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Brock St. Clair, one of Harley Davidson's new interns, sits on his new motorcycle.

GMSD student alumni finds his freedom with Harley Davidson

Germantown, Tennesse--August 16, 2018-- Houston Highschool and Riverdale alumni Brock St. Clair recently won Harley Davidson's #FindYourFreedom social media internship competition; securing him a spot as one of the eight interns that will ride across the country on a motercycle, experiencing and publishing motercycle culture.

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Students run down the human tunnel, excited about the "Red Carpet House Reveal".

Houston Middle School kicks off the year with Red Carpet House Reveals for both students and staff

Germantown, Tennessee--August 17th, 2018--Houston Middle kicked off the new school year with a "Red Carpet House Reveal", assigning new teachers and students to one of the four hosues: the House of Andalusion, the House of Daartmoor, the House of Lipizzan, or the House of Percheron  More +
Dogwood teachers participate in professional development before school begins.

Dogwood Elementary jumps into the new school year with it's annual Leadership Workshop

Germantwn, Tennessee--August 16, 2018-- Teachers, academic coaches, and district leaders gathered at Dogwood Elementary's leadership workshop in preparation for the upcoming school year. Tagline: Innovate. Challenge. Empower. More +
A sixth grader shares a personal story in her Facing History and Ourselves class.

Riverdale School invests time for social contracting after a PD session offered by Facing History and Ourselves

Germantown, Tennessee--August 16, 2018--Riverdale teachers of grades 5-8 have embarked on a series of professional development activities to enhance school culture.  Provided by the organization, Facing History and Ourselves, the school’s first session centered on the concept of social contracting. More +
Two Houston Middle Students greet potential teachers at the annual Snapshots Event.

The Houston Middle Band awarded a grant from GPAC to host "A Symphonic Clinic to Enhance Music Education"

Germantown, Tennessee--August 16, 2018--We are pleased to announce that The Houston Middle Band has been chosen as a grant recipient for the 2018-2019 school year by the GPAC Arts Education Fund.  The GPAC Arts Education Fund was launched in the Spring of 2016 to sustain current arts education programs and support new initiatives. The fund supports various programs, including grants for Germantown-based schools and nonprofits. More +
Teacher Brianna Gould shares a hug with two of her students.

FES trains teachers in the methodology of ‘backwards planning’ as they experience a lesson from the student’s perspective

Germantown, Tennessee—August 2, 2018—The teachers are captivated in the library as they participate in a professional development session led by content leads Brianna Gould and Rebecca Carey.  Gould, who serves as the content lead for grades 3-5, is a veritable cheerleader and understood ‘guru’ of Expeditionary Learning, the new language arts textbook series that made its debut last year (2017) at Farmington.  Wit and Wisdom has been in place for grades K-2 since 2016, but is still an area that teachers requested additional training and development.  Carey has recently stepped into the role of content lead for the lower grades. More +
Students in eighth grade ELA participate in a gallery walk on their iPads.

Houston Middle School adds Nearpod to its roster of high tech tools as the school prepares for the first year of full 1:1 device deployment

Germantown, Tennessee—August 10, 2018—This year, all students in grades 6-12 have been issued a device.  As the students filed into the Houston Middle Library this summer to pick up their devices, teachers and administrators were simultaneously training staff on the use of a new lesson-delivery software.  “Nearpod, the new lesson-delivery platform, will do several things for the teachers,” explained Blended Learning Specialist Chris Cooper.  “It’s something like PowerPoint which is easy for teachers to learn and understand, but it offers several interactive features for students that go beyond the capabilities of PowerPoint,” he said. More +
A member of the GPD SWAT team engages a small group of teachers at Houston Middle School.

Germantown Police Department prepares GMSD teachers and school staff for active shooter situations

Germantown, Tennessee—August 3, 2018—The tragedy in Parkland, Florida last year has increased focus in school security across the country. Germantown Municipal School District, in addition to adding some new physical security features (you can read more about those here), continues to be proud to partner with the Germantown Police Department.  Through a partnership with the City of Germantown, each school has been provided with a School Resource Officer (SRO) since the district’s doors opened in 2014.  But, now, the GPD SWAT team has become an active partner as well. More +
Cheerleaders and volleyball players pose for a picture with two FES students on the first day of school.

First day of school in Germantown Municipal School District establishes a fun school atmosphere

Germantown, Tennessee--August 6, 2018--Our teachers and staff  were ready for their new students on the first day of school in the Germantown Municipal School District.  Parents walked students in at the elementary levels as the families were greeted by high-fives from members of the Houston High School Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball teams.  Staff at Houston Middle School were waving and cheering arrivals dressed in their house colors (HMS has a house-system similar to Harry Potter).  The excitement was also present at Houston High where our Mustang Mentors were lined up to greet the ninth graders who will engage in special team building, orientation and get-to-know you games.  Later this morning they will also tour the buildings and learn how to plug into school culture. More +
Lydia Waldrop is crowned Miss Germantown.

Houston High student named Miss Outstanding Germantown Teen

Over the weekend, Lydia Waldrop sang her way into first place in the Miss Germantown Outstanding Teen Pageant, allowing her to go on to compete in the Miss Tennesse Outstanding Teen Pageant.  More +
L: Jack Turner; on R: A photograph of the governor's celebration last year, tables & balloons.

Two Germantown students recognized by the TN governor for reading over 3,000 minutes over the summer

Germantown, Tennessee--August 9, 2018--Jack Turner, a 4th grader at Dogwood Elementary and Victoria Britson, a first grader at Farmington Elementary, recently secured two top one-hundred reader spots in the Tennessee First Lady’s statewide Summer Reading Competition. More +
Houston cheerleaders join GPD for tacos and chatting

HHS Cheerleaders host a hometown cop stop

Germantown, Tennessee--August 8, 2018--Last Friday seniors and juniors of both Houston High cheer squads gave back to the community by hosting a cop stop to provide a free meal in a relaxed setting for the Germantown Police Department and their families. Cop stops originated in Germantown and have spread into a variety of communities (Memphis, Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, Arlington, Lakeland, Oakland, etc.) as a way to thank police officers and their families for their service. More +
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