November 2017

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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!


All students will continue to receive FREE breakfast for the remainder of the year.

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On October 21, East Harris County Empowerment Council, partnered with Delivering Good and Galena Park ISD to provide relief to families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Delivering Good provided clothes, shoes, household supplies, car seats, playpens and much more to community members to assist with the rebuilding process post-Hurricane Harvey. Nearly 100 families, who signed up in advance, were served at North Shore Middle School.

Thank you to Galena Park ISD's Superintendent's Student Advisory Board members, Michael Garza and Liliana Nieto (pictured below), the North Shore Senior High School Interact Club, North Shore Middle School administrators, East Harris County Empowerment Council, Delivering Good, and the many GPISD central office administrators who spent their weekend giving back -- We are GPISD STRONG!

If you were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and are in need of clothing and household items you may complete a needs assessment at They will contact you to let you know if you qualify, and the date and time of the next distribution.

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2017 GPISD FFA Livestock Show Schedule

When you support students in the GPISD Livestock Show, you provide opportunities for students to chart their future educational and career endeavors. GPISD will not host a traditional Livestock Show & Auction this year; however, you may still support financially by becoming a sponsor.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Francis Torres or Dr. Melissa Botkin at 832-386-1548. Thank you for investing in our community's future leaders!

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How To Access Your Child's STAAR Scores

Did you know you can access your student's STAAR scores on the Texas Assessment Management Parent Portal?

Just go to their webpage,

If you do not know your student's access code click on "Look Up Access Code" in blue beneath the login area. The PEIMS ID code is your student's state ID or Social Security Number without any dashes.

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Pre-K Family Literacy Camp

Join GPISD on November 4 for the Pre-K Literacy Camp! We will have plenty of activities and be giving away free books! Parents must RSVP by October 30!

To register, visit:

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Cunningham Middle School Student Qualifies for National Golf Tournament

Houston, Texas: Cunningham Middle School student and local golf phenom, Allyn Stephens, has qualified to compete at The Masters Golf Tournament after winning the Drive Chip and Putt Championship- Regional Competition at Carlton Woods on Sunday, October 8.

The Chip and Putt Championship is a nationwide junior golf competition for girls and boys ages 7-15. This tournament provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers from all over the country.

In April 2018, Stephens and 80 junior golfers will be traveling to Augusta, Georgia to compete at the Drive Chip and Putt National Championship before the Masters Tournament.

Congratulations, Allyn!

GPISD Fathers Take Your Children To School Day

On Wednesday, January 17, GPISD fathers and father figures are invited to participate in our Fathers Take Your Children to School Day! On this morning, fathers and father figures will come together to take an active role in their child's education.

Please click the link below to sign up for GPISD Fathers Take Your Children to School Day!

2017 GPISD School Calendar

Click on the 2017 GPISD SCHOOL CALENDAR link to view the 2017-2018 district calendar

Internet Safety is taught to all students in Galena Park ISD in Kindergarten through 12th grades. All lessons are grade appropriate and address many different topics including keeping personal information private, cyberbullying, showing respect online, and speaking to an adult in the event that there is a problem while online. Please visit our Digital Citizenship page for more information:

The theme for the 2017-18 Internet Safety Poster Contest is "Digital Stranger Danger." Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are eligible to participate. Projects will be due March 2, 2018. All details for the contest can be found in the General Participation Rules.

Online Safety Information

From cyber bullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety, the Connecting Families program helps parents address important topics and have meaningful conversations with their kids about making great choices in their digital lives.

Please visit the Common Sense Education- Family Tip sheet for more information:

Harris County Clerks Step Up to Serve

On November 7, the 2017 General and Special Elections will be taking place in Harris County and we need YOU to serve as an Election Day poll worker!

The Harris County Clerk's Office is needing bilingual English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese speakers to volunteer for the election!

Students 16+ years of age can volunteer!

For more information, visit their webpage at

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We Love Our Community Partners

On October 12, Galena Park ISD held their annual Community Leadership Council (CLC) meeting for local community and business leaders. The leadership council had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Williams and her administrative cabinet to learn of the great things happening in the District!

During the meeting, the CLC and cabinet members participated in a group activity to discuss and work collaboratively to develop a plan to communicate the importance of voting. The CLC shared their great ideas on how to increase voter registration and participation and reduce voter apathy. We are looking forward to implementing their suggestions during the 2018 Primary Election.

“A great way to get students involved would be to hold a pep rally on the first day of early voting,” said CLC member, Senator Sylvia Garcia. “The pep rally will get students excited about voting.”

We would like to thank the CLC members for attending the meeting and we look forward to future collaboration with them at the next meeting!

GPISD Retired Educators' Luncheon

On Thursday, October 19, Galena Park ISD hosted the annual Retired Educators' Luncheon to share all of the excellent things going on at GPISD this year.

Once a year, GPISD hosts the luncheon to thank our retired educators for their instrumental work in our community and schools. Through their years and decades of dedication to the GPISD community, these retirees have helped shape the district into what it is today and they continue to make a huge impact on the community.

We are so thankful to have the retired educators as apart of our family!

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Support GPISD Athletics Programs

Click on the link above to view schedules

Support GPISD Fine Arts Programs

Click on the link above to view fine arts program schedules.

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Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, Nov. 13th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX

Community Council PTA

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 10am

1025 Oates Road

Houston, TX

PTA members, parents, and community members are encouraged to attend.


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Click on link for updates

November is National Child Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, learning healthy social skills, and how to cope when there are problems (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). The most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and behavior disorders.

Healthcare professionals use the guidelines in The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to help diagnose mental health disorders in children. Other conditions and concerns that affect children’s learning, behavior, and emotions include learning and developmental disabilities, autism, and risk factors such as substance use and self-harm.

We can help! For assistance with any of these concerns with your child, please contact your child’s school counselor. The school counselors will work with the District’s Lead Crisis Responders, Dr. Mechelle Epps and Dr. Karen Haynes, to provide intervention services.

Early Childhood Intervention Matters to All of US!


1 American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. Arlington, VA., American Psychiatric Association, 2013.


The Mission of Galena Park ISD

The mission of Galena Park ISD is to prepare students to become productive citizens and life-long learners.