May 16th - May 24th

GMSD in the news…
The Commercial Appeal ran two wonderful stories featuring our students and staff this week.
Houston High teacher wins state Humanities honor
Micheal Robinson is using the $2,000 prize to spend a week in Poland and Auschwitz and other regions where the Holocaust lived. Click here to view the article.

Sudanese “Lost Boy” tells his story to Houston Middle students

Catherine Livesay's sixth grade students recently finished reading "A Long Walk to Water," a novel by Linda Sue Park detailing the true story of one of Sudan's "Lost Boys." Click here to read the article.

Gracie Brooke, a Farmington Elementary School student, was chosen as ABC News 24’s “Local Cool Kid” this week. Watch here to find out how she planned and organized a fundraiser that got many in the school all wrapped up. Click here to watch the interview.
Houston High Class of 2016 brings in over $32.4 million in scholarship money
Graduation signified an important, record breaking achievement--Houston High brings in an all time high number of scholarship funds.  Click here to read more.
Speaking of breaking news out of Houston High School...
We learned that there are currently 199 students in the 30+ ACT club. There are 6 students who scored perfectly on the exam and 40 students who earned a 34 or a 35 (one point away from a perfect 36). This is tremendous news and must be attributed to all of the educators from PreK - high school. GMSD has an amazing team.
Riverdale hosts Cop Stop cookout
Students and teachers took some time off from learning last week to prepare a meal for Germantown’s finest. Joseph Bond and his administrative team fired up the grill to offer the officers hamburger and hotdog fair. Read here about the family who was inspired by their friendly SRO at RES to begin the original Cop Stop.  Click here to read more.

Farmington puts new protocol into place to help new Falcons soar
The first annual New Farmington Families Orientation took place last week. Students new to the school (next year) were invited to come into the school, take a tour, chat with administrators and teachers, and gather parent friendly FAQs from the PTA.  Click here to read more.

Houston tennis serves up an ace of a season
The girls and boys tennis teams at Houston High School have had an amazing season. With five team members claiming the District Championship, they are now State finals bound: Joe George, Jonathan de Jesus, Ben Leonard, Menzie Montgomery and Kelly Carney.  Click here to read more.

Spring Fling Begins: Houston High sends several teams to the state championships
For those of you that are following our excellent athletics program. Here are the links to follow our teams/individuals participating this week. GO MUSTANGS!  Click here to read more.
Dogwood Safety Patrol attends anti-bullying workshop
DES Safety patrol participated in an anti-bullying workshop by Teen Truths at Six Flags, St. Louis. Mrs. Guntharpe, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Williams are the sponsors for this invaluable Dogwood group of leaders.  Click here to read more.

Houston High Baseball Team knocked it out of the park this season
Congratulations to the Houston High School Baseball team for an excellent season. The Mustangs have concluded the year with a 26-11 record and both a district and regional championship.  Click here to read more.

Student Emma Karst takes home the Elizabeth Brashears Celebrate Literacy Award for her new book
Emma Karst, a fourth grader at Dogwood Elementary, wins a prestigious state award for her new book about a family popcorn farm.  Click here to read more.

School Board Recognitions (May)
Vijaya Subramani, Brian Fisher, Stephanie Brockway, Elissa Stratton, Lanie Wood, Tony Benzing, the HHS Girls and Boys Tennis Teams, Taichi Kuriyama, Beth Butler, Amy Harrell, Danna Lane, Brandy Thompson, Carla Christian, and Mindy Fischer were all honored this month. Click here to find out why...  

Three Latin students earn Perfect Scores on the National Latin Exam; Two students earn Maureen O’Donnell Award for four years of gold medals
Three Houston High Latin students earned perfect scores on the National Latin Exam: Andrew Hines in Latin I and Andrew Rivalto IV and Mohammed Hyder in Latin II. The National Latin exam is administered to over 145,000 students nationwide and from 14 foreign countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Niger, Poland, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, China and France.  Click here to read more.
Germantown Charity Horse Show offers deal to GMSD families and staff
All GMSD families are invited for the bargain price of $5 (for the entire family)Click here to read more.

Two Farmington students were recognized for scoring in the top 2% of the approximately 150,000 Math Olympiad participants worldwide. The first student, Bryan Ding, 4th grader, had a total score of 23/ 25 for the 5 contest season, the highest score on our 4th grade team. The second student, Nitin Nagarajan was the top scorer on our 5th grade team, and he also received a special award and medallion, the George Lencher Award, for a perfect score! Congratulations to these to math all stars!
Houston Middle School uses local restaurant to teach a lesson
As a culminating activity for finishing the book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in our RTI class this semester, Mrs. Cantkier and Ms. Starks met a group of students and their families at Belly Acres restaurant in Midtown.  Read about the big secret they learned and more by clicking here.

William Wolf takes first place in TN on the National French Test
This year 80,000 students took the National French Test (The Lauréat Concours National de Français). The test involved a section of listening comprehension and another of reading comprehension. Houston High School student William Wolf placed first in the state of Tennessee and ninth overall nationally (the scores are given out in tiers, with students awarded placements based off their overall scores of both sections). Winning the contest for the State earned him a French medal which was worn at graduation.

Career fair at Houston Middle School has a strong community showing
Inside the Houston Middle cafeteria, there are doctors, geologists, and career representatives of all kinds. Outside, droves of community helpers (SWAT team, emergency medical staff, police, and fireman) are demonstrating their wares to middle school students.  Click here to read more.
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