GPISD Parent Newsletter

May 2021

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


As we continue to 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. Dates to Remember
  3. Testing Dates for May
  4. May 3rd-- Appreciation Week!
  5. May Character Education
  6. Student Advisory Board Podcast

  7. May School Board Meeting Information
  8. Bulletin Board

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

A Message From Our Superintendent

Dear GPISD Parents/Guardians and Families,


This is the time of year parents and educators begin planning for the next year, and though this year has been unlike any other we have experienced, our plans for next year are in full swing. While district and campus staff are giving needed attention to finishing this year on a high note, we are also reflecting on what we have learned this year and using it to improve our systems and processes, as well as finding new and better ways to meet the individual needs of each and every student in our care.


I'd like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your support during my first year as Superintendent of Schools. This job is everything I expected it to be and more. I am truly humbled and energized to continue to lead Galena Park ISD to greater success than ever before, and working together, I know the sky is the limit for our students.


As I am sure you are aware, the last day of school is scheduled to be Thursday, June 10. We will continue to publish our monthly Parent Newsletters throughout the summer. Please take a moment to read them to stay informed about what is going on in Galena Park ISD.


Again, thank you for your continued support and for choosing to send your child(ren) to Galena Park ISD schools.


Be safe,


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

Superintendent of Schools

Dates to Remember!

May 31: Memorial Day (District holiday)

Upcoming Testing Dates for May and June

Grade 3-5 STAAR Math Information

· May 18- Cloverleaf Elementary (virtual students only), Havard Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary, Williamson Elementary

· May 19- Cloverleaf Elementary (face to face students only)

· May 25- Cimarron Elementary, MacArthur Elementary, Normandy Crossing Elementary, North Shore Elementary, Purple Sage Elementary, Pyburn Elementary, Tice Elementary (3rd & 5th grade only)

· May 26- Tice Elementary (4th grade only), Woodland Acres Elementary (virtual students only)

· May 27- Galena Park Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Woodland Acres Elementary (face to face students only)


Grade 3-5 STAAR Reading Information

· May 18- Normandy Crossing Elementary,

· May 19- Jacinto City Elementary, Woodland Acres Elementary (virtual students only)

· May 20 – Williamson Elementary, Woodland Acres Elementary (face to face students only)

· May 25- Cloverleaf Elementary (virtual students only), Galena Park Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Havard Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary

· May 26 – Cloverleaf Elementary (face to face students only), MacArthur Elementary, Purple Sage Elementary

· May 27- Cimarron Elementary, North Shore Elementary, Tice Elementary (5th grade only)

· June 2- Pyburn Elementary


Grade 5 STAAR Science Information

· May 11- Havard Elementary

· May 19- North Shore Elementary

· May 20– Cloverleaf Elementary (virtual students only)

· May 21– Cloverleaf Elementary (face to face students only)

· May 25– Williamson Elementary

· May 26- Green Valley Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary

· May 27- MacArthur Elementary, Purple Sage Elementary, Pyburn Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary

· June 2- Cimarron Elementary, Normandy Crossing Elementary, Woodland Acres Elementary

· June 3- Galena Park Elementary, Tice Elementary


Grade 6-8 STAAR Math Information

· May 11 – Cunningham Middle School (7th grade Pre-AP math and 8th grade math); Galena Park Middle School (6 grade math, 7th grade Pre -AP math and 8th grade math); North Shore Middle School (7th grade Pre-AP math and 8th grade math); Woodland Acres Middle School (7th grade Pre-AP Math and 8th grade math)

· May 12 – Woodland Acres Middle School (7th grade math)

· May 13 – Woodland Acres Middle School (6th grade math)

· May 25 – Cobb Sixth Grade Campus (half of the students)

· May 26 – Cobb Sixth Grade Campus (half of the students); Cunningham Middle School (7th grade math)

· May 27 – North Shore Middle School (7th grade math)

· June 1 – Galena Park Middle School (7th grade math)


STAAR / EOC Exams

· May 4 (Algebra I EOC) – Galena Park Middle School, North Shore Middle School, Zotz Education Center, Early College High School, Galena Park High School, North Shore Ninth Grade (face to face students only)

· May 5 – Cunningham Middle School (Algebra I), Woodland Acres Middle School (Algebra I), North Shore Ninth Grade (virtual students only), Early College High School (Biology)

· May 6 – Early College High School (US History)

· May 11 – Zotz Education Center (Biology)

· May 18 – Zotz Education Center (US History)

· May 25 – Galena Park High School (Biology & US History), North Shore Ninth Grade (Biology – face to face students only), North Shore Tenth Grade (Algebra I), North Shore Senior High (Algebra I and US History – A-L last names only)

· May 26 – North Shore Ninth Grade (Biology – virtual students only), North Shore Tenth Grade (Biology), North Shore Senior High (Biology and US History – M-Z last names only)



You should be receiving updates from your child(ren)'s campus regarding testing dates.

