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GISD eNews | 10-15-20

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In this week’s eNews:

  • Uniendo Familias Meeting
  • GISD Family Pass and Senior Golden Club Pass
  • Academic Help Desk for Remote Learners
  • ASAP Registration Now Available, In-person and Virtual Activities Available
  • NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) Applications Now Open
  • From Girlstart and The Bullock Museum: Join us Oct. 30 for a Virtual Spooktacular!
  • From the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation: Join Us for our School House Rock Lip Sync Battle Live Stream Event Sunday, Oct. 25
  • From Unity Church of the Hills: Sign the Virtual, Texas-Sized Thank You Note for Central Texas Teachers
  • From Amazon Web Services: Girls’ Tech Day Goes Virtual!
  • 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
  • Important Upcoming Dates

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Uniendo Familias Meeting

Our next virtual meeting for Spanish-speaking families will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. Join us online using this link: https://youtu.be/h87fX_rAcik. You may also visit our YouTube page to watch our previous meetings.

La proxima reunion para nuestras familias de habla espanol tomara lugar el jueves 29 de octubre a las 6 p.m. Si pierde alguna reunion, favor de visitar nuestra pagina de YouTube a la siguiente enlace.

GISD Family Pass and Senior Golden Club Pass

Georgetown ISD Family Pass

The Georgetown ISD Family Pass is now available for purchase for the 2020-2021 school year. The pass is $50 and is valid for all home athletic events (except varsity football games, tournaments or playoff games). For more information and to purchase the Georgetown ISD Family Pass, click here.

Senior Golden Club Pass

Any resident of Georgetown ISD (60 years of age or older) or retired GISD employee (eligible and receiving retirement) is eligible for membership in the GISD Golden Club. Club members receive free general admission to all home athletic events sponsored by GISD (except varsity football games, tournaments or playoff games). Proof of Georgetown residency and age through driver's license is required. Membership cards are available at all athletic events (except varsity football). Please see the gatekeeper at the next athletic event for more information.

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 www.georgetownisd.org/students to access. Remember, students will need to be signed in to their georgetownisd.org 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. An additional free tutoring service from Texas A&M has been added to the Homework Help Center and offers expanded service hours.

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 www.georgetownisd.org/asap 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 Girlstart and The Bullock Museum: Join us Oct. 30 for a Virtual Spooktacular!

Mark your calendars! The Bullock Museum and Girlstart have everything you need to enjoy our annual FREE family-friendly Spooktacular from home on Oct. 30!

From boo bubbles to the physics of candy to spooky sounds, gather the simple materials needed for this virtual Halloween celebration. Put on your favorite costume and join us online for hands-on fun activities for the whole family! Learn more here.

From the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation: Join Us for our School House Rock Lip Sync Battle Live Stream Event Sunday, Oct. 25

During a “normal year”, the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation would be hosting the 50 Fellas cook-off to raise money to support innovative learning in our schools. This year, instead, they’ll host a virtual School House Rock event on Sunday, October 25 where viewers can watch their favorite campus personnel in a lip-sync battle. The “winners” get bragging rights but the real winners are the students and teachers who benefit from the proceeds. In fact, right now, teachers and all staff members across GISD have an opportunity to apply for grants to fund creative and innovative programming in the classroom. Mark your calendars for October 25 at 6:30 p.m. to tune in, vote for your favorite campus team and make a financial contribution to the Education Foundation. Updates, including a link to view the event, will be posted on the GISD Ed Foundation Facebook page soon!

From Unity Church of the Hills: Sign the Virtual, Texas-Sized Thank You Note for Central Texas Teachers

As you know, the current and ongoing health crisis has disrupted many lives. Our teachers have stepped up, and we want to show our appreciation and gratitude to them by creating a Texas-sized thank you - a gigantic virtual thank you note that will capture the thanks of potentially thousands of people!

We hope you will participate by clicking this link and writing a few lines of thanks and appreciation to the teachers in your community. You may upload GIFs, MP4, and/or MP3 content. We prefer universal notes, “Dear Teacher,” but you may also write to your specific teacher, “Dear Ms. Taylor.” Remember, we’re hoping to collect thousands of notes and we want each teacher to feel honored and appreciated.

We will be collecting the virtual notes until Oct. 31. The completed card will be forward to your School District Administrator and they will distribute it to your PreK-12 teaching staff. Thank you for your support.

From Amazon Web Services: Girls’ Tech Day Goes Virtual!

Join Amazon Web Services on a magical and adventurous journey to explore Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Coding, Virtual Reality, Robotics and more! This complimentary event will inspire and motivate girls and young women, ages 8-24, to develop and pursue their interests in technology.

The event includes:

  • Speaker Sessions – Learn about the experiences of students and women in technology.
  • Interactive Coding Sessions – Compose a melody, code virtual models to walk a runway, program an online robot, or build avatars using artificial intelligence.
  • Fun with STEAM – Create magic with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics), download the Girls’ Tech Day playlist, and much more.

Activities are designed to go at your own pace. You can revisit as many times as you like. They all require an electronic device like a computer or mobile phone with Internet connection.

Sound Exciting? Participants can join the event any time between Nov. 14-28. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 14-28. Click here to register.

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. 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 www.wilco.org.

Important Upcoming Dates

October 19 — Monthly Meeting GISD Board of Trustees

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


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