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World Traveling Student Groups & Many Upcoming Ways to Support the GMSD Neighborhood
I hope you had a great spring break and are ready to tackle Quarter Four. I encourage all of you to subscribe to our GMSD calendars. As we near the end of the year, it seems there’s something going on every night.
Over the break, GMSD sent groups across the world. The Houston Orchestra made a trip to England, where they performed at the resting place of William Shakespeare, and other incredible venues. Also in England, our Houston Boys Soccer Team spent the week practicing and staying at the world-renowned Manchester City training facility. Our Houston Choirs made the journey to Los Angeles, California, getting a chance to perform in tinsel town and tour some of the city's famous sites and sounds. Just this weekend our Riverdale Choirs were in the most magical place on Earth to perform and spend time in the parks. I wonder where our groups will go next.
Germantown Board of Education March Business Meeting
Recognitions for the March Germantown Board of Education Meeting include: Josh Cathey, Earvin Jones, Jordan Schuchardt, Mike Maggipinto, and John Truong.
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.
Thursday, Mar 30, 2023, 06:00 PM
3350 Forest Hill Irene Road, Germantown, TN, USA
Third Quarter Report Cards post in Skyward Portfolios on March 29th & MVPA (CASE) Benchmark Reports will be sent home this week
Third Quarter Report Cards will post to Skyward March 29th. At that time parents can log into Skyward Family Access. You will select PORTFOLIO to view your child's third quarter report cards.
Mastery View Predictive Assessment (MVPA, formerly known as CASE) Student Reports will be sent home the week of March 27-31. Students in stated-assessed courses will receive a report for each course:
2nd Grade ELA and Math
3rd-5th Grade ELA, Math, and Science
6th-8th Grade ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies
EOC Courses: English I & II, Algebra I & II, Geometry, US History, and Biology
These reports indicate a student's progress toward demonstrating mastery of state standards for each course and provide a projection of a student's performance on the state assessment, the TCAP or EOC assessment.
Additionally, parents of 3rd grade students will receive a letter explaining the 3rd grade retention law and connections to promotion.
Coach David Wolff Achieves a career milestone with 800 victories last week
Houston's high school soccer coach, David Wolff, achieved a career milestone by winning his 800th career victory with a 3-0 victory over the ECS Eagles. He is the winningest soccer coach in the area and has coached both boys and girls on the local varsity level since 1996. Wolff has won 14 state championships and guided his girls' team to a perfect season of 25-0 in 2017, earning the national championship title by USA Today. Despite his impressive record, Wolff remains humble and acknowledges that his success is not just measured by wins and losses. He is now in his 54th separate season, surpassing the legendary basketball coach Jerry Peters, who won 1,001 games.
Get a Clue: Houston High School Hosts TASC State Convention
Houston High School's Student Government Association (SGA) recently hosted a successful Tennessee Association of Student Councils State Convention. Over 300 student leaders and advisors gathered for a weekend full of activities, keynote speeches, and breakout sessions, including a silent disco in the lobby! The convention featured dynamic keynote speakers and the hard work and dedication of Houston HS SGA resulted in several awards, including the Four Star and Platinum awards. Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done.
8th Grader Caroline Anderson Wins State Middle School Division Bookmark Contest for Second Year in a Row
We are proud to announce that Caroline Anderson, an 8th-grade student at HMS, has won the TN Middle School Division bookmark design contest for the second year in a row! Caroline's artwork speaks for itself, check out her award winning design! Great work, Caroline and Ms. Squires.
GMSD welcomes Leadership Germantown for Education Day
Germantown Education Day took place on March 22nd, providing an opportunity for community members to experience the local schools firsthand. The event began with a welcome and breakfast with the Superintendent, followed by the Great GMSD Goose Chase scavenger hunt. During the scavenger hunt, participants discovered how schools keep students healthy, tried their hand at teaching, solved a mechantronics mystery, explored new spaces, and more.
The activities tied into leadership lessons that were discussed during interactive breakout sessions later in the day. Participants also had the chance to meet GMSD Student Interns and Ambassadors and work with Houston High School business communication students to take their class projects to the next level. The event was a fun and informative way for community members to learn about the schools in the area.
MidSouth Model United Nations Conference at Rhodes College Recognizes Exceptional GMSD Students
Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) students recently received honors and awards for their exceptional skills and achievements in debate at the MidSouth Model United Nations Conference held at Rhodes College. John Barrett and Ayat Kanan were awarded Honorable Mention and Honorary Delegate respectively, while Eduardo Santopuoli and Jenna Cho received the Outstanding Delegate award. Livi Hicks was awarded Best Delegate, the top award given to the most knowledgeable and prepared delegate in the entire committee. Read more here.
Student Spotlight: The Stang Gang Perform at the FedEx Forum
We're thrilled to showcase The Stang Gang, our mixed ability cheer squad, who recently performed at the half-time show during the Grizzlies game. This incredible opportunity was made possible by the generous support of Adam Smith Plumbing, who covered the some costs associated with tickets for the students. The Stang Gang delivered a spectacular performance, showcasing their enthusiasm, spirit, and talent. We're incredibly proud of these amazing students and grateful for the support of Adam Smith Plumbing. This is yet another example of the wonderful GMSD Neighborhood, where everyone comes together to support each other and make dreams come true. Well done, Stang Gang!
