November 2018

GPISD Parent Newsletter

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

In Galena Park ISD, we have so much to be thankful for. We serve over 22,000 students every day and we are tremendously thankful for the opportunity to touch so many lives. This season of Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect and think of the many reasons there are to be grateful. Thank you for sharing your most prized possession with us--your child! We value our students and parents and we know you are an essential piece to our puzzle.

As a District, we will continue to share reminders, updates, and successes monthly to keep you connected.

Thank you for taking the time to stay connected

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we prepare to take a short break from school for the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who makes it possible for our students to come to school every day, on time, and ready to learn. We would like to thank our students and families for making daily attendance a priority, our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place to learn! All of our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need. We appreciate each one of you so much!

The Thanksgiving break will begin on Monday, November 19th and school will resume on Monday, November 26th. We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra days off before and/or after the holiday break. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to lost learning time and leave your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school! Thank you for making your child’s attendance a priority, and we look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving break.

Remember, students who Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. Don’t let absences add up.
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Exercise Your Right to Vote

For more information about voting, click the link above!

2018-2019 TASB Student Video Contest

Rural, urban, big, small—no two Texas public schools are the same but each one is excellent in its own way, and we want to celebrate that!

Collaborate with your classmates to come up with a creative video telling the world:

  • What you love about your school
  • What makes your school a special place
  • Why Texas public schools are awesome

Important dates

  • Video submissions begin: December 3, 2018
  • Online application available: December 3, 2018

Check out some of the 2017 winning videos for some ideas:

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North Shore Senior High School Crowns 2018 Homecoming King and Queen

On Friday night, October 12, North Shore Senior High held their homecoming game against Deer Park High School. The Mustangs beat the Deer with a score of 75-13.

During halftime, Malcolm Montgomery and Diamond Simon were announced as the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen. Montgomery is a member of the Interact Club, National Honor Society and serves as president of the Debate Team. After high school, he plans to major in criminal justice and minor in political science with an emphasis in pre-law. Montgomery wants to be a prosecutor and his ultimate goal is to become a Supreme Court Justice. Simon is an active member of the community, she works at a local daycare and coaches little league cheer. After high school, she plans to major in accounting at Texas State University. Her goal is to be an accountant and to eventually be a tax office owner.

Galena Park ISD Students Honored at the iWRITE Luncheon and Book Signing Event

On October 27, Houston nonprofit, iWRITE Literacy Organization, honored student authors and illustrators across the state of Texas at the 9th Annual iWRITE Luncheon & Book Signing, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids.

iWRITE offers students in grades 3 through 12 the opportunity to submit short stories, poems and artwork to an annual publishing contest. Each year, 65 winners are selected to be published in an anthology and are invited to a book signing celebration to honor them for their hard work. This event helps raise awareness for children’s literacy and inspires kids to write their own stories.

Erika Guy and Jaley Mitchell, North Shore Middle School students; Jeffrey McCue, Galena Park High School student; Alexis Hoeller, Autumn McMillan, Diego Salazar and Christopher Valdez, North Shore Senior High students, were honored at the luncheon as published student authors in the 9th anthology, I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids.

Congratulations to these seven GPISD students who are now published authors! Keep up the great work!

Markerspaces Invade GPISD Libraries

The makerspace movement has arrived in Galena Park ISD! Makerspaces encourage students to share skills, ideas and supplies while boosting creativity, collaboration, communication and problem solving.

On Monday, October 8, all district librarians and assistants received training on incorporating makerspaces in libraries to support a variety of curriculum areas. Training included hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, build and invent while incorporating collaboration, problem solving, science, engineering, art and following directions.

It was an amazing day filled with fun learning!

Mental Health Tips for Home

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Perfect Match

On Season 2, Episode 4 of Perfect Match, we are highlighting the partnership between Harris County Sheriff's Office and the North Shore Senior High Criminal Justice Program.
Andrea Torres, former NSSHS criminal justice student, graduated from the Harris County Sheriff Office Academy!
Congratulations, Andrea!

Dr. Williams Meets With Her Advisory Groups Annually

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Thanksgiving Break: November 19-23

GPISD Livestock Show

Monday, Nov. 12th, 3:30pm to Thursday, Nov. 15th, 6:30pm

2003 Holland Avenue

Houston, TX

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, Nov. 12th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX


Tuesday, Nov. 13th, 10am

12936 Sarahs Lane

Houston, TX

GPISD College Night

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6-8pm

1000 Keene Street

Galena Park, TX

GPISD Livestock Awards

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 3:30pm

2003 Holland Avenue

Houston, TX

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Do you ever wonder how we prepare for school closures?

In the video below, you will learn about the steps we take in preparation for school closure!

Bond 2016 Update

We are so excited to showcase our four new facilities and all of their amenities! New traditions are beginning for North Shore Elementary, North Shore 10th Grade Center, Galena Park Elementary and Woodland Acres Elementary.

We would like to thank YOU for your continued support of the Bond 2016 project.

Click on link for updates

2018 GPISD School Calendar

Click on the 2018 GPISD SCHOOL CALENDAR link to view the 2018-2019 district calendar

The Mission of Galena Park ISD

The mission of Galena Park ISD is to prepare students to become productive citizens and life-long learners.
The Galena Park Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boys Scouts and other designated youth groups.