October 2018

GPISD Parent Newsletter

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

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!

Superintendent's Message

A famous person once said, “Elections have consequences.” The point being made was officials who are elected to represent us and the passage of laws we are asked to follow are determined by a majority of citizens who choose to participate in the voting process.

Galena Park ISD encourages our community and employees to exercise their rights to participate in the civic process. Registering to vote provides you with an opportunity to voice your opinion. Unfortunately, many registered voters choose to remain silent by not taking the next step and actually casting their ballot on Election Day.

While it is quite common to complain about less than stellar elected officials or unjust laws, we all have an opportunity to elect qualified representation and/or rebuke injustice, but only if we vote. Exercise your rights, speak loudly as a citizen. Remember, “Your vote is your voice!”


Angi M. Williams, Ed.D.

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!
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Exercise Your Right to Vote

For more information about voting, click the link above!


Attendance Matters!

Galena Park ISD believes student attendance should always be a top priority, so we are excited to announce the start of our Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow campaign while celebrating School Priority Month in October!

When students miss school, they miss out! Your child’s daily, on-time attendance is critical to their success in school. And while some challenges to your child’s school attendance are unavoidable, it’s important to understand the impact of each absence. Did you know a student is considered chronically absent if they miss only two days of school per month (18 days in a year), whether the absences are excused or unexcused? Research from AbsencesAddUp.org shows that even one year with chronic absences can cause a child to fall behind academically and decrease their chances of graduating from high school.

The good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life! As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. By figuring out the reasons for your child’s absences and taking advantage of district support services, you can help set your child on the path to success!

Be sure to follow Galena Park ISD throughout the year on Twitter and Facebook for weekly messages, and be on the lookout for more information in each month’s parent newsletter. Remember, students who Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow. Don’t let absences add up.

Congratulations to our Summer Graduates!

We are so proud of the 23 students who walked across the stage to receive their high school diploma on Monday, September 10!


To view the photos, click the link below:


Galena Park High School Crowns 2018 Homecoming King and Queen

On Friday night, September 14, Galena Park High School held their homecoming game against Baytown Lee.

During halftime, Hugo Martinez and Yadira Quintero were announced as the 2018 Homecoming King and Queen. Martinez is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact Club and Science National Honor Society. He also serves as the Senior Class Vice President. After high school, Martinez plans to major in biotechnology or biology and become a doctor. Quintero is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society and LULAC. After high school, she plans to major in communication sciences and disorders to become a speech pathologist for children.

Principal's Month

In honor of Principals Month, Galena Park ISD would like to recognize our 26 principals for their hard work and dedication!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared October 2018 to be Principals Month and acknowledged all elementary, middle and high school principals for setting the academic tone for their schools and working collaboratively with teachers to set high curriculum standards for students.

“As school leaders, principals are entrusted with our most valuable resource- the children of this great state,” said Governor Abbott.

GPISD would like to thank our principals for everything they do!

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Fathers Take Your Children to School Day pictures

We would like to thank all of the fathers/ father figures who came to Fathers Take Your Children to School Day on Wednesday, September 19!

We are so happy to announce we had 2,028 fathers/ father figures participate this year!


We Love Our Volunteers

On Friday, September 14, Mrs. Aidaded “Ida” Rocha, Galena Park ISD volunteer, was recognized in Austin for being selected as a 2018 Heroes for Children honoree by the State Board of Education!

The Heroes for Children award recognized 15 honorees for their volunteerism in the public schools in their community. Rocha received a plaque recognizing her service to Galena Park ISD, and her name is also engraved on a permanent display at the Texas Education Agency.

After Hurricane Harvey devastated our area, Rocha created an “Adopt a Child” initiative, which coordinates with social service workers to help students whose families are facing financial hardship. This initiative provides students with clothes, shoes, glasses and registration fees for activities


Galena Park ISD would like to thank Ms. Rocha for her years of dedication to GPISD and congratulate her on winning this prestigious award!

Retired Educators

On Friday, September 21, Galena Park ISD hosted a retired educators’ luncheon to share all of the excellent things going on at GPISD schools this year.

Once a year, GPISD hosts the retired educators’ luncheon to thank retired educators for their instrumental work in our community and schools. Through their years and decades of dedication to GPISD, these retirees have helped shape the district into what it is today and continue to make a huge impact on the community. During the luncheon, they learned about exciting things that will happen during the 2018-2019 school year.

"This event is near and dear to my heart," said Charmaine Hines, retired educator. "It's so nice to remain apart of a school community that is progressive and keeps the community involved."

Many of the retired educators look forward to this event each year, because of the chance to catch up with colleagues they haven’t seen in a while.

We are so thankful to have the retired educators as apart of our family and are extremely grateful for their years at GPISD.

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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: https://www.tasb.org/Services/Communications-and-PR/Student-Video/Winning-Videos-2017.aspx

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!

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October 8- Columbus Day (student holiday)

NSSH Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018; at 5:00 p.m.

The route will run from the 9th Grade Center to the Senior High down Freeport and Evanston streets.

Dedication Ceremony - North Shore Elementary School

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 9:30am

14310 Duncannon Drive

Houston, TX

Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 6pm

14705 Woodforest Boulevard

Houston, TX


Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 9pm

353 N. Castlegory Road, Houston, TX, USA

Dedication Ceremony - North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center

Monday, Oct. 15th, 9:30am

353 North Castlegory

Houston, TX

Dedication Ceremony - Woodland Acres Elementary

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 9:15am

12936 Sarahs Lane

Houston, TX

Dedication Ceremony - Galena Park Elementary School

Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am

401 North Main Street

Galena Park, TX

Galena Park ISD Marching Band Festival

Saturday, October 6

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Election Day Poll Workers

In an effort to recruit Election Day poll workers, including bilingual English and Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese speakers, for the upcoming November 6, 2018 General and Special Elections, the Harris County Clerk’s Elections division is once again launching the Step up to Serve campaign!

Click the link below for more information:

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.