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Last week week we celebrated our Assistant Principals, School Librarians, and Exceptional Student Paraprofessionals
Did you know that April 4th-8th was National Assistant Principals Week, that April 4th was National School Librarian Day, or April 5th was Paraprofessional Appreciation Day?
I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for all that our Assistant Principals, Librarians, and Paraprofessionals do for our students and schools. Last week, we had the opportunity to celebrate your hard work and dedication.
Their contributions to our educational community are invaluable, and the impact they have on our students' lives is immeasurable.
Thank you for being an integral part of our team and for your unwavering dedication to our students' success. We are lucky to have you on our team.
Germantown Board of Education Budget & April Work Session
This meeting will combine the Budget Work Session with the regularly scheduled April Work Session and will last from 1pm-6pm.
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.
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2023, 01:00 PM
3350 Forest Hill Irene Road, Germantown, TN, USA
Parent Workshop: Device Safety
In today's digital age, the internet is a ubiquitous part of our lives. As a result, children have unprecedented access to information, resources, and tools that can help them learn, communicate, and grow. However, with this access comes potential risks and dangers that can threaten their safety and well-being. In order to help parents keep their children safe online, the Riverdale counseling department, in partnership with the GMSD instructional technology team, recently hosted a parent workshop on this very topic.
The workshop, which was recorded for parents who were unable to attend in person, aimed to educate parents about how to prevent dangers that their children may face while using the internet. The workshop also discussed practical strategies that parents can use to help their children stay safe online, such as monitoring their children's internet activity, setting strict rules and boundaries, and providing guidance and support when necessary.
GMSD Hosts Envisions Exposition for Grades 3-5
In the first ever GMSD Envision Exposition held on April 6, students in grades 3-5 were able to showcase all that they had learned through their research projects. Karen Teel from Dogwood Elementary shared that there were so many skills students were able to learn through this project, saying, “Students were able to take ownership of their work, apply their research and presentation skills, and develop social skills as they shared their findings with parents and community members.”
Throughout the event, visitors could learn about different parts of the world, ways to stop pollution, this history of broadway and music, and so much more. Mrs. Teel also shared that Envision was, “a dynamic program that individually differentiates and challenges gifted students beyond the standard curriculum.” The Envision Exposition was based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of specific measurable objectives that lead to personalized end results. It is designed to inspire students to set goals for their future. Students worked on two projects throughout each semester, and then they chose which one they would like to present at the Exposition. There were 150 independent research projects from all four elementary schools. Click here to read more.
Students & staff shine at Houston's International Extravaganza
GMSD is home to students from over 40 birth nations, and we recently celebrated our diversity with the Houston High International Extravaganza. From delicious foods to demonstrations and international fashion, it was an unforgettable experience. And for those who missed it, mark your calendars for May 9th when Houston Middle School brings back its popular Taste of Diversity event.
Students organize relief efforts for Covington, TN schools--Find out how you can help!
Dear GMSD Families,
Houston High School is partnering with the West TN schools of Tennessee Association of Student Councils and hosting a School Supply Drive for Crestview Elementary and Middle Schools. These two schools were demolished and displaced approximately 1200 students. Along with demolishing their schools, three factories were destroyed leaving around 1000 people without a job and approximately 70 homes were destroyed. Due to this tragedy, we are hoping to provide a little hope through donating school supplies.
We are asking our district to come alongside us and help us help Covington. The school supply drive will last through Friday, April 14. On April 14, we will come to pick up the supplies so that we can deliver them to the community of Covington.
Here is what they are requesting:
STEM students showcase creative talents at recent TSA State Conference
The Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference was recently held in Chattanooga, Tennessee from March 29-31, and students from HHS participated in several competitions. The TSA is a national organization that encourages students to explore and develop their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through various events and competitions.
The HHS students competed in a range of competitions, including dragster design, fashion design and technology, children's stories, extemporaneous speech, board game design, and music production. Most of the students made it to the final round of the competition, showcasing their skills and abilities in front of judges and their peers.
Addison Smith, a student from HHS, placed 2nd in the state in the Children's Stories competition, showcasing her creativity and writing skills. Gabrielle Clay, another student from HHS, took home 1st place in the state in the Music Production competition.
In the Fashion Design competition, Aydenne Hennings, Aubree Richardson, and Ayden Roberts placed 4th in the state, and Ellie Clare Warren and Camryn Eafen placed 5th in the state, demonstrating their creativity and fashion design abilities.
Check out the winning works from the GMC PTO art & writing contest
The Germantown Municipal Council PTO was proud to sponsor GMSD's annual Art and Writing Contest. The theme for the 2022-2023 contest was Germantown Is... Students were challenged to use their imaginations to create art and writings to show us what this theme means to them.
