NSSH Band Places First at US Bands Competition

The North Shore Sr. High School Band competed at the US Bands Dekaney Showcase on Saturday, October 1st and was awarded first place in Division 6A Open and received the highest score of the day. The band also received awards for "Most Outstanding General Effect" and "Most Outstanding Visual Performance". Please come out and support the NSSH band as they continue their competitive season when they march at the Galena Park ISD Marching Band Festival this Saturday at 5:30 PM. Directors for the North Shore Sr. High School Band are Shane Goforth, John Reed and Clay Jasper.

Havard Kindergarten Students Study Art

Havard Elementary art specialist, Tonya Llloyd, began the school year by teaching her kindergarten students about line. Line is one of the seven elements of art and it is considered to be the most basic element of art. Line can be used to define edges, add shading or value, and create the illusion of form. This is the first year that all Galena Park ISD kindergarten students will attend art class with an art specialist.

GPHS Jacketeers Enjoy Success at Summer Camps

Congratulations to the Galena Park High School drill team on a super successful summer. The Jacketeer Officers attended Officer Camp in Sugarland in June where they earned Showmanship and Leadership awards and received the following individual awards:

  • Beast Mode recipients: Elena McCue and Luis Chavez
  • Kick Academy members: Elena McCue, Luis Chavez and Alyssa Puga
  • Dance Academy members: Giselle Cazares, Jailynn Garcia and Luis Chavez
The Jacketeers attended Team Camp in August as well and they came home with five spirit sticks. The following individuals also received awards:
  • Beast Mode recipients: Jailynn Garcia, Elena McCue, Luis Chavez, Alyssa Puga and Jesse Garcia
  • Kick Academy members: Giselle Cazares, Jailynn Garcia and Crystal Garza
  • Dance Academy members: Elena McCue, Alyssa Puga, Jasmine Contreras, Jesse Garcia and Valeria Amador
For the first time in GPHS history, the Jacketeer Officers went Platinum at Officer Camp. The team went above and beyond by going double platinum at Team Camp, by having all officers receive both Kick and Dance Academy honors. Congratulations to the Jacketeer Officers, the entire Team as well as their director Vanessa Boyce.

North Shore MS Holds Summer Band Rehearsals

The North Shore Middle School Band held summer band rehearsals to get an early start for the 2016-2017 school year. Students reviewed musical skills, rehearsal procedures, learned new music and began preparing for the upcoming TMEA All-Region Band auditions. NSMS band directors are Brandi Killough and Danny Rubio.

Cobb Students Participate in TCDA Honor Choir

Above: TCDA Honor Choir members Alivia Belton and Nessiah Dunham (center) with their Cobb choir directors 
Mae Walker (left) and Sarita Mills (right)

Alivia Belton and Nessiah Dunham represented Cobb Sixth Grade Campus and Galena Park ISD at the Texas Choral Director Association's 2016 Summer Convention from July 21st to 23rd. The students were accompanied to San Antonio by their parents and grandparents as well as their choir directors, Sarita Mills and Mae Walker. These students were among the 200 students selected from 700 who auditioned to perform in the Honor Choir under the direction of Sandy Knudsen. Congratulations to both Alivia and Nessiah on this accomplishment.

GPHS Jacketeers Support the Community


The Galena Park High School Jacketeers started practicing the last week of July to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year. They endured the heat during summer practice, had a full schedule at dance camp and treated the GPHS faculty and staff with their annual back-to-school breakfast. The Jacketeers, along with some very talented parents, also took time to make and deliver thank you baskets to some of the leaders in the community including the Galena Park Police and Fire Departments. GPHS drill team director is Vanessa Boyce.

North Shore Elementary Art Students Earn Awards

Above: Britanny Nardozzi, Lauren Guerrero, and Tal Smith (long time Houston Astros executive)

In May, North Shore Elementary art students won top honors in the Houston Arts & Media's Our Astrodome Art Contest and were also recognized at a luncheon. NSE students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places as well as two honorable mentions in the elementary category. Lauren Guerrero (pictured above) won 1st Place along with a $100 gift card from Texas Art Supply. Dayra Gembe won 2nd Place and Jada Sharp won 3rd Place. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Madison Fuentes and Esthefanny Valencia. North Shore Elementary art teacher is Brittany Nardozzi.

