11/2 - 11/8

November 2nd - November 8th

Congratulations to students from Houston Middle who took 1st Place in the E-Day Flash Build
What is the Flash Build? At a citywide competition held at the University of Memphis, student teams had to design, construct, and build an appropriate structure during the competition. Materials were provided on site and consisted of 6-4x6 index cards and a roll of tape. The goal of the competition was to build the strongest foundation possible with index cards to support a tower of textbooks.
 (Left to right): Ayaka Kimura, Yuka Kimura, Veidehi Bhatara, and Pradnya Desurkar
“Mustangs Red Team, Car #18” win Best Notebook in MLGW’s A-Blazing Race
The object of the MLGW A-BLAZING MODEL SOLAR CAR RACE was to design and build a vehicle using a kit that would complete a race in the shortest possible time using available power.
See their winning notebook by on the object below.
The members of the winning team are Saksham Saksena, Matt Nicell, Quinton Burt, Kylan Hebron, Eric, Johnsen, Alex Li, and Manas Malla. 

Academic Vocabulary Parade Excites Fourth Graders at Riverdale
4th Grade students at Riverdale participated in the 5th annual Vocabulary Parade. The students were asked to dress up like an academic vocabulary word. They parade through K-3 classrooms and the office. Terms like renewable resource and acceleration really come alive as students must deliver creative interpretations of the word through costume.
S.T.A.R. Teachers (K-8) are recognized for October
Last week, Superintendent Jason Manuel, along with School Board Chairperson Lisa Parker and Germantown Municipal Council PTA President Mindy Fischer made the rounds with Germantown Education Foundation’s Executive Director Stephanie Brockway to present our best and brightest teachers with shining stars. Click here for a full listing of teachers who received the honor this month. Interested in nominating your teacher or colleague? Download the S.T.A.R. form here!
Dogwood's music teacher, Peter Simons, receives his stars as he is preparing students for the upcoming Veterans Day program.
Farmington fourth grade teacher, Julie McMinn earns the elusive "double star".
Dogwood Elementary School collects candy for the troops
Student Ambassadors at Dogwood Elementary School collect excess Halloween candy from their classmates. They were able to accumulate 961 pounds of candy for Loot for the Troops and Operation Gratitude. PTA President Amy Eoff believes this particular philanthropy is very important, "It is meaningful because our children make a personal sacrifice to give back--it really shows them what it means to give." A Halloween and Veterans Day hybrid, the program is an annual event at Dogwood and serves as an example of their philanthropic values.
Riverdale students return from the Space and Rocket Museum
Recently, these sixth graders enjoyed a field trip to the Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, Alabama. Students were able to view one of the largest collections of rockets and space memorabilia in the world. They also burned energy climbing the Mars rock wall, rode the Space Shot and G-Force, and they enjoyed the interactive traveling exhibit, “Science Fiction, Science Future” as well as the newly released IMAX movie, “Journey to Space”.

HHS Students dominate All-Southwest Choral Auditions last week.
Congratulations to the 43 members of the Houston High School Choirs who made the All-Southwest Senior and Junior High Honor Choirs last week. HHS placed the highest number of students in both the senior and junior high honor choir with a total of 43. This, again, is the highest number of students from Houston High School to make the honor choir. Two of our students made first chair—the highest honor in the regional choir.
This group will perform in concert with over 400 students the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Congratulations to Rori Tyrrell and Nick Robinson for making first chairs.  Houston High was the only  school with multiple first chairs. 


The list below includes their chair, name, voice part and grade.
ChairFirst NameLast NameVoice PartGrade
1st Soprano
8Mary MargaretGrant1st Soprano12
15AnnikaRayburn1st Soprano12
28AllieBailey1st Soprano12
33CarolineVehling1st Soprano11
35RachelleMitchell1st Soprano10
2nd Soprano
4ClaireHerrington2nd Soprano9
9ArbedVillalobos2nd Soprano10
10Olivia GraceSistrunk2nd Soprano11
19MorganWilliams2nd Soprano9
25KaraPainter2nd Soprano11
1st Alto
1RoriTyrrell1st Alto12
3EmmaScott1st Alto11
10TaylorYoung1st Alto12
13SarahTurner1st Alto12
21KaileeSharpe1st Alto10
22KelseyTaylor1st Alto11
2nd Alto
4SarahDillon2nd Alto11
6LaurenAngelillo2nd Alto12
15ClaireJordan2nd Alto11
17SarahJordan2nd Alto10
19TaylorStumph2nd Alto10
3AndrewTaylor2nd Alto9
5CameronGibson2nd Alto10
13JoshMoon2nd Alto10
16JackEmery2nd Alto9
2nd Tenor
1NicholasRobinson2nd Tenor11
16DennisChang2nd Tenor10
19JacobGreenberg2nd Tenor11
1st Bass
4AdamPorter1st Bass9
7JeffreyCochran1st Bass11
9WillLowery1st Bass10
14TimothyMarsh1st Bass11

12EmilyRyu2nd Soprano9
1st Alto
2ReganSchutt1st Alto9
9DelaneyHay1st Alto9
12JennaCrist1st Alto9
14AllisonHouse1st Alto9
2nd Alto
10LareeCarter2nd Alto9
18JessieBaird2nd Alto9
20LandryBenzing2nd Alto9
23AdalynBoccuzzi2nd Alto9
1st Bass
3SamPerry1st Bass9
2nd Bass
8AlexTurner2nd Bass9
Three students will advance to the National Choir!  Congratulations to Lauren Angelillo, Nicholas Robinson and Allie Bailey.
In other choral news, two choirs, The Fifth Measure and Dolce Bella, traveled to Nashville over the weekend to record an EP album. Recorded at Launch Pad Studio, the CD is slated to release in December—just in time for holiday shopping.
Will Lowery, who enjoyed his first time "in the studio", posted these great photos on social media.
Renee Buchholz is the Germantown Teacher of the Month
The Germantown Education Commission named November’s Teacher of the Month at Board of Alderman Meeting last week. They had a record 17 submissions to choose from—so it’s assumed that winner Renee Buchholz is a very deserving victor. Buchholz is a teacher at Riverdale Elementary School. We asked the administration team at Riverdale to give us a description of their award winning Kindergarten teacher. "She is so sweet and soft-spoken and her students thrive in the environment she creates," said Michelle Bardos, Assistant Principal.  To nominate your teacher for December's Teacher of the Month, click here.

