February 9, 2017                                                                                                                                     No. 64
Special Programs Expo - February 13
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 Special Programs Expo on Monday, February 13 from 5:00-7:30 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 and AVID programs. In addition to program stations, presentations focusing on the instructional components and benefits of STEM, Dual Language, ASPIRE Academy and tuition-based pre-kindergarten, STEM, Dual Language, ASPIRE Academy and tuition-based pre-kindergarten will be delivered in the lecture hall, the AVID classroom (A3) and library.
 
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Soaring Valor Send-Off

GCISD announces change to transfer process
On Monday, January 23, Trustees approved changes to local board policies that impact the GCISD student transfer process for residents and nonresidents. In previous years, families interested in applying for a transfer were admitted based on the order in which the application was received and if they met specific board criteria for the transfer.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, families that reside within GCISD boundaries or live in the cities of Colleyville and Grapevine but are zoned for another school district, may apply for the transfer lottery.

"By moving to a lottery system, we are making the process more equitable for families that wish to have their student transfer to another campus," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. "Our goal with this adjustment to the transfer process is to create a system that simplifies the process for our families and removes the ambiguity from the transfer process."

From March 20 - April 21, families may submit their transfer application for the lottery. While the district will accept all transfer applications, students will only be granted transfers to campuses and grade-levels that can accept more students without going over capacity. Decisions about capacity will be made later in the semester and throughout summer depending on student registration and enrollment projections. In order to apply for the lottery, the student requesting the transfer must meet the following criteria:
  • 90% rule regarding attendance
  • Behavior deemed to be in good standing
  • Grades in good standing
  • Transfer request not for athletic purposes

During the week of April 24, GCISD will livestream the lottery on the district website. There will be a delay in an official notification, but families can check their lottery number to see if it was pulled for a more efficient notification. Once a specific date and time for the lottery has been determined, that information will be shared on the district website and in the district's e-newsletter, The LEADer. It is important to note this lottery is separate from the special programs lottery for one of the district's special programs located at a designated campus.


Another benefit to the newly revised policies is that nonresident transfers no longer have to reapply every school year. Instead, both residents and nonresidents will only need to reapply when they are changing a level (i.e. from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school).

For more information about the GCISD transfer lottery, please visit the  district website.
Cannon Construction Update
You're Invited!  Join us for a community presentation about the construction plan for Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School. Learn about the expected timeline, scope of work, and other exciting details about this project.
 
For your convenience, we have scheduled two meeting dates:
 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 & Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6 - 7 p.m.
Cannon Elementary School Cafeteria
1300 W. College Street
Grapevine
 
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. 
CHHS junior honored by Colleyville Area Chamber
Colleyville Heritage High School Junior Joseph Campbell was named 2016 Colleyville Area Chamber Youth of the Year. This award is presented to a student in GCISD or a Colleyville resident who demonstrates commitment to volunteerism through action and achievement.
 
At CHHS, Campbell is involved in the German National Honor Society, German Club, and the Robotics Club. He has also shown great dedication to community service, from his efforts with the Boy Scouts of America program, Keep Grapevine Beautiful, Runway Theater, Habitat for Humanity, and more. In fact, his volunteer hours exceeded 160 in 2016. Looking ahead, Campbell hopes to earn an appointment with the U.S. Naval Academy following graduation and serve as a pilot in the Marine Corps.

 
Above Left - Campbell speaking at awards luncheon
Above Right - Campbell with GCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robin Ryan (far left) and Grapevine Colleyville Education Foundation Executive Director Janice Kane (center).
Timberline ES leads campus tour for national Leader In Me group
Timberline Elementary School hosted visitors from the Leader In Me National Symposium. Through a student-led tour, visitors were shown how Timberline ES incorporates the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey as a Leader In Me School.
 
The students leading the tours explained the school-wide goals and data boards that are used by teachers and students to track progress, reflect on learning, and determine action steps.
 
"As part of the student-led tour, visitors were welcomed into many classrooms where they were greeted by students eager to share their leadership notebooks containing their personalized goals," said Dr. June Ritchlin, Timberline ES principal. "Students demonstrated they own their learning as they are responsible for updating and tracking their progress toward meeting their goals."
 
 
GCISD students honored as Texas All-State musicians
Nine students will represent GCISD as Texas All-State musicians on February 11 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 15 All-State ensembles (band, choir, and orchestra).
 
Colleyville Heritage High School will be represented by five choir members and two band members, and Grapevine High School will be represented by two band members. These members include:
 
CHHS
  • Aashish Mavani, band
  • Grace Lee, band
  • Abigail Jefferies, choir
  • Hannah Fox, choir
  • Jada Duff, choir
  • Kolton Krueger, choir
  • Levi Lebsack, choir
 
GHS
  • Christopher Chwa, band
  • Dawson Grimes, band

 
In photos, top left - CHHS Choir; top right - CHHS Band; and above - GHS Band.
CHHS senior named candidate in Presidential Scholar program
Colleyville Heritage High School Senior Chloe Ayers was named a candidate in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Ayers is one of 4,000 candidates from across the entire U.S. and was selected from nearly 3.5 million students.
 
Ayers plans on attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she will major in bio-medical engineering.
 
Scholars are selected based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
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It's Science in the City for 5th graders at Cannon Elementary: A GCISD STEM School.

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Bransford ES entered into the Texas Association of School Boards video contest.

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Bransford ES students explored circuits and electricity this week.

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Upcoming Events
January 16 - February 24 : Click here to view the proposed District of Innovation plan during the public review.

February 16: GCISD Kindness Day. Students, staff and parents are encouraged to wear a Rachel's Challenge t-shirt and jeans and join us in celebrating kindness and compassion on GCISD Kindness Day. 

February 20: President's Day - Student Holiday

February 28: Soaring Valor Send-Off Event at 7 p.m. at Grapevine High School. 

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.

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