NSSH Theatre Advances in UIL One-Act Play Contest

North Shore Sr. High School Theatre has advanced to the UIL One-Act Play Area Contest to be held on Friday, April 8th at San Jacinto College Central Campus' Slocomb Auditorium in the Fine Arts Building (8060 Spencer Highway, Pasadena, TX, 77505). NSSHS will perform at 5 PM and cost of admission is $10.

North Shore advanced to the Area competition by way of their outstanding performance of Pearl Cleage's play Blues for an Alabama Sky at the UIL Bi-District contest held on April 2nd at Dickinson High School where they competed along with Clear Creek, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, and La Porte high schools in hopes of advancing to the UIL Area meet. In addition to being selected "Advancing Play", North Shore earned All-Star Cast recognition and Asia Allen earned Best Actress honors.

Congratulations to the North Shore Sr. High School Theatre Department and their directors Veronica Stell, Vaughn Belcher and Fernando Albarran on advancing to the UIL One-Act Play Area competition.

NSSH's D-Verse Dance Crew Earns Top Honors

North Shore Sr. High School's D-Verse Dance Crew was named 
National Grand Champion at the HTE Dance Nationals Competition this past weekend in San Antonio. This is their third time winning this title (2013, 2014, and 2016). In addition to being named National Grand Champion, they won the prestigious Super Sweepstakes award by earning a score of 95 or higher on all three of their performances. D-Verse also received awards for presentation, technique, precision and entertainment. Their Novelty routine won 1st place overall in the boys crew division. Congratulations to North Shore's D-Verse Dance Crew and their director Audra Taylor.

GPHS Student Selected to Summer Music Program

Galena Park High School's Salvador Flores has been selected to participate in the world-renowned Interlochen Summer Music Program. Interlochen, located in northwest Michigan, offers a wide range of summer programs for students in grades 3-12Programs offered the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp include music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance and attract some of the world’s most talented students, teachers and guest artists. Salvador, who was selected to first chair in the Texas 5A All-State Symphonic Band for the past two years (2015 and 2016), qualified for the camp by placing 2nd overall among all saxophone candidates who auditioned and earned a $4,000 scholarship to help cover the $8,000 camp fee. Congratulations to Salvador Flores and his band directors Jessica Meng and Clayton Jasper on the distinction of being Galena Park ISD's first student ever selected to the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Music In Our Schools Month

March has been officially designated by The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. To celebrate MIOSM, Galena Park ISD holds a poster contest annually for 5th grade students. Campus winners receive a certificate, award ribbon, MIOSM pencil and have their poster displayed on the Galena Park ISD Fine Arts website.

Annual Rodeo Art Show

The Galena Park Independent School District’s annual Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 14th in the North Shore Senior High School auditorium. This event featured artwork by approximately 450 students in grades K-12 from each elementary, middle and high school campus in the district. The Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM School Art Committee judged the 2016 GPISD Rodeo Art Show and bestowed special recognition on eight pieces of artwork selected as “Best in Show”, “Gold Medal” and "Special Merit" winners. Those winning pieces will be prominently displayed in the Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Center throughout the duration of this year’s Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM. Approximately 50 pieces of art, as determined by the final round of Grand Prix judging, will be auctioned. Every participant in the School Art Program is a winner, receiving a certificate of merit signed by the Show president, and a blue, red or white ribbon for achievement. Click HERE for additional information.

