January 12, 2017                                                                                                                                     No. 62
Monday, January 16
District offices and campuses will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 
2017-2018 Instructional Calendar Survey
In an effort to determine what is most important for our parents, teachers, students and community members, please take the following survey regarding the 2017-2018 calendar. The survey will be open until 4 p.m. on Friday, January 20. Once the district has collected the information, a proposed calendar will be recommended to the District Excellence Committee prior to the Board of Trustees vote on Monday, February 27. We are working diligently to finalize the 2017-2018 school calendar and we appreciate your patience as we work to create the best calendar to cultivate student success. 

Parent, Student and Community Survey (English)
Parent, Student and Community Survey (Spanish)

*GCISD staff, please complete the survey that will be sent to you directly by your supervisor*
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Where are they now? - Tonja Greenfield 
A 1999 graduate of Grapevine High School has played a significant role behind the scenes in the making of some of today's most popular films. Tonja Greenfield serves as a camera assistant for several movies including "Jason Bourne", "Captain Phillips", "Pitch Perfect 2" and "22 Jump Street". Greenfield credits GCISD's wide variety of extracurricular activities to the development of her passion of film today. GCISD's Where Are They Now asked Greenfield about her memories of GCISD and its impact on her life after graduation.

To read the full story, check out our website

Camera Assistant & 1999 GHS graduate, Tonja Greenfield
Greenfield (right) and GHS friend (left)

Greenfield (right) & husband, Will Greenfield (left)
Greenfield & classmates at 1999 GHS graduation

Trustee McClure participates in state leadership program
GCISD Board of Trustee Member Mindy McClure joined 34 other school board members from across Texas at the second session of the Leadership TASB Class of 2017. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 1,000 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.
 
Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.
 
TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million public school students.

GCISD students featured in DMA exhibit
Image of Isabel Liang's artwork.
Students at both Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School have had art projects selected to be featured in the annual Young Masters Exhibition, hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art, O'Donnell Foundation, and AP Strategies. The exhibit will run February 25 - April 16 at the Dallas Museum of Art.
 
Featured students include:

GHS
Tiffany Sims (Art History Finalist)
Lauren Edwards (Art History Finalist)
Isabel Liang (Studio Art Finalist)

CHHS
Brenna Tracy (Studio Art Finalist)
January is School Board Recognition Month
January 2017 is School Board Recognition Month--a great time to focus on the crucial role our GCISD Trustees play in the community and in our schools. Learn more about this All-Star Team by visiting our  Board of Trustees website, and take a moment to thank a trustee.
 
Meet your GCISD Trustees ( Check out their videos!)
  • Leon Leal, President, Place 6
  • Jesse G. Rodríguez, Vice President, Place 5
  • Lisa Pardo, Secretary, Place 4 
  • Mindy McClure, Place 1
  • Becky St. John, Place 2
  • Louie Sullins, Place 3 
  • Jorge Rodríguez, Place 7
Special Programs Expo - February 13
From engineering challenges to advanced academics to language immersion and early childhood education, GCISD offers a world of opportunities for students. Families are invited to learn more about these opportunities at the Special Programs Expo on Monday, February 13 from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School. The expo will feature stations showcasing our STEM programs, ASPIRE Academy, Dual Language, tuition-based pre-kindergarten, Collegiate Academy and AVID programs. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of STEM, Dual Language, ASPIRE Academy and tuition-based pre-kindergarten, STEM, Dual Language, ASPIRE Academy and tuition-based pre-kindergarten will be delivered in the lecture hall, the AVID classroom (A3) and library.
 
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Bransford Elementary School Texans learn about local government. 

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Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School welcome members of the Grapevine Police Department.
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Grapevine Middle School students welcomed visitors from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
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Upcoming Events
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - district offices and campuses closed.

January 16 - February 24: Click here to view the proposed District of Innovation plan during the public review.

February 16: GCISD Kindness Day. Students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear a Rachel's Challenge t-shirt and jeans and join us in celebrating kindness and compassion on GCISD Kindness Day. 

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
Let's Talk! with GCISD
Use  Let's Talk! to engage the district in conversation. Share your questions, comments, concerns and feedback through the Let's Talk! system to start a dialogue with district staff.
  
Let's Talk! may be found on the GCISD homepage, or by visiting  www.gcisd-k12.org/talk.

We'd love your feedback, comments or story suggestions. Please share them with us at communication.services@gcisd.net.