Welcome to the GMSD Neighborhood
One more chance to view last week's video!
Thank you for your patience as we worked to keep our students and staff as safe as possible during last week's weather event. Due to the unforeseen, shortened week, we have a shortened newsletter for you. We have also chosen to repeat last week's video. Our regularly scheduled message will return next week.
Wondering how we make our decisions about inclement weather?
The Germantown Municipal School District’s Inclement Weather Team carefully monitors weather conditions and forecasts to identify safety concerns for students and staff. The team will make every effort to inform the Germantown community of school closures and early dismissals with as much advance notice as possible.
As a preventative measure, plant managers may arrive early to identify slippery areas and apply de-icer or close walkways as needed. In addition, our maintenance crews are prepared to address related issues.
The Germantown Municipal School District has 8 extra days built in the calendar in the event of inclement weather or other school closures, above and beyond what is required by the state. As of February 3, 2023, GMSD still has 5 extra days remaining.
Social Media - Information will be updated regularly on our social media sites.
GMSD’s Direct Notification – If the decision has been made to close or dismiss schools early for any reason, parents will receive a text, email, and/or phone call from our notification system, unless you have opted out of receiving certain notifications. Click here for information about updating or enabling your notifications.
District Website – School closings and dismissals will be posted on the main page of our district website.
RESCHEDULED: Germantown Board of Education November Business Meeting
Our Germantown Board of Education will be meeting for its January Business Session HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, February 7th.
All of our Germantown Board of Education Meetings are held in person in our GMSD Board/Community Room. Meetings are also live-streamed on our GMSD Youtube Channel.
Tue, Feb 7, 2023, 06:00 PM
3350 Forest Hill Irene Road, Germantown, TN, USA
Thank a School Counselor this week!
School counselors help students in more ways than you may know. This week we celebrate them as a part of National School Counseling Week 2023. Look for school counselor celebrations on your individual schools' social media pages. Learn more about the role of this essential profession:
The January Teacher of the Month was honored by the Education Commission at last week's meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The January Teacher of the Month was awarded to Mrs. Elizabeth Stuart, a Gifted Education teacher at Dogwood Elementary School. Praised by parents for her kind, supportive demeanor, Ms. Stuart thrives at encouraging her students to take risks and do their best even when a task seems difficult. She gives detailed explanations of assignments, exhibits patience when students are struggling and goes the extra mile to explore in-depth concepts that pique her students' interest.
In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Stuart manages the school webpage and writes stories that run weekly in the Germantown News. She is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children and a local leader with the Professional Educators of Tennessee. She is a regular volunteer for school activities, such as decorating for the Veteran's Day Parade, and she also teaches one class daily at Forest Hill Elementary. She is currently creating a student journalism club.
Outside of school, Ms. Stuart is a monthly scripture reader at Kingsway Christian Church, where she's also a Faith and Vocation series speaker and the Kingsway Childcare and Learning Center oversight committee secretary.
The January Youth Excellence recipient was honored by the Education Commission at the January 23 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The January Youth Excellence Award was presented to Chandni Karuhatty, a senior at Houston High School. Chandni is described as a self-driven leader who is ambitious, outgoing and has a steadfast work ethic. One nominator writes, "Her confidence and her communication skills are strong, and connecting with others is her area of strength."
In the classroom, Chandni has always done her best to excel in rigorous courses. As she has increased her class rigor each year, she has learned new study techniques to help her accomplish tasks. Chandni has demonstrated growth and commitment to' academic excellence through her involvement in the Houston Honors Academy, a selective admissions program within Houston High School.
Outside of the classroom, Chandni is a four-year member of the Houston Varsity Band and serves as the clarinet section leader. She is also an active member in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), where she was chosen by her peers to serve as the club's Event Coordinator and the team leader of the Biomedical Debate Team. Through her involvement in Key Club, Chandni consistently volunteers in the community by serving at food banks, tutoring other students or donating to causes that need support. She also works part-time at Code Ninjas, where she enjoys mentoring younger students and working with them to discover their gifts.
Germantown Municipal School District Announces its prospective teacher recruitment event
Please share our flyer with all of the incredible prospective teachers that you know!
What is Snapshots?
Hear from teachers, administrators, and other surprise guests at each of our six schools. Discover what makes working at Germantown Municipal School District special as you enjoy a tour, engaging activities, and casual conversation.
Houston High- Tues. March 7th from 3:30-5:30
Forest Hill Elem- Thurs. March 9th from 5:00-6:30
Houston Middle- Tues. March 21st from 3:30-5:30
Dogwood Elem- Thurs. March 23rd from 5:00-6:30
Farmington Elem- Tues. March 28th from 4:30-6:30
Riverdale Elem- Thurs. March 30th from 4:30-6:30
ESSER Feedback Survey
ESSER Planning: As required every six months, GMSD is seeking feedback on ESSER 3.0 Funding. While no changes to the plan have occurred, we want to make sure community members know they have access to the survey here:
Congratulations to the Germantown for a recent recognition as one of the top ten elementary schools for design
Take a look at the article itself by clicking on the image above. Forest Hill Elementary School was recently featured in the 2022 Architectural Portfolio by American School & University.
GMSD invites community members to provide feedback on math instructional materials
There are two opportunities for community members to look through materials that are under consideration for adoption. The GMSD Math Textbook Adoption Committee consists of teachers, parents, and instructional supervisors who have been meeting during the month of January to dig deeper into state approved math instructional programs. Our GMSD Math Textbook Adoption Committee has been hard at work reviewing instructional materials and now needs your feedback!
Please join us in February!
Family Life Curriculum Preview Events
Family Life Curriculum Preview events will be open to the public in February. They will be held at district office (3350 Forest Hill Irene Road) on:
- February 23rd from 4-6pm
- February 24th from 12-3pm
*Materials can also be made available online by request by emailing Andrew.Martin@gmsdk12.org.
GMSD is launching a new high school athletics website! The new website, located at thehoustonathletics.com, will provide a wealth of information for our athletes, parents, and fans. You'll be able to see scores, photos, news, videos, player rosters, and profiles, among other things. Look for a middle school component coming soon!