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GPISD Music Teachers Attend TMEA Conference

(Above) Mr. Ken Wallace, Associate Superintendent for Educational Support and School Administration, and Mr. Sam Harris, Director for Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment, pose with GPISD band, choir and elementary music teachers at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio.

Galena Park ISD band, choir and elementary music teachers attendeded the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association's annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA hosts the nation’s largest music educators convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. In most recent years, the convention has drawn over 25,000 attendees. Through this annual convention, TMEA offers its members professional growth, inspiration, and motivation to help them deliver the best music education experience possible for the students of Texas. The annual convention features over 200 workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College educators and more than 50 performances (from elementary through college and professional groups), including performances by TMEA Honor Orchestras and Honor Bands, middle school and high school ensembles selected through a multi-tiered audition process. The convention also showcases over 1,000 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry. Over 25,000 people from Texas and beyond attend the clinics, concerts, research sessions and presentations by internationally-recognized educators. The convention culminates on Saturday with the TMEA All-State Concerts sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions.

GPISD Rodeo Art Show

The Galena Park Independent School District’s annual Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 15th 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. This year’s elementary “Best of Show” winner was Houston Towner (Havard Elementary) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Trinity Garcia (MacArthur Elementary). The middle school “Best of Show” winner was Marlene Santaloya (Woodland Acres Middle School) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Daniel Medina (North Shore Middle School). The high school “Best of Show” award went to Maria Rivera (North Shore Sr. High School). High school “Gold Medal” awards went to Adam Garcia (North Shore Sr. High School) and Zulma Mejia (North Shore Sr. High School). Congratulations to all of this year’s Rodeo Art Show participants and winners. View all of this year's winning artwork HERE.



GPISD Students Selected to All-State Band and Choir

Salvador Flores, a member of the Galena Park High School Band, and Taryn Surratt, a member of the North Shore Senior High School Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Band and All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Both were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Salvador Flores, who plays alto saxophone, is a sophomore at Galena Park High school and his band directors are Jessica Meng and Clayton Jasper. This is Salvador's first time to perform as a member of the TMEA All-State Band. Taryn Surratt, who sings soprano, is a junior at North Shore Sr. High and her choir directors are Enrique CollazoAdam Bendorf and Coty Raven Morris. This is Taryn's second time to perform as a member of the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2014 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

Congratulations to both Salvador Flores and Taryn Surratt on being selected to the 2015 Texas All-State Band and Choir.

North Shore Band Advances to State Contest!

The North Shore Senior High School Marching Band competed in the UIL Area F Marching Contest on Saturday, October 25 at the Galena Park ISD Athletic Stadium. NSSH was selected as one of the ten finalists bands from the field of thirty-five band performing in the preliminary competition. NSSH placed 6th in the UIL Area F Marching Band Contest finals competition and was selected to advance to the 2014 UIL 6A State Marching Band Contest to be held in San Antonio's AlamoDome. North Shore will perform in San Antonio at the AlamoDome on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:30 AM. The North Shore Sr. High School Band is under the direction of Shane Goforth, John Reed and Jose Marin. Good luck to the NSSH Marching Band as they prepare for and compete in the UIL State Marching Band Contest.

NSSH Theatre Presents Steel Magnolias


The North Shore Sr. High School Theatre Ensemble will present Robert Harling's play Steel Magnolias beginning September 18th. Harling's play was premiered Off-Broadway in 1987 and is set in a small, Louisiana parish were six women come together in a hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss. Performances will be September 18, 19 & 20 and 25, 26, 27 beginning at 7:00 PM in the NSSHS auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door and can also be purchased for $5 pre-sale (available until 6 PM). This production of Steel Magnolias is directed by NSSHS theatre teachers Veronica Stell and Vaughn Belcher. Please contact NSSHS theatre at 832.386.4260 for additional details.

Woodland Acres Elementary Art Student Advances


Woodland Acres Elementary art student, Tess Hampton, was selected as a winner in the 2015 "My Bright Smile" Contest sponsored by Colgate. Her artwork will be representing the United States in the 2015 Cologate My Bright Smile global calendar and she will also receive a $500 prize. Congratulations to Tess Hampton and her Woodland Acres Elementary art teacher, Sonia Lloyd, on this accomplishment!

