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GISD eNews | 12-16-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • Bridges Boutique Grand Opening Continues Tomorrow
  • GISD Needs Your Help - Sub For Us!
  • Georgetown ISD Proposes Renewal of DOI Plan
  • COVID Protocols and Reporting During the Break
  • SEL Academy - Call for Parent Stories
  • Special Programs Event: Getting in Front of Behavior
  • New ParentU Resource Available: Personal Graduation Plans
  • Keep Students Reading Over Winter Break - Access our Digital Library in Sora
  • Internet Safety for Parents, Child-Serving Professionals, and Community Members Presented by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Federal Programs: Uniting Families Event
  • You Might Qualify for Federal Benefits - Learn more
  • FAFSA Deadlines Approaching
  • Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are now available
  • GHS Jazz Band Offers Musical Holiday Greetings
  • We’re Hiring
  • From The City of Georgetown: Share your thoughts on a downtown parking garage
  • From the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation: How to Support Us This Holiday Season
  • From the YMCA of Greater WilCo: Holiday Camps
  • From Georgetown Parks and Recreation: Day Camps During the Holiday Break
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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

November Teacher of the Month
GISD Schools Win Award for Campus Counseling Programs
Staff Spotlight: Delta Jolly
Family Updates: Read Dr. Brent’s Latest News

 

Bridges Boutique Grand Opening Continues Tomorrow

The grand opening of the Bridges Boutique began yesterday, Thursday, Dec. 16, at the site of the old Carver Elementary School located at 1200 W. 17th Street in downtown Georgetown. The Boutique features the hand-crafted works of students enrolled in the program and serves as a job site for students who are learning enterprise-level skills as they transition from high school to a more independent adult life. 

Visitors to the shop will find fresh salsa, made with fresh locally-grown ingredients, hand-made jewelry and candles, embossed leather-bound journals, and original art greeting cards. 

The grand opening event will continue tomorrow from 10 am until 1 pm. Students will be serving coffee with specially-made creamer to enjoy while you shop.

Following the grand opening, introductory hours for the Boutique will be:

Thursdays, 10 am -1pm
Fridays, 10 am -1pm
on regular school/business days

Please note that only cash and checks are currently accepted in the Boutique.

 

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. 

Updated COVID Protocols and Reporting During the Break

We hope everyone has a restful and healthy holiday break. As we head into this extended break period, we want to remind families and staff of a few adjusted protocols. 

We will continue to record positive student and staff cases on the dashboard if there is potential they could have exposed others via a district facility or event.  Cases where students/staff were on campus two days before a positive test (if asymptomatic) or two days before the onset of symptoms (if there are symptoms) will be reported to the dashboard and via email to parents and staff.  

  • We ask that any students who test positive over the break report on this form so we can notify the community as appropriate and advise on a return date.  We will only be using this form during the extended break.  
  • We ask that any staff who test positive over the break report using the Employee Health Reporting Form as usual.  

We anticipate offering more vaccination clinics for our 5-11 year olds in January.  We are also working on plans to host various booster shot clinics for staff, students, and families ages 16 and older.  We will share more communication about these clinics after returning from the break.  

COVID testing services will resume on January 3, 2022 for students and staff who may have been exposed but are not experiencing symptoms.  This free service is designed to help mitigate potential spread and is held at Pickett Elementary School each day the district is open from 7am to 1pm.  For more information on testing, please visit our website

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

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
Generalizing skills
Zones of Regulation

When: Thursday, January 6th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Hammerlun Center
507 E. University Ave 

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.

 

New ParentU Resource Available: Personal Graduation Plans

In Georgetown ISD, students officially begin to create their Personal Graduation Plan (PGP) in eighth grade. During this process, students highlight their future career interests and select high school courses that align to these interests. This video walks families through the process that students use so you can learn more and engage your student in the process. Additional resources for graduation planning are also on our website at: https://sites.google.com/georgetownisd.org/gisdfouryearplanning/home

Keep Students Reading Over Winter Break - Access our Digital Library in Sora

Winter break is a great time for students to relax with a library book! 

Your student can visit their school library to check out a book before the break, or they can access our Digital Library in Sora anytime!  