Seven GPISD Students Selected to All-State Band and Choir

Seven students were recently selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State band and choir. Salvador Flores, Galena Park High School, was selected to the 5A Symphonic Band on the alto saxophone. Jesus Guerra, Galena Park High School was selected to the Men's Choir as a Tenor 2. Corbin Mason, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Men's Choir as a Tenor 1. Viveca Richards, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Women's Choir as a Soprano 1. Kevin Rosacia, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Mixed Choir as a Tenor 1. Michelle Sanchez, Galena Park High School, was selected to the Women's Choir as an Alto 1. Taryn Surratt, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Mixed Choir as a Soprano 2. Congratulations to these talented musicians and their directors Adam Bendorf (NSSHS Choir), Enrique Collazo (NSSHS Choir), Isaias Degollado (GPHS Choir), Clayton Jasper (GPHS Band), Jessica Meng (GPHS Band), Coty Raven Morris (NSSHS Choir) and Daniel Ponce (GPHS Choir).

NSSHS Choir Performs Texas Administrators

The North Shore Senior High School Chorale recently performed by invitation at the Texas Association of School Administrators’ 2016 Midwinter Conference in Austin on January 25th. It was a tremendous honor for the NSSHS mixed choir to be invited to perform for this distinguished group of school leaders from across the state of Texas. Congratulations to the NSSHS Chorale and their directors Enrique CollazoAdam Bendorf and Coty Raven Morris

Sounds and Sights of the Season

Cloverleaf Elementary Honor Choir performs at Sam's Club

Combined North Shore Middle School Wind Ensemble and Varsity Choirs

Galena Park High School Jacketeers participated in the annual Jacinto City Christmas Parade (above)

Galena Park Middle School Treble Choir performs at the GPISD Administration Building (above)

GPISD Elementary District Honor Choir (above)

Galena Park Middle School Band, 6th grade trombones (above)

North Shore Sr. High School Chorale (above)

Galena Park High School Band (above)

NSSH Band Marches to a Successful Season

Above: NSSH Band marches at the UIL Region 19 Marching Contest

The North Shore Senior High School Band recently completed it's most successful competitive marching season ever. The band started the year by placing 1st in the GPISD Marching Band Festival for the first time in school history and followed that accomplishment by receiving “Best Colorguard”, “Best Drumline”, “Outstanding Music”, “Outstanding Visual”, “Outstanding General Effect”, “Best in Class” and “1st Place Overall” awards at the USBands Sugarland Showcase. At the UIL Region 19 Marching Band Contest the band received rave reviews, 1st Division ratings from all adjudicators and was invited to perform in exhibition at the UIL Area F Class 5A Marching Band Contest. The band finished it's competitive year at the Bands of America Super Regional held at the Alamodome in San Antonio where they competed against sixty-four of the best bands in the country finishing 23rd overall, 11th place in music and received a 1st Division rating.

Above: NSSH Marching Band drum majors, directors and staff displaying awards from 
the USBands Sugarland Showcase

The band finished the marching season supporting the NSSHS football team throughout the post-season playoffs were the Mustangs clinched the UIL Class 6A Division I State Championship title by  defeating Austin Westlake 21-14 at NRG Stadium on December 19th. Congratulations to the entire NSSHS Band program and their directors Shane GoforthJohn Reed and Jonathan VanOmmeren on a very successful fall. Go Mustangs! 

Above: NSSH band director Shane Goforth and football coach Jon Kay with the
UIL Class 6A Division I State Championship trophy

Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners Named

Eight Galena Park ISD art students earned recognition in The Houston Fire Museum’s 41st annual Fire Prevention Poster ContestJacob Lloyd (WAE) won 1st place and Kaleb Welch (WAE) won 2nd place in 5th grade. Gustavo Cardoso (NSMS) won 2nd place and Makayla See (NSMS) won 3rd place in 7th grade. Josafat Alcontara (WAMS) won 1st place, Leonardo Cardenas (NSMS) won 2nd place and Xenia Garcia (NSMS) won 3rd place in 8th grade. Also in 8th grade Destiny Membrano (WAMS) received Honorable Mention recognition. In addition to earning 1st place in 5th grade, Jacob Lloyd (WAE) also placed 3rd overall, just behind two 12th grade studentsVisit for more details. Congratulations to each of these young artists and their teachers Lizette Galvan-Portillo (NSMS), Sonia Lloyd (WAE), Christine Nguyen (NSMS) and Luis Pruneda (WAMS).

