May 4, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 71
Registration for 2017-2018 School Year
New students to GCISD for the 2017-2018 school year may now register online with Skyward. 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 this spring are encouraged to review a brief list of frequently asked questions   prior to their registration date.
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Superintendent named Big Brother of the Year for Tarrant County
GCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robin Ryan was named Big Brother of the Year by the Tarrant County Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program. In accepting the award, Dr. Ryan implored others to become BBBS mentors.
 
"If you want to do something that really touches your heart as you move forward and watch somebody grow, then be a Big Brother, be a Big Sister, and make a difference in someone else's life," said Dr. Ryan.
 
Melanie Hanna, BBBS Market President for Greater Tarrant County, identifies their mission as simple--to take volunteers and "put them together with amazing students for a one-on-one mentoring experience that changes lives."
 
"This creates a better community within our own neighborhood," Hanna said.
 
For close to five years, Dr. Ryan has volunteered one hour each week to mentor a student he describes as having unlimited potential. During this time, they played basketball, talked about future plans, took walks, and played many games of chess with his Little Brother, who remains the reigning champion. Dr. Ryan was recognized for this achievement at the April meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees.
 
"Due to varying circumstances, there are many young people right here in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD who are in need of an adult role model," Dr. Ryan said, adding, "What I found out is that my life was enriched as much as my Little Brother's. We all learn something when we take the opportunity to help others."
 
He encourages others to visit the  North Texas BBBS site to get more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters, or  sign up online to become a "Big" to a "Little."
Staff Spotlight: Tanya Kellerman - Dove Elementary
GCISD announces new Director of Fine Arts
David Zahrndt, former Colleyville Heritage High School director of bands, is returning to Grapevine-Colleyville ISD as the new Director of Fine Arts. Trustees approved the recommendation at the regular meeting on Monday, April 24.
 
"Due to my experience in GCISD as a teacher, I know first hand the district's commitment to excellence in fine arts and the outstanding support the arts receive in this community," Zahrndt said. "I am excited about returning to GCISD as the Director of Fine Arts and I am eager to get started on the important work of supporting our fine arts students and staff."
 
Zahrndt left Colleyville Heritage High School in 2013 when he was named the Director of Fine Arts in Red Oak ISD. Prior to teaching at CHHS, Zahrndt served as the associate director and then director of bands at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch from 2002-2010. He began his career in 1999 in DeSoto ISD as the assistant director of bands for one year before taking the same position at Red Oak High School in 2000.

To read more about Zahrndt, click here
GCISD students and staff help community program
Students at O.C. Taylor Elementary School, along with GCISD Nutrition Services, conducted campus and department activities to raise funds and collect items to benefit GRACE, a local relief agency.
 
Through a student-developed and student-led campaign, O.C. Taylor ES students raised $268.09 to donate to GRACE. Students designed and created wrist-bands that they then sold to their peers and school staff members, donating proceeds to the agency to help families in need.
 
GCISD Nutrition Services staff worked together to collect items to donate to GRACE. This collection drive was held at their administrative offices, as well as on campuses. Staff members then came together with their donated items at GRACE for their joint drop-off event.
O.C. Taylor ES students and their principal announcing their final total during their live morning announcements. Funds will be donated to GRACE--a local relief agency--to help families in need.
GCISD Nutrition Services staff members deliver donated items to GRACE.



GCISD art students earn medals at state competition
Students from both Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School took part in the State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event), with Grapevine HS Sophomore Camille Krumwiede and Colleyville Heritage HS Junior Alexandra Popke taking home medals for their state achievement. Grapevine HS Junior Cade Shuck and Grapevine HS Sophomore Emily Dempsy also took part in the state competition.
 
State VASE Medalist Camille Krumwiede's artwork. State VASE Medalist Alexandra Popke with her artwork.
"It is an incredible accomplishment for our students who were chosen to participate in State VASE," said Sarah Roye, Colleyville Heritage HS visual arts teacher. "I am extremely proud of all our GCISD students who qualified for State VASE 2017."
 
