January 16th - February 16th

February 27-March 8, 2017

Germantown Education Foundation continues registration for the GMSD Stampede
The GEF is still registering folks for its biggest fundraiser of the year.  The money raised helps to pay for teacher grants later this spring.  Last year, over $40,000 was awarded to GMSD teachers.  Join in on the fun and help us promote this meaningful event.  Find out more here.
 
 
 
Germantown Municipal Schools seeks public feedback on design of proposed new school
As our staff prepares to envision the new school and work with the architects, we would like to hear from our stakeholders—especially our elementary school teachers. What type of school would you like to see? It's important to have weigh in from teachers and parents alike--as we are shaping the brand of our school district year decades to come.  The survey will remain open through the end of March.  See more here.
 
 
 
GMSD School Snapshots--Please spread the word. 
Do you know someone who might be interested in teaching at one of GMSD's exceptional schools? Suggest that they register below to attend GMSD School Snapshots-A chance for casual conversation with teachers, administrators, and a few other surprise guests. Our team can hardly wait to see what the schools have in store this year.  We are still in awe of the 'speed dating' witnessed at Riverdale last year.  Read more here.
 
 
  
GREAT WORKS AND OTHER HAPPENINGS IN GMSD THIS WEEK AND LAST...
 
Beware of Ogres: Riverdale's Shrek Jr. dazzled audiences last week
A special shoutout to the teachers, parents, and the community members who devoted a tremendous amount of work to this year's Riverdale production.  The show was spectacular.  Read more or see some backstage pictures here.
 
 
 
HHS Color Guard and Drumline host Paint Night and Upcoming COLORFEST
Art and Soul artist provided step-by-step instructions, while participants painted an I Love Memphis scene. Another great example of creative ways to fundraise. The drumline ended up in second place at their competition.  This weekend, the annual ColorFest will take place at Houston at High School.  It's fascinating to watch--See the full story here
 
 

 
In other band-related news...

Not-just-your-garden-variety Band Concert on Thursday Night 
As The Houston Band transitions from marching into their festival season, they are using their spring Pre-Festival Concert to do good works in the community by opening their show to a neighboring high school AND to students with disabilities. Click here to read about their upcoming concert and more about United Sound. 
 
 
 
The Houston Band performed at their annual Pajama Night Concert
Next week, they’ll don tuxedos and formal wear at their big Spring concert, but this week the atmosphere was relaxed and casual. Check out some sound clips and a photograph.
 
 
 
Landers Ford Donates to the HHS Band
The morning of the St. Jude Marathon, 25 HHS band students left Houston at 5:00AM to play music at the Landers Tent on the course. See the full story here. 
 
 
 
HHS SGA raises funds for St. Jude through annual online auction
The online auction included several unbelievable items and was a huge success. Way to go HHS SGA! Click here to view the article. 
 
 

Houston Theater put on an amazing Spring musical to packed houses and much audience fanfare 
Congratulations to the entire cast, crew, and student orchestra (STUDENT ORCHESTRA). As the best keeps getting better, we are excited to see what’s next. We are also anxious to hear how many High School Musical Theater Award nominations the show will earn… Check out this quick video in the meantime. 
 
 
 
The Houston Choirs sweep regionals
"We're going to Disney World!" exclaims a student from Fifth Measure, Houston High's a cappella singing group sensation. Over the weekend, the mixed group took first place at the ICHSA A Cappella South Quarter finals in Atlanta. The girls group, Dolce Bella took second place. Only one of two schools in the nation to have multiple groups qualify, HHS is on its way to compete in the nationals in Orlando next.
 
 
 
HHS fashion designers donate bears to St. Jude
The HHS Fashion Design 2 classes have completed their Houston Bear Project for St. Jude’s Ronald McDonald House. Each student custom made three “adventure” outfits for their bears. Read the full story here.
 
 

HHS swim team heads to state
The Houston High School swim team had several students qualify and compete in the TN state swim meet last weekend in Knoxville, TN. Congratulations to:
50 Yard Freestyle- Eva Kerr (10th)
200 Yard Freestyle Relay- Eva Kerr, Kate Craft, Julia Johnson, Maddie Ellis (13th)
100 Yard Breaststroke- Daniel West (9th)
400 Yard Freestyle Relay- Maddie Ellis, Kate Craft, Katie Rhea, Eva Kerr (16th)
See the full story here.
 
 
 
District Dominance Continues With Championship
The Girls Basketball team culminated another undefeated district season with a 53-28 victory over Collierville in the District Championship. It was the 3rd win over the Dragons this year and the 29th consecutive win over a district opponent for OUR Lady Mustangs. To read more, click here. 
 
 
 
The Song Remains The Same
This year’s “Classy vs. Trashy” basketball game against Our neighbors at Collierville High School had a little bit of everything for those in attendance on Friday. Read the article, here. 
 
  
 
 
HHS Leadership Academy promotes early childhood literacy in Germantown
Leadership Academy members spent Friday, February 9th volunteering with Shelby County Books from Birth. Read more here.
 
 
 
Opening Eyes & Inspiring Minds with Houston High's Leadership Academy
Successful entrepreneur and renown motivational speaker, Stuart Cohen, was this month’s keynote speaker for Houston high School’s Leadership Academy. See the full story here. 