This ParentU video  demonstrates how a student logs into Sora to find and check out a digital book.

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: Online (Link will be provided)
Who: Parents/Guardians/Caretakers

Please contact Belinda B. Swan at bbswan@ncmec.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. 

 

Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are now 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

GHS Jazz Band Holiday Tunes

Georgetown High School Jazz Band is sending out virtual holiday carol packages this year! 

When you sign up for a personalized package, you can send season's greeting to any relative, friend or loved one, no matter where they live! You can select your favorite tunes and even include shout-out messages along with them. 

Reserve your spot online at https://gband.org/holiday-carols-2021

Video links will be emailed to all sign ups by December 18, 2021.

Donations are accepted when you fill out the sign-up form. 

We're Hiring!

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 City of Georgetown: Share your thoughts on a downtown parking garage

The City of Georgetown has been working to evaluate and address parking concerns for the downtown area for several years. As businesses continue to open and grow in downtown, existing and available space for parking diminishes, and we risk losing visitors and patrons to our beautiful, vibrant downtown.

Recently, City Council identified three potential locations for the parking garage:

  1.       Tamiro Plaza, on the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Austin Avenue
  2.       Ninth and Main streets, the entire square block
  3.       Sixth and Main streets, on the southwest corner

We’d like to know your thoughts, about the locations, levels, costs, and more. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GeorgetownParking2021

The survey closes Dec. 31 and will be used to help inform the council’s decisions moving forward.

For more information about the downtown parking garage project, please visit our website: https://mainstreet.georgetown.org/downtown-parking-garage-project/

Thank you for your time and interest in our city.

From the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation: How to Support Us This Holiday Season

It's easy to support the Ed Foundation when you shop this holiday season. 

Visit Smile.Amazon.Com and link to "Georgetown ISD Education Foundation". Every time you shop on Amazon through the Smile site, Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to the Foundation. 

Randall's will donate 1% of your purchase to the Foundation when you shop in stores. Simply connect your Randall's card to the Good Neighbor program.

You can learn more at www.gisdedfound.org and access the form to sign up at Randall's. Thanks for supporting innovative programming in GISD schools!

From the YMCA of Greater WilCo: Holiday Camps

YMCA Afterschool and YMCA Camp Brightwell are excited to help with your holiday child care needs!  

Work schedules often don't stop when school is out, and neither does the Y!  Camps will be held at Mitchell Elementary and Camp Brightwell (Wellspring UMC Campus).  Please go to www.ymcagwc.org to sign-up or pop into the Y nearest you to register.  

Camp operates daily from 7a-6p.
Care provided on December 20-23, December 27-30, and January 3. Sign up for the whole session or pick and choose what days you need! 

From Georgetown Parks and Recreation: Day Camps During the Holiday Break

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will offer day camps for students during the upcoming Georgetown ISD student holidays. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from four camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Dec. 20-23 and 27-30 for children ages 5-12. Children must be currently attending Kindergarten to participate. Programming runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The camp includes outdoor activities, gym games, and seasonal arts and crafts, as well as other activities. Daily fees are $40 for Georgetown residents and $50 for nonresidents.
  • Junior Tennis Academy is offered at the Georgetown Tennis Center on Dec. 27-31 from 9-11 a.m. for ages 7-10 and 1-3 p.m. for ages 11-15. This camp focuses on the fundamentals of stroke production, conditioning, movement, footwork, tactics, and strategy. Daily fees are $20 for Georgetown residents and $25 for nonresidents.
  • Volleyball Camp is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Dec. 20-21 from 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 8-14. The camp covers the rules of play for beginners and defense and positions for more advanced players. Fees are $55 for Georgetown residents and $75 for nonresidents.
  • Basketball Camp is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Dec. 27-29 from 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 6-16. The camp will offer participants the opportunity to improve ball handling, shooting, footwork, defense techniques, and other game-related training. Fees are $100 for Georgetown residents and $125 for nonresidents.

 

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Important Upcoming Dates

December 17 - Early Release/End of Semester/End of Grading Period
December 18 - January 2 - Christmas/Holiday break/District closed
January 3-4 - Student Holidays/Staff work days
January 18 - Monthly Board Meeting

 

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