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GISD eNews | 7-9-20

eNews has transitioned to a summer circulation. We will resume our normal schedule in August. Look for back-to-school updates weekly on Tuesdays in the meantime.

 

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In this week’s eNews:

  • In Case You Missed It: Great News in GISD Schools!
  • Back to School Plans
  • GISD Summer Schedule
  • Heather Stoner Announced as Director of Operations and School Safety
  • 2020-2021 School Supply Lists
  • Summer Meal Program
  • Sora - Audiobooks and eBooks for Middle School & High School Students
  • From Williamson County: Free COVID-19 Testing July 6-10
  • From the Texas Science Education Foundation: Safer teenage drivers - a study for teens and parents
  • From A+ Federal Credit Union: Youth Financial Camp Goes Virtual
  • From the City: Youth Multi-Sport Skills Clinic & Athletic Training Skills Clinic
  • Free Kids Meals This Summer at Taco Cabana
  • From the Georgetown Complete Count Committee: 2020 Census

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

GHS Students’ Project Benefits The Caring Place

Georgetown ISD ranked No. 2 Best School District to Buy an Affordable Home

More than $143,000 in Local Scholarships Awarded to GISD Students

 

Back to School Plans

We know you have questions about returning to school in August, and we are working to develop those plans including an option to enroll your child for in-person or remote learning. Look for regular updates from Dr. Brent on Tuesdays each week. Information will also be posted on our website. To view the July 7 update including results of our recent survey, visit our website

GISD Summer Schedule

Georgetown ISD will continue remote operations through July 17 and facilities are mostly closed to the public.  Visitors are encouraged to schedule appointments as needed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we are work to ensure the safety of our staff and community members.  Please note that the district is closed on Fridays in June and July.

Heather Stoner Announced as Director of Operations and School Safety

The GISD Board announced during its meeting Monday, June 15, that Heather Stoner has been selected to serve as Director of Operations and School Safety for the district.

In her new role, Heather will be responsible for coordinating Title IX (sexual harassment and discrimination) for the district, as well as designing and implementing systems and collaboratively supporting safety initiatives. She will work closely with the Georgetown Police Department and our School Resource Officers to ensure student safety and equitable practices. 

Read more here.

2020-2021 School Supply Lists

School supply lists are now available. Click here to view a complete list of schools and downloadable files.

Summer Meal Program

The Summer Meal Program began June 1 at Purl ES, Frost ES and Tippit MS. The program is open to students through age 18.

Two meals will be distributed daily via drive-through service: a hot lunch and a breakfast intended for the following day. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. throughout the summer on regular school business days. Weekly menus are posted on our social media platforms. 

Sora - Audiobooks and eBooks for Middle School & High School Students

We are excited to introduce Georgetown ISD’s newest reading platform, Sora! Sora is an app or website where you can access thousands of popular audio and ebooks. These items were purchased by the GISD librarians based on the most popular checkouts at each secondary school. Using Sora, you can earn badges, bookmark your spots, make notes, and define words as you read.

Middle school and high school students can get to Sora through ClassLink or by downloading the Sora app (on Apple or Android devices) and signing in with their GISD login information. Important note: When prompted, search for Georgetown ISD, not your school. Students can check out ebooks and audiobooks for two weeks, and put holds on two more items. 

Inside the Sora app, you can sync your public library account to access even more free books! Need to create a Georgetown Public Library account? Call (512) 930-3551 or stop by their building!

 

From Our Community Partners:

From the City: Masks now required in public in Georgetown and across the State of Texas

Everyone in Georgetown, age 10 and older, is now required to wear a face covering while in public. Additionally, outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people at a time. The Georgetown Mayor issued the new order July 3 to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Georgetown and protect residents, visitors, employees, and businesses. The orders reflect additional restrictions authorized by Gov. Greg Abbott on July 2 which include a mask order for all of Texas.

The orders specify some exemptions, including in places of worship and when wearing one poses a greater threat to health and safety for the individual and when consuming food or drink. For more information on the mask order, visit the City of Georgetown website

From Williamson County: Free COVID-19 Testing July 6-10

The Williamson County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Military Department, will be hosting free COVID-19 testing.

The next opportunity for testing will be occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following location:

  • July 9 & 10 at Main Street Intermediate School, located at 3101 N Main St #105, Taylor, TX 76574

Sites are walk-up sites and will not require an appointment prior to being tested. People interested in getting tested will be asked to park and line up for their turn. It is important to note that due to demand there may be long wait times. Residents are urged to bring a water bottle and a form of shade to cover from the sun if necessary. People do not need to have symptoms in order to be tested.    