May 3rd-- Appreciation Week!

During the week of May 3rd, we are asking our GPISD family to take a moment and show their appreciation and support for several important groups of employees.


May 3rd through May 7th is designated as:

· Student Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week

· National Teacher Appreciation Week, and

· National School Nurse Appreciation Week


The people who serve in these roles do so much for our students and their well-being.

From feeding them, to teaching them, to providing medical care. Our teachers, nurses and student nutrition employees help us take care of the whole child.


They truly deserve our appreciation for all they do for students, please take the time

to thank them for their service.

Student Transfer Request Information

Transfer request to schools will be considered on space and staff availability. Space availability will be evaluated in each grade level and/or program and transfers will be approved based on this evaluation. Parents should be aware that the transfer request will not be approved if additional staff or classrooms are needed to accommodate the transfer student. There are NO guarantees that children who transfer will be able to continue at the requested campus in future school years.
Student Admission Webpage

Please click the link above to visit the Student Transfer webpage

May Character Education

The Character Education theme for the month of May is trustworthiness.


Galena Park I.S.D.'s mission is to prepare students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners. One way we contribute to our mission is through our Character Education program.



Check out the video below to learn more!

May & June Character Education | Did You Know?

Student Advisory Board Podcast-- Episode 4

The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board (SAB) was established to provide an avenue of dialogue between high school students who are leaders on their campuses

with District leaders.


Every year, Student Advisory Board members participate in a community service project, but due to the pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the students decided to create a podcast.


For the duration of the 2020-2021 school year, the SAB will be participating in monthly podcasts to discuss mental health and how to cope with the difficulties we have all faced during this pandemic. In this episode, the students had an important conversation about kindness, and what that looks like in our elementary and secondary schools. Check it out to view interviews with Woodland Acres Elementary School Counselor Ms. Charlene Marsh and North Shore Middle School Counselor Ms. Danna Moten share their unique professional perspectives on kindness in our elementary and secondary schools!


Thank you, SAB, for bringing awareness to the importance of mental health.

Student Advisory Board Episode #4

gpisd board of trustees meeting (virtual)

The Galena Park I.S.D. Board of Trustees will meet virtually on May 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Please tune in to the GPISD YouTube channel (click here) to view the meeting!
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2021-2022 School Calendar

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State of the District

In the Galena Park I.S.D. State of the District address, we showcase how we are accomplishing our mission to prepare students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners.


Throughout the State of the District video presentation and publication, you will learn about our 'Pathways to Success' wheel, including the seven focus areas that provide an inside look into what District employees implement inside and outside of the classroom to help our students achieve excellence every day.


We hope you enjoy the video presentation and publication.

We Are All In This Together! | Galena Park I.S.D. State of the District 2020 - 2021
State of the District Publication

Please click the button above to read the State of the District Publication

May Observance Days

May 1-31: Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1-31: GPISD Internet Safety Month

May 1-31: Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1-31: National Foster Care Month

May 3-7: Student Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week

May 3-7: National Music Week

May 3-7: National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-9: National Children’s Book Week

May 3-9: National School Nurse Week

May 5: National School Nurse Day

May 6: National Day of Prayer

May 3: Generation TX Day (Observed in GPISD 5/7)

May 15: Peace Officer Memorial Day

May 17-21: National Educational Bosses’ Week

May 19: Educational Bosses’ Day

May 31: Memorial Day (District Holiday)

Curbside Meal Update

Curbside Meal Distribution for virtual learners will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at Cloverleaf Elementary, Galena Park Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary, Pyburn Elementary, Sam Houston Elementary and Tice 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.

After-Hours Technical Support

Galena Park I.S.D. working with Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, has partnered with Harris County to provide additional after-hours technical support for students and parents. The Harris County Schools Digital Access Call Center will provide help Monday-Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday –Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Callers may still email techsupport@galenaparkisd.com or call 832-386-1400 for assistance. Phones will be answered by the Harris County Call Center after hours.


Parents and students can access the Galena Park I.S.D. Help Center, 24/7, at https://galenaparkisd.zendesk.com/hc/

Legacy Community Health Clinics Information

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.

Stay Connected with GPISD

  1. GPISD website - www.galenaparkisd.com
  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.