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GISD eNews | 1-21-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • January is School Board Appreciation Month
  • Chromebook Distribution
  • East View Theater Performance of Anastasia debuts Jan 28
  • Georgetown HS presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame Jan 28-30
  • District seeks volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
  • Vote for the Eagles
  • 2021 Destination Life Transition Fair
  • 2020-21 G/T Referral and Assessment Parent Information
  • San Gabriel Writing Project Competition for Middle School
  • GISD Health & Wellness Center Now Open
  • From the Georgetown Project: Free ESL, Parenting and Childcare Provider Classes
  • From Chase the Chief: 5k and Family Fun Run
  • From Community Action: Free Adult Education
  • From the Williamson County and Cities Health District: How to Access Free COVID Testing, Appointments Now Required
  • Important Upcoming Dates

In Case You Missed It: Great News in GISD Schools!

In this week’s eNews:

January is School Board Recognition Month

School Board Recognition Month in January is the perfect time to thank your elected volunteer trustees for courageously and selflessly navigating the choppy waters of 2020 with us to care for our students, our staff and our community in new and creative ways. Please join us this month in showing appreciation for Georgetown ISD’s school board members, who volunteer their time, energy and talents to help guide the vision of GISD.

We invite you to share a message of thanks on social media any time this month with the hashtags #SchoolBoardMonth and #GISDBoard.

Chromebook Distribution

GISD began the final portion of middle school Chromebook distribution this week. Now that all Chromebook orders have been received and prepared for students, we will distribute devices to 6th and 7th-grade students over the next two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

Benold Middle School - Wednesday, January 20

Tippit Middle School - Friday, January 22

Forbes Middle School - Wednesday, January 27

Wagner Middle School - Friday, January 29

Campuses are communicating this information directly with parents and students of both in-person and remote learners regarding their distribution plans on these dates. To receive their new device, 6th and 7th-grade students will need to bring their current GISD Chromebook and charger to class, while remote learners will be able to exchange their devices through a drive-up service near the main entrance of the campus from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on their campuses' scheduled date.

Elementary distributions will begin soon.

East View Theater Performance of Anastasia debuts Jan 28

East View Theater program is proud to be the Central Texas premiere performance for Anastasia Jan 28-31 at 7 pm. This live performance will be live-streamed for your safe viewing enjoyment. Tickets and details online: https://evhs.booktix.com/

Georgetown HS presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame Jan 28-30

Georgetown High School presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame January 28 - 30 at the Klett Performing Arts Center. Guests can purchase tickets for an in-person performance or live stream. Tickets and details online.

District seeks volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

The Citizens Advisory Committee will learn about the district's growth, facilities and finances, and present actionable feedback to the Superintendent and School Board which could include a recommendation to call a bond election. If you are interested in learning more about this process and how to volunteer, please visit www.georgetownisd.org/CAC for information, meeting dates and how to apply.

The deadline to submit a nomination to be considered to serve on the committee is Thursday, Feb. 4.

Vote for the Eagles

We're proud to see Georgetown High School on this list that highlights what really makes Texas football special: the people and community around it. You can show your support for the Eagles by learning more and voting in Dave Campbell's Texas Football Community Connector Award campaign here: http://texasfootball.com/suddenlink. If Georgetown wins, a $2,500 donation will be made to the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation, benefitting all students in GISD. Even better, if Georgetown wins, the owners at Shanghai Express have pledged to match this donation dollar for dollar!! Voting ends January 22!

2021 Destination Life Transition Fair

The 2021 Destination… Life Interdistrict Transition Fair will be held on Saturday, March 6 in a virtual format.  GISD is one of nine districts involved in this Transition Fair which brings in non-profits and agencies who work with our disability-related community.  For more information, please visit our webpage or contact Special Ed Transition Coordinator, Rachael Hull, at (512) 943-5000 ext 6089 or email hullr@georgetownisd.org.

2020-21 G/T Referral and Assessment Parent Information

The GISD referral window for gifted and talented is fast approaching. We have made a few changes this year to the referral timeline and processes. Please visit our GISD Gifted/Talented web page to learn more about the district’s G/T services, our referral and assessment process, as well as characteristics of gifted learners as you consider whether to refer your child for testing.

San Gabriel Writing Project Competition for Middle School

In collaboration with The San Gabriel Writers League (an organization of professional, published writers right here in our own community), middle school students have the unique opportunity to share a piece of their writing for a potential prize. 

The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2021.

Students may submit their piece of fiction to their GISD middle school Reading Language Arts teacher. 

Or, submissions can be made directly to the secondary ELAR curriculum coordinator at kearneyj@georgetownisd.org

More information:

All submissions must include the 2021 Registration Form

Students will need to access the 2021 Writing Contest Poster for more details. 

Applicants should examine the Judging Criteria document 

This is a great opportunity for learners to look back at this year's portfolio of writing to share a piece of fiction. Likewise, students may submit a new piece of writing that has not yet been composed

GISD Health & Wellness Center Now Open

The district’s Health & Wellness Center opened on Monday, January 4 for students, staff and their immediate family members. GISD partnered with Lone Star Circle of Care to open the center, which resides in the building that houses Richarte High School and the Georgetown High School Annex at 2295 N. Austin Ave. 

The center is staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner who can see patients for preventive health visits or well checks, sick visits, physicals, injuries, lab services including PCR testing for COVID-19, medical screenings, nutritional health education and behavioral health counseling. 

All patients must complete consent forms prior to treatment. For more information about the wellness center or to download consent forms, please visit the district website at www.georgetownisd.org/healthcenter. To make an appointment, call 877-800-5722.

From our Community Partners:

From the Georgetown Project: Free ESL, Parenting and Child Care Provider Classes

TThe Georgetown Project is offering Free ESL, Parenting and Child Care Provider Classes.  Check out the Bridges to Growth spring calendar of classes and sign up online.

From Chase the Chief: Registration is now open for the 5K and Family Fun Run

Registration is NOW open for the 9th Annual Chase the Chief 5K and Family Fun Run, which will be virtual! You can run in your own space between March 7-12 and post pictures of your run on our official Facebook page! Participants that submit 5K times will be entered into our drawing for a prize. To register for the Chase the Chief 5K and Family Fun Run, go to https://chasethechief.georgetown.org/. The registration cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults. January 31st is the last day to register to guarantee your race day shirt! Also if you know of a student or family that would like to participate, but may not be able to, please donate the cost of registration to help. https://chasethechief.georgetown.org/ 

Proceeds benefit physical education programs in Georgetown schools.

From Community Action: Free Adult Education

Community Action, a nonprofit serving Williamson County, is offering free adult education classes - all online - including English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Education Diploma (GED). Morning, evening and Saturday classes may be available. 

They are also seeking interest in a February class for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). More information is available on their website. 

Program Information:

https://sites.google.com/communityaction.com/wcadulted/home?authuser=3

EMT Training Interest Form:

http://bit.ly/emtgha

From the Williamson County and Cities Health District: How to Access Free COVID Testing, Appointments Now Required

Did you know that free COVID-19 testing is available seven days a week through the Williamson County and Cities Health District. A testing site is located across from the Georgetown Public Library and is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  You also do not need to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. For more information, or to sign up for an appointment (required), visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing. Appointments are required. Additional testing site locations can be found on www.wilco.org.

Important Upcoming Dates

February 1 - Student Holiday / Teacher Workday

February 15-17 - Student Holiday/Teacher work days and professional learning

March 5 - Teacher grant applications due by 4:30 pm.


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