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Shannon Ward is named the new Assistant Principal of Riverdale K-8 School

Germantown, Tennessee--May 23, 2019--Germantown Municipal School District is pleased to announce that Shannon Ward has been named the new Assistant Principal of Riverdale K-8 School.  Mrs. Ward has been teaching for 22 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis and has since taught Kindergarten, third grade, and fifth grade.  Mrs. Ward earned her Master of Science in Leadership and Policy Study with a Concentration in School Administration from the University of Memphis.  More +
Kell Christie portrait

HHS theater teacher, Kell Christie, honored by the national Tony Awards as an Excellent Educator

Germantown, Tennessee--May 21, 2019--Houston High School theater teacher, Kell Christie, has been chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Theater Education Award by the Tony Awards in New York.  Each year, the Tony Awards in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University invite member of the public to submit candidates. More +
Thinking about writing a grant for your classroom?

GEF announces opening of new grant cycle and teams up with GMSD to offer teacher grant writing workshops

Germantown, Tennessee--May 21, 2019--The applications for 2019-2020 Germantown Education Foundation Grants are LIVE.  Click here to view the application.  . Our district team is also excited to be offering a grant writing workshop on Tuesday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in partnership with the Germantown Education Foundation.  This workshop session will count towards 2 FLEX PD hours.
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Students enjoy frozen treats at their field day.

Reminder: Upcoming 1/2 Days on the GMSD Calendar

Half-day school operating times next week (for Wednesday 5/22 and Thursday 5/23) are as follows:
Dogwood 8:45-12:15
Farmington 8:30-12:00
Houston High 7:45-11:15
Houston Middle 8:00-11:30
Riverdale 8:30-12:00
Buses will also run for these arrival and dismissal times.
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Dr. Suchman stands for a picture.

Dr. Thomas Suchman appointed Assistant Principal of Houston High School

Germantown, Tennessee--May 9, 2019--Germantown Municipal School District is excited to announce that Dr. Thomas Suchman has been appointed as Assistant Principal of Houston High School.  Dr. Suchman has been teaching for twenty-one years, twenty of which have been at Houston High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College, which originally brought him to the Memphis Area.  He also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Cumberland University, Administration Licensure from Christian Brothers University and a Doctor of Education in K12 Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.  

While at Houston High School he has taught 10th and 12th Grade Honors and Standard English, Classical Mythology, Honors and Standard Etymology, and Dual Enrollment English through the University of Memphis.  

He has also held many leadership positions within the school and the district, including; Title I Facilitator, Department Chair, Teacher Advisory Council, AdvancED Team Member, GMSD Strategic Planning Committee, Honors Academy Council, School Improvement Chairperson, Learning Coach, New Teacher Mentor, and School Data-Lead.  

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Suchman is a musician and an avid record-collector and estimates that he has played on about fifteen records/releases while in Memphis.  When asked about the appointment he shared, “I’m thrilled and humbled to be given an opportunity to take an administrative role at a school that has been the focus of my life for the last twenty years”.

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The HHS Unified track team poses with their first place trophy.

Houston High students headed to State Championship in TSSAA Unified Track Event

Germantown, Tennessee--May 10, 2019--Our very own Houston High athletes tied for 1st place and will compete at the State Meet in two weeks.  Connor Dawson, Baylee Davis, and Breonna Allen will represent Houston High School. More +
Two girls stand outside of Houston Middle School holding a flag.

Houston Middle School Announces 2019 Days of Diversity Event

Germantown, Tennessee – Houston Middle School has announced the dates for its 2019 Days of Diversity. Days of Diversity is a week-long event that celebrates HMS’s diversity. The event will take place from May 6 – 10, 2019, and this year marks the Fourth (4th) year HMS has held Days of Diversity.

“Days of Diversity is a perfect example of how people from all cultures can come together and appreciate the strengths and values that has made America the country she is today,” stated Liz Dias, HMS principal. “This week-long event highlights that we are able to accomplish much more together than apart. It demonstrates that if we celebrate our differences we can change our world.”


Who – From Berlin (Germany) to Bangkok (Thailand), Moscow (Russia) to Manilla (Philippines), HMS is a culturally rich school that embraces a culturally rich community. The Days of Diversity event highlights the strength found in the diverse HMS family.


