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GISD eNews | 9-8-22

  1. Learn more about Advanced Academics in GISD!

  2. Attendance Matters

  3. Adult ESL Classes Beginning in October

  4. First Parent Learning Community Tonight - Back to School

  5. Elementary Parent Preview Night: "Play It Safe" Child Safety Program Sept. 13

  6. GISD to Host Future Ready Complex Groundbreaking Sept. 14

  7. District Performance Committee Accepting Nominations through Sept. 16

  8. GHS and EVHS Halftime Performance - October 14

  9. GISD Safety and Security Updates

  10. GISD Updated COVID Protocols

  11. 2022-23 Meal Prices + Free & Reduced Lunch Application

  12. Looking to serve in GISD? Register to Volunteer

  13. From Optimum: Your Family May Quality for Free Home Internet Service

  14. From the Taylor Chamber of Commerce: East Wilco Business Expo & Job Fair Sept. 10

  15. From the Caring Place: Afternoon Donations Return 

  16. From CASA of Travis County: 2022 CASA Superhero Run Sept. 18

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In this week’s eNews:

 

Learn more about Advanced Academics in GISD!

 

Did you know that the Advanced Academics website can answer MANY of your burning questions about Gifted & Talented referrals, how to earn college credit while still in high school, what Advanced classes can do for your child, and how to join enrichment programs that can provide creative outlets for your child? 

 

Visit our website for more information. 

 

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. 

 

If your student does accrue 3 or more unexcused absences, the district will follow these steps:

 

  • On the 3rd unexcused absence, a warning letter will be issued to alert you of the unexcused absences and ask for your support to get your student to school. 

  • After the 7th absence, campus administration may request a meeting with parents to discuss timely intervention to help students get back and stay on track for credit accrual. 

  • If a student accrues 10 unexcused absences, they may be required to appear in truancy court and fines for parents and students could be issued.

 

More information will be sent by campus principals to parents regarding attendance procedures. 

 

Adult ESL Classes Beginning in October

 

The Multilingual Department will be offering beginning level adult ESL classes for our community. 

Beginning in October, there will be classes available at

  • Wagner - Mon/Wed from 6-7:30 pm

  • Benold - Tues/Thurs from 6-7:30 pm 

  • HCLL - Wed 9:30-11 am

 

Classes are free and books are provided, but no childcare will be available. Please sign up through the QR code on the flyer in English or Spanish.

 

First Parent Learning Community Tonight - Back to School 

 

Join us for our first monthly Parent Learning Community on September 8! Conversations and support will be around the following topics: Bilingual/ESL programs, understanding the standards-based report cards, giving input on the family involvement policy, and the chance to join the PTA round table. Please help us plan by scanning the QR code to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

 

Visit our website for details, including monthly event dates, and be on the lookout for monthly reminders in eNews. 

 

Elementary Parent Preview Night: "Play It Safe" Child Safety Program Sept. 13

 

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 school classrooms, grades preK- 5. 

 

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 school student this year:

 

Empowering Youth: Body Safety

Tuesday, September 13th

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning

Building 1, Board Room

 

For more information, please see the letter that was shared with parents

 

GISD to Host Future Ready Complex Groundbreaking Sept. 14

The Future Ready Complex, funded by the 2021 GISD bond, will be a state-of-the-art complex that brings together students of all ages for learning. The space will be home to advanced career and technical education (CTE) programs for all GISD high school students, Richarte High School, the Bridges program, early learning center and the GISD Health & Wellness Center in partnership with Lone Star Circle of Care. 

Georgetown ISD will host a groundbreaking event in September for the GISD Future Ready Complex. 

Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 9am
Location: 5001 Airport Road Georgetown, TX 78628

There will be signs posted and parking attendants on site to direct guests.



District Performance Committee Nominations Open through Sept. 16

 

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 16th, 2022 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.

If you have additional questions, please share via Let's Talk.

 

GHS and EVHS Halftime Performance - October 14


The GHS Georgettes, Eagle Band, EVHS Sparklers and Patriot Band will be performing together at the EVHS vs GHS football game October 14 during halftime. 

