Cultural performance groups
Folklorico celebrates Mexican culture through dance and music. Students learn traditional Mexican dances and perform in district and community events. All music at performances is played live by the Mariachi Estrellas.
Students in Folklorico:
- learn about Mexican culture and history
- develop their dancing talents
- gain cultural awareness and pride
- teach the public about Hispanic culture
Schools with Folklorico clubs:
- Garland High School
- Roach Elementary
- South Garland High School
The GISD Mariachi Estrellas, or "All Stars," is a performance group consisting of students from all seven high schools.
The Mariachi Estrellas program:
- celebrates the history of Mariachi music
- promotes the cultural diversity of our district
- encourages more minority students to participate in fine arts
- Jan. 23 - Beaver Elementary Parent Multicultural Night – 6 p.m.
- Jan. 24– Meet and Greet Reception for Dr. López at Curtis Culwell Center - 5:15 p.m.
- Jan. 30 - Austin Academy Orchestra performance - 4:30 p.m.
- Jan. 30 - Pearson Elementary Bilingual Parent Night - 6:30 p.m.
- Feb. 1 - Project Goal Community performance at SGHS - 6:30 p.m.
- Feb. 10 - RHS Theatre Musical performance - 5:30 p.m.
- March 2 - Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education Conference at Addison Marriott - 5:30 p.m.
- March 28 - Adult ESL Graduation at NGHS - 5:30 p.m.
- April 12 - Walnut Glen Academy Parent Multicultural Night - 6 p.m.
- April 18 - GANAS Awards at NGHS - 6:30 p.m.
- April 19 - Joe Garcia Awards at NGHS 6:30 p.m.
- May 4 - Cinco de Mayo Elementary Tour of Schools
- May 5 - City of Garland Cinco de Mayo - 1:30 p.m.
- May 8 - GEESA Banquet in the Transportation Meeting Room - 6:30 p.m.
- May 9 - Night of the Stars Spring Show at SGHS - 6 p.m.
Step programs combine fine arts performance and public service. Stepping celebrates African dance culture. The program not only exposes students to a variety of percussive dance styles from around the world, but it also encourages students challenge themselves beyond the stage to excel in the classroom, seek opportunities for higher learning and become active contributors of their communities. Step programs compete at both the state and national levels, in addition to performing at school, district and community events.
The ultimate aims for each of the members are:
- experience the true sense of camaraderie amongst peers
- become socially conscious members of society who actively contribute to their communities through volunteerism
- maintain a competitive scholastic average
- seek future enrollment into 4-year programs at institutes of higher learning
- demonstrate mastery of various cultural dance styles
- compete in scheduled showcases and competitions
Each campus program strives towards the development of young leaders from a diversity of cultural backgrounds.
Schools with Step programs:
- Garland High School
- Sachse High School
- Lakeview High School
- Naaman Forest High School