11/9 - 11/15

November 9th - November 15th

Germantown Municipal Schools each honor veterans in unique ways
Last week, Germantown Municipal Schools pulled out all the stops for our area veterans in a series of Veteran’s Day festivities. Veterans were encouraged to join in on the fun by enjoying the opportunity to attend their favorite event(s). Read all about it by clicking here.
‘Proof’ that our geometry students are a step above the rest
Seen here, 3rd place STATE winners Lilly He and Vincent Wang from Houston High School received their awards last week. He and Wang participated in the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association (TMTA) math competition for geometry held at the University of Memphis in April 2015. This is an annual competition and we always place for West Tennessee, but this is the first time to place state wide for geometry. Check out all of the state winners by clicking here.
“BRACE” yourself for these amazing artists from Farmington Elementary School
FES had 12 students participate in BRACE (Briarcrest Regional Art Contest and Exhibition). Five of those students received honorable mention awards. Students, parents, and teachers attended the exhibition, and students were recognized in a very lovely award ceremony. Click here to view these students with their works.
Paige Cho – Honorable Mention
Yamoto Kuwabara

1st Grade
Sophie Bryant
Abby Young – Honorable Mention

2nd Grade
Daniel Chism
Izzy Fischer

3rd Grade
Izzat Temirov
Hannah Braithwait

4th Grade
Hope Hall – Honorable Mention
Reagan Denegri

5th Grade
Jenna Cho – Honorable Mention
Ana Gigena – Honorable Mention
Several wonderfully talented art students at Houston Middle also recently won awards at this year’s BRACE Art competition.

6th grader, Ava Lesley, a student of Ms. Robyn Nickell (pictured) won the prestigious Claire Cox Watercolor award and $250 for her watercolor work, “Still There”.  7th grader, Eddie Truszkowski, a student of Mrs. Katie Gabb, won 3rd place with his Dragons pastel.

Additional awards were given to 8th grader, Olivia Malone, a 4th place for her watercolor “Grasping the Galaxy”, 8th grader, Grace Johnson for her mixed media portrait, “A Moment” and 6th grader, Jaehee Lee for her color pencil and pastel, “All Dressed Up”.

"GMSD has been well represented this year. Congrats to all the winners!" says one the incredibly proud art teachers, Robyn Nickell.
The Annual Senior Miss Scholarship Pageant crowns its victor
The Houston High School Chapter of DECA recently hosted the twenty-fourth annual Senior Miss Scholarship Pageant where fifteen girls took to the stage to vie for the coveted title.
The event consisted of four individual components: interview, evening gown, talent and scholastic merit.
For pictures and a listing of awards, click here.
Acts of Community Appreciation Invade the Schools During American Education Week
From on the spot, freshly made smoothies, goody bags, and luncheons—parent organizations from all over the district found creative ways to honor and celebrate their teachers, administrators, and school staff. Did your parent organization do something meaningful for you? Please email Kate Crowder if you would like to share any details. We stopped by a few of the anticipated events last week and took some photos which can be viewed by clicking here.
Congratulations to our Houston Middle Cheer Squad for taking first place at their State Championship last weekend in Murfreesboro
Tiny Dolphins Arrive
You may remember this photo from a recent Weekly Recap:
As predicted, all four Dogwood teachers delivered their babies in the same week. Congratulations!
Houston High Teacher, Natalie Parker-Lawrence has a new hit on her hands
A theater production, written by Mrs. Natalie Parker-Lawrence, called, A Box of Yellow Stars, is being performed at TheaterWorks located by Overton Square (2085 Monroe). Tickets are $25.00. The play’s storyline is about a heroic pilot who rescued numerous Jewish people by pretending or by actually marrying them to get them out of the occupied Nazi European countries during WWII. The pilot dies and the scene is his funeral and of all his “wives” and what number they were who attend his funeral. Based on a true story with twists of solemnness, wisdom, and humor it is a must see as Mrs. Parker-Lawrence, an English Teacher at HHS, shares her story telling talent as on stage.  See the local news' coverage of the event here.
GMSD Does Not Fail to Impress at the State TSBA Conference
Antonio Scott, the president of the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE), spoke in front of a large audience. Sources say that he was the talk of the conference for delivering a beautiful speech.
In another arena, Lisa Parker made a presentation while Houston High School Orchestra Conductor Long Long Kang led his students through an amazing performance for conference attendees.
An important time for school boards from across the State to come together about common issues—GMSD was well represented and much talked about. 
Houston High School Opens its Musical Auditions to All GMSD Students
HHS is gearing up for its annual musical and needs some help from its feeder schools. The show they’re producing, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, calls for a large children’s choir. In an effort to excite rising 9th graders they are also opening some of the more featured roles to middle school students. Auditions begin next week.

Help GMSD Create A Teacher Resource Center AND Look Stylish This Season
GMSD T-Shirts are currently on sale and the order form will be available until Dec. 4th. All orders will be placed online and will be delivered to each school during the week of Dec. 14th.

Current styles available are short sleeved and long sleeved t-shirts and crew neck sweatshirts. All are Comfort Colors brand in black, gray or watermelon colors. Prices are $15 for short, $20 for long sleeved, sweatshirts for $28. XXL sizes will be all $1 more. Proceeds from the sale will help buy the supplies for the Teacher Resource Center.

Since we are partnering with Agape North, for every 3 shirts we sell, 1 uniform will be donated to a Memphis area student in need.
Click here to start purchasing!
Troubleshooting Tips For School Start Time Surveys
Thank you for your patience as we work out all of the kinks with the survey. The outpouring of parental involvement is astounding and such a wonderful sentiment to the excellence of our school district.

If you did not receive an email from the University of Memphis, please read the following comments:
1. The emails were sent to whomever was listed as "Parent 1" in Power School. This in no way indicates one parent as primary. In many cases, the father has been placed in the "Parent 1" position. Please check with each member of your household to see if either parent has received the email.
2. Be sure to check your SPAM folders. This email went out to every household, staff member, and student (with a GMSD issued account). Many email servers will immediately SPAM an email that is considered a "mass" mailing of this type.
3. If both parent/guardians have checked their inboxes and SPAM folders and the email has not been found, then it is possible that your email server did not accept the email at all due to firewall restrictions. The UofM has supplied our office with a list of 375 email addresses that fell into this category. In response, the UofM is individually emailing each of those families in hopes that that corrects the "bounce". On Monday morning, these people should begin receiving their email links.
4. It is also very possible that the email supplied to GMSD as "Parent 1" is no longer a current email address. To rectify the address, we are happy to work with your school level administrator to update your information. To do this, if you will please email Kate Crowder at [email protected] with your name, current email address, your children's names and the schools that they attend. The list has already been exported to the UofM so you will need to email Kate in addition to updating in Power School. Our office will be working diligently (during office hours) to assist in any way.
5. Students with GMSD accounts may not be aware of their login and password information. A procedure is in place to ensure that our school level tech teams assist students who were unable to participate in the survey. This process will begin and will last throughout the month of November. Parents are encouraged to go over survey options with their children in preparation. The survey options can be found on the GMSD website (and linked at the bottom of this post.
6. In a bit of an error, emails sent to parent addresses were labeled with student names. The email should have read, "To the parent or guardian of ______". We apologize for the error and in no way intend for those results to come from the children. Results from children will come specifically from their GMSD accounts.

Thank you, again, for your patience with all of this. Sending out a survey of this scope has been logistically challenging. The window for the survey lasts for the remainder of the month so that we can ensure maximum and accurate participation.

The communications department is also happy to receive your comments and feedback.  You can read more about school start times by following this link.
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