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GISD eNews | 8-19-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • Back to School Plan and Covid-19 Information Now Available on our website
  • Meals are Free for Students During 2021-22 School Year
  • Middle School - Sign up for the After School Program
  • Now Accepting Nominations for the District Performance Council
  • GISD Board Calls for November Bond Election
  • Feedback Survey: Identify Areas of Need for Students
  • General Admission Tickets + Season Passes
  • Athletics Requirements for all Athletes in 2021-22
  • SAT Opportunities for Seniors
  • From the Chamber: Apply now for Junior Leadership Georgetown
  • From the Chamber: August is Restaurant Month, Purchase a Coupon Book to Support Scholarships for Students in GISD
  • From the City of Georgetown: Let the City of Georgetown know what you think of the preliminary FY2022 budget
  • From the City of Georgetown: GoGeo fixed-route services to end Oct. 1
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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Board Briefs

Back to School Plan and Covid-19 Information Now Available on our Website

Our Back to School Plan and all Covid-19 information is now live on our website. The Back to School Plan covers Safety and Health Protocols, Student Resources for navigating the start of the school year, and much more. You can also find Covid Updates and FAQ’s under our COVID-19 tab.

Meals are Free for Students During 2021-22 School Year

Georgetown ISD has again elected to extend the "Seamless Summer Option" into the 2021-22 school year to provide meals to students for free regardless of their qualifications. 

The opportunity comes as a result of the district’s application for a waiver through the Texas Department of Agriculture to extend its Summer Meal Program, or “Seamless Summer Option.” 

Families do not need to do anything to take advantage of this program. Breakfast and lunch will be available to any enrolled GISD student daily during regular school days, and families can view menus online at georgetownisd.nutrislice.com. 

Students will still have choices for a la carte items not offered through the National School Lunch Program, and parents can continue to fund meal accounts in Skyward for those extra items.

Additionally, we are encouraging families to consider completing the free and reduced lunch application.  While that may sound redundant, the application is used for so much more than "just lunch". Qualified families may receive federal P-EBT food benefits, discounts or waived fees for SAT testing and college applications, discounts for gear associated with participation in athletics and fine arts, support from our partners including Blue and Brown Santa,  and so much more. Additionally, school districts qualify for federal funding based on this application. 

To learn more about how to qualify for these programs and apply, visit our website: www.georgetownisd.org/lunchapplication

If you have questions, please send them to us through Let’s Talk by selecting Nutrition Services.

Middle School - Sign up for the After School Program

It is time to register for after school programs for middle school students! There are many exciting opportunities for middle school students to Think - Make - Do after school. Classes include but are not limited to cooking, homework help, robotics, canoeing, fishing, art, science, babysitters certification and more... Sign up today at www.georgetownisd.org/asap.

Now Accepting Nominations for the District Performance Council

The District Performance Council 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 August 27, 2021 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 registration form.

If you have additional questions, please share via Let's Talk and click on DPC.

GISD Board Calls for November Bond Election

The Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved an order calling for a $381,670,000 million bond election to be held on November 2. The bond addresses district growth, aging facilities, technology, fine arts, and athletics. 

The proposed projects will be presented to voters in five separate propositions on the ballot in compliance with a new state law. Read more on our website.

Feedback Survey: Identify Areas of Need for Students

In preparation for Georgetown ISD's use of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) federal funding, we would like your input in identifying areas of need related to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our elementary and secondary schools.  Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey to provide feedback. Encuesta completa en español.

From GISD Athletics: General Admission Tickets + Season Passes

The District has made the decision to sell only general admission tickets again this year to encourage voluntary social distancing for our spectators. 

We will offer online Season Ticket Passes - $35 adults & $15 students - that include all 5 home football games (EVHS/GHS). Season Ticket Passes are now on sale and will be available until 5:00 pm, August 23. 

Single game tickets will also be sold online beginning at 8 am Monday preceding Friday's game. 

Tickets will not be sold at the gate for any athletic event... only online tickets will be sold.

To purchase tickets, visit https://www.georgetownisd.org/athletics

From GISD Athletics: Athletics Requirements for all Athletes in 2021-22

If your student will be participating in athletics in grades 7-12, the following items are required for participation. Please check the RankOne website for more details, to fill out the electronic form, to download the paper physical form, and to view drop-off dates/times.

RankOne Electronic Participation Form
Athletics Physical/Medical History Form dated on or after May 1, 2021
Catastrophic Insurance Payment $8 for all sports

SAT Opportunities for Seniors

Now is a good time for seniors to consider signing up for the SAT. And if you've already taken it, retaking the SAT in August or in the fall of your senior year is likely to boost your scores (and open more college admissions opportunities). Testing in August will ensure that you have your scores back in time to meet deadlines for early admission.

To get ready for test day, consider using the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®. Through this free, personalized practice plan, you can prepare for the SAT with ease and focus on the areas you need to improve the most.

Registration for the SAT is open to all students for the 2021-22 school year.

Upcoming SAT Dates

SAT TEST DATE: 8/28/21
Register by 7/30/21
Late Registration Deadline: 8/17/21

SAT TEST DATE: 10/2/21
Register by 9/3/21
Late Registration Deadline: 9/21/21

SAT TEST DATE: 11/6/21
Register by 10/8/21
Late Registration Deadline: 10/26/21

SAT TEST DATE: 12/4/21
Register by 11/4/21
Late Registration Deadline: 11/23/21

From our Community Partners:

From the Chamber: Apply now for Junior Leadership Georgetown

Applications are now being accepted for the Junior Leadership Georgetown program through the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce. 

This eight-month program for high school juniors and seniors is designed to strengthen participants’ leadership skills, community awareness, and involvement. Junior Leadership Georgetown will provide participants with quality, relevant leadership training along with knowledge of the community, needs, and opportunities. It allows participants to form effective relationships with current, past, and future leaders in the community.

More information including the application can be found on the Chamber's website

The deadline to apply is August 31.

From the Chamber: August is Restaurant Month, Purchase a Coupon Book to Support Scholarships for Students in GISD

Georgetown Restaurant Month is a four-week dining extravaganza that offers discounts at 21 local restaurants throughout Georgetown during the month of August. 

Proceeds fund scholarships for high school students in Career & Technical Education programs in Georgetown ISD and the Junior Leadership Georgetown scholarship program.

Learn more and purchase your coupon booklet today.

From the City of Georgetown: Let the City of Georgetown know what you think of the preliminary FY2022 budget

The $483 million City of Georgetown budget affects every resident in our City. How the City allocates your taxpayer dollars determines the level of service you get in return for City functions, like providing electricity, drinking water, drivable streets, and clean parks. 

Major themes of the preliminary budget are investing in transportation and utility infrastructure, public safety, and customer services, as well as providing the staffing, equipment, and software needed to respond to record-setting growth and development.


Find more information on important budget dates and share feedback with the city through Sept. 5 at finance.georgetown.org

From the City of Georgetown: GoGeo fixed-route services to end Oct. 1

The GoGeo fixed-route bus service in Georgetown will end Oct. 1, 2021. The paratransit service for residents with disabilities is expected to continue, as is and uninterrupted. Eligibility and screening for paratransit services is provided, through a paper application, by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System. 
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this change to our services, please contact Will Parrish, City of Georgetown transportation planning coordinator, at will.parrish@georgetown.org or 512-930-6597.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 6 - School Closed / Labor Day Holiday
September 20 - Board of Trustees Meeting


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