9/7 - 9/11

September 7th - September 11th


Making waves on the national art contest scene, Khushi Patel, a fourth grader at Farmington Elementary, was awarded 1st place (Grades 3-5 Division) by The National Poison Prevention Week Council for her participation in their annual poison prevention poster contest. No stranger to winning art contests, she is excited that her poster will be released in 2016.

The Dogwood Dolphins made a strong showing last week at the Delta Fair’s Art Contest. Thanks to efforts of their diligent art teachers, Ms. Luyendyk and Ms. Styer, these artists were on display--and three students took home prize ribbons.

It always warms the heart to see young children treating their community helpers as heroes.  This week, both Kindergartners at Farmington and Riverdale celebrated Community Helper Day.

At Riverdale, the GFD and the GPD stopped by the classroom to tell the children about what they do—even stopping to help a citizen in need with an untied shoe.

Fox News 13 weatherman, Brian Basham visits a classroom to go over weather safety tips, as seen on Fox 13 News the following day.

Farmington elected to coincide their Community Helpers Day with 9/11 this year, and assigned a special dress up day for the students. Droves of tiny firemen, teachers, and doctors took over the halls.


Dogwood students in a third grade classroom wrote letters to the GFD and the GPD.


The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

In early September, about 16,000 of the high-scoring students, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  In Tennessee, six of those students are from Houston High School. 

Congratulations are in order to Jessica Tran, Timothy Liang, Katarina Jankov, Nicholas Culver, Sarah Oh, and Alan Gan (pictured left to right). 

To become finalists, these students must submit an application that includes their academic award, participation in after-school activities, leadership experience, employment and awards received. About 7,400 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million will be offered in the spring!


Students all across GMSD stopped to remember the events of 9/11 in several unique ways. To read more about how, click here.
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