April 7, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 69
Students Learn to Lead
Students at Timberline Elementary School are preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow through the Leader In Me program. Click the video for the story.

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GCISD Transportation claims 1st place in annual Bus Road-eo
GCISD Transportation placed first in the Region 11 Bus Road-eo competition in both the special needs and conventional bus categories. Cliff Kosec and Vonda Hopkins were the special needs team, while Lynora Lewis, a 20-year veteran driver, won conventional. Participants competed against area Region 11 drivers in both a written and driving skills test. Both tests measure the drivers ability to safely maneuver a school bus. First-year contestant Netty Arnold also took part in the region competition.
"Placing first in both categories is a significant achievement which displays our drivers' dedication to safety and the students we transport," said Manny Rubio, GCISD director of transportation.
Kosec, Hopkins and Lewis will advance to the state competition this summer in Frisco.
GCISD to Offer AP Capstone Program Starting Fall 2017
Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine High Schools have been selected to participate in College Board's AP Capstone  Program beginning fall 2017. Approximately 1,000 schools worldwide implement AP Capstone - an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration and communication.
"Integrating AP Capstone into GCISD AP programming provides students with opportunities to explore passion areas, connect with experts in the field, and learn about authentic application of content area interests while engaging in processes and skills integral to 21st century success," said Becky Manning GCISD Director of Advanced Academics.
GCISD students honored as Future Problem Solving State Bowl winners
Fifty-six GCISD students have earned the opportunity to attend the Annual Future Problem Solving State Bowl Competition in San Marcos April 7-9. Teams will be competing at this state level for the chance to represent Texas at the International Future Problem Solving Competition in La Crosse, Wisconsin June 7-11.

Two teams will compete in the Community Problem Solving Competition where students use problem solving skills to identify a community issue and implement a solution that addresses specific community needs. These two teams were division winners and one team earned the highest Grand Champion award, automatically qualifying them for the International competition.

Eight GCISD Global Issues Problem Solving teams have advanced to the State Bowl by placing in the top ten percent during their qualifying round. Four person teams will compete to research and find solutions to problems related to the state bowl topic, Identity Theft, for a chance to compete at the International level. "Magic students" compete in the same competition however they do not meet their teammates until the competition.

To see the complete list of student teams, continue reading here. Congratulations to our GCISD students who have advanced to the Annual Future Problem Solving State Bowl Competition and good luck!
GCISD students earn top marks at state PTA Reflections Contest
Several GCISD students competed in the state round of the PTA Reflections Contest, which is a fine arts contest that lets students showcase their skills in several different art forms, such as film, literature, music composition, and more. This year's theme was "What is Your Story?" GCISD had one student earn an Award of Excellence and four students earn an Award of Merit.
"Some people have fantastic stories to tell. Others have inspirational tales of their lives," said Gabriella Hsu, Heritage Middle School student and Award of Excellence recipient for her literature entry "Lost." "Our stories start with our first breath, and the ink life flows through our action." 

Dove's road to International Baccalaureate
Dove Elementary School has been chosen as a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This program prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for others and themselves. International Baccalaureate encourages students to see ideas from different perspectives and use critical thinking to develop knowledge and understanding across several subjects. The Primary Years Programme focuses on the child as an inquirer both inside and outside the classroom, allowing the students to become more confident in their communication skills.
To display what it means to be an IB school, Dove ES invited parents and GCISD staff to their campus for a program and tour. Students showcased different programs including the Dynamic Drummers, Cardio Club and Culture Club. Following the program, visitors toured the school while students presented what they have learned in the classroom.
"We are honored to be granted status as an IB Candidate School," said Cindy Galloway, Dove ES principal. "Our teachers have already begun designing experiences that allow the students to explore learning while making an impact on the world around us."
To see pictures from Dove's International Baccalaureate Showcase, check out their Facebook page!

GCISD nutrition staff earn Best of Bunch Award
Best of Bunch award and certificate
The child nutrition staff at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD have been honored with the 
Best of Bunch Award  by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and the Texas Department of Agriculture for its achievement in the Commissioner's 2016 Local Products Challenge.
GCISD was considered for this achievement after participating in Commissioner Miller's 2016 Local Products Challenge where schools successfully incorporated local ingredients from Texas in at least three meal components (milk, protein, fruits, vegetables or grains).
"Our child nutrition team works tirelessly throughout the year to prepare healthy and appealing school meals, ensuring our students are ready to learn and achieve their academic goals," said GCISD Nutrition Services Director Julie Telesca. "The Best of the Bunch Award  highlights our efforts to serve local products in the cafeteria and make our district a leader in nutrition for the Lone Star State."
Winning districts also allowed students to learn more about agriculture and foods grown locally. More than 140 school districts participated in the 2016 Local Products Challenge and 77 earned the Best of Bunch Award .
CHHS junior places 3rd at state film festival
Shown at Right_ Weston Wright _right_ with teacher Ben Pluenneke at the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival outside the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
Weston Wright, a Colleyville Heritage High School junior, took part in the UIL Young Filmmakers Festival in Austin where he placed third in the Digital Animation Category. This is the fourth year for the festival. Wright's winning film (shown below) is titled "Mending Broken Stars." 

Mending Broken Stars
Mending Broken Stars

Collegiate Academy hosts first Cultural Festival
From France to Egypt to India and more, all in one night, family heritage was celebrated through the Collegiate Academy's first Cultural Festival. The festival brought families together to showcase the many cultures of the school. The festival included food and display items representing the different cultures and countries. 
"It was a fun night for our Collegiate Academy family, sharing all of our unique backgrounds," said Jessica Waters algebra teacher and Student Council sponsor.
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Colleyville Heritage High School Panther Golf teams took home top honors at the Lake Ridge Invitational.

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Colleyville Middle School students evaluated games designed by their peers.

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It was Science in the City for fifth graders at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School.

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Upcoming Events
April 14 - Campuses Closed:   Since we did not experience any school closures this school year, we do not need to use our inclement weather makeup day. As a result, campuses will be closed Friday, April 14.

April 15 - Panthers International Cultural Festival:   Panthers International of Colleyville Heritage High School invites the students and families from across the district to their Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 15, from 2 - 5 p.m. The Festival will showcase many different cultures from our community who come together to celebrate, learn, and understand all different aspects of diversity in our community.  Download the event flyer to learn more! 

April 27 - Parent Information Presentation: GCISD parents are invited to an Internet Safety presentation at Heritage Elementary School (4500 Heritage Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051) on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more!

April 29 - Rachel's Challenge 5K & Community Fair:  Join us for our Rachel's Challenge 5K and Community Expo at Colleyville Heritage High School ( 5401 Heritage Ave., Colleyville). Walk-up Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. The Community Expo runs from 9 - 11 a.m. See you there!

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
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