 

This will be a great performance for the community to see! Visit our website to view the district’s full athletics calendar.                                              

 

GISD Safety and Security Updates

 

Whether you have a student in pre-K or a senior in high school, we want you to know that safety and security are always a priority in GISD. Throughout the summer, our teams have reviewed our safety protocols, conducted door audits, and worked with our school resource officers and the district’s safety committee to review and refine our practices. Campus staff are undergoing training and our students will join us in practicing safety drills. In fact, one of our practices in GISD is to conduct more than the required number of safety drills each year.

 

Student and staff safety is important, and we want our campus visitors to feel safe on our campuses as well. You can help with that when visiting our facilities by:

 

  • Entering through the designated main entry points

  • Have your driver's license or other valid ID handy to scan into our Raptor system

  • Wear your name badge during your visit so that staff know you have permission to be there.

  • And sign out when you leave the campus. 

 

You can visit our safety website to learn what our teams are doing to ensure our facilities are safe. There, you can also “meet” our team of school resource officers, view our school safety and security flyer in English or Spanish, learn about our emergency response procedures and more.

 

GISD Updated COVID Protocols

 

The district has posted updated COVID protocols for staff and students for the 2022-23 school year following updated guidance from the CDC and Department of State Health Services in Texas. 

 

COVID-positive individuals should isolate for 5 days before returning to work or school. Families should notify their child’s campus nurse and staff should report using the Employee Reporting Form. 

 

We are not requiring isolation for those who may have come in contact with a COVID-positive individual, but do ask that you monitor symptoms and follow our wellness guidelines for reporting to work or school:

 

  • Stay home if you experience flu-like symptoms such as a fever greater than 100°F, sore throat, cough, body aches, vomiting or diarrhea until you are fever-free or without signs of a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.



2022-23 Meal Prices

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, Georgetown ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-priced meals based on student eligibility. 

 

Find 2022-23 meal prices online and fill out the form for free or reduced lunch.

 

Don’t forget: Parents can fund their student’s meal account in Skyward. Learn more at https://www.georgetownisd.org/Page/16344 and log in to secure your student’s account.  If you have questions, we encourage you to contact our Nutrition Services Department at 512-943-5193.

 

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 www.georgetownisd.org/volunteer

 

From Our Community Partners:


From Optimum: Your Family May Quality for Free Home Internet Service

Optimum (Suddenlink) is participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a Federal Government program, which offers a subsidy of up to $30 per month to help qualifying households pay for at-home internet service, up to 300 Mbps. This program is available to new and current Optimum (Suddenlink) customers and can be applied to any Optimum (Suddenlink) Internet plan.

Learn More at https://www.optimum.com/affordable-connectivity-program#learnmore

 

*Note: This is not an official GISD program and does not include GISD technical support.

 

From the Taylor Chamber of Commerce: East Wilco Business Expo & Job Fair Sept. 10

 

On Saturday, September 10 from 10am-2pm, Taylor Chamber of Commerce will host a business expo and job fair at the Wilco Expo Center.

 

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a variety of businesses and other technical schools and colleges will be present. 

 

Williamson County and Cities Health District will also be there administering COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Admission is free and there will be prizes to win all day. For more information, visit taylorchamber.org

 

From the Caring Place: Afternoon Donations Return 

As of September 6, Donation hours at The Caring Place are Mon-Sat, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. This marks the return of afternoon hours after a temporary adjustment due to extreme heat this summer. 


Other programs and hours at The Caring Place are unchanged and are as follows:

  • The Caring Place Food Pantry at 2000 Railroad Avenue will be open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM. The Food Pantry is closed on Thursdays to conduct remote food distribution. 

  • Programs & Services at 2001 Railroad Avenue is open Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM. 

 

Visit https://www.caringplacetx.org for more information, including additional hours.

 

Visit www.CubScoutsPack151.org for more information.

 

From CASA of Travis County: 2022 CASA Superhero Run Sept. 18

 

The 2022 CASA Superhero Run is coming up this September 18th at Circuit of The Americas from 7AM - 12PM! This event is a 5K, Kids 1K, and Festival that raises community awareness and funds for the 3 local CASA programs in the Central Texas region. CASA works to recruit, screen, train, and support community volunteers to advocate on behalf of children in foster care.

 

Visit the CASA website to register. 

Additionally, there are multiple volunteer opportunities available you can sign up for.

 


Important Upcoming Dates

September 14 - Future Ready Center groundbreaking
September 19 - monthly board meeting/ Student holiday
October 7-10 - Fall Break


Have questions? Let’s Talk

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