GPISD Parent Newsletter

April 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 April
  4. Parent Needs Assessment Survey
  5. Student Transfer Request Information

  6. Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Information

  7. Two-Way Immersion Program

  8. Virtual Mental Health Awareness Fair

  9. Early College High School Lottery

  10. April Character Education

  11. Student Advisory Board Podcast

  12. April School Board Meeting Information
  13. High School Esports League
  14. 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,

I hope you all are able to enjoy the warmer temperatures we seem to be getting more and more of lately! Getting outside, soaking in some much-needed Vitamin D from the sun is one of the activities I have intentionally included in my schedule to maintain my own mental health during these unusual times.

What are you doing to maintain and/or improve your mental health? Please remember to take some time on a regular basis to engage in your own preferred method of self-care, so that you can continue to give the highest level of care to those around you.

Be safe,

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

Superintendent of Schools

Dates to Remember!

April 2: Good Friday (District Holiday)

April 30: Teacher Planning Day (Students will participate in remote [from home] asynchronous instruction)

Upcoming Testing Dates for April

Grade 4 STAAR Writing Information

  • April 6th for all elementary schools
  • Pyburn Elementary will test face-to-face students on April 6th & virtual students on April 13th

Grade 7 STAAR Writing Information

  • April 6th for all middle schools

English I EOC Information

  • April 6th for Zotz, ECHS, GPHS, NS-9 (face-to-face students), NS-10 (1/3 of students) and NSSH
  • April 13th for NS-9 (virtual students) and NS-10 (1/3 of students)
  • April 20th for NS-10 (1/3 of students)

English II EOC Information

  • April 8th for Zotz, ECHS, GPHS, NS-10 (1/3 of students), and NSSH
  • April 15th for NS-10 (1/3 of students)
  • April 22 for NS-10 (1/3 of students)

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

Parent Needs Assessment

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Galena Park I.S.D. invites you to participate in our Parent Needs Assessment to provide feedback on the quality of customer service you receive at your child(ren)'s campus. If you have children at more than one campus, please complete this survey for each campus. All answers will remain confidential. Thank you for your participation.

Survey Deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021

Parent Needs Assessment Links

Please click the link to find your child(ren)'s campus Parent Needs Assessment survey. Once you have found your child's campus, please click the link.

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

2021-2022 Pre-K and Kindergarten Early Registration

The Student Admissions Department will begin early registration for all new kindergarten and eligible pre-kindergarten students for the 2021- 2022 school year.

Online registration will open on April 6 and the Registration Support Site will be available at Joyce Zotz Education Center (13801 Hollypark Dr.) on the following dates:

  • April 14: 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m./ 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • April 15: 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • April 16: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Please click the flyer for more information.

GPISD Two-Way Immersion Program

Parents of incoming Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year interested in applying for the Two-Way Immersion Program (TWI) at Woodland Acres Elementary are invited to attend the upcoming informational meetings. This program is open to all

incoming Kindergarten students zoned to GPISD schools.

*Click on the picture below to enlarge the flyer.

Virtual Mental Health Awareness Fair

The Mental Health Awareness Fair will be Saturday, April 27 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please click the flyer below to scan the QR Code to fill out a brief questionnaire. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants prior to the virtual fair.

Early College High School Lottery

The CTE Early College High School will host a lottery on Friday, April 30, 2021 to select the students for the Class of 2025. We are excited to see who will join ECHS! Watch the event via live stream starting at 2:00 p.m.
ECHS Lottery Livestream

Please click the link above to watch the livestream on April 30th

April Character Education

The Character Education theme for the month of April is self-discipline.

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!

April Character Education | Did You Know?

Student Advisory Board Podcast-- Episode 3

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 bullying and our district’s ‘No Place for Hate’ initiative.

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

Student Advisory Board Episode #3

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 will open on Monday, April 5 and will close on Friday, April 16

(NOTE: The student's first day on campus will be Monday, April 26)

Instructional Arrangement Change Webpage

Please click the link for more information.

gpisd board of trustees meeting (virtual)

The Galena Park I.S.D. Board of Trustees will meet virtually on April 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Please tune in to the GPISD YouTube channel (click here) to view the meeting!

High School Esports League

Congratulations to North Shore Senior High School for being selected as one of the winners of the Build an Esports Lab Campaign presented by the High School Esports League!

To learn more about Esports Lab, check out the video below!

High School Esports League | Digital Story
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2021-2022 School Calendar

Please click the picture below to enlarge.

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

Galena Park Schools Mid-Year Publication

Click the link to read about the Fall 2020 semester

April Observance Days

April 1-30: National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1-30: Mathematics Awareness Month

April 2: International Children’s Book Day

April 2: Good Friday (District Holiday)

April 4-10: National Library Week

April 6: National Library Workers’ Day

April 19-23: Public School Volunteer Week

April 19-23: Administrative Professionals’ Week

April 21: Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 21: San Jacinto Day

April 22: Earth Day

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 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

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 -
  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.