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GCISD Announces  New Executive Director of Communications 
Kristin Snively, current GCISD Director of Communications, has been named the Executive Director of Communications. Trustees approved the recommendation during the regular board meeting on Monday, December 18.
 
"We are extremely proud of Mrs. Snively for earning this opportunity," said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. "During the past five years with GCISD, she has been integral to the success of the Communications Department and, in particular, helping all of our campus administrators improve their communication. Whether through social media, crisis communication to parents or human interest stories, Mrs. Snively has become a leader in championing our district and we look forward to seeing how she advances our communication efforts and engagement with the community."   
 
The search for a new Executive Director began when Rick Hadley announced his retirement in October. As the Director of Communications, Snively has served as the direct liaison to the Educational Division of the district and has coordinated their communications on key issues, led the annual convocation event for staff, created the "Game Day Experience" for parents and spectators attending varsity football games, and coordinated multi-media communications related to Soaring Valor.
 
Voices of GCISD - Karla P. (Collegiate Academy)


SAVE THE DATE: Personalized Program Expo
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 Personalized Programs Expo on Thursday, February 8 from 4 - 7 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, Arts Integration, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Leader In Me and AVID programs. For more information on the personalized programs offered by GCISD, click here.
GCISD Hosts First Lego League Regional Qualifying Tournament
On Saturday, December 16, GCISD hosted a First Lego League Regional Qualifying Tournament.
 
35 teams of middle school and elementary school students from across our region competed.
 
Teams competed in four areas:
Robot Games - Teams maneuver programmed robots to complete tasks on a mission field in three rounds.
Project - Teams identify a problem based on the theme- water use and conservation and present their solution to a panel of judges.
Robot Design - Teams explain the design and programming of their robot to a panel of judges.
Core Values - Teams complete a task in order to exhibit teamwork and core values.
 
Eleven teams represented GCISD - two from Cannon Elementary, four from Cross Timbers Middle School, and 5 from Grapevine Middle School.
 
The following teams from GCISD earned awards:
 
Cannon Elementary 
Mission Impossibots - Project Award
Mission Impossibots 2.0 - Referees' Award
  Team Coaches: Julee Vorachard, Joe Parthemore, and Chelsea White
 
Grapevine Middle School
Lightning Bots - Core Values Award


     Cannon Mission Impossibots 2.0                  Cannon Mission Impossibots                            GMS Lightning Bolts
GHS Students Nationally Recognized in Marketing Competition
Students from Grapevine High School's Sports and Entertainment Marketing participated in a National Fantasy Football Competition sponsored by Sports Career Consulting. As part of the contest, students had to research and create a new professional sports franchise and use that team to compete in various academic tasks. Students from GHS chose the team the San Antonio Roughriders. Projects included: team branding, fan engagement and experience, public relations initiatives, press releases, digital marketing strategies, and more. The group from GHS placed first out of forty schools across the country. The students that participated in the competition include Edwin Alvarado, Maximilian Antinone, Ian Banks, Gage Brown, Jovanny Cardozo, Matthew  Corbett, Andrew Garcia, Blake Ginn, Joshua McCain and Samuel Taylor.

To see the winner's announcement and previous work by our students, click here!  Congratulations GHS Sports and Entertainment Marketing Students!
Mustang Panther Stadium, The New Experience Coming in 2018

GCISD Hosts First Spanish Spelling Bee
By: Sonia Saeed, Colleyville Heritage High School
As part of the student voice initiative, GCISD will periodically feature news articles written by high school journalism students.
 
History was made in GCISD when the first ever Spanish Spelling Bee was held at Silver Lake Elementary School (SLES) on Monday, November 28. Elementary school students around the district had the chance to show off their spelling abilities, improve their pronunciation skills and teach themselves and others about the Spanish language.
 
Participants of the spelling bee were fourth and fifth graders that were involved in the dual-language programs at elementary schools like Cannon Elementary - A GCISD STEM School (CAN), Timberline Elementary (TES), and Silver Lake Elementary. (SLES) The students first participated in the spell-offs, a campus level spelling bee against other students. The top spellers from each school went to SLES to participate in the district bee. The first place winner was Reese Sporrer from SLES, followed by Madeline Rios from TES, and Hannia Ortiz from CAN in third place. The first place winner, Reese, will go on to compete in the Regional Spanish Spelling Bee in San Antonio on February 3. 
 
It is a proud moment to be able to acknowledge some fantastic students that showcased their skills on Monday. Congratulations to Reese and good luck at the Regional Spanish Spelling Bee!
Counseling CREST Awards Announced
The counseling services teams at Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Middle School and Heritage Middle School  have all been awarded the Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) award. Sponsored by the Texas School Counselor Association, schools receiving CREST awards have demonstrated a commitment using the school guidance and counseling program to improve the lives and achievement of students in academic, career, and personal social domains.
Area Chamber Nominations  Now Open
The Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for 2018 Awards Event. Nominations will be reviewed and voted on by a Selection Committee made up of previous award winners, individuals from chamber membership and other participating organizations. Click here for the 2018 Colleyville Community Awards Nomination Form. 
 
The Grapevine Chamber of Commerce takes time each year to honor deserving individuals from the community and from the Chamber's membership at its Annual Community Awards Banquet. Click here for the 2018 Grapevine Community Awards Nominations
Grapevine Parade of Lights Winners Announced
The 38th annual Grapevine Parade of Lights was held on December 7. This year's theme was "Holiday Memories." Congratulations to the following parade winners:

First Place:  Silver Lake Elementary Dad's Club

Second Place:  Dove Elementary Dad's Club

Third Place:  Cannon Elementary Dad's Club

Fourth Place:  O.C. Taylor Elementary Dad's Club

Best Marching Group:  Grapevine High School

Judges Merit:  Cub Scout Pack #260

People's Choice Winner:  Dove Elementary Dad's Club
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Upcoming Events
December 22 - January 8: Student Holidays

December 22 - January 7 : District Staff Holidays

January 15: Student and Staff Holiday

February 8: Personalized Programs Expo from 4 - 7 p.m. at Cross Timbers Middle School

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
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