May 2019

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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.

May is STAAR and EOC testing month, we want to wish all of our students good luck on their test.

Here are a few tips for a successful STAAR/EOC Testing Week:

1. Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep!

2. Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast!

3. Build up your child's confidence!

4. Support and praise your child for their hard work!

5. Leave a special note in their lunch box!

6. Celebrate when testing is complete!

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!

Save the Date!

All currently enrolled students who will be attending a GPISD school for the 2019-2020 school year are required to complete Returning Student Verification (RSV). Once again, this will be a two-part process.

1) Proof of Residence (delivered to your child's campus)- April 8-May 3

2) Online Skyward Registration- July 2019

Any returning parent who does not provide the Proof of Residence to the campus by May 3rd will need to appear in person during New Student Enrollment.

Additional RSV information can be found on the GPISD website.

Link to RSV webpage:

May's Attendance Letter

Student attendance is especially important in May as students prepare for end-of-year assessments, while counting down the days to summer break.

A growing body of research shows a correlation between high rates of absenteeism and lower standardized test scores. In fact, a 2014 study by Attendance Works found that students who miss more school than their peers score lower on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). This is true at every age, in every racial and ethnic group and in every city and state examined. This is particularly alarming when you consider the fact that student performance on standardized tests directly affects their ability to graduate from high school and could impact future opportunities for them to attend college or get a good job.

The good news is, research also shows that when we turn around chronic absenteeism, we can turn around the trajectory of a student’s academic career. By monitoring your child’s attendance and ensuring they come to school daily, we can put students back on track for success.

In addition to end-of-year testing, there are always fun events happening in May that your child won’t want to miss! Find out what activities are taking place at your child’s school this month to help encourage him or her to come to school every day. Remember, students who Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. Don’t let absences add up.

Spiro Amarantos Comes Home as Yellow Jackets' New Head Coach

Galena Park ISD would like to welcome back Coach Spiro Amarantos as the head coach for the Galena Park High School (GPHS) football team.

Coach Amarantos is a 1989 Galena Park High School graduate. He also attended Galena Park Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary and Galena Park Middle School. He was a three- year letterman on the varsity football team and played as a cornerback and receiver. He credits Coach Bill Cook and the rest of the GPHS coaching staff for instilling many values in him, many of which he still carries to this day.

After high school, Coach Amarantos attended San Jacinto College then transferred to the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he returned to his roots to begin a career in education at Woodland Acres Middle School eventually becoming a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Galena Park High School. After 15 years at GPISD, Coach Amarantos went to Summer Creek High School to coach for three years then went to Porter High School. When the position for the Galena Park High School head coach opened, it was a no brainer for him to come back to the community that means so much to him.

On Wednesday, April 17, Coach Amarantos met the players for the first time and expressed to the Yellow Jackets this is their chance to have a fresh start and be a part of the foundation to turn this organization around into the direction they want to go. He also shared the four pillars they will focus on Culture, Grit, Sacrifice and Family.

“We want to develop a culture of winning, believing in each other, service to our families and community,” Coach Amarantos said. “All of this together will allow us to leave a legacy.”

We are looking forward to the 2019-2020 Yellow Jacket football season.

2019 GPISD School Calendar

Click on the 2019 GPISD SCHOOL CALENDAR link to view the 2019-2020 district calendar

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Updating Your Blackboard ParentLink Information

Are you receiving text messages, emails or calls from GPISD in the wrong language or not receiving any messages/calls?

If you are having any of these issues, the information we have on file for your child(ren) may be out of date!

You will need to provide the following information to update your ParentLink Portal:

  • Your child's name
  • Your child's campus
  • Your child's date of birth
  • Your name
  • The updated phone number and email address

To update your information, you can contact the Communications Department several different ways:

1. Email us at

2. Call 832-386-1505

3. Call 832-386-1253

College Readiness

College Tuition Information

Click the College Bound picture on the left to see which colleges are offering FREE tuition based on family income.

**note: students MUST be accepted to the college in order to qualify for the free tuition offers

ACT/SAT Tutorial and Test Dates

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April Board Meeting Recognitions

Dr. Angi Williams, Superintendent of Schools, recognized the following:

  • Mr. Jordan Warton of GE Aero Energy for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the promotion, and continuous improvement of GPISD's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program
  • Marylou Hernandez for being an outstanding parent volunteer at Pyburn Elementary School.
  • Rocio Flores for being an outstanding parent volunteer at Woodland Acres Elementary School.
  • Olga Garcia for being an outstanding parent volunteer at Woodland Acres Middle School
  • The Business Services Department for earning the Association of School Business Officials and Meritorious Budget Award for the 2018-2019 budget year.
  • The Communications Service Department for receiving 17 awards at the Texas School Public Relations Association 2019 Star Awards Contest.
  • Blair Overman, autism specialist, for going above and beyond the call of duty to help a child in need.
  • Maria Cortes, Galena Park High School student, received the Harris County Department of Education Superintendent's Award for her drawing titled "Spiralling"
  • North Shore Senior High Basketball players, coaches, managers and student trainers for their outstanding basketball season.

Additional recognitions at the meeting were:

  • Dawn Fisher, in remembrance of her 17 years of service to the Board of Trustees
  • Galena Park ISD Librarians
May Mental Health Tip

Read all about Mental Health Awareness Month

Support GPISD Athletic Department

Click on the link above to view athletic schedules.
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District Holidays

May 27: Memorial Day

Testing Dates

Tuesday, May 7: US History EOC

Wednesday, May 8: English I EOC

Thursday, May 9: Biology EOC

Monday, May 13: Grade 3-4 and Grade 6-7 mathematics

Tuesday, May 14: Grade 3-4 and Grade 6-7 reading

Wednesday, May 15: Algebra II EOC

Wednesday, May 15: Grade 5 and 8 science

Thursday, May 16: Grade 8 social studies

May Observance Days

May 1-31: GPISD Internet Safety Month

May 1-31: Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 2: National Day of Prayer

May 3: Generation TX Day

May 5-12: National Music Week

May 6-10: National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8: National School Nurse Day

May 15: Peace Officer Memorial Day

May 19-25: National Educational Bosses’ Week

May 22: Educational Bosses’ Day

May 27: Memorial Day (District Holiday)

Relay for Life

Friday, May 3rd, 6pm

13501 Hollypark Drive

Houston, TX

Relay for Life will be held at the North Shore 9th Grade Center Track!

Come out and show your support for the American Cancer Society

Green Valley Elementary 60th Anniversary

Tuesday, May 7th, 4-6pm

13350 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX

Please join Green Valley Elementary as they celebrate 60 years of educating students!

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, May 13th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX

Community Council PTA

Tuesday, May 21st, 10am

13801 Hollypark Drive

Houston, TX

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

Location: Zotz Education Center

Mental Health Awareness Fair

Thursday, May 23rd, 5-7pm

13801 Hollypark Drive

Houston, TX

5th Grade Olympiad

Friday, May 24th, 8am-2pm

15025 Wallisville Road

Houston, TX

Jacinto City Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, May 29th, 10am

10910 Wiggins Street

Houston, TX

ECHS, GPHS, NSSHS Commencement Ceremonies

Sunday, June 2nd, 10am

NRG Parkway

Houston, TX

NSSHS Graduation Ceremony: 9AM

GPHS Graduation Ceremony: 1PM

ECHS Graduation Ceremony: 4PM

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Have you downloaded our GPISD App yet?

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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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The Mission of Galena Park ISD

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