“Demand for COVID-19 testing is increasing, so Williamson County is determined to make COVID-19 testing more accessible, especially in areas of the County where available testing sites are farther away,” said County Judge Bill Gravell.   

The County’s Office of Emergency Management coordinated with elected officials, local police departments, Emergency Services Districts, and the Independent School Districts in each area to arrange for the mobile testing locations.   

COVID-19 tests at these locations are available for all Texans, whether they are Williamson County residents or not. For more information please visit www.wilco.org.  

From the Texas Science Education Foundation: Safer Teenage Drivers - a Study for Teens and Parents

The Texas Science Education Foundation, collaborating with Johns Hopkins University, is looking for 100 GISD learner permit stage students to conduct an initial monitoring study of teenagers using smartphone-based software. The purpose of this study is to make teenagers safer drivers by developing tools to use as they learn how to drive. Teenagers with a learner’s permit and their parents are eligible to enroll. Parents and teens can earn a combined $150 in gift cards for participating in this study! Click on this link to learn more and see if you are eligible: https://is.gd/logbookresearch or contact Mike Douglas mdouglas@texasscienceeducation.org to learn more. This study is funded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

From The Georgetown Project: Classes for Parents

The Georgetown Project Bridges to Growth Parent Center offers classes and events for parents, childcare providers and young children free of charge. Calendar and other info available at https://georgetownproject.org/bridges-to-growth-parent-center/ or by calling  512-864-3008.   

The Georgetown Project NEST Empowerment Center provides free services for high school students in GISD who are homeless, at-risk or living in transition. Info is available at https://georgetownproject.org/the-nest-empowering-center/ or 512-943-8056.

For all other information about The Georgetown Project visit https://georgetownproject.org/ or call the home office at 512-943-0074.

From A+ Federal Credit Union: Youth Financial Camp Goes Virtual

This year, in-person camps will transition to at-home learning opportunities. With A+FCU's Youth Financial Camp kit, registrants will receive ten days' worth of at-home learning activities covering entrepreneurship, smart shopping, needs vs. wants, and more.

Each activity will come with instructions, accompanying handouts, supplemental videos, and additional resources. Complete the form here to receive the free Youth Financial Camp Kit when it launches. Sign up closes July 31, 2020.

From the City: Youth Multi-Sport Skills Clinic & Athletic Training Skills Clinic

On Monday, July 6 the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department resumed limited youth athletics programming. Athletics staff have modified programs in accordance with COVID-19 recommendations in order to provide the safest possible environment for participants. 

Athletic Training Skills Development Clinic
Ages 6-14
$105 Resident | $140 Nonresident
This 7-week skills development clinic includes 45-60 minutes working on skills development for general athletic performance followed by 45-30 minutes of game-like scrimmage for a related sport. The goal is to train kids the proper techniques and training mentalities they will need to improve their physical abilities in any sport.

6-9 Division
7/16-8/27: Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
10-14 Division
7/16-8/27: Thursdays, 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Multi-sport Skills Development Clinic
Ages 6-14
$60 Resident | $80 Nonresident
This 4-week skills development clinic includes 45-60 minutes spent working on skills development for a specific sport followed by 45-30 minutes of game like scrimmage for that sport. The sport will change each week and will be meant to introduce kids to sports they might not have played before. Sports will be decided in advance by the contracted instructor from Freestyle Sports!

6-9 Division
8/8-8/29: Saturdays, 8:30-10 a.m.

For more information or to sign up for the clinic please visit the Georgetown Parks & Recreation website.

Free Kids Meals This Summer at Taco Cabana

Taco Cabana is offering kids a free lunch – including a bean and cheese taco, chips and queso and a drink – at all Texas locations through the end of summer. The program is available to kids 12 and under, every weekday from 11 a.m. to noon. 

The offer is available through the drive-thru only at all company-owned locations in Texas for a limited time. Children must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a free meal. No purchase is necessary.

From the Georgetown Complete Count Committee: 2020 Census

There’s still time to take the 2020 Census! Your participation helps inform how important federal money is spent in our community for things like school lunch programs, student loans, health clinics, and more. To complete the Census online, visit my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020. You count! 

The Census Bureau is hiring for temporary, part-time positions. Learn more at https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.


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