March 10, 2017                                                                                                                                           No. 66
Spring Break
District offices and campuses will be closed Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 17 for Spring Break. 

We will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 20.


2017-2018 School Calendar
On Monday, February 27, the GCISD Board of Trustees approved the 2017-2018 Student and Staff Instructional Calendars. Visit our Calendars page to download the calendar.
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Soaring Valor
Tuesday, February 28
GCISD students, families and staff gathered with WWII Veterans for a special evening of patriotism. Students accompanied these veterans for a trip to New Orleans to visit the WWII Museum as part of Soaring Valor - A Gary Sinise Foundation Program. The evening festivities and trip was made possible by the Gary Sinise Foundation and American Airlines. #SoaringValor #WWIIVeterans #GarySiniseFoundation #GCISDsoars
Wednesday, March 1
Students and veterans gathered at DFW Airport for Soaring Valor takeoff. After a brief program at the gate, students and veterans boarded the plane where they received a water cannon salute prior to departure. In air, Gary Sinise and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Littrell served treats to our veterans and students. Once the group arrived, another cannon salute greeted the American Airlines plane. At the gate, a group of well-wishers welcomed everyone to New Orleans. The Liberty Belles gave our veterans beads and a kiss on the cheek to thank them for their service. A police escort took the group to the Sheraton New Orleans hotel, their home away from home for the next few days. Then our students and veterans headed to the National World War II Museum for a welcome dinner.  
Thursday, March 2
Students and veterans spent the day at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Lunchtime included a performance from the Liberty Belles and the evening finished with a dinner at the Sheraton where our students were presented with their Soaring Valor challenge coin, designed by Colleyville Elementary School fifth-grader Lucy Dellosso. 
Friday, March 3
Friday concluded Soaring Valor. During the American Airlines flight from New Orleans to DFW, veterans received 'Mail Call' with handwritten letters from across the district. The group also received a heroes welcome upon arrival at DFW. As one crew member said on the flight today - we left as 180 strangers and came back as family.

18 students named 2017 National Merit Finalists
Eighteen GCISD seniors have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Selection is based on the students' scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). GCISD's National Merit Finalists are part of an elite group of students representing fewer than one percent of U.S. high school seniors who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 
 
 Colleyville Heritage High School
Grapevine High School 


 Ali Ashai
Chloe Ayers
Harrison Camperlengo
Matthew Gaughan
Isabel Nackley
Ishan Navendra
Austin Nguyen
Michael Nie
Seyun Park
Garret Wezniak
Justin Yan 
 Matthew Bitner
Lauren Edwards
Shannon Goad
Andrew Lastinger
Carson Taylor
Anastasia Walton
Cassandra Wouters
 
Familiar face named GHS Varsity Football Coach
At a March 9 special Board of Trustees meeting, Grapevine High School interim varsity football coach Mike Alexander was named the boys' athletic coordinator and head varsity football coach.
 
"Over the past two seasons, I have had the opportunity to coach many incredible student athletes at Grapevine High School," Alexander said. "It is an honor to be able to continue serving these students, their parents and the wonderful GHS community as the head football coach and athletic coordinator. I am excited to continue building strong relationships and adding to the winning tradition at Grapevine High School."
 
GCISD students define success, more than just a letter grade
At GCISD, students learn to develop a variety of skills that will take them far beyond our classrooms. From true collaboration to effective communication and more, we challenge our students to take ownership of their learning. All students in our district receive the encouragement and guidance necessary to refine these skills as part of our Portrait of a Graduate. GCISD students also have a wide array of opportunities to direct their learning and find ways to strengthen, excel and engage themselves each day. Check out what our middle school ASPIRE Academy students have to say about their GCISD education experience:


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. 
Grapevine HS wrestler brings home 3rd state title
Wrestlers from Grapevine High School competed in the state wrestling tournament, where Brian Andrews, senior, claimed the State Champion title in his division and was voted UIL Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Fellow wrestler Andy Ybarra, junior, placed sixth in his division. Abel Smith and Brayden Gordy, both sophomores, also competed in the state tournament.
 
The Grapevine HS wrestlers earned their spots to compete at the state tournament after claiming the District Championship title and then placing fourth in the regional tournament. For Andrews, this is third consecutive state championship title, and he is also a four-time National All-American.
 
Summer Enrichment brochure art contest winners announced
Bransford Elementary School fifth-grader Kendall Brown, Cross Timbers Middle School seventh-grader Veronica Girgis, and Colleyville Elementary School fourth-grader Keeley Hogan created artwork that was selected to be featured in the 2017 Summer Enrichment brochure.
 
The announcement came as a surprise to the students as school and district staff visited the students at school to share the good news.  Check out our Facebook page for photos of the surprise announcement!

  Left - Back Cover (Veronica Girgis), Center - Brochure Cover (Kendall Brown), Right - Inside Cover (Keeley Hogan)
GHS German students earn top awards at state contest
Grapevine High School students enrolled in German 2 and 3 classes took part in the 35th Annual State German Contest, bringing home top honors in their events.
 
Results:
  • Andye Tosh (German 3) - Placed fourth in Listening Comprehension and eighth in the spelling contest.
  • Gerald Brazell (German 2) - Placed third in Sight Reading
  • Neve Enloe (German 2) - Placed third in Poetry Memorization (Der Erlk├Ânig)
  • Melissa Gofredo (German 3) - Placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking (Heritage speaker)
 
"I am so proud of these students, who took time out of their schedules to compete in academic events on a weekend," said Kristen Oviatt, Grapevine HS German Teacher. "They worked hard, made sacrifices, and it all paid off."
 
The contest was held at Texas State University in San Marcos. A total of 1,020 students and 64 schools were registered to compete.
CTMS students explore future careers
Students at Cross Timbers Middle School participated in Career Day where they explored  a wide variety of career options. Guest speakers visited with the students and spoke about their professions and what it took for them to get them where they are now. Careers highlighted included a radio talk show host, an orthodontist, a college women's basketball coach, firefighters and more.
 
"As they plan for future course work, a career day provides a great opportunity for our students to relate their studies to real life experiences," said Kate Burkhart, CTMS PALS teacher. "There isn't a better way to pave the road to the future, than to plan an event where students can get first-hand experience from community members who will share their work and educational experiences."  
 
To see more pictures from the Career Day, check out the  CTMS Facebook!
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Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School celebrates Dr. Seuss with a Hats Off to Reading day!

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GCISD Nutrition Services hosts a Food Truck event at Grapevine Middle School.

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Grapevine Elementary School--along with schools across the district--host an Open House event, welcoming families to the school.

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Upcoming Events
March 13-17 - Spring Break:  District offices and campuses will be closed during this time

March 21-30 - District Art Show:  GCISD will host 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 21 & 29 - Cannon Construction Information Meetings:  Interested in the Construction Updates for Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School? Come out to one of our Community Meetings on Tuesday, March 21 or 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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