ConnectEd February/March 2017 - Page 3

Register for the 15th-annual GEF Golf Tournament Friday , April 7 , at Firewheel Golf Park . Call 972-487-3254 or visit www . gisdedfoundation . org for more information . february / march 2017

Countdown to

COMMENCEMENT

Graduation ceremonies for Garland ISD ’ s Class of 2017 will be held June 1-3 at the Curtis Culwell Center .
June 1
4 p . m .
Memorial Pathway Academy
8 p . m .
North Garland High School
June 2
4:30 p . m . Naaman Forest High School 8:30 p . m . Lakeview Centennial High School
June 3
8 a . m .
Garland High School
noon
Sachse High School
4 p . m .
South Garland High School
8 p . m .
Rowlett High School
Make sure you ’ re ready with directions , tips and other important information . Scan the QR code or visit www . garlandisd . net / graduation .

District of Innovation 4 • 1 • 1

Ever heard the term District of Innovation ? Wonder what it means for GISD ? The Texas Legislature created this opportunity , which gives public school districts more local control to better serve the unique needs of students and communities . For example , state law keeps districts from starting a new school year before the fourth Monday in August . Districts of Innovation , however , have the flexibility to choose an earlier date .
GISD has begun exploring a District of Innovation status . Trustees launched the process with a resolution and then held a public hearing to gain much-needed feedback . The District Education Improvement Council has been tasked with developing a potential innovation plan . Once complete , the public will receive a second opportunity to weigh in before board consideration . To learn more about the potential benefits of becoming a District of Innovation , visit www . garlandisd . net / district-innovation .

I pledge to exercise every day .

Get healthy while helping Garland ISD

The It ’ s Time Texas Community Challenge pits cities and school districts against one another to see which has the greatest commitment to healthy living . Students , staff , parents and community members are encouraged to register online at www . ittcommunitychallenge . com . Make sure to select Garland , Rowlett or Sachse as the community when signing up .
Challenge participants can earn points for their city and GISD just by registering . Posting healthy selfies , tracking physical activity and weight loss , hosting fitness-focused events , etc ., earn additional points ranging from 50-20,000 . The community and school district with the highest total on March 31 will win not only a title , but a cash prize as well .

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Turning dreams into reality , the Garland ISD Education Foundation ( GEF ) gifts thousands of dollars each year . Don ’ t miss your chance to help support innovative teaching grants , student scholarships and more .

Register for the 15th-annual GEF Golf Tournament Friday , April 7 , at Firewheel Golf Park . Call 972-487-3254 or visit www . gisdedfoundation . org for more information . february / march 2017