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Board Notes: January 10, 2017

Getting a head start on future literary careers, 18 Garland ISD fourth, fifth and sixth-graders received recognition during the district’s Jan. 10 board meeting as published authors. Trustees awarded them Evidence of Excellence certificates for winning the 2016 I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids contest. They are among just 70 students to have short stories and poems selected for a recently-released anthology.

College prep resources support future-ready students

Facing intense entrance exams, an ultra-competitive acceptance process and a new chapter in life, high schoolers are under a lot of stress when it comes to planning for college. Luckily, Garland ISD boasts a plethora of resources to get students ready, including free tests, personalized practice and tuition assistance.

Choice of School period opens soon

While most other districts require students to attend the school closest to home, Garland ISD gives its students the unique opportunity to attend any campus. Families with students in grades 5-11 can make their top three selections from Jan. 30-Feb. 28.

TechFest promises fun, prizes, information

Enjoy a free night of family fun at GISD’s second-annual technology event. Formerly named Digital Resources Carnival, TechFest features interactive and innovative instructional tools, tips to stay safe online, virtual reality activities, programmable robots and much more.

GEF, community partners reward staff

The Garland ISD Education Foundation (GEF) started the giving season early, surprising dozens of staff members with grants and scholarships in November. The GEF Prize Posse delivered $35,000 in grants and $12,000 in scholarships to teachers and paraprofessionals during its fall blitz.

GISD, TI and UTD partner to pilot after-school program

Webb Middle School and Sachse High School students are among the first in the world to use a new technological tool, thanks to an after-school program pilot. The campuses, Texas Instruments (TI) and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) teamed up to launch TI-Innovator clubs this fall.

Cybersafety art yields awareness, rewards

Garland ISD is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students and employees. That is why the district hosts Cybersafety Week, a yearly observation in which information and tips are integrated into classroom activities.

GISD students accept Joy Maker Challenge

Spreading joy by serving others, students at Parsons Prekindergarten School and Pathfinder Achievement Center donated bags of brand new toys to Hope’s Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) Dec. 13.

Annual greeting card contest crowns winners

Garland ISD kicks off its annual Fifth Grade Greeting Card Contest in November, inviting elementary schools to submit one entry each. District judges then cast their votes in December, and the top three designs are chosen as winners.