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GISD eNews ● 10-31-19

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In this week’s eNews:

  • 2019-20 Elementary Gifted/Talented Student Referral Window
  • Survey: Academic Calendar
  • ELAR New Resource Adoption
  • District Reviews Attendance Zones to Address Growth and New Campuses
  • Veterans Day Celebrations Across GISD
  • Human Sexuality Information Session
  • 2019 Voting Information
  • From the City: Riverbank Cleanup in San Gabriel Park
  • From the Rotary Club of Georgetown: Field of Honor Event
  • Blue Santa and Brown Santa Information
  • From The Caring Place: Hunger Free Holidays Food Drives

2019-20 Elementary Gifted/Talented Student Referral Window

The 2019-20 window for referring elementary students for Gifted/Talented assessment is Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00 am through Friday, December 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Information about the referral process will be available on our website. Additionally, four information sessions will be held to learn more about the G/T assessment process and G/T services in Georgetown ISD.

Survey: Academic Calendar

Your feedback on the academic calendar is important and we are asking for your input by completing this brief survey. More information and parameters for consideration are available on our website.

ELAR New Resource Adoption

What you need to know

Instructional resources and materials adoption happens every 8-10 years and your input is vital to shape the learning experience of our students for the future.

We invite you to participate in the high school English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) materials adoption process for 2020, visit with vendors and share feedback on the materials you would like to see in our classrooms.

On November 22, from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m., vendors will be on-site at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning to visit with teachers, staff, parents and community members about the proposed materials and options available.

You’ll have a chance to review these materials, ask questions and provide feedback.

This is a come-and-go event. If you’re unable to attend, you can still provide feedback. View digital samples, see the TEKS alignment report and access the feedback form on our website by December 13.

If you have questions, Let’s Talk. Simply click on the button for “High School Materials Adoption” and a member of our team will get back to you.

District Reviews Attendance Zones to Address Growth and New Campuses

Growth in Georgetown requires thoughtful planning and the board of trustees reviewed a plan at the October meeting to rezone parts of the district that would be implemented with the 2020-2021 school year.

The process will create attendance zones for Williams Elementary School and Wolf Ranch Elementary School, both of which are under construction now and planned for a late summer 2020 opening. Additionally, zones will be adjusted to relieve capacity issues at Carver Elementary, Mitchell Elementary and Wagner Middle Schools as well as maximize capacity at all GISD campuses.

Read more about the process and when you can participate in a public meeting.

Veterans Day Celebrations Across GISD

The celebration of Veterans Day is a long-standing tradition in Georgetown ISD. The district will be honoring those who have served in the armed forces with a variety of programs and ceremonies held throughout the day on Monday, November 11. We invite veterans and active military members in our community to join us at any of the celebrations taking place at our campuses. Find the complete list of Veteran’s Day events on our website.

Human Sexuality Information Session

A parent information session will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning, 507 E. University Ave., to learn more about the middle school human sexuality curriculum. Parents will have the opportunity to preview and ask questions about the curriculum.

2019 Voting Information

Early voting ends tomorrow, November 1

Election day is November 5

For more information on polling locations and times, visit:

From the City: Riverbank Cleanup in San Gabriel Park

The City of Georgetown is hosting a riverbank cleanup event in San Gabriel Park on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. - noon. During the event, trash bags and gloves will be provided. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing such as long pants, hats, and sunglasses, as well as comfortable closed-toe shoes. Individuals interested in volunteering can email to sign up. The cleanup event may be canceled in case of bad weather. Follow the City’s social media page for updates.

From the Rotary Club of Georgetown: Field of Honor Event

The Rotary Club of Georgetown brings back The Field of Honor at San Gabriel Park Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, November 17. The opening ceremonies will happen on Sunday, November 10 and families are encouraged to attend these patriotic events and flag ceremony. This year, they will honor WWII and Korean War Veterans, have activities for children and families, and other events. All of this information and a complete schedule of events can be found on their website.

Blue Santa and Brown Santa Information

Blue Santa – for families living inside Georgetown city limits:

Families living inside the Georgetown city limits who need help providing Holiday/Christmas toys, books, games and other items for their children (age 0-17) may apply for assistance from Georgetown Police Department’s Blue Santa Program. Applicants qualify through current participation in the following programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or participation in the free- or reduced-meal program. Want to sign-up for Blue Santa? Online registration for Blue Santa is open: Application(English) Application(Spanish) GPD will accept paper applications that can be filled out in person at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Georgetown Police Headquarters located at 3500 DB Wood Road.

For more information about Blue Santa visit their website, call 512-930-2747, or email

Brown Santa – for families living outside the Georgetown city limits: Families can apply to the Williamson County Brown Santa program at Please do not turn in any applications to your child’s school.

From The Caring Place: Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive

The Caring Place Food Pantry launched its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive campaign on October 1, and it will end December 31. With the community’s help, the organization hopes to collect 300,000 pounds of food by the New Year. Non-perishable donations can come to the Donations drive-through at 2000 Railroad Avenue, Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Individuals, businesses, clubs, neighborhoods, schools, churches and other organizations may donate non-perishable food items or organize food drives. If organizing a Food Drive, groups can call The Caring Place at 512-943-0700 to borrow the organization’s signature blue Food Barrels. If monetary donations are preferred, The Caring Place can purchase 3.5 pounds of food for every dollar donated. To donate online visit For information on how to participate in The Caring Place Food Programs, please visit

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