May 19, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 72
GCISD announces the Employees of the Year
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Meet your 2017 Employees of the Year
GCISD administrators led a "surprise" patrol to various campuses and departments to announce this year's honored staff members. William Boykin, fifth-grade ASPIRE teacher from Glenhope Elementary School, was named the GCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Colleyville Heritage High School Special Education Teacher Jon McCormick was named GCISD's Secondary Teacher of the Year. Heather Hedges, Colleyville Heritage HS student data secretary, was named GCISD Paraprofessional of the Year.
In addition to the district-level Elementary Teacher, Secondary Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year, district leaders also celebrated departmental employees of the year on their surprise tour. This year's winners are pictured below. Campus teachers and campus/department paraprofessionals of the year have also been honored during special celebrations with their colleagues at their schools or departments.
GCISD employees represent excellence in teaching/work abilities, innovative practices, positive relationships and communication, and leadership. Congratulations to all these outstanding GCISD winners!

State Champions

Congratulations to the Grapevine High School Girls Golf team who earned the title of 5A UIL State Champion at the State Tournament this week.

Grapevine HS Girls Golf Members include: 
  • Gabriella Tomanka
  • Anna Takahashi
  • Lauren Chasczewski
  • Avery Robertson
  • Alexia Saenz 
  • Kelsie Siporin 
The Colleyville Heritage High School Girls Golf team also competed at the State Tournament, placing 7th.  Athletes from both schools earned individual achievements as well.
Colleyville Heritage Panther Chorale receives state honor
Colleyville Heritage High School
Panther Chorale
The Colleyville Heritage Panther Chorale has been selected as an Invited Performing Choir for the 2018 Texas Music Educator's Association Convention, the highest award afforded to high school choirs in Texas. This prestigious invitation is achieved through a recorded audition process of performances from the past two school years and is awarded to ensembles showing a consistent exceptional level of performance. The Panther Chorale was selected from over 170 submitted choirs. 
The Panther Chorale is the premier ensemble of the CHHS Panther Choirs consisting of approximately 60 auditioned sophomores, juniors and seniors. Under the direction of Thomas Rinn and assistant director Rachel Massey the Panther Chorale has established itself as one of the premier high school ensembles in the state receiving consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards, placing multiple students into the Texas All-State Choir, and performing both locally and abroad.  
Dr. Rick Westfall named lone finalist for superintendent in Keller ISD
GCISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall has been named the lone finalist in the Keller ISD superintendent search. Keller Trustees approved Dr. Westfall with a 6-0 vote during a special meeting on Monday, May 8. There will now be a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before Dr. Westfall is officially named superintendent.

"I want to thank the entire GCISD community for allowing me to serve as your Deputy Superintendent for the last six years," Dr. Westfall said. "When I look back at what we have accomplished during this time as part of LEAD 2021, I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made and the redefined educational opportunities we are providing for students."

The search for Keller's new superintendent began in January when current superintendent Dr. Randy Reid announced his retirement effective July 2017. Dr. Westfall is familiar with the Keller community as he served as Keller High School principal from 2008-2011.

"We are so excited for Dr. Westfall and the opportunity he has to serve as superintendent in Keller ISD," said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent. "Rick is a tremendous leader and it has been a honor to serve with him. We wish Rick the best of luck in this new chapter of his career."
GCISD announces new Executive Director of Learning
Dr. Suzanne Newell, current GCISD Director of Humanities, has been named the Executive Director of Learning. Trustees approved the recommendation during a special board meeting on Monday, May 8.

"We are so excited to have Dr. Newell serve the students and families of GCISD in this new capacity," said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. "Like her predecessor, Dr. Newell is a champion for students and teachers and now she will have the opportunity to make a difference for every student and teacher in GCISD. We look forward to seeing how she continues the work of integrating rigorous curriculum with innovative teaching practices and the intentional development of staff with professional learning communities."

The search for a new Executive Director of Learning began when Dr. John Doughney announced his retirement after 39 years of service to public education.

As the Director of Humanities, Dr. Newell developed a kindergarten through twelfth-grade alignment in the ways that students learn Social Studies and English Language Arts. She has helped refine the role of district librarians in how they serve students and staff across the district. Dr. Newell has also led the district's efforts in incorporating student voice as a tool for providing feedback and improving teaching and therefore learning.
To read more about Dr. Newell, click  here.
Students share their voice through district initiative
GCISD Student Voice
GCISD Student Voice
Familiar Face named Grapevine Middle School Principal
Current Colleyville Heritage Associate Principal Laura Koehler has been named the new principal of Grapevine Middle School. Trustees approved the appointment during a special board meeting on Monday, May 8.

"I am so excited to be the new principal at Grapevine Middle School and continue to strengthen the connection between our students and the community" Koehler said. "There are so many incredible offerings for our students including STEM, AVID and Dual Language and I look forward to supporting every student in their pursuit of a personalized education."

The search for the next principal at GMS began in March when Linda Young announced her retirement.
To read more about Laura, click  here.
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.
GCISD Night at the Rangers - June 6

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Grapevine High School National Merit Finalists were honored in a special Signing Day event. 

Grapevine El ementary School celebrates students who have completed 30+ Imagine Math lessons this year.

Glenhope Elementary School students welcome visitors for Career Day 2017.

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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