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GCISD Announces Record Number of National Merit Semifinalists
Thirty-three GCISD seniors have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Selection is based on the students' scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). GCISD's National Merit Semifinalists are part of an elite group of students representing fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These academically talented students have the opportunity to continue in the program and compete for scholarships that will be offered next spring.  For more information on GCISD's Record Number of National Merit Semifinalists, click here.

iUniversity Prep 2018 National Merit Semifinalist
CHHS 2018 National Merit Semifinalists

GHS 2018 National Merit Semifinalists
GCISD Launches Mobile App
  
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GCISD Welcomes Community Champions
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has welcomed a group of more than three dozen district residents participating in the first GCISD Community Champions program. The year-long series of classes kicked off on Thursday, September 21 at Colleyville Heritage High School. Attendees visited with district administrators and each other during the 90-minute session focusing on Redefining Campus Leadership.

Upcoming sessions will touch on assessment, finance, bond-related construction and more. Participants will hear from district leadership, students and staff from around the district as well as getting to visit a number of schools throughout GCISD.

Members of GCISD Community Champions are:

Rachel Abell
Danielle Arnett
Brandon Arnold
Veronica Bazaldua
Mark Bilgere
Nicole Bradshaw
Gemma Brady
Ericka Bravo
Danny Buccat
Sharma Castillo
Cindy Chan
Robyn Cheek
Tamara Choate
Syna Cornelius
Tanginika Cuascud
Heidi Doty
Erica Fisher
Marcie Frazier
Rachel Hasper
Brandy Hedges
Kimberly Hill
Susan Holley
Lisa Holly
Misty Holmes
Nicholas Holmes
Tracy Hutto 
Valerie Kunert
Rosanne Medlin
Kerri Merigold
Bridget Moore
Myra Mujtaba-Alsup
Victoria Mujtaba
Ozioma Olowu
Cherie Schnieders 
Mike Sexton
Roman Shevchuk
DeWayne Smart
Vanessa Steinkamp
Hillary Strasner
Janelle Whitehead



Glenhope Takes On the Eye of the Hurricane
By: Erica DeAngelo, a Junior at Colleyville Heritage High School 

As part of the student voice initiative, GCISD will periodically feature news articles written by high school journalism students.

On Tuesday, September 12th, the fifth graders of Glenhope Elementary School received a lesson on hurricanes they will never forget!  Previous to the event, the classrooms spent time covering hurricanes due to their presence all over our country's news channels. At two in the afternoon, the elementary library began to fill with lively children, eager to widen their knowledge of these tropical storms. Their unique visitor for the afternoon was meteorologist, Jason Johnson.

Click here to read the full story.
Trustees Tour School Improvements Funded by the 2016 Bond
Members of the GCISD Board of Trustees on Friday took a tour of several campuses to view progress on projects resulting from the May 2016 bond election. Trustees, administrators, project architect and construction management representatives made stops at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School, Grapevine Middle School, Colleyville Heritage High School's new Multipurpose Activity Center, Heritage Middle School, Timberline Elementary, Grapevine High School and Mustang-Panther Stadium.
 
At Cannon Elementary, Trustees got a look at the foundation area where the new school will be located. Trustees also were shown the new secure entryways installed on a number of campuses and viewed the transformed libraries, now known as the learning commons.
 
Board President Lisa Pardo expressed thanks to the taxpayers of GCISD for voting to approve these new facilities. "These new learning commons areas, classroom additions and other improvements are only possible because of the support of our citizens."
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Check out how students and staff in the GCISD community have aided in Hurricane relief by checking out the #GCISDHelps hashtag! 

#GCISDCollegeColors

Check out students and staff representing their favorite university with the hashtag #GCISDCollegeColors!
#GCISDChampions

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has welcomed a group of more than three dozen district residents participating in the first GCISD Community Champions program.
  Check out more pictures of the program here.
Upcoming Events
September 28:  Colleyville Heritage HS Homecoming

September 29: Grapevine HS Homecoming

October 6: No school for students

October 7: GMS Trash and Treasures Work Day from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

October 10: Columbus Day - no school for teachers and students

October 10-17: Global Math Week

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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