GPISD Parent Newsletter
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:
- Message from Our Superintendent
- Dates to Remember
- Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year
- Elementary and Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year
- Superintendent's Student Advisory Board Podcast
- Elementary Internet Safety Parent Presentation
- Raising Connected Teenagers Online Learning Session
- February Character Education
- Instructional Arrangement Change Information
- 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,
We are now well into 2021, and I hope this year has been kind to each of you so far. It is my hope and constant prayer that as more and more people receive the COVID vaccine, the pandemic begins to fade and not pose such a tremendous risk to us all. As a society and a school system, we have learned a lot about so many things--from how to function virtually, to how to really care for and look out for one another in the most challenging of times.
At this time, we are planning for in-person STAAR testing to take place at all of our campuses this Spring. We will keep you updated with dates, times and all relevant information.
As always, I am grateful for the continued support you all have demonstrated to Galena Park I.S.D., and I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other.
John C. Moore, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Congratulations to our Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year!
Congratulations to Conrad Rivera and Shaunte Morris for being named Galena Park I.S.D. (GPISD) 2021 Elementary and Secondary Principal of the Year!
Mr. Rivera has been the principal of Pyburn Elementary School for 8 years, and Mrs. Morris has been the principal of Cunningham Middle School for 4 years.
GPISD would like to thank both of you for your service.
Congratulations to our Elementary and Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year!
Congratulations to Veronica Garza and Jillian Howard for being named Galena Park I.S.D. (GPISD) 2021 Elementary and Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year!
Ms. Garza has served as the assistant principal at Cimarron Elementary School for 4 years, and Mrs. Howard has been an assistant principal at North Shore Senior High School for 6 years.
GPISD congratulates Ms. Garza and Mrs. Howard, and thanks them for their hard work and dedication.
Superintendent's Student Advisory Board Podcast
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 to provide important conversations about how to cope during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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. The third episode of the podcast will air in March, the students will have a conversation about bullying and our district’s ‘No Place for Hate’ initiative
Thank you, SAB, for bringing awareness to the importance of mental health.
Elementary Internet Safety Parent Presentation
GPISD Technology is partnering with IROC2 to bring you a very special virtual presentation that will help motivate responsible use of technology and prevent digital abuse.
For more information, please click the flyer below.
If you are interested in attending this first-ever virtual event on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 6:00pm please click on the link to fill out the form. The presentation will be in English.
Raising Connected Teenagers Online Learning Session
If you are interested in attending this virtual event on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, please click on the link to fill out the form. The presentation will be in English.
February Character Education
The Character Education theme for the month of February is responsibility.
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!
Instructional Arrangement Change Information
HIGH SCHOOL: Skyward link will open on Monday, February 8 and will close on Friday, February 19
(NOTE: The student's first day on campus will be Monday, March 1)
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL: Skyward link will open on Monday, March 1 and will close on Friday, March 12
(NOTE: The student's first day on campus will be Monday, March 29)
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.
February Observance Days
February 1-28: Black History Month
February 1-28: Career & Technical Education Month
February 1-28: National Children’s Dental Health Month
February 1-5: National School Counseling Week
February 14: St. Valentine’s Day
February 15: Presidents’ Day (Student Holiday/ Staff Development)
February 17: National PTA Founders’ Day
February 19: STAR Day (State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day)
February 19: Iwo Jima Day in Texas
February 20-28: National FFA Week
After-Hours Technical Support
Callers may still email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Please click the flyer below for more information.