8/31 - 9/4

August 31st - September 4th

It always makes a great photo opportunity when someone presents one of our schools with a giant check! Brenda Kinney, HHS guidance counselor explains, “The check was for a partnership program the National Guard has with local high schools. We have always allowed the National Guard to set up in the lobby during lunches so that students can talk to a recruiter about opportunities. We also agreed to hang a banner in the school provided by the National Guard. Houston has done these things in the past, but because of a continual strong relationship with our recruiters, they have donated $1000 to our school to use at our discretion.”
Guidance counselor, Brenda Kinney and Principal Kyle Cherry are excited to accept the donation to the school from SSG Brandon Lane.
School Start Times are changing for the 2015-2016 school year! Those interested in joining in on the conversation about what that will look like are encouraged to sign up for school level committees. The committees will begin next week and continue through the month of September. Click the link here for more information.
The Germantown Education Foundation, upon recently being gifted $25K from The Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS), have met and voted to immediately gift the generous donation to Riverdale Elementary School, Farmington Elementary School, Dogwood Elementary School, and Houston Middle School based on student population.
This gift was specifically earmarked towards the Arts programs within each individual school. Stephanie Brockway, Executive Director of the Foundation remarks, “This is an exciting time for our GMSD family and I know our Art and music teachers are going to be thrilled”.
Meanwhile, Houston High School was also awarded $25K by the GCHS and that money has been evenly divided amongst the Fine Arts Departments. Each of the five departments (choir, band, visual arts, theater, orchestra) were gifted $5K and have begun to formulate plans how to use the money--focused on making the biggest impact in their programming.
Mrs. Schulter, one of the art teachers from HHS, has initially purposed plans to enhance the space in the art classrooms at Houston.
State Senator Brian Kelsey stopped by Central Office to take a quick tour and get a quick pulse of GMSD. The School Board and the Superintendent led the tour.
We also received another “nod” from Nashville; as State Congressman Mark White sent us a congratulatory letter in reference to our high ACT average.
The Department of Exceptional Children has enjoyed another banner week. The Rolling Grizzlies gave a moving presentation to school and city leaders. The Germantown Education Foundation in conjunction with HHS is hosting its first fundraiser event of the season. The event, titled "Spokes and Steals, 'Stangs and Wheels”, is a wheelchair basketball expo. The Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies will challenge the Houston Mustangs. Our administration, the Mayor of Germantown, and our students will be in wheelchairs playing against the nationally ranked Rollin' Grizzlies.
Farmington PTA hosted its first ever Volunteer Job Fair. Each committee head from the parent organization created a display board and was present to answer questions as new or returning parents looking for ways to get “plugged in” toured the fair. Ranging from Box Top Collections to a new Father-Son Car Show, the choices were numerous.
Tina Pound discusses volunteering in the library with a new potential PTA member.
Houston High School played Germantown High School for its homecoming game on Friday night.  Click here to view a few photographs.
The Houston Band is celebrating its 25th year, and was recently honored in the Commercial Appeal.

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