Spring Sports are in Full Swing!
Spring Sports are now in full swing! Varsity Baseball is off to a good start with an overall record of 7-2. Their next game is on tonight at 6:00pm at Home. The Girls Lacrosse team had a huge big win over Bartlett scoring 11 goals over Bartlett’s 5. They will next face off against St. George's at Johnson Road Park on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:00pm. HHS Pom held tryouts for the 2023-2024 season, and they have a new team of 29 talented dancers! Varsity Boys Soccer started their season over spring break with training at Manchester City’s facility in England, and they are 1-0 heading into their next game against MUS tomorrow night at 7:00pm.
Tryouts for 2023-2024
Tryouts for next year are gearing up! Girls Soccer has now opened their registration for the Fall 2023 Season. Houston High School and Middle school volleyball programs are also preparing for tryouts! HHS will host tryouts on May 24th. HMS will be hosting tryout clinics on June 20-21, and their actual tryouts will take place on June 22. This event is for current 5th-7th graders, and it is $30 to attend all three days and $20 just for tryouts.
Houston High School and Middle School Cheer is also preparing for tryouts. Middle School tryouts will be March 27-31 from 5-7pm at the Middle School. Tryouts for the high school Cheer will take place in the Houston High School Gym April 12,13, and 14 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. The required paperwork can be found on the home cheer page of the athletics website. This paperwork is a requirement for tryouts! There will also be a $25 tryout fee.
Houston Middle School Boys' Basketball
Houston Middle School Boys Basketball is hosting an open gym to rising 6th graders! Players will get to participate in shooting games and scrimmages, and they will get to meet the coaches and tour the new facility. This open gym will be on Saturday, April 1, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Click here to register and download required paperwork. Come show the coaches what you would bring to the team!
Never miss a game again
Don't miss your chance to come out and see these athletes in action! Have you downloaded our Houston Athletics App? GMSD is excited to announce that middle school feeder programs will be added to the app and website in Quarter Four.
Sports Summer Camp Corner
As summer approaches, GMSD is gearing up to host some amazing summer camps! Over at Houston Middle, volleyball camp registration is open! This camp is for grades 4th-8th is June 6-8 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Click here to register.
Boys and Girls Basketball Camps
Houston’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams will be hosting camps June 19-22 from 9am-12pm, and they are open to 1st-8th graders. The boys camp will take place in the Houston High School gym, and the girls camp will be over at the Houston Middle School gym. To register, go to thehoustonathletics.com and select Boys and Girls Varsity basketball.
Boys and Girls Soccer Camp
Soccer Camp will be held June 5-9 from 8:30am-12:00pm, and it is open to boys and girls ages 4-13. Camp will be at the Mustang Soccer Complex at Houston Middle School. Come learn from the State Champion Houston High School coaches! Registration is open on thehoustonathletics.com on both the Girls and Boys Soccer pages.
Football Camp will be June 20-22 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Houston High School Football Field. Camp registration is open for 1st-8th graders, and campers will need to wear a t-shirt, shorts, and cleats. Please do NOT bring a helmet, but of course, bring a water bottle! Click here to register.
How to Register for Camps and Tryouts
Information about the listed tryouts, required paperwork, and camp registrations can be found on thehoustonathletics.com. Select what sport you are interested in, and the information for tryouts and camps will be listed in the Links, Forms, and Announcements sections.
Submit your camp, clinic, or tryout information
We are working on a summer camp roundup. Make sure to submit your camp information in time!
Deadline: March 31st.
Email submissions to Emily.Hume@gmsdk12.org.
March Athlete of the Month
Voting for Athlete of the Month will close Thursday, March 30 at 12:00pm. Click here to learn more about our nominees and cast your vote for the High School and Middle School athletes of the month!
High School Nominees:
- Faith Gibbs - Senior, Softball
- Ella McKnight - Sophomore, Softball
- Jaden Sallie - Senior, Baseball
- Ryan Tashie - Senior, Baseball
Middle School Nominees:
- Wyatt Gmetro - Houston Middle School, Eighth Grade, Baseball
- John Lee - Riverdale, Eighth Grade, Baseball
- Maddie McClure - Houston Middle School, Eighth Grade, Softball
Register NOW for GEF Run for Education 5k & Color Run! Early Bird Pricing Ends March 31
Join us Sunday, April 23, for the annual Germantown Education Foundation (GEF) Run for Education 5k & Family Fun Color Run! Proceeds from the event are given back to each school in two ways – directly to the school based on their registered participation, and through school and classroom grants administered by the Germantown Education Foundation. Last year, the GEF granted $162,000 to GMSD schools and teachers. Your support of this event matters!
More than just a run, the day kicks off at 12:30 with a festival featuring inflatables, fun, food trucks, vendors, and bands.
Register for the 5k or 1-Mile color run event, or a combination of both. Early bird registration continues through March 31 and provides a $5 discount off the normal $30 registration. To register, visit https://gefrun2023.raceroster.com/