June 4, 2015 and 4:00 p.m. June 2, 2016. For Seniors: 4:01 p.m. June 4, 2015 through 4:00 p.m. March 31, 2016. For more information on CSAP, pick up a copy of the program guidelines in the Counseling Office. An updated list of approved hours is provided to Counseling at the end of each month. To find out your total number of approved hours, please contact Mrs. Buttell in Counseling. CSAP hours are NOT listed in Skyward.
March for Water (M4W) registration
Please visit www.marchforwater5k.com to register! Follow us on Twitter @chhsmarch4water for information and updates!
CHHS PTSA BYLAWS AND STANDING RULES PROPOSED CHANGES
On Thursday, February 11, the CHHS PTSA Executive Board approved amendments to our Bylaws and Standing Rules which will be voted on at our April 12 General Meeting. According to our Bylaws, amendments must be posted 30 days in advance of the voting. You may review them on our website and here:
Standing Rules Markup Draft
JANUARY VOLUNTEER HOURS
It’s time to submit the number of adult volunteer hours you volunteered in JANUARY for any CHHS organization. PTSA collects CHHS’s total number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them for applying for grants and other uses. This is only parent hours, not students’ Community Scholar hours (see CSAP program guidelines on the Counseling website about that). Submit your hours in 2 minutes at this link: http://www.chhsptsa.org/submit-volunteer-hours
GCISD Gymnastics 2016-2017 Tryout Information
Contact: Head Coach Christine Whitten Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Top Flight Gymnastics - 2100 Crooked Lane Southlake TX 76092
When: Friday, May 6th at 6:30 a.m.
girls – leotard and spandex shorts (make sure to bring grips, braces, etc.)
boys – athletic shorts and a t-shirt
1. You must have a current physical on file
2. A copy of your 3rd nine weeks report card
**Whether you are a returning gymnast or new to the program, tryouts are mandatory for a spot on the team.
SENIORS: JOIN OFFICIAL WEBSITE
New Advance Class Offerings
CHHS will be offering new classes next year: Advanced Humanities Research & Advanced Chemistry Research and Design. The classes do have pre-requisites:
Advanced Humanities Pre-requisite (Application Only):
Srs. - AP Language
Jrs. - Concurrent w/ AP Language
All applicants - Score of a 3 or better on at least 1 AP test that incorporates
Teacher Recommendations from core classes
Average of B or higher in core classes
Advanced Chemistry Research and Design Pre-Requisite: AP Chemistry
For more questions: See Ed Wevodau, Kelli Mann (ELA), and Sonya Loughran (science).
Inclement Weather Procedures
To sign up for text alerts, parents should text "Yes" to 68453 to subscribe to the service. The cellular phone number must be listed in Skyward Family Access in order for a parent to receive text messages from the district office or their child's school. Parents may check or change the phone number listed by logging in to Family Access and clicking the button to update their phone numbers.
CHHS PTSA Information
- Join CHHS PTSA! Download the form from chhsptsa.org and send it to the front office with a check; or you can join and pay online.
- Be sure to like our Facebook page, CHHS PTSA, and follow us on Twitter @PTSACHHS.
- If you would like access to our campus Student Phonebook, follow this link chhsptsa.org on our website for instructions.