Originally delivered on 11/8/2023 5:36 pm

SUBJECT: CHHS PTSA November Newsletter

November 8, 2023
PTSA Meeting & Workshop: Monday, November 13 at 6:30pm

The CHHS PTSA will host its 2nd membership meeting of the year on Monday, November 13th at 6:30pm in the Lecture Hall. After a brief PTSA meeting, Doug Bryan of Insight College & Financial Solutions will discuss How to Pay For College Without Going Broke.

Mr. Bryan last presented to our families pre-COVID, and we are happy to have him back.  For every parent that attends, Mr. Bryan will donate $30 to our PTSA.  No paid products or services will be discussed.

To find out more about the program, sign up for a meeting reminder below.

Meeting Details & Reminder
Donate a Pie to a Teacher

Let's thank our CHHS teachers and staff this Thanksgiving with a pie!  Donate below and express your gratitude for our incredible CHHS staff. 

Each pie is $20. Donate one pie or donate many pies. Our goal is to provide all 175 staff members with a yummy dessert during this month of Thanksgiving.  

Pies will be delivered to school on Thursday, November 16th.  If you have any questions or would like to help distribute pies, contact Jennifer Sigrest at staffappreciation@chhsptsa.org. Thank you for giving!  

Donate a Pie
PTSA Spirit Store: Sweatshirts

The CHHS PTSA Spirit Store is open!  All items in stock and available for same-day porch pick-up. 

If you made a previous Spirit Wear purchase and have yet to receive it, the order is waiting for you to pick it up! Check your email for directions from the Spirit Store or email spiritstore@chhsptsa.org to make other arrangements.

Order Here
We Need YOU: Join the PTSA!

By simply becoming a PTSA member, you support your child's school and teachers, and your voice joins the largest child advocacy organization in the nation. 

CHHS has 724 PTSA members as of today!  If you haven't joined for this school year, please join and help us reach our next goal of 931 members, which would allow us to earn TX PTA's One Voice for every Child- Silver Award

(PTSA Membership is an annual membership you must renew each year.)

Join Here
Reminder: CHampion Honor Cord

CHHS students who are PTSA members for 3 of their four years earn a FREE CHampion Honor cord for their senior graduation. 

Parents, students, teachers, and community members may join the PTSA at www.chhsptsa.org.

Do you have questions on your membership status this year or in prior years? Reach out to Jen Ditto at vpmembership@chhsptsa.org.

CHHS PTSA & GHS PTSA partner to support GCISD College Night

The CHHS PTSA and the GHS PTSA came together on October 17th to host a meal for the 149+ colleges participating in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s annual college night. 

Special thank you to Summer Hahne, Tanya Nelson, Theresa Schreck, and our AVID students for setting up and serving a Wise Guys Pizzeria pasta bar. 

Thank you to our Mustang and Panther Counseling teams for coordinating this event each year.

Senior Cookout Success

The Class of 2024 celebrated their Senior Cookout on Friday, October 27th, during the three lunch periods. The Colleyville Lions Club grilled over 500 burgers for our seniors, parents, and teachers while senior parents decorated the walls of Gym 3 with posters recognizing the Class of 2024. 

The PTSA's Senior Events Committee, chaired by Lisa Pollock, would like to thank the dozens of parents who volunteered their time and donated to make this special event happen.

The committee wants to extend a special thank you to these individuals and groups:

  • Colleyville Lions Club
  • The Oswald and Sigrest Families
  • Mary Lemhouse
  • Glenda Cherry
  • Deb Reed and the CHHS Cafeteria Team
  • CHHS Attendance Clerks: Shelia Ybarra, Barbara Brooks, Leslie Ware 
  • CHHS Administrative Team: Derek Cain, Frances Mundo, Ross Nelson, Kelli Mann, Gary Barnard

Check out pictures from the event on our PTSA Facebook Page. If you have any pictures to add, please email the picture(s) to president@chhsptsa.org.

Thank you, Chelsea Hall

The CHHS PTSA would like to thank Chelsea Hall for partnering with us to offer a mini ACT and SAT Bootcamp. Almost 50 students spent their Columbus Day holiday learning ACT and SAT test-taking tips and sitting for a full-length practice exam. 

Chelsea Hall, located down the street from CHHS, is a coffee shop and tutoring center. Please read below to learn more about this local business.

Chelsea Hall Academic Learning Center is unique in more ways than one! Rather than try to meet the rigorous challenges of high school alone, our members reinforce their school learning within an academic support system where students collaborate with their peers and learn their class material in our small Group Study Sessions. Our energetic and experienced tutors teach these each week, or students can study individually or with friends in our Study Hall with the tutoring guidance and assistance of our student tutors. 

Group Study Sessions

We can play a pivotal role in your student's academic journey. Our affordable group study sessions, a maximum of 10 students each, meet weekly with our tutors throughout the year. Our sessions support students in grades 6 – 12.  

Each study group contains only students who are enrolled in the same course. Each weekly session is tailored to the material specifically taught in our students’ classes during that week to deliver the maximum beneficial impact on our student’s performance in class and their quiz, test, and exam grades. Our members only need to come, enjoy the company of their friends, and learn! 

Quiz and Test Review Cram Sessions 

Cram Sessions are special study sessions that prepare students for a specific quiz, test, or exam in one of their classes, typically on the following school day. 