Houston High Celebrates SADD SHINES Week
Houston High School’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) joined thousands of students across the country the first week of February, to celebrate SADD SHINES Week. Read more here.

Riverdale hosts a special screening of Screenagers
A documentary that advocates the moderation of screen time of children was shown last Tuesday night to a large crowd of Riverdale parents. “We are living in a time where parents are facing issues that didn’t exist for their parents,” says Mason Grace of the screening, “there’s no parenting example to follow”.
 
The event came about through a partnership formed between the Curriculum Technology Training Team and the Riverdale PTSA. Terry Schmitt, CTT at Riverdale was happy to lead the charge. The documentary was deemed so powerful that you shouldn’t be surprised to see future screenings at other schools. In addition, the CTTs and parents have also formed a new Facebook Page to discuss issues related to parenting and technology.
 
 

Battle of the Books results exceed expectations
In early 2016 the Germantown Community Library accepted the task of managing Battle of the Books for Germantown. As the competition is nearing the climax for year one, this year's events have exceeded expectations. See the full story here.

 
Riverdale's Make-a-Wish donation week earns enough to fund a wish this Spring
Riverdale raised $5733 in five days from family donations for Make-A-Wish.  Riverdale will be granting a wish in May.  Riverdale Student Council, Jr Honors Academy, National Jr Honors Society and National Jr Beta Club sponsored the event and are delighted to have raised the funds.

 
Community Conversations "Increasing Employable Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities"
Individual with Disabilities, educators, advocates and local business leaders gathered for some important dialogue about facilitating better opportunities for our community. A special thanks to the GMSD teachers and administrators who attended and made this night special.
See pictures of the event here.
 
 
Dr. Lori Holtzman and her son Cody eat some desserts graciously provided by the GMC PTA Council.  Holtzman, a doctor at Baptist, was instrumental in bringing about an important partnership after last year's community conversation. 
 
 
Farmington Elementary Principal Zac Percoski and John T Farley give a moving presentation about the process and experience of Mr. Farley's employment at the school.  Towards the end, Farley reads his favorite book aloud to the audience to demonstrate some of his skills. 
 
On the same subject, please read the following article: Houston High School and Baptist Women’s Hospital have an important partnership that is changing the lives of students with disabilities. See the full story here.

Staff Spotlight at Dogwood: Paul Phillips
Dogwood’s plant manager Paul Phillips is famous in the music world. Outside of his job at Dogwood, Phillips loves to sing. Read more here.
 
 

Alumni Highlights: Elliott Heck stars in new CMT series, "Sun Records"
Elliott Heck graduated in 2015 from Houston High School. Soon after graduating, Elliott landed an audition for Sun Records through his agency Colors. See the full article here.
 
  
 
Alumni Highlights (Part Two): Jack Dodson is being recognized by UT's Haslam College of Business 
"It’s no surprise then that Dodson serves as the founding president of the Haslam College of Business Student Leadership Council.” To read the full story, click here

Do you have a great alumni story to share? Email [email protected].

Yoga fundraiser and Mattress Sale for HHS football
Find out more about supporting the team through these opportunities here.
 
 
 
GMSD Student Internship Opportunity in the Communications Department
Do you know an upperclassman at Houston High that is looking for a job? GMSD is offering an experience that will improve communication skills, networking, and provide opportunity to grow. We are searching for someone who wants to help us tell our story. Read more here.
 
From Robots to Rockets: A summer camp that excites.
Star Wars STEM Camp premieres this summer! Houston Middle School is excited to again be hosting this special version of GMSD STEM Stangs Summer Camp for middle school students.  Click here to read more.
 
 
 
In the next Recap:
  • Our team interviews folks about Farmington's upcoming multi-cultural fair
  • 12 GMSD teachers to be honored March 6th for achieving tenure
  • Close-up on our three TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
  • …and…Spotlight on the Germantown’s Teacher of the Month (March)
  • The Schoolboard travels to Nashville for their annual Day on the Hill
  • Trap team continues to shoot for success

MEANWHILE FROM THE CITY OF GERMANTOWN
 
Celebrate Arbor Day with a Free Tree
The City of Germantown will give away 600 dogwood trees in celebration of Arbor Day.
The City of Germantown will give away 600 dogwood trees in celebration of Arbor Day. The ornamental flowering trees will be available to residents between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday, March 3, at the Germantown Crossing Shopping Center parking lot at the corner of Germantown Road and Farmington Boulevard. The trees are available to Germantown residents who can validate residency using a valid driver license or a current water bill. In case of rain, the tree giveaway will take place on Saturday, March 4.

“We are very excited to be celebrating Germantown’s 26th year of being designated a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. To help involve the community in the celebration we are proud to carry on the tradition of making trees available,” said Pam Beasley, parks and recreation director.
Immediately after the dogwood tree give-away, organizers will move to the Bobby Lanier Farm Park, 2660 Cross Country Drive, to conduct the City’s fifth annual fruit tree sale which will also take place on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the entire community. “We want to encourage citizens in our region to plant fruit trees in their home landscape as a way to provide shade and delicious food – the two for one plan,” said Beasley. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation department at 757-7375. 
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