Riverdale Celebrates Annual Donuts with Dads
Donuts with Dad is a Riverdale tradition. Stacy Stevens, the sponsor of the environmental club, organizes both Donuts with Dad and Muffins with Mom. “Funds raised from these two fall breakfasts go to large projects that enhance the school grounds”. Previous projects have included irrigation systems, flower and vegetable beds, and more recently picnic tables as well as the Outdoor Classroom flowerbeds.
Allie Allen goes to the CMA Awards
Invited via Tweet on Twitter, Allie Allen was invited to the CMA Awards to be Kelsie Ballerini’s date. Ballerini, being dubbed the ‘next Taylor Swift’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, chose HHS junior Allie Allen over other speculative prospects. Check out their story in Rolling Stone Magazine!
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

On the topic of Rallying for Allie…The SGA is sponsoring an online auction.
The Houston High School Student Government Association is tackling an issue that hits close to home this week. “We want to help find a cure for Allie,” says SGA sponsor, Traci Spain. Allie Allen, a junior with a remarkable story, has been grappling with brain tumors since 2013. Continue reading more by clicking here.
Pictured here, SGA President Olivia Brommer and SGA member Uma Neelakantan (who had the original idea for the fundraiser) work on the online auction while News Channel Fox13 films them for a spotlight segment.

National Art Honors Society (NAHS) preparing for two public art sales
Each November at the Houston High, (NAHS), helmed by teacher Amanda Schulter, participate in two important fundraisers benefitting local charities. These fundraisers are of note, because partakers walk away with one-of-a-kind holiday gifts that are sure to impress.
The two simultaneous opportunities begin on November 30th and end on December 3rd. Both are open to the public. See some of last year’s samples and read more about your opportunity to purchase some amazing student art by clicking here.
 Katherine Nowak's award winning Holiday Card from 2014.
The Mustangs loan their new turf field to the neighbors
A rivalry as old as time—Mustangs vs. Red Devils, was put aside as our friends at Germantown High School found themselves in a tough spot over the weekend. GHS was slated to host the first round of the 6A state football playoffs as they squared off against Nashville’s Overton High. But hours before the game began, a water pipe burst under the 50-yard line beneath their football stadium. The surface was quickly deemed unsafe and most certainly unplayable.
Kristen Reich, Germantown High’s athletic director didn’t hesitate to reach out to Houston High School Athletic Director Chad Becker. And with that, the Red Devils fought their opponents in the Landers Stadium. “We have a long history of building relationships with our friends in public education. These relationships allow us to help each other when called upon. This guiding principle is how we wish our district to operate,” said Coach Becker.
Falcon Footlights gears up for their fall production
We had a chance to stop by the dress rehearsal for The Lion King Jr., and wow! This play isn’t to be missed for the spectacle of the costumes and puppetry alone. Falcon Footlights is a moniker that represents a drama program involving students and parents from Farmington Elementary, Dogwood Elementary and Houston Middle School. Check out a few sneak peek photos here. Then, purchase your tickets by clicking here.  The shows often sell out.
Houston Middle School Admin team “R.A.C.K.”S Melissa Hurt and Missy Abel
Hurt and Abel, both curriculum coordinators for GMSD, have worked very hard this year. With changes to both the curriculum and the adoption of new textbook series across grade levels—they’ve been busy! Gearing up for the upcoming District-wide Math Night in December, we can’t think of two more deserving cake recipients.
Senior Citizens interact with our GMSD booth at the Germantown Senior Expo
A special thanks to Long Long Kang and the Houston High School Orchestra Ensemble for spending the day ensnaring seniors with their melodious sounds! Board members Lisa Parker, Natalie Williams, and Linda Fisher spent the day manning the booth that represents our five schools in an effort to register senior citizens for our upcoming Senior Citizens Back To School Bus Tour. Hundreds of visitors to the booth expressed an interest in becoming involved in our schools. Click here to view some photos.
School board member Natalie Williams coaches onlookers on ways to get involved with our schools.
Farmington Elementary School needs your votes!
FES has entered a Red Ribbon Campaign to win an iPad and $1,000 for their school, but they need your votes. In Region Four of the contest, they will be competing against many other schools in the area (but not any other GMSD schools, in case you were wondering). The entry with the most votes wins. Let’s help our fellow schools out by clicking on the direct link to vote.
The voting period ends on Wednesday, November 18. You can vote 10 times each day per IP Address. For more information about this campaign, or information on getting your school involved next year, please visit http://www.redribbon.org/.
What’s Next?
Next week, you can expect a complete recap within the recap covering Veterans Day celebrations throughout GMSD. If you have any events that deserve a shout-out, please email a brief description along with a photo to Kate Crowder. With advance notice, our department is happy to send a district representative to cover your event—so don’t forget to submit future dates as well.
School Start Time Updates
Be looking for a very important email to appear in your inboxes on Thursday, November 12th. The University of Memphis Center for Research on Educational Policy will be conducting a survey on our behalf. Click here to read this letter from our Superintendent detailing the purpose of the survey and a timeline for the decision.

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