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Citizens' Textbook Committee Recommendations Needed for Language Arts Textbook Adoption-Due 10/26/18

Proclamation 2019 guides the adoption of textbooks/instructional materials for the following:
● English Language Arts and Reading: Kindergarten through fifth grade
● Spanish Language Arts and Reading: Kindergarten through fifth grade
● English Language Arts and Reading: Sixth through eighth grade
● English Learners Language Arts: Seventh and eighth grade
● Personal Financial Literacy
Community participation in the nomination protocol is essential to support a successful adoption process.
Your nominations are the foundation for building a parent committee that reflects the diversity of Austin ISD.
The Citizens’ Textbook Committee (CTC) will be comprised of parents representing all ethnicities and district geographic areas. The steering committee will select the final committee members from your nominations.
Nominees are officially appointed after they are selected, sign the commitment form and are approved by the board.
In order to serve on the Community Textbook Adoption Committee, the candidate must:
● Be the parent/legal guardian of one or more children enrolled in Austin ISD schools, kindergarten
through eighth grade;
● Not have received any kind of remuneration during the past three years from the publishers of the
textbooks being considered for adoption;
● Attend an orientation meeting on Thursday, November 7 (location TBD) from 5-7 p.m.; further meeting
dates and information will be shared at that time.
Nominations must be received by Friday October 26, 2018.
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New Procedures at GMS

March 20, 2018

Dear Gorzycki Families,

Family involvement at GMS is important and a huge part of the culture. However, after reflecting on the safety protocols at Gorzycki, there are a few procedures that need to be added to increase campus safety. The following procedures will be made effective starting on Monday, March 26th, 2018.

1. When visiting a student on campus, the visitor must be on the student's registration form. This will be a new procedure for lunch. For lunch, visitors must be on the student's registration form and eat in the commons with only that student. For efficiency, parents may make a reservation by sending a note in the morning with their child stating that they will be on campus for lunch. Students can submit the note before school (like when students leave during the day) and the office will check status.

2. During the school day, visitors are only allowed through the front doors in order to check in at the office before entering areas with students.

3. The visitor’s badge given to you by the office staff when you check-in must be worn on your shirt and must be easily visible for the entirety of your visit. Badges will identify specific locations for visitors. Visitors must remain in the area specified. Visitors without badges or that are in the wrong area will be escorted to office. Please remember to sign out in the office before leaving Gorzycki.

4. When on campus, do not open any outside doors for another person.

5. Visitors need to park in parking lots and not in fire lanes.

I realize that these are new procedures to practices that have been in place at Gorzycki for many years. However, the safety of your children is a priority and these protocols add another layer of protection. Visitors not following these safety procedures will be asked to leave the campus and might be prevented from future visits.

I appreciate your support and help in providing a safe campus for our students.

Cathryn Mitchell, Ph.D
Diane Gorzycki Middle School Principal
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After School Events--Parent Pick Up

Parents as a reminder...
Students need to be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of an after school activity. This includes athletic games, dances, practices, etc. If a parent fails to pick up their student, AISD Police and an administrator are notified if either aren't already in attendance at an activity. Late pick up may result in students being denied the privilege of attending upcoming after school events. More information related to after school activity expectations can be found on pages 8 - 9 in the GMS student planner.

Athletic events do not have a set end time, especially volleyball games. Administration and AISD Police tell all students during the last game to call home. If a student is waiting until after the game is over to call home, they are not following directions and probably will not be picked up within the 10 minute expectation.

As another reminder, GMS administration does not attend all athletic events, only the ones that are considered home games. This means events at Burger Stadium/Gym may not have a GMS administrator on site. This is a large facility and students could be monitored by another AISD administrator and Police Officer.

Thank you,

Cathryn Mitchell, Ph.D
Diane Gorzycki Middle School Principal
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