May 2017

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are deeply committed to offering excellent educational experiences for our students and we want to keep you informed of upcoming events, successes and happenings in GPISD.

This is our third month bringing you this newsletter packed with information on recent happenings, upcoming program opportunities and even some success plans for your students.

In Galena Park ISD, our students are extremely important to us, and so are you. Please enjoy this edition of a newsletter especially designed for you.

Thank you for staying connected!


One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day.

Benefits of daily attendance...

By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and take quizzes and tests on time.

There are other benefits as well:

  • Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass reading and math assessments than students who do not attend school regularly.
  • Opportunity: For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about college and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important exams they need to build a successful academic record.
  • Exposure to the English language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately — even in other subjects!
  • Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
  • The importance of education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family.

Thank you for sending you child to school daily!


Click on GPISD SCHOOL CALENDAR to view the district calendar


Click on GPISD TESTING CALENDAR to view the testing calendar

2017 GPISD School Calendar

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


Because students spend so much time in school, our schools offer a critically important opportunity to ensure that all students get the support and help they need to reach their full potential. Studies show schools that embrace character education become places people want to be because they bring out the best in everyone.

In Galena Park ISD, our goal is to produce productive citizens and life-long learners, and character education is one way we are approaching this goal.

The Character Education Theme for this month is TRUSTWORTHINESS.

Trustworthiness is keeping your promises to foster trust. People know you will follow through and do what you promised to do, so they will be able to put their trust in you. Always looking for a way out of what you promised will make people have less trust in you. If you want to be viewed as a responsible and trustworthy person, keep your promises.

Please take a moment to talk to your child about this month's character education theme and what it means to them. Administrators and teachers will be highlighting students who exhibit this character during the month of May.

Help Protect Your Family's Identity

Click on the link to learn how to protect your family from identity theft.


Third Grade Students Celebrate Texas Reads One Book

On Monday, April 3, Galena Park ISD third graders joined Dallas Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, as he kicked off Texas Reads One Book with his videotaped reading of the first chapter of The Lemonade War. Every student received their own copy of the book, and many elementary campuses went all out to create excitement for the event by decorating hallways and classrooms.

During the next three weeks, families will take up where Coach Garrett left off, reading a chapter from the book each night. Daily trivia questions, discussions, and other activities in the classroom ensure that reading takes center stage in the home, school and community throughout the duration of the program. The Texas Reads One Book program’s goal is to encourage family involvement in the reading process and boost student engagement with books.

We Love Parent Volunteers

Parental involvement is one of GPISD's greatest strengths. We believe that the education of children requires a partnership with their parents. On any given day, you can find parents volunteering on their child’s home campus. Their involvement and support is exceptional and has truly helped make GPISD the best district in the state of Texas.

If you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer, please contact your child's campus.

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Congratulations to Elena Gonzalez, Cloverleaf Elementary Parent Volunteer!

Green Valley Elementary Parent Award Assembly

On March 31, Green Valley Elementary held their annual Parent Award Assembly to honor the parents of students who had perfect attendance for the third nine weeks!

The parents were awarded a certificate of appreciation by Principal Devost. This assembly gives the staff and teachers at Green Valley a chance to show their appreciation to the parents who make sure their children are at school on time and attend school each day. Green Valley also held a raffle and two lucky parents walked away with a basket full of goodies for their families!

The students who have perfect attendance are awarded with a sock hop each Friday!

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Students entering grade 10th-12th are invited to College Boot Camp. During the boot camp, student will learn about college admissions, scholarships, ACT/SAT practice, college visits and more!

Deadline to register is Friday, June 2, 2017.

For more information, click the link below.

Click on the link to learn more about phase 3


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Relay for Life Cancer Walk

Friday, May 5th, 6pm-1am

North Shore 9th Grade Campus Track

Donate Today

Your money helps the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, crucial patient care services, and prevention and early detection programs. When you donate, you help save lives.

GPISD Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, May 8th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX

Galena Park Elementary - 85 Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, May 16th, 4pm

401 North Main Street

Galena Park, TX

Please join Galena Park as they celebrate 85 years of educating students.

NSSHS Graduation

Sunday, May 21st, 10am

NRG Parkway

Houston, TX

GPHS Graduation

Sunday, May 21st, 2pm

NRG Parkway

Houston, TX

Sam Houston Elementary - 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, May 23rd, 4:30pm

4101 East Sam Houston Parkway North

Houston, TX

Please join Sam Houston as they celebrate 10 years of educating students.

Woodland Acres Middle School - 70 Year Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, May 25th, 4:30pm

12947 Myrtle Lane

Houston, TX

Please join Woodland Acres as they celebrate 70 years of educating students.

The Mission of Galena Park ISD

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