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Aditya Narayanan stands with his award after winning the Tennessee Geographic Bee for a second year in a row

Riverdale student Aditya Narayanan wins first place in the Tennessee Geographic Bee

Germantown, Tennessee--March 29, 2019--For the second year in a row, Riverdale 7th grader Aditya Narayanan won first place in the Tennessee Geographic Bee. Aditya was awarded $5,000 from the Tennessee Geographic Alliance along with additional prizes from the National Geographic Society. In addition, Aditya gets to go on a trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the National Geographic Bee which will take place from May 19th until May 22nd. More +
Emmaline Schild with the Girls Who Mean Business program

Emmaline Schild honored by the Memphis Business Journal in the Girls Who Mean Business Program

Germantown, Tennessee--March 28, 2019--Emmaline Schild was honored by the Memphis Business Journal through the Girls Who Mean Business Program. In its inaugural year, the program recognized female high school students who exemplified excellence in school involvment, both academically and in extra-curricular activities.  The program chose one student per school.  

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Image of a tentative timeline outlining the strategic planning process for GMSD

Germantown Municipal School District is creating its new 5-Yr Strategic Plan and wants to hear from all of its stakeholders

Germantown, Tennessee--March 27, 2019--Germantown Municipal School District is beginning a 12-month journey to establish a new strategic plan for our  schools.  Your feedback is essential .  Please answer the following five questions.  The district is soliciting feedback from parents, students, community members, business partners and employees.  All answers are anonymous. More +
Headshot photograph of Spencer Nesvick in his HMS Band Room.

HMS Music Teacher, Spencer Nesvick to be honored at the CMA Foundation Awards as one of the top 30 music teachers in the country

Germantown, Tennessee--April 1, 2019--Houston Middle School teacher Spencer Nesvick will head to Nashville later this month to be celebrated by the CMA Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence Program.   More +
Ricky, Milo, and Manas receive certificates from Representative David Kustoff.

Congressman David Kustoff awards three Germantown students for winning the District Congressional App Challenge

Germantown, Tennessee--March 26, 2019--From a newly added series of coding courses to the district's one-to-one initiative, Germantown Municipal School District recognizes what an incredible asset technology can be in education.  Three Houston High students applied both of these facts and channeled their technological knowledge into the creation of an entertaining app, one now receiving congressional recognition.  Ricky Liu, Manas Malla, and Milo Sulipeck designed and coded a game dubbed “The Great Escape” and have won the Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for West Tennessee.  "It's a riff on Mario Brothers" explains Sulipeck in an interview, "and we composed our own original music for it". More +
Image of art chosen to hang in the Memphis International Airport

Houston High art takes flight in the Memphis International Airport Contest

Germantown, Tennessee--April 8, 2019--Five students from Houston High School have been chosen as finalists in the twelfth annual High School Visual Arts and Photography Competition at Memphis International Airport.  Eagan Smith, Emma Riales, Julie Earnest, Grace Johnson, and Camille Young will all have art that hangs in the airport. More +
A student plays a xylophone in Mr. Hopper's music classroom.

GMSD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation

Germantown, Tennessee, March 26, 2019 – Germantown Municipal School District (GMSD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.   More +
Six teachers from Houston Middle pose for a portrait at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

Houston Middle continues its commitment to the house system with teacher field trips to the Ron Clark Academy.

Germantown, Tennessee--March 25, 2019--Houston Middle School is in its second year of implementing their Mustang House system based on their experience at the Ron Clark Academy. Six more teachers (Mr. Haynes, Mr. Shirley, Ms. Lang, Mrs. Spurlock, Ms. Justin and Mr. DePina) experienced this incredible professional development opportunity this past week and saw first-hand unique teaching techniques and the importance of high expectations. More +
Student created poster for Beauty and the Beast Jr. at RES

Be Our Guest; as the Raider Theater presents Beauty & the Beast Jr. this weekend

Germantown, Tennessee--March 24, 2019--Raider Theater presents Beauty & the Beast, Jr. March 28-30th at 7pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday in Gym B at the back of the school. Tickets are available for purchase (cash or check only) 30 minutes prior to the each show. Tickets may also be purchased on line at On-line tickets are good for any show and will be available at will-call each night. A Silent Auction will be held Thursday, on opening night only! Bid on a principal for a day, as well as great jewelry, outings, art work, gifts, and more!

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Houston High School is collecting old shoes.

Houston High, Farmington, and Riverdale are hosting a shoe drive!

Germantown, Tennessee--March 25, 2019--Houston High, Farmington, and Riverdale are having a shoe drive!

Here is how it works:

  1. We are accepting gently worn, used and new adult and/or children shoes through April 15th
  2. Acceptable shoes are flip flops, tennis shoes, heels, boots, sandals…
  3. Shoes will be picked up by Funds2Org, a for profit organization, who will redistribute to microenterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses.
  4. Funds2Org will pay per pound and send a check to Operation Red Shoes (on behalf of GMSD), a non-profit organization, who benefits St. Jude patients and families with essential assistance.
  5. Once Operation Red Shoes receives a check, they will host an event for those involved to be a part of the giveaway to the St. Jude patient and family.

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two Dogwood Elementary Students act-out a scene from one of Shakespeare's plays

Dogwood Elementary hosts a visit from the TN Shakespeare Company

Germantown, Tennessee--March 18, 2019--Each year Dogwood Elementary hosts a visit from the TN Shakespeare company.  The main focus of year’s visit with Dogwood Elementary School fifth graders was to expose students to Shakespearean-styled speech and to teach them beginner techniques in theatrical production. On the first day of this 2-day event, the students participated in classroom workshops where they learned a lines from one of Shakespeare's plays.  After learning their lines,  the students were taught to say the lines in dramatic ways in order to express different emotions. On the second day, students got to actually see a part of Shakespeare's The Tempest performed by the TN Shakespeare company. Teacher, Linda Fredrick said, “I think the exposure to Shakespeare in this entertaining way in the fifth grade will lead to excitement at the thought of studying Shakespeare in high school.” More +
Daniel West takes the state championship with his breaststroke.

Get to know what it takes to become a state champion: A Profile of Daniel West

Germantown, Tennessee--February 23, 2019--Two mornings a week from 5am to 6am you’ll find Houston High School Junior Daniel West in the swimming pool.  After EVERY day of school, where he is both an Honors Academy student and a beta club member, he heads back to the pool to continue training for two more hours.  Add in a three-hour training session on Saturdays, and you’ll have an idea of what it takes to become a state champion. More +
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