June 28, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 73
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Trustees Approve New Deputy Superintendent
On Monday, June 19, GCISD Trustees approved Dr. Brad Schnautz as th e new Deputy Superintendent. Dr.  Schnautz currently serves as the superintendent in Lexington ISD.
"In GCISD, everything we do is guided by our strategic plan, LEAD 2021," said Dr. Robin Ryan GCISD Superintendent. "While we are all responsible for implementing the mission and vision of LEAD, the Deputy Superintendent position leads the oversight of many of the action items related to technology, curriculum and instruction, accountability and assessment, career and technical education and counseling. We are so excited to have Dr. Schnautz join our staff as our Deputy Superintendent to continue leading the implementation of LEAD 2021, which is redefining education for the students and staff of GCISD."
The search for the next deputy superintendent began in May when Dr. Rick Westfall was named the superintendent in Keller ISD.

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Prep Work for Construction to Begin at Cannon Elementary
Last May, GCISD was very fortunate to have voters approve the 2016 Bond package, which included a new building for Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School. Contractor activity is underway with the new building expected to open in August 2018.
Ahead of construction work, we wanted to give an update on what community members can expect to see at Cannon this summer. Initial site work will focus on site fencing, which will be placed along the north side of the Cannon property. As construction continues, additional fencing may be added to ensure the safety of students, staff, and Cannon visitors. Additionally, three portable classrooms will be placed in the east parking lot in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. Finally, the demolition of the fifth-grade wing on the northwest side of the school is anticipated to begin in July 2017.
Per city ordinance, work hours at Cannon will be Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m-5 p.m. There will be no work performed on Sundays.
We are so excited about the commencement of work on Cannon and cannot wait for students, staff and families to experience the new building.  Click here to see renderings of Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School.
To learn more about all projects approved through the May 2016 Bond, please visit the  GCISD 2016 bond website. Questions for the district? Click the Cannon Elementary link at  Let's Talk! Have a question or comment regarding the construction site? Contact Lee Lewis Construction by clicking  here.
GCISD announces new Director of Humanities
On Monday, June 19, GCISD Trustees approved Jacqueline Van Horn as the new Director of Humanities. Van Horn had been a Reading Language Arts supervisor in Dallas ISD since 2015.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity for community advocacy, to build upon the great partnerships with teaching professionals, students and the community to create an educational experience that is engaging, rigorous and relevant," Van Horn said.
The search for a new Director of Humanities began in May when it was announced that Dr. Suzanne Newell would assume the role of Executive Director of Learning.

Heritage Elementary Assistant Principal Named Campus Principal
Jill Hemme, current Heritage Elementary School assistant principal, has been named campus principal. Trustees approved the appointment during the regular meeting on Monday, June 19.
"It is an honor for me to be named as principal of Heritage Elementary," Hemme said. "I am excited for the opportunity to continue working with such an amazing group of students, staff and parents."
The search for a new principal for Heritage Elementary School began in May when Stacey Voigt announced she had accepted a principal position in Midway ISD.


Collegiate Academy to pilot Mentor 2.0 program
Big Brothers Big Sisters and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are expanding their partnership in community mentoring to include a pilot program at Collegiate Academy at Tarrant County College Northeast. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Collegiate Academy will become the first campus in Tarrant County to pilot Mentor 2.0. In this model, every freshman attending Collegiate Academy will be provided with a mentor. Unlike the traditional program, in Mentor 2.0, mentors are only asked to meet in-person with their student once a month but are expected to communicate regularly online.
"We are so excited about the opportunity to pilot Mentor 2.0 at Collegiate Academy," said Director Bobbe Knutz. "Our students have a rigorous course-load in which they are congruently completing high school and college coursework. While this provides its own unique challenges, it also provides opportunities for student growth and we are looking forward to watching our students navigate their unique experience with the guidance of a community mentor."
As part of the Mentor 2.0 program addresses the collegiate experience, every mentor must have a college degree. While this program will begin in 2017-2018 with freshman, the program will progress with students and in four years, every Collegiate Academy Phoenix will have a college graduate mentor.
Interested participants in the Mentor 2.0 program are encouraged to attend an informational session on Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the common area at Collegiate Academy located at 828 W. Harwood Rd. (Building NMPC) Hurst, TX 76054. To read more about the Mentor 2.0 program, click  here.
Familiar face returns to Dove Elementary as principal
Heather Landrum, former Dove Elementary School student support specialist, is returning to the campus to assume the role of principal. Landrum, who is currently serving as an assistant principal at Grapevine Elementary, was named principal on Monday, June 19 during the regular Board of Trustees meeting.
"During my brief time at Dove Elementary, I was fortunate to experience its rich history of passionate educators, involved community, and amazing students," Landrum said. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Dove as the principal to continue the work and success of the campus."
The search for the next leader of Dove Elementary began in May when Cindy Galloway accepted the role of Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Prestonwood Christian Academy.

GCISD names Director of Early Childhood
On Monday, June 19, GCISD Trustees approved Kristi Brown as the new Director of Early Childhood.
"I am so excited to come on board in GCISD and join the amazing programs already in place," Brown said. "Early childhood education has always been a passion of mine as it helps shape the way a child feels about school and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to impact students across the district in my new role."
The Director of Early Childhood is a new position for the 2017-2018 school year aimed at developing the various programs for the youngest learners including tuition and state-based pre-kindergarten, the Early Childhood Development Center and KidzU program.

iUniversity Prep launches "Fences: The Crisis"
iUniversity Prep has launched this year's project entitled "Fences: The Crisis". The Fences Project is an annual living history simulation that that allows students to engage in a specific time period over the course of a night. This year's project allowed students from all over the state of Texas to come together  to experience the White House in 1962 during the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
"Opportunities like these bring students to the next level in learning and application along with understanding of government and policy," said Director of Virtual Learning, Dr. Kaye Rogers.
The project was funded by the Education Foundation which provided a grant to cover the costs of the event.  

Summer Food Service Program
The summer Food Service Program provides free meals to all children age 18 and younger. These meals provide essential nutrients for active growing children. To participate in the free meal program, children just need to show up at a serving site.

Timberline Elementary: June 5 - July 14
Breakfast: 7 - 8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - noon

Cross Timbers Middle: June 5 - August 11
Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Breakfast and lunch will be offer vs. serve. Students will need to select a minimum three components for breakfast and lunch. At lunch the meal must include a fruit or vegetable in order to have a complete meal.
The entire meal must be consumed at the serving site--absolutely no "to go" breakfasts or lunches are available.
For additional information please call the GCISD Nutrition Services Department at 817-251-5618. Menus are available on the GCISD website at  www.gcisd-k12.org.
For more information about the national Summer Food Service Program, visit  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer.

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