Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District (GCISD)

School Children on BusEducation has been an important cornerstone in the life of this community since the Grapevine Masonic Lodge built the first one-room school in the area in 1869. And today, families continue to place great value on educating their children here.

Grapevine is well known for their award winning public schools, as well as many secular and faith-based private schools. It's truly a reflection of the great quality of life the area has to offer citizens and their families. This year's 2009-2010 GCISD school calendar is posted online for easy viewing. Contact your neighborhood school or call 817 251-5505 for more info.

Today, GCISD continues to be an award winning Texas school district, educating almost 14,000 students and employing 1600 who cover 22 campus locations. The GCISD Board of Trustees and Administration staffs are committed to keeping citizens informed about this vital school district. 

Families are supported a dynamic page called Just for Parents — filled with need-to-know information about bus schedules, calendars, volunteer opportunities, newsletters, health education and more...  For district wide news, visit the Public Information page for updates on district activities and programs, as well as many other parent resources.

GCISD has been designated as a Gold Medal school district by Expansion Management magazine. Every year, the magazine compares more than 2,800 school districts nationwide on how well the district is preparing its students to be part of the work force following graduation. To be ranked as a Gold Medal School District, Grapevine has placed nationallly in the top 16 percent of all districts.

DISTRICT ONLINE NEWS
The District also provides an online news bulletin, FastNews, and subscribers will be among the first to be notified of school closings due to inclement weather or other reasons. In addition, parents and students are advised to listen to local radio or television stations for a current a list of GCISD school closings when necessary. No announcements on local radio or television will be made when schools remain open.

Board Appoints New Superintendent

Dr. Robin Ryan, "On June 14, the GCISD Board of Trustees voted to hire me as your new Superintendent and I am honored to have been selected for this important role. As a former principal in the district and a friend and colleague of previous Superintendent Dr. Kay Waggoner, I will work wholehaeartedly to continue the progress achieved under her leadership and carry on the district's rich tradition of excellence."

"CHHS and GHS once again have been named to Newsweek magazine's annual list of best high schoold in America. Newsweek's list recognizes schools that do the best job of preparing students for college. Both GCISD high schools have been included in the list for six consecutive years." 

More details about Dr. Ryan, calendar events and campus-specific information can be found on www.gcisd-k12.org. School begins on August 23rd.

 

Math Teacher Barbara Kelley Honored at Nation's Capital

January 6, 2010. Grapevine math teacher Barbara Kelley rushed between events with President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Such is the schedule of a teacher honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Kelley, a third-grade teacher at Cannon Elementary School since 1985, is among more than 80 elementary teachers in the nation's capital this week to receive the award and meet with education officials. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, recognizes math and science teachers who use innovative teaching methods and put considerable effort into reaching students.

In nominating Kelley, colleagues noted her ability to build trust with students and to encourage independent thinking, and they highlighted her ongoing efforts to stay on the forefront of math teaching techniques.

Congratulations Barbara from us all! 

GCISD "gets the gold" for exceptional student performance

The Texas Education Agency recently awarded Gold Performance Acknowledgements to schools and districts across the state, including GCISD. The District and both high schools received gold performance acknowledgements on the new college readiness indicator, and GCISD campuses received the greatest number of gold performance acknowledgements in the area of commended performance on TAKS. Bransford Elementary received seven of the seven acknowledgements for which they qualified, while Heritage and O.C. Taylor elementary schools received six of seven acknowledgements.

 

Driving in a School Zone? Put Down Your Cell Phone!
Effective September 1, 2009, a new state law prohibits drivers from using cell phones or other wireless communication devices in a school crossing zone, unless the operator is using a hands-free device. Read more about the National Safety Council's study about driving and cell phone use.
GCISD Retains Recognized Status - July 29, 2009

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has been rated a Recognized school district for 2009 under the state accountability system. In addition, 10 GCISD schools achieved the state’s highest rating of Exemplary. School and district ratings were released Friday by the Texas Education Agency.

“Our students and educators have worked extremely hard and they are to be commended,” said Dr. Kay Waggoner, Superintendent. “This year’s results show an overall increase in student performance, with three schools moving up from either recognized to exemplary or from acceptable to recognized. I am proud of our students, teachers, administrators and support personnel, and congratulate them for this achievement.”

Schools earning Exemplary ratings are Bear Creek Elementary, Bransford Elementary, Colleyville Elementary, Dove Elementary, Glenhope Elementary, Grapevine Elementary, Heritage Elementary, O.C. Taylor Elementary, Silver Lake Elementary*, and Colleyville Middle School.

Recognized campuses are Cannon Elementary, Timberline Elementary, Grapevine Middle School*, Heritage Middle School, and Colleyville Heritage High School*.

Cross Timbers Middle and Grapevine High are rated as Academically Acceptable. Bridges Accelerated Learning Center is also rated Academically Acceptable under the TEA's Alternative Education Accountability procedures.

The ratings are based on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills taken in the spring by Texas students in grades 3-11. Results showed improved student performance on 22 of the 27 tests administered, with steady gains in science in several grade levels. Commended rates also increased in 19 of the tests administered, with double-digit increases in seven areas including 3rd and 11th grade reading, 3rd and 4th grade math, 11th grade science, and 8th and 11th grade social studies.

*Indicates a change in accountability rating from 2008.

 

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