1st Place: Cooper Laxton, grade 10
2nd Place: Bran Banning, grade 10
3rd place: Lucy Smith, grade 10
1st Place: Lily Tun, grade 8 RMS
2nd Place: Ryland Moore, grade 6 HMS
3rd Place: Rini Hinkle, grade 6 HMS
1st Place: Fatima Hernandes, grade 10
2nd Place: Addison Smith, grade 10
3rd Place: Aimee Woodman's grade 12
Honorable Mention: Avery Hines, grade 10
Honorable Mention: Madeline Christopher, grade 10
1st Place: Caroline Anderson, grade 8, HMS
2nd Place: Felix Smoldas, grade 8, RMS
3rd Place : Aubree Jiang, grade 8, HMS
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Julian Ostman, grade 3, FHES
2nd Place: Riley Kate Abernathy, grade 5, FHES
3rd Place: Elin Xing, grade 3, FES
LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Adam Hamed, grade 2, FHES
2nd Place: Ayana Abualya, grade 1 FHES
3rd Place: Elizabeth "Dibby" Lubozynski, grade 1, FES
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Enzo Grisanti, grade 5, RES
2nd Place: Rainorah Pare, grade 5, FES
3rd Place: Lesley Tun, grade 4, RES
LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Caroline Brashear, Kindergarten, DES
2nd Place: Charlie Schulter, Kindergarten, RES
3rd Place: Roman Pare, grade 1, FES
1st Place: Shreeya Iyengar, grade 10
1st Place: Elena Truszkowski, grade 7, HMS
2nd Place: Clara Leister, grade 7, HMS
3rd Place: Marshall Mullis, grade 7, HMS
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: William Hagan, grade 3, FHES
2nd Place: Luke Davis, grade 5, FHES
3rd Place: Rainorah Pare, grade 5, FES
LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Teddy Ostmann, grade 1, FES
2nd Place: Millie Drew Norrid, gr 2, FHES
3rd Place: Ruth Zhang, grade 1, FES
1st Place: Sophia Overstreet, grade 12
2nd Place: Sarah Hochman, grade 11
3rd Place: Elaine Ulmer, grade 12
1st Place: Jared Redmond, grade 7, HMS
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Aleena Abualya, grade 3, FHES
2nd Place: Clara Marlow, grade 4, RES
3rd Place: John Bennett, grade 3, FES
Honorable Mention: Hamza Hamed, grade 4, FHES
LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Roman Pare, grade 1, FES
2nd Place: Addison Kandel, grade 2, FHES
3rd Place: Emery Timmons, grade 2, FHES
1st Place: Alan Du, grade 11
UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Catherine Cooley, grade 4, RES
2nd Place: Violet Allgood, grade 4, RES
LOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1st Place: Adler Gillespie, grade 2, FHES
2nd Place: Aditi Reddy, grade 2, FHES
School Coordinated Health brings CPR certifications and goat yoga to GMSD in April
Last week, in partnership with Germantown Methodist Healthcare and the Germantown Fire Department, our schools certified or trained all 9th and 11th grade students in CPR through their gym and personal finance classes at Houston High.
School Coordinated Health also hosted a staff wellness event--bringing GOAT yoga to GMSD. Thirty lucky staff members (and a few students who happened to pass by) enjoyed de-stressing before testing season begins. A special thanks to 901 Goats for helping to make this event possible.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) earns recognitions
Houston High Students have once again showcased their skills and talents, as they walked away with a handful of awards at the State FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Competition held last week. The competition saw students from across the state participate in various categories, and HHS students performed exceptionally well.
Lauryn Barrett and Malone Jimerson were the star performers of the day, as they won 1st place GOLD in the Public Policy Advocacy category. Their hard work and dedication paid off as they beat out tough competition from other schools to clinch the top spot. The students' public speaking skills and in-depth knowledge of the advocacy topic were highly impressive.
Faith Sneed also put up an excellent performance, winning 3rd place SILVER in the Career Investigation category. Her thorough research and analysis of the chosen career path helped her secure a podium finish at the competition. Morgan Crafton and Ella Murray also gave a commendable performance and were awarded a SILVER in the Chapter Service Project category.
Program Spotlight: Houston Boys Soccer
What does it take to achieve 800 wins? How does it feel to be one of the only high school teams in America to be invited to train at the prestigious Manchester City training facility in England? Take a look at this week’s spotlight of Coach David Wolff and the Houston Boys Soccer Team.
Mark your calendars for GMSD schools' Fine Arts Nights
Forest Hill recently kicked off a series of fine arts nights at each school, showcasing our exceptional orchestras, choirs, music groups, and stunning visual art displays. Trust me, you won't want to miss these upcoming events.