Jacob Lloyd from Woodland Acres Elementary received 1st Place
for 5th grade and 3rd Place Overall in The Houston Fire Museum’s
41st annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Future Music Educators Visit Texas State University

The Galena Park ISD's chapter of the Texas Future Music Educators visited Texas State University in San Marcos on Wednesday, November 18th. TFME sponsors are Jessica Meng (Galena Park High School) and Coty Raven Morris (North Shore Sr. High School).

North Shore Sr. HS Theatre Presents...

North Shore Sr. High School Theatre will present George Orwell's 1984 (adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan) November 12th through 14th in the NSSH auditorium. Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 pre-sale. NSSH theatre teachers are Veronica Stell, Vaughn Belcher, Fernando Albarran and Daniell Wilson.

Galena Park HS Theatre Presents...

Tim decides that the best way to express his love for Cindy is to get her name tattooed on his back. But when she ends the relationship, Tim realizes that he's doomed to date only girls named Cindy for the rest of his life. Breaking up just got harder. Galena Park High School Theatre will present The Search for Cindy on Friday, November 6th at 7:00 PM in the Rountree Auditorium. GPHS Theatre teacher is Amy Harris.

MacArthur Elementary Music

MacArthur Elementary 3rd grade music students performed during a PTA meeting on Thursday, September 17. MacArthur Elementary music teacher is Gutember Urtiz. Fall performances are underway, check with your campus or the Fall Performing Arts Calendar for dates and times.

HSO High School Residency Program

The Galena Park ISD is proud to announce that Galena Park High School is one of eight schools in the greater Houston Area that has been selected to participate in the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s High School Residency Program. The HSO’s Residency Program will strive to inspire and motivate students to continue playing their instruments with the highest musical goals in mind, thereby increasing academic achievement and 21st century fluencies. 
The Galena Park ISD has a long standing partnership with the Houston Symphony that includes all 5th grade students and middle school band students attending a performances at Jones Hall as well as elementary school choirs and high school band and choir ensembles performing in the lobby of Jones Hall prior to evening concerts. This next step in the partnership will have a major impact on the instrumental program at GPHS with coaching from individual Houston Symphony musicians, chamber ensemble coaching sessions, ensemble rehearsals with Symphony musicians, clinics with HSO Associate Conductor Robert Franz, student workshops, composer-in-residence projects and attending open rehearsals on stage at Jones Hall. The Galena Park High School Band is under the direction of Jessica Meng and Clay Jasper.

Houston Symphony Musician Partners With NSMS Band

The Houston Symphony’s Community-Embedded Musician Program, beginning in the 2015-16 Season, is a new initiative designed to embed musicians more deeply in the community and to better represent and serve the diverse population of Greater Houston. The primary role of this exciting new program will focus on directly enhancing the impact of the orchestra’s growing education and community engagement activities. Through this new program, the Houston Symphony has hired an initial set of four salaried string players whose primary role is to be embedded in Houston schools, neighborhoods and health-care settings as teaching artists and performers, while also performing on stage with members of the Houston Symphony in approximately 25 concerts each year. The North Shore Middle School Band, under the director of Brandi Killough and Danny Rubio, is excited to be working with Houston Symphony double-bassist, David Conner during the 2015-2016 school year.

Welcome New Fine Arts Teachers

The Galena Park ISD Fine Arts is pleased to welcome seventeen new art, music, dance and theatre teachers to our department for the 2015-2016 school year.

New art teachers are (front row) Monica Rodriguez, Morgan Gibbins, Lindsay Holt, (back row) Rex Gonzales, Corey Haynes, Tony Hurtado, and Jeremy Emmons.

New dance and theatre teachers are Fernando Albarran, Audra Taylor, Taylor Reyna and Daniell Wilson.

New elementary music, band and choir teachers are Samantha Vickery, Jonathan Van Ommerman, Teri Cain, Grant Lyons, Kayla Vickers, and Carey O'Rarden.