GPISD Band and Choirs Earn 32 UIL Trophies & Plaques



Galena Park ISD Superintendent, Dr. Angi Williams, and students from CMS band & choirGPMS choirNSMS band & choirWAMS choirGPHS band & choir and NSSH band & choir display the 32 UIL Sweepstakes trophies and plaques earned during this year’s 2014 UIL Concert & Sight-Reading contests!

Taryn Surrat Named UIL Outstanding Performer



North Shore Senior High School sophomore, Taryn Surratt (above), was recognized as Outstanding Soloist at this year's University Interscholastic League's Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC). Of the approximately 95,000 students participating in the regional UIL music contests and the 24,000 musicians who performed at the TSSEC, only about 300 students (approximately 1%) earned the distinguished honor of being named Outstanding Soloist. Taryn will receive a draped medal identical to those awarded to state champions in all UIL events.

Music In Our Schools Month


March has been officially designated by NAfME: The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), 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 for 5th grade students. This year's theme is "Music makes me _____!" All students receive a participation certificate and all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place campus winners receive an award ribbon, MIOSM pencil and have their poster displayed on the Music In Our Schools Month section of our website.

NSSH Theatre Presents A Raisin In the Sun


The North Shore Sr. High School Theatre Ensemble will present A Raisin In the Sun on January 30th and 31st at 7:00 PM and February 1st at 2:00 and 7:00 PM in the NSSH auditorium. The play by Lorraine Hansberry debuted on Broadway in 1959 with the title coming from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story is based upon a black family's experiences in the Washington Park Subdivision of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. Tickets for this production are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. NSSH Theatre teachers are Veronica Stell, Walter Baker, Vaughn Belcher and Donyail Linsey. For more information contact the NSSH Theatre Department at 832.386.4260.

NSSH Student Selected to All-State Choir


Congratulations to North Shore Sr. High School’s Taryn Surratt (above) on being selected to the 2014 Texas Music Educators Association's All-State Mixed Choir. Taryn, a sophomore soprano at NSSH, will rehearse and perform at the upcoming TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February. Congratulations to Taryn as well as her NSSH choir directors Enrique Collazo, Adam Bendorf and Coty Morris.

Galena Park ISD Rodeo Art Show


The annual Galena Park ISD Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 16 in the North Shore Sr. High School auditorium. This event featured the artwork of 400 students in grades K-12 throughout the district. The GPISD show was judged by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art ProgramTM with all works receiving an award ribbon. In addition, the HLSRTM School Art Program judges selected overall Best of Show, Gold Medal and Special Merit winners for elementary, middle school and high school divisions. These winning artworks have advanced to the Reliant Center and will be on display during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the Hayloft Gallery. To view our GPISD winners visit the Rodeo Art Show link on our website.


2013 Holiday Performance Performances


Cobb Sixth Grade Band Concert (above)


Galena Park ISD Elementary District Honor Choir (above)



Galena Park Middle School band concert (above)



Normandy Crossing Elementary Honor Choir performs (above)


North Shore Middle School Band performs a hallway concert (above)


Purple Sage Elementary music students perform (above)


GPISD Students Earn TMEA Region Choir Honors

(Above) The 2013 NSSH All-Region Choir Members

Each fall twenty-eight Texas Music Educators Association Regions hold auditions to select Region choir members. Galena Park ISD is located in TMEA Region 19, one of the most competitive in the state, and competes with students from Aldine, Barbers Hill, Channelview, Crosby, Deer Park, Humble, La Porte, New Caney, and Pasadena Independent School Districts. This year 125 GPISD choir students earned TMEA Region Choir distinction through the audition process. Galena Park HS had 14 students selected and North Shore Sr. HS had 40 students selected to the Region 19 high school Region Choir. Cunningham MS had 15 students, Galena Park MS had 9 students, North Shore MS had 41 students and Woodland Acres MS had 6 students selected to the Region 19 middle school Region Choir. Congratulations to these 125 talented students and their directors Laurie Ballesteros, Adam Bendorf, Elizabeth Ann Bongat, Emily Cheesman, Lisa Chew, Enrique Collazo, Isaias Degollado, Deborah Fuller, Erin Huston, Coty Morris and Daniel Ponce.


