District Update

6.22.21

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History of Galveston

Students studying history at Ball High School will now be studying Ball High School in history, among other things. It’s all part of a new course created and taught by William Schuster. The History of Galveston is now an official course selection that will spend an entire semester focusing on the island and its amazing past. Read more about the course and the teacher who created it: https://bit.ly/2RYkWfY

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Board Secretary Monica Wagner Attends Her Last Meeting

The June 16, 2021 Board of Trustees Meeting was the last meeting for Board Secretary Monica Wagner as she and her family are moving out of state. Wagner has served on the board since November 2018. Thank you for all you have done to serve the district! We wish you well on your future endeavors.

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Texas School District Police Chiefs’ Association Conference

The Texas School District Police Chiefs’ Association held its annual conference this week at Moody Gardens. Chief LeeRoy Amador represented Galveston ISD, which was among the more than 400 Texas school district police departments invited to this year’s event. Speaking to the group was Texas State Senator Larry Taylor and Galveston ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Gibson. Dozens of vendors were on hand to showcase the latest products and tools on the market designed to enhance school district safety and security.

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Oppe Third Graders Participate in the Beautify the Bucket Competition

Congratulations to Mrs. Neumann’s third grade class from Oppe Elementary School! Their bucket won third place in the Artist Boat Beautify the Bucket Competition as part of the World Ocean Day Festival on June 12. One of her students was attending the World Ocean Day Festival at Stewart Beach and accepted the certificate for the class.


Artist Boat brought the international celebration to Galveston with the World Ocean Day Festival at Stewart Beach. This family-friendly event focused on education, outreach, and artistry dedicated toward protecting our blue planet.

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2021 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

In college, Rosie plans to continue studying and caring for the environment. She will major in Biochemistry with a minor in sustainability at the University of Pennsylvania. Galveston is proud of this litter-free Texan who reminds everyone that Don’t mess with Texas also means recycling whenever possible. To read more, please visit https://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/education-overview/scholarships/.

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Three Ball High Alumni Become DocTORS at UTMB Graduation

Alex Brown, Rocky Jain, and Bobby McQuitty were walking the halls of Ball High not too long ago and now each one will be making rounds as residents at major medical facilities after graduating with a doctorate from UTMB in June. Congratulations to the new docTORs! Read about how their experiences at Ball High helped them find their way to the medical field: https://bit.ly/3gHkGue

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Galveston ISD Approves $1,500 Raises for Teachers

The Galveston ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve salary increases for teachers and all district employees. Teachers, which include librarians and nurses, will see a pay increase of $1,500 for the 2021-2022 school year, bringing the starting teacher salary to $55,000. All other district employees will receive a 2% pay increase based on the midpoint of each pay grade.


The salary increases will be effective for the 2021-2022 school year and the total cost to the district will amount to $1,272,401. “This board is dedicated to providing annual pay increases for our employees and once again they are stepping up to make sure that appreciation is shown,” remarks Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations Connie Morgenroth. “This is a substantial dollar amount that especially highlights the importance of classroom teachers and their direct impact on our children.”


The new salary schedule was approved by the Galveston ISD Board of Trustees at its regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 16. The pay increases will go into effect beginning July 1, 2021.

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P-EBT Food Benefits for Families

Apply for for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) to receive help with food costs for your family. All Galveston ISD students are eligible. Applications open at yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT (application link is case-sensitive) on June 2, 2021.


P-EBT provides food benefits to families with enrolled students (up to 21 years of age) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals for the 2020–2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All Galveston ISD students are eligible because GISD is a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) district that offers free meals to all students. The deadline to apply is August 13, 2021

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2021 Ball High Football Season Ticket Holders

To confirm your season tickets, please call 409-766-5883 or email WalterFortune@gisd.org or Maria Rodgriguez@gisd.org.

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Athletic Camps 2021

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Galveston College to offer free Quickstart+ training in HVAC and electrical technology

Registration is open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart+ training programs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical technology. In the eight-week Quickstart+ HVAC Helper and Electrical Helper programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance. Must be 18 or older to apply. Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.

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