April 20, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 70
Registration for 2017-2018 School Year
New students to GCISD for the 2017-2018 school year may begin registering with Skyward the week of April 24, while returning students will complete registration beginning Tuesday, July 18.

Once new and returning families login to Skyward, they will be asked to review or enter the following information.
  • Student
  • Family and/or Guardian
  • Medical and Dental
  • Emergency Contact
  • Immunization
  • Requested documents and additional forms
For families who are looking to register students for the current school year, they will continue to use Skyward and the link for the 2016-2017 school year. New families who will be registering for the first time in April are encouraged to review a brief list of frequently asked questions   prior to their registration date.
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2016 Honor Roll
Seven GCISD campuses have been named to the 2016 Texas Honor Roll presented by Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education: Glenhope Elementary, Heritage Elementary, O.C. Taylor Elementary, Colleyville Middle School, Cross Timbers Middle School, Heritage Middle School and iUniversity Prep.
 
"We are so proud to have seven campuses recognized by education and business leaders in Texas as Honor Roll campuses," said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. "In GCISD our mission is to be the BEST, which we define as Building Excellent Schools Together. This includes tireless dedication from our staff, involvement from our parents, community and of course local businesses. Through working together, we are able to provide a world-class education for the students in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD."
 
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. School districts receiving this distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For school districts with high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. This year, 727 schools were recognized in the State of Texas.
 
To read more, click  here.
Rockin' Through the Summer! 
Summer Enrichment 2017
Summer Enrichment 2017
Trustees Approve Fiber Optic Partnership with  City of Colleyville
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and the City of Colleyville are strengthening their longstanding partnership by investing in a fiber optic cable system that will benefit all city residents and the entire district.

GCISD Lead Network Engineer Ron Stockenberg, said the new system will not only provide the potential for greater network reliability and faster connectivity for district technology, it will also be a significant cost savings for the district.

"By partnering with the City, the district is able to save more than 50% on installation of the new fiber optic cables," Stockenberg said. "Additionally, we will no longer be reliant on a third-party provider for monthly service and maintenance."

After more than a year of planning, the agreement with the City of Colleyville was approved during the GCISD Board of Trustees regular meeting. GCISD Trustees already approved a partnership with the City of Grapevine for fiber optic cabling in May 2015.

This five-year project will install and connect new fiber optic cables to GCISD buildings and will increase overall bandwidth from 1GB to a minimum of 10 GB. As part of the agreement, the City of Grapevine will serve as the contractor.

Once the project has been completed, the district will have four strategically placed core sites across the district that will ensure stability, provide redundancy and reduce the possibilities of a network outage.

Installation will begin as soon as the City of Colleyville and the City of Grapevine approve their Interlocal Agreement.
Where are they now - Trey Morgan

GCISD recognized for excellence in financial reporting
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International. GCISD received this honor for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability for the fiscal year ending 2016. Earning this award showcases the district's continued commitment to fiscal integrity.
 
Furthermore, GCISD was also awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
 
"The district strives to provide our community with financial accountability and transparency," said Chief Financial Officer DaiAnn Mooney.  "We achieve this by meeting high standards of financial reporting as demonstrated through this award."
 
According to the ASBO website, GCISD is one of 141 school districts in the United States to participate in the Certificate of Excellence program for twenty-five years or more.
GCISD Automotive students earn top marks at state competition
Students from the Advanced Automotive program at Grapevine High School took part in the Skills USA Test. The student entries for the automobile refinishing job skills contest included car fenders they had painted.
 
Dylan Schwab, a junior, placed first, bringing home a blue ribbon award. Jon Tanner and Greg Dover, both seniors, each placed second, bringing home red ribbon awards.
GHS BPA students headed to nationals
GCISD students took part in the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference where four students from Grapevine High School earned top marks and are headed to the national competition. About 3,900 students from 17 regions across the state took part in this competition.
Students Advancing to Nationals:
  • Rebekah Bryan, a junior, earned 1st Place in Fundamental Desktop Publishing
  • Grant Kluber, a junior, earned 2nd Place in SQL Database Fundamentals
  • Hayden Juroska, a sophomore, earned 2nd Place in Medical Office Procedures
  • Alisha Prasla, a junior, earned 3rd Place in Intermediate Word Processing
According to Rosemary Hemsell,  Business/CTE Teacher, "the benefits of this achievement are in the improved skills development, knowledge and training through practicing their event, as well as leadership training that is offered through the organization at the conferences."

The National Leadership Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida in May.
GCISD dance teams excel in national competition
Dance teams from both Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School competed in the MA National Dance competition, bringing home several team and individual awards.

Results:
Team Awards:
  • National Champion Winners Circle (9th Place Overall) (GHS)
  • National Champion XL Military (GHS)
    CHHS Panteras & GHS Fillies at the MA National Dance Competition
  • National Champion XL Pom (GHS)
  • National Champion XL Novelty (GHS)
  • National 2nd Place XL Lyrical (GHS)
  • High Point Award - Lyrical and Jazz (CHHS)
  • 1st Runner Up - Contemporary (CHHS)
  • 2nd Runner Up - PomWinner's Circle (CHHS)
Officer Awards:
  • National 2nd Place XL Lyrical (GHS)
  • National 2nd Place XL Prop (GHS)
  • National 3rd Place XL Jazz (GHS)
  • High Point Award - Lyrical and Jazz (CHHS)
  • 1st Runner Up - Contemporary (CHHS)
  • Winner's Circle (CHHS)
Solo Awards:
  • Jenna Hutson - Championship Winner, Senior (15-16) (CHHS)
Duet/Trio Awards:
  • Virginia Horn, Jessica McCardel - Winner Senior Duet (CHHS)
  • Sarah Carvajal, Sarah Willis - 4th Runner Up Senior Duet (CHHS)
  • Amy Kim, Megan Petras, Sara Stiles - 2nd Runner Up Senior Trio (CHHS)
Congratulations to the Panteras and Fillies on a successful competition!
STAAR Math and Reading scores for fifth and eighth grade (March 2017 Administration)

The fifth and eighth grade STAAR reading and mathematics results from the March 2017 administration have been released. Districts are not receiving confidential student reports (CSRs) until late summer due to the redesign of the reports by TEA. As a result, we have made student results available to parents through Skyward Family Access. To see how to access this report, click here

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Upcoming Events
April 20 - Dual Language Parent Fair: Parents are invited to come out to the Dual Language Fair to learn more about the program. The Fair will be held Thursday, April 20, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Grapevine Middle School. Learn more!

April 21 - GCISD Decision Week College t-shirt day:  We're celebrating college planning this week, and to wrap-up our week, students and staff across the district are invited to wear a college shirt on Friday, April 21, 2017. #GCISDDecisionWk

April 27 - Parent Information Presentation:  GCISD parents are invited to an Internet Safety presentation at Heritage Elementary School (4500 Heritage Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051) on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more!

April 29 - Rachel's Challenge 5K & Community Fair:  Join us for our Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Expo at Colleyville Heritage High School ( 5401 Heritage Ave., Colleyville). Walk-up Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. The Community Expo runs from 9 - 11 a.m. See you there!

May 1 - Teacher Job Fair: GCISD will participate in the North Central Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators Job Fair on Monday, May 1 at the Arlington Convention Center (1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX). The fair will run 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, download the flier.

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
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Let's Talk! may be found on the GCISD homepage, or by visiting  www.gcisd-k12.org/talk.

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