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GISD eNews | 1-6-22
In this week’s eNews:
- GISD Needs Your Help - Sub For Us!
- SEL Academy - Call for Parent Stories
- Georgetown ISD Proposes Renewal of DOI Plan
- East View Choir Presents: A Chorus Line
- H-E-B and the University Interscholastic League Team up to Present Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence - Deadline to apply is Jan. 28
- Special Programs Event: Getting in Front of Behavior
- Internet Safety for Parents, Child-Serving Professionals, and Community Members Presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- You Might Qualify for Federal Benefits - Learn more
- FAFSA Deadlines Approaching
- Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are now available
- We’re Hiring
- From the Caring Place: New expanded hours starting January 10th
- Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are now available
- Important Upcoming Dates
In Case You Missed It: Great News in GISD Schools!
GISD Needs Your Help- Sub For Us!
While our sub fill rate continues to be above many area districts, we still don’t have enough to always cover classes. We need your help to fill this gap!
We believe that community engagement enhances student experiences and are looking for individuals who want to serve in our schools and make a difference in the lives of kids. Substitute teachers provide an essential role in our schools by filling in for our classroom teachers who are out of the classroom for training or other leave.
With rates starting at $95/day, substitutes benefit from flexible schedules, competitive pay and a priceless experience.
Visit our website at www.georgetownisd.org/subforus for more information.
Georgetown ISD Proposes Renewal of DOI Plan
The Georgetown ISD DOI Plan is up for renewal in 2022. Leading up to this date, the District Performance Committee, composed of community members, staff, parents and business representatives have reviewed, revised and adopted a proposal for renewal.
The proposed plan was reviewed at the public meeting of the Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees on December 13, 2021.
View the proposed GISD DOI Plan for 2022 Renewal on our website.
East View Choir Presents: A Chorus Line
East View choir has been working to bring you the musical masterpiece A Chorus Line at the end of this month! You are invited to join the performance.
Show dates and times:
Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm
All performances will take place at the East View Theater.
Tickets are available at: https://evhstheatre.ludus.com/index.php
H-E-B and the University Interscholastic League Team up to Present Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence - Deadline to apply is Jan. 28
H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to https://www.sportsinaction.com/scholarship/ by no later than January 28, 2022:
- Minimum 3.3 GPA
- Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
- Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
- A Letter of Recommendation
- A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”
There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships.
SEL Academy: Call for Parent Stories
We are seeking stories from GISD parents and guardians to foster more meaningful connections between our staff and the families of our students. These stories can feature challenge, triumph, or seek to educate GISD staff about what parents and guardians wish schools knew.
If a story is selected, a staff member will reach out to schedule a convenient time and place to capture the story on audio. Stories only need to be 1 to 5 minutes in length, and guardians may remain anonymous if they wish.
The following are just a few ideas we’re seeking:
- Military Parents
- Spanish Speaking Parents
- Foster Parents
- Grandparents raising grandkids
- Parents of students with a disability
- Parents of students with a serious illness
- GISD alum who experienced significant events in their school years
You can share your stories by February 1 via this Google form.
Special Programs Event: Getting in Front of Behavior is Tonight
Our GISD Special Education Behavior Specialists are pleased to share with you many of the strategies used in the classroom to assist our students when they feel deregulated. They will explain how to use these strategies at home and provide the materials to assist. The sessions will include:
Functions of behavior
Zones of Regulation
When: Thursday, January 6th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Hammerlun Center
The Parent Resource Hub opens at 6:00 pm and will have snacks, community info,
supplies, and a Make and Take area.
Spanish Interpreters available.
Internet Safety for Parents, Child-Serving Professionals, and Community Members Presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
In 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saw a 97.5% increase in online enticement reports. This statistic should alarm everyone. But together, communities can learn to recognize, address, and prevent online safety issues affecting our children.
On January 12, 2022, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, hosted by the Georgetown ISD Parent U and GISD PTAs, will provide a live, VIRTUAL presentation that will empower attendees with the skills to not only identify the warning signs of children engaged in risky online behavior but also how to discuss appropriate online behavior with children.
Topics will include online safety trends, inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, grooming, and cyberbullying.
Due to the sensitive nature of this presentation, children of any age are not permitted to attend.
When: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, @ 6:00 PM
Where: Zoom Link (Meeting ID: 686 377 9250 & Passcode: 826543)
Please contact Belinda B. Swan at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Parents can submit questions for Mrs. Swan to address during her presentation using this form.
You Might Qualify for Federal Benefits
What’s known as the “Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Application” is really about so much more than lunch. Your child is already benefiting from the free meals GISD is able to provide this school year, and some of you may have even considered that because meals are free, there’s no reason to complete the form. However, there are so many benefits beyond school lunch.
Applications also help determine the amount our schools receive in federal funding. This money is used in a number of ways including learning programs like STEM and Literacy nights and other educational programming.
And your family can qualify for added benefits for your household, including P-EBT benefits established during COVID, but only if you complete the application.
Please consider completing the form today and helping to secure funds for our schools next year.
FAFSA Deadlines Approaching - Find Money for College
The Texas state priority deadline for FAFSA submission is January 15, 2022.
The federal deadline for FAFSA submission is June 30, 2022.
Visit https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/fafsa-deadlines for more information.
Additionally, in accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
- Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
- Submit a signed opt-out form.
The deadline for this is May 27, 2022.
This ParentU Resource: Finding Money for College provides an in-depth video on how to navigate applying for financial aid.
Georgetown ISD had openings for custodians, bus drivers, substitute teachers and more. Check out our Careers page today to find opportunities that make a difference in the life of a child. Competitive pay and benefits for most positions!
From Our Community Partners:
From the Caring Place: New expanded hours starting January 10th
Starting January 10th, the Caring Place will launch new, expanded hours.
New hours are as follows:
The Shops at The Caring Place: Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM
Donations drive through: Mon-Friday, 12 PM - 4 PM
For a list on what The Caring Place accepts, visit caringplacetx.org/donatemystuff.
Programs & Services: Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Food Pantry: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM.
At this time, households may visit the Food Pantry once a month. The Food Pantry is closed on Wednesdays so that it can conduct remote food distribution. Food Pantry participants with an updated Caring Card will check in at the Food Pantry’s front door entrance at 2000 Railroad Avenue to receive food. If you do not have an updated Caring Card, please visit the Programs & Services porch entrance at 2001 Railroad Avenue to enroll or update your card. The Food Pantry is only serving food to those within our service area as we did before the pandemic
If you have any questions about new hours, please visit The Caring Place website at www.caringplacetx.org after January 10th or call us at 512-943-0700, Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are available
A+ Federal Credit Union is awarding sixty $2,000 scholarships to students who are current A+FCU members or the child of a member. Eligible applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university and be:
- Graduating high school seniors pursuing a major in education or other fields
- College students pursuing an education degree who have been admitted to the College of Education and have a minimum of 60 collegiate hours
- Teachers pursuing a graduate degree
We invite you to share this information with your students and encourage them to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, February 14, 2022
Important Upcoming Dates
January 1-31 - School Board Recognition Month
January 17 - Student and Staff Holiday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18 - Monthly Board Meeting
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