February 2, 2017                                                                                                                                     No. 63
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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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.
At the January 23 Board of Trustees meeting, GCISD Trustees approved adjusting the high school bell schedule from a traditional block schedule to a modified block. 

In 2014-2015, Trustees reinstated the alternating block schedule, which increased the number of courses a student could take from seven to eight; however, there were still students who were only able to enroll in seven courses because one was double blocked. 

"Our campus administrators are always looking for ways to improve the educational experience for all students," said Conrad Streeter, Executive Director of Instructional Leadership. "This new modified block schedule will allow our students to enroll in one additional course, while also helping campus administrators reduce class size and have flexibility when developing the master schedule."

Administrators for both high schools spent the past several months examining the current bell schedule to determine what improvements could be made. After a proposal was developed, administrators met with parent groups, staff members and student representatives from both campuses. Additionally each campus hosted a feedback session in January to hear directly from parents and students. Once gathering feedback, the item was presented to the Board for the next step in the approval process. 

For more information and to see the modified block schedule, click here
CHHS and GHS students shine at regional competition
Students from both Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School took part in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) regional competition. As a result, 8 students from CHHS and 11 from GHS will advance to the state competition in March.
 
Check out the results!
 


 

BPA students from CHHS (left) and GHS (right) at the regional competition.

 

Several GCISD students participate in National Signing Day
National Signing Day is a special occasion for all athletes moving on to the next level of competition, and GCISD is happy to announce that several students in the district signed their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. These studen ts will be taking their athletic skills to the collegiate level next year.
 
Colleyville Heritage High School ( Photo!)
  • Cam Roane, Football, San Diego State
Grapevine High School ( Photos! )
  • Heather Haggard, Softball Paris Junior College
  • Emery Hailey, Soccer, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Haylee Hulse, Soccer, University of Central Arkansas
  • Cale Dow, Lacrosse, Rhodes College for lacrosse
  • Blake Stiles, Football, Hendrix College
  • Zack Rice, Football, Hendrix College
  • Brennan Davis, Football, Blinn College
Around the World at Bear Creek ES celebrates diversity
Around the World at Bear Creek Elementary School celebrated its ninth year on Thursday, January 19. This annual event allows students to learn about several cultures from families and students at Bear Creek ES. This year, 18 countries were represented with booths and speakers that highlighted native languages, music, clothing, photos and artifacts.
 
"Around the World at Bear Creek is an experience that celebrates the diversity in our school and allows students to see a glimpse of the world right in their own neighborhood," said Jodi Lucas, physical education and health teacher at Bear Creek ES. "It is one way that we can help students learn that we all have similarities and differences and can all live and work together in peace."
 
To see more pictures from the event, check out the  Bear Creek ES Facebook  page!
GCISD continues healthy eating campaign
Superfoodie Thursdays continue throughout GCISD with January's food, the carrot. Nutrition services team members like GCISD Dietician Laura Brookover-Ybarra aim to educate GCISD families and staff members about the superfoods and their health benefits.
 
"Through Superfoodie Thursdays, we hope to increase the fruit and vegetable consumption among our students while here with us and at home with family," said Brookover-Ybarra.
 
Superfoods for the remainder of the semester include avocados (February 16), eggs (March 23), quinoa (April 20) and blackberries (May 11). Check out GCISD's Nutrition Services Facebook page for more information and pictures from each Superfoodie Thursday!
Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
Elementary schools across the district celebrated the 100th day of school on Thursday, February 2.
 
At Bear Creek Elementary School, students dressed up in their interpretation of 100-year-olds and took part in various 100-day-themed activities.  See the photos!
 
Bransford kindergartners put their math skills to the test through organized counting (10 sets of 10) and then creating something with their 100 pieces.  Check out their celebrations on Facebook!
 
Heritage Elementary School kindergartners spent the day taking part in 100th day stations where they completed math games, puzzles, building structures and more.

This is just a sampling of how our campuses celebrated the day. Check out our campus Facebook pages to see more 100th day celebrations in GCISD!
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Spelling Bees
Students across GCISD are competing in campus Spelling Bees.

See the photos!
January Board Meeting
Trustees recognized GCISD Counselors, Young Masters Exhibition, Perfect SAT Score, School Board Appreciation Month and NSPRA 35 Under 35.

See the photos!
Nature Study
Bransford ES students visited a nearby pond to study weathering and erosion patterns.

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

February 2-4 & 6: GHS Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast. All shows will be at 7 p.m. and tickets will go on say on January 19 on the GHS Theatre website

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 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.

We'd love your feedback, comments or story suggestions. Please share them with us at communication.services@gcisd.net.