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GISD eNews | 1-20-22
In this week’s eNews:
- Inclement Weather Procedures
- Public Review for Proclamation 2022
- Updated COVID Testing + Protocols
- East View Choir Presents: A Chorus Line
- GHS Theater Presents: Amelie
- SEL Academy - Call for Parent Stories
- Georgetown ISD Proposes Renewal of DOI Plan
- You Might Qualify for Federal Benefits - Learn more
- We’re Hiring
- From the City of Georgetown: Volunteers needed for tree-planting event Feb. 26
- H-E-B and the University Interscholastic League Team up to Present Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence - Deadline to apply is Jan. 28
- From A+ Federal Credit Union: Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program
- From the Georgetown Police Department: Sign up now for Chase the Chief Family Fun Run benefitting PE programs in GISD
- From ACC: free workshops for juniors, seniors and parents
- Important Upcoming Dates
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Inclement Weather Procedures
As winter arrives in Texas, it’s a good time to remind our community about our process for announcements related to inclement weather. In the event that schools would be delayed or closed for any reason, including a weather event, we would communicate in a variety of ways. Visit georgetownisd.org/weather for details.
Public Review for Proclamation 2022
Instructional resource and materials adoption occurs every 8-10 years, and your feedback is sought to shape the learning experience of our students for the future.
We invite you to participate in the adoption process for 2022, view materials and share your feedback on the materials you would like to see in our classrooms.
On January 24, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, materials will be on-site at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning to view and provide feedback.
The following courses will have instructional resources for review:
- Physical Education
This is a come-and-go event. If you are unable to attend, you can still provide feedback and access the feedback form by visiting our GISD website by February 4j.
If you have questions about any of the materials, please submit a Let's Talk. Simply click on the button for "Proclamation 2022" and a member of our team will get back to you.
Updated COVID Testing + Protocols
As a reminder, COVID testing will occur on regular school business days at Pickett Elementary School between 7 am and 1 pm and be administered by licensed medical professionals who are contracted with GISD.
- This rapid antigen test service is being provided for free to all students and staff in GISD who are not experiencing COVID-like symptoms but who may have been in contact with or exposed to a COVID-positive individual.
- Pre-registration is required before testing can occur. Pre-registration does not indicate that you are requesting a test appointment, but it will help expedite service if/when you need it.
- Pre-register a STUDENT: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent
- Pre-register a STAFF MEMBER: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/invite-by-code
Use Access Code: GISDTESTING
If a student or staff member is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, they should contact a health provider for a PCR test. PCR and rapid PCR tests are currently being offered for free at numerous locations in Williamson County. Register for a Curative walk-up test here.
For more information on GISD protocols and testing options, please visit our website.
Starting today, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests from USPS.com. Here’s what you need to know about your order:
- Limit of one order per residential address
- One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
- Orders will ship free starting in late January
Simply visit https://special.usps.com/testkits for details and to sign up.
East View Choir Presents: A Chorus Line
East View choir has been working to bring you the musical masterpiece A Chorus Line at the end of this month! You are invited to join the performance.
Show dates and times:
Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Friday, January 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm
All performances will take place at the East View Theater.
Tickets are available at: https://evhstheatre.ludus.com/index.php
GHS Theater Presents: Amelie
The Georgetown High School Fine Arts department invites you to join us for a wonderful performance of Amelie: The Musical.
Show dates and times:
Thursday, Jan. 27- Saturday, Jan. 29 @ 7 pm
Monday, January 30 @ 2 pm
All performances will be held at the Klett Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door or online.
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
Share your stories by February 1 via this Google form.
Georgetown ISD Board Approves 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 and approved at the January 18, 2022 meeting.
You can view the proposed GISD DOI Plan on our website.
You Might Qualify for Federal Benefits- Deadline to apply is Jan. 22
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.
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: Volunteers needed for tree-planting event Feb. 26
The City of Georgetown is calling for volunteers to help plant 30 trees in San Gabriel Park. Volunteers and staff will be planting native and adapted shade trees from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 26, to beautify and add shading to a popular area of the park.
Volunteers should sign up online at http://parks.georgetown.org/volunteer.
No planting experience is required to volunteer, and the holes for the 25-30 gallon trees will already be dug. Groups and youth are welcome.
Volunteers younger than 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or adult, and two adults are required for every four children who sign up to volunteer.
The tree-planting event may be postponed in case of bad weather.
Follow the Parks and Recreation social media pages for updates:
From H-E-B: H-E-B and the University Interscholastic League Team up to Present Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence - Deadline to apply is Jan. 28
H-E-B is a Corporate Sponsor of the UIL and has its annual H-E-B Scholarship Program for Community Service Excellence opportunity. Nominees must have the following submitted to https://www.sportsinaction.com/scholarship/ by no later than January 28, 2022:
- Minimum 3.3 GPA
- Number of Community Service Hours completed in the last 12 months
- Community Service Verification Letters to document the number of hours submitted
- A Letter of Recommendation
- A Short Essay (500 words or less) on the topic: “What does Community mean to you?”
There will be 15 total winners – 5 each in music, academics and athletics – and each will be awarded $2,000 from H-E-B. An announcement of the winners will be made at the UIL Boys Basketball State Championships.
From A+ Federal Credit Union: Applications for the 2022 A+FCU Scholarship Program are 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
From the Georgetown Police Department: Sign up now for Chase the Chief Family Fun Run benefitting PE programs in GISD
The Georgetown Police Department is gearing up for the 10th annual Chase the Chief. Register now and help us celebrate 10 years of family fun and fitness!
Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you in catching Chief Cory Tchida!
Proceeds benefit physical education programs in Georgetown schools.
When: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Where: East View High School
Registration Fees: $10/adult & $5/student. No refunds or transfers.
Be sure to register by January 31 to guarantee your t-shirt!
Sponsor a Student: You can help sponsor a student who may not otherwise be able to participate. It’s only $5 to sponsor a student to run Chase the Chief. If you want to sponsor a student, please select the “Sponsor a Student” option on the form.
Link to register: https://chasethechief.georgetown.org/
From ACC: free workshops for juniors, seniors and parents
ACC Career Services will be offering FREE workshops to high school students (Juniors & Seniors) and parents/caregivers this Spring.
ACC Career Services will offer one workshop each week, starting in February and run through the end of April. This workshop will be held virtually and will take place in the evening.
Fill out the Interest Workshop Survey and you will receive a calendar invite to each workshop you are interested in.
If you have any questions, contact Cynthia Martinez at email@example.com.
Important Upcoming Dates
February 3 - Special event for families to learn more about activities for students with disabilities
February 21-23 - Student Holiday/Staff Work Days-Academic Support
February 22 - Board Meeting
February 25 - State of the District
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