September 2019

GPISD Parent Newsletter

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope your child(ren) had a great first week of school and are looking forward to the school year!

The Galena Park Independent School District values our students and parents. You are an essential piece to our puzzle and we are looking forward to serving you.

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

Thank you for taking the time to stay connected!

A Message from the Superintendent....

Welcome back to another exciting school year in the Galena Park Independent School District! Each new year provides an opportunity to use the accomplishments of the past as the starting point for even greater successes going forward. As we begin the year, please know our goal remains the same – to provide the BEST education possible for all students in our District.

The 2019-2020 school year is officially underway and our top priority in Galena Park I.S.D. is to provide a safe and secure environment for our students to flourish. We seek nothing but the best for our community. Quality facilities, dedicated employees, eager students and supportive parents serve as the ingredients for an excellent education. We are committed to giving 100 percent each and every day of the school year to prepare our students to be successful in the path they choose – whether it’s college, a career, or service in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In Galena Park I.S.D., it’s all about Excellence! We have a legacy of success in the classroom and on the athletic and performance fields. We will continue to celebrate history while embracing the future.

Thank you for the tremendous role you play in educating our community’s most valuable resource – our children.


Angi M. Williams, Ed.D.

We are More Than One Score

Galena Park I.S.D. earned an 88 (B) in the Texas Education Agency's letter-grade Accountability System. Please click to read Galena Park I.S.D.'s More Than One Score publication.

First Week of School Pictures!

GPISD Fathers Take Your Children to School Day

Galena Park Independent School District invites fathers and father figures to participate in GPISD's Fathers Take Your Children to School Day on Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Fathers and men across the community are invited to take an active role in their child’s education on this special day.

We appreciate you being actively involved in your child's education and making a commitment to participating.

Link to sign up:

Galena Park I.S.D. Welcomes Two New Board Members

At the August Galena Park I.S.D. (GPISD) Board of Trustees meeting, Noe Esparza and Norma Hernandez were sworn in by Judge Joe Stephens to fill Position 6 and Position 7 of the GPISD Board. The vacancy in Position 6 was created by the resignation of Trustee Minnie Rivera. Position 7 became vacant upon the passing of long-time Board member, Dawn Fisher.

Noe Esparza, appointed to fill Position 6, is a graduate of Galena Park High School. He works as a Regional Director at the Donaldson Company, and has attended San Jacinto College-North and the University of Houston. Mr. Esparza is married, and is the proud father of two sons, both of whom have graduated from GPISD schools. He remarked, “I want to serve our community and see our children succeed.”

Norma Hernandez, appointed to fill Position 7, is a graduate of Harlingen High School, the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Texas Southern University. She is a former teacher and registrar, having served 38 years at Galena Park High School until her retirement in 2017. She is married, and her two adult daughters are graduates of Galena Park High School. She looks forward to working with her new colleagues on the Galena Park I.S.D. Board of Trustees “to give back to the District that has played such an important part in [her] life.”

The appointments of both Norma Hernandez and Noe Esparza were unanimously approved by the Board. Ramon Garza, Board President, stated, “While we will truly miss both Ms. Rivera and Mrs. Fisher and are forever grateful for their service to our students, the Board is excited to welcome our new colleagues, who bring their own perspectives, experiences and knowledge. We look forward to serving our great community with Mrs. Hernandez and Mr. Esparza as part of our Team of 8.”

August Board Meeting Recognitions

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

  • Patti Bell of 'Dream It. Do It.' Southeast Texas and the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region for their outstanding leadership and commitment to the promotion, and continuous improvement of GPISD's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program;
  • Renee Cantu for being an outstanding parent volunteer at North Shore Elementary, Cobb 6th Grade Campus, and North Shore Senior High School;
  • The NSSHS Calculator Applications Teams and Accounting Team for competing and placing in the 2019 UIL State Academic Meet; and
  • GPISD employees were recognized for their new administrative positions.
Galena Park Schools - News Publication

Back to school news you can use... click on the link to read our GPS Back to School Edition. Here you will find bus routes, dress code and much more!

September Mental Health Tip

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month- a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected.

Click the picture below for more information.

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September 2 - Labor Day, District Holiday


September 16 - Open House, NS 9th Grade Center

September 16 - Open House, Early College High School (CTE ECHS)

September 16 - Open House, Zotz Education Center

September 17 or September 19 - Open House, Elementary Schools

September 24 - Open House for All Middle Schools

September 26 - Open House, Cobb 6th Grade Campus

September 23 - Open House, GPHS, NS 10th Grade Center and NSSH

Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, Sep. 9th, 6pm

Galena Park I.S.D. Administration Building- Board Room

Administration Building address: 14705 Woodforest Boulevard, Houston, TX 77015

Summer Graduation

Monday, Sep. 9th, 7pm

North Shore Senior High School Auditorium

North Shore Senior High address: 353 Castlegory Road, Houston, TX

GPISD Fathers Take Your Children To School Day

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 7am

At your child's campus

2019 GPISD School Calendar

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

Stay Connected with GPISD

  1. GPISD website-
  2. GPISD mobile app
  3. Facebook- @GPISD
  4. Twitter- @GalenaParkISD
  5. YouTube-

The Mission of Galena Park I.S.D.

The mission of Galena Park I.S.D. 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.