February 22, 2018                                                                                                                                             No. 82
CHOOSE KINDNESS: Join us for our 2018 Rachel's Challenge 5K
Grapevine-Colleyville is hosting the Rachel's Challenge 5K race on April 21, 2018, at Colleyville Heritage High School. The official 5K race is 3.1 miles, with official timing through No Limits Timing. The race begins at 8 a.m. for a fee of only $25. GCISD students and staff may participate for free. For more information on the Rachel's Challenge 5K, click here.

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An open letter to the community:
Like you, I watched in horror last week as we witnessed the reports of another tragic school shooting. This one, at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, took the lives of students and staff. Everyone associated with schools: students, parents, staff members and community members feel the pain and trauma each time this happens in our country. We search for answers to questions like: "How could this happen again?" and "How can we keep it from happening in the future?" As we grieve with the families in Florida, we also look to the security measures we have in place to protect our students and staff.

In GCISD, we practice several different types of scenarios and implement security measures accordingly. We make every effort to physically keep our students safe and we are taking additional steps thanks to our supportive community. In 2016, GCISD voters approved a bond package that included measures to secure students and staff including new security cameras, controlled entrance access for campuses and a fully integrated network security system.

Additionally, each secondary campus has a police officer that is stationed at the school every day and our counselors have resources for reporting concerns on their websites. We work closely with our local police departments and school resource officers to investigate every  concern quickly and thoroughly and we communicate with staff, parents and the community when matters arise that need a wider response. We understand that when we do have to communicate, there are questions that may be left unanswered for our families based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the district and campuses from sharing specific information related to the incident or students. Please know that we do have policies and procedures in place for addressing these incidents, even if we are unable to provide you with those details.  For more general information on the district's disciplinary guidelines, please review the Student Code of Conduct.

The most important thing that we can all do is to build strong sense of togetherness and pride in our community's schools and ensure our adults are building healthy relationships with students. Beginning with '"circle up" time in elementary schools, our students begin to build those relationships with their teachers and with each other. Those relationships are the foundations that are built upon when students get to middle and high school. This provides a safe space to have conversations with students when issues arise on campus, in our community and in our nation.

We also encourage everyone to report if they have a suspicion that something might be wrong. The adage of "see something, say something" may seem like a basic concept, but it is critical in our ability to get ahead of a potential threat.

We will continue to practice, review  and refine our safety and security measures as the safety of our students and staff is our top priority of the GCISD Board of Trustees and our staff members.
Dr. Robin Ryan
GCISD Superintendent
Digital Flyer Delivery Starts February 15
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has adopted an electronic flyer distribution program called Peachjar. With the new system, flyers from community organizations will be distributed through a weekly email and accessible through the school websites. This is part of our ongoing effort to focus re sources on education while reducing the environmental impact of our activities.

GCISD parents will receive a welcome  email from Peachjar that includes a username and password. This is provided to give parents the opportunity to manage their account and flyer delivery preferences. To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here and select the appropriate tab for PARENTS .
Students Skype with Olympic Commentator Lewis Johnson
On Wednesday, students at Glenhope Elementary skyped with NBC Olympic commentator Lewis Johnson at the base of the bobsled track for the 2018 Olympics. With a 15-hour time difference, the students said 'good morning' as Johnson was getting ready to say 'good night' from PyeongChang, South Korea. The Skype session with Johnson took place due to a connection with Glenhope Elementary Learning Liaison Jeanette Fink. 
"We are always looking for ways to make global connections as it aligns with our district goals of developing Global Citizens," said Fink. "We also had another connection to the Olympics as a former Grapevine High School student is interning with NBC in PyeongChang!"  
Second-grade teachers designed lessons that connected growth mindset using Olympic athletes as exemplars. Students focused on setting goals, teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance as part of the lesson. 
Some of the questions students asked included:
  • How long have you been reporting for the Olympics?
  • How many athletes do you talk to in a day?
  • Who is the most famous Olympian you have ever met?
  • How are they making the Luge, Bobsled and Skeleton racing as safe as possible? 
  • What is your favorite food in South Korea?
GCISD Swimmers and Divers Compete in State Competition
GCISD swimmers and divers competed at the UIL 5A Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center at the University of Texas at Austin on February 16 and 17.  Results:
  • David Hallaron (Grapevine HS) won the 200 yard Individual Medley state title and placed second in the 100 yard backstroke. David broke the 200 yard IM and 100 yard backstroke school record and achieved the automatic All-American time standard in the 200 yard Individual Medley and All-American consideration time standard in the 100 back.
  • Samantha Tatum (Grapevine HS) placed 22nd in the 100 yard freestyle.
  • The Grapevine HS boys 200 free relay (Gavin Carey, Eric He, Lyon Lee, David Hallaron) advanced to the consolation finals.
  • Abby Devereaux (Colleyville Heritage HS) placed seventh in 1 meter diving.
  • Sasha Culbertson (Colleyville Heritage HS) placed 10th in 1 meter diving.
Congratulations to our swimmers and divers on a successful State competition!
Mustang Panther Stadium, The New Experience Coming in 2018

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Signing Day 2018

On National Signing Day 2018, GCISD had 12 student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to play collegiate level sports. To see more photos from National Signing Day, click here!

February is National Career and Technical Education Month! This year, we highlighted several of GCISD's CTE students in order to learn more about exciting courses. To read from some of our hashtags, search the hashtag #GCISD_CTE on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

DES Around the World

This year Dove Elementary School hosted its 7th Annual World Friendship Day. Families representing 14 different countries displayed a variety of activities, food, drinks, games and fun facts with fellow peers and guests from the district. Click here to see more photos from the event! 

Upcoming Events in March!
March 12-16 - Spring Break. Campuses, District offices and Collegiate Academy will be be closed

March 30 - Holiday for students and staff; Collegiate Academy classes still operating on normal schedule

Click here to check out more upcoming events. 
Let's Talk! with GCISD
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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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