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GCISD Accepts Rachel's Challenge to Rally Against Bullying
Students, staff and families from across the district are invited to join together Saturday, April 29, for GCISD's 2017 Rachel's Challenge Rally, Run and Community Expo at Colleyville Heritage High School. The schedule of events can be found below:
  • 7 - 7:45 a.m. - Walk-up registration
  • 8 a.m. - 5K begins
  • 9 - 11 a.m. - Community Expo
The  Rachel's Challenge 5K run is open to all registered runners and walkers. The registration fee is $20 for community members and parents, but GCISD students and employees, who do not wish to receive a t-shirt, do not have to pay. If students and staff wish to receive a shirt, the $20 registration is required. In an effort to promote campus involvement, the school with the most representatives will receive a trophy to honor their participation.
The Community Expo will take place after the 5K from 9-11 a.m. and will celebrate kindness, healthy choices and diversity. Activities will include community vendors, healthy demonstrations, student performances, door prizes, and much more.
Campuses will also participate in on-campus events including a service project and a  school supplies drive  for the back-to-school fair. Donations will be accepted now through the day of the rally.
If you have any questions, or need more information, please speak with your student's school counselor.

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GCISD welcomes new Chief Technology Officer
This week GCISD welcomed Kyle Berger, the district's new Chief Technology Officer. Berger most recently held the same position in Duncanville Independent School District.

With more than 17 years of experience, Berger began his career in Keller Independent School District in 2000 as a project manager where he was responsible for supporting more than 27,000 end users. In 2003 he was named the Executive Director of Technology Services for Alvarado Independent School District. During this time he oversaw district-wide technology use while also developing long-range technology plans. Berger was named the Executive Director of Technology in Cedar Hill ISD in 2012 where he served for two years prior to being named the Chief Technology Officer in Duncanville ISD in 2014.

During his time with Duncanville, Berger was responsible for overseeing technology aspects of the 2014 bond program. As of February 2017, this amounted to $80 million in projects completed under Berger's supervision.

"As part of LEAD 2021, the district has been very intentional about how we have integrated technology into our classrooms," said GCISD Superintendent Dr. Robin Ryan. "With the passage of the 2016 bond, we need a proven leader to continue the seamless rollout of technology in our district, and I am confident that Mr. Berger has the skills and expertise to continue this implementation."

Berger has a bachelors of science in information systems from University of Texas at Arlington. 
GCISD students find success at DECA state contest
DECA students at state contest
Students from both Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School competed in the state DECA competition, with two Grapevine HS students advancing to the national contest in April.
The state competition was held in San Antonio, bringing together about 4,300 students representing 11 districts from across the state. GCISD sent 17 students to the competition--13 from Grapevine HS and four from Colleyville Heritage HS.
Where Are They Now? - Forrest Huddleston
"GCISD taught me how to work hard for the things I want, but it also taught me how to be humble about the things I have." 

Forrest Huddleston, a 2010 Colleyville Heritage High School graduate and current business advisor at Ernst and Young, shared some of his high school memories and advice with GCISD's Where Are They Now.

To read his full story, check out our website   
Forrest Huddleston, CHHS Class of 2010

Huddleston and CHHS classmate

Cannon Construction Update
Representatives from the school district, construction contractor and architect will be present at the meeting. In addition to project details, attendees will learn how the construction process will proceed and the adjustments that will be needed from students, parents, staff and those living in and traveling through the Cannon neighborhood. 
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Special Olympians from across the area came to Mustang-Panther Stadium for the annual Special Olympics Track Meet.

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GCISD Nutrition Services celebrated another #SuperfoodieThursday featuring the egg.

See their photos!
O.C. Taylor Elementary School partnered with Colleyville Heritage High School PALs to take part in World Water Day this week. Students collected change to help tackle the water crisis around the globe.

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Upcoming Events
March 21-30 - District Art Show:  GCISD is hosting its Visual Arts Exhibition inside the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Center. The exhibition features hand-selected student artists from all district schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. 

March 28 - 30 - STAAR Testing: Campuses will be closed to visitors during testing.

March 29 - Cannon Construction Information Meeting:  Interested in the Construction Updates for Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School? Come out to our Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 29 (6 - 7 p.m. at Cannon ES). Check out our flyer for more details!

Month of March:  Celebrate Texas Public Schools #PowerOfPublic

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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