The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]


The North Shore Sr. High School Theatre Ensemble will present The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] on November 7th, 8th and 9th in the NSSH Black Box Theatre (room 601). The play was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield and was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 where it ran for nine years and has become one of the world's most popular shows. Tickets for this production are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Seating is limited. NSSH Theatre teachers are Veronica Stell, Walter Baker, Vaughn Belcher and Donyail Linsey. For more information contact the NSSH Theatre Department at 832.386.4260.


GPISD Students Earn TMEA Region Choir Honors
Each fall twenty-eight Texas Music Educators Association Regions hold auditions to select Region choir members. Galena Park ISD is located in TMEA Region 19, one of the most competitive in the state, and competes with students from Aldine, Barbers Hill, Channelview, Crosby, Deer Park, Humble, La Porte, New Caney, and Pasadena Independent School Districts. This year 125 GPISD choir students earned TMEA Region Choir distinction through the audition process. Galena Park HS had 14 students selected and North Shore Sr. HS had 40 students selected to the Region 19 high school Region Choir. Cunningham MS had 15 students, Galena Park MS had 9 students, North Shore MS had 41 students and Woodland Acres MS had 6 students selected to the Region 19 middle school Region Choir. Congratulations to these 125 talented students and their directors Laurie Ballesteros, Adam Bendorf, Elizabeth Ann Bongat, Emily Cheesman, Lisa Chew, Enrique Collazo, Isaias Degollado, Deborah Fuller, Erin Huston, Coty Morris and Daniel Ponce.


NSSH Band and Drill Team Perform




The North Shore Sr. High School marching band and Scarlets drill team performed at their first home football game of the school year on Friday, September 6 in the GPISD Athletic Stadium. Band directors are Shane Goforth, Andrew Hoskins and John Reed. Scarlets directors are Tiffani Chamberlain and An-Janet West.


GPHS Band and Drill Team Perform




The Galena Park High School marching band and Jacketeers drill team performed at their first home football game of the school year on Friday, August 30 in the GPISD Athletic Stadium. Band directors are Jessie Meng and Clay Jasper and Jacketeers director is Vanessa Boyce.

Fine Arts Welcomes New Teachers


The Galena Park ISD is pleased to welcome six new teachers to the Fine Arts Department. Coty Morris (first from left) will be assistant director with the North Shore Sr. High School choir. Tiffani Chamberlain (second from left) will teach dance at North Shore Sr. High School and is also director of the North Shore Scarlets drill team. An-Janet West (third from left) will teach dance at North Shore Sr. High School Ninth Grade Center and is also director of the North Shore Scarlets Reserves drill team. Christine Nguyen (third from right) will teach art at North Shore Middle School. Brittany Polnisch (second from right) will teach art at North Shore Elementary. Donyail Linsey (first from right) will teach theatre at Zotz Educational Center and North Shore Sr. High School Ninth Grade Center. The Fine Arts Department looks forward to working these new teachers during the upcoming school year.

GPISD Students Prepare for 2013-2014 School Year
The Cunningham Middle School, Galena Park Middle School, North Shore Middle School, Woodland Acres Middle School, Galena Park High School and North Shore Sr. High School drill teams (below) participated in the HTEDance Camp held at NSSHS.





The Galena Park High School Band 
(below) practices marching formations and maneuvers for their upcoming 2013 marching band show.



The North Shore Sr. High School Band (below) practices marching formations and maneuvers for their upcoming 2013 marching band show.



The North Shore Sr. High School choir (below) held summer practices to prepare for the new school year and TMEA auditions.



NSSH Student Named Outstanding Performer
North Shore Senior High School choir student Viveca Richards was recognized as an Outstanding Performer at the 2013 Texas State Solo-Ensemble Vocal Solo Contest. Of the approximately 95,000 students participating in the regional UIL music contests and the 24,000 musicians who performed at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest, only 305 students earned the distinguished honor of being recognized as an Outstanding Performer. This achievement is truly a mark of musical excellence! Viveca received a draped medal identical to those awarded to state champions in all UIL events. Congratulations to Viveca Richards and her NSSH choir directors Enrique Collazo, Adam Bendorf and Jared Wade.