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Germantown, TN 38139
Phone: 901-756-2370
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Houston High School News
Late Start Dates!
During the 7:30-8:15 period, teachers will meet in PLC groups to examine student progress and plan for next steps for learning. 
Houston Theatre Production of A Wrinkle in Time debuts this weekend!
The theatre department’s fall production is an adaptation of the young adult novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The play will be performed Sept. 23 and 24 at 7:00, and Sept. 25 at 2:30. Teachers are admitted free. Student tickets are $6, and tickets for adults are $10.

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.  
Reflections Entries Sought! Due: October 18
It is time to think about your entry in the Reflections contest. This year's theme is "What's Your Story?". Last year, we had several state winners and one national winner! Reflections contest entries are due October 18th.
Our World: Tearing Down the Walls lecture series on Tuesday, September 27th from 3-4:15
We will have our first Rho Kappa Our World: Tearing Down the Walls lecture series on Tuesday, September 27th from 3-4:15 in the Circulation Library. This first lecture will actually be a viewing of the short 38 minute film Lives Restarted, From the Holocaust to Memphis: Stories of Courage and Resilience. It is an excellent film about first and second generation Holocaust survivors living in Memphis. Students who attend will be expected to stay for the length of the film. 
Delta Fair Art Winners!

Congratulations to the following students for winning awards at the recent Delta Fair: from top left clockwise - Emma Dowden, senior; Eagan Smith, freshman; Molly Hamm; sophomore; Jane Yan, sophomore; Brianna Szurpicki, junior; Alyssa Doyle, freshman; Katy Keenan, senior; and Jessica Chong; junior. #hhsfinearts  
Tutoring Tuesdays for Freshmen!

Tutoring Tuesday is an opportunity for freshmen to receive peer tutoring in a variety of subjects from the Mustang Mentors!

Freshmen are encouraged to drop by the Circulation Library with questions! No advance sign up necessary.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Schmitt at sara.schmitt@gmsdk12.org
It is time for interested Sophomores and Juniors to register for the PSAT (Practice SAT). The PSAT is practice for the new SAT and serves as the only qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship program for juniors. The PSAT will be given at Houston on Wednesday, October 19th during the day, and the cost is $15. Go online to http://Aptestservice.com/houstonhs to register for the test and pay the fee before the September 30th deadline!! 
Governor's School Applications Available to Sophomores and Juniors

 The 2017 Governor’s Schools of Tennessee applications are now available!  

Governor's School is a 4-5 week summer program for our gifted and talented 10th & 11th graders.  This “adventure into excellence” will match outstanding students with challenging teachers, distinguished professors and practicing professionals in each field for the opportunity to earn college credit.  Programs are available in the following areas:   Agricultural Sciences, Computational Physics, Emerging Technologies, Humanities, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, International Studies, Prospective Teachers, Sciences & Engineering, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Scientific Models and Data Analysis, and the Arts in Dance, Filmmaking, Visual Art, Music (Instrumental Program and Vocal Music), and Theatre.  There is a program fee associated for the Arts with full, partial and need-based scholarships available.  All other programs are Free!  Arts applications are due into the grade level counselor by October 17.  All other Governor’s School applications should be turned in by November 10.

You may find the applications online at the following link:

Meet GMSD's New School Board Member-Betsy Landers
Germantown Municipal Schools is pleased to welcome Betsy Landers to its school board. Landers was chosen from a “very qualified list of applicants,” says Superintendent Jason Manuel, who echoes similar sentiments shared by various Board Aldermen who voted her into the position on September 12, 2016.  
Kyle William Kiihnl Memorial Scholarship Applications Available

Kyle Kiihnl was a 17-year-old junior at Houston High School in Germantown, TN when he lost his life to a driver that fell asleep at the wheel.

Since that time his family has made it their mission to educate drivers on the dangers of driving sleep impaired.  His family and friends do not want his untimely death to be his legacy. 

Scholarship packets (1 envelope) must be postmarked by Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. 

