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GISD eNews | 9-30-21

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In this week’s eNews:

  • New ParentU Resources are Now Available!
  • Uniendo Familias Feria de Información y Diversión
  • Parent Meeting: Vocational Transition
  • Grades PreK-4 Parent Meeting: Standards Based Report Card
  • Join us for Our Next Community Bond Presentation October 13th
  • Financial Aid, College Application, and Scholarship Workshop
  • Find Covid-19 Protocols On our Website
  • From the City of Georgetown: Last day for GoGeo fixed-route services is today
  • From the City of Georgetown: POPPtoberFest starts tomorrow!
  • From the City of Georgetown: FY2022 City budget is a-go!
  • From Girl Scouts: October 7th is Girl Scout Night is on October 7
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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

Georgetown ISD Drone Program Takes Flight 


Georgetown ISD Wins 2021 TAEA District of Distinction Award 

Family Updates: Read Dr. Brent’s Latest News


New ParentU Resources are Now Available!

We’re excited to release new ParentU resources for September including:

How to Avoid Tantrums for elementary school parents. This resource includes a list of tips and tricks you can use to help your student avoid tantrums, along with links to resources on child behavior.

Personal Graduation Plans for helping your student develop a personal graduation plan starting in middle school 

Standards-Based Report Card for elementary school parents. This resource provides information on standards-based report cards and how they are developed.

Uniendo Familias Feria de Información y Diversión

Están invitados a una feria de información y diversión el sábado, 2 de octubre de 9 a 11 am en el edificio Hammerlun. Tendremos comida, la biblioteca móvil de la ciudad, actividades interactivas para los niños, información de programas del distrito y de la comunidad y premios. Para mas información, favor de visitar nuestra pagina de "Uniendo Familias" al

Special Programs Parent Meeting: Vocational Transition & GISD November Bond Proposal

Vocational Transition will be presented by GISD Transition Specialist, Sidra Glass, on October 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning. 

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Workforce Services Pre-employment transition services
  • Job Sites willing to hire
  • Planning for meaningful employment

Information on the GISD November Bond Proposal will also be shared. We hope you’ll join us!

Parents of Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade:

Parents of Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade:

GISD is hosting information sessions on standards-based report cards. Each session is available in English and Spanish. These sessions are designed to inform parents of students in grades PK-4 on how to interpret your child's report card and gain insight into their progress. To learn more, you are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions: 

October 5: Ford Elementary Cafeteria from 4-5 PM (210 Woodlake Drive, 78633)

October 6: Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning 12-1 PM (507 E. University Ave., 78626)

Join us for Our Next Community Bond Presentation on October 13

The district will host five community presentations to share information about the propositions voters will see on the November 2 ballot. Join us to learn more and ask questions in an interactive environment. The next presentation will be held on October 13 at 6 pm at Carver Elementary.

Financial Aid, College Application, and Scholarship Workshop

Need help exploring financial aid options for postsecondary plans? Want help completing your application for college? Seniors and parents of seniors will receive one-on-one help with FAFSA/TASFA completion, college applications, and scholarship applications on October 23rd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at East View High School. 

In order to meet the needs of all participants, please register for this event.

Find Covid-19 Protocols On our Website

Our Safety Plan and all Covid-19 information is available on our website. The Back to School Safety Plan covers Safety and Health Protocols, Student Resources for navigating the start of the school year, and much more. You can also find Covid Updates and FAQ’s under our COVID-19 tab. 

Additionally, a new feature was added to the COVID-19 dashboard last week that displays a rolling seven-day average of COVID positive cases.

From our Community Partners:

From the City of Georgetown: Last day for GoGeo fixed-route services is today

Today is the last day for the GoGeo fixed-route bus service in Georgetown. Paratransit services will continue uninterrupted. 

Curb-to-curb paratransit services are available to qualified Georgetown residents with disabilities. Eligibility and screening for paratransit services is provided through a paper application by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System. The paratransit bus runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, requires 24 hours’ notice, and costs $2 per trip. Learn more and schedule a paratransit ride here or call 512-478-RIDE (7433). 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this change to our services, please contact Will Parrish, City of Georgetown transportation planning coordinator, at or 512-930-6597. Learn more about the upcoming service change on the City’s website

From the City of Georgetown: POPPtoberFest starts tomorrow!

POPPtoberFest, this year’s rescheduled Red Poppy Festival, kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and lasts through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. We’re excited about the music lineup and other event highlights for the weekend:

  • Headlining 9:30 p.m. on Saturday: Dale Watson
  • Also performing Saturday: Two Tons of Steel at 8:15 p.m. and Brave Combo at 6 p.m.
  • Dysfunkshun Junkshun will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday.
  • The Peterson Brothers Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

POPPtoberFest also features a car show, kids’ area, pet parade, and more!

Traffic in and around the Square will be heavy and detoured throughout that weekend. The City is offering a variety of options for visitors to get to the festival, including free parking lots and a shuttle on Saturday. 

Georgetown may feel like a small town, but this is going to be a big party. Folks need to plan to arrive early, be patient, and be prepared to be amongst hundreds of people, especially on Saturday night.

Please visit the event website for more detail about road closures, parking, Saturday’s shuttle, and information about COVID-19 safety measures:

From the City of Georgetown: FY2022 City budget is a-go!

City staff and Council used your feedback throughout the year to propose and ultimately adopt the budget for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, 2021. Major themes of the adopted budget are investing in transportation and utility infrastructure, public safety, and customer services, as well as providing the staffing, equipment, and software needed to respond to record-setting growth and development. The adopted budget totals $483 million and decreases the City’s property tax rate by 1.7 cents (from 41.8 cents per $100 valuation to 40.1 cents). 

You can read more about the adopted budget on our website: The adopted budget didn’t change substantially from the proposed budget. The proposed budget documents are available on the webpage.

From Girl Scouts: Girl Scout Night is on October 7

Are you curious about what joining Girl Scouts look like? Whether you’re looking to have fun with friends, go on new adventures, or make a difference in the community, there is a place for you at Girl Scouts. Join us to learn more on October 7 at 7 p.m. at the GHS Cafeteria to learn more. Questions? Contact Erica at

As a Girl Scout, there is always an opportunity to try new things, connect with your creative side, and learn how to be a leader. Join us today at 

Visit or call (800) 733-0011 for more information.

Important Upcoming Dates

October 8-11 - Fall Break

October 13, 19 - Informational Bond Presentations

October 18 - Board Meeting

October 19 - Future Readiness Fair 2021

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