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  • May 17, 2022: Family & Staff Update

    Posted by Melinda Brasher on 5/17/2022 4:30:00 PM

    The final days of the 2021-2022 school year are here… As you know, with the end of any year comes celebrations and ceremonies to reflect on the year and launch into summer.  At the same time, staff across our district are making important decisions for next year and the future.  With both of those things in mind, we’ve got some updates for you today…

    The status of our senior parade is pending, and we will have an update later this week. We know the parade filled a void during the pandemic when COVID prevented us from gathering socially.  Since that first year, when our community was living in isolation because of COVID protocols, we have seen a significant decline in student, family and community participation in the parade.  In fact, student registrations for the parade are down by more than 50% from last year.  If we have sufficient interest from our seniors, we’ll move forward with the parade as scheduled for 9 am on Saturday, May 21. If the number of graduating students registered for the parade doesn’t indicate sufficient interest by Wednesday’s deadline, we will cancel the parade.  Pulling off an event of this magnitude requires an incredible amount of community resources to close streets and ensure the safety of our community. Our decisions need to consider that as well as student interest in participating. We will post a parade update on our website by Thursday: www.georgetownisd.org/graduation

    Last night, the board received information on three calendar options for the 2023-24 academic year, and we invite you to take a look at the options being considered. Details were emailed to staff and families and you can also view them on our website. The District Performance Council (DPC) will review options and make a recommendation to the board at our June meeting. To view the calendar for the upcoming 2022-23 school year, visit www.georgetownisd.org/calendar

    We have a lot of additional events and things to note for your calendars:

    • Thursday, May 19 - Bridges Graduation (5:30 pm) - Board Room at Hammerlun Center
    • Thursday, May 26 - Richarte High School Graduation (7:00 pm) - Klett Performing Arts Center 
    • Friday, May 27 - Last Day of School; Early Release for Students
    • Friday, May 27 - East View High School Graduation (8:00 pm) - Birkelbach Field
    • Saturday, May 28 - Georgetown High School Graduation  (8:00 pm) - Birkelbach Field
    • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day holiday - All district facilities closed

    These last couple of weeks of school bring so much to do and so many additions to the calendar, and we’re committed to ending our year on a strong note. Campuses across GISD are busy this week with the administration of state tests and celebrating student successes as we end the school year. We have athletic programs in the playoffs and nearly 1,000 students preparing to graduate in just a few short days. Thank you for your support and collaboration… We know that successes in our district don’t happen without your partnership! 

    With gratitude,
    Fred Brent
    Georgetown ISD Superintendent

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  • May 10, 2022: Family & Staff Update

    Posted by Community Relations on 5/10/2022 5:00:00 PM

    May is one of our busiest months of the entire school year as we conclude programs, finalize competitions, participate in STAAR testing and end-of-course exams and celebrate the work of students and teachers along the way.  

    Tonight, we celebrate our teachers and staff during an annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, honoring employees with 20+ years of service, our retirees, teachers of the year and employees of the year. We know more celebrations are on the horizon throughout the district as we prepare to close this school year, and I encourage you to watch for important campus communications and participate as your schedule allows. 

    For weeks, we’ve been talking about the May election, and I was pleased to see an increase in voter participation at the polls. New trustees will be sworn in on Monday during our regularly scheduled board meeting. 

    Our team continues to work on developing a budget for the new school year that honors our commitment to:

    • increasing compensation for all employees
    • accomplishing our goals
    • aligning with our district's mission, vision and beliefs, and  
    • honoring instructional programming that benefits kids … things like interventions to improve academic performance, professional learning communities among teachers and staff that support personalized learning for students and block scheduling in the high schools. 

    Finding that balance has become more challenging than ever.  Like many of you, I’m watching what other districts are doing regarding budgets and staff salaries. Every district is different, and each district’s decisions about where to reduce expenditures are different. But what isn’t different is that we are not receiving any cost-of-service adjustments from the state, though we know that costs are going up in all areas. I know that the increasing living and operating expenses are impacting our staff, our district’s families, our community, and our district’s expenses. Finding smart ways to reduce expenses in the budget while adopting a balanced budget that sustains us for the future and supports our desire to increase salaries to the greatest extent possible is a priority. We’ll share updates with the board at the next workshop, and I promise to update you as we continue this important conversation. 

    Last Friday, parents and staff members received an email from us about the launch of our annual end-of-year surveys for staff and families. We hope you’ll take a moment to give us your feedback, as we use this information to celebrate successes and growth and identify areas for improvement. The voice we gather from you will be part of our campus and district improvement plan development this summer and will also be utilized by our campuses that are creating and piloting our Community-Based Accountability Systems. We count on your input, and hope you’ll take a little time to share it with us.

    May’s STAAR and End of Course (EOC) testing is taking place on many of our campuses again this week and will continue next week. I know this testing impacts the schedule for many of our staff and students, and I am grateful to all of you for the effort you put into making these days run smoothly and for creating a supportive testing environment for our students. As you know, we’re committed to growth for all of our students each and every year in both the state standards and in the GISD Learner Profile attributes, and these tests are one of many data points that inform our campuses, district, and families about students’ learning successes and needs. We’ll be sure to share information about each student’s results with parents as that information is available.

    It’s hard to believe that it is the second week of May already! Thank you for your partnership and teamwork as we work together to end this school year, celebrate our students and staff, and prepare for the coming school year.


    With gratitude,
    Fred Brent
    Georgetown ISD Superintendent

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  • May 3, 2022: Family Update

    Posted by Fred Brent on 5/3/2022

    May 3, 2022

    Dear GISD Families,

    It’s a special week in Georgetown ISD as we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, honoring the men and women who live out our mission and vision every day. I hope you’ll join me in this effort to #ThankATeacher or staff member at your child’s campus. Check out our Way to Go Gram program as a way to share your gratitude. 

    STAAR and End-of-Course (EOC) testing continue this week and next at campuses throughout the district. You can view the testing calendar on our website to learn more about dates and subjects that impact your student. 

    And speaking of calendars, our team is working now to review your feedback on our academic calendar. Following input from our District Performance Committee, we will create several options for the 2023-24 calendar for consideration and feedback in the coming weeks.

    Today marks the last day of Early Voting for this May’s general elections. I encourage you to make your voice heard, as this election includes three places for the GISD Board of Trustees, as well as some ballot items that are important to property owners and taxpayers across the state. The Williamson County Elections Office has more information about polling locations and hours. If you’re unable to participate in Early Voting today, we hope to see you at the polls on Election Day this Saturday, May 7. 

    I know that GISD students and families are counting down the days until the end of this school year – it will be here soon! These next three weeks bring all kinds of year-end celebrations, and I hope you’re able to join us in celebrating our students and staff and the hard work that’s been done this school year. 

    With gratitude,
    Fred Brent
    Georgetown ISD Superintendent



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