Yearbook Information!
Seniors: the senior picture deadline has been extended until October 8th. If you have not scheduled your senior picture sitting, call Holland TODAY at 362-1818 to make your appointment.
All students: yearbooks are OFFICIALLY on sale! Please go to www.smart-pay.com to order your copy. They are $80.50 and the cost includes your name engraving! Additional icons are available for purchase at $6. Each.
Need information about sponsoring, placing an ad or purchasing a yearbook?
Check out the Yearbook page at: http://www.gmsdk12.org/Yearbook.aspx
Updates from the Germantown Education Foundation
There are several exciting events in the works this year.  Click here to view an overview of some great family activities the GEF plans to provide as well as a list of local vendors who will be giving proceeds back to our schools.  
Art in the Airport: Two Houston students are honored
Two Houston High School students, Krista Lebovitz and Ellen Suchomel, were selected out of over 200 entries to create a 4x3 foot canvas with the theme "Memphis music, sights and sounds." 
Matt Taylor named new band director of Houston High School
The Houston Band will have a new director next year.  Matt Taylor brings world class experience and some intricate knowledge of the program with him to the position. 
Football Team to Increase Outreach Opportunities
The Houston High School Varsity Football team headed to feeder schools to give high fives and kind smiles to students on the first day of school. Taking advantage of the later starting schedule on the first day of school at the HHS, Coach Will Hudgens will be placing a new focus on celebrating his players as leaders. Among some of the plans in the works for the team, nearly 90 students strong, include several community appearances this season. 
Defending the Title: Girls Cross Country Preview
First year Head Coach Clint Daniels inherits the core group from last year’s State Championship team. Led by Senior Michelle Myers, who finished 3rd in last year’s State Meet and Junior Ella Baran look to continue the staggering accomplishment.
Defending the Title: Girls Soccer Preview
Head Coach David Wolff knows what it takes to win a championship, and he also knows what it takes to repeat. Our Girls Soccer team has been to the State Finals an impressive 11 consecutive years. But replacing the production and leadership lost from the 2015 State Championship team will be no easy task, no matter how talented the roster. 
Defending the Title: Girls Golf Preview
Talent is important in any athletic endeavor and we have plenty of it returning for the 2016 Girls Golf season. Beginning with defending Individual State Champion Sophomore Jayna Choi, who tied the State Record shooting a 64 during the final round of competition while clinching our 1st State Championship in Girls Golf and 34th overall team title in school history.  
Defending the Title: Boys Golf Preview
Longtime Head Golf Coach Steve Bell leads the 3rd program that has qualified for the State Championship each of the 24 years we have been eligible to participate.
King Grisanti leads a group aiming for our 2nd Boys Golf State Championship in school history.
Defending the Title: Boys Cross Country Preview
First year Head Coach Clint Daniels takes over a hard working group led by the best returning local finisher from last year’s State Meet, Senior Chris Rayder. One of the first things that caught the attention of Coach Daniels was the commitment of the group. “The boys have worked very hard and have shown a great work ethic,” Coach Daniel said. 
Defending the Title: Volleyball Preview
Head Coach Becky Pendleton returns after leading the Lady Mustangs to their 9th consecutive trip to the State Finals and sending all 7 members of last year’s Senior Class off with college scholarships for volleyball.  
The Houston Band marchs forward with “The Graveyard”
Read a quick preview here about their fall program,  when and where the community can catch them performing, ways you  can support them--and, most excitingly their upcoming GMSD Band Festival (a festival for children grades K-8 and their families to view the performance and engage in interactive activities with the highly decorated band members). 
TN Ready Testing Resources

Here are additional resources that we hope will help to foster greater understanding about TNReady: our 2016 TNReady Parent Guide and the supplemental Guide on TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities. These guides walk through many of the questions we have heard from parents and outline the changes, particularly to the timing and structure, that we have made for the upcoming school year. The guides can be viewed online at TNReady.gov on our new TNReady Parent Resources page. We also have a one-page handout that explains at a high level the role of assessments, which is attached here. It is also included in the Parent Guide.   

GMSD seeking parent feedback in the quest for accreditation
Germantown Municipal School District is seeking national accreditation. This quick survey helps the evaluating entity focus it’s face-to-face assessment of our schools.  
GMSD Night at Houston High School
In case you missed the first home game, aptly described as "GMSD Night", here are the video highlights that aired on the jumbotron about each of the feeder schools. 
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Houston High School's mission is to provide all students with a data-driven, intellectual and creative learning environment appropriate for success and citizenship in an ever-evolving world. 
Mustang Apparel Store
Attention Mustang Fans! Looking for customized apparel for your family? The GMSD has partnered with Nike and Lids to provide on-demand apparel for all sports and activities at HHS delivered to your doorstep in seven days. 

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9755 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38139
901-756-2370 (phone)
901-756-2377 (Fax) 
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