Study Hall 

Our Study Hall members have access to Chelsea Hall’s facility five days per week (Sunday – Thursday) to complete their homework assignments or study for quizzes, tests, and exams – individually or with friends – with the tutoring assistance of our Chelsea Hall staff members.   

Our ACT/SAT preparation offers several benefits to our students. Adequate preparation enhances test-taking skills, boosting scores and increasing college admission and scholarship eligibility chances. Practice in weekly group sessions, cram sessions, and personalized programs builds confidence, reducing test anxiety and enabling students to approach the exam positively. Our preparation also leads to a familiarity with test formats, strategies, and time management techniques, improving performance on test day. All of this results in better scores that increase the likelihood of securing scholarships and financial aid, reducing the cost of higher education. 

Final Exams

Watch for our Semester Exam Cram Sessions! Our intensive, focused sessions offer a vital opportunity for students to review crucial materials, reinforce key concepts, and practice exam strategies. With tailored support and a comprehensive review of the semester's material, these sessions will boost your student's academic success. To be held in December, leading up to semester exams!

To learn more, visit https://chelseahallcolleyville.com.

Reflections Art Program: Deadline Extended to November 26th

Reflections has been a staple arts program for over 50 years. Through the efforts of PTA, millions of students have found a creative outlet in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

Express your artistic talent and tell us how you plan to show your voice through Reflections!

Entries for the 2023-2024 Reflections Art Program must be submitted by November 26th.  For more information, visit our Reflections webpage or contact Kacey Bess, Reflections Chair, at reflections@chhsptsa.org

TX PTA Senior & Faculty Scholarships Deadline: November 15th

The CHHS PTSA cares about the future, and we want to see our graduating seniors succeed and support our CHHS faculty! Join the CHHS PTSA and apply for a $1000 senior scholarship or a $500 faculty scholarship through Texas PTA. Deadline to apply is November 15th. Visit www.txpta.org/scholarships.

In addition to state scholarships, did you know the combined PTAs in GCISD award over $30,000 annually to GCISD seniors? Make sure to join now so that you qualify to apply for scholarships next spring! Join at www.chhsptsa.org. Applications for GCISD PTA scholarships open in December and are due in February.


Log October Parent Volunteer Hours

Parents, please submit your (PTSA, Booster, etc.) volunteer hours and encourage other volunteers in your organization to do the same. PTSA collects the number of volunteer hours so that GCISD can use them when applying for grants and other uses. 

Submit your parent hours at this link: https://bit.ly/chhshours 

Thank you for volunteering and supporting our schools! Questions? Contact Mindy Hudak at vpvolunteers@chhsptsa.org.

(This form is only parent hours, not a student’s Community Ambassador hours.)

Log Volunteer Hours
Pitch In 4 Panthers

We need YOU to Pitch In 4 Panthers

Pitch in 4 Panthers is our single largest fundraising event of the year, and the fundraiser's success determines the level of support the CHHS PTSA can provide our school. 

Our goal is $12,000 to support the 175 staff members, 1,800+ students, and 3000+ parents at CHHS. We have almost reached 50% of our goal with $5,420 given so far!

Pitch in 4 Panthers donations fund:

  • Teacher Classroom Grants
  • Educational Programs for Our Parents and Students
  • Special Events like the Senior Cookout and Reflections Art Program
  • Staff Appreciation Events 
  • Senior Scholarships
  • Campus Enhancements & Beautification Projects
  • CHampion Graduation Honor Cords

We thank you in advance for your generosity and support of our parents, teachers, and students! Questions?  Contact Jennifer Shepherd at vpwaysmeans@chhsptsa.org.

Pitch In For Panthers Here
National School of Excellence

The Colleyville Heritage High School PTSA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.

We need your help! As part of the process outlined by National PTA, we are requesting feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Using the community feedback, we will build an Excellence Action Plan to strengthen family-school partnerships.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete this survey. Please complete this survey by November 13th.

Complete Survey Here
CHHS Activities & Club Events
CHHS Theatre presents Peter and the Star Catcher: Nov 9, 10, & 11

The CHHS Theatre Department presents Peter and the Star Catcher on November 9th, 10th, & 11th at 7pm.  Don’t miss this great show that shares the secrets of how Peter Pan, Captain Hook and even Tick Tock the Crocodile came to be!!

Purchase tickets online or at the door. 

Semester Exam Schedule & Exemption Policy

Click here to view the 2023-2024 December Exam Schedule and Exemption Policy.  The link to submit exemption requests will open November 27th at 8:30am. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Grapevine Parks and Rec has over 200 volunteer opportunities available for their Carol of Lights Event on Monday, November 20th.  

Sign up to volunteer here.

Community Service Ambassador Program for Students

The Community Service Ambassador Program is designed to encourage all 9th-12th grade CHHS students to serve their community by performing at least 100 hours of approved community service. Students meeting this requirement will be recognized as Community Service Ambassadors upon graduation, and will be eligible to purchase a special cord for their graduation robes.  Click here for more information. 

Upcoming Events
Monday, November 13
6:30p CHHS PTSA Meeting: How to Pay for College Without Going Broke
Wednesday, November 15
Texas PTA Senior & Faculty Scholarships Due
Thursday, November 16
CHHS Pie Delivery for Staff
Monday, November 20
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 21
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break
Sunday, November 26
Reflections Entries Due
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