Roye further explained that there were more than 33,000 VASE entries across the State of Texas. Of these, only about 2,100 advanced to the State level. While the artworks are being juried at the State event, the students participate in professional workshops, lectures, slide presentations, demonstrations, and sketching opportunities. Each student receiving a Superior Rating IV is draped with the VASE State Medallion.

GCISD students excel in math and science state competition
CTMS Student Aurora Tong with her four medals from the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Meet
Students from all four GCISD middle schools took part in the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association State Meet. As a result, seven students placed in the top 20 of their subject areas, and the the Cross Timbers Middle School Math & Science team placed 10th overall out of the 61 schools in the 5A division. Cross Timbers MS also had a student, Aurora Tong, place in the top 20 of all four subject areas: Number Sense, Science, Math, and Calculator.
 
Individual Results (placing in Top 50):
--6th Grade--
  • Ethan Zhou - 14th place - Number Sense (Cross Timbers MS)
  • Nithya Budda - 20th place - Math (Cross Timbers MS)
  • Akshaya Mohan - 17th place - Science (Cross Timbers MS)
  • Surya Emandi - 15th place - Science (Grapevine MS)
  • Aneesha Mazumder - 23rd place - Math (Grapevine MS)
--7th Grade--
  • Aurora Tong - 1st place - Number Sense, 3rd place - Calculator, 4th place - Math, and 17th place Science (Cross Timbers MS)
  • Brian Jiang - 7th place - Number Sense, 14th place - Calculator, and 6th place - Math (Cross Timbers MS)
--8th Grade--
  • Amrit Rathie - 11th place - Science (Cross Timbers MS)
  • Dusty Hogenson - 49th place - Math (Colleyville MS)
  • Amaan Babul - 21st place - Number Sense, 35th place - Math (Heritage MS)
  • Jay Upadhyaya - 36th place - Math, 37th place - Science (Heritage MS)
GHS Gymnast earns State Champion title
Grapevine HS Gymnastics Team at the state championships (L to R: Emersyn Coody, Mackenzie Megellas, Demi Pursley, and Emily Stoller)
The Grapevine High School Girls Gymnastics team competed in the State Tournament, which was held in Odessa, TX. A team of four, three of the gymnasts are seniors and it is their fourth year to make it to state. Demi Pursley, senior, placed in all events and received the championship position on Vault, earning the title of number one in the state of Texas.
 
The state competition included more than 40 schools from Texas. Pursley (second from right in photo) is the first Grapevine HS or Colleyville Heritage High School student to earn a championship title in more than 20 years.
 
"Making it to State for four years in a row is really remarkable," said Pamela Gunn, GCISD gymnastics coach.
 
Gunn explained that the athletes must accumulate points as a team in order to qualify for state. Grapevine HS only has a team of four, while other schools may have 12 - 15 athletes on a team, so they must earn high scores to be a state contender.
Colleyville Heritage Soccer Program Announces New Head Coach
Warren Cottle, current boys head soccer coach at Midland High School, has been named the head coach for the boys soccer program at Colleyville Heritage High School.

Coach Cottle has served at Midland High School as the boys head soccer coach since 2006 with a record of 118-71-41, seven playoff appearances and three district championships. He was also named the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization Region I Senior Showcase Coach in 2008 and was District Coach of the Year in 2010, 2015 and 2016. In addition to coaching at Midland High School, Coach Cottle was the head coach for the West Texas Shockers, a semi-professional soccer team and was responsible for coaching Texas athletes in the Olympic development program.

During the course of his professional career, Coach Cottle has served as the vice president, president and past president of the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Organization - a group dedicated to representing the growth and development of high school soccer and coaches for the State of Texas.

To read more about Coach Cottle, click here
GCISD Night at the Rangers - June 6


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The Community Problem Solving team from  Cross Timbers Middle School  held a Water and Gatorade Collection event to donate to the Grapevine Fire Department.

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Bransford Elementary School celebrates their Robotics Champions.

 
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Glenhope Elementary School  students and families took part in the Gator Gallop.

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Upcoming Events
May 26: Inclement Weather Make-Up Day. Since the district did not use any inclement weather days this year, students will have Friday, May 26 off for a four-day weekend.

May 29: Memorial Day - District offices and campuses closed. 

June 6: GCISD Night at the Rangers. For more information, click here

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
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