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GISD eNews | 9-14-23

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GISD eNews | 9-14-23

  1. Elevating Student Achievement Through Tiered Instruction and Intervention

  2. District seeks volunteers for Citizen Advisory Committee - Application deadline tomorrow

  3. Nominations for GISD District Performance Committee due tomorrow

  4. Listening Tour with Dr. Padavil - Next Stop October 3 

  5. Free Breakfast for Students Who Qualify for Free AND Reduced meals

  6. Play It Safe K-8 Program Caregiver Education Presentations - Sept. 19 & Sept. 26

  7. Ballet Folklorico - Sign up by Sept. 22

  8. Attendance Matters/la asistencia importa

  9. Reminder for students to register for AP Exams

  10. Looking to serve in GISD? Register to Volunteer

  11. Narcan in every AED in the district

  12. From the GISD Education Foundation: Tickets are Now on Sale for 50 Fellas Food Fest - Oct. 14

  13. FIESTA 2023 October 1 

  14. From the City of Georgetown: Drought Stage 3 Restrictions

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September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Follow along as we celebrate the diverse culture of Hispanic heritage, and share your own celebrations and stories with us on social media! #HispanicHeritageMonth 

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

September Workshop Briefs

This week’s features:

Elevating Student Achievement Through Tiered Instruction and Intervention  

In this week’s eNews:  

District seeks volunteers for Citizens Advisory Committee - Application deadline tomorrow

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 for information, meeting dates, and how to apply.

The deadline to submit a nomination to be considered to serve on the committee is Friday, Sept. 15. 

Nominations for GISD District Performance Committee due tomorrow 

The District Performance Committee serves a very important role at GISD. One of the primary functions of this committee is to work with the district to provide guidance on the District Improvement Plan and provide input on the district calendar prior to submission to the Board of Trustees. GISD is accepting nominations now through September 15, 2023 for the following vacancies:

  •  GISD Parents

  •  Business Members

  •  Community Members

Once members are identified, they will receive an email confirming placement on the committee.

More details on eligibility requirements are included in the nomination form.

For more information, please visit our website at If you have additional questions, please share via Let's Talk.

Listening Tour with Dr. Padavil - Next Stop October 3

GISD parents and community members are invited to attend a Listening Tour this fall with Dr. Padavil, superintendent. Meeting dates are opportunities to share strengths and areas for improvement in the district. Join us for a date that best fits your schedule:

October 3
- Wolf Ranch Cafeteria, 6 pm

November 2 - Village ES Cafeteria, 6 pm

Oct. 23 - Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 6 pm

Information is also available on the district’s online calendar and will be shared directly with parents and the community via a number of communication channels.

Free Breakfast for Students Who Qualify for Free AND Reduced meals
Good news for families in GISD. If your student qualifies for reduced meals, they are also now eligible for free breakfast each day that school is in session. No additional steps are needed to qualify. If your child would benefit from and is interested in having breakfast at school each day, they may do so. Please check with your child's campus for information on the times when breakfast is served.

Play It Safe K-8 Program Caregiver Education Presentations - Sept. 19 & Sept. 26

As a result Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) which was passed in 2021 during the 87th Legislature Second Session, school districts are required to provide students with the opportunity to receive instruction on the topic of Child Abuse and Family Violence. With advice from the Georgetown ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), the GISD school board has approved the Play it Safe curriculum for student instruction on this topic. GISD is partnering with the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center (WCCAC) to provide this instruction in elementary and middle school classrooms, grades K- 8. 

Please join us for a caregiver presentation to learn about the student safety program and preview the material that will be provided to your elementary and/or middle school student this year:

Empowering Youth: Body Safety

Elementary: Tuesday, September 19, 6:00-7:30 pm

Middle School: Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

Building 1, Board Room

For more information, please see the Play It Safe Caregiver Letter here: 

Ballet Folklorico - Sign up by Sept. 22

Students in 3rd-5th grade are invited to sign up for the GISD Ballet Folklórico program.

This is a mixed group of boys and girls. Practice will be every Tuesday evening from 4:30-5:30pm starting October 3.The practice location is at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning (507 E University Ave, 78626). Parents will need to provide transportation to the weekly practice, as well as dance shoes. 

You will receive more information from the instructors at the first practice. Please complete the Google Form below by
Sept. 22 if you are interested in participating.    

Ballet Folklorico Form

Attendance Matters

We know that kids learn best when they are present and engaged in school. And furthermore, it’s the law. Texas Education Code states that parents have an obligation to ensure that their children ages 6-18 are enrolled in and attending school.

We work closely with parents to ensure students have what they need to be present and learn and encourage you to let us know if you or your family are facing hardships that may prevent your student from attending school. We’re here to help.  More information is available on our website including these
Fast Facts.

Reminder for students to register for AP Exams

If your child is enrolled in an AP course, don't forget to have them register for their exams!  Their teachers will be sending reminder emails with deadlines and instructions on how to sign up. 

Need help with fees?  Have your student reach out to their teacher and/or the counseling office.

Looking to serve in GISD? Register to Volunteer

In Georgetown ISD, we know that community engagement enhances student experiences and are excited to welcome back volunteers, mentors and partners to serve in our schools this year. 

Whether you're new to GISD or a returning volunteer, we encourage you to sign up (or update your profile) and consider opportunities that align with your areas of interest and expertise.  The more information you share, the better we can pair you with meaningful opportunities. 

Get started today at  

If you're already registered in our system, consider logging in to update your profile today. Select the campuses where you want to serve, areas of interest, and more. Visit, click on "existing volunteer" and log in.

Forgot your password? No worries!  Click the forgot password link to reset.


Once logged in, select the menu button that looks like stacked bars in the upper right and scroll through to review and update your profile as needed. As a reminder, a background check is required annually to renew your status as an approved volunteer. 

Narcan in every AED in the District 

Georgetown ISD has partnered with Williamson County EMS to place Narcan in every AED in the district. Each Narcan will have a location sticker applied to the AED cabinet with a QR code that can be scanned to automatically reorder Narcan in the event it was used.

From Our Partners: 


From the GISD Education Foundation: Tickets are Now on Sale for 50 Fellas Food Fest - Oct. 14
50 Fellas Food Fest brings together local foodies and home chefs to raise money for the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation (GEF). Chef cook teams enter their culinary creations in one of 3 categories: appetizers, entrees or desserts, and guests can sample each and vote on their favorite. While the "winners" in each category go home with bragging rights, the real winners are the students and teachers in the district. 

This is the premier fundraiser for GEF and all proceeds support the foundation's mission to engage the community in financial support of a learning environment where innovation, customized academic opportunities, and individual success are attainable for all GISD students. 

Visit our website to register a cook team, sponsor the event or buy a ticket! 

FIESTA 2023 - October 1 

Mark your Calendars for the return of Fiesta on October 1, a celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage.

Where: 1100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. (Home of the Boys and Girls Club in Georgetown)

When: October 1, 1 - 5 pm

Join the celebration for music, food, dancing, a health fair and more!

See the flyer below for more information: 

FIESTA 2023 Flyer

From the City of Georgetown: Drought Stage 3 Restrictions

Stage 3 restrictions, including no outdoor watering, will remain in effect until further notice for areas generally west of D.B. Wood Road and southwest of Williams Drive. Drought Stage 2 watering restrictions, including one-day irrigation schedule, are in place for all other Georgetown Utility customers. For more information and to find the restrictions for your address, visit the city's website:



Important Upcoming Dates

September 18 - Professional learning/Student holiday
  Board Meeting


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