04/15 - 04/30

Weekly Recap April 15th - April 30th

Congratulations are in order to the students and staff of Houston High School. Last month they topped two national lists for the state.

#4 (Tennessee) in The Washington Post's Most Challenging High Schools
#11 (Tennessee) in Newsweek's Best High Schools

View this installment's "Video of the Week" here:
Riverdale School in Germantown breaks ground for big addition
The atmosphere at Riverdale School was electric on Thursday morning as students, faculty and government officials gathered on the front lawn to mark the initial groundbreaking for the school's future expansion. | May 05, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal
Students pose questions to comic book legend Stan Lee
The students in Wayne Luellen's seventh grade class at Houston Middle School can call themselves budding journalists after scoring an interview with the man responsible for some of the world's most famous superheroes. | May 03, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal
Germantown honors teachers, students
In two events this week, Germantown officials honored teachers of the year, including a the best new teacher, and a student for academic acheivement and community service. | April 29, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal
Events planned to honor retiring Houston band leader
Boosters and the Houston High Band Foundation are planning a gala on the football field May 28. Tickets are $40 for one; $75 for two and must be purchased in advance. | March 30, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal  
Project helps kids internalize permanence of plastic
After months of collecting plastic bags, water bottles, lids and toys, students at Farmington Elementary getting ready to present 12-foot "tree" to public. | April 22, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal
Fifth-grader invites her world to understand her, autism
Lori Pound, 11, is part of Autism Awareness Week at Farmington Elementary in Germantown. She is helping her peers understand autism's complexities and how it makes her who she is. | April 07, 2016 via the Commercial Appeal
GMSD students ‘Storm the Hill’ in State Capitol
On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, a delegation from Germantown Municipal Schools attended Senate and House legislative sessions in Nashville, Senate and House committee meetings, and met face-to-face with their state legislators.

Dogwood First Grader Experiences a Day as Principal
See how Kate Howell spent her day as the principal of Dogwood Elementary School. Be prepared for a cuteness overload.

Taichi Kuriyama plans to take the national MathCounts competition by storm
Taichi Kuriyama, an eighth grader at Houston Middle, took first place in the State MathCounts Competition and advanced to the national competition. He heads to Washington DC in May for the math showdown.

School Board Recognitions (April)
The CyberPatriots of Houston High School, SCOPE student delegates, a sorely missed Plant Manager who is returning to Riverdale, and a teacher who inspired an innovative, groundbreaking alternative energy fair across grade levels.

Houston Middle is RAMPing up to celebrate their latest prestigious honor
Houston Middle School will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, La. The schools will be honored on July 11 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.

The Little Dress That Could: House of Prom offers charity in several ways
House of Prom is an event that offers the opportunity for less fortunate girls to buy gently used prom dresses for $10.75 from the former Kate Spade store space in The Shops of Saddle Creek. All of the partnering organizations decided to spend the proceeds, from the prom dresses donated, back into the Houston High program for students with disabilities. Overall, the event earned $1,020.
Teachers attend, present at national science conference
Jessica Minton (Riverdale), Charlotte Cantkier (Houston Middle) and Andrea Starks (Houston Middle) not only attended the conference: but were featured presenters.

Two Houston High seniors sign to play college lacrosse
Two Houston High School seniors will play college level lacrosse next year as Will Britt signs with Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN and Sam Druelinger signs with Berry College in Rome, GA.

Middle school fine arts traveling showcase sweeps through Mid-South
April marked some extraordinary performances in some unusual places for our middle school students across the District.
GMSD shows the planet some love on Earth Day weekend
In celebration of Earth Day, April 22, the Houston Middle School 8th Grade Robotics Team planted flowers in planters around the HMS campus. Meanwhile, over at Riverdale, volunteers took on a similar responsibility.

Riverdale Raiders Theater bring the classic musical Oklahoma! to Germantown
Riverdale put on an amazing play last weekend. Oklahoma! was a smash success!

The Bobby Lanier Farm Park offers a unique field trip experience for some GMSD first graders
Read a story about the vision of one school board member to build a bridge between one of Germantown's greatest resources and our schools.

Alternative Energy Fair at Riverdale may become a new tradition
Droves of 3rd through 5th graders, parents, and other community member have given rave reviews. The event exemplifies another fine teacher who is going above and beyond to reach her students. What exactly is an Alternative Energy Fair?

Pat Gardner receives the prestigious Yale Book Award
Houston High School junior Pat Gardner is having a banner month. Weeks after notification that he has earned a perfect score on the ACT, Gardner was then presented with the Yale Book Award.

Aiyana Welch earns first place honors at ACT-SO
Three Houston High School participated in ACT-SO talent search sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of NAACP. Aiyana Welch earned first place honors in Visual Arts-Painting. Congratulations Nick O'Conner, Aiyana Welch, and Arie Cation.

NINE Orpheum HS Musical Theater Awards for Houston High School's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat.  Please take time to vote for them! Including "Overall Production", the nominations throw nods towards director Kell Christie's fine work, several technical aspects of the show, and earns a nod for sophomore Bailey Dumlao (Joseph)--and two nods for sophomore Will Lowery for supporting role and featured dancer.

State and National Winners for this year's PTA Relections Contest
The Germantown Municipal School District is proud to have two state level winners and one NATIONAL winner for this year's "Let Your Imagination Fly" arts contest. Read more and view their works or watch the amazing student film.

GMSD rounds out the Regional Battle of the Books competition with first and second place teams
Congratulations are in order to Houston Middle School (first place in the middle school division) and Farmington Elementary School (second place in the elementary division).
Student created computer science contest garners attention of local companies
Organized by a student, Daniel Sylwestrocwicz, and sponsored by Tech901 and ServiceMaster, a computer science contest impresses at Houston High School.

Cupcake Wars: Secret ingredients range from flax seed to sweet peas
One teacher uses Cupcake Wars to teach nutrition to her students.

Two teachers experience the whirlwind that is the NCTM Conference
Two of GMSD’s exceptional math teachers recently attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA.

Dogwood Honor Choir selected to perform at the Tennessee Educator Association Conference
"The group performs insanely advanced pieces of music, making this an elite group of outstanding students," wrote HMS band teacher Spencer Nesvick in an email sent to the Recap Staff.

GPAC awards tenth grader at Houston High the first Pu-Qi Jiany Music Scholarship
The GPAC Youth Symphony Program (GYSP) Spring Concert, GPAC awarded the first Pu-Qi Jiang Excellence in Music Scholarship to Chae-Yeon (Mary) Park. Ms. Park is currently a 10th grade student at Houston High School and plays both cello and piano.
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