April 11th: Riverdale's Fine Arts Night
April 12th: Dogwood's Fine Arts Night
April 13th: Farmington's Fine Arts Night
April 14th: Houston Middle Band and Choir Perform at Six Flags Over St. Louis
April 14th: Houston High Choirs perform at Handel Masterworks Concert
From April 19th to 22nd, our All-State musicians will be headed to Nashville to perform in the TNMEA All-State concert. Wish all of our young musicians luck.
If you are out and about at any of these events, please post your images using the hashtag, #gmsdfinearts!
Join Germantown and Collierville choir students for a Masterworks Concert on Friday
Due to popular demand, the Collierville High School and Houston High School Choir programs have once again teamed up for a Masterworks concert. The concert offers a unique opportunity for students to challenge themselves by performing complex music with a live orchestra. Typically, only those who make all-west or all-state have access to such experiences. However, these masterworks concerts give ALL the students in each schools' top tier choirs the chance to showcase their talent. Each concert focuses on a composer that has positively impacted the directors. This spring, the spotlight is on Handel. Don't miss out on the chance to witness this incredible performance on Friday, April 14th at 7pm!
"These concerts give our students a chance to experience challenging music, and sing with a live orchestra. But, they are also great for the audience" said Houston Choirs Director Kinsey Healy.
Register NOW for GEF Run for Education 5k & Color Run to Get Your T-shirt!
Act fast and make sure your to share with your families that April 14th is the LAST day to register for the race and still get a t-shirt!
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!
Which teachers are currently in the lead for the $300, $200, and $100 gifts?
- Susan Brooke 39
- Courtney Berggren 33
- Kate Greer 27
- Andrea Adair 33
- Madison Lessley 24
- Lisa Navarro 20
- Stephanie Betts 16
- Nicole Barnett 15
- Sarah Lucas 15
- Kelsey Woolfolk 11
- Crista Ponder 10
- Vicki Gabriel 8
Houston Middle School
- Brian Haynes 14
- Juliet Ammons 11
- Julia Hosea 9
Houston High School
- Courtney Brookshire 3
- Gerry Wartenberg 3
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. to register, visit https://gefrun2023.raceroster.com/
Mustangs Scores and Schedules
It was another great week for Houston athletics! The varsity baseball team defeated Collierville 10-3, and collected three more wins over the long weekend. They next face De La Salle Institute Chicago tonight at home. Girls varsity lacrosse was victorious over Lausanne, winning 15-8. Their next game is April 14 against Briarcrest. Softball faced Briarcrest this week, and defeated the Saints 9-8. They picked up another win against St. Benedict, winning 12-11. Their next game is tonight at Southwind at 4:30pm. Boys soccer gained two wins over the weekend, defeating both CBHS and Valley View. They next face Munford tonight away at 6:00pm. Houston’s Track & Field is busy gearing up for the Houston Classic this Friday and Saturday!
Save the Date: Houston High Softball Complex Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Event
Mark your calendars for April 27th, when we'll be celebrating the grand opening of the Houston High School Softball Complex. There will be plenty of fun activities for Mustangs of all ages, along with tours of the brand-new facilities.
Tryouts for 2023-2024
Tryouts for next year are gearing up! Girls Soccer has now opened their registration for the Fall 2023 Season. This registration is up on the athletics website! 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 Cheer is also preparing for tryouts.Tryouts 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.
HMS Boys' Basketball Open Gym
Houston Middle School is hosting a second open gym for rising 6th grade boys who are interested in playing basketball as a Mustang! The first open gym was a success, so come out to meet the coaches and play in the new gym. Go to thehoustonathletics.com for more information, and click here to register!
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.
Houston Middle School Cheer Celebrating Betsy Spurlock
Houston Middle School Cheer is planning a celebration for Betsy Spurlock and her incredible work for this program. Mrs. Spurlock has been the HMS cheer sponsor for 25 years. Join the HMS cheer family on May 18th from 5-7pm at the Houston Middle School new gym for a reception honoring Besty Spurlock and her devotion to the World Champion cheer team!
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. Scan the QR code above or 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. Click here to register for the boys' camp. Click here to register for the girls' camp.
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! Scan the QR code above or click here to register.
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.
Baseball is hosting two camp sessions this summer! Both camps are open to K-7th grade. The first session is June 5-8 from 9:00am-12:00pm, and the second session is June 12-15, also from 9:00am-12:00pm. Both camps are at Bill Avant Field at Houston High School. Click here to register.
Houston High School Cheer is hosting camp for grades K-5, June 14-16 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Camp will be held at the Houston High School gym, and campers will need to wear a t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. Be sure to bring water and a snack! For a free t-shirt, register by June 5th! Scan the QR code above or click here to register.
HHS Pom is holding a mini dance camp! Camp will be held July 26-28 from 9:00am-12:00pm, and it is open for grades K-5. It will take place at the Houston High School gym, and a snack and t-shirt will be provided! Scan the QR code above or click here to register.
