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Trustees approve 2018-2019 Instructional Calendar 
On Monday, November 13, GCISD Trustees approved the Student and Staff Instructional Calendars for the 2018-2019 school year. To learn more about how the district develops the instructional calendars, please watch the video below:


A few highlights from the 2018-2019 student instructional calendar:
 
  • Students will begin classes on Monday, August 20.
  • Students will have a four-day weekend in October for Columbus Day weekend; staff will have a three-day weekend.
  • Students and staff will have a four-day weekend in April (dependent on the need to makeup one or both inclement weather days).
  • Students are finished on May 30 with graduation following that afternoon and evening.
 
To view the 2018-2019 student instructional calendar, click  here.
 
To view the 2018-2019 staff instructional calendar, click  here.
 
To view the 2018-2019 iUniversity Prep instructional calendar, click  here
Grapevine High School and Colleyville Elementary School recognized with state counseling awards 
The Lone Star State School Counselor Association State Award recognizes school counseling programs that support the American School Counseling Association, or ASCA. The objective of  this award is to encourage excellence and promote the five components 
of the ASCA: Foundation, Program Management,
Delivery, and Accountability. Two GCISD schools were recognized for their excellence in counseling. Colleyville Elementary School received the Bronze Award and Grapevine High School received the Silver Award, the highest honor given through the Lone Star State School Counselor Association. Congratulations Colleyville Elementary School and Grapevine High School!
School Messenger Update
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is making some changes to the School Messenger automated calling system. Currently, when GCISD sends a phone message, it uses the main district line. Moving forward, calls will come from the following number: 866-264-0350. By using this toll-free number, call recipients will be able to place a call back to this number to hear any missed calls, which is an added benefit to all families. Please save this number to your contacts as a reminder that these calls are coming from GCISD.
HeroCon at Grapevine Middle School
By Kate Love, GHS Senior and Zoe Gelher, GHS Junior
As part of the student voice initiative, GCISD will periodically feature news articles written by high school journalism students.

Because Principal Laura Koehler wanted to build the community between Grapevine Middle School's STEM 
program and the remainder of the campus, the school commenced its first annual 'Hero Con' where students make posters using elements from each of their classes and apply them to everyday heroes.

"We basically kind of took the premise of Comic Con and we came up with HeroCon," Koehler said. "A lot of the kids have been dressing up and are very excited about it, but our STEM students are the ones that put in the work for the different projects that you're going to see."

Most posters are divided into four parts with specific research done in the students' core classes including Math, Social Studies, Science and ELA (English Language Arts).

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Veterans Day

Across the district, campuses celebrated our veterans with different assemblies and receptions. 
Check out pictures from various campus Veterans Day Celebrations here!

Signing Day 2017

Nine GCISD students signed National Letters of Intent on November 8, 2017 to play collegiate level sports. 
To see pictures from Signing Day, click here!

Upcoming Events
November 20-24 : Thanksgiving Break - all campuses and district offices will be closed Monday through Friday, Collegiate Academy will be off Thursday and Friday only.

November 29ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety public showing - In the Colleyville Heritage High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m., all parents and students (ages ten years and older) are invited to join in a viewing of this documentary.  Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it.

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.