1/26 - 2/05

January 26th - February 5th

Last Weekend to Work On Your Classroom Crashers Application
Just a quick reminder about the upcoming GMSD Crash My Classroom Contest.  The Director of Academic Achievement and the Communications and Instructional Technology Coordinator are partnering talents, time, and budgetary funds to give some teachers the classroom makeover of a lifetime.  Cutting edge technology, 21st century furniture, unusual learning spaces--the sky is the limit.  Applications for teachers can be found here.  The deadline to apply for the contest is February 19th.
 
 
Riverdale Band
Congratulations to the following Riverdale students who participated in the Memphis Area Honor Band over the weekend: Christopher Loftis, Lucas Hayden, Ricky Liu, Major Glenn, Grace Hulett, Charles Boyd and August Clawson.
 
 
 
Riverdale Geography Bee Winners
Congratulations to Major Glenn for earning the first place ranking at the Riverdale Geography Bee. During the competition students from grades 5-8 answered questions about geography in a format similar to a spelling bee.
 
His winning question: “British Columbia’s largest city hosted the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship game. Name this city.” His answer: “Vancouver”.

Glenn, currently a seventh grader, will go on to compete in the National Geographic Bee. Across the country he and an estimated four million students (deemed as “school level winners”) will participate in a paper and pencil test. Each State and U.S. Territory will then submit its highest scorer. At the national competition, students compete for trips and thousands of dollars in scholarships. Last year’s winner won a trip to the Galápagos Islands and $50,000.
 
 
 
At the Riverdale Geography Bee, Nathan Laurenzi (6th grade) took second place and will represent the school as the alternate. GMSD wishes Major Glenn luck in the next round and challenges readers of the Weekly Recap to test their own geographic knowledge by clicking here.

Germantown Municipal Pom AND Cheer programs still prove to be the best in the nation
Several GMSD students returned home from Orlando wearing the coveted white jackets this month. The jackets signify an amazing feat. These girls proved that Houston Middle and Houston High School have the best squads in the entire country. And, in the case of Houston High Varsity Cheer—the best in the world.
 
 
 
Here’s a quick rundown of the recent accolades:
Houston Middle Pom took first place in the Large Junior High Hip Hop Division. See their award winning routine here.
 
 
 
Houston High Varsity Cheer took first place in the Large Varsity Cheer Division (World) for the second year in a row.
 
 
 
Houston Middle Cheer took first place in the Large Junior High Division. See their award winning performance here:
 
 

Since returning, our girls are all over the news. Be sure to check out next month’s Spotlight on Excellence as we interview one of the big winners.

Meanwhile, check out the winning moment for HMS Cheer in this perfect Universal Cheerleading Association’s (UCA) tweet by clicking here.

HHS Student Antonio Scott takes home the first place trophy in TV Broadcasting
Five students on Houston High School's Speech and Debate team competed at Bartlett High School's invitational speech tournament on Saturday, January 30th. To read about the competition click here.
 
 

GMSD proudly congratulates TWO Presidential Scholar Nominees
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program annually recognizes and honors our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Houston High seniors Katarina Jankov and Timothy Liang have both been nominated. Click here to read more.
 
 

Leadership Academy Application Window Closes Tonight (Feb. 10)
To read about the Houston High School Leadership Academy or access the online application, please follow the link here.

 
 
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Opens to Record Crowds Over the Weekend
The verdict is in.  Including all four feeder schools for the first time, the Houston High Theater Department launched an ambitious musical last weekend.  With professional choreographers, exquisite costuming, and a community spirit in creating the set, the show was intended to "set the stage" for future productions. 
 
 
 
The set was created by Amanda Schulter and Bobby Spillman's HHS art students and an army of parent/student volunteers.  Dr. Billy Rayburn pitched in to callibrate mics on the sound system. Parents of the students participating stepped up to run the box office and offer concessions.
 
 
 
The director, Kell Christie, who also teaches theater at the school, remarked that she felt well supported by the GMSD community.  During the performance, however, it was the actors (and the direction) that shined.  The direction was often unexpected and creative (i.e. the Egyptian Pharaoh breaking out into the first few notes of an Adele number).  This production brought Andrew Lloyd Weber's classic show to a younger generation with plenty of nods to current, popular culture. 
 
 
 
See more pictures here and here. Or, watch a snippet from Channel 3's Live At 9.

Community Comes Out to Support HMS Band by attending BBQ & Blues
FABULOUS jazz music from both the HHS and HMS jazz bands filled the cafeteria of Houston Middle School.  Our new school board chairman offers up that it provided the "perfect date night" for her and her husband.  Pictured below, three members of the school board (Natalie Williams, Lisa Parker, and Linda Fisher) pose for a picture with organizer and HMS band director Spencer Nesvick.  Read more about the event's offerings here.
 
