8/22 - 8/29

August 22nd - August 29th

The National PTA® named Farmington Elementary School a 2015-2017 School of Excellence last week. The School of Excellence designation honors accomplishments in building strong, effective family-school partnerships.
Read the full article here.  

Paula Johnson, Past President of the Farmington PTA, is the mastermind behind this new accolade.
GMSD, as touted on the front page of The Commercial Appeal last week, was named the top district in the entire state for our high average ACT scores.  Read the full article here.
We are number one!

Dogwood Elementary has been recognized for being the highest earning school in the state during the Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser last year.

Since 1992, Dogwood Elementary has partnered with the American Heart Association in their efforts to educate youth regarding heart disease and stroke by participating in Jump Rope for Heart. Families and schools are critical links in providing the foundation for cardiovascular wellness in our country. By holding this event at their school each year, they raise awareness about heart-healthy living and they help the American Heart Association fund lifesaving scientific research and critically needed education efforts.

Last year, Mrs. Susan Pittman, Mrs. Angela Martin, and Mrs. Dana Guntharp helped Dogwood Elementary raise $27,550.38. The amount raised not only set an all-time high for the school but also earned the school the status of being the #1 School in the State of Tennessee. On behalf of the American Heart Association, RaDonna Garnett would like to thank these three individuals for their commitment and dedication to the Jump Rope for Heart program.
Radonna Garnett, a representative from the American Heart Association, honors the achievement with a plaque at a recent school board meeting.
On August 27, GMSD hosted A Germantown Community Conversation, an initiative to promote meaningful work for young people with developmental disabilities. The evening was funded by a grant that has been awarded to the school system. City officials, school board members, community members, special education teachers, faith-based organizations, parents of individuals with disabilities, as well as the individuals themselves were all in attendance to discuss the issue over coffee and dessert.
To learn more about the event or its purpose, read the full article here.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house after one of the Houston High students with disabilities shared his personal story about the issue during a very moving speech.
Houston High School ‘Chooses 901’ in a unique homecoming twist. Reports of the Memphis themed event were glowing. Read an article about the homecoming festivities, here.
Monday marked a joyous occasion at the Germantown Municipal Schools District Office. Jimmy Chancellor, President of the Germantown Charity Horse Show, accompanied by Bobby Lanier, Executive Director, and Virginia Walker, Vice President, presented two checks totaling $50K. Earmarked to enhance fine arts in the schools—this donation was happily accepted by School Board Chairperson Lisa Parker and Superintendent Jason Manuel. Also in attendance were David Baytos, President of the Germantown Education Foundation (GEF) along with board members Kent Brown, Dick Leike, and David Carlisle to accept the donation on the behalf of the GEF.
Expect some upcoming coverage of what the money has been used for soon! In the meantime, stop by the website for the Germantown Education Foundation.

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