GPISD Parent Newsletter

November 2020

Dear Galena Park I.S.D. Parents and Guardians,

As we navigate the 2020-2021 school year, both virtually and in-person, we will continue to provide you with the latest updates. We hope you will take the time to read over this newsletter carefully.

In this Newsletter, you will find:

  1. Message from Our Superintendent
  2. Election Day Information
  3. Upcoming Student Holidays
  4. Instructional Arrangement Change Information
  5. Checklist for Students Returning to Campus
  6. Curbside Meal Update
  7. YouTube Screening of Varsity Football Games Information
  8. Bulletin Board

We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during this time.

A Message From Our Superintendent

October 29, 2020

Dear GPISD School Community,

November is traditionally one of my favorite months--the weather is getting cooler, we get to honor the veterans in our community, we have a week-long break for Thanksgiving, and there are many fun fall activities to enjoy with loved ones. This year, November also brings a very important election, and I urge each of you to exercise your right to vote.

I'm so appreciative of you- our students, parents and community members- who supported Galena Park I.S.D. through this first grading period of the school year. Transitioning some of our students back to campuses, while continuing to provide remote instruction for others, took tremendous effort and trust from the entire school community, and for that I thank you each of you. It finally feels like we are getting nearer to what our "new normal" operations may look like this year. However, we will remain vigilant in implementing safety and health protocols on all campuses.

It is my deepest hope and most sincere prayer that we continue our progress in reducing the spread of the COVID virus, but this will only happen if we all continue to do our part in keeping each other safe; this means wearing our masks, washing our hands frequently, coughing carefully into our elbows, and using hand sanitizer often. Another thing we can do to help reduce the spread of the virus is to limit our exposure to others--in other words, do not gather in large crowds or get close to others who choose to not wear masks. I respectfully ask these inconveniences of you for your own good, for the good of your loved ones, and for the good of our school community.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving,

John C. Moore, Jr., Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Upcoming Student Holidays

Student Holidays/Staff Development Days: Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3

Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 23- Friday, November 27

Instructional Arrangement Change Information

If you would like to change your child's instructional arrangement for the upcoming grading period, you will have to complete the Instructional Arrangement Form. This form will be available online two weeks prior to the end of the grading period.

HIGH SCHOOL: Skyward link opened on Monday, October 26 and will close on Friday, November 6

(NOTE: The student's first day on campus will be Monday, November 16)

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL: Skyward link will open on Monday, November 30 and will close on Wednesday, December 11

(NOTE: The student's first day on campus will be Tuesday, January 5)

Instructional Arrangement Change Webpage

Please click the link for more information.

Is Your Child Returning to Campus soon? Here is a Checklist for the First Day!

Please review the Galena Park I.S.D. First Day of Face-to-Face Learning Checklist before your child returns to campus!
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Curbside Meal Update

Due to serving more students in our schools, the last curbside meal distribution at some of our elementary schools ended on October 22.

Curbside Meal Distribution will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Cloverleaf, Sam Houston and Tice Elementary Schools, and at Galena Park Elementary, Jacinto City and Pyburn Elementary Schools.

GPISD will also be offering free weekend meals for students attending face-to-face learning. Weekend meals are available for pick up at the student's home campus on Fridays.

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Are You Ready for Some GPISD Football?

North Shore Mustang and Galena Park Yellow Jacket fans will have the opportunity to watch all home football games live on our new GPISD Athletics YouTube Channel! Click the link below to subscribe to the GPISD Athletics channel to be the first to know when each game goes live!

Tentative Varsity Football Streaming Schedule:

  • 11/5 - GPHS vs. Houston Northside
  • 11/6 - NSSHS vs. Kingwood
  • 11/19 - NSSHS vs. CE King
  • 11/20 - GPHS vs. Houston Sharpstown
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November Observance Days

November 1: Standard Time Change (clocks set back)

November 3: Father of Texas Day - Stephen F. Austin
November 9-13: National School Psychology Appreciation Week

November 11: Veterans Day
November 16-20: American Education Week
November 18: Educational Support Professionals’ Day
November 20: Substitute Educators’ Day
November 26: Thanksgiving Day
November 27: American Indian Heritage Day

Galena Park I.S.D. Welcomes Legacy Community Health Clinics to the District!

Legacy Community Health (Legacy) is the largest federally qualified health center in Texas and a first-of-its-kind in GPISD with clinics inside Green Valley Elementary School and North Shore Senior High School for students and their siblings to visit. Legacy is committed to providing access to affordable, high-quality healthcare for children by providing a variety of pediatric and behavioral health services. The clinics offer in-person visits, telemedicine options and curbside medical services. Legacy Healthcare has your medical needs covered -- make an appointment today.

Please click the flyer below for more information.

The WiFi Bus System

Galena Park I.S.D. is offering a new service to help our students access WiFi, the WiFi Bus system.

The WiFi Bus system consists of 20 strategically placed buses with mobile WiFi hotspots for students to log on and complete their school work. These buses are air-conditioned for the students and parents who would like to attend with their child(ren). Bus rules will require students and parents to follow proper social distancing and to wear masks and are also equipped with hand sanitizer for all users.

Click the link below to see times and locations for GPISD's WiFi Bus system.

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Stay Connected with GPISD

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