STEM Camp is for rising 5th graders, and there are only 40 spots open! This camp is June 10-13 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Houston Middle School. Students will get to explore the new STEM labs and learn about airplanes, catapults, solar cookers, and more! Scan the QR code above or click here to register.
Elementary Music Camp
Houston Middle School Band is hosting music camp! June 19-22 from 10:00am-12:00pm students will get to learn, play, and make music together in the new band room at HMS. Scan the QR code above or click here to register.
Mrs. Malone from Farmington is hosting Cursive Camp! There are three weeks available, with two sessions for each day: June 5-9, June 12-16, and July 10-14. Each day there will be a session from 10:00am-11:00am and a session from 4:00pm-5:00pm. This camp is for students age 8 and up. Message Mrs. Malone to register! email@example.com
Find the PERFECT GMSD summer camp at our new Community Hub.
GMSD is hosting so many amazing camps this summer! From football camp, to STEM camp, there really is something for everyone. These summer camps vary in age range, start date, and availability, so be sure to check out each one to see what is right for your student.
To submit a camp or learn more about sponsorship, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to see you all this summer!
Information about the listed tryouts, required paperwork, and athletic 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.
Dogwood's Ellen Moak named the City of Germantown's March Teacher of the Month
The March Teacher of the Month recipient was honored by the Education Commission at the March 27 meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The March Teacher of the Month was awarded to Mrs. Ellen Moak, a kindergarten teacher at Dogwood Elementary School. Parents and peers describe Ms. Moak as passionate, nurturing, knowledgeable, attentive and determined. Most importantly, she is committed to helping her students learn at their own paces and makes sure they reach their full potential. One nominator for this award writes "She consistently displays the desire to clearly inspire each of her students to learn, and her positivity makes a visit to her classroom energizing. She even has a trampoline and pets in her classroom to reward students."
A parent writes "My son comes home from school with stories about how Ms. Moak teaches him new concepts in a fun way, and that speaks values about her capacity to make learning fun. She has been such a blessing to our family this year." Along these lines, many parents wrote nomination letters about how Ms. Moak goes the extra mile to keep them in the loop on their children's progress and offer encouragement and advice in areas where their kids might need some extra help.
Beyond the classroom, Ms. Moak keeps up with her students and their accomplishments and stays involved in their lives. She has spent countless hours volunteering for GMSD PTO events, including Dogwood Movie Night, Dogwood Daddy/Daughter Dance, Haunted Houston and Falcon Footlights, to name a few. She has helped plan many school functions, such as Red Ribbon Week, and also has given multiple tours to new parents during Dogwood's Discover Dogwood days. She is a Mentor Teacher for the University of Memphis and has been a member of the Germantown Education Commission since 2021.
Andrea Starks named WREG's Teacher of the Week
If you’d like to nominate a Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week, you can do so by following this link.
Who found the Golden Egg at your school?
The eggs are hidden in various locations, from classrooms to teacher workrooms, and even outside the buildings. The employee who locates the egg in each building is declared the winner and awarded a treat. But the rewards don't stop there! The winners also get some time off to relax and unwind, allowing them to fully enjoy their sweet victory. This event is a great way for GMSD employees to come together, have some fun, and celebrate the arrival of spring. The Golden Egg Contest is a perfect example of how even the simplest events can bring joy and create a sense of community. Congratulations to this year's winners!
Special Job Posting!!
Next year, Houston High is expanding our Career Technical Education (CTE) offerings to include an Aviation Flight Program. Please help us spread the word that we are looking for a teacher to lead students in these classes. Prospective applicants who hold only some of the endorsements and requirements listed in the job description are strongly encouraged to apply. GMSD is committed to the success of the Aviation Flight program and supporting a strong candidate in completing course requirements.
Would you or someone you know like to hear more about this opportunity or the program vision and goals? Please contact Mark Ethan Constant, email@example.com.
Send someone a GMSD Gratitude Gram
We've made it VERY easy for you to send shoutouts to your favorite GMSD staffers! Here's how it works:
Pick from one of our four ready-made templates; The MVP, You Are Appreciated, Top Notch Customer Service, or Someone Wants to Celebrate You!
Choose the GMSD staff member you would like to recognize. If you don't know their email, select "Don't Know" and we will be able to fill in the details.
Type in your positive feedback in the text box. Be specific about what the staff member did that impressed you or made a difference.
Decide if you would like to leave your name or remain anonymous. If you choose to leave your name, type it in the "Your Name" field. If you add your email, you'll receive a copy of the Gratitude Gram when we send it to the recipient!
Click the "Submit" button to send your message.
If you have multiple staff members to recognize, repeat steps 2-5 for each person.
Our staff reviews and transmits these once a week.
What does the recipient receive? Once the message is approved, the recipient receives and email with your message along with an attached easily printable graphic so that they can share their gram on a bulletin board or wall.