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GISD eNews | 10-8-20

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In this week’s eNews:

  • GISD Virtual FAFSA Parent Workshop
  • New ParentU Resources Now Available: Equity Newsletter
  • Academic Help Desk for Remote Learners
  • Free and Reduced-Price Meals For Qualified Families
  • ASAP Registration Now Available, In-person and Virtual Activities Available
  • NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) Applications Now Open
  • From the Rotary Club of Georgetown and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program: Field of Honor Display & Storytelling Nov. 7
  • From the Williamson County and Cities Health District: How to Access Free COVID Testing

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

Congratulations to our August Teachers of the Month 

Tippit Middle School Earns Architecture Award following Renovation

GISD Virtual FAFSA Parent Workshop

Want to learn how to pay for college? Please join the GISD FAFSA Virtual Parent Workshop Oct. 14 from 4 - 5 p.m. College financial aid representatives will provide information on how to receive financial aid for college. Additional virtual workshops will be offered through Austin Community College Oct. 12-17 to assist families in completing the FAFSA. Access the meeting online at More information is available online.

New ParentU Resources Now Available

Parents can now access new ParentU resources including:

Academic Help Desk Available for Remote Learners

GISD is proud to offer additional support for remote learners who may need daytime, just-in-time academic assistance. An Academic Help Desk is now available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Students and parents may access this resource for help troubleshooting content-specific assignments, guidance navigating homework and troubleshooting in Google Classroom. The Academic Help Desk is available via Google Meet. Visit “Homework Help” at to access. Remember, students will need to be signed in to their accounts to access the links. Questions will be answered in the order they are received, and there may be other students in the chat at the same time.

It’s Not Too Late to Apply: Free and Reduced-Price Meals For Qualified Families

Your family may be able to receive free and reduced-price meals for your student(s), and we encourage you to review your eligibility status today. Even if you did not qualify in the past, the eligibility guidelines have been updated to account for job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about the criteria for free and reduced lunch and complete the application on our website. 

Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

  1. Names of all household members
  2. Amount, frequency and source of current income for each household member
  3. Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for “No Social Security number”
  4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct Categorical or Program Eligibility

Paper copies of the application may also be obtained at each campus or administration building throughout the district. You may also contact Jesse Marrujo, federal programs specialist, at 512-943-5000 x 7176 or if you have additional questions. 

Unexpected Circumstances

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household

should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits

if the household’s income falls at or below the income eligibility guidelines.

ASAP Registration Now Available, In-person and Virtual Activities Available

 Activities through the After School Action Program (ASAP) are offered for ALL 6-8th grade students. There are in-person and virtual opportunities! Classes range from Canoeing with Parks & Recreation, cooking, outdoor yard games, homework lab, robotics, experiments with the Science Mill, slime lab and MORE! Don’t miss out on the fun this semester. Visit our website at to register and for more information!  

NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) Applications Now Open

NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open! HAS is an authentic learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s mission to become the next generation of explorers. Students learn about different STEM related fields of study they might want to pursue in college. Following a series of online lessons, highest achieving students attend an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Selected participants plan a team based Artemis themed mission to Moon and Mars with the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

Applications are available for students through Oct. 21.  Click here for more information and to apply. 

From our Community Partners:

From the Rotary Club of Georgetown and the Georgetown Arts and Culture Program: Field of Honor Display & Storytelling Nov. 7

Reserve your ticket to attend the Field of Honor Display and Storytelling Through Music performance by country music artist Wynn Williams Saturday, Nov. 7 from 2-4:30 p.m. at The Lawn at Cimarron Hills.  

The event will include a small Field of Honor® flag display, the Presentation of Colors by the Georgetown ISD JROTC and additional patriotic music accompanied by Williamson County Orchestra violinist, Anne Hamman.

Ticket reservations are required to attend this event. Reservations are free but extremely limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines. To reserve your ticket, please click here or visit the Facebook Event Page. For more information on the Healing Arts for Veterans Program, please visit the City arts webpage..

From the Williamson County and Cities Health District: How to Access Free COVID Testing

Free COVID-19 testing will be available at the Georgetown Community Center Oct 8-11 and again Oct. 14-16. The testing site is walk-up only, and no appointment is needed. You do not need to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. Please be aware of potentially long wait times. The testing will be available from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until testing supplies run out. For more information, visit

Important Upcoming Dates

October  9-12 —  Fall Break/ Student and Staff Holiday

October 13 — Early Voting Begins

October 19  —  Monthly Meeting GISD Board of Trustees

October 20 — Chamber Breakfast Links featuring an update from Dr. Brent

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