What – The 2019 Days of Diversity theme is “Celebrating Our Differences, Changing Our World.” HMS is celebrating the strengths found in our differences so people can come together and make the world a better place for all. 


When – Days of Diversity is celebrated May 6 – 10, 2019.

=         May 6th: Parade of Flags (Parade where students display the flags of the world)

=         May 7th: Diversity Decorated Door Judging (Members of the community invited to serve as guest judges!

=         May 8th: Around the World Tours (Students tour the decorated doors learning about countries from all over the world)

=         May 9th: Taste of Diversity Community Event (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm) (Huge event in which the Germantown community shows its diversity with a sampling of food of global proportions! HMS talent on display, too!)

=         May 10th: Closing Ceremonies


Where – All events will take place at HMS, conveniently located at 9400 Wolf River Blvd., Germantown, Tennessee.


Why – HMS recognizes the value of diversity in an increasingly competitive world. When students are able to bridge their differences to achieve a common goal, both students and society win. Days of Diversity is just one way to encourage students to start building that bridge. 

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Houston High School’s National Spanish Honor Society's inductees.

HHS Spanish Honor Society Induction

Germantown, Tennessee--April 11, 2019--The following students were inducted into Houston High School’s Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (National Spanish Honor Society). These students had to meet the following qualifications to be eligible for membership:

  • Enrolled in Spanish III (H) or higher
  • No ISS/OSS or N/U in conduct on high school transcript
  • All A’s for at least the last three consecutive semesters in Spanish classes
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

We are very proud of these students. Mrs. Kristin Ferryman is the sponsor.

SHH New Members:

Julia Antipova

Swesh Dhungel

Virginia Folse

Riley Griffin

Annabel Leonard

Roshan Parikh

Parth Patel

Riya Patel

Ricardo Rocha

Yaelle Szoychen

SHH Current Members:

Madeeha Aziz

Addie Boccuzzi

Samantha Clifford

Megumi Fujii

Meera George

Claire Herrington

Kes Jackson

Jun Lee

Abigail Leitner

Sam Perry

Hayley Royal

Emily Ryu

Taylor Schoggen

Regan Schutt (President)

Josie Steen

Molly Waugh (Vice President)

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Emily Ryu (left) and Cady Baltz (right) standing to take a picture with their knowledge bowl scholarships.

2018-2019 Knowledge Bowl Scholarship Winners

Germantown, Tennessee--April 26, 2019-- These five academic all-stars were awarded 1000$ each in scholarship money to apply toward any college of their choice!  Congratulations and best wishes to our graduating seniors! 

Not pictured: Teachers & Knowledge Bowl Coordinators, Martha G. Poole & John Kennon; Students, Junior, Major Glenn & Sophomores, Elliot Frankel & Sylvan Paul (students attending a Latin Convention).

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Speaker Reception featuring Marcus Aurelius on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Riverdale Elementary School

Germantown, Tennessee--April 29, 2019--ServiceMaster by Cornerstone hosted cityCURRENT Speaker Reception featuring Marcus Aurelius on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 PM at Riverdale Elementary School. 

Marcus suffered a severe spinal injury while preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army, and after dying on the operating table twice, was left paralyzed from the neck down and told he'd never walk or use his hands again. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead of a curse, something miraculous began to happen. At our event, Marcus will be sharing his story and important lessons from his life and book, The Gift of Adversity: Overcoming Paralysis and Pain to Find Purpose.
This event, hosted by ServiceMaster by Cornerstone in conjunction with Germantown Municipal School District and Riverdale Elementary School, is free and open to the community. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Refreshments will be provided.

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Chad Becker being named 2019 Tennessee Athletic Director of the year

Chad Becker Named 2019 Tennessee Athletic Director of The Year

Germantown, Tennessee--April 18, 2019-- Chad Becker was named Tennessee Athletic Director of the Year for 2019 by the Tennessee Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (TIAAA) this week. The ceremony was part of the annual Athletic Director’s Conference hosted by the TSSAA in Murfreesboro, TN.

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Staffing changes: bio pics of Haddow, Cathey, and Stratton

GMSD names Josh Cathey as new Deputy Superintendent

Germantown, Tennessee--April 25, 2019--Dan Haddow will be retiring from his role as Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff.GMSD is excited to announce that Josh Cathey will be stepping into the role of Deputy Superintendent.  Elissa Stratton has been named the Executive Director of Human Resources. More +
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