February 2, 2018                                                                                                                                             No. 81
SAVE THE DATE: Personalized Programs 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 5 - 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.   For more information on the Personalized Programs Expo including expo resources and applications information, click here.

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UIL Realignment announced for basketball, football, and volleyball
UIL Realignment moves Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School into Region 1, District 4 of Conference 5A for football and Region 1, District 7 of Conference 5A for basketball and volleyball.

"In GCISD, our schools excel in academics, athletics, fine arts and every facet of education," said Dr. Robin Ryan, GCISD Superintendent of Schools. "This realignment provides both of our comprehensive high school campuses with the continued opportunity to be competitive both in the classroom and on the performance stage, court or field of play. We look forward to this upcoming school year, where both Mustangs and Panthers alike, can continue to compete at the highest levels."

The recent football UIL Realignment for Region 1, District 4 will include the following schools:

Carrollton Creekview
Carrollton Smith
Carrollton Turner
Colleyville Heritage
Denton Ryan
North Richland Hills Birdville

The UIL Realignment for basketball and volleyball for Region 1, District 7 will include the following schools:

Colleyville Heritage
Fort Worth Boswell
Fort Worth Chisholm Trail
North Richland Hills Birdville
White Settlement Brewer

School populations ranging between 1,100 - 2,149 were designated as Class 5A.
Timberline Elementary hosts Leader in Me Symposium
As a Leader in Me school, the staff of Timberline Elementary teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Each year, Leader in Me schools from around the globe come together at Symposium, a conference of educators and students growing together in their leadership abilities.  Timberline has previously been a destination school for Symposium school tours but this year is special!  In 2017, Timberline staff and students achieved Lighthouse Distinction, an achievement shared with only 354 schools world-wide !

On February 2, Timberline opened its doors to visitors, including school and district administrators, teachers, GCISD Board of Trustees, and community members, so that they could see what makes Timberline unique. Principal Shelley Ingram is in her first year as Timberline's administration.
Daniel Jau named National Federation of State High School Association State Coach of the Year
The National Federation of State High School Association has named Daniel Jau the state Coach of the Year and the southwest sectional Coach of the Year. Jau is GCISD's head coach for the swim, dive, and water polo teams and for the past ten years has been working with students at both Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School.
Jau has received numerous recognitions including 17 district championships, two regional championships, three regional runner-up finishes, a state runner-up finish, and a fourth-place state finish. He has been voted district Coach of the Year 16 times and regional Coach of the Year twice. Jau will receive the Coach of the Year plaque from the association at the state meet in Austin on February 17.
Ten GCISD students honored as Texas All-State musicians
Ten students will represent GCISD as Texas All-State musicians on February 17 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San  Antonio. The Texas All-State music program is the premier student music ensemble organization in the United States. About 1,780 students are chosen out of nearly 68,000 by competing in an audition process each year for a place in one of the fifteen All-State ensembles (band, choir, and orc hestra).

Colleyville Heritage High School will be represented by four choir members  and three band members, and  Grapevine High School will be represented by three band 
members.  These members include:

  • Nicole Cowan (band)
  • Jiwon Lee (band)
  • Seth Wood (band)
  • Skylar Dubose (choir)
  • Karyssa Nelson (choir)
  • Nasir Panjwani (choir)
  • Will Swinney (choir)
  • Christopher Chwa (band)
  • Dawson Grimes (band)
  • Aiden Gonzalez (band)
Mustang Panther Stadium, The New Experience Coming in 2018

 Timberline Elementary hosts annual CALA Art Showcase
Timberline Elementary School and its Cultural Artistic Leadership Academy hosted its annual CALA Art Showcase on Thursday, January 18, 2018. 
The showcase featured artistic and cultural presentations from Panama and Puerto Rico and as a special guest, renowned Puerto Rican artist Noin Rivera delighted everybody by painting live to the rhythm of Puerto Rican music. Student leaders led guests on tours of artwork displayed by all students in K-5th as well as interactive technology stations, art stations, and museum information table. This unique event brings art and culture together not only for Timberline families but for all the GCISD community as well. 
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GCISD Geography Bees

Students across the district competed in Geography Bees at their campuses. Students will now take an exam to see if they qualify for the State tournament. Click here to see all of the 2018 Geography Bee winners. 


Check out all the exciting things GCISD's Department of Curriculum and Instruction is accomplishing across the district. Follow @GCISDLearns on Twitter! 

GCISD Spelling Bees

Students across the district competed in Spelling Bees at their campuses. Students will compete at the Area level Spelling Bee on 1/8/18 in hopes of advancing to the Regional round. Click here to see all of the 2018 Spelling Bee winners. 

Upcoming Events
February 5-9:  National School Counselors Week 

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

February 15: Kindness Day 

February 20: Parent Technology Academy at 6 p.m. in the Bear Creek Elementary Cafe. Top Apps that Parents Need to KnowCome and learn about several apps that are commonly use to bully other people or just for the wrong reasons.

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.