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Northeast Times | August 8, 2022

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GCISD Exceptionalism on Display

GCISD Exceptionalism on Display

On Wednesday, GCISD Superintendent Robin Ryan and several GCISD faculty members led members of the Colleyville City Council, City of Colleyville Senior Leaders, and Leadership Colleyville members on tours of several GCISD campuses. These stops at Bransford Elementary, Timberline Elementary, and Grapevine High highlighted the exceptional and cutting-edge programs taking place in our schools.

Tour participants had a chance to observe school initiatives in action. At Bransford Elementary, City leaders experienced what an arts integrated campus looks like first-hand. They witnessed how kids from kindergarten through 5th grade incorporated art concepts into subjects like history and writing. They also  toured the school’s piano lab and theatre classes. In one art class, students were using their creativity to design and submit concepts for Google Doodles.

At Timberline Elementary, participants learned how students and staff follow Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Small groups were guided through the school by two students from the Leader in Me program, acting as tour guides. The groups were amazed by the Dual Language Enrichment Program where students spend half of their day learning with Spanish instruction, and the other half of the day in English. Police Chief Michel Miller even impressed a class of pre-school students with his Spanish skills.

At Grapevine High School, the tour focused on the Technology Education and Career Center (TECC). Participants observed students from both GCISD high schools engaged in programs such as automotive technology, health careers, culinary arts, public safety, A/V production, and business in a state-of-the-art facility. Many students from these programs were preparing for upcoming regional competitions.

GHS teacher Dorothea Polydoros and her culinary arts students then prepared a truly sensational three course lunch for the group of City leaders. Each of the students then spoke about the value of the TECC programs and the unique opportunities they have been provided because of these innovative programs.

It is obvious that GCISD is an exceptional school district with outstanding and innovative leaders. Their commitment to providing the youth of our community with a solid foundation to be the leaders of tomorrow is evident in all they do. Colleyville has an excellent partner in GCISD, because together we are able to create opportunities to strengthen our community through innovative educational programs and bold city initiatives.