 

Spotlight on Excellence
Click here to view our current episode.
Join superintendent Jason Manuel of the Germantown Municipal School District in Germantown, TN and co-host Mason Grace as they highlight great events happening in the schools. This month's show features an interview and performance by Houston High's Ruby Rhee, and an interview with GMSD school board member Lisa Parker about the upcoming Riverdale addition. This month's teacher feature is Houston High's Jim Smith. This episode airs on Germantown Municipal Television throughout the month of February 2016.
 
 
 
Mustangs Take to the Water in a Citywide Swimming Competition
Daniel West (middle school, 50 breast) and Connor Forsythe (high school, 200 IM) both broke county records last weekend. Houston girls placed 5th while the boys placed 4th overall. The Mustangs had one swimmer qualify for state, raising the total of state-level participants to nine!
 
 
 
"We had 18 kids swim in county finals Sat night: Nolan Cychowski, Lukas Shalun, Ben Williams Ryan Gorman Connor Forsythe, Gabby Acker, Maddie Ellis, Kate Craft, Regan Lee, Garrett Johnson, Bart Siracuse, Jayson Chong, Jesse Keck, Andrew Snider, Grace Roehl, Mady Purvis, Jenna Teachey and Grace Morrison," relays Coach Kelsey.  (photos by Joy Williams)
 
 
 

Dogwood’s Jump Rope For Heart
Dogwood had some “Top Dog” jumpers at their Jump Rope for Heart assembly this week. They have already raised $150 for the American Heart Association. The main event is next Tuesday--so be looking for media coverage and other special correspondence. 
 
 

100 cute faces from the 100th day of school at Dogwood Elementary School
From Mrs. Blackwell’s 100-year-old cuties to Ms. Jernigan’s 100th day glasses, students all over Dogwood Elementary were celebrating the big day!
See pictures here and here.
 
 
 
Houston High School Standout Named Gatorade Tennessee Girls Soccer Player of the Year
In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Gabby Little of Houston High School as its 2015-16 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Little is the second Gatorade Tennessee Girls Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Houston High School. Read the full story by clicking here.
 
 

HMS student chosen to play football at the AT&T Dallas Stadium
Houston Middle 8th grader, Lincoln Pare, was chosen to play for Team USA in the International Bowl this past week at the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium. Congratulations, Lincoln!

Leadership Germantown samples the new interactive high school tour
On Wednesday, Leadership Germantown made a stop at Houston High School during their community tour. Check out all the AMAZING things they saw while they were there, by clicking here.
 
 

Open House at Houston High
Thursday evening, Houston High School once again opened its doors to the community, hosting its annual Open House for all incoming students. The event was very well-attended and showcased all the great programs and clubs the school has to offer.  Click here to view some photos from the event.
 
 
 
 
 
Farmington Elementary proves victorious in the latest Germantown Library Book Drive
The Germantown Community Library had its Community Book Drive this month, and students across the district brought in books to help stock the shelves. Former Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy presented the winning school with a $500 check on Thursday night.  For the first time, a high school teacher was able to gather books for the donation.  Erin Purcell, of Houston High was honored for her much appreciated contribution.  The big winner?  Farmington Elementary school!  Represented by their librarian, Jennifer Mock, the school happily accepted the check.
View some photos here.
 
 
 
 
 
Teachers gear up for a day of instructional innovations on Friday
GMSD is gearing up for its first-ever PD Expo on Friday, February 12th at Houston High School.  The day has been crafted to include time for teachers to work at individual schools (yes!) as well as be a party to a world-renowned keynote speaker, George Couros.  Couros, authors the instructional blog, The Principal of Change.  Once quoted as saying, "if you aren't tweeting, you aren't living," Couros encourages teachers to interact with him pre and post DLD day at his Twitter page, here.  Other surprises will be in store (the announcement of our GMSD Teacher of Year, etc.) and then all of the teachers will attend teacher-led professional development sessions throughout the high school.  Our team crashed the last presenters meeting to get these photos of the teachers and presenters.  Click here to see our photobooth session.
 
 
 
T-shirts for sale:  "Innovation:  #gmsdPDexpo"
We are creating a unique t-shirt to highlight all of the positive things happening in GMSD.  Originally intended for presenters, we went ahead and ordered a few extras.  If you are interested in purchasing one, bring cash or check ($15) to HHS on DLD.  All proceeds go towards buying a poster maker for the future teacher resource center.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the artwork for the shirt.
 
HOSA continues to provide supports for elementary school students
 
 
In the next edition:
MathCounts will calculate their way into your hearts 
STEM Stangs Compete at the University of Memphis
Riverdale sings the National Anthem for the Grizz game
Spotted! Valentine's Parties
Battle of the Brains showcases student ideas for a better Germantown
Athletic signing sightings!
FCCLA shows some HEART by hosting their annual Valentine's Day party
 
**There are so many great things happening around the district--and we don't want to miss anything.  Please send us a quick email about your upcoming and past events.
 
 
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